Upper Mustang Trek is an exotic tour of the unspoiled villages. It showcases rare medieval Buddhism arts, cultures. It also lets you experience the unique beauty of the landscape of the trans-Himalayan desert. Mustang was once a major ancient trading route between Thak Khola and Tibet. The world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Valley, also lies in Mustang. In Tibetan, Mustang means fertile land. Mustang or the Kingdom of Lo is an area located in the North-West of Nepal and it borders Tibet. Mustang was a prohibited area for foreigners up until 1991. Made Independent, it is now an integral part of Nepalese territory (since 1951.) Located behind a mountainous barrier, Mustang sits in a rain shadow. This region is unaffected by the monsoons. Here one lives with the rhythm of the seasons isolated from modern time.
On this Upper Mustang trek, we will visit LO-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. It is home to the Mustang king’s palace. This Upper Mustang trek of 20 days starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. You will have a scenic flight to Jomsom via Pokhara. We start our hike to Kagbeni followed by Chele, Gelling, Tsarang. Finally reaching to Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang. We will also visit Chhoser Gompa, Ritseling Gompa, Khonchokling Gompa monastery. Next, we take out trail downhill to Drakmar, Shyangmochen, Chhusang. Once again we take a flight to Kathmandu from Jomsom with one night stay in Pokhara.
This Upper Mustang trek takes you to fantastic canyons with red cliffs. Chimneys of fairies and monasteries give definition to this region. Lo Manthang, the royal capital city strengthened by the high Mustang. You will have an exceptional voyage to the authentic culture full of legends and secrets.
Today early morning we take a flight of 20 minutes to Jomson. From here we start our trek to Kagbeni. In the afternoon we will explore this small and unique village of Kagbeni.
After breakfast, we set off to enter Upper Mustang! The trail takes us along the Kali Gandaki River where the wind whistles up the valley gorge. At Tangbe Village we notice how the houses are white-washed. Apple orchards also dot the landscape. Following a ridge, we reach the village of Chele.
Today the hiking becomes a bit harder as we cross the Taklam La pass (3,624m) and the Darjori La pass (3,735m). But there are amazing mountain views and intriguing caves along the way. The trail descends into Samar Village from where we walk to a ridge. Later we walk down another steep trail to reach Syanboche.
Today we cross Yamada La, to cross (3,850m) as well as Chortens and interesting villages. We walk through barley fields to peek at. Trekking through forests we then have another pass to cross. Nyi Pass is 4,010m but from here we descend down to Ghami where we spend the night.
Today’s trek starts off over rough and sometimes slippery ground. We descend to a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola. The trail takes us past mani walls (stone-built walls with Tibetan mantras). Later we will also cross over the Charang La Pass (3,870m) before the descent to Chrang.
Today we cross a river and ascend to the Lo La pass (3,950m). From the pass, we get our first look at the historic and beautiful village of Lo Manthang.
Today we get to explore some of the mysteries of Upper Mustang. A short trek to the area of Chhoser is the beginning of a day you will not forget! Here we will visit Jhong Caves or even Sky Caves.
Today's trek is quite long as we enjoy the views on the way. Gyakar Village is home to the century-old Ghar Gompa. It has stunning rock paintings. Here you must make a wish, as is tradition. We have time to explore the gompa before heading on to Drakmar.
We start in the early morning as the wind blows harder in this part. We descend through a dry plateau and some agricultural fields to reach Ghiling. Later we get to enjoy the great views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri to compensate.
Today we pass through small villages, have time to observe how the local people live. Later we trek all the way to Chuksang along with the mountain views on the side.
Today we say goodbye to Upper Mustang and enter the lower regions of the Mustang. We will have lunch at Kagbeni and explore the little monetary. Later we rejoined the Annapurna Circuit Trek as we head from Kagbeni to Jomsom.
Today we rise early to catch the morning flight to Pokhara. The mountains seem to have taken on a new meaning to us now that we have seen them from all angles. We take this day to rest and relax at the trekker's hub destination Pokhara.
Today we take a drive or flight back to Kathmandu. We check-in at the hotel and take this day to rest.
Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK
CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS
FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES
Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
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