5 Reasons to go Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang trek brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire and is therefore closely tied to Tibet in culture, language and geography.
The regions isolation from the outside world has contributed to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature. Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif creating a ruggedly arid land surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and impressive formations. This barren landscape is dotted with settlements of white washed houses, barley fields and chortens festooned with prayer flags which add a splash of color to the landscape. To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king.
The 5 important reasons that signify why you must go Upper Mustang Trek are described below:
1. Life style of Tibet People and Tibetan Culture experience
Since Upper Mustang valley belongs to the Nepal and Tibet border, trek to the region gives a good chance to be familiar with the lifestyle followed by people of Tibet. Upper Mustang is unlike any other places of Nepal where you get to experience close encounter with The Tibetian culture, rituals, foods, festivals and Practice.
2. Tiji Festival
Lastly, a large number of trekkers and tourists opt for Upper Mustang Trek to be the part of Tiji Festival in the country. Tiji is the acronym for Tempa Chirim that implies Prayer for World Peace. To enjoy this festival, you have to visit Nepal during May. Tiji is an annual and a fascinating three-day festival that consists of many Tibet rituals celebrating the myth of a son responsible for saving the entire Mustang kingdom from any destruction. Tiji Festival is one of the Rare traditional aspect that can be only found in Upper Mustang.
3. The Panoramic view of stunning Himalayas
Upper Mustang is the best place to observe and enjoy the serene mountain range clapped with snow from closed angle. While trekking Upper Mustang trekkers enjoy the stunning views possessed by famous mountains named Mount Nilgiri, Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri and various others.
4. Visit to Ancient pagodas, monasteries and shrines of Tibetan Community
Upper Mustang Trek allows trekkers to know about famous Buddhist pagodas and monasteries belonging to ancient times. At the same time, you will be able to find ancient shrines Tibetan Buddhist Community, such as Chhortens, Kaanis and similar others. If this is not enough, the complete trek allows you to view the prayer walls and old monasteries, while give a chance to interact with many people following Tibet lifestyle to make the trip memorable for your lifetime.
5. Visit to different Important sites
On the way to Upper Mustang, a trekker must follow the route of Kathmandu to Pokhara , Kathmandu is itself an important city culturally and historically. Pokhara is famous for caves, temples and lakes. Upper Mustang also inhabits, Lo manthang which is also called lost forbidden kingdom of the country.