Short Upper Mustang Trek

Short Upper Mustang Trek

  • Destination
  • Region
    Mustang Region
  • Duration
  • Transportation
  • Max Height
  • Activities
  • Trip Grade
  • Accomodation
  • Group Size
    Mini. 2 Pax
  • Start / End Point
  • Meals
  • Best Season
    Sep-Oct & Mar to August

Trip Overview

The Upper Mustang region of Nepal is one of the scenic restricted trekking regions of Nepal. Therefore, a trip to such a destination can surely endow momentous travel tales. There are numerous ways to do the exploration of Nepal’s last forbidden kingdom. However, Nepal High Trek has knitted the best short Upper Mustang Trek itinerary. You can surely relish the majestic landscape beyond the mountains. Get ready to experience the sensational trekking trip in Nepal.

Is it possible to complete Upper Mustang Trek in 10 Days?

Yes, it is possible to complete Upper Mustang Trek in 10 Days. All you need is expert planning and excellent support crew members. The trailhead for the trekking is from Jomsom. The town is the windiest town in Nepal and is located in the Lower Mustang area. In order to reach Jomsom, there are two travel options. The first one is by flight from Pokhara and the second one is by road also from Pokhara. The road trip is scenic but can be tiring because of the road conditions.

If you would like the return trip from Lo Manthang is possible to do it on a four-wheel jeep. However, people who love walking can find the short Upper Mustang Trek itinerary enticing. Don’t miss out on this fun. Moreover, walking in the landscape around the Kali Gandaki River can become one of the most exciting experiences.

Less Crowded Trekking Route of Nepal

Trekking in the Upper Mustang region requires special permits from Nepal Government. Trekkers must be in a group of at least two trekkers. They must hire a guide from Nepal Government registered trekking agency. ACAP, TIMS, and Restricted Area Permit are required for the trip. Therefore, the route is never crowded like some of the popular trekking routes of Nepal. If you love the tranquil walking trip close to nature away from the clamor of urban life; try the Short Upper Mustang Trek.

What are the physical requirements for Upper Mustang Trek?

The trail of Short Upper Mustang Trek consists of many steep uphill and downhill. The route goes through narrow gorges and rocky rugged terrain. Therefore, trekkers need immense physical fitness. The altitude can also drain out energy. The highest altitude on this route is 3840 m from sea level. The final destination is Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang.

When is the best time to do Short Upper Mustang Trek?

The best time or season to do Upper Mustang Trekking is during monsoon season. It may sound weird but it is a reality. However, you can do the trek throughout the year barring certain months of winter. During the winter season, most of the houses on the trail are empty. There may be a lack of accommodation and food facilities along the way. The region lies beyond high mountains. Therefore, the area receives less rainfall. While other parts of the country experience heavy rainfall during monsoon, the Upper Mustang region is barren. Therefore, the place is also famously known as the Himalayan desert of Nepal. The trekking trip during the time of the Tiji Festival is highly recommended.

Tiji Festival of Upper Mustang

The festival of Tiji is the biggest celebration for the people of the Upper Mustang region. The celebration lasts for three days in the monasteries of the region. The Tiji Festival of 2023 stars from 16th May until 18th May. The myth says that the festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. People rejoice and dance to the local folk songs. The priests and monks chant prayers in the monasteries and some stage dramas depicting traditional stories. The festival is indeed the colorful celebration of the region.

Lo Manthang (The Himalayan Royal Palace )

The village is the capital of Upper Mustang. The culture and language of the people of the region are heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. Most of the people of the region are called Lo and some are called Thak. Lo people are of complete Tibetan origin while Thak the Thakali people resemble a combination of Nepalese and Tibetan culture. The region is popular for monasteries and caves in the hills. Recently, more than 10 caves are discovered in the area. Inside the cave, there are numerous Buddhist paintings and artifacts. Therefore, the place is culturally rich too. The name of the village Lo Manthang has another meaning too. The literal translation is the walled capital.

Upper Mustang Jeep Tour Vs Upper Mustang Trekking

Nowadays, a graveled road connects Lo Manthang and Jomsom. Therefore, some people prefer to do the Jeep Tour or Motorcycle Tour. This type of travel style is also slowly evolving. However, the tour either by jeep or motorcycle is risky. While traveling in a vehicle, travelers gain high altitude fast. Therefore, some may experience altitude sickness. The mountain sickness is fatal at times. However, trekking is a safer option at least to avoid the fate of altitude sickness. The choice is always of the travelers. Therefore, Nepal High Trek asks its valued clients to decide themselves as you know their bodies better.

