The Upper Mustang is the former Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo and is an arid and starkly beautiful and mysterious land. The isolation of the region from the outside world has kept it unspoiled and one of the most well preserved ancient Tibetan cultures in the world. The rough landscape of Upper Mustang lays in the shadows of the humbling massif Dhaulagiri and offers a rugged and stunning landscape with rocks of all colors and shapes as well as settlements smothered with white washed houses and stupas festooned with colorful prayer flags. One of the main goals of the Upper Mustang Trek is the destination of Lo Manthang, the original capital of the Kingdom of Mustang. Entering Lo Manthang is like entering another world of rich ancient Buddhist culture adorned with walls of prayer wheels, hidden stupas and herds of farming animals taking refuge in their city sheds from the scorching sun. The Upper Mustang restricted area is located in the central-western part of Nepal and up until 1992 foreign visits to the “Kingdom of Mustang” has been forbidden. Today foreigners are welcome for a permit fee of 500 US dollars lasting 10 days (with a minimum of 2 people in a group and arranged by a licensed trekking agency). The additional day cost is 50 US dollars. Nepal Trekking Experts advice to plan for additional days as it provides more time to explore the many unique features of the trek, as well as to avoid the bad weather just in case.
The most convenient way to reach the Upper Mustang is by flight from Pokhara to Jomsom from where we will start our trek. The flight itself is an adventure as we fly through the deepest gorge of the world, the Kali Gandaki river which runs between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I above 8000 plus mountain. In Kagbeni we get our permits checked and begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River passing through sandy landscapes amidst strong winds before ascending. The following days we will be heading towards Lo Manthang, crossing numerous mountains passes all towering above 3500 m. Upon reaching Lo Manthang we can explore the ancient capital of the kingdom and visit the royal palace or the mystical amchi (traditional Tibetan doctor) museum, school, amazing caves, Tibet border etc. On our journey back, we come to Dhakmar, home of one the oldest Tibetan monasteries in the world, Lo Gekar Monastery, built in the 8th century by the Tibetan Guru Rinpoche. The story goes that the red rocks surrounding Dhakmar were painted red with the blood of a powerful demon defeated by Guru Rinpoche. The remaining of the trek goes down through dry plateaus with strong winds, spectacular mountain views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains and fascinating local settlements. However, if you have time a visit to the renowned pilgrim destination of Muktinath is definitely worth it.
The incomparable Upper Mustang Trek is a great option during the rainy summer months of Nepal as the region is not affected by the monsoon, which commonly affects most trekking-routes in the summer. This is a great opportunity for people looking for a trekking adventure in Nepal in their summer vacations!
Natural caves, Museum, Palace, Oldest Monasteries, Stone carving, Chortens, Longest Maniwal of whole Nepal, Grey, Blue, Red hills, high passes, Authentic Tibetan culture and communities, exploring Tibet border etc.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m ]
Day 02: Free day for trekking Preparation and sightseeing around the valley.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m,6 hrs drive]
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni [2,858m, 3-4 hrs]
Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050m, 5-6 hrs]
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m, 6-7 hrs]
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghemi [3520m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 08: Ghemi to Charang [3500m, 4-5 hrs)
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m,6-7 hrs)
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m,5-6 hrs)
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700,6-7 hrs)
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17: Complementary fare well dinner and join next program/ transfer to international airport according to flight schedule.
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.