Upper Mustang Trek -14 Days

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Upper Mustang Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4200 M
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu

The Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most adventurous treks you could embark on in Nepal. It is a journey that represents the term "exotic," offering one of the most unique trekking experiences on the planet. A relatively lesser-known region of the country, the Upper Mustang is a perfect destination for off-the-beaten-path trekking in Nepal. 

Also known as the "Last Forbidden Kingdom" of Nepal, it is an ancient Tibetan-influenced region that has maintained its unique culture, traditions, and lifestyle for centuries. During the journey, you will get to explore the ancient monasteries and traditional villages, along with getting breathtaking views of landscapes ranging from deep gorges to stunning rock formations. 

The main highlight of the Upper Mustang Tour Package is the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the Mustang region. This historic city is home to the royal palace, monasteries, and complex architecture that presents the rich heritage of the region. 

The 14-day trek to Upper Mustang itinerary begins in Pokhara and heads to Jomson. Slowly making your way toward Lo-Manthang, you pass through several traditional villages along the route. As you gain altitude, you will start to notice the change in vegetation and landscapes, with barren yet spectacular settings replacing greenery and lush biomes. 

The trek offers cultural richness on dry terrains that are decorated with many historically significant heritages. Situated in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, the Upper Mustang Valley is the embodiment of rich culture and charming landscapes.

Join us for the best inclusive Upper Mustang Tour Package experience. Our professional team members and staff are always working towards providing our customers with the best trekking experience at all times, and our itinerary is assured to provide you with a time of a lifetime. 

Major highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek

  • Discover the hidden kingdom of Nepal, Lo Manthang.
  • Explore the diverse landscape of the Annapurna region.
  • Visit ancient monasteries, Gompas, and caves along the route. 
  • Experience authentic Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
  • Get majestic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and several other mountain ranges.
  • Explore several ethnic villages and settlements in the region. 

Exploring the Hidden Kingdom of Nepal: What awaits you on the Upper Mustang Trek?

The Upper Mustang Trek is an exceptional adventure that reveals the gems of a hidden kingdom in Nepal. As you embark on the Mustang journey, you will be welcomed by a unique cultural experience, unlike any other region. 

The region's Tibetan-influenced culture and architecture will make you feel as if you have traveled back in time. The ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and captivating traditions will leave you enchanted. 

Furthermore, the stunning landscapes of deep gorges, barren cliffs, and hills, with the backdrop of the panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, will take your breath away. 

Prepare to witness the natural and cultural side of Nepal like never before with our tour package.

Tiji festival 2024

The Tiji Festival is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. It is a three-day annual festival that presents the rich Tibetan Buddhist legacy and myth of the region. The festival is held during the spring season, usually in May. 

Tiji is derived from the word "ten che," which means "the hope of Buddha Dharma lasting in all worlds." The festival is centered around the myth, which tells the story of a god named Dorje Jono battling against his demon father to save the kingdom from destruction. 

During the Tiji Festival, the local people of the region are dressed in traditional attire and gather at the walled city of Lo Manthang. The main highlight of the festival is the colorful masked dances performed by monks. 

Witnessing the Tiji festival is a unique opportunity for you to see ancient Buddhist rituals and traditions that have been preserved for centuries. Attending this vibrant festival is not only a visual treat but also a spiritual and cultural journey that leaves a lasting impression.

How fit is the Upper Mustang Trekking Journey for you?

The Upper Mustang Trekking requires a moderate level of fitness and endurance. While it is not an extremely challenging journey, it still involves walking for several hours each day over diverse terrains. 

Physical fitness-wise, you need to be in good health condition with the ability to walk for several hours each day. If you are looking for a unique trekking experience in Nepal with a touch of remoteness to it, then there cannot be a better option than this for you. 

This 14 days trip perfectly fits adventure seekers looking for a medium-length trip in the Himalayas and looking forward to making memories of a lifetime. 

From sunrise to sunset: What a day looks like during the 14 Days Upper Mustang Trekking?

A typical day on the 14 Days of Upper Mustang Trekking is filled with adventure, cultural exploration, and breathtaking landscapes. Your day begins with a hearty breakfast in the serene environment as the first rays of sunlight illuminate the stunning mountains. 

After breakfast, you set off on the trail, beginning to walk through diverse terrain and traditional villages. Along the way, you'll encounter several ancient monasteries, prayer flags, and traditional villages. Lunch is enjoyed at a teahouse in one of the villages along the route. 

