Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang TrekkingUpper Mustang Trekking name Mustang refers to the arid Tibet like region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki. Officially, Mustang is the name of the district along the Kali Gandaki from the Tibetan border south to Ghasa. Mustang is district of Jomsom in the region of Tibetan influence north of Kagbeni, generally referred to as upper mustang. Trek to Lo-Manthan is through an almost treeless barren scenery. Strong wind around this area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of Himalaya, Lo-Manthan has less rain than rest of Nepal. During the monsoon the skies are hazy and some rain. In winter there is usually snow, sometimes as much as 30 or 40 cm accumulate on the ground.

 

Tibetan plateau with its endless expanses of yellow and grey rolling hills eroded by wind. There is more rain in the lower part of upper Mustang and the hills tend to be great red fluted cliffs of tiny round stones cemented together by mud. Villages are several hours apart and appear in the distance almost as mirages during the summer season, after the crops are planted, they are green oases in the desert-like landscape. Because of the cold and snow, most of the population departs from Lo on trading expeditions during the winter. The trekking season, therefore, is from late March until early November. The trek does not go to extremely high elevations, but the cold, dust and unrelenting afternoon winds can make the trek less pleasant than other treks in Nepal. Tiji Festival one of the most sacred and colorful festivals in this whole region. Festival features a three day ritual known as the chasing of demons'. Monks donning masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono who fought against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling apart.

 

15 days Upper Mustang Trekking itinerary

Day 01:- Fly 25 minute or by car, private van 5-6 hrs, bus 8 hrs to Pokhara (820m) O/n Hotel.
Day 02:- Fly to Jomsom (15 to 18 minute) (2710m.) and same day trek to Kagbeni (2800m.)
Day 03:- Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900 m.) which takes about five hours walk.
Day 04:- Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150 m.) and it takes about four and half hours walk.
Day 05:- Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.) which takes about six hours walk.
Day 06:- Trek from Giling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) and 5:30 hours walk.
Day 07:- Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang (3620 m.) which takes about five and half hours walk.
Day 08:- Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (Mustang) (3730 m.) and about four hours walk.
Day 09:- Rest day at Lo-Manthang and meet with Mustang king, sightseeing around there.
Day 10:- Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.) which takes about six hours walk.
Day 11:- Trek from Ghami to Samar (3150 m.) and it takes about six hours walk.
Day 12:- Trek from Samar to Kagbeni (2800m.) which takes about seven hours walk.
Day 13:- Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713 m.) and it takes about three hours walk.
Day 14:- Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara it takes 15-18 minutes and overnight in Pokhara.
Day 15:- By bus 7-8 hour, car 5 hour, van 5-6 hrs or flight 25 minute to Kathmandu.