|Group Size:||1-10||Max Elevation:||3,820m|
|Arrival On:||Kathmandu||Departure From:||Kathmandu|
|Meal:||Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meal during the trek|
|Accomodation:||3 star hotel at Kathmandu and Pokhara|
Trekking in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege where you can experience the true aroma of remote Himalaya in Nepal. Located at the border of Tibetan Plateau, trekking in Mustang in many ways resembles to the trekking in Tibet. Upper Mustang is an ancient Buddhist kingdom of LO-LO which used to the part of Tibetan empire so it is closely associated with Tibet in terms of culture, dialects and geography.
Until 1992, Upper Mastang was restricted and demilitarized area which contributed it to remain highly preserved region in the world with majority of people still following Tibetan cultural and speaking unique dialects. Mustang is nestled in the rain-shadowed area of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif making it suitable region for trekking in monsoon. Upper is also well-known for its unique beauty and unspoiled nature comprising majority of area festooned with ruggedly barren land engulfed by rocks in different kinds of color and impressive formation. The arid landscapes are dotted with small settlements of white washed houses, barley fields and many monasteries and chortens decorated with fluttering prayer flags. Moreover, it captures the admirable view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and multiple other Himalaya.
Upper Mustang trail traverses an ancient salt trading route which used to popular route for people of Mustang to trade grain from low-lands. It starts from Jomsom and ends at Lo-Manthang, the main highlight of the trek. There are itineraries available for the route to Lo-Manthang ranging from moderate to strenuous grade. It is possible to conduct trek in completely teahouse mode, camping is not needed unless you go for beaten-off track. Trekking to Upper Mustang goes through an almost tree-less barren landscapes and steep rocky trail along with dominated view of soaring Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Lo-Mantang is a semi-autonomous and heavily Tibetan influenced village decorated with desolate but incredible landscapes intersperse with treeless barren land and lush culture. The village is well-known for white-washed mud bricks, Gompas and Royal King Palace built in 14 century. Also Known as the “God House”, this place is dotted with many gracious temples and gompas including Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen Gompa, Jampa Gompa, Chodey Gompa and the Choprang Gompa. Travelers can wander around town and visit amchi museum and amchi school. Amchi is a traditional doctor of Lo-Mangthang.
Upper Mustang trekking is a moderate trek ideal for passionate trekkers who have ability to walk for 6 hours a day with light rucksack. The best time to go for trekking is during the monsoon months (June-August) as this region locates in rain shadow area of Nepal. However, it is possible to conduct the trail throughout the year.
It is mandatory to obtain trekking permit for Upper Mustang from the department of immigration in Nepal. Permit for trekking in Upper Mustang is only issued to the group of at least 2 people accompanied with guide. US $ 500 per person is charged for first 10 days in Upper Mustang and after 10 days US $ 50 is charged per day per person. Restriction starts after Kagbeni, the small town of Mustang.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transport to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and evening meeting about trekking
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 180km 6 to 7 houre 820m
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom 2720m[25 minets ] trek to Kagbeni at 2810m
Day 04: Trek to Chele at 3050m
Day 05: Trek to Ghiling at 3570m
Day 06: Trek to Tsarang ta 3560m
Day 07: Trek to Lo manthang at 3809m
Day 08: Rest day Lo manthang (hike to choser cave)
Day 09: Trek to Dhe village
Day 10: Trek to yara / ghara village
Day 11: Trek to Tetang
Day 12: Trek to Chusang
Day 13: Trek over Gyu la pass 4077 m trek to mukthinath at 3760m
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2720m
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Fly or Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Depature