Upper Mustang, formerly the Kingdom of Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. Trekking to Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved places in the world. Upper Mustang, also known as a ‘Mini Tibet of Nepal’ is a very well-liked trek. In other words, it is one of the best treks in Nepal. Upper Mustang is also known as Mountain Desert of Nepal.
Trek to Mustang allows the trekkers to witness beautiful Trans-Himalaya landscape, ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines (such as Stupas, Chhortens, Kaanis, Prayers walls, centuries-old monasteries) and interact with Tibetan people makes the trip most lifetime memorable. Upper Mustang trekking is a fabulous tour that visitors experience best holiday trip ever in their life in Nepal.
In this Upper Mustang tea house trek, you can explore the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. It highly preserves the Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature. Furthermore, Upper Mustang is not very well known to tourists, therefore, will have lesser trekkers. There are a few attraction in this region which is the royal palace, a few beautiful monasteries like the Thugchen Gompa. Another choice is to visit the Amchi museum and Amchi school.
The starting point of the upper Mustang trek is the district headquarters of Mustang, Jomsom reachable by a scenic flight. Similarly, also accessible by walk from Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tatopani-Jomsom and Kali Gandaki Valley trekking route. You will walk to Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. On the way up, you will get to see a great view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang. Experience some of the most significant and most beautiful Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal in Lo Manthang.
In conclusion, We can reach Lo Manthang in four days. And at least one extra day spent is equally important to catch the sights and sound of this unique walled settlement. Lo Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill, mind-blowing panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and several others peaks make your trek spectacular with lifetime experience. The trekking tour to Lo Manthang- isolated region is an incredibly satisfying one for those who want to experience the hospitality & warmth of the locals living in the remote areas.
Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Drive to Pokhara(900m) – 7 hours, in a Tourist Bus.
Day 02: Fly to Jomsom(2,700m) & trek to Kagbeni(2,810m) – 4 hours.
Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele(3,050m) – 6 hours.
Day 04: Chele to Syanbochen(3,475m) – 7 hours.
Day 05: Syanbochen to Ghaymi(3,500m) – 5 hours.
Day 06: Ghaymi to Charang(3,560m) – 4 hours.
Day 07: Charang to Lo Manthang(3,770m) – 5 hours.
Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Lo Manthang.
Day 09: Lo Manthang to Drakmar(3,800m) – 7 hours.
Day 10: Drakmar to Ghiling(3,860m) – 6 hours.
Day 11: Ghiling to Chuksang(3,050) – 6 hours.
Day 12: Chuksang to Jomsom(2,700m) – 6 hours.
Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight(30minutes).
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking
Tiji festival of the upper Mustang is a fascinating annual three-day festival. Consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, also one of the most waiting festivals in the Hidden Kingdom of Mustang. The unseen traditional culture of Local peoples, as well as the Tibetan ritual festival, attract the Tibetan cultures lovers every year. To join the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival trek, you have to do the trek in the third week of May. The exact day goes according to the Buddhist calendar. Tiji (Tenji) Festival 2019 Dates are from 30 May 2019 to 01 June 2019.
Upper Mustang Trek Permit Cost Details
Before 1992 the region was banned from visiting for foreign travellers. Later, Nepal Government Department of Immigration started to issue only a small number of special trekking permits. All non-Nepalese resident needs a permit to enter Upper Mustang. Everyone entering the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) area requires an entry permit which costs NPR 3000(around $30) per person for a single entry. Besides, if someone is going into Upper Mustang (from Kagbeni onwards), they require a Special Restricted Area Permit(RAP) costs $500 per person for 10 days. If longer is needed, an additional $50 per day is charged. No, any other permits require, for instance, TIMS card for Upper Mustang as the RAP is sufficient. Please keep in mind that Individual trekkers cannot obtain the restricted area permit for Upper Mustang themselves. Only registered trekking company in Nepal can make RAP permits.
Best Time To Visit Upper Mustang
As across the whole seasons of Nepal, Autumn(September to November) is the best season to visit the incredible Upper Mustang. Excellent weather, great landscape, and magnificent mountain views attract the travelers in this season. As the temperatures range from 12 to 20 degree, Blue skies with clear mountain views make the trekking unforgettable.
Upper Mustang Trek Cost
The cost of the upper Mustang trek will be more expensive due to the expenses on the permit as the single RAP permit will cost $500. The total cost of the Upper Mustang trek will be $ 1,799. Trip cost including foods & accommodations during the trek, guide, porter, necessary transportations like domestic airfare, etc.
|No. Of Days||14 - 16 Days|
|Maximum Elevation||3,810 m / 12,500 ft, Dhakmar|
|Remoteness||Very Remote (Less number of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual|
|Pricing||High ($1,799 including food, accommodation during the trek)|
|Best Season||March to May and October to November.|
|Required Permits||ACAP, Restricted Area Permit|