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    Are you ready to explore the hidden kingdom of Mustang, Nepal? A trip to this remote region is like stepping back in time. The Upper Mustang Trek takes you into a world untouched by modernization.

    At a Glance

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      17 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy to Moderate
    • Activities
      Trekking
    • Accommodation
      Hotel/Guesthouse
    • Meals
      Inclusive
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
    • BEST TIME
      March - May and Sept - Nov.

    Trip Overview

    In terms of culture, Upper Mustang is characterized by the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan culture and religion are evident in the forms of prayer flags and Mani stones which are inscribed with mantras found near the paths in the villages. You will also get to see some monasteries along the cliffs each with a story to tell or a prayer to ask for.

    Located in Nepal, Upper Mustang was long closed to outsiders, which makes it an interesting spot for the adventurous trekker. During your journey in and around this area in Manang, you will come across several villages and stunning features of the desert-like terrains. Here, you can enjoy the cultural practices of the indigenous populations of the valleys, which are still practicing their ancient methods of living.

    Upper Mustang Trek is an exciting and challenging 17 day experience during which one feels like they are in a world of their own and that is away from the rat race of the civilized world. You will trek into one of the oldest kingdoms ever known, Lo Manthang, in the kingdom of Mustang. Despite the fact that it opened only in 1992, this kingdom used to be off-limits to most visitors, but this didn’t affect its stunning appearance. Some regions will amaze you with their scenery and faces and familiarity with the mysterious Tibet.

    The Mustang region in the northern part of Nepal is a trekking adventure in its own right. Though it is not a technical trail, due to the high elevation of the trek, which mostly ranges from 2600- 4000m, one needs to be in good physical condition. Apart from appreciating the beauty of the caves with mysterious paintings, one could not but mention the welcoming people of this area, not to mention the absolute thrill of getting to Lo-Manthang. This fortified city is strategically located to overlook the beautiful and arid land that is referred to as the Barren.

    This trek will allow you to select a wonderful trekking destination in the land of Upper Mustang. On this journey, you will experience this difference in geography and also get to meet people who originate from the Tibetan background.

    Top Highlights of Upper Mustang Nepal Trek

    • A sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, where you can explore the rich Nepalese heritage and culture.
    • Take a picturesque drive to Pokhara, admiring the lush hills and fresh mountain air.
    • Take a relaxing walk by the Fewa Lake and soak in the tranquil ambiance before your adventure.
    • Hop on a majestic flight to Jomsom and catch a glimpse of the stunning Himalayas from a bird-eye view.
    • Engage with the locals in Jomsom and gain insight into their unique way of life and ancient traditions.
    • Enjoy local delicacies like Dal Bhat (Lentil soup with Rice), curries, etc.
    • Get to explore the forbidden kingdom of Lo-Manthang.
    • Make a quick stop at Namgyal Gompa, situated on a hilltop, and enjoy the beautiful mountain from the hill.
    • Uncover intricate caves and monasteries and engage with local monks for a deeper spiritual understanding.
    • Visit Muktinath Temple, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, and witness the profound spiritual energy that comes from this place.

    Trek to Upper Mustang/Route Overview

    Our Upper Mustang trekking starts from the moment you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be picked up by one of our staffs and will be taken to the hotel in Kathmandu.

    Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, has a sightseeing tour before experiencing the real adventure. You will take a tour of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath on that day. The next day, you will go for a drive to Pokhara. It is normal that you get to Pokhara through the hills and alongside the low rivers. Later, you will take a flight to Jomsom and then start your walk towards Kagal, the entry point for the Upper Mustang region. Continuing the trial to lower parts after an overnight halt at Kagbeni, other villages to visit include Chele, Geling, and Charang. Subsequently to these genial villages, one arrives at the Capital of the Kingdom of Lo-Manthang.

    The next day, you will have a walk around the town, observing the lifestyle of people living in the area. You will then move on a little trek to the Namgyal Gompa monastery too. This monastery is located in a hilly region and boasts of being the prime monastery for the people of this region. Next, after Namgyal Gompa, there is Tingkar, the last village of the region, situated to the northwest of Lo-Manthang.

    After visiting the beautiful village of Lo-Manthang, you proceed towards Muktinath via Dhakmar, Syangbochen, and Chhusang. Muktinath is tranquil, and when you get to the place, you will be overwhelmed by its serenity. This place is sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists and has been deemed very holy. Once your tour of the temples is over, you proceed towards Jomsom for your flight back to Pokhara.

    After your early morning flight back to Pokhara, you will have ample time to move around freely. The next day, you move back to Kathmandu on the same highway, only taking longer time because there will be more traffic in the morning hours than during the night time. Your trip ends as you will be dropped off at the airport the next day for the outward bound flight.

    Best time to travel in Nepal

    The Upper Mustang Trek is almost conducted throughout the year. But the best time to go is spring, autumn, and summer. Every season has its unique aesthetics, offering unique terrains, natural settings, and trekking experiences.

    Can I trek the upper Mustang in the summer?

    Yes, you can also go on the Upper Mustang Trek during summer. Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadows of the Annapurna range, so summer treks are pleasant, well-lit, and dry. The weather is perfect, and the trails are in superb condition, with warm and sunny days and stunning visibility. The region's Rivers and ecosystem are at their peak during this season. Even though you may encounter some damp weather in the Lower Mustang, making the trails slippery and muddy, the natural beauty is enhanced.

    How difficult is Upper Mustang Trek?

    If you're excited about exploring the hidden kingdom of Mustang, you might wonder how hard it is to get there.

    The Upper Mustang's difficulty level is easy to moderate, depending on your fitness and physical level. You'll have to walk through rough paths with steep ups and downs, hiking 5-6 hours long daily. Get ready, exercise, and eat healthy food for a month before the trek.

    The main potential challenge of Mustang Trek is altitude sickness (AMS). At the highest point of 4200m, there is a chance of getting sick from the altitude. But don't worry! Our expert guide will help you with breathing and walking pace to ensure a safe and comfortable trek.

    Are There Any Alternative Treks?

    If this package doesn't suit your preferences, don't worry—we have a variety of other options.

    There’s also an Upper Mustang Trek with a Drive Back option if you want to shorten your trip. This 14-day journey gives you a full experience of the Upper Mustang region with a drive back from Ghami to Jomsom.

    If you want to add cultural experience to your trek, you can opt for the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. This trek takes place during the Tiji festival, a three-day celebration in Lo Manthang. It takes you through the beautiful landscapes of Upper Mustang and allows you to witness the unique cultural traditions of the region.

    Take your time to explore our packages and find the one that's perfect for you. We are always here to assist you in making the best choice for your travel needs and preferences.

    Itinerary

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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers.
    • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
    • Round trip flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara including departure taxes
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
    • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit), please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipments
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Cost and Date

    Start Dates refer to your arrival date in Nepal. End Dates correspond to your return date from Nepal.

    The Upper Mustang Trek set departure dates are tailored for the group joining option. If the -days Upper Mustang Trek departure dates don't fit your schedule, we can include alternative dates that better suit your needs.

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