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 landscapes, 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, an ancient walled city, and cave civilization have existed here as former Tibetan tradition.
Mustang is in a Restricted Area; due to its cultural influence sensitive to outsiders, geological structure, and political issues on the Tibet border, it was opened for trekkers in 1992. There is strict control 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 which funeral ritual is going to be used by looking dead person's date of birth and death time. There are not enough words to describe its beauty and artistic treeless barren landscapes. As the Upper Mustang is near the Tibet border, people here follow 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 city. Some in-numbers unexplored Cave 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 became 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's culture, tradition, and beliefs 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. Traditional cultivation methods, herbal medicine, nomadic animal husbandry, religious faith, and fasts and festivals are other attractions 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 and 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 day, there are several Gumba, houses, forts, and caves. The five stories, forty-four rooms of Jhong Cave at Choser village remind you of the Silk Road civilization. Thousands of years old monasteries such as Chooser Gumpa, Namgyal Gumba, Tiger Monastery, Ghar Gumba, and Luri Gumpa proved to you their significance. The Upper Mustang trekking with Luri Gumba is a magical and isolated area that fascinates and inspires every visitor.
Normally, you will get to Jomsom by 15 to 25 minutes of scenic flights from Pokhara, from where your Upper Mustang Trip begins. But nowadays there is road access to the Jomsom along with the Kaligandaki River Bank with amazing mountain scenery. Even you can drive to Lo Manthang (South Plane Aspirations) which is a 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 the incarnation 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 landscapes 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 villages, 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 are very basic tea house facilities and the need to stay local house also. After a lifetime of experience with Mustang, you will return to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara and Kathmandu for your destination. We at 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 the 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?
If this itinerary is not suitable for you, Upper Mustang Trek can customize as an alternative trail to escape the road through the Kuri Gumba. Here is 15 Days Itinerary Lo-Manthang via Luri Gumba.
Upper Mustang Trek with Luri Gumba Alternative Itinerary after Road Contraction 15 Days
Day 01: Arrival at TIA and Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Trekking preparation and permit paperwork day.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m) – 20 to 30 minutes
Day 04: Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (2,713m) in -25 minutes; Trek Jomsom to Kagbeni (2897m) -3 to 4 hours
Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,8000m) -4 to 5 hours
Day 06: Trek Muktinath to Tetang (3,040m) -5 to 6 hours via Gyu La (4077m)
Day 07: Trek Tetang to Tange (3,240m) -9 to 10 hours via Pa Pass (4210m)
Day 08: Trek Tange to Yara (3,900m) -6 to 7 hours
Day 09: Day Hike to Luri Gumba (4,005m) -4 to 5 hours
Day 10: Trek Yara to Lo Mangthang (3,810m) -6 to 7 hours via Dhi La (3950m) and La (Day) La (3950m)
Day 11: Explore Lo-Mangthang (Royal palace, Monetary, forts, etc.) and Drive to Kora La (Nepal Tibet border) Chhoser Cave.
Day 12: Drive Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom (2710m) -5 to 6 hours
Day 13: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (950m) for -25 minutes, relaxing Day
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours
Day 15: Your own destination.
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Upper Mustang Trek through the Luri Gumba via many passes such as Gyu La (4077m), Pa Pass (4210m), Dhi La (3950m), and La (Day) La (3950m) and get in Lo-Manthang. For details information, you may go through the Ultimate Guide for Upper Mustang Trek.