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The Upper Mustang Trek is a fascinating journey in the remote region of Mustang, Nepal. This trek takes you to an arid, high-altitude desert landscape with unique culture and stunning vistas. Here is a sample itinerary for the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara:
- Ancient Walled City of Lo-Manthang
- Unique Culture
- Spectacular Scenery
- Historical and Cultural Sites
- Significant Buddhist monastery (Ghar Gompa)
- Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience
- Stunning Mountain Views
- Adventure and Serenity
- Start your journey in Pokhara and either take a short flight or drive to Jomsom.
- Stay in Jomsom and acclimatize to the altitude.
- Start your trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni, a beautiful village located at the entrance of the restricted Upper Mustang region.
- The trek is relatively easy and will help you acclimatize.
- Begin your journey into Upper Mustang, passing through the village of Tangbe.
- Continue to Chele and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.
- Trek to Geling via the villages of Samar and Bhena.
- This day's trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas and unique desert landscapes.
- Hike to Charang, passing through the lovely Ghami village.
- Explore Charang's historical Ghar Gompa and red stone walls.
- The highlight of your trek is reaching Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled city of Upper Mustang.
- Explore the city, monasteries, and immerse yourself in the unique culture.
- Spend a day exploring Lo-Manthang and its surroundings.
- Visit monasteries, palaces, and enjoy the local culture.
- Start your return journey as you trek to Drakmar.
- Pass through Ghar Gompa and other scenic locations.
- Continue your trek to Ghiling, enjoying the incredible landscapes of Upper Mustang.
- Hike back to Chhuksang, passing through villages and enjoying the cultural experience.
- Conclude your trek with a return to Jomsom.
- Reflect on the unique journey you've had in Upper Mustang.
- Depending on the availability and weather, take a flight or drive back to Pokhara.
- Enjoy a well-deserved rest and celebrate the completion of your trek.
The Cost Includes
- Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
- Transportation to and from!!
- Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
- Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
- Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
- First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
- All the required permits and paperwork
The Cost Excludes
- International Airfare
- Visa Charges
- Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
- Your travel and medical insurance
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
- Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
- Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
- Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, you need a special permit to enter the Upper Mustang region. It’s a restricted area, and the permit is issued by the Nepal Department of Immigration. You must arrange this permit through a registered trekking agency.
The best time for the trek is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the views are clear. Winter can be very cold, and the region is often impassable due to snow, while the monsoon season (July to August) brings rain and landslides.
The typical trek duration is about 10-14 days, depending on the specific itinerary and your walking pace. This includes travel to and from Jomsom, the entry and exit point for Upper Mustang.
The Upper Mustang Trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. It’s not as physically challenging as high-altitude treks to Everest or Annapurna Base Camp but still involves walking at high altitudes (up to 4,000 meters or more). Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential.
Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions, including cold temperatures and strong winds. You’ll need warm clothing, good trekking boots, a sleeping bag, and other trekking essentials. It’s best to consult with your trekking agency for a detailed packing list.
Yes, there are teahouses and lodges in the villages along the Upper Mustang Trek route. Accommodations are basic but comfortable, providing meals and a place to rest.
While it’s not mandatory to have a guide and porter, it’s highly recommended for safety and navigation, especially if you’re not experienced in high-altitude trekking. They can also help with logistics and communication.
The cost can vary depending on factors such as the trekking agency, duration, and services included. Permit fees, transportation, guides, porters, accommodation, and meals are some of the expenses you’ll need to consider.
Yes, you can combine the Upper Mustang Trek with treks in nearby regions like Annapurna or Dhaulagiri if you have the time and permits for the extended journey. Your trekking agency can help you plan a custom itinerary.
Phone and internet connectivity can be quite limited and unreliable in many parts of Upper Mustang. Be prepared for intermittent or no access to communication.