Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista.
After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment.
The Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date.
The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region.
Another attraction in the Mustang region is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring).
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||4200 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft
Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive
Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs
Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs
Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs
Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs
Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs
Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs
Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs
Fly back to Pokhara
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu