Mustang(3,840) being located at the northernmost part of the country is rich in natural vegetation. The tropical alpine and coniferous forest occupies a small portion of mustang. Apple fields and rhododendron forests adds the beauty of the mustang. The biodiversity of the region swiped entire hillsides with pink and red rhododendron forests. Upper Mustang trek offers a chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. Although the Mustang lies in the shadow of Annapurna and Niligiri range the soil of this region is similar to the desert vegetation. Being at the high altitude the wind blows throughout the day.
Rock soil and rocky highlands makes the mustang suitable for rock climbing. Mustang being in the northern part of the country is stride with the mountain ranges such as Annapurna and Nilgiri range. The Jomsom valley lies in the shade of these mountains which is drained by the Kaligandaki River. Mountains add to the beauty of the mustang.
There are various options to get to Mustang from Kathmandu/Pokhara
One may take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Beni or Pokhara and continue his/her journey towards Tatopani, moving forward towards Ghasha, towards Marpha-an apple capital of Nepal and to the political capital of Mustang district Jomsom. From Jomsom you can continue the journey towards Kagbeni valley then after to the Muktinath-a holy place. One have to face off-road travel from Beni to Muktinath.
The sm is located at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki River and Myagdi River at an altitude of 899 meters. Being the northernmost of the Tri-cities area of Nepal, it is located 12 km to the north of Zonal headquarters Baglung. It is mainly divided into two parts by the Kali Gandaki River. The Western Part lies in Myagdi District and the main offices lie there. The other part lies in Parbat District and is relatively small.
Tatopani Kunda lies in the bank of Myagdi river which lies in west of Beni Bazar. Tatopani Kunda is famous for bathing in hot water. The temperature of the Kunda(spring) ranges from 45-57 degree Celsius. It is believed that different diseases are cured after bathing in the hot water of the spring. As based on public research, diseases like gastric, uric acid, back ache, differed skin diseases, swelling, goiter, rheumatism were found to be cured. In the research it was found that Tatopani Kunda contains black salt and phosphorus in abundant amount. Black Salt and Phosphorus are natural antibiotics. People take bath for 2 days to several weeks according to their will. About 300 number of people can bath in the spring at a time.
The village is notable for it’s many-storied old stone houses, built by hand without benefit of mud or mortar, and for the delicious apples grown in the lush valley that snakes between the Nilgiri and Dahlugiri Himalayan ranges. While I found those facts intriguing, what most caught my attention were the stacks of split firewood that lined the edges of the flat roofs of every home in town.
Straddling the Kali Gandaki, Jomsom (2760m), or more correctly Dzongsam (New Fort), is the region’s administrative headquarters. Jomsom is the main travel for hub for onward travel to Upper Mustang and Muktinath. At the south-western end of town is the airport. Where you’ll also find the bus station and ticket office, tourist hotels, restaurants, shops and airline offices. At this end of town, a concrete stairway leads to the Mustang Eco Museum, which is worth a visit for its displays on Tibetan herbal medicine (amchi) and its recreated Buddhist chapel. Taking the bus or flying here brings you very close to the peaks. With a few days to spare, you could walk south to Marpha or go northeast to Kagbeni and Muktinath.
It is located at 2800 m in the Kali Gandaki valley, gateway to the Mustang. Former “strong with the two rivers,” the fact remains that some ruins in the village, and the remains of his monastery. Bordered by the river crossing the Himalayas, it was a great route between Tibet and India taken by caravan to transport salt, barley and spices.
Muktinath temple is the holy place, for Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is one of the holy places among four ‘Dhams’ of Hindu holy places being located in the mountain region. The most suitable time to visit Muktinath is from March to June, as the weather conditions would not be safe enough to travel in other months. The journey passes through many archaeological sites and temples. The 108 water taps and nonstop glowing fire are another attraction of this temple. Cultural trails in the region take into the homes of Gurungs in the lowlands, the hospitality of Thakalis around Jomsom, Manangis in the east and Tibetans in the arid north. The typical culture of people living in mountainous regions can be observed and enjoy fully in Mustang. Thakali food is another attraction of this culture and Mustang itself.
Information about the Trip
Kathmandu – Beni – Jomsom – Muktinath 420 km (by road)
Concrete asphalt road from Kathmandu to Beni
Beni to Muktinath gravel and off road.