Mustang is one of the most fascinating and picturesque places in Nepal and is understandably popular among trekkers, many of whom walk to Lo Manthang. Mustang is probably a Nepali mispronunciation of the original name of the capital of Lo, an almost mythical kingdom. Trekkers are allowed to visit the area although an additional fee is charged. Bishnu has trekked regularly in this area.
Officially, Mustang is the name of the entire district along the Kali Gandaki River from the Tibetan border to Ghasa. Jomsom is the headquarters of the Mustang district.The restricted area of Tibetan influence is north of Kagbeni, and this place is referred to as Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is a fabulous village of Tibetan style swellings and cobbled streets. You get great views up into Mustang and towards the direction of the Thorong La Pass.The mighty Nilgiri range dominates the skyline as you look south. The area has witnessed significant cultural, economic, and environmental changes over the years despite the area north of Kagbeni being protected as a restricted site.
Our trek to Upper Mustang starts in Jomosom after the spectacular flight from Pokhara. We leave as early as we can for this one and head off from Jomosom on arrival.We pass through extraordinary barren, but sparsely beautiful landscape, at times somewhat exposed to the elements. For all sorts of reasons, a trek in Mustang would be a journey to remember.
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