Are you planning to do upper mustang trek ? This is perhaps the best piece of advice that you will read before your trek. I don’t want to waste your time with a crap worthless word. Let’s get start to the point. Upper Mustang is one of the fabulous trek in Nepal that has a beautiful landscape, rich culture, and ancient antiquity. Upper mustang might be a good trek for you if you want to explore both culture and landscape. It was the forbidden kingdom that was hidden from the outside world. The ancient trade route between Tibet was now the attraction for so many tourist. If you are planning to do Upper Mustang trek, you should know the following things.
Permit for Upper Mustang:
The permit for Upper Mustang is $500 per person for 10 days. It is expensive for the traveler who is on a budget. But, the higher permit fee means a lower number of trekkers. So, you won’t meet lots of people when you are trekking.
Upper Mustang is a Restricted Area trek
Upper Mustang is a restricted Area trek. A special restricted area permit is required to do this trek. A minimum of two trekkers is mandatory. Hikers must trek with an authorized travel company of Nepal. So, you won’t be able to trek independently even if you decided to pay the higher $500 permit fee.
Travel Upper Mustang in Tiji Festival
If you are planning to hike Upper Mustang, go there in a Tiji festival. It is the most fascinating festival that happens every year in Upper Mustang during May. The festival is well known and is celebrated for the “world” peace. The monk perform the dance known as TSA CHHAM on the first day and “NGA CHHAM” during the last day.
How about a Motor Bike trip in Upper Mustang
Well, it is possible to do a road trip in Upper Mustang. Thanks to the road construction. The 90 kilo meters off road from Kagbeni is thrilled for Motor cycle trip. You can do also hire a four wheel to do a trip. It will take you around 2 to 3 days from kagbeni to reach Lomanthang. You can stop in a villages on the way. You will encounters around 4 small villages with a few settlements. Each village is unique and deserves a visit. Sometimes, the best things about traveling is not the place, but the people.
How old are the caves and monasteries?
The caves and monasteries of Upper Mustang was believed to be more than 1, 000 years old. The shephard discovered 55 cave paintings in 2007. In 2012, the sky cave was discovered in Upper Mustang. The tour agency will almost have the sky cave walk in their itinerary. Make sure that the guide is efficient enough to explain you all these things.