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MUSTANG TREK

Mustang evokes awe and fascination among travelers. This mysterious kingdom was a forbidden land until recent times. With traditions and terrain that is so unlike Nepal, it continues to lure tourists despite its restricted status and stiff entry fees. A trek to Mustang involves trekking at high-altitudes through exposed terrain but you get to see the lost Himalayan Kingdom as Michel Piessel called it. Mustang still retains an officially recognized king named Jigmi Paldor Bista. The walled city of Lo Manthang captures your imagination conjuring up images of lost civilizations. Some of Nepalís largest Tibetan Buddhist gompas are found here. Mustang was opened to tourists only in 1992 and until today remains a restricted area.

Upper Mustang lies between 8,100ft to 22,000 ft. Being part of the Tibetan plateau, the region lies in stark contrast to the greenery seen around most of the trek routes. This rain shadow area is arid and desolate but extremely interesting nonetheless. The red, eroded, cliffs are spectacular and dotted with many inaccessible caves across the Kali Gandaki river that were once used by monks for meditation. The mysterious walled city of Lo Manthang is unique-- the main attraction of Mustang and this is where the king resides. The inhabitants are more Tibetan than Nepali in every aspect and the bare landscape is a part of the Tibetan plateau. Mustang is a great photo opportunity.

The journey begins with a drive or flight down to Pokhara where many a trek originates. A day can be spent in this lake town relaxing and enjoying the enchanting views. Next morning fly to Jomsom (2713m) where the trek really begins. This is also the headquarters of the Mustang district. The trail goes along the Kali Gandaki valley. It climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. Next day the route goes through a steep canyon reaching a pass at 3830m and then Giling. Next stop Is Tharang with two passes to cross before reaching there. On the 3rd day you are on your way to Lo Manthang. The trail climbs up most of the way to reach the plateau of Lo Manthang (3730m). There is only one entrance to the city, which lies at the north- eastern corner. Two days are spent in Lo Manthang as this is the highlight of the tour. From here the route leads to Ghami through ridges and valleys. The sudden descent takes you to the Giling Valley after which, you join the trail that leads to Samar and then to Kagabeni. From Kagbeni descend to Jomsom and return to Pokhara.

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