Located in the upper section of Mustang District touching the Tibetan border, Upper Mustang is one of the least visited places in Nepal by trekkers. Once a part of the Tibetan Kingdom, Upper Mustang landscape extends to Tibetan plateau. Because of its trans-Himalayan climate, it receives no rainfall during monsoon season.
Upper Mustang is home to Lo Manthang, a walled city which had its own kingdom till 2008. Lo Manthang is an oasis of settlements amid the desert-like landscape with impressive architecture, old forts, caves and palaces. It is also known as forbidden kingdom of Lo, once the center of ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The inhabitants of the Kingdom of Lo Manthang are Thakali people who still follow Tibetan culture and practices.
The locals observe the unique 3-day Tije or Ten-Chi Festival once every year during May to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Both commoners and Buddhist priests participate adorned in colorful dresses in unique dancing and music program.
The trail also offers superb views of majestic Himalayan ranges including Annapurna and Dhualagiri along with visit to ancient monasteries and the picturesque town of Jomsom, the capital of Thakali people. Also on the visit list is the temple of Muktinath, one of the most revered site by both Hindus and Buddhists. The trek is best during monsoon season when the district receives no rainfall.
Upper Mustang trek ranges anywhere from 10-16 days and is best for all age group of travelers. You will require a special permit from the government to trek Upper Mustang.