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4230m, Marang La
Activities
  • 2 days drive
  • 13 days trek
  • 1 day 30 minutes flight
Best Season
  • March - November
Meals
  • 15 Breakfast
  • 14 Lunch
  • 12 Dinner
Accommodation
  • 2 Nights at Hotel Pokhara
  • 12 Nights at Lodge
Transportation
  • Flight (PKR-Jomson - PKR)
  • KTM - PKR - KTM tourist bus

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Upper Mustang

The Upper Mustang Trek is a journey into the remote and enchanting Trans-Himalayan region of the Mustang Kingdom in Nepal. This semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom, also known as the "Last Forbidden Kingdom," was only opened to organized treks in 1992. With limited access, the region has preserved its undisturbed Tibetan Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and captivating cave dwellings. Himalaya Trip offers a 15-day Upper Mustang Trek itinerary filled with breathtaking landscapes, colorful rock formations, deep ravines, and snow-capped peaks.

Highlight of Upper Mustang

  • Buddhist mane walls, stupas, oldest Monasteries along the way
  • Beautiful landscape, cave
  • Himalayas view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Tilicho Peak
  • Different lifestyle , Festival and culture
  • The Most Popular Tiji Festival
  • Historical palace in Tsarang and Lo-Manthang

Upper Mustang trek Details

Upper Mustang Trek could be the trek if isolation and authenticity is what you’re looking for. The region of Upper Mustang holds a long, rich, and complex history, making it one of the most intriguing places in Nepal. Legend, myth, and mystery shroud its early history, but records dating back to the 8th century provide glimpses into its past. It is believed that the renowned Tibetan poet Milarepa visited the region between 1040 and 1123, adding to its mystical allure.

The landscape of Upper Mustang resembles the Tibetan plateau, with vast expanses of yellow and gray rolling hills eroded by wind. The lower part of Upper Mustang receives more rainfall, resulting in great red fluted cliffs composed of tiny round stones held together by mud. Villages are scattered across the arid terrain, appearing like mirages in the desert-like landscape. During the summer season, these villages become green oases amid the otherwise harsh environment.

The landmass of Mustang is located beyond the Annapurna mountains bordering Tibet to the north. The vast plains and rocky hill formation makes this amusing space one of a kind in Nepal. From the between of two gigantic massifs Dhaulagiri and Annapurna begins the flat plains of Mustang district which neighbors Myagdi district to the west, Dolpo district to the east and Kaski and Manang district to its south. Owing to the high himalayas of Annapurna bordering its southern reach, Mustang district is in rain-shadow area receiving little to no rainfall even during the peak summer months. Trek to Upper mustang is one of the most popular summer treks in Nepal owing to its climatic pattern.

The Upper reach of Mustang region is characterized by barren hills, semi-arid landscape and several waterbodies that garnish the area. The area, particularly the northern reach of Mustang district, provides an aura of the Grand Canyon of the United States. Your trekking adventure of Mustang is nothing short of an mesmerizing voyage to the wonderland beyond the Himalayan mountains.

The landscape of Upper Mustang resembles the Tibetan plateau, with vast expanses of yellow and gray rolling hills eroded by wind. The lower part of Upper Mustang receives more rainfall, resulting in great red fluted cliffs composed of tiny round stones held together by mud. Villages are scattered across the arid terrain, appearing like mirages in the desert-like landscape. During the summer season, these villages become green oases amid the otherwise harsh environment.

The Mustang Valley, also known as the Kingdom of Lho, is a place where time seems to stand still. As you traverse through this enchanting region, you will be greeted by picturesque villages, ancient monasteries, and stunning vistas at every turn. The Mustang Valley is renowned for its rugged beauty, with the towering peaks of the Himalayas forming a dramatic backdrop.

One of the highlights of Upper Mustang Trek Nepal is the opportunity to witness the unique culture of the local inhabitants. The people of Mustang have preserved their traditions and way of life for centuries, and their warm hospitality will make you feel right at home. From the vibrant Tiji Festival to the intricate artwork found in the monasteries, you will be immersed in a world of cultural richness.

Upper Mustang Trek Route

Trekking to Upper Mustang begins from Pokhara, a submissive tourist city located in western Nepal. You will be driven to Pokhara from Kathmandu following Prithvi Highway. From Pokhara, you will take an adrenaline rush enthralling flight to Jomsom which takes about 25 minutes. Jomsom is the commercial hub and district headquarter of Mustang district. Nestled in a valley surrounded by gigantic Annapurna massifs, Jomsom is a vibrant and lively thakali settlement residing by the Kaligandaki river. 

