Upper Mustang Trek NepalUpper Mustang Trek Nepal
  • DestinationNepal
  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude3800 meters
  • Starts/EndsJomsom/Jomsom
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • Group SizeMin. 1 Pax.
  • Best SeasonSpring, Autumn, and Monsoon
Highlights
  • Walk to the Historical Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal-Lho Manthang.
  • Famous Trekking route in Nepal even in Monsoon season.
  • Tibetans influenced community and their way of living lifestyle.
  • Discover the beauty of the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • Admire the Tibetan Plateau, landscapes, soaring mountains, and villages.

Upper Mustang Trek Nepal takes you to the restricted region of the hidden valleys of Nepal. This Upper Mustang Trekking package connects you with wonderful places like Lho Manthang, Varied Landscapes, valleys, and mountains. Trekkers visiting this region find different landscapes, nature, and culture, compared to ABC Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trek takes you to the highest altitude of 3800 meters via different passes. Trekkers with good physical and mental state can easily complete this trek.

Furthermore, trekkers get to see the mysterious caves, rock paintings, monasteries, and gompas. The major Gompas to visit are Namgyal, Tingkhar, Ghar Gompa, Yara Gompa, Thupchen, and many more. Likewise, learn and explore the new culture of this region. In addition, visiting the Amchi Museum and School gives you enough history about the Mustang region and its culture. Moreover, impressive views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, etc. are the major highlight of this trek. In addition, colorful hills with barren landscapes manifest the wonderful beauty of the Upper Mustang Trek Nepal.

Things to see in Upper Mustang Trek Nepal

Lo Manthang

The city of Lho Manthang a walled city is the capital of the Upper Mustang Region. Lho Manthang-which surrounds it means wall in the Tibetan Language. The visitors can feel the power of spirituality after entering this city. It is because of the monasteries, old houses, and the way this city is built. Interestingly, this city has a King till date. This city always hosts the largest and most famous Tiji Festival in May yearly.

Tiji Festival

The Upper Mustang Trek in May allows the trekkers to experience the unique Tiji Festival in Lho Manthang. According to the myth, this festival is celebrated by the people marking the victory over the devil. The local people celebrate it by dancing and reciting mantras. It is an excellent opportunity to learn and cherish the culture and traditions of the local people.

Himalayas and Old Caves

The trek to Upper Mustang delivers excellent mountain views in both the North and South parts. However, most of the mountains are on the northern side. Nilgiri Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other ranges can be seen during this trek.

Apart from the mountains, Old Hill caves are the cultural display of this region. There are many habitable caves in the Mustang. People believe that the cave was made for shelter during the war. Similarly, holy gurus and Rinpoche use the caves as meditating places.

Upper Mustang Trek Nepal Altitude and the location

The Upper Mustang Trek lies in the north-central part of Nepal. It is one of the restricted regions of Nepal in the Gandaki Province. Generally, the trek starts from the Pokhara-west of Kathmandu Valley. Then, it continues towards the Northern Part of the Mustang Region. Moreover, the highest altitude of the Upper Mustang Trek is 3800 meters above sea level.

Required Permit Cards for Upper Mustang Trek Nepal

Like the Manaslu Circuit Trek, this trek also requires a special restricted permit card from the Immigration Department. Moreover, the trail joins the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail, which requires an ACAP Permit card. In addition, the Trekkers’ Information Management System Permit Card is necessary with the Government Licensed Trekking Guide.

Upper Mustang Trekking Trail                                                                                                                                           

Upper Mustang Trek Nepal starts with an adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive offers views of fast-flowing rivers, green hills, mountains, and local villages. Upon reaching Pokhara, enjoy mesmerizing Lamjung Himal, Mt. Fishtail, and Annapurna if the weather allows. The real adventure begins with the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Admire the beauty of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from the flight. Then, from the Jomsom trekking trail move ahead to Kagbeni, Chele, Syangboche, Ghami, Tsharang, and Lho Manthang. After exploring, Lho Manthang for a day, the returning trail is similar to Ghami. Next, Ghami takes you to Samar, Chhusang, and Muktinath, and the trail ends at Jomsom again.

Upper Mustang Trek Nepal Difficulty

The hike to Upper Mustang is a moderately difficult trek requiring proper planning. This trekking trail has difficult terrain, a lengthy route, and stunning landscapes with high altitudes above 3500 meters. Like other trekking routes in Nepal, there are many ups and downs. Also, steep trails and high passes coming your way. Therefore, trekkers must have excellent fitness, strength, endurance, and stamina to complete this trek successfully. Regular cardio exercises and hiking twice weekly to increase your stamina and strength. Moreover, trekkers who can walk 5-6 hours a day carrying a day backpack can finish this trek without any difficulties

Itinerary

The bus to Pokhara leaves around 7 am. Hence, after a quick breakfast, you will depart for Pokhara in a Tourist Bus. The highway gives you some glimpses of mountains in the far distance. Likewise, you can witness the fast-flowing Trishuli Rivers and Rafters showing their skills. Driving for 7-10 hours, you will arrive at Pokhara. Check in at your hotel and do some rest after long hours of driving.

