Upper Mustang Trek




16 days

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Trip Overview

 Introduction to Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the least known and most mysterious kingdoms in Nepal. The terrain of Mustang resembles a barren moonscape, with weathered sandstone pillars and irregular moraine terraces creating a multicolored mosaic of earthen reds, yellows, and browns. This unique landscape sets the stage for an extraordinary trekking experience.

The Unique Landscape of Mustang

The journey to Upper Mustang passes through a deserted region with few trees. Here, the stark beauty of the landscape is accentuated by the colors of the earth and rock formations. Moreover, strong gusts of wind sweep across the terrain during the day, typically dying down at night. This adds to the region’s wild and untamed atmosphere. Additionally, Mustang’s position in the Himalaya’s rain shadow means it experiences far less rain than the rest of Nepal, contributing to its distinct environment.

 Cultural Richness and Heritage

Located in the Himalayan rain shadow, Upper Mustang Trek could be the final sanctuary of pure Tibetan culture. The region has remained off-limits to the outside world, allowing it to develop its own distinct culture and traditions. Consequently, these traditions are extremely rich and different. Furthermore, the capital, Lo-Manthang, is a walled city ruled by a pious king, and the slow-paced way of life continues as it has for decades. This cultural isolation has preserved the unique heritage of Upper Mustang, making it a living museum of Tibetan culture.

 Trekking to Lo-Manthang

Trekking across Upper Mustang is relatively simple along the passable road to Lo-Manthang. This city is located in the spectacular center of Mustang. As a result, the paths ascend in altitude from 2815 meters (9,233 feet) to 3780 meters (12,402 feet), providing trekkers with a range of elevations to explore. Moreover, the journey offers breathtaking mountain scenery, with Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795 feet) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545 feet) serving as particular highlights. Additionally, more than 35 mountains rising above 6,000 meters (19,680 feet) surround the trekkers, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop.

 Conclusion: A Trek of Mystique and Beauty

The Upper Mustang Trek offers a unique combination of stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. For those seeking an adventure off the beaten path, this trek provides a rare glimpse into a mysterious kingdom. It has preserved its ancient traditions and way of life amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Trip Itinerary

Flying into Kathmandu on a clear day is an exciting experience. A whole series of wonderful memories that stay with you for a very, very long time starts as you look out at the magnificent, snow-capped mountain peaks below you. You will be welcomed at the airport by our representative and our office's driver, who will then guide you to your hotel.

Since Nepal first opened its doors to tourism, the Kathmandu Valley has also become known as the historical and cultural center of the country. The city offers a beautiful fusion of Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, and Western influence in the Valley. Its two principal nearby cities, Patan and Bhaktapur, are of enormous historical, cultural, and religious value. A half-day guided trip will visit the well-known and largest Hindu shrine, Pashupatinath; the largest stupa in Buddhism in Nepal; Boudhanath; the Palace of 55 Windows from the 15th century; and Swoyambhunath.

The cost of the tourist bus ride to Pokhara includes transportation (you may either fly there for an additional 97 euros ($118) or take a private car for the same cost, depending on the size of your group).It takes around 7 hours by bus, 5 hours by car, and 25 minutes by flight to travel to Pokhara

We take the amazing early-morning flight to Jomsom (famous for its apples), where our trek crew will be waiting for us at the little airport. Following some initial pack preparation, we start our hike to the beautiful settlement of Kagbeni. We cross a brief suspension bridge just outside of Jomsom before proceeding to walk along the Kali Gandaki's bank. The trail is downhill and mostly empty, with wrinkled pebbles and sand all over it. This gives it a very laid-back feel. Huge peaks like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri will be visible to us, while to the south the entire Annapurna range can be seen. .

The trail soon becomes significantly wider, revealing an endless stretch of sand, but the passing of mule trains carrying cargo from Mustang and Tibet keeps the path interestingOn the west bank of the river, there are various caves and Gompa Kang.While Gompa Kang belongs to the Nyingmapa sect, the majority of the monasteries in Upper Mustang are Sakyapa. We probably make a lunch stop at Tangbe, where we first see the distinctive black, white, and red Chortens of Upper Mustang. The tiny hamlet is a maze of narrow lanes surrounded by whitewashed homes, buckwheat and barley fields, and apple orchards. The southern skyline is still dominated by Nilgiri Peak. Tangbe is about a two-hour trek from Chhuksang Village.

