Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek 19 Days

$ 2400 Per Person

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Facts About Trip

Maximum Altitude:

4,300m.

Group Size:

2 to 25 Peoples

Transportation:

Flight/Private Vehicle

Accommodation:

Hotel/Local Tea House

Best season:

Spring and Autumn

Meals:

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Tour type:

Trekking

Grade:

Moderate / Adventure

Trekking Region

Mustang Region

 Trip Highlights

  • Upper Mustang trek is a sought-after destination, exploring the restricted and isolated region of Nepal.
  • Known as Mini Tibet, the topography and culture of Upper Mustang resemble that of Tibet.
  • Visit Lo Manthang, a city with historical significance, featuring a four-storied royal palace and unique architectural designs.
  • Lo Manthang is famous for the Tiji Festival, a vibrant celebration lasting three days, showcasing local culture.
  • Experience the Tibetan-like landscape with red rock cliffs, high-altitude deserts, and sandstone pillars during the trek.
  • Trek in the shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna along the Kali Gandaki River en route to Mustang
  • Pass through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colorful Buddhist shrines and temples
  •  Following 5 days of trekking, reach Lo Manthang, the fabled walled city of Mustang
  • Spend 3 days in Lo Manthang at the Tije Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with dancing and traditional music.

 

Upcoming Tiji Festival Dates for the years 2024 and 2025 are given below in the Table.

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Tiji Festival Year

Tiji Festival Happening Dates

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Tiji Festival 2024

5th, 6th and 7th in may 2024

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Tiji Festival 2025

24th, 25th and 26th in may 2025

Overview

Embark on an extraordinary journey with our Upper Mustang Trek, where ancient mystique meets Himalayan grandeur. Unveil the secrets of the Forbidden Kingdom as you traverse through captivating landscapes and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Mustang.

Our visitors-friendly guide offers detailed itineraries, insider tips, and a glimpse into the unparalleled beauty that awaits you on this off-the-beaten-path adventure in Nepal's Upper Mustang region. Experience the allure of this hidden gem and create lasting memories in one of the most enchanting corners of the Himalayas."

Upper Mustang trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal which will take you to the restricted and isolated region of Nepal. The upper Mustang of Nepal is also known as the Mini Tibet in Nepal as the topography and culture of the region are similar to that of Tibet. You will visit the city of Lo Manthang which belongs to King Lo.

Lo Manthang has various historical importance where you will get to see the four-storied royal palace and many architectural designs. Lo Manthang is also famous for the Tiji Festival which lasts for 3 days. The red rock cliffs and high-altitude deserts are similar to Tibetan terrains and sandstone pillars. This trek will take you to the traditionally settled villages, Chortens, monasteries, and mani walls.

 

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Day 1 : Arrival in TIA, Kathmandu Nepal (1,400m)

On your arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by Unique Sherpa Trek & Expedition representatives and transferred to the hotel where you will be meeting your guide and crew at the pre-meeting ceremony. In the meantime, our trekking experts will double-check out all pieces of the trekking essential gears to make sure everything is done before the trek gets started. In the evening, you may intend to explore the Thamel or walk around for the last minute shopping and preparations of the trip, overnight stay at the hotel,

Day 2 : High-Altitude Trek Prep: A Quick with Guide

Engage in regular cardio and strength training for enhanced stamina. Plan a gradual ascent, spending time at intermediate altitudes to acclimatize. Pack layers for temperature variations, including a waterproof jacket and moisture-wicking base layers. Opt for sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for ankle support. Ensure a comfortable, well-fitted backpack stocked with water, snacks, layers, a first aid kit, and a map. Bring a suitable sleeping bag and lightweight, insulated sleeping pad if camping.

 Consult a healthcare professional, carry prescribed medications, and be aware of symptoms. Stay well-hydrated to combat altitude sickness effects. Pack high-energy snacks with a balanced mix of carbs, proteins, and fats. Shield yourself with sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Carry a map, compass, or GPS device and acquaint yourself with the trail. Share your trekking plans and emergency contacts with a reliable person. Ensure all necessary permits for the trekking area are obtained in advance.

Stay informed about regional weather conditions and pack accordingly. Familiarize yourself with and respect local customs and traditions. Preparation is key for a safe and rewarding high-altitude trek. Tailor this checklist to your specific trek and seek advice from experienced trekkers or local guides for additional insights.

