Hidden behind the Himalayan giants Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is a small area that lies in the southern border of the Tibetan highland and is a restricted area that requires a special trekking permit through a registered trekking company. The Mustang trekking trail consists of treeless deserted scenery, vertical rocky paths up and down the hill and beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tukuche peak, Mustang Himal, Tilicho peak, Arniko Chuli and many other splendid peaks.
The route to Mustang demands traveling transversely through arid landscape with barren edges, deep gorges, moraine valleys and eroded rock faces. The trail features barley fields and grazing lands where sheep are seen grazing, and horses walk by carrying heaps. The views of the desolate Kali Gandaki valley, almost infinite spaces surrounding Kagbeni, sharp ridges and elevated mountains sum up to an amazing experience for adventure lovers.
Trekking in Mustang is really one of the most gratifying experiences you can get. Also, you will get a firsthand glimpse into the ancient Buddhist culture in the area that has been untouched by modernization for centuries. The Mustang trek as designed by Unique Adventure International can be also referred as the “Rhododendron trek” because it takes you to different varieties of rhododendron forests and looks absolutely enchanting during the spring season because of blooming rhododendrons. Moreover, you will come across the Thorang La pass (5417 m) where you will enjoy some stunning high Himalayan scenery over the Kali Gandaki valley, with the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal overlooking your trek from the west.
We begin our biking tour from Besisahar in the lush central hills, riding our way through the beautiful path until we enter Yak Kharka (4000 m). From here, the track is vertical up to the base camp of Chulu East. Then we follow the route climbing to the summit of Chulu Far East which is pebbly, icy and very much vertical. From the top of Chulu Far East we will get some spectacular close-up views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Chulu West, Pisang Peak, and the north part of Himlung Valley. After mountaineering, we move towards Manang and on the next morning, we take a bike ride to Thorong La Pass (5416 m) and continue riding along the way to a holy Hindu temple – Muktinath. Finally, we reach Jomsom from where we can fly back to Pokhara.