After lunch, you will continue your journey while witnessing the diverse landscapes, crossing bridges, and reaching the set destination of the day. The day's trekking ends in the late afternoon, and you can relax while enjoying the majestic views of the mountains. 

The Difficulty Level of the Upper Mustang Tour

The Upper Mustang Tour and Trek fall under the difficult grade trek that is also known as adventure trekking. This grade of trekking is comparatively harder than moderate-level trekking and involves walks at a high altitude. 

Trekkers must be physically fit and have some previous trekking or hiking experience for this level of trekking. As the duration of this grade of the trek is 14 days, it is most suitable for trekkers looking for a challenging and exciting trek in a remote part of Nepal.

During the trek, you will have to walk on a rugged trail involving several ascending and descending steps. It also includes a high-altitude walk, which brings the risk of altitude sickness, thus making the overall trek even more challenging. 

It is highly recommended to have a few hiking and trekking experiences before the trek for a more comfortable walk. You can also try doing physical exercise to increase your overall body stamina. 

Training and Preparation: How to Get Ready for the Trek to Upper Mustang in 2024 and 2025

Being physically fit and trained is essential for any journey in the Himalayas, especially for a physically straining journey like Mustang. It is vital to keep yourself fit with no health concerns to complete the trek without any problems. 

As the trip leads you to an altitude of over 4000 m, it involves walking on a rugged trail at a high altitude. You must have high stamina and the ability to walk for over 5 hours on average each day. 

Before embarking on the journey, make sure you are fit and healthy. You can train for the trek by attempting to hike or walk for a few hours a day. You can also try doing full-body strength workouts twice per week to improve your general body strength.

After physical fitness, make sure you have all the essential items, including appropriate clothing and gear, ready for the journey. 

Acclimatization and Safety Precautions during Upper Mustang Trek

The highest point you will reach during the trek is around 4200 m. This increases the chances of altitude sickness, and it is extremely important to take all the necessary precautions to avoid it and maintain safety. 

Our 14-day itinerary for the Mustang Trek is planned considering the safety factor, as you do not need to walk for more than 6 hours a day. We also have one rest day at Lo Manthang. As walking slowly at your own pace is the best thing to do for a safe trek in high altitude, the rest days during the trek can be adjusted according to your preference. 

We also encourage you to keep yourself hydrated constantly all along the trek and stay away from all the alcoholic drinks. Our team will make sure that your safety is the top priority during the trek. Thus, you can rest assured of having an adventure of a lifetime.

Upper Mustang Trekking Cost details you Need to Know for 2024 and 2025

The Upper Mustang Trek cost generally ranges from USD 1699 to USD 2199 on average for a 12- to 16-day journey. The cost can vary depending on several aspects, like the number of trekkers in a group, the quality of accommodation you prefer, the length of the trek, the itinerary, and the time of the trek.

The mentioned costs include transportation, trekking permits, food (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), a professional trek guide, a porter, and accommodations during the trek. 

It's important to note that these cost estimates are approximate and may vary depending on the factors mentioned and your personal preferences. 

Additionally, it is recommended to allocate some extra costs for emergencies and unforeseen expenses like extra food, drinks, and tips during the trek. It is most suitable if you have USD 10 for each day during the trek as an extra cost.

Group Trip Package (100% Fixed Departure)
We organize both group and private treks for the Upper Mustang. If you prefer to travel in a group, then we have several fixed departures that you can choose according to your time availability.

The cost can be lower for group trips as you will share the cost of a guide, porter, and several other services with other fellow trekkers. Also, we provide group discounts according to the number of trekkers. The cost of the trek decreases more if there are more trekkers in the group. 

Private Trip Package
For the private trip, if you prefer traveling in a small, private group with your family or friends, then we can arrange that for you. 

The cost of private trips is usually higher than for group trips and can increase depending on your choice of trail, the length of the trek, and several other factors. 

Do not hesitate to contact us directly if you want to arrange a private trip to Upper Mustang

Female Trip Package
If you are a female wanting to travel to Upper Mustang, we have got you covered. You can choose to travel in a group or have a guided trip with one more partner.

Ensuring the safety of our clients is our top priority, whether they are male or female travelers. We also have female trekking guide leaders with professional training and years of experience on our team.

No. of Pax

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2-2

USD 2199

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3-5

USD 1999

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6-7

USD 1899

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8-10

USD 1699

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The prices listed above apply to bookings made together or at the same time by a group. Solo travelers are welcome. Kindly Email us or WhatsApp us if you require any additional information about the prices, services, guides, and itinerary. We are available online 24/7 for your services. 

Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:820m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Dinner

You will be met by your guide early in the morning for the drive to Pokhara. The drive is long but very scenic and interesting; it gives you fleeting glimpses of the countryside life of Nepal. The road winds through the verdant hills and alongside rivers and terrace farms of rice and wheat.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a Pokhara hotel for your check-in. In the evening, you can also enjoy boating on the Phewa Lake and you might also wish to photograph Mount Machhapuchhre (6997m) and the Annapurna Range that can be seen from the city. Overnight at the hotel

  • Scenic drive to Pokhara.
  • Diverse landscapes and villages are on the way.
  • Boating on the Phewa Lake.

The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is long but very smooth and enjoyable. You can enjoy the scenic views of hills, rivers, and small settlements on the way during the drive.

  • Max Altitude:2810m
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Early in the morning, we will fly over the snow-covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges to Jomsom. At Jomsom, we will start our Upper Mustang Trek to Kagbeni. This is the main gate to the Upper Mustang, situated at an altitude of 2,800 meters.

The village of Kagbeni dates from around the 14th century when it was a check post for traders from Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse at Kagbeni.

  • Scenic flight to Jomsom.
  • View of snow-peaked mountains during the flight.

It is a day filled with exciting elements from the scenic flight to Jomsom to entering Kagbeni which is the gate to the Upper Mustang region.

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

The trail takes us to the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Traversing along several ridges, we will reach Tangbe village. Beyond Tangbe, we will reach the Chhusang village after about one and a half hours of walking. We continue ahead and leave the Kali Gandaki valley to climb steeply up a rocky gully towards Chele. Overnight at a guesthouse at Chele.

  • Traverse through small villages.
  • Max Altitude:3570m
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Ascending along the treeless, waterless terrain, we will trek along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to pass a rock cairn at 3540 meters. The trail then makes a long gradual descent to Samar village.

The trail continues through another valley field, crosses a stream, and climbs up to a ridge. The route traverses through another pass, follows a ridge, and descends to Syangmochen. From here, we will gently climb to a pass and descend into Gelling Village. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • The trail through a diverse topography.
  • Traditional villages are on the way.

As you move to a higher altitude, you can notice the change in the landscape and the walk may get a little more challenging. But make sure to take it slow and enjoy the serene trail.

  • Max Altitude:3560m
  • Time:4 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Leaving the beautiful barley fields in Gelling, we begin our trek to Charang. The trek follows ascents and descents as we make our way through the beautiful barren hills. We reach Ghemi region which boasts incredible Buddhist influence.

Passing the longest Mani wall in Mustang, we reach Charang. We can also see blue sheep along the way if we are fortunate enough. Overnight at a guesthouse at Charang.

  • The longest Mani wall on the way.
  • Max Altitude:3810m
  • Time:3 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

We begin the trek with short ascends to reach Lo-Gekar. Following a short walk, we reach Ghar Gumba and explore the area. After the short side-trip, we trek to Lo-Mangthang after passing through the Chogo La pass (4280m). Lo-Manthang was the capital of the ancient kingdom and the trade hub between Nepali and Tibetan traders. Overnight at a guesthouse at Lo-Manthang.

  •  Ancient Gompas and monasteries on the way.
  • The ancient Kingdom, Lo Manthang.

Finally, today you'll make your way to the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang. On the way, you can notice several ancient Gompas and monasteries.

  • Max Altitude:3810m
  • Time:4-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Today, we fully explore Lo-Manthang and get insights into the culture, heritage, and history of the area. We hike to Namgyal Gompa which is a monastery and also serves as a local court. This monastery is embellished with great architecture and Buddhist background.

We hike further to Thinggar where we get views of the Annapurna range and Nilgiri (7061m). after enjoying the gorgeous view, we return to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at a guesthouse at Lo Manthang.  

  • History and culture of the area.
  • Panoramic view of several ranges of mountains.
  • Ancient monasteries and Gompas.

It is an acclimatization or exploration day at Lo Manthang. You can explore several treasures of this ancient kingdom today.

  • Max Altitude:4280m/3820m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

We ascend on today’s trek to a ridge and then climb to Chogo La pass (4280m). We retrace our steps back to Lo-Geker and arrive at Ghar Gompa. We will then climb the ridge, cross a valley. We cross the Gyung Khola and the trail then drops down a steep eroded path to Dhakmar. Overnight at a guesthouse at Dhakmar.

  • Things to look out for:
  • Climb Chogo La Pass.

