Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang

Enjoy the unique chance to trek to the mystical land beyond the Himalaya.

Trekking in Upper Mustang is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As, it allows you to witness the way of life of true mountain people, who have had little contact with the rest of the world for hundreds of years. Trekking in Upper Mustang is like trekking in Tibet in many ways, as it is geographically part of the Tibetan plateau. Prepare to be awestruck by breathtaking landscapes and meet the people of one of the world's most culturally preserved regions.

Until 1950, the district of Mustang was a separate kingdom within the borders of Nepal. Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers in 1994, and visiting the region today feels like stepping back in time. To enter Upper Mustang, trekkers need a special  permit and must be accompanied by a government appointed official. Because of its location in the Himalayan rain shadow area, it is one of the few regions in the country suitable for trekking even during the monsoon season. The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, with the highest point reached at only 3,800 meters, but the conditions can be difficult at times. Mustang gets cold in the winter and is always windy. Winter treks should be avoided due to inclement weather.

The old capital of upper mustang, Lo Manthang, can be reached in four days, but at least one extra day should be spent here to take in the sights and sounds of this unique walled settlement. Ponies can be rented if you desire. During the return trip, you can take the same route you took to enter or a different route along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki river.

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