Trekking to Upper Mustang, a forbidden kingdom- Lo Manthang

Trekking to Upper Mustang, a forbidden kingdom- Lo Manthang

Posted Feb 21st, 2014 under Culture & Festivals, Photo Essay, Trekking & Hiking,

A tiny piece of land in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, Upper Mustang is itself a heaven within the planet. Trekking to Upper Mustang is not only an opportunity to peep into rich Tibetan culture, it also offers the best views of Tibetan landscapes. Rarely trodden trekking trial in Western Nepal is a tranquil destination where every expectation during a trekking holiday in Nepal gets fulfilled.

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The major hydrographic feature of the region, Kali Gandaki River bisects Mustang forming some of the world’s deepest gorges in the River Valley of Southern Mustang

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Upper Mustang, which lies in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna was once upon a time, a major stopover point in the salt trading route between India and Tibet because of its strategic location

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The walled city- Lo Manthang built by King Ame Pal in 1380 AD has surprisingly changed its appearance however, this isolated Himalayan town has lot to offer in its palace and gompas to the visitors

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Trekking to Upper Mustang- the forbidden kingdom requires a special permit which costs 50o US Dollars for ten days to all foreigners and additional charge for additional number of days costs 50 US Dollars per day

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Tiji Festival which lasts for three days is one the major highlights of Upper Mustang Trek during the end of May 2014

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Upper Mustang is the land of caves- A shepherd in 2007 discovered 55 cave paintings depicting Buddha’s life

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Upper Mustang Trek winds through the amazing trail cross passing beautiful villages and savoring views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are  the   bonus rewards

 

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Tibetan culture at its traditional best still lives here in Upper Mustang.

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Not only the culture, Upper Mustang Trek offers the landscapes identical to the Tibetan ones- In fact this part of Nepal in a way offers Tibetan flavor of ancient times

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Deserted landscapes in the lap of Himalayan giants and rich Tibetan Buddhist culture are the prime highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

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