Upper Mustang Trekking

  • Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trek Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Transportation Coaches / Car / Flight
  • Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Discount Yes
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Without a doubt, the Upper Mustang Trek is among the top trails in Nepal. Our country is widely known for the high alpine trekking, which is why the Upper Mustang trail is so notable. Yes, you still get the views of towering peaks and rugged ridges, but this path gives you much more than that. The ethnic groups and landscape of the Upper Mustang region cannot be found anywhere else. To this day, many locals carry out a traditional way of life, including the way in which they practice Tibetan Buddhism.
On a map, the trail lies just meters below the border with Tibet. Hence, the area is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhist and those who inhabit the area are ethnically Tibetan. The area is technically a ‘restricted area,’ meaning that the permit to enter is costlier and the number of visitors is limited. You will realize when you arrive, though, that this designation is justified. The atmosphere of the region is as if it is frozen in time. You will be awe-struck by the reddish cliffs and barren landscape immediately surrounded you, with the colossal Himalayas in the distance.
The trail begins with a gorgeous flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, along with the banks of the Kali Gandaki River Valley. This valley lies between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, making it the world’s deepest. On the way to Kagbeni, we pass lush agricultural fields and desolate hills. The scenery is wide-ranging. In the springtime, bright rhododendron forests stick out amongst the rocky cliffs and desert-like trail.
Soon, we reach the ancient kingdom of Lo-Manthang, the capital city of the former kingdom of Lo, as well as a major highlight of the trek. Surrounded by a long brick wall, the seemingly middle-of-nowhere city houses about 6,000 Lo’s (natives of the area), along with several monasteries and medieval palaces. Become fascinated by the stupas, mani walls, chhortens, and the pure devotion of the villagers to Buddhism. After exploring the city, we trek back down to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara.

Fill your spirit with the natural energy of the Upper Mustang region. You will truly feel as if you are in a faraway land. Come check out this exclusive trekking area and you will not be disappointed!

About Mustang Tiji Festival

If you can make the trip during Tiji Festival, you absolutely should! It is a three-day long festival celebrated in Lo-Manthang to pray for peace to conquer evil. During this time, Buddhist monks make music and perform entertaining dances. It is celebrated in commemoration of Buddha’s incarnation’s victory over the demon that caused troubles in the region during ancient times. Come check it out if you can! The dates for 2019 fall in mid-May.

Best Time to Travel Upper Mustang

Fortunately, Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow. Because of this, even the monsoon season (June-August) allows for great trekking. All year around, trekkers can enjoy the pristine landscape of the Upper Mustang region. Still, the spring and fall are the best seasons simply because the skies are generally clearer then.

Published on Daily Mail about Upper Mustang Nepal

  • A mystery of the ancient kingdom discovered in Nepal where thousands of caves are carved 155ft off the ground

  • An estimated 10,000 of the caves have been found in the former Kingdom of Mustang in North, Central Nepal

  • They have either been dug into the cliffside or tunneled from above

  • In this dusty, wind-savaged place, hidden within the Himalayas and cleaved by the Kali Gandaki River, are approximately 10,000 human-built caves.

  • Caves are thousands of years old but who built them and why remains a mystery

The weather and climatic conditions of Mustang are little predictable. This region has very less rainfall and the wind blows during the afternoon than at other time of the day. Come and join us as we will enliven your interest. Rugged Trails Nepal will assist you to this place, where the friendly welcoming people of this area will only make this experience to this region one that will make your return back with their unique sense of tradition and culture.

Upper Mustang Trek Notes:

  • Upper Mustang is a protected area, meaning that you need a special permit to enter.  The cost is $500 for the first 10 days and $50/day after that.  The cost is included in the price of the package.

  • The Upper Mustang Trek requires moderate fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Also, it is possible to combine this trek with others in the Annapurna region.

  • Rugged Trails Nepal arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information. Ask us for our detailed itinerary!

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights in details: Upper Mustang FAQ blog.

