Upper Mustang Trekking Overview
- Enjoy the trans-Himalayan flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
- Alternative adventurous drive from Pokhara to Jomsom
- The Kali Gandaki River gorge
- Apple farms around Marpha and Ghami
- Ancient caves, sandy cliffs and whitewashed houses
- Lomanthang- the cultural delight in the capital of Upper Mustang
- Controlled trekking region, requires a special trekking permit
- A side trip to the Tibetan border- Korala Pass
Upper Mustang Trekking has abundant to offer for exploration and cultural delights. This is a marvelous excursion that escorts beyond the Annapurna Himalayan chain through the Kali Gandaki River gorge. Obtaining a controlled area entry permit is mandatory to trek in the Upper Mustang region as it is in the restricted zone of Nepal, which was opened in 1991 for trekking activities. Lomanthang at 3800 meters altitude is the capital town of this region, which is the ultimate destination of this trek.
Journey to Upper Mustang embarks from Jomsom after taking about half an hour of Himalayan flight over the gorge. Jomsom is a wonderful settlement beside the Kali Gandaki River at an altitude of 2800 meters. This linear town serves as a district center with modern facilities like banks, hospitals, and securities along with nice hotels. It often remains windy at the noon and offers delighting Himalayan views of Mount Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri, and the surroundings.
With the extension of the motor road, a jeep drive takes you to Jomsom instead of the Himalayan flight. Heading from Jomsom, the trek to Upper Mustang almost follows the River bank via Kagbeni. One route takes you to Muktinath and the left route towards the stone-walled town of Lomanthang.
Upper Mustang Trekking escorts you to the semi-arid zone, dotted with sandy rocks and deserts. It typically represents the features of the remote and isolated landscape. In someplace, you see the vegetations, where people grow barley and buckwheat crops. On the route, a few settlements are located, populated by the Tibetan Buddhist people. They have the hidden mysteries of the culture and undisturbed lifestyles in Ghyami, Tsarang, Chhuksang, and Lomanthang. The whitewashed houses with fluttering prayer flags on their rooftops offer the diverse sceneries on the Upper Mustang Trek.
Like other trekking regions of Nepal, even Upper Mustang Trekking's best seasons include spring and autumn. However, a bit different from them, the trek can also be done in the monsoon season as the landscape is located in the Himalayan rain shadow area. Shiva Excursion organizes the trek to Upper Mustang with a professional and dedicated team with managing all the required paper works. Please, contact us for more detailed information.
Lomanthang is the heart of cultural prosperity, located in the northwest borderland of Nepal to Tibet. It is well known as the capital of the Upper Mustang. This mystical town is situated at an altitude of 3800 meters altitude, which is considered one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world; it is dominated by ancient caves, colorful monasteries, and chhortens. The entire village is dotted with whitewashed homes, and a few souvenir shops and eateries. This stone-walled town has got about 180 homes and about 500 people inhibited in the town. Some of the major attractions in this town include Dragkar-Thegchen Ling Gompa, Jampa Gompa, and Thupchen Gompa. Tiji festival, which is celebrated in Lomanthang is a globally renowned festival. The route to Lomanthang is moderately challenging that lets you explore the geographical and cultural uniqueness.
Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty
Walking gradually from Jomsom (2800 meters) every day for about 6-7 hours, you will walk through the gentle trail along the Kali Gandaki River bank. It is not a challenging trek technically, but the long and tiresome trip through the semi-arid landscape can be challenging for you. The highest altitude of the trek is Nyi Pass (4010 meters), which is moderately challenging. Thus, you can enjoy the trek to Upper Mustang-Lomanthang with your family and loved ones.