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Upper Mustang Trek: Exploring the Mystical Mustang – 2 weeks Trek into the Forbidden Kingdom

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14 DAYS 13 Nights
Availability : 365 Days
Kathmnandu
Lomanthang
Min Age : No age limit
Max People : 16
Upper Mustang Trek Details

Upper Mustang hidden gem of the Himalayas, waiting to be explored, Protected from modernism by its rugged terrain and ancient traditions, this mystical land offers adventurers a journey back in time, through ancient walled cities, sacred monasteries, and dramatic landscapes unlike anywhere else on Earth.

The Upper Mustang trek is a unique and extraordinary experience, immersing trekkers in a world of unparalleled beauty and cultural richness. The Upper Mustang trek begins in the vibrant city of Pokhara, where trekkers are greeted by the peaceful streets and colorful markets, the backdrop of Annapurna mountain ranges and the clamming Phewa Lake.  From here, a short flight to Jomsom sets the stage for the adventure ahead, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Yes, the real adventure begins with a scenic flight to Jomsom, a bustling town perched on the edge of the Kali Gandaki River. From here, the trek winds its way through barren landscapes, carved by centuries of wind and water erosion. The stark beauty of the terrain is offset by the warm hospitality of the local Thakali people, who welcome trekkers into their homes and tea houses along the way.

As the trail ascends, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and deep river valleys below. Along the way, ancient caves and monasteries offer glimpses into the region’s rich cultural heritage, while traditional prayer flags flutter in the mountain breeze, casting blessings upon all who pass.

One of the highlights of the Upper Mustang trek is the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang. Stepping through the city gates is like stepping back in time, as narrow paths lead to ancient palaces, monasteries, and temples decorated with intricate carvings and vibrant murals. Here, trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, attending traditional festivals and ceremonies that have been celebrated for centuries.

Beyond Lo Manthang, the trek continues to the fabled land of the “Lost Kingdoms” – remote villages and settlements that have remained untouched by the passage of time. Each day brings new discoveries, from hidden caves and ancient rock paintings to natural wonders like the Dhakmar cliffs and the sacred Chhoser caves.

As the Upper Mustang trek draws to a close, trekkers descend back to Jomsom, their hearts and minds filled with memories of an unforgettable journey through the Upper Mustang region. From here, a short flight returns them to Pokhara, where they can reflect on their experiences in the tranquil beauty of Phewa Lake and the surrounding mountains.

The Upper Mustang trek is more than just a physical journey – it is a spiritual and cultural journey that leaves a lasting impression on all who undertake it. Whether exploring ancient monasteries, interacting with local villagers, or simply marveling at the raw beauty of the Himalayas, trekkers are sure to come away from the experience with a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world and the resilience of the human spirit.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • An English-speaking guide and porters
  • Twin sharing accommodation arrival to departure.
  • All ground transportation
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking and climbing with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Trekking permits including special permits for Mustang

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa, and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
What to Expect

