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The Kingdom of Mustang

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The Kingdom of Mustang is a semi-autonomous kingdom lying in the region east of Dolpo. The region is an arid and mountainous desert once habituated by cave dwelling hermits. This area is unique because it’s Tibetan Buddhist heritage has been well preserved. It was only opened up in the 1990’s, so before that the people had had very few visitors. The route passes salt mines and many villages and the city, Lo Manthang, unusual because it is a square walled city, inside of which there is still a palace and a king.

Written by  Steve Berry.

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The word 'Mustang' conjures up ideas of remoteness and seclusion, a region lost amongst the mountains. This was an independent country until it was closely consolidated into Nepal just a couple of decades back.

The kingdom of Mustang lies in the rain shadow formed by the Annapurna & Nilgiri Himalayas thus gets very little rain which makes the area ideal for trekking even in the mid monsoon while the other areas of Nepal remain unviable for trekking due to heavy monsoon rain.

The Trek to this mystique kingdom which requires a special permit that costs US$ 700 per person [valid for 10 Days] begins at the airstrip of Jomsom after flying up early in the from Pokhara. The trek is rather easy as most of the path goes along the bank of Kali Gandaki River and eventually leads you to Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang at 3730 meter, which is the highest point on this trip.

Fascinating areas - culturally and historically, picturesque villages, monasteries, unique landscape and easy access and very few trekkers in this area are the major highlights of this trip. This is among the very few trips in Nepal which can be done throughout the year.

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