Day 3 : Flight or Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (822m)

Flight to Pokhara (Approximately 20-25 minutes):

Flying or driving to Pokhara from Kathmandu is a common and convenient way to reach this picturesque city. The flight departs from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Several domestic airlines operate daily flights to Pokhara, including Yeti Airlines, Buddha Air, and Simrik Airlines. The flight takes approximately 25-30 minutes, offering stunning views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Flying is the quickest way to reach Pokhara and is particularly suitable for travelers with limited time.

Driving to Pokhara (Approximately 6-8 hours):

The road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara covers a distance of around 200 kilometers (125 miles) via the Prithvi Highway. Options include private vehicles, tourist buses, or hiring a taxi. Tourist buses and shared vans are common for budget travelers. The drive can take approximately 6-8 hours, depending on road conditions and traffic. The journey offers scenic views of hills, rivers, and rural landscapes. Consider making stops at notable places along the way, such as Manakamana Temple or viewpoints for panoramic mountain views. Driving provides flexibility in terms of making stops and enjoying the journey at your own pace.

Day 4 : Flying from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m) and Trekking to Kagbeni (2810m)

Embark on a thrilling Himalayan adventure with a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, situated at 2720 meters. As the plane soars above the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, you'll witness breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and lush landscapes. Upon landing in Jomsom, your journey continues with a trek to the charming village of Kagbeni, perched at an altitude of 2810 meters.

The trek unfolds along the Kali Gandaki River, offering a delightful mix of cultural encounters and natural wonders. Capture the essence of the Mustang region, explore ancient monasteries, and immerse yourself in the unique traditions of Kagbeni. This dual experience promises an unforgettable Himalayan escapade, blending the thrill of flight with the serenity of trekking.

Day 5 : Kagbeni to Cheile Trek: A Himalayan Adventure at 3050m

Embark on an exhilarating journey with the Kagbeni to Cheile trek, a mesmerizing adventure that unfolds in the heart of the Himalayas. Starting from the enchanting village of Kagbeni, situated along the sacred Kali Gandaki River, the trail leads you to the scenic destination of Cheile at an elevation of 3050 meters.

The trek offers a mix of cultural exploration and natural beauty, as you traverse diverse terrain, from charming villages to rugged landscapes. Capture breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Mustang region. With each step, the trek to Cheile promises an unforgettable experience, blending the thrill of adventure with the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape.

Day 6 : Charming Heights: Trekking to Ghiling (3,540m) from Cheile

Embark on an unforgettable journey as you trek to the captivating village of Ghiling, situated at an elevation of 3,540 meters, starting from Cheile. This trek offers a mesmerizing exploration through diverse landscapes, from picturesque valleys to winding trails that unveil the beauty of the Mustang region.

As you ascend, be enchanted by panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, creating a backdrop of awe-inspiring beauty. The trek to Ghiling is a perfect blend of adventure and cultural immersion, allowing you to witness the unique traditions and warm hospitality of the local communities along the way. Prepare for an enriching experience as you traverse through this Himalayan gem.

Day 7 : Tranquil Traverse: Trekking to Tsarang (3,580m) from Ghiling

Embark on a serene journey with the trek to Tsarang, nestled at an elevation of 3,580 meters, starting from Ghiling. This enchanting trek promises a blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration. As you navigate through the picturesque landscapes, catch glimpses of the towering Himalayan peaks and immerse yourself in the unique charm of the Mustang region.

Tsarang, with its ancient monasteries and rich history, unfolds a tapestry of cultural wonders. Traverse through diverse terrains, from arid deserts to green valleys, making each step a delightful discovery. Prepare for a trek that seamlessly weaves tranquility and adventure into the heart of the Himalayas.

Day 8 : Landscape Marvel: Trekking to Lo-Manthang (3,810m) from Tsarang

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey with the trek to Lo-Manthang, perched at an elevation of (3,810) meters, originating from Tsarang. This adventure unfolds in the heart of the mystical Mustang region, offering a captivating blend of natural wonders and cultural richness.

As you traverse diverse landscapes, from ancient monasteries to high mountain deserts, the trek provides panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Lo-Manthang, with its ancient walled city and unique traditions, invites you to delve into the cultural tapestry of Mustang. Prepare for a trek that not only captures the essence of the Himalayas but also unveils the timeless allure of Lo-Manthang's historical charm.

