This trek offers a memorable experience in the rugged Trans- Himalayan region of Nepal
Maximum Elevation: 3,810 meters, Dhakmar
Trek Duration: 14 days
Trek Category: Moderate to difficult
Accommodation type: Teahouse
Best Season: March- May, and October- November
Trek Restrictions: Yes
Trek Permits: ACAP, RAP
This trek offers a memorable experience in the rugged Trans- Himalayan region of Nepal. En route you will have amazing views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the other Himalayas. The trek starts from Jomsom to enter into the treeless zone of the rainshadow area of Nepal. The trail follows the ancient salt caravan route. White painted houses, extended barley fields, old Gompas, chortens and prayer flags beautifies the place.
Upper Mustang Trek is strictly not for everyone. Due to the remoteness and the restrictions put up by the government due to Tibetan activities seen in the region, Special permit needs to be obtained before any foreigner sets foot in the region of Upper Mustang. The typical trek to Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom. Roundtrip from Jomsom usually lasts for about 10 days and passes through typical Tibetan settlements, vast river beds, desert like territories and shocking habitats of Tibetan origin individuals.
One may not find it hard to relate the overall geography of Upper Mustang similar to that of Tibet. Mt. Dhaulagiri shades the region of Mustang and desolates it from any landscape found in Nepal.The trail follows the salt caravan route of the old days, during which the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt with grain from the lowlands. The final stop for this trek is Lo Manthang capital of the region. Its a separate kingdom ruled by their own king even till todays Lo La pass (3950 m) gives you the shimmering view of this capital city thriving in midst of a desert. Lo Manthang gives you a different ambience that may not be found anywhere across the globe. The narrow alleys, barren landscapes and small dusty hills will drift you somewhere none can even imagine.
• Lo Manthang- the capital of the kingdom of Lo
• Insight into Tibetan Lama Buddhism
• Oldest monasteries in the world.
• Mysterious caves and geographical variations.
• The Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of mountain people
• You cannot go on an independent trek in this region.
• You may have the problem of accommodation in November- the high time of the local’s migration to lower altitudes.
• Challenging afternoon winds.