Upper Mustang Trekking 2024 ~13 Days

  • Duration 17
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation Tea House
  • Max. Altitude 3,850 meter
  • Activity Trekking , Hiking & Exploring
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season Sep, March, June,
  • Restricted area for independent trekking without a company
  • Rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains makes the trek a monsoon destination
  • Vestiges of ancient culture that cremated bodies in sky caves, deep gorges and settlements
  • Magnificent views of Himalayan Peaks
  • Ancient Kingdom and Picturesque mountains .
  • Unique cultural and historical monuments.
  • Monasteries of high importance and Scenic flight to and from Jomsom.

Upper Mustang Trekking 2024 ~13 Days Overview

Upper Mustang Trekking  is an exploration of the concealed valleys of upper Mustang in Nepal, nestled between Tibet and the Himalayas – a place different from the rest of the world. The wall city of Lo manthang used to be a part of Tibetan kingdom of Gungthang until 1830s. The early history of Lo manthang is embellished in myths and legends rather than the recorded facts. Even though the upper Mustang is changing it still surprises the visitors with its stunning vista and the stubborn way it cling to its unique culture. Indeed the culture is fighting back, crumbing art works are being restored. Crumbing monasteries have been rebuilt and refilled with the sound of bald-headed children in robes studying the ancient Buddhist ways.

Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king.
In many ways, a trek into Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.
Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even today, access is still highly restricted. To enter Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north from Kagbeni, trekkers need special trekking permit and must be accompanied by a government appointed officer.
Upper Mustang, being in the Himalayan rain shadow, is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.
The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather.
There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni, so groups must be fully self-sufficient, especially in fuel. While porters are available in Jomsom it is preferable to use mules to carry the loads up to Mustang. These pack animals are available locally and are more economical, and certainly more environmentally friendly than porters.
Mustang trek requires a minimum of 9 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni. This allows the trek to be completed within the 10-day period that the permit allows. The route generally follows the Kali Gandaki valley but, occasionally climbs high above the valley walls.
The settlements are scattered and there is little sign of cultivation between villages. In Mustang, little grows without irrigation, thus the region resembles a desert albeit mountainous, nuclear settlements in fertile areas.
Lo Manthang, the old capital, is reached in four days and at least one extra day should be spent here to catch the sights and sound of this unique walled settlement. Ponies are available for hire if you so desire. The return trip can either follow the same route while entering or, as an alternative route, the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki may be followed


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Mustang tour and Trekking in Nepal
• Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid-19 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.There you can fine all information about Nepal• 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 40 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 will a trip to Nepal cost?
How much you spend in Nepal is largely decided by things you want to do in the country. A 5-day trekking trip in Nepal can start from as little at USD 350 per person. A weekend-long safari in Chitwan National Park is available at less than USD 150.
On average, seven days in Nepal with accommodation and some or all meals included costs anywhere between USD 600 to USD 1400 per person. Good rooms at hotels in Nepal range from USD 25 to over USD 150 per person, per night, while around USD 1.5 a day can buy you three meals in decent restaurants.
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 you can fine there any information any time
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.

Detail Itinerary for 2024 #UpperMustang

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu international airport, you will be welcomed by our staff (Nepal Guide Info Team) and will transfer to your hotel. Evening you will have meeting with office representative for trip briefing. Some of facts, rules and regulations are important to know while you travel Upper Mustang of Nepal 2022/2023 Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathandu to Pokhara

Mainly there are two different options to get Pokhara from Kathmandu. Flight will be the easy option which takes only 30/32 minutes but if you prefer by bus it may take up to 6/7 hours to cross about 200 kilometers. Also the Trishuli River drive you may enjoy with beautiful local villages. The other option will be get Pokhara would be by private transports like car, van etc.. Evening visit Pokhara city and stay overnight

Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom (2,713m) flight to Kagbeni (2,810m)

The early flight of half an hour takes to Jomsom on the lap of Himalayas. After taking breakfasts here, you’re walking journey starts to Kagbeni passing Ekali Bhatti. Normally you walk about 3/4 hours today with easy flat land. No tree is found along the trek. Mostly you fallow Kali gandaki river side. Take lunch and rest. Afterward visit the traditional village of Tibetans kagbeni with over 500 years old monastery. And stay overnight.

