Upper Mustang (from the Tibetan meaning “fertile plain”), also called Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. The Tibetan culture here is relatively undisturbed and its remoteness and isolation makes it one of the most culturally protected areas of the world. The inhabitants are strong devotees of Tibetan Buddhism and the majority of the population still speaks traditional Tibetan languages. Trekkers were first allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and only around 700 are permitted to enter this restricted area each year.
Upper Mustang lies at an altitude of over 4000m and is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. Lying in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges it is an arid but colourful landscape with impressive and rugged rock formations. Villages of whitewashed mud brick houses, monasteries and Buddhist shrines decorated with colourful prayer flags dot the countryside.
The trek starts in Kagbeni and follows the ancient salt trade route used by the people of Mustang to trade their salt for grain from the lowlands. The major attraction of Upper Mustang is the walled city of Lo-Manthang from where you will have the opportunity to visit some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries. One of the many highlights of the trek is the pass at Lo La from where you can see the walled ancient capital in the distance, the white-washed 6-meter tall wall sticking out in sharp contrast to the surrounding barren landscape.
Along the way you will stay in teahouses and homestays and have the opportunity to experience the unique and mysterious culture of the local people. This trek into this fabled mystical forbidden kingdom is one of the true classic treks of Nepal and not to be missed.
The trek starts and finishes in Pokhara and includes flights to and from Jomsom. To keep cost as low as possible, we offer the flexibility for you to arrange your own transport to the start and from end of the trek if you wish. Alternatively, we are happy to arrange all connections within Nepal as well as accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if required.
Day 1: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 4 hrs
Day 2: Trek to Chele (3050m) 5 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Trek to Gheling (3570m) 6 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Charang (3500m) 7 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3700m) 5 hrs
Day 6: Acclimatisation and exploration day at Lo- Manthang
Day 7: Trek to Ghami (3520m) 5 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Samar (3660m) 5 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 5 hrs
Day 10: By road to Jomsom then fly to Pokhara 3 hrs
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