Upper Mustang – The Forbidden Kingdom
This Upper Mustang Trekking leads you into the heart of the forbidden Kingdom: Lo Manthang. In fact, it used to be part of the Tibetan empire and is therefore closely tied to Tibet: You will experience Tibetan culture, language and geography. Enjoy Mustang’s rugged, mysterious, arid and haunting wilderness. Especially the wind eroded hills and cliffs make you feel like you’re in a lunar landscape. A Kingdom within a Kingdom, Mustang’s wealth was derived from its position on the Kali Gandaki – Thak Khola trade route to Tibet.
Our Upper Mustang Tour begins in Kathmandu to get a first glimpse of Nepali history and culture. Further, the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara waits for you to be explored. We then commence our trek to Jomsom (lower Mustang), passing along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River towards Kagbeni. On route to Lo Manthang in upper Mustang we pass through the extraordinary village of Tsarang. Noteworthy, this village is around 800 years old. Here, a set of human hands, said to belong to the site’s master builder, still remains. According to the legend, the king cut the builder’s hands off to prevent him from constructing any other place to rival it.
Forbidden to foreigners until 1992, Mustang remains a controlled region which very few people visit, due a deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation. However, this is also why culture is so well-preserved in the former forbidden kingdom. Also, the unspoiled nature has not yet suffered from excessive tourist inflows unlike other areas. We will explore the exotic walled city of Lo Manthang, which is the former seat of the King. Discover the Kings Palace, surrounded by a maize of gompas and private houses all enshrined within the city boundary walls. Mustang appears to be one of the few places on earth that are frozen in time. Therefore, it remains one of the ultimate journeys ever to be made in one’s lifetime. The trek allows us to visit all the major villages on route so you’ll get first hand insights into Nepali/Tibetan culture.
01 Arrival Kathmandu
02 Kathmandu sightseeing, trek briefing
03 Flight or bus to Pokhara
04 Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)
05 Kagbeni to Chomnang (2920m)
06 Chomnang to Giling (3600m)
07 Giling to Tsarang (3500m)
08 Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3700m)
09 Lo Manthang – Explore the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang!
10 Lo Mangtang to Dhile (3360m)
11 Dhile to Yara (3760m)
12 Yara to Tange (3320m)
13 Tange to Tentang
14 Tentang to Muktinath
15 Muktinath to Jomsom
16 Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
17 Pokhara at leisure
18 Flight or bus to Kathmandu
19 Transfer Airport / for onward destination
Arrival in Kathmandu
Kathmandu Sightseeing, Briefing
Flight or Bus to Pokhara
Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)
Walking time: 3 hours
Kagbeni - Chomnang (2920m) - Giling (3600m) - Tsarang (3500m) - Lo Manthang (3700m)
Lo Manthang - Explore the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang!
Lo Mangtang - Dhile (3360m) - Yara (3760m) - Tange (3320m) - Tentang
Tentang to Muktinath (3,802m)
Muktinath to Jomsom
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Pokhara at leisure
For the more adventurous, Pokhara offers also activities such as Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, etc.
Flight or bus to Kathmandu
Transfer Airport / for onward destination
The regions isolation from the outside world has contributed to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature. Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif creating a ruggedly arid land surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and impressive formations. This barren landscape is dotted with settlements of white washed houses, barley fields and chortens festooned with prayer flags which add a splash of color to the landscape.
Ready to get off the beaten path and discover the Himalayas’ Forbidden Kingdom?
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