Trekking » Annapurna Region » Mustang Trekking

Mustang Trekking

Few regions of the great Himalayas remain unraveled. The ancient kingdom of Mustang in western Nepal is one of them. It is divided into two parts namely the Upper Mustang and the Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang is largely inhabited by Manangi people and goes up to the ancient capital of Lo Manthang. Whereas Lower Mustang covers the part of lower valley along the Kali Gandaki river. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the world Mustang was able to evolve its own culture and traditional which so rich and unique. This is the only district in Nepal with its own religious King. The people of Mustang call themselves Lobas. Their house and temple construction all over the region use stone but mostly mud bricks that are sun baked. Some beautiful architectures in this region are the city wall and the four story palace in Lo Manthang. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. There are so many caves, Monasteries, Schools and hills around Lomanthang where you can hike to observe Tibetan border.

Upper Mustang being in the Himalayan rain shadow is one of the few parts of the country that are suitable for trekking during the summer monsoon period. Even at this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall. The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached in only 3,800m. But the conditions at times can be arduous. Cold in winter and windy and dusty all year. Winter treks are best avoided due to the cold when many of the locals migrate to southern parts of the country and even to India.

Upper Mustang is restricted area of Nepal. According to government rule, liaison officers should always accompany with the trekking groups. There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni so we must be fully self- sufficient especially in fuel. We can take mules/horses to carry the loads. The into the Kingdom of Mustang is through an almost tree - less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make the trek memorable.



Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing / Cultural Day In Kathmandu Valley
Day 3 Kathmandu - Pokhara
Day 4 Pokhara - jomsom - Kagbeni
Day 5 Kagbeni - Chele
Day 6 Chele- Geling
Day 7 Geling – Charang
Day 8 Charang – Lo Manthang
Day 9-11 Lo Manthang
Day 12 Lo Manthang - Ghami via Gekar
Day 13 Ghami – Samar
Day 14 Samar - Kagbeni
Day 15 Kagbeni - Jomsom
Day 16 Jomsom - Pokhara
Day 17 Pokhara - Kathmandu
Fitness

To trek to Everest Base Camp you do not need to be a super athlete nor a mountaineer but a few weeks of training, prior to arriving in Nepal, will enhance your experience. It will not be more enjoyable spending the trip of a lifetime struggling to walk the trails every day when a little sensible preparation before you arrive would make the trails so much more rewarding.


Food

There are varieties of choices of western and Asian foods dishes or a mixture of both in all the major destinations you visit. During a trek you can expect 3 full meals a day as well as well as regular tea and coffee breaks on both tea-house style or camping treks where food is freshly prepared daily. During our tea-house trek we offer a selection of tea-houses. Most teahouses cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Of course it depends on the season and destinations you choose. But most tea-houses offers pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.


Best time

Everest Base Camp trek can be done in Autumn (Sept-Nov) when you can expect better visibility, the air is fresh, and the weather is perfect and that the Nepalese most important festivals (Dashain and Tihar) are marked during this season The best season offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Or in Spring ( March - Mary) which is particularly lovely as the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers and still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. The temperature is quite moderate and the mountain views are excellent.


Accommodation

There are varieties of choices of western and Asian foods dishes or a mixture of both in all the major destinations you visit. During a trek you can expect 3 full meals a day as well as well as regular tea and coffee breaks on both tea-house style or camping treks where food is freshly prepared daily. During our tea-house trek we offer a selection of tea-houses. Most teahouses cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Of course it depends on the season and destinations you choose. But most tea-houses offers pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.


Medical Info

Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. The number one rule is don't consume the water including ice.


Medical Kit:

  • 1. A simple but adequate medical kit can be most useful without taking much space in your baggage. The following is recommended as tried and true list of items.
  • 2. Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever.
  • 3. Antihistamine - useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease the itch from insect bites and stings or to help prevent motion sickness.
  • 4. Antibiotis - useful especially while trekking well off the beaten track but they must be prescribed.
  • 5. Kaolin preparation ( Pepto - Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets.
  • 6. Rehydration mixture - for treatment of servere diarrhoea.
  • 7. Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar "dry" spray - for cuts and grazes.
  • 8. Calamine lotion - to ease irritation from bites or stings.
  • 9. Bandages and band - Aids - for minor injuries.
  • 10. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer
  • 11. Insect repellent, sun block, suntalotion, chapsticks and water - purification tablets.
  • 12. Throuat lozenges (Strepsils).
  • 13. Moleskin.
  • 15. Sulamyd 10% eye drops.
  • 16. Acetarninophen (Paracetamol)
  • 17. Antacid tablets.
  • 18. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
  • 19. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Equipment list

  • 1. Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, " walk then in" to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • 2. A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
  • 3.Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.
  • 4. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  • 5. Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters - can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • 6. A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
  • 7. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft. Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • 8. A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
  • 9. pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
  • 10. 1 lightweight long sleeved - shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • 11. A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item. A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • 12. A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
  • 13. 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 14. 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
  • 15. "Underwear" normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
  • 16. Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking - Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
  • 17. Water bottle.
  • 18. Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • 19. 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • 20. Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • 21. Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • 22. Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  • 23. Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.


Cost (How much does it cost?)

Please contact us or fill booking form to know about the cost of this trek.

If you like to extend your holidays in Nepal or if you have short time to experience the high mountains and Nepalese culture you can choose these short and easy extensions trips. Also for those who are inexperience in walking up and down on the mountain the following options are the best to choose. Click on the link below to get its information.


White Water Rafting

Jungle Safari

Nepal Tour
White water rafting, Jungle Safari in Nepal Nepal Tours

Paragliding

Bunje Jumping

Mt. Flight


Trekking Routes in Annapurna Region Days Grade Max. Altitude Season
Annapurna Circuit Trekking 18 - 21 B 5416 m Oct - May
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 10 - 14 A-B 4130 m Oct - May
Jomsom / Muktinath Trekking 07 - 10 B 3800 m Oct - May
Ghorepani Poonhilll Trekking 08 A 3867 m Oct - May
Ghandruk Trekking 05 A 1940 m Sep - May
Mustang Trekking 12 - 14 B 4300 m Apr - Nov
Tilicho Lake Trekking 24 C 4200 m Sep - Dec , Mar - May
Royal Trekking 04 A 1730 m Sep - May
Panchase Trekking 08 A 2509 m Sep - May