- Ancient Tibetan lifestyle, cultures, and traditions.
- Fascinating mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges.
- Painted mud-brick houses, Caves carved into the cliffs.
- Royal Palace, Buddhists Monasteries, Thugchen Gompa.
- Traverse to villages like Chhuksang Village, Ghame Village, etc.
- Vast and barren valleys, scattered valleys.
Upper Mustang is a highly cherished and admired destination located in the Annapurna region, where the beauty of nature blends seamlessly with the allure of a mysterious kingdom. The Upper Mustang trek is a 15-day adventure through the desert mountains of Nepal, offering some of the most unique and sensational travel experiences. The Upper Mustang trek is considered one of the most unique and off-the-beaten-path treks. During this trek, you will have the opportunity to walk through a distinctive landscape, right beside the Trans-Himalayas. Additionally, you will encounter the fascinating culture and history of the "Loba" people, who are also known as the people of Lo Manthang. Amid the cold mountain desert, you will come across a multitude of enchanting and celestial locations that embody a beautiful and simple way of life. You will discover hidden beauty in unexpected places, along with the majestic jewels that grace these locations. They stand tall and strong, offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains.
Lo Manthang, the ancient capital of Mustang. The Upper Mustang trek leads to the last forbidden kingdom within the country’s territory. It is the gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom; Lo. Lo Manthang is the ancient capital of the Mustang. Upper Mustang was once restricted to average travelers until 1992 and to this day one must have a restricted area permit to enter this place. Because of that, it was completely isolated from the outer world. As of now restricted area permits along with TIMS card and ACAP permits are required to explore the Upper Mustang of Nepal. Mustang is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. There is no technical climbing required for the Upper Mustang trek. Meanwhile, the difficulty level of the trek is moderate and with basic hiking experience can easily complete the trek. Meanwhile, the highest altitude of the Upper Mustang trek is 3,730 meters above sea level.
Tiji Festival in Mustang is one of the most unique festivals in Nepal, one of the prominent Himalayan festivals. It is a lifetime experience to visit the Upper Mustang of Nepal and witness the Tiji festival. To reach the Lower Mustang of Nepal both the roadways as well as airways are available. But compared with the Lower Mustang of Nepal, the Upper Mustang is rich in culture, tradition, amazing caves, monasteries, and many more. Upper Mustang carries a long history and it is also believed that the kingdom of Lo used to be a part of the Ngari area of Tibet. Along with the above highlights, you will traverse around the deserted valleys and watch yak caravans, eroded canyons, and extraordinary walled settlements. Arid beauty and harsh, cliff-face landscapes are other attractions. You will also see the nuclear settlement and little sign of cultivation. Moreover, The region reflects stunning vistas and the stubborn way of holding unique Tibetan cultures. Experiencing the ancient cultures of the Forbidden Kingdom is another memorable side of this trek.
As you make your way to your final destination of the trek - Lo Manthang, you will also have the opportunity to explore the mysterious caves and marvel at the centuries-old walled city. Nestled in a secluded location, surrounded by majestic mountains and endless chains of peaks, the scenery is truly unforgettable. The landscape in this part of Nepal is very different from other areas, which is one of the major attractions during this trek.
Mustang - The Apple capital of Nepal
The Forbidden Kingdom Mustang region is Northern Nepal, which has a fascinating culture along with mind-blowing landscapes that are much more than just a trekking destination. It is a mounting of old cultural traditions and unique beauty that seems otherworldly. It is also the age-old trade route and some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth. It is inhabited by Gurung and Thakali ethnic groups, these ethnic groups still live in small villages along the foothills of the Himalayas.
The mysterious place is full of incredible attractions, and culture that has been preserved for centuries. Mustang is a deserted area of land due to the Himalayan zone covering the valley. Not only landscapes but also hypnotic culture and history. Many attractions make the Mustang a great place to visit. The cliffs and caves, waterfalls, mountain sceneries, culture and lifestyle of locals, and the incredible arid landscapes are some of the major attractions to explore in Mustang.
Kagbeni village - Gateways to Upper Mustang
Kagbeni is made of the two words “ Kag '' and “venue’’ where ‘’Kag’’ means crow and venue means junction of two rivers Kali Gandaki and Jhong rivers. Kagbeni is the stunning village that is the only gateway to the upper Mustang. It is located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River in the Mustang district. You can catch a glimpse of the local lifestyle village by visiting this beautiful village. This rustic village lies on the trail from Jomson and the royal capital of Lo Manthang. Kagbeni not only fascinates people with its beauty but also attracts people with its religious significance.
