Upper Mustang Trekking

18 Days

Trip Facts

  • Tourist Bus-Jeep-Car
  • 2 to 8
  • 3840 meter/12595 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge-Homestay
  • Less Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathamndu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Restricted Region Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 5
  • 78
One of the trekking destinations behind the Himalaya of Nepal, Upper Mustang Trek is trekking to the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Mustang is a famous hidden kingdom behind the Himalaya, in the land of the federal republic of Nepal.

The people, their lifestyle, culture, tradition, cave on the trail and the surrounding nature gives, trekker plenty to see in their trekking to Upper Mustang. Daily life of people living there is simple, unique and interesting for trekkers; herd of cattle coming back home in the afternoon, yaks grazing In the field, horses and mules carrying supplies up and down the trails.

Upper mustang Trekking
Picture: View of chhorten and landscapes

This part of Nepal is geologically located in the Tibetan Plato, a completely deserted area within Nepal Himalaya – resembles Tibetan Landscape.

Difference in between Upper Mustang Trek vs. Upper Dolpo trek

  1. Physical Requirements/ Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

Upper Mustang trekking is similar to Upper dolpo trek in many ways. Landscape, people, culture and tradition of people from Upper Dolpo and Upper mustang are similar. In the history – during 6th to 8th century, Upper Dolpo used to be a part of kingdom of Lho. Kingdom of Lho used to have its palace at Lo Manthang village and Upper Dolpo was once captured by King of Lho. This historical proof alone is enough to prove, why upper mustang and upper dolpo are similar?

Apart from similarity in between these 2 rain shadow zone of Nepal Himalaya, there are differences in between Upper Mustang trek and Upper Dolpo trekking. Firstly Upper dolpo trekking has high passes and it is physically demanding trekking Nepal, whereas Upper mustang is an easy flat trekking in Nepal.

Altitude of Upper Mustang trek do not rise and fall quickly but it has a constant increase on ascend and similar in descend. In case of Upper Dolpo trek there are two high passes in route. Trekking to Upper dolpo need high pass trek over Saldang La pass (4,785m) and Jeng La pass (4,369m) whereas; highest altitude on trekking to upper mustang is 3840m.

One of the major differences in between these two famous trekking destination; Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo is trekking accommodation. Upper Mustang trek is a tea house trekking whereas Upper Dolpo trekking is mixed with Camping trek and home stays. Another major difference is the development of road and use of jeep in need.

Upper Mustang has wide road for Jeep and if trekkers need to be rescued then it is not an issue, however the trekking trail has alternative route. In contrast Upper Dolpo trek is a remote trekking with no road facility.

As the trek to Upper mustang already start from 2600 meters and do not rise above 3840m above the sea level, clearly states its level of difficulty. In a day, trekkers trekking to upper mustang need to walk 5 to 7 hours in average, which means trekking is normally flat terrain thus is not challenging but outstandingly beautiful.

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  1. Beauty of Upper Mustang Trek

In comparison to the rest of the trekking destinations in Nepal, Upper mustang is completely different trekking from many prospective. Geographically, Upper Mustang lies near to Tibet and it is a part of the Tibetan plate, thus the mountains of this region are similar to Tibetan dry mountains.

Unlike to trail of Everest base camp, Annapurna Base camp and Langtang valley; Upper mustang has no jungle. But the dry landscape with brown mountains looks awesome.

But still, Upper mustang trekking also serves the beauty of snow-capped mountains to the far end. Trekkers can see Mt Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri mountain range, Annapurna mountain range as well. This combined view of dry landscape with White Mountain is admiring view. Upper mustang trek is not comparable with beautiful trail of Everest or famous Annauprna base camp trek.

Landscape is different and the people we see in route to upper mustang are different. Sherpa’s of Everest are also Tibetans in the far history, but people from Upper Mustang have very young history to prove themselves in relation to their Tibetan ancestors. Also because of the isolated geological boundary, Upper mustang is still untouched and culture and tradition of the region is still preserved to its purity.

Below is a suggested itinerary for Upper Mustang Trek, it can be customized as per your wishes.

Please note! Upper Mustang is a restricted region; therefore, we need your original passport, to arrange for a special permit – prior to your Upper Mustang trip. Saying that, 2nd day in Kathmandu or early arrival on the 1st day is mandatory for upper Mustang Trek. For more Information, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Outline itinerary for Upper Mustang Trek 18 Days

  • Day 1 – Arrival
  • Day 2 – Special Permit Preparation day
  • Day 3 – Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 4 – Drive to Jomsom
  • Day 5 – Trek to Kagbeni; 5 hours
  • Day 6 – Kagbeni to Chele (3100m); 5 hours
  • Day 7 – Chele to Syangbochen (3780m); 6 hours
  • Day 8- Syangbochen to Ghami (3520m); 7 hours
  • Day 9 – Ghami to Charang (3560m); 6 hours
  • Day 10 – Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m), Lo was a state of Tibet centuries ago.
  • Day 11 – Rest, sightseeing day at Lo Manthang, visit different Monasteries.
  • Day 12 – Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3820m); 7 hours
  • Day 13 – Dhakmar to Syangbochen(3780m); 6 hours
  • Day 14 – Syangbochen to Chhusang (2980m); 7 hours
  • Day 15 – Chhusang to Jomsom(2743m); 6 hours
  • Day 16 – Drive Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 17 – Drive to Kathmandu by Tourist bus.
  • Day 18 – Departure

Download Detailed itinerary Upper Mustang Trek 18 Dayspaf itinerary for trevelers to Nepal