From Jomsom we initiate our trek that is headed northbound. We follow through the barren hilly stretches of Mustang district and reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a prominent village in Mustang region located at the confluence of Kaligandaki and Jhong river. From here, we cross the Jhong river and follow through small settlements that reside by Kaligandaki river.

Followingly you will traverse through a series of semi-arid hills piercing through the villages: Chussang, Chele, Syangbochen, Ghami, Dhakmar, Tsarang and finally reach Lho-Manthang. The return journey from Lho-Manthang takes a separate route from the villages located on either side of Kaligandaki river. On your return journey you will traverse through the villages of Yara, Tangge , Tetang to merge at Muktinath and then return back the same route to reach Jomsom. From Jomsom, you will board a flight towards Pokhara and drive further back to Kathmandu for farewell. Upper Mustang Trekking Route follows through the ancient trade route that connected Tibet to the Nepalese side. Korala border is located further 20 kilometers north from Lho-Manthang which still is a prominent trade border between the two countries.

Major Attractions of Upper Mustang

Upper mustang trekking provides you with an opportunity to discover distinct and diverse offerings of the secluded Mustang region. There are tons of things that you will encounter, leaving you awestruck. Herein explained are major attractions that make this adventure worthwhile.

Jomsom

Jomsom is the administrative and commercial focal point of Mustang district. Stationed as the district headquarter, Jomsom sits on the bank of the mighty Kali Gandaki river and overlooks the Annapurna massifs to the south and Dhaulagiri mountains to the west. This uprooting town has long been a pivotal space for traders, pilgrims, travelers and spiritual dwellers for ages. The name Jomsom translates from Tibetan dialect “Dzongsam” which translates to new fort. You will find the only airport of Mustang district in Jomsom and this town is filled with series of shops, hotels, recreational centers and other touristic amenities. Jomsom is located at a distance of 158 kilometers from Pokhara. Most trekkers begin their trek to Upper Mustang from Jomsom.

Chussang

Chussang is small but prominent village in your Upper Mustang trekking route. Located in between Chele and Tangbe, this village serves as a prominent accommodation stopover for trekkers. Chussang is encircled by red, orange and silver gray cliffs spotted with cave dwellings. You will gaze at several hidden caves on high cliffs as you approach Chussang.

Chungsi Cave

Chungsi or Ranchung Caves in Mustang district is a popular attraction for tourists who appreciate living historical monuments. Chungsi cave is located in between Samar and Syangbochen village during your trek. It is traditionally held that Guru Ringpoche or Padmasambhava practiced meditation within this cave during the 8th century. Furthermore, this cave is closely linked to the Hindu deity Shiva, and it is believed to be the location where he engaged in meditation during his pilgrimage to Kailash. In accordance with ancient Tibetan medicinal practices, there exists a specific method for preparing medicine from the stone in this cave, which continues to be employed by the local population.

Ghar Gumba

Ghar Gompa, constructed in the 8th century by Guru Rinpoche, also known as "Padmasambhava," the pioneer of Tibetan Buddhism, holds the distinction of being the most ancient monastery in Mustang. Positioned at an altitude of 3931 meters above sea level, Ghar Gumba is affiliated with the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. On you trekking journey, you will visit this amazing monastery on Day 7 on your traverse between Tsarang and Lho Manthang.

Lo-Manthang

The kingdom of Lo-Manthang stands tall as a living history of ancient past in the Upper Mustang region. This prominent village serves as a trade transit between Tibet and Nepal still today. In the 15th century, during the reign of Amae Pal, the first king of the Mustang dynasty, the walls surrounding Lomanthang were constructed, and they remain in excellent condition today. These walls were crafted entirely from clay, and according to local elders, yaks played a crucial role in compressing the clay during the construction process. The region, known as "Lo" in the Tibetan language, shares language and cultural practices with Tibetans. Before Nepal became a federal republic state, the area had a system of royalty and subjects, with the last king of the Lomanthang region being Jigme Dorje Palwar Bista.