Day 9 : Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang

Morning Excursion to Lo-Manthang Monasteries  Begin your day with a visit to the ancient monasteries of Lo-Manthang, including Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen Gompa, and Chodey Gompa. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance and intricate Tibetan artistry. Stroll through the Walled City  Wander through the labyrinthine alleys of the walled city, marveling at the traditional Mustangi architecture. Discover hidden courtyards, whitewashed houses, and ancient artifacts that showcase the region's rich heritage.

Lunch at Local Teahouses Relish a traditional Mustang lunch at one of the local teahouses. Savor local delicacies and engage in conversations with friendly locals, gaining insights into their daily lives. Afternoon Horse Ride to Namgyal Gompa Experience the unique landscape of Lo-Manthang on a horse ride to Namgyal Gompa. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the vast Tibetan plateau. Tea with Local Residents Join a tea session with local residents, sharing stories and learning about their traditional customs. Gain a deeper understanding of the Mustangi way of life and the challenges they face in this remote region.

Dinner and Cultural Performance  Enjoy a hearty dinner featuring local cuisine. Cap off the day with a cultural performance, where locals showcase traditional dances and music, providing a delightful end to your exploration day. Stargazing in the Clear Himalayan Sky Conclude your day by stepping outside to witness the breathtaking night sky. The clear Himalayan air offers a perfect opportunity for stargazing, revealing a celestial display that adds a magical touch to your Lo-Manthang experience.

Day 10 : Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang: Overnight Adventure at Hotel

Arrive in Lo-Manthang during the enchanting hues of the sunset. Check-in at your chosen hotel, known for its traditional Mustang hospitality.  Recharge with a cup of local tea while soaking in the stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks from the hotel's terrace. Leisurely Stroll through the Walled City  Explore the ancient alleys of the walled city during the serene evening hours. Witness the charm of whitewashed houses and ancient monasteries illuminated against the twilight.

Indulge in a delicious dinner at the hotel's dining area, sampling local Mustangi cuisine prepared with authentic flavors. Engage in a night photography session, capturing the ethereal beauty of the walled city and its historical landmarks under the starlit sky. Head to the hotel's courtyard for a mesmerizing stargazing experience. Gather around a bonfire, share stories, and enjoy the crisp Himalayan air. Retire to your comfortable traditional room, adorned with Mustangi decor. Drift into a peaceful night's sleep, surrounded by the tranquility of Lo-Manthang. Wake up to the sounds of the early morning in Lo-Manthang and prepare for another day of exploration.

Day 11 : Trek to Dakmar (3,785m) via Ghar Gompa

Embark on an exhilarating trek to Dakmar, situated at an altitude of 3,785 meters, via the picturesque Ghar Gompa. Here's a suggested itinerary for this memorable journey: Begin your trek in the morning from Lo-Manthang, as the crisp mountain air accompanies you on the trail. Enjoy a breathtaking trek through the enchanting landscapes leading to Ghar Gompa. Explore the ancient monastery, known for its unique architecture and cultural significance. Take a break for lunch amid the tranquil surroundings. Savor a packed meal with panoramic views of the Himalayan scenery.

Resume your trek towards Dakmar, traversing through valleys and crossing high mountain passes. Marvel at the ever-changing landscapes that Mustang offers. Reach Dakmar and take some time to explore the village. Engage with locals, visit monasteries, and appreciate the unique architecture of the traditional Mustang houses. Enjoy a hearty dinner in Dakmar, immersing yourself in the warm hospitality of the local guesthouse. Spend the night in a cozy room, recounting the day's adventures. Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the Mustang region. Sip on a cup of hot tea while soaking in the breathtaking morning views.

Day 12 : Back to Ghami (,3,580m) from Dakmar

Embark on a memorable journey as you trek back to Ghami from Dakmar, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Mustang. Here's a suggested itinerary for this trek: Start your day with an early morning departure from Dakmar, retracing your steps on the familiar trail back to Ghami. On your way back, revisit the scenic Ghar Gompa. Take the opportunity to explore any areas you may have missed during your previous visit. Pause for lunch at a scenic spot, relishing the packed meal while enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. Resume your trek in the afternoon, making your way through the captivating Mustang landscapes.

