Upper Mustang Trek 14 days
Upper Mustang Trek offers a spectacular trekking into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area, mostly dominated by giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. Upper Mustang Valley, the lost forbidden kingdom of Tibet, is situated at the head of the Kali Gandaki in north central Nepal. Upper Mustang valley is naturally and culturally attractive, in particular, origin of Tibet.
Upper Mustang Trek requires special trekking permit as it lies in controlled and restricted trekking region of Nepal. One will observe strong Tibetan culture influence, as the ancient kingdom of Mustang (Lo-Manthang) was attached to Tibet in the ancient time. During Upper Mustang Trek, you will be able to explore many monasteries from the 14th century, Buddhist shrines, Thankas, Mandalas, and Deities in and around the cliff. It is believed that there are many caves in Upper Mustang where Tibetan masters have meditated.
One has to trek through an almost treeless barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill during Upper Mustang Trek while enjoying panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. Trekkers will be able to observe Tibetan Buddhism and Bon Po during Upper Mustang Trek.
Lo- Manthang retained as its identity as an autonomous dynasty throughout the centuries, while present king or Tribe Leader – Jigme Prabal Bista, can be a memorable time to have a coffee and chat with.
Another attraction in the Upper Mustang Trek is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring).
During Upper Mustang Trek, trekkers will be able to observe centuries old culture, lifestyle and heritage as this region has been isolated and protected from modern world for more than thousand years. So, there is strict control on obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect the culture from outside influence.