Mustang

ARTICLE BY NEPAL FILM PRODUCTION TEAM

Forbidden until 1992 to foreigners, Upper Mustang or the former kingdom of Lo is landscape heaven with rocky terrain and desert with the Tibetan influenced culture and lifestyle. On the other hand, the southern part of the Mustang district is home to Thakali ethnic group who lives around the Thak river, with their own culture and lifestyle that is a mix of Tibetan and Nepali mountainous regions. Famous for various cultural sites like Muktinath Temple and natural sceneries of Tilicho lake, Mustang region is still considered as an isolated and remote area with the entry to Upper Mustang still being regulated.

Besides being one of the very few places where modernization hasn’t influenced Tibetan lifestyle, Mustang can be considered as a living heritage site. Among many other things, Lo Manthang, the former capital of Lo, has gaining popularity for the 55 cave paintings that were discovered only in 2007. At the same time, Thakali food are extremely popular among both the Nepalis and the foreigners, including their Mustange Alu and their khana-set. Mustang, along with Manang, is also known as the districts beyond the Himalayas since both of them are located beyond Mt. Dhaulagiri. That is also one of the reasons why the district has multiple desert landscapes since it gains very less rainfall as it is located in the shadow area of the mountain.