An escape into the remote trans-Himalayan mountain area, Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking in Nepal. The entire region stretching from Kaligandaki, a deserted region, to Kagbeni in the Tibetan south border is known as Upper Mustang.
A combination of scenic beauty and religious monastery that age more than thousands of years, Upper Mustang Trek is an ideal experience for all adventure seekers. The route starts from the world’s deepest gorge, Kaligandaki Region, into world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley. The Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of the upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang. The route offers panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek also passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys.
Influenced by the Tibetan Culture, the entire region has its own unique tradition and culture. The thousand years of isolation have kept the culture, lifestyle, and heritage uncorrupted by modernization. A majority of the settlements is made up of stone and sun-baked mud bricks. The city-wall and the four storied palaces in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region. Polyandry, a type of marriage where all the brothers of a family marry the same woman, is a common practice.
The Trans-Himalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom. The Upper Mustang region was restricted to outsiders until October 1991. The people of Mustang call themselves Lobas. There is a strict control in obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment.
Upper Mustang Trek Highlights
- Scenic drive to Pokhara
- Spectacular Mountain flight Pokhara/ Jomsom via Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range
- Explore the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang
- Unique culture and lifestyle of Managis
- Walk through the Kaligandaki river
We will fly to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, from Pokhara. The 20 minutes’ flight over the mountains offers a splendid view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. Jomsom is a large village linking the age-old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. We will trek from Jomsom along the riverbed of Kali Gandaki until we reach Ekley Bhatti. We will head towards Kagbeni which is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age-old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. Overnight in Kagbeni.
The journey begins from the riverbank of Kaligandaki. Our first destination in this journey is Tangbe village which is characterized by whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Our route will lead us to Chhusang before we reach Chele. Overnight in Chele.
We will trek to Syanbochen which is about 6-7 hours from Chele. The route passes through Eklo Bhatti and climbs towards Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft). The journey is through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda. Through the Samar village, the trial will lead us to Syanbochen. We will come across a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. Overnight in Syanbochen.
On this day we will trek to Ghaymi, the third largest village in the Lo region. Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. Through chorten and Tibetan cultured villages, we will trek towards Yamda La. We will cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Overnight in Ghaymi.
After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail ascends towards a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the Buddhists. The trail heads east to the village of Charang characterized by maze fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa. Overnight in Charang.
Lo-Mangthang offers magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where the entire Lo-Mangthang Valley comes to sight. It will take us about 5-6 hours to reach our destination. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.
On this day, we will explore Lo-Mangthang. We can visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa is situated on a hilltop. It serves as an important monastery for the local community. It is also a local court. We can otherwise visit Tall Champa Lakhang ,"God house" ,the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall all of which happen to be major attractions of this town. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.
We will trek to Drakmar via Gyakar. Gyakar houses Ghar Gompa which is more than 1200 years old. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. Overnight in Drakmar.
We will trek back to Ghiling which is about 5-6 hours away from Dhakmar. Upon arrival, we will explore the area. Ghiling offers panoramic views of the green hills against the snow-capped mountains. The village is beautiful and the prevailing culture is adopted from the Tibetans. Overnight in Ghiling.
On this day we will trek to Chhuksang. It will take us about 5-6 hours to reach the destination. Most of the route is narrow that encircles around green hills. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey of the Himalayan range. Overnight in Chhuksang.
The last day of the trek has the longest walk of 6-7 hours from Chhuksang to Jomsom. The trail passes through Ekli Bhatti and Kagbeni. After walking along the river bed of Kali Gandhaki River, we will enter the village of Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
On this day we will fly to Pokhara. The 20 minutes’ flight over the mountains offers a splendid view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your respective hotels. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful and vibrant city as you please. Overnight in Pokhara.
On this day we will drive to Kathmandu. The journey to Kathmandu is pleasant and offers views of green hills, silver-river running along most of the route, pretty settlements and terraced farms. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day to yourself. You can either rest or go shopping and exploring the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.