Upper Mustang Trek Overview
The Upper Mustang Trek, which takes trekkers through the famous Annapurna Circuit , is a less traveled yet beautifully challenging route. Below 5000 meters, Upper Mustang, sometimes referred to as “The Forbidden Kingdom,” is a wonderful place to go trekking. This magnificent location, which is located at an elevation of 3,840 meters in Nepal’s Mustang province, offers amazing views of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and several other mountains.
The Upper Mustang and the Annapurna Range routes were given official approval in 1992 and 1977, respectively. Since then, a large number of adventurous travelers have traveled the Annapurna Circuit-Upper Mustang trail, taking in the pristine natural beauty and diverse Hindu-Buddhist culture along the way.
The walk effectively unveils the hidden beauty of Manang: The Land Beyond the Mountains, which includes Thorung Phedi, Muktinath Temple, Lo Manthang Municipality (3730m) in northwest Mustang, and a number of monasteries, including Chode Gompa and Choprang Gompa, The Royal Palace, and The Monastic Museum.
Upper Mustang is historically rich in Tibetan culture, language, caverns, and rock art.As it is also known as “The Kingdom of Lo” to this day, the location serves as a historical representation of a legendary monarch, Lo, and some significant events during his reign in the 8th century. The Forbidden Kingdom was a restricted area until 1992, making it one of the most secure locations on earth.
Upper Mustang Trek Permits
The Upper Mustang path passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, thus visitors must get an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit. Additionally, Nepal has designated Upper Mustang as a restricted region in order to protect the ancient religion and border security as it borders Tibet.
Non-Nepalese should get the following permissions in order to trek across the Upper Mustang:
Foreign nationals are granted an Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit (RAP) worth USD 500 per person for the first 10 days and USD 50 per person per day after that.
For overseas nationals, an approximate USD 30 ACAP permit is required.
ACAP permits are NPR 200 each for residents of SAARC nations.
The permits will be examined at the Upper Mustang Chele checkpoint. You may also get in touch with Third Rock Adventures to take care of your hiking permits.
Shinta Mani Mustang
Royal Mustang Resort
Places to Visit in Mustang
Sky caves in Nepal
Monastery and nunnery
Day 1-2 : Arrival In Kathmandu And Preparation For The Trek
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m)
Day 4. Drive From Besisahar (760m) to Chame (2670m)
Day 5. Trek to Pisang (3190m) 4-5 hours trek
Day 6-7. Trek to Manang (3540m) and Acclimatize in Manang
We will begin The Manang Valley trek after a delicious breakfast, as per our trekking itinerary. Due to the relatively easy journey, the lower trails will help to energize. You will get the chance to stop at the magnificent Ney Guru Sang cave in the south and the 500-year-old ancient Braga Gompa along the route. We will arrive in Manang hamlet after descending a difficult route, where we will spend the night in a reserved hotel.
A magnificent dawn will wake you up in your bed the next morning. The magnificent view of the golden mountains will amaze you. First, we’ll visit Chongar Viewpoint and the magnificent glacial lake Gangapurna. Following our brief visit to the viewpoint, we will pay a quick visit to a number of exploration sites while trying to observe as many ecotourism best practices as we can.
Day 8. Trek to Letdar (4250m), 4-5 hours trek
Day 9. Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m), 3-4 hours trek
Day 10. Trek to Muktinath (3800m), 7-8 hours trek
Day 11. Drive to Kagbeni(2810m) and trek to Chele (3050m)
Day 12. Chele to Syangboche (3475m), 6-7 hours trek
Day 13. Syangboche to Ghami(3520m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 14-15. Ghami to Tsarang(3620m) to Lo manthang (3730m)
After an energizing breakfast, the trek will resume in the early morning. After passing a suspension bridge over the Ghami river, we will begin descending to the valley over a track that is quite difficult. The route will lead you to the Tsarang Pass (3870m) and then drop to Tsarang town, which is situated at the top of a large canyon, as soon as you pass the bridge in the course of our journey. The settlement is adorned with an old monastery, where we will spend the night.
We’ll enjoy a peaceful trek on the fifteenth day because we’ll be close to Lo Manthang. The walled countryside of Lo Manthang will be seen below as we walk through the Lo La walk (3950m). You will undoubtedly be mesmerized by the spectacular sight of Bhrikuti as you make your way down to Lo Manthang 3730m. We’ll freshen up and prepare for the big day once we reach Lo Manthang village.
Day 16-18. Celebration of Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang
After an amazing night, we will begin our exploration of Lo Manthang, a magnificent village with rich history and culture that dates back to ancient times, and join the locals in celebrating the Tiji festival, which begins in the middle of May and lasts for three days each year. The Tibetan phrase “Tempa Chirim,” which means “World Peace,” is shortened to “Tiji.” The event commemorates a legend from old Tibetan culture about a son who was compelled to preserve the Mustang kingdom from oblivion. The event also celebrates Dorjee Sonnu, Lord Buddha’s avatar, who triumphed against Mam Tam Ru, a demonic creature who ravaged mankind and triggered droughts.
Throughout the festival, the monks from Cheodhe Monastery dance in a ritualistic manner. Monks conduct a dance called “Tsa Chham” on the first day, which represents Ma Tam Ru’s exploitation of mankind. On the second day, a ceremony known as “Nga Chham” marks the birth of Dorjee Sonnu, a manifestation of Lord Buddha who serves as the demon’s offspring. On the last day, the Ma Tam Ru is finally allowed to return to Lord Buddha’s world. The Sakya sect of Buddhism is represented by Cheodhe Monastery, which is the principal organizer of all dances and performances.
We’ll also look at a few of the monasteries that have been preserved via restoration during the past 20 years. In order to learn more about The Last Forbidden Kingdom, we will visit Jhampa Gompa, Chode Gompa, Choprang Gompa, The Royal Palace, The Monastic Museum, and many more places of cultural and religious significance. We will also walk to Tringkhar, a tiny settlement in the northwest, if our travel schedule permits.
Day 19. Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3810m), 6-7 hours trek
Day 20. Drakmar to Ghiling (3805m)
Day 21. Ghiling to Chhuksang(3050m)
Day 22. Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m), 6-7 hours trek
Day 23. Fly back to Pokhara
Day 24. Drive Back to Kathmandu from Pokhara
Day 25. Final Departure
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