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Upper Mustang Trek - 15 Days

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  • Restricted Area Trek , Nepal
  • 15 Days
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • 3810m
Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

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Trip At Glance

Duration

15

Max Altitude

3845

Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Type

Hotel Lodge

Transportation

Private Car flight. Jeeps

Accomodation

Hotel Lodge

Overview And Highlights

Upper Mustang trekking in Nepal offers a unique adventure through a once-forbidden kingdom, blending cultural richness with stunning natural beauty. This remote region, nestled in the Himalayas, boasts an arid landscape with dramatic cliffs, deep canyons, and colorful rock formations. The journey takes trekkers through ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and caves that reveal centuries-old secrets. Starting from Jomsom, the trek follows the Kali Gandaki River, passing through traditional villages like Kagbeni and Lo Manthang, the ancient walled capital of Mustang.

The trek provides breathtaking views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri peaks. Restricted until the early 1990s, Upper Mustang retains a distinct Tibetan culture, with the Tiji Festival offering a glimpse into its vibrant traditions. This trek, accessible with a special permit, is ideal for those seeking a blend of adventure, cultural immersion, and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the ancient lands of Upper Mustang in Nepal with our guided trek. Discover the hidden treasures of the 'Forbidden Kingdom,' where vibrant Tibetan culture, stunning landscapes, and centuries-old monasteries await. Obtain your special permit, lace up your boots, and immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of the Upper Mustang trek.

The Upper Mustang Trek offers a mesmerizing journey through the remote and mystical region of Upper Mustang, located in the Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal. Here's an overview of this extraordinary trek:

Location: Upper Mustang is situated in the northern part of Nepal, bordering Tibet. It lies in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, resulting in a stark, arid landscape reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau.

Duration: The Upper Mustang Trek typically takes around 10 to 14 days to complete, depending on the starting and ending points, as well as the specific itinerary chosen by trekkers.

Ancient Kingdom of Lo: Trekking through Upper Mustang allows you to explore the ancient Kingdom of Lo, which was once a separate kingdom with its own king. The region has retained its cultural and architectural heritage, offering insights into its rich history.

Landscape and Terrain: Upper Mustang is known for its stark and rugged landscape, characterized by barren cliffs, deep gorges, and unique rock formations. The trek takes you through dramatic terrain with views of towering peaks and vast valleys.

Tibetan Culture and Traditions: Upper Mustang is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, and trekking through the region offers opportunities to immerse yourself in its unique traditions. You'll encounter Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, chortens (stupas), prayer wheels, and vibrant festivals.

Lo Manthang: The walled capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, is a major highlight of the trek. This ancient town is home to the royal palace, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses. Exploring the narrow alleyways and ancient architecture of Lo Manthang is a memorable experience.

Cave Monasteries: Upper Mustang is dotted with numerous cave monasteries carved into the cliffsides. These ancient monasteries, such as the Luri Gompa and Ghar Gompa, are significant religious sites and offer insights into the region's spiritual heritage.

Scenic Beauty: Despite its arid landscape, Upper Mustang boasts stunning natural beauty. You'll trek through picturesque villages, past lush oases, and alongside the Kali Gandaki River. The contrast between the barren terrain and vibrant greenery is striking.

Restricted Area: Upper Mustang was opened to foreigners for trekking only in 1992, and it still requires a special trekking permit. As a result, the region remains relatively untouched by tourism, offering a sense of seclusion and authenticity.

Unique Mustangi Architecture: The traditional architecture of Upper Mustang is distinct, with whitewashed buildings adorned with colorful woodwork and intricate designs. The ancient villages and monasteries showcase this unique architectural style.

Tiji Festival: If your trek coincides with the Tiji Festival, you'll have the opportunity to witness this vibrant celebration. The Tiji Festival is a three-day event featuring masked dances, rituals, and ceremonies performed by monks to ward off evil spirits.

Hospitality of the Locals: The people of Upper Mustang, known as Mustangis, are known for their warm hospitality and friendliness towards visitors. Interacting with locals, learning about their way of life, and sharing meals with them adds depth to the trekking experience.

Tibetan Buddhist Culture: Upper Mustang is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture, and trekking through the region offers opportunities to visit numerous monasteries, chortens (stupas), and prayer flags. The region is known for its vibrant festivals and religious ceremonies.

Unique Landscape: The landscape of Upper Mustang is characterized by barren cliffs, deep gorges, and unique rock formations. Trekking through this dramatic terrain provides stunning views of towering peaks and vast valleys.

Cave Monasteries: Upper Mustang is home to numerous cave monasteries carved into the cliffsides. These ancient monasteries, such as the Luri Gompa and Ghar Gompa, are significant religious sites and offer insights into the region's spiritual heritage.

Hospitality of the Locals: The people of Upper Mustang, known as Mustangis, are known for their warm hospitality and friendliness towards visitors. Interacting with locals, learning about their way of life, and sharing meals with them adds depth to the trekking experience.

Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake the Upper Mustang Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable with clear skies and moderate temperatures.

The Upper Mustang trek offers a captivating journey through rugged landscapes, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and unique cultural encounters. With its breathtaking scenery and rich cultural heritage, it provides a truly unforgettable adventure for those seeking a blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue in the heart of the Himalayas.

American newyourk times mention Upper mustang in Nepal is one of the most visited trekking route in Nepal in 2024!

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will invite to visit our office for briefing about the each day program and spare time for Mustang trek shopping.

Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
913

Early in the morning after having breakfast make ready your Mustang Trek permits and scenic flight to Pokhara and transfer you’re Hotel, have lunch and explore the paradise city Pokhara. If time permits boating in Phewa lake and visit Barahi temple situated in Center of Phewa Lake, also side trip around lakeside.

 Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2810

Morning breakfast in Pokhara and transfer to Airport for Jomsom flying you are nuts and want to ride there from Pokhara, an increasingly popular uphill the journey begins with gentle 3.5 hour ride the Buddhist village of kagbeni, border of Mustang trekking trail and overnight here at lodge.

Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3795

After morning breakfast the trail goes mostly uphill ride along the 4x4 Jeep track to Muktinath, taking things slowly to get acclimatized to the altitude, while allowing you to taking stunning mountains views.finnaly arrive in Muktinath and overnight here at lodge.Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,795 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.

  Trek from Muktinath to Chele

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3050

Early in the morning quick journey around Muktinath village to visit Buddhist and Hindu Temple in same place and get back to lodge have breakfast. The trail slightly takes you into the restricted region of Upper mustang, starting with the uphill climb to Gyu La (4077m). The walking trail involves carrying your bikes at time but you are rewarded with 1000m descend along a single track. The final stage is slightly climbed and River crossing to reaches Chele, where you spend a night at Lodge.

Trek from Chele to Syangboche

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Morning breakfast in Chele trail leads you today is shorter day but no less taxing as you head up into the hills taking on less than four passes, all exceeding 3600m and you are following  4x4 Jeep  and single track, with the mix of steep uphill and downhill and once again you will lug your bike uphill at times. Stop for night below Syangboche Che La (3800m) on the Syangboche River.

Trek from Syangboche to Tsrang/Charang

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3560

After morning breakfast begins your journey with more uphill climbing once you have cleared Syangboche La and Nyi La (4010m), rest assured the reminder of the day has mostly flat tracks. It also provide you some of the best scenery will provide you on the trip, with magnificent views of the Himalaya, valley and bright- yellow mustarded fields. Overnight at Charang, this is 400 years old Gulpa sect Monastery.

 Trek from Tsrang to Lo Manthang

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3810

After morning breakfast in Tsrang take you into the crowning Jewel of the journey, the walled kingdom city of Lo Manthang. You will catch your first glimpse of it as you cross the ‘windy passes’ of Lo La (3950m) today is bit of uphill climb but riding is mostly easy 4x4 Jeep Tracks, with 25km total riding distance. You will arrive in Lo Manthang in Lunch time and take well earned break. Overnight at lodge.

 Rest day or Explore day in Lo Manthang.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge

After morning breakfast taking in the atmosphere of this amazing medieval kingdom. An option for your rest day is a sidetrip uphill to Gharphu following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghom Cave and still possible to see many colorful monasteries,Chorten around Lo Manthang village,which is hundred of years age old Buddhist and Tibetan things.

 Trek from Lo Manthang to Ghami

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3765

After giving your leg day off in Lo Manthang it’s time to leave Lo Manthang, starting with challenging Climb uphill over Pangga (Samduling) at 4090m, 75% readable single tracks. From here it’s thrilling downhill road to Dhakmar, with dramatic landscapes, head on to Ghami for the night; it’s your last stop in Upper Mustang.

  Trek Ghami to Samar

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3660

Quick breakfast in Ghami heading back on same trail  the single track uphill climb followed by a downhill to Syangboche. Today spending night here in Samar. In 2005 Samar village asked for our support in the village and has made it their goal to renovate and extend the old, run-down Samar monastery. Meanwhile, local workers and  There is still need for a painter who is proficient in the art of traditional Buddhist wall painting and a statue builder who can professionally restore the hundreds of year’s old clay Buddha.

Trek from Samar to Chhusang

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2980

After morning breakfasts in Samar the trail takes you over Daroji La (3735) and Takma La (3624) passing sky burials en route and continues the trail to lead you to spending night here in village of Chusang.Tshuksang sits on a fertile piece of land stretching wide into the riverbed. It actually consists of the three villages Thsuk, Tshuksang and Tshomnang, and even tough just a few hundred meters apart they have different names.

Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom Via Kagbeni

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2820

Quick breakfast in Chhusang  and from here trail  head back into the Annapurna region, a steady ride along the river taking back to kagbeni and continue kali Gandaki valley to Jomsom for following day early morning first flight  from Jomsom to  Kathmandu Via Pokhara. Celebrate your upper mustang journey with your adventure Nepali friend.

  Flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1350

After morning breakfast transfer to Jomsom Airport and fly to Pokhara and than from same airport to connected flight to Kathmandu and transfer your hotel. Evening celebrate your farewell dinner

Departure for your onwards flight.

Food
Breakfast

Departure for your onwards flight.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car
  • Two night 3* Category Hotel in Kathmandu  on Bed n Breakfast
  • Three  meals a (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations during the trek.(Toilet will be outside from your room)
  • One night 3* category Hotel in pokhara  on Bed n breakfast
  • All necessary paper works Annapurna Conservation park permit
  •  Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • Upper Mustang  special Trekking permit.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  •  Flight from Pokhara- Jomsom-  Pokhara/Kathmandu round trips flight
  • A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly,well English speaking  trained, government license holder guide his salary, food, drinks transport and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and office expenses
  • Assistant guide group size of more than 8 people in a group
  • Domestic Airport Tax
  • Company certificate after the successful trek

What Is Excluded?

