‘adventure beyond massive Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range’
“Journey on old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route from Nepal to Tibet border,
Within scenic country enclosed by high giant cliffs and eroded colorful canyons,
A picturesque area Upper Mustang and former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang,
Enjoy dramatic views of windswept terrain an extension of huge Tibetan plateau,
Explore interesting cultural villages enriched with Buddhist and Bon traditions”.
Brief Trip Profile
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara with local lodge on trekking.
Trekking Grade: Moderate and Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot: On top Nyli-La Pass at 3,945 m high.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 6 hrs sometimes
Activities: Guided tour, exciting drive, scenic flights and trekking.
Trekking duration: 09 Nights and 10 Days with flights both ways from Pokhara-Jomsom- Pokhara and drives.
Total Trip: 14 Nights and 15 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Best Seasons for Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking where one can visit during spring times of April and May as well around monsoon wet season of June to mid September.
April and May dry and beautiful with longer sunlight hours during day time walks for lovely scenery of the country with snow capped peaks, cold in the morning and night times and in shady area.
Chances of snow sometimes around higher side of Upper Mustang, June to mid September around monsoon time quite interesting walks with fresh green vegetation from moisture of monsoon clouds.
Upper Mustang falls within rain-shadow area like Tibetan plateau where heavy monsoon clouds blocked by Himalaya mountain range with less rain that makes the country dry and arid.
Warmer than other months of the year with less colder morning and night times, mid September to October clear for views and walks but shorter sunlight hours due to autumn season, can be freezing cold in the morning and night times with chances of snow sometimes.
People and Culture
Upper Mustang and around Nepal Far North West mostly populated by people of strong Tibetan origin and looks with similar way of life and culture of both Buddhism and ancient Bon sect practice (pre Buddhism).
Bon sect is slowly disappearing where Upper Mustang-Dolpo and Limi valley including South West Tibet are followers of Bon practice, worships natural spirits and five great elements from sky-cloud / water, thunder / fire, vegetation and earth.
On treks one can observe fascinating culture of Mustang people from Kagbeni onwards on this ancient salt trade to Tibet, lower Mustang around Kaligandaki valley inhabited by Thakali people of Buddhist religion, an early traders to Tibet exchanging Nepalese and Tibetan or Chinese goods.
Upper Mustang Trekking leads you to spectacular scenery within high eroded cliffs and canyon reminds one of Great Canyon in USA of similar landscapes for some days.
Upper Mustang an extension of great Tibetan plateau listed as world highest and largest table-land a picturesque country to visit enclosed within arid and barren terrain and yet leads you to view beautiful scenery.
Upper Mustang located Nepal Far North West which falls on old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade as well a Caravan Route of Nepal to Tibet that extends from Upper Mustang towards high Karo-la pass that separates the border of two countries.
Once a forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang and its walled village ‘Lo-Manthang’ which was opened for outside visitors since last three decades where travelers can trek and drive to witness the beautiful areas in the shade of local immense cultures of both Buddhism and ancient Bon religions.
Starts from beautiful Pokhara, a city located on the laps of massive Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains with magnificent Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail peak that reflects on its serene Begnas and Phewa Lakes.
From Pokhara where short scenic flight reaches you at Jomsom, a headquarter town of whole Mustang area populated by Thakali people a tribe of Kaligandaki River valley settled and engaged with strong trade with Tibet till present.
After Jomsom walk leads to the gateway village at Kagbeni an interesting place where you can witness typical Mustang culture and traditional life with similarity to Tibetans life-style.
Kagbeni the entrance and exit point of Upper Mustang, where walks leads towards dry windswept territory visiting nice villages and well cultivated farms of buck-wheat and barley with few trees that survives like Poplars and Willow trees.
Slowly walk proceeds crossing few smaller passes to reach former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang, where free day allows you to explore its amazing cultures and custom and visiting its old important monasteries and fort palace of former Raja / king of Mustang.
After a great exciting and enjoyable time at high town / village of Lo-Manthang located on route Tibetan border beyond Mustang Himal peaks of Bhirkuti and Damodar mountain range.
With fabulous experience around remote areas of Upper Mustang where journey leads you back at Jomsom for scenic short flight to reach at lovely Pokhara to complete our fabulous and wonderful adventure Upper Mustang Trekking.
Short Guide Line Itinerary
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Drive / Fly to Pokhara 860 m - 06 hrs and transfer to hotel.
Day 04: Morning fly to Jomsom 2,715 m trek to Kagbeni 2,835 m- 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,045 m - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen 3,800 m - 06 hrs after visit of Samar and Ramchung Cave.
Day 07: Trek to Ghami 3,510 m -06 hrs after crossing small passes.
Day 08: Trek to Charang 3,560 m -05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,840 m - 05 hrs.
Day 10: At Lo-Manthang for local exploration and walks.
Day 11: Drive from Lo-Manthang to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Jomsom -04 hrs with free afternoon.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara 22 mins journey and transfer to hotel.
Day 14: Drive or fly to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride or 30 mins by flights.
Day 15: International Departure to respective country.