Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek Area
- Mysterious Geography
- Thousand Years Monasteries and Hundreds of Caves
- Lo Manthang (The last forbidden kingdom)
- Tibetan Lifestyles and classic culture
- 3840 m higher from sea level
- Exciting route and rocky trails
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Stunning view of landscapes, Nilgiri, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and other
- The Deepest River Kaligandaki gorge
- Muktinath Temple
- Highest Buddhist Kingdom in the world.
- 210 million years old Ammonite fossil
- Production of fine apple wine
- Sky Burial
- Ancient trade route
The overview of Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang Trek is very difficult to explain it yet mysterious and naturally gifted and many know as a hidden kingdom. This is in Nepal somewhere in the far north on the Himalayan region.
Geographically, Upper Mustang is 3740 to 4000 meters from the sea level. It is a very remote village with Tibetan culture. All the hikers could see the eye-catching views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nigiri, Annapurna, peak, and Araniko Chuli.
Upper Mustang has bounded with over 35 stunning mountains including vertical rock-strewn and amazing hundred years of caves. This is a very popular and treeless route ever you would have to hike. Trekking experience could be unforgettable just because of mysterious views.
All the hikers go through the Highest Buddhist Kingdom and the deepest River Kaligandaki gorge. The real trekking begins from Jomsom to Kagbeni to Upper Mustang after 35 minutes of flight from Pokhara city.
Upper Mustang is not only a home but the world’s great human carved cliff caves so the visiting this place could be yet another amazing experience. According to reference, killed ancient architects who used to live in these caves many centuries ago and built these just for protection.
Locals believe that caves are for worshipping and they regard as holy ones. Some monasteries established this place under holy guru Padma Shambhaba and Rimpoche.
Sometimes, trekkers could see the sky burial. It sounds strange; they cut a dead body into small pieces then feed to vulture so that dead ones might rest in heaven. This is a common practice among the Tibetan faith under holy monks.
It is an ancient route that connects Tibet even China. The Kaligandaki River flows through Upper Mustang.Muktinath Temple is also this route, where many worshipers come to receive the salvation from sins.
Ultimately, your memorable trekking ends in Jomsom. If you really wish to explore more than you are most welcome. We GK Majestic have made a perfect literary for Upper Mustang Trek and do visit our web. We even have similar options like Mardi Himal Trek and Poon Hill Trek.
Starting and Ending Location of Upper Mustang Trekking
After a few hours of a walk to Kagbeni, so our trekking begins from this place. After 35 minutes of flight to Jomsom, we would head to this place.
All of us end our trek at Jomsom where we would stay at night after hours of walking. You could still enjoy seeing the views of lovely mountains then we will fly to Pokhara city.
When is the best time to do Upper Mustang Trek?
The 12 months are good for trekking. Even the summer is good for Upper Mustang Trek. Besides, sometimes landslide takes place, the route becomes very muddy also mosquito can bite easily. If you are adventurous, then you can enjoy hiking even in Summer. If you are hoping for a perfect time for the sake of trekking to Upper Mustang trek, then Autumn is the best, relatively in this season weather becomes very clear and dry thus you can see blue sky. Because of a good time, there is a sharp growth of trekkers. Usually, the temperature remains modest during this time. So, you can make a plan.
The Best timing for Upper Mustang Trekking
- Spring (March to May)
- Summer/Monsoon (June to August)
- Autumn (September to November)
- Winter (December to February)
Permission Requirement for Upper Mustang Trek
Trekkers have to go through two permits while hiking for Upper Mustang Trekking.
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP)
Annapurna Conservation charges nearly 30 USD including VAT. And for the SAARC nationalities 5 USD for the entrance. If you wish you can do in Kathmandu either in Pokhara for Upper Mustang trek permission.
Trekkers Information Management (TIMS)
Compulsory for international trekkers. TIMS maintains a record of each trekker by the registration. It helps to find out missing trekkers. So; the charge is 30 USD. Register for safety and security.
