Enjoy trek in the rain shadow reason and get witness barren landscape of massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif making it perfect place to do Upper Mustang Trekking in monsoon season as the region doesn't receive rain. You will get to witness barren landscape surrounded by impressive formations of rocks in different colors along with white-washed houses, chortens decorated with prayer flags, and barley fields and gorgeous white mountain.
Upper Mustang Trek will take you to the hidden arid valley of Nepal, which is also known as the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. Trekking in the Mustang region is officially started in 1992, however, only limited trekkers are only allowed to visit this region to protect and conserve the tradition and fragile environment. Located far away from bustling cities and technology, Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif making it perfect place to do Upper Mustang Trekking in monsoon season as the region doesn’t receive rain. You will get to witness barren landscape surrounded by impressive formations of rocks in different colors along with white-washed houses, chortens decorated with prayer flags, and barley fields. Following the ancient caravan route, you will reach Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. You will get to witness spectacular views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri Range (8,167 m).
Upper Mustang Trek begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. You will then fly to Jomsom, one of the most beautiful regions of Nepal. The flight will present you impressive views of the Himalayas. From Jomsom, you will ascend all the way up to Charang via Kagbeni, Chele, Syangboche, and Ghami. The trail will include several ascends and descends through small picturesque villages, large open meadows, and the forested path along with superb views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Tilicho Peak, and Yakawa Kang. You will then ascend towards Lo-Manthan where you will take a day off to acclimate your body as well as explore the region. You will visit several ancient monasteries as well as hike up to the valley to see outstanding views of the walled city of Lo-Manthang. After that, you will descend to Muktinath via Dhakmar, Gelling, and Chhuksang. Muktinath is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Further, you will trek back to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu.
Tradition & Culture in the Upper Mustang region
Upper Mustang is highly influenced by Tibetan culture and tradition. People here follow Tibetan Buddhism and most of the festivals, assortments, and language are similar to them. You will get to explore some of the ancient monasteries and gompas here. You will see chortens fastened with colorful prayer flags at most of the place. And, not to mention people residing here are one of the kindest you will ever meet in your life.
The Upper Mustang Trek will also take you to Muktinath Temple, which is one of the holiest temples of Hindus worldwide. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit this temple to worship. In Upper Mustang Trek, you will get to experience both Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism.
Upper Mustang Trek difficulty
Upper Mustang Trek is marked as the difficult trek. As you will be ascending every day on a relatively rugged trail along with gaining altitude. You don’t need to have strong physical fitness, however, good stamina is needed. You don’t need to be professional trekker to go on this trek, just before the beginning of the trek go on a few hikes and hit the door of the gym to increase your muscles strengths and stamina, and you are good to go. Also, do consult your doctor to know all the risks you might have to face during the trip.
Why trek with Annapurna Trekking Agency?
We, Annapurna Trekking Agency has designed our itinerary professionally to present you the full experience of the Upper Mustang Trek. We are a team of professionals working in this industry for several years. Our guides have already mapped this region several times, therefore, you will be in safe hand during the trip. Not only this, we, Annapurna Trekking Agency is also working hard enough to motivate women to enter in the Travel & Tour industry of Nepal. Joining us not only give you a comprehensive package, but you will also contribute to our mission.