“Traveling: It leaves you speechless. Then turns you into a storyteller”
The Upper Mustang Trek is done around the Trans Himalayan Mustang region which is very famously 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. Mustang region of northern-central Nepal, lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif creating a ruggedly arid land surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and impressive formations. It is unlike any other place in the country, it is characterized by its barren, windswept humps of mountain desert earth, all shades of pink, purple, brown, and gray but still a very magnificent place to trek through.
The most convenient way to start the trek is to get to Upper Mustang by a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight is an adventure in itself flying through the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, which runs between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri mountains. You follow the famous Kali Gandaki River upstream, partly walking in the river bed itself, to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the restricted area of Upper Mustang starts. However, it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the famous pilgrim destination of Muktinath before heading north into Upper Mustang. From Kagbeni the trek goes northwards and leads to Lo Manthang in 4 to 5 days. You cross pass after pass, which are all between 3,500 and 4,000 m. You can return partly by a different way via Dhakmar, crossing 2 passes of around 4,200 m. Close to Dhakmar you can find the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, the Lo Gekar Monastery. Lo Gekar Monastery was built in the 8th century by the famous Tibetan magician Guru Rinpoche. It is said that he killed a powerful demon and the blood of the demon has painted the rocks around Dhakmar bright red. Then we head for Lo-Manthang, the old capital, where at least one extra day should be spent to catch the sights and sound of this unique walled settlement. As our final point we then descend to Muktinath (3,750 m), a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The greatest attribute of this place is that it represents the presence of all the five elements air, sky, earth, fire and water in their distinctive form. It is quite astonishing to see trees growing at such an unusual and high altitude. Afterward we then move on to Jomsom from where we take a flight to Pokhara.
Geologically and culturally being a part of the Tibetan plateau, the Upper Mustang trek allows you to visit the whole region in just one trek. Except late December to beginning of March, rest other months, including October and November are recommended as the best time for Upper Mustang Trek. Be ready for an adventurous uphill and downhill trek with some larger-than-life destinations on the way. Come and join the Incredible Mountains for this extravagant trek through Upper Mustang.
On arrival in Kathmandu, we meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Free to relax.
Guided Sightseeing Tour, Kathmandu Valley
POKHARA Sightseeing or free day.
Transfer to airport for flight to JOMSOM
Trek to KAGBENI.
KAGBENI – CHELE
CHELE – SHYANGBOCHE
SHYANGBOCHE – GEMI
GEMI – TSARANG
TSARANG – LO MANTHANG Trek
REST DAY/ EXPLORATION OF LO MANTHANG
LO MANTHANG – TAMAR
TAMAR – SHYANGBOCHE
TETANG – MUKTINATH
MUKTINATH – JOMSOM
Fly POKHARA and transfer to hotel and rest
Today you have the chance to relax in this beautiful resort town, perhaps taking a boat trip on Lake phewa, visiting the famous Devi’s fall or cave system or shopping for souvenirs.
Flight back to Kathmandu.
Free for shopping in Kathamndu/ Optional Bhaktapur
Departure for home