Mustang is a barren landscape boasting a remarkable spiritual heritage. The 80km-long kingdom borders Tibet on the Central Asian plateau between the Nepalese provinces of Dolpo and Manang. It is also known as ‘Tibet outside the Tibetan border’ as many centuries ago it was part of Tibet, but was annexed by Nepal in the 18th century and survived Chinese invasion in the 1950s. In 1992, the region was re-opened to strictly limited numbers of travellers. Exploring Mustang is definitely an off-the-beaten-track experience so rare to find these days.
Our 18-day trip is a spectacular, challenging trek through Himalayan terrain that contrasts wildly with the lush fertile hills and valleys located to the south of the main Himalayan chain. We use flights to maximise time spent exploring, avoiding some very long drives. After discovering Kathmandu and Pokhara, we head to Jomsom, trekking up the Kali Ghandaki Valley to Kagbeni. Entering the restricted zone we’ll walk to Chuksang, near the confluence of Narshang Khola and Kali Ghandaki, and then onto Samar – discovering traditional villages, home to various ethnic tribes, along the way.
Once in Mustang, we’ll overnight at Tsarang, home to the Loba people. The Lobas are primarily farmers, shepherds or merchants who practice polyandry whereby a woman can have more than one husband. Brothers have been known to marry the same woman in order to ensure that the family land, of which there isn’t very much in a Kingdom the size of Mustang, is not broken up. We’ll then scend to the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang – Mustang's 'capital' and home to the Royal Family. Heading back to Jomsom, we’ll trek to a maximum altitude of 4100 metres and visit the impressive monastery at Lo Gekar. or more information about this trip please visit our website.