Upper Mustang Trek

  • Trip Price: $2200 pp
  • Trip Reviews:
    3 Reviews
  • Total Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max Elevation:4010 M
  • Max Group Size:Min. 2 Person
  • Best Time:March - May & Sep - Dec
  • Trip Mode:Tea House/ Lodge
  • Start Point:Jomsom
  • End Point:Jomsom
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So, are you wondering about the highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek? Well, it has many, but some major highlights are: 

  • Witness the astonishing scenes of Annapurna and Upper Mustang Region of Nepal
  • Pokhara–a delightful city in the lap of the Himalayas, with excellent lakes
  • Scenic trip to/from Jomsom
  • The Forbidden Ancient Kingdom of Lo presently called the Upper Mustang,
  • Astounding views on mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Macchapucchre, and many other peaks.
  • Experience the wilderness of Lo Manthang with the astounding blend of Buddhism religion.
  • Airport transfers – pick up and drop
  • All ground transportation
  • Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast plan
  • Your accommodation in best guesthouses available (on twin sharing basis) during the trek with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the trekking journey
  • All paper works
  • National park and heritage sites entry tickets
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and trekking permits
  • A licensed, English speaking, experienced and professional guide along with a porter (1 for two clients)
  • All the costs of guide and porter including accidental insurance
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bags (to be returned to us after the trek)
  • T-shirts, route map and a travel completion certificate
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.
  • First aid kit
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses, electricity charges, etc.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for guides and porters

Overview

Upper Mustang Trek is all about exploring hidden civilizations in the Upper Mustang Region of Nepal. With this trek package, you walk to some of the fascinating places like Lo Manthang, the ancient kingdom of Mustang district which is rich in ancient history and mountain civilization. Likewise, the trip to the area is an excellent way to know about the ancient Buddhist kingdom that resembles Tibet. Besides, magnificent mountains views, ancient caves, beautiful monastries, Amchi Museum, colorful walls, and the prayer flags are some of the other attractions of the Upper Mustang hike.

The upper mustang itinerary starts from Kathmandu after you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. However, the trekking days will only start from Jomsom. With Heaven Himalaya, the maximum elevation you take on the trek is to Nyi La Pass after Ghaymi which is at 4010 m (13,156ft). Although the height you trek to is above 3500 m, it is a moderate level trek and doesn’t incorporate any difficulties. So, it is also a suitable option for beginner trekkers planning to hike in the high Himalayas.

How is Upper Mustang different from the rest?

Upper Mustang encompasses the northern half of the Mustang district close to the Tibetan Border. It was once a forbidden kingdom inside the territory of Nepal. Although modernization has influenced the area now, it still surprises visitors with its unique culture and traditions. The people out there are fighting back to hold ancient history and civilization. They have rebuilt the ancient monasteries, palaces and refilled the area with ancient cultures and practices. So, you still require a special permit to enter the area, unlike other trekking destinations.

Further, the place is a vast chunk of dry land, and yet full of life and immeasurable beauty. Since it receives the least rainfall, the region is one of the driest of all in Nepal. What the geography eludes, nature fulfills. The beautiful mountain rivers that flow from the mountains quench the thirst of this massive land. As Upper Mustang receives less rainfall, it is also one of the best monsoon treks in Nepal.

Even more, Tibet and Mustang Trekking are almost similar. Both cultural and geographical terms attach the region to Tibet. The walled city of Lo Manthang was a part of the Tibetan plateau until the 1830s. Also, Tibetan Culture and Traditions still prevail in the region. Also, it is home to the people of Lobas of Tibetan descent. Henceforth, the upper mustang trip will give you the feeling of trekking in Tibet too.

Why should you trek to the Upper Mustang?

Upper Mustang Trek presents the rare opportunity to understand and live the life of the actual mountain people in their natural state. The geographical and political isolation from the mainstream has been vital to preserving its distinct culture, unexploited natural components, and ancient essences of the centuries-old monastery.

The medieval relics, colorful prayer flags, and people on horseback are very much different from today’s society. You will get to interact with some of the oldest mountain tribe families in Mustang. Similarly, you will share their myths and stories. Meanwhile, their never-ending bond between mountains and individuals will amaze you. Then the royal palace, beautiful old monasteries, Amchi museum, and the School in the Upper Mustang tell an original story.

