Sign up! Trek to Upper Mustang, Kingdom of Lo (Women Only April 25 – May 15, 2016)
Interested? Email: info@GlobalAdventuress.com for more details, the digital brochure and itinerary
- Trek in a highly restricted area.
- Explore a kingdom long isolated from the outside world.
- Discover 14th century Buddhist monasteries in villages and remote cave sites.
North of the massive gorge between Himalayan giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, lies the legendary kingdom of Mustang. Historically it dominated the trade along the ancient route connecting Tibet with Nepal and India. The inhabitants of Mustang (the Lobas) are Buddhist and culturally Tibetan, but as the king allied himself with Jumla rather than Lhasa, the region was eventually absorbed into Nepal.
For political reasons travel into Mustang was strictly forbidden and the region remained isolated from the modern world. In 1992 it was decided to allow outsiders in on a very limited basis. This isolation has helped maintain a way of life almost unchanged for centuries.
If you are looking for a trek through alpine scenery, this is not it. Instead, this trek will be in the great Himalayan rain shadow on a wind-swept desert landscape of implausible gorges, high passes and enormous vistas. The trekkers will pass brightly painted chortens, climb a series of canyons and ridges and discover caves used by monks dating back to the 14th century. The altitude on this route is not extreme by Himalayan standards, the highest point will be approximately 14,000 feet. The area is home to snow leopard and blue sheep, lammergeier, yaks, and nomads, ammonites and medieval villages. The king (a direct descendant of the original founder 25 generations ago) just might welcome this group to tea at the palace if he is at home. Watch the PBS documentary on the discovery of the lost caves of Mustang.
These Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by a sister company based in Nepal – managed by the founder’s family. This trekking company has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. They treat their staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Their clients have commented that their treks provide a better value (less for more) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. References Available.
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