Upper Mustang trek

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Upper Mustang trek

Trip Summary

    1. Upper Mustang trek Duration: 15 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Moderate
    3. High Altitude: 4190m/13,701 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2-20 People
    6. Best Time: April – October
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meals on trek route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus
Overview

Upper Mustang trek is one of the less demanding trails, is a perfect destination for see Buddhists Monasteries. Lo manthang is the Business hub of the entire mustang and a relatively very beautiful trek along the permitted routes.

The Lo-Mustang, the capital city is fixed walled around and ruled by a Jigme Palvar Bista king. Trans Himalaya, Mustang is rich in its own unique culture and tradition. Like other trekking routes, Mustang lo manthang trek offers a great view of mount Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795 feet) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545 feet) and you will be surrounded roughly by 35 mountains over 6000 meters (19,680 feet) high during the trekking.

view from chele

According to the Gokyo Treks Nepal trek operator agency, the upper Mustang trek is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Nepal mustang is frequently traveling to visit local and international tourists. About 1000 tourist visits to help with mustang Nepal tourism. Furthermore, the lower mustang trek is another attraction but stays as a gateway to explore lo mathnag and corola border to get to Tibet.

Trek route in mustang nepal pictures is just awesome and best for all photographers to capture those majestic landscapes. You might also take a private jeep safari tour in Mustang right after landing in Jomsom airport of a lower mustang. Furthermore, make a list of the most important tourist places to visit in Mustang. Muktinath trek is another attraction that you make a combination on your journey over Gyula pass.

View from Bhena la pass, Mustang

Besides that, we design upper mustang trek itinerary seriously to make your holiday better. Upper mustang trek 10 days is most popular in Mustang. You can complete the upper Mustang trek in 7 days with a jeep drive from Jomsom. Read the upper mustang trek itinerary or upper mustang trek blog as described here.

upper mustang trek map

Find the special upper mustang trekking package deal on our website, choose the variety of mustang nepal pictures to make your holiday better preparation. Remember us for upper mustang permit sharing and arranging guide trips or write us if you have any questions so far. You can checkout upper mustang trek difficulty in the upper mustang trek map on our web page.

monks in Lo manthang, mustang

Fees for the Upper Mustang trek permit?

Mustang restricted permit all nations including Indian: US$ 500 per person for the 10 days and USD 50 per additional day. Likewise, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit) US$ 28 or NPR 3000. And for SAARC Nation ACAP permit cost NPR 1,000 and TIMS NPR 200.

Trek in Upper Mustang has a barren landscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows, and browns. Mustang trekking is lying under the rain shadow of the Himalayas is possibly the last remnant of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & remote rest of the World. mustang hikes

Itinerary

Upper mustang trek itinerary details.

Mustang is a windy valley. Hike Mustang trekking is classical with a short, itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike to upper mustang hike but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the upper mustang in a more relaxed manner can try this appropriate choice. However, email us if you need a customized itinerary.

01 Day Kathmandu valley arrival day

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu bed with breakfast plan. Our representative will brief you about upper mustang trip.

02 Day Overland drive to Pokhara city (900m/2,943 feet), 6 hours.

Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.

Pokhara Tour

03 Day Pokhara to Jomsom airport fly. Hike to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,156 feet), 4 hours

Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom airport. Jomsom airport is situated at an altitude in 2,720m/8,894 feet, District headquarters of Mustang. Your mustang hike begins right after landing in Jomsom Bazaar. For teh first day we walk to Kagbeni. Kagbeni fort is the gateway of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy for the breathtaking views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for an overnight stop.

jomsom flight
04 DayKagbeni to Chele trekking (3,100m/10,137 feet), 6 hours

The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town has narrow alleys among white-washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks, which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030 meters.

chhusang village
05 DayChele to Gheling trek (3,570m/11,674 feet), 8 hours

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the impressive steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3,540 meter. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and the trail descends further on a Samar village.

chele georgeThe Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes.

Ghellin pass
06 DayGeling to Tsarang trek (3,560m/11,641 feet), 7 hours

From Gelling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYLA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. Crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most splendid stretch mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3,600m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. Tsarang is a village development committee in Mustang District in the Dhawalagiri Zone of northern Nepal. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas paintings of seated Buddha.

Charang - Tsarang village
07 DayLo Manthang trek (3,840m/12,557 feet), 5 hours

The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3,850 meter, there is a perfect view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.

lo manthang royal palace
08 Day Lo-Manthang day tour. Day hiking exploring around

mustang cave, lo manthang

Another day in Lo – Manthang gives you an opportunity to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the Raja’s Palace; as well as to gaze at the surrounding panoramic views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting.

lo manthnag day tour

The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the Chosar settlement, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.

lo manthnag day tours
09 DayDescend from Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar (3,520m/11,510 feet), 9 hours via Ghar Gompa.

