The undisturbed land of the former Lo Kingdom is surrounded by caves, extraordinary rock formations, and a desert landscape. This place is truly like no other place on Earth. It is a dry, desolate land, yet full of character. From desert caves to snowy peaks to pockets of green oasis, the landscapes seem surreal. Local people carry out the traditional practices of Tibetan Buddhism and live very simple lives. The area has not yet been overcome by the forces of modernization.
This ‘off-the-beaten-path’ trek begins from Jomsom, which is considered the headquarters of the Mustang region. Heading north through the upper Kali Gandaki River Valley, we find ourselves in Kagbeni. Depending on the time of the year, we may find bright green agricultural fields next to the brown sands of the desert. After passing several villages, we reach to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and a main attraction of the trek. Within the long stone walls, ancient monasteries and elegant palaces are preserved. Trekkers will find stupas, mani walls, chhortens, and other monuments to Tibetan Buddhism. After the exploration in Lo-Manthang, we trek back to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara. Few trekkers experience this otherworldly place, full of extraordinary rock formations, white Himalayan peaks, and a virtually undisturbed cultural heritage. The Upper Mustang Trek gives us a feeling of peace and joy that fills our hearts and minds.
The Upper Mustang Trek is connected to the Tibetan terrain, just north of the Annapurna massif. The area, which used to be the caravan route to trade with Tibet, was opened to foreigners in 1992. Even today the requirements to trek here are a bit strict to preserve the historic, religious, and geologic treasures of the area.
Tiji festival is a three-day colorful festival celebrated in Lo-Manthang. If you have the chance to participate, you should! The purpose of the festival is to pray that peace on Earth prevails. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of Buddha’s incarnation over the demon that had been wreaking havoc in the region during ancient times. During the festival, Buddhist monks in the monastery perform an entertaining dance ceremony. The 2023 Tiji festival takes place on the 16th, 17th, and 18th of May. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so hopefully, you can make it!
Best Time to Travel To Upper Mustang
The Upper Mustang Trek is situated in a rain shadow. For this reason, the monsoon season is also a suitable time to trek in the Upper Mustang. Trekkers can enjoy the beauty of Upper Mustang throughout the year, though the best times are during the Spring and Fall, as they provide the clearest skies. To make your journey simple and cheaper, there are fixed departure dates for the Upper Mustang trek.
In the north of Nepal, in the Mustang Valley, there is a little populated area. It is renowned for its own culture, stunning scenery, and historic settlements. Among Mustang Valley's highlights are:
Obviously you will be in higher elevation while trekking in Nepal. The weather will be different in every region but also have to pack the proper trekking equipment. Day Tours Nepal is selling Nepal’s Top Best selling treks and all are Tea-house Trekking so you don’t need to think of Camping gears.
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08 May 2023 DAY 01 Arrival in Kathmandu. 1,400 m (4,600 ft)
09 May 2023 DAY 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation. 1,400 m (4,600 ft)
10 May 2023 DAY 03 Kathmandu drive to Pokhara. 827 M (2,713 ft)
11 May 2023 DAY 04 Pokhara fly to Jomsom 27, 43 M (8,999 ft) and Trek to Kagbeni. Distance; 10.7 Km (6.6 miles) 2,804 M (9,199 ft)
12 May 2023 DAY 05 Kagbeni Trek to Chele. Distance; 15.3 Km (9.5 miles) 3050 M (10,007 ft)
13 May 2023 DAY 06 Chele Trek to Syanbochen. Distance; 11.5 km (7.1 miles) 3,800 M (12,468 ft)
14 May 2023 DAY 07 Syanbochen Trek to Ghami. Distance; 9.3 Km (5.7 miles) 3520M (11,549 ft)
15 May 2023 DAY 08 Ghami Trek to Charang. Distance; 10.7 Km (6.6 miles) 3560 M (11,670 ft)
Tiji Festival 2023 Dates (Festival Starts)
16 May 2023 DAY 09 Charang Trek to Lo-Manthang. Distance; 11 km (6.8 miles) 3840 M (12599 ft) First day of Tiji Festival
17 May 2023 DAY 10 Second days of Tiji Festival and Explore Lo-Man Thang Valley. 3840 M (12599 ft)
18 May 2023 Day 11: Final day of the Tiji Festival. 3840 M (12599 ft)
19 May 2023 DAY 12 Lo-Manthang Trek to Drakmar via Samduling, Marang la 4230 M (13,878 ft) Distance: 17.2 Km (10.6 miles) 3820 M (12,533 ft)
20 May 2023 DAY 13 Dhakmar Trek to Ghiling. Distance; 14.3 Km (8.8 miles) 3570 M (11,713 ft)
21 May 2023 DAY 14 Ghiling Trek to Chhuksang. Distance; 17.2 Km (10.6 miles) 2980 M (9,777 ft)
22 May 2023 DAY 15 Chhuksang Trek to Jomsom. 2,743 M (8,999 ft)
23 May 2023 DAY 16 Fly or Drive back to Pokhara. 827 M (2,713 ft)
24 May 2023 DAY 17 Drive From Pokhara to Kathmandu. 1,400 m (4,600 ft)
25 May 2023 DAY 18 Final Departure.
I don’t have a friend but I want to trek to Upper Mustang, how is it possible?