Cost of Upper mustang Trekking– Nepalgram Adventure

S.No.Luxury All InclService
1Cost (in USD $) Details265016301190
2Licensed Guide 
3Accommodation during trekStandardPrivateShared
4Transportation to trek start pointPrivateSharedShared
5Shower
6Airport/bus terminal Shuttle servicePrivatePrivate×
7Hotel at KTM/Pokhara5 StarStandard×
8Food on trek(BLD)Unlimited Meal3 Meal×
9DesertFrom MenuFresh Fruit×
10Soft drinkunlimited1×
11PorterPrivateShared×
12Company Cap & T-shirt×
13Dawn Jacket & Sleeping – bag to be returned×
14Hard drinkLocal Brand××
15Warm up hike √××
16Farewell party/dinner √××
17Buffer day for trek √××
18Food in the city×××

Note – Minimum people in group must be 02 so as to apply above price range.

Overview

Are you looking for trek in Monsoon? Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow zone. Thus it does not rain when it is raining in the other part of Nepal. Restricted region of Nepal trekking trail, Upper Mustang is also famous as hidden kingdom of Nepal.

Close to Tibet, cultural and traditional bond with Tibetans, King of the region recognized by Nepal government, brown hills as well as the white mountains are major attractions of the trek. Are you wondering for your vacation in June/July? You got the right trek for Nepal.

If you want to explore the lifestyle of people living in the upper Mustang region of Nepal, and if you are interested in the culture, different side of Nepalese nature and outstanding scenery rather than just the tall mountains of Nepal, Upper Mustang is the perfect destination for you.

Solo trek

This is a restricted trekking trail in Nepal. To trek to the region, you must have to be 2 people at least, and then only the government of Nepal issue special trekking permits for Upper Mustang. As a restricted trekking destination, you must have to hire a trekking guide for this trekking.

Thus, solo trekking to upper mustang is not recommended and possible. However, some people pay for 2 special trekking permit and do solo trek to Upper Mustang. For your information, Special permit to Upper mustang is expensive – but if money is not an issue, there are benefits of solo trekking to Upper Mustang.

With your guide, in this expensive trip to Nepal, you will have opportunity to visit as many monasteries as you want, visit more than hundreds of cave as per your choice, stay in the local village with exclusively welcoming people and trek off the beat or twist the destination as per interest.

Relationship between Tibet and Upper Mustang

As famous Dalai Lama said, Mustang is one of the good reflectors of Tibetan culture and landscape, in Nepal – we completely agree with this statement. Visiting Tibet may be challenging and expensive, but Upper Mustang Trekking offers an easier opportunity to experience similar landscape.

Local people and culture and their welcoming hospitality inside their own kitchen area with dry mountain views from their windows – makes every trekker happy. Getting towards Korola border (border with China) during the sightseeing tour around Lo Manthang, visiting Choser cave and multiple forts in the area will give you a real taste of Tibetan paradise, in Upper Mustang.

History of Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830’s, and thus it has a lot of interesting history and antique cultural traditions preserved by then. Today you can also pay a visit to the four storied building at Lo Manthang where the king used to live.

Until very recent, King of Lomanthang used to be recognized by government of Nepal. The prince, however, is in hotel business at present and King is no more alive. Walking around the kings palace and the whole village will be an awesome experience during Lo Manthang village tour.

The King of Lho

The king of today does not have the power to rule the people anymore, but his people still love and respect him. Apart from the king and his palace, trekkers doing the can visit many monasteries and Gomba along the trail; for instance Gomba Thungsen that was built on the 15th century B.C., and Ghar Gompa that was built in the 7th century B.C. are iconic among many of the Monastery in Upper Mustang.

Ghar Gomba is regarded as one of the oldest in the region and is believed to be built for successful construction of Potola palace in Tibet.

As told in this statement “Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture unspoiled, authentic and alive. Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Upper Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet, are preserving culture of Tibet inside Nepal.” by (The Dalai Lama).

The quote alone gives enough reason to go to Upper mustang trek to experience the secret Himalaya region of Nepal.

By the side of Kaligandaki river where we can still find fossils of ocean creature, the dry valley of Mutang is in Himalayan ran shadow zone. That is why this restricted trail of Upper Mustang is regarded as the best recommended trekking for Monsoon, in Nepal.

Best time for Upper Mustang Trek

This is a famous trekking as Monsoon season trek in rain shadow zone of Nepal. With that being said, best time for trekking to Upper Mustang is none other than rainy season of Nepal. Rainy season of Nepal starts from the end of May and last almost till the beginning of august.

As Upper mustang is by the Kaligandaki River but behind the hills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiir Mountian range, this is rain shadow zone in Nepal Himalaya. People travel to Upper mustang almost all over the year except in the winters. Winter in upper mustang is not recommended for trekking.

Few reasons to justify; why upper mustang trek is recommended in the rainy season? Firstly, In the monsoon, people in upper mustang will be working in their field, they have family functions, community functions and festivals; because of all this happenings in upper mustang, it is better to travel this destination in the rainy season.

Secondly, in the rainy season trekking to Langtang, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna & other trails of Nepal is not recommended; because of leech, cloudy sky and majorly the wet trekking trail with rain landslides or flooding. At the same time Upper mustang being famous as a dry part of Nepal Himalaya will be nice and dry.

For travelers from all around the world, who has time off in the month of May to August and looking for a trekking in Nepal Himalaya – trek to upper mustang in its best season; when the villages along the trekking route will be happening and rain shadow zone will serve your trekking with a best experience.

