Mustang has derived the Tibetan word called Mun Tan that refers to fertile plain. Mustang is at an altitude of 4000m- in the north of magnificent massifs Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
As restricted to tourists till 1991, the upper Mustang is known as the “forbidden kingdom.” until the government opened all parts of tourism in Nepal. The name “forbidden kingdom” was a reference to being secluded from the rest of the world.
The isolation in the region has conserved the authentic cultural heritage, custom, lifestyles of the Tibetan-Nepali inhabitants. Afterall, Nepal is rich not only in natural resources but also in its diversity of social, cultural norms. The district is included within the Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the largest protected areas in Nepal.
The duration to trek through the Mustang Circuit is 2-3 weeks; additional 5-6 days should take if you plan to continue your trip to Upper Mustang. If you even travel via jeeps or bike if you are looking for more adventures.
Mustang is getting famous for mountain biking due to road construction by the Government of Nepal.
Lo Mathang (the walled city) is situated at the remote area of Upper Mustang. One of the dominant features of this location is the enclosed with 20 feet high walls. Colorful prayer flags flap due to the windy climate.
The typical monastery with its unique Tibetan influence while the inhabitants are carrying prayer wheel, are few of the artistic decor of the region. Thigchen Gompa- beautiful yet stable monastery are present to give a spiritual feel.
There houses on the top of the hill. At night you could pull out a blanket while stargaze and wake up to the view of the snow-covered peaks. It almost feels like you can reach out to the
The exotic colored rock formation gives the land an earthy look. It receives very less rainfall even during the monsoon- hence, also called a mountain desert. The ideal season to trek is around April to November.
The majority of the dwellers are Thakali, Gurungs, and Tibetans. They cultivate barley, wheat, peas, and potatoes on the farm to provide a square meal. With the increase in visitations by trekkers (both Nepalese and foreign nationals), tourism has been a source of income for them.
While you make your way through different terrains, you can interact with the locals; indulge yourself in Nepalese hospitality.
The three-day auspicious occasion of Tiji Festival is one of the highlights of Upper Mustang. It is to be celebrated for victory over the demons by Dorje Jono. It is believed he fought bravely and defeated the evils; prevailing peace over the land. It is usually carried out in May. Sacred chants and colorful dances are performed in the Monastery.
Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista was the last king to rule Mustang. Albeit, his reign in the district of Mustang from prevailed- 1964 to 2008. The late king’s lineage traces back to Ame Pal; a legendary Tibetan warrior who founded the kingdom in 1380.
Mustang is a well-balanced mixture of spiritual and natural experiences. With the rich historical essence, rugged yet splendid landscapes will genuinely make your trip worthwhile.