Upper Mustang Trek – 17 days
The ‘Upper Mustang trek’ is often depicted as trekking into the Grand Canyon of the Himalayas and famous for unique landscape, distinctive culture, rich tradition, ancient Monasteries and breathtaking views of Mustang Himal and also Annapurnas.
Nepal’s upper Mustang was an ancient commercial route between Nepal, Tibet and India. This is a Buddhist land. Above all, Mustang is famous as the land where Guru Rimpoche (The Great master and protector of the Tibetan Buddhism) built Ghar Gomba (monastery) during the eight century and Milarepa, one of the highest Buddhist yogi, meditated for years.
Mustang trek is culturally and naturally very strong and interested. There are still many Caves that was man made and naturally built. It was opened for trekkers and tourism in 1992. Mustang has a majority of Tibetan people, and the history of kingdom is a legend all over the Himalayan region.
We highly recommend to visit monastery at Chungsi canyon and to observe the local Tiji Festival, celebrates in Lo Mantang, the ancient capital of Mustang in the end of May. It is known as the festival of Chasing the Demons and its 800 or so inhabitants take part in a three-day spectacle of music, colorful costumes and dancing. During the Tiji, the monks dress in traditional coats and wood carved masks. Their attire represents Gods and Devils and perform traditional Kham dances, while blessing the people.
You can do a day hike to Chhosar village and Jhong Cave (the largest man made Cave in Upper Mustang) from Lo-Manthang. Yara, Ghara, Luri Gomba (monastery in Cave) and Tangge villages are in the remote areas of Upper Mustang.
The journey begins from Kathmandu to Pokhara with tourist bus ride or flight. After that, flight to Jomsom that is the starting point to explore Mustang.