Mustang, a previously isolated demilitarized zone of Nepal and China, shares great historical significance as it was priorly the Kingdom of Lo. The region is also known as the ‘Last Forbidden Kingdom’ as it was a restricted area previously. It has roots deep in its mountainous terrain filled with tens of thousands of manmade caves dating back thousands of years, serving as a major tourist attraction. You definitely do not want to miss the chance of viewing the diverse landscape and culture. The Upper Mustang trek into the remote Trans-Himalayan Region of this semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom offers an adventurous 14-day itinerary with spectacular trekking through the striking semi-arid desert with colourful rock formations, deep ravines and snow-capped peaks surrounding you. The history, culture, myth and legend blend perfectly with the stunning scenery. The caves of Tibet are to date used by Tibetan Buddhists who perform advanced tantric yoga and tummo, a form of Tibetan breathing that allows a person to generate body heat at a high altitude or tackle negative emotions. Most caves are abandoned and eroding of natural causes but some are preserved due to the archaeological significance by the government and some are taken care of by nearby villages that protect statues and deities residing in the caves. So, while trekking, if the thought of cleansing your soul ever crosses your mind, definitely pay a visit. Entering Upper Mustang is not an easy task. However, currently, the easiest and only widely used road corridor, from Kathmandu to Lhasa—named Arniko Highway in Nepal and China National Highway 318 in the TAR—traverses a 5,125-metre (16,810 ft) pass. This is some 465 meters (1,530 ft) higher than Kora La.
- Trek to the previously restricted area and one of the gems of Nepal
- Exotic walled capital city of Lo Manthang. Built in 1380 A. D. by the first King of Lo
- Home to some of the tallest peaks in the world which includes Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
- A privileged entrance into the way of life of the true mountain people