Upper Mustang Trek



Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Walk back to the history of Lo Manthang after exploring the palace of king
  • Walk freely without worrying about the rain as the region lies in the rain shadow area
  • Spiritual feel walking through many Gompas, chortens, flapping prayer flags, and caves
  • Catch a live glimpse of Tibetan influence on the everyday activities and culture of the locals
  • Enticing views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other chains of mountains
  • Breathe the spirituality of the Tibetan like people and monks with their prayer flags
  • Witness everyday life and culture of the local people who live closely like Tibetan

The Upper Mustang trek winds its way to the hidden Buddhist world of the Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo. This remote trans-Himalayan mountain area borders Tibet and has a distinct Tibetan feel to it, both in its people and culture and in its arid landscape of high cliffs and rocks of unusual formations and colour.

The trek visits Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang, then on through a stark landscape in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif to Lo-Manthang, the seat of past Kings of the Kingdom of Lo.

Explore caves, rock paintings, monasteries, and gompa and learn something about the culture of this area. Panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and others, are very much part of this exciting trip!

Within Lo Manthang itself a visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, the last main village in the northwest of the area, as well as the King’s palace, brings a further cultural understanding of the area.

There is also an amchi (traditional Tibetan doctor) museum and school, where visitors can learn about this ancient healing art and how it is being adapted to meet modern-day situations.

A few hours’ walks from Lo Manthang is Gyakar with its famous Gompa. Ghar Gompa is over 1,200 years old, is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, who travelled these areas at that time.

The Gompa is famous for its rock paintings, and the fact it is believed that if you make a wish here, it will come true. So make a wish at the Ghar Gompa, and hope to return again someday!

The trek is a relatively high altitude (3,000m to 3,800m), which is somehow intensified by the dry air.

While it is no problem for those born at this altitude to travel at speed, visitors will be more leisurely in their hike to avoid any altitude related problems. On average walking takes place from 5 to 7 hours a day and some paths are particularly windy and dusty.

But this trek into the restricted area of Upper Mustang, which in part follows the ancient salt route, is something that will remain in one’s memory forever.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. 6-7 hours.

Day 2: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m): 3-4 hrs

Day 3: Trek from Kagbeni to chele (3,050m): 5-6 hrs

Day 4: Trek from Chele to Geling (3,510m): 6-7 hrs

Day 5: Geling to Tsarang (3,520m): 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,700m): 5-6 hrs

Day 7: Explore Lo-Mangthang and rest day.

Day 8: Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3,810 m): 6-7 hrs.

Day 9: Dhakmar to Shyangbochen (3850m): 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Syanbmochen to Chhuksang (3,050m): 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m): 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 13: Drive back from pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus

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