Upper Mustang is largely inhabited by Manangi people and goes up to the ancient capital of Lo Manthang. It is divided into two parts namely the Upper Mustang and the Lower Mustang. Whereas Lower Mustang covers the part of lower valley along the Kali Gandaki river. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world Mustang was able to evolve its own culture and traditional which so rich and unique. This is the only district in Nepal with its own religious King. The people of Mustang call themselves Lobas. Their house and temple construction all over the region use stone but mostly mud bricks that are sun baked. Some beautiful architectures in this region are the city wall and the four story palace in Lo Manthang. A trek into Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of the tru mountain people. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. There are so many caves, Monasteries, Schools and hills around Lomanthang where you can hike to observe Tibetan border.
Upper Mustang being in the Himalayan rain shadow is one of the few parts of the country that are suitable for trekking during the summer monsoon period. Even at this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall. The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached in only 3,800m. But the conditions at times can be arduous. Cold in winter and windy and dusty all year. Winter treks are best avoided due to the cold when many of the locals migrate to southern parts of the country and even to India.
Upper Mustang is restricted area of Nepal. According to government rule, liaison officers should always accompany with the trekking groups. There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni so we must be fully self- sufficient especially in fuel. We can take mules/horses to carry the loads. The into the Kingdom of Mustang is through an almost tree – less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make the trek memorable.
The Trail Conditions:
Straight, Uphill, Downhill, Jig Jag with small rocky, pebbles, somewhere flat man made stone steps, through the rhododendron, moss covered forests, suspensions metal bridges
Clothing / Equipment List
Kindly bring the following list of clothing / equipment for our trek to Upper Mustang Trek
Above things are required for Upper Mustang Trek. However if you do not have clothing you can either buy or rent in Nepal. In this case we have equipment cheaper than your country.
If you like to extend your holidays in Nepal with your short time to experience the high mountains and Nepalese culture you can choose these short and easy extensions trips. Also for those who are inexperience in walking up and down on the mountain the following options are the best to choose. Click on the link below to get its information.