Come discover an ancient Kingdom of Lo, hidden behind the Mount Annapurnas and Mount Dhaulagiri utilizing the most sought after trekking route in Nepal: the Upper Mustang Trek. The small Kingdom of Lo or Lo Manthang – often referred to as Mustang, lies in the northern part of the current Mustang district colloquially called ‘High Mustang’ or ‘Upper Mustang’. The region consists of high cliffs, desert plateaus, ancient dwellings, and monasteries. With so many natural diversities, it is no surprise that Upper Mustang Trek is the go-to trekking route for many trekkers.
Mustang District, a part of the Dhawalagiri area, has a variety of Himalayan mountain ranges and the district extends north towards the Tibetan plateau. In addition to the trekking routes through Upper Mustang, the Annapurna Circuit area in the Lower Mustang, the district is famous for the suspension bridges and the town of Muktinath (popular pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists). In addition to the trekking routes, the region is infamous for its apples and the brandy made from the fruit – Marpha (a type of brandy).
Mustang’s climate is mostly dry and arid, due to its orographic position in the shadow of the Annapurna massif and with the Dhaulagiri mountain range to the south. The population of the Mustang district is divided between three cities and about 30 small settlements. Among its people are the Thakalis, Gurungs, or in the traditional Mustang are the Tibetans.
Throughout the trek, trekkers will be able to enjoy the history of Lo Manthang, explore the palace of King Lo, have spiritual awakening whilst walking through Gompas, fluttering prayer flags strained along the roads and visiting the century-old monasteries. During the trek, you will be able to catch glimpses of the cultural and local influences Tibet has on the region. Further along the trip, there are enticing views of Mounts: Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, amongst others.
Furthermore, the Upper Mustang trekking route will take you to its capital – Lo Manthang, A veritable labyrinth of paths and narrow streets in a medieval setting that can be ubiquitously seen in the region. The locals are very welcoming and use horses as the primary means to get around. The maximum altitude of the trek is 4100 m and the best season is summer from May to September because the Mustang is not affected by the monsoon-like other trekking routes in Nepal. This trek is suitable for people with little to no trekking experience as most of the trekking route is accessible through gravel roads and can take between 12-18 days.
Arrival in Kathmandu, with a shuttle to the overnight hotel.
Sightseeing the city and trek preparations. Overnight in a hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a Tourist Bus. Drive Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight in a hotel.
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Flight time: 1 hour. Trek to Kagbeni from Jomsom. Trek time: approximately 3-4 hours. Overnight in a hostel/tent.
Trek up to Chele from Kagbeni. Trek Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight in a tent/hotel.
Trek to Syanboche from Chele. Trek Time: 6-7 hours. Overnight in a hotel/tent.
Trek up to Ghami from Syanbochen. Trek Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight in a hotel/tent
Trek to Tsarang from Ghami. Trek Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight in a hotel/ten
Trek up to Lo-Manthang from Tsarang. Trek Time: 3-4 hours. Overnight in a hotel/tent.
Rest day at Lo-Manthang for acclimatization.
Trek up to Drakmar from Lo-Manthang. Trek Time: 6-7 hours. Overnight in a hotel/tent.
Trek to Ghiling from Drakmar. Trek Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight in a hotel/tent.
Trek up to Chuksang from Ghiling. Trek Time: 5-6 hours. Overnight in a hotel/tent.
Trek to Jomsom from Chuksang. Trek Time: 6-7 hours. Overnight in a hotel/tent.
Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Flight Time: 1 hour. Then drive back to Kathmandu. Drive Time: approximately 7-8 hours.
Departure from Kathmandu to your home country.
All Domestic flight tickets to and from Pokhara, up to 2 clients
Procurement of all necessary legal documents and papers.
All meals during the trek.
1 English speaking guide.
Dowan Insurance for the guide and porter.
Visa fees and cost to come to Nepal.
Personal Expenditure ( Gifts, Laundry, Souvenirs, Extra Room & Extra Porters)
Tips for guides and porters.
Soft and hot drinks during the trek.