The Upper Mustang trek can also be called a peek into the hidden world of Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be a part of the Tibetan empire, and is therefore very closely related to Tibet; not only the culture, also the landscape is very much related to Tibet. Surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colors and bizarre formations, Mustang is mostly a barren landscape where the villages with their bright colored fields are like Oasis in the deserts. Mustang lies in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri region and is a complete desolate landscape. The culture of the people living there is one of the major attractions for tourists and visitors alike.
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We started our 10-day trek in the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal and every day we steadily moved higher, every day edging closer to the mountains we had come to find, each day better than the last. We followed a valley wedged between a cliff and a drop into the river. We went through villages with groups of shy children acting as toll merchants demanding sweets, chocolates, school pens or balloons. We crossed suspension bridges every day, always swaying and bouncing. We kept going, pushing on and upwards getting glimpses of looming snow-covered mountains in the far-off distance. Halfway to the pass we climbed through small forests with the red colors of rhododendron bushes bursting through the green. The air felt cooler than before and soon the forest thinned out, the terrain became barren and we ventured higher into the mountains. The changes were an encouraging sign of progress. The conversations also turned from excitement to philosophy. Traveling through such calm solitudes, so far removed from the tensions of civilization, clarity and hopefulness pervaded our thinking. We all seemed to be overwhelmed with grandiose ideas for the future. Our thoughts seemed to reflect the magnificent mountains we were passing through. We walked together and we walked alone, talking a little but simply content to be moving and making our way. We ambled up and up. The only thing we needed to do was to keep moving, not necessarily at a fast pace but just keep moving. Then we neared the pass and a completely new challenge. After three hours of solo toil, we came upon other hikers who were feeling sick and nauseous and moving very slowly, even slower than me. We rested for a while, dicussing the view and our inability to appreciate it in our fatigued states. We set off again, the climb was not as steep as before but we walked at a crawling pace for the next few hours up and over small hills.
Tilicho lake is the lake situated in the highest altitude in the world. It is 4,919 m high in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in Manang district of Nepal. Anyone attempting to do the Annapurna Circuit route usually cross these watersheds between Manang and Kali Gandaki valleys above the 5,000 meters high Thorong La pass. Various lodges have been built between Manang and the Lake, but there aren’t any accommodation sites or even teahouses past the Tilicho Base Camp lodge. Tilicho Lake and the trek as a whole is a very revitalizing experience, yet a very demanding and an extremely adventurous terrain, not meant for everyone, only the adventure junkies so-to-say.
Based in the great and the lower Himalayas the terrain of Druk-yul is beautifully difficult. The gradient is steep and valleys are deep. Water bodies are flowing in all directions from brooks to streams and falls to rivers nourishing the landscape to the core. Why carry a bottle when you can drink from the clear mineral water flowing from a natural source. The air is as clean as it could be and the warm sun shines bright in the clear sky with cotton candy clouds hanging around randomly. View of the Milky Way is visible from higher altitudes at night.
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Explore upper Mustang Trek. is the trek to Lo-Mangthang (Upper Mustang trek). The trek to this region is to explore Tibetan villages in Nepalese border. These ancient Tibetan villages have unspoiled Buddhist culture. The region is also famous for medieval art in Buddhist monasteries. Upper Mustang, the capital of Lo-Mangthang is attractive for exploring beautiful Himalayan deserts in high altitude. Lo Mangthang lies behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains which is very near with Tibet therefore practices Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Lo Mangthang was opened to explore after 1992 where there are various specialties hidden as mysteries. The land is windy and barren extended Tibetan plateau which has rocky formations with eroded canyons. Lo Mangthang (Upper Mustang) people are of Tibetan origin Bhotias and Loba communities. They follow Tibetan life style and cultural practices. These people follow Sakyapa Buddhism which is Tibetan-rooted. They celebrate festivals based on religion; among them Tiji Festival is the most important. The population of this region is more than 6000 in an area of 2600sq. km. which is still being ruled by a king locally. The houses and monasteries are made up of stone or sun baked mud bricks. The monasteries have medieval looks with historical importance. The Exploration Mustang Trek is interesting trekking to Mustang region along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail follows Kali Gandaki to the top of Lo Mangthang with different opportunities to explore ancient settlements of Kagbeni, passing through the world’s deepest river gorge in kali Gandaki River and to Tibetan untouched villages of Lo Mangthang. The region is not disturbed by modern world development as it has preserved its culture in art and traditions. Exploration Mustang Trek is challenging trek to high Himalayan desert. It offers different insights about the region such as historical, cultural and so on. Trekking in this region is worthwhile for those who want to gain knowledge through travelling and seeking adventure journey.