Untouched by the outside world, 16th century monasteries remain active, adorned with unrivalled frescoes, thankas and status of gigantic deities, preserving ancient traditions. Mustang is the land of Barley field's pastures for grazing herds. These upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river which has tantalized a generation of trekkers - have recently been opened in 1991. Mustang being a restricted area, there are certain formalities required by the government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit.
Nowadays Mustang is a very popular trekking region in Nepal. The Home Ministry of Nepal announced the Opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the Department of Immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. According to government rule, liaison officers were accompanied with the trekking groups in previous time but now there are no necessary to have them. The region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as "Upper Mustang". The trek to Lo Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make your trek memorable. The Monasteries in these areas are most Gelukpa, Shakyapa and Nyingmapa sect. There are also 2 monastery of Bonpo religion that was in Tibet before the Buddhism entered. I am planning to give you the detail information of this trek after you arrive in Nepal and of course your Trek Guide will introduce and explain you every evening about the culture, people, places and monasteries.
The journey to Mustang begins with a flight to Jomsom via Pokhara. Two days walking from Jomsom we cross the traditional boundary into the wild lunar landscape of Mustang.
Our itinerary allows plenty of time to explore the main town of Lo Manthang, the impressive walled capital. Mustang trek is scheduled during the summer months when the people are most active in the fields, villages and monasteries.
The trek ends at Jomsom and from here we fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.