Upper Mustang Mustang with Luri Gumba is one of the most popular trekking destinations, known as the forbidden kingdom of Nepal with ancient monasteries, historical caves, amazing landscape, and unique culture. Mustang is lying in the northern central part of Nepal, beyond the massive Himalayan range Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. An amazing land formation, majestic Himalayan scenery, ancient’s walled city, and cave civilization have existed here as former Tibetan tradition.
Mustang is in Restricted Area; due to its cultural influence sensitive from the outsider, geological structure, and political issue of Tibet border, it was opened for trekkers in 1992. There is strictly controlled for mass trekkers to preserve culture and biology. Mustang is isolated from the outsider culture and untouched by modernization. So, it can preserve its uniqueness. There is remaining a Sky Burial funeral ritual in Upper Mustang and Nepal High Himalaya region. The Monk (Lama) decides in which funeral ritual is going to be using looking dead person date of birth and death time. There are not enough words to describe its beauty and artistic treeless barren landscapes. As Upper Mustang is nearby the Tibet border, people here are following Tibetan Bon Buddhism. They have the true Tibetan lifestyle handover from centuries. This is full of mysterious land with ancient Silk Road civilization and manmade cave’s city. Some in-numbers unexplored Caves and villages remain centuries-old monasteries and Stupas.
Ame Pal was the founder of Mustang, who established himself as King of Tibetan territory in 1380. Upper Mustang has become the territory of Nepal around 1800. The former Raja (King) Jigme Parwal Bista is the 25th generation of the Ame Pal dynasty. The mud-built huge Royal Palace is remaining in Lo-Manthang, where you can visit the Royal family. Countless remarkable historical shrines such as manmade caves, Buddhist Chorten, Monastery, Mane wall, people culture, tradition, and belief which are survival for the new generation. They are preserving their indigenous knowledge, which was handed over from their ancestor. It is a very important role to conserve the culture and ecosystem at this time as well. The traditional cultivation methods, herbal medicine, nomadic animal husbandry, religious faith, and fast and festivals are another attraction for every trekker. Tiji festivals, Chhongo (Losar), Gyang Khorto, Degyap, Dhayang, Tharpi Tharchang, Yartung, Folgyang, Mani Rimdu, etc. many festivals are celebrated here. The artistic barren landscape, rugged mountains along the enchanting view of Mount Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other mountains make your Upper Mustang and Luri Gumpa Trek memorable. People here are practicing the polyandry marriage system as their authentic tradition and to avoid farm fragmentation. To look around just Lo Manthang is not enough even for the whole one day, there are several Gumba, houses, fort, caves. The five stories, forty-four rooms Jhong Cave at Choser village but remind you about Silk Road civilization. More than thousands of years old monasteries such as Chooser Gumpa, Namgyal Gumba, Tiger monastery, Ghar Gumba, and Luri Gumpa proved to you about its significance. The Upper Mustang trekking with Luri Gumba is a magical and isolated area that fascinates and inspires every visitor.
Normally, you will get in Jomsom by 15 to 25 minutes of scenic flights from Pokhara, from where your Upper Mustang Trip begins. But now a day there is road access to the Jomsom along with the Kaligandaki River Bank with amazing mountains scenery. Even you can drive to the Lo Manthang (South Plane Aspirations) called walled city. Mostly the trail goes through the Kaligandaki Valley following the riverbed with traditional villages. Kagbeni is the gateway of Upper Mustang; where you need to check in and out your special permit. The sacred Lake Damodar Kunda is the origin of Krishnagandaki which is famous for Shaligram (fossils); the Hindus and Buddhists believe that it is incretion of God Vishnu. You need to cross the Kaligandaki river times again on the same day. You will visit various villages; Chhusang, Chele, Samar (Red Clay), Ghami, Dhakmar (Red Rock), and Tsarang /Charang (Cock’s Crest) with incredible landscape and unbelievable live hood. There are several passes on this trip; Mui La an elevation of 4,170 meters is one of the highest passes.
We cross the Kaligandaki valley and follow the Damodar Kunda trail to the Dhi, Yara, and Gara village, from where you will day hike for the Luri Gompa. Then we trek through the Tangge and meet the trail at Chhusang. In this part is very basic tea houses facilities and need to stay local house also. After a lifetime experience with Mustang, you will return to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara and Kathmandu for your destination. We Nepal Mother House are glad to organize your Upper Mustang trip with Luri Gumba by an expert local Guide and porters for your ultimate satisfaction. As Mustang is in a rain shadow area, monsoon season is also the best time for this trek. Why not join us before others have done it.