Day 04: Trek to Chussang (2,920m) – 6 hours walk

After checking your special Mustang permits in kagbeni the trek goes uphill for while leaving Kali Gandaki River behind. The trail goes to harsh barren countryside all the way with some stops. Here you cross some small and tiny villages as walk progress coming to the town called Tangle, after walking an hour more brings the overnight stop place. Chusang located at the confluence of the Narsang River and the Kali Gandaki River.

Day 05: Trek to Samar (3,290m) – 6 to 7 hours walk

First villages comes Chele after passing this village the stream via the broken canyons and ruin castle walls on the around cliffs. Pass the river from Chussang are some massive red eroded cliffs higher the mouths of unreachable caves. After passing the tiny bridge an up climb for about 45 minutes brings to Chele town. From this village walk gets steep up for an hour upto ridge at 3,130m, a perfect vistas of Gyagar across a big canyon is visible. Afterwards the path goes up slowly windswept terrain up to at 3,540m. Normal decent for a while takes you to Samar for overnight stay.

Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (3,600m) 6 to 7 hours

The trek today fallow the tiny climb above Samar village to a ridge, with a downhill leading to a large gorge past a Chorten anted red, black, yellow and white all the colors are made from local stones. Meeting some Juniper trees the trek goes on to another township. From here the path descends to Shyangmochen, am tiny livings with some tea houses at 3,710m, taking right downhill the trek descends towards to Gelling for overnight stay.

Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3,520 – 6 to 7 hours

From gelling, the path goes up genteelly via the fields up the centre of the valley, crossing below the Tama Gung village, the walk carry on a long climb across the head of the valley to the Byi La Pass 3,950m which is also elevated place of the trek as well the cross itself happens to be the southern bundry of Lo. From here a normal down for half an hour arrives to junction the right trail leads to tsarang where the left leds to Ghami town.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,780m) – 5 hours

A day you arrives the final destination, the path starts with short descends passing the Charangchu River with steep uphill on side and crossing via the Tholung valley. Path divert with normal climb as the valley goes up to a large Chorten whch marks the boundry of Tsarang and Lo. And we climb landscapes on elevation of 3,850 meter where from the clear lo-mangthang village can be seen. As only one entrée place is northern side so one has to circle the wall to main gate to get Lo-Manthang village

Day 10: Rest or explore day of Lo-manthang.

Having around 150 houses the Lo-Mangthang village is residence of lamas, the closely located, and palaces and monasteries are in bottom portion in these houses. The school, health post, police post and man significant chortens are situated outside the walls to the north. People from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practive practical cultural economy. Before strong trade with Tibet was disrupted, all of the salt and wool trade on the kali Gandaki crossed via Lo-manthang. This is the village where the king of Mustang kingdom living. Jigme Parbal bist, and the queen and they are from Nobel family of Lhasa. During the trek you will be exploring all those significant and cultural places.

Day 10: Trek to Ghami (3,440m0 6 to 7 hours walk

As we start return back from the trek today’s walk mostly goes downhill. However short climbs need to be faced. Firstly you climb up to the top where from the last view can be seen of Lo-Manthang village, then we descends downhill slopes most of the path to Ghami town. Ghimi is another significant town of this area.

Day 11: Trek to Samar – 4 to 5 hours walk

The path goes straight route to Nyi La, with a climb to the side and then contouring upwards and encounters the road from Tsarang. From the top the steep descend waits all the way to Gelling town. After passing stream once again the trail climbs up towards to large painted Chorten. Then it is straight towards path to overnight camp.

Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka, – 5 to 6 hours walk

Our trek from Samar goes to the less known region by the westerners, descending on the same route for 3 hour via Chele town and then arriving to Mustang Khola, trek leads climbs further up to the ridge, on leaving the village way down below the walks is more less on the gradual uphill trek and we arrive our overnight camp.

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,710m) – 4 Hours walk

Less frequented upper part of Mustang, you will be viewing more of fellow treks, the trek from the camp towards to slow climb for less than an hour up to 3,970m. Here from the trek leads down slope to Muktinath. The massive views of the Nilgiri and Tukuche peak here from the trek is much bigger. Evening you will visit the holy temple of Muktinath.

