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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Overview And Highlights

Upper Mustang Trek is a unique and different trekking destination from the rest of the world. If you are looking for colorful landscapes, culture, traditions, people's lifestyles, and history with an exploration of a desert, then Upper Mustang Trek is the best option.

They follow Tibetan Buddhism and speak a similar Tibetan language, Culture, Tradition, and lifestyle everything’s similar to Tibet because, until the 1830s, the walled city of Lo-Manthang used to be part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang.

Mustang was very closely tied by Culture and language to Tibet, from the 15th to the 17th century; it was a trading center between India and Tibet. The Mustang kingdom was annexed by Nepal at the end of the 18th century. In 1795, it became a dependency of Nepal.

From 1930 to 2016 Jingme Dorje Palbar Bista was last king of Mustang. In 1380 Ame Pal established the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang and built much of the Lo and Mustang capital of Lo Manthang, during these six hundred forty-five years, a walled city has been changed little in appearance since that period.

The kingdom of Mustang is located in the Northern part of Annapurna, at an average altitude of 4200 m from the sea level. The Mustang geologically belongs to part of the Tibetan plateau and is known as "The Forbidden Kingdom", The Upper Mustang is a preserved trekking destination in Nepal. That's why every tourist has to get special permits from the Nepal government.

To reach Upper Mustang there are two alternative ways (Option no 1) a 25-minute flight from Pokhara airport and (Option no 2) by road 160 km drive via Beni, which takes 8/9 hours from Pokhara.

Upper Mustang Trek starts from Jomsome, Which is the headquarters of the Mustang district, There is an Army Headquarters as well which protects the border and helps the local community in the Mustang District. Mustang district is famous for its Apple garden, culture, and tradition. There are the Gurung and Thakali communities, who are friendly and helpful,

Mustang is a religious place, where we can visit many secret and ancient pilgrimage sites, which are called Muktinath Temple, Damodar Kunda, Ghar Gomba, Lomanthang, Luri Gomba, etc. and the best place to explore for the archaeologist. That is why the Upper Mustang is popular and different from other trek destinations in the world.

The Upper Mustang Trek continues from Jomsom via Kagbeni to Lo Manthang. The Hidden Kingdom, Lomanthang is the main destination from there we visit many site trips and the Tibetan border. From the Lomanthang there are some alternative ways to return to Jomsom, which is via Ghar Gomba and luri Gompa. During the trek, you may see a stunning mountain view. We hope this Upper Mustang Trek is a memorable trekking experience in Nepal.

Highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek

  •   Upper Mustang is the hidden kingdom of Nepal
  •   More than six hundred years old Buddhist Monastery and Chorten
  •   Local people's lifestyle and their daily activities are influenced by Tibet
  •   Magnificent view of Mt Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and many other snowcapped mountains.
  •  Kaligandaki river Valley, Historical Caves, and suspension bridge
  •   Unique culture and tradition which is rarely seen in the world.
  •   Thakali and Gurung People cooked special Food (Dalbhat) in Mustang.

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

Upper Mustang Trek is a challenging trekking destination in Nepal, Because of its altitude and dry atmosphere. Upper Mustang is like a desert, when you trekking on the trail it will be windy and dusty, but the scenery is worth it.

Upper Mustang Trek is also a difficult trekking destination like other trekking routes in Nepal; the trails challenge you because there are ups and downs to crossing the high passes above the 4200m.

We highly recommend you do daily physical activity like running, hiking, or a bit of extra gym before you come to Nepal! Or before a month work on cardio which helps leg muscles! And it will be strong enough for trekking in Nepal, Trekkers who are mentally strong and healthy person can do the Upper Mustang Trek.

Trekking Permits for Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang lies near the Tibet border and many secret sites of ancient monasteries and caves, which is why it is considered a Restricted Area by the Nepal government.

For Upper Mustang Trek you must obtain trekking permits through the travel agency which you must pay $500 for 10 days of trekking, and if you spend more extra days in restricted areas, must pay $50 extra per day.

When you start the Upper Mustang trek and it passes by Annapurna Conservation, that’s why we must buy Annapurna trekking permits which cost $20. When you arrive in Jomsome, you must check in Annapurna trek permits, then special Trek Permits check-in in Kagbeni and Lomanthang.

Note: that you cannot go alone. A minimum of two trekkers need to apply for Upper Mustang Trek Permits, and only authorized trekking companies can obtain permits.

What is the best season for Upper Mustang Trek?

Generally considered to be spring and autumn sessions are best for Upper Mustang Trek, because these seasons provide you with magnificent mountain scenery in the region and favorable weather for Trekking.

