The mysterious former Kingdom of Lo, also known as Mustang lies beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif in central Nepal far north from Pokhara in the upper reaches of the Kali Dandaki River valley.
Mustang shares similar culture and geography of Tibet and as a strongly Tibetan-influenced region it is very different from any other parts of Nepal. The kingdom was closed to visitors until 1991 and the lifestyle of the people of Lo is unique and until today it remains untouched by modernity.
(Chorten on the way to Tsarang)
The main feature of Mustang is the Gandaki River which forms the deepest gorge in the world and once was the major trading route between India and Nepal. With its wonderful culture and unique landscape of arid barren land with pockets of fertile oasis Mustang is an amazing but not easy place to visit.
(Lo Manthang the capital of Upper Mustang or the Kingdom of Lo)
Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang)
The stunning walled capital of Upper Mustang Lo Manthang, was established around 1380. Most of the buildings as well as the stunning gompas are stone buildings with mud-brick or rammed earth walls due to the absence of wood in this dry, high altitude deserted area.
Jomsom (Lower Mustang)
Jomsom is located at an altitude of 2800m in Lower Mustang. It is also known as New Fort or Dzongsam and extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is the administrative and commercial centre of the region and once a remote village it attracts a growing number of visitors.