The Upper Mustang Trek is one of the magical treks in Nepal. Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Mustang derives from the Tibetan word Mun Tan which translates to fertile plain. It is renowned as Lo Manthang Trekking which was restricted to visitors until 1992. The capital of the Mustang is Jomsom. The Upper Mustang Trek is situated in the north-west within the Annapurna National park. This trek is famous for its landscapes and desert beauty. It is popularly known as the mini Tibet, lies in the yard of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.
The Upper Mustang Trek starts from Pokhara connected with the route of Jomsom. The trek duration is 15-20 days. The route passes through Kagbeni and each village are followed by a small pass. Dajong La Pass, Syangmochen La Pass, Nyi La Pass, and Muila Bhanjyang pass commonly. After Muila Bhanjyang pass there is the oldest monastery of the region called ‘Ghare Gompa.’ You will see the mesmerizing views of Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Nilgiri (7061m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m) and so on.
One will get to see historical and oldest monasteries, eroded canyons, dusty valleys, and colorful mud-brick houses. You can see the Tibetan influenced language speakers, culture, tradition, rituals that are preserved from centuries. They will welcome you with a sweet smile. Local people are known as ‘Lopa’ who inhabit in the clustered white houses built up of sun-baked bricked with a stone foundation. Locals are engaged in farming, tourism and animal husbandry. They encounter wheat, rice, barley, potato in the arid land of Tamang, Gurung, and Tibetan inhabitants.
Upper Mustang is a infertile landscape of moraine terraces which form a mosaic of yellow, red, and browns. It is the best destination to visit Buddhist monasteries. The main attraction of Upper Mustang is Lo-manthang, Choser cave, and Ghar Gompa. One can visit Muktinath in the lower Mustang, the famous temple of both Hindus and Buddhists pilgrimage.
The monsoon months are the best time to trek Mustang as the region is in the rain shadow. Some people depart from Lo Manthang during the winter to avoid cold. You can also trek from late March until early November. One can also visit during the “Tiji Festival” which means, ‘prayer for world peace.’ It is celebrated during the May determined by the Buddhist calendar. You should be physically fit to trek Upper Mustang. Trekking permits will not be issued for individual trekkers in this area.
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Enjoy your Upper Mustang Trek!
- Arrival at Sauraha bus station and have lunch.
- 4:00pm : Village local visit
- 7:00pm : Dinner
DAY 02 :
6:00am : Breakfast
7:30am : Canoeing + Jungle Walk + Elephant Breeding Center Visit
12:00 Pm : Lunch
1:30 Pm : Jeep Safari
7:00 pm : Tharu ethnic cultural program
8:00 pm : Dinner
Have Breakfast and back to your Destination
- Airport to hotel pick and drop
- Two-night hotel in Kathmandu at three-star categories in BB plan
- Accommodation in Mountain lodge run by local people during a trek
- All meals during trekking
- One highly experienced mountain Guide and Porter
- Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide and Porter
- All necessary paper works and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
- Kathmandu/ Pokhara / Kathmandu airfare or bus.
- International airfare
- Travelers insurance
Cold drinks (Alcohol and cold drinks)
- Boiled water, Hot shower, Mineral water, Batteries charge and hot drinks (in pot)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Approx. 10-12 USD
Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at wifi and local moble call Most often, your guide will post daily dispatches on the Nhh website in which your friends and family can follow your progress.
I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
Many of our treks and climbs send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.
Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the trek?
For lodge-bassed treks, many of the lodges have power available with typical Asian plugs (two nail like horizontal prongs) and offer to recharge for a fee.
We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost or advise on the purchase of a suitable personal solar charging system - please enquire with our office.
PACKING HELP FOR TREKKING TOUR
Max. 13 kg weight for the porters/participants
Long trekking trousers, wind- and water-repellent
Functional shirt short-sleeved
Long-sleeved functional shirt
Fleece jacket or sweater
Trekking socks normal and warm
Clothing for the lodge
Wind and waterproof rain jacket
Down jacket (Primaloft) thin with hood
Down jacket warm with hood
Buff bandana / scarf
Coneflower / Cap
Gloves normal and warm
Trekking shoes ankle-high
Trekking sandals or sneakers for Teahouse
Category 4 sunglasses
Drinking bottle, thermos bottle
Day pack, rain cover
Plastic bag for documents ect.
Big bag or backpack
First Aid Kit…painkillers e.g. Ibuprofen, diarrhea and vomiting remedies, electrolytes, cold remedies, wound disinfectant, plasters, blister plasters
Sun protection face and lips with high SPF
Wet cleaning wipes
Phone, charging cable, headphones
Camera, SD card, spare battery
E-reader, book, notebook, pen
cash, credit card
Document insurance for helicopter rescue and illness