Also referred to as the Upper Mustang region, over a dozen caves with significant historical and archaeological importance have been unearthed in this area. These caves contain historical scriptures that depict Buddhist philosophy and practices. Lomanthang is located 50 kilometers away from Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. In the local language, "Lo" translates to "heart," "man" signifies "wish," and "thang" denotes "land." This nomenclature reflects the historical territory ruled and expanded by the kings of Mustang.

Key attractions within the walls of Lomanthang include Monkhar Palace, Thupchhen Monastery, Chhoden Monastery, and Jhyampal Monastery (Maitriya), all of which were built around the 15th century.

Tiji Festival

Tiji Festival, also recognized as the "Tenchi Festival," is a vibrant and culturally significant religious observance held in the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang, situated in Nepal's Upper Mustang region. Occurring over three days during the spring season, it stands as one of the most eagerly anticipated and colorful events within the Tibetan Buddhist calendar.

The essence of the Tiji Festival centers around the age-old theme of the triumph of good over evil. It is commemorated to honor the victory of Dorje Sonnu, an incarnation of Lord Buddha, over a malevolent demon that had brought chaos and suffering to the land. This festival holds deep roots in Tibetan Buddhism and the unique local customs and traditions of Mustang.

Luri Gumba

The renowned Luri Monastery is perched on steep cliffs approximately 100 meters high in the remote Mustang region. The entire structure of the monastery is crafted from natural sandstone pillars, lending it an impressive and secure appearance. To access the Luri Gumba, visitors must ascend a challenging uphill path leading to the singular entrance.

Within the cave monastery, there are two chambers, their walls and ceilings adorned with numerous paintings dating back to the 14th century, if not earlier. The enigmatic Luri Monastery is considered one of the most exceptional places for achieving spiritual realization through meditation. You will encounter this amazing monastery on the 10th day of your trek before reaching Taange.

Muktinath

The sacred site at Muktinath is a revered space that has been highly regarded by Buddhists and Hindus. Owing to its religious significance, thousands of pilgrims visit this holy space. Muktinath Temple holds significant importance for Hindus, as it is regarded as one of the 108 Divya Desams, which are the sacred abodes of Lord Vishnu, the deity responsible for preservation in the Hindu pantheon. It is firmly believed that embarking on a pilgrimage to this hallowed location can facilitate the release from the endless cycle of birth and death, known as samsara, ultimately bestowing salvation, or moksha, upon devoted pilgrims. 

 Muktinath Temple carries profound significance for Buddhists, particularly those who adhere to the Vajrayana tradition. It is considered one of the 24 Tantric places where the revered Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, is believed to have engaged in meditation. Situated within the Annapurna Conservation Area, which encompasses several ancient Buddhist monasteries, the temple's presence underscores its importance in the Buddhist tradition.

Culinary Delights

You must definitely try out the typical distinct delicacies that are original Mustang region. Thakali cuisine is one of the best savored dishes in Nepal with its mouth watering variations. A typical nepali Dal bhat in Thakali homes would blow your taste buds away. Apple brandy and wine are locally produced in Marpha village and are world renowned. Tibetan noodles and thukpa are a must try during your trek in Upper Mustang.

Cultural Practices

Mustang region is world renowned for its typical and distinct cultural practices. Thakali and Gurung people residing in the area strictly adhere to their ancient cultural practices. The most distinct ones that you might encounter on your Upper Mustang Trek are the prevalence of fraternal polyandry. Under this practice a woman is married to multiple brothers of the same family. She will have multiple husbands and it was a common practice in the past.

 Another distinct culture that Mustangis have been following is called the sky burial. Under this practice, the dead body of a deceased is offered to the vultures. Afte the religious prayers are offered , the dead body is left behind for vultures to eat through. You will find numerous other practices on your trek to Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang Trek Outline Itinerary

Day01: Kathmandu (1342m) – Pokhara (830m, 200km drive by tourist bus).

Day02: Pokhara (830m)- Jomsom(2720m) – Kagbeni(2810m, 10km or 3 hours walk).

Day03: Kagbeni (2810m) –Chele (3050m, 15km or 6-7 hours walk).

Day04: Chele (3050m) – Syanbochen(3800m, 15km or 5-6 hours walk)

Day05: Syangbochen (3800) - Ghami -Dhakmar (3820m, 16km or 6-7 hours walk)

Day06: Dhakmar (3820m) – Tsarang (3560m, 7km or 4-5 hours walk).

Day07: Tsarang (3560m)- Lo-mantang (3840m, 18km or 7-8 hours walk).

