“Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture unmolested… authentic Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.”
Internationally recognized travel guidebook Lonely Planet has listed Nepal’s Mustang as one of the top three regions in ‘Best in Travel 2013’. Having listed in Top Regions and Best Valued Destinations by Lonely Planet and CNN annual series, Mustang undoubtedly hits the mostly favored destination and travel and tour investment.
Until 1992 nobody from outside was allowed into Mustang. There’s also a restricted season for visits in winter. The Forbidden Kingdom is too cold and the snow too deep, so for months each year it again becomes a ‘forbidden kingdom’. Further, Mustang is a secluded semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains and it is also one of the last fortresses of intact Tibetan culture in the world.
Mustang has an average height of 4000 m and is located to the north of the mountain giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, being north of the Himalayan range is geographically part of Tibet. It has vast high valley, arid and dry, distinguished by eroded canyons, colorful stratified rock mountains and has a barren, desert in appearance.
The Forbidden Kingdom preserves some of the last residues of traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture, stunning views of the Annapurna range, famous palaces and gompas. Further it has twin symbolic meanings in the sense that politically Mustang is part of Nepal and yet it shares language, culture, climate and geography with Tibet. While trekking through the Kaligandaki River, it offers the experiences of remote villages and its unique settings.
In short, Mustang the forbidden Kingdom has kept the secret of Himalayan which needs to be explored. Not only Annapurna range it has, it also offers the trails of Kaligandaki River and sense of mental calmness through offering the sites of virgin unique cultures at the height of Annapurna. Its calmness, its cultural purity and innocent inhabitant still entice the visitors.