Spring Session (March to May)

This spring session starts in March and ends in May, The lower part of the Mustang will covered by many types of Rhododendron flowers, and booming other vegetation makes a colorful garden. The weather is stable with clear skies, and temperatures making it comfortable, But still, we can feel cold and we must prepare warm clothes for this trek.

Autumn Session (September to November)

Spring and autumn sessions both are the best times for the Upper Mustang Trek, but if you are not able to come to the spring session Another autumn session is excellent, Which is from September to November.

This autumn season is popular for trekkers because the monsoon clears the dust, which provides beautiful views of the colorful landscape. During this session, trekking trails are generally in good condition and there is no risk of snowing and rain. Always we have to check mountain weather conditions and forecasts before starting any trek to anywhere.

Accommodation during the Upper Mustang Trek

Jomsome, Kagbeni, and Muktinath are the towns in Lower Mustang, where you can see many tourists from the Annapurna Circuit Trek. For many years there has been an Airport in Jomseome and a road facility in Kagbeni and Muktinatha.

There are many types of luxurious Hotels and budget guesthouses, which are far better than remote areas teahouses. But generally, trekking agencies provide clean and comfortable guest houses. If you require a luxurious stay then the price will be increased on your package.

After spending the night in Kagbeni, you will go continuously via Chaile, Samar, Ghami, Charang, and Lomanthang. During the trekking through this village, you will find nice and clean guesthouses and teahouses. In the earlier few years in Upper Mustang, they built luxurious hotels and resorts, that had higher costs than Star level hotels. If you like to have a luxurious trek in the Upper Mustang it will be a great idea and experience.

Internet and Wi-Fi facilities during the Upper Mustang Trek

During the Upper Mustang Trekking easily you can use electricity and Internet Facilities. They built some local hydropower which is enough to use in guesthouses and villagers, and of course, you can charge your equipment every day.

Regarding Internet Wi-Fi, Every guest has Internet facilities, but due to the long distance and weather conditions not so good service. Anyway, it is enough to send messages to your family and friends, and you have to pay for Wi-Fi services per hour, per day

How to prevent Altitude Sickness during the Upper Mustang Trek?

Here I am sharing with you some tips from my experience because I used to do adventures and high pass trekking in Nepal. First of all, we must have good health and physical fitness and be mentally strong, we must follow the guide's instructions, like No rush, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated, Eat Healthy food in a good balance, Avoiding alcohol, and cigarettes, and tobacco during the Upper Mustang Trek. Thinking positively can make a successful trek without Altitude sickness.

 

Itinerary Expand All Close All

We will be meeting in the Nepal Unique Treks office to complete the official agreement and introduce the Trek Guide and other staff. Today Our Guide will pick you up from your Hotel.

Then drive to Pokhara through the Prithibi Highway, White water rafting river, and beautiful green hillside. It takes 8/9 hours to reach Pokhara. Check-in at Pokhara Hotel and you are free to stroll around the lakeside and have dinner yourself, If you need assistance our guide will be pleased to assist you, Overnight sleep in Pokhara Lake Side.

Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
810

Early in the morning 10 m drive to the Domestic airport and 30 30-minute flight to Jomsome, during the short mountain flight you will see amazing views of Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt Annapurna, which is more than Eight Thousand meters in height and many other snowcapped mountains. When you arrive in Jomsome, a windy Town and Mt Nilgiri Himal will welcome you.

Our Guide will check in Annapurna Conservation trek permits, then a 4-hour trek to Kagbeni through Kaligandaki valley with a stunning view of Nilgiri Himal. The weather between Pokhara and Jomsome is always unproductive and changeable so sometimes it might be delayed or cancel the flight due to the worst weather, at that time you can use an alternative way by private jeep which takes approximately 10 hours.

In the early evening, the guide will show you around there some monasteries, the local village’s old types of traditional houses where still people survive and happily stay with family, Overnight Stay at Kagbeni Village.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
2858

The trek starts to start from Kagbeni Village, Which is protected by the Nepal government, where we must show and enter special permits. Trek goes through the Valley of Kaligandaki River during the day you will see some Apple gardens, Local villages, and beautiful landscapes.

You will have lunch in Chuksang or before that on the way you will see some teashop. Then cross the Kaligandaki River by suspension bridge, then 40 minutes straight uphill to the Chaile. The first-day trek will impress you with amazing hills and caves and overnight sleep at Chaile Village.

 

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
3050

After breakfast start a trek to Syangbuchen Village, It takes 6/7 hours, you will pass through some trekking pass local villages and Chungsi Cave which is a Buddhist pilgrim's site, It is famous by Guru Padma Sambhab, where he meditation in the 8th century, Every moon night time and special day in a year local people and monk will visit here for worship and pray, That we believe and our wish come true, that's why we came here and explore around by beautiful nature, Overnight sleep in Guest House.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
3475

Syangmoche is a small and beautiful valley, after sunshine, it becomes stunning and has a delicious breakfast, start your day, 10 m uphill from where you can see the outstanding view of old and Buddhist chorten.

After 2 hours you will be on the Jhaite pass which is 3820 m from sea level, from there another 2 hours trek to Ghami village, which is five hundred meters below from that Jhaite pass. In the early evening, we will sightseeing around the village then have dinner in Guesthouse and sleep at Ghami.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
3500

The trek continues to the Ghami River and crosses a suspension bridge, Trek uphill, where you can see Longghest Mani Wal and Chorten. The trek continues to the Charang Village, It takes 4 hours to arrive, one day you will walk around visit the Monastery, spend time with monks participate in evening chanting, and overnight sleep at Charang Village.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
3560

Today’s trekking trail is easy because 70% trail is flats, during the day gorgeous mountain views which is Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Virkuti mountains can be seen. one the way to Upper Mustang we will see the historical Chorten and we must walk into the Chorthen because local people believe that if we walk away through the Chorten evil and negative senses will left there.

After crossing Chorten you will reach the top of LoLa Pass which is 3950 m from the sea level. Absolutely the best view ever from the top, we can see all over Lomanthang Valley, the gorgeous landscape and the Mustang kingdom welcomes you with warm and delicious Tibetan food.

You have already landed in the land of Historical and Buddhist religion, Upper Mustang is a piece of cake in the world. In the early evening Guide will invite you to visit King Palace and the very old Buddhist Monastery, Then spend your time in town, relaxing and having dinner in the Guesthouse.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
3770

Your guide already told you last night before dinner, Hiring Hoarse, and that today we are going to visit Namgyal Monastery which is considered important for the local community, and Tingkhar which is the last village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang.

From there we will go to the Kimaling, Nyamdo, and Jhong villages, we will visit the 10,000 man-made 2500-year-old Jhong cave, which is historical, After that return back to the Guesthouse. Then we enjoy the moment, trek back to the Guesthouse, and relax in the new and interesting atmosphere.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
3770

Today we left a beautiful valley and had Breakfast then our trek to Lo Gekar via Chogo La pass 4230m, Ghar Gompa. It is the Buddhist pilgrim's site for the Buddhist community, this monastery belongs to the Nyingma sect which is the major attraction of Lo Gekar. Today trek provides majestic views of the surroundings there, and then the path takes you to the beautiful village of Dhamkar.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
3860

The trek descends to Ghami. Then retrace via Nya La Pass and then you will trek down to Jhaite, Where you will take a lunch and then straight trek back to Samar Village. Overnight stay in Guesthouse.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
2620

Today our guide will lead you to Chusang from Somar village. We will have lunch in Chuksang then drive back to Jomsom. Your Guide will arrange the flight ticket to Pokhara, and dinner with local staff that help you carry your bags during your valuable journey. Sharing with them your trekking experience respect them make them happy, and say thank you with some tips.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation
Guesthouse
Elevation
2700

A beautiful sunrise welcomes you, for your beautiful day, Then you will board a flight to Pokhara. The 25 m scenic mountain flight to Pokhara, after arriving at Pokhara, Relax in your luxury accommodation and you can explore the beautiful lake.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
810

Early Morning breakfast Hotel, then go to the tourist bus station and start your journey back to Kathmandu. Your Guide will help you to go to your Hotel.

Food
Breakfast
Elevation
1345

What Is Included ?

  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus 8/9 hours
  • 2 Night Hotel in Pokhara includes Breakfast
  • Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara Flight
  • Annapurna Conservation Permits
  • Special Trekking Permits of Upper Mustang
  • Experience English-speaking Trek Guide
  • 1 Local Porter Carry 2 Clients Bags Maximum 10 Kg each
  • Guide Porter Trekking Insurance which is risk cover
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and a Cup of Tea, Coffee
  •  Sleeping Bags and Duffel Bags return after the trek
  • Any official documents and government Tax/VAT

What Is Excluded?

  • International Flight
  • Visa fee in Nepal Airport
  • Mobile SIM card and Internet Data
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance, and gifts
  • Extra night Accommodation in Pokhara and in the Mountain
  • Extra Bar Bills for Can Juice, Alcohol
  • Personal Trekking Gear
  • Minimum Tips for Guide $200, Minimum Tips for Porter $100
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Trip Facts

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Accommodation:

Hotel. Lodge .Tea House

Height:

3850 m

Grade:

Moderate

Duration:

14 Days

Activity:

Trekking and Culture Tour

Transportation:

Flight. Privet Car

Treks Type:

Tea House

Best Season:

Spring, Autumn and Summer
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