Upper Mustang Trekking
Mustang is a remote and isolated region of Nepalese Himalayas. It lies in north-central part of Nepal and also known as “The forbidden kingdom”, Lo Manthan is the center of this kingdon. Mustang is a treasured trekking area of Nepal. Mustang trekking is popularly known as hidden valley trekking in Nepal. Here you will get a chance to experience unique beauty of Himalayan desert, a strange and unusual landscape. Huge numbers of people are attracted to mustang every year to explore hundreds of years old caves and monasteries along with interesting festivals of Tiji and Yartung.
Mustang trekking is one of the most mysterious and well known trekking in Nepal. The landscape of Mustang is dry, naturally carved sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, these all present naturally a colorful variety made up of red, yellow and brown together. It is comparably considered to be one of the best trekking, along with the recently permitted route to Lo Manthang that lies at the heart of Mustang. The history of Mustang is based on myth and legend rather than the recorded detail. Mustang maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The ex-king of mustang still retains his title and he has been given the cultural respect. Upper mustang trek starts from Kagbeni, further to the world’s highest lo-Manthang valley with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan peaks. You can either fly from Pokhara to jomsom and two hours trek to Kagbeni or you can also drive from Pokhara to Kagbeni. Normally Upper Mustang trek is not for backpacker because of its expensive permit cost. You can’t issue permit on your own instead it had to be applied by authorized local operator from Nepal.
Trekking planner has great experience in providing the best travelling and trekking packages for adventure seekers. We design tailor made travel itinerary and packages in Upper Mustang Trekking. We provide you excellent service experienced and licensed trekking guides and staff. The itinerary and packages we provide is very flexible and affordable. We make your holiday enjoyable, memorable and hassle-free.
“Ready-Made itinerary presented in website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss about your tour plan.”
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Up on arrival you will be picked up at the international airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. Check in hotel and refreshment, leisure afternoon and explore the town. Later on this evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu/Trip preparation day in Kathmandu
Breakfast in Hotel, today you have a full day guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit “Swyambhunath” a Holy sight of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as “the monkey temple” as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. Next, you will be taken to “Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to “Boddhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) about 07 hrs drive
Breakfast in Hotel, today an early morning according to given time your trekking guide pick you up from hotel and transfer to the tourist bus station for the scenic countryside drive to lakeside city of Pikhara. Check in hotel and refreshment, leisure afternoon and explore the town. Stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.
Note: You can fly to Pokhara which takes 35min
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2710m) about 25min and trek to Kagbeni (2807m) 3-4 hrs walk
Breakfast in Hotel/pack breakfast, as per your flight time you will be receive from hotel and transfer to the airport for short but scenic flight to Jomsom. On your arrival in Jomsom you will have some time to be ready; porter will prepare your baggage. The adventure starts with pleasant walk enjoying excellent view of mountains include Nilgiri at the front and Dhaulagiri at the back. Trek towards Kagbeni along the Kali Gandaki River through the dry landscape. Check in hotel and refreshment, leisure afternoon and explore the town. Kagbeni is a small village border of Lower Mustang and Upper Mustang, Located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River. Dinner at lodge, Stay overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 05: Trek to Chussang (2920m) 5-6 hrs walk
Breakfast in Hotel, after check the permit the adventure start with uphill trail leaving Kali Gandaki River behind for a while. The path leads to harsh barren countryside all the way with occasional stop, passing through few small villages as the walk progress coming to the village Tangbe, another hour of good walk from Tangbe reach Chusang. Check in hotel, refreshment and explore the town. Stay overnight at the tea house in Chussang.
Day 06: Trek to Samar (3290m) 5-6 hrs walk
Breakfast in Hotel, today walk leads first to Chele village after crossing the stream through the broken canyons and ruin castle walls on the surrounding cliffs, across the river from Chussang are some spectacular red eroded cliffs above the mouths of inaccessible caves. After crossing the small bridge an uphill walk for 45 minutes brings you to Chele village. From Chele village the walk gets steeper for an hour up to the ridge at 3,130m, from here you can get a good view of Gyagar across a huge canyon. The trek continues with a slow climb on the windswept terrain till the pass is reached at 3,540m. From here the trail stars gradual up to Samar. Later in the afternoon you will have some time to explore the town. Dinner at Hotel and stay overnight at the tea house in Samar.
Day 07: Trek to Ghiling (3600m) 5-6 hrs walk
Breakfast in Hotel, today after breakfast the trail start short climb above Samr village to a ridge and downhill leading to a large gorge past a Chorten. The walk continues into another valley with juniper trees, after crossing the stream the walk follows uphill path to a ridge at 3,800m, the trail climbs over to another pass, from here the route descends to Shyangmochen, a small settlement with few tea shops. The trek continues to a gentle up and down hill through the wide valley to Ghiling. While you are in Ghiling village you will check in hotel, refreshment and explore the town. Dinner and stay overnight at the tea house in Ghiling.