What is AMS?
The Acute Mountain Sickness and all trekkers must know about AMS while hiking over 2000 m.
What is Altitude Sickness?
This can occur from 2000 to 3000-8000 meter higher. It happens, the air pressure decreases and then less oxygen remains to the body’ tissues, as a result, the function of lung or heart do not function well so hikers could face Acute Mountain Sickness.
Upper Mustang trek has based over 3,660 m higher. So it is wise enough to use precautionary ideas or tools AMS, it is Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness which means it is the effect of high elevation in our body. Some body part does not function well by the low oxygen while hiking over 2400 higher.
As a result, you may feel a headache, nausea, vomiting, appetite, and breathing problems. Please, do not ignore such signs. Instead of healing yourself in the matter of time rather it will be or turn to a worse situation like HAPE or HACE. When you do not care about these symptoms and if you go through these problems then the first of all, you will have to take a rest and after that move down.
However, some hikers acclimatize within a day others may take 2-3 days to recover. if resting does not heal, then you will have to move down.
Planning to hike 3000-6000-8000 meters then you must have trekking insurance. You need to have such insurance which could solve the Acute Mountain Sickness, trekking accidents, illness, Stolen, Delayed, Lost Baggage or Damaged and travel insurance.
Out of the blue, sometimes we may face any of these accidents or problems so it is worthy to have World Nomads trekking insurance which includes the service of Tip cancellation, Emergency medical Insurance, emergency evacuation, repatriation and protecting your gears.
The major point is to save you from accidents or difficulties. For example, if your flight becomes delay then you face the financial default of your touring operator so helps you to cover this worse problem.
Stolen or damages even baggage, it is very common nowadays for general travel insurance policy covers for flight delays and cancellations.
Sometimes, Snowfalls, AMS, accidents and other physical pain could occur so make sure that your insurance covers these problems.
Guide and Porter for Upper Mustang Trek
Hiring a Trekking Guide
An experienced guide can help you in many ways so that your hiking could be very comfortable. Because the easy-going is very important for trekking and tour. The advantages of hiring a guide.
Our charming guide fully trained with a license including insurance. They can communicate in English, Hindi, French and more. In addition, our guides know about the weather, food, accommodation, local people, easy route, culture and very frank to help your journey very well.
Out of 100 trekkers, 99% of trekkers hire guides. The guides are very essential since they can help you reach out right route and many possible ways depending on the conditions of weather, even your trekking becomes risk less. only 1% trekkers do not hire guides so it may be a risk. Many new trekkers do not know how to do trekking and have no practical ideas, as a result, their journey could be difficult. So, guides are very fundamental to make the trekking very easier. We have qualified and experienced guides who can easily help you to reach your destination.
How much money do you have to pay for Guide and Potter?
When hiring a Guide, then you have to pay around $30 USD to $35 USD per day for the Mardi Himal Trek. This amount includes accommodation, food, and insurance. Be sure that Guides do not carry your bags or luggage.
Only potters carry your luggage or bags and they charge per day $25 to $30 USD. They carry 20-25 kg while hiking and they help to carry your bags or luggage in your respective destination on prescribed time. A potter can carry two trekkers bags.
Tips for Upper Mustang Trek
- Having more energy is very important so you need to take over 3 times of food once you pay for only for Nepali set you can get 3 times of service.
- You have to keep Nepali money enough since there are ATMs on this route.
- Come with a few more days of planning, sometimes you may need extra days to acclimatize or to explore more.
- Do not believe in the locals because bad people could be anywhere since not all Nepalese is honest and supportive.
- If you are willing to save money, then you could rent expensive trekking gears and equipment.
- Do not take pictures of people without permission.
- It could take a long time to prepare food so order early.
- Get proper ideas about Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude sickness.
Upper Mustang Trek is most easy trekking trail in Annapurna Region. It is very relevant for the Trekkers to those who have less time. Wishing you the best journey!