Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal was officially opened in 1992 and limited numbers of trekkers are only allowed each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment.
Upper Mustang Trekking unfolds the fabled forbidden kingdom’s vast and arid valleys, eroded canyons, yak caravans, colorful – painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many mores snow mountains. Upper Mustang trekking is one of the best trek to do even in the monsoon time as the entire Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow, north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, completely sheltered from the monsoon downfall in Nepal.
We take both ways of Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara flight on this Upper Mustang trekking that does avoid the lower rainy section of Annapurna. The best advantage of doing Upper Mustang Trekking in monsoon time is that the village are full of local people busy at their every day works and the whole region are in bloom which makes really a fabulous contrast with the wind eroded hills, red cliffs and snow capped mountains on the back ground – a great vista. Thus upper Mustang trek is once in a lifetime destination to explore the fascinating medieval walled kingdom of Lo Manthang.
How to get Upper Mustang?
Jomsom is the starting point for the Upper Mustang region. Most people choose to take about 30-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. We can also choose mountain overland journey by bus or jeep. Kagbeni, just north of Jomsom where as the official check point for Upper mustang Trekking.
How to get Upper Mustang Permit?
Upper Mustang Trekking is not only one of Nepal’s most spectacular treks, but one of the most privileged parts as well. It is only possible to apply through the registered trekking company which maintained a USD bank account. The online application form is available on the official website of the department of immigration, Nepal. Details on the passport, pictures, and an itinerary are necessary as well as valid visa of trekkers. The permits can be issued only in Kathmandu or Pokhara by the Department of Immigration.
When is the best time to trek Upper Mustang Trekking?
Upper Mustang Trekking is the rain shadow area of the Himalaya, making it an excellent monsoon trek ( June, junly and auguest ) and open year-round for trekking. The most crucial aspect in the winter, when most people leave the capital to prevent cold and snow. Upper Mustang Trekking can be one from March to the beginning of November.
Is there still a King in Upper Mustang?
No, Mustang is now governed by the state of Nepal. The last official king of Mustang is Jigme Dorji Palbar Bista, who still has his palace in Lo Manthang in Mustang
Highlights of Upper Mustang Trekking
- Explore headquarter town of Mustang district and Lo Manthang, “the last forbidden kingdom”.
- Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu west and east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
- Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
- Visit the beautiful mustang district and interact with its people
- Ancient Buddhist monasteries and Mountain Tibetan Lifestyles.