Want to embark on an incredible journey to a place untouched and pristine, away from the bustle of modernization? A journey that satiates your hunger for travel, freedom, curiosity and is your ultimate answer to discovering one of the wonders of Nepal. If you are in search of an adventure, then you might want to spend some time exploring the region of the Upper Mustang. Lying beyond the mountains, Mustang is regarded as the forbidden kingdom, and this part of the country is beyond any control and influence of the nation’s administrative center. The region takes you to an exotic experience beyond any word of description, and the Upper Mustang Trek is an ideal choice.
The land of Mustang is divided into two regions, namely the upper and lower received very little rainfall and are categorized as the dry places in Nepal. The desolated region is still rooted in a manner that feels it has lost its touch with the modern world. However, it is one of the most beautiful places in the country, and the traditions, customs, infrastructures, lifestyle will take you a trip centuries back. The desert-like landscape of the area is alluring as you visit the magical Mustang. The area filled with monasteries, prayer flags, and Gompas will give you a sneak peek of the Tibetan Buddhist culture prevalent in this place.
The Upper Mustang Trek is a treasure hunt in itself, taking you to one of the most less traveled areas of Nepal. The ethnic people in this region known as “Lobas” are in sync with their culture and practices and regard themselves as descendants of Tibet. The people who live here follow an ancient lifestyle, but somehow even this fact will leave a lasting impression on your minds. When talking about the 17 days trek, we suggest you have good resilience, spend some training, and adjust to local food and accommodation. We walk for mostly 5-6 hours almost every day on this trek. One of the highlights of this trek is our flight to Jomsom (2700 meters) and a trip to Kagbeni (3110 meters).
The main gate to Upper Mustang, Kagbeni village, dates back to the 14th century when it was a check post for traders from Nepal. We further ascend hiking to Chele, Geling, Charang on a span of 4 days and finally reach the ancient kingdom of “Lo” Manthang (3840 meters). The once forbidden ancient Kingdom of Mustang, Lo, is purely one of the gems of Nepal. The ancient kingdom of the district is rich in civilization and culture. The region is remote and trans-Himalayan borders Tibet has landscapes, formations, and areas that remind you of a distinct Tibetan culture.
Due to the unique climate, the area is majorly dry and barren, this trek is considered challenging. Like all the treks in the Himalayan region, there are various ups and downs, steep descents that will truly test your patience. We do not suggest you carry on with this trek in winter snow, but this trek can be carried out in the monsoon season without worrying about unexpected rain or muddy roads. Hence, before deciding to take on this journey, we suggest you spend some time in the gym or physical training ahead of the journey. Hence, we believe you are an adventure enthusiast if you choose Upper Mustang Trek as your next travel destination!