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    Upper Mustang Trek

    Upper Mustang Trek

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      14 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate
    • Activities
      Adventure Trek and Tours
    • Accommodation
      Hotel
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People
      6
    • Trip Mode
      Hotels and local nice lodge basis.
    • Areas of Trek
      Mustang
    • Mode of transport
      Exciting drive and scenic flights.

    Upper Mustang Trek 14 days

    Formally restricted and popularly known as the Kingdom of Lo, Upper Mustang is an ethereal destination. The place lies on Nepal's northwestern Tibetan border and is a popular trekking destination.

    We bring you an amazingly curated package of an adventurous trip to the Upper Mustang Trek. The Upper Mustang trek will be a fortnight's worth trek that takes you beyond the Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The trek takes you to a unique, enchanting dry land plateau within the Tibetan borders.

    Upper Mustang trek houses ancient trails of old trans-Himalayan salt caravan routes between Nepal and Tibet. Our itinerary even extends to places like Karo-La pass, showing existing trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. A trek to such a historic, picturesque, and significant destination in Nepal’s Himalayas is quite a journey.

    Significant historical and cultural monuments of Upper Mustang also include ancient cave civilizations’ remnants, monasteries, and Himalayan sky burials. The hidden valley of thousands of years of Mustang has a culture, lifestyle, and heritage rarely explored. It houses many unexplored natural and cultural treasures. Places like Jhong gufa, Cora la borders, snow-capped Himalayas, and grand rock formations are major attraction points of Upper Mustang.

    The people and lifestyle of Upper Mustang are also equally fascinating. Most of the Upper Mustang is populated by Thakalis, Magars, Gurungs, or Tibetans. Along with Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism is widely practiced. People celebrate Tiji, Yartung, and horse racing festivals, which attract many tourists. The delicacies of Upper Mustang are also dear to tourists. Local wine, Tibetan bread, Khapse, dried food, beers, and Marpha are popular here. The local Thakali and Tibetan cuisines are also very popular.

    Visiting a place that offers many unique experiences and observation must be on your bucket list. If you’re in Nepal Upper Mustang trek should be on your to-do list. We at Eco holidays Nepal are here to help you fulfill that list. We have an excellent 14-day long trip to Upper Mustang curated for you.

    Our Upper Mustang trek will begin from Pokhara and end back in Pokhara. You will first arrive in Kathmandu and be transferred to a hotel. We will take off from Kathmandu the next day via a flight or drive to Pokhara.

    We will take a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the Mustang’s district headquarters. It houses a lot of Thakali people and offers excellent Thakali cuisine. We will start our hike from Jomsom, aiming toward the Kaligandaki river to enter Upper Mustang valley.

    On our hike, the trail takes us to the beautiful place of Kagbeni. The place shows vistas of mountains like Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Kagbeni becomes our fulcrum point to enter the hidden kingdom of Lo.

    From Kagbeni, we head to Tshele or Chele within the Kali Gandaki river valley.

    The roads show you long, towering canyons and hill cliffs that have eroded. They have a unique beauty and shine bright in various colors when sun rays hit them.

    From Tshele, we head towards Syangbochen with a day-long hike. You will see hamlets with myriad Buddhist praying monuments. A clear reflection of the Buddhist lifestyle is visible through these pilgrimages. The next destination of Ghami also shows a reflection of such a lifestyle evidently.

    From Ghami, we move towards a Lo-Manthang after spending a day in Charang. Lo- Manthang welcomes you with ancient walled structures housing a large village. Hints of timeless culture and tradition of Buddhism and old Bonpo, pre-Buddhism are evident. Along with exploring such Tibetan culture, we also visit the palace of the former Mustang King.

    After spending two full days in Lo-Manthang, we move to Dhakmar, ending the first half of the trek. We will then retract our steps back to Syangbochen to reach Jomsom through the route of Chusang. We will take a flight back to Pokhara from Jomsom, officially ending our trip.

    Let us delve deep into our package and our offers for this trip.

