7,500 (2011). 5,000 Upper Mustang and 2,500 Baragaunle.
Dhawalagiri zone: Mustang district, north central upper Kali Gandaki river area; high valleys north of middle-range Thakali, Gurung and Magar areas. Dzong, Kagbeni, and Muktinath VDCs (Bahragaun dialect); Chhosher, Chunnup, Ghimi, Lo Monthang, Surkhang, and Tsarang VDCs, and Samar village in Chuksang VDC (Upper Mustang dialect); Karnali zone: Dolpa district.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Bahragaunle, Lhopa.
SOV; postpositions; noun head initial; 5 noun classes and 3 genders; content q-word in situ; at least 2 suffixes; no passives or voice; tonal; 44 consonant and 8 vowel phonemes.
Distinct from Lhoba in China and India, a Mirish language. Lo inhabitants are called Lopa or Lowa. Their capital is Manthang, called Mustang by outsiders. Manthang has 200 houses, many monasteries. Buddhist, traditional religion.