UPPER MUSTANG TREK (20 days)

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In many ways, a trek into Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience a way of life of true mountain people, who for hundreds of years, had very little contact with the rest of Nepal and retained their rich cultural heritage. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.

Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers only in 1992  and even today, access is still highly restricted. To enter Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north of Kagbeni, trekkers need a special trekking permit and must be accompanied by a guide.

Upper Mustang, being in the Himalayan rain shadow, is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during the monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.

 

The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather.

Lo Manthang, the old capital, is reached in four days and at least one extra day should be spent here to soak in the sights and sounds of this unique walled settlement. Ponies are available for hire if you so desire. The return trip can either follow the same route as the one you took to enter or take an alternative route along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki.

 

Day 1:       Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2:       Drive to pokhara
Day 3:       Flight to Jomsom (2720 m) and trekking to Lupra (2810 m)
Day 4:      4th day: Lupra (2810 m) - Muktinath (3760 m)
Day 5:      Rest day in Muktinath
Day 6:       Muktinath (3760 m) - Chhusang (2980 m)
Day 7:      Chhusang (2980 m) - Dhakmar (3820 m)
Day 8:      Dhakmar (3820 m) - Lo Manthang (3850 m)
Day 9:      Optional excursion: visit to a yak farm nomad lifestyle
Day 10:       Optional excursion: visit to a yak farm nomad lifestyle
Day 11:      Lo Manthang (3850 m) - Choser (3780 m) - Lo Manthang (3850 m)
Day 12:      12th day: Lo Manthang (3850 m) - Yara (3650 m)
Day 13:       Excursion to Ghara Gaon and Luri Gompa
Day 14:      Yara (3650 m) - Tangge (3520 m)
Day 15:      Tangge (3520 m) - Chhusang (2980 m)
Day 16:      Chhusang (2980 m) - Kagbeni (2810 m) - Jomsom (2720 m)
Day 17:       Flight Jomsom - Pokhara
Day 18:       Free time in Pokhara
Day 19:       Flight to Kathmandu
Day 20:      Free time and departure
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On the way to Lomathang
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Typical Cave Lodge of Chosar

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