Trekking through Upper Mustang is an incredible experience. Trudging through vast stretches of red hills and steep cliffs, you will be rewarded with not only breathtaking views but also an excellent glimpse into the life and culture in this landscape.
You will be greeted and cheered on by famous mountain peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and more. Not just that, but this trek also takes you to popular passes such as Taklam La, Darjori La, Yanda La, Ghami La, Nyi Pass, and more.
The trek itself will take about 12 days of walking. Additionally, we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then go to Jomsom via a flight. You will walk through by deep caves that sport shrines with a rich history and even visit Lo Manthang and see the palace of King Lo.
In the villages, you will see the day-to-day lives of people in remote areas and the Tibetan influence in their everyday culture. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will feel the fresh wind caressing your face every morning as you set out higher and higher into the trek.
The best season for this trek is during spring, autumn and Monsoon as well due to rain shadow areas. Despite this, rain is generally not a problem in these areas. The weather remains favorable through most of the year so you can navigate these terrains with a sunny outlook, and the snowy peaks at a distance.
With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can rest assured that our trained professionals will guide you in your trails. Whether it is history, culture, or architecture, our guides have packed their rucksacks with stories to ensure that you can truly understand the land you traverse. We also have porters and first aid kits handy so that we can ensure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and marvel at the beauty around you.
For a trip that combines a spiritual, aesthetic, and historical trekking experience in one, this trek is a perfect choice.
Why You’ll Love Upper Mustang Trek!
- You will see chortens, gompas, prayer flags, and monasteries, adding a spiritual feel throughout.
- You will trek to Lo Manthang and witness the rich history in the palace of King Lo.
- You will get to immerse yourself in the various scattered settlements and first-hand experience the Tibetan influence.
- Trudge along the vast deserted landscapes and appreciate deep cliffs and red, looming hills.
- Enjoying the Tiji festival with traditional music and cultural significance (19th – 21st May, 2020) Check with us for future festival dates.
- The entirety of this trip will include glimpses and views of peaks like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and much more.
- Weather is unlikely to ruin any part of this trip as the region lies in the rainshadow area of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Is Upper Mustang Trek Right For You?
- You will be walking for 5-7 hours per day for nearly two weeks. You might need some mental and physical preparation to tackle this.
- Although this is a moderate difficulty terrain, we recommend you maintain some degree of physical fitness prior to this trip.
- The lodges in the more remote areas, such as Lo Manthang, have the necessary amenities. You will have clean, cozy rooms and hygienic food, but you may need to bring any additional materials on your own.
- The elevation on this trek crosses 3500m as we will be crossing very high passes. So there is a risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
The Upper Mustang Trek requires three different types of permit, these are:
- USD 500 per person for 10 days and USD 50 for every additional day. (Applied to all travelers, including Indian).
- USD 27 or NPR 3000 for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit.
- Trekkers information Management System (TIMS) USD10 or NPR 1000 per person
- ACAP fee for travelers from SAARC Nations is NPR 1000 and TIMS NPR 200.
- ACAP fee for local tourists (Nepali) is NPR 100.
19 Days Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary
|Day||Itinerary||Altitude (m||Duration (hours)|
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu||1365||N/A|
|2||Free Day in Kathmandu||1365||N/A|
|3||Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)||910||5|
|4||Pokhara to Jomsom (Flight) and Jomsom to Kagbeni (Trek)||2857||3-4|
|5||Kagbeni To Chele (Trek)||3050||6|
|6||Chaile to Syangboche (Trek)||3800||6|
|7||Syangboche to Ghami (Trek)||3490||6|
|8||Ghami to Tsarang (Trek)||3730||4-5|
|9-10||Tsarang to Lo Manthang (Trek)||3840||5-6|
|11||Lo Manthang to Ghami (Trek)||3520||4-5|
|12||Ghami to Samar Village (Trek)||3806||5-6|
|13||Samar Village to Syangboche (Trek)||3860||4-5|
|14||Syangboche to Tetang (Trek)||2940||5-6|
|15||Tetang to Muktinath (Trek)||3760||3-4|
|16||Muktinath to Jomsom (Trek)||2743||1-2|
|17||omsom to Pokhara (Flight)||910||10 mins|
|18||Pokhara to Kathmandu (Flight)||1365||30-45 mins|
- You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this in Kathmandu itself.
- As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket so that you are comfortable even if it gets cold or rains.
- ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
- You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.