Cross high-altitude passes and traverse valleys as you approach the village of Ghami. Arrive in Ghami and take some time to explore the village. Visit the ancient Ghami Gompa, interact with locals, and appreciate the unique cultural aspects of this Mustangi settlement. Enjoy a wholesome dinner at a local teahouse or guesthouse in Ghami. Spend the night in comfortable accommodations, reflecting on the day's trekking adventures. Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the Mustang region. Enjoy a cup of hot tea while marveling at the changing colors of the surrounding landscapes.

Day 13 : Trek to Samar (3,660m) from Ghami

Embark on a scenic trek from Ghami to Samar, experiencing the cultural richness and natural beauty of the Mustang region. Here's a suggested itinerary for this trek: Begin your trek in the morning, starting from Ghami. The cool mountain air accompanies you as you set out on the trail. Trek through picturesque valleys, enjoying the varied landscapes that Mustang offers. Capture the beauty of the surrounding hills and pass through traditional Mustang settlements. Take a break for lunch at a scenic spot, savoring a packed meal while taking in panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks and the Mustangi landscape.

Explore the quaint villages along the way, interacting with locals and gaining insights into their way of life. Continue the trek in the afternoon, reaching the village of Samar by late afternoon. Upon arrival in Samar, take some time to explore the village. Visit the local monasteries, observe traditional Mustangi architecture, and immerse yourself in the unique cultural atmosphere.

Enjoy a hearty dinner at a local teahouse or guesthouse in Samar. Spend the night in comfortable accommodations, surrounded by the tranquility of the Himalayan night. Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the Mustang region. Sip on a cup of hot tea while soaking in the breathtaking morning views before continuing your trek.

Day 14 : Trek to Kagbeni (2,840m) from Samar

Embark on a captivating journey as you trek from Samar to Kagbeni, immersing yourself in the diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the Mustang region. Here's a suggested itinerary for this trek: Start your day early, commencing your trek from Samar. The crisp mountain air and the morning sunlight accompany you on the trail. Trek through diverse landscapes, including arid valleys, ancient rock formations, and picturesque hills. Marvel at the ever-changing scenery that defines the beauty of Mustang.

Take a break for lunch at a scenic spot, relishing a packed meal while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Resume your trek in the afternoon, making your way towards Kagbeni. Traverse through charming villages and along the Kali Gandaki River, which adds a serene touch to the journey. Upon reaching Kagbeni, explore this ancient village with its unique architecture and cultural heritage. Visit the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at a local teahouse or guesthouse in Kagbeni. Spend the night in comfortable accommodations, reflecting on the day's trekking experiences. Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the Mustang region. Take a morning stroll around Kagbeni, capturing the charm of this ancient village before continuing your journey.

Day 15 : Trek to Jomsom (2,720m) from Kagbeni

Embark on the final leg of your trek as you journey from Kagbeni to Jomsom, experiencing the unique landscapes and cultural treasures of the Mustang region. Here's a suggested itinerary for this concluding trek: Begin your trek in the morning, bidding farewell to Kagbeni. The trail takes you along the Kali Gandaki River, offering glimpses of the stunning surroundings. Trek through the charming village of Marpha, known for its apple orchards and traditional Mustangi architecture. Take a stroll through the village and explore local attractions.

Enjoy a delightful lunch in Marpha, savoring local dishes and possibly tasting some apple-based products for which the village is famous. Resume your trek in the afternoon, continuing towards Jomsom. The trail takes you through scenic landscapes, with the mighty peaks of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri accompanying you. Reach Jomsom, the administrative center of the Mustang region. Take some time to explore the town, visit local markets, and appreciate the unique blend of Tibetan and Nepali cultures.

Enjoy a hearty dinner at a local teahouse or guesthouse in Jomsom. Reflect on the memorable trekking experiences and soak in the atmosphere of this Himalayan town. Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas from Jomsom. Bid farewell to this remarkable region, cherishing the memories of your journey through the Mustang.

Day 16 : Early Morning Flight Back to Pokhara from Jomsom

Experience the breathtaking aerial journey as you take an early morning flight from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Here's a suggested itinerary for this scenic flight: Arrive at Jomsom Airport early in the morning and complete the check-in process for your flight to Pokhara. Board the small aircraft and take off from Jomsom Airport. Marvel at the panoramic views of the Mustang region from above as the aircraft ascends over the Himalayan peaks. Enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The flight provides a unique perspective of these majestic peaks and the diverse landscapes below.