 

  • Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara
  • Tea/coffee/Bottles/drinks/ Sweet things
  • Hot shower/Camera battery charge during the Trek
  • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, government  strikes, and physical condition

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FAQs

Yes, you can obtain a Nepal visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at certain land border crossings if you are arriving by land. This visa allows you to stay in Nepal for tourism purposes, including trekking in Upper Mustang.

However, please note that the visa on arrival is not available for all nationalities, so it's essential to check the visa requirements for your specific nationality before traveling to Nepal. Additionally, the duration and cost of the visa may vary depending on your nationality.

Once you arrive in Nepal, you can apply for the visa on arrival by filling out a visa application form, providing a passport-sized photo, and paying the applicable visa fee in USD or other major currencies. The visa fees are typically payable in cash, so make sure to have the correct amount with you.

It's also important to note that the visa on arrival is typically issued for 15, 30, or 90 days, depending on your intended length of stay and the fee paid. If you plan to trek in Upper Mustang for an extended period, you may need to apply for a longer-duration visa or extend your visa while in Nepal.

As visa regulations and requirements can change, it's advisable to check the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal or consult with the nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements for your nationality.

The Upper Mustang trek is a fascinating journey through the remote region of Upper Mustang in Nepal, also known as the "Forbidden Kingdom." It offers a unique blend of stunning landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and traditional villages.
 

 

The duration of the Upper Mustang trek typically ranges from 10 to 14 days, depending on various factors such as the specific trekking route, your starting and ending points, and your preferred pace. Here's a general outline of the typical duration for the Upper Mustang trek:

Jomsom to Lo Manthang and back (Shorter Route):
This shorter route usually takes around 10 days to complete.
The trek starts from Jomsom, a popular trekking hub in the Annapurna region, and follows the Kali Gandaki River valley northward to Lo Manthang.
After exploring Lo Manthang and its surroundings, trekkers return via the same route to Jomsom.
Pokhara to Lo Manthang and back (Longer Route):
This longer route typically takes around 14 days to complete.
The trek starts from Pokhara, a major city in Nepal, and involves additional days of trekking to reach Jomsom before continuing on to Lo Manthang.
This route offers a more extended trekking experience with additional opportunities to explore the diverse landscapes and cultural attractions along the way.
The duration of the trek can also be customized based on your preferences, fitness level, and available time. Some trekkers may choose to extend their trek by exploring side trails, visiting monasteries, or taking rest days to acclimatize to the high altitude.

It's essential to plan your Upper Mustang trek carefully, considering factors such as acclimatization, permit regulations, and weather conditions, to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Additionally, hiring a licensed guide can help you navigate the trekking route and make the most of your time in this fascinating region of Nepal.

 

The best time to travel to Nepal for the Upper Mustang trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather conditions and stunning landscapes, making for an enjoyable trekking experience. Here's why each season is ideal:

Spring (March to May):
Spring in Nepal brings mild temperatures, clear skies, and blooming rhododendrons, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. The weather is generally stable, with minimal rainfall and excellent visibility, making it ideal for trekking and enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayas. Wildlife is abundant during this season, and you may spot various bird species and wildlife along the trekking route.

Autumn (September to November):
Autumn is the peak trekking season in Nepal, attracting a large number of trekkers from around the world.The weather is cool and dry, with clear skies and spectacular mountain views. The days are sunny, and the nights are crisp, creating comfortable trekking conditions.The autumn months offer stable weather patterns, making it an ideal time for trekking in Upper Mustang and exploring the region's cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Both spring and autumn seasons provide excellent trekking conditions, but your choice may depend on personal preferences, such as the scenery you wish to experience or your schedule flexibility. It's essential to consider factors such as weather, crowds, and permit availability when planning your Upper Mustang trek to ensure a memorable and enjoyable adventure.

The Upper Mustang Trek is popular for several reasons, which combine cultural, historical, and natural attractions:

Unique Cultural Experience: Upper Mustang, often referred to as the "Last Forbidden Kingdom," was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992, which has helped preserve its unique culture and traditions. The region has a strong Tibetan influence, and visitors can experience the lifestyle, customs, and traditions that are reminiscent of old Tibet. The walled city of Lo Manthang, with its ancient monasteries, palaces, and local festivals, is a cultural highlight.

Stunning Landscapes: The trek offers dramatic and varied landscapes, from the stark and barren desert-like terrain to deep gorges and colorful rock formations. The region lies in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, resulting in a unique desert-like topography that contrasts with the lush greenery found in other parts of Nepal.

Historical Significance: Upper Mustang has a rich history, being part of the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The region is dotted with ancient cave dwellings, monasteries, and palaces that date back centuries, providing a glimpse into a long-forgotten era.

Restricted and Preserved Area: Because Upper Mustang was off-limits to outsiders for a long time, it has retained much of its authenticity and has not been significantly impacted by modern development or mass tourism. This restriction has helped in preserving its unique culture and environment.

Adventure and Exploration: The trek itself is an adventure, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience for trekkers. The rugged trails, high passes, and remote villages provide a sense of exploration and discovery that is appealing to many adventure seekers.

Spectacular Views: Trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. The contrast of the snow-capped peaks against the arid Mustang landscape is particularly striking.

Rich Flora and Fauna: Despite its barren appearance, Upper Mustang hosts a variety of flora and fauna. Trekkers might encounter rare plants and wildlife, adding an element of natural wonder to the trek.