Kagbeni lies on the way to Muktinath and people usually stop by this interesting place to perform a final ritual for the departed souls of their ancestors. Besides the religious importance, this village is one of the most beautiful places to explore in this area. The iconic houses here are rectangular with flat mud-plastered roofs and are built adjoining each other. The worn-down prayer flags are believed to carry the blessings of the mantras. Places like these are typical for semi-desert, trans-Himalayas. According to the season, the dry land is filled with green agricultural fields that please one's eye.
Upper Mustang - The Mountain Desert
Upper Mustang is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Annapurna Region. The highest altitude of the trek is Lo Manthang which is situated at an elevation of 3,730 meters above sea level. The Everest region was first explored by trekkers during the 1950s. Meanwhile, the trek to Upper Mustang was opened for all after 1992. The trekking trails to Upper Mustang were once used as a salt trading route by the locals. The king still has his home there. Upper Mustang is located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Although the entire region is geographically part of the Tibetan plateau. Hence, the kingdom is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Traveling to the Upper Mustang is a real privilege. Upper Mustang Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime destination to explore the captivating medieval walled kingdom of Lo Manthang.
Upper Mustang trekking transits across the arid river valley that runs north-south of the Annapurna circuit. Trek to Upper Mustang passes through the driest region of Nepal. It certainly offers you a visit to the deserted valley rich in its ancient cultural heritages and traditions. It provides spectacular mountain scenery. Though trekking to this region has been open since 1992, trekkers must need a special permit to trek this region.
What is Upper Mustang Trek?
Upper Mustang falls under a restricted area in Nepal and it was completely closed to tourists until the late 90s. The travelers must require a special permit to travel to this region as per the rules from the tourism department of the country. Trekkers should pay a permit fee of US$ 500 (to be arranged through a trekking agency and valid for 10 days). Each additional day costs US$ 50. Meanwhile, ACAP permits which cost US$ 30 must be paid before traveling to Upper Mustang. Similarly, for the TIMS card, US$ 10 must be paid to the Department of Immigration. Traveling to the upper Mustang is quite challenging due to its remoteness and restrictions.
With us, your journey to Upper Mustang starts from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Being the capital of Nepal recently Kathmandu holds the only international airport in the nation making Kathmandu the initial destination for most of the international travelers. Some other international airports are under construction and 40+ domestic airports are in operation. From Kathmandu, you can reach Pokhara by road or by flight. Flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu Takes about 25-30 minutes. Similarly, a 25-minute scenic flight will take you to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara from Kathmandu. The upper Mustang area lies inside the Annapurna conservation area which can be accessed from Pokhara.
A 20-minute flight from Pokhara will take you to Jomsom and you will reach the gateways to the upper Mustang area. After a 30-minute thrilling drive from Jomsom, you will reach Kagbeni. The trek generally starts from Kagbeni. During your journey to the mountain desert, you will come across beautiful and traditional villages full of life and simplicity. From Kagbeni you will start the trek the very next day and take about 5 days to reach the capital of Mustang Lo Manthang also known as the mysterious kingdom and the ancient walled city. Situated at an elevation of 3,730 meters above sea level, Lo Manthang is the ancient capital of the Jomsom with jaw-dropping surprises and fascinating beauty.
You will have an additional day to explore Lo Manthang. During the day, you have the opportunity to witness a variety of captivating experiences, such as sky caves, ancient cave paintings, cultural practices, and the awe-inspiring landscapes. It takes three days of trekking to reach Kagbeni from Lo Manthang. From Kagbeni, you have the option to either trek to Jomsom or drive back. If you choose to drive, there is a well-maintained road that offers a scenic road trip experience. The trek distance is relatively short, allowing you to explore the lower Mustang during the earlier part of the day. During your stay in Jomsom, be sure to visit Marpha Village and Dumba Lake, as they are both must-see destinations located near the village, making it easily accessible and perfect for a short visit.
Best Time to Travel Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang is cold in winter, windy, and dusty throughout the year. As the region falls under the rain shadow, it does not bear rainfall. So, trekking in the Upper Mustang is also suitable during monsoon season. During the monsoon season of the year, amazing views of the landscapes, green fields, apple orchards, and many more can be seen. Rainfall only lasts for a few hours meanwhile in the evening clouds may cover the sky.
