Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang Trek takes you to the northernmost part of Nepal, bordering Tibet, and encompasses the ancient kingdom of Lo. Previously a restricted area, Upper Mustang was opened to foreign visitors only in 1992, allowing a limited number of trekkers to explore its hidden treasures. This region still preserves the remnants of the ancient Tibetan culture, making it a remarkable destination for cultural enthusiasts. The trek starts from Jomsom, a gateway to the Mustang region, and follows the Kali Gandaki River gorge, renowned for its impressive rock formations and the deepest gorge in the world.

Upper Mustang is often referred to as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” due to its isolation and its preservation of traditional Tibetan culture. As you trek through the region, you will encounter ancient monasteries, cave dwellings, and historic forts, which serve as a testament to the rich history of this area. The capital city of Lo Manthang is a major highlight, with its walled city, narrow alleys, and the iconic four-story royal palace. The local people, known as Lo Tibetans, are warm and welcoming, and their unique lifestyle and vibrant festivals add a captivating charm to the trekking experience.

The Upper Mustang region is renowned for its stunning landscapes, characterized by arid desert-like terrain, colorful rock formations, and towering cliffs. The trail takes you through deep canyons and high passes, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. As you traverse the mesmerizing landscapes, you will come across the picturesque villages of Kagbeni, Samar, and Ghami, where you can witness the traditional mud-brick houses and terraced fields that dot the rugged terrain.

One of the unique aspects of the Upper Mustang Trek is the opportunity to witness the centuries-old Tiji festival, which is celebrated annually in Lo Manthang. This vibrant three-day festival showcases traditional dances, colorful costumes, and ancient rituals, providing a captivating glimpse into the region’s religious and cultural practices. The trek also allows you to interact with the local people, learn about their traditional lifestyle, and savor the flavors of Tibetan cuisine, making for an immersive cultural experience.

The Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate-level trek, suitable for both seasoned trekkers and adventure enthusiasts with some prior experience. Permits are required to enter the Upper Mustang region, and it is advisable to trek with a licensed guide who can provide insights into the culture and history of the area. The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring and autumn seasons, when the weather is favorable and the landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and clear mountain views. The Upper Mustang Trek offers a truly off-the-beaten-path adventure, where you can explore a hidden kingdom, immerse yourself in a unique culture, and witness some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Himalayas.

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Inclusions:

  • Accommodation (tea house or camping)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Local transportation (airport transfer, trekking transportation)
  • Trekking guide and porter services
  • Necessary permits and fees

 

Exclusions:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Emergency evacuation expenses
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions list.

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  1. Clothing:
  • Lightweight, quick-drying trekking pants
  • Long-sleeved shirts (synthetic material is preferable)
  • T-shirts (synthetic material is preferable)
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket for colder temperatures
  • Waterproof and breathable outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable trekking pants or rain pants
  • Thermal base layers (tops and bottoms) for colder temperatures
  • Underwear and socks (moisture-wicking and quick-drying material)
  • Sun hat and beanie/hat for cold weather
  • Lightweight gloves and thermal gloves for higher altitudes
  1. Footwear:
  • Sturdy trekking boots with ankle support and a good grip
  • Lightweight trekking shoes or sandals for campsite or lower elevation walks
  • Moisture-wicking and cushioned hiking socks
  1. Trekking Gear:
  • Backpack (30-40 liters) with a rain cover
  • Sleeping bag suitable for colder temperatures (depending on the trek)
  • Trekking poles for better stability and balance
  • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection and a strap to secure them
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (at least 2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • Lightweight and quick-drying towel
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
  1. Protection from the Elements:
  • Sunscreen with a high SPF rating
  • Lip balm with SPF protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat or buff to protect your face and neck from the sun
  • Lightweight and compact umbrella (optional)
  1. First Aid Kit:
  • Basic first aid supplies (band-aids, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, etc.)
  • Prescription medications (if necessary)
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness, consult your doctor before taking it)
  • Painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol
  • Blister treatment (moleskin or blister plasters)
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Oral rehydration salts
  1. Miscellaneous:
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Portable charger or power bank for electronic devices
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Lightweight and quick-drying travel towel
  • Trekking permits and necessary documents

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