Mustang trekking is also called upper must forbidden kingdom of nepal. where you can explore so many traditional things of those local people related to the Tibetan culture. It is such a exotic remote area trekking to unspoiled Tibetan villages to the side of Tibetan border. the main attractions of upper Mustang trekking are a unique Tibetan life and their way to life, rear Medieval Buddiest arts, such a interesting and different culture.
The local's medieval settlement of upper mustang region and it's capital Lo Manathang lies to the remote area where people used to called Himalaya desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.
Before 1992 no one foreigners allow to enter upper Mustang and also this region is not much in connecting with other part of Nepal. their land is really unique and charms as it is really beautiful. it is dry and windy valley of Nepal but there are so many beautiful landscapes, caves and many old arts.
General information about this trip:
The Upper Mustang Trekking will lead you to the last forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. It leads through the undisturbed and isolated Trans-Himalayan region. This trek was only in 1991 opened to the public and is highly protected. The entire trek belongs to the Annapurna conservation area, in the north of Nepal.
The Upper Mustang trek has no particular travel season and can be done all year around. For the 2017 – 2018 season we are arranging the Upper Mustang Trekking in the months of March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December. January and February are the only months this trek does not operate. Please ask for the cost and itinerary details here. Please Click here for more reasonable cost.
The multi colored flowers, exotic bushes and snow-covered peaks are fascinating. This landscape will make a lasting impression on you. While trekking the Upper Mustang Trail, you will enjoy the panorama of the Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091 m), Manaslu Range (8,163 m). Even you can do that trip all year round summer is still the best time for the Upper Mustang Region.
Lo-Mangthang is the capital of Upper Mustang, surrounded by villages which are mostly inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists. The many different monasteries you can see at the Trek go back far before the 15th century.
The mystical region of Upper Mustang stands out with those ancient monasteries and Chhortens. Still today, many local people celebrate their festivals in those monasteries. One of those festivals is the Tijj. It has preserved its wonderful tradition over many centuries.
Another magnificent experience are the many ancient caves, holy fossil rocks, deserted land territories and cliffs.
You can begin with the attractive valleys on the Upper Mustang trekking trail from different starting points, such as from the
Beshishahar, Manang, the Annapurna Circuit and Throung-La pass (5416 m) trekking trail.
The second option is from the Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking route.
The third and last possibility is by flying into Jomsom from the Pokhara Airport.
Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang trekking. From here the trail continues through Chele, Syangbochen, Tcharang, Ghyami, Ghiling, Lo- Mangthang and ends back in Jomsom again.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.
As per the itinerary we will be waiting you in the Kathmandu airport with your name which is easy way to catch you up there and our airport representative will drop you to your hotel by private transport. when you check in to the hotel we will meet you again to talk about the trip again just to make you assured everything.
Day 02: Kathmandu city tour.
Our guide will show you the most beautiful and popular sites of Kathmandu city. you will have about 4 to 5 hours tour in a private transport and our guide will explain you the art, history, religion. traditions and customs of nepal and Hindu people. after your shortening sightseeing tour our driver will drop to your hotel or any location you want to step out. over night stay at the same hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by Bus.
We will have early bus ride this day after we finish breakfast in the hotel you have to be ready at 6:30 am than our guide will picks up you and drop you to the bus station. it is 200 km drive to the west of Kathmandu along the Trisuli river and beautiful rice field. it takes about 7 hours with two time break for food and resting time. when we reach in Pokhara you can have rest and shower than we go to walk along the Phewa lake by foot which is cool and you can explore Pokhara little bit.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,713 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m)- 3 hours walking
This day we have to weak up early again because we will have to take a early plane which is safe comparatively because Jomsom area is one of the windiest place of nepal so if we fly before 10 to 11 it will be great so it is 25 minute flight and we are already in Jomsom which is head quarter of mustang district. we have to walk 3 hour to 4 hours maximum to kagbeni from Jomsom along the bank or kali Gandaki river via Eklebhatti. Kagbeni is a old Thakali village where you can visit Gompa, Mani wall
Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050 m/10,004 ft)- 5 hrs walking
We start our walk in the morning after we get checked in our permit than we follow Kali Gandaki river valley which is wide but windy till we walk up steeply. we will pass a beautiful Tagbe village and some crops field as well as dry brown mountains. after we pass Tagbe village we follow a small trails continue to the next small village through apple orchids and white field after that we go to the other side of the hill over the bridge and we reach on the ridge than after we will arrive Chele Village where we will spent the night in the tea house.
Trekking to Syanbochen today going to be slight difficult because we should walk over two pass Taklam pass( 3625 m) and Dajori pass (3730 m). After we passed those beautiful areas we will have wonderful mountain views of Yakawa khag, Damodar Hill ( Danda) and Tilicho as well as very old and unbelievable cave. Our walking trail will be descending till Samar village than we will have to go above the village to the ridge of brown dry mountain. our last walking route after ridge of the will going to be steeply down hill to the small river and after while we will reach to Syangboche. our team will stay one night there in the lodge.
