Upper Mustang trek

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Private and Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 10+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas
  • Visiting the Capital of Mustang "The Lo Manthang"
  • Human built caves in Grand Canyonlike landscapes
  • The stunning treeless and barren mountain landscapes
Upper Mustang trekking is getting more popular day by day because of the Annapurna Circuit trek losing some popularity caused by rampant road construction.

The Upper Mustang trek is the most culturally rich trekking region in Nepal and for travellers who would like to trek in a very remote area, and explore pristine Buddhist culture, which has remained more or less the same throughout the centuries.

The region houses several monasteries that are over a thousand years old, and also hundreds of ancient caves. The terrain is mostly Himalayan mountain desert, where local families get by with growing whatever they possibly can to feed themselves. Ancient Tibetan civilisation is the main attraction of the Mustang area. The Upper Mustang region is situated on the western Himalayan range, close to the Tibetan border. The high desert region of the Tibetan plateau between the Tibetan border to Kagbeni is usually referred to as "Upper Mustang".

Our Upper Mustang trek begins from Pokhara valley in the western part of Nepal. You will fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, which takes about 25 minutes. After we arrive in Jomsom, we start our upper Mustang trek through the holy bank of the Kaligandaki river and follow it upstream to get to Lo-Manthang, the capital of upper Mustang. On the Upper Mustang trek, you will get a chance to visit thousand-year-old monasteries, ancient caves, local tribes and an amazing landscape. From upper Mustang you can see panoramic views of the majestic himalayan mountains Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and a number of other peaks, adding a natural delight to your cultural feast.

The Home Ministry of Nepal opened the restricted Upper Mustang area for trekking in October only in 1991. However, Upper Mustang is still strictly managed, and you need to obtain a special permit from the department of immigration, which is meant to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect the environment. We will be staying in guesthouses for the night all along the way.

Note: This trek requires some effort. If you can manage up to 6 hours of walking per day, you can easily do this trek.
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  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Apr 21 2016
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Great Trek
“Its nice trek with amazing landscape. Yes, its expensive but worth it!! hope they would try to keep as it is.”
  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 2: Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 3: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele
  • Day 4: Trek from Chele to Syanbochen
  • Day 5: Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi
  • Day 6: Trek from Ghaymi to Charang
  • Day 7: Trek from Charang to Lo Mangthang
  • Day 8: Explore Lo Mangthang
  • Day 9: Trek from Lo Mangthang to Ghar Gompa
  • Day 10: Trek from Ghar Gompa to Ghiling
  • Day 11: Trek from Ghiling to Chele
  • Day 12: Trek from Chele to Jomsom
  • Day 13: Fly back to Pokhara & relax day in Pokhara
  • Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (884m)
  • Airport pickup and drop-off at Kathmandu international airport by Private Coach.
  • 2 night's accommodation with breakfast at Standard Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Three times food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee during the trek.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation during the trek on best available guesthouse.
  • An experience trekking Guide, trained by Ministry of tourism, including his flights, food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation etc
  • Return flight ticket between Pokhara/Jomsom
  • Return bus ticket between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Mustang special trekking permit (costs USD 500 per person)
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
  • Worst case, arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, if needed (paid by your Travel insurance).
  • All tourist service charge and vat.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • International airfare to Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events such as road wrecks, flight delays etc
  • Tips for guide and staffs
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • How does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

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