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3520m) 6-7 hrs walk
Breakfast in Lodge, the trek start with gradually climbs through the fields up the center of the valley, passing below the settlements, the walk continues a long climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass 3,950m, the highest point of this trek. The pass itself happens to be the southern boundary of Lo. From here a slow descends for half hour brings to junction; the right path leads direct to Tsarang while the left leads to Ghami village one of the main major of Lo region. From here the final climb of the brings to a 3,600m pass, after the last pass a gentle descent leads to the Tsarang, Tsarang is very interesting village. Dinner and stay overnight at the tea house in Tsrang.
Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (3780m) 4-5 hrs walk
Breakfast in Lodge, today the trail goes up and down through the several interesting village, along the river and nice and big Chorten. This walk offers nice view of the mountain and great wide windswept landscape with cross several passes. Finally reach at the Lomanthang, the capital of Upper Mustang hidden kingdom of Nepal. Check in hotel, refreshment and explore the surrounding area. Dinner and stay overnight at the tea house in Lo Manthan.
Day 10: Full day in Local Excursion in Lo Manthang
Breakfast in Lodge, This is one of the largest villages in this trek, about 160 houses and number of resident for the lamas. The school, health post, police post and several important Chortens are located outside the walls to the north of the gate and east of the monastic part of the city. The people are very friendly and interesting here in Lo Manthang. Today you will be busy visit in ad around this area for different activities. Stay overnight at the tea house in Lo Manthang.
Day 11: Trek to Ghami (3440m) 5-6 hrs walk
Breakfast in Lodge, today the trail more descend and less short climb all the way to Ghami, cross few passes with nice view of the valley and mountain. Once reach at the Ghami you will have to explore in and around. It has many important things to see. Stay overnight at the tea house or tent.
Day 12: Trek to Samar (3150m) 4-5 hrs walk
Today after breakfast, we re-trace back to Samar. Today the trail less ascend and more descend with nice view of the mountain rang. Stay overnight at the tea house or tent.
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (2807m) 4-5 hrs walk
Re-trace back to Kagbeni, more descend and less ascends. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom
Re-trace back to Jomsom, very gradual walk along the Kali-Gandai Valley. This trek offers fantastic view of the Dhaulagri and Nilgiri Mountain. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Today an early morning breakfast at the hotel your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight to the Pokhara. Leisure day in Pokhara. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu
After wonderful time in and around Pokhara, today after breakfast you will transfer to the tourist bus station for day countryside drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel.
Note: You can fly to Pokhara which takes 35min
Day 17: Final departure
Today you will transfer to the International airport for final departure.
“Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.”
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USD $1785.00 per person(3 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $2030.00 per person(4 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $2199.00 per person(5 star category hotel in KTM)
Single Supplement US $350.00
- All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
- 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- Kathmandu to Pokhara to kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost)
- 02 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara
- Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
- ACAP Permit and Special permit for upper mustang trek for 10 days
- Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
- 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
- Safe drinking water and first add kid box
- Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
Diner and lunch in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips to the trekking crews and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes column
Difficulties rating of Upper Mustang Trekking
A trekkers have to pass many hills so trekker should be fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 3930 m, so you should be careful about altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and avoid alcoholic drinks. Please be careful of frost bit and snow blindness. You must take care of your health.
Safe drinking water on Upper Mustang Trekking
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, iPhone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adopters before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Upper Mustang Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Upper Mustang Trek:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin tht is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is ta government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We required non-refundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.
Can you provide me more information about the tea houses on this trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet but nowadays in low levels attached toilet is found and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses don’t have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.
Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
No, As there is enough time to acclimatize while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and its easy to get.
How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggage. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.
At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.
Is it nessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.
Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recyclable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the tea houses.
Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odorless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 liter of water. Neutralizing tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.
What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognize Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimize effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatization.
What if I get ill while on the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travelers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its very serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.
Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.
Is alcohol permitted on trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.
Equipment for this trip
- Trekking Bag pack.
- Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
- Trekking shoes.
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Trekking stick.
- Sun Hat, cap
- Warm woolen cap.
- Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
- Pullover or warm sweeter.
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
- Hand gloves.
- 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle.
- Sleeping bag.
- Flash or Torch light.
- Camera and batteries.
- Sun cream.
To provide you a reasonable price, we need some number of persons into a group to minimize your cost on hotel, transportation and any other alternation in your itinerary. Departure dates available for online booking are as below where price given is per person and international flight is not included. If given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US so that Trekking Planner will happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
Trekking Planner also organizes various trips on small groups that can suit for you. We recommend you to reserve a seat for you by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
Fixed Departure Date 2016
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- Total Duration17 Days
- Trekking Duration12 Days
- ActivityTrekking, Historical & Cultural excursion
- StartsFrom Kathmandu
- EndsAt Pokhara
- Trek typeTea House/Lodge
- Per Day Walking about 5 hrs.
- Trip GradeModerate-Adventurous
- Max. Altitude3940 m
- Trek/tour styleHotel/Lodge
- MealsBreakfast basis in city-full board during the trek
- AccommodationDouble/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
- Transportation Private Vehicle/ Tourist Bus/Flight
- Best SeasonMarch to Nov
- Group Size1-16
- CostUSD 1785