Upper Mustang

Overview

Located in the North of the centre of Nepal, above the Annapurna Circuit, Upper Mustang was until recently the semi-autonomous Tibetan Kingdom of Lo, which joined Nepal in response to the Cultural Revolution across the border in China in the latter half of the last century. Lo’s King – who is still revered by locals – lost his official status in 2008 following the abolition of Nepal’s own monarchy.

Considered by many to be a real-life ‘Shangri-La’, Mustang features the haunting, barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. Set in the rainshadow of the Annapurna range, the area is mainly arid, and therefore trekkable during the monsoon season when clouds can occlude the view of other treks.

A restricted area that was opened to tourists in 1992, it only sees around 1,000 tourists every year – considerably lower than most treks – and if you decide to go ‘off-peak’, it is perfectly possible not to encounter another trekker on your entire journey. Numbers are kept down by the need for expensive permits – included in the price of our packages.

The trek can be done as either a teahouse or camping trek, and follows the Kali Gandaki (‘Black River’) up the valley, before branching off to the historical walled capital of Lo Manthang, where the king still lives today and – on occasion – receives visitors. After a tour of the city, trekkers can then head by horseback on a day trip to visit the famous, formerly inhabited caves of Chhusang.

Upper Mustang still manages to stun visitors with its richly coloured geology, and sweeping views of the Himalaya that

is set among landscape of extraordinary c is a geologist’s paradise

‘Sell’ introduction about/history
AMS note printable crib sheet Trekking Itinerary: (include altitudes for every day)

Highlights & Features 

- The barren landscape of the Tibetan Plateau is breathtaking in scale and reach, as well as boasting a stunning variety of hues
- Upper Mustang is an ethnically Tibetan area, and features rich Tibetan culture and aesthetics
- The occasional opportunity to meet with local king Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista
- The route passes many Buddhist stupas (shrines) and gompas (monasteries), including three hugely significant buildings in Lo Manthang itself
- Exploring the Chhusang caves, a network of around 60 caves that were inhabited, as well as passing by many more

Itineraries

Upper Mustang Tea House Trek (16 Days / $3,000 / Max. Alt. 4,325m)

Day 01      Arrive Kathmandu (1,337m)
Day 02      Fly to Pokhara (884m)
Day 03      18 min. flight to Jomsom (2,760m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)
Day 04      Kagbeni to Chele (3,100m)
Day 05      Chele to Geling (3,570m) – passing Yamdo La (4,010m)
Day 06      Geling to Charang (3,575m)
Day 07      Charang to Lo Manthang (3,840m)
Day 08      In Lo Mathang (3,840m)
Day 09      Trip around Lo Manthang (3,840m)
Day 10      Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3,820m) – crossing Chogo La (4,325m)
Day 11      Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3,800m) – crossing Nyi La (4,020m)
Day 12      Shyangmochen to Chhuksang (2,980m)
Day 13      Trek back to Kagbeni (2,810m)
Day 14      Trek back to Jomsom (2,760m)
Day 15      Fly to Pokhara, then fly to Kathmandu
Day 16      Depart Kathmandu

Altitude Chart

inc Maximum Altitude (4,325m)

Price Includes

3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including coffee and tea. Accommodation in tea house lodge during the trek as mentioned in the trek type. [camping will be more] Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek. Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees. Upper mustang permit.

Price Does Not Include

Visas
Travel insurance – to include search and rescue [the important component being helicopter rescure in case of acute mountain sickness]
Alcoholic drinks
Tips (10% customary for meals; for guides totally discretionary)

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