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14 Days of Upper Mustang Trekking

Ushering trekkers into the closed away old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, and its illustrious headquarter of Lo Manthang, the Upper Mustang Trekking tour establishes for travelers an integral connection with Tibetan culture, language, and geography. Tucked away from the modern world, Mustang exhibits a keen preservation of Tibetan culture and the rugged nature of the trans-Himalayas at its most pristine. Falling directly in the rain shadow zone of the Dhaulagiri mountain massif, the trekking routes crossing through Upper Mustang are replete with rocky inlays, stark colors, interesting topographical formations, and a barren landscape dotted with little settlements showing ancient Tibetan-Buddhist-style architecture contrasted against soft green barley fields, and festoons of colorful prayer flags flying in the air. BookMountainTours gives you the opportunity to choose among some of the best trek organizers in Nepal who conduct treks to this region and get up close and personal with the landscape, nature, culture and traditions of Upper Mustang. The Upper Mustang Trek route traces the old salt caravan trail by which the people of the kingdom of Mustang used to trade Tibetan salt in exchange for grains from the lowlands. The path by the cliffs winds upwards to the high pass of Lo La at 3950m, overlooking the antiquated capital of Lo Manthang with its 6m tall wall standing against the stark desert landscape. Inside its walls, the city is a network of narrow mountainous alleyways, hidden chortens, long extended stone walls inlaid with sacred prayer wheels, and herds of animals brought home in the crimson twilight from the green slopes and valleys in the distance. Highlights of the Upper Mustang Trekking Tour: This lesser-known, moderate trek takes one through some of the spectacular regions of Nepal and offers a chance to have a peek into the fascinating traditions and cultures of Tibet. Here are some of the highlights of this trek: A glimpse into the ancient Tibetan empire of the Buddhist kingdom of Mustang and exploring a geographically isolated remote land where time has stood still. Unspoiled nature in the trans-Himalayas, the rugged treeless slopes reflecting the sun in myriad contrasting colors, the peculiar mountain desert climate in the rain shadow zone of the Dhaulagiri massif, and the picture-perfect barren landscape dotted with village settlements. Exploring parts of the old salt caravan route passing through Mustang where history lives on in the legacy of the road. The royal palace of Manthang, the monastery of Thugchen Gompa built in the 15th century and the old town of Manthang, the monastery and the old cave high upon the rocks in Chhoser. Experiencing the journey through the deep gorge of the Kali Gandaki River which is running between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri mountains. A visit to Lo Gekar monastery, one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in the world, in Dhakmar. Spring trekking in these mountains when the vibrant masked festival of Tiji is celebrated all over Upper Mustang. Read More

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Mustang Trekking in Nepal

One of the remotest and most sparsely populated regions in Nepal, Mustang is an enigma for Himalayan travelers. The province is divided into Upper and Lower Mustang, the former previously designated as the Kingdom of Lo, a region which was inaccessible until 1992 when it was opened to foreigners. A high altitude desert land, strikingly hued in red and ochre, Mustang features a stark landscape. Deep, cavernous gorges, mysterious caves, and high canyons mark the map of Mustang trek. One of the landmark cultural attractions of Upper Mustang is the 4-storey palace of the old kingdom where surviving members of the royal family still lives with reverence from the locals. Lower Mustang is known for its apple orchards, rhododendron forests, and the beautiful Muktinath Temple, holy to both Buddhists and Hindus.

What Is the Mustang Trek?

The Mustang trek is an exotic tour program to the unspoiled landscape and remote mountains of Nepal. The topography of the Mustang region is intriguingly stark and entirely different from the rest of Nepal. Numerous caves, serrated rocky cliffs, fossils, cave paintings, and culture of the indigenous people akin to ancient Tibet, makes Mustang so unique. The province was once part of an independent Tibetan kingdom. The esoteric culture of the Mustang people was not revealed to the modern world at late as 1990s. The surviving royal family of Mustang is seated in the four-storey palace and is still held with reverence by the locals. Traditional trade routes used by people in the 15th century fall on upper mustang trekking itinerary. The relatively barren landscape in this part of Nepal lies in the rainshadow area of the Annapurna region, presenting a different slice of the mountain country. Besides trekking, cycling, rock climbing, pilgrimage and cultural tours in Mustang are gradually gaining great appreciation.