However, Summer, Monsoon, and Autumn are the best time to trek the upper Mustang. Mid-September, October November and Early- December is one of the best months of the year for the Upper Mustang trek. Mustang is situated at a low altitude compared with the Upper Mustang region and other trekking trails without any high passes. Because of that, the snowfall does not hamper the trekking trails. Similarly, February, March, and April are the second-best seasons for the Upper Mustang trek. During these months of the year, the sky is clear with pleasant weather allowing you to enjoy the ambiance to its fullest.
If the provided trip itinerary does not fit your holiday schedule or if you would like to make changes to the itinerary or combine it with other travel plans, please inform us. We will gladly create a customized itinerary that is tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Please feel free to inquire with us about whether you are a student group, family group, or corporate team. We have a range of packages available for your trip to Upper Mustang.
How difficult is the Upper Mustang trek?
The Upper Mustang trek is considered to be a moderately to strenuously challenging trek. This is due to its demanding trail and high altitude location, situated above 3,000m above sea level in the mountains. Upper Mustang is designated as a restricted area due to its proximity to the Tibetan Border and border security concerns. As a result, it remains a remote region that has largely been untouched by modern development and civilization. Trekking to the Upper Mustang can be quite challenging due to its remote location.
The trek involves long hours of walking, steep ascents and descents, and unpredictable harsh weather conditions. Another major challenge during this trek is the high altitude, which has the potential to cause altitude sickness, a significant threat. High altitude sickness typically begins to affect individuals when they reach an elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level. This condition can cause physical effects in individuals and is recognized for its unpredictable nature. These are the potential challenges of the Upper Mustang trek. However, you will be accompanied by a professional trekking guide who is equipped with a comprehensive medical kit to ensure that you complete your trek without encountering any difficulties.
Kathmandu Arrival, Welcome to Nepal! [1,400m/4,593 ft]
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At. 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program. If your arrival is late after 5 PM we will meet the next morning during breakfast.
*Optionally you can add one additional night stay in Kathmandu to cover cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu as well for your trek preparation shopping.
Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing: You will visit for a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath.
Fly to Pokhara, Pokhara Sightseeing. [822m/2,696 ft]
At. 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel and be ready for your flight to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Our office representative will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the airport. The flight duration from Kathmandu to Pokhara is just 25-30 minutes. Our office representative will pick you up from the Pokhara airport and transfer you to your respective hotel near the lakeside. You can explore the lakeside and buy your required things for the trek if you wish to. You can explore the lakeside area or take a rest, you can take part in thrilling activities while in Pokhara if you want to as you will be free on this day.
At. 01:00 PM: Your transportation will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to some of the most beautiful natural as well as man-made attractions. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to explore Devi's Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, and the World Peace Pagoda. These attractions are situated on a hill that offers visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of Pokhara city, as well as the majestic snow-capped mountains on clear days. After sightseeing, you have the option to visit the famous Phewa Lake for a boating experience and have lunch near the lakeside area where you can find amazing restaurants and cafes where you can find authentic Nepali as well as international cuisines.
Optional Activities in Nepal (Price Subject to Change):
Paragliding in Pokhara. (USD 90 PP)
Ultra-light flight in Pokhara. (USD 120 PP, 15 Minutes)
Zip-flying in Pokhara. (USD 70 PP)
Bungee jump in Kushma. (World’s 2nd highest, 228M) (USD 100 PP)
Fly to Jomsom, Trek to Kagbeni. [2,810m/9,219 ft]
At. 06:30 AM: Today marks the beginning of your trek, as you embark on a journey to the picturesque town of Jomsom. You will commence your adventure by taking a morning flight from Pokhara. Today marks the beginning of your trek, as you embark on a journey to the picturesque town of Jomsom. You will commence your adventure by taking a morning flight from Pokhara. Jomsom is nestled between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, which is why flights are scheduled in the morning to avoid the strong winds that occur during the daytime. Before heading to the airport, have breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara.
