Upper Mustang Trek
Pristine Nepal Treks presents Upper Mustang Trek for your life experience. wherever you will walk on historical Trans-Himalayan Salt Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet. Besides that, you will have a fascinating journey with a distinctive scenery of an extension of Tibetan southern landscapes. A tremendous high canon of red cliffs dotted with holes of early monks and priest meditations caves.
Mustang Trek for Tourist
This trek was opened for travelers since the early 1990s until then it had been a mysterious and closed kingdom. Whatever, Nepal government has opened this trek for you to witness its past and present. However, it is still a restricted area. You should pay very expensive $500 only for Permit.
Tibetan religious-culture and custom has influenced to Upper Mustang society wherever you will see its fascinating previous traditions. It was untouched by the trendy civilization of medieval times. We start this trek with an overland drive from Kathmandu to scenic Pokhara. Whereas an attractive Pokhara with high Annapurna Himalaya. However, it is beautiful with its pristine Lakes Phewa & Begnas.
You can fly to Jomsom, the headquarters and the main city of the whole Mustang district. Therefore, your initial walks go on windy Kaligandaki River valley. Then you will follow the traditional trans-Himalayan caravan route through old villages of Kagbeni, Tshele, Ghami, Tsarang. And it will end at Lo-Manthang. However, Lo-Manthang is a fortified settlement.
You can visit different places and the former palace of Mustang king. You can visit different monasteries here. Besides that, you can hike to Chhoser cave wherever you can explore a historical hidden palace inside the mountain.
Ghar Gumba or Luri Gumba in Upper Mustang trek
We will bring you to a very historical Ghar Gumba on the way back after Lo-Manthang. Or we will go an alternative trail for an old and cultural Luri Gumba on the other side of the mountain to return way back. Then, you will go back to Jomsom. From Jomsom, you will have a scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara with grand services of Pristine Nepal Treks.
Nowadays, there’s road all the way to Tibet border from Jomsom. Most importantly, you can do mountain biking in this lovely Upper Mustang. However, you can do a motorcycle trip further here.
Pristine Nepal Treks is participating in many social activities as well. We are coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal. We support to public school on the mountain and woman school because we are also from a mountain. However, you may check out our social activities on our free volunteering Nepal page.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Pristine Nepal staff and guide for a short drive to your hotel at Thamel the hub of Kathmandu city where many hotels, restaurants, trekking gear shops, stores, bars, cafes, souvenir shops, art gallery, travel agencies are located. Our guide or group leader will brief with information regarding Upper Mustang trekking, hotels, culture with do’s and don’ts.
The morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for a sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for the past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples/monasteries. After an interesting tour afternoon free at leisure preparation for Upper Mustang trekking.
Upper Mustang trekking starts with an interesting and exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach scenic Pokhara, the journey leads past farm villages and towns with views of mountains. Drive finally reaches Pokhara and then transfer to your hotel near the pristine and beautiful Phewa Lake where most of the nice hotels are located.
With a pleasant stop at Pokhara, early morning drive to Pokhara airport for short scenic flight to Jomsom, on flight views of beautiful mountains and then landing at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki river valley around the windswept country.
The afternoon will be very windy, after few hours of a good walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri reaches Kagbeni village. A nice Tibetan influenced village located on the starting and ending point of Upper Mustang area towards the forbidden city of Lo Manthang on ancient Himalayan Caravan trade route to Tibet.
Morning walk leads on the uphill trail into a canyon and high red eroded cliff edge, then following upper Kali Gandaki River upstream, around unique landscapes of cliff wall in-between walking trails. This nice walk with views leads to our overnight stop at Chele village, a moderate size settlement.
From Tsele or Chele, morning walk begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here trek around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area. After Samar village with short stops walk to Vena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering a grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri. From here on the downhill to overnight stop at Gelling village via Syangboche village. Or you can visit Chungsi cave after Samar which one is a beautiful place on the mountain. It depends on the weather if snow or rain you can’t go through this place. It is believed that great guru Manjushree had meditated here for a long time.
