The trip begins in Kathmandu, where you prepare for the trek. Then, a long drive takes you to Besisahar. Next, you follow the road trip across off-road tracks to reach Bulbule. Further, the drive continues north to settle at Chame. This is the starting point of the trek as you begin walking to reach Pisang. We walk further ahead through Dhikur Pokhari, Pisang and Humde then reach Manang. It is a village with Manangi people and Tibetan heritage. As you spend a day in Manang, you can visit local attractions like Gangapurna Lake and Braga Gompa. Explore around the village before you head off towards Batase Danda. Then, the next part of the trek leads you to Yak Kharka.
You reach the base of the Thorung La Pass at Thorung Phedi. From here, you begin to ascend across stone trails to reach the top of the pass. The top offers a panorama of the Chulu, Annapurna, Muktinath, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges. From the pass, you start the descent and reach Muktinath. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and houses numerous artifacts and shrines. Then, you head to Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Following the views of the high Tibetan Plateau, you will explore the region of Upper Mustang. Crossing the tough and beautiful Lo La Pass (3950m), you will arrive in Lo Mangthang. Observe the traditional houses of Lo Mangthang village and explore the royal palace and the impressive caves, including Jhong caves. Visit the stunning monasteries that showcase the Tibetan culture. Passing through the quaint villages, you will return to Jomsom and then fly back to Pokhara. From the lake city of Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu.
This trip is truly an amazing part of Nepal. The trek takes you from a low elevation of 830m. to 5,416m, from paddy field to desert land, ethnic to Tibetan culture, different climate zones. Your efforts will be rewarded with the completion of this fantastic trek around world’s tenth highest peak Annapurna I (8091m.) and the entire Annapurna massif. You may have chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes in Mustang. You will have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit in Lomanthang.
At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate new trips to Annapurna Region with combining two popular trekking routes Annapurna circuit and Upper Mustang. We have a beautifully designed itinerary with an alternative route in Annapurna Circuit to avoid dusty gravel road as well as Upper Mustang. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers in knowing the route well. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to change the itineraries as per your liking easily. We ensure that you enjoy the off-the-beaten-track, quieter natural trail, untouched villages by modernity, local culture and unwritten history. As this trek is being so much disturbed by road construction in both sides, those trekkers who prefer to trek alternatively and to make something different and special, we have designed the itinerary for them carefully.