Day08: Explore around Choser Cave

Day09: Lo-manthang(3840m) – Yara (3650m, 15km or 6-7 hours walk).

Day10: Yara (3650m) -Tangge (3240m, 15km or 6-7 hours walk)

Day11: Tangge (3240m) - Tetang (3040m, 26km or 9-10 hours walk)

Day12: Tetang (3040m) - Muktinath (3760m,14km or 6-7 hours walk).

Day13: Muktinath (3760m)- Jomsom(2720m, 18km or 4-5 hour walk).

Day14: Jomsom (2700m) - Pokhara (830m).

Day15: Pokhara (830m) to Kathmandu (1342m)

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Upper Mustang Trek Details Itinerary

Whats Included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus depending on group size.
  • Mustang Special Permit (USD$500 for 10 Days, if you require more day, you have to pay USD$50 Per Day).
  • Annapurna Conservation area Fee.
  • One English speaking experience guide and trekkers 2:1 porters.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • 2 Nights hotel in Pokhara on BB Plan .
  • Both way flight tickets Pokhara-Jomsom -Pokhara with airport departure tax.
  • All meals (15 Breakfast, 14 Lunch and 12 dinner) with 12 Nights Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Staffs, equipment, , salary, insurance etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Local fresh fruit like orange, banana, apple, grape etc .
  • Duffel Bag.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use everyday to check your oxygen level and blood pressure in your body to avoid high risk ).
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • 13% Government VAT and All official charge.

Whats not Included?

  • International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$30 and 30 Days US$50).
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your trekking gears.
  • All the drinks such as: coke, beer, mineral water.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc.

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USD 1900 1749

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No of PAX Price / PP
More than 10 1749
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2-4 1849

Upper Mustang Trek Reviews

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Himalayas view from Upper Mustang Trek

Joost
USA, March 2015

Upper Mustang and Poonhill

We had a fantastic 18 day trek with Himalaya Trip in March 2015! Everything was very professionally organized and delivered to give us exactly the right balance between adventure and relaxation. Om and Cheetra were fun to travel with looked after us very well. Harka was the quarterback and made sure schedules worked, buses and taxis we're organized, hotels were booked and airplanes and permits were in order. It was a pleasure to get to know Harka, Om and Cheetra and look forward to ours next visit!


USA, March 2015
stupa in upper mustang trek

Jamarqusee
USA, 2014

upper Mustang

I recently completed an 11 day trek through upper mustang with Himalaya Trip. There were four of us one guide and two porters. It was an amazing trip and I would highly recommend the trek as well as Nepal Hidden treks. Our plans were a little complicated as we were all meeting in Pokhara but Harka organized it well and was a joy to work with. I met him before hand in Kathmandu to finalize all our plans. Given my foggy state due to the time change I left my credit card there but he found me and got it back to me right away.

Our guide and porters were great. One of our group (my daughter) speaks nepali fluently so I dont know how much that contributed to a sense of being a team. Our trek took place during the recent snow storm that caused a lot of fatalities at higher elevations. We had one day that was not easy, heavy wet snow, limited visibility and very cold. If it had continued I think we would have stayed put. Our guide, Ohm, was great insisting that one of us who was very wet and cold wear his parker and routed us away from the more dangerous portions of the trail.

One final comment is that they gave us good guidance the day before we flew from pokhara to jomsom on how much was appropriate for the porters to carry. They kept us a reasonable weight so as not to overburden the porters. I saw a number of other parties who had completely inappropriate loads being carried by porters (70+ Kg). I was glad that we were not one of them


USA, 2014
tsarang village in upper mustang

Bryan Marshall
Australia, October 2014

Excellent Upper Mustang Trek

Harka organised a fantastic trip inot upper mustang for our group and it was well worth it, our porters Deip and Chitra were fantastic, they helped, were very considerate and friendly and the language barrier was not an issue we all got by no problem.

We were on the trek during the major avalanches and when our guide had to go and assist other parties in the "danger zone" the porters bought us down the mountain with no dramas.

once we hit Jomson we then did a few days of the annapurna cuircuit to poon hill and home which meant we got desert, snow and rainforest all in the one visit which was great.

we had done the manaslu circuit 4 years ago with Harka and his team and were totally happy both times with the trek and the service and level of quality provided.