The walk today can get a little long and strenuous as you'll be crossing a pass above 4000m.

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

The trail now descends, passing the stone walls and fields of Dhakmar before climbing to a ridge. It further descends to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite, dropping again to Chhung-Kah. From here, we will continue to Tama Gaon and down to Syangmochen. Overnight at Syangmochen.

  • Continuous downhill walk. 
  • Max Altitude:2980m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Our long hike now follows a stream down to Chhusang. We begin the trek with a walk to Ghami and continue to descend as we occasionally get views of Annapurna I (8091m) and Nilgiri (7061m).

Following the trail through Syanboche and past numerous passes, we reach Chhusang. The green barley and potato farms contrast quite amazingly with the colorful arid cliffs that tower the village. Overnight at Chhusang.

  • Spectacular views of mountains along the trail. 
  • Traditional villages are on the way. 
  • Max Altitude:3760m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Leaving Chhusang, we follow Nari Khola for a while and continue the walk along Dhingklo Khola. After walking on the path for some time, we reach Gyu La pass (4077m).

The pass also offers a terrific panoramic view of the Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Tukuche Himalayan ranges. Descending along the path leading to Muktinath, we slowly notice thickening human settlements. Overnight at a guesthouse at Muktinath.

  • Panoramic ranges of mountains.
  • Crossing Gyu La pass. 
  • Max Altitude:2720m
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Our trip begins with a visit to a Hindu pilgrimage site, the Muktinath temple. The temple is also renowned to be a revered Buddhist religious site.

The temple f Muktinath has its unique origin story which can be learned on the visit there. After a quick visit, we descend to reach Jomsom. We can rest or explore the areas around the area on the final day of our trek in the Mustang region. Overnight at Jomsom.

  • Morning visit to Muktinath temple.
  • Exploration around Jomsom.

Today, you'll have a morning visit to the sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath temple. It is believed that the place provides humans with salvation for all their past sins. 

  • Max Altitude:820m
  • Time:25 minutes
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Early in the morning, we will take the return flight to Pokhara. Upon your arrival at Pokhara, you can spend exploring this picturesque lakeside city. There are many tourist attractions in the city that you can visit, like the Davis Fall, the Mahendra Cave, and the World Peace Pagoda. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Scenic flight to Pokhara.
  • Stroll around Pokhara city.

After you arrive in Pokhara, you'll get to explore the city as there are many attractions to look forward to. If you feel tired and want to spend the day resting then, you can do so as well.

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast And Dinner

We will say goodbye to the Annapurna Mountains and have a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. The drive back to Kathmandu will be joyous as the rural setting slowly changes into an urban atmosphere. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can relax or explore the local marketplaces and shop for souvenirs.

  • Drive to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell, dinner in Kathmandu.

After your arrival in Kathmandu, you'll have a farewell dinner with our team as it is your last day in Nepal.

Route Map

Upper Mustang Trek -14 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • The best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Air fair for Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide during the trip
  • Porter to carry your baggage (1 Porter = 2 Trekkers)
  • All costs of staff, which include food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicines,
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus and other places Private transports
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map, Himalayan Recreation's T-shirt, and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Annapurna Permit fee and TIMS Fee, including Upper Mustang Special Permit (500 USD)
  • First-aid medicine Kit
  • Farewell dinner with a cultural show in a fine restaurant on the last day.
  • Government taxes and office service charges
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section

Dates & Prices

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Starts:Tuesday Jun 25, 2024
Ends:Monday Jul 08, 2024
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Know Before You Go

Best Time And Seasons to Trek Upper Mustang

Weather plays a vital role in determining how your trek will unfold, as it is very crucial to choose the right season for your trek to any destination. 
It is possible to trek Upper Mustang throughout the year, as there are different perks to the distinct beauty of trekking in different seasons. Spring and autumn are the two seasons considered best, as these seasons offer a lot to visitors. 

Spring (March to May): 
The spring season is an ideal time to trek Upper Mustang. During this season, the weather is delightful, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. 

The landscape comes alive with blooming rhododendron flowers, and the views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. It is a great time to enjoy the diverse range of landscapes and cultural attractions that the place has to offer.

Autumn (September to November): 
Autumn is another popular season for Upper Mustang trekking. The weather is clear, and the temperatures are moderate, making it comfortable for trekking. 

The skies are usually blue, providing stunning views of the mountains and the surrounding landscapes. Autumn is also the time for various cultural festivals in the region, adding an extra charm to the trekking experience.

Summer/Monsoon (June to August): 
Trekking in Upper Mustang during the summer or monsoon season can be challenging due to the possibility of rain and occasional landslides. 

However, as this region lies in the rain shadow region, it receives significantly less rainfall compared to other parts of Nepal. If you are well-prepared and don't mind occasional showers, trekking during this season can offer a unique experience with lush green landscapes and fewer crowds.

Winter (December to February): 
Winter brings colder temperatures and snowfall to Upper Mustang. Trekking during the winter needs careful planning and appropriate gear to tackle the cold weather. 

However, the region is relatively dry during the winter, and the views of snow-covered landscapes can be stunning. It is also a less crowded time, allowing you to enjoy a more serene and peaceful trekking experience.

The Food you will have During the Upper Mustang Tour Package

The Upper Mustang region is one of the secluded regions of Nepal, which is also listed as a restricted region. Thus, the food during the Mustang Trek is very simple, without many options. 

The menu generally includes traditional village foods that consist of traditional bread, eggs, potatoes, and soup for breakfast, while lunch and dinner items include Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and veggies), fried rice, noodles, etc., depending on the lodge and destination. Given the remoteness of the region, it is the best you can get. 

However, during the first few days of the trek, you can also enjoy Western dishes like pizza, pasta, burgers, and sandwiches. Drinks and beverages like coffee and tea are easily available at the lower altitude of the trek. For extra food, you can carry your own snacks. 

Drinking water facilities during the Trekking

You can easily get access to tap water along the trail during the Upper Mustang Trekking. However, keep in mind that tap water is not considered safe for direct consumption. Thus, you can go for another option, which is mineral water, which is available in lodges and guesthouses. 
As plastics are harmful to the environment, we highly suggest you bring a water filter bottle or filter tablets that can be used for safe drinking water consumption during the trip. 
By using a sustainable way of drinking water, you not only ensure your safety but also contribute to preserving the local environment. 

Accommodation Facilities During Upper Mustang Trekking

For the accommodation facilities during the 14 days Upper Mustang Trekking journey, you will have accommodation in basic teahouses and lodges. You may be able to enjoy the hotel rooms with in-room showers, western-style flush toilets, a free WIFI connection, and in-room plugs to charge your stuff in the beginning days of the trip. 

But as you ascend to a higher elevation, electricity is scarce, and there won't be the availability of WiFi connections and hot water showers. The rooms in higher elevations come with general facilities like warm beds and sheets, and without attached bathrooms. 

In the high elevation, charging your electronic devices, a hot water shower, and a wifi connection can cost you extra. Overall, the accommodation facility is simple and comfortable all along the trail. 

Permits required to embark on the Upper Mustang Trekking

Unlike other trekking regions of Nepal, there are a few that are restricted from trekking independently and require a special permit to enter. Upper Mustang falls within the restricted region of Nepal. There are a total of two permits you need to issue for this trip, which is listed below:

  • Restricted Area Permit : The restricted area permit for the Upper Mustang Trek costs USD 500 per person for 10 days. After 10 days, an additional cost of USD 50 per day is charged. 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP): The cost for an ACAP permit is USD 30 per person. And there is no change in cost with a change in the number of days.

Upper Mustang Trek Equipment and Packing Checklist

Here we have prepared a list of all the necessary trekking gear and equipment for the journey. Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment and gear. 

Also, don’t forget that it is very important to purchase good-quality and reliable clothes and footwear, as you will be facing very cold conditions on the trek. Below is the packing list for the Upper Mustang Trek.

  • Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 
  • General Trekking Gear -Trekking trousers and shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket and trousers -Underwear 
  • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 
  • Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 
  • Bag & Backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 
  • Sleeping Gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 
  • Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 
  • Important Accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 
  • Extra Accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 
  • Medications & Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand Sanitizer

Professional Guide/Porter for Upper Mustang Trek Journey: Himalayan Recreation

As one of the most challenging treks in the Annapurna region, it is extremely important to have a good guide for the Upper Mustang trek. You will be guided by our experienced and skilled guides all along the journey during the Mustang trip.

 All our guides are professionally trained, have years of experience in guiding, and are very familiar with the trail, culture, and area of the Annapurna region. 

While trekking with our professional guides, you will have the opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge about several factors, like the local culture, history, and lifestyle of the region. They are highly skilled and have a wide range of knowledge, from mountaineering and trekking to the culture and traditions of Nepal. 

Upper Mustang is well known for preserving its unique culture and lifestyle from modern society to this day. Thus, you will have a lot to explore in terms of cultural diversity. 