    Highlights of the trek

    • Visit the unique forbidden kingdom of Lo-Manthang of northern Tibetan plateaus,
    • Experience various sects of Buddhism in many destinations of the trek,
    • Enjoy a walk through a monsoon-free region as the Upper Mustang area lies in the rain shadow area,
    • Get enchanting views of mountain ranges like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche, etc.
    • Get an ethereal, spiritual experience walking amidst religious sites like Gompas, prayer flags, and Chortens,
    • Be familiar with the Tibetan lifestyle and culture,
    • Observe the narrow streets and unique architecture in Lo-Manthang’s houses,
    • See unique sky-high caves and red cliffs that are the result of erosion,
    • Walk up trails alongside the streams of the Kali Gandaki river
    • Day01

      Reach Kathmandu via various international airlines and transfer to a hotel.

      Kathmandu’s altitude - 1,400 meters

      Overnight stay at - A hotel in Kathmandu

      Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport of Kathmandu, our staff and guides will receive you. Then we will transfer you to a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu. You can get some sleep, refresh, and fight off your jet lag. Then join our team for the Upper Mustang trek.

      We will shortly brief you about all the details regarding the tour, including accommodations, food, walks, attractions, history, culture, etc., of the trek. You will know what to do and what not to do during the trek.

      At night you will be able to enjoy delicious traditional Nepali food along with a local cultural program. After the program, you will stay overnight here and end the first day.

    • Day02

      A flight or road trip to Pokhara from Kathmandu and transfer to a hotel

      Pokhara’s altitude - 860 meters

      Flight hours - 30 minutes

      Drive hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at - A hotel in Pokhara

      Today we will head towards the beautiful city of Pokhara through a long drive. We might drive in a tourist bus or a more miniature jeep based on our group size. We will take you to Pokhara, driving along the roads of Prithvi Highway. You can observe the grand Trishuli river flowing on the way. As you move forward, the places get warmer, and you will find beautiful snow-covered mountains. Passing through beautiful hamlets across midwestern Nepal, we will finally arrive in Pokhara in around 6 hours.

      We also have another option to reach Pokhara through a short flight of around 30 minutes. The flight will be shorter and still give you incredible vistas of mountains and Nepali villages.

      Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will find the beautiful Phewa lake. The views of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Macchapuchre(Fishtail) mountains shine brightly. We will get transferred to a hotel on the lakeside and spend the night there.

    • Day03

      A morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek to Kagbeni

      Maximum altitude - 2,800 meters at Kagbeni

      Jomsom’s altitude - 2,715 meters

      Flight hours - 20 minutes to 30 minutes

      Walking hours - 4 hours

      Overnight stay at Kagbeni

      On the third day, we will take a short flight of around 22 minutes to reach Jomsom. The place is the headquarter of the Mustang district. En route, you will find immaculate vistas of mountain ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri.

      Upon arrival at Jomsom, we will start our hike, passing trails of the Kali-Gandaki river valley. After a few hours of trekking, we will reach our day’s destination of Kagbeni, the entry point of Upper Mustang’s “forbidden kingdom”. The place is a pilgrim site for both Hindus and Buddhists. It shows a very evident reflection of Tibetan Buddhism with its culture and people. Places like Kag Chode Thupten and Samphel Ling Monastery are major religious attractions.

      Along with its cultural attractions, the place has half a century-old villages made up of mud. You can also see the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges along with the Tukuche peak. Taking in such a mesmerizing environment of Kagbeni, we will officially enter our Upper Mustang journey.

      We will transfer ourselves to locally available accommodation in Kagbeni upon arrival. The day ends with dinner and an overnight stay at Kagbeni.

    • Day04

      A trek to Tshele(Chele) from Kagbeni

      Tshele’s altitude - 3,050 meters

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Tshele

      Today, we will leave Kagbeni early in the morning with an uphill hike towards a gorge of the Kaligandaki river. You will find a tall canyon above the gorge. Following the Kaligandaki river steams higher, we will find unique landscapes with red cliffs. These cliffs cover both sides of the trail.

