Upper mustang trek best season

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Upper mustang trekking is a wonderful monsoon trek since it is in the rain shadow zone of the Nepal Himalaya. Upper mustang trek best season can be monsoon but the region can be explored in other months as per your holiday dates.

Upper mustang is a remote, dry area that borders with Tibet plateau. Both in terms of its inhabitants and culture as well as its landscape, the area has a distinct Tibetan vibe inside Neplese territory.

The Upper Mustang region is well known for its caves, high, rugged, and colorful cliffs without vegetation. Furthermore, it is famous for its monasteries, view of high snowy mountains in distance, and its rock paintings.

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Winter is not the Best Time or Season for Upper Mustang Trekking but monsoon is prefereed

From March through November, the upper Mustang region experiences its best weather. You will encounter thrilling tours and trekking of Upper mustang region in between these months – that will endure for a lifetime.

The weather condition of upper mustang area stay at it’s best from the months of March to November. In between this time frame you will get decent trekking experience of once in your lifetime. Weather conditions of Mustang – from March to November is also the best in the months of fall.

When is the upper mustang trek best season ?

Spring, autumn and monsoon are the best time to trek in the upper mustang region. For your convenience Nepalgram has illustrated each season months and respective season. Read below & comment for improvements.

  1. Spring season (March, April and May)

The best season to travel Upper Mustang will be between the months of March to May, when it is the Spring time there. During this time of the year, the weather and temperature stays the most pleasant.

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Brown hills and Chhortens seen in the route of Upper mustang trekking in Nepal

Temperature of Upper Mustang in spring season gets warm with clear visibility of the mountains with clear sky. This gives visibility of snowy mountains and infinite landscape of Upper mustang hills.

Famous Tiji festival of Mustang also falls in the month of May. Many tourist from around the world visit Lo-Manthang to celebrate Teji festival with locals during may month of spring season. Tiji festival of Upper mustang lasts for 3 days. With all the justifications – Spring season is the Best time to visit Upper Mustang Nepal.

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  • 2. Monsoon season (June, July and August)

Unlike to other trekking region of Nepal, upper mustang trekking is considered best in the monsoon season. The monsoon season also called summer is excellent times to visit Upper Mustang Nepal.

Behind the Himalayan massifs of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri lies Mustang region, an area that receives little rainfall. Upper mustang lies in the rain shadow zone of Nepal Himalaya, close to Tibet. The tour to upper mustang won’t be hampered by the weather in monsoon. June to August months also provide stunning sights of greenery and flowers in the lower mustang area. As a result, monsoon is the ideal season to tour the entire mustang Nepal.

However, due to the monsoon’s impact in rest of Nepal, including Pokhara, flights may occasionally gets postponed or canceled. Due to rain in the lower part of lower mustang the slippery road connecting to upper mustang are also not very good. But destinations from Kagbeni all the way to jomsom will not have effect of rainfall in the monsoon season in Nepal

In Lo-Manthang, the Yartung festival can also be observed in the month of August. In Yartung festival of Upper mustang – horse riding, singing, dancing, and archery is flashy.

  • Autumn season (September, October and November)

Another excellent time to explore Nepal himalaya is in the Autumn season. But Upper Mustang in the autumn is not as great as in the monsoon.

During this time, visibility and the weather continue to be ideal for trekking. In Autumn clear skies, beautiful landscape, and ideal temperature equivalents the spring season. Autumn season also called fall season tour to upper mustang can be ideal with jeep.

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Fall colour of Lomanthang captured in trekkers camera

However, you must keep in mind that other trails of Nepal, except Upper mustang is crowded with hikers at this time of year. Obtaining a hotel room and airline tickets could be challenging. Cities like pokhara and Kathmandu will host abundant number of trekkers & tourists in this time of the year. Places like Thamel, Lakeside pokhara, Bandipur, Nagarkot might look a busy places.

Therefore, it is strongly advised to book your hotel and flight in advance if you intend to travel during autumn season to upper mustang Nepal.

  • Winter season (December, January and February)

It is not recommended to visit upper mustang for trek in winter season. Never plan a visit to mustang area during the winter months, as the weather conditions turn extreme & snow falls during this time. Even the locals from this region will leave this place in winter and travel to the lower mustang region. It snows a lot and tracing the trail for upper mustang might not be as easy as in other non-snowy season.

Winter temperature in upper mustang can be as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.

brown valley in the mountains of Annapurna and dhaulagiri seen during upper mustang jeep tour
These landscape might look really confusing in the winter trekking to Upper Mustang

During winter – very few people stay in the upper mustang region to take care of animals and villages.

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I grew up in the mountains & got university education in Kathmandu to become an engineer. But with homely environment of mountains interest me to become a trekking & tour guide, by passion. I have been 6574 meter to the highest & fortunately got chance to explore most of Nepal and bit of abroad.

Eventually, passion converted to profession and here i am on behalf of Nepalgram - a Trekking agency in Nepal.

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