Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Duration

15 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

3879m

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Transportation

Bus/Car

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Upper Mustang Trek Overview

“The HIDDEN KINGDOM” which is commonly known as upper mustang is certainly an upper part of mustang compromising the northern two-thirds of the Mustang district of Gandaki Province. Thak is the name of the southern third (lower mustang) of the district. It is a homeland of the Thakali language combining Nepali and Tibetan cultures. Mustang has been publicly open to foreign visitors since 1992. However, there is still high restriction to the upper mustang and requires a separate permit to enter. Geographically being a part of the Tibetan Plateau, the Upper Mustang Trek is quite similar to trekking in Tibet.

Upper Mustang Trek is a real privilege. If you want to experience the lifestyle of true mountain people, who for hundreds of years had very little contact with the outside world, yes this place is for you.

Marvel Trek is a licensed expedition company. It has been providing best facilities and services to its climbers since 1998 along with some great experiences. We not only keep your safety as the priority. But also guide you to fulfill your wish of experiencing the thrill of climbing a mountain. The entire team of Marvel Trek is full of professionals who will be there to support and guide you throughout your mountaineering adventures.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang trek is a popular route through the Mustang region of Nepal, known for its stunning landscape and rich cultural heritage. The trek takes you through the upper reaches of the Mustang region, which was once the kingdom of Lo. Here are some highlights of the Upper Mustang trek:

  • The landscape:
  • The Upper Mustang trek takes you through a varied landscape, including barren highlands, deep gorges, and snow-capped peaks. The region is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including yaks, blue sheep, and a variety of birds.
  • The culture:
  • The Upper Mustang region is home to a unique culture that has been largely isolated from the rest of Nepal. The trek takes you through a number of charming villages, each with its own unique way of life and traditions. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local people and learn about their daily lives.
  • The monasteries:
  • The Upper Mustang region is home to a number of ancient monasteries, including the famous Lo Manthang Monastery. These monasteries are an important part of the local culture and are worth visiting for their architectural and cultural significance.
  • The views:
  • The Upper Mustang trek offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including the Annapurna mountain range and the Dhaulagiri massif. The view from the top of Thorong La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), is especially stunning.
  • The physical challenge:
  • The Upper Mustang trek is a physically demanding journey that requires a good level of fitness and determination. However, the sense of accomplishment and the stunning views make it all

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Safety/security

The average upper mustang trek takes 17/18 days in which your walking hours will be 6-7. Walking for such long hours can be quite challenging, especially for beginners. It is always better to prepare yourself by doing some running, jogging, and light exercises. As for the level of altitude sickness, it depends on the maximum height you will be reaching. There are a few places you want to go like Marang La at 4230m, chooser at 3900m, or Lo Manthang at 3810m. However, they all are quite high so it’s likely to have altitude sickness. You need to take some precautions like being hydrated throughout the whole journey, avoiding alcoholic beverages for a few days, and walking slowly so that you can adjust to the height.

Symptoms of Mountain sickness

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast heartbeats

Preventing mountain sickness

  • Walk slow
  • Stay hydrated
  • Have nutritional food
  • Have enough rest
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol

Medicines for mountain sickness

  • Acetazolamide
  • Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
  • Promethazine (for nausea)

Trekking Equipment List

Woolen t shirts/shirts/thick sweaters. Backpack/Duffle bag
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Jackets (Fiber or down) Passport size photographs
Raincoat Permit and travel insurance
Pair of sandals Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers First aid kit
Hiking shorts Power bank
Water proof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner Water bottles and water purifier
Hiking boots Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera
Snow glasses and sunglasses trekking map
Down jacket/Gore-Tex Toiletries
Neck gaiter Water purification
Sun hat/woolen hat Water bottles

Other requirements

Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.

Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.

 

Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.

Payment and Cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellation:
1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

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Group Discount Prices

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1 Person
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
The temperature in the Upper mustang is quite fair and bearable. From March- June the temperature of the upper mustang reaches to16-22 degrees Celsius at day time while it can be around-2to-6degree Celsius at night time. From July to September the average temperature here is around 20-33 degrees Celsius at day time and 0 to -3 degrees Celsius at night time. From October to November, the temperature is around 12-20 degrees Celsius but can fall to-4to -8 degrees Celsius at night.
Best season to visit
Generally, the best time to travel upper mustang is March to early November. Since the temperature is quite bearable you will not have many difficulties traveling. Lying in the rainshadow of the Himalayas makes it great Monsoon trek winter treks are mostly avoided because of their harsh weather. People usually leave the capital to avoid extreme cold and snow.
Accommodation and food
Here, you can get small teahouses throughout the way. Even if they are really small they meet your basic necessities. These teahouses are run by local people of the mustang. A room with two single beds is available. Clean blankets, pillows, and bedsheets are provided. A teahouse costs you around 5-15$ per night. Foods- being a very popular tourist destination upper mustang or mustang has been able to serve very well and variety of food to their guest. You will have more than enough options for food. Pizzas, pasta, sandwich, noodles, bread, eggs, traditional food and Tibetan foods, potatoes item, soups, drinks, etc. everything are provided on this route. The food price can be around 3-6% per meal.
Transportation
Bus- Bus is always the cheaper yet very entertaining means to travel. Here, you can drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which will take around 4-5 hours and may cost you 400-600NRS(4-5$).From Pokhara, you can take a ride to Beni which will takearound2 hours. From Beni, you can take a bus to Jomsom which will take around 5-7 hours. Besides this, there is also a direct bus from Kathmandu to Muktinath which will cost you around 3500-4000 NRS (35-40$) for two-way. You can take a jeep ride from Jomsom to Lo Manthang which takes 3 days. Airplane- First after landing in Kathmandu you can take another flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, it is again an easy flight to Jomsom which will only take 30 minutes. From Jomsom, you can trek or take a jeep ride.
Communication and electronic
Mobile coverage or cellular reception is available all along the way up to upper mustang so you can talk to anyone at any time. Internet facility is available up to Kagbeni and Lo Manthang so you can be always updated about the places and directions. Places like Samar, Ghimi, and Ghiling have electricity but not so reliable, still, you will get enough chance to charge your electronics. However, you need to carry extra batteries and chargers/adapters for your easiness.
Permits/fee
Trek to upper mustang can be quite expensive. All the trekkers heading towards the upper mustang are strictly required to purchase a permit which cost 500$ (50,000 NRS) and is valid for only 10 days. if you are staying more than 10 days you need to add 50$ per day. Another permit you will require is the Annapurna Conservation Area permit which will cost you 20$ (2000NRS)per person. Note- You must always be careful with your permit, this permit is asked during your both way in and way out of upper mustang.
Guides/porters
Guides are mandatory in this kind of restricted area. Independent guides are not recommended for this trek since they cannot issue permits directly. It is required to have a reputed travel company issue the permit. If you hire a guide from Kathmandu or Pokhara it will cost you 35$ per day. They know the directions, places, and villages and have good knowledge about food and accommodation. Local porters if hired from Jomsom may charge you around 30$ per day but if you hire your porter from Kathmandu or Pokhara it might cost you 25$ per day.

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