Top Reasons to Trek in Upper Mustang
Trekking in Nepal is a bold adventure where you will have lifelong experiences. From the high altitude trekking to the arid-desert environment, the combination of biodiversity and Multiculturalism makes Nepal is the best trekking destination in the planet. This article we are discussing Mustang Trekking, a most enigmatic and mysteries trekking destination.
Mystical and culturally rich Mustang is a one of the less visited place in the Nepal. Discussing about the Mustang, it is consider one of the last places in the planet where you can find unsullied Tibetan Buddhist culture is still practicing. Trekking in Mustang for the tourist was only open in 1991, before it was isolated.
Known as mini Tibet Upper Mustang is excellent for trekking in summer. Due to the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya range Mustang is totally dry and do not get heavy rainfall. The people who wants a quaint and unique trekking then Upper Mustang is the best choice. Because of dryness and features trekking can be done in summer where as other trekking destination become wet and soggy with monsoon but not Upper Mustang.
To visit Upper Mustang foreigner have to obtain restricted area permit of USD 500 for 10 days starting and ending at Kagbeni. Extra days are charged US $ 50 per day. To obtain the permit you have at least 2 members in a group. That means single permit would not be obtain.
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Many legends mentioned that Lo-manthang since the prevalence from seventh century. The wall city of Lo-manthang was constructed by a warrior from western Tibetan where they start ruled the land. From the 15th o 17th Century mustang control over the trade between the Himalayas and India.
Summer trekking in Mustang
Most of trekking destinations of Nepal they are not operated in summer because of heavy rainfall. I general trekking routes presents a verdant environment with beautiful Himalayas, rivers, green valley, forest and terrace farms but Upper Mustang is not. It is located on the rain-shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Located at the high elevation the terrain of Mustang presents a picture of sparse of vegetation and snow with strong wind and even stronger rock erosion. The area experience the very little rain so May to September.
Ancient Buddhist Religion
Known as mini Tibet Mustang is totally influence by Tibetan culture and religions. Trekking or Jeep tour to Mustang offers a beautiful experience of culture that remains unsullied since it was practiced centuries ago. Although such ethnic groups are not found anywhere in the planet.
Moreover, Mustang is also rich of many Buddhist art and artifacts from history. The monasteries are well painting, Tibetan idols, statues and thanka painting.
The mustang region is home to over ten thousand ancient caves on rocks and ground, they are both man made and naturally occurring caves.
The annual three- days festival consisting of Tibetan rituals which celebrate the myth of a son who had save the Mustang from a destruction. The festival is celebrated in Lo-manthang during the month of May. The festival commemorates the victory of lord Buddha’s incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a victory creature feeding on Human beings and causing storms and droughts. The monks from the Choedhe Monastery perform rituals dances during the Tiji Festival.
While trekking in Mustang during summer one can experience this wonderful and unique festival in Lo-manthang. The Local people of Lo-manthang celebrate the festival to ward of suffering from the region. It is a symbol of hope and peace in the region.
Gumpas and Monasteries
Trekking to Upper Mustang is an exciting and awesome destination where you will have change to encounter many Gompas and monasteries along the journey. Upper Mustang is the combination of both adventurous and spiritual journey. Likewise Mustang is a Museum of a best preserved glory of Past where you can explore ancient religious manuscripts, images and arts are preserved in Many monasteries. The Tsarang Monastery, Lo-Gekar Monastery, Namgyal Gumpa, Ghami Gumpa, Nyiphuk Gumpa, Ghiling Monastery, Gonpa-Kang, Choser Cave, Luri Cave and the unique Chorten (stupa) of Tangya and the Ghar Gompa are some major highlights of Upper Mustang.
Tree-less barren landscape
Upper Mustang Trekking passes through almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and downhill with amazing background of Annapurna, Nilgiti and Dhaulagiri. The region get very less rainfall, the attrition o the rocks has led to some of the most astonishing formalities of naturally occurring ability not found anywhere else.