Day 6: Trekking from Syanbiche to Ghami (3520 m/11,545 ft)- about 6 hours walking
Today we will walk up hill after we have breakfast in the lodge till Yamda pass which is located at 3750 m from the sea level.each and every steps to wards our destination we will have buddies Mani wall, chortens, traditional Tibetan village, old art,lovely field, small forest along the way than our team will be at Nyi pass which is 4110 m. the view from that pass will be just magnificent all around after spending small break there we will go down hill to Ghami it is big village of the region in a low loop of upper mustang. Ghami village is the best area where you can see such a lively crops field around and the view of snow cap mountains and traditions of local people from the village. we will spent one night there.
Day 8: Ghami to Tsarang ( 3620 m/11873 ft)- 6 hours walking
When we weak up in the morning we will have super view and at same time we take our food there in the lodge than we start to walk down hill through the small slippery path till the Ghami khola bridge than we cross the bridge and walk ascending. the geographical features and scenario along the trekking route will be just awesome. the trail leads us to the pass after some time walk called Tsarang pass located at 3870 m than we will arrive at Tsarang village.we stay a night there in the tea house.
Day 9: Trek to Lo-Manthang(3730m/12234ft)- 4 hours walking
This day we will follow the trail towards the valley and need to cross the a small river over the bridge before we pass Lo La at 3950 M it is quote high and we get to see a lovely village Lo-Manthag so we have to walk all down hill to get this village from the top. when we reach there we will get a lovely chance to see, Nilgiri Tilicho and Annapurna 1 as well as Damodar kunda and Bhirkuti small peak. over night stay at the lodge.
Day 10: Acclimatization at L0-Manthang
Lo-Manthang is a beautiful mountain village of upper mustang trekking area of Nepal.There are many buddies related things but Gompa (monastery) is the major attraction of this village for a day sight walking. there are mainly 3 Gompas called Jhampa,Thupchen,and Chhoeda, so you can have a look the monks chanting, rural life around their income, their all kind of activities you can see in this day. over night again at same lodge.
Day 11: Trekking from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar(3800m/12490ft)- about 7 hours walk,
After we have breakfast in the lodge we change our direction to the another trail from Lomanthang. we follow the trail along the Gyakar village which is a historical place too as they have Century Old Ghar Gompa and it has beautiful mantras painted stones. there is traditional saying that Who ever wish at the Gompa ( Monastery) will have their goal and wishes fulfilled. we going to spent some time at the Gompa than we trek to Drakmar village to spent the night.
Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806 m/12480 ft)- about 6 hours walking
We going to have early breakfast this day because we will have a strong wind if we are late to start our journey for the day so to avoid this problem we walk down hill most of the time passing some dry field and Himalaya views around before we arrive at our destination for this day. Ghiling is a small village but to see the great insane view in distance, it is perfect place. once we reach at the Ghiling village we can walk around to explore the traditional life and culture. we stay there in tea house.
Day 13: Trekking to chhuksang(3050m/10000ft)-6 hours walking
This day we going to follow the same way as before going up to Lo Manthang but the different prospective of views of Himalayas, and colorful traditional village will be the most highlights of the day while we are walking to Chhuksang. over night at chhuksang.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2710 m/8886 ft) -7 hours walking
Day 14th is the longest but the last walking days.we will pass similar scenario like other day most of the time this day too than after we will join the popular trekking trail Annapurna circuit trek rail at Kagbeni where we will take our lunch than 3 hours walk at the bank of Kaligandaki river till Jomsom. we going to spent a lovely night there and ready for next early morning flight to Pokhara.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara- 25 minute
We will have early flight to Pokhara from Jomsom about 25 minute through the mountains. after we enjoyed the 2 weeks holiday in the Himalaya we can have city shower and best mattress as well as verities of drinks and foods. over night at Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu- 7 hours
We will take a tourist standard bus in the morning from Pokhara which takes 7 hours TO Kathmandu including two time stop. over night at Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final departure
It is our last day to be together because as you have your time and after this wonderful upper mustang trek we will provides you a comfortable car/jeep to go to airport before 3 hours of your schedule to fly.we gain and share many memories in this trip and hope to see you for next adventure in your future.
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How much for upper mustang trek permit?
It cost 500 USD for permit and you need to be at list 2 people to go to upper mustang because it is restricted area this is why the entrance fees is quite expensive. it is such a wonderful are to explore Tibetan art, culture and old Tibetan kingdom.
Where is upper mustang?
It is in Annapurna region to the north side of Jomsom Muktinath situated on the sandy old brown valley. you can go from Pokhara side or Lamjung Besisahar side. it takes about 12 days up to 15 days.
Is Upper mustang is safe to travel?
Yes it is safe restricted area trek and there is shortening rules that you should go there with guide or porter it meas when you have guide you will be even more safe and secure where ever you travel around upper mustang area.
Can i trek to Upper mustang by myself ?
It is common question from many travelers about this trip but unfortunately as we have rules we can’t trek alone there has to be at list 2 person in the group because it is restricted area so to respect the nation and culture also you should go there in a group.
What can we see at Upper mustang ?
Upper Mustang is a heart of old art, cave and place to see massif mountains and Himalayan range. The art of Tibetan people/Thakali people, ancient cave and buddies Chortens, panted stone of mantras, wonderful landscapes, wild animals, old kingdom for those particular area and Rivers these are the major attractions of Upper mustang trekking in Nepal.