Overview And Highlights
Upper Mustang Trek- Trip Highlights
- Trekking far North of the Annapurna region, Upper Mustang, the best landscape in the Himalayas.
- Sightseeing around once a forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang, an ancient city of rich culture, traditions, and caves.
- Viewing Himalayan giants, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, the world's 10th and 7th highest mountains.
- Hike on the arid yet inspiring landscape of Upper Mustang, Jomsom, and Kagbeni.
- Scenic flight to Pokhara, Jomsom, and back to Pokhara.
- Well-designed itinerary, adequate acclimatisation, logistics, meals, and accommodation throughout the trek.
Upper Mustang Trek- Trip Overview
Annapurna Region is opulent of mountains, cinematic landscapes, Tibetan-influenced culture, and ancient Buddhism. To the far North of West Nepal, Upper Mustang Trek, a 14 days heavenly trip to the hidden gem of the Himalayas, is a bucket list for many high-altitude freaks. The beauty of Upper Mustang lies in its remoteness, enriched cultures, and authentic Himali people.
Trekking to Upper Mustang and the unspoiled landscape of Lo Manthang started in 1992. Even being a heaven of mountains, appealing cinematic terrains, and withered landscape, not more than 800 people visit here.
Trekking to Upper Mustang is also a significant cultural and natural escapade. The Himalayan giants like Dhaulagiri at 8,1767 metres and Annapurna I at 8,091 metres. Other mountains like Nilgiri and Dhampus peak are visible from the Upper Mustang trek route.
The trek route to Upper Mustang is elegant, filled with withered terrains that give the cinematic viewing experience. On top, hiking on the luring course of rushing Kali Gandaki and its deepest gorge is serene. The beautiful Jomsom, Apple Orchard, and Marpha, and majestic Kagbeni Valley, are the best of Mustang. Further, a hike on return to Muktinath completes the Upper Mustang trek pious and serene.
Lo Manthang- A once forbidden Kingdom in Himalayas
Built by Ame Pal in 1380, Lo Manthang as the Kingdom of Lo was the ancient kingdom of the Himalayas near Tibet. Lo was an autonomous kingdom till the 18th century, ruled by the Lo dynasty of Tibet.
The royal palace of Lo is still a major attraction among trekkers trekking to Upper Mustang. On exchanging chats with people, you may still find some inheritance of the royal family. Furthermore, the towering peaks and ancient caves in Lo Manthang are scenic and tempting.
Adjacent to Tibet and between Dalome village, a land of Nepal, people here barely speak Nepali. The Tibetan-influenced cultures, traditions, and rituals of people in Lo are inspiring. Furthermore, tracing the ancient trade route to Lo, called the silk route, takes you back to the timeless 17th-century vibe.
Accommodation in Upper Mustang Trek
Almost all trekking in Nepal offers tea house-based accommodation, and so does the Upper Mustang trek. Commercially, this trekking route gets filled with trekkers every Spring and Autumn.
We'll begin the Upper Mustang trek from Kathmandu, where you'll get three-star accommodation. Also, at Pokhara, you'll get a three-star hotel for overnight comfort. But, you can't expect the same luxurious facilities up in the Himalayas.
Tea houses, often called lodges, offer basic lodging and flooding to the trekkers. Since it is a commercial route, you'll get a wide variety of menu items and improved accommodation.
Accommodation at tea houses en route to Upper Mustang is comfortable to relieve the tiredness. Though the beds are not heated, curling inside warm sleeping bags on the lap of the Himalayas gives an exquisite overnight experience.
Jomsom being a hotspot in Annapurna region trekking, like Namche, you'll get luxurious to mid-range accommodation. Thus, it'll be the last stop for decent overnight sleep. Here, you'll get attached bathrooms and private twin-sharing rooms. Also, at places like Lo Manthang, you'll get minimal accommodation services.
Furthermore, you'll get hot water showers at tea houses in lower altitudes, but firewood heated water in a bucket is more common at high altitude places, f. Internet and telephones are available en route to Upper Mustang. But you'll have to pay an extra cost for a hot water shower, hot drinking water, and the internet.
Altitude sickness in Upper Mustang Trek
Lo Manthang, our final destination of this trek, sits at 3,840 metres. For experienced trekkers, this altitude is nothing serious. But, first-time trekkers may experience altitude sickness symptoms.
The thinning oxygen in the withered and barren landscape of the Upper Mustang affects trekkers. Thus, symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea are common to trekkers. With proper medication and acclimatisation, these symptoms can go away. But, not everyone's body reacts the same at high altitudes.
We request you inform the trek guide immediately if you feel uncomfortable hiking. In this way, we can minimise getting altitude sickness. Thus, our trekking guides will take proper care of you with medications, if necessary. There'll also be a buffer day that we can use for acclimatisation if someone in the team feels uncomfortable.
On top, you can also carry some medications like Nifedipine 60 mg, which prevents you from developing AMS( Acute Mountain Sickness).
Permits for Upper Mustang Trek
To access Upper Mustang Trekking, you need two mandatory permits issued by the Nepal Government. Since Upper Mustang sits near the Tibet border, has open access, and was once a forbidden kingdom, the government regulates the tourism and activities here.
The two permits, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Restricted Area Permit(RAP) are a must for the Upper Mustang trek. ACAP costs USD 30, which may vary, and RAP costs USD 500 for a ten days trip. If your permit expires and wants to continue trekking in Upper Mustang, you have to pay an additional USD 10 for each day.
World Expedition Nepal manages your Upper Mustang trek permits if you book this trip with us. Thus, you'll get rid of the headaches of visiting the Tourism Office and Immigration Office for trek permits and documentation.
Best time for Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang gives the cinematic visual of mountains on the horizon and the arid yet luring terrain of Annapurna Sanctuary. Imagine clear weather, stable weather, low wind speed, and this view! Magically breathtaking.
These conditions are absolute on Spring and Autumn days. The alpine landscape in crystal clear weather of March, April, and May is arresting. On top, the festive vibes and clear weather of September, October, and November are best.
Trekkers also prefer the Upper Mustang trek in the monsoon. Lo Manthang lies in the rain shadow of the Annapurna region and receives very little rain. The Buckwheat farmlands of Jomsom and Chele are at their best greenery during monsoon. On top, the clear weather till midday is also ideal for sightseeing.
Upper Mustang Trek in Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023
After the successful Spring trekking in Nepal, the Himalayas awaits trekkers in Autumn. The fresh and clean weather, ideal temperature, and festive vibe in Autumn are best for trekking Upper Mustang.
World Expedition Nepal is now open to all inquiries and reservations for the Upper Mustang trek in Autumn 2022. Our fixed departures for the Upper Mustang trek in Autumn are already selling fast. Also, we organise this trip for limited clients. Thus, if you're looking for this trip at the best affordable rate, feel free to contact us.
Get in touch with our tour manager Mr. Sujan Neupaney to learn more about our Annapurna region Trekking for Autumn 2022. Or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call directly on WhatsApp at +9779851212358.
Upper Mustang, formerly known as Kingdom of Lo, is one of the most visited trekking regions of Nepal. The region has different features unlike other trekking destinations of Nepal. Upper Mustang is a dry and beautiful valley which lies in the trans- Himalayan range of Nepal. The Mustang’s status as a kingdom ended in 2008 after Nepal became a republic state. Upper Mustang was a restricted area until 1992. It is still one of the most preserved trekking regions of the world and requires special permit to visit this region.
This Upper Mustang Trek 17 Day takes you to the forbidden Kingdom of Lo and the capital Lo Manthang where you can explore its rich unique natural beauty, cultures, lifestyles and tradition. The people here still speak the traditional Tibetan languages and follow Tibetan Buddhism. The people of Upper Mustang are highly influenced by Tibetan culture and it is highly preserved by the isolation of the region from the outside world. The people of Upper Mustang are engaged in various sectors like tourism, animal husbandry and trade. The barren hills, deserted landscapes, the unique isolated cultures and warm hospitality of the locals are some of the major highlights of this trek.
The Trek starts with a scenic drive to a beautiful city of lakes Pokhara. It is one of the major tourist hubs of Nepal and the entrance to trek to Annapurna circuit. From Pokhara you will fly to Jomsom Airport. The trek begins from here. You can notice the sudden change in the topography, landscapes and climate right after landing in Jomsom Airport. It looks like you
Upper Mustang Trekking Permit
Upper Mustang is a forbidden kingdom of Lo. To visit this region two special permit is required for foreigners. They are Upper Mustang trekking permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Foreigners have to pay USD 500 each person for 10 days and USD 50 for extra day. The permit starts from Kagbeni and end at Kagbeni village of Mustang.NPR 226 is charged for ACAP permits for foreigners of SAARC countries and NPR 2260 is charged for foreigners from SAARC countries. The ACAP permits have no limits and the Upper mustang trek permit starts from Kagbeni and ends at Kagbeni.
