About Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is an adventurous journey to the mystical and restricted land of Nepal, Lo Manthang- the lost kingdom of Nepal.
Upper Mustang Trek is a magical journey that will take you back in time amidst rich history and barren landscape. Surrounded by glistening snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and barren hills, Upper Mustang is one of the restricted places of Nepal.
Artistic monasteries, white-washed houses, green meadows, fields of barley & wheat, and the unique attire of the locals with their big bright smiles all together make a heart-warming view. As the entire region was closed to foreigners for a long period of time, everything is the same as it used to be decades ago. The paintings and sculptures in the monastery along with relics are the keys to the history of this remote land.
Upper Mustang Trek route follows the trade route between Nepal-Tibet and offers dry naturally carved sandstone pillars & discontinuous moraine terraces. The trail is almost treeless and infertile. Strong winds are one of the things that you have to overcome during the trek. As you reach Lo Manthang- the capital of Mustang, you see high walls built by the former king to protect his kingdom.
The Upper Mustang trekking starts with a day drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The next morning, you fly to Jomsom early in the morning and begin trekking towards Kagbeni. Further, passing through several villages like Chuksung, Samar, Geling, Ghami & Tsarang, the trail takes you to Lo Manthang. Spending a couple of nights here, you trek back to Jomsom and fly to Kathmandu.
Being the restricted area and expensive permit, Upper Mustang receives countable numbers of trekkers making the trail less crowded. Trekking to Upper Mustang is a privilege that only a few get. Book this adventurous journey with us, Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition for extensive service.
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Scenic flights in/out of Jomsom
Jomsom is the starting point of the Upper Mustang Trek. A short and scenic flight from Kathmandu leads to Jomsom. During the flight, you can see an aerial view of the lush green hills, rivers, small settlements, and Himalayan mountains.
Gorgeous landscape and stunning Himalayan Mountains views
Upper Mustang Trek presents a dry, barren, and arid landscape. The big meadows, unique rocks, and barren hills all together create scenery, unlike any other place. Likewise, the white-washed houses add a splash of color to its surroundings. Similarly, the Himalayan mountains like Annapurna range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Tukuche (6,920 m), and many other mountains increases the beauty of the region.
Follow the ancient salt caravan route
Upper Mustang used to be the trade route between Nepal and Tibet back in time. Locals from both nations used to use this route to move in and out of each place. During the trek, you will follow the same ancient salt caravan route that once used to trade salt for grain.
Last forbidden kingdom, Lo Manthang
Lo Manthang, the walled city is the capital of the Mustang region. Stepping into Lo Manthang is like stepping into a completely different world that we live in. It is like traveling back in time, where you will see narrow alleyways, hidden chortens, long mani walls, ancient prayer wheel, and herds of animals in the huge open fields.
There is a lot to explore in Lo Manthang. The royal palace, where still the royal family resides, Thugchen Gompa-built in the 15th century, Amchi museum, and Amchi school are the places you must visit in Lo Manthang. Amchi is a traditional Tibetan doctor who is also the official doctor of the king.
Ancient Culture & Tradition
Upper Mustang Trek offers rich culture and tradition of the locals that are handed to one generation to another over decades. People residing in this region are Lobas and follow Buddhism. Locals here call themselves descendants of Tibetans, therefore you get to see the influence of Tibetan Buddhism and lifestyle.
Visit Namgyal Gompa & Tingkhar
Namgyal Gompa & Tingkhar are attraction of Upper Mustang Trek which are located on a hilltop, Namgyal Gompa is a very important monastery and server as a local court. After visiting this gompa, you head to the last village of the region located on the northwest of Lo Manthang, Tingkhar for a short excursion.
Small Monastery & Centuries-old Caves
Outside of Lo Manthang, you can visit Chhoser, where you visit a small old monastery. You will also get to see century-old caves situated in high rocks. Moreover, you can see caves in other places as well during the Uper mustang trek.