Upper Mustang Trek is nestled between Tibet and the Himalayas, a place totally different from the rest of the world. If you are seeking a cultural trek with an exploration of a desert-like mountain landscape, then Upper Mustang Trek is the best option. Until the 1830s, the walled city of Lo-Manthang used to be the part of Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang. The history of Lo is full of myths and legends rather than recorded facts.
Trekking to Mustang allows travelers to explore stunning trans-Himalayan landscapes, and ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines and interact with local people. This trekking trip is incredibly perfect for those who want to experience the great hospitality and warmth of local living in a remote part of Nepal.
The region is isolated from the outside world which contributed to its remaining highly intact in terms of both culture and nature. Mustang falls in the rain shadow area of Dhaulagiri massif creating a husky and arid landscape full of rocks in different formations. While some part is dotted with settlements of white-washed building, and monasteries, and shortened with flapping prayer flags.
Upper Mustang Trail follows the age-old salt caravan route which used to be a significant trade route for locals. The main objective of the Upper Mustang Trek is to explore Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. As we enter the town, we feel like stepping into a different era. A valley of narrow alleyways, hidden Chortens, prayer flags, prayer wheels, and herds of farming animals.
Thugchen Gompa built in the 15th century is the major point of interest in Lo Manthang. Also, Amchi Museum and Amchi School are important landmarks. These landmarks are founded to preserve ancient wisdom. Moreover, you can make a short Ponies back ride to Chhoser where you can explore a small monastery and century-old cave dwelling high in rocks.
Upper Mustang Trek is restricted for trekking; you need to obtain a special trekking permit to enter the region. The restriction policy is imposed to protect its fragile ecology and culture.
The legend behind Mustang Locals believes that Guru Rinpoche had confronted demons along the Mustang’s mountains, desert canyons, and grassland. Once the demon was defeated, he threw his body parts across the Mustang valley. Legends have it that the blood formed the towering red cliffs and intestines fell near the Ghami. Later people built the stone prayer wall, the longest prayer wall, on the top of the demon’s intestines.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters), Overnight at Hotel
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, overnight at Hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 Kilo meter west of Kathmandu) - 6 Hours
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.) and trek to Kagbeni- 4 hours.
Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m.)- 5 Hours
Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150m.)- 4 Hours.
Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.)5 Hours.
Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.)- 5 Hours
Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang (3620 m.)- 5 Hours.
Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.)- 3 Hours
Rest at Lo-Manthang to explore.
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.)- 6 Hours
Trek from Ghami to Samar- 6 Hours.
Trek from Samar to Kagbeni- 7 Hours
Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m.)- 4 Hours
Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara- 20 Minutes
Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu (6 Hours).
Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure