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Upper Mustang Trek FAQ'S

1. What is the Upper Mustang Trek?
The Upper Mustang Trek is a popular trekking route in the remote and restricted Upper Mustang region of Nepal. It takes you to the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang and offers a unique opportunity to explore the preserved Tibetan-influenced culture, stunning landscapes, and historic monasteries.

2. What is the starting point of the trek?
The trek usually starts from the town of Jomsom, which is accessible by a short flight from Pokhara. Alternatively, some trekkers may choose to start from Kagbeni, which is reachable by road.

3. Is the Upper Mustang Trek difficult?
The Upper Mustang Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with a basic level of fitness. The trail involves some uphill and downhill sections, but it does not reach extremely high altitudes, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers.

4. What is the best time to do the Upper Mustang Trek?
The best time for the Upper Mustang Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and pleasant temperatures, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.

5. Are permits required for the Upper Mustang Trek?
Yes, permits are required for the Upper Mustang Trek, as Upper Mustang is a restricted region. The required permits include the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

6. What are the highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek?
The Upper Mustang Trek offers a range of highlights, including exploring the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, visiting historic monasteries like Lo Gekar and Choser, witnessing the unique Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions, and enjoying the breathtaking landscapes of the high desert plateau.

7. What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?
Teahouses and lodges are available along the Upper Mustang Trek route, providing basic accommodation and meals. The facilities may be more basic compared to popular tourist destinations, but they are sufficient for a comfortable stay.