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom ( 5 hours)

Although the vehicles are available these days, the trek mostly leaves down to Ekali Bhatti and straight flat to Jomsom. It windy valley as well so do not forget to wear eye glass and globs. Most of the time along the kali Gandaki River you reach Jomsom for overnight

Day 15: Fly to Pokhara

An early morning flight for about half an hour arrive at Pokhara.If you prefer same day back to Kathmandu which is also possible. But it’s better to spend relax day in Pokhara after long trek. Visit around and stay overnight.

Day 16: drive or fly to Kathmandu

Up to you either you want drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, car or van. Driving takes about 7 hours and flight takes only 30 minutes.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Upon your flight time we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport buy Nepal guide info team

Cost Includes
  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, with breakfast
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with entrance fees
  • Required flight ticket and airport taxes
  • Pokhara-Jomsom flight ticket and airport taxes
  • All meals during the trek
  • accommodation during the trek
  • English-speaking licensed trekking guide (Sherpa)
  • Required number of porter to carry tents, utensils, equipment and your luggage
  • All required permits Upper Mustang Special permit and Annapurna Conservation permit
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag to use during the trek and T-shirt Nepal Planet Treks (yours to keep)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All government taxes and official expenses
Cost Excludes
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.
  • Beverages like mineral water, juice, Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance (essential)
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above
  • Tips
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond our control
  • Any additional expenses
Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from March to May and from mid-September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
Useful Info

Equipment and Packing List for Upper Mustang Trek 2024

This list is a Nepal Guide info guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*)Â are provided by Nepal Guide info ( Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition )inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary

Things during a treks
Important documents and items
• Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
• Separate photocopies  of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
• Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash  for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
• Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards  for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
• Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
• Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
• Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
• Sunglasses  with UV protection
• Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
• Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
• Light and expedition weight thermal tops
• Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
• Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
• Down vest and/or jacket *
• Gore-Tex or North Face jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
• 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
• 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
• 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
 Lower Body
• Non-cotton underwear briefs
• 1 pair of Hiking shorts
• 1 pair of Hiking trousers
• 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
• 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
• 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
• 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
• 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
• 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support,
• 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
• Cotton socks (optional)
• Gaiters (winter only), optional,  ankle high version
• 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
• Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
• 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
• 1 large duffel bag *
• A small day pack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
• Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
• 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
• Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
• Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
• 1 skin-blister repair kit
• Anti-diarrhea pills
• Anti-headache pills
• Cough and/or cold medicine
• Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylchloride
• Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
• Water purification tablets or water filter ( Nepal Guide Info proved a this Water purification Tablet )
• 1 set of earplugs
• Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
• 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
• 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
• 1 compass or GPS(optional)
• 1 alarm clock/watch
• 1 digital camera  with extra cards and batteries
• large Ziplocs
• 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
• 1 small folding knife
• Binoculars (optional)
• 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
• 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
• Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
• Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
• Deodorants
• Nail clippers
• Face and body moisturizer
• Female hygiene products
• Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
• Wet wipes (baby wipes)
• Tissue /toilet roll
• Anti-bacterial hand wash
• Reading book
• Trail map/guide book
• Journal and pen
• iPod
• Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
• 1 modest swim suit
• Binoculars (optional)
• Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
• Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
• Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Health and Safety is in our priority list 2024

Nepal Guide Info is greatly concerned with health and safety of our clients as well as team. All our outdoor staff members are well insured. Considering health and safety of our clients, we stress priority to hygienic food to high altitude sickness remedy; from preliminary medical emergency oxygen’s treatment to helicopter rescue. Being one of the Nepal Guide Info (Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition) is well equipped and fully trained in health and safety aspects.
  • Upper Mustang is a remote and culturally rich region in the Himalayas of Nepal, close to the Tibetan border. It is known for its unique Tibetan culture, stunning desert-like landscapes, and ancient Buddhist monasteries.

  • A typical Upper Mustang trek takes around 10 to 14 days, depending on the specific itinerary and starting point. The 13-day itinerary allows for a more leisurely pace and ample time for acclimatization.

  • The best time to trek in Upper Mustang is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, and the skies are clear. These months offer the best views and comfortable trekking conditions.

  • Yes, Upper Mustang is a culturally sensitive area, and it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, ask permission before taking photographs of people, and be mindful of local beliefs and practices.

  • Yes, trekking in Upper Mustang is generally safe, especially when accompanied by an experienced guide. However, it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with high-altitude trekking and to follow the advice of your guide for a safe and enjoyable trek.

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