Upper Mustang Trek
upper mustang


Mustang has been one of the most coveted destination for trekker for over 40 years. Since the opening of Annapurna Round trekking in the seventies, upper mustang trekking  has remained a firm favorite for all types of adventure activities including trekking and mountaineering.

Upper mustang trekking

Mustang is one of the remotest districts of Nepal that joins with the Tibetan plateau. The geographical and cultural feature of Upper Mustang is similar to that of Tibet. People here speak Tibetan languages and follow Tibetan Buddhism. The lower belt of Mustang is inhabited by culturally rich Thakali people who are renowned for their Thakali cuisines and locally brewed apple brandy. Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang district, and Kag Beni are two famous Thakali towns lying on the bed of Kali Gandaki River.

The region is storehouse of Buddhist and Bon culture. Many archaeological findings have been discovered in the past decade including Mustang caves, ancient Tibetan scripts, mummified human bodies, rare stupas.

Mustang is home to Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) Himalayan peaks, seventh and tenth highest mountain in the world. It is also home to Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

The elevation ranges from 1,372 to 8,167 meters and entire upper Mustang trekking areas lies within Annapurna Conservation Area. The area is rich in rare species and ecological ranging from snow leopard, musk deer, Tibetan gazelle, and many medicinal and aromatic plants.

There are several trekking routes available in Mustang region, depending on whether you want shorter or longer routes. Annapurna Round trekking is probably the most popular one followed Jomsom Trek, Muktinath Trek, Upper Mustang Trek and Poonhill Trek. One of the highlights of trekking in this region is the crossing of Thorang La pass located at an altitude of 5416m and the visit to Chumig Gyatsa or Mukinath temple, which is one of the sacred shrine in the Himalayas. Upper Mustang on the other hand is still a restricted area so trekkers are required to obtain a special permit to trek here. Upper Mustang is famous for its capital Lo Mangthang, Buddhist Gompas and whitewashed walls and medieval palaces.

About Author

Shailesh Pokharel
Nepal Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. was registered in 2013 as a trekking company with the Department of Tourism and Department of Company Registration. It is a licensed trekking agency with the permission to operate trekking and tourism activities in any part of Nepal. With head office located in Kathmandu, Nepal Trekking Routes team is headed by Mr. Shailesh Pokharel, who has over a decade-long experience working as a Trekking Guide in the Himalayas. He has provided his unique expertise to clients from North America, Europe, South East Asia, Pacific, Africa and South America. Now, under his guidance, a team of highly experienced trekking guides have joined forces to start Nepal Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. Unlike other mushrooming trekking agencies in Nepal, Nepal Trekking Routes believes in showcasing Nepal in a much more intimate and personalized way. We believe in offering personalized services at competitive prices. There will be no compromise on the level and quality of services we offer and the hospitality will remain the same for each of our client.