Upper Mustang Trek is one of the preserved destinations of Nepal and was restricted to outsiders for years. In 1992, trekking in this region was officially opened for foreigners, but only limited numbers of trekkers are allowed to visit this place in order to conserve and protect the fragile environment and the local Tibetan tradition and culture. Mustang Trek features ocher and arid valleys, treeless barren landscape, yak caravans, colorfully painted mud-brick houses, and striking canyons. The stunning views of mountains like Annapurna (8091m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m) makes the medieval walled Kingdom of Mustang more fascinating and gorgeous.
Mustang is considered as one of the most picturesque regions of Nepal because of its gorgeous colorful landscape: colored by natural earth pigments—red, blue, brown, and yellows—set opposite the backdrop of distant snow-capped Himalayas. The trail to Upper Mustang goes through high altitude desert, climbing along the huge valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The gorge from which Kali Gandaki River flows through is considered the world’s deepest gorge.
You will find some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist monasteries along with ancient and rustic villages with beautiful whitewashed houses during this trek. Later you leave Kali Gandaki valley and head higher into the tranquil environment of Upper Mustang, with its peaceful vibes enclosed by its many rocky and barren hills. Passing through the villages of Chele, Geling, Dhakmar, and Charang, you finally reach the walled capital of the Forbidden Kingdom, Lo Manthang. The colorful deserts of Lo Manthang shine brilliantly behind the whitewashed monasteries of the ancient kingdom, making it a treat for the eyes.
Apart from the breathtaking landscapes, the trek exposes you to the culture of the famous Thakali community and also to the unique culture of the Lhopa community in Lo Manthang. This area is considered as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region. Since Mustang is a rain-shadow area, one can go for this trek during any time of the year.
Upper Mustang Trek Altitude Chart