In many ways a trek into upper mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet as geographically it is the part of the Tibetan Plantae. Until 1950 the district of Mustang was a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king of Mustang still has his palace in the Ancient Capital known as Lomangthang.
Upper mustang was opened to non Nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even today access is highly restricted to enter upper mustang. Trekkers need specially trekking permit and must be accompanied by a government appointed officers. Upper mustang being in the Himalayan rain shadow is one of the region in the country which is suitable for trekking even during monsoon. Upper Mustang is the continuation of lower mustang. On the Annapurna circuit people and landscape are much different, formally and still locally known as the kingdom of upper mustang was a restricted demilitarised area until 1992 this was because of the close primality to Tibet.
If someone wants to go upper Mustang (From kagbeni onwards) they require a restricted area permit which costs $ 500 per person for 10 days and if you want to make it longer additional $50 per day is charged.
Upper Mustang starts from Jomsom Short Mountain fly from Pokhara to Jomson after completing the trek it ends with flight from Jomsom to Pokhara but if you want to do long drive of 12_13 hours then take jeep from Jomsom.
- Upper Mustang is also known as mini Tibet which is a good combination of nature.
- Landscape, rich culture, heritage, a great history ancient Buddhist monastery and caves.
- Kagbani is one of the beautiful village in the world.
- Muktinath temple is a holy spot for Hindu and Buddhist.
- The city of the wall Lomanthang is surrounded by Ancient Buddhist monastery, cave and Museum.