Coser cave, mustang This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. We cross the highest pass this trek and arrive in Ghar Gompa (3920 Meters). This monastery is very old comparing the Samye monastery in Tibet, supposed to be built around 730 AD. Crossing the pass around 4100 meters, we descend down to Dhakmar village (3,520 meters) to stay overnight.

goats
10 DayTrek descend from Dhakmar to Samar (3,540m/11,576 feet), 6 hours

From Dhakmar the way goes down to until Ghami (3,460 meter) the huge greenery village in Mustang where we can see the ancient monastery and stupas with. You can see the local houses here like cave. The trail goes ascend until Nyi La pass and descend to Samar through the same route.

Samar village
11 DaySamar to Kagbeni fort (2,800m/9,156 feet) trek, 5:30 hours

Today, we trek descend to Chhusang village. The trail offers panoramic red stone cliffs. While you are in mustang hiking, you are surrounding with desert-dry landscapes including beautiful 35+ mountains. After Chhusang, we climb to Tangbe village and finally reach at Kagbeni fort.

kagbeni
12 DayKagbeni to Jomsom airport (2,720m/8,894 feet) hiking, 4 hours

We trek to Jomsom with the valley of Kaligandaki River which is also known as windy valley where every day big wind blowing and overnight in Jomsom. You can hike at Jomsom eco museum for better view of Kali Gandaki valley.

13 DayFly out from Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 minutes. Pokhara Sightseeing

Early morning we fly to Pokhara with thrilling spectacular Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Machhapuchre during the flight. Transfer to the hotel to check-in for a hot shower and relax. In the afternoon, the guide will assist you with your sightseeing visiting Devis falls, Gupteswor cave, and Boating in Phewa Lake to visit Tal Barahi Temple.

14 DayOverland drive out to Kathmandu, Nepal

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

15 DayFinal departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.

Cost

How much does Upper Mustang trek cost?

Nepal upper mustang trek cost is USD 1,825 per person. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara round-trip flight is included in the price, however, taking flights from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses.

For the deluxe and luxury mustang trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Upper Mustang trek cost includes

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 2 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner everyday during the trek
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara as a round trip airfare with airport tax.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu as a round trip.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest (12.5 kg + 12.5 kg) = 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees
  • Upper Mustang special permits cost USD 500 for each guest for each 10 days.
  • Pokhara city sightseeing (Devi’s fall and Gupteswor Mahadev cave) transfer by private vehicle.
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Latest updated lomanthang – upper mustang trek map for each person, you keep this map as a soveneur.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Upper Mustang trek cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

We can organize group join Upper Mustang trekking starting at any date but we can also run this private trip if that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

FAQ

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your TIA arrival flight details and request for pickup. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience for express Upper Mustang trek?.

Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 9,000 feet above sea level.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect at Upper Mustang trek lodge?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. Rooms in the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in express Upper Mustang trek?.

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)

The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Upper Mustang standard lodge trekking?.

Answer: There are enough places where you can buy bottled mineral water to drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on lodge style Upper Mustang trek?.

Answer: Yes! You can get telephone services as well as 3G internet. We recommend you to buy a local sim card.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Upper Mustang lodge trek?.

Answer: Not yet ! So, for mustang hikes routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Upper Mustang trek?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?.

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles for Upper Mustang trek?.

Answer: It is better to hike with lightweight walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: Is there any possibility to hire just a guide and permits?.

Answer: Considering the budget of backpacker travelers, we also offer expert Local Guide/porter hiring service for Upper mustang trek in Nepal. Normally, to make a special permit for Upper Mustang Trek need a minimum of two people in a group. If you are 2 trekkers and want to go hiring a guide, it is possible to go with the Gokyo Treks Nepal agency.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?.

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

upper mustang trek review

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100% 5 star based on – 223 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

Great trek, run by competent people, a special guide called SOM and a nice carrier. Fantastic landscapes and unforgettable encounters. Gokyo Treks is the right agency to make a trek in Nepal!!! Thanks at all!. – Cristiano Lissoni, Milano, Italy.

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Upper Mustang Trek is just awesome

100% 5 star based on – 208 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

In 2007, I trekked to the EBC and walked the Annapurna circuit with Gokyo Treks and Expedition. It was a wonderful experience. I even spent a few days in Amar’s village with his family then. This year I planned to trek the upper Mustang and watch the Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang with my daughter.

I started coordinating with Amar Guni since late last year. He provided a great itinerary. Communication was very efficient. Everything has been finalized.

Unfortunately, I got sick during my overland trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu and I had to cancel the Upper Mustang trek at the last minute. Amar was very considerate and sympathetic to my situation. I hope I would be able to return to Nepal in the near future and do another trek.

I highly recommend Gokyo Treks and Expedition to anybody who wants to have an adventure in Nepal.

Upper Mustang trek highlights

  • Discover Annapurna and Dhaulagiri family and some of the boarder mountains.
  • Walk into the Trans Himalayan region through dry cultivated fields, Excellent view of mount Dhaulagiri and Blue Mountain family.
  • Hidden kingdom with World’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki valley
  • Meet the mixed communities with shakye muni Buddhism and their lives..

Upper Mustang trek note:

Magical mustang hike information as stated above is just a standard template guideline that we serve you. However, a mustang travel plan is possible to modify at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of schedule during on trip.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Upper Mustang trek special tour?.

Opportunities for challenging trekking are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better. Furthermore, we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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