Trip Duration: 14 Days
Best Season : Spring, Summer & Autumn
Country : Nepal
Min Altitude : 2700
Max Altitude : 3840meter
Trip starts : Kathmandu
Trip ends : Kathmandu
Group size : Min – 2
Upper Mustang Trekking is an exotic tour and one of Nepal’s most famous and mysterious treks. It was defined as the Himalayan desert in Nepalese. “Mustang’ is a Tibetan term in Nepali derived from fertile plain. Geographically, it is located in the north of Annapurna at an average altitude of 4,000m and culturally the part of Tibetan plateau. In many ways, a trek to the Upper Mustang is very similar to a trek in Tibet because you can see local people sharing and following the Tibetan culture and tradition.
The landscape of Mustang is dry, naturally carved sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, all of which are naturally colorful, made up of red, yellow and brown. The trek to Mustang is through a landscape that is almost treeless and infertile. You experience the strong wind blowing across the area as it is a rain shadow area of Nepal.
The best time to visit upper Mustang is spring time (April – May), Monsoon (June – September) and Autumn (October and November). Spring is a great time to visit upper mustang because the weather will be warmer and the rivers full of snow melt in the lower region. This time of year is probably best if you are planning to cross high passes or go climbing in Upper Mustang. The middle of May is also the time of the Tiji festival at Lo-Manthang. This festival lasts for 3 days and is definitely a region to come during May.
There is no Monsoon (June – September) in Upper Mustang, which makes it a very nice trekking area for those who need to take their annual leave during the summer months. The temperature varies from lows of 16 degrees to highs of mid 20 degree Celsius.
All over Nepal, autumn is a time of blue skies and clearest mountain views. Afternoons may be windy but be ready. General temperatures range from 12 to 20 degrees Celsius. This is really the end of the trekking season in Upper Mustang as the lodges are nearby and the villagers migrate to Pokhara and Kathmandu to wait for the rough winters. Trails vanish under snow, and heavy winter equipment is needed after November.
Upper Mustang Trek is very rich in Buddhist culture and is also an alternative way to experience Tibetan culture and scenery.
The Teji Festival in Lo Manthang is also a famous destination for tourists who want to experience their indigenous culture.
In many ways, a trek to the Upper Mustang is very similar to a trek in the Tibet area because you can see the local people sharing and following the Tibetan culture and tradition. It is geographically part of the Tibetan plateau. Until 1950, the Mustang district was a distinct kingdom within the borders of Nepal. The last king (Raja of Mustang) still has his kingdom at Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang. There are mysterious landscapes of Mustang including Lo-manthang, Charang, Ghami village and large numbers of ancient monasteries with primitive monuments, caves, etc.
After breakfast, you will move to Pokhara early in the morning after almost 6 hours of driving. You’ll be able to enjoy a magnificent view of the river and view all the way through your drive. Or maybe you could also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara for half an hour. You will arrive at the hotel and have a rest in the afternoon. You can even visit the lakeside region or go on a boat trip to the famous Fewa Lake.
Today, we are flying from Pokhara to Jomsom, which lies at an altitude of 2,710 metres. And then you will trek to Kagbeni beside Kaligandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. After a three-and – a-half hour trek, you’ll get to Kagbeni where you can see antique houses, a few monasteries, temples and more. Overnight at the Kagbeni.
Leaving Kagbeni, we move toward Chele early in the morning today. The track still moves alongside the bank of Kaligandaki. We come across the villages of Chunksang and Tangbe. And, before reaching at Chele we have to come across a bridge over Kaligandaki and go up for around 35 minutes to reach Chele Village.
From Chele, we climb up and out of the massive side valleys of the Kali Gandaki. We climb up a vertical spur to a cairn and then join other cairns spotting the Chele La (3630 m), from where the track falls to Samar (3620 m). After reaching above Samar, the track enters the valley filled with trees and crosses a stream and moves up to Bhena La and then to Yamdo La and finally down to Shyanmochen, we reach our destination for today, an amazing village at an altitude of 3570 m, Geling. We’re walking for 7 to 8 hours in total.
To reach from Geling to Charang, we have to trek for 6 – 7 hours. Walking west of Geling, the track climbs tenderly all the way through the fields and crosses Tama Gaon. Then we go up to Nyi La (4020m) from there we move down to Gheme which lies at an altitude of 3510m and then gets linked with Choya La, further than the mani wall. We have a long drop from Choya La that will lead us to the land of the Labyrinth, Charang lying at an altitude of 3560 m. Overnight in the guest house.
On this day, we set off from Charang and trek to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The 300-metre-long and 150-metre-wide wall has protected the region against thieves and brutal winds. This small region of Lo-Manthang is populated by more than 1,000 residents whose houses are linked by fine rope stone lanes. Overnight at the Lo Manthang guest house.
We have a rest day in Lo Manthang today. We’re going to wander around Lo Manthang all day and visit the King’s Palace, small caste settlements, ancient monasteries, herbal medical school and more. Overnight at Lo Manthang
Today, in Lo Manthang, you will attend the Teechi (often called “Tiji”) festival, which is an annual occasion for the natives of Lo Manthang of Upper Mustang. The name was derived from the phrase “Tempa Chirin” which implies prayer for peace in the world. This festival is celebrated for three days. And you will also see the monks ‘ dances at the “Choedhe” monastery. And you can explore Lo Mangthang this day, too. Overnight at guest house in Lo Mangthang.
Similar to all the arid regions of Mustang, on the way to Ghami as well most of the houses are build out of mud, stones with roof of straw and a combination of mud, pebbles. After walking for 5 hours we will reach to Ghami. Here we stay overnight in guest house.
We’re going all the way through a tight route until we reach Geling. Further ahead of Geling, the path widens. Views of desolate landscapes, farm terraces, villages and also Mt. Nilgiri come to our sights. We will eventually reach Samar, a small village that has the impact of Tibetan culture. We’re staying overnight at guest house in Samar.
Today we pass through the vertical ridge of hills, which offers some very good views of the lush hills. Then we move to the village of Tetang, which lies between the two hills and is identified as the upper village of Chusang. We’re staying overnight at our guest house in Chusang.
Today, you’re going to begin the trek down the amazing Kali Gandaki ravine. After crossing the settlement of Jharkot and Khingar with classic Tibetan art and architecture, you tag down to Kagbeni, a prehistoric village known for Tibetan art. Now your track passes through the shore of Kali Gandaki and comes across the Eklebhatti. Jomsom, Headquarters of Mustang, is divided into two settlements, and the Kali Gandaki River passes between the two settlements. In Jomsom, you can enjoy the magnificent view of Nilgiri, the peak of Tilicho. Overnight at guest house in Jomsom.
Today were taking a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, taking about 20 minutes. The main attractions of Pokhara are natural as well as cultural sites such as lakes, Hindu and Buddhist temples, caves and mountain views. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Today in the morning, we’re going to travel for 6 hours and go back to Kathmandu. We can either drive a vehicle or fly back from the beautiful town of Pokhara. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Then you can relax for the rest of the day and stay overnight at the hotel.