The Mustang trek takes you into the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang also known as Lo. The Mustang lies in the Dhaulagiri with a complete desolate landscape surrounded by rocks of different formations. The Mustang region resembles a mini Tibet.
The trail to the Upper Mustang follows the salt caravan route of the old days when people would trade salt with grain from the lowlands. The easiest way to reach this area is to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and start the trek from there. The flight is short and you will see the beautiful landscape below as we fly into Jomsom. During the trek we will follow the famous Kali Gandaki River upstream to Kagbeni which is where the restricted area begins.
From Kagbeni the trek goes northwards towards Lo Mangtang. There is an option to go via Dhakmar and visit the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, Lo Gekar. It was build in the 8th Century by the Tibetan magician Guru Rinpoche.
Prior to 1992, Upper Mustang was restricted and forbidden for any foreign visitors. Now any foreigner must buy a permit which costs $500USD valid for 10 days. In recent years, some villages have opened up their houses to accommodate tourists along their way. They love to show you their way of life and you can experience true Tibetan culture.