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.
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
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 Annapurna Mountain Treks 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!
Our Annapurna Mountain Treks, a charming staff will welcome with flower Malla at the exit door of the airport hall. Right after you head into a hotel by a private vehicle with the same staff. Meanwhile, you take a bath or have a rest and after some time our guide will share you the best plan for hiking to Upper Mustang in your free time. You will stay at the same hotel during the nighttime with sound dinner.
Having finished the breakfast, we shall go to Pokhara either by bus or taking a flight takes 25 minutes whereas the bus takes us 7-8 hours. On the way, you could see remote villages, green forests, some waterfalls, and rivers. Just after reaching this city, in your free time, you could visit Fewa lake, David Falls, Mahendra, Cave, KI Singh Bridge, Binda, Bashini temple. The overnight would be in this place.
We shall fly for 25 minutes in order to reach Jomsom in the morning right after the healthy breakfast then you will have walk slightly out of this place. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang and beautiful place for many hikers and the Muktinath temple is closer to his place. There are hotel and cafes where we will stay.
Trekkers hike to Kagbeni by encountering breezy climate, Kali Gandaki River, Ekley Bhatti Village. Kagbeni is in between two rivers. This place is naturally iconic and beautiful and there some apple farmland. It takes 3 hours of hiking and easy-going route.
Today is the day, you are going to hike the most stunning place by just passing the sandy and breezy route. First, we will reach to Tangbe Village, this village is with crops field and then to Chusang. It is all about hours of walking and hiking and we will reach to Chele Village by just crossing the huge red mass of conglomerate. The views of Kali Gandaki makes your trekking everlasting. There is a small village. All of us, stay in this Chele.
You will move to Taklam la Pass by just passing flat terrain and slender stretches with natural views of Tilicho peak, Nilgiri. Yakawa kang even Damodar Danda.We will have to hike around 3-5 hours to reach Syangboche which is the final destination for today. The overnight would be in this location. There are some monasteries and small statement of people but you could enjoy the most important views.
Hikers hike to Tsarang by crossing the Yamada La pass and Ghemi where you could see the lot of Gumba or holy monasteries. There is a tiny village with local communities with the classic architecture. We even cross the Ghemi River and then move up to the flat terrain and pass to the longest Mini wall and again we move downward and reach to Tsarang then have a rest at teahouse.
This is the great day for hiking since you are going to reach Lo-Mangthang. We all move to this place just after the breakfast. Usually, hikers take around 6 hours to reach this destination. Lo-Mangthang has over a thousand of abodes with links to narrow cable rock valley. In addition, you could observe the Mustang Palance that soars over the village. You may feel like heaven just because of mysterious views. All trekkers stay at Teahouse. Some monasteries have very traditional designs.
After the service of breakfast, all of us move down to Dhi. Even in this place, you are going to observe the most exceptional views and wonder yourself. Despite difficulties still, local people feel very happy. You will stay in this place at a teahouse.
We shall go toward to Ghami with hours of walking. All the hikers could enjoy the small local villages. In addition, you can extra fun and pleasure from kind-hearted of locals with good dinner. All of us stay in this place. The view of a river makes very joyful.
After the breakfast, we would move downward bypassing the striking peaks and interesting sights. Finally, we come to reach this place after hours of walking. Our overnight is at Tea house again.
Trekkers again go down to Kagbeni which lays down to 2858 m, and it begins the very early morning. This place has some green forests and some communities. You all will rest this place. Since there are some guest houses and service of food.
We will walk down shortly, just to reach out Jomsom which is very famous for apple brandy, apple wine, dried apple sweets. As you head down, you can even see some mountains. The overnight is in Jomsom at guesthouse.
All of us fly to Pokhara city by taking a flight from this place. Again, you will see the wonderful views of mountains and the Himalayas. Our staff will take you to the hotel then you will rest in Lakeside hotel.
Heading to KTM city by bus or flight then we will go to the hotel for rest, if you have free time then you can buy some souvenirs or gift around Thamel. Annapurna Mountain Trek would offer you Nepali Dinner. Even you could visit some missing places of Kathmandu city.
The last day of your trip!! Our staff would take you to the airport by private vehicle for farewell and best wishes. Looking forward to seeing even in the days to come.