Spiritual and Religious Sites: The region is home to several important Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and chortens. These sites not only offer spiritual solace but also are architecturally and artistically significant, attracting those interested in Buddhist culture and history.

The Upper Mustang Trek is popular for its combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, historical significance, and the sense of adventure and exclusivity it provides.

Essential items to pack include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a good quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a first aid kit. It's also advisable to carry some snacks and water purification tablets.

 

The best time to trek in Upper Mustang is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear and stable, offering excellent visibility and comfortable temperatures.
 

 

Yes, trekking in Upper Mustang requires a special permit issued by the Nepalese government. The region is restricted, and the permit is necessary to preserve its unique culture and environment.

The permit system aims to regulate tourism and protect the fragile ecosystem and cultural heritage of Upper Mustang. Make sure to obtain the permit through a registered trekking agency or directly from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu before starting your trek.


 

The Upper Mustang trek is considered moderately challenging. While it doesn't involve technical climbing, it does present some obstacles that can make it physically demanding for some trekkers. Here are a few factors to consider regarding the difficulty of the Upper Mustang trek:

Altitude: The trek involves reaching altitudes of over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet), with some parts reaching even higher. Altitude sickness can be a concern for some trekkers, so it's essential to acclimatize properly and be aware of the symptoms.
Terrain: The terrain in Upper Mustang includes rocky paths, steep ascents, and descents, as well as narrow trails in some sections. This can make the trek physically demanding, especially for those not accustomed to hiking in such conditions.

Weather: Weather conditions in the region can be unpredictable, with cold temperatures, strong winds, and occasional snowfall, particularly during the winter months. Trekkers should be prepared for changing weather conditions and dress accordingly.

Isolation: Upper Mustang is a remote and sparsely populated region, with limited facilities along the trekking route. Trekkers should be prepared for basic accommodations and services, as well as the lack of easy access to medical assistance in case of emergencies.

Overall, while the Upper Mustang trek is challenging, it is achievable for most trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness and preparation. It's essential to pace yourself, stay hydrated, and listen to your body while trekking in this beautiful but demanding landscape. Additionally, hiring an experienced guide can enhance safety and enjoyment during the trek.

The maximum altitude reached during the Upper Mustang trek is typically around 3,840 meters (12,600 feet) in the Lo Manthang Valley.

This is the highest point along the trekking route, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the unique landscape of Upper Mustang. Proper acclimatization is essential to prevent altitude sickness when trekking at such altitudes, so it's essential to take your time and allow your body to adjust as you ascend.


 

Accommodation along the trekking route consists mainly of basic tea houses or guesthouses. These establishments offer simple but comfortable lodging and meals, typically including local Nepalese cuisine.
 

Adventure Nepal Eco Treks is a reputable trekking company in Nepal, known for its commitment to safety and quality service. However, solo trekking, especially for women, comes with certain considerations regardless of the trekking company chosen. Here are some factors to consider regarding solo women trekking with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks:

Safety Record: Research the safety record of Adventure Nepal Eco Treks and read reviews from previous clients, especially solo female trekkers, to gauge their experiences and safety measures taken by the company. Local Guides and Porters: Adventure Nepal Eco Treks typically provides experienced local guides and porters who are familiar with the trekking routes and terrain. Having a knowledgeable guide can enhance safety and navigation, especially in remote areas.

Communication and Support: Ensure that Adventure Nepal Eco Treks offers reliable communication and support systems during the trek, including emergency evacuation procedures and access to medical assistance if needed. Group or Solo Trekking: Consider whether you prefer to trek solo or as part of a group. Solo trekking can offer flexibility and solitude but may require additional precautions, especially for women. Adventure Nepal Eco Treks may offer both options, so choose based on your comfort level and experience.

Pre-Trip Preparation: Before embarking on your trek, communicate your concerns and preferences to Adventure Nepal Eco Treks, including any special accommodations or safety measures you require as a solo female trekker.
Personal Safety Measures: Regardless of the trekking company chosen, solo female trekkers should take personal safety measures such as informing someone of their itinerary, avoiding trekking alone in remote areas, and trusting their instincts regarding safety.

Overall, Adventure Nepal Eco Treks is likely to prioritize the safety and well-being of all trekkers, including solo women. However, it's essential to conduct thorough research, communicate your concerns, and take personal safety precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Yes, the Upper Mustang region is renowned for its rich Tibetan culture and ancient monasteries. Highlights include the walled city of Lo Manthang, with its unique architecture and vibrant festivals, as well as centuries-old monasteries like Thubchen Gompa and Choser Cave Monastery.
 

 

100% No possible to trek in Upper Mustang without a guide, it's highly recommended to hire a licensed guide for several reasons:

Navigation: The trails in Upper Mustang can be challenging to navigate, especially for those unfamiliar with the area. A guide will ensure you stay on the correct path and avoid getting lost.

Cultural Insights: Upper Mustang is rich in Tibetan culture and heritage. A knowledgeable guide can provide valuable insights into the local customs, traditions, and history, enriching your trekking experience.

Safety: A guide is trained in first aid and can provide assistance in case of emergencies, such as altitude sickness or injuries. They are also familiar with the risks associated with high-altitude trekking and can help you acclimatize properly.
Permit Regulations: Trekking in Upper Mustang requires a special permit from the Nepalese government. A guide can help you obtain the necessary permits and ensure you comply with all regulations.

Logistics: A guide can take care of logistical details such as arranging accommodations, meals, and transportation, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek without worrying about the practicalities.

