About Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking Overview
Upper Mustang trekking will bring you in the hidden world of the old kingdom of Buddhist Mustang region referred as Lo, which was earlier a part of the entire Tibet Empire. Because of this, Lo or Upper Mustang region remains tied closely with Tibet based on geography, language and culture. Mustang is one among the few places worldwide, which has long-lived a life of close-niche and the respective region remained inaccessible among outsiders. Isolation of the Mustang area has allowed a large number of people living there to maintain their own tradition and lifestyle, while heritage of the region remained in almost unchanged state for many centuries.
Upper Mustang valley remains hidden behind the two famous yet majestic Himalayan mountain ranges i.e. Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri. Mustang region remains filled with a large number of beautiful trek zones. Trekkers require special trekking permits to trek in the restricted areas of the Upper Mustang region, while a Liaison Officer takes the responsibility to accompany every trek moving ahead to Mustang. Despite Mustang region officially belongs to Nepal, the Mustang region in its upper area reaches to the Kali Gandaki River. The area remains closed to various foreigners for a long time because of its strategic location on the border formed by Nepal and Tibet. Mustang has remained opened for trekkers for about a decade and Nepal’s government regulates the entire area closely on a regular basis.
Upper Mustang Region thus has only a few organized treks and interested trekkers require a special yet an expensive permit to perform trek activities. Consequently, treks in this region are the most expensive ones in the entire Nepal region. However, the trek gives a pool of opportunity to explore the high desert area, more or less similar to the one in Tibet. Jagged peaks, brown landscapes and mud walled villages explored during the trek act as reminders of early Tibet before the invasion of China.