Trek Altitude

Trekking is in between 2600 meters to 3840 meters above the sea level. This 1240 meter altitude does not fluctuate in high scale. Trekking trail of Upper Mustang is gentle and flat. Uphill and downhill are rare and trekking trail does not go higher than 3800 meters altitude. Neither high passes are involved in Upper mustang trail – nor the trails has straight uphill trekking, Upper Mustang is low altitude trek for easy going trekkers

The last and famous village of Upper Mustang trek is Lho Manthang and it is situated at 3800 meters above the sea level. In this altitude, trekkers need to spend 2 nights for rest and exploring different forts, Monastery, villages and caves. Highest altitude of Upper Mustang read as 3800 meters above the sea level proves Upper Mustang trek as fairly low altitude trek for the outstanding view in rain shadow zone of Nepal Himalaya.

Trek in December

Trekking in Upper Mustang is nearly impossible. Upper Mustang trekking in December is a big No. As a rain shadow zone of Nepal Himalaya trekking trail has no vegetation at all, it is a dry mountain & landscape is deserted. So imagine, what happened if it snows in the desert, you will get lost easily.

In December very few people of Upper Mustang stays in the village, whereas most of them migrate to the lower altitude and thus most of the tea houses in route of Upper Mustang trek will be closed. No tea house, no locals, nothing happening, snow covered dry mountains and extreme cold are supportive reasons for not recommending Upper Mustang in December.

Upper Mustang Trekking Cost

Cost of Upper mustang trek is not cheap and if you compare Upper Mustang trekking price with other regular trekking routes of Nepal, it will look even worse. Upper Mustang route has highest cost for its special trekking permit among all the restricted trekking in Nepal. Because of this reason, total trekking price for Upper Mustang is higher than other trekking package.

One person trekking to Upper Mustang must pay 50 US dollar per day for his/her special trekking permits to Upper Mustang. For a complete trekking experience of you must have, at least 10 days of Special permit for upper Mustang. This is the main reason for high cost of Upper Mustang trekking package in comparison to other trekking trail.

Apart from price for special trekking permit, guide and porter for Upper Mustang trek – cost of accommodation and food is higher than in other route. This is because of less trekker visiting this restricted trail. But this price difference has always kept Upper mustang trekking trail as the peaceful, less crowded and highly hospitable trekking.

Trek itinerary

Day to day itinerary for Upper Mustang has wide flexibility but the interest and number of holiday determines the trekking days for Upper Mustang trek. Our suggested Upper Mustang itinerary can always be customized according to the interest and time frame.

Interest of visiting village, caves, Monasteries, spending time with locals, visiting to the boarder, visiting the fort of Upper Mustang and taking the optional trekking route change the itinerary of Upper Mustang.

In general people trek up to Lho Manthang via Charang Village and get back down to Chhusang via Dhakmar, visitng Ghar Monastery, Ghar Gompa is the oldest Monastery found in Nepal, so far. Apart from this famous route, trek trail has an optional itinerary. This optional itinerary takes you to hidden villages of Yara Ghara.

This Yara Ghara trail of Upper Mustang can be an interesting experience but you must have fitness level to walk more than 10 hours from Yara village to Chhuksang, as there is no tea houses in between till 2021. Mustang trekking route with yara Ghara village is visited by very few people. The trekking trail is not marked properly and an experienced guide is in need.

Highlights

Upper Mustang trekking is famous for its geological location in the Tibetan plateu. Antique culture of Tibetan still preserved to its pure form, life of the locals and the tradition and cultural aspect of Lho village are major attraction of Upper Mustang trek. Apart from the contrast of dry Himalaya and White Mountains, Upper Mustang trekking is famous for caves, forts and fortifies villages. Monastery like Ghar Gomba built in the 7th century is archaeological proof of Upper Mustang and entire Nepal.

The hidden kingdom of Upper Mustang is famous for the existence of Kingdom and their sacred King, palace of sacred majesty of Lho Manthang recognized by government of Nepal; can still be visited in Upper Mustang Trek.

Trek in April

Trekking to upper Mustnag in April is not hard as trekking in December. April is spring season for Nepal and in spring, Upper Mustang trek is fairly okay but still is not the best season for trekking this hidden kingdom of Nepal. If you are trekking is spring it is better to keep mini spikes for downhill trek, in need. However, heavy snowfall might block the trail and alternative route could be used.

Major things to see in route to Upper Mustang Trek

  • Jomsom Bazzar with the airport and big tourist coach
  • Kagbeni village walk
  • Mustang gate before Chaile
  • Cave near Syangboche
  • Charang village with school
  • Lo Manthang village & visit to the Kings Palace
  • Chhusang cave on sightseeing day of Lo Manthang village
  • Ghar Gomba (monastery) from the 7th century B.C.

Price & Details of other packages of Nepalgram

 

All Inclusive package

Price for All Inclusive Package = USD $1630 per person – for Min 2 people in the group

“All inclusive package is a common package offered by all most all the trekking agencies in Nepal.”

COST DETAILS OF ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE

Cost Includes of Upper Mustang Trekking – All inclusive package

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private car or micro bus (depending on group size).
  • Transportation from (Kathmandu – Pokhara) & (Jomsom – Pokhara) both ways
  • Standard Hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights) & Pokhara (2 nights) or according to the itinerary, B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • All your accommodation and meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek; with fresh fruit as dessert every night.
  • All necessary paper works (ACAP) entry permit (Upper Mustang special restricted region Permit) & Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if you need.
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • All government taxes and office expenses.

Cost Excludes of Upper Mustang Trekking – All inclusive package

  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Your travel and medical insurance. We will assist you with evacuation arrangement in case of emergency without any extra cost.
  • All alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in breakfast is included, however.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).



