Upper Mustang has got different optional names. Some of them are “The last Forbidden Kingdom”, “The Himalayan Kingdom”, “Old Buddhist Kingdom”, “rare privilege”, “Holy Mountain”, “Hidden Kingdom”, “Walled Kingdom” and “Lo Manthang”. The most popular name is Lo Manthang for which different names have given since past centuries. Each of this names have their own history regarding to this place. None other than Upper mustang trek explores the history and reality of Mustang, the desert of central Himalaya – Nepal. It is one of the off beaten trek of Nepal.
Upper mustang is a part of eastern Nepal which bulges out onto the Tibetan Plateau. Government of Nepal has given trekking permission in Upper mustang on 1992AD. Since then millions of people from the world have visited Mustang and the trend of trekking is increasing day by day. An extraordinary trekking license from Nepal trekking office only gives permission for Upper mustang trek. Thus you need licensed guide for this trek.
Why Upper Mustang Trek?
Rocky non green landscape, snowy Himalayan ranges, Tibetan Thakali culture, and an old monastery, Lo Manthang are strongest part behind choosing upper mustang as trekking Zone. You will have better introduction to Tibetan culture, language and tradition during your trek in Mustang with an experience of a Himalayan journey. It is mastermind trek around the year and taken as moderate one.
Upper mustang is unique place of Nepal which holds it’s self-rule for society and was regulated by its King – the 25th successor of his family. Today also the norms and traditions from the past has deeply rooted in Mustang. Thus you will have great time with ancient Buddhist culture in your trek.
What to expect
First we will travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Generally Upper Mustang Trek beings from 10-30 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The occasion offers colt (male horse) trekking as alternatives in case of difficulties during the trek.
Trekking starts with the mind-blowing valley of Kagbeni, Chele, Gelling and Tsarang. At last, we will reach Lo Manthang which is the capital of the kingdom – Mustang. This city contains the most wonderful and long-lasting Buddhist Mandalas of the fifteenth century on the planet.
Travelers can view the beautiful city and the encompassing valley on horseback before coming back to the streaming Kaligandaki valley. For enjoying with Water Fall on the trail we suggest to choose the spring season as the best time for trekking in Mustang.
Upper Mustang trek Highlight
- Upper Mustang Trek is a Combination of Natural beauty and culture
- Lo Manthang (city of lo)
- Spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
- Explore the local culture of Mustang
- Landscape and heritage site
- Muktinath (one of the biggest Hindu temple)
- Monastery of Trang, Lo-Manthan, Chooser, Ghar gumba
- Highest altitude of trek – 3800m
Temperature of Upper Mustang
|Month||Day Temperature||Night Temperature|
|December, January, February||0 to 5 degree Centigrade32 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit||-25 to -20 degree Centigrade-13 to -4 degree Fahrenheit|
|March, April, May, June||16 to 22 degree Centigrade61 to 72 degree Fahrenheit||-6 to -2 degree Centigrade21 to 28 degree Fahrenheit|
|July, August, September||20 to 33 degree Centigrade68 to 73 degree Fahrenheit||-3 to 0 degree Centigrade27 to 32 degree Fahrenheit|
|October, November||12 to 20 degree Centigrade54 to 68 degree Fahrenheit||-8 to -4 degree Centigrade18 to 25 degree Fahrenheit|
Upper Mustang trek is a complete package of exploring hidden beauty of Nepal. It is amazing trek which guides you on desert of Nepal keeping aside the vast greenery of whole country. Tibetan culture, amazing landscape, off beaten path, Cultural heritage sites, hospitality of local peoples and mission summits guidance will definitely make your trip more than perfect.
Things to Know:- Minimum two- trekking members are required for upper Mustang trek. Both tea house/outdoors camp accommodation is available. For horse Upper Mustang Trek you should have at least two weeks’ time. Avoid winter trek due to extremely cold climatic condition.
Days 1 Arrival at Kathmandu 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), Meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel. O/n at Hotel,
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, overnight at Hotel
Days 3 Drive to Pokhara 827 meters (2,713 feet) 6 hours by car/tourist, overnight at Hotel
Days 4 flight to Jomsom 2720m.(8924 ft.) and start to trek to kagbeni 2810m. (9219 ft.) Walking 4 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 5 Trek to Chele 3050m.(1007ft.) walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days 6 Trek to Syanboche 3800m.(12467ft.) walking 6 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 7 Trek to Ghami 3520m.(11548ft) walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 8 Trek to Tsarang 3560m.(11680ft.) walking 5 hours, overnight at teahouse.
Days 9 trek to lo-Manthan 3810m.(12500ft) walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 10 sightseeing (visit lo-Manthang Choser) walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Day 11 Trek to Yara 3350m.(10990ft.) walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days 12 trek to Tannge 3340m.(10958ft.) walking 6 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days13 trek to Chhuksang 2980m.(9777 ft.) walking 8 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days 14 Trek to Muktinath 3760m.(12336ft.) walking 6 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days 15 Trek to Jomsom 2720m.(8924 ft) walking 5 hours, overnight at Tea house.
Days 16 flight back to Pokhara 25 min 827 meters (2,713 feet). sightseeing in
Pokhara if possible, overnight at Hotel.
Days 17 back to Kathmandu 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), driving 6 hours, overnight at Hotel.
Day s 18 Final departures to an international airport.