The Upper Mustang Nirvana Trekking Trails gives you an opportunities to visits such a gorgeous places with absolutely joyful adventure land of mysterious Himalayas. We offer Upper Mustang complete Trekking packages to be a group for social journey together to sharing an experiences each other and also sharing the trip cost to get attend remote areas of Himalayan Kingdom to explore the nature and Buddhist Cuture.
Upper mustang Trek is an intellectual walk in the rain shadow in-between massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Your travel being with a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom enter into the land of Hidden world Ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Upper Mustang. A remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas.The Upper Mustang Trek was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved region in Nepal. We don’t want to kill your precious time to discovery world mountains because you already have your own dream destination to choose for pure mountains. Upper Mustang Trekking is a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetan language. The Upper Mustang has a trans Himalayan climate which is cool and semi-arid with precipitation in the range of 250 to 400 m (9.8–15.7 in).
Upper Mustang Trek cost will be very depending on group size, category of Hotel in Kathmandu, duration of the days and services required so it will be in-between USD 2150 to 3000 USD per person to complete Upper mustang Circuit Trekking packages. If you need only guide services also possible but you have to complete the process of Mustang Special permit Trekking Guide services charge per day $ 30 including his Food accommodation and salary except his land transportation and flights tickets of Jomsom round trip and porter services will be $ 20 including his Food accommodation and salary.
Upper Mustang was Once often a time an independent kingdom from the 15 century to the 17th century, its strategic location granted Upper Mustang control over the trade between the Himalayas. At the end of the 18th century the kingdom was annexed Central Government of Nepal and became a dependency of the Kingdom of Nepal since 1795 for the foreign visitors have been allowed to the region since 1992, but tourism to Upper Mustang is regulated foreigners needs to obtain a special permit to enter into the area, costing US $50 per day per person. Most tourists travel by foot over largely the same trade routes using in the 15th century.
Overal a thousand western trekkers now visit in the year. August to October / November are the peak season. The first westerner in Mustang was Toni Hagen, Swiss explorer and Geologist who visited the last forbidden Kingdom in 1952 during one of his travels across the Himalayas. French Michel Peissel is considered the first westerner to stay in Lo-manthang during the first authorized exploration of Mustang in 1964 In 2007, a shepherd in Mustang discovered a collection of 55 caves paintings depicting the life of the Buddha. It was completely isolated from the reach of the outside world. The last king of Mustang still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo-manthang.
It is highly restricted to enter in order to protect and preserve the archaic local tradition and their fragile environment. It is filled with great adventurous trails and wonderful sights like wind eroded hills, red cliffs and snow capped mountains. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty throughout the year. Most of the people avoid trekking in winter due to the harsh weather. Upper mustang has magnificent view of dry landscape and high valley and unspoiled nature. Upper Mustang is also called “The desert of Nepal” due to the dry land and very less vegetation.
10 days for Upper Mustang Trek to complete this trek for the upper part of Mustang. The journey begins from Kathmandu to Pokhara and next day flight to Jomsom (headquarter of Mustang) then 3 - 4 hours walking to reach getaway of Upper Mustang entry point is Kagbeni and visit the beautiful village of Kagbeni. After entry into Upper Mustang you are crossing through an amazing villages Tsuksang, Chele, Samar, Syangboche, Ghiling, Ghami, Tsarang and Lo-manthang. In Lo-manthang you can explore beautiful sites Chhoser Cave, Niphuk, Namgyal Monastery as well as many picturesque mountains standing on the border of Nepal and Tibet.
I have been there four times‘’Upper Mustang is a Paradise I love to look back again and again, so I always have a memory on my mind’’ – John
Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal is situated in Mustang district very closed to the Tibet border. The Land of Upper Mustang is dry an incredible Landscape, Hills and Kaligandaki river valley are more attractions of Upper Mustang and its really interesting places to visit in your life time.
Many people planning for the Upper Mustang Trek are equally curious about the adventures of the trek along with the trek’s challenges. They often question
The Upper Mustang trek has a difficulty grade of moderate level. This is not as comfortable as the easy treks or as difficult as the strenuous level treks.
However, you can modify the difficulty level of the Upper Mustang trek like most treks to a certain degree to suit your needs. There are no standards set for defining the difficulty grade for a trek. The difficulty level is subjective to the abilities of the individual person. Hence, depending on what trails you use, the places you trek and the duration of time you trek, You can also make the trek easier by preparing for it in advance. You can do this by physically and mentally preparing for the trip, eating balanced meals, choosing favorable seasons to trek and so on.
