Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang trek offers a spectacular trekking into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan influence culture. The area from the Tibetan border in the north to Kagbeni in the south, is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. It is a rain shadow area of Nepal. The area is also famously known as the cold desert of Nepal. Trekking to Upper Mustang gives the chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the unique and picturesque landscapes. This trek is an adventure starting from world’s deepest gorge Kaligandaki into the Lo-Mangthang Valley. The trail passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hills and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks on the background.
Years of isolation from the capital has helped to keep the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries till date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region. Another attraction in the Mustang region is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring). The Mustangi people have their own way of family life, which is quite surprising for many outsiders. Still in some families they practice polyandry system.
The Trans-Himalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request.
- Duration: 19 days
- Rating:Very popular
- Region: Annapurna & Mustang
- Activity:Restricted Area Trekking
- Trip Type:Tea House Trek
Day 01: Arrival
Day 02: Preparation and briefing of the trekking
Day 03: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara
Day 05: Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m) and trek to Kagbeni.
Day 06: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050 m)
Day 07: Chele to Syammochen (3,806 m)
Day 08: Syammochen to Dhakmar (3,200 m)
Day 09: Ghami to Tsarang (3,560 m) via Lo Gekar (4,100 m)
Day 10: Tsarang to Lo – Manthang (3,660 m)
Day 11: Excursion of Lo –Manthang Village (Thinkar Valley)
Day 12: Lo-Manthang to Yara (4,000 m)
Day 13: Yara to Tangya (3,240 m)
Day 14: Tangya to Chuksang (3,050 m)
Day 15: Chuksang to Jomsom (2,700 m)
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
Day 18: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure