Upper Mustang Trekking

Duration: 17 Days   |   Based on 1 Review

Upper Mustang trekking is a distinctive and eccentric trek to a rather isolated and untouched region of Nepal. Traverse through the Upper Mustang trek with us as your helping hand, this 15 days trek bestows you with an experience like never before into the remote trans-Himalayan mountain region. The high desert area highly influenced by Tibetan culture, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). Upper Mustang trekking is your golden ticket to explore the uniquely astounding thousands of years old monasteries, temples, deep dived caves, ethnic tribes and breathtaking beauties of the different landscapes hidden in the barren land. Dare and undertake an adventure as you stride across the world’s deepest gorge, the Kaligandaki region and onto the world’s highest region of which it bears an almost barren by trees landscape, with a steep rocky trail up and down hill, accommodated by stunning views of Mt. Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and several other high mountain peaks!

Upper Mustang trekking is a treat to a wanderer and an explorer with its setting of typical Tibetan villages, exquisite and one of a kind mountain passes, alpine valleys and the galore of high peaks. With modern culture being untouched for a thousand years, Upper Mustang has gracefully kept its ethnic culture, primitive lifestyle and age-old heritage intact for centuries and till date. Upper Mustang houses its locals in aesthetically pleasing stone and sunbaked mud bricks. The town wall and the four-story palace in Lo – Manthang are two of the arresting architectures in Mustang that one should not miss out on. Yet another attraction is the Tiji Festival which is highly influenced by the rich Tibetan culture, which coincides with the end of the dry season. Do not be taken aback if you find a female from Mustang with more than 5 spouses! With an extremely unique and conflicting culture of a different family life where all the brothers in the family are married to a single girl. Having half a dozen of husbands isn’t something out of the blue for the locals at Lo-Manthang. This is what we may call a practice of Polyandry.

The Upper Mustang region was restricted only to locals until October 1991, which is from where it got its name “The Last Forbidden Kingdom”. The denizens of Mustang regard themselves as “Lobas”, and in their own unique way, have their own King or tribe-leader, “Jigme Palbar Bista”. However, when Nepal was declared as a republic country in 2007, the government of Nepal took back the official recognition of the Bista as the King of Mustang. Despite losing the tag of a King, the natives still give their utmost respect and consider him as their King or Tribe – leader. The people of Mustang have managed to collaborate with the government with strict control mechanisms to obtain a special permit from the Department of Immigration to protect their traditions and cultures from modern influences and to preserve their environment as well. Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of the trek and follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo – Manthang valley, the last destination of our Upper Mustang trekking.

Highlights

  • Hike in the last Forbidden Land, explore barren landscapes, monasteries, caves and primitive lifestyle and culture of the Tibetan people and spiritual purity unparalleled elsewhere in the Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the views of a deserted wasteland dotted with sporadic settlements, and frequented by people who work hard in the dry soils to see out a living
  • Observe the rocks have been eroded into fascinating shapes by the wind and hermit caves are testament to the dedication of many monks of the region
  • Observe how wind plays as messenger for the yak caravans up the valley and from the Buddhist monasteries, the prayer horns can seen haunting in the thin air.
  • Explore a town with a royal palace, monasteries, temples, caves and a medieval culture i.e. Kingdom, Lo Manthang

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350meters:
  • Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation day:
  • Day 03Kathmandu to Pokhara, 840meters, 6 hrs drive:
  • Day 04Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 2,860m, 3-4 hrs walking:
  • Day 05Kagbeni to chele, 3,050m, 5-6 hrs walking:
  • Day 06Chele to Syanbochen, 3,475m, 6-7 hrs walking:
  • Day 07Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 3,520m, 5-6 hrs walking:
  • Day 08Ghaymi to Charang, 3,500m, 4-5 hrs walking:
  • Day 09Charang to Lo-Manthang, 3,700m, 5-6 hrs walking:
  • Day 10Explore Lo-Manthang valley:
  • Day 11Lo-Manthang to Drakmar, 3,810 m, 6-7 hrs walking:
  • Day 12Dhakmar to Ghiling, 3,806m, 5-6 hrs walking:
  • Day 13Ghiling to Chhuksang, 3,050m, 5-6 hrs walking:
  • Day 14Chhuksang to Jomsom, 2,700m, 6-7 hrs walking:
  • Day 15Fly back to Pokhara:
  • Day 16Drive or flight back from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
  • Day 17Transfer to international Airport for your final departure:
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • All the necessary airport pick up and drops.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu, and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour as per above program.
  • Necessary flights from Pokhara to Jomsom return trips.
  • Restricted area permits with the Annapurna conservation fee.
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period.
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
  • All necessary grounded transportation.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Fare well dinner in Kathmandu host by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


 

Useful Information

  • Trip cost:
    Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size. 
     
  • Note:
    If above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal. 

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