About Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most famous treks in the Upper Mustang region in Nepal that will take you to the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Located far away from the busy cities, Upper Mustang Trek is the ultimate exploration of the mysterious old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, Lo. The 17 days Upper Mustang Trek will present you with the epitome of the rich culture, traditions, and unique lifestyle of people residing here.
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. Influenced by Tibetan culture, beliefs, and language, you will know how Tibetan culture’s riches have affected the world.
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 trekking trail will 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 & 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.

Best Thing about Upper Mustang Region

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 Nepali trekkers. The best thing about this region is that Upper Mustang is situated in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. As a result, this region receives relatively more minor to no rainfall, while another part of Nepal is dominated by the monsoon season.
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 on the hike can be a problem for travelers who don’t have the habit of walking. But, it’s relatively more accessible than most treks in Nepal.
The best thing to have before going on an Upper Mustang Trek, the best thing to have is to be fully prepared with many dos and don’ts regarding the trek.

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 and health possible. 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 of the few methods 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. Best time means favorable weather and the perfect time for exploration. Spring (March to May) and autumn (last September to November) 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 is charged.
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 into 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 to 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 can be concluded 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.

Personal Expenses Upper Mustang Trek

Personal expenses means which is not covered your package column cost include. Normally, you have to pay for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks (on the trek), tips, souvenirs, hot showers and extra day if flight cancelled or any other natural disasters.

Upper Mustang Trek Package Price

One realistic, naturally enthralling experience is indeed going to Upper Mustang Trek. Himalayan Asia Trek offers 17 Days 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.

Highlights

  • 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 room and community kitchen.
  • Medieval monasteries built in 13 century.
  • Amchi museum and school.
  • Amazing Rocky mountain.
  • Fossil reaseach sor Sea Creature at 3000m around Kali Gandaki River Valley.
  • Tread on the 14th century the Buddhist Kingdom which 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 Three star hotel. 
  • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing by private).
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • 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 and vice versa.
  • 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

Best Time to Go Upper Mustang Trek:

The best to do trekking in Nepal is September to November and March to May. December and January is also possible to do trekking but winter season so it would be cold and snowfall, we can suggest lower part of mountain trekking. June, July and August is raining season so we suggest contacting us for best trek.

Is Upper Mustang Trek suitable trekking for me?

If you are physically fit and love to walk then you can choose any trekking itinerary from our website to suit you. If you choose long day’s program, then you have t walk more days in mountain. All trekking program can see in our website. We suggest while going trek, please took one professional guide and if you cannot carry your luggage then took one porter also. If you need more question about suitable trekking package in Nepal for you, please drop email or contact us in social sites also.

Insurance:

We told all our clients to do travel insurance before leaving your home country with showing your travel itinerary. Their insurance must covered medical, personal accident, loss of gears, emergency evacuation, and damage or lost their luggage and etc.

Hotel/ Accommodation on Upper Mustang Trek:

We provide to our client in City area best three star (above three star is on client requested) 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 is provided 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.

Guide and porter Upper Mustang Trek :

We provide you best staff to you who have good experience and government license. In a group, we provide one guide till 16 pax and one porter for each two person. One porter carries 20 kg .

Personal Expenses Upper Mustang Trek:

Personal expenses means which is not covered your package column cost include. Normally, you have to pay for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks (on the trek), tips, souvenirs, hot showers and extra day if flight cancelled or any other natural disasters.