Touch down at Pokhara Airport, greeted by the serene beauty of the Phewa Lake and the surrounding hills. Disembark from the aircraft and collect your belongings. After the flight, transfer to your accommodation in Pokhara. Whether you choose a lakeside hotel or another peaceful retreat, enjoy the tranquility of Pokhara. Relish a delicious breakfast at a lakeside café, taking in the serene views of Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Range. Reflect on your trekking adventure through the Mustang region.

 Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Explore Pokhara's charming streets, visit local attractions like the Peace Pagoda or Devi's Fall, or simply relax by the lakeside. Engage in optional activities such as boating on Phewa Lake, enjoying a spa session, or exploring the vibrant Lakeside area. Wrap up your day with a delightful dinner at a restaurant with mountain views. Savor local and international cuisines while reminiscing about your Himalayan adventure.

Day 17 : Pokhara Sightseeing Over Night at Hotel

Explore the enchanting city of Pokhara with this overnight sightseeing itinerary, immersing yourself in its natural beauty and cultural attractions: Begin your day with a stroll along the Lakeside area. Absorb the serene ambiance of Phewa Lake, with the Annapurna Range creating a stunning backdrop. Take a short boat ride across Phewa Lake and hike to the World Peace Pagoda. Enjoy panoramic views of Pokhara and the surrounding mountains from this hilltop stupa.

Have lunch at a lakeside restaurant, savoring local and international cuisines. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance and beautiful views of the lake. Visit Devi's Fall, a mesmerizing waterfall, and explore Gupteshwor Cave located just behind it. Marvel at the natural beauty and cultural significance of these attractions. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Phewa Lake. Experience the tranquility of the lake as you paddle or row, surrounded by the Himalayan panorama.

Choose a lakeside restaurant for dinner, taking in the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare ranges as the sun sets over the mountains. Explore the vibrant nightlife at Lakeside. Visit local pubs, cafes, or live music venues to experience the lively atmosphere and meet fellow travelers. Retire to your lakeside hotel for a comfortable overnight stay. Enjoy the tranquility of Pokhara, with the sound of the lake and the distant views of the mountains. Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the Annapurna Range from Lakeside. Witness the mountains changing colors as the day begins.

Day 18 : Flight or Drive Back to Kathmandu

Conclude your Pokhara adventure with a smooth transition back to Kathmandu. Choose between a scenic flight or a comfortable drive to return to the capital. Here's a suggested itinerary:

Option 1: Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu:

Morning Transfer to Pokhara Airport (8:00 AM): Check out from your hotel and transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Board a short and scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Enjoy aerial views of the Himalayas and the lush landscapes. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Check-in and freshen up after the flight. Have lunch at a local restaurant and relax at your hotel. Take some time to unwind before further exploration.

Visit Kathmandu's cultural landmarks such as Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), or Boudhanath Stupa. Explore the rich heritage of the city. Enjoy a delightful dinner at a local eatery, sampling Nepali cuisine. Reflect on your journey and cultural experiences. Rest and rejuvenate for the night at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Option 2: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:

Check out from your hotel in Pokhara at 6:00 am because Tourist buses start at 7:00 am from the Tourist bus park and embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Stop at a picturesque location for lunch. Enjoy a break and soak in the views along the Prithvi Highway. Continue your drive through the scenic landscapes, passing charming villages and terraced fields. Evening Arrival in Kathmandu (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM): Arrive in Kathmandu and check in to your hotel. Freshen up and relax after the journey.

Have dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu, enjoying a variety of culinary delights. Rest for the night at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19 : Departure or Next Adventure

Whether you're planning your next adventure or considering a departure, the decision largely depends on your interests, preferences, and the time you have available. Here are two options to consider:

Departures: If your current journey has come to an end and you're ready to head back home.  Departure from Kathmandu: Check your flight options from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Ensure all your travel arrangements are in order, and you've packed souvenirs and memories from your Nepal adventure.

Plan for a comfortable and stress-free journey back home.

Next Adventure: If you're contemplating your next adventure or extension to your current trip, consider the following options: Nepal offers diverse landscapes and activities. Consider exploring other regions like the Annapurna or Langtang regions for trekking, or visit the lowland Terai region for a different cultural experience.

Extend to Bhutan or Tibet: If time permits, you could extend your journey to neighboring countries like Bhutan or Tibet, both known for their unique cultures, landscapes, and historical sites.

