Upper Mustang Trek is the trek to explore the underrated north-west part of Nepal. It is the hidden treasure behind the Himalayas. This paradise is the heart of Mustang district and holds a lot to deliver its visitors. The magnificent snowcapped mountains, the mysterious caves, well-preserved tradition, the blend of Tibetan and Nepali culture make your trek a never-ending excitement. Also, the trek is an opportunity to visit the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal which was close to outsiders until 1992.
So, get ready to trek in the world of heavenly beauty with a tranquil environment.
The journey begins in Kathmandu. Following the short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom, you will reach the actual initial point of the trek. You will pass many villages and valleys on the route of the trek. The snowcapped mountains, the rough trails, and the pleasant countryside views will entertain you all the way on your trek. As you proceed in the trek, it will introduce you to the core elements of the Upper Mustang.
The Upper Mustang Trek is the amazing adventurous combinations. You will get to experience high trails, rocky trails, riverbank pathways, roaming the orchards and exploring the alleyways. On the way, you will also witness Nepal’s second deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. Not only that the Ramchung Cave that stands as an antique piece to boost the excitement.
Not to mention, the trek includes easy as well as tough trails. But the amazing views of the natural architecture like Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and DamodarDanda will be a great compensation for your trekking efforts. Trekking through the barley and poplar fields and crossing the suspension bridge will lead you the Lo Manthang, central attraction of the trek.
Lo Manthang is the capital of Upper Mustang. It is the walled city and the royal palace in the middle of it. One can observe the authentic Thakali lifestyle here. The all whitewashed mud-brick walls and muddy roofs of the houses are the signature piece of Lo Manthang. ChampaLhakang, with a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborate mandalas painted on the walls, is a major temple which is as a must visit one. The views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I &Bhrikuti peak are the plus points. Visiting the nearby Damodar Kunda (pond) gompas like Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda are on the top of the recommendation.
Instead of tracing the same route, you can trek on the alternative route. For your way back home you can pass through the village of Gyakak and visit the ancient Ghar Gompa with its beautiful rock paintings at Gyakar.
Besides that, something that is really important to keep in mind is your health. The extreme wind can create more challenge on your trek. So, don’t forget to carry thick clothes to keep you warm.
All in all, it will be a great journey. Each day is a different experience of trekking. Exploring numerous villages, valleys and having a close-up view of the lifestyle. Upper Mustang is a must in trekkers list and it worth a try. After all, traveling is an opportunity to own the experiences and develop something new within you.