Royal Mustang Resort – Nepal

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Royal Mustang Resort – Nepal

The capital of the remote Mustang region of Nepal is Lo Manthang – a walled city dating from the 14th century, 11,500 ft (3,840 metres) above sea level, which until the dissolution of the monarchy was a semi-independent principality. Flying to Jomsom and then trekking for a couple of days or overlanding by motorbike or 4WD is the usual method of getting here. Helicopter is another option.

The principal aim of the resort is to provide employment in a region plagued by “brain drain”. For you, it’s a sanctuary in a starkly beautiful landscape.

The resort resembles a Tibetan monastery and the interior is filled with Buddhist motifs, all decorated with minimalist taste. There are 20 rooms and suites, all with incredible views of the mountains.  The hot water supply for showers is reliable – an especially valued commodity in this part of the world.

The kitchen sources organic food, and turns out a variety of cuisines, on a fixed menu basis. Breakfasts are perfect for trekking and exploring: bacon, sausage, eggs, fried potatoes, porridge, muesli, natural yogurt, as well as buckwheat pancakes.

This is the only place you can get wi-fi in the area. The $500 Mustang visitor fee funds community development projects, and 15 per cent of the resort’s income is donated to cultural preservation.

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