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.