Upper Mustang Nepal
Where is Upper Mustang Nepal
Upper Mustang is part of the remote region in Nepal that used to be the past Kingdom of Lo. Up until the early 1990s, the Upper Mustang region was a demilitarized area. Because of that, this is one of the most conserved regions in the world.
History of the Mustang
Mustang used to be an independent kingdom up until the end of 18th century when it was seized by Nepal. For close to 200 years (between 15th & 17th century), Mustang had authority over the trade route between India and the Himalayas. This was due to its location and control over the trading route.
What to expect in Upper Mustang Nepal
Although the Upper Mustang region has opened its doors to the world since 1992, tourism in the area is still highly regulated. Incoming tourists need to obtain special permit to enter the region.
The trail that trekkers use today is based on the same trade route used between Tibet and India in the 15th century. Similar to Tibet, the Mustang region (including Upper Mustang) is predominantly a Buddhist region.
Due to the isolation and conservation of the region, Upper Mustang gives trekkers a world of well-preserved nature and culture. As you trek the Upper Mustang region, you will witness barren land, forests, unique rock formations of all colours, barley fields, chortens (stupas), villages, mountain range, caves and finally Lo Manthang medieval capital (and its high walls) with its royal palace & monasteries.
What permits to get for Upper Mustang Trek
In order to trek the Upper Mustang Nepal, you would need 2 types of permits:
- Mustang Restricted Area Permit (the most expensive trekking permit in Nepal)
- Annapurna Conservation Project Area permit
You need to get the Mustang Restricted Area Permit from the Nepal Immigration Office in Maitighar, Kathmandu. As for the Annapurna Conservation Project Area Permit (ACPA), you can get it from Nepal Tourism Board and TAAN.
For your Upper Mustang Trekking alone, you do not need the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit (card). This is because you’d already have a restricted area trekking permit in the form of Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
Take note that to get your Manaslu Trekking Permit, you need to:
- Travel with a n authorized person from a local Nepal travel agency, either a professional guide or porter
- Have 2 persons or more in your trekking party (excluding the guide or porter)
- Submit your permit application through an official Nepal travel agency
Duration of Upper Mustang Nepal Trek
The actual trekking of Upper Mustang starting from Jomsom is between 9 to 10 days. However, taking into account the pre- and post-trek days in Kathmandu, sightseeing in the capital, transfers to Pokhara and Jomsom, there will be additional 6 days.
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When to visit and trek Upper Mustang Nepal
It’s advisable to do the Upper Mustang Trek anytime between March to November. Do take note that September to November are usually the peak months, so be prepared for more tourists and higher prices. Although June to August are the monsoon months, the rainfall is still manageable due to the Mustang’s unique location.
As much as you can, try to avoid the winter months from December to February as there will be snow and temperatures can reach freezing point.
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