  • Max Altitude:850 meters
  • Accommodation:3-Star hotel
  • Time:8-10 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast

You will set off early to catch the flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. The views from the plane are amazing, especially Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges. Landing at Jomsom, the proper trek begins towards Kagbeni. You will have enough time in the afternoon to discover around Kagbeni. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.

  • Max Altitude:2800 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast at Kagbeni, the trail begins along the Kali Gandaki River. You must be careful as the wind can hit up making the walk a little challenging. As the trek goes along, witness the traditional houses at Tangbe. Next, follow a ridge to reach the Chele Village to stay overnight.

  • Max Altitude:3050 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will cross two passes which can make the trek a little challenging. One is Taklam La Pass (3624m) and the other is Darjori La Pass (3735m). However, these passes deliver stunning mountain views. The trail starts to descend to Samar Village and continues along a ride. Another descent takes you to Syangboche village for an overnight stay.

  • Max Altitude:3475 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another exciting day and other passes to cross again. Crossing Yamada La Pass (3850m) takes you to wonderful villages with farmlands to see. Trek continues through the forest to arrive at Nyi Pass (4010m), from here the trail moves down to Ghami. You will spend overnight.

  • Max Altitude:3520 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, the trek begins through the rough and slippery trail. Descending a suspension bridge over Ghami Khola, the trek continues towards Tsharang. Along the trek, get to see the mani walls with some Tibetan Mantras on them. Upon reaching Tsharang, you can see the fortress and red gompa to the east of this village. Today’s short trek allows you to explore around Tsharang till evening.

  • Max Altitude:3500 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Tsharang, you will drop down into a canyon and cross a river to ascend to Lho La Pass (3950m). The pass gives you the first glimpse of Lho Manthang. Likewise, the mountains like Tilicho, Annapurna, and Nilgiri are more visible today.  Overnight stay at Lho Manthang.

  • Max Altitude:3800 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the Lho Manthang and the mystery of the Upper Mustang today. The day begins with a visit to Chooser Cave. You will get to know about sky caves and Jhong caves as well. Likewise, if time allows, visit different Gompas and villages around Lho Manthang. Strolling around the Lho gives you enough information about Upper Mustang. Get along with the local people, try local dishes, and enjoy the rest of the day. Overnight stay at Lho Manthang.

  • Max Altitude:3800 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will walk a little longer today than usual. However, the trek has a lot to see along the way. Pass through the Gyakar Village which is the home of 1200-year-old Ghar Gompa. The Rock painting of this Gompa is amazing. You will continue your walk through the local village to reach Drakmar.

  • Max Altitude:3810 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek starts early in the morning to avoid the strong winds along the way. Normally, as the day progresses, the walk becomes more difficult because of the strong wind. Walking down through a dry plateau and local farmlands, you will reach Ghiling. Moreover, there are impressive views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri on the sight. Overnight stay at Ghiling.

  • Max Altitude:3806 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Ghiling, the trek passes through the remote landscapes with stunning views of the surroundings. You will cross the Kali Gandaki River through a rock tunnel as the trek continues. Overnight stay at Chhusang.

  • Max Altitude:3050 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saying goodbye to Upper Mustang, you will arrive at Jomsom where the trek started. The last trekking day gives you some of the panoramic views of mountains along the way. You will continue to walk until Jomsom arrives where you will spend overnight.

  • Max Altitude:2700 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise and shine early in the morning to catch the flight to Pokhara. After admiring the views of the mountains during the trek, now it's time to see some aerial views again. Taking off in Pokhara early, allows you to recover from the trek. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

  • Max Altitude:850 meters
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:30 minutes
  • Meals:Breakfast

You will bid farewell to Mt. Annapurna Ranges and Fishtail today. The drive back to Kathmandu is through the same highway.

Note: There is a flight option as well to get back to Kathmandu. Please do not hesitate to inform us if you want to take a flight to Kathmandu.

  • Max Altitude:1350 meters
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:7-8 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast

Upper Mustang Trek Nepal has a fixed Itinerary and Departure. However, if you want to customize your itinerary that suits your time and budget, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

What's Included
  • Accommodation during the trek in tea houses.
  • Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • 2-night accommodation in Pokhara before and after the trek with Breakfast.
  • Government-licensed guide fluent in speaking English.
  • Guide expenses including his meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurance.
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight fare
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu Tourist Bus Fare.
  • Private Transfer from Pokhara Bus Station to Hotel.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit Card.
  • Trekkers Information Management System Permit Card.
  • Special Restricted Area Permit Card.
  • All government taxes and local taxes.
What's not Excluded
  • Travel insurance, visa fare, and emergency evacuation medical bills.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu after arrival and before departure. (we can arrange it at your suggestion)
  • Personal expenses during the trek like hot shower, hot or cold drinks, battery charges, snacks, etc.
  • Additional charges if there are unforeseen situations like weather conditions, flight delays, modification of itinerary for safety, or any sudden changes in governmental policy.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival.
  • Porter expenses. (we can arrange if you need one)
  • Tips to guide.
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Start DateStarts: ThursdayJul 18, 2024End DateEnds: WednesdayJul 31, 2024PricePriceUS$1899StatusStatusAvailable
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Good to Know

Accommodation throughout the Journey to Upper Mustang Trek Nepal

The 14-day Upper Mustang Trek Nepal includes 2-night accommodation in Pokhara and 10 nights in the mountains. You will stay in the best available tea houses on a sharing basis during the trek. The hotels along the trek are very simple and basic. They do provide a hot shower and Internet access at an extra cost.

Note: Accommodation in Kathmandu is not included in the Package. But we can recommend if you tell us about your budget and interest.

Meals during the Trek

Since the trek is at a high altitude, you need plenty of healthy meals to fuel your body. This trekking package includes 12 Breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 11 Dinners. You can choose the meals you prefer from the Menu they have set.

Breakfast Meals: Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French Toast, Butter, Cheese, Tibetan Bread, Chapati, Porridge, Eggs, Pancake, Muesli, Breads, and Hot Drinks (Tea or Coffee).

Lunch: Tibetan Bread, Soups, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Pizza, and Desserts.

Dinner: The meal items for the dinner are almost the same as Lunch. You can choose, Daal Bhat, Vegetable curry, Soup items, Noodles, Potatoes, Salad, etc.

Note: We do not recommend taking non-veg items during the trek. The quality of meat is not as good as in Pokhara or Kathmandu. Also, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included in this package.

The right time to do Upper Mustang Trek Nepal

Spring Season (March-May)

March-May is the best time to visit for mountain lovers. The climate is moderate with excellent weather during the day. However, you will feel the cold during the night as it can be below 0 degrees Celsius. The temperature during the day remains 15-21 degrees Celsius.

Autumn season (September-November)

Trekking in the Autumn season offers you clear skies and magnificent views of mountains. However, the afternoon can be windy. The temperature ranges between 12-20 degrees Celsius during the day. Likewise, in the night it is freezing between -4 to -10 degrees Celsius.

Monsoon Season (June-August)

Unlike other trekking routes in Nepal, the monsoon is the perfect time to do the Upper Mustang Trek. Since the region is the rain shadow part of Nepal, you can do this trek in the rainy season as well. However, you may experience rain in Pokhara and the Lower part of the Mustang Region.

Packing List for the Upper Mustang Trek Nepal

Here is the packing list for Upper Mustang Trek Nepal

Upper Body:

  • Wool Cap
  • Head Lamp
  • Hiking Shirts
  • Long Sleeved Shirts.
  • Wind Proof and Water Proof Jacket.
  • Fleece Jacket.
  • Down Jacket.
  • Warm gloves

Lower Body:

  • Hiking Pants.
  • Shorts.
  • Trekking Trousers.
  • Woolen socks.
  • Trekking Boots.

Essential Gear:

  • Backpack.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Trekking Pole.

Personal Gear:

  • Tooth Paste and Tooth Brush
  • Thermal Bottle
  • Water Purification Tablet
  • Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Medication and First Aid Kit

Note: Above mentioned are the basic gear you need. You have to Pack up the clothes according to your preference.

FAQs
  • Upper Mustang Trek is ideal for all trekkers who are in good shape physically and mentally. However, we recommend doing some light jogging or walking before the trek.

  • Since the trek is near to Tibetan Border, foreigners need a special restricted permit card. Apart from that, you need an ACAP and TIMs Permit card too.

  • Yes, you can get hot shower service in different tea houses along the trek. However, it may incur a certain amount for using the hot shower.

  • There are ATMs only in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Jomsom. However, we suggest you carry enough Nepalese currency from Pokhara. You need cash for several purposes and services.

  • Yes, of course, you can do the Upper Mustang Trek by Jeep. If you do not want to trek then driving to Lho Manthang is an ideal option.

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