Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is in an area that is restricted to only a small amount of tourists each year. It was closed to foreigners until 1992 to protect the local traditions and it still has certain restrictions in place today. This makes it the perfect place for those wanting to get off the beaten path and explore a mysterious and ancient land, where very few have been before. Upper Mustang trek is one of the popular trekking destinatin in the Annapurna region.
The trek begins with a flight to Jomsom, then a short same day trek to Kagbeni further north. From here we take the northern trail and enter the Mustang region. We follow the trail along the banks of the Kaligandaki river to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. This city is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal, but has a language and a people more engrained in Tibetan traditions.
Along the route we will have the chance to explore the local villages and to begin to understand the ancient traditions of the Mustang region. We will also see the unique beauty of the region, quite different to other areas of Nepal, with its high, desert like plains. The best times of year to travel to Upper Mustang are March-May and September-November. The trip takes between 12 and 16 days depending on your preferences. We stay in tea houses or tents, also dependent on your specific criteria.
As this is a very specialist trek, we ask you to contact us with your idea’s and suggestions which we can work with you on to create a perfect trekking experience and memories you will treasure for a life time.
Diffculties and Safety
Your safety is of our major concern while traveling with Mountain World Treks. Please note that your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Most lodges now have twin bedded rooms but you should still be prepared to sleep in multi-bedded rooms on the occasional night. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Upper Mustang Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses. 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking, only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Best Time To VisitAutumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Upper Mustang Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) could also be an another great option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip. We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.