The 7000 people of upper Mustang call themselves Lobas. To be strictly correct, this word would be spelled ‘Lopa’ meaning ‘Lo people’ in the same way as Sherpa means ‘east people’. Upper Mustang is a culturally and Geo-politically sensitive area and wasn’t open for trekking until 1992. The culture and landscape of the region is close to that of Tibet. Due to the isolation from the world, the region is able to retain its centuries old culture and Landscape. The 16th century Buddhist monasteries and the caves carved into sheer cliff walls in mustang draws many trekkers to the region.Mustang has a striking terrain of a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, fringed with snowy peaks. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges, Mustang is a hidden paradise in Nepal.
The Kingdom of Lo, the traditional Mustang Region and “Upper Mustang” are one and the same, comprising the northern two-thirds of the present-day Nepalese Mustang District. They are well-marked by official “Mustang” border signs just north of Kagbeni – where a police post checks permits for non-Nepalese seeking to enter the region – and at Gyu La (pass) east of Kagbeni.
Although it lies in the Himalayas, the terrain is a mixture of snow-capped mountains and desert lands.The Lo Manthang, capital of Upper Mustang, lies in the remote Himalaya desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, is an old traditional Tibetan Village, with rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture. The people of Mustang strives to preserve the beauty and culture of the place, and hence, trekking in this region is a privilege. The local government has imposed very strict policies, and expensive fees to limit the entry of the outside world to this secret kingdom in Nepal. And therefore, this place is not very known to many tourists and very much less travelled.
To those who love exploring the unknown, and not being trapped in touristic places in Nepal, this hidden kingdom is definitely a place you would like to get into and experience, not just the unique landscape of the region, but also the culture of its people.This is a must trek for the one yearning to explore the fascinating landscape and the rich Tibetan culture.
- All airport/hotel transfers,
- 4 nights Kathmandu in Kathmandu with breakfast,
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide,
- Transportations and entrance fees,
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Kathmandu airplane flight and departure taxes OR Tourist Bus for both way,
- Food and Accommodation during trekking (full board service – breakfast, lunch and dinner + hot water),
- An experienced English speaking trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging,
- All necessary paper works,
- Wongchhu Peak Promotion Trekking duffel bag and trekking/ climbing map,
- Rescue arrangements,
- Insurance for Nepali Staff,
- Special Welcome and Farewell Dinner.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary,
- Personal trekking and climbing gear,
- Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner),
- Alcohol and Beverages during the trek and climbing season,
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower etc.),
- Emergency Medical Evacuation & any medical costs.
Waterproof Hiking shoes
Changing shoes / sandal
T – shirts
Warm fleece Jacket
Waterproof pant and jacket
Good gloves for trek and climb
Personal back pack
Sun block cream
Head lamp / torch
Water bottle -1 liter bottle
Tooth brush and tooth paste
Extra batteries for head lamp/ torch and camera
Extra film rolls/ memory cards (if digital camera )
Battery charger ( if digital camera)
Personal first aid kits