Passage International : Study Abroad, Experiential Education Program in South Asia

Study Abroad, Experiential Education Program in South Asia

Trekking

The trek offers a one-of-a-kind experience to Upper Mustang – an isolated region until the 1990s. Officially a part of Nepal, today one can venture into this remote region that is home to a relatively undisturbed Tibetan culture.

Mustang is one of the few places in the world that has had a cloistered existence and that region was, until recently, inaccessible to outsiders. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to maintain their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost unchanged for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones.

Although officially part of Nepal, the Mustang region in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River is a world unto itself. Long closed to foreigners because of its strategic location on the Tibetan border, Mustang has only been open to trekkers for less than a decade and is closely regulated by the Nepali government. Only organized treks are allowed into the region, and require an expensive trekking permit. Consequently, treks into Mustang are among the most expensive in Nepal. However, for many people the cost is more than justified by the chance to explore this high desert region that has far more in common with Tibet than it does with Nepal. The rain-shadowed landscape, jagged peaks, and mud-walled villages are reminders of what Tibet must have been like before the Chinese invasion.