Also termed as the Forbidden Kingdom, Upper Mustang is truly the last stronghold of Tibetan culture and lifestyle on this side of the Himalaya. Upper Mustang trek has been declared a controlled area meaning that very few trekkers trek this beautiful valley every year. Tourists are mandatorily required to obtain permits and travel in groups.
Upper Mustang is located in northwestern region of Nepal borderd by Tibet (China) in the North. It falls within the Annapurna region and is touched by the famous Annapurna Trekking trail. The major higlight of this trek is the visit to the ancient kingdom of Lomanthang (3700m). The palace features Royal Palace, white washed walls and cobbled streets that reflect the unique architecture of Manangi people. Along the trail you will be greeted with spectacular views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The cultural heritage of Managi, Lhoba and Thakali people and their lifestyles influenced by Tibetan tradition and Buddhism will mesmerize any traveler.
Upper Mustang Trek goes through the Thakali towns of Jomsom and Kagbeni and moves upstream of Kali Gandaki river. While moving through the Kali Gandaki Valley, you can observe the Kali Gandaki gorge, the world’s deepest gorge. The temple of Chumig Gyatsa (Muktinath), temple dedicated to Padma Sambhava, is another landmark that is worth a visit. Guru Rimpoche is believed to have attained englightement by meditating here.