Mustang trek information

Mustang trek information

Mustang trek is one of the thrilling adventure treks in Nepal. Upper Mustang trek explore the hidden world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mustang Nepal and travelers should know about Mustang trek information before visit in Mustang region. Mustang trekking explore the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal, sky caves, red cliff, Mani, Monasteries, Gompas, Bon culture and Ployandry system. Mustang region is located  in Mustang district, Gandaki province -4 in the north-central part of Nepal, bordering Tibet. A guide to  trek in Upper Mustang, specifying various trekking destination among them Upper Mustang trekking, Mustang Lo Manthang trek, Mustang Jeep drive tour, Mustang Tiji festival trek , Mustang motorbike tour and  12 days regular mustang trekking are most popular treks in Mustang.  Mustang trekking destination computation as a  restricted treks trails in Nepal and opened for trekkers in 1992.

Mustang treks destination  is tally as rain shadow zone  of Nepal and May, June, July , August are best month trekking in Mustang region. Mustang trip  fit for all age group trekkers  and doable around the year. Minimum two week holiday required trekking to Mustang region however since 2019 Mustang package tour by overland also possible with in week  from Kathmandu and Pokhara.  Minimum two person essential treks to Mustang region it means individual person not allow trek in relevant areas. Mustang trek permit cost USD 500 per person for 10 days and extended each day cost USD 50 . Trekkers should have to join through  the local Nepal trekking companies to obtain the special treks permit. Trekking permit issue by Nepal trekking agency under the rule and regulation of Department of immigration Nepal.

Mustang package trekking is Buddhist pilgrimage trip in Nepal while Guru Rinpoche ( Guru padmashambhava) mediated in Mustang cave in 8th Century and Mustang oldest Ghar Gompa also built by Guru Rinpoche then after Tibetan bon culture spread in Mustang region. If you are looking for research trip in Nepal for polyandry system and Uranium , Mustang count in best places for researcher groups. Similarly Damodar Kunda trek route  very famous for Hindu pilgrimage as well as Saligram ( black fossils ) as well as lower Mustang region – Muktinath temple (salvation temple). More than two dozens of Mustang monasteries and  1000 + caves are really major attractions of Mustang trip.

Mustang trekking route  lies between Annapurna trekking trail and Dhualgiri Himalayan region . Treks in Mustang region offer beautiful Himalayan views of  two above 8000 m mountains Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt . Annapurna I  8091 m and  more than two dozens of snowy capped mountains peaks of Annapurna region.  Trekking to Mustang is not only famous for Nomad lands and Himalayan  panorama , Trekkers will explore the  world deepest Kali gandaki  Gorge , Kali gandaki valley,  salvation temple ( Muktinath temple) , Natural hot spring and best Nepal apple garden  and touch the world top ten trekking destination – Annapurna circuit trekking trials . Mustang trek cost is slightly higher than other normal trekking trails like Everest trekking, Annapurna trekking   and Langtang trekking  trails because of special Mustang trek permit cost is high. Mustang trek itinerary is depend on travelers  choice and holiday schedule from one week up to three weeks.

Mustang trekking basic information

Mustang trekking Highlights

  • Mustang trekking  is restricted trekking trails in Nepal offer best mountains vistas of  2 above 8000m mountains Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167 m, and Mt. Annapurna I 8091 m.
  • Upper Mustang  trek is less touristy trekking destinations in Nepal comparing the Everest base camp trek, Annapurna trekking and Lagtang trek destination/
  •  Mustang region trekking doable without  Nepal domestic flight around the year.
  • Explore the  last forbidden kingdom of and hike through  Annapurna conservation area project (MCAP)
Monastery in Mustang region 

01: Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery, Kagbeni Nepal Established in 15th century

02: Terri Samdrub Chodhing Monastery in Tirigaon in Mustang

03: Chele Monastery (GOMPA) in Chhusang villge Mustang

04: Samar Monastery in Samar village of Upper mustang

05: Chungsi Cave Monastery in Syangboche Mustang (Guru Ringpoche meditated in this cave in around 8th century)

06: Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery (GUMBA) Ghiling established in between 14th/15th century

07: Lo Geme Shad Drup Darkeling Gompa, Ghami established in 14th century

08: Tsarang Monastery (Gompa ) established in 13th century

09: Ghar Gumba monastery, Lo Gekar established in 8th century

Lo Gekar Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Upper Mustang. Ghar Gompa was founded by the Tibetan saint Padmasambhava and is located in the Lo area near Marang Village.

10: Thubchen Gompa, Lo-Manthang the capital of mustang established in late 15th century

11: Jampa Lhakang Monastery inside walled city established in early 14th centuryBuddhist monuments in Lo Manthang

12: Chode Gompa in Lo-Manthang (Monchoe Dragkar Thegchen Ling Gonpa) established in 13th century

13: Garghu Dhejing Chhyoling Gompa, Garphu, (Garphu monastery) Chhoser established in 15th century

14: Nyiphuk Namdol Norbuling Gompa, (Niphu monastery) Choser established in 14th century

15: Chhujung Gompa nearby Dhigaon (this is really interesting Gompa in Mustang , you need to take horse from Lo Manthang need at least full day. Also you need to take Lama people with key from Lo Manthang. On your special request may open and it cost USD 150 per person to visit this Gompa. 

16: Samduling Gompa, near to Lo-manthang

17: Namgyal Monastery (Thukten Dharkelin Gompa) Near Lo Manthang established in 10th century

18: Luri Ghang Gompa, Ghara village established in between on 8th Century by Guru Rinpoche 

Mustang trekking Itinerary 

Mustang trekking itineraries generated by  trekkers choice but  minimum two week holidays required to do the Upper Mustang trek  similarly regular Mustang trekking  required minimum  12 days  holidays . It is depend on trekkers holiday schedule. We do have 8 days express  Mustang Jeep dive tour  option too.

