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<< Indian Himalayas   << Trekking Tours >> << Trekking in Nepal >> << Mustang Trekking Region Nepal>>

Mustang Trekking Region Nepal Himalaya

Mustang is from outside influence as well as to protect the environment. This semi-autonomous, heavily Tibetan influenced region was described by Tilman as "fascinatingly ugly country, the more fascinating for being so little known." Indeed, the trek to Lo Manthang is through an almost treeless barren landscape, along a steeply undulating rocky trail, from which there are panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and a range of other soaring peaks.

Highlights : -

  • Experience the ancient culture of the Mustang, see desolate but spectacular landscapes interspersed with green fields and villages.
  • Enjoy the sights and unique culture of Lo Manthang.

Mustang is the name of a district in the far north west of Nepal.. One of the most remote areas, it is a geographic extension of the Tibetan plateau, a windswept land of mountains preserving the last authentic remains of Tibetan culture. This area was completely isolated from the rest of the world, and only opened to trekking groups in 1991. The , barley, potatoes and buckwheat grown here are the staple diet around the major villages of Ghame & Tsarang. We continue till we come to the ancient walled fortress city of Lo Manthang. From here the border of Tibet is just a stone's throw. after this we back from same trail or possible to we head back towards Jomsom via sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath.

Trekking Experience for Mustang

Mustang lies north of the Annapurna massif and, although a territory of Nepal, is part of the Tibeatan Plateau. Located in the rain-shadow belt, this is the region to visit while the rest of the Nepal lies covered in monsoon clouds.  Its dry, barren and yet colourful hillsides are unique and beautiful.  Once a mystery to outsiders, Mustang was opened for trekking only in 1992. Here, in the heart of these barren mountains, the traditional Buddhist way of life has remained secure.  Writing of the Tiji or the ‘Chasing of the Dragon’ spring festival of Mustang, latter day ‘ discoverer’ Michel Peissel says that he saw scenes “so extraordinary and unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes”.

Mustang shares much of its history with Tibet. Buddhism came to Mustang at about the same time as to the reat of Tibet.  In the 14th century the great warrior Ame Pal became the ruler of Mustang and ushered in Mustang’s golden age, which lasted for the next 200 years.  Ame Pal built most of the capital, Lo Manthang, including the palace and four great monastrie.  By the 15th century Mustang had become a central power in Tibetan Buddhism.

Mustang’s geographical setting has imparted to it a mosaic of other unusal attributes.  For one, it lies on the focal grid of the old salt route.  Like the Central Asian trade route in theIndus basin, this route pierced the Great Himalayan Range Via the arterial corridor of the kali Gandaki, thourhg passes touching virturally 14,000ft. to Lo Manthang, in the cold desert bordering the maical Tibeatan plateau.

The access to Mustang is Via Pokhara, which is reached by road or air from kathmandu.  Trekking routes fork out from here towards the Annapurna Sancturary and Dhaulagiri. The scenic 25-minute flight to Jomsom (8,900ft), the starting point for the trek to Mustang, takes you through the gorge of the Kali Gandaki. The plane looks tiny in the shadow of well-known Himalayan giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.  Jomsom consists of an airstrip, a police checkpost and an army camp.  After crossing the wooden bridge to the river’s east bank, the trail ascends to kagbeni (9,400ft) at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Jhong Khola. An old ruined fort and the red Sakyapa monastery dominate the village.  Crossing the confluence of the Gyalungbo, the trail passes by the Villages of Tangbe and Chusang to reach Tsaili (10,007 ft).

The next stage takes you over five moderately high passes to the Tamang settlement of Tamaghyang.  From here up to Chaiti and Tstil La. A brief stop at Gemi village is worth it. And then two passes down comes Tramar village, with some great views of Gemi and Damodar Himal along the way. And you are in upper Mustang.

A steep one-hour climb northeast of Tramar gets you to the top of the plateau.  Crossing it you descend to the Marang village.  The ancient temple of Lo Gekar here has beautiful rock slate paintings.  The trail then climbs to the northern pastures, to the base of a long pass overlooking the Lo Manthang (12400ft) in the arid, wind-swept ‘Plainsof Aspiration’.

The four major monastries here-the Thubchen Gompa, Chamba Gompa, the Chodi gompa of the Sakya sect and the Namgyal monastery are the most important in Mustang.  You could go on an excursion to Garphu and Nyphu villages where there are some stunning cave monasteries and dwellings.  A short hike from  here are the ruins of the Ketcher Fort. The cave monastery at Luri, near the village of Gara, is supposed to have been built by Guru Padmasambhav.

The preferred month for many is August, being the mildest in Mustang.  While returning, the diversion to holy Muktinath is a trek that provides the Hindu contrast to Buddhist salvation at altitude.

How to reach there :

Air :   Nearest airport is Pokhara, which has been connected from Kathmandu.

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