The ancient Himalaya kingdom “Mustang” also called “Lo” which used to be the part of Tibetan empire, lies in the north-central part of Nepal. Mustang’s landscapes resemble the Tibetan ones. It is the hidden world where ancient Buddhism is still in practice and is called “Bon Buddhism”. The thousand years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle remain unchanged for centuries and even till date. Here you get the privilege to explore the thousand years of old monastery, local tribes, caves, and beautiful scenery of the different landscapes.
The upper Mustang Trek in Nepal is a rare experience for trekker’s since this area was closed for tourists until 1991. This trek is one of the most interesting trek area both culturally and naturally. The Upper Mustang trekking trail provides trekkers with an opportunity to connect with the nature while also experiencing cultural variety. Upper Mustang starts from Kagbeni. This trek goes through the world’s deepest gorge in Kaligandaki Valley. This trek has an average elevation of 3000m. The valleys are arid and dry with colourful rock formations which contains many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs, canyon and desert. In this trek, the road also passes through the barren landscapes, steep rocks. The remote Upper Mustang trekking trail presents tourists with a electrifying variegation of the earth’s colors. The panoramic views of the mountains, i.e. Nilgiris, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and several others are present during the trek. Visitors have the interest to learn their local language, their culture and visit monasteries, and also most of them are interested to take in the meditation in the monastery itself.You will also find an adorable view of the snowy summits and brilliant villages also with antiquated palaces.
One of the major attractions in the Mustang region is the Tiji festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which is the time to coincide with the end of the dry season. The people of Mustang, i.e. Mustagi people have their own unique way of family life, which is quiet surprising for many tourists. What came to my surprise was, when I met the people there I got to know that all the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, and this is called a practice of polyandry.
One needs to require a special permit from the Nepalese Department of immigration to visit this place. For this trek, you will also be required to walk for about 6 hours on a everyday basis. This might require you to prepare yourself three months in advance of the trip by jogging and other exercise. This exercise will make sure you have a positive attitude and to be strong willed while you are on the Upper Mustang Trek. There must be at least two people to trek in this area, single person are not allowed to trek due to its wildness as per the government regulation.
The trekking itinerary is for about 17 days, and customization is done based on the trekker’s requirement. Explore the Hidden Mystery of Himalayas through Mytrip2nepal!!