- April 7, 2014
-- The former Himalayan kingdom of Mustang is an arid and starkly beautiful land. Long protected from mass tourism, its allure has come from its inaccessibility and its reputation as a last bastion of traditional Tibetan culture. For centuries the kingdom channeled the wealth it amassed as a conduit for trade with Tibet into its monasteries, creating some of the finest remaining frescos in the Tibetan world. In common usage, the name Mustang refers to the arid, Tibet-like region (known to its inhabitants as Lo) at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki. Mustang is probably a Nepali mispronunciation of the twon of Manthang, the capital of Lo. The name is pronounced ‘Moo-stang’
and has nothing to do with either the automobile or wild horse.
Mustang has a long, rich and complex history that makes it one of the most fascinating corners of the Himalaya, the early history of Lo is shrouded in myth and mystery. Mustang has been described as a thumb-like part of Nepal extending into Tibet. The people living in Mustang are called Lobas or Lopa, meaning ‘Lo people’. Due to the lack of rain, Lobas build houses and temples with rammed earth or sun-baked bricks of mud on a stone foundation. The people heard yaks, raise goats and sheep, and farm buckwheat, barley, wheat and mustard.
Mustang is third famous travel destination in the world. It has very unique culture and tradition, century’s old monasteries and Kali Gandaki valley to Lo-Manthang landscape are similar to Tibet. It is also said, Mustang is alternative way to explore Tibet.
Nepal Gateway Trekking Team is organizing excellent trip to mustang from many years. We have a group departure for June, July and August. Please, contact us for departure dates or visit: http://www.nepalgatewaytrekking.com/nepal/trekking/upper-...
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