(Jomsom flight depends on weather conditions and if unfortunately the flight gets canceled we will arrange your transfer to Pokhara by road. The road trip is equally enjoyable as the road is smooth and a bit rough meaning you can get off the road and peaceful transfer)
After reaching Jomsom you will start your trek toward the Kagbeni village. You will follow the banks of the Kaligandaki River and pass by apple and potato farms, which is a lovely sight to see as you walk towards your destination today. Kagbeni is a remarkably gorgeous village that you will encounter on your trek. It also serves as the gateway to the Dhaulagiri base camp. The village is surrounded by a local orchard that produces some of the most delicious apples and apricots. Once you reach your destination, check-in at the local lodge and spend your leisure time strolling around the picturesque village while your dinner is being prepared.
Trek to Chele. [3,050m/10,006 ft]
At. 07:30 AM: Today, you will start early with a cup of refreshing tea and a local breakfast, enjoying the beautiful view of the surrounding area. After finishing your breakfast and packing your belongings, put on your trekking shoes and begin your journey towards Chele.
Kagbeni serves as the initial point for accessing the restricted area leading to the Upper Mustang. Once you have verified your permits, you can begin your Upper Mustang trek. You will follow the upstream of the windy Kali Gandaki River until you reach the Tangbe village. You will pass by the barley and buckwheat fields, and apple farms in between beautiful villages. If you are traveling during the monsoon season, you will have the opportunity to witness the enchanting agricultural fields adorned with stunning buckwheat flowers. These flowers, predominantly white and pink in color, bring vibrancy to the otherwise arid desert landscape. The distance between Kagbeni to Chele is 15 km which you can cover in 6-7 hours. Finally reaching Chele you will stop for the night here.
Trek to Syanbochen. [3,475m/11,400 ft]
At. 07:30 AM: After breakfast, you will start your trek. Today’s trek is comparatively hard among other days. You will cross two beautiful passes, the Dajori La pass (3,735m) and the Taklam La pass (3,624m). The magnificent views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang Damodar Danda, and Ramchung Cave are seen from the trail. You will descend to reach Samar village before you further start the steep descent to reach Syanbochen. As you ascend to higher elevations, you will notice that the mountain appears to get closer to you. Additionally, you will observe that the vegetation becomes progressively thinner, with arid bushes that can withstand the cold climate.
At higher elevations, the risk of experiencing altitude sickness increases slightly. To prevent this, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, approximately 4-6 liters per day. Additionally, consuming high-carbohydrate foods can help avoid altitude sickness. The distance between Chele to Syanbochen is around 12 km which will take around 6-8 hours. Overnight at the local lodge/ teahouse.
Trek to Ghami. [3,520m/11,548 ft]
At. 07:30 AM: After early morning breakfast, you will be trekking towards the biggest village in the Lo region. You will start your trek ascending Yamada La pass (3,850m) through the teahouse, Chorten, and peaceful villages. Then you will trek through the poplar forest, and barley field to reach Nyi Pass (4,010m) from where you will descend towards the beautiful Ghami village. The distance between Syanbochen to Ghami is 10 KM which takes 6-7 hours.
Ghami is a charming village situated in the upper Mustang region. It is nestled at the base of towering mud hills, with stunning snow-capped mountains rising above them. The landscape offers some of the most breathtaking sights one can witness. In the village of Ghami, there are ancient and traditional houses that still stand strong, portraying its beautiful history and culture. During your leisure time, you can visit ancient monasteries and Gumbas. In the evening you can explore the village or interact with the natives and learn about the culture and the simple lifestyle of the locals. Overnight at Ghami village.
Trek to Tasrang. [3,620m/11,876 ft]
At. 08:00 AM: Today, your first task will be to descend to cross the Ghami Khola, which is a river. Once you have crossed the River, you will begin your ascent up the hill to reach the Mui-La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 4,170 meters. To reach Marang village, you will pass through the stunning Mani walls and Ghar Gumba. Marang village is located at the top of Charang Chu canyon. It is home to a magnificent fortress and a red gompa situated towards its east. It is highly recommended to explore this ancient attraction. The distance between Ghami to Tasrang is around 11 km and takes 5-6 hours.
Once you arrive at your destination, take a moment to set down your bags and enjoy a warm cup of tea. Allow yourself to fully appreciate the simplicity of this place. Overnight at a charming tea house/ local lodge in Tasrang.
