Max Trekking Altitude
Best Time to go
Mar - Nov
Exploring the mysterious region of the former Buddhist kingdom of Mustang is the centerpiece of the Upper Mustang Trek. No further isolation is possible. Mustang, considered the final stronghold of traditional Tibetan culture, has long been protected from mass tourists due to its inaccessibility. Due to its deep, rich, and complicated history, trekking in the Upper Mustang is among the most fascinating experiences in the Himalayas.
Tracing the history back in the Buddhism, the temple of Lo Gekhar, also referred to locally as Ghar Gompa, dates back to the late eighth century and is believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Mustang. It was founded at the same time as Samyé, the first monastery in Tibet. The Pema Katang (pad+ma bka' thang), a text containing the life biography of Padmasambhava, the teacher renowned for taming local deities throughout the Himalayas. One of the most significant sites for Mustang's religious and cultural legacy is Lo Gekhar.
We start this adventure from Pokhara with a short early morning mountain flight to Jomsom, the administrative district headquarters of Mustang in the Kali Gandaki Valley.
By trekking these incredibly isolated paths, we venture far into Mustang, the homeland of the nomads, who continue to live their traditional nomadic lives. We stop at several famous locations along the route, such as the well-known Luri Gompa and Tashi Kabum, which is home to some of the best-preserved murals in the whole Tibetan Buddhist world. Our journey to remote communities primarily follows the Kali Gandaki riverbed, at times crossing elevated sections and at other times crossing stunningly shaped gorges.
This personally curated adventure will provide a comprehensive spiritual experience of the magnificent hidden kingdom of Mustang.
Day 1 (2nd May). Fly to Jomsom (2,720m) from Pokhara and drive to Kagbeni 2-3 hrs
Day 2 (3nd May). Drive to Ghaymi (3,510m), 5-6 hrs /Tsarang 6-7 hrs
Day 3 (4nd May). Drive to Lo-Mangthang (3,840m), 4-5hrs
Day 4 (5th May). 1st Day of Tiji Festival
Day 5 (6th May). 2nd Day of Tiji Festival
Day 6 (7th May). 3rd Day of Tiji Festival
Day 7 (8th May). Drive to Jomsom, 7-8 hrs
Day 8 (9th May). Fly back to Pokhara and Rest day in Pokhara
Day 1 (21st May). Fly to Jomsom (2,720m) from Pokhara and drive to Kagbeni 2-3 hrs
Day 2 (22nd May). Drive to Ghaymi (3,510m), 5-6 hrs /Tsarang 6-7 hrs
Day 3 (23rd May). Drive to Lo-Mangthang (3,840m), 4-5hrs
Day 4 (24th May). 1st Day of Tiji Festival
Day 5 (25th May). 2nd Day of Tiji Festival
Day 6 (26th May). 3rd Day of Tiji Festival
Day 7 (27th May). Drive to Jomsom, 7-8 hrs
Day 8 (28th May). Fly back to Pokhara and Rest day in Pokhara
Change of Itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.
Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.
It will fall on 5th, 6th and 7th May of 2024 and 24th, 25th and 26th May of 2025 as per the Tibetan Calendar.
The Upper Mustang region, which consists of seven villages, is home to the highly well-known Tiji Festival. The monks of the monastery in Lo-Manthang celebrate the main 3-day festival with vibrant ceremonies, dances, and ceremonial songs.
Members of the kingdom's royal family and the villages serve as festival organizers. It is a tantric dance performed by monks; the principal dancers and performers are chosen three months before the festival and complete all training and ritual ceremonies up until the festival's last day.
The vibrant celebration is attended by members of the royal family, locals, and tourists from around the globe. One is said to enter eternal joy by participating in the ceremony.
It is observed in accordance with the Tibetan calendar, and the principal monks of the nearby monastery choose the day through ritual practices.