The Upper Mustang is often popular as the Lo Manthang which is also renowned to be a forbidden Kingdom. Situated to north of Annapurna area at an altitude of 4,000m in Dhaulagiri Zone, it feels like a hidden world of the old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang with it’s great Tibetan culture, language and geography. This backcountry is enriched with barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. This city is completely untouched by the outerworld of technology and advancement. The local people here have been successful in preserving their ancient culture and traditions which is one of the major attraction for travelers. It’s unique wilderness, splendid scenery, snow capped peaks and the memsmerizing 16th century monasteries along with it’s sole culture are the most exclusive things that attracts the visitors from all around the globe.
Upper Mustang is also considered as an isolated area and the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Lo Manthang was opened for foreign travelers only in 1952 and before that, it was a forbidden Kingdom. This trans-Himalaya landscape is very similar to the geography of Tibet and hence, it is also considered as a mini Tibet of Nepal. Since this area lies under the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri massif, the arid land has formed an impressive series of rocks and hills around the city.
Striding into the fascinating Lo Manthang through a tall white wall surrounding the city is surely a lifetime experience in Nepal. A world of narrow alley ways, chortens festooned with impressive prayer flags, long walls with beautiful prayer wheels, herds of wandering animals in the meadows and fields, a series of himalaya especially, the gorgeous clear view of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri along with several other mountains will surely blow your mind.
The trek begines from a short scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom which is an adventure in itself as you will be passing through the deepest gorge in the world: Kali Gandaki that runs between Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. Then you will follow the Kali Gandaki stream, walking on the stony river bank and some of the parts, on river bed as well. Then as one of the most famous temple in Nepal: Muktinath is situated on the trail, you should consider a visit before moving towards north into the Upper Mustang.
The trail now will be leading you towards Lo Manthang in which many passes between 3,500 and 4,000m have to be passed quite frequently. And then, trekking through an almost treeless barren landscape, steep rocky trail up and down hill, spectacular mountain panorama along with warm and hospitable locals at Lo Manthang will make your journey to be remembered for lifetime.