Upper Mustang Trekking
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Upper Mustang Trek takes you to the secluded world of an ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. Anciently, known as Lo Lo, it is used to be the part of Tibetan empire and is closely associated with Tibetan cultural and tradition.
The region has been intact for outside for centuries which contributed it to remain highly preserved area in terms of culture and unspoiled nature. This region falls in rain-shadow area creating ruggedly barren and dry land surrounded by impressive boulders. This barren landscapes in festooned by white washed houses, chortens, prayer flags and barley fields.
17 days Upper Mustang Trek itinerary follows the ancient salt trading route which used to be the major trading route for Mustang people. We trek until Lo Manthang crossing several adventurous high passes. From Lo Lo Pass, the view of walled capital in the distance is fascinating.
Upper Mustang altitude is at 3,730m in Lo Manthang. Walking into the Lo Manthang rewards with the feeling of steaping into bygone world. The area is world of narrow alley ways, hidden chortens and 6-m tall shield wall and group of ethnic community busy in farming.
The royal palace, fascinating monasteries like Thugchen Gompa (15th century), amchi museum and Amchi School are major highlights of the trek. Amchi is traditional Tibetan doctor and now there are two amchi living in the area.
The most convenient and accessible Mustang trek route is to catch a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. This adventurous trail is totally a unique experience as it fly over the deepest gorge in the world, Kaligandaki- in between Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.
Uppper Mustang was restricted until 1992 so this region is highly preserved area in terms of culture and tradition. The permit fee for Upper Mustang us USD 500 for 10 days and USD 50 for each additional day. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is mandatory that costs NRS 2,000 per person. You must accompany a registered guide and the travel must be arranged through the government registered trekking agency of Nepal. You must be in a group of at least two trekkers.
Upper Mustang is moderate plus trek that demands good fitness level and a positive attitude. These days, Mustang trek is possible to conduct in fully teahouse mode. Trekking in Mustang is popular for monsoon (June-August) trekking in Nepal.
Check out Upper Mustang Trek Map for more info about its trekking route and location. The map helps you find out its exact location and number trekking spot to be crossed during the trek. The Upper Mustang map that we provided is updated map of higher resolution. It provides the detailed trail from Kagbeni to Lo Mantang and its descending route.
Upper Mustang Trek cost totally depends on the size of group, length and package offered in the trek. Upper Mustang trek cost must cover all meals, accommodation, guide, porter and transportation throughout the trek. What it does not include is Lunch & Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara and personal expenses of the trekkers. Upper Mustang Trek itinerary can be fully customized to your preference ensuring you flat rates, special group discount and 100% departure date.
Nevertheless, trekkers who have less vacation in Nepal can attempt Lower Mustang trek.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu exploration and trek preparation day
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (820m/2689ft) – 6-7 hour drive
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft) – 25 minutes flight/3-4 hours trek
Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele (3,050m/10,004ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 06: Chele – Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft) – 6-7 hours trek
Day 07: Syanbochen – Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 08: Ghami – Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 09: Tsarang – Lo Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft) – 3-4 hours trek
Day 10: Exploration and acclimatization day at Lo-Manthang
Day 11: Lo-Manthang – Drakmar (3,810m/12,500ft) – 6-7 hours trek
Day 12: Drakmar – Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 13: Ghiling – Chhuksang (3,050m/10,004ft) – 5-6 hours trek
Day 14: Chhuksang – Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft) – 6-7 hours trek
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive: Pokhara – Kathmandu – 6-7 hours trek
Day 17: Final departure