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Mustang Trek

Mustang Trek

Mustang Trek

The 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.

Lo- Manthang is capital of the medieval settlement of Upper Mustang lies in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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.


Things to Bring for Trekking
Rucksack, trekking boots, stick, water bottle, personal sleeping bag, sun glass, sun cap, sun cream, rain coat, down/Gore-Tex Jacket, thermal trousers, gloves, warm socks, shorts, sandles, T-shirts, pullover, flash light, personal toiletries, camera, binoculars, reading and writing materials, medicine recommended by your doctor.

Trained trek guides and Sherpas
Each of our treks are managed by a team of professionally trained trek guides, cooks and Sherpas. Our leaders/guides and trek crew are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable holiday to our clients and in an eco-friendly manner.

National Park and Conversation Fee
Eight areas of Nepal have been designated National Parks. They are Langtang, Rara, Royal Chitwan, Sagarview from Pokharamatha (Everest), Shey Phoksondo, Khaptad, Bardia and Makalu Barun National Parks. Trekking in any of those National Park areas requires a park permit, which can be obtained at the national parks and conservation counter office on payment of NRs 3390 each. Similarly trekkers are required to pay NRs. 3000 for every trekker going to the Annapurna and Makalu region. This fee is utilized for environmental conservation and maintenance of the area.