Upper Mustang trek

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4.5 Based on 9 Reviews
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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • max group size 35
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • Walled City Lo Manthang
  • Centuries old monasteries in Tsarang, Lomanthang and Ghar Gompa
  • Jhong Cave
Hidden behind the Himalayan giants Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is a small area that lies in the southern border of the Tibetan highland and is a restricted area that requires a special trekking permit through a registered trekking company. The Mustang trekking trail consists of treeless deserted scenery, vertical rocky paths up and down the hill and beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tukuche peak, Mustang Himal, Tilicho peak, Arniko Chuli and many other splendid peaks.

The route to Mustang demands traveling transversely through arid landscape with barren edges, deep gorges, moraine valleys and eroded rock faces. The trail features barley fields and grazing lands where sheep are seen grazing, and horses walk by carrying heaps. The views of the desolate Kali Gandaki valley, almost infinite spaces surrounding Kagbeni, sharp ridges and elevated mountains sum up to an amazing experience for adventure lovers.

Trekking in Mustang is really one of the most gratifying experiences you can get. Also, you will get a firsthand glimpse into the ancient Buddhist culture in the area that has been untouched by modernization for centuries. The Mustang trek as designed by Unique Adventure International can be also referred as the “Rhododendron trek” because it takes you to different varieties of rhododendron forests and looks absolutely enchanting during the spring season because of blooming rhododendrons. Moreover, you will come across the Thorang La pass (5417 m) where you will enjoy some stunning high Himalayan scenery over the Kali Gandaki valley, with the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal overlooking your trek from the west.

We begin our biking tour from Besisahar in the lush central hills, riding our way through the beautiful path until we enter Yak Kharka (4000 m). From here, the track is vertical up to the base camp of Chulu East. Then we follow the route climbing to the summit of Chulu Far East which is pebbly, icy and very much vertical. From the top of Chulu Far East we will get some spectacular close-up views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Chulu West, Pisang Peak, and the north part of Himlung Valley. After mountaineering, we move towards Manang and on the next morning, we take a bike ride to Thorong La Pass (5416 m) and continue riding along the way to a holy Hindu temple – Muktinath. Finally, we reach Jomsom from where we can fly back to Pokhara.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 9 reviews
  • Charlotte Peene
  • From Belgium
  • On Aug 25 2019
4 - Very Good
Upper Mustang Adventures
“Good day travellers, very happy with the organisation. Everything went very smoothly, even though we started changing the planning during the trip. All was accommodated with a smile. Having a guide that knows the region is an absolute must. We stayed a bit on our hunger for that, but judging from the other teams around us, it will be hard to find someone who really understands the local culture. Best to buy a map, read as much as you can before hand, so you can wave in the information given. Very good trip”
  • Robert Scholes
  • From South Africa
  • On Aug 04 2019
5 - Excellent
Trekking upper Mustang with Dev as guide
“This is a classic 10 to 14 day trek, and one of the few options in Nepal at the height of the monsoon season, since it traverses a high altitude desert landscape in the rain shadow of Annapurna. It takes you into the formerly closed Kingdom of Lo, and it's medieval mud-walled capital, Lo-mantang. The landscape is at a vast scale, sparsely populated, and with few tourists, partly because it is strenuous to get there, and partly because the $500 permit fee keeps many out. That is all likely to change in the next few years, as a major road is being built from India to Tibet, through the valley. This is a marvel of twisting, precarious engineering, but rather spoils at least one day of the trek, when the foot trail completely disappears. The unique Tibetan culture of upper Mustang is also likely to be diluted as a result of the influx of goods and people, but for now it is still an amazing place.”
  • Anonymous
  • From Other
  • On Aug 28 2018
5 - Excellent
Wonderful Group Trek
“The Unique Adventures guides and porters made the trip possible and amazing. They became friends almost immediately. The trip provides almost everything for you, which makes it easy to focus on the scenery and fellow trekkers. I went during the summer and experienced little rain, however there were also no mountain views. The trek is mostly along jeep roads which is something to be aware of. The towns and monasteries are the highlights of the trek. You experience so much of the Nepal/Tibetan culture. Tea houses were cozy and had surprisingly many amenities (hot showers, clean water, comfy mattresses). All in all was a great experience!”
  • Lise Kronborg
  • From Denmark
  • On Aug 24 2018
4 - Very Good
Don't miss out on this area
“We did a 3 prs trek in april-may 2018 from Jomsom to Lo Mantang and back. Wonderful area to experience after 4 previous treks in the more eastern part of Nepal and high altitude landscapes. This area is totally different to the landscape of Annapurna, Everest and Langtang and it was a great experience to broaden the perspectives and knowledge about Nepal by visiting this area. Roads are much less travled by tourists here in the upper part. However, the road construction has a major impact on the experience as a trekker. Can only recommend to ask your trekking company to find alternatives to the road where ever possible as the road is very dull and dusty to walk and also busy with heavy trucks morning and afternoon.
The larger expenses charged for visiting this area is well worth it. Tea-houses are good and lees busy than other areas and the culture has a different history than other valleys. Beautiful combination of apple fields, willow trees, corn and crops in well-kept farming and the last of horse caravan history in the area still around.
Don't miss out on this gem!”
  • Day 1: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 2: Fly / drive to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 3: Trek to Chele
  • Day 4: Trek to Geling
  • Day 5: Trek to Tsarang (Charang)
  • Day 6: Trek to Lo-Manthang
  • Day 7: Sightseeing in Lo - Manthang
  • Day 8: At Lo - Manthang, explore surrounding
  • Day 9: Trek to Dhakmar
  • Day 10: Trek to Syangmoche
  • Day 11: Trek to Chhusang
  • Day 12: Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 13: Fly / drive to Pokhara
  • Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu and Pokhara (International and domestic both).
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking period.
  • All necessary permits (Annapurna Conservation Area and Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang).
  • 1 professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide.
  • Well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 5+ persons.
  • Flight from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara inclusive with airport tax. If in case the flight is not possible due to bad weather or overbooked alternative transportation by jeep will be arranged.
  • All necessary ground transportation: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher elevation.
  • Unique Adventure sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organisational requirements.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Hotel in KTM/Night
  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed while trekking).
  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Bar and beverage bills, tea / coffee / drinking water. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet, battery charger, hot shower etc
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.
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Other Practical InformationRecommended Gear Lists: 01.) Good wind/rain jacket 02.) Warm fleece jacket or jersey 03.) Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots 04.) Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu) 05.) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband. 06.) Fleece jacket or pullover 07.) Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 08.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 09) Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 10.) Lightweight gloves 11.) Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 12.) Sun hat or scarf 13) Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 14.) Sunglasses with UV protection 15.) T-shirts 16.) Underwear 17.) Hiking shorts 18.) Lightweight cotton long pants 19.) Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 20.) Fleece or wool pants 21.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 22.) Thin, lightweight inner socks 23.) Thick, warm wool hiking socks 24.) Hiking boots with spare laces 25.) Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Other necessary equipment: 1.) Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 2.) Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 3.) Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter) 4.) Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 5.) Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 6.) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended) 7.) Toiletries 8.) Small wash towel COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • An average group size of maximum 8 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travelers safe.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • 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 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.


  • 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.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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