The Upper Mustang Region
The Upper Mustang region is unlike anywhere else we go. On this trip you’ll find yourself on a journey of discovery along an ancient trade route. The valleys are green and fertile, whilst the mountains on all sides share a resemblance with Western Utah. Except there’s one significant difference, these Mustang mountains hold around 10,000 human-built caves dating back at least 2,000 years! On this expedition-style trek, you’ll have plenty of time to get in the swing of things and detach yourself from the ties of Western Civilization. You’ll fall in love with the simple pleasures of camping, walking and reflecting.
Mustang Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Trek
- 18 Days
The name Mustang is derived from the Tibetan word ‘mun tan’ which translates in Nepali to mean ‘fertile plain’. Tibetan is widely spoken and the traditional culture of Tibet largely remains throughout the region. The 18 day Upper Mustang Trek largely follows an ancient salt trading route between Tibet and India, exploiting the lowest pass through the Himalayas, west of Sikkim in India. On this expedition-style trek, you’ll learn about the Mustang’s status as a forbidden kingdom, which ended in 2008 when its ruling kingdom of Nepal became a republic. We’ll start our trip by exploring the temples and markets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital city, before flying to the lakeside city of Pokhara at the foot of the Himalayas and onto the large village of Jomsom to start our journey. Our journey will take us behind the Annapurna ranges, hiking towards the border of Tibet and the beginning of the Tibetan Plateau, passing through the green oasis of Thakali and into a desert plain - a view that will literally stop you in your tracks!