Mustang trekking in Nepal Himalayas!
Nepal Mustang Trekking brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire and is therefore closely related to Tibet.
Tibetan Buddhism is still being practiced in a very pure form and villages are built in Tibetan style, with white-washed typical houses with firewood tucked on the roofs. Not only the culture but also the terrain is very much related to Tibet.
Mustang-Lo Manthang is in rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and you walk in completely desolate geography, surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colors and bizarre formations. In this barren landscape, the villages with their bright-colored fields are like an oasis. MTB Mustang is also popular from the last couple of years.
Mustang trek is one of those few places in the world that has survived a very close-niche life and that region was until recently, was a forbidden land for outsides. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to preserve their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost untouched for centuries.
Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. The high desert rain shadow of the Himalayas receives very little rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau. Lo Manthang city is the capital of the entire upper Mustang, and placed in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, is an antique Tibetan Village, with rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture. Thus use Gokyo Treks to design your ultimate experience, and get hand-made trips built by local experts guides .
Why Mustang Trek tourism is very popular and how much does the trek permit cost?
Nepal’s Mustang Trek is the most demanding trek route in Nepal. Many pilgrimage people visit Muktinath Temple from different parts of the world. Mustang lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last remnant of pristine Tibetan culture. Upper Mustang has a barren landscape and forbidden kingdom of Nepal.
It has a unique Buddhism culture and tradition. Lo-Mustang, the capital of the entire Mustang has a long-wall city ruled by a religious king. life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries at a leisurely pace. Furthermore, the Mustang trek provides excellent mountain scenery including Dhaulagiri Family. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m/26,795 feet), Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545 feet), Nilgiri (7,061m/23,160 feet) & Tukuche peak (6,920m/22,698 feet) visible clearly. Moreover, you will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters (19,680 feet) high.
Upper Mustang trek is moderately easy but it’s windy. If you are a foreign visitor, a special trek permit cost US$ 500 per person just for 10 days to Lomanthang. Besides that, you also need an Annapurna conservation permit additionally costs US$ 23. Likewise, if you are a Nepali national, permit is not compulsory. Strong winds generally blow across the area, especially in the afternoon journey.
Mustang is located in the trans-Himalayan region of Nepal rich in cultural and natural heritage. The region is also rich in biodiversity. It has majestic landscapes and amazing ancient caves, so the trek route is very popular to visit. But to enter into the lower Mustang Trek and upper mustang trek route, each and every tourist has to pay permit costs. Get your guide to check the latest trek route permit cost.
Mustang Trekking seasonal fact during the whole yearDecember / January / February
Cold and icy but generally clear skies. Very few visitors in the winter season, cold at night, fresh and beautiful. Winter storms sometimes visit the pass-through in January and February, but changing weather patterns make it difficult to predict.March / April / May
Good weather. Not too cold high up, not too warm down below. Wonderful weather to trek. The skies are clear so you see the supreme view of the Himalayas.June / July / August
Monsoon time in Nepal so often rains. Even monsoon season is better to trek in this region, the lower Mustang is rainy while upper mustang is dry because upper mustang placed behind the Annapurna Himalayan range, all-mountain is visible from the Jomsom and the upper part of MustangSeptember / October / November
Monsoon is over, haze and rains are still possible, Magnificent for trekking. Monsoon ends around the middle of September month. Then the busiest season for trekking tours starts in Nepal, generally this time very busy all the trekking routes. Same here in Mustang as well, comparatively busy season.