Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang trekking facts
- Duration of Trip: 13 Days
- Trekking Days: 11 Days
- Type of Trek: Teahouse / Lodge stay
- Max. Altitude: 4070 mt.
- Grade of Trek: Medium-Hard
- Main Attraction:Upper Mustang Lo-Manthang
- Permit : USD 500 First 10 Days after 10days USD 50 per day per person :ACAP 20 :TIMS 10
Upper Mustang is one of those mystical treks that incite the curious trekker who enjoys the much lesser known parts of history & unusual traditions that are perhaps found nowhere else on planet earth. This once flourishing kingdom that was hidden to a very open & free world opened its gates to the curious as early as 1991 by a government that seemly needed some urgent revenue of which some could be poured into the development of this sensitive region in the north east corner of Nepal which borders Tibet, one of the reasons for its restrictions; mustang can be construed as one of the last vestiges of authentic Tibetan culture in its true form. This Trek takes you on unusual trails less tread by others & this is perhaps what you would like about Mustang that falls in the rain shadow zones of Nepal’s diverse climatic landscapes. For trekkers who are interested in the paradigms of society & the traditions practiced, the mustang trip would be ideal learn of a history lesser known. This is a wonderful cultural trek that takes you across arid territory where fossils have been discovered & interactions with the local folks add more zing into your sojourns. the Upper Mustang trails give you vivid backdrops of stunning colors that range from the rugged bronze yellow, grey shadows with a silver lining red rays that can be seen in twilight with the rising of the moonlit that hits the mountains of mustang in fantastic colors that stops the breath for a moment. the erosion of the hillsides by the wind add more western feelings to the grand canyons of the wild west…but more mystifying & interesting than the actual mountains of the USA. The treeless mountain geography & the moraine terraces that disappear are a fantastic journey into Mustang’s unique geography that leaves you baffled. You are cornered by over 35 mountains ranging from 2815 meters to 3780 meters above sea level, leaving the senses stunned by what you behold.
Mustang’s Tibetan culture is untouched, virtually, despite the changes come about in nearby Tibet under the shadow of china’s watchful governing policies that seem to be hell bent reforming the true Tibet. The Bonpo culture has not been influenced by any outsiders till date & this is refreshing for the local folks who want it this way. Mustang is aptly snuggled on the borders of Tibet & seemingly protected by the Annapurna giants & the Dhaulagiri range. Geographically based at the tip of the Kali Gandaki, the district of Mustang is culturally and physically attractive for those who enjoy nature of a different kind. Its remoteness presents you an animated medley of earths natural colors—yellows, reds, blues, and browns that give it stunning appearances at different times of the day.
Mustang is called 'Lo' in the local jargon & this means 'arid' region. The local people are Lobas. Several hundred years ago, Mustang was a thriving kingdom and was the seat of Buddhist teachings and arts. This kingdom was the known ancient junction for salt trade between Tibet and cities of the Indian subcontinent. Once a restricted zone, Mustang today allows only 200 trekkers through its gates annually. The Upper Mustang Trek route is a wonderful venture that gives an exceptional opening to the curious trekker; the trek itself is not really taxing to the body but the extreme afternoon winds can be your real challenge because the elevations hereabouts are not much as you would find elsewhere in Nepal.
The superb ecological diversity and colorful villages, ancient monasteries, and shining snowy peaks make this a block-buster trip you shouldn’t avoid. The major peaks you get to see during the Upper Mustang trek are Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Tukuche Peak, Mustang Himal, Arniko Chuli among many other famous peaks. This ancient kingdom is also home to some of the biggest and oldest Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, with excellent artwork of its time. Said to be the Last Forbidden Kingdom, mustang had its own king or Tribe Leader called Jigme Palbar Bista, but with the declaration of a Republic Nepal in 2007, the Government took back Bista's official recognition as the Mustangi King, but this had no affect on the Mustangi people who still respect Bista as their rightful leader.
Within the heart of Mustang District lies its capital, Lo-Manthang, which is also the district-headquarter. Lo-Manthang is a walled city located at an elevation of about 3800 meters above sea level. Upper Mustang is well known for its inaccessible caves, monasteries, chortens, and rocky desolate landscapes. The length of the city wall and the 4 storey palace in Lo-Manthang coupled with the beautiful architectures are the major attractions of Upper Mustang. The famous Tiji Festival is another crowd puller in this region when the festival commences during the end of the dry season. The distinctive lifestyle of Mustangi people baffles many outsiders. Among some of the traditions is the existence of polyandry. You will be surprised to know that all the brothers of a single family get married to the same girl…& this is Upper Mustang for you as you get to meet some of these families.
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You will discover a warm & friendly Mustangi people who will welcome you from the heart despite the very harsh conditions they live in. check out Encounters Nepal for an unusual venture that may change your life for everything purposeful in an ultra modern world going wild for all the wrong reasons! The Upper Mustang will offer you the hopes of a history that will linger on in your memories for the generations to come…