Trip Highlights

  • Upper Mustang, The Place which houses are with the traces.
  • Tibetan Buddhist Cultures, Oldest Monasteries, Arts, Jampas.
  • Amazing Landscapes and the Himalayas.
  • Ancient Tibetan Buddhism, Chortens.
  • World Heritage site visit in Kathmandu.
  • Beautiful Pokhara valley with the Mountains and Lakes.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day01 Arrival in Kathmandu.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing.
    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu to Pokhara.
    • Walking Hour 6 Hrs Drive
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 850
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Pokhara fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni.
    • Walking Hour 3-4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2858 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day05 Kagbeni Trek to Chele.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3050 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day06 Chele Trek to Syanbochen.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3475 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Syanbochen Trek to Ghami.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3520M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Ghami Trek To Charang.
    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3500 M
    • Accommodation Tea House
  • Day09 Charang Trek to Lo-Manthang.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3700 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Explore Lo-ManThang Valley.
    • Walking Hour 2-3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Lo-Manthang Trek to Drakmar.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3810 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Dhakmar Trek to Ghiling. 3806m
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3806 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day13 Ghiling Trek to Chhuksang.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3050M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day14 Chhuksang Trek to Jomsom .
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2700 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day15 Fly or Drive back to Pokhara.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 800 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day16 Drive or Fly to Kathmandu.
    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner.
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day17 Final Departure.
    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Breakfast.
    • Altitude NA
    • Accommodation NA

Trip Map

  • Day01 Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.
    If you arrive late night then your dinner will be on next day.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing.

    After breakfast proceeds our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites Patan Durbar Square, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.
    After sightseeing drives back to hotel and briefing of our rest of trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gears or things for the rest of the days Guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel. Also, we will issue the Upper Mustang Trekking Permits and introduce with the guide.

    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu to Pokhara.

    • Walking Hour 6 Hrs Drive
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 850
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Pokhara fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni.

    • Walking Hour 3-4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2858 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day05 Kagbeni Trek to Chele.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3050 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day06 Chele Trek to Syanbochen.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3475 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Syanbochen Trek to Ghami.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3520M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Ghami Trek To Charang.

    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3500 M
    • Accommodation Tea House
  • Day09 Charang Trek to Lo-Manthang.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3700 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Explore Lo-ManThang Valley.

    • Walking Hour 2-3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Lo-Manthang Trek to Drakmar.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3810 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Dhakmar Trek to Ghiling. 3806m

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3806 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day13 Ghiling Trek to Chhuksang.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3050M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day14 Chhuksang Trek to Jomsom .

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2700 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day15 Fly or Drive back to Pokhara.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 800 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day16 Drive or Fly to Kathmandu.

    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner.
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day17 Final Departure.

    • Walking Hour NA
    • Foods Breakfast.
    • Altitude NA
    • Accommodation NA

Cost Includes:

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Domestic Airfare Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara (both way) as per itinerary/price
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • The government registered English-speaking local expert guide, porters.
  • Annapurna National Park fees
  • Upper Mustang trekking permit.
  • Accommodation hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided Tour in the city with an Expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in city
  • Equipment clothing for Porter & staffs.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • All transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • First Aid Kit for Upper Mustang Trek.
  • Upper Mustang Trekking Map for Each Member
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter,
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason,
  • Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than mentioned above
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
  • Entrance fees during the sightseeing in the city.

Departure Note

  • Upper Mustang Trek Departs every week during the peak season.
  • If the fixed departure dates don't match write us and make your own dates. 
  • Fixed Departure trips are slightly different than Private Trips.
  • Rugged Trails Nepal highly recommend for Private Trip To Upper Mustang, many things to see and learn. 
  • May 12, 13, ad 14 are the Tiji Festival dates for  2019
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
22 November, 2018 08 December, 2018 US $1980 Available Book Now
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
08 December, 2018 24 December, 2018 US $1980 Available Book Now
Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews
  • noimage
    United States

    Upper Mustang Tiji Trekking with Rugged Trails Nepal

    Rating:

    Nirajan , Dipak, and Lalit took excellent care of me. It was an exciting and genuine adventure that exceeded my expectations. Nirajan also took great care of me before and after the trek. I would highly recommend Rugged Trails Nepal. Brain did Upper Mustang Tiji festival trek…

  • noimage
    United States

    “Fantastic Trek,”

    Rating:

    I went on a trek with Nirajan of Rugged Trails and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Very professional from the time he picked me up at the airport until he dropped me off 18 days later.

Trip Note

  • Some time Jomsom - Pokhara or  Pokhara - Jomsom flights might be canceled due to the bad weather.
  • Private Jeep or Sharing Jeeps are the options when flight canceled. But private jeep drive cost will be charged extra.
  • For this trek, there must be minimum 2 people to get the Upper Mustang permits
  • if you are single and don't have a partner, e-mail us we arrange on a group tour.
  • This Trek can be customized for customized trek itinerary email us.
  • Good things for those travelers who love Jeep Drive Tour in Nepal, Upper Mustang is one of the best places.

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