10 days Upper Mustang trekking is a unique trip that takes us into an arid region beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. In the early 7th Century the land of Lo-Manthang mainly Lo Tshu Dhyun was highly influenced by Lhasa the capital of Tibet. The land granted to retainer of the Ghunthang king of western Tibet. In late 1300's a warrior Ame Pal (very first king of Lo-Manthang Mustang) from Tibet defeated the local warlord's to unite the kingdom and established his capital at Lo-Manthang.
The Kingdom of Lo-Manthang situated at an altitude of 3780 meters is an independent kingdom having allegiance with the democratic republic of Nepal. Though the people call themselves Lobas- people from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practice a sophisticated culture and economy. The royal palace in an imposing 5 – storey building in the center of the walled town, this is the home of the King – Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista. He is a former king of Lo-Manthang and still respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout Lo. Despite the apparent squalors of Lo-Manthang, the town is prosperous and maintains a strong sense of community.
Lo-Manthang is a restricted region and opened for foreigners only from 1992 AD and only 5000 tourists per year are allowed to visit this enchanting Kingdom. The rules applies that every trekker must join a registered trekking company while they are trekking into Lo-Manthang region and pay a restricted area permit fee of USD 500 per person which is valid for 10 days from the date of entry and if trekkers would like to visit other areas north of Lo-Manthang such as the Garphu, Nyphu and Chosar Gompas then an additional USD 200 per person is levied.