Upper Mustang Trekking is located in the northern central part of Nepal and the border of Tibet. Trekking in Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet as it is geographically a part of the Tibetan Plateau. Upper Mustang Trek is most popular to visit the last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal to see the beautiful arid landscape, the distinctive high pastures of the Himalayan Mountains, the old Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan Buddhist culture, and tradition. Upper Mustang trekking is a popular restricted trekking trail in Nepal - a special permit is required to enter the "Forbidden Kingdom of Mustangs", as Upper Mustang remains a restricted area beyond Kagbeni village. Mustang offers an opportunity to travel to the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain region with Tibet influence culture.
The land of the Upper Mustang in the early 7th century was highly influenced by the Lhasa of Tibet, mainly Lo Tshu Dhyun. The land was given to a retainer of the Ghunthang king of western Tibet. In the late 1300s, Ampel (the first king of Mustang), a warrior from Tibet, defeated local warlords to unify the kingdom and established his capital at Lo-Manthang. Located at an altitude of 3810 meters, Lo-Manthang is the capital of an independent state allied with the Democratic Republic of Nepal. For centuries Mustang or ‘Lo-manthang’ situated in the extreme north of the Kaligandaki gorge was a forbidden land forever raising the curiosity of travelers. The hardy people of this Himalayan desert follow Tibetan Buddhism and are of Tibetan origin, having migrated south from the Tibetan plateau centuries ago.
The trek begins with a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom passing through a narrow section between the two tallest mountains: Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m). A fascinating old citadel where ancient trails intersect. The route towards the north and beyond is the forbidden land of Mustang but a special trekking permit is required only after the Kagbeni village. For the next few days passing through the ancient villages like Samar, Ghiling and Charang finally lead to Lo-Manthang (3810m), the walled capital city of Mustang. The villages and monasteries around the capital city like Namgyal Gompa, the village of Thinkar, Garfuk, and Nifuk are worth a visit where people still live in cave dwellings cut into surrounding cliffs.
The return route from Lo-manthang can be made more exciting by passing over Dri and Yara with a day trip to Luri gompa then finally coming out over Tetang, visiting the holy temple of Muktinath and then descending to Jomsom and flying back to Pokhara from Jomsom but the trek itinerary below does not include the route to Dri and Yara, We use the same route to go to Lo-Manthang and return to Jomsom, which is easier and more common.
Upper Mustang Trek There is good availability of teahouse/lodge facilities along the way, so most of the trekkers prefer to eat and sleep in the teahouse which is much cheaper than camping trekking. Package cost for the Teahouse/Lodge Trek is based on the size of the group and the level of service. Anyway, Alpine Adventure Club offers trekking at competitive price and is committed to providing the best service.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Pokhara (850m)
Day 04: Pokhara flight to Jomsom (2720m) then trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3050m)
Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800m)
Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520m)
Day 08: Ghami trek to Tsarang / Charang (3560m)
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3810m)
Day 10: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810m)
Day 11: Lo-Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820m)
Day 12: Dhakmar trek to Geling/ Ghiling (3570m)
Day 13: Geling trek to Chhuksang (2980m)
Day 14: Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 15: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 16: Pokhara drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 17: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
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