The average Upper Mustang trek takes around 16 days. You will walk an average of 6 to 7 hours per day. This duration usually includes 2-3 days of acclimatization or rest days. For beginners and novice trekkers, this is a must. The longer duration allows you to get used to the terrain making for a safe and comfortable trek. For professional trekkers and those seeking for a challenge can shorten the duration to 12-14 days. Anything shorter can be harmful to your health. The 12-14 days Upper Mustang trek has increased risks of high altitude sickness.Some trekkers may want to include the crossing of high passes, climbing small peaks within the region. This also increases the difficulty level of the Upper Mustang Trek
The highest point of your Upper Mustang Trek depends on the itinerary you choose. It can either be Marang-La at 4230 meters above sea level or Chooser 3900 m or Lo Manthang 3810 m.You will be ascending to the heights above 3000 meters in the trek, so many people may feel the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Remember, there is no precise working medicine to avoid altitude sickness. The best way is to take preventive measures like:
The walking trails are well marked. You should expect daily ascents and descents. The Upper Mustang trail follows the trans-Himalayas salt trading route used in the old days.You will avoid the motor road and cross several small passes on your trek.
You come across different settlements of whitewashed houses, Mani walls, fields of barley and Stupa with prayer flags. You will also come across pasture lands and herds of animals with their herders.Although a moderate level terrain, it is not the same as walking on smooth roads in the cities. Having some trek specific training along with other physical activities can make the trails easy for you.If you are looking for an extra challenge, you can ask your guide to take you through off the beaten tracks. Make sure you have a professional, licensed guide with you for this to ensure you don’t get lost and stay safe.
You don’t need to have an extraordinary physical fitness level to do this trek. If you can walk for long hours, you can do the Upper Mustang trek comfortably. Having prior trekking experience in hilly and mountain regions anywhere in the world or in Nepal can be beneficial as well. Your body will find it easier to adapt to the changing altitude and regular walks during the Upper Mustang Trek.
Extraordinary fitness levels and prior trekking experience is not mandatory. Yet preparing for the trek with routines like walks and jogs a few months before the trek is beneficial. It helps to increase your stamina which can help reduce shortness of breath and fatigue on the trek. This helps in making your trek less difficult but make sure to consult your doctor before undertaking any trek. This way you can inform beforehand of any medical conditions you have to your local guide and trekking agency.
Upper Mustang Trek is a multi-day trek. Your body experiences a lot of physical exertion during such treks which can quickly deplete your energy. When going on treks, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet before, during and after a trek. During the actual trek, make sure you start your day with a healthy and filling breakfast. Make sure to include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. You should also hydrate your body by drinking water. Take frequent, small sips of water as you hike during the trek. Make sure you drink 125 ml of water every half an hour. Having snacks every two hours during your trek is also beneficial. Carry lights, compact food or snacks in your day pack. These can include raisins, nuts, dried fruit, seeds, fresh food. You can also take crackers, granola bars for instant energy. All these will help to keep you physically and mentally fit and alert. This, in turn, ensures a safe and comfortable trek. Lack of healthy meals can lead to fatigue, dizziness, nausea, prone to injuries.
Upper Mustang Trek falls in the restricted region trek of Nepal. Hence, having a registered licensed local trekking staff is mandatory. This can be your local guide, porter or porter-guide. You can also choose to have more than one local trekking staff with you. Each of them has its own advantages. They can help make your trekking experience in Upper Mustang a safe and wonderful one.
A guide can provide you in-depth information about the local culture, flora, and fauna. A guide can also recommend you the most comfortable tea houses to stay at eat . A guide can also inform you of the amount of distance, the time you need to walk per day, the trails to take, the rest stops in between. They have updated information on weather and trail conditions. This way, you can have a better idea of what to expect during each day of your trek. The weather in the higher regions like Upper Mustang is often unpredictable. Hence having a guide with previous experience can come in handy.
