Enveloped in mystique and mysticism, Mustang remains a tantalising beacon for intrepid travellers, adventure enthusiasts and seekers of spiritual salvation. Tucked away in the folds of the high Himalaya, sandwiched between the Annapurna and Nilgiri mountain ranges, Mustang was the gateway to Tibet through Nepal. A kingdom until ecently, Musang's esplendent riches owe not a little to its strggic location on the Indo-Tibetan rade route for Himalayan rock salt, a precious commodity in an era when sea-salt had not yet been harnessed. Legend ells us that Guru Padmasambava himself chose Mustang to inroduce the newly-emerging Buddhist faith to the mountain peoples scattered over the Tibetan plateau. Today, Mustang remains the last bastion of he original Tibetan culture and traditions, unsullied by the juggernaut of modernity that has flattened Tibet itself.