Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek
- The ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang
- Hike over a stark desert landscape with peaks and cliffs
- One of the best trek to escape the summer monsoon
- Perfect blend of nature, landscape, rich cultural heritage, a great history, ancient Buddhist monastery, and Caves.
- Magical land beside Himalayas.
- The Tiji festival in Lo-Manthang to experience the native culture.
- Scenic view of breathtaking waterfalls on the way
Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most extraordinary chance of trekking to the magical land beside the Himalayas. It is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo. The language, culture, and geography are closely tied to Tibet as it used to be a part of the Tibetan empire. The lesser familiar trek passes through one of the driest regions of Nepal providing spectacular mountain views. Likewise, the history, culture, myth, and legend combine perfectly with the gorgeous scenery.
Upper Mustang Trek is an achievable trek for those who want to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of city life. Situated up north near the border between Nepal and Tibet. The trekking is going to be one of the most interesting journey of a lifetime.
Landscapes and Culture of Upper Mustang
Mustang situates in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif producing a ruggedly arid land surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colors and impressive formations. This barren landscape is dotted with settlements of whitewashed houses. These are barley fields and chortens festooned with prayer flags which add a splash of color to the landscape. In short, Mustang covers a rich, long and complex history that makes it one of the most fascinating places in Nepal.
The locality’s solitude from the outside world has granted to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and clean nature. The dry landscape is dotted with arrangements of whitewashed houses, scarcely fields and chortens festooned with prayer flags which add a touch of color to the landscape.
Easier Way to Get Upper Mustang
On the other hand, the most suitable way to get to Upper Mustang is to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and start the trek from there. Meanwhile, the trip itself is an adventure flying through the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki. Certainly, flowing between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri mountains. Then you further follow the famous Kali Gandaki River upstream, partly walking in the river bed itself, to Kagbeni. Right from Kagbeni the restricted area of Upper Mustang starts. However, it is advantageous to pay a visit to the famous pilgrim destination of Muktinath before heading north into Upper Mustang.
Reaching Lo Manthang through the town gate is like advancing into a different world. Inside the village comprises narrow hidden chortens, alleyways, long walls of beautiful prayer wheels and herds of farming animals which as a whole makes the entire village such an impressive.
Interesting Places of Lo Manthang(Upper Mustang)
Some interesting places of Lo Manthang are the royal palace, few beautiful monasteries like the Thugchen Gompa built in the 15th century. Likewise, visit the Amchi museum and Amchi school. Amchi means a traditional Tibetan doctor. Similarly, two Amchis are there living in Lo Mangthang, which are also the official doctors of the king. Moreover, they built a school to preserve the ancient wisdom. In order to explore more outside the city, you can hire Tibetan ponies for a ride to Chhoser where you can visit a small monastery and a century-old cave-dwelling situated high in the rocks.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft) and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft) 5-6 hours
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft) 3-4 hours trek
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hours
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft)6-7 hours
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft) 5-6 hours
Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft)5-6 hours
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft) 3-4 hours
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization day
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft)6-7 hours
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft) 5-6 hours
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft)6-7 hours
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure
Airport pick-up and drop-off service
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary) International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)