      This part of the trek takes you to Kalo bhir, sky-high caves, rock tunnels, Choterns of white, black, and red colors, etc. Organic apple farms also pass through villages like Tangbe, Gumbakang, and Chhusang.

      On chronology, we will first pass the Gurung village of Tangbe, which has white houses with narrow lanes. From Tanbe, we reach Chhusang with a short uphill and a downhill hike. From Chhusang, we continue the trails of Kali Gandaki trails, crossing the river above on a steel bridge to reach Tshele.

      We will pass along a few hamlets along with the farmland of Tirigaon village. The hike then leads us to a red cliff canyon that gains its color due to erosion. A few more hours' worths of the walk will take us to our destination of the day of, Tshele village.

      We will get accommodated in a local lodge in Tshele and spend the night for the fourth day.

    • Day05

      A trek to Syangbochen from Tshele

      Syanbochen’s altitude - is 3,800 meters

      Maximum altitude - 3,860 meters at Yamda La

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Syangbochen

      After a good night’s sleep at Tshele, we will continue our journey the next day towards Syangbochen. We will start with an uphill climb to Gyakar village. From Gyakar, we will take a short descent toward the village of Samar, which houses a large gorge near Chortens.

      The walk continues towards a hamlet called Bhena. You will pass through juniper trees and cross streams with a steep walk to reach Yamda La top at 3,860 meters. Its height shows amazing views of the whole wide valley of Mustang. You also get beautiful vistas from the Dhaulagiri range. From here, we will do a small downhill hike to reach our destination of Syangbochen. The place is a small settlement area with a few tea shops for accommodation.

      We will settle in a teashop, dine there and call it a night, ending the fifth day of the Upper Mustang trek.

    • Day06

      A trek to Ghami from Syangbochen

      Ghami’s altitude - 3,520 meters

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Ghami

      The following day we will visit an old monastery in the village. You can observe Buddhist prayer wheels that run with the help of fast-flowing water streams. After a morning exploration of the monastery of the area, we head to the day’s destination of Ghami. We will follow a route that passes through Tamagaon, Ghiling, Chhunggar, and Jhaite villages. The trails show you out-of-the-world landscapes that go well with clear blue skies.

      The route between Ghami and Syangbochen shows you typical Tibetan plateau villages among semi-arid desserts of the Himalayas. Today too, you will get mountain views, landscapes, nature, and culture throughout the hike.

      A place through the journey called Nyi La en route serves as a great viewpoint to watch the mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You can also observe barley and buckwheat fields amidst the dry and arid desert of Upper Mustang.

      After about 5 hours of walking, we will arrive at Ghami village. It also houses many sky caves in its vicinity and welcomes you into its primeval Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle. We will check into a tea house upon arrival. The day ends with some exploration of the area and then a good night's sleep at our tea house.

    • Day07

      A trek to Charang / Tsarang from Ghami

      Charang’s altitude - 3,560 meters

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Charang

      On the morning of the seventh day, we start by crossing the stream of Ghami Khola using steel bridges. The road follows long prayer stone walls called Mani walls. We have to make a steep ascend to read Choya La, which will be the most challenging part of today’s trek. From this point, mountain vistas are incredible.

      The trails are fairly easy from Choya La to Charang and need passing through some terrains and the isolated landmass of the Himalayas.

      Reaching Tsarang village, you will be welcomed by a Chorten gate. You will find medieval forts along with Gompas reflecting Mustang features in the village. You will find the Gelup sect of Buddhism practiced in the area. The Tsarang monastery is a clear reflection of it.

      The day ends with an overnight stay at Tsarang village’s tea house.

    • Day08

      A trek to Lo-Manthang from Charang

      Lo-Manthang’s altitude - 3,840 meters

      Walking hours - 4 hours

      Overnight stay at Lo-Manthang

      Today we will head towards one of the major attractions of Upper Mustang to Lo Mantahng, the former forbidden kingdom. We walk through a steel bridge to reach Marang village and up a ridge to the top of Chorten with mani stones. The Chorten’s top gives you stunning views of the unique Tibetan plateaus. The views extend further to show you mountains like Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Bhrikuti mountains.

