Upper Mustang Trek is one of the adventurous treks of the Mustang regions in Nepal

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Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang region is famous for adventure trekking in Nepal. The region offers excellent views of unspoiled nature with a unique landscape. During Upper Mustang trek, you will pass through some ancient villages of Jomsom, Kagbeni, Chhuksang, and finally Lo Manthang. It is the capital city of the former kingdom of Lo. Basically, it lies on the ancient trade route than runs along the Kali Gandaki river that cuts through the Himalayas. The trek is a great blend of magical arid landscapes, magnificent Himalayan views, and ancient Tibetan culture and lifestyle. 

Upper Mustang Trekking

During this adventurous trek, you will walk along the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Well, walking along the side of Kali Gandaki River, you will get eye-catching views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, and Mt. Annapurna. It lies in the rain shadow area of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif, so the landscape of the Mustang region has turned into a barren desert. And, this place is well-known as the “mountain desert.” 

Besides, mountain views and unique landscapes, Upper Mustang trek will reward you with the authentic Nepali-Tibetan culture. Along the trail, you will encounter with Tamang, Gurung, Thakali, and Tibetan inhabitants. 

Upper Mustang trek is an ideal option for those who want to explore the untouched and unspoiled region of the Himalayas! The scenery and culture along the trail are merely beautiful. So, come and explore the hidden gem of Nepal with Mission Nepal!

Major Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
  • Visit the ancient monasteries and the hidden caves of Upper Mustang
  • Visit Muktinath temple important religious sites of both Hindu and Buddhist
  • Explore the capital of Mustang- Lo Manthang
  • Enjoy the awe-inspiring view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
  • Experience the highly Tibetan influence the culture and lifestyle of the remote Himalayan region
  • Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest gorge in the world
  • Visit medieval Kagbeni village
  • Explore the city of lake, Pokhara
  • Scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom

Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek

The best time for Upper Mustang Trek is spring and autumn season. The temperature is moderate, and mountain views are unobstructed. There is a very low chance of rainfall and snowfall during these seasons. However, the summer is also considered as the best time for Upper Mustang trek. Since the Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow area, there is no rainfall even in monsoon. However, during the winter season, the trek is quite challenging due to heavy snowfall in the higher altitude above 3,500 meters. Lastly, if you want to be part of the famous Tiji festival in the Upper Mustang region, then May is the best and right time. Locals in the Mustang region celebrate this festival for three days. This festival is basically held on the king’s palace of Lo Manthang. 

Altitude and Elevation of Upper Mustang Trek 

The Upper Mustang trek is a 17 days trip take you to the mystical land of the Mustang region. The total Upper Mustang trek distance is around 125 kilometers, where you have to walk approximately 6-7 hours per day. The trek begins from the lower part of Mustang, Jomson. The trail leads you through trans-Himalayan salt trading routes to the mystic city of Lo Manthang. The lowest point of the trek is Pokhara at 820 meters, and the highest point of the trek is Nyi Pass at 4,020 meters. Compare to other high-altitude treks like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit Trek; it is a lower altitude trek. 

Difficulty Level of Upper Mustang Trek

The difficulty level of the Upper Mustang Trek is considered moderate. However, the prior trekking experience is not required; an excellent level of fitness is essential. So, before embarking trek, you need to take part in physical activities like jogging, running, swimming, hiking, and cycling. Likewise, altitude sickness is common among the trekkers, especially above 3,000 meters. Since the highest point of the trek is 3,800 meters at Lo manthang, which adds a little difficulty during the trek. So, it is vital to have enough acclimatization day and well prepared beforehand.

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