Mustang trekking is very popular trekking in Nepal since the home ministry of Nepal announced the opening of restricted areas in October 1991. However, there is strict control over obtaining special permits from the department of immigration in order to protect local tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The region of the Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni, is generally referred to as “Upper Mustang”.
The trek to Low Mustang passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape. A steep rocky trail climbs up and down hill with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks, making a truly memorable trekking.
This Upper Mustang area can only be entered with a special permit and contains desolate landscapes and lavishly adorned monasteries, great rivers and fields created through the painstaking labor of humans over time. The highland extends endlessly northward while the pristine peaks of Annapurna and of Nilgiri mark the horizon to the South.
This Lower Mustang Trek is a part of Annapurna trek that takes us to the southern border of the Mustang kingdom without going to the high altitude. While walking uphill, one will encounter people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, steep terraces, barren plateaus, breathtaking views of the Poonhill and the hot natural springs in Tatopani.