Mustang is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River. It is a remote, semi-independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna Region on the Tibetan border), and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges, and the starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking or riding on, horseback. The trek enters upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nestled in apple orchards and encircled by snow mountains. It eventually reaches the ancient capitol of Lo Manthang, a walled city built of whitewashed mud bricks and teeming with Buddhist prayer wheels and stupas, seeming to arise from the earth itself. There are very few guesthouses and restaurants in the region; so camping is required and most necessities must be carried in. Entirely closed to visitors until the early 1990s, upper Mustang treks are still restricted by a set of rules for cultural conservation and require a minimum $700 permit fee for a ten-day trek. (Treks are typically ten days but can be longer.) The high winds, altitude and cold add to the challenge of this trek. It is not recommended to do in the winter months and can be strenuous for some people even in the warmer months.
Upper Mustang Trekking (Populary called the Mustang Trek), is a popular destination for travelers, who would like to be very remote area and explores the ancient Monastery, more than thousand years of hundreds ruined cave and Himalayan mountain desert with local tribes domain with Tibetan society an exotic tour to unspoiled Tibetan villages on the other side of the Nepalese Himalaya bordering with Tibet. The main highlights of Mustang Trekking are ancient Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhists arts, the exotic culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert.Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. Mustang is a rain shadow area and still has a Mustangi Raja (state king of the Mustang) only one state king of Nepal, fossils on the river bank is another attraction for the travels. This area is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region.
Upper Mustang trek start from the Pokhara a beautiful lake town of the western Nepal and crossing the Annapurna conservation area will get to Upper Mustang. Either fly to Jomsom or walk from the Beni will reach at entry point of upper Mustang called Kagbeni. We start our Upper Mustang trek through the Holy river bank of Kaligandaki and follow the up stream to get to Lo-Mangthang, which is capital of the upper Mustang. On Mustang trek you may have chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. You will have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make your trek wonderfully.
The trek to Lo- Manthang is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. In places the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses.
Desolate landscapes and lavishly adorned monasteries, great rivers and fields created through the painstaking labour of humans over time, with the highland that extends endlessly northward and the pristine peaks of Annapurna and of the Nilgiri, which mark the horizon to the South, there are few places in the length of the great chain that cast anything like the spell of Mustang.This trip gives you the opportunity to go where few have been before. Most of the trek keeps to arid, high deserts inhabited mostly by people of Tibetan stock. The men folk are either traders or farmers while the women mostly tend the fields. Along with insights into the everyday lives of the people of "Lo" you will have the opportunity to witness their vibrant culture and also a chance to get a look at Lama Buddhism little changed by time.
|Trekking Destination||»||Upper Mustang Trekking|
|Group Size||»||Min - 2|
|Highest Access||»||3900 mtr|
|Transportation||»||Bus, Car, Land cruiser or Aeroplane|
|Mode of trekking tour||»||Tea house/Camping|
|Trekking hour||»||Approximately 5-6 hours each day|
|Total Day||»||13 Days|
Day 01: arrival in Kathmandu,
Day 02: Full Day Kathmandu valley sight seeing Tour:
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (flight or drive as your prefer)
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom(2800 m) (flight) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)
Day 05: Trek to Chele (3100m)
Day 06: Trek to Geling (3570m)
Day 07: Trek to Charang (3560m)
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3840m)
Day 09: In Lo Mathang (rest)
Day 10: Trek to Drakmar (3820m)
Day 11: Trek to Shyangmochen
Day 12: Trek to Chhuksang
Day 13: Trek back to Kagbeni
Day 14: Trek back to Jomsom.
Day 15: Flight back to Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu or Chitwan NP