Trekking to Upper Mustang with Nepal High Trek

Nepal High Trek is the responsible trekking agency based and registered in Nepal. We have a highly diverse group of guides and support crew members. In order to organize hassle-free trekking or trip in the restricted region of Nepal, we need an excellent travel agency. There are numerous government formalities that travelers need to follow. All the documentation will be simple and prompt with the Nepal High Trek. If you would like to get momentous and safe trekking experiences, contact our travel planners.

At an affordable budget, we offer the best trekking experiences of your life. Visit the world’s deepest gorge and walk inside the Himalayan desert landscape. Besides, the Upper Mustang Trekking trail combined the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek and Jomsom Muktinath Trek too. Book the Short Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal with us. In just 10 days, you can explore Nepal’s hidden paradise. The Short Upper Mustang Trek is indeed the most exciting trekking course to walk on among numerous restricted trekking trails of Nepal.

Details Itinerary

We will catch the early morning flight over to Jomsom. From the flight magnificent view of mountain ranges with the thrilling valley of Mustang. After reaching Jomsom we will carry our bag and start our trek which leads us to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the prime gateway of Upper Mustang Trek and around the valley of Lomanthang.

After checking our special permit at Kaagbeni we will continue our journey toward Chele village. We will unknowingly picturesque the desert valley of Nepal which will be so much more interesting. We will walk on sandy and windy trails up and downhill. Slowly walking we will reach the small ridges at Chele Village where we will stay overnight at the guest house.

From Chele, we will continue our walk toward Syangboche. We need to walk through Ekle Bhatti. After crossing Taklam La pass (3624m) we almost complete today’s walk. We need to walk on plateaus and narrow stretches. The panoramic scene of Tilicho Peak, Dhaulagiri, Damodar Danda, and Yaskawa Kang will be so much memory.

Today we towards Ghaymi village and it’s an extremely beautiful place to discover the Trans Himalayas. Walking uphill to Yamada La (3850m) our journey starts. Many teahouses and local villages with Tibetan culture and traditions can be seen during our walk. Climbing the Nyi Pass (4010m) and descending for a while lastly we will reach Ghaymi village.

Early morning we walk toward Charang. First of all, we need to cross Ghaymi Khola to start our journey. Ascending on the plateau and passing beside a very long Mani wall (a sacred stone wall made by the followers of Buddhism) we will Charang village of a maze of fields for our cool night.

After having breakfast we trek toward Lo-Manthang. We need to walk through the main trail. Magnificent views of Tilicho, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Bhrikuti Peak can be seen through our trial. Finally, we will be at Lo from where we can observe the panoramic view of Lo-Mangthang valley.

From Lo-Manthang our return journey starts through different parts. Our walk goes through Gyakar with Ghar Gompa (more than 1200 years old) with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. We continue our trek by exploring the local area and at the end of the day, we will reach Drakmar.

Early morning after having breakfast, we return back to Ghiling. At midday, we will reach Ghiling. We will spend our remaining days exploring the area. But it’s more likely to get a dusty wind in the afternoon. It is better not to walk in the evening time. After exploring we will return back to our place for a night.

After having breakfast, we will continue our walk toward Chhuksang. We need to walk through the main trail. We will be pleased with the beautiful scenery which will be so much impressive. Walking slowly on Humpty Dumpty’s way we lastly reach Chhuksang where we will spend our night at a lodge.

From Chhuksang we will move toward Jomsom. A panoramic view of all the surroundings with giant mountains can be seen our way. A beautiful glimpse of great ranges of giant mountains will be joyful. We will be moving until we will reach Jomsom where we will stay our night.

We will catch the early morning flight over to Pokhara. From the flight magnificent view of mountain ranges with snow, and a cap can be seen. After reaching Pokhara we will view and visit the local market at Lakeside in our leisure time. Then we will return back to the hotel to stay at our memorable night.

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drop.
  • Two-night boutique hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • One porter for two each client including salary, meal, accommodation and insurance.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking gear sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Farewell dinner.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping

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