Upper Mustang Trek also referred to Lo Manthang Trek. This could be a another way to experience Tibet in Nepal. Being a Trans Himalayan region, the culture, religion, language, people and life style is similar to Tibet. They have been live there for hundreds of years and have little contact to the rest of the world including capital of Nepal. The Upper Mustang (kingdom) was founded by Ame Pal in the 14th century. The palace was all surrounded by a stone wall which is still standing with great attractions to the people.
Before unifying Nepal it was an independent Lo Kingdom. Nepal was unified in the 18th century out of many small independent countries including Lo Manthang. The king was very respected and honored in Lo kingdom even today. Jigme parwal Bista (25th king) is the last king of Lo Manthang. Nepal became a federal country in 2008 and they declared that there is no more monarchy including Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is a tiny small village with less than 1000 people (Lobas ethnic people) and about 200 houses.
Accommodation and meal in Upper Mustang trekking: The trekking trail to Upper Mustang follow the Annapurna circuit trail till Kagbeni and separates towards north west. There are nice guest house accommodations and they provide delicious and hygiene food to their house guest.
Clothing: Upper Mustang trekking passes above 5000m. It can be a below freezing in winter. You are advised to be prepared with good trekking clothing’s or write us email to suggest you a proper gear to your time of travel.
Best time to trek Upper Mustang : The best time to trek to Upper Mustang is from April to September. The people celebrate a big festival known as TIJI which falls as a Tibetan calendar. In that festival time, the villagers back to their home town from abroad, Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Trekking Permit to Upper Mustang: You have obtained a special trekking permit to trek to Upper Mustang area (Kagbeni to north). Trekking permit can be applying through registered trekking agency. The trekking permit would cost US$500 for first 10 days and US$50/ additional day. You must be 2 or more person to apply the permit. We Alpine Asian Treks and Expedition P Ltd can apply your trekking permit.
Permit and regulations: The trekkers must buy a trekking permit to trek to Upper Mustang through the registered trekking agency. Permit will be issue for minimum 10 days and additional each day will cost US$50/ trekkers. That must buy in advance from Kathmandu. Our company Alpine Asian Treks can apply your trekking permit.
Weather and climate: Upper Mustang trekking (northern part from Kagbeni) is considered trans Himalayan region (rain shadow). Generally, there is very little rain. and trekking is possible in rainy season as well as. The temperature in spring is about 0 degree at night and around 20 degrees in a sunny day. Monsoon season (June to September)
Spring Season: Spring season remain still cold. The temperature would be around 0 degree at night and 20degree in a sunny day.
Rainy Season (June to September: The temperature would remain around 20-30 degree.
Winter season (December to February) : The winter is very cold in Upper Mustang. The temperature would remain 0—5 in a day and -20 to -25 in at night.
Autumn Season (October and November):
Trekking Guide to Upper Mustaing: Your trekking guide to Upper Musgang will have a previous experiences and government license. He keeps knowledge about mountain sickness, local people, culture and geography. The guide speaks English language and if you require any your local language speaking please do let us know before finalize.
Trekking equipment in Upper Mustang trekking: The Upper Mustang trekking is considered as demanding trekking. It requires good preparation to complete it well such as proper clothing and physical fitness. This could be some rain in rainy season and very cold in winter. Please write us about the details of trekking gears before your trek.
Accommodation and meal in Upper Mustang trekking: There are nice, clean guest house in trekking route to Upper Mustang. Trekkers can have their own room (twin/ single) and bathroom are common. Some villages even offer private bathroom like Lomanthang. The guest house provides a meal service to their house guest. You can order your meal from guest house menu. They prepare tasty and hygiene food.
Transportation to Upper Mustang trekking: There is a rough road access till Lo-Manthang from Pokhara. The trek starts from Kagbeni after a flight ro drive to Jomsom and end in Kagbeni. The Jomsom airport is situated in between the high mountain, there may have flight cancellation due to bad weather and the road could be disturbed due to land slide in a rainy season.
Telephone and internet in Upper Mustang Trekking: Some guest house offer WIFI services in the trekking trail. Additionally, you can buy a SIM card in card in Kathmandu or Pokhara and buy a internet packages to use in trekking. Generally cell phone work all along the trail.
Pricing of Upper Mustang Trekking: The price will be in US$ or equivalent in Nepalese currency. The price will define the services and quality. We will give you a clear details while providing an itinerary and details with includes and excludes.
Insurance: Our guide and porter will have an insurance as per Nepal government rule. We highly recommend to our clients to bring their own rescue and medical insurance to trek to Upper Mustang.
Safety and security: Trekking in Nepal is very safe. There is no any single record of crime to the trekkers. You must be fully equipped to avoid the cold or etc. There is security check post in Jomsom, Kagbeni and Lo-Manthang. We can’t predict about natural disaster.
Can you trek alone: There must be minimum 2 trekkers to apply the Upper Mustang Trekking Permit. If you alone and still interested to trek to that area, we can try to find another single trekkers or join you to with others group to issue the permit. After obtain the permit you join in entry and exit time and the rest of the time, you can trek alone with your guide.
Can visit Lama, King or etc: Officially there is no anymore king in Upper Mustang but if you wish to see the former king (Jigme Parwal Bista) that would be possible with his permission. It is normally possible to meet Lama in the monastery and talk to them.
Tour leader discount: If you are a tour leader, we offer you a complementary 10+1 (logistic, meal, accommodation etc) but the permit fee and other entrances must be paid.
Date change possible: After issue the permit, normally it is not possible. If there is reasonable cause, we will try to request to the officer to postpone for few days but once you checked in to the area, there is no cancellation, postpone.
How to book: To make a reservation, we require passport details, flight details and passport size photo. We will proceed the permit and necessary formalities and once you arrive, with your original passport the permit will be apply.
Payment and booking: Your booking will be confirmed after drop a advance payment of 25% of the total invoice. We accept bank transfer or major credit card payment. The rest of the payment will be made upon your arrival in Nepal (Kathmandu).