Guide+B/B Package OR Service package

“Service package comes with all arrangement for your trek except food and accommodation in the cities – which you can do by yourself on this modern era.”

Price for Guide+B/B Package (service Package) = USD $1190 per person for Min 2 people in the group

COST DETAILS OF SERVICE PACKAGE

Cost Includes of Upper Mustang Trekking for Guide+B/B Package

  • All necessary paper works (ACAP) entry permit (Upper Mustang special restricted region Permit) & Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • Transportation from (Kathmandu – Pokhara) & (Jomsom – Pokhara) both ways
  • A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if you need.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit). And regular oxygen saturation check up by oxymeter.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

Cost Excludes of Upper Mustang Trekking for Guide+B/B Package

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • All food and accommodation
  • Anything not illustrated on the inclusion section



LUXURY PACKAGE

“Luxury package comes with comfortable trip possible in the Himalayan circumstances and inside Nepal. Every service we use for your Luxury package will be best available.”

Price for luxury package = USD $2650 per person for Min 2 people in the group

COST DETAILS OF LUXURY PACKAGE

Cost Includes of Upper Mustang Trekking for Luxury Package

  • 5 star Hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights) & Pokhara (2 nights) or according to the itinerary, B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • Best available accommodations with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with all drink during the trek
  • All necessary paper works (ACAP) entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims) and Local fees; iff applicable.
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • Transportation from kathmandu – pokhara; both way and trek start – finish point (to and forth)
  • A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for one trekker).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit). And regular oxygen saturation check up by oxymeter.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • All the non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver.

Cost Excludes of Upper Mustang Trekking for luxury package

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.

Detailed itinerary for Upper Mustang Trek 18 Days

Day 1 :
Arrival

• Altitude – 1350 meters
• Special – Happening Thamel street
• Time – 30 minutes hotel transfer time
• Activity – Relax at the hotel

On arrival our company representative will greet you at the airport and transfer to you hotel, and tell you about Upper Mustang Trek meeting venue and time. Enjoy your free time tonight in Thamel. Thamel offers good selection of restaurants, cafés, shops and bars.

• Altitude – 1350 meters
• Activity – Special permit preparation

We need a special permit to enter the restricted Upper Mustang Region. To obtain the special permit we need to have your original passport. While our office staff will work on your permit, you will have a rest day or you can join our day tour activity.

• Altitude – 1400 meters
• Special – Scenic view of surrounding
• Time – 8 hours
• Activity – Travelling in Bus

During the monsoon season, rain in Pokhara is common. This is a challenge to get out of the rain and into the rain shadow zone to Upper Mustang.

• Altitude – 2743 meters
• Special – Scenic view from bus
• Time – 8/9 hours
• Activity – Travelling in bus

Stay overnight at Jomsom and chill at the entrance of rain shadow region of Nepal, "Upper Mustang".

• Altitude – 2804 meters
• Special – Dry landscapes and local villages
• Time – 5 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Trekking from Jomsom to Kagbeni is dry mountain walking. We might need to face the wind and dust today, be prepared with mask or buff and sun glasses. Dry landscape of Upper Mustang region starts from here.
From today until the last day of the trekking you will explore villages, and stay at the local owned tea houses. There will be a menu at every eating place from which you will choose your lunch, dinner and breakfast (all included if you buy our normal package).
You will be following your trekking guide, who helps you in everything from choosing food to sleeping warm. You are free to decide on your own but listening to your guide's recommendation is always wise. Your porter will be carrying your luggage and you only need to carry a small day-pack with drinking water, camera, sun screen and other things you'll need during the day's trek.
When traveling with Nepalgram Adventure you don't need to worry about anything. Just take care of eating properly and staying hydrated.

• Altitude – 3100 meters
• Special – Get nearer to muktinath Temple
• Time – 5 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang and the Muktinath temple is near this village. Kagbeni village also has its own monastery.

• Altitude – 3780 meters
• Special – landscapes and local villages
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – gentle walk along with 30 minutes uphill

Chele to Syangboche is a gentle walk, but at the beginning we will walk uphill for about 30 minutes. We will pass by beautiful landscapes and one village during today's hike. Glacial evidence from thousands of years ago is found in here.

• Altitude – 3520 meters
• Special – landscape and Chhortens
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – Gentle and easy walk

Syangboche to Ghami is a gentle and easy walk. We will pass by a beautiful landscape and many Chhortens today. These Chhorten are believed to exist since the 11th century B.C.

• Altitude – 3560 meters
• Special – small valley of Charang
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – Easy hike

Ghami to Chharang is also an easy hike. Once we get to Charang it feels like being in a city from the 14th century. This small valley of Charang on the side of river has a nice location and view. Walking around the village of Charang is a day well spent.

• Altitude – 3840 meters
• Special – visiting Palace of King
• Time – 4/5 hours
• Activity – Gentle walk along with few uphill

Charang to Lamantahng has a few uphill, but mostly a gentle walk. Lo Manthang is the place where the king of the region lives. These villages still have a practice of King, but nowadays king is just an emblem, after democracy in 1950AD. We will visit the palace of king which still exists. Lo Manthang is a nice historic village.

• Altitude – 3840 meters
• Special – Exploration of local monastries and local place
• Activity – Short hike or drive

Lo Manthang, kingdom of Upper Mustang King is a historic place. We still can see numerous forts on the top of the hills in Lo Manthang. We will go to Chusang Cave, local monastery, or drive to Korolla Border. Korolla is the Nepal-China Border to Tibet. Lo Manthnag is such a beautiful place that will be lots to marvel about.

