Trekking

Mustang Region

The kingdom of Lo, the traditional Mustang Region is a gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. This region is known as a rain shadow area and was opened for trekkers in 1992. The trail passes through one of the driest regions in Nepal but offers beautiful landscapes and spectacular mountains views. The area was able to grow within its own distinctive culture and rich traditions influenced by Tibet.

The kingdom of Lo, the traditional Mustang Region is a gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. This region is known as a rain shadow area and was opened for trekkers in 1992. The trail passes through one of the driest regions in Nepal but offers beautiful landscapes and spectacular mountains views. The area was able to grow within its own distinctive culture and rich traditions influenced by Tibet.

The historical remote Mustang trek unseals the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, and lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be "barren as a dead deer" but where beauty and happiness abound despite hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until the 1830s. The walled city of Lo Mont hangs, and the unofficial capital of Mustang remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history of Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than recorded fact. Mustang maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army.

It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ocher valley, yak caravans, colorfully painted mud-brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountains of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri make your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very special one.

Seven Summit Treks

Grading

Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

For Expeditions

  1. Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
  2. Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
  3. Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
  4. Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
  5. Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.

Grading

Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

For Trekking

  1. Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
  2. Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
  3. Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
  4. Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.