What You Should Know About Upper Mustang Trek.What You Should Know About Upper Mustang Trek.

A remote district of Nepal, Mustang has its own history since ages. Far in this ‘lost Tibetan kingdom’, Upper Mustang is a place of desolate plus abstract beauty and Upper Mustang trek is one famous activity that has been able to bring positive changes in the region. Upper Mustang was mysterious, unexplored and inaccessible till 1992 and now people from all over the world are fascinated by the hidden wonders this place has to offer. For centuries, people of Mustang were unaware and unconcerned about the advancement and modernization occurring in the world outside. In 1960s, a French explorer, Michel Peissel published a book Mustang: a Lost Tibetan Kingdom which became an international bestseller. In his words: “Everything I saw was in such perfect harmony with the landscape, and the people fitted in so well with their surroundings and lived a life in such perfect accord with their needs and beliefs - that the whole structure formed a solid entity with never a crack, and at times I began to wonder whether any other way of life really existed. Was I living in a dream, an illusion (or at times a nightmare)? No false note broke the spell and brought me back to myself.”

More people have started visiting this place, while some come for adventure, others to seek peace of mind. Although the region is now accessible for all, there are certain areas that are still kept restricted on purpose to protect and conserve the regional ecosystem and traditional lifestyle of people. The trek begins from the small town of Jomsom and the destination is the capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. Some major highlights of Lo Manthang are the Royal Palace and the 8th century built Buddhist monasteries like the Lo Gekar Monastery, the oldest Tibetan monastery built by famous Tibetan master, Guru Rinpoche. A little outside the city in Chhoser, the place is recognized for century old historic caves high in the rocks. Another point of interest here is the festival called Tiji (the chasing of the demons) which is celebrated by thousands of men, women and children basically by portraying the myth of their deity named Dorje Jon battling his devil father who tries to demolish the village and eventually saves the village. The whole trek is through a barren treeless yet attractive landscape with the beautiful Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna surrounding you. Walking down the narrow alley and old Gompas, you will sense the contentment looking at the people and their way of living life in such simplicity.

The journey of Upper Mustang trek lasts for fourteen days at max starting from flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. The trek heads northward to Kagbeni walking alongside the riverbank of Kali Gandaki until we reach a police check post at the north end of the village to complete all the necessary paperwork. The route then follows the villages of Chhuksang- Samar- Geling- Ghami- Charang- Lo Manthang (3730m). Trekkers can stroll around Lo Manthang for some days and leisurely return back. May to October is considered to be the best season for trekking.


by Rubina Lacoul
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