Upper Mustang Trekking

Trip Duration 17 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking
Transportation Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 3810 M
Type of Trip Group / Private
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The undisturbed land of the former Lo Kingdom is surrounded by caves, extraordinary rock formations and a desert landscape. This place is truly like no other place on Earth.  It is a dry, desolate land, yet full of character.  From desert caves to snowy peaks to pockets of green oasis, the landscapes seem surreal.  Local people carry out traditional practices of Tibetan Buddhism and live very simple lives.  The area has not yet been overcome by the forces of modernization.
This ‘off-the-beaten-path’ trek begins from Jomsom, which is considered the headquarters of the Mustang region.  Heading north through the upper Kali Gandaki River Valley, we find ourselves in Kagbeni.  Depending on the time of the year, we may find bright green agricultural fields next to the brown sands of the desert.  After passing several villages, we reach to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and a main attraction of the trek.  Within the long stone walls, ancient monasteries and elegant palaces are preserved.  Trekkers will find stupas, mani walls, chhortens, and other monuments to Tibetan Buddhism.  After the exploration in Lo-Manthang, we trek back to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara. Few trekkers experience this otherworldly place, full of extraordinary rock formations, white Himalayan peaks, and a virtually undisturbed cultural heritage.  The Upper Mustang Trek gives us a feeling of peace and joy that fills our hearts and minds.
The Upper Mustang Trek is connected to the Tibetan terrain, just north of the Annapurna massif.  The area, which used to be the caravan route to trade with Tibet, was opened to foreigners in 1992.  Even today the requirements to trek here are a bit strict as to preserve the historic, religious, and geologic treasures of the area.  

Tiji Festival
Tiji festival is a three-day colorful festival celebrated in Lo-Manthang.  If you have the chance to participate, you should! The purpose of the festival is to pray that peace on Earth prevails.  The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of Buddha’s incarnation over the demon that had been wreaking havoc in the region during ancient times.  During the festival, Buddhist monks in the monastery perform an entertaining dance ceremony.  The 2018 Tiji festival takes place on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of May.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so hopefully you can make it!

Best Time to Travel
The Upper Mustang Trek is situated in a rain shadow. For this reason, the monsoon season is also a suitable time to trek in the Upper Mustang. Trekkers can enjoy the beauty of Upper Mustang throughout the year, though the best times are during the Spring and Fall, as they provide the clearest skies.  To make your journey simple and cheaper, there are fixed departure dates for Upper Mustang trek.

Cost Includes

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Pokhara – Jomsom- Pokhara Flights tickets
  • Accommodation during trek (local lodge).
  • Government registered local expert guide,
  • Porters to carry trekking bags.
  • Annapurna Conservation park, Upper Mustang Special fees and TIMS card.
  • In cities Accommodation with breakfast.
  • Guided Tour in city.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • First Aid Kit For Upper Mustang Trek
  • Updated Upper Mustang Trekking Map.
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 30 days – USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc…
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges, etc..
  • Entrance fees during the sightseeing in the city.

Equipment List

Trekking Equipment

Obviously you will be in higher elevation while trekking in Nepal. The weather will be different in every region but also have to pack the proper trekking equipment. Day Tours Nepal is selling Nepal’s Top Best selling treks and all are Tea-house Trekking so you don’t need to think of Camping gears.

While buying clothing please pick warm clothing especially during the winter season (Dec-Feb) in Nepal. We also suggest you to get the proper light backpack and have enough space to pack your stuff. If you are confused to buy the Trekking gears than no worries you can buy the Trekking equipment in Nepal too.

We recommend you to get check the below list for Trekking in Nepal.

Clothing

  • Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
  • Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or skirt
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Running shoes and flip-flops
  • 2-3 t-shirts

During winter season, additional clothing’s may include:

  • The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
  • Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
  • Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
  • Snow gaiters

Trekking Gear

  • Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
  • Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
  • Map of the trekking area (Day Tours Nepal will proivde Trekking Map so you don't need to buy)
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • 2 x water bottles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Toiletries
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel
  • Bar of soap
  • Sunscreen (SPF +20)
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)

First aid kid

  • Water purification tables or a water filter
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 3,500+ m elevations)
  • Toilet paper
  • Optional items
  • Camera, battery etc
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • GPS unit
  • Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Candles (for lodges)
  • Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Usefull Info

  • Upper Mustang is a protected area, meaning that you need a special permit to enter.  The cost is $500 for the first 10 days, and $50/day after that.  The cost is included in the price of the package.
  • The Upper Mustang Trek requires moderate fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness.  Also, it is possible to combine this trek with others in the Annapurna region.
  • Day Tours Nepal arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
  • If you want to do a camping trek then Day Tours Nepal will arrange all necessary camping gear, including sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattress, pillow, etc.

I don’t have a friend but I want to trek to Upper Mustang, how is it possible?

  • Join group departure trips or let us know your travel date we will arrange Mustang trek permit.

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