Are you up for an adventure in the restricted area of Nepal? The recently opened trail of Upper Mustang trek with Yara will take you to the ancient kingdom of Mustang, Lo Manthang. But the journey doesn't just end here. Our trek also has the added adventure of making a visit to a notable hill, Yara. It is famous for its natural sandy castle and beautiful scenery.
This kingdom was once forbidden and closed to every foreign visitor in ancient times. It was in the year 1992 that this region opened its doors to the rest of the world. However, the people of this region have still managed to follow the old cultures and traditions.
Further, since most of the region is surrounded by the trans-Himalayas, you'll also get the same vibe as exploring Tibet. You'll mostly witness Tibetan Buddhist culture in this part of Nepal.
All in all, the region's remoteness will take you back in time and make you experience a primitive life. You'll also have a chance to wander through the old caves and monasteries that have remained unchanged for centuries.
What you read above was just a little sneak peek of the journey. If you want to know more, continue reading.
Let’s start with the highlights first:
- Enjoy the Nepalese heritage culture on a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
- Get on a beautiful drive to Pokhara and begin your journey. You will cross several forests along the way and breathe in the fresh air.
- Roam around the streets of Pokhara and relax by the shore of the famous Phewa Lake before your adventure.
- Catch a scenic flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. It is the heart of the district for all trade and business concerns.
- Meet the locals and engage in meaningful conversation with them. You will be amazed to hear about their stories and their way of life.
- Learn the preserved culture and traditions of the local people from this region.
- Explore the ancient kingdom of Lo-Manthang. Away from the modernization of today’s world, this ancient kingdom has managed to remain undisturbed and untouched.
- Enjoy the view of the natural sandy castle and the mountain scenery from Yara.
- Come across many walled caves, monasteries, and chortens. Get the opportunity to interact with the monks.
- Visit the religious site, Muktinath. This site is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.
Don’t you want to know about the routes you’ll take during the journey? Well, let us give you a quick rundown of the journey.
Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you'll be greeted by our friendly staff. First, a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city is organized before your trek.
The next day, you will embark on a beautiful drive to Pokhara. From there, you will take a flight to Jomsom to start your trekking adventure.
Later, you'll hike to Kagbeni for an overnight stay. Now, you'll pass through villages like Chele, Geling, and Charang to reach Lo Manthang. Here, you'll spend an extra day exploring the city of Lo Manthang. Subsequently, you'll trek to Yara and visit the Luri Gompa.
After the visit, you'll make your way back to Yara. Continuing the journey, you'll hike to Tangbe and Tetang to reach Muktinath. Now it's time to descend back to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara.
From Pokhara, the journey back to Kathmandu is by road. The drive back to Kathmandu is the end of your journey.
When Are the Best Times To Book?
Now that you know a little about this journey, it's time to find out its best time.
The best time for an Upper Mustang trek with Yara is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The weather is dry and clear during these seasons, with little to no rain. The temperature is mild and comfortable for trekking. You'll enjoy your hike with clear skies and great visibility of the mountain views.
However, it is important to note that Upper Mustang is a rain shadow area, which means that it receives very little rainfall throughout the year. Hence, trekking during the monsoon (June to August) is also possible. It is not recommended to trek during the winter (December to February). The temperatures can be freezing this time of the year. And the trails can also be covered in heavy snowfall. Thus, it makes the journey more challenging.
What Is the Difficulty Level of The Trek?
Exploring the hidden kingdom of Mustang may sound appealing to most of you. But how adventurous is the journey to reach this ancient kingdom? Let’s discuss it in this section.
The Upper Mustang with Yara Trek is graded as an easy to moderate journey, depending on your physical stamina. To give you a little glimpse of the journey, you will walk through the rugged terrain, steep ascent and descent, and remote villages along the way. It requires you to hike for about 5-6 hours on a daily basis. Hence, we recommend you do some cardio exercise and add nutritious food to your diet a month before the trek.
The one thing that can get in your way is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The highest elevation you’ll reach during the trek is 4200 m. At this height, you are likely to experience altitude sickness. But don’t worry! We have prepared the itinerary with enough acclimatization days. Hence, you’ll have no problem adjusting your body to the high altitude.
What Are the Alternative Treks?
Looking for more options? Well, we have plenty of other packages for you to look into if this one doesn’t fit you.
If you want to skip the excursion to Yara, you can opt for the Upper Mustang Trek. The 17-Day journey will give you a taste of the upper Mustang region and will make you explore the ancient kingdom of Upper Mustang, i.e., Lo Manthang. On this journey, you’ll also hear the untold stories of locals along the way and will be amazed by their way of life.
In case you’re pressed for time, consider opting for the 14-day Upper Mustang Trek-Drive Back. This route offers a glimpse of the Upper Mustang region within just two weeks. Our trek will take us to Lo-Mantang, after which we will return to Jomsom via a driving by jeep instead of retracing our steps.
No matter which trip you choose, we guarantee you an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, if you wish to personalize your journey, we will make every effort to meet your desires and requirements.