Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is one of those mystical treks that incite the curious trekker who enjoys the much lesser known parts of history & unusual traditions that are perhaps found nowhere else on planet earth. This region is opened for trekking from 1992 onwards only. As it was long isolated from the outside world you can find the old tradition and culture to be preserved and performed. Within the heart of Mustang District lies its capital, Lo-Manthang, it is a walled city located at an elevation of about 3800 meters above sea level. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king. The land of Mustang is dry and barren like a desert as it receives very less rainfall and has a spectacular color of the landscapes. Upper Mustang offers the trekking even during monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still dry with only occasional and small amount of rainfall. This place is so cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. The settlements are scattered and there is little sign of cultivation between villages, little grows without irrigation, thus the region resembles a desert albeit mountainous, nuclear settlements in fertile areas. The neighborhood of Upper Mustang is enriched with major barren and bare ridges, eroded cliffs, deep canyons and moraine valleys and the colorful landscapes. Its landscape is unbeatable for it has astounding wilderness, snowcapped peaks pristine scenery, stunning 16th-century monasteries and many other exclusive attractions. The view of windy swept Kali-Gandaki valley, extensive coastal body of river around Kagbeni and extensive hills and ridges that straggles high mountains provide a dazzling experience to all trekkers.It is full of ancient culture, monuments and monasteries rich in art and history.You will be amazed to know that all the brothers of a single family get married to the same girl.The major peaks you will observe during the Upper Mustang trek are Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Mustang Himal,Tukuche peak, Arniko Chuli among many other peaks. The bare treeless mountain geography & the moraine terraces that disappear are a fantastic journey into Mustang’s unique geography that leaves you baffled.Its remoteness presents you an animated rhythm of earth natural colors—yellows, reds, blues, and browns that give it stunning appearances at different times and places of the day. Trek in Upper Mustang is a different and rare experience and privilege. Adventure trekkers who want to see the centuries back lifestyle and culture now in present time visit the Upper Mustang Trek. The Upper Mustang trek is one of the world’s wonderful treks.
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