For a porter, it is your choice to have one or not. We advise our clients to hire a porter, as it makes the trek a lot easier. Keeping your safety and enjoyment as the top priorities, you will be guided all along the trail to provide you with an experience of a lifetime. 

Tipping culture during treks in Nepal

Tipping is a normal culture in Nepal while trekking. It is a common practice to show appreciation to the guides, porters, and support staff. 
It is not mandatory, but it is the customary way to acknowledge their hard work and dedication. The amount of tipping totally depends on you, depending on the service and facilities you received during the trek.

Transportation Facilities for Your Upper Mustang Tour Package

The itinerary begins in Pokhara, which is the starting and ending point of the longest trek in the Annapurna region. For transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back, you can choose the mode of transportation. 

There is a flight available every day from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and there is also a bus available. You can also choose to move in a private vehicle. From Pokhara, you will have a short flight to Jomsom. You will begin your walking journey from Jomsom. Overall, the transportation facility during the Upper Mustang trek is very comfortable and easy. 

Travel Insurance for the Upper Mustang

  • Travel insurance is one of the essential elements when embarking on any trip in the Himalayas. Especially for a challenging trip like the Upper Mustang, which involves certain risks and uncertainties, having travel insurance is a must and highly suggested for the Mustang trek. 
  • During the booking process, all the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate, which should cover all medical and emergency repatriation. 

Useful information and some tips for the Upper Mustang Trekking adventure

  • You should choose to trek during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally favorable and the skies are clear.
  • Carry sufficient cash as there are limited ATMs in the region. Make sure to bring Nepali rupees.
  • Pack proper trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a good-quality sleeping bag, a backpack, and trekking poles.
  • Stay hydrated all along the trail by carrying a reusable water bottle or water purification tablets. 
  • Respect the local culture and traditions, as Upper Mustang is deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is suggested that you be mindful of local customs and practices.
  • Ascend gradually at your own pace and allow your body to adjust to the elevation. It's critical to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. 
  • Remember to take breaks in between, listen to your body, and enjoy the journey. 
  • It is advisable to engage in some pre-trek fitness preparation to build endurance and stamina. 
  • Keep yourself updated on weather conditions and any changes in trekking regulations. 
  • Purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu before starting the trek if you want to have occasional communication, as the connection is not guaranteed on the trail.
  • Do not forget to carry a portable power bank to keep your electronic devices charged.
  • Leave no plastics or other trash on the hiking trail. Be mindful of your actions and follow guidelines for responsible trekking, such as carrying your trash back and avoiding single-use plastics.
  • Research the trail, weather, and local culture before you embark on the journey. 

Alternative for the Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang Trek Package is a long and strenuous journey that might not be ideal for all trekkers as it requires a long time and previous trekking experience. 

For the trekkers looking for an easy trail as an alternative to this journey, there are several other trekking trails in the Annapurna region that you can go for. The Poonhill trek is one of the shortest and easiest treks in the Annapurna region. You can also combine other treks with the Poonhill Trail for a unique experience. 

You can go for the Annapurna Circuit trek, which is one of the classic trails for a tough trekking experience. If you want a less challenging trail, then you can go for the Annapurna base camp trek, the Ghandruk trek, and the Khopra Danda trek. 

Furthermore, all the itineraries for Himalayan Recreation can be customized according to your time and preferences, which offers you more range to choose from. 

Last-minute Mustang Trek booking with Himalayan Recreation

  • It is best to book your Mustang Trek in advance for an easy and hassle-free process. Especially if you plan to trek during the peak season, booking in advance is the best way to avoid hassle and inconvenience on a long trip like this one. However, if you are unable to book in advance due to any reason, we, Himalayan Recreation, offer last-minute booking as well. 
  • In the case of a last-minute booking, you must provide us with the 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trek departs. Also, keep in mind that for last-minute bookings, there might be certain circumstances out of our control. 

Responsible travel with Himalayan Recreation 

Sustainable travel will be a priority for Himalayan Recreation in 2024–2025. When we travel, we believe in a set of values that include protecting the environment, honoring the customs of the area, and promoting social progress. 
You may expect an environmentally friendly journey if you choose us to help you reach Upper Mustang. Along the way, we also encourage you to actively engage in responsible tourism by engaging in community-building activities, purchasing trinkets from locals, and leaving nothing but your footprint.  
While guiding you through breathtaking scenery, our knowledgeable tour guides will share some local knowledge with you. Travel sustainably and ethically with us as we enjoy the splendor of the Himalayas.

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