Looking for that perfect Upper Mustang trekking itinerary? Then look no further! Because our 14 days Upper Mustang Trek takes you to the ethereally beautiful forbidden kingdom of the Annapurna region. Upper Mustang Trek introduces travelers to the new Himalayan side of Nepal besides the typical forested trail with snowcapped mountains in the background. Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back entails exploring dry and rough terrains of the restricted Mustang Region.
While navigating the Upper Mustang Trekking Route, trekkers will experience a sensation of trekking in the pristine corners of the Himalayas. Walk through the stunning and rich ethnic far-off settlements hidden in the crevasses and giant canyons. Similarly, tour through various monasteries and gompas tasting the enriching cultural and traditional values. Mustang region is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, which is a unique lifestyle to see. Also, immerse in the mythological tales surrounding the origin and religious belief of the region.
Navigating Upper Mustang is like journeying back to medieval times. The region is a restricted trekking area. Thus, not many traverse this particular region. Similarly, due to its restricted status, the region has exceptionally preserved historical monuments and culture. Whoever visits grounds of Upper Mustang, they experience great cultural dexterity. After savoring the historical and cultural magnificence of the valley, relish the eccentric physical terrain of the region. The unmistakably distinctive yet stunning mountains and dusty, windy terrain are remarkable aspects of trekking.
Upper Mustang Trekking is a moderate hike that begins with a scenic flight to Pokhara and then to Jomsom. Two flight journey offers distinctively different pictures of Nepal’s geographical landscape. The journey runs over the Muktinath temple and continues to Chusang, Ghele, Geling, and Charang. In addition, overnight at Lo Manthang- the capital of Mustang lets you delve into the traditional life of upper Mustang. After relishing the sights of the high-altitude desert, deep gorges, big wall caves, and monasteries follow your way back to the city in a fun jeep ride to Jomsom from Ghami. Later, take the early flight to Pokhara from Jomsom while enjoying changing view from the window seat.
Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back
- Half-day excursion of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites based in Kathmandu.
- Visit the dry and barren terrain of Mustang
- The vast lands are surrounded by the Trans Himalayas
- The journey through the remote settlements of people whose faith and beliefs in their deity is powerful and likewise explore the culture and tradition that is untouched and undisturbed
- Explore the sacred pilgrimage site- Muktinath temple
- A short stopover in Pokhara to explore one of the most touristic places in Nepal
Best Time to do this Trek
The best times to do the upper mustang trek are spring, summer, and autumn season. However, the upper mustang trek is doable in all four seasons as well. March to May is the spring season; thus, one can anticipate mild and moderate weather conditions. Whereas the autumn season, from September to November, offers splendid weather with clear blue skies and a crystal clear picture of the trans-Himalayas and Annapurna range along with Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Nilgiri mountains. Summer and monsoon season coincides in Nepal, and it is from June to August.
Most trekking trails of Nepal are not suitable for hiking during the summer/monsoon season. However, for the upper mustang trek, it is one of the ideal times. As the region lies in a leeward area, it experiences less precipitation, and the weather remains dry and barren with strong wind. Lastly, it is possible to trek in the winter season, but it gets a little challenging because of extreme cold weather and cold wind. Nevertheless, if winter air does not bother you, then there won’t be much problem. However, one must layer up with appropriate clothing for a memorable and beautiful journey.
The Upper Mustang Trek with the drive-back tour is a moderate trekking journey. The trekking route is quite broad and straight as well. Unlike most hiking routes of Nepal, it does not require hiking steep uphill and downhill. Hence, it will not put much pressure on your legs. Only a few portions of the journey require hiking through narrow routes. Besides, this particular itinerary is perfectly coordinated with appropriate flight duration, trekking, and land transportation. All means of transport are rarely included while trekking, but since road construction is well-built in this region, people usually have jeep drives in their journey. Overall, it is a suitable journey for everybody, including novice and senior and junior trekkers.
There are various trekking trails in the Upper Mustang. Some are short, whereas some are long. However, each trekking itinerary offers a different flavor to trekkers. For instance, 17 days Upper Mustang Trek offers a lengthy walking journey allowing plenty of time to observe the culture and adore the scenery. Or participate in one of the celebratory festivals of Mustang with 18 days Upper Mustang Tiji Festival. Similarly, you can also explore lower regions of the Mustang Region with 14 days of Lower Mustang Trek. All the itineraries are flexible for customization as per the trekker’s requirement.