Upper Mustang Trekking is a Himalayan trip into the Forbidden Land of Mustang, especially to its center- Lo Manthang. It is situated in the northern border region of the Annapurna Conservation area at an altitude of 4000 meters above the sea level. The Upper Mustang region resembles with the Tibetan plateau geographically and culturally as it borders with Tibet. The valleys around Lo-Manthang are dry but surrounded by colorful flowers, sandy rock formations, and various cave settlements. The trek to Upper Mustang was opened for tourists only in 1992 as a restricted area trekking in Nepal.
Trek to Upper Mustang is one of the more expensive popular treks in Nepal. The walled city runs with the semi-independent authority. The trekking route of the Upper Mustang was used as the salt caravan route in the history, crossing the Himalayan passes to reach the Tibetan plateau. The Tibetan influenced ethnic villages are jeweled with the Monasteries, Chhortens, and religious sites. The trekking commences from the Kali Gandaki region of Jomsom, which is a center of the Mustang region. A picturesque flight from Pokhara takes you to Jomsom from where the trek begins. The barren cold deserted land with minimal vegetation with the view of snowcapped mountain peaks of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and other smaller mountains are the main attraction. The Mustang region falls on the rain shadow area and has very little green cover however various species of high altitude flora and fauna are found. Thus the region is open for tourists during the monsoon season also. The people, culture and the traditions in the region are still little or not influenced by the western way of living. This trekking tour is suited best for people seeking to explore the Himalayan Buddhism Culture at its genuine form. The annual Tiji festival is one of the most important festivals of the people of the Upper Mustang region.
Vertex Holiday offers Upper Mustang Trek considering the health and security with the opportunity of exploring the cultural and natural wonder at a reasonable price . Contact us for more details about this and other amazing trips in Nepal.
This region is one of the most sensitive region in Nepal , as it borders with Tibet , autonomous region of China. In past there have been many efforts and protests regarding the Free Tibet movement , therefore the government has regulated various restrictions for tourists. Among which is the high cost for the permit to visit this region. However the pristine nature and culture of the Upper Mustang region is a rewarding trip to take.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, a short briefing and orientation will be conducted by our trekking leaders. The evening is reserved for a wonderful dinner program with some cultural dances and music. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture. There is Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total of seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at the hotel.
From Kathmandu, we drive to the tourist town of Pokhara. As an option of the driving, you can take a flight with an additional cost and see the view of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna range of peaks. Driving is also an amazing experience going through the winding road for 6 hours and reach Pokhara. The hilly landscape and the fast flowing rivers will definitely give you chills. After checking in, you can explore around lakeside . Overnight at the hotel.
The flight from Pokhara to Jomsom goes through the grand Kaligandaki river valley with the spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhawalagiri mountains. Jomsom is the district headquarter of the Mustang region. The trek heads to Kagbeni, which is a picturesque village situated at the confluence of Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki River. Tibetan culture and hospitality are the main face of Kagbeni and is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast we commence our trekking journey and the trail goes along the Kali Gandaki river bank. The trail leads us to through the villages of Tangbe and then Chhusang . The people and culture are influenced by Himalayan and TIbetan Buddhism Heading from there, we head up through the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. Hiking gradually, we reach to the Chele village. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we begin our trek through Eklai Bhatti and ascend to the Taklam pass of 3634 meters. The close-up view of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri, and Damodar Danda can be seen from the pass then we trek down to Samar for lunch. The trail to Syangbochen is gradual and easy. Overnight at lodge.
As we begin the trek, we cross the Yamda La of 3850 meters. The Tibetan style traditional houses that are whitewashed and the fluttering prayer flags hang on the rooftop are seen amazing. The sceneries are similar to that of the Tibetan Highlands. Another pass is Nyi Pass of 4010 meters and we descend to Ghyami. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we commence the trip and cross the Ghyami stream. Then we climb up to the plateau and witness the long Mani wall. Which is a memorial for the spirits of the ones that passed away in Himalayan Buddhism. After about five hours journey, we reach to Charang, where we conclude our day's trek. Overnight at lodge.
From Charang, our hike descends to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then ascend on a steep trail after crossing the river. Then we climb to the Lo Pass (3850m), from where we see the first view of the Lomanthang. On the way, we can explore the beautiful Bhrikuti peak, Annapurna, Tilicho and other minor peaks. This place is the most important place in the Upper Mustang Region .Overnight at lodge.
It is the most important day of the trek to Upper Mustang. After breakfast, we visit the Namgyal and Tingkhar Gompa. For the locals, they are significant ones. Then we move to Tingkhar village, which has got about 40 houses. It is also the last village of the north west. The four-storied King's palace, red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and others accompany the attractions today. Even the surrounding places that are dotted with seasonal flowers are surprising. Overnight at lodge.
Spending an outstanding time in Lo-Manthang with cultural exploration, we leave this stone-walled town and head to the Drakmar. On the way, we can visit the Ghar Gompa. It is a significant monastery of Tibetan Himalayan Buddhists. Then we walk to Drakmar and end the day's trak. Overnight at lodge.
Our trekking journey retraces to Ghiling which takes about 6 hrs , through the arid landscape. Walking early in the morning is the best option as it becomes tough to walk after the mid-day due to dusty wind. Overnight at lodge.
After about 5 hrs walk through the windy valley, we reach to Chele. We can still enjoy exploring the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Nilgiri peaks. overnight at the lodge at Chele.
On the last day of foot excursion, we head from Chele to Jomsom. From Kagbeni, the Upper Mustang trail joins the Annapurna Circuit (Jomsom Muktinath trail). Celebrate the trek conclusion and wait for the upcoming flight on the following day. Overnight at lodge.
On the morning, we take a half an hour flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. After checking in we head for the city tour around Pokhara: Davis falls, Mahendra cave, World peace stupa, International mountaineering museum, and others. Later on, we can also enjoy the boat ride. Overnight at the hotel.
Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway road. Or if you take a flight, it's half an hour flight. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: If you are going for the jungle safari tour in Chitwan, you drive to Chitwan and enjoy the safari trip. We offer 2 Nights/3 Days package for your wonderful holidays in Nepal.
Having a good memorable trekking experience with Vertex Holiday, our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure.
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