Why Should You Go For the Mustang Trek?

There are several unique geographical and cultural high points of the Mustang region that makes this trek compulsive:

  • The Kagbeni village located in the Valley of Kali Gandaki river with fascinating Tibetan-style houses, imposing chortens, sweeping views of the Kaligandaki river valley, red monasteries, and apple farming.

  • Muktinath temple situated at an elevation of 3800 m-- a holy site for the Buddhists as well as hindus.

  • Kaligandaki river gorge-- the deepest canyons in the world.

  • Upper Mustang Trekking features the city wall of Lo-manthang of many legends.

  • Choser cave and monasteries to the north of Lo-manthang

  • Luri monastery near the villages og Ghara and Yara

  • The exquisite rainshadow area cold desert landscape makes for winning photo-opps.

How High Is the Mustang Trek?

There are several high-altitude stations featuring in the treks conducted in both Upper and Lower Mustang. Marang La at 4230 m is possible the highest point of them all while Lo Manthang at 3, 840 m is a station close in altitude to Marang La.

When to Visit?

Mustang is uniquely tantalizing in different seasons--

Spring and Summer (March to June) : A season of rhododendron blooming in Lower Mustang, this season is great for photography in the wilderness. The weather remains pleasurably warm, keeping the upper regions more or less free of snow and the condition at the high passes bearable. There is good visibility of the landscape and surrounding peaks in the warm summer sun. Lo-Manthang, a joyful 3-day festival is held in the premises of the King’s palace in Upper Mustang in May.

Autumn (September to November) : Clear weather and the post-monsoon freshness in the air makes autumn makes Upper Mustang Trekking especially inviting. The cool weather is ideal for navigating the stark desert lands. There is great visibility and color to the landscape and the far peaks. No special equipment is needed to travel in Mustang during October-November.

Winter (December to February): Trekking in Mustang lowers during the winters with the temperature steadily dropping especially after evening. The rewards to braving the trek during this time are the superb mountain panorama and quieter trails. Teahouse accommodations remains open in Lower Mustang however, Upper Mustang becomes difficult to travel since accommodations close down due to heavy snow.

How to Reach?

Trekking enthusiasts to Mustang are required to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu and from there would be picked up for a drive from 6-8 hours on the Prithvi Highway to Jomsom. All treks in the Mustang region begins from Jomsom.

Are There Any Shops Available On the Mustang Trek?

Shops for trekking utilities,food, and medicines are available till Jomsom.

How Long Does It Take To Complete the Mustang Trek?

Treks in Mustang region can take as long as 20 days, from Jomsom to Jomsom.

What to Pack for the Mustang Trek?

  • Large or medium size backpack, and a duffle side bag for extras

  • Water bottle

  • Sun hat

  • Warm cap

  • Base layers

  • Fleece jacket

  • Outer jacket

  • Rain jacket (essential for the monsoon months)

  • Sturdy trekking shoes and a pair of floaters

  • Flashlight

  • Trekking pants, several pairs

  • UV-protection glasses

  • Thermal socks

Is There Any Possibility Of Altitude Sickness?

During the lower Mustang trek chances of altitude sickness are quite rare. But, when it comes to the upper Mustang trek, there are possibilities of altitude sickness at the highest point of the trek which is at 4230m.

How Busy Is the Mustang Trek?

Mustang trek in Nepal is more remote and less taken compared to the others. IT’s perfect for solitude and whole lot of adventure. However, spring and summer treks could be moderately peopled.