Upper Mustang Trek is the ultimate journey to one of the most isolated regions of Nepal, untouched by any modernization. Nestled in the rain shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna, Upper Mustang will present you arid landscape surrounded by rocks in all colors and unique formations. Upper Mustang Trekking will take you to the hidden valley, the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo. The region was forbidden to traverse for many years, which played a prominent role in preserving the locals' distinctive culture and rich traditions. Everything is still the same as it used to be centuries back. People here call themselves descendants of Tibet. Moreover, Tibetans influenced the locals' lifestyle, culture, traditions, practices, and beliefs. You will find ancient monasteries, gompas, mani walls, and prayer flags throughout the trail.
Mustang region has dry, barren, and arid land like the Tibetan plateaus. The area has no vegetation except a few plants that grow in this place. However, all these features work well together and present spectacular dry scenery. Every year Local people from the upper Mustang celebratethe Tiji festival in the Lo Mangthang monastery.
Have you ever been to a forbidden place?
The forbidden means hid from the public and kept secret. It is always a grand quest to do such visits. You never know what you get to see.
If you like to make one of such trips, this Upper Mustang Trek is the one for you. On this Upper Mustang Trek, you will visit an ancient banned kingdom of Lo Manthang(3,840m). The place is now open to people around the world. So you’ll unravel people, settlements, the king’s palace, monasteries, caves, nature, and many more. This is just an intro; keep reading.
As said earlier, Upper Mustang Trek is a trek that leads us to a vintage kingdom of Lo Manthang. The kingdom lies on the northern side of the Mustang Region, a part of the Annapurna Region in Nepal. Also, being relatively close to Tibet, the region feels like a Tibetan part. The trek's major highlights are the unique locals, traditional houses, ancient Gompas, moving lifestyle, and distinct culture.
Moreover, you’ll trek through the region to watch the glorious deserted landscapes. The area is more like a desert of heaven as it lies in the rain-shadowed region of Nepal. It will be a worthwhile visit. Similarly, you’ll see towering and whitish mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Manaslu. Yet, the most satisfying parts of the trek are the vast deserted terrains. You’ll get lost in the stretch like us.
We’ll start the journey of Upper Mustang Trek 17 Days from Kathmandu with an exciting drive to Pokhara. Enjoying the ride with the views of Nepal’s countryside, we’ll arrive in Pokhara to spend an evening there. While in the touristic capital of Nepal, Pokhara, we’ll enjoy the fullest.
The next day, you’ll leave Pokhara by flying above this beautiful city towards Jomsom. While flying, you’ll see the best visions of surrounding peaks and more. Then we'll land in Jomsom for a while to start the trek towards Kagbeni, the entrance to Upper Mustang.
After Kagbeni night, we’ll move on the beautiful road to Chele in the morning. Passing through the dusty trail, we’ll cross some villages to reach Chele to spend the night. From Chele, you must trek towards Syanboche village by crossing Taklam High Pass and Eklo Bhatti. Throughout the day, we’ll enjoy a fantastic mountain panorama.
This way, we’ll leave major stops of Upper Mustang Trek, such as Ghami, Yamda La Pass, and Charang to reach Lo Manthang, the forbidden kingdom. We’ll begin exploring the ancient kingdom and the vicinity. Next, we’ll go to Ghar Gompa and Ghilling, the two must-visit places in the Upper Mustang Region.
Following all of this, we’ll start our journey back to Kathmandu. Starting from Chilling, we’ll reach Chele and then Jomsom. The trek to reach Jomsom is the last day of the Upper Mustang Trek. Having spent two weeks in heaven, we’ll fly back to Pokhara. We’ll have another evening in Pokhara. After all this, we’ll drive back to Kathmandu to end the successful trip.
To sum up, Upper Mustang Trek is a thrilling walk from the green side to the deserted side of the Annapurna Region. It lets us explore civilization and the kingdom, which was forbidden for a long time. You’ll get to travel back in time. What an experience it will be!
If you want to know more about this trip or book with us, you can reach us anytime. We are forever there to help you by providing the best customer experience. Imagine high mountains, large colorful meadows, unique rocks with a few plants, and scattered stone houses under the bright blue sky. What could be more beautiful than this?
You will explore many mysterious places and caves during the Upper Mustang Trek. The aridity of this region makes it prone to windy storms in the afternoon. Talking about the difficulty level of Upper Mustang Trekking, it is moderate. The trail is not so difficult in technical climbing and includes a few steep sections & landslide areas. However, it would help if you walked in a desert-like area with distinctive food and accommodation. And all these do make the trial challenging. Upper Mustang Trek is perfect for tasting your endurance and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You will witness a new lifestyle and a new turn to your travel stories. If you have extra time, we recommend you check our professionally designed Nar Phu Valley Trek and Gurung Heritage Trail Trek.
Upper Mustang Trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the second biggest city in Nepal. From here, you will fly to Jomsom, one of the most beautiful regions of Nepal. The flight will present you with stunning views of the Himalayas. Jomsom is the starting point of your trek. Next, you will trek to Kagbeni. Spending a night here, you will ascend to the Lo-Manthang, going through several small and delicate villages like Chele, Syanbochen, Ghaymi & Charang. Finally, you will take a day off in Lo-Manthang. Further, the trail will take you to Ghar Gompa and Ghiling. The path from here onwards will take you back to Jomsom via Chele, and you will fly back to Pokhara.
Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition have professionally designed our Upper Mustang Trekking itinerary to let you encounter the best of the Upper Mustang region. We assure you that you will go back to your home with lifelong memories with us. Feel free to contact us for any information regarding the Upper Mustang Trek itinerary or the Upper Mustang Trek cost.
If you have a short time, you can do an upper mustang helicopter tour in one day instead of long trekking.