Throng – La Top (5416m)
Min 2 Pax
Private Vehicle / Flight
Nar Phu to Upper Mustang Trek is a combination of the Nar Phu Valley and the Mustang trek. First of all, you begin your trek by approaching the remote fortified Tibetan villages in the Nar Phu Valley. It is located on the eastern side of the Annapurna Circuit. You further proceed on an exploratory trek to the Mustang region. Nar Phu Upper Mustang Trek will take you across a rugged and beautiful landscape.
For your information, this is the ancient trade routes over a high pass to Upper Mustang where you can have the experience of staying with the nomads.
*Nomads are those people who frequently keep changing their habitat for a living and doing trades.
Initially, this region was virgin land. But now, few explorers have stepped up at this region. Therefore, you will be mesmerized by the untouched beauty of this region.
During this trek, you will walk along the eastern-winter route from Lo and explore the recently discovered Buddhist caves. These caves are located in such a fascinating way, that they seem as if they have been built in the sky.
On the way, you will also visit some quaint. Additionally, you will encounter beautiful but remotely located villages like Dhi, Ghara, Tange, and Yara along with the renowned Luri and Tashi Kabum cave Gompas.
Nar Phu was still unexplored a few years back. Therefore has a smaller presence of trekkers in this region. But, now it is open for trekking.
This area is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Tibetans, who have been traders for so many generations. As a result, they have always lived an isolated life.
Phu is an interesting fortified village perched on a hill at the intersection of many glacial valleys. It is backed by high Himalayan peaks. Likewise, Nar is an interesting and bustling village of slightly more modern ‘Bhotias’, or Nepali Tibetans. In comparison, both the places are equally stunning and beautiful. The trek through the Kingdom of Lo along the Kali Gandaki is a timeless and breathtaking journey. Kali Gandaki is the deepest river gorge in the world.
The trail from Lo goes through a hidden Tibetan Buddhist enclave which was forbidden to foreigners, until recently. Taking the most remote routes, we venture deep into the land of the last nomads of Mustang (perhaps Nepal).
The nomads still live their traditional migratory lifestyle on the high plateaus bordering Tibet. Nearby, we will also explore the forgotten Tibetan Buddhist cave monasteries. It has some of the most exquisite murals of the Tibetan Buddhist world, dating back to ancient times.
This region is marked with sculpted canyons and amazing rock formations. In addition, it has the presence of some of the very medieval age villages, ruined fortresses, royal palaces, unexplored Neolithic cave complexes, Tibetan Buddhist Gompas(Monasteries).
Apart from that, the ever imposing snow-capped mountain peaks is a very alluring view to watch. It really looks like a thumb sticking up into the Tibetan plateau.
Upper Mustang and its walled capital, Lo Manthang, is a remote but starkly beautiful region. It is home to Buddhism as well as the remnants of the older, mystical Bon religion.
In the 50s and the 60s, some fearless Himalayan travelers and pilgrims dared to step into this region. Since then, only the most enthusiastic travelers have visited this region.
Your journey follows along some of the least known routes to the more isolated villages in this sun-drenched region. It often takes the rocky Kali Gandaki river-bed. And at other times, trek along the fantastic trails high above Kali Gandaki. Finally, coming down through marvelously sculpted and multi-hued gorges.
Why Nar Phu to Upper Mustang Trek
- Kali Gandaki, the deepest river gorge in the world.
- Teri La Pass- one of the challenging passes.
- Explore unexplored Neolithic cave.
- Stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range.
- Warm hospitality and culture of Bhottias.
- Outstanding scenery with terracotta rock walls, polychromatic canyons and spectacular forms of erosions.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1320m) 7/8 Hrs
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1870m) 6/7 Hrs Walk
Day 05: Trek to Koto /Kyupar (2615M) 6/7 Hrs Walk
Day 06: Trek to Meta (3560m) 7/8 hrs Walk
Day 07: Trek to Kyang (3830m) 4/5 Hrs Walk
Day 08: Trek to Phu (4080m) 3/4 Hrs Walk
Day 09: Rest day at Phu
Day 10: Trek to Junam (3620m) 5/6 Hrs Walk
Day 11: Trek to Nar Village (4110m) 2/3 Hrs Walk
Day 12: Trek to Mustang (Tangge)
Day 13: Trek to Dhi
Day 15: Trek to Ghara (Visit Luri Gompa)
Day 16: Trek Canyon Camp
Day 17: Trek to Lo Manthang
Day 18: Day trip to Chhosar and Tingkar
Day 19: Trek to Nomad Camp (4280m)
Day 20: Trek to Tsarang
Day 21: Trek to Ghemi (via Lo Ghekar)
Day 22: Drive to Jomsom
Day 23: Flight to Pokhara
Day 24: Fly / Drive to Kathmandu
Day 25: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek