Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang trek

Mustang Trip Summary

    1. Upper Mustang trek Duration: 13 Days
    2. Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty: Moderate
    3. High Altitude: 4,190m/13,747 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2 – 20 People
    6. Best Time: April, May, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meals on trek route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

The Upper Mustang trek is one of the less demanding trails, a perfect destination to 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 a bounded wall by its surroundings and ruled by a Jigme Palvar Bista king. Trans Himalaya, Mustang is rich in its own unique culture and ritual. Like other trekking routes, Mustang lo manthang trek offers a great view of mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796 feet) and Annapurna I (8,091m/26,546 feet). In addition, Tourists can enjoy the view of 35 other high mountains over 6000 meters while on trekking days.

view from chele

The entire upper territory of 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 yearly. Furthermore, the lower mustang trek is another attraction but stays as a gateway to exploring lo mathnag and corolla border to get to Tibet.

Trek route in mustang Nepal pictures is just awesome and best for all photographers to capture those magnificent arid landscapes. Optional tourists might take a private jeep safari tour in Mustang right after landing at Jomsom airport of a lower mustang. Furthermore, hike into the depth of Mustang is an easy to moderate difficult trek as it has long hiking camps every day. Therefore, make a list of the most important tourist places to visit in Mustang and the campsites that you are going to use.

View from Bhena la pass, Mustang

In addition, Muktinath is a Vishnu temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists situated on the foothill of Thorong la peak. It is said that one has to be gifted to get the divine presence (darśan). Muktinath, Sri Devi Thayaar, and Sri Murthy are the main deities here. The Muktinath trek is another attraction that you make a combination on your journey over Gyula pass.

Besides that, we design an upper mustang trek itinerary seriously to make your holiday better. Upper mustang trek 10 days is most popular in Mustang but you can complete it in 3/4 days with a jeep drive from Jomsom.

upper mustang trek map

Find the special upper mustang trekking package deal on our website, and choose the variety of mustang Nepal pictures to make your holiday better prepared. Remember us for upper mustang permit sharing and arranging guide trips or write us if you have any questions so far.

The Upper Mustang trek has a moderate level of trek difficulty as the daily walking hours are roughly seven hours over the sandy ground. It is not as comfortable as the easy treks nor as difficult as the strenuous level treks. However, you can modify the difficulty level of the Upper Mustang trek like most treks to a certain degree to suit your demands.

monks in Lo manthang, mustang

Fees for the Upper Mustang trek permit?

Mustang restricted permits all nations including India: US$ 500 per person for the 10 days and USD 50 per additional day. Likewise, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit) is US$ 25 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

How much does Upper Mustang Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Upper Mustang trek package with a local trekking agency Gokyo Treks in Nepal ranges between US$ 1425 to US$ 2098. But of course, the Upper Mustang trek cost will vary according to the group size you travel to. Although taking flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers, particularly after coronavirus. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 12 days trek. If you are 2 tourists hiking the mustang trek costs US$ 1599 for 12 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for the Upper Mustang treks.

Price Per Person for 12 days hike in Upper Mustang route.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 2098
2 PersonUS$ 1599
3 PersonUS$ 1590
4 to 6 personUS$ 1550
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 1499
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1425

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on cost given on a tab button.

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. Travelers who wish to reach Lo Manthang and back in a more relaxed manner can try this best plan. However, email us if you need a customized itinerary.

01 Day Kathmandu valley arrival day

Landing in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport. We pick you up with a private vehicle and move to hotel location in Thamel. All financial settlement and taking your passport we go to immigration office to make mustang special permits. In the evening again, Ammar Guni will meet and brief you about your upper mustang trip last-minute questions.

02 Day Overland drive to Pokhara city (9,00m/2,953 feet), 6/7 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 city day Tour

03 Day Pokhara to Jomsom airport fly. Hike to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,187 feet), 3/4 hours

Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom airport. Jomsom airport is situated at an altitude of 2,720 meters, the District headquarters of Mustang. Your mustang hike begins right after landing in Jomsom Bazaar. On the first day, we walk to Kagbeni. Kagbeni fort is the gateway of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy with 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/10,171 feet), 6/7 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 guest houses.

chhusang village
05 DayChele to Gheling trek (3,570m/11,713 feet), 7/8 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/11,680 feet), 7/8 hours

From Gelling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting NYLA pass and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. Crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at a prayer MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most splendid stretch of mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3,600 meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Tsarang. 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.

