Upper Mustang – Lomanthang Trekking Trip fact

Duration

17 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Max Height

3840M

Start/End

Kathmandu

Per day Walking

5 to 7 hour

Trekking Type

Teahouse and Camping

Best Season

Oct-Dec / Mar-May

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang region located in north central Nepal is situated along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and lies on the Tibetan border and is dominated by Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. Upper Mustang Trek also known as Lo Manthang Trek was officially opened for foreigners in 1992. Limited numbers of trekkers are only allowed for trekking in this restricted region each year to protect and conserve the environment and local Tibetan tradition. The trail passes through a steep and rough area along with the view of the striking renowned mountain scenery of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, and more than 35 mountains over 6000m. The major highlights of this trek are the ancient culture of Mustang, the oldest Buddhist monasteries, antique and isolated villages along with magnificent landscape with green fields which is naturally and culturally attractive. It reveals the legendary forbidden kingdom of enormous and arid valleys, battered canyons, yak caravans, etc. The trek to Lo- manthang is through high-altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge valley of the Kali Gandaki. There are impressive mountains, rivers, small ponds, lakes lots of trees, plants, and colorful flowers growing. Animals found here include snow leopard, Kasturi deer, goral, wild boar, etc., similarly, dance, monal, and kale are some of the birds found in this region. It consists of two distinct regions: the south region with five villages inhabited by people related to the Managis; and the northern region the ancient kingdom of Lomanthang where the language, culture, and traditions are almost purely Tibetan.

The attractions of the trek: are the Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Mt. Fishtail (6993m), etc.

Trip Highlight:

  • Walk back to the history of Lo Manthang after exploring the palace of the king
  • Walk freely without worrying about the rain as the region lies in the rain shadow area
  • Spiritual feel walking through many Gompas, shortens, flapping prayer flags, and caves
  • Catch a live glimpse of Tibetan influence on the everyday activities and culture of the locals
  • Panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other mountains
  • Breathe the spirituality of the Tibetan-like people and monks with their prayer flags
  • Witness the everyday life and culture of the local people who live close to the Tibetan
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