Trek to Lo Manthang. [3,730m/12,237 ft]
At. 07:30 AM: After having breakfast, you make your way down to the canyon and proceed to cross the river. Once you've crossed the river, you begin your ascent towards Marang La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 4,230 meters. Today, you will embark on a journey towards your final destination, the ancient walled city. From the top of the pass, one can behold the breathtaking sight of the picturesque Lo Manthang village. Next, you will descend towards the breathtaking walled village. One can witness the awe-inspiring sight of the Himalayas, which include the majestic peaks of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti, and Damodar Himal. The distance between Tasrang to Lo Manthang is around 11 km which takes 6-7 hours.
You have the option to stay overnight at the local lodge in Lo Manthang, or if you prefer a more luxurious and regal experience, you can upgrade your stay at the luxury resort. The resort offers exclusive amenities and services, which are optional and come at an additional cost.
Lo Manthang Exploration. [3,730m/12,237 ft]
At. 09:00 AM: Have breakfast at the lodge before starting your tour. Today you will spend your entire day exploring the so-called forbidden kingdom of Nepal - Lo Manthang. There are numerous things to see, experience, and simply admire here. Leave your bags at the lodge as you will return to the same hotel after exploration.
The ancient walled city of Lo Manthang is nestled in the mountains of Nepal, secluded from urban areas and existing in its own isolated world. The topography of this region in Nepal is significantly distinct from other areas, characterized by a trans-Himalayan landscape that is cold and dry. The region is located near the Tibet border, allowing you to experience Tibetan culture and tradition. The architecture in the area is also heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
Tall white washed mud brick walls, mysterious caves, Gompa (Monastery), and the ancient Royal Palace built 600 years ago are some of the attractions of this place. The Tibetan Buddhist Gompas such as Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, also known as ‘’God House’’ were built in the early 15th century making them extremely important for the locals. Visit the monasteries, get along with the locals, and soak in the untamed nature. Your guide will provide you with all the necessary information. You can also visit the seasonal agricultural fields to see the crops along with the village to get an insight into the place’s culture, tradition, and native people’s lifestyle. After exploration, return to the lodge. Overnight stay at the previous local lodge.
Trek to Ghami. [3,520m/11,548 ft]
At. 07:30 AM: After having breakfast, you will descend along the same trail that you used to reach Lo Manthang. The Upper Mustang trail consists of both uphill and downhill sections, as well as river crossings and pass climbs. The trail is surrounded by the breathtaking Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, adding to the beauty of the landscape. Capture stunning photographs to preserve cherished memories and savor the present moment.
The distance between Lo Manthang and Ghami is approximately 21 km, and it usually takes around 7-8 hours to reach. Despite the long distance, the trail mostly follows a downhill and easy path, allowing you to cover it in a relatively short amount of time. In the evening, you can enjoy the breathtaking celestial sunset and take in the beautiful view of the village and its surroundings. As you do so, you can enhance the experience by sipping on a comforting cup of hot tea. You will be fascinated by the unique landscape. Experience a comfortable stay at a local teahouse in Ghami, where you can spend the night.
Trek to Samar. [3,620m/11,876 ft]
At. 07:30 AM: After breakfast, continue following the Kaligandaki river as you make your way back towards the Samar village. Samar Village is a remarkable village known for its distinctive architecture and rich cultural heritage. Feel free to explore the charming rustic village and take a leisurely stroll around if you'd like. The simplicity of the local people brings peace and satisfaction to one's heart. The distance from Ghami to Samar is approximately 19 kilometers, and it typically takes around 9 to 10 hours to travel this distance.
As you descend, you will gradually notice a change in vegetation as you lose altitude. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the nearby lodge or teahouse, and get a good night's sleep to prepare for the day ahead. Overnight at a local lodge in Samar village.
Trek to Kagbeni, Drive to Jomsom. [2,700m/8,858 ft]
At. 06:30 AM: To continue your journey, you will follow the same trail that you previously took, leading you towards the Kaligandaki river and eventually back to Kagbeni village. The boundary of the restricted area in Kagbeni concludes at this point. After reaching the Kagbeni checkpoint, you will proceed to check out. Kagbeni is a popular destination, known for both its trekking opportunities and religious significance. One can visit religious sites and explore the surrounding area. The distance between Samar and Kagbeni is approximately 22 km. The journey typically takes around 6-7 hours, as you will be traveling downhill.
After reaching Kagbeni, you will proceed to return to Jomsom from Kagbeni by driving. Your transportation will pick you up from your designated location and drop you off at Jomsom. The trail is relatively easy compared to others, allowing you to comfortably cover a distance of approximately 12 km. The path is mostly flat and well-paved, ensuring a smooth journey ride typically takes around 35-40 minutes.