• Altitude – 3820 meters
• Special – Ghar Gompa
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – small uphill hike and mostly downhill

Now descend begins, after a small uphill we will get to Ghar La. Today we will hike downhill, mostly. We pass by a monastery at Ghar called Ghar Gompa. This Ghar Gompa is built by Guru Padhmasambhav in the 8th century B.C., and this monastery has Chhorten (the memorials) all around. You will see Charang village in the far distance, surrounded by a beautiful landscape.
Story behind the Ghar Gompa is that Guru Padhmasambhav tried to build one monastery in Tibet but he failed. Every night demons used to come and dismantle the construction. Then a Buddhist Shaman found a way, they found that if one monastery in Nepal (Ghar Gomba) will be built at first, demons will not demolish the structure in Tibet. And so they built this Ghar Gomba also called Lo Ghekar Gomba

• Altitude – 3780 meters
• Special – view of sunrise and caves
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – Treking

We will walk down to Syangbochen and spend a peaceful night at the local tea house. In the morning, we will go to see sunrise from one of the near viewpoints. There are mysterous caves at 1 hours distance from Syangboche, would be an interesting place to go, if we have enough time left.

• Altitude – 2980 meters
• Special – Chusang village
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – Trekking downhill followed by flat walk

Trekking to Chusang is downhill followed by flat walk. Chusang village is on the side of river, people search for Shalimar stones in this river.

• Altitude – 2743 meters
• Special – Enjoying in Jomson
• Time – 6 hours
• Activity – Waling on the fat trail

Trekking from Chusang to Jomsom is on the road, easy and flat. We will take the same trail we have walked on our first day. Trekking ends at Jomsom enjoy the night and celebrate your achievement with the team.

• Altitude – 1400 meters
• Special – Scenery view of Annapurna ranges, villages, landscapes and greenery
• Time – 8/9 hours
• Activity – Travelling in bus

Riding tourist coach from Jomsom to Pokhara gives a great view of the Annapurna range and nice view of the river valley. Scenery of villages and landscape during the bus journey from Jomsom till Pokhara changes dramatically. You can also choose a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Scenic view from bus
• Time – 8 hours
• Activity – Travelling in bus

After 8 hours’ drive from Pokhara we will get to Kathmandu.

Day 18 :
Departure

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Time – 30 minutes airport transfer time
• Activity – Flying back to origin

Time has come to farewell you and wishes you a safe journey. Our vehicle will drop you off to the Kathmandu airport for your final departure. Looking forward to see you again on your next adventure in Nepal!

Have a safe travel back home.

Note: This itinerary and cost for Upper Mustang trekking is an example, we can always customize this trip according to your interest and length of the holiday.

Cost Details of Upper Mustang Trek - General Inclusions

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private car or micro bus (depending on group size).
  • Transportation from (Kathmandu - Pokhara) & (Jomsom - Pokhara) both ways
  • Standard Hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights) & Pokhara (2 nights) or according to the itinerary, B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • All your accommodation and meals (Breakfast with Tea or coffee, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek; with fresh fruit as dessert every night.
  • All necessary paper works (ACAP) entry permit (Upper Mustang special restricted region Permit) & Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government licensed guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if you need.
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • All government taxes and office expenses.

Cost Details of Upper Mustang Trek - General Exclusions

  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport - Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Your travel and medical insurance. We will assist you with evacuation arrangement in case of emergency without any extra cost.
  • All alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in breakfast is included, however.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

Upper Mustang trek FAQ

Why is Upper Mustang restricted?

Upper Mustang region lies in the boarder of Nepal & Tibet, because of the location, Upper mustang is called isolated or hidden kingdom of Nepal. Far away from the city, inside the mountains and those deserted mountains looks similar everywhere; that is why trekking or tour in Upper mustang alone is not safe.
Nobody lives up in the mountains of Upper Mustang in the winter, the thick snow and no vegetation makes life hard. People of upper mustang migrate from one place to another according to season. Because of all these reasons: Upper mustang is restricted region.
Reason for Upper Mustang to be restricted can be bulleted as below:
• Pristine cultural and traditional value
• Remote destination where independent travel is restricted
• Similar landscape of deserted mountains to make visitors disappear easily
• Winter is tough with thick snowfall
• Upper Mustang has scattered villages and very low population
• Difficult geography
• Antique heritage to be protected

How do I get to the Upper Mustang?

Either road way or by airway, there is two possible methods to get to Upper Mustang.
From Kathmandu or Pokhara, you can drive to jomsom in a tourist bus. Above Jomsom, you must have to rely on private transportation to drive all the way to Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang.
If you want to go by air, you need to take flight to Jomsom. Small plane operates flight to jomsom from Pokhara and from Kathmandu. The flight to Jomsom from Pokhara will be about 20 minutes. From Jomoson onwards, you need to hire private transportation and mostly jeep indeed.
To go to Upper Mustang, you can ride motorbike as well. Motorbike tour to Upper Mustang will be an adventure.
As a foreigner, to get to upper mustang you must have restricted region’s permit and a single person without guide cannot travel to Upper Mustang. But for Nepali traveler, you do not need special permit but need to buy local permit and a single traveler is restricted to travel to Upper Mustang.

What is Mustang famous for?

Mustang is famous for its own kingdom, famous as hidden kingdom of mustang whose headquarter is Lho Manthang. Mustang is also famous for sky burial and deserted landscape resembling Tibet.
However, Mustang region is divided into 2 different sections; one as lower mustang region and another as upper mustang region.
Upper Mustang is famous for antique culture and strange tradition. In gist upper mustang is famous by king of Upper mustang whose palace is at Lho manthang village, still in existence at 2020.
Lower mustang is famous for Mustang gate and numerous caves around. Historical and archeological sites in upper mustang tells stories from centuries ago, which is a famous side of lower mustang.

