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The Kingdom of Mustang Trekking

*20 Days (3 Days Kathmandu & 17 Days Camping Trek)
*Grade: Challenging
*Max. Elevation: 4320m
*Departs From Kathmandu, Every Monday & Thursday

Hidden behind the Himalayan giants of Dhaulagiri & Annapurna nestling on the Tibetan border this Trans Himalayan region was closed to foreigners until recent years.

Mustang, or Lo as the inhabitants know it, is a mysterious high plateau tucked behind the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Massifs in north central Nepal. The area is actually the top of a watershed, the headwaters of what becomes the mighty Kali Gandaki River, which then runs southward through the world's deepest gorge. In the rain shadow of the huge Himalayan peaks, though, this area is dry & windswept, ruggedly sculpted & mostly devoid of vegetation. The region offers dramatic & unique geography for those who only have seen the more familiar green, forested landscape of the rest of Nepal.

With a cultural history that is as intriguing as the landscape, Mustang has piqued the curiosity of many Himalayan adventurers, & only recently was it opened for limited visitation. Historically a vital trading route between Tibet & India, the trail into Mustang is lined with the fascinating remains of forts that served as tax collection out posts. Settlements in Mustang were fortified, a testament to its turbulent history.

We drive or fly to Pokhara & spend a day exploring this serene "Lake City of Nepal". Early the next morning we fly up to the world’s deepest gorge ‘Kali Gandaki’, to Jomsom, where we meet our trekking crew & head north up this windswept valley to Kagbeni. We are north of the main Himalayan range in the rain shadow & the wind-blasted cliffs are dotted with caves, sometimes used as retreats for Buddhist pilgrims. The aim is to have three days to explore the walled capital Mustang, Lo Mustang, which is a magical place imbibed with centuries of rugged history. Set on a broad plateau, the town deserves its name, which translates from Tibetan as "plain of inspiration". The Raja, or King, lives in his palace in the center, while the four major temples form the corners of town. Our return route to Jomsom varies slightly from our approach as we visit remote settlements on the west of the valley. From Jomsom we fly to Pokhara for a rest day before returning to Kathmandu where we receive a farewell to continue our journey or to transfer us to the airport for our flight home.