Upper Mustang /Lo Manthang Trek

Upper Mustang /Lo Manthang Trekking ! Mustang Trrekking

Upper Mustang is a remote desolate and extremely fascinating region of Nepal set amongst wind eroded hills bordering Tibet.The region  preserves some of the last vestiges of traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture in Nepal.The number of tourists allowed to visit is strictly regulated and it is open to only a few select trekking groups each season. The trek follows established trails through substantial villages that once served a thriving trade route between Nepal and Tibet. These whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley are home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries that go to reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The terrain is striking a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves flanked by snowy peaks. A highlight is the visit to Lo Manthang where the once King of Mustang reigns over what was his tiny kingdom until recently and whilst now he has surrendered his title he is still revered as a king by the regions  inhabitants.

Upper Mustang Trekking

The destination is the historic walled city of Lo Mangtang; Life in Lo-Manthang has continued much the same as it has for centuries people are steeped in religion with numerous Gompas, Mani walls (prayer walls) and chortens adorning the kings palace and surrounds. Prayer flags flutter above each household spreading good blessings to all corners of the world and the universe beyond.

This area can be trekked all year round regardless of season with August being the mildest month of all for Mustang however, in the winter time there can be 30 to 40cms of snow to negotiate. The people are well adapted to the region with many centuries of experience of surviving the harsh climate.They survive by practicing a form of s agro-pastoralism and seasonal migration with farming done whenever irrigation is possible and only one crop (barely) can be produced. The barely supports the local population for only 6 months a year with severe food shortages the rest of the year. As a result, during the winter months almost 70 percent of the local people emigrate to either the lower part of Mustang, Pokhara, Kathmandu or India for employment and trading.

If you are planning a visit to Mustang you need to be reasonably fit. The tour commences with a flight from Katmandu to Jomsom via Pokhara or if you want to extend your time you can trek in for nine days from Pokhara. The trekking route crosses the villages of Tangbe, Samar, Geling to reach Tsarang considered as one of the highlights of the tour, a day before Lo Mangthang.
In ancient Tsarang a set of human hands remains said to belong to the site’s master builder. According to legend the King cut the builder’s hands off to stop him from constructing another masterpiece to compete against it.

It is expensive to visit the region, a single permit cost $500 U.S. for ten days, extendable at a further $50 U.S. a day. All provisions must be carried in, accommodation is under canvas with full Nepali support staff.



Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & transfer hotel.
Day 02: Trekking preparation day and sightseeing in Kathmandu. Sightseeing spots are Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu durbar Square.
Day 03: Drive or  fly to Pokhara. Pokhara nestles around the beautiful Lake Phewa and has what is arguably the best mountain backdrop on earth..
Day 04: Flight to Jomsom (2710m), Early morning flight to Jomosom .Soon after breakfast commense trek to Kagbeni a fascinating fortress village (2900m). The trail to Kagbeni follows the Kali Gandaki river.
Day 05: Trek Kagbeni  Chhuksang (3050m). The trail is steep and passes through ridges.
Day 06: Trek Chhuksang  Samar (3700m). The trail passes through the village of Chele along a great canyon and past some mysterious colourful caves. Part of the trail contains some difficult trekking onto a rocky saddle. The village of Samar is famous for bird watching with some fine green views of upper Mustang.
Day 07:Trek Samar Tamagaon (3850m). Samar to Tamagaon, this day provides some great views of the Himalayan range including the Nilgiri hills and Thorang peak.
Day 08: Trek Tamagaon Tsarang (3650m). The trail passes through the village of Ghemi before reaching camp at Tsarang; the village is famous the ruins of a fort of a previous Mustang King. There are also two old monasteries to be viewed.
Day 09:Trek Tsarang  Lo-Manthang (3760m). Lo-Manthang is located in the wide valley on the Tibetan plateau.We can visit the King and Queen at their palace. The historical and spiritual city of Lo-Manthang with its beautiful setting and picturesque buckwheat and barley fields surrounds,contains so many mysteries for the traveller.
Day 10: Explore Lo-Manthang.
Day 11: Trek Lo-Manthang  Ghemi (3690m). Ghemi is famous for the ancient and longest Mani wall (inscripted prayer wall) in Nepal, legend dictates the wall was once the large intestine of a demon / overnight camp.
Day 12-15: From Ghemi, trek back to Jomsom
Day 16: Jomsom fly to Pokhara.
Day 17: Free day in Pokhara.
Day 18: Fly Kathmandu & transfer hotel.
Day 19: Departure for onward destination.