Upper Mustang Trek
- Country: Nepal
- Destination: Nepal
- Group size: Min 1
The Upper Mustang trek (popularly called the Mustang trek), is a far-flung visit to the hidden paradise of the Tibetan region on the opposite side of Nepalese Himalaya bordering with Tibet.The fundamental highlights of Mustang trekking are old Tibetan villages,medieval Buddhist arts, the exotic culture and the remarkable magnificence of the Himalayan desert.This beautiful and isolated former called Forbidden Kingdom is known as a land where your soul feels as real as your feet where you walk on; a land which is said as barren as a dead dear, but therein glows beauty despite the adversity. This ancient caravan trade route to Tibet offers a complete package of adventure, sceneries and unique experience of your lifetime.
The motive behind upper mustang trek is Lo Manthang, the ancient capital of Mustang. The journey follows the route through which people would trade salt for grains from the valley. Our trip includes trekking across the desert land, passing by the reddish rocks and cliffs and several monasteries. We wander around thebeauty of the royal palace, monasteries built in the 15th century, and century old caves as well as the Amchi museum.
The easiest route to Mustang is from Jomsom which involves driving to Pokhara and flight to Jomsom from where the trek begins.During the trek, you can enjoy the view of the Kaligandaki gorge along with the gorgeous beauty of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna and several other mountains which make your trek spectacularly adventurous and successful providing you with a lifetime experience.Mustang is one of those few places in the planet that has been completely isolated from the normal world and,as of not long ago, was a prohibited land for travelers i.e. till 1992.This remoteness and separation contributed the general population of Mustang to ration their way of life and social legacy that remained practically unaffected for quite a long time.
Concealed behind the high Himalayas, Mustang is bestowed with beautiful trekking zones. The high desert rain shadow of Himalayas receives very little rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau. June, July and August are favorably the best months to visit around Mustang. We offer a perfect trekking course for you within reasonable finance and vow to make your trip entirely fascinating and enjoyable visiting across the deserted kingdom of Mustang.
Day 1: Drive to Pokhara
We begin our day after breakfast towards Pokhara in a tourist bus. We will drive along the beautiful countryside passing various heritages on the way. After reaching Pokhara, we will roam around Lakeside and feel the aesthetic beauty of Phewa Lake.
Day 2: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
Early in the morning, we will catch our flight to Jomsom of around 20 minutes. The scenic flight lets us the view of the Majestic Himalayas and forests. After reaching Jomsom, the largest village of the Kaligandaki valley, we will begin our trek and head towards Kagbeni. Our trail follows along a narrow ascending pathway with a panoramic view of Nilgiri. Overnight at Kagbeni.
Day 3: Kagbeni to Chele
At Kagbeni, we will have our permits checked and will begin our trek passing across the Kaligandaki River.We will go through a few hollows, religious communities, excellent fields of grain, buckwheat, apple and wheat close Tangbe town. Proceeding through the blustery valley we will achieve Chhusang town. We will cross a little stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley before reaching Chele for overnight.
Day 4: Chele to Ghiling
When we proceed across Kali Gandaki River and climb towards the town of Samar, we will leave the Chhortens behind before we reach another valley with juniper trees.We will have an incredible day with high elevation chilly deserts in front and leaving the shining mountains behind. Proceeding further we will descend to Shyangboche which is a locale of neighborhood individuals. From here the trail drops to Ghiling where we stop for the night.
Day 5: Ghiling to Tsarang
We will have our breakfast before we begin the day for Tsarang.Proceeding with our excursion along dry and free trail, we will reach Ghami where we will go through one of the longest Buddhist mani walls of Nepal encompassed by lovely Himalayas at Ghami.Going forward will take us to Tsarang where we remain overnight.
Day 6: Trek to Lo Manthang
We start our trek for the day by going down to a canyon and crossing a river before starting our tough trek to Lo La pass which is at 3950m.From the highest point of the pass we can appreciate the delightful Lo Manthang town. From the pass, we descend to Lo Manthang which is an excellent village. From here the perspectives of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak and also Damodar Kunda (lake) is very amazing. Overnight at Lo Manthang.
Day 7: Exploration in Lo Manthang
Lo Manthang is a delightful walled town of the remote Upper Mustang district of Nepal. We spend the day visiting three noteworthy gompas of the town in particular Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. These gompas have experienced master reclamation in the course of the most recent two decades. We can likewise trek to Tingkhar which is a wonderful town situated at north-west of Lo-Manthang.
Day 8: Trek to Dhakmar
We will take an alternate course to Drakmar than the one we took while coming to Lo Manthang. After so ups and downs, we will reach Ghar gompa where we will investigate a cloister which is accepted to be 1200 years of age. Local individuals believe that any wishing made in the cloister is satisfied. Proceeding forwards will take us to Dhakmar town for overnight.
Day 9: Dhakmar to Syanboche
Before proceeding to Syanboche, we will have a breakfast in the morning. Visiting several caves, we will rise to the edge above Ghami from where we will have incredible perspectives of the pass and the long mani wall that we passed few days prior. Besides, crossing two excellent passes will take us to Syanboche for overnight remain.
Day 10: Syangboche to Chhusang
We begin our adventure to Chele through a valley where we will meet sheep and goats brushing in the valley. Passing along the trail will take us to Samar, then Chele and afterward to Chhusang for overnight remain. We will have excellent Himalayan landscape en route.
Day 11: Chhusang to Jomsom
As we begin for the last day of the trek, we arrive at an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We will have our lunch Kagbeni and continue again with our trek to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 12: Flight back to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The plane goes through a gorge amongst Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an astonishing experience. Once we complete our flight for 20 minutes, we will travel back to Kathmandu through a tourist bus.Overnight at a hotel.