The Upper Mustang Trek by Mount Mania trek takes you to a culturally, historically, and the geographically unique kingdom of Mustang. Mustang is also referred to as Lo. Lo was a part of the Tibetan empire in the past. So, the culture, language, and geography of this region are pretty similar to that of Tibet.
Foreign tourists started to trek to Upper Mustang only after 1992. So it has remained isolated from the outside world for a long period of time. Therefore, Upper Mustang has preserved its Tibetan culture.
The geography of the Mustang is also unique too. It lies in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri range. As a result, this region is quite dry. So the landscape of this region is also quite dry. You can see rugged, barren rocky landscapes. You can also visit canyons along the way.
The Upper Mustang trek by Mount Mania starts from Kagbeni. You can take a flight/ bus to Pokhara first and then take a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight from Pokhara to Jomsom flies over the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world.
From Kagbeni, the trail follows the ancient trail which people of Mustang in the past used to trade between lower regions and Tibet. After trekking for 5 days, you will reach the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang.
When you enter Lo Manthang, you will get a feeling of stepping in a different world altogether. Lo Manthang is home to various alleys, chortens, wonderful prayer wheels, and different animals. One of the most wonderful places to visit in the Upper Mustang region is the royal palace where the king and queen of Mustang still reside.
You can also visit the Thugchen Gompa in Upper Mustang. The history of this monastery dates back to the 15th century. You can also go to the various sky caves in this region that are really thrilling. You can also visit the Amchi museum and Amchi school while exploring Lo Manthang.
Along with the various villages during the trek, you can also enjoy towering views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range along the way. You can see 35 mountains that are over 6000 meters during your trek to Upper Mustang.
After the exploration of Lo Manthang, you will trek through various villages like Drakmar, Ghiling, and Chhuksang before reaching Jomsom for your flight to Pokhara. You can also explore the wonderful valleys of Pokhara and Kathmandu on this trip.
Mount Mania invites you to this unique trek to Upper Mustang that takes you to fascinating landscape, centuries-old culture and delightful views of the mountains in Upper Mustang.