What is the height of upper Mustang?

Highest point of Upper Mustang trekking or tour is Lho manthag village, located at 3840 meters or 12595 feet above the sea level. Upper mustang is considered a low altitude trekking in Nepal. As trekking to Upper mustang starts as low as 700 meters at Beni or 2000 meters as Jomsom; thus this restricted trekking of Upper Mustang is regarded as comfortable trekking or tour destination in Nepal; in accordance to altitude.
Altitude profile of Upper Mustang trekking trail or tour schedule do not rise by lot. There are few destinations like Syangboche, where tourist can have a acclimatization side trip. Thus, upper mustang height is not an issue for travelers

How hard is Upper Mustang trek?

Altitude wise, upper mustang trek is considered as an easy trekking destination. But still, the toughness of trekking or tour to upper mustang depends with the time and season of travel to upper mustang.
Upper mustang is a rain shadow zone destination in Nepal. So traveling during monsoon season is regarded a favorable time for upper mustang. Monsoon in Nepal is from June to early august.
Winter trekking in upper mustang is hard. The thick snow and heavy snow fall frequently blocks the trekking trails as well.
Trekking Upper mustang in weather favored time is not hard for following reason:
• Gradual altitude profile with some acclimatization hikes
• Wide trekking trail with interesting landscapes
• Average maximum altitude
• Upper mustang trekking must be a guided trek with a local trekking/tour guide

Which place is known as Desert of Nepal?

Rain shadow zone like upper mustang and Dolpo region of Nepal are famous as desert of Nepal. But in general understanding; people says, mustang is desert of Nepal. People just mark upper mustang as deserted landscape of Nepal, because; Upper Dolpo region of Nepal is still hidden, there is no road network & hence even Nepali do hot have idea about how is the landscape of Upper Dolpo.
More precisely, Upper mustang region above Mustang gate or above Chaile village can be called as desert of Nepal. The region is more like dry mountains, no greenery, lies in Tibetan plateau; that is why this region is called desert of Nepal.

What do you wear to a Mustang?

Upper Mustang is one of the best monsoon treks in Nepal, thus; if you are trekking in the month of June to August, you will be okay with summer outfit. Temperature in the monsoon will be around 10 to 25 degree Celsius.
But clothes to wear to travel to upper mustang depend with weather. If you travel to Upper mustang during winter, you must have to be prepared with cold of winter. Temperature in the winter might go below negative 20 degree Celsius.

What is the height of Muktinath?

Muktinath is at the height of 3760 meter/123333 feet above the sea level or feet. Muktinath is at the base of Thorong la pass of Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal.
Muktinath is also gateway to Mustang Nepal. The temple of Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site in Nepal, for both Hindu and Buddhist.
Precisely, Muktinath lies in the lower part of mustang Nepal. However, upper mustang is the region above Muktinath. To some extent, you can assume Muktinath as a boarder in between upper mustang and lower mustang Nepal.

Why are Mustangs so popular?

Mustang is a popular because of its distinguished identity. Distinguished with landscape from rest of Nepal, connected with Tibetan plateau, different life style of people and houses and majorly for the fact they have their own king.
Reason to prove, why mustang is popular; can be listed as follow:
• Upper Mustang has its own kingdom and palace is at Lho manthang
• Symbolic King of Upper Mustang used to be recognized by Nepal government
• Landscape of Upper Mustang is like a deserted mountain and very similar to Tibet
• Situated in Tibetan plateau, Upper Mustang has Korolla Boarder which connects Nepal and China
• Snow Mountain, dry landscape and scattered village are famous element of upper mustang
• Historically & archeologically important monasteries like Ghar Gompa are situated in Upper Mustang region
• Upper Mustang region has sky burial practice, even till date 2020
• Upper Mustang is a one of the best monsoon treks in Nepal

Why do people visit Mustangs?

Because Mustang is different from rest of Nepal, there are plenty of reasons to visit Mustang. Some of the reasons to visit Mustang are listed below:
1. To visit Muktinath Temple – a holy temple
2. To see dry landscape alike to Tibet
3. Visit Lho manthang village with Palace of Kingdom of Lho
4. Skip the rain in other trekking regions of Nepal
5. To experience different culture and tradition
6. To pay respect in many of the monasteries of Upper Mustang region

How far is Kathmandu from Mustang?

The roadway distance from Kathmandu to Mustang is 380 kilometer or 238 miles.
As there are 2 ways to travel to Mustang – by air and by land, so it will take 1 to 3 days to get to mustang region. But to get to upper mustang; another couple of days are needed.

How far is Pokhara from Mustang?

It is 174 kilometer or 109 mile from Pokhara to mustang, it is road way distance from Pokhara to mustang.
You can fly or drive from Pokhara to get to Jomsom, to get to mustang region of Nepal. It takes a day to 2 days to get to Mustang from Pokhara. Mustang is near from Pokhara than from Kathmandu.

How do I get to Muktinath?