A professional and licensed guide also has knowledge of handling any emergency situation that may or may not arise. A porter will carry up to 25 kg of luggage. So, you can pack each essential item you need for the trek. It also helps you to focus on your walk and the beautiful trails without worry of the extra load. Hence, having a guide and porter can help ease your trekking journey in Upper Mustang Trekking
There are many routes to choose from for your Upper Mustang trek. The most convenient way to get to Upper Mustang is to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. You can start your trek there or take a bus or jeep to Kagbeni. You can start and end your actual trek in Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, you trek northwards which will lead you to Lo Manthang in 4 to 5 days. You will cross several small passes between 3200-3900m. From Lomanthang you can return the same way back or choose a different way.
The different way takes you through Dhakmar crossing 2 passes. These passes are slightly higher around 4100m. This convenient and popular route is moderate level in difficulty. If you are looking for a challenge, you can choose a different route with a strenuous level of difficulty.
Some other trekking destination after this Upper Mustang Trek via Nar Phu Valley Trek , Upper Dolpo Trek ,Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek, Rara Lake Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek etc
Upper Mustang Permit preparation Day in Kathmandu overnight Hotel with Breakfast
Drive to Pokhara 8,20 m, overnight at Hotel with Breakfast
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni 3 ½ hours to Kagbeni Village 2847 m, overnight at Lodge
Trek to Chele Village 3050 m ,6 hours walk overnight at Lodge
Trek to Syangboche 3800 m, from lower trail to avoid road via Chungsi cave. We will have to walk about 6 hours to reach Syangboche. This lower part of trail, it’s really enjoyable journey for the magnificent views of mountains. overnight at Lodge
Trek to Ghami Village 3520 m overnight at Lodge
Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark the way as we head to Nyi-La 4020 m this is the highest point of the trek thus far and offers fantastic views both south towards Annapurna and further into Mustang. The famous red cliffs a real feature of the landscape. We take a detour from the road to cross the Ghami-La pass 3765 m before arriving in the village of Ghami in time for lunch. From Ghami we leave the road behind and trek on for a further 3 hours, making a gradual ascent to the village of Dhakmar 3820 m. overnight at Lodge
Trek to Lo-Manthang 3730 m, today's route takes us far from the motor road to Lo Manthang and allows us to get a sense of what life before modern transportation must have been like for the people of Upper Mustang. We start by following the trail along the top of Mustangs famous red cliffs to the Mui-La pass 4100 m, descending slightly to Lo- Gekar for lunch. At Lo Gekar we will be visiting the Ghar Gompa (monastery) which is believed to pre-date the first monastery built in Tibet, that being Samaye Monastery built by the Padmashambhava. Following lunch it's a gradual ascent to cross the Chango-La pass 4280 m before making a final descent to the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. overnight at Lodge
Today is yours to explore this outstanding historical and cultural center. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during your stay. The palace is the home of the Raja (King) and his Rani (queen). Although the Raja's function is now primarily ceremonial he is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe the vibrant Tibetan culture. An optional side trip is also available either on horse or jeep to the nearby Chosar Valley. Chosar is a remarkable location with towering red-cliffs with caves that were inhabited as far back as 2,500 years ago overnight at Lodge
Today we depart Lo Manthang and head south-east. The morning walk will start with a steady climb up to Lo-La pass (3950 m). From here you will have a spectacular view back at Lomanthang and the surrounding area. We leave the road once more as we walk toward the Dhi-La pass 3950 m before descending into a beautiful canyon where we will find the village of Dhi. From Dhi we will follow the Punyung Khola past many more beautiful cliffs to the village of Yara 3650 m, overnight at Lodge
This morning we cross the Puyung Khola and start a gradual climb for an hour or so to a view point where we will have views back at Yara village. From here it is a gradual descent to the Dechyang Khola where we may be lucky enough to spy the beautiful peaks of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. After crossing Dechyang Khola the trail continues towards Tangge. Your efforts trekking to the lunch spot 4015 m, will be rewarded with a feast for the eyes as we savor the views of the Himalayas. After lunch we will descend to a plateau and on to Tanggye 3340 m, overnight at Lodge
Trek back to Chhusang 2980 m, overnight at Lodge
Drive back to Jomsom 2715 m, (Special Permit Exit point at Kagbeni)
Fly back to Pokhara overnight at Hotel with Breakfast
Drive back to Kathmandu overnight at Hotel with breakfast
Departure to the airport for your final destination to return
The Trip cost will be very depending on the Group Size, duration of days and services basis. Make your own team to customize the price. so contact us about the tour packages via Email:firstname.lastname@example.org with your details to obtain a quote.