Ever wondered what is it like to trek in a once- forbidden Kingdom? Turn your imagination into reality by stepping on the Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back.
This trekking package has rocky terrains, cultural significance, and a chance to trek in a less-crowded region.
As you continue trekking in the upper Mustang route, you’ll also be introduced to the rich traditions and culture of the Buddhist people residing in this region. There are ancient monasteries that hold special meaning to the local villagers. The monasteries are decorated with prayer flags, idols, and several other small chortens nearby. With all these beautiful resemblance of Buddhism, the trek is indeed very unique.
Additionally, the architect of the houses in the Upper Mustang is also appealing to the eye. The region is unspoiled, and the houses are still ancient, usually made of stones and mud bricks. Likewise, the most beautiful highlights can be seen in Lo-Manthang, which once used to be a kingdom. This capital city is beautifully decorated with caves that are built thousands of years ago. Inside the caves, you can also find Buddhist stupas that are captivating to the eyes.
Overall, the Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back is a wonderful trekking package that you can opt for. If you are an avid explorer of new cultures, then this trek will surely be a perfect choice for you.
Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back
- Explore Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage sites- Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath Temple.
- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom. Look out for the stunning mountain ranges from the window!
- Walk through the dry and barren terrain.
- Admire the wilderness of the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is the largest protected area in Nepal. The region is home to diverse flora and fauna, including rare species like snow leopards, Himalayan blue sheep, and Tibetan argali, making it a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
- Roam around the walled capital city of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, an ancient town, and mesmerize the Tibetan culture and architecture.
- Grab the opportunity to visit monasteries, caves, and traditional villages steeped in rich culture, history, and traditions.
- Explore the sacred pilgrimage site- Muktinath temple.
- Delve into the spectacular and unique landscape of barren, stark, and dramatic scenery resembling a lunar or desert-like landscape. The region is characterized by deep canyons, eroded cliffs, colorful rock formations, and the iconic red cliffs Mustang is famous for.
- Marvel at the breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Mustang Himal.
Let's look at the route overview for the Upper Mustang Trek, shall we?
The trip begins upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After a goodnight rest, the next day a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage sites is organized for a whole day. Then, we’ll start the journey with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Early morning, from Pokhara, we'll again hop on a flight to Jomsom and enjoy the aerial view of the majestic peak and gorges.
Then, as we land at the airport, we’ll begin the hike to Kagbeni.
After a goodnight rest from the first hike, we resume the hike from Muktinath, passing through Chusang, Chele, Geling, and Charang, then Lo- Manthang. It is the capital city of Upper Mustang and contains a small population of Tibetans. We’ll take a day's rest here and explore Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar.
Then, we return to Lomanthang. Later, we'll go toward Drakmar via Ghar Gompa and to Ghami. Lastly, we'll drive to Jomsom, then catch a flight to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Best Time to do this Trek
Before booking the trek, let's consider the best time for Upper Mustang Trek. The best is done during the spring, summer, and autumn seasons, although it is possible to trek in all four seasons. The weather is usually mild and moderate in spring (March to May). The autumn season (September to November) offers excellent weather with clear skies, providing stunning views of the trans-Himalayas, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Nilgiri mountains.
Surprisingly, the summer and monsoon seasons (June to August) are ideal for the Upper Mustang Trek. The region is leeward with less precipitation and dry, barren landscapes with strong winds.
Trekking in winter (December to February) is possible but more challenging due to extreme cold weather and winds. However, proper layering and appropriate clothing can still be a memorable and beautiful journey for those not bothered by the cold air.
The Upper Mustang Trek with a drive Back is moderate. The trekking routes are less challenging; it has few steep uphill and downhill sections, putting less strain on the legs.
The itinerary is well-coordinated, with appropriate flight durations, trekking distances, and land transportation options.
Unlike most treks, this itinerary includes road transportation via jeeps due to the well-built road infrastructure in the region. As a result, it is suitable for trekkers of various experience levels, including beginners, seniors, and kids.
If you still need convincing with the alternate treks, we have a few alternative treks that you can check out.
First, you can look at the Upper Mustang Trek with a 17-day hike. The trail is interesting, with an opportunity to explore the hidden trails!
Secondly, we have the Upper Mustang Trek with Yara, where you can complete the trek in 18 days. The tour leads to the long-forbidden Tibetan Kingdom in a remote, arid land of spectacular Tibetan monasteries, canyons, gorges, and cave complexes bordering Tibet.
Moreover, if you can fix dates in May, you can also opt for the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. The festival is a joyous and optimistic ceremony celebrated in the Upper Mustang region.
You can choose any trekking package from our website, and we shall organize it for you.