Although this trek was lower altitude it was still an amazing place to visit and I would recommend Himalaya Trip to anyone looking for a real trekking experience with top guys and great locations.

we will be back in a few years to trek again and Harka and his guys will be the comapny we will use.

Cheers

Bryan


Australia, October 2014
David Upper Mustang Trek

David
UK, October 2014

Upper Mustang Trek experience

Excellent service and a top experience! Harka and his team were amazing from airport pick up right through to the actual trek and final departure. I could not recommend them highly enough!!!


UK, October 2014
longest mane walls in upper mustang

Eduard
Italy, October 2014

Harka is the best

We did an awesome trek in the Upper Mustang region with Himalaya Trip with an awesome guide called Dhruba. Harka the owner was kind, replied perfectly by email and the personalised contact was something totally spot on. I would totally recommend him for treks in Nepal, after researching a lot of trekking companies I think the price and quality of the trek are perfect.


Italy, October 2014
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Upper Mustang Trek Info

AMS and Altitude Sickness in Upper Mustang

Trekking in Upper Mustang involves traversing high-altitude terrain, surpassing elevations exceeding 4230 meters, which exposes trekkers to a significant risk of Acute Mountain Sickness, more commonly known as Altitude Sickness. In addition to this health concern, there are numerous physical and geographical hazards associated with trekking in the Himalayas. Given its status as a restricted area, solo trekking in Upper Mustang is strictly prohibited. The government has made it mandatory to be accompanied by a registered guide throughout the entire trek, ensuring your safety and providing a reliable companion in case of any unforeseen challenges.


​Upper Mustang trek Guides

Trekking in Upper Mustang is subject to specific regulations, requiring trekkers to be accompanied by a certified guide as mandated by the Nepalese government for this restricted area. Additionally, access to this region is granted only to groups of a minimum of two individuals. For the trek, the provision is one porter for every two clients, ensuring adequate support. Your team of support staff will comprise a Guide and Porters (based on the number of people in the group).


​Upper Mustang Trek Duration and Distance

Trekking duration of Upper Mustang can differ based on your preference and time frame. The classic Upper Mustang trekking trail entails traversing through the popular villages located alongside the Baglung-Korala Highway and returning from the isolated areas on the either side of Kali Gandaki river. Pace of your trek, physical fitness and willpower determines the length of Upper Mustang Trek. Himalaya trip offers a 15 days Upper Mustang trekking package as a standard itinerary. We can remodel the standard itinerary based on your preference and taste. Please inquire with us with your travel plans and we will tailor-make the Best Upper Mustang itinerary in accordance.

The roundtrip Upper Mustang trek distance is 126 kilometers which begins and ends in Jomsom. Within a span of 15 days you will traverse through small villages located in Upper section of Mustang region and circumnavigate the northern reach. For the most part of the trip you will encounter semi-arid barren landscape, raging rivers, astounding Himalayan views and several natural wonders of the west.


​When is the best time for Upper Mustang Trekking?

The Upper Mustang region is situated beyond the imposing Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains, bordered by towering peaks to the south and the arid terrain of Tibet to the north. Much like the Dolpo region, Mustang is a rain-shadow area in Nepal, except during the harsh winter when heavy snow blankets the landscape. For trekkers, Mustang is an excellent choice during the remaining three seasons: Spring, Autumn, and Summer.

Spring:
The best time for Upper Mustang is during the spring season in Nepal. The area experiences a mild and agreeable weather pattern during this time. Spring graces the region with sunny days and warm temperatures. This season typically spans from early March to late May, just before the onset of the harsh summer. Spring is ideal for trekking in Nepal due to its pleasant and sunny weather, making the trails easily accessible.

Autumn:
Similar to the spring months, the autumn season is also fantastic for trekking in Mustang. Autumn in Nepal begins in early September and extends through the end of November. During this time, you can expect clear days, breathtaking views, well-defined trails, and agricultural activities in full swing, making it a rewarding time to travel.

Summer:
In contrast to many other trekking destinations in Nepal, Upper Mustang remains accessible during the summer season. The summer season in Mustang starts in June and continues through August, bringing monsoon rains to most parts of Nepal. However, Upper Mustang is located in a rain-shadow area, meaning it receives very little to no rain during the summer. While occasional clouds may obscure the sun, rainfall is minimal. Besides theUpper Dolpo Trek and Nar Phu Valley Trek, the Upper Mustang trek is another viable option for those seeking summer treks in Nepal.


