The Upper Mustang Trek also known as the Lo Manthang Trek is a unique trek and destination in itself. It was restricted to outsiders until 1992.Being located on the border with Tibet, it is an extension of the Tibetan plateau. The landscape is not akin to the other parts of Nepal ; barren and desolate. The culture and lifestyle here is Tibetan and people are of Tibetan descent. Once a small kingdom it still boasts of a king. It has lot more in common with Tibet than Nepal.
One needs to either drive ( 7 hours ) or take a short flight into the lakeside city of Pokhara. Check into a hotel for the night. A short flight next day takes you to windy and beautiful barren valley of Jomsom famous for its apples. It is from Jomsom where you commence your 13 Day trek into desert like landscape.
The Upper Mustang Trek is uncharacteristic of other typical treks in Nepal due to the nature of the landscape which is barren, desert like with organ like cliffs. It is windy and elevated and an extension of the Tibetan plateau as it borders Tibet. The crops are mainly buckwheat, barley and apples. Once a kingdom, it still boasts of a king and palace. Tibetan culture and religion is predominant here. One can explore ancient cave monasterie. The region is also famous for Muktinath, a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike.