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Mustang, Forbidden kingdom of the Himalaya

Nepal Environmental Treks | 19 Oct,2016
Mustang, Forbidden kingdom of the Himalaya
Mustang, also known as ‘Forbidden Kingdom',  is located in the western region of Nepal lining the Tibetan border. The district can be seen as an extension of the Tibetan plateau southwards. Mustang has semi-arid climate and lies in the trans-Himalayan region with relatively less rainfall every year.  Much of the land resembles barren, desert-like landscape with scanty vegetation. 
Mustang can distinctly be divided into Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. Once ruled by local kings and rulers, the Kingdom of Lo or walled capital of Lo Manthang falls in Upper Mustang. The kingdom is still full of archaeological treasures including white washed mud brick walls, gompas and palaces.
The lower belt of Mustang is called Thak, after which the local inhabitants Thakali people are named. Kagbeni, Jomsom are some of the well known settlements in Lower Mustang. 
Mustang is home to Lhobas, Thakali and Gurung people who are famous for their trade and hospitality. The culture and lifestyle of people living in Mustang closely resembles that of Tibetan people as they have a mix of Tibetan and Nepalese culture.
Annapurna Trekking Route
Mustang is an integral part of world famous Annapurna Trekking route .The route takes you through Thorong La pass, one of the highest Himalayan passes, into the laps of Mt. Annapurna and Dhualgairi ranges. The deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, also lies along the route. Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang sits in the Lower region and is famous for Apple, brandy and Thakali hospitality. The famous temple of Muktinath is another major attraction in Mustang, visited by thousands of trekkers and pilgrims every year.