Location: Mustang / Nepal
Duration: 24 days 11th July – 3rd August
Group Size: Open
Now is a good time to visit this fascinating region before some significant changes occur. The building of a road, to enable the apple harvest to be transported out of the valley, is near completion. The present king is ailing and the anticipated succession of the Crown Prince is likely to bring about some changes. Mustang will inevitably become more accessible to the rest of the world and the world to the people of Mustang. While change is to be applauded and encouraged if it improves the lives of the people who live there, it inevitably brings about a gradual dilution of the culture.
Mustang is a stunning environment of deep canyons scything through the arid landscape, a land sculptured by the harsh elements of wind and water, a multi-coloured tapestry of rock. Culturally the people are much more Tibetan than Nepali adding to the fascination of the area.
The journey will transport you through the Kaligandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, with the Annapurna massif on the eastern side and the Dhaulagiri massif to the west. This will take you behind the chain that forms the Greater Himalaya, into the rain shadow area, protected from the annual monsoon by the wall of mountains to the south. The trek continues to villages where little has changed for centuries, where you will be given a warm welcome and an insight into a world far removed from our own.