Upper Mustang Nepal
Upper Mustang is famous for Kingdom of Lo. Upper Mustang has its own flag, palace and fortified city. Located politically in the Mustang District in Nepal the region is influenced by Tibetan and Nepali mixed culture. The Religion in Upper mustang is mixed as Hinduism, Buddhism, Kiratism and Animism. King of Lho manthang used to be recognized by Nepal government as well. But at the present there is no king as previous King’s successor is in the hotel Business. SO if you want to stay in luxury while traveling to Upper Mustang – accommodation at former prince is attractive.
With an area of 2,020 km2/780 sq mile, Upper Mustang region has population of around 7,000 is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. Upper Mustang is still a restricted region and was demilitarized area until 1992 which made it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetan languages. You will still find many old age people who do not understand Nepali language. Tibetan culture has been preserved by the relative isolation and due to their nearness with Tibetans.
Upper mustang is deserted area in Nepal with dry mountains and no any vegetation. But interestingly Mustang in Nepali means “fertile plain land”. At present life in Upper Mustang is solely dependent on tourism, animal husbandry and trade. Government of Nepal is constructing road to connect to Chinese market for trade. This road network development has made Upper Mustang Jeep tour possible.
The mustang valley mainly upper mustang region has been the dream trekking destination as the trail takes you across the mysterious landscape and it is stunningly beautiful. In accordance upper mustang tour has been heavily promoted with new road network in the region. Upper Mustang has been really famous motor biking or mountain biking destination among locals as well foreign tourist. Some of the traveler take this region as either Hindu or Buddhist religion whereas many of other go for the different form of nature in Nepal.
After October 7, 2008, by order of the Government of Nepal existence of Kingdom of Lho disappeared and by then the last official and later unofficial king (raja or gyelpo) was Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (1930–2016). With this history and some of the findings like in 2007, when people discovered a collection of 55 cave paintings depicting the life of the Buddha has made Upper Mustang as an important site of archeological research.
Strange funeral system which is called sky burial is still in practice in most of the part of Upper Mustang.
Upper Mustang is also famous as the rain shadow zone as it lies behind the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya range. The entire region is famous as a monsoon trekking destination in Nepal, as it doesn’t rain in the monsoon where rest of Nepal will be wit with rain. Tour in the jeep or motorcycle is famous in the monsoon, indeed.
Cycling aka Mountain Biking
Cycling in Nepal is one of the famous adventure activities for the foreign tourist whereas the locals have been using cycle for the work. As a poor country there are many people who just afford cycle as their vehicle and do so whereas at the mean time there are huge amount of tourist who love to cycle in the traffic of Kathmandu or in nearby hills of the cities like Pokhara or Kathmandu.
Mountain biking is differently attractive in contract with motorbike tours in Nepali Himalaya trails or in the cities with crowd and randomly urbanized narrow alley.
Famous as mountain biking – cycling has been an adventure over the high passes like Thorong la or larkey la pass. People also cycle to upper mustang, pikey pike trail cycling and Langtang valley as new trails of cycling adventure in Nepal.
Road cycling or cross country – any kind of high altitude or low altitude cycling are famous in Nepal. Tourist who have been on a trekking in the Himalaya and want to cycle in their free time while at the cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu can do cycling trip like Chitlang cycling tour for 2 days, one day cycling in Nagarkot Changunarayan trail, pilot baba ashram cycling tour.
Safety is our concern so when Nepalgram designs a trip we recommend you in the proper trail even if the cycling is cross country type. However, cycling sightseeing tour of cities is beautiful and a unique way of exploring cites of Nepal.
Apart from the multiday cycling, most of the day trip for cycling or Say Mountain biking is trip extension program of multiday sightseeing tourist or trekkers. It is also a fun thing to cycle inside the crowded old city of Kathmandu where you will find wild adventure in-between thousands of people and the crazy crowd.
Trekking is one of the major activities among many things to do in Nepal. Apart from hiking tours, there are many other sightseeing tour options in Nepal. However walking tour is a world admired as hiking to Everest or Annapurna region of Nepal Himalaya are famous around the world.
When someone talks about their holidays in Nepal, all imagine they are going to the mountains and it is all about trekking in the Nepal. Believe it, Everest base camp trek is one of the famous bucket list item.
However our trekking tour category has diversity of trekking trips in Nepal. New destination trek to hiking route finding trips in Nepal, are listed under the tour tag of trekking.
Again, as Nepal is a small country with tallest peak of the world Everest, she is famous among hike lovers & nature hikers. Mountainous terrain of Nepal makes lots of ups and down and hiking here is great adventure. Hike in Nepal starts from the altitude of 1100 meter or 1968 feet to 6500 meters or 21320 feet.
Nepal Hiking Altitude profile in general
Lowest altitude for the hiking is from Besisahar which is the gateway of Annapurna Region treks to Annapurna circuit or manalsu circuit hiking and highest altitude that takes you to the height of 6500 meter or 21320 feet to the famous trekking peak called Mera peak. Mera peak starts in Everest region but the peak is on the other side of Everest Base Camp hiking that is in Makalu Barun conservation area. Very few people go for this trekking peak in the Makalu Barun National park.
Trekking in Nepal is under the bucket list of all most the entire traveler around the world. Nepal is famous for trekking activity. But trip extension like Peak climbing, Rafting, Paragliding, Para Hawking, Kayaking, day tours are famous. Nepal has four seasons. All of them are suitable for any of the activity. But each activity needs to design the itinerary as per the season. For example hiking during monsoon in Nepal needs to be short and starts early for the day, like start early stop early. We have lots of hiking package in numerous trekking region of Nepal for all level of fitness. Hiking in Nepal can be short as 3 days and more than a month long.
Day tour or multi day tour which involves visiting different landmarks for different architecture, monuments, nature or wildlife is called sightseeing in Nepal. The famous sightseeing tour for Nepal is Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour for a day. Sightseeing tour are either one day tour or combination of many day tours in a compact package which last for more than one day.
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Palpa, Chitwan, Bardiya, Jiri are the famous sightseeing destinations of Nepal. But these are very old and explored like 100 years ago. There are many new places of interest for sightseeing tour which Nepalgram has includes in multiday tour itinerary. Places like Chandragiri hills, Rampur, Bandipur are other beautiful landmarks for sightseeing tour in Nepal.
Tour in Nepal has versatile options from low lands in Terai as Lumbini to high Himalaya’s base camps like Everest base camp. Nepalgram has itineraries which includes both Himalayan base camp as well the lower flat sightseeing destinations. This has given travelers a different taste while traveling in South Asia. In the small area of Nepal the mountains and low lands has made this kind of sightseeing tour possible, and because of the size of country these kind of multi-dimensional sightseeing tour doesn’t need many days.
A short holiday or a weekend trip to Nepal might sound short but surely there are verities of experience in Nepal. Traveling will not be time consuming as country is small and landlocked, but if the money is not a issue.
Sightseeing tour also includes bird watching, photography tour, religious tours, jeep tours or motor biking in the off roads of Nepal. The versatile land of Nepal has given wilder as well as luxury prospect of travel inside the small boundary for wider sightseeing and exploration. Nepal is small but diversifies which make sightseeing go wider than you imagine.