Lying in the Annapurna region, Mustang treks are highly popular treks in Nepal. They offer you a Himalayan experience like no other and regarded as classics in the trekking world.
Mustang can be divided into lower Mustang which features places like Jomsom and Chumig Gyatsa (Muktinath) and Upper Mustang which is known as the forbidden kingdom of Lomanthang. The barren land of Upper Mustang projects all the way to the Tibetan plateau. While Thakalis are the dominant group in lower Mustang, Manangis form the main settlers of Upper Mustang.
The trekking trail in Mustang passes through peaceful villages such as Jomsom, Kagbeni. Marpha, Tukuche and crosses the Thorung La pass (5416m) to visit Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath. Muktinath is the holiest shrine for both Buddhists and Hindus and showcases the mud statues of Padmasambhava, eternal flame and 108 water spouts.
Upper Mustang is in the trans-Himalayan rain-shadow region and is a restricted trekking area. Visit Lomanthang palace, Namgyal monastery and hike up to the Nepal-Tibet border. All along the trek you will enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, among others. The deepest canyon in the world- the Kali Gandaki gorge, formed by tenth-tallest Annapurna and sixth-tallest Dhaulagiri mountains in the world is part of the trekking experience and so is the Kali Gandaki valley.
Lower Mustang trek is best approached in Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) while Upper Mustang can be visited during monsoon season (June-August) too.