      The highest point of today’s hike will be at Lo La pass, above 3960 meters. From here, we can see the entirety of Lo Manthang’s kingdom. A short hour's worth of downhill hike from the Lo La pass takes us to our destination of, Lo Manthang.

      The ancient city founded by Ame Pal in 1380 welcomes you with a warm blend of Tibetan culture. A local lodge will accommodate us for the day, and the day ends with an overnight stay here.

    • Day09

      Rest and exploration day at Lo-Manthang

      Lo-Manthang’s altitude - 3,840 meters

      Overnight stay at Lo-Manthang

      Today we will rest in the beautiful kingdom of Lo-Manthang after so many days of treks. After our breakfast, we will explore significant places of attraction in the area. The place houses four major monasteries: Namgyal Gompa, ChampaLakhang, Red Thubchen Gompa, and Chyodi Gompa.

      The monasteries and unique Tibetan houses are also significant sites of attraction. The houses are built in a fort-like structure and lie within narrow laned streets.

      Interaction with locals and understanding the Tibetan lifestyle can also be a great way to explore the region. A day full of learning about Lo-Manthang and rest will make up for the ninth day.

    • Day10

      A trek to Dhakmar from Lo-Manthang

      Dhakmar’s altitude - 3,820 meters

      Maximum altitude - 4,230 meters at Marang La

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Dhakmar

      After two days' stay at Lo-Manthang, we will return to Jomsom. We walk, passing trekking routes that have various farmhouses. You can find fields with willow and poplar trees among the few trees that survive in such barren lands.

      Today will also be the day when we pass the highest point of the Upper Mustang trek Nepal. We will pass along to Samduling, Marang La at 4,230 meters, and Muila at 4,170 meters. These points show beautiful sights of red cliffs brightly in the sun.

      A few more hours' worth of trekking from here take us to Marang village. Avoiding the main road to a ragged old road, we will reach our destination of Dhakmar village.

    • Day11

      A trek to Syangbochen from Dhakmar

      Dhakmar’s altitude - 3,800 meters

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Syangbochen

      Today we continue to retrace our steps back to Jomsom by heading to Ghami village. We stayed here on day six of our first half of the journey. The road to Ghami takes us to Chilling village, which requires crossing a bridge over Ghami Khola. We will also visit the Geling monastery on our way.

      We will descend further, heading to the previously visited location of Kaligandaki valley.

      A little uphill hike will finally lead us to today’s destination, Syangboche.

    • Day12

      A trek to Chusang/Tsusang from Syangbochen

      Chusang’s altitude - 2,890 meters

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Chusang

      Today we leave Syangbochen, heading towards Chusang village. The walk will be similar to the one we had earlier during our first departure for Syangbochen from Tshele. Meaning we will once again climb the Yamda La pass for this trek.

      Again, we can get immaculate views of the whole Mustang village with the Dhaulagiri range. Stunning views of the surrounding views and valleys will once again mesmerize you.

      From Yamda la Pass, we will do a short downhill hike to reach Bhena and Samar villages, which we have already visited. Then we follow a stream leading us to another familiar hamlet of Gyakar and Chele. The long day walk will finally lead us to our destination of Chusang village.

      Dinner and an overnight stay at Chusang’s tea house will mark the end of day twelve.

    • Day13

      A Trek back to Jomsom from Chusang

      Jomsom’s altitude -

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Jomsom

      On the thirteenth day, we will take our final steps of the Upper Mustang trek Nepal offers. It will be a long walk to reach Jomsom from Chusang. We go for a gentle downhill walk, following several hamlets. The trail will continue to take us through the Kaligandaki river. We pass through the villages of Tangbe, Eklebhatti, and Kagbeni villages. We walk into canyons within high red cliffs to reach these destinations.

      After a short rest at Kagbeni, we will head towards Jomsom and arrive at our destination with a total of 6 hours' worth of walk.

      An overnight stay at Jomsom will officially mark the end of our thirteenth day, along with the hiking part of the trip.

