The Kingdom of Mustang
The Kingdom of Mustang preserves some of the last vestiges of traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, it is open to only a few select trekking groups each season. The trek follows established trails through substantial villages, that once served a thriving trade route between Nepal and Tibet. These whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley and home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries, reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The terrain is striking; a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by snowy peaks. A highlight is the visit to Lo Manthang, where the King of Mustang reigns over his tiny kingdom and surveys a world still culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than to the markets and temples of Kathmandu. This is an outstanding journey to one of the true gems of the Himalaya.
|DAY 1||Join Kathmandu|
|DAY 2||In Kathmandu, sightseeing Kathmandu Valley|
|DAY 3||Fly to Pokhara|
|DAY 4||Fly to Jomsom|
|DAYS 5/13||Explore Mustang, crossing small passes and visiting Buddhist villages, including two days to appreciate the cultural heritage of Lo Manthang - the ancient capital|
|DAY 14||Return to Jomsom|
|DAY 15||From Jomsom take a spectacular mountain flight to Pokhara, connect to Kathmandu|
|DAY 16||In Kathmandu, trip concludes|
Even though I had trekked in the Himalayas before, I was not prepared for the magnificence of the land we trekked through - it was breathtaking! We saw very few other trekkers but lots of local people living and surviving in this amazing place. The trek leader and his crew worked so hard to make sure we were safe and happy, and they did this with such good will. They shared their knowledge of their culture with us with such grace even though I am sure my constant questions could have driven them mad!! The scenery and environments we trekked through were amazing.