In the event of an emergency during the Upper Mustang trek, several measures can be taken to ensure prompt assistance and support:

Guide Assistance: If you're trekking with a licensed guide from a reputable trekking company, they will be trained in first aid and emergency response procedures. They can provide immediate assistance and assess the situation to determine the appropriate course of action.

Communication: Many trekking routes in Nepal, including Upper Mustang, have mobile phone coverage to some extent. If possible, your guide or fellow trekkers can use a mobile phone to call for help or communicate with the trekking company's base in case of emergencies.

Emergency Evacuation: In serious medical emergencies, such as altitude sickness, injuries, or severe illness, emergency evacuation may be necessary. Depending on the severity of the situation and accessibility of the area, evacuation can be done via helicopter or by arranging for assistance from the nearest village or town.
Travel Insurance: It's essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities, including emergency medical evacuation and treatment. Make sure to carry your insurance policy details and emergency contact information with you at all times.

Local Support: In remote areas like Upper Mustang, local villagers or herders may also offer assistance in emergencies. They can provide shelter, basic first aid, and help arrange for further assistance if needed.

Precautionary Measures: To minimize the risk of emergencies, it's crucial to trek responsibly, stay hydrated, acclimatize properly to high altitudes, and adhere to safety guidelines provided by your guide or trekking company.

Overall, while trekking in remote regions like Upper Mustang comes with inherent risks, being prepared, having a knowledgeable guide, and having access to communication and emergency services can help mitigate these risks and ensure a safer trekking experience.

20/30% Deposit: Many trekking companies require a deposit at the time of booking to secure your reservation. This deposit amount can vary but is typically a percentage of the total trekking cost.

Final Payment: The remaining balance is usually due before the start of the trek, either upon arrival in Nepal or a certain number of days before the trek begins. This final payment ensures that all costs, including permits, accommodations, and guide fees, are covered.

Payment Methods: Trekking companies may accept various payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, PayPal, or cash. It's essential to clarify accepted payment methods with the trekking company in advance.

Cancellation Policy: Understand the trekking company's cancellation policy, including any fees or penalties for cancellations made within a certain timeframe. This information can help you make informed decisions and plan accordingly.
Additional Costs: Be aware of any additional costs not included in the trekking package, such as meals in Kathmandu or Pokhara, extra nights' accommodation, optional activities, or tips for guides and porters.

It's essential to review and understand the payment terms and cancellation policies provided by the trekking company before booking your trek. Clear communication and transparency regarding payment expectations can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.

 

Packaging and Weight: Choose lightweight, non-perishable food items that are easy to pack and carry in your backpack. Opt for items with minimal packaging to reduce waste and save space.

Nutritional Value: Select foods that provide sustained energy and nutrition for trekking, such as nuts, dried fruits, energy bars, granola, and trail mix. Consider including items high in carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to fuel your trek.
Special Dietary Needs:

If you have specific dietary needs or restrictions, bringing food from home can ensure you have suitable options available during the trek. This is especially important if you have food allergies, intolerances, or follow a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free diet.

Communication options while trekking in Upper Mustang can be limited due to the remote and rugged terrain. However, here are some common communication methods available:

Mobile Phone Coverage: Some parts of the Upper Mustang trekking route may have mobile phone coverage, especially in larger villages or towns. However, the coverage can be sporadic and unreliable, so don't rely solely on your mobile phone for communication.

Satellite Phones: Trekking companies or guides may carry satellite phones for emergency communication. Satellite phones work in areas without cellular coverage by connecting directly to satellites in orbit, providing a reliable means of communication in remote locations.

Radio Communication: Guides and trekking staff often use two-way radios to communicate with each other and with support teams in case of emergencies or logistical needs. These radios can transmit messages over long distances, even in rugged terrain.

Emergency Beacons: Some trekkers carry personal locator beacons (PLBs) or satellite messengers for emergency communication. These devices allow you to send distress signals and your GPS coordinates to emergency responders in case of an emergency.

Local Assistance: In villages along the trekking route, you may find communication facilities such as public phones or internet cafes, although these services may be limited and unreliable. Locals may also offer assistance in relaying messages or providing information about nearby communication options.

It's essential to communicate your communication needs and emergency contact information with your trekking guide or company before starting the trek. They can advise you on the best communication options available and provide guidance on how to stay connected while trekking in Upper Mustang. Additionally, carry backup communication devices and be prepared for the possibility of limited or no communication in some areas.
 

 

common practice for reputable trekking companies like Adventure Nepal Eco Treks to provide insurance coverage for their staff, including guides, porters, and other trekking crew members. This insurance typically includes coverage for medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and accidents that may occur during the trekking expeditions.

However, policies can vary between trekking companies, so it's essential to confirm with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks directly regarding the insurance coverage provided to their staff. You can inquire about the specifics of their insurance policies, including coverage limits, types of incidents covered, and any additional insurance provisions.

Ensuring that trekking staff are adequately insured is not only important for their well-being but also for the peace of mind of trekkers, knowing that there are provisions in place to address any unforeseen emergencies or accidents that may occur during the trek.
 

The Upper Mustang Trek is generally rated as a moderate trek. It doesn't involve crossing high passes, with the highest altitude being around 3,840 meters in Lo Manthang. Trekkers typically walk 6-9 hours per day over varied terrain, which can be challenging but manageable for those with reasonable fitness levels​

Yes, trekkers are required to have a guide and need special permits to enter the restricted Upper Mustang area. The necessary permits include the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit, which costs USD 500 for 10 days, and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). Trekking independently is not allowed; you must be part of an organized trek with a licensed guide​

The best time to trek Upper Mustang is during the monsoon (June to August) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The region lies in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, so it experiences minimal rainfall even during the monsoon. The autumn season offers clear skies and pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for trekking.