To get to Muktinath there are few options of travels as follow:
• Travel to Muktinath by road: – To get to Muktinath by road you need to take bus or jeep from Pokhara to Jomsom. Jeep is considered safe and easy travel, in comparison of public transport; however you can always have option to hire a private comfortable vehicle. After getting to Jomsom by bus or jeep; you can either start trekking to Muktinath or drive by road. The road connectivity is all the way to the Muktinath temple.
• Travel to Muktinath by plane: – You can fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, it is recommended to take early flight as far as possible. After getting to Jomsom airport, you will have 2 options to get to Muktinath temple:
1 – Trekking :- you can start trekking from Jomsom to Muktinath. Jomsom to Muktinath can be a day trek or 2 days trek. If you want to split into 2 days stay one night at Kagbeni village. Kagbeni is the gateway of upper mustang trekking tour route.
2-Driving: – Jomosm to Muktinath is a fine road, so driving on this well maintained road is easy and doable. You can get to Muktinath from Jomsom in about 2 hours, by jeep. However, Trekking is recommended over driving.

How do you get to Nepal Mustang?

Muktinath temple is in the entrance of Mustang Nepal, so you can get to mustang Nepal as in the similar way you get to Muktinath.
Please read the answer for How do I get to Muktinath?
Note – Once you get to Muktinath, from there as well; you will have 2 options to travel to mustang or to upper mustang. One way you can trek along the trekking route to mustang and upper mustang region. In another way, you can drive along the road to get to mustang or upper mustang.

How far is Muktinath from Pokhara?

Muktinath is 170 kilometer or 106.25 mile from Pokhara. It takes approximately 8 hours to get to Muktinath from Pokhara by jeep.
But there is another option to get to Muktinath from Pokhara. You can take flight from Pokhara airport to Jomsom at first & drive from Jomsom to Muktinath temple, secondly. This way of travel will be approximately 3 hours to get to Muktinath from Pokhara.

How old is Muktinath temple?

Muktinath temple dates back to 18th century (precisely 1815) the Hindus worship as a Vishnu Temple – Lord of Liberation. Buddhist worship in this temple, since they believe temple is related to Buddhism tantric and by far Hinduism and Buddhism are interrelated religion.

How do I get to Lo Manthang?

There are 2 famous options to get to Lo Manthang. One on jeep ride or motorbike ride by road and another by trekking.
If you want to travel to Lo Manthang by road on jeep, you can get to the village in a day from Pokhara. Rom Kathmandu you need to fly to Jomsom and take jeep to Lo Manthang to travel in a day timeframe. If you fry to Pokhara from Kathmandu and again fly to Jomsom from Pokhara, you can drive to Lho manthang from Jomsom in a day.
By trekking you need 5 to 15 days from Kathmandu or from Pokhara. If you look at our itinerary for motorbike tour to upper Mustang and trekking package itinerary for Upper Mustang; you will easily get what above means.

How can I go to kagbeni?

You can drive to Kagbeni. To drive to get to Kagbeni there are 2 options; one you can drive all the way to Kagbeni village from Pokhara or from Kathmandu another you can fly to Jomsom either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara and take a jeep from Jomsom to Kagbeni.
Apart from Drive to kagbeni, you can take flight to Jomsom and then trek for 4-6 hours to get to Kagbeni.

How hard is upper mustang trek?

Upper Mustang trek is considered as a moderate trek. Highest altitudes of Upper Mustang trek being 3840 meters or 12595 feet above the sea level, at Lho Manthang village; it is a low altitude trek in Nepal.
Because of this low altitude and plane terrain hiking route of Upper Mustang trail, trekking considered as a moderate trekking. Apart from walking for 6 to 8 hours a day (including breaks), trekking to Upper mustang is an easy trek.

Is upper mustang map accurate in Google Maps?

As a restricted trekking trail, we recommend you not to travel relying on Google map. The map on Google might be accurate, but the instant discoveries on the trail and confusing routes will make upper mustang trek by relying on Google map.
Trekking trail goes along the villages, and the villages of upper mustang region are scattered. Small village with limited number of locals, upper mustang trekking route has many optional trails, which might be confusing to travel on your own. However for non – Nepali travelers; you must have to have a local trekking guide to trek to Lo manthang.

What is maximum upper mustang height?

3840 meters or 12595 feet is maximum altitude you will be sleeping in the upper mustang trek. But if you hike around and go towards the boarder of Kororla for an excursion, then the altitude of Upper mustang might go till 4000 meters or 13120 feet to its max.

How do I get upper mustang permit?

To get to Upper mustang permit you need to apply at Nepal immigration office in Kathmandu. Following is the detailed process to get restricted/special permit of upper mustang region:
1. Contact local trekking company in Kathmandu, Nepal and ask them for the permit. Note – Restricted trekking routes in Nepal (like upper Mustang) cannot be explored independently, yo must go along the local trekking company, by law.
2. Submit the related document asked by the trekking company or fill in the online form of Immigration office if you do not want to share the documents.
3. On arrival at Nepal, submit your passport to the local trekking company, they need it to show in the office of immigration in Kathmandu
4. Your special permit to upper mustang will need a working day to get ready
5. You can start your journey to Upper Mustang region

Do I need upper mustang trek permit to go to Ghar Gomba?

Yes, Ghar Gomba is inside the restricted region of upper mustang, thus you must have a special permit to get to Ghar Gomba.

How is upper mustang weather in general?

