About Upper Mustang Trek - Upper Mustang Tour by Jeep 2024,2025,2026

Upper Mustang Trek - Upper Mustang DriveTour 2024,2025,2026

For adventurers seeking an unforgettable journey, the Upper Mustang Trek, operated by Himalayan Asia Treks, promises an experience like no other. The best time to embark on this odyssey through the ancient kingdom of Upper Mustang is during the spring and autumn months, when the weather is mild and the landscapes burst with vibrant colors. With its unique blend of Tibetan culture and breathtaking scenery, this trek offers a profound immersion into a world untouched by time. While the Upper Mustang Trek price may vary, Himalayan Asia Treks ensures competitive rates without compromising on quality. Their meticulously crafted Upper Mustang Trek itinerary covers essential highlights while allowing for immersive cultural encounters and scenic marvels. As trekkers traverse the rugged terrain, the Upper Mustang Trek map serves as a guide, revealing hidden gems and awe-inspiring vistas along the way. Spanning a distance that challenges both body and spirit, the journey culminates in an indelible sense of accomplishment and awe. For those seeking a less strenuous adventure, the Lower Mustang Trek offers a captivating alternative, showcasing the region's beauty at a more leisurely pace. With Himalayan Asia Treks, every step of the journey is an opportunity to discover the wonders of Upper Mustang, making their Upper Mustang Trek package an unrivaled expedition into the heart of the Himalayas.

The Upper Mustang Trek 2024,2025,2026 in Nepal is a mesmerising adventure that takes trekkers into the heart of the Mustang region. The Upper Mustang Trek have another option is Upper Mustang Drive Tour 2024,2025,2026.The Trek known for its stark desert landscapes, ancient monasteries, and unique Tibetan culture. When planning for this trek, one of the foremost considerations is the Upper Mustang trek cost. The trek cost as it can vary different on factors such as the duration of the trek, transportation, and hotel. The Upper Mustang trek itinerary typically spans around 12 to 15 days. That covers remarkable places like Lo Manthang, Charang, and Kagbeni. To navigate this rugged terrain effectively. Trekkers often rely on an Upper Mustang Trek map to ensure they stay on the right path. Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most famous treks in the Mustang region in Nepal. This trek take you to the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Located far away from the busy cities, Upper Mustang Trek - Lo Mangthang is the ultimate exploration of the mysterious old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, Lo. The 17 days of Upper Mustang Trek present the epitome of the rich culture, traditions and unique lifestyle of people residing here operated by Himalayan Asia Treks.

A forbidden, culturally rich kingdom nestled between the Himalayas and Tibet, Upper Mustang is indeed one of the most amazing places to visit and have a good time when you’re in Nepal. The trekking location Influence by Tibetan culture, beliefs, and language. Trekkers will know how Tibetan culture’s riches have affected the world. To choose Upper Mustang Trek, trekkers can explore the hidden world of the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. Upper Mustang is a restricted place for foreigners. Trekkers can go only taking special permits with local company.The Upper Mustang trek difficulty is a topic of concern for many adventure seekers. While it doesn't demand advanced mountaineering skills. It does require a good level of physical fitness due to high altitudes and long days of walking. Trekkers prepare for both steep ascents and descents. Additionally, obtaining the necessary Upper Mustang trek permit is essential, as it is a restricted region, and permits require to ensure environmental conservation and regulate tourism.

During Upper Mustang Trekking, you will get to see the magnificent dry landscapes with barren mountains and hills. It gives you a desert-like view of Nepal. The Upper Mustang Trek take you to Lo Manthang, the walled city that used to be a part of the Tibetan kingdom of Gungthang. Everything is based on myths and legends whenever there is a talk about Lo Manthang. Nepal's undisturbed and mysterious region has many wonders that will wow you never like before. Here is an Upper Mustang Trek Guide for every traveler who wants to come to this lovely undisputed trek in the Himalayan Kingdom.

Lo Manthang - Upper Mustang Trek

Lo Manthang is a small walled city which locates in the Upper Mustang, Nepal. It is known as Lo Mangthang or Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang is a remote and restricted area in the north-central part of Nepal, bordering Tibet. Lo Manthang is the capital of the Mustang district and situate at an elevation of around 3,840 m. in the Himalayas. Lo Manthang has a rich cultural and historical significance. It was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lo, which was an independent kingdom until it annexed by Nepal in the late 18th century. The region has strong ties to Tibetan culture and influence by Tibetan Buddhism.