Undoubtedly, Upper Mustang has the unique beauty and glamour that no other trekking destination can provide. It is a rare gem to the people seeking mystery and creating mythical narratives of the world of fantasy. Besides, it unfolds up-close views of magnificent mountains such as Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri Himal. Further, the fabled villages will take your breath away along with the mysterious caves, carvings, and ancient Monasteries.

There’s an option for a luxurious jeep ride to Upper Mustang, in case you want to opt-out to jeep tour instead of walking. Besides, the place is famous for the Tiji festival that takes place in either May or June. If you decide to visit the area during this time, then you can take part in the Tiji festival by adding a few extra days to your Mustang trekking itinerary. However, you can also book a separate trek, Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, to experience the unique festival rituals.

So, aren’t you excited about a trip to the ancient valley of Mustang?

Heaven Himakaya makes sure that your Upper mustang adventure is a fantastic experience. Your trek itinerary begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. The following day you will reach Pokhara from where you will take a flight to Jomsom. Your trekking starts from Jomsom. Book your trek now.

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Welcome to the land of the Mountains. Our representative will greet and collect you at the airport and drive you to your respective hotels. As you check into the hotel, the representative will give you a short synopsis of our plans ahead. Tonight, spend your time at a hotel in Kathmandu

We will drive around wonderful sightseeing spots in Kathmandu. We will visit major tourist areas that are enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites such as Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath Stupa, etc. Afterward, we will visit the Thamel marketplace to purchase the necessary items and equipment for trekking.

Early morning tourist bus ride to Pokhara. After around seven hours of drive, we reach the beautiful touristic hub of Nepal – Pokhara. We check in the hotel, freshen up and get ready for a relaxing exploration around the lakeside Pokhara. With the pristine air, serene lake water, and mountains, lakeside Pokhara is a heavenly place to be at. In the evening, we return to our hotel. Spend your time at the hotel in Pokhara for the night.

Head to Pokhara Airport for the flight to Jomsom. Trek towards Kagbeni.

After special permit checking hike alongside Kaligandaki River and ascend the ridges towards Tangbe village and finally arrive at Chele.

Start early to ascend the Taklam La pass along the steep, dry terrain. After some descents, you will cross through a large gorge that opens up for Syanboche village.

Ascend a steep Yamada La towards the deserted areas than to Gailing with few settlements. A tough climb awaits in the Nyu La Pass which leads to Ghyami.

Descend to the colorful valley like the rainbow and cross Tangmarchu River. Again ascend ta plateau and pass Mani Wall and head to Charang village.

Descend to Tsarangchu and enter THolung village. And ascend to windy Lo pass towards Lo- Manthang

Hike to the flat land and descend from there to The Khola and across the ridge downhill to reach Tange.

Early trekking for the long day. Cross the suspension bridge to reach the flat. Ascend further to Cacho La pass then descend to reach Tetang village.

Cross the Gyu La Pass and then descend to Chyangur village and then towards Muktinath.

Further, descend to Jharkot village then extend more towards Jomsom through Kali Gandaki valley.

Take a flight to Pokhara. Rest day, roaming around the city and souvenir shopping

Last day in the Capital city. You can take some rest and transfer photos or pay visits to local areas, shopping for more souvenirs for your loved ones.

On this last day, we will drop you at the International airport 3 hours before your flight time by our representative. Thank you and have a safe journey.

Frequently Asked Questions Expand all

Because of its remoteness and inaccessibility; Mustang was a protected region in the Himalayas. The area used to be a separate kingdom inside the boundary of Nepal until 1950. Later, because of its popularity, it was opened for outsiders to explore from the year 1992 AD. Still, foreigners require a special permit to enter the area.

Yes, you can take part in the Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang by adding an extra number of days in the trek. Besides, you can opt-out for Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. Kindly note that the three-day festival is celebrated only once a year, either in May or June.

Yes, we have a luxurious 4wD Jeep Safari package to Upper Mustang.

No, Mustang is now governed by the state of Nepal. The last official king of Mustang is Jigme Dorji Palbar Bista, who still has his palace in Lo Manthang.

