The Kingdom of Lo Manthang– rich in history and Tibetan culture.
The Upper Mustang Trek takes you to one of the most remote and isolated regions in the Himalayas bordering Tibet..
Mustang was previously known as the Kingdom of Lo with Upper Mustang only opened to trekking since 1992 making it one of the most preserved regions in the world. The majority of people still speak Tibetan dialects!
The Upper Mustang trek gives you an opportunity to explore many hidden valleys wedged between Tibet and the Himalayas. The walled city of Lo-Manthang (3840m) used to be a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until the 1830s. The remoteness and rugged landscape are unlike anything seen elsewhere in Nepal. This is a surreal landscape that will make you feel you have stepped back in time.
You will visit some of the recently restored monasteries and also smile at the shaved-headed children in their maroon colored robes studying ancient Tibetan Buddhist ways and teachings. There are around 275 houses in Lo-Manthang with four castes: the royal castle, the everyday folk, the blacksmiths, and the butchers and millers. Sky burial (a funeral practice where the body is placed on a mountain top and exposed to carrion-eaters – especially birds), and polyandry (a woman has more than one husband) are still remaining cultural practices in the Upper Mustang region. Upper Mustang trekking is an opportunity to explore this remote and fascinating Tibetan kingdom.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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