Nepal

Mustang, the Plain of Aspiration in Tibetan, is a rare and precious jewel .

To find yourself in Mustang, trekking or just simply being there is a rare privilege.

Geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang. Mustang is a land of astonishing beauty located along Nepal’s border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

Upper Mustang was opened to non nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even today, access is still highly restricted. While the Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, conditions can be arduous at times.

The lifestyle of the inhabitants of Mustang share ties to Tibetan culture and is strongly influenced by Vajrayana Buddhism. Centuries old monasteries and caves house precious artifact that holds the mystery of the area’s past. The high elevation, arid land with pockets of green surrounding its villages during summer contribute to make this place a very unique one.

Many of the dwellings are earthen-walled and the way of life of the people seems to have changed little for eons and you may be surprised to know that polyandry is still practiced.

Upper Mustang is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world it was able to develop and maintain its own distinctive culture and unique and rich tradition.

Lo Mantang, the capital, is a walled city that was ruled by a religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as spectacular as the mountain scenery which is highlighted by Dhaulagiri Mount (8,167 meter high) and Annapurna Mount (6,000 meters high). Surrounded by some 35 mountain of an average of 6,000 meters.

Mustang is place really off the beaten track. However, development seems encline to want to take place rapidly and, the moment to experience Mustang in its purest essence is NOW.