Upper Mustang Trekking - Trekking in Mustang

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Dates 20 Nov '14 to 19 Nov '15

Flexible? Multiple Dates

Est. Cost 70 - 150 USD (USD United States Dollars)

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Name Upper Mustang Trekking - Trekking in Mustang

Upper Mustang trekking is popularly known as Mustang trek, a interesting tour to unspoiled Tibetan villages on the other side of Nepalese Himalaya bordering with Tibet. The main places of interest of Mustang trekking are ancient Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, the interesting culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. Mustang is one of the recently opened areas for limited trekking group each year. This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The fabled medieval wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang remains a kingdom within a kingdom itself, full of culture and religious heritage. The early history to Lo- Monthang embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Upper- Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. It was a former Buddhist Kingdom and is extended to the upper Kali Gandaki river. The fabled medieval walled city of Lo Mangthang is full of culture & religious heritage. Recently in 2007, an international team of explorers have discovered invaluable objects. In high caves requiring technical climbing they have discovered beautiful Buddhist murals, and historical objects, dating back to about 800years ago. Mustang, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship. The Mustang trekking will reward you with a rare visit to a place perfectly untouched by modernity, preserving its ancient Buddhist culture, traditions and invaluable art objects in high Himalayan desert.

Lo- Manthang is capital of the medieval settlement of Upper Mustang lies in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. Untill1992 foreigners were not allowed to enter Upper Mustang and keep an appearance of a remote, strange and unusual land; this is the unique charms of the Mustang trek. Geographically the land is an extension of the Tibetan plateau, characterized by windy and arid valleys, eroded canyons and unique stratified rock formations. Upper Mustang trekking is one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known kingdoms. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. People in Upper Mustang are of Tibetan origin, migrated from Tibet centuries ago, and belong to Bhotias and Loba communities and practice Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This is perhaps only the place to see Tibetan culture in completely undisturbed state the houses and monasteries have medieval look and unique local architecture. Mostly those are built with stone and sun baked mud bricks. Here mostly grow potatoes, barley and buck wheat and about 2’600 sq km in area and 6’500 population. Tiji festival is being the greatest religious and nature festival of their. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang. The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. This small medieval kingdom in the vast desert is ruled by a local king. A walled complex with the houses of local nobilities and monasteries will be one of the main attractions of your Mustang trek.

Upper Mustang trekking is one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known kingdoms. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang. This program start from Pokhara to Jomsom 25 minutes short flight and hiking along the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest in the world , heading to medieval village of Kagbeni. The trail north of Kagbeni leads to the Mustang trek. Depending on our itinerary, for the next 09 – 12 days we trek through the ancient villages of Samar, Charang and Geling before we reach the capital Lo- Manthang at 3750m. Besides Lo Manthang, there are places of great interest including the Namgyal Gompa (which also serves as a local court) and the village of Tingkar, Garfuk and Nifuk. You still find people dwelling in the caves in these villages and some caves have amazing stupas and Buddhist murals. Upper Mustang trekking is cultural and rare adventure tour. This is a fully supported camping trek, have to sleep in the tents and eat the meals prepared by our camp staff cook. The average walking distance is about 6 hour per day and you have carried just your light day pack during the trek.

Mustang, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship. This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The fabled medieval wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang remains a kingdom within a kingdom itself, full of culture and religious heritage. With ever increasing influx of tourists entering the discreet region of greater Mustang, the local officials along with Nepalese government decided to allow only limited tourists to enter the region with a hefty fee in a year. The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. It is one of the rain-shadow areas of Nepal, therefore, making it accessible throughout the year. You can consider trekking Upper Mustang region during pre-monsoon (March-May) or post-monsoon (September-November) seasons, when the weather is clear with ZERO chances of snowfall. Upper Mustang, located in the northwestern region of Nepal, is a land of mystery and mysticism. The region was opened to foreign tourists back in 1992. The early history to Lo- Monthang embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Upper- Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951.
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