Check-in at the hotel as soon as you reach the hotel and get refreshed as your delicious dinner gets prepared. Jomsom serves as both the starting and ending point for the Upper Mustang trek. While you are in Jomsom, you have the opportunity to explore the nearby villages and local markets at your leisure. You can also try delicious organic fruits during your travel and harvest season, such as tasty apples and apricots, as well as products made from them. Enjoy a comfortable stay at a hotel in Jomsom and take the opportunity to rest and relax. In October, if you enjoy stargazing, take a moment to observe the beautiful night sky filled with numerous shimmering stars.
Fly to Pokhara, Leisure Day. [822m/2,696 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: It is recommended to have an early morning breakfast before heading to Jomsom Airport. Jomsom Airport serves as the sole means of connecting the Mustang Region with other regions of Nepal. The flight to Jomsom and from Jomsom are only available until 11 AM. The flight time from Jomsom to Pokhara is approximately 20-25 minutes. The flight through the gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains offers a truly breathtaking experience.
(If the flight is canceled due to the weather condition or other technical issue, we will make arrangements for your transfer by road, which is just as satisfying.)
The road runs alongside the Kaligandaki River until it reaches Beni Bazar. After crossing Marpha, Kalopani, Ghasa, and Tatopani, you will eventually reach Beni Bazar, which serves as the headquarters of the Myagdi district. After approximately two hours of driving, you will arrive at Kushma, the headquarters of the Parbat district. After passing through Beni Bazar, the road becomes paved and the drive will be smooth, allowing you to reach Pokhara within 4-5 hours. Once you arrive in Pokhara, you can transfer to a comfortable hotel located in the Lake Side area. This area offers a variety of fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can celebrate the success of your trek. (Collect the extra baggage from the hotel before you leave if you have left any)
Fly to Kathmandu. [1,400m/4,593 ft]
At. 08:00 AM: Have your breakfast and get ready for your flight back to Kathmandu. Our office representative will pick you up from the hotel and drop you off at the airport. (Flight Duration from Pokhara to Kathmandu 25-30 mins) Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, your transportation will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will have plenty of free time to go shopping or explore the Kathmandu Valley. You can also choose the Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour on this day. You can explore several significant cultural sites within the Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath Stupa. These locations showcase the diverse and rich cultural heritage found in this area.
You will have your day leisurely after the sightseeing program, you will have enough free time for shopping or roaming around Kathmandu Valley in the evening. However, if you want to go for authentic shopping for items such as handmade goods for souvenirs, and treat yourself to a relaxing spa after a week-long trek Thamel is the place for you. Enjoy the leisure time as you wish, and in the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali Dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell (If you want to visit other places, we can arrange it for you with extra add ons)
You will be free until your flight time, we will drop you at Kathmandu Airport 3 hours before your flight. You will get to the airport 3 hours before your flight time. Carry loads of souvenirs, memories, and lifetime experiences back home, and Have a safe home return! We hope you enjoyed the trip! If you plan to extend your stay, we (Altitude Himalaya) are more than happy to make your visit memorable and enjoyable.
The information about the Upper Mustang Trek is in-depth; feel free to contact us 24/7. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist you instantly. You can write an email if this trip doesn't fit your vacation schedule and requirements. Altitude Himalaya aims to offer the best possible travel experience to customers. Depending on the needs of the visitors and the group size, we customize each vacation package. We will put together a bespoke itinerary just for your private group.
Travel insurance is essential before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance provides coverage for various risks, including the loss of personal belongings and unforeseen expenses. In addition to accidents, travel insurance also provides coverage for unexpected medical emergencies. Additionally, it includes provisions for emergency evacuation at high altitudes during trekking expeditions. While travel insurance is not mandatory, it is strongly advised to have it.
If you face any serious medical emergency during your trekking program you will immediately evacuate the place through Helicopter Rescue which the traveler’s insurance company will cover. While trekking to the highlands of Nepal you may face minor health issues such as scratches, headaches, etc. For such a situation, your guide carries a well-equipped first aid kit, ensuring nothing happens to you.
During the Upper Mustang Trek, you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling highlands above 3,000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of altitude sickness increase slightly. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Strolling and acclimatizing decreases the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.
