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Tourism In Mustang Muktinath.

Destination: Mustang 

Highlights:

  • Natural beauty
    It is being located at the northernmost part of the country is rich in natural vegetation. The tropical alpine and coniferous forest occupies a small portion of mustang Nepal. Apple fields and rhododendron forests adds the beauty of the mustang. The biodiversity of the region swiped entire hillsides with pink and red rhododendron forests. Upper Mustang trek offers a chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes.


  • Desert vegetation around Himalayas
    Although the location lies in the shadow of Annapurna and Niligiri range the soil of this region is similar to the desert vegetation. Being at the high altitude the wind blows throughout the day. Rock soil and rocky highlands makes the location suitable for rock climbing.


  • Deepest Gorge
    The origin of Kaligandaki River is in the Mustang district. Kaligandaki River makes the second deepest gorge of the country. The river drained the rocky soil and highlands of mustang and flow towards south of the country. This gorge is another attraction of Mustang Nepal.


  • Adventurous sports
    It is famous for adventurous sports such as cycling, rock climbing, trekking, horse racing and riding. The geographical structure of Mustang is comprised of highlands and lowlands with plain, which makes it suitable for mountain cycling, trekking. Being lack of enough transportation facilities people raises horses in their home for transportation purpose.


  • Beautiful Valleys
    There are certain beautiful valleys that lie in Mustang district such as Jomsom, Kagbeni, lomangthang. Jomsom is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local residents of the region, known as Thakalis. Kagbeni which lies near the junction with the trail to Muktinath, is a village in Upper Mustang, located in the valley of the Kaligandaki River. Lomangthang which lies in Upper Mustang is famous for trekking adventurous.


  • Himalayan ranges
    Being in the northern part of the country, Mustang is stride with the mountain ranges such as Annapurna and Niligiri range. The Jomsom valley lies in the shade of these mountains which is drained by the Kaligandaki River. Mountains add the beauty of mustang.


  • Culture
    Cultural trails in the region take into the homes of Gurungs in the lowlands, the hospitality of Thakalis around Jomsom, Manangis in the east and Tibetans in the arid north. The typical culture of people living in mountainous region can be observed and enjoy clearly in Mustang. Thakali food is another attraction of this culture and Mustang itself.


  • Snowfall
    Being surrounded by the snow capped mountains Mustang receives the snow falls frequently and mostly in the winter season. Visitors can enjoy the snowfall and snow games in mustang during this time. A visit to the snowy places can be done with the horse ride during this period.


  • Food and Festivals
    Thakali food is the famous throughout the country which can be enjoyed at its origin place mustang. Different local products of apples such as wine, beer, dried items etc. can also be enjoyed. Another attraction of Mustang region is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The Mustagi people have their own way of family life, which is quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.


  • Muktinath temple
    Muktinath temple is the holy place for Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is one of the holy places among four ‘Dhams’ of Hindu holy places being located in the mountain region. The most suitable time to visit Muktinath is from March to June, as the weather conditions would not be safe enough to travel in other months. The journey passes through many archaeological sites and temples. The 108 water taps and nonstop glowing fire is another attraction of this temple.

Best time:

Spring and autumn

Accommodation:

You can get accommodation with attached bathroom in the most places (specially in Lomanthang) in Upper Mustang and rest places sharing toilet/bathroom.

Transportation:

Mustang, Muktinath reason is one of the very easily accessible trekking destination. You can reach the footsteps of Muktinath temples in a comfort of a four-wheeler or a little less comfort but enough adventure on your two-wheeler. Yet, you cannot take your own four-wheeler into Mustang, but you can take it up-to Beni, and from there you can take Jeeps or Bus to Muktinath. Beni is about 300 km from Kathmandu. Buses and Micro buses are available from Gongabu Bus Park . 

From Beni, you can take a local bus to Jomsom that leaves at specific time period, or you can take buses and jeep to Ghasa, from where you have to change the bus and then take another one to Jomsom. From Jomsom you have to change another bus. 

Jomsom is about 72 km from Beni and Muktinath is around 21 km from which make it a total of about 93 km of trip from Beni to Muktinath, which usually takes all day long because of the state of road and also the occupancy of bus seats. 

But personally I prefer to walk from Lete to Muktinath, enjoying the view along the way. If Lete to Muktinath is far enough for some, then at least Jomsom- Muktinath trek offers some picturesque scenery as well. A walk from Lete offers amazing views and traditional Thakali settlements, beautiful villages along the way, the village of Marpha, the home of the famous Mustang Apple Brandy. And a nice spot to enjoy on the way back home would be ‘Tatopani’, a relaxing retreat on hotspring after tiring trip to Mustang. 

The routes along the way have ample hotels, especially around Jomsom and Muktinath, there are plenty of good hotels.

Description:

Mustang the district beyond the mountains! Lying to the North of Annapurna region, Mustang lies in the Trans-Himalyan zone, near to the Tibetan border on the Northern side. The rugged terrains and mountains looming over the valleys below carved by the ferocious Kali-Gandaki River, Mustang is one of the most famous trekking destinations in Nepal. Not only is Mustang famous among the foreigners, but Mustang is also famous among the Hindu Pilgrims. Thousands of hindu devotes from Nepal and India visit the Muktinath shrine every year, and the banks of Kaligandaki river in a famous place called Kagbeni. Kagbeni is also the gateway to Upper Mustang, once a forbidden Kingdom ‘the Kingdom of Lho’. 

Lying to the western end of Manang district, Mustang is a major part of the world renowned Annapurna circuit. The shorter version the circuit usually terminates in Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang. Also known as the Windy city, as per its high velocity winds.
Some Photos Clips of Mustang