Engage in Outdoor Activities: Participate in outdoor activities such as paragliding in Pokhara, rafting in the Trishuli River, or mountain biking in the Kathmandu Valley.

Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural experiences Nepal has to offer. Attend local festivals, visit ancient temples, and engage with local communities.

Whether you choose to depart or embark on a new adventure, make sure to consider your travel goals, available time, and personal interests. Nepal and its neighboring regions have a lot to offer, so tailor your plans to create the most fulfilling and memorable experience for yourself.

What Is Included ?

  • Pick-up from the airport and transportation to the hotel.
  • 2-night hotel in Kathmandu in the (3-star) hotel. 
  • Domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes.
  • (100% Waterproof) Duffle bag to keep your personal belongings and things to be carried by the porter.
  • 3 times meal and tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Professional guide, assistant guide, and porters (size of the travel groups) during the trek.
  • Permit, TIMS, and national park entry fee.
  • All wages, and medical kits for the groups and staff.
  • Insurance for the guide and porters.
  • Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek by Unique Sherpa Trek & Expedition. 
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu before departure. Tea/Coffee with the meal.

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in case of early return than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Extra baggage check-in during the flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu) if more than 15 KG, extra, can be paid directly to the airline.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Any kind of meal During Your Stay in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Rescue, Medicine, Medical Test, Repatriation, Hospitalization Expenses for Climbs.
  • Any Internet, Hot shower, Drinking Water, Alcohol, cold Drinks, Laundry.
  • Additional costs suffered due to causes beyond our control, such as natural disasters, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, emergency evacuation, changes in government policies, strikes, and so forth.
  • Insurance for Clients.
  • International flight Tickets.
  • Clothing, Packing Items or bag, personal, Medical Kits, and Personal Trekking Gear.
  • any other items, not Included in the Above (Cost Included) Section.

 

NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. It is not will be refundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

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FAQs

The Upper Mustang Trek is an extraordinary journey into the remote and culturally rich region of Upper Mustang, often referred to as the "Last Forbidden Kingdom." It offers a unique blend of ancient Tibetan culture, stunning landscapes, and historical monasteries.

The trek typically takes around 12 to 14 days, covering approximately 160 kilometers. The duration may vary based on the chosen itinerary and acclimatization needs.

The best time for the Upper Mustang Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, providing an optimal trekking experience.

Yes, a special permit called the "Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit" is required for this trek. Additionally, the standard Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is also necessary.

The highest point of the trek is the Lo La Pass at an altitude of approximately 3,950 meters (12,960 feet). Proper acclimatization is crucial to adapt to the high-altitude conditions.

Teahouses and lodges are available throughout the trekking route, making it unnecessary to camp. These accommodations provide basic amenities, meals, and a chance to interact with locals.

Moderate to good physical fitness is recommended as the trek involves daily walking for several hours, sometimes in challenging terrains. Pre-trek conditioning and cardiovascular exercises are beneficial.

While trekking independently is possible, hiring a licensed guide is recommended for a smoother experience. Guides provide navigation assistance, cultural insights, and ensure safety.

The trek unveils ancient monasteries, caves with centuries-old murals, and traditional Tibetan villages. The region's unique cultural practices and festivals add to the cultural richness.

While there is no strict age limit, participants should be in good health and physically fit. It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on the trek, especially for older individuals.

Embark on this captivating trek to explore the hidden gem of Upper Mustang, embracing its cultural treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes.

Additional Information

1. Altitude and Acclimatization: The trek involves reaching altitudes above 3,000 meters (9,842 feet), requiring careful acclimatization. Adequate rest days and slow ascent are crucial to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

2. Permits: Obtain the necessary permits before commencing the trek. The "Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit" and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) are mandatory. Check with local authorities or your trekking agency for the latest permit regulations.

3. Best Time to Trek: The ideal months for the Upper Mustang Trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures.

4. Transportation: The trek usually begins with a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. From Jomsom, trekking is the primary mode of transportation. Local jeeps may be available for certain sections of the trail.

5. Accommodations: Teahouses and lodges along the trail provide basic amenities such as meals, hot showers, and comfortable beds. Accommodations may vary in facilities, so it's advisable to be prepared for basic living conditions.

6. Cultural Highlights: Explore the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, visit the impressive Thubchen Monastery, and discover the mystique of the caves at Choser. Engage with the locals to learn about their unique Tibetan-influenced culture.

