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Upper Mustang Trek - 16 Days

Inaccessible to western travelers until 1992, the Mustang long bore the nickname “forbidden kingdom”. Its inhabitants, the Lo-pa, prefer to use the name of the Kingdom of Lo. Located at the foot of the Annapurna massif, in the heart of the Himalayas, this region of Tibetan culture is now part of the young Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and is increasingly opening up to trekking. We share with you some experiences and 10 reasons to go Upper Mustang trek with Sumire Tours and Travel.

Exceptional landscapes

The Mustang, the fertile plain, this is the origin of the name of this region. We must say that the contrast between the villages surrounded by fields of barley, mustard, apricot and apple trees and the multicolored desert vastness that surrounds them gives a unique charm to this territory. Add a breathtaking view of the Annapurna range and you will already have good reasons to go trekking at Mustang.

An intact Tibetan culture

According to the Dalai Lama, the Mustang is “one of the few places in the Himalayas that have kept its Tibetan culture unchanged”. With the arrival of the Chinese route, things are changing but you will still have the possibility of discovering a living culture, as evidenced by the monastic festival of Tiji which takes place in June in the Gompa of Thubchen.

A mythical fauna

Of course, the open and desert landscapes do not favor large gatherings of fauna. But arm yourself with binoculars and patience and you will no doubt have the chance to observe one of the mythical Mustang species. Snow leopard, Himalayan bear, and wolf, Pallas cat are, with the Tibetan antelope the most difficult species to see. But Barhal’smouflons, woolly hare and marmots are easy to observe.we also have unforgettable memories of golden eagles, Himalayan vultures and bearded vultures in the blue sky of Mustang.

Avoid the monsoon

Do you have no choice but to leave in the summer? Protected from the monsoon by the Annapurna massif and the Manaslu, the Mustang receives almost no precipitation. This largely explains the desert character of its landscapes and it is, therefore, one of the only possibilities for summer trekking in Nepal. Take advantage!

Avoid the crowd

Far from the crowds of the Annapurna and other trekking tours around Everest, the Mustang offers – and especially in May-June and September-October – the opportunity to enjoy long days alone on the trails. With its low snowfall precipitation, the trekking season begins in May and especially ends late in November.

Take advantage of easy acclimatization at altitude

Have you never gone to altitude and are you apprehensive? Or on the contrary, your last experiences were difficult? Here you will find both trekkings at “low” altitude, with passes remaining below 4000 m and the possibility of acclimatizing while walking. Kagbeni, the gateway to Mustang is at 2800 m above sea level, and Lo Manang, at the very bottom of the Kali Gandaki valley at 3840 m. Are these not reasons to go trekking at Mustang?

Discover the mysterious cave dwellings of Mustang

The cliffs of Mustang are home to over 10,000 artificial caves! Hermitage places, secret caches for treasures or tombs, their functions have varied throughout their 3000 years of occupation and most of their mysteries remain to be unraveled!

Day 1
Kathmandu to Pokhara (By flight or Bus)

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the team and then you will be transferred to your hotel. This trail goes through Ghorepani Poon Hill. Normally, the trek starts like Phokhara to Nayapul and ends like Phedi to Pokhara.

The Trip 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 Trip 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

How long do we walk every day when doing Mustang Trek?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Mustang Treks?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

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Upper Mustang Trek
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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate