About Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal was officially opened in 1992 and limited numbers of trekkers are only allowed each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment.
Upper Mustang Trekking unfolds the fabled forbidden kingdom’s vast and arid valleys, eroded canyons, yak caravans, colorful – painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many mores snow mountains. Upper Mustang trekking is one of the best trek to do even in the monsoon time as the entire Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow, north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, completely sheltered from the monsoon downfall in Nepal.
We take both ways of Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara flight on this Upper Mustang trekking that does avoid the lower rainy section of Annapurna. The best advantage of doing Upper Mustang Trekking in monsoon time is that the village are full of local people busy at their every day works and the whole region are in bloom which makes really a fabulous contrast with the wind eroded hills, red cliffs and snow capped mountains on the back ground – a great vista. Thus upper Mustang trek is once in a lifetime destination to explore the fascinating medieval walled kingdom of Lo Manthang.
How to get Upper Mustang?
Jomsom is the starting point for the Upper Mustang region. Most people choose to take about 30-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. We can also choose mountain overland journey by bus or jeep. Kagbeni, just north of Jomsom where as the official check point for Upper mustang Trekking.
How to get Upper Mustang Permit?
Upper Mustang Trekking is not only one of Nepal’s most spectacular treks, but one of the most privileged parts as well. It is only possible to apply through the registered trekking company which maintained a USD bank account. The online application form is available on the official website of the department of immigration, Nepal. Details on the passport, pictures, and an itinerary are necessary as well as valid visa of trekkers. The permits can be issued only in Kathmandu or Pokhara by the Department of Immigration.
When is the best time to trek Upper Mustang Trekking?
Upper Mustang Trekking is the rain shadow area of the Himalaya, making it an excellent monsoon trek ( June, junly and auguest ) and open year-round for trekking. The most crucial aspect in the winter, when most people leave the capital to prevent cold and snow. Upper Mustang Trekking can be one from March to the beginning of November.
Highlights of Upper Mustang Trekking
- Explore headquarter town of Mustang district and Lo Manthang, “the last forbidden kingdom”.
- Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu west and east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
- Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
- Visit the beautiful mustang district and interact with its people
- Ancient Buddhist monasteries and Mountain Tibetan Lifestyles.
- Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu 1350 M
- Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley and preparation of trekking
- Day 03: Drive to Pokhara or we can flight, Drive will takes about 7 hours and flight about 25 Min
- Day 04: Flight to Jomsom and trekking to Kagbeni (2,858m): Walking distance 3-4 hours
- Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni trekking to Chele(3050m):Walking distance 5-6 hours
- Day 06: Chele trekking Syanbochen (3475m): Walking distance 6-7 hours
- Day 07: Syanbochen trekking to Ghemi (3520m): Walking distance 5-6 hours
- Day 08: Ghami trekking to Charang (3575m): Walking distance 4-5 hours
- Day 09: Charang trekking to Lo- Manthang (3700m):Walking distance 5-6 hours
- Day 10: Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang (3700m)
- Day 11: Lo-Manthang trekking to Drakmar (3810m)Walking distance 6-7 hours
- Day 12: Drakmar trek to Ghiling (3806m):Walking distance 5-6 hours
- Day 13: Ghiling trek to Chhuksang (3050m):Walking distance 5-6 hours
- Day 14: Chhuksang trekking to Jomsom (2700m):Walking distance 6-7 hours
- Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara, 20 minutes flight
- Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.
- Day 17: Final Departure
- Regular tourist bus to and from Pokhara (if you are going by flight, there will be an extra cost).
- Accommodation in Pokahra ( standard hotel basis with breakfast included).
- Flight ticket to and from Jomsom including airport taxes.
- Lodge Accommodation druing the trekking ( Tea House Mountain local lodge, shared bathroom).
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Trek with fresh fruits and hot drinks ( Tea / coffee ).
- Trekking Plus Expert Trekking Guide and Porter (1 porter between two trekkers) to assist withcarrying your gear during the trek.
- All expenses of Guide and Porters’meals, lodging, salary, transport,insurance, equipment, and other essentials.
- Upper Mustang Restricted Area special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person).
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.
- Assistance if in case of emergency.
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
- All Government and local taxes.
What's not included
- International Flight.
- All accomodations and meals in Kathmandu
- Lunch and Dinner while you are in Pokhara.
- All Personal Expenses such as laundry, telephone calls,bar bills, beverages, battery re-charge fees, snacks, hotshower, bottle of water.
- Personal Trekking equipments.
- Travel Insurance ( should cover helicopter evacuation if in case of emergency )
- Tipping to Guide and Porters.
- Any additional costs or delays cause by unforseen cases such as landslides necessitating trail diversions,weather delays,political unrest, illness, et cetera.
- All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
Trekking Plus serves you verities of wonderful Nepalese and Continental food during our trek. We will get western cuisine up in the mountain but which is not that free and good. We serve you local local cuisines for breakfast, lunch & dinner which is included in our package cost. Trekking Plus guide will suggest you a delicious, hygienic with special food during your trip. Normally it takes few days’ hard work to local porters and caravans to bring food to mountains. We usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge where we stay overnight but lunch will be serve en route.
Accommodation in mountain will be in a tea house or mountain local lodges which is basic standard. We will get private room but shared bathroom most of the tea house but this days we get room with attached bathroom as well on lower altitude. In high altitudes, rooms are comparatively basic. Blankets are generally provided but we will recommend you to have your own sleeping bags. There is a large dining room where they use a wood fire burning so that the dining room is warmer. There is normally no electric most of the villages has hydroelectric power and a solar lighting. When we charge our electronic things than we have to charge at reception which we have to pay as well.
We will get mineral water and boiled water along the trekking routes which is also an additional cost. We discourage not to buy Mineral bottle water but use boiled water from the local lodges and put water purify tablets. Plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem in mountains.
Trekking Plus offers you a Trekking maps as a complementary and Company T-shirt.
What to take
Trekking Plus would suggest you to pack as lightly as possible when you are on mountain. We provide one porter between two trekkers to carry your trekking gears. You will be carried your valuable things in a day pack by your own and your other bags will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag which we provided. Porter carries about 25 KG from 2 trekkers. You can store you’re your luggage which you are not going to use it on trek can leave in Kathmandu Hotel which is free of cost. Please visit our FAQS for more details.
Important to note
Please visit our Equipments check list, Altitude Mountain Sickness section for additional details of what you need to bring on trek as well as prevent about AMS. Trekking Plus top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips.
Safety Our top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips. Trekking Plus field crews normal first aid kits on all of our tours, which is readily available for both customers and staff but we will recommend you to bring first aid kits yourself from your country because Nepalese medicine some time it does not work properly. We are constantly in communication with our field office and monitor all aspects of government and weather issues that might affect your trip. Also, we are always available 24 hours emergency contact.