Upper mustang trek is one of the very best trek routes that lie behind the trans himalayan region of Nepal. Known as Nepal mini tibet this offers the perfect mountain view and best opportunity to learn the local people cultures and their traditions. The colourful and dry landscape and the Buddhist cultures (Tibetan Buddhism) is another attraction of the upper mustang trek. The Lomanagthang is the ultimate destination of the trek where you can see 6-7 very old monasteries as well as the royal king palace of the lomangthang. The lomangthang is a small city of the Mustang where you can see the different types of cultural celebrations as per their time and schedule as well as Tibetan Buddhism.
The 12-14 Days upper mustang trek takes you to the highest dry land of Nepal where the landscape is totally dry and colourful, the sunlight makes the landscape so colourful and bright plus the Himalayas on the south of you is very mesmerizing. Trekkers can experience the Tibetan lifestyles and Tibetan Buddhism here, each village has their own monasteries and countless chorten on the time to enter into the village. The longest mani walls of Nepal is just after crossing the river of ghami which is a wonderful example of the people how much they are devoted to Buddhism.
Historically Lo Manthang was the walled city and capital of Lo after it was founded in 1380 by Ame Pal. Ame pal made the wall that surrounds the city and still, we can see many structures which were built by him. After the unification of Nepal Lo Manthang went to dependency but kept the hereditary rulers. After Nepal went on the federal republic in 2008 the last king Jigme Palbar Bista (c 1933- 2019) lost his title as well but the people of Lo Manthang still believes in the king of Lo Manthang.
Religiously the Mustang is one of the most important districts for both Hinduism and Buddhism. The oldest monastery of the Upper Mustang is Ghar Gompa which was the oldest monastery which is 800 years old and built-in 12 Century by Guru Padmasambhava located in Dhakmar village. Jampa Gompa, the oldest monastery in the lomangthang, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house” where you can see the giant size buddha statue. Thubchen Gompa, Chodey Gompa, Choprang Gompa are other Monetary to look in the Lomangthang while in Tsarang there is also a Tsarang Monastery to look and know how the culture looks like.
The upper mustang treks offer you the magnificent view of the Himalayas including the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri, Annapurna North, Damodar Himal and many other white snow-capped peaks in the panoramic views. The diversified and colourful landscape is an attraction of the upper mustang trek. The trek starts from Jomsom after the fight from Pokhara. The Kagbeni is the starting point where there is the special permits check post, from here you will enter into the special control region of Nepal. From Chusnag you cross the Tsele, Samar, Syangbochen, Ghelling, Ghami, Tsarang then finally to Lomangtheng. On this hike, you will see the colourful landscape as well as Tibetan peoples cultures and traditions. Due to the development of the road you might see the road but we try to avoid the road as much as we can.
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Upper Mustang trek highlights are as belows, which you can experince while doing upper mustang trek
Upper mustang trek best time/season categorized in 3 major seasons. Upper mustang trek is unique in terms of splendidness and the cultural aspects, even though it is one of the best treks, the trek experience differs as per the time you trek to Upper Mustang trek. Here we have discussed what the treks look like in each upper mustang best time/season.
The spring season is Nepal’s second-best season for trekking and first best season for mountaineering and climbing. The season is often considered the season of flowers. You can see the whole rhododendron forest get colourful flowers and the mountains become very clear. The sky generally remains very blue but sometimes the weather can be bad as well. In general, the weather at this time is very best for any trekking in Nepal. You can do all types of trekking in this time such as an Annapurna circuit trek, Annapurna base camp, Manaslu Trek, Everest base camp and you will get the best view of Himalayas and so as Upper Mustang trek. You can get the best experience if you do the upper mustang trek at this time.
the perfect time for the trekking as well as mountaineering. This is post-monsoon time and you can see the whole Nepal gets colourful due to the rice field and greenery everywhere. Looking at the mountains you can get a magnificent view each day. The weather and temperature are best at this time plus this is the time when there is a big festival running in Nepal that is why this is the best time to trek in Nepal, you can do an Upper mustang trek and get a very fruitful experience with the splendid view of the Himalayas and diversified landscape.