The trek usually takes about 10-15 days. A common itinerary starts from Jomsom, includes visits to Kagbeni, Chele, Syanboche, Ghami, Tsarang, and the walled city of Lo Manthang, before returning via Yara and Muktinath. Each day's hike ranges from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the specific segment of the trail​.

Key attractions include the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the royal palace, numerous monasteries, and sky caves with historical significance. The landscape itself, reminiscent of the Grand Canyon with Himalayan views, and the unique Tibetan-influenced culture are also major highlights​

Yes, if you prefer not to fly, you can take a bus or jeep from Pokhara to Jomsom. However, the road can be quite rough and is not recommended during the monsoon season due to safety concerns. Alternatively, you can combine the Upper Mustang Trek with parts of the Annapurna Circuit to avoid the flight​

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The Upper Mustang trek is famous for several reasons, making it a highly sought-after destination for trekkers and travelers from around the world. Here are some of the key reasons why Upper Mustang trekking is renowned:

Cultural Immersion: Upper Mustang is often referred to as the "Forbidden Kingdom" of Nepal due to its isolation and preservation of traditional Tibetan culture. The region is home to ancient Buddhist monasteries, centuries-old caves, and intricately carved mani walls, offering a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in Tibetan-influenced culture and customs.

Scenic Beauty: The landscape of Upper Mustang is breathtakingly beautiful, characterized by dramatic barren hills, deep gorges, and rugged terrain. Trekkers are treated to stunning vistas of the Himalayan mountains, including Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri, as well as picturesque villages and valleys dotted with colorful prayer flags.

Historical Significance: Upper Mustang has a rich history dating back to ancient times, with evidence of human habitation and cultural exchange spanning thousands of years. The region was once an important trade route between Nepal and Tibet, and its historical significance is reflected in the numerous ancient forts, palaces, and monasteries that dot the landscape.

Remote and Off-the-Beaten-Path: Compared to other popular trekking destinations in Nepal, such as the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, Upper Mustang remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. The region's remote location and restricted access contribute to its off-the-beaten-path appeal, attracting

adventurous trekkers seeking a more authentic and immersive trekking experience.
Special Permit Requirement: Trekking in Upper Mustang requires a special permit issued by the Nepalese government, adding an element of exclusivity and adventure to the experience. The permit system aims to regulate tourism and preserve the unique culture and environment of the region, making the Upper Mustang trek all the more coveted among trekkers.

Overall, the Upper Mustang trek offers a perfect blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and historical intrigue, making it a bucket-list destination for trekkers looking to explore the hidden gems of Nepal's Himalayan region.

Mustang, a district in the northwestern part of Nepal, is popular for several reasons:

Upper Mustang Region: The Upper Mustang region, also known as the "Forbidden Kingdom," is the most famous area within Mustang. It's renowned for its rugged terrain, stunning landscapes, and preserved Tibetan culture. The region was once an independent kingdom and has retained its distinct cultural identity, with ancient monasteries, caves, and traditional villages.

Trekking: Mustang offers some of the most iconic trekking routes in Nepal, attracting adventurers from around the world. The Upper Mustang trek is particularly popular, offering trekkers the opportunity to explore remote villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking Himalayan scenery.

Cultural Heritage: Mustang boasts a rich cultural heritage, with a blend of Tibetan, Buddhist, and Nepali influences. Visitors can explore centuries-old monasteries, such as Lo Manthang's Thubchen Gompa and Jampa Lhakhang, as well as ancient caves adorned with intricate Buddhist murals and carvings.

Natural Beauty: The landscape of Mustang is diverse and stunning, ranging from barren desert-like terrain to lush valleys and snow-capped peaks. The region is home to unique geological formations, deep gorges, and the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge.

Historical Sites: Mustang is dotted with historical sites and archaeological treasures dating back to ancient times. These include the ruins of ancient forts and palaces, such as the King's Palace in Lo Manthang, as well as prehistoric cave dwellings and rock paintings.

Cultural Festivals: Mustang celebrates a variety of cultural festivals throughout the year, offering visitors the opportunity to witness traditional dances, music performances, and religious rituals.

The Tiji Festival, held annually in Lo Manthang, is one of the most famous festivals in the region, attracting both locals and tourists.

People visit Mustang for a variety of reasons, drawn to its unique blend of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. Here are some of the main reasons why people visit Mustang:

Cultural Exploration: Mustang offers a fascinating glimpse into traditional Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Visitors can explore ancient monasteries, observe religious rituals, and interact with local communities to learn about their customs and way of life.

Trekking Adventures: Mustang is renowned for its trekking routes, particularly the Upper Mustang trek. Trekkers are attracted to the region's rugged landscapes, stunning mountain vistas, and remote villages, offering a sense of adventure and exploration.

Historical Sites: Mustang boasts a rich history dating back to ancient times. Visitors can explore historical sites such as ancient forts, palaces, and cave dwellings, gaining insights into the region's past as an important trade route between Nepal and Tibet.

Natural Beauty: The landscape of Mustang is diverse and spectacular, featuring barren deserts, lush valleys, deep gorges, and snow-capped peaks. Nature enthusiasts are drawn to the region's stunning scenery and unique geological formations.

