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. Furthermore, you will start your trek from there. During the trekking journey, with Himalayans views are way too astonishing.You will 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 valleys. While walking along the side of the 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, the part of Tibet. In addition, 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. By the way, this place is also called 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 option 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 influenced 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
Generally, the Upper Mustang Trekking difficulty is not that strenuous. It is a moderate to difficult level trek. A good level of fitness is essentially required for this trek. However, prior trekking experience is not necessary, . So, before embarking on 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 adds a little difficulty during the trek. So, it is necessary to acclimatize well during the trek and prepare 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. Also, summer is widely considered as the best time for Upper Mustang trekking. Since the Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow area, it doesn’t experience the 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 part of the 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, Hotel Accommodation
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (827m/2689ft) (5-6 hours) Hotel Accommodation.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) (45 minutes ) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft) (3-4 hours trek) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft) (5-6 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft) (6-7 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft) (5-6 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft) (5-6 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft) (3-4 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 10: Acclimatization and Exploration day at Lo Manthang , Tea Hose Accommodation.
Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft) (6-7 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft) (5-6 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft) (5-6 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft) (6-7 hours) Tea House Accommodation.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom, Hotel Accommodation.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu, Hotel Accommodation.
Day 17: Final departure