The Upper Dolpo resembles the mysterious and spiritual aura in the hidden valleys of western Nepal. The area is famous for the rarely found animals like the snow leopard and blue sheep. It is located beyond the Dhaulagiri Himalayas rain shadow area, which is also one of the most remote and isolated areas of Nepal. Trekking in Upper Dolpo gets ahead of various technical high passes and the steep trail through the forest with the sceneries of the waterfalls.
Dolpo is within the rain-shadow of the Himalayas, meaning that the landscape is dry and harsh. The locals used to have to rely on trade with Tibetans for their livelihoods. The people themselves are descendants of those who migrated from Tibet. The Upper Dolpo to Upper Mustang Trek passes through many villages that bear evidence of the ancient trade route. While most inhabitants practice Tibetan Buddhism, there are also traces of the pre-Buddhist, shamanistic Bon religion in Dolpo. Upper Dolpo’s main international claim to fame is being featured in Peter Matthiessen’s classic travel memoir, The Snow Leopard. It is well worth reading if heading to Dolpo.
Upper Dolpo to Jomsom Trek is another hidden destination and challenging trekking of mid-western region of Nepal. It is one of the long, the most beautiful and remote areas of the Nepal. It is recommended to expert trekkers to great heights as well as place to explore Bone and Buddhist culture and monasteries. This trek crosses more than eleven mountain passes, seven of them higher than 5,000 m. It is one of the best that can be carried out in the whole of the Himalayas. This trek can do either from Jomsom or can be done from Dolpo.
Mustang Trekking is like going back in time. The region has managed to play itself as a time-capsule that has captured the historic Tibetan Buddhist culture as it was practiced thousands of years ago. The region is also home to many caves that affirm the settlement of prehistoric colonizers.
Mustang Region is rich in Buddhist culture, similar to the Tibet region. It is an alternate way to experience Tibetan culture and landscape. The Tiji festival in Lo-Manthang is another popular destination for tourists in the area seeking to experience the native culture.
Mustang Trek itinerary allows plenty of time to explore the main town of Lo-Manthang, the impressive walled amazing of Mustang trek is scheduled during the summer season when the people are most active in the fields, villages, and monasteries. The Mustang Region Trek ending and starting at Jomsom and from here we fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
The first visitor was in Mustang region Toni Hagen, Swiss explorer and geologist, who visited in 1952. French Michel Peissel is considered the first westerner to stay in Lo-Manthang, during the first authorized exploration of upper Mustang in 1964.
Most of the destinations for Nepal Treks present a verdant environment with Himalayas shadowing green river valleys and terrace-farms littering the topography. But not Mustang! The region is located on the peripheries of the Kali Gandaki Gorge- one of the deepest gorges on the planet. With much of the region’s land being high steppes, the terrain of Mustang presents a picture of sparse vegetation and snow with strong winds and even stronger rock erosions. As Mustang lies on the rain-shadow zone of two prominent Himalayan peaks, the region experiences very little rain. As such, May to September is ideal time for trekking in Mustang!