The people of Lo Manthang primarily belong to the Lo community, who have their own distinct language, culture, and traditions. The city is famous for its unique architecture, with its white-washed mud-brick walls and buildings. The main attraction of Lo Manthang is the walled complex, known as the Lo Manthang Palace or the Royal Palace. This ancient palace, with its intricate woodwork and beautiful frescoes, is the residence of the former Mustang King and is still rever by the locals.

Upper Mustang Tour by Jeep

The Upper Mustang Tour by Jeep design for those travelers who do not like to walk but want to visit Upper Mustang and Muktinath Temple. Upper Mustang Tour by Jeep can start from Kathmandu also. After taking a flight from Kathmandu, we start our Jeep tour towards Upper Mustang. On the first day, we will stay at Tato Pani (Hot water Spring). On another day, we will explore Rupse Falls, Marpha village with driving alongside Kali Gandaki River. We visit Muktinath Temple which is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhist followers. We will pass the Himalayan desert with mountain caves. 

Upper Mustang Tour by Jeep Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour and preparation for trek.

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and drive from Pokhara - Beni - Tatopani (1268 m) by Jeep.

Day 04: Drive from Tatopani to Kagbeni (2800m) by Jeep. via Visit Muktinath Temple.

Day 05: Drive from Kagbeni to Ghami (3510m) via Syngboche Pass (4200m) by Jeep.

Day 06: Drive from Ghami to Lo Manthang (3840m) by Jeep.

Day 07: Explore Lo Manthang (3840m).

Day 08: Drive from Lo Manthang - Jomsom (2743m) by Jeep.

Day 09: Drive from Jomsom (2743m) to Pokhara (820m) by Jeep.

Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu and rest the day.

Day 11: Departure.

Best Thing about Upper Mustang Trek

Until 1950, Upper Mustang used to be a separate kingdom. To this date, you will find the home of the last king in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang. Not too long ago, trekking in this region was officially opened for trekkers. The best thing about this region is that situates in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. As a result, this region receives relatively no rainfall, while another part of Nepal dominated by the monsoon. So, Upper Mustang Trek time is rainy season also. 

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty | How difficult is Upper Mustang Trek?

Upper Mustang Trek, as already mentioned, is the undisputed winner in terms of less explored regions in Nepal. Talking about the trek, Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate-level trek with the trail easy in terms of technical climbing. Walking 6-7 hours every day can be a problem for some travelers who don’t have the habit of walking. But, it’s relatively more accessible than other treks in Nepal.

How to Prepare for Upper Mustang Trek?

Like every trek, for completing Upper Mustang Trek, you need to focus on some points that ensure you are in the best shape. Moreover, preparing for the trek beforehand minimizes the chances of difficulty in the expedition to a minimum. It would be best to have good health, muscular physical fitness, and determination to Trek on Upper Mustang.

So, how to prepare for Upper Mustang Trek. Here are some points, you can follow so that your next trek to Lo Manthang becomes one of the best memories of your life.

  • Try walking downhill and uphill daily.
  • Do cardiovascular training.
  • Go on a walk or run every day.
  • Do some endurance training.
  • Stay hydrated and do some light exercise.
  • Research about the trekking routes.
  • Practice meditation and yoga, if possible.

Best Time to visit Upper Mustang

All-season is a good time for Upper Mustang Trek. However, going there at the best time allows you to explore the region in a more virtuous way. The best time means favorable weather and the perfect time for exploration. March to December are the best seasons to go to the Upper Mustang Trek.

Suppose you want to explore the cultural part of the Upper Mustang rather than the natural side. In that case, the monsoon can be the best time to come to the kingdom of the Upper Mustang when people here celebrate the Tiji Festival, one of the most popular festivals in the Himalayan region. Spring and autumn are trekking seasons, including Upper Mustang Trek, but you can trek during the rainy season (June- August) with a fantastic view and Tiji festival time.

Upper Mustang Trek Permits Mandatory for Exploration

Trekking Upper Mustang for 17 Days is a kind of privilege that only a few people get every year. The government of Nepal is trying its best to preserve and protect the thousands of years old culture and lifestyle of locals. Yes, people residing here are still following the same old way of living their lives as they used to do in way back time. Moreover, you also have to take special permits from the Nepal government to Trek in Upper Mustang Area.

You need to take Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which costs around $20 for a single person. It is valid for as long as the trek takes. In addition to this, from Kagbeni onwards, you need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) too. It costs around $500 for ten days, and with each additional day, an extra $50 charge.

ACAP and RAP are the two permits you need to explore the Upper Mustang Trek. And if you’re wondering, you can get the permits by yourself, considering that you are not trekking there alone. You can’t go to Upper Mustang Trek alone, as the Government of Nepal bans it for security and safety reasons. You get to show the trek permit before entering the restricted area in the Upper Mustang Trek Map.

How to reach Upper Mustang? | Upper Mustang Trek Review

Reaching Upper Mustang depends on the itinerary you are following on tour. Firstly, you land in Kathmandu, and the next thing you do is take a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and a trek to Kagbeni. Starting the magnificent tour from Kagbeni, walking around 6-7 hours every day, you can reach Upper Mustang. Lo Manthang is indeed the best point of the trek, where you can see the undisputed rich culture of Tibet embedded with a brisk Nepali culture.

Compiling a large number of Upper Mustang Trek Reviews from travelers and guides, it conclude that the trail is magnificent in each part, and the trek is not for the faint-hearted because of the rural and barren landscapes. A relatively expensive hike but worth every penny spent is what Upper Mustang Trek is all about. Whenever you want to explore the rich and undisturbed landscapes of the Himalayas, this is the trek you can’t miss out on.

Hotel/ Accommodation on Upper Mustang Trek:

We provide to our client in City area best three star (above three star is on your request) and lodge/teahouse during the trek. A Teahouse/lodge is the combination of guest house and restaurant where rooms are normally decorated and available bed, pillow and blankets. In every trekking route, we provide only teahouse/lodge because there is no availability of deluxe hotel.

Meals Upper Mustang Trek:

The meal which provides in trekking area is included breakfast, lunch and dinner. We provide breakfast and dinner where you stay overnights and our guide will choose restaurant for lunch on the way. Our guide and other staff always give priority t served delicious, hygienic and each place special food. We recommended you to bring water purification tablets.

Personal Expenses Upper Mustang Trek

Personal expenses mean what is not cover in our package column in cost include. Normally, you need to pay for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks (on the trek), tips, souvenirs, hot showers, and an extra day if flights cancel or any other natural disasters.

Upper Mustang Trek Package Price - Upper Mustang Trek Package Cost

One realistic, naturally enthralling experience is indeed going to Upper Mustang Trek. Himalayan Asia Trek offers 17 Days of Upper Mustang Trekking at around $2085. However, the price can vary depending on the number of group members. The cost includes everything included in the Cost Included section.

If you want to explore the prosperous undisputed kingdom of the Himalayas in fewer days, Short Upper Mustang Trekking Package can be another magnificent experience to have. It is generally around 13-14 days long. However, the cost is similar to the 17 Days Upper Mustang Trek.

To recapitulate, Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most undisputed Himalayan trekking kingdoms. Going to Upper Mustang is like going into the dry landscapes of the Himalayas that give you a desert-like experience. Himalayan Asia Treks make sure you enjoy every moment on the trip to the Himalayan kingdom and remember it for a millennium.


  • Rich Tibetan-influenced culture and tradition.
  • Semi-arid desert with deep gorges and rock shelves, with gorgeous snowy peaks.
  • Four-story Chhoser Cave with 50 + private rooms and community kitchen.
  • Medieval monasteries were built in the 13th century.
  • Amchi museum and school.
  • Amazing Rocky mountain.
  • Fossil research Sea Creature at 3000m around Kali Gandaki River Valley.
  • Tread on the 14th century the Buddhist Kingdom is almost the same as it was centuries ago.
  • Close view of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m).

Day to Day Itinerary

Meet by our Himalayan Asia Treks representative in airport and transfer to the hotel. Our representative assists to check in hotel process and give short brief about program. You can take rest and fresh. You can walk in evening in Thamel (tourist hub of Kathmandu).
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

After taking breakfast, your guide picks up from your hotel and start city tour: Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Today , we will introduce Upper Mustang Trek guide and can discuss about Upper Mustang Trek packing list and needed equipment. 

Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

If we fly from Kathmandu, your guide will come at hotel for transfer Pokhara. It will take 25 min by domestic airlines. If we go by bus it will take 7 hrs by bus/car or private vehicle .If you go by land transport, you can do rafting in Trishuli and drive towards Pokhara on same day.

Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Pokhara.

After taking breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is also major village on the KaliGandki area linking the age old trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet. Today is the first day of Upper Mustang Trek,from Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, continue on the path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for 3 hours and finally reached Ekle Bhatti village . In Kagbeni a major tributary , Kak Khola coming from Muktinath , meets Mustang Khola from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki .

Overnight in Kagbeni .

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Kagbeni .
  • Altitude: 2800m.

After doing the formalities of showing your restricted area trekking permit in Kagbeni we start our trekking because in Mustang there is heavy wind which gets up later in the day, blowing dust and sand around.The climb from Kagbeni to Chele passes through beautiful village of Tangbe, which offers white washed traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheats and apple orchards. On the way we enjoy good views of Nilgiri mountain .Passing several ridges we cross a stream after Chhusang village, leave the Kaligandaki valley behind and climb further to the village of Chele. From Chele we start observing the typical Tibetan settlements of Upper Mustang.

Overnight in Chele.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Chele.
  • Altitude: 3050m.

The trail gradually climbs up towards Samar 3620m, Bhena La, Yamdo La and then descend towards the Shyangmochen at 3800m. We can see beautiful mountain ranges and Thakali people lifestyle and their culture.

Overnight in Gelling.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Gelling.
  • Altitude: 3570m.

The trek towards Tsarang trail climbs gently climb towards amazing pass Nyi La Pass 3950m, the highes point of this Upper Mustang Trek and trek down where you can see the grey and red cliffs. After crossing the steel bridge of Tangmar Chu River, we see longest Mani wall in Mustang. The trail ascends and descends reached Tsarang where we explore five storey white Dzong and Red Gompa.

Overnight in Tarang. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Tarang.
  • Altitude: 3560m.

After taking breakfast, the trail towards Lo Mangthang begins on flat terrain and the view, apart from a chorten and a few caves, is unrelieved barrenness. After crossing a pass and waking through two rocks forming a natural gate we have finally arrived at Lo Manthang.
Overnight in Lo Mangtang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Lo-Mangthang.
  • Altitude: 3800m.

Today is the most beautiful and important day amon Upper Mustang Trek. We explore the surrounding areas, visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hill top serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa, continue to the Tingkhar, the last main village of northwest of Lo- Mangthang and back to hotel.

Overnight in Lo- Mangthang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Lo-Mangthang.
  • Altitude: 3800m.

After breakfast and with keeping memory of Upper Mustang, we will tek towards Dhakmar. The trail descends and crosses Tsang River and climb to Gekar. We will pass Ghar Gompa : small monastery , valley, alpine meadows then descends to a steep eroded path to Dhakmar. Overnight in Dhakmar.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Dhakmar.
  • Altitude: 3820m.

Breakfast in Dhakmar, we will trek towards Geling. The trail descends and reach Ghemi .From Ghami , the trail is ascends and descends and finally reached Gelling village. We can explore white and ochre painted houses made by mud and stones with roof made of twigs, straw and mix of mud and pebbles.

Overnight in Gelling. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Gelling.
  • Altitude: 3570m.

Today, we will trek Chhuksang. The route is ascends and descends with breath taking view of Himalaya. Firstly, we climb up to SyangbocheLa 3850m, then descending to Syangboche and follow towards Samar Village. The trail descends through Chele, Kaligandaki and reached Chhusang.

Overnight in Chhusanga.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Chhusanga.
  • Altitude: 2980m.

Today is another most important day of Upper Mustang Trek where we can explore one of the holiest and sacred place for Hindu and Buddhist followers. The trail is more interesting because of Fossil stone “Saligrams” which is mainly found between Tetang and Gyu La Pass (4077m).
Overnight in Muktinath.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Muktinath.
  • Altitude: 3800m.

