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Discover Mustang

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 by trekker under Trekking

Tags: Mustang, Nepal, trekking, history

TREKKING ALONG THE TRAILS OF MUSTANG

 

District: Mustang

 

Zone: Dhaulagiri

 

Distance from Kathmandu:  210 km

 

Latitude: 29° 11' 0" N

 

Longitude: 83.9928° E

 

Details:

The trekking usually starts at Jomsom, which is a district headquarter of Mustang. The trail goes along the Kaligandaki river, village of Kagbeni (a settlement greatly influenced by Tibet), climbs up to Khingar, a little more push leads to Jharkot and then takes to Ranipauwa and that’s exactly where you can see a panoramic view of Mt.dhaulagiri, Thapa Peak, Nilgiri north, Tilicho,Tukche and Dhampus.

 

Muktinath is yet another Pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists who come over from far distance to visit this holy Pilgrimage. It lies in Mustang.

 

The tourism in the upper part of Mustang is minimal and limited. Foreigners require taking a special permit to enter this region. The geography and environment of this particular part of Mustang is very much like Tibet. Barren lands, scarce water, insufficient food grains represent this area. However, you will be able to see colorful villages and monasteries with handful of natural and cultural heritages. Trekking to this area of Mustang is very interesting.

 

The history behind this place is even more surprising. Mustang used to be a kingdom itself ruled by kings. The bloodline is passed on to today’s colonel of Nepalese army Raja Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista who still lives in the place. It is said that by 18th century the kingdom was annexed by Nepal. However, the monarchy ceased to exist from 2008.

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