Trekking in Upper Mustang offers a unique adventure due to its remote location, distinct culture, and stunning landscapes. Overall, trekking in Upper Mustang is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines adventure, culture, and natural beauty in a truly unique setting. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Scenic Beauty: Upper Mustang is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, including barren desert-like terrain, deep gorges, and snow-capped peaks. The region is often referred to as a "Hidden Kingdom" due to its isolation and mystique.
  • Cultural Experience: The trek provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan-influenced culture of the region. You'll encounter ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and intricately carved caves adorned with Buddhist murals and sculptures.
  • Unique Architecture: Marvel at the distinctive architecture of the whitewashed mud-brick houses and fortress-like monasteries that dot the landscape. The architecture reflects the region's history and Tibetan Buddhist heritage.
  • Challenging Terrain: Be prepared for challenging terrain, including narrow trails carved into steep cliff sides and High Mountain passes. The altitude can also be a factor, so acclimatization is crucial.
  • Restricted Area Permit: Upper Mustang is a restricted area, and trekkers require a special permit to enter. This helps preserve the unique culture and environment of the region.
  • Limited Infrastructure: Unlike more popular trekking routes in Nepal, infrastructure in Upper Mustang is limited. Accommodation options are basic, and amenities such as electricity and hot water may be scarce in some areas.
  • Weather: Weather conditions can vary depending on the season. While the region experiences a semi-arid climate, temperatures can be extreme, especially at higher altitudes. It's essential to pack appropriate clothing and gear for the trek.
  • Cultural Etiquette: Respect the local customs and traditions during your trek. It's customary to walk clockwise around religious sites and to ask for permission before taking photographs of people.
  • Remote Experience: Trekking in Upper Mustang offers a sense of isolation and tranquility that is rare to find in more popular trekking destinations. Prepare to disconnect from the outside world and embrace the remote wilderness.
  • Spectacular Views: Finally, expect to be rewarded with spectacular views at every turn, whether it's the towering Himalayan peaks, rugged canyons, or ancient villages nestled amidst the mountains.
Itinerary
This itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, group pace, and other unforeseen circumstances or you may customize as you want. It's always a good idea to consult with us for the most up-to-date information and any necessary adjustments. Additionally, special permits are required for the Upper Mustang region, and we make sure your permit is done by us before starting trek.

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrival in Kathmandu Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Take the opportunity to explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and prepare for your trek.

Day 2Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m)

Take a scenic drive or a short flight to Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna region. Spend the day exploring Pokhara’s serene lakeside ambiance and soaking in the panoramic views of the Annapurna range.

Day 3Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810m)

We’ll take an early morning flight to Jomsom, the starting point of our trek. From Jomsom, we’ll trek to Kagbeni, a picturesque village situated at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Jhong rivers. Explore the ancient alleys and visit the 15th-century Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery. (approximately 4 hours)

Day 4Kagbeni to Chele (3050m)

Today’s trek takes us through the Kali Gandaki Valley, passing through Tangbe village with its narrow valleys, white-washed houses, barley fields, and chortens barren landscapes, and ancient monasteries. We’ll gradually ascend to Chele, where we’ll spend the night.  (Approximately 6-7 hours)

Day 5Chele to Syanbochen (3475m)

Trek continues as we ascend through scenic landscapes adorned with colorful prayer flags and unique geological formations. Cross the Taklam La Pass (3624m) and Dajori La Pass (3735m) Experience stunning views of Nilgiri, We’ll pass through the villages of Samar and Ghiling before reaching Syangboche, where we’ll rest for the night. (approximately 7-8 hours)

Day 6Syanbochen to Ghami (3520m)

Today, we’ll trek to Ghami, passing through the Nyi La Pass (3,950m) and the Ghami La Pass (3,520m). Along the way, we’ll encounter stunning vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and traverse through quaint Tibetan villages. Reach the village of Ghami, known for its ancient monastery and white-washed houses (approximately 5-6 hours)

Day 7Ghami to Charang (3500m)

Pass through the longest and most spectacular Mani wall in Mustang, The trail today leads us through the Tsarang La Pass (3,870m) before descending to Charang, a charming village adorned with whitewashed houses and an ancient fortress. Explore the village’s cultural treasures, including the 14th-century Charang Monastery amd Explore the beautiful village of Charang with its maze-like alleys and whitewashed houses  (approximately 4-5 hours)

Day 8Charang to Lo-Manthang (3700m)

We’ll trek to Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Kingdom of Lo. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna ranges as we traverse high desert landscapes and ancient cave dwellings.  Reach Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, and Explore the ancient walled city and visit the King’s Palace (approximately 5-6 hours)

Day 9-10Explore Lo-Manthang

Exploration in Lo Manthang Spend two days exploring the cultural riches of Lo Manthang, including its ancient monasteries, palaces, and intricately carved mani walls. Not to miss, Chhosar cave, engage with the local Thakali people, and immerse yourself in their rich cultural heritage.