Exploring Muktinath , we trek down towards Kagbeni and walk around bank of Kali Gandaki River or you can transfer by Jeep also. After reaching in Jomsom, you can explore Jomsom or can hike down Marpha a famous place of apple and apple wine. In Jomsom, you can discuss with your staff about program because today is last day of Upper Mustang Trek.
Overnight in Jomsom. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Jomsom.
  • Altitude: 2720m.

According to your flight schedule, we take flight towards Pokhara. After reaching in Pokhara, transfer to hotel. You can take rest or can visit some popular places in Pokhara like Fewa Lake, Devi’s fall, International mountain museum, World Peace Stupa, Seti Gorge .

Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Pokhara.
  • Altitude: 900m.

After breakfast in Pokhara drive to Kathmandu. After reaching in Kathmandu , you will be free for shopping for your family and friends souvenir. At evening, we will take local restaurant for dinner with cultural program.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.

According to your flight schedule, Himalayan Asia Treks staff transfers towards airport after taking breakfast on your selected hotel with best memories of Upper Mustang Trek

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Location: Kathmandu.

What's Included

  • Accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara in Luxury hotel. 
  • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing by private).
  • Three times meals at trekking route.
  • Accommodation in Tea house or lodge in trekking route.
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porter (one porter for two person and carry 20 kg).
  • All necessary paper work like Permit and TIMS card (Trekkers information management system).
  • Restricted Area Permit.
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • Twenty four call assistance by our office representative.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Entrance fees in entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Flight fare from Pokhara-Jomsom - Pokhara.
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag will provide by our company have to return after trek.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any type of insurance.
  • Any type of international flight fare.
  • Personal nature expenses like bar bills, water, tea coffee, shower, laundry, wi fi in trekking route.
  • Tips.
  • Any extra cost which is not mentioned in Cost includes column.
  • Extra day for natural calamities like flood, landslide, flight cancellation

Useful Information

Things to know before Upper Mustang Trek 

Upper Mustang Trek, Nepal:

The Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal is a captivating journey that takes adventurers through a mystical landscape, rich in ancient culture and breathtaking vistas. Nestled in the Trans-Himalayan region, this trek unravels the hidden treasures of Mustang, a remote area that was once an ancient kingdom. With its arid desert-like terrain, unique Tibetan-influenced culture, and stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, this trek offers a rare and unforgettable experience. The journey is marked by visits to centuries-old monasteries, whitewashed villages, and the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang, making it an extraordinary blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion.

Upper Mustang Trek Review:

Reviews of the Upper Mustang Trek often highlight its otherworldly landscapes, the warm hospitality of locals, and the preserved Tibetan culture. Trekkers commend the unique experience of walking through the arid yet striking terrain, encountering ancient monasteries, and exploring the intriguing caves carved into cliffsides. The sense of adventure coupled with the spiritual ambiance of the region receives high praise in many reviews, although the challenging permits and higher cost might be considerations for some.

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary:

A typical Upper Mustang Trek itinerary spans around 10 to 14 days. Starting from Jomsom, the trail passes through Kagbeni, Chele, Syanboche, Ghami, Charang, and eventually leads to the walled city of Lo Manthang. The return journey might follow a similar route or venture through alternative paths for variation. The itinerary includes stops at ancient monasteries, villages, and caves, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in both natural beauty and cultural exploration.

Upper Mustang Trek Price:

The cost of the Upper Mustang Trek varies based on several factors, such as the duration of the trek, the trekking agency chosen, inclusions (accommodation, meals, permits), and additional services like guides or porters. On average, the cost can range from $1,800 to $3,000 USD per person. Additionally, the special restricted area permit for Upper Mustang adds to the expenses, making it relatively pricier compared to other treks in Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trekking Map:

The Upper Mustang Trekking map typically covers the trail starting from Jomsom, passing through villages like Kagbeni, Chele, Ghami, Charang, Lo Manthang, and returning through similar or alternative routes. The map details the terrain, elevation changes, key landmarks, monasteries, and camping sites, aiding trekkers in navigation and planning.

Upper Mustang Trekking Route:

The trekking route to Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom and follows the Kali Gandaki River Valley before ascending to the arid landscapes of Mustang. The trail passes through culturally significant villages, ancient monasteries, and unique geological formations. The route culminates in the captivating walled city of Lo Manthang, allowing trekkers to explore its rich history and cultural heritage before retracing their steps or taking an alternative return path.