Cultural Festivals: Mustang celebrates a variety of cultural festivals throughout the year, offering visitors the opportunity to witness traditional dances, music performances, and religious ceremonies. Festivals such as the Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang are major attractions for both locals and tourists.

Photography Opportunities: The picturesque scenery of Mustang provides ample opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture stunning landscapes, vibrant cultural traditions, and timeless moments of daily life.

Adventure and Solitude: For many travelers, Mustang offers a sense of adventure and solitude away from the crowds of more popular tourist destinations. The region's remote location and restricted access contribute to its off-the-beaten-path appeal.

Whether the Upper Mustang Trek is worth it depends on your interests, preferences, and what you seek from your travel experiences. Here are some factors to consider when determining if the Upper Mustang Trek is worth it for you:

Unique Cultural Experience: The Upper Mustang region offers a unique cultural experience, with its preserved Tibetan culture, ancient monasteries, and traditional villages. If you're interested in immersing yourself in a distinct cultural setting and exploring remote Himalayan communities, the trek can be highly rewarding.

Stunning Landscapes: The landscape of Upper Mustang is breathtaking, with rugged terrain, deep gorges, and snow-capped peaks contrasting with barren desert-like valleys.

If you're drawn to scenic beauty and enjoy trekking through diverse landscapes, you'll likely find the trek worth it for the stunning views alone. Historical and Archaeological Sites: Upper Mustang is rich in historical and archaeological sites, including ancient forts, palaces, and cave dwellings. If you're intrigued by history and enjoy exploring ancient civilizations, you'll find plenty of fascinating sites along the trekking route.

Adventure and Exploration: The Upper Mustang Trek offers a sense of adventure and exploration, with its remote location and off-the-beaten-path appeal. If you enjoy trekking in remote wilderness areas and seeking out unique travel experiences, the trek can be a rewarding adventure.

Challenges and Rewards: Trekking in Upper Mustang comes with its challenges, including high altitude, rugged terrain, and limited facilities. However, overcoming these challenges can lead to a sense of accomplishment and provide unforgettable memories.

Ultimately, whether the Upper Mustang Trek is worth it for you depends on your personal interests, fitness level, and willingness to embrace the adventure and cultural immersion it offers. If you're seeking a trekking experience that combines cultural discovery, natural beauty, and adventure in a remote and fascinating region of Nepal, the Upper Mustang Trek is likely to be worth it for you.

The Mustang Trek in Nepal during June, July, and August experiences distinct weather patterns due to the region's unique geography. Here's a detailed overview of what to expect during these months:

June

Weather Conditions: June marks the beginning of the summer and monsoon season in Nepal. However, Upper Mustang lies in the rain-shadow area of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, which means it receives very little rainfall compared to other parts of the country.
Temperature: Daytime temperatures in Upper Mustang range from 13°C to 20°C, while nighttime temperatures can drop to between -3°C and 0°C 

Conditions: The weather is generally dry and moderate, making it a suitable time for trekking. The trails are less crowded, and the region remains relatively unaffected by the monsoon rains.

July

Weather Conditions: July continues the monsoon season, but Upper Mustang remains largely dry due to its location. The lower Mustang areas might experience some rainfall, but it is minimal.
Temperature: Similar to June, daytime temperatures range from 13°C to 20°C, and nighttime temperatures can drop to between -3°C and 0°C

Conditions: The weather is stable, with dry and moderate conditions in Upper Mustang. Trekkers can enjoy clear views and a unique trekking experience without the heavy rains affecting other regions.

August

Weather Conditions: August is part of the peak monsoon season in Nepal, but Upper Mustang continues to benefit from its rain-shadow location.
Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 13°C to 20°C, with nighttime temperatures between -3°C and 0°C 

Conditions: Like the previous months, August offers dry and moderate weather for trekkers in Upper Mustang. The minimal rainfall ensures that the trekking trails remain accessible and less muddy.
Trail Conditions: While Upper Mustang remains dry, lower Mustang and other areas outside the rain-shadow can be wetter and muddier during these months. Good trekking boots and waterproof gear are essential.

June, July, and August can be good months for trekking in Upper Mustang due to its dry conditions, despite being the monsoon season in other parts of Nepal. Trekkers can enjoy the stunning landscapes and unique cultural experiences without the crowds and heavy rains typical of other popular trekking regions during this time.

Mustang Trek Weather in September, October, and November in Nepal

September:

Weather Conditions: September marks the beginning of autumn in Nepal, offering some of the best weather for trekking in Upper Mustang. The monsoon season ends, leading to clearer skies and more stable weather.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 12°C to 20°C, while nighttime temperatures can drop to between -4°C and -8°C 

Conditions: The weather is generally dry, with excellent visibility and fewer clouds. The landscape is lush from the residual monsoon moisture, making for picturesque trekking conditions.

October:

Weather Conditions: October is considered one of the best months for trekking in Nepal, including Upper Mustang. The weather is stable, dry, and the skies are usually clear, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures are pleasant, ranging from 12°C to 20°C, while nighttime temperatures can drop to between -4°C and -8°C 

Conditions: The trails are in optimal condition, and the risk of rain is minimal. This month sees an influx of trekkers, so it’s wise to book accommodations in advance. The cultural experiences, such as the Tiji Festival, might be available depending on the lunar calendar.

