About Upper Mustang Trek
Behind the mighty Himalayan range of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, there has been a mysteriously hidden Kingdom since the time immemorial. It is the Upper Mustang. It is also called ‘Mini Tibet’ of Nepal as it is geologically located on the Tibetan plateau hidden in the rain shadow of the mighty Himalaya of Nepal. As it was a tiny kingdom behind the Himalaya, it is famous by the name of ‘Hidden Kingdom of Lo’ with Lo Manthang as its capital..
With the panoramic Himalayan view of the Dhaulagiri range, Annapur
na range, Mt Neelgiri and many more to its south; bordering with the strong south-western Tibetan culture (combining uniquely rich Buddhist arts, architecture, paintings, murals, lifestyle and so on); and with the harsh-arid Tibetan climate; the Upper Mustang presents itself an exclusively different trekking destination in Nepal.
Our tour to the Upper Mustang will include an unforgettable visit to the 14th century king’s palace of Mustang in Lo Manthang and the uniquely gorgeous Buddhist monasteries. Although, it is rare in the world, it is here we could learn more on the polyandry system of marriage, but still in practice. Interesting, isn’t it? We could also immerse ourselves into the native culture and nature of Mustang during our trek by inter-mingling with its locals, festivals and rituals at its grass root level.
Next great attraction is the Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang. It is the celebration to welcome the spring after undergoing the harsh winter. It is the festivity to rejoice the victory of good over evil. In other words, the Tiji celebration fully revolves around a myth that a deity named Dorje Jono who had to vanquish a demon to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Generally, the festival takes place in the month of May/June every year. Check with us for the exact dates (date differs every year as it is based on our lunar calendar).
The Upper Mustang until late 1991 was completely forbidden for the foreigners. This is the reason why Mustang remained veiled in the mysteries for centuries for the foreign explorers.
The Upper Mustang Trek starts right from Kagbeni exposing you at the world’s deepest gorge of the Kaligandaki River. The trail we follow to reach Mustang’s capital Lo Manthang, is the age-old trade route among Tibet, Nepal and India. The trek is so beautiful that it is always surprising with the unique scenery featuring treeless barren landscape, challenging high passes, glistening glaciers, several primitive caves and monasteries well decorated with ancient paintings and colorful Tibetan scripts.
The Upper Mustang Trek ultimately gets unforgettable by the wonderful hospitality shared by the locals of Mustang like Thakali, Tibetans and Gurungs on the trails.
March, April and May (spring season) and September, October and November (autumn season) are the best months to travel in Mustang. The most ideal Upper Mustang Trek of 16 days based on teahouse/lodge is the most popular one. If you wish, you are welcome to customize the tour as per your interest, taste, time availability and let us know. We will respond with the very, very best prices for the same with further details.
By the way, please note that although the trek to the Upper Mustang still requires a special permit with a royalty of US$ 500 net per person and 2 persons in minimum for the period of 10 days, the tour can be organized on teahouses/lodges basis. Those days requiring camping equipments and crew are gone.
Surprisingly, the tour can also be undertaken with 4WD jeeps in a shorter period of time, if you have time constrain.
Tibet Kailash Treks has been organizing tours to Mustang since long. Please book the tour with us. You will enjoy the tour with us backed by our expertise with the latest information.
- A real Tibet, but until recently, still a hidden kingdom with a dreamland - rich in culture, traditions, heritage, myths and mysteries with a strong bond of wonderful locals,
- Mustang is a naturally well protected Tibetan cultural hub hidden behind the Himalaya
- Stunning view of high Himalaya like Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Fishtail, Mt Annapurna I-IV, Mt Neelgiri, Mt Tukuche, etc.
- Numerous caves on the way, long mani walls, Ghami village and Geling village and wellconnected by the beautiful uphill and downhill trails,
- Lo Manthang – focus of the tour with traditional castle of the Royalty in Tibetan style,
- Well decorated lovely chortens and monasteries in each village,
- Beautifully flapping colorful prayer flags on every house, every bridge, every monastery, every chorten and every pass,
- Picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara,
- Scenic mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom,