Upper Mustang- the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal is a remote trans-Himalayan village of Nepal. Trekking in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. This is the place where the true originality of Himalayan people exists. You can explore and get chance to know the lifestyle of Himalayan people who are not much in the touch with the rest of the world.
People in Upper Mustang used to have their own officially recognized king even until recent time. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang. Geographically, Upper Mustang is the part of Tibetan plateau so visiting Upper Mustang is like visiting Tibet.
Upper Mustang was made accessible for Foreigners (non-Nepali trekkers) only some fifteen years back. Even today, access is highly restricted. You will need a special trekking permit to travel further from Kagbeni and one must be accompanied by a government appointed official to visit Upper Mustang.
Tiji festival is also the major attraction in upper Mustang. “Tiji” the name is an abbreviation of the word “Tempa Chirim” which means “Prayer for World Peace”. Tiji is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. It is celebrated in the month of May.
After you have arrived to Kathmandu you can rest and you will get to enjoy exploring Kathmandu valley on second day.
You will get chance to visit UNESCO world heritage sites and will explore Hindu and Buddhist culture Visiting Temples and monasteries.
Then, from Kathmandu, you will fly to Pokhara or you will get to pokhara by bus as well. It’s just 6 hours drive. You will be enjoying sightseeing in Pokhara as well. Pokhara (the city of lakes) have so much to offer you.
From Pokhara, you will take a flight to Jomsom. Landing on airport in Jomsom will be the breathtaking moment for you. Jomsom is popular for apple, strong winds and spectacular Himalayan landscapes.
You will then trek all the way to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni after getting trek permit you will trek further for Lo Manthang accompanied by government appointed officials.
Trekking in upper Mustang is a rare privilege and you will get chance to explore lifestyle, culture and tradition of true Himalayan people along with the breathtaking view of Himalayan landscapes.