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Upper Mustang Trekking

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Kathmandu, Mustang Region, Nepal

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking, Nature, Nature Tour

  • Price
    $2300 USD per trip
  • Duration

    18 days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Price Includes

    All ground transport by private vehicle as per itinerary - Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation, including breakfast, as per itinerary - All entry fees as per itinerary – Upper Mustang special permit per head US $ 500 for the first 10 days, then after 10 days US $ 50 per head per day, ACAP fee 2000 per head and required monasteries entrance fee {bring 2 copies of a passport sized picture} - Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara round trip airfare and airport tax + guide - and breakfast, lunch, dinner during trek with tea/coffee - An English speaking, highly experienced, friendly and helpful trekking guide - One porter for two people - Guide salary/food/accommodation/insurance and required transports - Porter salary/food/accommodation/insurance and required transports - Rain protection duffel bag for luggage - Company guarantee the rescue services if needed; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us - Government taxes and office service charge

Highlights

  • Upper Mustang is an alternative to visiting Tibet. It is the kingdom of Buddhism, also known as the the Hidden Valley.
  • Upper Mustang is a culturally as well as naturally perfect. It is the barren land, superb scenic views.
  • Upper Mustang is a land of monasteries in Nepal. It's a peaceful valley, hidden behind the mountains of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.
  • Upper Mustang is in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri rangers, which makes trekking during the monsoon season possible.
  • You will enjoy the scenic flight to Jomsom from Pokhara.

Guide

Trip Info

There is something about a hidden kingdom that captures everyone’s imagination. Believe it or not, you can actually visit such a place – Nepal. The Upper Mustang trekking region is an incredible place to trek because it was once the location of a Buddhist Kingdom.

Technically, the kingdom has not existed since 2008, when Nepal changed from a monarchy to a republic. Nevertheless, many people in this region still consider themselves to be part of a kingdom, with their King’s lineage being traced back to the kingdom’s founding in 1380.

To the locals, this region is known as the Kingdom of Lo. The main city is called Lo Manthang, a walled city which dates back to 1380. The Kingdom of Lo did not become a part of Nepal until 1950. It served as a base of operations for Tibetan Freedom Fighters during the Chinese invasion of Tibet. The area has been peaceful ever since 1970, when the Dalai Lama asked that the hostilities cease.

Upper Mustang was closed to outsiders until 1992. Today, entry is still restricted. A special permit is required in order to hike the Upper Mustang trek to help preserve the indigenous cultures of Upper Mustang.

The region of Upper Mustang stands apart from every other region and trek of Nepal. Because it is protected by the Annapurna Range, the land is more of a moonscape due to its lack of monsoon rains. There is no lush vegetation, but wind-sculptured rocks which have taken on bizarre formations. You are able to see the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the south, with the barren land of the Tibetan border to the north. Deep and narrow canyons add to the forbidden mystery of this arid land.

The residents of the Upper Mustang region are primarily of Tibetan origin. They have developed a high culture in the 3 cities and 30 villages that are scattered throughout the region.

The Upper Mustang trek will take roughly 12-14 days, which a maximum elevation of 3,810 meters being reached at Lo Pass. The trail of the Upper Mustang trek is considered moderate. Due to the Annapurna Range protecting this region from monsoons, trekkers do not have to worry about the monsoon season interrupting their trekking.

We will visit the principal cities and some of the villages. We will see the village life of the Upper Mustang region, along with the numerous Buddhist monasteries which reflect the Tibetan origins, such as Ghar Gompa, a monastery that is 1200 years old. We will spend the nights at teahouses along the way, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture.

It is almost impossible to describe Upper Mustang. It requires a personal inspection. This trek will charm and impress any visitor who makes the trek into the heart of what had been a forbidden territory not too long ago.

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