Known as The Lost Kingdom, Upper Mustang is an astonishing land of high-desert scenery surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The unique culture and natural beauty of this pristine area are like nothing else in Nepal. The Tibetan frontier is at the northern border of Upper Mustang and the area shares strong Tibetan ties and influences. It was opened to visitors in 1992 and very few tourists have reached Upper Mustang. The land still retains much of its mystique and is full of adventure.
The people have a strong Buddhist culture and monasteries grace the villages. In the striking ochre cliffs of the area, ancient paintings and manuscripts have been discovered and are providing more and more clues about the history of this isolated and mysterious region and the people who have called it home.
A centuries old trade route passes through Upper Mustang. Traders once made their way to and from Tibet from India, bartering highly prized salt and goods from the Tibetan plateau for Indian goods. Nowadays, a vehicle road has been built although yaks are still the locally preferred way of hauling goods through the high elevation trails and we will see many on our trek.
The magnificent landscape includes canyons, cliffs, pastureland and the adjoining Himalayan Mountains. Much of the area is barren with bright patches of green around villages and streams. In ancient times, the area used to be a vast sea and fossils, still abundant and cherished by Hindu pilgrims who see them as a sign of their deity Vishnu. Buddhism is predominant and monuments and shrines are evident throughout the terrain including Nepal’s longest prayer wall, monasteries, Mustang-style chorten and colorful prayer flags.
The ancient capital of Upper Mustang is Lo Manthang, surrounded by an earthen wall in another worldly setting that has to be seen to be believed. The former king still holds regular office hours and we will have a chance to meet and talk with him. The traditions are strong here and the former royal family is still revered by the people.
We begin our journey with a flight to Jomsom, the headquarters for all Mustang District. We then make our way to ancient Kagbeni at the gateway of the Lost Kingdom. We invite you to join us for an unforgettable exploration of a timeless land!
There are many choices for more trekking in the Annapurna area, and if you would like to extend your travels, just let us know and we will arrange according to your schedule!
We have fixed departures and custom treks that can be arranged any day to suit your needs and schedule. Himalaya Hikes looks forward to guiding you into the spectacular Annapurna Region andthe most exhilarating scenery in Nepal!
Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2:Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3:Drive to Pokhara
Day 4:Fly to Jomsom (2715 m/8900ft) and trek to Kagbeni(2895 m/9490ft) – 4 hrs
Day 5:Trek to Chele (3050 m/10,010 ft)- 5hrs
Day 6:Trek to Syanboche (3475 m/11,400 ft) – 6hrs
Day 7:Syanboche to Ghyami (3520m/11,550)ft -6 hrs
Day 8:Trek to Charang (3505 m/11,500 ft) – 5 hrs
Day 9:Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 m/12,557ft) -5hrs
Day 10:Day of exploration Lo Manthang
Day 11:Trek to Drakmar (3815 m/12,500ft)–6hrs
Day 12:Trek to Geling (3800 m/12,470ft) – 5 hrs
Day 13:Trek to Kagbeni(2895 m/9490ft) via Chuksang (3050 m/10,010ft) – 5 hrs
Day 14:Trek to Muktinath (3850 m/12623 ft)
Day 15:Trek to Jomsom (2713 m/8895 ft)
Day 16:Early morning flight to Pokhara and flight back to Kathmandu
Day 17:Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Day 18:Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1350 meters/4450 ft) at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Day 2Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
Day 3Drive to Pokhara
Day 4Fly to Jomsom (2715 m/8900ft) and trek to Kagbeni(2895 m/9490ft) – 4 hrs
Day 5Trek to Chele (3050 m/10,010 ft)- 5hrs
Day 6Trek to Syanboche (3475 m/11,400 ft) – 6hrs
Day 7Syanboche to Ghyami (3520m/11,550)ft -6 hrs
Day 8Trek to Charang (3505 m/11,500 ft) – 5 hrs
Day 9Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 m/12,557ft) -5hrs
Day 10Day of exploration Lo Manthang
Day 11Trek to Drakmar (3815 m/12,500ft)–6hrs
Day 12Trek to Geling (3800 m/12,470ft) – 5 hrs
Day 13Trek to Kagbeni(2895 m/9490ft) via Chuksang (3050 m/10,010ft) – 5 hrs
Day 14Trek to Muktinath (3850 m/12623 ft)
Day 15Trek to Jomsom (2713 m/8895 ft)
Day 16Early morning flight to Pokhara and flight back to Kathmandu
Day 17Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Day 18Transfer to Kathmandu’s international airport (TIA) for departure home
You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing for the Trek.
• Hiking boots
• Trekking trousers and pants
• Under Garments
• Hiking shorts
• Fleece jacket or pullover
• Sun hat or scarf
• Warm hat
• Sunglasses with UV protection
• Thermal gloves
• Headlamp or head torch with spare bulbs and batteries
• Daypack 30 Ltr. (approximately 1800 to 2000 cubic inches)
• Trekking Poles
• Basic First Aid Kit
• Water bottles
• Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers, Tooth brush/paste etc)
• Ear Plug (who know some people on group may snore)
• Face and body moisturizer
• Feminine hygiene products
• Tissue /toilet roll
• Anti bacterial hands wash
• Reading book & note book
• Swimming customs (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
• Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu, when you come back from Trek
The gears in the list below are also provided by Himalaya Hikes as a part of your package but if you prefer to use your own private piece, we encourage you to bring your own.
• Down vest and/or jacket
• 4 or 5 season sleeping bag rated to - 10 degrees
• Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; since we will be trekking on some of the most remote terrain on earth, it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions. In the event of this happening, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.