November:

Weather Conditions: November continues to offer excellent trekking conditions, although it starts to get colder as winter approaches. The skies remain clear, and the weather is predominantly dry.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 18°C, and nighttime temperatures can drop to between -6°C and -10°C 

Conditions: The dry and cool weather makes for comfortable trekking during the day, but it’s essential to have warm clothing for the cold nights. The landscape remains beautiful, and the crowds begin to thin out towards the end of the month.

General Considerations

Packing Essentials: Regardless of the month, trekkers should bring layered clothing to adjust to the temperature variations, waterproof gear, and sturdy trekking boots. For the colder nights, a good September, October, and November offer some of the best weather conditions for trekking in Upper Mustang. With stable, dry weather and clear skies, these months are ideal for experiencing the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the region. Proper preparation and packing are key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience during these peak months.

Mustang Trek Weather in December, January, and February in Nepal

December:

Weather Conditions: December marks the beginning of winter in the Mustang region. The weather becomes significantly colder, and the area starts to experience winter conditions.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 0°C to 5°C, while nighttime temperatures can plummet to between -10°C and -20°C (

Conditions: While the skies are generally clear, the cold temperatures make trekking challenging. There might be occasional snowfall, especially at higher altitudes. The region becomes less crowded as fewer trekkers venture into the harsh winter conditions.

January:

Weather Conditions: January is the coldest month in the Mustang region. The weather is harsh, with extremely low temperatures and frequent snowfall.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures can be around 0°C, but nighttime temperatures often fall between -20°C and -25°C (

Conditions: The extreme cold and heavy snowfall make trekking particularly difficult. Many tea houses and lodges in higher elevations may close for the season, and locals often migrate to lower regions to escape the severe winter conditions (

February:

Weather Conditions: February remains very cold, but there is a slight increase in temperatures as winter progresses towards early spring.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 0°C to 5°C, with nighttime temperatures between -15°C and -20°C).

Conditions: The weather starts to improve slightly, but it is still very cold with possible snowfall. Trekking is still challenging, and proper winter gear is essential. As the month progresses, some tea houses and lodges may begin to reopen as locals return to their villages.

General Considerations for Winter Trekking

Packing Essentials: Given the harsh winter conditions, it is crucial to pack appropriately. This includes:

Heavy-duty thermal clothing

Waterproof and windproof jackets

High-quality sleeping bags rated for sub-zero temperatures

Sturdy trekking boots suitable for snow and ice

Additional gear such as crampons for icy trails and trekking poles (

Safety and Preparation: Due to the extreme cold and potential for heavy snowfall, it is essential to:

Be well-prepared with sufficient supplies

Plan your itinerary carefully and allow extra time for weather-related delays

Check the availability of accommodations along the route in advance

Consider hiring an experienced guide familiar with winter trekking in Mustang (

Trekking in Mustang during December, January, and February offers clear skies and stunning winter landscapes, but it also presents significant challenges due to extreme cold and snowfall. Proper preparation, packing the right gear, and ensuring safety are crucial for a successful winter trek in this region.

Mustang Trek Weather in March, April, and May in Nepal

March:

Weather Conditions: March marks the transition from winter to spring in the Mustang region. The weather begins to warm up, making trekking more comfortable than in the winter months.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 5°C to 15°C, while nighttime temperatures can still be quite cold, ranging from 10°C to 0°C

Conditions: The skies are generally clear, and the region experiences minimal rainfall. The trails are more accessible, though higher altitudes may still have some snow. The landscape starts to become greener as spring progresses.

April:

Weather Conditions: April is one of the best months for trekking in Mustang. The weather is stable, and the temperatures are moderate, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 20°C, while nighttime temperatures range from -5°C to 5°C 

Conditions: The weather is predominantly dry with clear skies, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. The trails are in good condition, and the region's flora begins to bloom, adding vibrant colors to the scenery.

May:

Weather Conditions: May continues the favorable trekking conditions with the transition from spring to early summer. The weather remains stable and dry.

Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 25°C, while nighttime temperatures can range from -6°C to 2°C 

Conditions: The weather is mostly dry with occasional light showers in the lower elevations. The trails are well-maintained, and the region is lush and green. The clear skies offer spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

General Considerations

Packing Essentials: During these months, it's important to pack:
Layered clothing to adjust to temperature variations
Waterproof and windproof jackets
Sturdy trekking boots
Sun protection such as hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen 

March, April, and May are excellent months for trekking in the Mustang region. With moderate temperatures, minimal rainfall, and clear skies, these months offer some of the best conditions for enjoying the stunning landscapes and unique cultural experiences that Mustang has to offer. Proper preparation and packing are key to a successful and enjoyable trek during this time.

Trip Reviews (2)

This is my 2nd time joining Adventure Nepal Eco Treks after our EBC trek as the boss Mr. Devi is very helpful and to accommodate our request and respond very fast on our query and never disappoint us as they really expert in organised trekking trip.

Mr. Kumar our HERO guide and Mr. Som and Mingma (porter) which make the trip full of fun, adventure and memorable. Mr. Kumar is patient, knowledgeable and helpful and after each meal will provide us seasonal fruits which other tour do not offer this.

We will surely planning another trek with Adventure Nepal Eco again maybe October to Pikey.

 

Upper Mustang Trek May 2018

15th Mar, 2022


We trekked the upper Mustang region in November and we had an unforgettable experience. We were very pleased with the professional and courteous service provided by Devi Baral and our guide Kumar and his assistant Raj.

 

“A great trip!”

15th Mar, 2022



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