Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most remarkable and adventurous treks of the Mustang regions in Nepal. The 17 days Upper Mustang treks begin with the sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. After that, you’ll drive to Pokhara, the beautiful city of Lake and start your trek from there. During the trekking journey, with Himalayans views, you’ll pass through some ancient villages of Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, Jomsom, Chhuksang, and Chele. All these villages are such remarkable places with beautiful landscapes and cultural diversity. This unique trek passes through the desert like landscapes, deep canyons, beautiful waterfalls, eroded cliffs, and mountain valley. While walking along the side of Kali Gandaki river you’ll get striking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, and Mt. Annapurna. Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom. It was once part of Tibet and salt caravans used to cross the Himalayas of Nepal. It lies in the rain shadow area of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges and thus turned this land into a barren desert. So, this place is also called as the “mountain desert”.
Upper Mustang trek will reward you with diverse landscapes combined with the authentic Nepali-Tibetan culture. Enroute you’ll encounter with Tamang, Gurung, Mustangi, and Tibetan inhabitants. During this wonderful trek, you’ll also walk along the Kali Gandaki gorge which is one of the deepest gorges in the world. Further, you’ll also visit Muktinath temple which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Trek ends with the short scenic flight back to Pokhara from Jomson and followed by a drive to Kathmandu. Upper Mustang Trekking is the best options for those who want to explore the remote and untouched treasures of the Himalayas! The scenery along the entire trail is simply stunning. Come explore one of the hidden gems of Nepal with The Great Adventure Treks.
Upper Mustang Trekking Highlights
- Enjoy the sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley
- Explore the capital of Mustang- Lo Manthang
- Visit the monasteries and the caves of Upper Mustang
- Visit Muktinath Temple important pilgrimage sites of both Hindu and Buddhist
- Explore the highly Tibetan influence culture and lifestyle of the remote place of Upper Mustang
- An eye-catching view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna
- Explore the city of Lake, Pokhara
- Scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
Upper Mustang Trekking Difficulty
Upper Mustang Trekking difficulty is generally considered to be moderate to difficult. Although prior trekking experience is not necessary, the good level of fitness is essentially required. So, before embarking the trekking journey, you need to take part in physical activities like walking, running, swimming, hiking. Besides altitude sickness is also common among the trekkers especially above 3,000 meters which add a little difficulty during the trek. So, it is necessary to acclimatize well during the trek and prepared yourself beforehand.
Best Time for Upper Mustang Trekking
The best time for Upper Mustang Trekking is spring and autumn. The views are clear in this season and there is less chance of heavy snowfall or rain during this period. However, the summer is also considered as the best time for Upper Mustang trekking. Since the Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow area, it doesn’t experience monsoon. So, it is a great idea to see the vegetation of the Himalayan arid plateau. During the winter season, the trekking is quite impossible due to the heavy snowfall in the higher altitude above 3,500 meters. Lastly, if you want to be the part of Tiji festival in Upper Mustang then the best time is in May. Locals celebrate this festival for 3 days. This festival is basically held on the premises of the king’s palace of Lo Manthang.
Upper Mustang Trek Map
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2689ft) (5-6 hours)
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) (45 minutes ) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft) (3-4 hours trek)
Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft) (5-6 hours)
Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft) (6-7 hours)
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft) (5-6 hours)
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft) (5-6 hours)
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft) (3-4 hours)
Day 10: Acclimatization and Exploration day at Lo Manthang
Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft) (6-7 hours)
Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft) (5-6 hours)
Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft) (5-6 hours)
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft) (6-7 hours)
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final departure