Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang, Nepal, Lo Manthang, Nepal
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Duration

15 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English

About this tour

The Upper Mustang Trek of Nepal beckons with its otherworldly landscapes, Nestled in the rain shadow of the mighty Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, rich cultural heritage, and a sense of timelessness. A trek into this remote and mystical land is like stepping into a realm frozen in history, where ancient traditions and breathtaking vistas merge to create an unforgettable experience.

The Upper Mustang region lies in the northern part of Nepal, bordering Tibet. This hidden gem, often referred to as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom,” was opened to foreign trekkers only in 1992. The region’s unique geography, characterized by its arid desert-like terrain, offers a stark contrast to the lush landscapes found in other parts of Nepal. The striking red cliffs, deep ravines, and towering rock formations create a mesmerizing vista that’s both surreal and enchanting.

One of the highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region. The local inhabitants, known as Lobas, have preserved their unique Tibetan-influenced traditions for centuries. The capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, is a medieval town with narrow alleys, whitewashed houses, and a majestic palace at its center. The Tiji Festival, a three-day ritual celebrated here, is a captivating spectacle that showcases the area’s religious and cultural heritage.

The trek takes you through several ancient monasteries, caves, and religious sites that carry a deep spiritual significance. The Kagbeni monastery, with its centuries-old murals and artifacts, offers a glimpse into the spiritual history of the region. Likewise, the caves of Choser, once inhabited by monks and hermits, exude an air of mysticism that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

The Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate to strenuous trek, suitable for experienced trekkers. Due to its remote nature, proper preparation is essential. Permits are required for this trek, as the region lies in a restricted area. It’s recommended to trek with an agency that can assist with obtaining the necessary permits, arranging accommodation, and providing local guides who are well-versed in the region’s culture and history.

Essential Tips for a Successful Upper Mustang Trek

  • Secure the required permits, including the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and the special Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
  • Choose the best trekking seasons, which are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) for clear skies and moderate temperatures.
  • Gradual acclimatization is crucial due to the altitude. Follow the recommended acclimatization days and ascent guidelines to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Prepare by building your cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Regular exercises, hiking, and strength training will help you tackle the challenging terrain.
  • Invest in quality trekking gear, especially comfortable and sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, and a reliable backpack.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and consume nutritious meals to maintain energy levels during the trek.
  • Embrace the local customs, traditions, and way of life. Be mindful of local beliefs and practices, and always ask for permission before taking photos of people.
  • Only carry essentials. Your backpack should include clothing suitable for changing weather, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, and personal items.
  • Be aware of altitude-related symptoms. Familiarize yourself with signs of altitude sickness and know when to descend or seek medical attention.
  • Hire a local guide with experience in the Upper Mustang region. They can provide insights into the culture, navigate the trails, and assist in emergencies.
  • Obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and helicopter evacuation if needed.
  • Capture the stunning landscapes and cultural experiences, but be respectful when taking photos of people or religious sites.
  • Yield to uphill trekkers, stay on designated paths, and be courteous to fellow trekkers.
  • Rest when needed and listen to your body. Communicate any health concerns with your guide or trekking partner.

Upper Mustang Trek Safety Considerations

  • Ascend gradually to acclimatize to the high altitudes of Upper Mustang. Take sufficient rest days to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Be prepared for extreme weather variations. Pack warm clothing, waterproof layers, and gear suitable for both sunny and chilly conditions.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card.
  • Ensure you are physically fit for trekking in challenging terrain. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training can enhance your stamina.
  • Carry a comprehensive first aid kit and know how to use it. Basic first aid skills can be crucial in case of minor injuries.
  • Whenever possible, trek with a group or at least one partner. We provide mutual support and assistance.
  • Follow the principles of “Leave No Trace.” Dispose of waste responsibly and minimize your ecological impact.
  • Be cautious when crossing rivers, especially during monsoon season when water levels can rise rapidly. Use established bridges or follow local advice.
  • Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures and know the locations of emergency services, including helicopter rescue if required.
  • Ensure you have suitable trekking gear, including comfortable hiking boots, trekking poles, and a durable backpack.
  • Pay attention to the advice of local guides, lodge owners, and residents regarding trail conditions, weather updates, and safety precautions.

