Upper Mustang Trek: An Overview
The Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most beautiful and exciting treks in your lifetime. Upper Mustang has been on my bucket list for years now and is one of the favorite destinations among Nepalese and foreign tourists alike.
The trek begins with a journey to the remote trans-Himalayan mountain range of Upper Mustang, which Tibet borders. This remote and isolated region is characterized by a distinct Tibetan culture and a unique landscape of high cliffs, unique rock formations, and colors.
The Upper Mustang comprises three rural municipalities: Lo Manthang, Dalome, and Baragung Muktichhetra. The trekking route will take you through Kagbeni, which is the gateway to Upper Mustang, and then through the Dhaulagiri massif in the rain shadow to Lo-Manthang, the seat of past Kings of the Kingdom of Lo. On the trek, you reach the highest elevation at Nyi La Pass after Ghaymi, which is at 4010m (13,156 ft).
This trek is full of wonders and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will get to explore the ancient monasteries, charming hamlets, and the local villages of Upper Mustang. You will also pass through the wild and barren lands, dense forests, and beautiful villages of Mustang.
The trek is full of thrills and surprises. The spectacular views of the Himalayas, the barren lands, and the rich cultural heritage of the people of Mustang will make this trek an unforgettable experience.
What To Expect on your Trek to Upper Mustang
The Upper Mustang Trek presents the rare opportunity to understand and experience the life of mountain people in their natural state.
The Upper Mustang region is known for its extreme geographical features and its harsh climatic conditions. It is one of the driest places in Nepal and receives less to no rain throughout the year. Despite the barren landscape, the region is full of life and beauty. The unique tree-less landscape, rocky trails, and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri are a sight to behold.
Furthermore, the region has earned its title as the Last Forbidden Kingdom due to its long-term geographical and political isolation from the mainstream. This has been vital in preserving its distinct culture, unexploited natural components, and ancient essences of the centuries-old monasteries.
The Upper Mustang trek allows us to experience the untouched beauty of this region, as well as interact with the locals who will share their traditional way of life. Get ready to experience the rustic villages, peaceful monasteries, and vibrant culture of the mountain people during this incredible journey.
The Upper Mustang Trek is a unique and unforgettable experience. From the barren landscape to the ancient monasteries and ruins, this region has much to offer an adventurous traveler. Whether you are looking for breathtaking views, exploring the traditional culture, or immersing yourself in this region's untouched beauty, the Upper Mustang Trek will not disappoint.
Best Time To Visit Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, making it a great destination for monsoon trekking, and open year-round for trekking. It is an area of unspoiled nature, with stunning scenery and unique culture, making it an ideal destination for those wanting to get off the beaten track.
The best time to visit this stunningly beautiful place is from March to early November. During these months, temperatures are generally moderate and the region is filled with lively and vibrant festivals. This is an ideal time to take in the breathtaking scenery, explore the unique architecture, and take part in the local culture.
However, the winter months can be cold and harsh in this part of the Himalayas, and many of the villagers leave the capital to avoid the cold and snow. The winter months are ideal for a short trek, or for a leisurely stroll through the villages, as the winter landscape of Upper Mustang is especially beautiful.
Whichever time of year you choose to visit Upper Mustang, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience. With its extraordinary landscapes and fascinating culture, the region will stay with you for years.
Map, Accommodations, and Foods During Upper Mustang Trek
Our journey to Upper Mustang starts from Kathmandu and takes us to Pokhara, where we will take a flight to Jomsom. From there, we will embark on a trek to Kagbeni. This entire trip will take us around 14 days and promises to be exciting.
Once we reach Lo Manthang, we will explore the area and its surrounding villages. There are many interesting sights to see in this region including the ancient gompas, the palaces, temples, and the local markets. We will also get to take part in some of the traditional local cultural activities, including dances and music.
Finally, after a few days of trekking, we will make our way back to Jomsom and take a flight to Pokhara. The journey through the Upper Mustang region is sure to be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of a lifetime.
Exploring the remote landscapes of Upper Mustang is an adventure that promises unique sights, unforgettable memories, and plenty of chances to bond with the local culture. But before you set off on your trip of a lifetime, it’s important to make sure you have the right accommodation and food arrangements in place.
All of our trek accommodation is in simple but comfortable lodges run by local Mustang families. The lodges have central communal areas with large stoves that provide heat and a cozy atmosphere. During your stay, it is highly recommended that you bring a sleeping bag and a pillowcase so you can make the most of your stay. The bedrooms are unheated and generally feature two beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets. The lodges mostly use sit-down flush toilets (some lodges do also have squat toilets), and they generally have showers powered by gas.
Regarding Food, The Upper Mustang treks offer a variety of food options, with fresh vegetables more readily available than high altitude treks. Since cross-border trade is increasing north of Lo Manthang, more food, fresh vegetables, and Chinese goods are likely to be available. Prices are also less fluctuating and less expensive than other treks.
The lodges, food, and other accommodations that we receive on our Upper Mustang trek are basic, but they are also comfortable and provide you with the necessary provisions to make our trip a truly unique one. As a result of staying in the lodges of local Mustang families, you will have a chance to learn about local culture and customs and know what everyday life is like here in this remote region.