Upper Mustang weather is preferably great in the monsoon. The season wise weather of upper mustang region is described below:
• In Monsoon – Upper mustang lies in the rain shadow zone of Nepal. It doesn’t rain in monsoon at Upper mustang region. That is why; monsoon is regarded as the best tome to trek in the region. No rain, not cold, a bit cloudy season of monsoon has great season to travel to upper mustang, both for tour or trekking activity. Temperature ranges in between 15 to 20 degree Celsius.
• In winter – winter in Upper Mustang is the worst of all season. The thick snow on the rite of trekking or tour route will not be in the favor of traveler. Also the locals of upper mustang migrate to the lower regions of mustang in the winter. Winter is not recommended for upper mustang travel. But winter can be an option for skiing in the region. Temperature ranges in between -5 to 10 degree Celsius.
• In autumn – autumn in upper mustang is okay for travel. However, upper mustang region might face snowfall in the autumns as well. But the snow will not be as bad as in the winter season. Temperature ranges in between 0 to 20 degree Celsius.
• In spring – spring is another best season to travel to upper Mustang. Spring in upper mustang is neither cold nor hot, but it is best time of the year with no snow fall. Temperature ranges in between 5 to 25 degree Celsius.

Can I find full information on upper mustang trek blog?

You might not find complete information in internet itself. Upper mustang is restricted trekking trial and very few people visit to this location that is why there are very few trekking blog on Upper Mustang.
How to get more information about this destination? It is suggested to contact trekking agency in Nepal and they will help you to get the relevant information as per interest.

Can I do upper Mustang bike ride? How hard is the ride?

You can do upper mustang motorbike ride with a special permit for the restricted region. And it is moderate level of riding, not easy ride like a high way motorbike ride. Upper mustang motorbike ride is on the off road mostly graveled. After riding above Jomsom the road all the way to Lho manthang is a of road ride.
In the monsoon the road might be full of mint dust making the ride harder, whereas in the winter; thick amount of snow on top of the road surface will not entertain the ride.
Upper Mustang Motorbike ride is an adventure.

Why do people visit upper mustangs Nepal?

People visit to Mustang for its natural beauty. Famous as hidden kingdom inside Nepal, upper mustang is also famous for its historical evidence and living tradition of then. Nepali visit to upper mustang because this part of rain shadow zone of Nepal is different from the rext of the landscape in Nepal. For foreigners, there are many reasons to visit to upper mustang. Some of the reasons to visit to Upper Mustang are as follows:
• To see deserted landscape of Nepali mountains
• Visit Muktinath temple – Muktinath is famous among Hindu as well as Buddhist community in Nepal
• Explore the antique and archeological importance of Tibet-Nepal relation
• Explore monasteries and Gomba, that dates back to BC
• People often visit upper mustang to witness the sky burial
• Visit Ghar Gomba – This monastery has historical relation with Tibetan monastery or Potala palace
• To explore the caves, forts and Manni walls from long ago

Do I need special permit for Upper mustang tour?

Yes, you need special permit for upper mustang restricted region tour. Either for trekking or tour in this upper mustang region, as foreigner, you must need to buy a permit, a special permit.
Either you go on upper mustang tour on foot, by jeep, with horse, by mountains bike or motorbike ride; you must have to have a special permit applicable fr the upper mustang region. You can find this special permit at the immigration office at Kathmandu. But to get the permit for restricted region, one must go through trekking tour agency.

What is Upper mustang trek famous for?

Among many things to see in upper mustang, Upper mustang is region for its kingdom and practice of king in the region. Also famous as hidden kingdom, upper mustang is famous for its isolated location in Nepal Tibet boarder.
In top 3 points, upper mustang is famous for:
• Rain shadow zone or monsoon trekking tour destination
• Hidden kingdom of Nepal with its palace located at Lo manthang village
• Ghar Gomba & Tiji festival

Who gives upper Mustang permit?

Department of Immigration, located in Kathmandu Nepal gives upper mustang permit. As a restricted region of Nepal, you must go through a trekking agency in Nepal, to get the permit for Upper Mustang.

How is upper mustang trek altitude profile like?

Upper Mustang altitude profile is a gradual rise with 500 meters height gain at the beginning and ends being flat at 3840 meter or 12595 feet. Looking at the profile of Upper mustang trekking trail profile, it is an easy trekking trail, with respect to height of different destination.

Is Upper Mustang trekking a best trek in Nepal?

Upper mustang trek is a best trek for monsoon season. All other region of Nepal gets rain in monsoon, but upper mustang lies I the rain shadow zone and hence upper mustang is famous as a best monsoon trek.
Apart from the monsoon you can trek upper mustang ion autumn and spring as well. In autumn and spring, other part of Nepal trekking trail is best time to visit, in this context if you are looking for the following things on y9our trek, upper mustang trek can be a best option for you. Best option even in comparison to Everest, Manaslu or Annapurna region trekking. The comparison parameters can be:
• If you are looking for Desret3ed landscape like of Tibet
• Are you looking for descend altitude trekking with multiday hike along the wide trail?
• Is history and culture your interest?
• Are you looking for a less visited trail with fewer crowds of trekkers?

How do I see upper mustang weather forecast?

There are few options to see weather forecast of upper mustang. You can simply search on Google for the international weather forecaster. Apart from that Nepal government has mountain weather forecast for every 7 days on government’s website. You can find precise weather forecast of upper mustang from Nepal government mountain weather forecast web page.
However, you need to trek with a trekking agency from Nepal at the end of the day. DO not bother researching and finding weather forecast for upper mustang. Instead you can simply ask to your trekking agent from Nepal and they will update you about the temperature.

Is upper mustang height an issue for jeep tour?

In general, height is not an issued for AMS while doing upper mustang jeep tour. In most contexts, with most of the trekking agency, they will have provision of supplemental oxygen in the jeep tour.

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Upper mustang Trekking Trip Info

  • Tourist Bus-Jeep-Car
  • 2 to 8
  • 3840 meter/12595 feet
  • Hotel-Lodge-Homestay
  • Less Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathamndu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Restricted Region Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 5
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