Adventure seekers and hikers may find Nepal to be a treasure trove of lush green forests, beautiful rivers, and breathtaking mountain circuits. This beautiful nation of hills and mountains makes for an excellent paradise for travelers, adventurers, and explorers looking for great trekking or sightseeing experience.
Furthermore, for people looking for a quality trekking experience in Nepal, an underrated place to visit is Upper Mustang. Trekking up Upper Mustang is the only way to experience the mysterious world of Mustang, also known as Lo. Once forbidden by the outside world for hundreds of years, the region of upper Mustang and the people have evolved its unique culture and traditions into a fascinating spectacle for tourists despite the region’s isolation.
About Upper Mustang
Mustang-also called Upper Mustang-is an arid river valley situated on the northern side of the Annapurna Circuit. Though Mustang is in Nepal, it is similar to Tibetan stances to Nepali, both culturally and geographically. So, get ready to experience mixed Tibetan traditions while in Nepali Places.
The Trek to the Upper Mustang allows you to experience the wilderness of Lo Manthang with the Astounding Blend of Buddhism Religion. At the same time, the staggering views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Machhapuchre, and Mt Annapurna will surely take your breath away.
In addition to the amazingly beautiful scenes of Annapurna near the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, you will also visit Pokhara, a delightful city in the heart of the Himalayas-with an excellent scenic lake and location trip to and from Jomsom.
Getting Ready for the Mustang Trek
Mustang is widely famous throughout Nepal for being a difficult, cold yet beautiful place. Furthermore, the region is a vast expanse of dry land, and yet it is full of life and beauty. It receives the least rainfall of all Nepalese regions, making it one of the driest places in the country.
In order to graciously navigate through the beautiful locations throughout the upper mustang trek, necessary preparations should be made accordingly. In addition, the highest point of the Trek is located at an altitude of 4,010 meters. Even though it might not be much for frequent trekkers, it can still be quite an elevation for first-time trekkers. Due to the difficulty in adapting to such a high altitude, people with lung disease should avoid or take precautions before attempting such activities. Furthermore, people whose bodies are at such elevated altitudes may experience altitude sickness. However, the length and difficulty of the Trek can depend on how comfortable you are with hills and off-road paths.
Many people visit Mustang to enjoy the snow, visit the Muktinath temple and trek through the Upper Mustang area. The cold temperature in the region can be a big factor while on the Trek. So, we suggest you bring along the following things with you.
- Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
- Trekking sticks
- Moisturizers and lip guard
- Portable fire stoves
- Snow Glasses and flashlight
- Energy bars
- Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
- Water bottles and thermos
However, if you forget any of these items, you can easily find them in trek shops near the trekking area, the starting point of the Trek, though the price there would likely be higher than normal.
Necessary Permits and Accommodations
A Restricted Area Permit is required for trekkers going to Upper Mustang. Government officials will check your pass at Kagbeni on the way in and out of the Trek. In addition, you must also obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit to enter the area, and you must go through a government-registered agency to obtain such a permit.
The area around the Upper Mustang region has been gaining popularity as a major tourist attraction site due to the lovely scenes and location throughout the Trek. Depending on where you decide to spend the night, lodgings range from small teahouses to decent lodges with good facilities.
Itinerary and the Trek itself
For average adventurers, the whole of the Upper Mustang may take 10 to 15 days to complete. Initially, you need to get to Jomsom before officially starting the Trek. You can reach Jomsom by flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Jomsom. However, if you are a foreigner, you need a Nepalese visa.
Day 1: Starting off from Jomsom
If you are flying from Pokhara, then catching a morning flight to Jomsom would be best. That way, you can trek to Kagbeni during the day. The Trek is not too long, and you can reach Kagbeni at 2,800 meters in 3 hours from Jomsom.
Day 2: From kagbeni to Chele
You will trek for approximately 5 to 6 hours on the second day. The day includes trekking alongside the Kaligandaki River after your permit is checked. After ascending through the ridges, you'll reach Chele via Tangbe Village.
Day 3: Trekking to Syanboche
Early in the morning, climb the Taklam La Pass through steep, dry terrain. After traversing some gorges, you will reach Syanboche village.
Day 4: Reaching the Highest Point
A steep ascent to Yamada La can be found before reaching the deserted Gailing with few settlements. A challenging climb awaits you at Nyu La Pass, which leads to Ghyami. At Ghyami, at the peak altitude of the Trek at 4,010 meters, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Mustang region.
Day 5: Descend to Charang
Today, you'll cross the Tangmarchu River and descend into the gorgeous valley. Ascend again to the plateau and pass Mani Wall before you reach Charang village, where you'll spend the night.
Day 6 and 7: Acclimatization in Lo-Manthang
You will descend to Tsarangchu and enter Tolung village. Then, you will ascend to Lo- Manthang via windy Lo pass. However, due to the high altitude, the seventh day is ideal for acclimatization so that you can adapt to the situation.
Day 8: Charang
You'll spend the eighth day retracing your step back to Charang.
Day 9: Reaching Tange
You will hike to the flatlands, descend from there to the Khola, cross the ridge, and descend to Tange on the ninth day of the Trek.
Day 10: Tange to Tetang
Today, you'll ascend to the Cacho La pass and then descend to reach Tetang village. Trekking begins early in the morning. Then, cross the suspension bridge and climb to the flat, and hike for about 8 hours a day.
Day 11: Muktinath Mandir
Explorers trekking in Mustang must make a visit to the Muktinath Temple. After waking up early in the movie, descend to Chyangur village and then toward Muktinath after passing through Gyu La Pass.
Day 12 and 13: Back to Jomsom
After a great couple of weeks, we need to return and get back to Jomsom. You need to descend towards Jomsom through the Jharkot village and Kali Gandaki valley.
The Trek to the region of Upper Mustang is quite difficult. However, if you wish to challenge this thrilling region, good luck with it.
- Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
- Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Accommodation during the trek.
- Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
- Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
- First Aid kit.
- Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
- TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
- All needed government tax/vat.
- International Airfare.
- Your travel insurance.
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
- Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
- Tips for Guide and Porters
After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.
We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.
Finally, after the completion of the Trek, take good rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you experienced during the Trek while on your trip back home. This Trek is certainly deserving of its reputation for its rich cultural richness, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to Mustang an unforgettable experience for you and your friends.