Tsarang village
07 DayLo Manthang trek (3,840m/12,599 feet), 5/6 hours

The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Tsarang 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 look 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 Namgyal Gompa (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/11,549 feet), 8/9 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. 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/11,615 feet), 6/7 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 Trek (2,800m/9,187 feet). Further Jomsom airport trek (2,720m/8,924 feet), 7/8 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 foothills and finally reach at Kagbeni fort for lunch stop.

kagbeni

Later lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom airport walking at the bank of Kaligandaki River. Hike especially from Kagbeni to Jomsom is windy in the afternoon thus better to walk with sunglass. As you hike, you can hunt the Saligram fossils in the Kali Gandaki river. Ammonites were shelled cephalopods that died out about 66 million years ago. Fossils of them are found in the Kali Gandaki river, sometimes in very large concentrations. Therefore, discover amonite fossils in the Kali Gandaki valley is very popular in this zone.

Walk further to the Annapurna conservation check post, check out all permits and a few steps further, we reach our hotel in Jomsom. Interested tourists can hike at Jomsom eco-museum for a better view of Kali Gandaki valley and Annapurna peaks.

12 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. There are top restaurants on the lakeside for dinner so you can explore the best ones and try them by yourself. You can also invite your Guide for Dinner.

13 DayOverland drive out to Kathmandu, Nepal. Trip Finish.

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. The journey back to Kathmandu [Gokyo Treks sales office] takes about 7 hours. You can take a shower and we arrange a transfer for you to drop you on kathmandu international airport for your further journey. Trip Finsih

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Cost

How much does Upper Mustang trek cost?

Nepal upper mustang trek price is USD 1599 per person. 11 nights 12 days hike in Mustang is a lodge basis trekking cheap deal that we can offer tourist.

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 package price includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with a private car on your arrival.
  • Single night double bed room accommodation in tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 2 night Tourist standard accommodation on Phewa lakeside in Pokhara town.
  • 12 Breakfast, 11 Lunch and 11 Dinner during the Mustang trekking days.
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara as a round trip airfare with airport tax.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and also from Pokhara to Kathmandu as a round trip.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees.
  • Upper Mustang special hiking 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.
  • Fully escorted trek with an English speaking license holder local trekking guide and each 2 guest (12 kg + 12 kg) = 1 Porter basis.
  • An assistant guide will provide for 7 plus group tourist.
  • Insurance, Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Seasonal fruits like apple and pomegranates as a deserts for Mustang trekking.
  • Trek certificate and a latest lomanthang – upper mustang trek map, you keep them as a souvenir.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Upper Mustang trekking package price excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments rental charges.
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss or damage.
  • Pokhara sightseeing vahicle cost is extra
  • 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 with your TIA arrival flight details and request for pickup. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office is for free.

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 them 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 have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, and soups, fresh vegetable rice.

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 bring 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 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 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 trip 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 do provide porters to transfer your luggage en route daily. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carries a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 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 gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles for the 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 services for the 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 your trek.

Upper Mustang Trek Review

Excellent trek. Reliable and honest agency

Rated 5 out of 5
January 21, 2020

We booked our Upper Mustang Trek with Ammar and we are very happy we did it. Gokyo Treks is an agency you can rely on. They are honest, take care of their groups and guests. Ammar called every day more than one time a day to check how we were doing. We felt protected and safe. All the trek has been organized perfectly, faultless. Som (the master guide) is a perfect companion. He is there when you need him but he does not bother you with unnecessary attentions.
What else to say: we will do more treks with them hopefully very soon. We have found THE agency and we recommend it to all of you.

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Samall Raffela

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you dear guest Raffela for sending us your trip feedback.

Upper Mustang Trek is just awesome

Rated 5 out of 5
May 28, 2019

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 after my trip.
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 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.

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Philip Olgo, Tartu, Estonia

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Philip for your words.

Professional Guide and super friendly service

Rated 5 out of 5
August 22, 2018

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!.

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Cristiano Lissoni, Milano, Italy.

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Christiano Lissoni for your timne to review Uper Mustang trekking in Nepal.

Upper Mustang trek highlights

  • Discover Annapurna and Dhaulagiri family and some of the boarder mountains.
  • Best trek in the monsoon periods in Nepal as they are siyuated in the rain shadow of the Himalaya.
  • Ancient caes and Buddhist Gompas.
  • 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. When 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. First safety then success satisfaction is our prime concern.

We are a team of professional and trained and licensed local guides who know the destination much better. Furthermore, we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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No. of peoplePrice Per Person
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2 USD 1599
3 USD 1590
4 - 6 USD 1550
7 - 9 USD 1499
10 + USD 1425
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