Packing List Suggestions:
Having a good backpack and necessary gear makes trekking easier. It becomes more important if you are trekking at higher elevations. If you are wondering about what to pack for trekking to the Annapurna region, then you can check our complete guide on the Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist. While making a backpack, it is important to include clothing, essential items, and a first aid kit. In difficult times, a good backpack can be life-saving.
Do’s and Don’t:
Select the ideal time to travel.
Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization.
Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.
Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)
Carry all the necessary paperwork such as (the Annapurna conservation area permit, Restricted area permit, and TIM card).
Maintaining body hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.
Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.
Ask for permission before taking pictures and videos of the locals.
Respect the culture and people of the area.
Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.
Don’t litter, put trash in its place.
Why with Altitude Himalaya:
Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s growing travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing quality experiences and memories. We are concerned about maintaining and following our own standard service that includes a private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel accommodation in urban areas, the best available lodges/tea houses at the trekking trails, and dedicated personalized assistance. Additionally, we also operate our trips in Bhutan and Tibet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Upper Mustang located?
Upper Mustang is situated in the Mustang district of Nepal, approximately 400 km northwest of Kathmandu. Upper Mustang refers to the northern region of the Mustang district, which shares a border with Tibet. It is located inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, and the Upper Mustang is also considered a restricted area.
What is the Upper Mustang famous for?
Upper Mustang refers to the northern region of the Mustang district, which is renowned for its breathtaking and distinctive landscape. This area is surrounded by the majestic Trans-Himalayan mountain range, which acts as a barrier against the monsoon rains, resulting in a remarkable mountain desert environment. The Upper Mustang region is renowned for its stunning landscape, but it is also highly regarded for its well-preserved Buddhist monasteries that have stood for centuries. Additionally, the region is home to mysterious caves, a captivating local culture, and a fascinating traditional village known as the ancient walled city, which remains significant to this day.
What kind of weather is there in Upper Mustang?
The Upper Mustang area experiences a trans-Himalayan climate characterized by cool temperatures and a semi-arid environment. Mustang, also known as the mountain desert of Nepal, is renowned for its numerous unnamed majestic peaks, as well as its exceptional culture, history, and landscapes. The weather in the mountain desert is known for being cold and dry, with minimal rainfall and limited high alpine vegetation that can withstand the harsh climate.
At what altitude is Upper Mustang located?
Upper Mustang is located north of the Annapurna region, with an average altitude of 3,000m. The region is closely linked to the Tibetan plateau, known as the "roof of the world," in terms of both geology and culture. The Upper Mustang is located at a high altitude, ranging from a minimum of 2,500m to over 5,000m.
What kind of accommodation will we get throughout the trek?
When trekking in the remote areas of Nepal, it is important to keep in mind that there are limited facilities and services available. Due to this, you will have limited options when it comes to accommodation. During your trek in the Upper Mustang area, you will be accommodated in comfortable local lodges and tea houses. These establishments provide basic amenities including warm beds, nutritious food, electricity, and clean bathrooms. However, in Lo Manthang, there is a luxurious royal resort that offers exceptional service. During your stay, you have the option to upgrade, although this will incur additional costs.
What should I pack for the trek and can I buy or rent the equipment in Nepal?
Packing is a crucial aspect when traveling to a new destination as it significantly affects the overall comfort of your trip. Packing essential items for your trek can greatly impact your overall experience. To ensure a pleasant trekking program, it is crucial to have a few key items. Firstly, a good pair of trekking shoes is essential for comfortable and safe walking. Additionally, it is important to pack comfortable and stretchable clothing to allow for ease of movement. Since the weather in the region can be unpredictable, it is advisable to bring a down jacket to stay warm. Lastly, there are other important items that you can find in the Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist.
All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
Domestic flight transfer (Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom, both ways) as mentioned in the itinerary.
All mentioned road transfers and sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
All necessary paperwork. (Restricted Area Permit, ACAP permit, and TIMS Card)
An English-speaking experienced and professional licensed trek guide.
Well-Equipped medical kit with necessary medicine throughout the trek. (Carried by the guide)
One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
All government and local taxes.
Guide/Porter’s salary, food, and accommodation during the trek.
Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.
Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
A farewell Nepali cultural dinner on your last night in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing entrance fee. (approximately 50 USD)
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30 -day Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)
International flight ticket.
Travel health insurance. (highly recommended)
Tips for the guide, porter, and driver. (Recommended)
Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the included section.
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