Best Time to Trek in Upper Mustang

0 Comments 6 Dec 2018 ADV

Upper Mustang trek is a least explored trip to a remote arid area of trans-Himalayan Mountains. In the past often misspelled as Moostang and Mastang, Upper Mustang region presents the lost culture of the Forbidden Kingdom of Lo.

One-third of Mustang region is covered by its lower part whereas the remaining 2 parts are covered by upper past. So, the upper mustang is a broad region where you can briefly get connected with high hills, forest, beautiful villages, language and culture of people.

Tsarang Monastery, Lo-Manthang, Choser cave, Ghar Gompa are some of the famous places to visit during Upper Mustang trek. Thakali, Sherpa, Rai and Gurung people settle around the area. They have their own language and they follow Buddhism. In the major areas, you may see houses made up of brick and rod but in the remote areas, people still live in muddy houses. Simple living, high thinking is what they believe. Upper Mustang region is famous for paintings too. Buddhist wall paintings, Thanka paintings are of great value and significance.

Upper Mustang trek embarks on after Pokhara to Jomsom flight then following on foot towards Kagbeni village. Antique city of Lo Manthang surrounded by the mud wall is the final destination of this tour.

Best Time to Trek in Upper Mustang.

The region lies in a rain shadow area. So, mid- Feb –November is the best time to trek Upper Mustang. From the second week of December, the temperature starts reaching minus degree and the locals migrate to Pokhara and Kathmandu. According to governmental record, 80% of the locals migrate during these months.

Spring Time- April and May

This is the great time to visit Upper Mustang. The major festival of this region, Tiji Festival falls in May and that would be the best moment to visit this area. The temperature reached to 16-20℃. The weather looks clear with crystal clear sky and you can have wonderful views of mountains, and scenario around the area.

Most people go for Upper Mustang trek in this season. The tea houses and lodges get completely filled. Moreover, it’s found that visitors don’t get good lodges during this season.

The difficulty level is moderate because Upper Mustang trekking is a demanding trek requiring sound physical and mental fitness.

Monsoon-June to September

Upper Mustang region doesn’t experience Monsoon season. The trail is wet and slippery and the flights from Pokhara to Jomsom may delay due to poor weather. The temperature varies from 16-20℃. The night temperature may reach to minus degree Celsius but there’s nothing to worry when you have proper clothing. The cloud looks clear, the wildlife’s and flowers welcome your trek.

The difficulty level is moderate. The wet days may bring hindrance during the trek. The dry air makes the altitude seem higher than it is.

Autumn-October to November

No doubt, October and November are the best recommended months for Upper Mustang trek. Be prepared with windproof gears, as every afternoon strong wind from north of the valley dominates the trail. However, Saribung peak can be carried out during these months. This is really an end of trekking season for the concerned year in Nepal because of the lodges and tea houses remain closed by the end of November.

The difficulty level increases than another season because November is the end of autumn and winter just gets started during this month. So, be prepared with proper clothing, physical fitness, and your keen interest matters a lot during these months for Upper Mustang trek.

Source: Adventure Discovery Treks blog updates

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