Mustang District is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. It covers an area of 3,573 km2 (1,380 sq mi). It has a population (2011) of 13,452. The headquarters is Jomsom.
The district is in Dhawalagiri Zone and part of Gandaki Pradesh in northern Nepal. It straddles the Himalayas and extends northward onto the Tibetan Plateau. The district is one of the remotest areas in Nepal and is second in terms of the sparsity of population.
Agriculture and animal husbandry are the main occupations. This district is the second least populated district of Nepal. The Tibetan frontier stretches north from Mustang’s borders. This district is divided into two sub-regions, Lower and Upper.
The average elevation of Mustang is 13,200 ft, coming to a peak at 8,167m. It is the summit of Dhaulagiri. It is a vast and arid valley,
The Kali Gandaki River is a highly important feature of the district. Its source located near the Tibetan border coincides with the Tibetan border and Ganges-Brahmaputra watershed divide.
One fascinating feature of the district is thousands of cliff dwellings, some highly inaccessible. These Mustang Caves or Sky Caves of Nepal are a collection of some 10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys in this district.
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