Highlights

  • Explore the mysterious and restricted region of Upper Mustang, offering a rare glimpse into a preserved Tibetan-influenced culture.
  • Walk through ancient villages with whitewashed buildings, intricate chortens, and stunning Tibetan architecture.
  • Visit the walled city of Lo Manthang, the former capital of the Mustang Kingdom, with its palace, monasteries, and narrow alleys.
  • Experience the unique desert-like landscapes of Upper Mustang, featuring barren hills, dramatic cliffs, and rock formations.
  • If timing aligns, witness the vibrant Tiji Festival, showcasing traditional masked dances, rituals, and cultural celebrations.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges throughout the trek.
  • Immerse yourself in the Tibetan-influenced culture, interacting with friendly locals and learning about their way of life.
  • Visit ancient monasteries like Chhoser Cave Monastery and Ghar Gompa, where you can witness centuries-old religious practices.
  • Trek through remote and less-trodden paths, providing a sense of isolation and serenity in the midst of breathtaking scenery.
  • Obtain special permits to access this restricted region, adding an element of exclusivity to your trekking experience.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Welcome and Farewell Cultural Dinner.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Depart from Kathmandu either by a short flight or a scenic drive to Pokhara.
  • Explore Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside city.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Take a morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.
  • Begin trekking to Kagbeni.
  • Reach Kagbeni, a charming village.
  • Overnight in Kagbeni.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through the Kali Gandaki River valley.
  • Pass through charming settlements and enjoy the scenic views.
  • Reach Chuksang.
  • Overnight in Chuksang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue trekking, passing through beautiful landscapes.
  • Reach Samar, a picturesque village.
  • Overnight in Samar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Gelling, passing by the Chungsi Gompa (monastery).
  • Enjoy the cultural and natural beauty along the way.
  • Overnight in Gelling.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Tsarang, a historic village.
  • Explore Tsarang's monasteries and cultural sites.
  • Overnight in Tsarang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Lo Manthang, the walled city.
  • Visit Lo Gekar Monastery en route.
  • Arrive in Lo Manthang, the ancient capital of Mustang.
  • Overnight in Lo Manthang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Spend the day exploring Lo Manthang.
  • Visit places like Chhosar, Chonup, Namgyal Monastery, and more.
  • Immerse yourself in the unique culture and architecture.
  • Overnight in Lo Manthang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Dakmar, passing by Ghar Gompa.
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty and cultural sites.
  • Overnight in Dakmar.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Syangbochen, enjoying the landscapes.
  • Pass through villages and enjoy the mountain views.
  • Overnight in Syangbochen.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Chuksang.
  • Retrace your steps through familiar terrain.
  • Overnight in Chuksang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Visit the temple and take in the spiritual atmosphere.
  • Overnight in Muktinath.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Jomsom via Kagbeni.
  • Arrive in Jomsom and relax.
  • Overnight in Jomsom.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a morning flight or drive back to Pokhara. (Flight Cost Extra)
  • Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Pokhara.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Depart from Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight or drive. (Flight Cost Extra)
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and end the journey.

Durations

10 Days

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

Yes, a special permit called the "Restricted Area Permit" is required for the Upper Mustang Trek due to its restricted status. Additionally, you need to obtain the standard Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) as well.

The best time for the Upper Mustang Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures.

While the maximum elevation reached on the trek is not extremely high compared to other treks in Nepal, altitude can still be a challenge. Proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are crucial to avoid altitude-related issues.

Accommodation along the Upper Mustang Trek is basic and relatively simple. Teahouses and guesthouses are the primary lodging options, providing a bed and basic facilities. It's recommended to carry a sleeping bag.

ATM facilities are limited, and it's advisable to carry enough Nepali currency (Nepalese Rupees) for the trek. Some larger towns might have ATM machines, but they may not always be reliable.

As of now, the Upper Mustang region is only accessible through registered trekking agencies. This means you need to hire a licensed guide and obtain the required permits through our agency.

The Tiji Festival is a three-day annual festival celebrated in Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang. It usually falls in May and celebrates the victory of good over evil. The festival features traditional masked dances, rituals, and cultural performances.

The starting point of the Upper Mustang Trek is usually Jomsom. You can take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then another flight or drive to Jomsom. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kathmandu to Jomsom via Pokhara.

Yes, you can extend your trek by combining it with the Annapurna Circuit or the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Additionally, you can explore nearby areas like Muktinath and Kagbeni.

Pack essentials such as comfortable trekking attire, sturdy hiking boots, a good-quality sleeping bag, warm clothing layers, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), a refillable water bottle, basic medical kit, and personal items.

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for the Upper Mustang Trek. Make sure your insurance covers high-altitude trekking and potential medical evacuation.

Tour's Location

Upper Mustang, Nepal, Lo Manthang, Nepal

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Juliya Roy
08/16/2023

Upper Mustang Trek another kingdom of Nepal

The Upper Mustang Trek was a transformative adventure that transported me to a realm of unparalleled beauty and ancient culture. The rugged desert-like landscapes of Upper Mustang, with its dramatic cliffs and unique rock formations, felt like stepping onto another planet. Exploring the ancient villages and experiencing the local way of life immersed me in a rich tapestry of history and traditions. From the walled city of Lo Manthang to the panoramic mountain views, every moment was a treasure. The trek's challenges were rewarded with a deep sense of accomplishment and a newfound appreciation for the region's exclusivity. If you're seeking an extraordinary journey that blends natural marvels and cultural immersion, the Upper Mustang Trek is an absolute must.
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