Are you ready to embark on an adventure to the hidden kingdom of the Upper Mustang? A journey to this remote region of Nepal is like stepping back in time. The Upper Mustang Trek is not just a trek but a journey into a world that has remained untouched by modernization. The stark and arid landscapes, ancient caves, and monasteries will leave you in awe.
As you trek through this remote region, you'll pass through quaint villages, and a stunning desert-like landscapes that will take your breath away. You'll witness the traditional way of life of the local people, who have lived in these remote valleys for centuries. Our trek is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a world that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Moreover, you'll hike further into the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, Lo Manthang. This kingdom was once forbidden till the year 1992 and has still managed to preserve its beauty. This kingdom's landscape and culture will remind you of distant Tibet.
Altogether, this trek will take you on a unique adventure into the land of Upper Mustang. On this journey, you'll witness the difference in landscape and be acquainted with the people who have their roots embedded in Tibetan culture.
- Begin your journey with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, where you can explore the rich Nepalese heritage and culture.
- Take a picturesque drive to Pokhara, enjoying the fresh mountain air and passing through verdant forests.
- In Pokhara, relax by the serene Phewa Lake and soak in the tranquil ambiance before your adventure.
- Catch a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the bustling hub for trade and commerce in the district.
- Engage with the locals in Jomsom and gain insight into their unique way of life and ancient traditions.
- Enjoy delicious local cuisine like Dhal Bhat(rice, lentils, and vegetables), momos, spicy curries, etc.
- Explore the ancient kingdom of Lo-Manthang, which has remained untouched by modernization.
- Make a stop at Namgyal Gompa, which is situated on a hilltop. You can also enjoy the beautiful mountain views from the hill.
- Discover walled caves, chortens, and monasteries and engage with the local monks for a deeper understanding of their spiritual practices.
- Visit the revered Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists and experience the profound spiritual energy that radiates from this location.
Our package starts as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be greeted by one of our staff. He will then escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu.
A sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city is organized before your real adventure. The journey starts with a beautiful drive to Pokhara. From here, you will fly to Jomsom and begin your trek. The first stopover is at Kagbeni. After staying here for the night, you’ll cross several villages like Chele, Geling, and Charang to reach the capital of the ancient kingdom Lo, Lo - Manthang.
Now, you’ll hike for around 2 hours and explore the Namgyal Gompa. After exploring, you’ll make your way to the last village of Lo Manthang, Tingkha, and head back to Lo Manthang for an overnight stay.
Continuing the journey, you’ll cross villages like Drakmar, Shyangmochen, and Chhusang to reach Muktinath. Now, it's time to head back to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara. The flight back to Kathmandu from Pokhara marks the end of your journey.
What Are The Best Times For The Trek?
Choosing the best time to embark on an Upper Mustang trek is important to get the most out of the journey. Hence, we are here to help you with that.
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) mark the ideal seasons for trekking in this region. These seasons offer a perfect balance of clear and dry weather. You'll be able to relish the stunning views of the mountains with unobstructed visibility due to the cloudless sky.
That said, it's worth noting that Upper Mustang is situated in a rain shadow area, which means that it receives very little rainfall throughout the year. Hence, trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) is also feasible.
However, it is advisable to avoid trekking during the winter season, from December to February. The weather can be harsh, with frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, making the trek even more challenging.
What Is The Difficulty Level?
If you're intrigued by the prospect of exploring the elusive kingdom of Mustang, you may be wondering how challenging the journey to reach this remote destination truly is.
The Upper Mustang with Yara Trek is classified as an easy to moderate trek, depending on your physical endurance. You'll traverse through rugged terrain, steep inclines, and declines along the way. You'll hike for 5-6 hours daily. Hence, to ensure you're well-prepared, we recommend engaging in cardio exercises and adding nutritious meals to your diet in the month leading up to the trek.
The only thing that could potentially hinder your progress is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). At the highest point of the trek at 4200m, there's a high chance of manifesting altitude sickness. However, don't worry! Our expert guide will be there to support you every step of the way. They'll guide you on your breathing technique and walking pace. They will ensure you have a safe and comfortable trekking experience.
Are There Any Alternative Treks?
If this package doesn't suit your preferences, don't worry - we have a variety of other options for you to choose from.
There’s also an Upper Mustang Trek with a Drive Back option if you want to shorten your trip. This 14 days journey gives you a full experience of the Upper Mustang region with a drive back from Ghami to Jomsom.
If you want to add cultural experience to your trek, you can opt for the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. This trek takes place during the Tiji festival, a three-day celebration that takes place in Lo Manthang. The trek takes you through the beautiful landscapes of Upper Mustang and allows you to witness the unique cultural traditions of the region.
Take your time to explore our packages and find the one that's perfect for you. We are always here to assist you in making the best choice for your travel needs and preferences.