Mustang Trekking in Nepal

Mustang Trekking in Nepal

Mustang is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas that falls within the boundaries of Tibet nestled in the Himalayas at 13,000 feet. Upper Mustang region lies north of Kagbeni which is north-west part of Nepal and is influenced by Tibetan culture. The capital Lo Manthang (3809 m) of the ancient Kingdom of Mustang was attached to Tibet in the 14th century. The region was annexed by Nepal in 17 century. Since, Mustang region lies in the Tran-Himalayan part of Nepal and therefore untouched by the outside world or the Chinese Cultural revolution, Lo Manthang is truly a medieval town with 14th century monasteries still remains active to preserve this magnificent Trans-Himalayan kingdom.

Vast and barren ridges extend to the northern horizon making one feel like an insignificant dot on a timeless landscape. Despite remaining an autonomous dynasty throughout the centuries, Lo Manthang is a walled city with predominantly Tibetan origin people. With their unrivaled Buddhist shrines with cliff hanging Monasteries, Thankas, Mandalas and deities and cave dwelling people. Because of its isolation the Kingdom of Mustang remains a thriving testament to the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is the only surviving continuous Tibetan monarchy. The history of Tibet itself is an imbroglio of warring sects, involving the sublimation and destruction of kingdoms, all incited by the significant doctrinal differences between them. The landscape of Upper Mustang is indescribably beautiful, eroded cliffs, red-walled monasteries and snow-capped peaks, bathed in hues of orange and red rocks. This stunning area is inhabited by the magnificent snow leopard, the endangered Bharal (blue sheep) and the mythical Yeti. One famous festival of Lo Manthang which also getting popular among the foreigners is the Tiji festival Purification ritual; which takes place at the beginning of every harvest season. The origins of the festival predate Buddhism, born out of an animistic and shamanistic tradition. Upper Mustang is on an ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet exploiting the lowest 4,660 metres (15,300 ft) passes Kora La through the Himalaya west of Sikkim.

Upper Mustang has a trans-himalayan climate which is cool and semi-arid with precipitation in the range of 250–400 mm. It is in the rain shadow, is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.

Trekking in Mustang state is still somewhat restricted requiring special trekking permits. The cost for permit is US$ 500 for 10 days per person and more than 10 days per day US$ 50 per person. It is possible guest house or lodge basic trekking. The route leads us from Kagbani to follow Thak Khola north side 4, 5 days to reach Lomangthang “the head quarter of Musthang”. Explore the beautiful landscape including cave monasteries continues walk 3, 4 days to return to Kagbeni.

Mustang trek requires a minimum of 10 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni. The route generally follows the Kali Gandaki valley but, occasionally climbs high above the valley walls. The road was completed before 2015 and is suitable for high clearance and 4 WD vehicles. The itinerary which we mention is subject to change as your interest and time frame.

Asian Hiking Team organizes Upper Mustang trekking as full board camping or Guest houses as client’s request. Our guides have many years of guiding experience in Mustang region. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. They know very well how to facilitate running smooth and safe trip appreciating the beauty and culture of the Mustang. Our porter carries 25 to 30 KG. Their first hand experience, local knowledge, expertise and humor on treks are invaluable.

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara 900m by tourist bus, 6 hours, 200km, Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara (L/D).

Day 02: Fly to Jomsom and walk for 3 hrs to Kagbani, Overnight in Hotel/Lodge (B/L/D).

Restricted Area Start 

Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele, 4/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 04: Chele to Geling, 4/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 05: Geling to Charang, 4/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 06: Charang to Lomangthan, 4/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 07: Full day in Lomangthan, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 08: Lomangthag Nechung and return to Lo-Mangthan, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 09: Lomangthan to Ghami, 4/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 10: Ghami to Samar, 4/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 11: Samar to Kagbeni, 4/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 12: Kagbeni to Jomsom, 3 hours, Overnight at Lodge/Hotel (B/L/D).

Restricted Area End

Day 13: Jomsom to Beni and continues drive to Pokhara Overnight in Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus or flight (B/L)

Customizes your Trip:

If you only have a few days or perhaps a few weeks then will do our utmost to make your Nepal trip as readable as possible. Together we can create a unique experience that is tailored to you available time, interests, ability. You must be minimum 2 peoples to get the special trekking permit to do trekking to this special area. You need special trekking permit minimums 10 days fees US$ 500. The best season for this trek is March to October to November. The trek can be operated in both tea houses and under the canvas on request, as well as being able to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting, wildlife safari. All the itineraries are subject to change to suit your holiday.