Mustang and Dolpo Region
Mustang and Dolpo regions are two of the preserved and almost
unexploited regions in the Himalayas of Nepal that provide exhilarating
trekking experience to trekkers from all around the world. Mustang is
one of the seventy-five districts whereas Dolpo is the upper part of
Dolpa district of Nepal. Some of the popular treks in Mustang region are
Upper Mustang Trekking, Lower Mustang Trekking, Jomsom Muktinath Trek,
etc whereas the popular treks in Dolpo region are Upper Dolpo Trekking
and Lower Dolpo Trekking. Mustang and Dolpo region trekking is also
popular trek traversing both regions.
The word ‘Mustang’ is derived from Tibetan ‘Montag’ which simply
means fertile plain. Mustang has exceptional landscapes with amazing
rocky cliffs, barren hills and mountainous beauty. Trekking in Mustang
region is being considered by many trekkers these days. For trekking in
this region, most of the trekkers start from Jomsom which is the
headquarters of Mustang district. The northern two-thirds of Mustang
district is called Upper Mustang and this is the region which still
remains well preserved and unexploited. The Upper Mustang region is more
Tibetan than Tibet in a sense that people are still speaking
traditional Tibetan language and following old Tibetan culture,
tradition and trade. The reason for Upper Mustang to be one of the most
preserved regions in the world till date is that the region was
restricted demilitarised area until 1992. The southern third part of
Mustang district is called Thak and mainly inhabited by the Thakali
community. Trekking trail in the region takes trekkers to various
natural sceneries, picturesque villages like Kagbeni and sacred sites
like Muktinath. Trekking in such isolated region from the outside world
can be a lifetime experience for anyone.
Dolpo is another Tibetan region located in the upper part of Dolpa
district in the Himalayas of Nepal. Dolpo region, one of the hidden
treasures of Nepal is least exposed for trekking. Lying in the
north-western part of Nepal, this region is yet to be explored by many
trekkers. The part of this region is well protected by Shey Phoksundo
National Park, the largest national park in Nepal. Reaching Upper Dolpo
is not easy and the trek is strenuous. Trekking in this region gives an
opportunity to get deep insights into Tibetan culture and tradition.
Dolpo region is different to lush, green hilly region everywhere in the
country and it resembles Tibetan plateau. Dolpo is considered paradise
unexplored by many. Trekking in such mysterious region can provide
euphoric and challenging experience to anyone.
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