The Upper Mustang Trek bring in to the forbidden of Kingdom (hidden valley) would be part of the Tibetan empire and is therefore closely tied.
Mustang trek is an observation of the hidden valleys of Upper Mustang, nestled between Tibet and the Himalayas – a place different from the rest of the world. The walled city of Lo-Manthang used to be a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until the 1830s. The early history of Lo-man thang is embellished in myths and legends rather than recorded facts. Even though Upper Mustang is changing it still surprises the visitors with its stunning vista and the stubborn way it clings to its unique culture. Crumbing artworks are slowly being restored further enhancing the beauty of this region.
Crumbling monasteries have been rebuilt and filled with the sound of shaved-headed children in robes studying ancient Buddhist ways and teachings. There are around 275 houses in Lo-Mangthang with four castes: the royal caste, the everyday folk, the blacksmiths and the butchers and millers. The royal palace roof has solar panels on it nowadays, along with a small herb garden of various holy decorations, flapping flags and of course stacked firewood. There was a time when it was mandatory for certain families to supply the firewood for the royal family. Sky burial and polyandry are still remaining cultural practices in the Upper Mustang region. Upper Mustang trekking is a once in a lifetime destination where you can explore the fascinating medieval walled kingdom.
Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek.
- The ancient of Lo, Upper Mustang is one of the last places in Nepal with Tibetan Buddhist culture.
- Wonderful landscape these are identical to the Tibetan village.
- Include your trip during the Tiji festival, the festival celebrated in Lo- Mangthang is to pray for peace to concern evil.
- Enjoys your tour to various historical, natural, cultural, heritage sites along with Nepal's oldest Buddhist monasteries
- Unveil pre-historical culture by viewing a mysterious cave, cave temples are known for thousands of years old monasteries.
- All ground transportation by private Car/Jeep including airport transfers.
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Two-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
- Both way flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara including departure taxes
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking duffel bag, and trekking map.
- All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit), please bring 2 passport size photos for permit
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Personal Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment’s
- Tips for trekking staff
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Good to Know
In cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation will be in a 3-star category hotel. While on a trek, you will be accommodated in teahouses or lodges. The accommodation can be pretty basic except for a few villages as teahouses of this trail started only a few years back. Despite having relatively basic rooms and less facility, teahouses of this trail offer you the best possible services. Lodges with twin sharing rooms with clean common toilets are to be found often during the trek.
Meals and drinks during the trek
Your first meal of a day starts with plentiful western breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On the trek, teahouses provide you breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. You have a variety of choices for food from local cuisine to International, generally, rice, noodles, spaghetti, egg, and macaroni are available. We highly recommend you to buy water purifying pills as you get to have stream water; however, you have an option of buying mineral water and boiled water at an additional cost. Note that, purchasing plastic bottled water is not eco-friendly.
Best time to travel
March till November is considered as the best period to trek to Upper Mustang. This trek is one of the few trekking routes doable even in monsoon season as the Upper Mustang region is on the leeward side, it won’t rain much so doing this trek in monsoon season is fine. Often trekkers travel during the month of May where festival like Tiji orTenchi is celebrated which happens to be a colorful festival for the people of Upper Mustang.
Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate trek suitable for all novice walkers and experienced trekkers but we recommend you to be prepared before embarking, regular exercises outdoor activities like swimming, cycling, jogging, makes your trek a lot easier, however, pass experienced is a plus.