Mustang is located in the central Himalayas of Nepal, north of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri and bordering Tibet. Mustang holds many treasures and is a gateway to the past. It has been opened to the tourists only recently. Mustang is in Nepal, even though it is situated within a series of arid valleys on the Tibetan Plateau. Mustang is home to a thriving culture of Buddhist farmers and traders. The villages are typical of those remote regions of Tibet where people follow a traditional lifestyle many centuries old. Villages are clustered near large monasteries with prayer flags of the five colors fluttering in a constant breeze. The geological formations of the valley cliffs are fascinating. The trail will alternate several times between short steep ascents and descents, always leading higher. The twelfth century seems to still exist here with small curving lanes, markets where barter is as common as the exchange of currency, and ancient fortress castles protect the valleys from invaders. The caves of devout Buddhist ascetics can be occasionally seen even today. Lo Manthang at around 3,700 meters is the capital of Mustang and the home of ‘Lo Gyalpo’ (King of the South). Here we past more chorten into mountains lined by sandstone cliffs and caves. Lo Manthang is a maze of narrow little streets, markets, bazaars, traders, and mule trains from Nepal and Tibet. Monasteries representing several sects of Tibetan Buddhism are also present to explore, all possessing truly ancient and impressive statues, books, icons, and relics.
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Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara. All meals during the trek
Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara. Teahouses during the trek