The Upper Mustang trek is definitely one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal. First of all, the Upper Mustang region is a protected area and until 1992 it was forbidden area for foreign visitors. Moreover, they were closed off from the outside world for a long time. Therefore the Tibetan culture has been preserved and unspoiled there for a long time.
Located in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif, the region consists of rugged, barren land. This is surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colours and impressive formations. Furthermore, the barren landscape is dotted with settlements of white houses, barley fields and chörtens decorated with prayer flags. These give extra colour to the landscape.
After you have flown from Pokhara to Jomsom, you walk to the gateway of the Upper Mustang region: Kagbeni You follow the path of the old caravan route along which the people of Mustang swapped Tibetan salt for grain from the lowlands.
The highlight of the Upper Mustang trek is the capital of the region: Lo Manthang. From the Lo mountain pass (3950 m) you can see the walled medieval capital in the distance. The whitewashed wall contrasts with the barren landscape.
Once you enter Lo Manthang through the city gate, you step into another world. Narrow alleys, hidden choirs, long walls with beautiful prayer wheels and ancient monasteries. And then the herds of animals that stroll in from the fields in the afternoon to spend the night.
Afterwards you walk back along a different route: the landscape changes from green meadows with yaks to a village landscape with rocks in different shades. The different landscapes in Upper Mustang in combination with the ancient Tibetan tinted culture, make this trekking authentic and unforgettable.
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