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, we give you a short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with dinner with the Nepali cultural program. 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. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. 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 and see the views of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna region peaks. If driving, tourist buses leave at 7 am and you have to check-in at 6.30 am. Through the winding road, we drive for 6 hours and reach Pokhara. Walking throughout the lakeside city is fabulous. Overnight at the hotel.
We catch the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom in the morning. Jomsom is the district headquarter of the Mustang. It is also a famous place for an apple garden. Then, we head through the Kaligandaki windy valley to Kagbeni, which is a picturesque village at 2810 meters, situated at the juncture where Jhong Khola meets the Kali Gandaki River. Tibetan culture and hospitality come as we take the name- Kagbeni. It is also the gateway of Upper Mustang. Overnight at lodge.
Approaching to Upper Mustang, we begin our trek after the permit check-up. The trail goes along the Kali Gandaki river bank. It is again the windy trail of sand. The trail leads us to the first village of Upper Mustang, known as Tangbe. We reach Chhusang after half an hour. 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. Walking 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 3624 meters. The close-up views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri, and Damodar Danda can be seen spectacularly. then we trek down to Samar and have lunch. Then we gradually walk to Syangbochen and rest. 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 climb down to Ghyami, where we stay. 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. It is believed as the secret mani wall in Buddhism. After about five hours journey, we reach to Charang, where we take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
This is a day we reach our most awaited destination- the stone-walled town of Lomanthang. From the way, we can explore the beautiful Bhrikuti peak, Annapurna, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peak. From Charang, we descend to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climb steeply after crossing the river. Then we climb to the Lo Pass (3850m), from where we see the first view of the Lomanthang. Then we walk there continually. 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 Raja'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 Buddhists. Then we steadily walk to Drakmar and rest. Overnight at lodge.
We retrace to Ghiling which takes about 6 hrs again through the arid landscape. We recommend walking early in the morning 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 foothill excursion, we head from Chele. From Kagbeni, we conclude the Upper Mustang trail and join to the Annapurna Circuit (Jomsom Muktinath trail). We reach to the Jomsom and stay. Celebrate the trek conclusion and wait for the upcoming flight on the following day. Overnight at lodge.
This morning, we take a half an hour flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Then we drive to the hotel. Then we prepare 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 memory with Vertex Holiday, our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure.
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