    • Day14

      A morning flight to Pokhara

      Pokhara’s altitude - is 820 meters

      Overnight stay at Pokhara

      Today will be the last day of our trip as we bid Mustang goodbye and head for a flight for Pokhara. We take off from Jomsom’s airport and take a short morning flight to Pokhara.

      Pokhara, the beautiful city of lakes and mountain views, will welcome you with amazing views. The Annapurna range and lakes of Phewa and Begnas fall among them. We will once again transfer into a hotel on the lakeside as we did before. Exploring lakeside areas and visiting nearby pubs and restaurants will be fun. A fun night along Pokhara's streets and an enjoyable dinner with a good night's sleep in a hotel lakeside will end our trip.

      Further, we can book a flight to Kathmandu or a road drive as needed.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Upper Mustang Trek

    • All airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus.
    • One  night tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu
    • Two night tourist standard hotel in Pokhara(one night before and one night after trek)
    • Three meals in day during trek.
    • Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara flights.
    • Restricted area permit.
    • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit.
    • All necessary transports.
    • An experience and helpful guide with his all expenses.
    • A strong potter including his all expenses. One potter for 2 guest.
    • Emergency Helicopter rescue paid by your traveler insurance.
    • Medical box supply (First aid kit).
    • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, need to return after trip completed).
    •  Upper Mustang trekking map.
    • Eco Holidays Nepal T-shirt and Cap
    • Assistance guide group size 5+.

    What's Excluded in Upper Mustang Trek

    • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Private transport Kathmandu to Pokhara or flight.
    • Extra activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • International Airfare.
    • Your Personal Expenses.
    • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek.
    • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
    • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.

    Departure Dates & Price

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    Upper Mustang Trek FAQS

    Essential Information

    Why should you do the Upper Mustang Trek?

    Unexplored, rare trekking destination

    The Upper Mustang region, known as the Kingdom of Lo by the natives, was restricted as of 1992. This was mainly due to it being near the vicinity of Tibet. However, after its demilitarization, Upper Mustang was open for visitors in 1992. So, the Upper Mustang area is unique and unexplored by foreigners.

    Doing the Upper Mustang trek allows you to explore the unique Tibetan culture of the Lo kingdom. Various sects of Buddhism followed as per Tibetan Buddhism are evident here. It is quite unique to see such traditions practiced in Nepal, which also houses Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

    Experience trekking trails without risks of rainfall

    The unique geographical location of the Upper Mustang in the Tibetan plateau keeps it in rain shadows. The place never received rainfall and is dry most of the time. It provides you with a unique perspective on the Nepali trekking journey. Tourists avoid most Nepali trekking trails during monsoons due to the weather. But planning and preventing treks during monsoon isn’t necessary for the Upper Mustang treks.

    Unique and historical natural structures

    The rare and ancient valley of Upper Mustang has many towering canyons. It houses eerie-looking red cliffs that occur due to years of erosion. Upper Mustang shows its history through its fort-like structured white-colored houses. You can find sky-high mountain caves that are centuries old. People used these caves for burials, and human remnants have also been found there.

    Such fascinating natural structures and their use by people centuries ago make you question the civilization here. It also gives evidence of how old the place and the kingdom of Lo were

    The difficulty level of the Upper Mustang trek

    The Upper Mustang trek has a moderate type of trekking route. You have well-separated walking routes, so the hikes will be pretty convenient.

    Even the highest altitude of the trek isn’t too unbearable. In our itinerary-based Upper Mustang trek, you only have to reach as high as 4230 meters at Marang La. However, many other routes that go through Teri La pass, Upper Dolpo, Damodar Kundra, etc., are more strenuous. Our route makes the Upper Mustang trek difficulty a lot less severe.

    Our trek is also short, with 14 days, including flights and road trips. You do not need extensive physical training or preparation to venture on this trek. You can easily battle Upper Mustang trek difficulty with little effort, even as an amateur.

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    Guides and porters

    The Upper Mustang trek gets better if you have a professional guide to show you around this unique destination. The place has a unique blend of culture, and its history is quite fascinating. A local professional guide teaching you about the place as you explore will be a great experience.

