Upper Mustang Trek 17 days

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Trip Grade
Moderate, 3810m
Hotel/ Guest Hosue
Domestic Flight/ Local Transport
Best Season
  • The lost forbidden kingdom of Tibet Lo Manthang
  • The monasteries and lamaistic Buddhism from the 14th century
  • Buddhist shrines, Thankas, Mandalas, and Deities in and around the cliff. While exploring inside the cave (about 14000 feet), the wall was decorated with ancient Buddhist paintings.
  • Mountain people, culture and tradition
  • Pre Buddhist culture in Himalayan region

Upper Mustang Trek Overview

Upper Mustang Trek also referred to Lo Manthang Trekking. This could be a another way to experience the Tibetan culture and tradition in Nepal. The culture, religion, language, people and life style is similar to Tibet. They have been live there for hundreds of years and have little contact to the rest of the world including capital of Nepal. The Upper Mustang (kingdom) was founded by Ame Pal in the 14th century. The palace was all surrounded by a stone wall which is still standing with great attractions to the people.

Before unifying the Nepal it was an independent Lo Kingdom. Nepal was unified in the 18th century out of many small independent countries including Lo Manthang. The king was very respected and honored in Lo kingdom even today. Jigme parwal Bista (25th king) is the last king of Lo Manthang. Nepal became a federal country in 2008 and they declared that there is no more monarchy including Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is a tiny small village with less than 1000 people (Lobas ethnic people) and about 200 houses.

Accommodation and meal in Upper Mustang trek:

In the recent days, there are nice guesthouses all along the trekking trails. The lodge serve the delicious food and room to sleep. Generally, you will have your own room and bathroom will be sharing. Every village have a Local Lodge Management Committee who fix the food price. Every guesthouse provides a standard menu with choices of Nepali meal, Tibetan and continental. There will be a heather in the center of the dining hall where you can chat to other trekkers and also with your guide and porters.

Permit to Upper Mustang trek:

You have obtained a special trekking permit to trek to Upper Mustang area (Kagbeni to north). Trekking permit can be applying through registered trekking agency. The trekking permit would cost US$500 for first 10 days and US$50/ additional day. You must be 2 or more person to apply the permit. Alpine Asian Treks and Expedition P Ltd can apply your trekking permit. We will require your passport copy and photograph to apply the permit. Besides that, you have to obtain Annapurna Conservation Area permit.
Best time to trek Upper Mustang : The best time to trek to Upper Mustang is from April to September. The people celebrate a big festival known as TIJI which falls as a Tibetan calendar. In that festival time, the villagers back to their home town from abroad, Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Weather and climate: Upper Mustang trekking (northern part from Kagbeni) is considered trans Himalayan region (rain shadow). Generally, there is very little rain.  and trekking is possible in rainy season as well as. The temperature in spring is about 0 degree at night and around 20 degrees in a sunny day. Monsoon season (June to September)

Spring Season: Spring season remain still cold. The temperature would be around 0 degree at night and 20degree in a sunny day.

Rainy Season (June to September: The temperature would remain around 20-30 degree.

Winter season (December to February) : The winter is very cold in Upper Mustang. The temperature would remain 0—5 in a day and -20 to -25 in at night.

Autumn Season (October and November):

Trekking Guide to Upper Mustaing: Your trekking guide to Upper Musgang will have a previous experiences and government license. He keeps knowledge about mountain sickness, local people, culture and geography. The guide speaks English language and if you require any your local language speaking please do let us know before finalize.

Trekking equipment in Upper Mustang trek: The Upper Mustang trekking is considered as demanding trekking. It requires good preparation to complete it well such as proper clothing and physical fitness. There could be some rain in rainy season and very cold in winter. Please write us about the details of trekking gears before your trek.

Transportation to Upper Mustang trek: There is a rough road access till Lo-Manthang from Pokhara. The trek starts from Kagbeni after a flight ro drive to Jomsom and end in Kagbeni. The Jomsom airport is situated in between the high mountain, there may have flight cancellation due to bad weather and the road could be disturbed due to land slide in a rainy season.

Telephone and internet in Upper Mustang Trek: Some guest house offer WIFI services in the trekking trail. Additionally, you can buy a SIM card in card in Kathmandu or Pokhara and buy a internet packages to use in trekking. Generally cell phone work all along the trail.

Pricing of Upper Mustang Trek: The price will be in US$ or equivalent in Nepalese currency. The price will define the services and quality. We will give you a clear details while providing an itinerary and details with includes and excludes.

Insurance: Our guide and porter will have an insurance as per Nepal government rule. We highly recommend to our clients to bring their own rescue and medical insurance to trek to Upper Mustang.

Safety and security: Trekking in Nepal is very safe. There is no any single record of crime to the trekkers. You must be fully equipped to avoid the cold or etc. There is security check post in Jomsom, Kagbeni and Lo-Manthang. We can’t predict about natural disaster.

Can you trek alone: There must be minimum 2 trekkers to apply the Upper Mustang Trekking Permit. If you alone and still interested to trek to that area, we can try to find another single trekkers or join you to with others group to issue the permit. After obtain the permit you join in entry and exit time and the rest of the time, you can trek alone with your guide.

Can visit Lama, King or etc: Officially there is no anymore king in Upper Mustang but if you wish to see the former king (Jigme Parwal Bista) that would be possible with his permission. It is normally possible to meet Lama in the monastery and talk to them.

Date change possible: After issue the permit, normally it is not possible. If there is reasonable cause, we will try to request to the officer to postpone for few days but once you checked in to the area, there is no cancellation, postpone.

How to book: To make a reservation, we require passport details, flight details and passport size photo. We will proceed the permit and necessary formalities and once you arrive, with your original passport the permit will be apply.

Payment and booking: Your booking will be confirmed after drop a advance payment of 25% of the total invoice.  We accept bank transfer or major credit card payment.  The rest of the payment will be made upon your arrival in Nepal (Kathmandu).

Day to Day Itinerary

Whats Included?

  • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu on BB twin sharing
  • Two night hotel in Pokhara on BB twin sharing
  • Lodge/ guest house accommodation in trekking on twin sharing
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) whilst on a trek form lodge/ guest house.
  • Airport transfers (by private car, van or bus as per group size)
  • All land transfers as per itinerary to trek.
  • Domestic flights and departure taxes as per itinerary.
  • Applicable trekking fees. (Special permit requires to trek to Upper Mustang)
  • Porters (one porter per two persons is provided to carry the clients personal effects)
  • Trekking equipment (duffle Bag for your gear, sleeping bag)
  • Trekking staff (guide with government license holder and other assistant guides where applicable).
  • Insurance for the trekking staff. (insurance as per state law)
  • First aid medical kit
  • All the government tax and our (AATE) service charges.
  • Upon final payment AATE will provide pre-departure file including the detailed agreed itinerary, hotels and transport booked and introduce you to your trekking guide.

Whats not Included?

Not Included
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Extra accommodation and meal than itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in the city
  • International flights, visa and departure taxes
  • Your travel insurance (for travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss of life, theft of or damage to personal effects).
  • Tips and gratuities (crew frequently receives some recognition for good service)
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of AATE.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, mineral water, monuments entrance fees, postage, laundry, video, camera, phone, etc.
  • The single supplements payable on all bookings where only one person is traveling.
  • All other services not included in the "cost included" section above.

Frequently Asked Questions