Culturally rich, naturally stunning, Mustang is a special place. Lying north of the twin giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, with the high Tibetan plateau in sight, visiting this hidden pocket of Nepal truly feels like discovery, an exploration of a lost world. At its heart, amidst rolling hills rich in gompas and stupas, the walled city of Lo Manthang sits, seemingly undisturbed by time. Rich from its strategic importance on trade routes, the relics of Lo Manthang’s past make for a fascinating, picturesque present, with many decorative frescoes on ancient monasteries and grand temples to explore. The town’s no museum piece however, but continues to be one of deep religious and cultural significance. Ethnically Tibetan, this really is as close as you’ll come to seeing the pre-Chinese Revolution Tibet of old.