Upper Mustang Trek Solo:

The Upper Mustang trek offers a unique and captivating solo adventure in the remote trans-Himalayan region of Nepal. It presents a thrilling opportunity for solo trekkers seeking cultural immersion and natural beauty. While trekking solo here demands self-sufficiency and preparedness due to the rugged terrain and limited facilities, it rewards with stunning vistas, ancient monasteries, and encounters with the Mustangi culture that remains relatively untouched by modernity.

Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary:

A typical Upper Mustang trekking itinerary spans around 10 to 14 days. The journey often begins from Jomsom, gradually ascending through Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, and exploring ancient monasteries, caves, and culturally rich villages. The return journey may follow a similar route or a different path, allowing trekkers to experience diverse landscapes and cultural aspects of the region.

Upper Mustang Trek Distance:

The total distance of the Upper Mustang trek varies based on the chosen itinerary and starting point. On average, the trek covers approximately 120 miles (200 kilometers) round trip from Jomsom to Lo Manthang and back. However, side trips to surrounding villages, caves, and viewpoints can add extra mileage to the trek.

Upper Mustang Trek Permit:

The Upper Mustang region requires a special trekking permit due to its restricted area status. Trekkers need both the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) issued by the Nepali government through registered trekking agencies. These permits help in preserving the cultural heritage and controlling the number of visitors to this sensitive region.

Upper Mustang Trek Guide:

Hiring a local guide for the Upper Mustang trek is highly recommended, especially for first-time trekkers or those unfamiliar with the terrain and culture. A guide not only ensures safety but also offers valuable insights into the local culture, history, and traditions of the Mustangi people, enriching the overall trekking experience.

Upper Mustang Trek Best Time:

The best time for the Upper Mustang trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making trekking comfortable and providing excellent views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes.

Best Trek Upper Mustang:

The Upper Mustang trek is renowned for its unique cultural experience and breathtaking scenery, making it one of the best treks in Nepal. Its combination of Tibetan-influenced culture, ancient monasteries, stunning desert-like landscapes, and the relative seclusion from modernity contribute to its appeal among trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Upper Mustang Camping Trek:

Camping during the Upper Mustang trek provides a sense of adventure and allows trekkers to immerse themselves fully in the remote wilderness. However, due to limited facilities and harsh weather conditions, proper gear, experienced guides, and a well-organized camping setup are essential for a successful and comfortable camping trek in this region.

Before embarking on the Upper Mustang Trek, here are some important things to know:

  • Permit Requirements: Upper Mustang is a restricted area in Nepal, and a special permit is required to trek in this region. You will need both the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter Upper Mustang. These permits can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
  • Trekking Season: The best time to undertake the Upper Mustang Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. However, Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, so it can be trekked even during the monsoon season (June to August) with lesser rainfall compared to other regions of Nepal.
  • Fitness Level and Trekking Experience: The Upper Mustang Trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves walking for several hours a day, often on rocky and uneven terrain. It is advisable to have a good level of fitness and some prior trekking experience to ensure a more enjoyable experience.
  • Altitude Sickness: The trek takes you to high altitudes, with the highest point being the Lo La Pass at 4,170 meters (13,679 feet). Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. It is recommended to take your time, maintain a gradual pace, and acclimatize properly at designated rest days during the trek.
  • Accommodation and Facilities: Accommodation along the Upper Mustang Trek is basic, with teahouses and guesthouses available in most villages. However, the facilities can be more limited compared to other popular trekking regions in Nepal. It is advisable to carry your own sleeping bag and be prepared for shared bathrooms and minimal amenities.
  • Supplies and Communication: As the Upper Mustang region is relatively isolated, it is essential to carry enough supplies such as food, water, and other necessities for the duration of the trek. Mobile network coverage is limited in many parts, so it's advisable to have alternative means of communication or inform your loved ones about the potential communication challenges.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Upper Mustang is known for its rich Tibetan Buddhist culture, and it is important to respect the local customs and traditions. Be mindful of dress codes and religious practices, and seek permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites.
  • Guided Trek: Due to the permit requirements and logistical challenges of Upper Mustang, it is recommended to undertake the trek with a registered trekking agency or a knowledgeable guide who can ensure your safety and assist with the necessary permits, accommodation, and navigation.