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UPPER MUSTANG TREK – LATE HIMALAYAN KINGDOM

Explore the forbidden Himalaya Kingdom of Upper Mustang with JRN Treks.

Trek to Upper Mustang will give you a completely different trekking experience than other trekking destinations in Nepal. Upper Mustang is known as the last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. Mustang was prohibited for foreign tourists to enter until 1990. Still, this area is a restricted trekking region in Nepal and thus tourists will require a permit to get the green signal for trekking here. During this trek, you are going to explore an ancient Tibetan culture and traditions in the land of Nepal. The uniqueness of the treeless landscapes, thousands of years of old and historical Monasteries, Longest Mani wall, the beauty of pray flags on the passes; and the superb view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other Himalayan peaks. Besides the Upper Mustang part, if you have more days and want to explore at the same time, then you can continue with Annapurna Circuit Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

 

MAJOR ATTRACTION OF UPPER MUSTANG

  • The barren land or desert of Nepal
  • Last forbidden kingdom of Nepal
  • Different than other trekking trails
  • Lo Manthang (Kingdom of upper Mustang)
  • Tibetan traditions and culture
  • Old monasteries and Stupas
  • Picturesque view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri

 

Upper Mustang
View nearby Dhakmar Village

ROUTES OF UPPER MUSTANG TREK

Mustang trekking trip starts a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then a flight to Jomsom. Officially, it begins after the registration of a special permit in ACAP office at Kagbeni. Furthermore, this trek proceeds by following beautiful villages like Chhusang, Samar, Ghiling, Ghami, Tsarang, and the Kingdom of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is famous as ‘the city of the wall’ in the Himalaya of Nepal.

 

UPPER MUSTANG TREKKING MAP

 

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After we reach in Lo Manthang, we will have 2 more days to explore the region. On the first day, you’ll explore the historical, beautiful, and ancient Buddhist monasteries inside the Lo Manthang and on the second day, you’ll be headed to Chhoser to visit cave monasteries and other beautiful sights. If you wish and fortunately if we have enough time, we can go and visit the border of Tibet as well. Finally, we return via Ghar Gumba to reach in Ghami to follow the same trail back to Kathmandu.

 

Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek

The trekking season in Nepal is in spring and autumn whereas if you are thinking of trekking in Upper Mustang, the summer season is the best because the region is also known as the desert of Nepal and hence this part is not affected by the rain.

  • Spring: March, April and Many.
  • Autumn: September, October, and November.
  • Summer: June, July, and August.

The rainy season in Nepal can also be good for trekking in Upper Mustang because of the low precipitation, however, it is not recommended. One may have to face several challenges during trekking in the rainy season. One of the most popular cultural show of Mustang, Tiji festival is celebrated in this season.

 

ACCOMMODATION.

You will be staying in a 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu during your trip. When you start your trek and as you move higher, you will not be able to find luxury rooms anywhere. So you will stay at Lodge/Guest House/Tea House during the trek.

 

Lomanthang Village
Inside the Lo Manthang Village

 

TREKKING ITINERARY

  • July 20th – Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • July 21st – Day 2: Trek preparation
  • July 22nd – Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive
  • July 23rd – Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
  • July 24th – Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele
  • July 25th – Day 6: Chele to Shyangmochen
  • July 26th – Day 7:  Shyangmochen to Tsarang
  • July 27th – Day 8: Tsarang to Lo Manthang.
  • July 28th – Day 9: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Zong Cave.
  • July 29th – Day 10: Explore Lo – Manthang
  • July 30th – Day 11: Lo – Manthang to Dhakmar via Ghar Gumba.
  • July 31st – Day 12: Dhakmar to Shyangmochen.
  • August 1st – Day 13:  Shyangmochen to Chhusang via Ruchen Cave.
  • August 2nd – Day 14:  Chhusang to Muktinath.
  • August 3rd – Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom.
  • August 4th – Day 16: Fly to Pokhara.
  • August 5th – Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • August 6th – Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu.
  • August 7th – Day 19: Transfer to Airport for a flight back home.

 

 

Cave of Mustang
View from Zhong Cave.

 

Special Note:

This itinerary is our tailor-made program for Upper Mustang Trek. The days on the trek are always flexible and can be increased and decreased depending on your holiday length, budget, and choice. If you wish to make any changes to our package according to your flexibility, please email us at jrntreks@gmail.com.

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