Trekking is one of the most popular activities in Nepal. Among the many popular destinations, Mustang is one of them which is also known as 'Mini Tibet of Nepal'.
Mustang lies in the altitude of 3,840 meters in the North-West part of Nepal. Annapurna and Nilgiri mountain range extends across the northern part. This place is rich in vegetation, apple fields, and rhododendron forests to add the beauty of Mustang.
Upper Mustang trek offers a chance to explore the thousand-year-old monastery, caves, local tribes, and scenic beauties of landscapes with a spectacular trekking experience in the remote Himalayan mountain region of Nepal.
In the past, Mustang district used to be the best place for trekking by foot or riding horses. Plus, a route that directs to the Tibet, but over the years, road construction began and now there are many things that you can experience like tours, biking and the old tradition of horse riding.
The 16-day trip begins in Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we drive to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and begin trekking. Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because it wasn’t until the 1990s that tourists were allowed to enter the region. While trekking in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, we can admire the uniqueness of tree-less landscape, rocky trails and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other Himalayas.
Destination: Mustang, Nepal
Trip Routes: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kagbeni - Chele - Syangbochen - Ghami - Lo-Manthang - Dhamkar - Syangbochen - Chussang - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: March to June and September to December
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.