Upper Mustang Trek Accommodation

Majority of the Mustang district including upper mustang is inhabited by Thakali and Gurung group of people. Thakalis are an Indo-Tibetan race of people that are native to Mustang region and the kingdom of Lho. You will be amazed with the lodging facilities available in Mustang. Thakali people have uniquely built traditional houses which you will encounter on your upper mustang trek. Built of mud and stones with thatched roof, a traditional thakali house will mostly be your accommodation in Upper Mustang Trek. A typical thakali house will be mostly 2-3 stories with firewood stacked on the roof. The rooms you will be provided with will be mostly basic common rooms with toilet bathroom sharing..

During your journey, you will come across several Lodges that provide much-needed rest along the way. These lodges offer rooms that can accommodate 2 people. Standard amenities include quilts, mattresses, and pillows. The lodges and guest houses you'll find while trekking in the Upper Mustang are equipped with power outlets for charging your electronic devices. While the availability of WiFi may vary, hot showers available. When you opt for the Upper Mustang trekking package from Himalaya Trip, you can rest assured that you will have comprehensive accommodation throughout your trekking days, with a commitment to securing the best available services in the region.


Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

Compared to other treks in Nepal like Manaslu circuit Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest 3 high Passes Trek, trek to Upper mustang is relatively easy. The terrain, maximum elevation, geography and remoteness of the area makes it accessible. There is a roadway that reaches your final stopover at Lho-Manthang. Most of the tea houses and lodges in Upper Mustang trekking offer modern amenities. The trekking trail to Upper Mustang is secluded and stays off the roadway for the most part. You may also opt for the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, which is far more convenient than trekking all the way.

That being said, the highest point of Upper Mustang trek is at 4230 meters at Marang La Pass which might make it challenging for you. Since, you will be visiting ancient villages that are spread across the mustang district, there can be adaptability issues. Also, we have had clients from various age groups successfully complete this trek without much issues. Upper Mustang Trek difficulty is dependent upon your mental and physical strength. At Himalaya Trip, we provide you detailed information about the trek and guide you in making best preparation for this traverse. Inquire to know more.


Upper Mustang Trek Permits

Being a restricted area, there are multiple entry permits that you will need to obtain to trek Upper Mustang region. Upper Mustang Trekking Permits are mandatory for all trekkers and it has been strictly regulated in the area. The area surrounding Upper Mustang being near to Tibet, is highly sensitive and the Government of Nepal has instilled various restrictions in the entry. The Mustang region is uncovered under Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) which protects the ecosystem and biodiversity of the region. You will need to obtain an ACAP permit for this trek. Additionally, being a restricted area, Upper Mustang also requires you to obtain RAP. Herein given are the cost and other requisites for obtaining these permits.

1) Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit:
The area north of Kagbeni village has been secluded as a restricted area by the Nepal Government. This region that begins from Kagbeni and stretches far to the northern border of Tibet is limited for access. Tourists and trekkers require a special permit to access this area. The cost of restricted area permit of Upper Mustang trek is $500 per individual. You will need a xerox copy of your passport for the permit. Also, independent trekkers are not issued this permit. You will need to apply this permit through a registered trekking agent.

2) Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit:
The entire Mustang district is encompassed within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which is dedicated to preserving the diverse flora and fauna in the region. To explore this area, an ACAP permit is required, and the costs for this permit are as follows:

  • For foreign tourists: Nrs. 3000 (approximately $25)
  • For South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Nationals: Nrs. 1000 (approximately $8)

In addition to the ACAP permit, those planning to undertake the Upper Mustang Trek need to acquire a TIMS card. TIMS, which stands for Trekkers Information Manual System, is crucial for tracking and ensuring the safety of trekkers during their journey. Security personnel will use the information from TIMS cards to verify your identity and monitor your whereabouts. Both of these permits can be obtained in either Kathmandu or Pokhara, and your trekking agent can assist you in the permit acquisition process.


​Upper Mustang Trek Map

Detailed map of any area you are trekking to provides thorough insight into the geography of the region. Upper Mustang Trek Map is a mandatory guide you ought to have with yourself if you are embarking on this fruitful journey. There are various reasons why you should have a Upper Mustang Route Map with you. Below highlighted are some of these reasons:

1) Navigation: A trekking map provides you with a visual representation of the terrain, trails, and landmarks in the area. It helps you navigate the route, ensuring you stay on the right path and reach your destination safely. Maps often include details about elevation, topography, and geographic features, allowing you to make informed decisions about your route.

