Mustang Overland Tour is the shortest and easiest way to explore the amazing and mystical land. This ancient city named Lo had its capital in Lo Manthang, the walled city where the king’s palace also lies. Trekking to get to Lo Manthang takes up to 3 weeks and this tour is perfect for people looking to complete is fast and easily. The beautiful landscape of Annapurna Conservation Area and Restricted area of Upper Mustang with mountains on the backdrop make the whole trip enjoyable.
Mustang Tour is also perfect to learn about the isolated and wonderful culture and tradition of Thakali, Gurung and Tibetan people. Things start to get really amazing from Jomsom, a picturesque village extending from both sides of Kali Gandaki river. Because you will be riding a comfortable private vehicle you won’t have to worry about the difficult ascents and descents without compromising the scenic beauty including mountains. Mustang is draped in high hills and several high mountains which is bound to leave you captivated.
Various Buddhist artifacts, Chhortens, and monasteries lie in the villages leading to this ancient kingdom. The palace of the former king of Lo Manthang is fantastic and gives insight into the culture and tradition that has survived for thousands of years. Sky Caves are another famous place to visit in Mustang. These caves houses mummies dating back to thousands of years where other artifacts, paintings, scriptures, etc. also have been found.
This insightful and beautiful tour is filled with views of rivers, streams, monasteries, Chhortens, forests, antique houses, caves, people dressed in traditional dresses. Upper Mustang is a part of Tibetan plateau and makes you feel like traveling in Tibet, the rich culture of people will make this even more amazing.
Mustang Overland Tour takes you to the highest altitude of just around three thousand meters. This means, you have to be careful to the altitude sickness but it's not too risky. This tour can be completed at any time of the year and is perfect for people of any age or physical strength.
MUSTANG OVERLAND TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Explore famous places like Jomsom, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, etc.
- View the majestic Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world
- Stay at beautiful villages in rugged terrain near Chhortens, gompas, and monasteries
- Drive inside the Annapurna Conservation Area and Restricted area of Upper Mustang with a permit
- Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
- Explore and pay homage to Muktinath temple
- Explore several caves dwellings, and houses partially built in caves
- Learn about the Tibetan Buddhism culture, the rare Bon religion and ethnic people known as Lo Pa
- Reach the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang and visit various historical places
- Breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna I
What to Expect
Jomsom is a beautiful village in the rugged terrain of Mustang district full of prayer wheels and Chhortens and a monastery. While at this village, rhododendron forests and Himalayas in the backdrop decorate the landscape. Culture of the people living here is influenced by the Tibetans performing various Buddhists rituals and prayers. Spreading on both sides of the Kaligandaki river, Jomsom is full of beautiful views and religious sites.
2. Lo Manthang and sky caves
Lo Manthang is an ancient walled kingdom and capital of Mustang. This mysterious place is isolated from the modern world as it is declared a restricted area. The sky caves in Lo Manthang is one of the UNESCO tentative sites. It houses partially mummified bodies dating back to several thousands of years. While archaeologists started demystifying this place, they also discovered paintings, sculptures, manuscripts related to Buddhism and Bon religion.
Another visit to The Royal Palace of Lo Manthang gives more insight about ancient culture and tradition of people of Lo.
3. Muktinath Temple
This sacred site is visited by both Hindus and Buddhists throughout the year. Visiting this temple and performing a ritual is believed to give you ‘Mukti’, meaning liberation from worldly pain and suffering. Here, Lord Bishnu is worshipped by Hindus, especially Vaishnavas. It is one of the eight major holy places for them. It is also considered one of the Shakti Peethas, where body parts of dead Shakti (Sati Devi) fell while being carried and taken to random places by Mahadeva. Buddhists believe that Guru Padmasambhava came to meditate here and the statue is the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Compassion Buddha.
4. People and their traditions
People living in Mustang region are isolated from the rest of the world and to modern means of life and luxuries. They live a fairly simple life based on tourism, animal husbandry, and trade. Most of the people still speak the Tibetan language. An ethnic group of people named Thakali speak their own language and practice culture that is an amalgam of Tibetan and Nepali culture. Rare Bon religion is also practiced by some people here.
It is believed that this place hasn’t changed much since the founder of this kingdom Ame Pal built it. But recent development activities and communication with other regions are starting to change this place.
5. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes
Since the beginning of the tour, the beautiful landscapes start to unveil. Rhododendron forests, mountains in the backdrop and rugged terrain make this place even more mystical. Touring inside the area of Annapurna Conservation Area also gives you the opportunity to witness various flora and fauna. Various mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range with a height more than 7000 meters can be seen. 35 other mountains higher than 6000 meters surround Mustang. Mustang Overland tour is full of beautiful caves, valleys, rivers, villages, religious sites and artifacts.