The upper mustang trekking routes include diverse landscapes and culture. It also provides marvelous insight into the way of life of the local people. Not far away from the Jomson, you will find Muktinath (a famous pilgrim site) for both Hindus and Buddhists. People believe that taking a bath from the 106 taps in Muktinath, cleanses a person of all sins. Tourists can also observe the eternal flames that burn in Muktinath. According to local beliefs, Brahma, the Hindu God lit the flames. For Buddhists, Muktinath is a place where the Great Sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) came to meditate.
This place is perfect for finding Shaligram (a type of fossil) in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River. The Gurung, Magar, Thakali, people inhabit this region.
If you visit this region in early September, you are likely to find a unique festival known as the Yarlung (horse race). Most of the route along the Jomsom trek has been said that as part of the Annapurna circuit and Annapurna foothill treks. The Starting point is Naya Pul on the Pokhara to Baglung road and from there via Ghorepani and Tatopani, to the Kali Gandaki. During the Travel from Tato Pani to Lete Khola, you can find the dramatic change in the weather as well as scenery, likely to find the dense pine forest.
There is also an alternative way from Kagbeni, which is a two hours trek to the valley. From this point, we require a special permit to travel to Upper Mustang. This place is also known as Lo Manthang, The Forbidden Kingdom. This place is located in the Himalayan region and is perfect for trekking even during monsoons. During this period, the upper valley Kali Gandaki is still pretty dry with only occasional rainfall.
The Mustang trek is not particularly hard. The maximum altitude one can reach is 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be difficult. Mustang is cold in winter and is windy and dusty throughout the year. Treks in winter usually do not take place due to bad weather. Hikers must trek with an authorized travel firm of Nepal. So, you cannot trek independently even if you pay the $500(price may vary) permit fee. The permit for Upper Mustang is $500 per person for ten days. It is costly for travelers who with low budget. But, the top permit fee means a less number of trekkers. So, you will not meet a lot of people when you are trekking.