Day 01: Upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport 1334m , you'll be greeted by the Nepal trekking agent's representative who will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. After short refreshment, Mustang trekking package  briefing and official arrangement. overnight at Kathmandu

Day 02: After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in Kathmandu valley such as Visit Boudhhanath : Bodhnath Stupa, one of the best Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa than visit Pashupatinath: the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Kathmandu durbar square: you will enjoy with different Hindus Temple , Goddes Kumari, legend of kathmadu valley etc and in the evening farewell dinner in Nepalese Restaurant, overnight at Kathmandu in Hotel.and prepare for the trekking because this day is required to make special Mustang treks permit with original passport. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara 915m. by tourist bus or by flight. overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhra to Jomsom 2720m,by flight and trek to Kagbeni 2810m. walk approximately 4-5 hours .

Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele 3050m.walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 06: Chele trek to Geling 3500m.walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 07: Geling trek to Tsarang/Chharang 3620m.walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 08: Tsarang/Chharang trek to Lo Manthang 3840m .walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 09: Acclimataization or Rest day in Lo-Manthang. During this, you can make sightseeing or excursion tour around Mustang King palace and monasteries.

Day 10: Lo Manthang trek to Ghami 3545m. via Gekar.walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 11: Ghami trek to Samar 3356m . walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 12: Samar trek to Kagbeni .walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 13: Kagbeni trek to Jomsom.walk approximately 4-5 hours.

Day 14: After breakfast Jomsom to Pokhara by flight than by bus/private vehicle or by flight back to Kathmandu.overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: After breakfast, Relaxing or shopping with own activities than in the evening farewell dinner in Nepalese Restaurant, overnight at kathmandu in Hotel .

Day 16: After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities , Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition's representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward journeys or if you have time to stay in Nepal will arrange any other trip such as Chitwan Junlge safari tour, Lumbini tour, Chitwan jungle safari tour , river rafting etc.

Mustang trek permits 

Three different Nepal trekking permit apply for Mustang  region trekking – special Mustang trek permit,  Annapurna conservation area project permit (ACAP permit) and Trekkers information management system (TIMS permit) . Special Mustang trekking  permit issue through local Nepal trekking agency under the rule and regulation of the Department of immigration Nepal.  You need to have three color passport size photo essential for tis trip. Special Mustang  trekking permit cost USD 500 dollars  per person for first one week then each extended day  USD 50.

Mustang trek difficulty level

Mustang treks categorized moderate and good physical fitness is essential to do this trek but no prior trekking experience required.  Trek gradually start from 930 m  up to  3686 m thus good physical fitness is important to reach the destination.

Meals and Accommodation on Mustang trek package 

Basic accommodation are available entire the trekking tour. Trekkers will have normal tea house / lodge during their journeys in Mustang region. Almost lodge has common and private / attached toilet but do to the limit lodges, sometime trekkers should stay in common and  dormitories room.  

Trekkers will get Nepalese, Indian, Chinese,  Tibetan ,European and American meals entire the trip choose able from local menu.

Best time trekking in Mustang region

September, October, November , December , March, April , May, June, July , August  are best month trek to Mustang  but doable around the year as  per trekkers wish and holiday schedule. Normally January and February month slightly difficulties for Mustang treks

Mustang trek packing list 

  • Rucksack or duffle bag (will be carried by porter if hired)
  • Day bag (30L)
  • Backpack (40L-70L
  • Light and quick-drying T-shirt and trekking pants (day wear)
  • Warm Clothes (Base, Mid and Insulating layers for Head, Hands, Upper Body, Lower Body, required for higher altitude)
  • Down Jacket (can be worn during the evening and night at higher altitude)
  • Strong hiking boots and flipflop
  • Headlamp (useful during a power outage)
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene products
  • Sunglasses and Sun Hat/Cap
  • Medication and first aid
  • Smartphone, personal gadgets
  •  Sturdy Trekking pole/ stick

Plan your trip with professional local Nepal trekking companies

Mustang region trekking is controlled trek destination in Nepal and trekkers can’t trek without Nepal companies so suggested all trekkers choose the professional Nepal trekking agency tor reach the destination without any difficulties. If you search Nepal trekking agencies near me thousands of company home play display at once among them some of the individual trekking guide , freelancer guide and illegal Nepal trekking operators so choose the government registered Nepal travel companies , might be wise choose the lonely planet recommended Nepal trekking company for secured and remarkable trip.

Mustang trekking cost

The Upper Mustang trekking package cost is determined by the numbers of trekkers as well as private and group join basis trip. Also Upper Mustang hiking cost is depending on choice of service budget and luxuries. Budget upper Mustang tour cost start from USD1750 and Luxury upper Mustang trekking cost USD 4250 per person. Trekking to Upper Mustang has various type of the hotel accommodation normal lodge trek to five star hotel lodgings such as Oms Home Jomsom, Mustang Royal hotel , Jomsom Mountain Resort so Upper Mustang trekking price belongs to the service, accommodation and local Nepal trekking companies

Guide and porter hiring service for Mustang Lo Manthang trek is budget options. Trekking guide cost for Mustang trekking USD 30 to 35 per day and Porter hiring service USD 25 to USD28 but their insurance and local company service charge will be extra. Nepal Upper Mustang trekking cost is slightly higer then other normal trekking destinations of Nepal because of Mustang trek permit cost USD 500 per person. Nepal Upper Mustang trek cost for Indian passport holders are cheaper then foreign nationals because cost quote on Nepalese and indian currency rupees for Indian citizens. we have special Upper Mustang trekking pacakge from America , Germany, Australia, UK and European countries.

 

 

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