    Moreover, the Upper Mustang trek cannot be done solo; the entry point needs you to get inside in a group. So, traveling the area alone is not an option. If you plan this trip alone, having guides with you would be a great idea.

    You can also be accompanied by porters who carry your luggage and simplify your trek. A porter usually carries around 20 to 25 kg of luggage for you.

    We at Eco Holidays will manage guides and porters for you independently. You need not fret about hiring them or making extensive plans.

    Best time for Upper Mustang trek

    The Upper Mustang trek is possible any time of the year. But the trek is mainly performed from the beginning of spring, March, to the beginning of winter, late December. The regular Nepali trekking trails usually are best suited during spring and March. But the Upper Mustang trek has a unique take on this suitability.

    The spring and autumn months are the best suitable for trekking trails in Nepal. The temperate weather and clear blue skies aid in its suitability. Naturally, the Upper Mustang trek is highly recommended during spring and autumn. However, the summer or monsoon are equally attractive times for the Upper Mustang trek.

    The summer months are the best times to visit Mustang to see the vegetation of the Himalayas. The region stays dry throughout the year, so you do not have to worry about rainfall. The arid Himayalan vegetation in the Tibetan plateau will be a great observation.

    Visiting Chhoser, monasteries, and caves during peak monsoon is popular. Horse riding in this season is also very popular.

    The winter seasons are considered an off-season for the Upper Mustang trek. The second week of December marks the off-season, and the trails start getting empty. The temperature falls as low as -20 degrees celsius, and most tea houses close.

    It is not recommended you do the Upper Mustang trek during winter. But it isn’t impossible to trek in the winter; you need a lot of caution and planning. The winter treks could be challenging but give you a unique experience. Snowfall in the area gives you a very enchanting environment. Views of the landscapes and mountains will be immaculate during winter.

    Food and accommodation available during the trek

    Local tea houses serve as the primary lodging option in the Upper Mustang trek. In such tea houses, you get twin bedrooms and shared bathrooms. Every tea house has communal dining areas where hikers can gather to eat and socialize.

    "Daal bhaat tarkari" is the most popular dish on Nepalese hiking trails. It is a rice, lentils, vegetable curry, and pickles meal. You could also get mo: mo, a dumpling served with achaar(a spicy sauce), a specialty of Nepal. Another typical dish served in Nepalese hotels and tea houses is chowmein. You'll get incredibly hygienic cuisine that provides the energy you need for your hikes.

    Permits needed for the Upper Mustang trek

    Restricted Area Permits of Upper Mustang

    You cannot enter the Upper Mustang area without this permit. The region above Kagbeni marks the Upper Mustang area. In the gateway across Kagbeni lies a checkpoint where trekkers must show their restricted area permit and passport for registration. You must be in a trekking team to pass the checkpoint; individual trekking isn’t allowed in the area.

    The RAP costs around USD 500 per person for the first ten days. You must pay an additional USD 50 per day once you exceed the 10 days.

    Annapurna Conservation Area Permits

    The Annapurna Conservation area houses the Upper Mustang region among various trekking trails of Nepal. You ought to obtain this permit to enter the Annapurna conservation area. The Nepal tourism board issues an ACAP permit in Kathmandu or ACAP counter in Pokhara. It costs you just NPR 3000.

    Trekker’s Information Management Systems Permits

    This permit is not necessarily checked during our trip to Upper Mustang but needs to be kept as a caution. This permit is essential if you must drive to Pokhara from Jomsom.

    Cost of Upper Mustang trek

    Basic cost

    The primary needs of your Upper Mustang trek cost comprise the essential cost. They include the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, guides, porters, permits, etc. These costs are covered within the 14 days Mustang trek package by us. You need not make extensive plans or research about such factors; relax. We at eco holidays Nepal already have a curated package that brings the Upper Mustang trek cost to a reasonable amount of USD 1765 for the 14 days trek.

    Miscellaneous cost

    The daily costs of our package will include guides, porters, and accommodations. However, they do request a small gratuity in exchange for their assistance. For your guides, porters, and service employees at lodges, you can tip about USD 10 per day. With limited resources, it is challenging to accommodate trekkers on remote Tibetan plateaus. Tipping the workers along the way would be a brilliant move.