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Our company representatives will be waiting for you at Tribhuvan International Airport. They will welcome you and transfer to the hotel in our private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will take a ride to the city of Lakes, Pokhara following Trishuli River. During our journey we will see villages, paddy fields and many religious sites and a historical town of Bandipur. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake as the hotel is located near to the lake. (5-6 hours drive). Stay Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
We will have our breakfast in Pokhara and take a scenic flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang district. After landing we will meet the rest of our team members and start our trek. During trekking we can picturesque peaks of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus are spectacular all the way. Kagbeni provides its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley. Overnight in Kagbeni
The trek starts after breakfast. From Chile you will follow the twist and turns trial following Kali Gandaki Riverbed. During the trials you will pass through the traditional villages of Tangbe and Chhusang. You can explore the narrow lanes of the villages and their rich architectures. The trial passes through fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. After leaving the Kali Gandaki valley the trial climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele. You will notice a slight change in the cultures of people. Overnight at Chele.
After having breakfast at Geling the trek begins. The trek goes through desert like trials and then descends to Samar village passing some Chortens on the ridge. You will further climb above Samar village and then again descend into a large gorge crossing some fertile field and streams. The trial climbs upto a ridge at 3800m and then passes by another pass and again descends to Shyangmochen. A final gentle climb from here will take you to Geling. Overnight at Guesthouse.
After having breakfast at Geling the trek begins with a gentle climb to Nyi La pass and descends below the blue, grey and red cliffs. You will cross a steel suspension bridge above Tangmar Chu river pass by one of the longest and spectacular Mani walls of Nepal. You will again climb above another pass at 3600m, from the pass the trial descents to Charang village. You will visit huge five strayed white Dzong and red Gompa and observe collection of statues and Thankas and large paintings of seated Buddha’s. Overnight at Charang village.
After having breakfast at Charang village, the trek begins. Today you will visit two villages on your trial. The steep climb takes you to Lo Gekar Gompa which is one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal and older than Samye Gompa of Tibet. You will also visit 1200 years old Ghar Gompa which is famous for its rock paintings. The Gompa has a great significance for the people of this region. It is believed that if anyone makes a wish at Ghar Gompa their wish is fulfilled. From here the trek continues to Lo Manthang. There are few climbing until you reach to Lo Manthang. The view of the city Lo Manthang from the ridge is spectacular. A short descent from here takes you to the plateau of Lo Manthang.
:From Lo Manthang a two hours walk will take you to Namgyal Gompa. It is an important monastery for the local community and also serves as a local court. After visiting the Gompa you will further trek to Tingkhar which is the last main village of the northwest Lo Manthang. After visiting you will return back to Lo Manthang for overnight stay.
After having breakfast at Lo Manthang you will walk straight to Dhi Pass at 4,100m and descends down to Dhi village. The trials are relatively difficult but the views are totally rewarding. Dhi village is one of the most prosperous village of Lo Manthang and is settled in a very suitable place. After crossing a river the trial goes through the left bank and we then reach the village of Yara village. Overnight at Yara village.
You will have your breakfast at Yara village and then start your trek to Tange. The trek follows the riverside trial and cross a river from Damodar Kunda which is one of the scared lakes for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. After crossing the river the trial climbs high above a pass of 3,850m. The trial then goes through a bare hill and descends to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3,370m. Overnight at Tangbe village.
The trek begins with a walk through a steep ridge of hills which provides magnificent views of the wind craved hills. The village of Tetang is tucked in between two hills which avoids the strong wind that hits the entire Kali Gandaki Valley. The trek is around 9 hours today. Overnight in a Guest House.
: From Chusang you will trek to Muktinath. It is a famous religious temple for Hindus and Buddhist. There are 108 natural taps and pilgrims take shower even in the freezing temperature. After visiting the temple you will drive to Jomsom following the dusty trials. Overnight in Jomsom.
From Jomsom a 30 minute flight will take you to a beautiful city of Lakes Pokhara. From there you will drive back to Kathmandu. En route you can see different historical and cultural sites, villages, lush green hills and rivers. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Thank you for travelling with us. We hope to see you again. We will give you a short farewell and then our representatives will drop you to the Airport for the final departure to your forward destination.