- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 14 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- 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
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.
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.
- 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.
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 much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.