    Again, since we will be in remote locations, the electricity infrastructure there might not be the best. Therefore, you must get a power bank or solar battery charger. For a small fee, electricity is sometimes available at the tea houses we stay in.

    There's a chance that WiFi won't work on isolated routes. Even by chance, if you get wifi, the facilities won't be great, so you might need to purchase an internet data packet. Ncell and NTC are the two most often used options. You'll pay about USD 2 for a SIM card. You'll have to pay roughly USD 10 for a data package for the entire journey.

    On the remote trails, there are no water heating facilities. If you need hot water or wish to take a warm bath, you can find a bucket of heated water in the firewood. Staff in local tea houses will accommodate such facilities. However, this will incur an additional expense of USD 2 to USD 3.

    Additionally, you might wish to purchase presents and mementos for friends and family. You will need to take money out of your pocket to pay for such.

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    Essentials for your trip

    Clothing essentials

    1. Warm, breathable jacket with hood
    2. Waterproof jacket
    3. Comfortable trekking pants that are windproof and waterproof
    4. Comfortable trekking shorts that are windproof and waterproof
    5. Warm thermal trousers
    6. A full-sleeved cotton and woolen shirts
    7. Head scarves
    8. Underwear
    9. Hand gloves,
    10. Waterproof trekking boots
    11. Cotton and woolen socks
    12. Comfortable sandals or slippers

    Miscellaneous personal items

    1. UV protected sunglasses
    2. Sunscreen
    3. Duffel bags
    4. Trekking poles
    5. Sleeping bags
    6. Headlamp
    7. Personal first aid kit
    8. Water purifying tablets
    9. Earmuffs
    10. Camera
    11. Towel
    12. Toothbrush/toothpaste
    13. Waterbottle

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Upper Mustang trek

    How hard is the Upper Mustang trek?

    The route for the Upper Mustang trip is considered to be moderate. The walks will be very convenient because of the well-spaced walking paths. Even at the trek's highest point is not too uncomfortable. Based on our itinerary, you need to ascend only up to Marang La's elevation of 4,230 meters during the Upper Mustang trek.

    How long is the Upper Mustang trek?

    The length of the Upper Mustang trek varies based on routes, itinerary, and modes of transportation. The plan we have curated will take 14 days to complete the Upper Mustang trek.

    Why is Upper Mustang restricted?

    Upper Mustang was restricted due to its proximity to Tibet and militarization. It was also forbidden due to ancient Tibetan practices of preservation of culture and tradition of the place.

    How much does the Upper Mustang trekking Permit cost?

    The restricted area permit for Upper Mustang costs around USD 500 for foreigners. The amount applies for the first ten days of trekking; an additional USD 50 is charged for additional days.

    However, the Annapurna Conservation Area permit, which is also necessary for the Upper Mustang trek, only costs USD 30.

    Where does the Upper Mustang trek start and end?

    The trip officially starts and ends with a drive or flight from and off to Pokhara. But the hiking part of the journey begins at Jomsom and ends at Jomsom.

    What is the highest altitude of the Upper Mustang trek?

    At an elevation of 4,230 meters, Marang La will be the highest point of the Upper Mustang trek.

    How much does the Upper Mustang trek cost?

    The Upper Mustang trek cost will include accommodation, transport costs, guides, porters, permits, food, etc. Factoring all of these, the Upper Mustang trek cost will be around USD $

    Can I do the Upper Mustang trek solo?

    The restricted area of the Upper Mustang region does not allow solo travelers. So, to be precise, you cannot do the Upper Mustang trek solo. You need to trek this region in a group or accompanied by guides.

    If you want to travel alone without friends, you can travel on a package. Trekking packages will, as per requirement, make the team and take you to remote trails of Upper Mustang with their guides.

    Can a beginner do this trek?

    Yes, a beginner can easily venture on this trek. Although our trekking hours might be lengthier, the less short trekking route and stable weather make this trek very easy.