Day 11Lo-Manthang to Jomsom (2713m)

Drive to Jomsom by Jeep and end your trek at Jomsom.  Explore Jomsom, the capital town of Mustang.

Day 12Fly back to Pokhara.

Rest and relax in Pokhara, Explore Pokhara’s attractions.

Day 13Pokhara to Kathmandu

Either fly or drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, where you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your Upper Mustang adventure and explore the cultural wonders of Nepal’s capital city.

Day 14Transfer to Airport for your departure flight.

Departure from Kathmandu On the final day of your journey, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your onward journey home, filled with memories of the enchanting landscapes and cultural treasures of the Upper Mustang.

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Frequently asked questions.

How difficult is the Upper Mustang  trek?

The Upper Mustang trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves walking for several hours each day over varied terrain and at high altitudes. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year to trek to Upper Mustang?

The best time to trek to Upper Mustang is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need to be physically fit to trek to Upper Mustang?

 While a good level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the Upper Mustang trek. Regular cardio exercise and hiking preparation are advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Upper Mustang trek?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to include rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization and to descend if symptoms become severe.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the Upper Mustang trek?

Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  As the Upper Mustang trek is more commercial now food and accommodation facilities are getting better day by day to serve their guest in the mountains.

Can I trek to Upper Mustang without a guide or porter?

NO!  It’s NOT possible to trek independently, have to join the trekking company to obtain the permit and must trek with a guide. There should be a minimum of 2 people in the group. Not allow for solo trekkers.

What should I pack for the Upper Mustang trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek.

How much does the Upper Mustang trek cost?

The cost of the Upper Mustang trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,500 to $2,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

5 Reviews
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Sandy Tam

Group Traveller

Memorable first trekking in Nepal – Jomson Muktinath Trek

This was my first trekking experience in Nepal and I am glad that we engaged Mountain World Treks as our guide. Sali and his team are the greatest and will always try to go above and beyond to meet your expectations.

Our guides Sudip and Sandip were extremely knowledgeable of the area and always made sure that we were safe. Our porters were not only strong but super attentive to our needs. We are truly blessed to have these group of individuals taking care of us during our trip.

The views along our trek were breathtaking, as we get to enjoy the greeneries of the Annapurna range and the stunning red desert of the lower mustang. All in, I would say this is a less strenuous trek and would highly recommend to anyone who would like to give trekking in Nepal a shot.

Will come back again to explore other treks and will surely engage Sali and his team again.

September 13, 2019

Quintina

Group Traveller

Lower Mustang – Jomsom Muktinath Trek

This was my first time trekking and definitely one of the best one ! Love the culture, beautiful scenery, friendly people and most importantly amazing team, very experienced guides and great services from mountain world treks. Definitely coming back for more !

September 12, 2019

Melissa Ong

Group Traveller

Lower mustang

Loves the way we merged into the local cultures… it was welcoming and genuine! Guides and porters were like family at the end of the trip! I will be back because of this experience I had… and thank you

September 12, 2019

Sapphiresea L

Group Traveller

Lower Mustang

cool people to guide us around, doing hiking, trekking. They are professional and melt with my group of friends very well. They allow us to have our own pace. I really enjoy these 18 days with them.

September 12, 2019

Jassir J

Solo Traveller

Jomsom Muktinath trek

This was my second trip to Nepal, my first was ABC with Sali and his team too.
It was a great balance of the Annapurna range and the amazing desert landscape of the lower mustang region with cultural influences of Tibetan, Buddhist and Hindu. It was a views were amazing as was experiencing the culture and visiting the many monasteries along the way.
Our guides gave much knowledge on the histories of the area, the culture and the people too. The trekking was fun and informational at the same time.
Will be back a third time for sure and will surely engage Saligram again.

September 8, 2019