Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang is a remote desolate and extremely fascinating region of Nepal set amongst wind eroded hills on the northern borders of Tibet. It was previously a forbidden Kingdom, it is now a Kingdom within Nepal that still retains its own King.Upper Mustang was only opened ( officially ) to tourists in 1992, then with strict limits on the amount allowed in one year. The destination is the historic walled city of Lo Mangtang.

Life in Lo-Manthang has continued much the same as it has for centuries. People are steeped in religion here with numerous Gompas, Mani walls (prayer walls) and chortens adorning the Kings palace and surrounds. Prayer flags flutter above each household, spreading good blessings to all corners of the world and the universe beyond. This area can be trekked all year round regardless of season. August is the mildest month,  in winter there can be 30 to 40cms of snow to negotiate. The people are well adapted to the region after  many centuries of experience surviving the harsh climate.They survive by practicing a form of  agro-pastoralism and seasonal migration, farming is done whenever irrigation is possible, only one crop (barely) can be produced. The barely supports the local population for only 6 months a year with severe food shortages the rest of the time. As a result, during the winter months almost 70 percent of the local people emigrate to either the lower part of Mustang, Pokhara, Kathmandu or India, for employment and trading. 

If you are planning a visit to Mustang you need to be in good physical condition. The tour commences with a flight from Katmandu to Jomsom via Pokhara.If you want to extend your time, It is possible to trek in for nine days from Pokhara.

 The trekking route crosses the villages of Tangbe, Samar and Geling to reach Tsarang . The settlement of  Tsarang is considered as one of the highlights of the tour, a day before Lo Mangthang.

In ancient Tsarang a set of human hands remains said to belong to the site’s master builder. According to legend, the King cut the builder’s hands off to stop him from constructing another masterpiece to compete against it. 

Everyday more less 6 to 7 hours Trek.

Day 01: Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trekking Preparation and leisure. Sightseeing Kathmandu durbar squar - Overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Drive 200 km. Pokhara is a inter mountain valley at an altitude of (900m)

Day 04: Early morning drive to Jomsom (2720m), to Kagbeni 10 hours.Mustang start from here.  The trail from Jomsom to Kagbeni follows all along the Kali Gandaki River BY public JEEP or by walk.

Upper Mustang Trekking start from Here :

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chhuksang (3050m). At places the trail is steep and passes through the ridges. Overnight in Chhuksang.

Day 06: Chhuksang to Samar (3700m). The trail passes through the village of Chele along the Great Canyons and mysterious colorful caves. Part of the trail passes through up hill on a rocky saddle. The village of Samar is famous for birds watching and rare green views in a rocky place like upper Mustang.

Day 07: Chuksang to Syangbochhe  (3850m). While hiking from Samar to Tamagaon one can experience the great views of Nilgiri Hills, Thorang peak and other higher Himalayan range.     

Day 08: Syangboche  to Tsarang (3650m). The trail passes through the village of Ghemi. We camp at village of Tsarang; the village is famous for ruined muddy fort of Mustang King. Also the village of Tsarang is famous for old monasteries, buckwheat field and canyons..

Day 09: Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3760m). Lo Manthang located in the wide valley at Tibetan plateau is the capital city of Mustang. We can visit their Majesty's the King and Queen at their palace. The historical and spiritual city of Lo Manthang is worth place to explore with its beautiful setting and picturesque buckwheat and barley fields. 

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Lo Manthang to Ghemi (3690m). Ghemi is famous for the ancient and longest Mani wall in Nepal which is said to be the large intestine of a demon.

Day 12:  Gehemi to Shyangboche .

Day 13: Shyangboche to Chaile.

Day 14: Chaile  to Jomsom stay one night.

Upper Mustang end from here .

Day 15:     Drive from Jomsom- Pokhara by public reserve jeep or reserve bus to Beni Bazaar.  

Day 16 :    After breakfast Drive to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus – Lunch onn the way , Hotel and dinner in Kathmandu.

Day  17 : REST IN KATHMANDU. 

Day 18 :  DEPARTURE TO your next destination .

Trip Cost Includes:

It is expensive to visit the region, a single permit cost $500 U.S. for ten days, extendable at a further $50 U.S. a day. All provisions must be carried in, accommodation is under canvas with full Nepali support staff.

  • Arrival & Departure transfers from Airport .
  • Accommodation at 4 star hotels in Kathmandu 3 star in Pokhara on a twin share in 3 meals a day basis     
  • Mustang Special Trekking Permit.
  • Full board meals while on DURING THE trek.
  • Accommodation & all food will be tea House in Trekking ( local guest house ).
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points Beni Bazaar to Kathmandu.
  • Professional local trekking group leader well-trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Trekking  guides and other support staffs like porters , Sherpa.
  • 1 Porter  carry 2 back pack  ( personal Baggages ) . Not allowed to carry suitcase ,, backpack about 15 kg per bag x 2  = 30 kg maximum.
  • Trekking Permit, for Annapurna national park / conservation entry fees and TIMS cards. / all momument entry fee.
  • Boild drinking water during the Trekking one bottle a day.
  • Horse ( Pony ) drive for 2 days  ( one day to go Chhoser from Lo manthang and next day to Ghar Gumba ).

Trip Cost Excludes:

If you stay more than 10 days inside upper Mustang Trekking area ,Clients have to pay USD 50.00 per day per person.

  • Nepal entry Visa fees from International Airport.
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and Soft drinks
  • Alchohal
Do you have high blood presser ? If yes , then inform to your guide.

Important things to bring:

  • Flash light 
  • Sun cream   
  • Sun Glass  
  • Normal medicine for personal use  
  • Sandal  
  • Sun Hat 
  • Small  baggage's ( backpack )  
  • Hiking shoes hiking socks 
  •  Water bottle  
  • Trekking stick  
  • Battery charger for camera  
  • If possible small oxygen cylinder for people who may have altitude sickness  ( a nose mask )     
  • A warm Jacket 
  •  Trouser 
  • Lip Balm 
  • Pain reliever 
  • Rain coat ( Plastic one ) 
  •  Pencil  Sharpener 
  • Chocolate  for children to donate 
  • Altimeter if some body like  
  • Soplica a few bottles 
  • Towels

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Electricity, if there is availability to charge batteries to cameras during trekking part?
     Not very often, But normally yes,first day evening we can have electricity. so they can charge the batteries. They may carry extra batteries also .
  2. Towels, do they need to take their own towels ?
    In the tea house better to carry yourselves  own towels, it will be an excellent idea. 
  3. How we should understand name of accommodation: "tea house"
    Okay ! great, these guest houses are not clean enough .Not very good bed with out  electricity. Not a big restaurant. "'Tea house " means cooking, eating, heating, sitting, singing, Sleeping,dancing,,thinking ,drinking, walking, talking, cleaning , looking, all together in one . They have to carry their own small back pack. 
  4. Is there a possibility to buy oxygen bottle?
    It is possible to buy in Kathmandu or bring from your country, The cost is Rs 1000.per cylinder here. ( approx : USD 10.00 per one )
  5. How long tourists will trek during the day ?
    Tourist must walk as they can walk, but they must walk 7 hours a day.