If you have a spirit of adventure like the early explorers and pilgrims of Mustang, let Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition take you north of the 8000m Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks, along the rocky bed of the Kali Gandaki, to one of the most isolated villages on Earth, a village that was at one time, the prosperous Kingdom of Lo.
The Upper Mustang Trek leads you into a region that used to be part of the Tibetan empire, and bears close resemblance to Tibet. Pure Tibetan Buddhism is followed. Villages are built in Tibetan style and houses are white washed with firewood stacked on the roofs. The landscape is also very similar to Tibet.
The path to Lo Manthang follows the ancient salt trading route which linked Tibet and the subcontinent. The average altitude of the trek is about 3600 metres, with the highest point being 4320 metres. While the trail is not particularly difficult in terms of steep ascents and descents, the force of the wind gusting down the Kali Gandaki buffets you as you walk and makes it challenging.
The scenery on this trek is spectacular. Himalayan griffin and golden eagles soar high in the vivid blue sky overhead. The snow white Himalayas to the south contrast with the burnt brown colors of the endless wind-eroded hills rising up toward the Tibetan plateau in the north. The superb views of the Annapurnas include Tilicho Peak and Nilgiri.
From the pass Lo La, 3950m, you can see the medieval town of Lo in the distance. Lo Manthang is surrounded by a huge wall and when you enter the gate, you will feel like you have entered a different world. As you wander through the narrow alleys you will find women spinning wool and chatting on the street corners. At dusk herdsmen will bring their goat herds back into the city for the night.
The king still lives in his 4-story palace. He even entertains visitors when he is at home. The king of Lo Manthang doesn’t have official power anymore, but remains highly respected by his people. Despite being under the government of Nepal, the traditional Lo Tsu Dun council is consulted for most decisions regarding local matters such as festivals, and land tenure.
The people of Lo, known as ‘Lobas’, are of Tibetan ancestry and speak a dialect of Tibetan. The Lobas are highly religious and monasteries and monastic communities play a major role in their lives which is observable in the magnificent monasteries which are a striking contrast to their simple lifestyle.
Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and therefore has a long trekking season, from May to October. In fact, in July or August when the monsoon makes it nearly impossible to trek in the Annapurnas, the Mustang trek is exceptionally beautiful as the fields around the villages are lush green with their one annual crop, a contrast to the parched surroundings.
The government has imposed a high permit cost as part of a plan to restrict the number of tourists in order to safeguard the fragile ecosystem and preserve the unique heritage of the area. However it is inevitable that change will come. Recent developments such as teahouses, motor-able roads and electricity are connecting this area to the outside world, but so far, the culture is still intact.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara, 900m. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom; Trek to Kagbeni, 2897m, 3-4 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 5 : Trek to Chele, 3050m, 6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 6 : Trek to Syanbochens, 3475m, 6-7 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 7 : Trek to Ghaymi, 3520m, 5-6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 8 : Trek to Tsarang 3500m, 4-5 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 9 : Trek to Lo-Mangthang, 3700m, 5 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 10 : Explore Lo-Mangthang. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 11 : Trek to Drakmar, 3810m, 6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 12 : Trek to Ghiling, 3806m, 5-6hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 13 : Trek to Chhusangs, 3050m, 6 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 14 : Trek to Jomsoms, 2700m, 6 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse
Day 15 : Fly to Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 16 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by road, 6hrs. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 17 : Departure from Nepal
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|12 March, 2017||28 March, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|26 March, 2017||11 April, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|08 April, 2017||24 April, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|21 April, 2017||07 May, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|05 May, 2017||21 May, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|19 May, 2017||04 June, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|05 September, 2017||21 September, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|18 September, 2017||04 October, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|01 October, 2017||17 October, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|10 October, 2017||26 October, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|20 October, 2017||05 November, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|02 November, 2017||18 November, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|16 November, 2017||02 December, 2017||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|12 March, 2018||28 March, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|26 March, 2018||11 April, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|08 April, 2018||24 April, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|21 April, 2018||07 May, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|05 May, 2018||21 May, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|19 May, 2018||04 June, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|05 September, 2018||21 September, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|18 September, 2018||04 October, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|01 October, 2018||17 October, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|10 October, 2018||26 October, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|20 October, 2018||05 November, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|02 November, 2018||18 November, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|16 November, 2018||02 December, 2018||$ 1900 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
Upper Mustang Trek Equipment and Packing List
This list is only our suggestion Upper Mustang Trek. You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip. Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.
Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.
Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients. The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg. That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs). You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.
Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.
It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather. At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night. What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring. A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea. You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.
Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):
The Best Time to Visit Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang Trekking is possible year-round, however December, January and February are very cold. Since Upper Mustang falls in the rain shadow of the Annapurnas, we can do trekking in this part of Nepal even in the monsoon months of June to September.
Upper Mustang is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.
Until recently you could only come to Upper Mustang with a fully organized camping trek. However, nowadays some villagers have opened up small guesthouses with plenty of character and good food. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Mustang culture. In Tibetan culture, the kitchen is the center of the house, and functions more like a living room. You will be made very welcome into their kitchens where you can learn a lot about their lifestyle!
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In some places there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 17 Days
Price : US $1900 p/p
Trip Grade : Moderate
Group Size:2-12 People
Activities:Trekking / Hiking
Transport:By Air / Bus
Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Pokhara:2 night ( Bed & Breakfast )
Accommodation during trek:Local lodges 11 night (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included).
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy