What awaits is an otherworldly landscape, mysterious sky caves, traditional tiny villages, and an authentic culture. For many, the lure of the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang is the ultimate prise.
That it required days of arduous trekking over high passes to reach meant that for many, forbidden or otherwise, reaching Lo Manthang was simply a pipe dream. Of course, the permit cost deters many, too, but all of this keeps Mustang special. This unforgiving, high-altitude mountain desert is quite unlike any other part of Nepal, as it lies behind the Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau.
Protected from the monsoon by the Himalayas means that this is an arid landscape carved by the winds of Central Asia. Weirdly shaped eroded cliffs coloured by striking earth pigmentation in variations of ochre, red, amber, blue and brown suggest that this could be Mars. Scattered, white-painted villages, Tibetan monasteries and ancient wayside inns, a legacy of hundreds of years of cross-border trading, just seem to blend perfectly with the hostile, barren mountainscapes of Mustang.
Upper Mustang still remains the destination of choice for the adventurous Himalayan connoisseur.
But, some things are changing. A road now exists meaning that trekking is no longer the only option. However, this wild and unforgiving land has not been tamed, even by 4WD a Mustang Jeep Tour is an adventurous and often challenging journey.
We have suggested itineraries below that explore both Upper and Lower Mustang. We consider Upper Mustang to be beyond Kagbeni to Lo Manthang and Lower Mustang to be Kagbeni down into the Kali Gandaki and to Thasang. Lower Mustang trips don't need a restricted area permit and venture as far as Kagbeni, yet they too still afford a glimpse of Upper Mustang.
Our Mustang treks and Mustang Tours can all be tailor-made too.