Settlements grow more rare, smaller and more primitive due to changes not just in the geography but also in civilization, lifestyle, and people. The residents of Lo or Mustang are farmers. However due to a lack of rain and rich soil, only protected areas of land can be farmed. the dark terrain with green patches. moving northward. North of here, the Kali Gandaki is inaccessible by foot, and when we get to the river, a steel bridge crosses it right in front of a tunnel. The route now leave the valley and climbs up a rocky gully steeply to the town of Chele. Please be aware of the vicious Tibetan mastiffs that are chained to several of the homes in this area. From Chele, you hike a rocky hill before continuing up the wall of a breathtakingly steep canyon until you reach a pass. After the pass, we descend on a nice trail to Samar, which is located in a poplar tree forest. Horse and mule caravans frequently rest here on their journeys.

We hike to a mountain above Samar, descend into a wide gorge past a chorten, and then enter another valley with juniper trees. After climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a little village with a few tea shops, after crossing a stream. One of the holiest locations in Mustang is nearby Rangbyung, a cave with stalagmites that have evolved into chortens. From Shyangmochen, the trail rises without difficulty, taking us into another large valley before dropping to Geling, where there are immense fields of barley. The white and ochre-painted homes in Geling are made of mud and stones, just like in other settlements in Mustang. The roofs are constructed with branches and straw

The trail leaves Geling and ascends slowly through fields and up the valley's middle, passing above Tama Gun's hamlet and its spectacular chorten. After that, we start a challenging ascent across the valley's head to reach the Nyi La (3840m). The descent from the pass is very peaceful, and after another 30 minutes or so, we reach a trail intersection where we may choose to take the right trail directly to Charang or the left trail to Ghami. A large settlement covered with whitewash and protected by cliffs is called Ghami.

We will spend a significant portion of our energy navigating the loose, dry earth today because our walk will likely take us into the driest area of Mustang. The breathtaking views of the surrounding area, from the north's soft contours to the east and west's mountainous terrain, more than make up for the challenging ascent. Finally, we reach Charang, a big village that is widely dispersed near the apex of the Charang Chu canyon. An large dzong [fortress] and a red gompa, which together hold an exceptional collection of statues and thangkas, are located at the eastern end of the hamlet.

Before departing for Lo Manthang, we spend a part of the morning touring the charming village of Charang and its magnificent monastery. We make a gentle ascent above the valley to a sizable, single chorten that serves as Lo Manthang's and Charang's dividing line. The path soon becomes wider, and at its end, we catch our first glimpse of Lo Manthang's walled city. We walk around the wall to the gate on the northeast corner of the city because there is only one entrance.

We get the day off to explore around the beautiful village of Lo Manthang. There are around 150 homes in the community, not counting the many lamas' homes. There are four main temples in the village, and Champa Lhakang is one of them. It houses a big clay statue of Buddha and has artistic mandalas painted on its walls. The present king and queen reside in the imposing king's palace, which is located in the center of the hamlet. The people respect the king despite the fact that most of his responsibilities are ceremonial. The villages in the kingdom continue to seek his advice on a wide range of topics. Horses can be rented to travel across these valleys, although this quick excursion will cost extra.

At Lo Manthang, we started out on our return journey via the upper highland route. With snow-covered peaks in the distance, this highland route offers breathtaking views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley. We arrive at the Ghar-Gompa, Mustang's oldest monastery, just past the community of Lo Gekar. We trek by way of the highlands, passing through alpine meadows before descending steeply through an ancient gully to reach Dhakmar for lunch. We hike along the lovely valley after lunch before ascending to a ridge and then descending to Ghami.

We continue to enjoy the views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains as we travel from Shyanboochen on the lower trail via Rachen Gompa. A mysterious gompa called Rachen Gompa has risen from the rocky cave. Samar comes next, followed by Chaile.

We must return our steps back to Chhuksang for a bit before taking the upper road to Muktinath, a Hindu shrine located at the summit of the tallest peak (3900M). Many Nepali and Indian pilgrims may be seen walking in their bare feet at this site. Or you can hike back to Kagbeni using the same route.

We return through Kagbeni to Jomsom, where our journey comes to a conclusion. We should now take a relaxing, hot shower. With the sherpas and porters, whom we have gotten to know so well over the past two weeks, we might celebrate in the evening.

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Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up/drop
  • Two nights accommodation in kathmandu & Two nights Pokhara at tourist standard hotel
  • Sightseeing in around kathmandu & Pokhara valley by private vehicle and a professional city guide
  • All inclusive trek such as Ground transportation, necessary permits ( including special permit), entrance fees, professional guide, porter, and their expenses including their insurance and equipments
  • Accommodation at lodges en route
  • 3 Meal a day With cup of tea/coffee
  • Flight tickets for the trek group & guide from Jomsom -Pokhara

Price Excludes

  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Your insurance
  • Personal/Natural expenses
  • Food in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

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