Morning visit old Gelling monastery and explore the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour, trek towards Ghami village, and then leading to cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village. After few hours of pleasant walk reaching Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buckwheat for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.
Or you can trek to Dhakmar village which one is in the north corner from Ghami village by following Ghami Khola. It will be easier to trek Ghar Gomba from Dhakmar.
Today a short day walk to Lo –Manthang our main destination of this classic journey to the walled city (actually a large village) guarding this city/village surrounded by the high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past years. The morning walk starts crossing a steel bridge, and then to Marang village. From this village climb to reach a scenic ridge top, coming across several Chhortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. The walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang walled city and its fort like a village. From here descend to the bottom of the pass and on a nice trail to reach Lo Manthang for two nights stop.
Or if you are at Dhakmar, a morning start with a climb uphill way to Ghar Gomba. This trail offers a great view of Mustang area. Ghar Gomba is really an isolated place. There is an interesting old monastery. It is believed that great guru Manjushree had killed a monster and built a dream project of a monastery. There are many small Chhorten (Mani) it is said that the intestine of that monster. Normally, you can have some light food or noodle soup here for a lunch and climb up to Marang La (it is called Chogo la) 4,230m. This is the highest point of this trip. Then downhill to Lo-Manthang, a fortified city.
Lo Manthang overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within a great high wall, visit historical and cultural center the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advanced permission required to enter king’s palace to visit the interior of the old palace. Now they don’t have the king but the palace is still protected.
Normally, trekkers hire horses and go to Chhoser village which offers a great, interesting, & amazing ancient cave on the mountain with its five-story. Ancient people would stay here to save their family from the enemy attacks.
After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Tsarang village. There is other option to go Luri Gompa as well but it is depends on the weather. Normally, very few people go to other way.
From Tsarang village, morning walks heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village. After a stop at Ghami your walk continue with great views of Mustang to Syangbochen for an overnight.
Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bena and Samar villages. The walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Chhusang village.
Morning walks back on the same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.
Or, the morning walk leads an uphill way to Muktinath. You have to climb up to the mountain for four hour almost and climb down to Muktinath. Muktinath is popular Hindu pilgrimage place within high Himalaya. All trekkers who trekking on Annapurna circuit come to this place after an adventure trip of the highest & widest pass of Thorang La pass 5,416m. Your upper Mustang trek ends here. Now you are in lower Mustang area.
From Kagbeni with pleasant walks as the trail descends to Kaligandaki river valley to reach Jomsom, an interesting country walk on river valley within the dry and arid country with incredible views of windblown hills and canyons. A short walk of few hours brings you to a large town in Jomsom the capital of Thakali people of Tibetan Buddhism sects. Kaligandaki and lower Mustang area famous for delicious apples and its products, here celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy, and juices. The area is also famously known as Apple Pie Trail.
If you are in Muktinath, the morning starts with a downhill to Jharkot and all downhill to Eklevatti then follow Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom.
The morning starts with a public bus. It drives by following Kali Gandaki River through Marpha, Tukuche, Kalopani, Lete, Ghasa, Tatopani, Beni, Nayapul. The road is bumpy, unpaved, and seems really scary most of the places till Beni Bazar. You will leave back Himalaya after Ghasa. Ghasa-Dana is the deepest gorge in the world in between seventh highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m & tenth highest Mt. Annapurna I 8,091m. Ghasa-Dana area is around 1,500m. Then you will south of the Himalaya. You will have beautiful city Pokhara after all.
Depart from lovely Pokhara for interesting and exciting overland journey to Kathmandu after a fantastic time around Upper Mustang trekking, after six hours of nice pleasant ride reaches you at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels with an afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Last day in an amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time on Upper Mustang trekking with quality services and guidance of Pristine Nepal