Upper Mustang Trek gives you the chance to explore the people of Mustang, Lobas, who boast a long and proud history, their independent state dating back to the 5th Century A.D. In the 7th Century, Songtsen Gampo, the most famous of all Tibetan kings, incorporated the land of Lo into his empire. Mustang only reappeared as an independent kingdom in 1430, when Gyalpo, the Precious Ruler’, and Ame Pal founded a dynasty whose descendants survive to this day.
Lomangthang, located in the upper Mustang region of Nepal, is a captivating and culturally rich destination. This ancient walled city offers a unique glimpse into the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The city boasts stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains. The area is also known for its well-preserved monasteries, intricate cave dwellings, and vibrant local festivals, making it a must-visit for those seeking an immersive cultural experience in a breathtaking setting. Mustang lies behind Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and geographically forms part of the Tibetan plateau. It was only in 1992 that the Government of Nepal allowed tourists access to the area.
Our Upper Mustang Trek begins with a flight or Jeep drive to Jomsom via Pokhara. We start walking beside the Kali Gandaki River, and as we gradually gain height. We pass by salt mines and hermit caves set in the cliffs above. Our route visits many villages on the way, including the rarely-seen settlements north of the square-walled city of Lomangthang. We leave Mustang by a different route to add further interest.