UPPER-MUSTANG TREK

3, Jan 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

This trek offers a memorable experience in the rugged Trans- Himalayan region of Nepal

UPPER-MUSTANG TREK

Maximum Elevation: 3,810 meters, Dhakmar

Trek Duration: 14 days

Trek Category: Moderate to difficult

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: March- May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: ACAP, RAP

This trek offers a memorable experience in the rugged Trans- Himalayan region of Nepal. En route you will have amazing views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the other Himalayas. The trek starts from Jomsom to enter into the treeless zone of the rainshadow area of Nepal. The trail follows the ancient salt caravan route. White painted houses, extended barley fields, old Gompas, chortens and prayer flags beautifies the place.

Upper Mustang Trek is strictly not for everyone. Due to the remoteness and the restrictions put up by the government due to Tibetan activities seen in the region, Special permit needs to be obtained before any foreigner sets foot in the region of Upper Mustang. The typical trek to Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom. Roundtrip from Jomsom usually lasts for about 10 days and passes through typical Tibetan settlements, vast river beds, desert like territories and shocking habitats of Tibetan origin individuals.

One may not find it hard to relate the overall geography of Upper Mustang similar to that of Tibet. Mt. Dhaulagiri shades the region of Mustang and desolates it from any landscape found in Nepal.The trail follows the salt caravan route of the old days, during which the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt with grain from the lowlands. The final stop for this trek is Lo Manthang capital of the region. Its a separate kingdom ruled by their own king even till todays Lo La pass (3950 m) gives you the shimmering view of this capital city thriving in midst of a desert. Lo Manthang gives you a different ambience that may not be found anywhere across the globe. The narrow alleys, barren landscapes and small dusty hills will drift you somewhere none can even imagine.

Highlights

• Lo Manthang- the capital of the kingdom of Lo

• Insight into Tibetan Lama Buddhism

• Oldest monasteries in the world.

• Mysterious caves and geographical variations.

• The Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of mountain people

Lowlights

• You cannot go on an independent trek in this region.

• You may have the problem of accommodation in November- the high time of the local’s migration to lower altitudes.

• Challenging afternoon winds.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Helambu Trek

Trek To The Sacred Lakes - Panchpokhari

Nar-Phu Valley Trek

Langtang - Kyanjin Gumba - Morimoto Base Camp Trek

Guerilla Trekking Trail

Tsum Valley Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

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