Upper Mustang trekking in Nepal was officially opened in 1992. Upper Mustang is the area that used to commercially connect Tibet and India. Originally, it consisted of a number of small kingdoms which were united with the seat in the royal town of Lo Manthang. Since 1790 it is part of Nepal and Mustang’s autonomy was abolished in 2008. Upper Mustang remained a restricted demilitarized area, allowing hardly any visitors until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetic languages.To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience a way of life of true mountain people, who for hundreds of years, had very little contact with the rest of Nepal and retained their rich cultural heritage. Until recent times their king was officially recognized by the Government of Nepal.
Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even today, access is still highly restricted. To enter Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north of Kagbeni, trekkers need special trekking permit and must be accompanied by a government appointed official.
Upper Mustang, being in the Himalayan rain shadow, is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during the monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.
The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather.
There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni, so groups must be fully self-sufficient, especially in fuel. While porters are available in Jomsom it is preferable to use mules to carry the loads up to Mustang. These pack animals are available locally and are more economical, and certainly more environmentally friendly than porters.
The settlements are scattered and there is little sign of cultivation between villages. In Mustang, little grows without irrigation, thus the region resembles a desert although it is mountainous and there are nuclear settlements in the more fertile areas.
Lo Manthang, the old capital, is reached in four days and at least one extra day should be spent here to soak in the sights and sounds of this unique walled settlement. Ponies are available for hire if you so desire. The return trip can either follow the same route as the one you took to enter or take an alternative route along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki.
Surprising this Upper Mustang trekking is one of the best trek to do even in the monsoon season in Nepal. Hence it lies in the rain shadow, north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, completely sheltered from the monsoon. We take return Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara flight to avoid the lower rainy section hike in Annapurna region. The best advantage of doing this cultural trek in monsoon time is that the village are full of local people busy at their every day works. Further more the whole region are in bloom which makes really a fabulous contrast with the wind eroded hills, red cliffs and snow capped mountains on the back ground – a great vista. Thus upper Mustang trek is once in a lifetime destination to explore the fascinating medieval walled kingdom of Lo Manthang.
Day 1: Meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel.
Day2: Get permits, trip preparation or visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu.
Day3: Fly or drive to Pokhara. Pokhara sightseeing if you take flight
Day4: Fly to Jomsom (8921ft. 2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (9216ft. 2810m).
Day5: Trek to Chele (10004ft. 3050m) via Tangbe/Chhusang for lunch.
Day6: Trek to Gilling (11709ft. 3570m). Explore monasteries and village.
Day7: Trek to Ghami (3,460m/11,352ft). Explore monasteries and village.
Day8: Trek to Charanag (11677ft. 3560m). Explore monasteries and village.
Day9: Trek to Lo Manthang (12,238ft. 3,730m). Visit monasteries, king´s palace, and museum.
Day10: Excursion Choser village, back to Lo Manthang after visiting monasteries and caves.
Day11: Trek to Ghargompa, Visit the monastery.
Day12: Trek to Chele (10004ft. 3050m)
Day13: Trek to Kagbeni (9216ft. 2810m).
Day14: Trek to Jomsom
Day15: Fly back to Pokhara and sightseeing around Lakeside.
Day16: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus at 7:30 am and transfer to hotel.
☛ Grounded Transportation.
☛ Hotel Rooms/Accommodation.
☛ Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.
☛ Campfire, Music, Dance.