Major Attractions of Mustang Nepal
Diverse attractions of Mustang Nepal are awaiting your visit to this beautiful and mysterious land. Mustang lies in the north-west part of Nepal, 360 KM far from the capital city, Kathmandu. Annapurna and Nilgiri mountain range is extended across the northern part of Mustang. Mustang is also in two parts; Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang is mostly popular for adventurous trekking, Tibetan culture, and exploring the thousand years of an old monastery. On the other hand, Lower Mustang is famous for natural scenery, culture and different beautiful landscapes.
Upper Mustang has a Trans Himalayan climate which is cool and semi-arid. It is in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. There are several other natural beauties, culture, adventurous sports, Himalayas range, deep gorge, snowfall, best Thakali foods and festivals. Here we have written 10 major facts about Mustang, in our blog. The geographical structure, ancient Tibetan culture and Himalayan living style are the major attractions of Mustang Nepal.
Two ways are available to reach Mustang except trekking. Either it’s by bus or by air. To reach by bus it takes 6-7 hours from the Kathmandu to Pokhara then about 6 hours from there to Beni on a local bus or jeep. After reaching Beni, it takes almost 6 hours to reach Jomsom. Nowadays, there are private jeeps that are also available to reach out there from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Alternatively, there is a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, it takes just 20 minutes to reach. The hotels and tea houses are available for your accommodation as per the area. The hotels that provide basic services, clean rooms and hygiene foods with a warm welcome. Thakali food from Mustang is one of the famous foods in Nepal. The typical culture of Thakalis and Gurungs could take into the home environment.
Kagbeni and Nilgiri Mountain
Loyal services show warmth among people. These attractions of Mustang Nepal might fulfil your expectation after visiting this mountain territory. As Mustang is nearby from Tibet, people are inspired and followed by Tibetan culture. The monastery at the entry of the complex is Sangdo Gompa which was once a residence of monks, who was told by the villages, performed a lama dance during Lhosar. There are some other popular places within Mustang to discover. Here is another blog about how to reach at Jomsom Muktinath and Mustang by Drive. It might be helpful if you are looking to discover the major attractions of Mustang Nepal.
Jomsom is also known as Dzong-Sampa. There is the Jomsom airport that serves as the gateway to Muktinath temple. It lies at the altitude of 2700 M from the sea level. It extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River, there are rocks holy to the Hindus. Most of the people of Thakali and Tibetan are residing here.
Muktinath is one of the famous temples in the world surrounded by the snow-capped mountains. It’s also a religious place of Buddhists as well as Hindus. The temple is a popular religious attraction of Mustang Nepal. It is one of the holy places among four Dhams of Hindus. Muktinath temple is located at the altitude of 3710 M at the foot of the Thorong La Mountain. It is the temple of Lord Vishnu. There are 108 taps in the temple of ice-cold water. People take holy bath at there with the hope of fulfilling their wishes. Our Muktinath tour package is mainly focused on our guest visit to Muktinath.
Kagbeni is located in the valley of Kali Gandaki. Kali Gandaki was the major trading routes between Tibet and India before the entry of Chinese in Tibet. Salt was used to bring from Tibet and barley, spices and clothes from India. Kagbeni is the shortest trek of 2 hours from Muktinath to Jomsom.
Trekking in this region begins from Pokhara where one can reach either by flight or by bus. Lo Mangthang village is one of the preserved destinations among visitors. Before it was restricted for tourist to travel. Trekking in the region is all about hiking through the almost treeless barren landscape, exploring of weird and wonderful scenery which colours of natural pigments-reds, yellows, browns and blues.
Marpha itself reflects the ‘mar’ meaning hardworking and ‘Pha’ meaning people. It is located deep in the Canyon of Kali Gandaki River. The Apple village lies in the Buddhist territory which has large as well small Gumbas and has meditation centre too. It is also the centre of the local apple wine industry in Mustang.
Thorong La Pass
Thorong La is the highest mountain pass in the world with an elevation of 5416 M. It is also the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit. Thorong La is the shortest version of the Annapurna circuit trek on the northeastern slopes of the Annapurna region. However, it is hard and thrilling, but rewards with some magnificent views of the Himalayas.
Travelling to the Mustang of Nepal is one of the best experiences. The unique landscape and geography is appalling and attracts a lot of visitors every year. Mustang region of Nepal is one of the best places to visit in the mountains of Nepal.