Upper Mustang Trekking Route Information

Mustang was one of the best off the beaten trekking trail in Nepal, still its a best trekking routes in Nepal. Overall Nepal is changing with lifestyle, infrastructure, economy and all also Upper Mustang is changing day by day. Rugged Trails Nepal visitors who recently visited Mustang, they say Upper Mustang is no more off the beaten trail now.

Its better to ride then walking over the dusty roads, why they said?

Upper Mustang Trekking short information;

Mustang, also known as Lo, is a Buddhist kingdom, deep in the Himalayas. It was forbidden territory for foreigners until 1991. Nowadays, you can get there with a special, hard to obtain permit (US $ 500 for 10 days). This makes a trek through Mustang still a unique experience. The kingdom of Lo used to be part of the Tibetan Ngari Empire, the western part of the Tibetan empire. It is a beautiful, desolate area that is closely related to Tibet. In Mustang, Tibetan Buddhism is still practiced in the purest form. The monasteries belong to the Sakyapa sect, one of Tibetan Buddhist flows. Monasteries (and houses) of this sect are easily recognizable by the red, white and black (or gray) vertical stripes painted on the walls.

We follow the old salt caravan route. Formerly, Mustang residents with salt loaded yaks and donkeys went to the lower south to trade the salt for grain, rice, sugar and fuel. At the end of the boundary with Tibet, the salt trade ended with the end of 1959, but at the moment you can see long caravans of Mustang, especially donkeys. Mustang is located in an expanse of the Tibetan highlands and is between the three and four-thousand meters high. You walk along the most amazing, rocky rock formations. Small, Tibetan-like villages are like green oases between the bare rocks. The goal is the mystical city of Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang. In Mustang, a strong wind usually rises at noon. Height and wind can make the trek difficult. Day planning must be seen as a guideline.

Those were in previous days but now things has been changed and it will change a lot in few years. Upper Mustang is connected with roads from Pokhara and Nepal government is planning to connect a highway to Tibet (China) border. Road construction is going on and almost the 99% Mustang trekking trails is walking on roads. Its not crowed and busy but still the hunks and dust once the jeep / bikes / Trucks comes on walking path. Usually the roads get busy during the Mustang Tiji Festival and its one of the best time to visit in Upper Mustang to see the monk dance.

Culturally rich mustang still preserve the tibetan culture and mustang heritage but once it connect a big highway it will be crowded and already the trail is messedup. Better to visit Mustang within few years otherwise nobody knows Chrlie. Charlie is from Maine United State, he was with his friend to see Mustang Tiji Festival.

But good news for Non hikers / Riders now they can visit mustang by 4w Jeep, and Motorbike. If you are looking for mountain road trip then Upper Mustang is one of the best place for it in Nepal. Mountain biking lovers will enjoy this extreme landscape valley and Rugged Trails Nepal had successfully organized many Motorbike and Mountain biking trip in Upper Mustang. For more information about Upper Mustang trek dont hesitate to ask our tour expert.

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