 

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While going to the mountains, your Equipment’s acts as a best friend. Your Equipment determines the level of fun you will have in the trek. The weather can be extreme sometimes, so we advise you to carry enough items in your bag. Pack your bag with the things that keep you warm during morning and evening time and details that make you comfortable during day hiking.

For a total glance at what it requires trekking to this incredible area, see our recommended packing list.

In cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, there is every hotel according to the budget. But, while you are in the Mustang trek, there will be tea houses. Tea houses are local hotels and lodges run by local communities. They provide basic meals in a communal dining hall. You will have clean bedrooms and toilets, usually with two single beds.

Although many trekkers prefer trekking in Nepal in spring and autumn, the monsoon season, i.e. July to August, is also the best time for trekking in the Upper Mustang.

Being in the rain shadow of Annapurna, the region receives less rain. Therefore, rainfall has a rare effect on your movement. The showers, in return, clear the skies and provide magnificent views of the actual gem of the area. On top of all, Upper Mustang Trek can be the best option for a trekking trip to Nepal during summer.

Besides, they hold a three-day traditional festival, Tiji in May. The festival takes place around the premises of the late king of Mustang in Lo Manthang and is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. People from other regions also travel to the area to take part in the festival with the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. You can also be a part of the traditional festival and by adding a few numbers of extra days in your Mustang trekking.

On the off chance that your vacation time does not match any of the prime seasons, you can still trek in winter. But you must bring the right gear to make yourself warm and comfortable.

Like all high altitude treks in Nepal, the Upper Mustang trekking also needs the right level of fitness. The Upper Mustang trip is moderate in scale, so any level of trekkers can go on a journey to Mustang. Still, there are a lot of difficulties to challenge you. You will cross the high passes accompanied by steep ascends and descend on the way. There will see stunning mountains with views to cheer you up. There will be the kingdom of Lo that will compensate for your tiredness. We also have an alternate way to visit Upper Mustang, i.e. in a luxurious Jeep Safari with Upper Mustang Jeep Tour.

Before you come, we advise you to put some extra effort into the gym or hiking. Work on your leg muscles and cardio. On top of all, do not forget to mention high altitude trek while buying travel insurance.

It requires all trekkers heading to Upper Mustang to get a Restricted Area Permit. The government officials check the pass during your entry and exit at Kagbeni. Besides, it also requires purchasing the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit to enter the conservation area. You will need a government registered agency to get the permits to visit the upper Mustang. Needless to worry, Heaven Himalaya is there to get the license on your behalf. So, you can settle back and enjoy your vacation time.

Reviews

Great Upper Mustang Trip

We hiked to the Upper Mustang with Heaven Himalaya. Ram was very helpful in setting everything required for the trek. He responded quickly and was there to welcome us to the airport, too. The guide and porter both were amazing. We had a little extra luggage, but the porter didn’t complain. Thank you, Mr. Ram, guide, and our hero porters for making our tour amazing. Best of luck to the entire team of Heaven Himalaya. I will again travel to Nepal with my daughter after a few years.

Alex Yong,
TripAdvisor Singapore

Perfectly Organized Upper Mustang Trek

All thanks to Mr. Ram for organizing the Upper Mustang, trekking perfectly from beginning to end. I, along with my bunch of friends, had a delightful experience with the Heaven Himalaya team. For us, it is the best trekking agency in Nepal. The guides and porters were very flexible and took care of everything around us.

I recommend everyone to try these young guys to go hiking in Nepal.

Helen Seka,
Google England

Wonderful Trekking Experience

My wife and I visited Upper Mustang and were lucky to have chosen Heaven Himalaya. We had a wonderful experience trekking in Upper Mustang. As soon as we landed in TIA, we were welcomed by Ram. He was very easy and responsive to work with. He explained all the queries we had and gave a brief description of the tour. As we were watching videos and reading blogs about Upper Mustang, we had a lot of expectations about the place and the trekking agency we were working with. We had a private 18-day tour with a porter. And to be honest, we found everything beyond our expectations. The hills, mountains, monasteries were all amazing, especially Lo Manthang is a great place to visit. Our guide was also equally supportive and friendly. The team made our trek more enjoyable. While writing this, it reminded me of the days we had on the trails. Thank You again for the wonderful experience. Best wishes to Jason and Esha. We will definitely love to return and probably do the Everest base camp Trek this time.

Jason Lee,
Google England

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