Known as the rainy season of Nepal, it rains a lot so the weather is not that nice usually, there is very less chance of Himalayas to be seen. Floods and landslides are very normal at this time. If you do the trekking in monsoon time then you might get a lot of leeches as well. So it is not a nice experience to do the trekking but you can do upper mustang as well because of the trans-Himalayan region Upper mustang remains clear even though it is rainy season in Nepal, you can see the Himalayas from the mustang not often but most of the time.
This is not a good season to trek in upper mustang due to the cold temperatures as well as poor visibility. Snowfalls are very common at this time. So we recommend only small and short treks and tour activities.
Upper mustang trek is controlled region trek of Nepal, Upper mustang trek permits cost is set by the department of tourism of Nepal and the permits is issued from Nepal Immigrations office with only the help of government registered trekking agency. Due to the government policy, the government allows only a few people to enter into the special regions of Nepal. Here we have included.
|1||Upper mustang trek area lies inside the Annapurna Conservation Area Project which means the trek goes inside the Annapurna conservation area that is the reason the trekkers are required to get the ACCAP Permits, this allows you to enter into the conservation area.|
|2||Nepal Immigration issue the permits for Upper Mustang Trek via a registered trekking agency. They need the original passport and so many other documents to issue the permits and for the upper Mustang trek, they issue the permit for a minimum 10 Days. and cost for a single person 500 USD. If you want to extend the trekking furthermore days then each day you need to pay 50$.|
So overall you need two types of the permits one is ACCAP and another is Upper Mustang Special Permits which is issue from the Nepal Immigrations.
Upper mustang trek difficulty depends on the duration, how long trekking days are you going to do and how many destinations you go to cover on your trip. You need to walk 6-7 hours each day on high altitude. The maximum altitude you will cross is about 4200 Meter when you are going to dhakmar from lomangthang. It is one of the well-facilitated treks because of the availability of the vehicle as per your needs. The hotel on the trek route is not that good but it is good to stay, this is more like homestay type. In Lomangthang there is a well-facilitated hotel as well but the other hotels in the trekking route are not that good. You need to walk on high elevations 6-7 hours each day and the distance is also long, due to too many passes on the trekking trail you might feel exhausted as well.
Upper mustang trek route starts from Jomsom. The upper Mustang trek begins from Jomsom, and ends at Jomsom. The special control region begins from Kagbeni where the 10 Days trek starts and ends. Trekking through the village of Chusang, then to Tsele is a 1-day trek. From here the trek goes to Samar, Syangbochen, Ghelling, Ghami, Tsarang, Lomangthang, Dhakmar then back to Jomsom is Upper Mustang Trek route
Upper mustang trek costs vary as per the service you choose, there are some things which the cost matters on. The cost differs if you choose the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or take the bus. If you take the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara then the price is expensive. If you have more time then you can drive to Pokhara or even to Jomsom as well but the road is very difficult. Here we have put the cost as per drive to Pokhara and then flight to Jomsom then trek.
|Date||Spring season(Must be a 2 person)||Autum season(Must be a 2 person)|
|October 3, 2020||1910 USD||1910 USD|
|October 20, 2020||1910 USD||1910 USD|
|October 26, 2020||1910 USD||1910 USD|
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Splendid view of Dhaulagiri mountains, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, Dhaulagiri IV, Gurja Peak, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak from the flight to jomsom
Super view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagir mountain during the entire trip, you can also see the Tilicho peak and some peaks in Annapurna Ranges.
Get know about the tibetan Buddhism, people and their unique cultures.
Trekking through the very open and colorful desertland of Mustang
Exploration of the hidden trasure of the upper mustang such as their unique cultures, festival and traditions.
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