Trekking in Nepal should be on the bucket list of every adventurous soul. It offers multiple trekking routes from where the travelers can choose. Out of all the trekking routes, the Upper Mustang Trekking route stands out to be one of the best routes in the country.
Upper Mustang goes by the name, the last forbidden kingdom as foreigners were not allowed to enter this region. By the mid-1990s, this region finally opened up to tourism but still had multiple restrictions.
The topography of the region consists of large dry arid lands which are very similar to deserts and it has settlements scattered throughout the region. These settlements thrive due to their water sources. It also has many gorges formed over the course of centuries.
This region has a deep-rooted history. This region has been living in such seclusion that it has a culture of its own. In the late 2000s, caves up on the cliffs were discovered which brought the attention of archaeologists and historians all over the world. These caves were given the name, sky caves and you can visit them.
This region was not open to tourism but with the development of tourism in Nepal, visiting the forbidden kingdom of Mustang became a possibility. This route takes us through an extraordinary journey through the vast arid lands and rocky hills which have been eroded with the course of time. You will also spot several sky caves as you go along.
This former kingdom has its capital in Lo Manthang. It is also known as the walled city. This city has a charm of its own and its unique culture and people will surely give you an enthralling experience.
As the level of difficulty is moderate, your trekking will be slightly challenging in certain parts. This region celebrates various festivals and Tiji festival is certainly one of them. You will also come across several monasteries which are hundreds of years old.
This trek starts after you arrive in Jomsom via flight and then you start on foot. You will trek through the trail of the Kali Gandaki river and pass through places such as Kagbeni, Syanbochen, Charang and finally to Lo- Manthang. While you return, you will return to a different trail.
This region has the people of Thakali and Tibetan ethnicity and their unique culture will certainly be a wonderful experience. Every settlement has different housing structures and feels to it.
So, plan your trip to the mystical part of Nepal this year with Sublime Trails. This forbidden kingdom has natural as well as cultural beauty and traditions which have been followed for centuries.