2) Route Planning: Before you start your trek, a map helps you plan your route, including the distance you'll cover each day, the locations of campsites or accommodations, and the availability of water sources. It allows you to estimate the time required for each leg of your journey.

3) Emergency Situations: In case of emergencies such as getting lost, injury, or bad weather, a map can be crucial for search and rescue teams to locate you. Having a map and knowing how to use it can be a lifesaver in such situations.

4) Identifying Landmarks: Maps often include landmarks, villages, monasteries, and other points of interest. These landmarks can help you gauge your progress, locate water sources, and find nearby settlements where you can rest or resupply.


5) Elevation Information: Trekking maps typically provide contour lines, which indicate the elevation changes in the terrain. This information is essential for assessing the difficulty of the trek, identifying steep sections, and planning ascents and descents.


​Why trek to Upper Mustang

Quaint and tranquil landscape of Upper Mustang is nothing sort of a wonderland. Trekking Upper Mustang is a blend of natural amusement, cultural prevalence and astounding geography that will keep you hooked and spellbound. Ancient monasteries, primal walk of life, thatched roof houses, gurung, thakali culture and staggering mountains will keep you fulfilled and destined for the most part of your trek. The mighty Kali Gandaki river that rages along the Mustang topography is another astounding part of this trek.


Is it possible to get Pokhara From Kathmandu by private Car or flight?

In the above service, we provide Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu tourist bus.

Tourist Bus: Tourist Bus leave every day from Kathmandu to Pokhara by 7:00 am in the morning and Pokhara- Kathmandu at 7:30am in the morning.

The private car or flight option is available with extra cost.

Private Car US$120/ Jeep US$150/ Van US$200: You can take private Car/ Jeep / Van depending on your group s7ize. If you hire a private vehicle, it will be more flexible.

By Flight: There are many flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu every day. You may choose to take a flight to get there. It takes 25 minutes from Kathmandu. It is a more convenient way to get to Pokhara. It cost US$100 per person one way.


Do You Have A Packing List For The Trek ?

Upper Mustang Trek is not high altitude trek . It's windy valley trek.

I recommend you , Sleeping bag, Trekking boots, windproof Trousers, warm Socks ,warm and windproof jacket, T-shirts (two or three) and long-sleeved shirt, Sunscreen (SPF 300+) , Backpack, Torch (flashlight),Camera ,memory card and battery charger( spare batteries) ,Quick- drying towel, Toilet Paper, warm hat, gloves, thermal underwear , sun glass, water bottle, day pack etc.


What Foods Can We Expect During The Trek?

The Lodges have Menu; you will have your own choice. The foods are hygienic. But it is not like cities foods.

Breakfast: Simple Breakfast (Eggs any item hasbrown potato, toast or Tibetan Bread, Pancake, Muesli, Oat Porridge etc.)

Lunch: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy, Chicken curry optional), Macorani , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.

Dinner: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy or pickle, Chicken curry optional), Macorani , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.

Dessert: Fresh Fruit (Apple, orange, pomegranates, Banana with any seasonal fruit) serve as sweet dessert.

All the drinks soft, hot, hard drinks are not included.


When Is The Best Time To Do This Trek?

The best time to do this trek is March - November.

Winter (December – February): This is coldest time of the year. It will be difficult to trek because of there will be heavy snow. The route will close during this time.

Spring (March – May): This is best time to trek on upper Mustang trek. There will be little bit snow early March. You will have wonderful weather.

Summer (June – August): Upper Mustang trek is rain shadow area. It's also possible to trek in monsoon in Nepal. There is less chances of raining and cloudy.

Autumn (September – November): This is another best time to do this trek. After the raining season. It will be fresh and clear weather will be appear. It will be warm temperature.



Upper Mustang Trek FAQs

The Upper Mustang Trek start from Jomsom after the flight from Pokhara. And the entry Point of Upper Mustang Trek is Kagbeni.


Important Note

Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.

Tipping

Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.

Safety

When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

Why Himalaya Trip ?

  • Fast response
  • Small group private trek
  • Safety is top priority
  • Recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Tailor made itinerary
  • Seasonal package
  • 200 plus  trekkers take service every year
  • 30-40% repeated customer

 

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