Trekking to Upper Mustang gives you a feel of trekking in Tibet. Tibet and Upper Mustang are quite close to each other. They share a similar landscape as well as culture. It is also worth noting that until 1992 AD, Upper Mustang region was a restricted demilitarized area. That has helped Mustang preserve its ancient culture.
Upper Mustang trek has a rich historical significance. It was a part of a Tibetan Kingdom called Gungthang up until the 1830s. The town of Lo Manthang was founded in 1380. It is often referred to as a kingdom within a kingdom. Mustang was essentially separate from Nepal until 1951.
In the Tibetan language, “Upper Mustang” refers to “fertile land”. However, Upper Mustang has some of the most barren landscape in Nepal. Mustang is tucked away from the rest of the world, right to the north of the major Himalayan range of Nepal.
You can view 35 mountains during your trek to Upper Mustang. Most of these mountains are of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You will also get to see the deepest gorge in the world- Kali Gandaki Gorge in the Upper Mustang trek. Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Ranges carve out this gorge.
You will walk through arid red valleys, canyons, several ridges, mountain passes, deep gorges, devotional prayer flags, and mudbrick houses while trekking to Upper Mustang, You can also experience the centuries-old culture of the mountain people like Thakalis, Tibetan and Gurung of this region.
A visit to several monasteries like Nyiphu, Garphu, and Loghekar etc give you a glimpse into the Tibetan Buddhism of this region. You can also go for a hike to a unique blend of the Hindu and Buddhist faith in the holy temple of Muktinath in this trek.
The Upper Mustang Trek is a restricted area trek in Nepal and it is mandatory for you to have a guide for this trek. This trek is highly gratifying as it takes you along some ancient towns, sky caves as well as gives you some stunning views of the mountains. We are a registered trekking company provide the services to get permits with our government registered trekking guide and porters that you are obviously dedicated local guide and porter services team with good staffing in management to providing the best guide porters to during the season.
Anytime from March to late December is often considered to be the best time for the Upper Mustang trek. June to September marks monsoon in other parts of Nepal. But Upper Mustang is relatively dry in the monsoon. Besides, you can have glimpses of the vegetation of Himalayan arid plateau of Upper Mustang this time.
If you come to trek to Upper Mustang in May, you would be able to catch the beauty of the celebration of the Tiji festival. This festival lasts for 3 days and is indigenous to Lo Manthang. So the spring season in the month of May gives you the best time to catch this beautiful trek and its unique festival.
October and November are the most highly recommended months for trekkers to Upper Mustang. If you can prepare for the cold of Mustang in the winters, you will also get a unique opportunity to see the beauty of Upper Mustang in the winter season as well.
You will walk between five to seven hours while trekking every day for 12 days during your trekking trip. The trekking trails in the Upper Mustang region are well marked. There will be minor uphills and downhills in your trek. You will also ascend and descend through several ridges and mountain passes in your trek.
There are fair teahouses and lodges in the villages you will stay in the Upper Mustang trek. So the accommodation will also be fine. However, they won’t be as sophisticated as in the cities.