7. Packing Essentials: Pack according to the season, with layered clothing for varying temperatures. Essentials include a good pair of trekking boots, a waterproof jacket, a hat, sunglasses, and a sturdy backpack. A sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures is also recommended.

8. Trek Difficulty: The Upper Mustang Trek is considered moderate in difficulty. Trekkers should be prepared for long hours of walking and occasional challenging terrains. Prior trekking experience is beneficial but not mandatory.

9. Guides and Porter Services: Hiring a licensed guide is recommended for navigation, cultural insights, and overall safety. Porter services are also available to ease the burden of carrying heavy backpacks, allowing trekkers to enjoy the journey more comfortably.

10. Communication and Connectivity: Communication facilities are limited in the Upper Mustang region. Carry a local SIM card for emergencies, and be prepared for intermittent or no connectivity during certain sections of the trek.

11. Responsible Trekking: Practice responsible trekking by adhering to Leave No Trace principles. Respect local customs, avoid littering, and contribute to the preservation of the unique environment and culture.

Prepare thoroughly for the Upper Mustang Trek, ensuring you have the required permits, proper gear, and a sense of adventure to fully appreciate the wonders of this culturally rich and visually stunning region.

01. Cultural Exploration: Experience the rich Tibetan-influenced culture of Upper Mustang, including ancient monasteries, chortens, and traditional whitewashed villages adorned with prayer flags.

02. Historical Landmarks: Explore ancient forts, caves, and ruins dating back to the 15th century, such as the iconic Lo Manthang Palace, offering insights into the region's fascinating history and heritage.

03. Scenic Landscapes: Marvel at the surreal beauty of the arid Mustang landscape, characterized by rugged mountains, deep gorges, colorful rock formations, and picturesque valleys, reminiscent of a desert oasis.

04. Hidden Kingdom: Traverse through remote and off-the-beaten-path trails, discovering hidden villages and settlements that have remained untouched by modern development, preserving their traditional way of life.

05. Panoramic Views: Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri mountain ranges, as well as the stunning landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau and the Kali Gandaki Valley.

06. Tiji Festival: If timing permits, witness the vibrant Tiji Festival, a three-day ancient Buddhist festival celebrated in Lo Manthang, featuring colorful masked dances, rituals, and ceremonies.

07. Nomadic Encounters: Encounter semi-nomadic communities of the Mustangi people, known for their hospitality, Tibetan Buddhist practices, and unique cultural traditions passed down through generations.

08. Natural Wonders: Discover natural wonders such as the mysterious caves of Chhoser, ancient rock carvings, and the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath, nestled amidst stunning mountain scenery.

09. Adventure and Trekking: Embark on a thrilling trekking adventure through challenging terrain, including high mountain passes, steep ascents, and river crossings, offering a rewarding and memorable experience for adventure enthusiasts.

10. Photography Opportunities: Capture stunning photographs of the surreal landscapes, ancient architecture, colorful festivals, and vibrant culture of Upper Mustang, creating lasting memories of your trekking journey in this hidden Himalayan kingdom.

01. Sky Caves of Chhoser: Explore the ancient cave dwellings carved into the cliffs of Chhoser village, offering a glimpse into the region's mysterious past and the lives of its former inhabitants.

02. Gyakar Village: Visit the remote village of Gyakar, home to the Gyakar Bhumpa Monastery and the intriguing "108 Chortens," an array of ancient stupas dating back centuries.

03. Dhakmar: Discover the small village of Dhakmar, renowned for its unique red cliffs and ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, providing a serene and picturesque setting for exploration.

04. Yara Valley: Trek through the secluded Yara Valley, where time seems to stand still amidst barren landscapes, ancient ruins, and panoramic views of the Himalayas, offering a true sense of isolation and tranquility.

05. Nepka La Pass: Traverse the challenging Nepka La Pass, a lesser-known route offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, with fewer trekkers and a sense of solitude.

06. Ghami Cave Monastery: Visit the hidden Ghami Cave Monastery, nestled within a cliffside cave and adorned with ancient murals, statues, and Buddhist artifacts, providing a peaceful sanctuary for meditation and reflection.

07. Dhigaon: Explore the remote village of Dhigaon, tucked away in the rugged terrain of Upper Mustang, offering a glimpse into traditional Mustangi culture and lifestyle, far from the tourist crowds.

08. Jhong Cave Monastery: Discover the ancient Jhong Cave Monastery, a hidden gem located near the village of Jhong, featuring intricate carvings, prayer rooms, and meditation chambers carved into the rocky cliffs.

09. Tsarang Monastery: Visit the historic Tsarang Monastery, perched atop a hilltop overlooking the village of Tsarang, with its ancient architecture, colorful murals, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

10. Lo Gekar Monastery: Explore the secluded Lo Gekar Monastery, believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Upper Mustang, featuring ancient Tibetan Buddhist artifacts, prayer halls, and a serene atmosphere conducive to spiritual contemplation.

Equipments

During the trekking, you could see many trekkers wearing expensive outdoor fashion equipment but we recommend you prepare comfortable and durable equipment. Trekking equipment is essential for anyone planning outdoor adventures, whether it's a day hike or a multi-day expedition. Below is a list of names of crucial equipment.

 

Cloth of trekkers,

Down Jacket: You could take on rent in Kathmandu if you don’t have

Thermal Baselayer Set: It is your second skin; bring the best quality (2 sets)

Fleece Pullover Hoodie: keeping you warm even if moisture condenses on the inside when it rains.

Light Weight Thermal Tops: It is comfortable when you don’t use a base layer

Waterproof Jacket and paints: recommended water, rain, and snowproof (if in case of bad weather)

Hiking Shorts: At lower altitudes and under the sun, it can be comfortable

Hiking T-Shirt: For lower altitude

Hiking Pants: Lightweight quick-drying paints (no jeans please)

Gloves: It is recommended to bring two pairs, a light one and a heavyweight water/windproof

Sports Bra for Her: A good sports bra is recommended when you are hiking

Sports underwear: Quick-dry

Woolen Hat: This is handy when it’s getting cold in the evening and morning.

Sunhat: Just it protects from the Sun

Microfleece Buff: I recommend bringing two, it is useful for either low-altitude or higher-altitude

 

Footwear Gears,

Hiking Boots: Ankle support, waterproof (running shoes are not recommended)

Sandals or Running Shoes: In the mornings and in the evenings in the teahouse (running shoes or even sandals will be fine)

Hiking Socks: Good-quality hiking socks should keep your feet dry and comfortable. Bring enough socks

Inner Socks: You could wear thin inner socks to support your hiking socks.

 

Trekking gears,

Snow gaiters: in case of bad weather and snowing

Duffle Bag: Waterproof and about 70L. We recommend this only if you are going to use Porter. Green Valley Nepal Treks will provide a duffel bag if you book Nepal Trekking with us on your arrival in Kathmandu.

Rucksack with Rain Cover: If you plan to carry your stuff during the trekking, we recommend you bring a comfortable (back support) 50 to 60L rucksack with rain cover.

Daypack with Rain Cover: Whether you use a porter or not, a day pack is necessary for your trekking trip in Nepal. Recommended daypack size is 25 to 30L with rain cover.

Trekking Poles: It is optional but if you know how to use it, then it can help your knee and joints.

Sleeping Bag: Recommended at least for -20 DC, Green Valley Nepal Treks will be provided at our pre-meeting if you don’t have your own (if you book the trip with us)

Sleeping Bag Liner: If you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, it is strongly recommended to bring your liner

 

Additional Accessories for Trekkers,

Reusable Water Bottle: Reduce plastic waste using a reusable water bottle.

Trash Bags: Pack trash bags to collect and dispose of your waste properly.

Phone Charger: Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a portable charger.

Power Bank: A power bank ensures your electronic devices stay charged.

Local SIM Card: Purchase a local SIM card for better connectivity in remote areas.

Cash: Carry enough cash to cover expenses, as ATMs might be scarce on the trekking route.

Map and Compass/GPS: Ensure you have the tools to navigate safely.

Camera and Binoculars: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and spot wildlife with a camera and binoculars.

Head Torch: small torch with spare batteries

Sunglasses: Recommended UV protection to prevent headaches and snow blindness.

Toiletries: Pack biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other essential toiletries.

Personal Medications: Bring any necessary prescription medications and basic over-the-counter remedies.

First Aid Kit: Your first-aid kit should include bandages, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any specific medications you might need.

Small Wash Towel: Light and quick-dry

Passport and Visa: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from entry, and obtain the necessary visa for Nepal.

Travel Insurance: Invest in comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes.

Permits and Tickets: Obtain all necessary permits for the specific trekking route you plan to take.

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