Introduction to Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is a journey to mysterious places that feels like a treasure hunt for you. Begin your journey to a faraway place away from any modernization. You will experience a life that is very similar to the civilization of that earlier time. For centuries, practices, lifestyles, and customs are still prevalent in Nepal’s Mustang region. If you love adventure and want to see the centuries-old lifestyle now, then the Upper Mustang trek is perfect.
The land of the Mustang is dry and barren because it receives very little rainfall. In a dry place like the desert, there is no vegetation except for some plants. Trekkers can also visit the upper Mustang during the rainy season as it is in the rain shadow area. If you choose Upper Mustang Trek as your trip, then you are a true adventure traveler who wants to give a new taste to your travel stories.
It is a rare privilege to travel the upper Mustang. Here you will experience the lifestyle of the true mountain people who for centuries had little contact with the rest of Nepal and maintained their rich cultural heritage.
Richness in Culture Heritage
As you follow your trail, you will find gompas, prayer flags, and monasteries that are evidence of Tibetan Buddhist culture prevailing in this area. The locals living in this area follow Buddhism and consider themselves the descendants of Tibet. In the Upper Mustang trek, you will visit beautiful Himalayan scenery, Nepal rain shadow area, beautiful Mustang landscape, Tibetan monastery / Gompa, and Mustang king palace.
Upper Mustang Trek offers you the beautiful Himalayan view of the Annapurna Trekking Trail and the Kali Gandaki Valley, with two mountains over 8,000 meters high (Mount Dhaulagiri 8,167m, and Annapurna 8,091m) and 17 other snow-capped mountains.
Upper Mustang is a controlled area and opened in 1991 for trekkers/travelers. Since this area is restricted, special trekking permits should be obtained for trekking in Upper Mustang through the Nepal Trekking Agency registered by the Government of Nepal. To get a special permit, you need to pay USD 500 per person to the Government of Nepal. And a minimum of 2 persons is required for this trekking. This special permit is for 10 days. If you want to trek for more than 10 days then you have to pay USD 50 per day.
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Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara – 7 to 8 hours.
Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (20 minutes) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m) – 3 to 4 hours walk.
Kagbeni to Chele (3,562m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Chele to Syanbochen (3,800m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Ghami to Lo Tsarang (3,960m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,810m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
Explore Eastern valley at Lo-Manthang
DAY TRIP TO NYAMDO AT LO MANTHANG.
Lo-Manthang to Dhi (3,400m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Dhi to Tangyee (3,340m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Tange to Tentang (3,040m) – 7 to 8hours walk.
Tentang to Muktinath (3,800m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (20 minutes).
Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu (30 minutes).
Frequently asked questions about this trip
Have just returned from my fourth trip to Nepal and as always Odyssey Treks organized everything superbly. We visited Makalu relatively late in the season and were rewarded with empty trails and amazing weather. Karma was as entertaining, friendly, and informative as ever along with Ang Dawa Sherpa who together made the three weeks perfect.
They also organized a few days to Helambu at short notice as I had some time spare, all done easily and professionally. Thanks for the company both and I will be back again. I cannot recommend Odyssey highly enough as a genuinely friendly, locally based company that provides not only unforgettable experiences but also great service at a very reasonable cost.
I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex