Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking

Mustang is a place where natural beauty, wildlife, history, unique ancient traditions and culture co-exist in timeless harmony. Mustang is one of the most beautiful and varied district in Nepal. The southern border reaches down into the middle hills near Pokhara while the northern half stretches up through the Himalayan ranges on to the Tibetan plateau. The Kali Gandaki River flows beneath lofty snow – clad peaks creating a stunning landscape.

This varied terrain provides a unique habitat that harbors a large number of animal and bird species, including the snow leopard. Here, rare and endangered such as, the musk deer and Tibetan Argali are seen traversing the steep valley walls and the Golden Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and Lammergeyer float on the wind that comes up the valley. The inaccessibility of much of the terrain also allows ancient cultures to flourish in a pristine form as they have endured for over thousands of year the steep and forbidding hills have slowed the advance of western modernity.

The upper half of Mustang is a restricted area and was only opened to foreigners in 1992. Foreigners entering must be traveling with a guide and registered trekking agency. Upper Mustang has had little experience with tourism underlining the need to respect the natural landscape as well as the people and heritage. Upper Mustang is an area that historically has been highly influenced by Tibet and, indeed, shares much of its culture, language and religion with its northern neighbor. It is now a repository of Tibetan Buddhist shrines and Monasteries and offers a rare view into the way of life and religion that has dominates this area of the world for so long.

On this Upper Mustang trek you can view Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) Tukuche Peak (6,920 m) Nilgiri Peaks (7,061m) Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) Base Camp with 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, range of mountains with Lamjung Himal.

Mustang trekking leads through many traditional Thakali villages famous as hundreds of years Trans- Himalayan Salt Trade Route with Nepal and Tibet.

Upper Mustang trekking passes through beautiful villages like Jomsom, Kagbeni,  Tshele, Ghami, Geling and Lho-Manthang.

Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang

Alluding to Guru Rinpochhe, the Tiji festival is very popular in Upper mustang. Tiji Festival celebrates three days believing triumph of good over evil in a ritual activities call “the chasing of the demons”.

Itinerary:

Day 01:          Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02:          Morning drive or fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel

Day 03:          Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni – 04 hrs

Day 04:          Trek to Tshele 3,050 m – 06 hrs

Day 05:          Trek to Geling 3,540 m – 05 hrs

Day 06:          Trek to Tsarang 3,560 m – 06 hrs

Day 07:          Trek to Lho-Manthang 3,700 m – 05 hrs

Day 08:          Lo-Manthang exploration day, local visit

Day 09:          Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m – 06 hrs

Day 10:          Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m – 06 hrs

Day 11:          Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs

Day 12:          Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 06 hrs
Day 13:          Morning flight to Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 14:          Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 15:          International departure for home ward bound

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