Upper Mustang Trek

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Trip Price US$ 2390
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Trip Duration 11 Days
Group Size 2-12 people
Maximum Altitude Chogo La (4325m)
Difficulty Grade Moderate
Start & End Point Pokhara/Pokhara
Best Seasons Feb-May, Sept-Mid Dec

Highlights of Upper Mustang trek

  • Explore the Tibetan-Nepalese mixed culture.
  • Get a chance to visit the restricted village of Lo-Manthang.
  • Panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more mountains.
  • Enjoy fantastic landscapes, plateaus, and monasteries.
  • Upper Mustang Trek goes via excessive peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys.

Overview of Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is a famous trekking area in the Himalayan Region of Nepal. It has the most suitable climate and a completely different lifestyle. Sacred Himalayas and incredible scenic beauty surround this place. Trekking in this area also has cultural and religious value.

Thakalis, Gurung, and Tibetans are significant inhabitants. The neighborhood right there speaks the Tibetan Language. The Tibetans influence lifestyle and culture. Visiting such a fantastic place is a lifetime experience for any traveler.

Moreover, this trek lets us enjoy the little Buddhist world. Upper Mustang Trek is the destination for those who want to know the isolated kingdom. Moreover, the beautiful and fascinating views of snow-capped Mountains make this place mesmerizing.

Nepal, a small landlocked country, serves a lot in terms of exploring natural beauty. It is a blessing with many temples, stunning Himalayas, and crystal clear rivers. It has uncountable lakes and many more that every traveler would love to explore.

While talking about the beautiful places of Nepal, we cannot leave behind the Mustang. Mustang has a valid combination of lifetime memories and natural beauty. Get detailed info about the Upper Mustang helicopter tour.

Another advantage that the Upper Mustang short trek possesses is that it is the all-time favorite for nature lovers. You can visit Mustang all the time of the year. What amazes you is that the beauty of this place is evergreen and remains the same for the entire year.

Mustang is the hidden paradise of Nepal.

Upper Mustang is truly a hidden paradise of Nepal. It is one of the best destinations that every traveler wishes to visit. Generally, the Upper Mustang lies in the northeast part of Nepal. Upper Mustang is nearer to the Tibet-Nepal border.

The Upper Mustang trek may be a remote, arid area of the trans-Himalayan mountains. Bordering Tibet, this region features a distinct Tibetan feel, which we can feel in its people, culture, and landscape. This Upper Mustang trek features high rocky cliffs with eccentric figures and colors. There are also caves, rock paintings, monasteries, and, of course, high snowy mountains.

Mustang is a traditional and rare place to visit in Nepal. Lately, the number of individuals visiting Mustang has increased tremendously. Mustang is located at an altitude of 3840 meters in the northwest part of Nepal, between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Trek to Mustang will fulfill all of your dreams. You will get to view the magnificent mountain ranges. You can experience the lifestyle and culture of local people. Beyond heaven and paradise exist the Mustang, they say. People call it the Last Forbidden Kingdom, and it’s not easy to describe the beauty of Mustang in words.

The region is relatively isolated and undisturbed. It is a highly preferred destination for tourism activities. Views of the surroundings are charming as nature has left no drawbacks on its creation. Components of the region have been well–preserved.

The Department of Immigration has applied strict policies for incoming visitors to avoid negative foreign influence. Yet many of the country’s customs have a Tibetan effect. Locals have been practicing them for many years, gradually combining them with the country’s.

Enjoy the panoramic views of Mount Nilgiri.

The barren high plateaus, deep canyons, an ocean of exposed hills, and the colors of a desert sunset add beauty to this amazing place. In our lives, we need to travel and break free from living in one place. So, spend your life exploring this fantastic hidden beauty of Upper Mustang Trek.

The areas are often treeless, with a steep rocky path up and down to the hill. Also, on the Upper Mustang trek, you can observe the scenic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many other mountains. The fantastic landscapes, plateaus, and monasteries will relieve your sorrows.

The great memories of the place and adventure will fill your life with happiness. At some point in the upper Mustang trek, the trekkers can enjoy the valuable resource of the thousand years of ancient monasteries. We can enjoy the caves, which are close by tribes, and the scenic splendor of various landscapes. Not only that, but the trek also passes via excessive peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys.

Is the Upper Mustang trek worth it?

The upper Mustang trek will be amazing, and there is possibly no other trek that will last fewer days yet give you the adventure of a lifetime like this one. The journey will give you the experience of thrilling rugged roadways, a lifestyle far from modernity and urbanization, and a rich cultural journey overall.

During your trek, you will find just as many aspects of nature in the drier parts of Nepal. There is no reason why an adventurous heart would not be impressed by the many marvels the Upper Mustang trek offers.

Why is the Upper Mustang trek worth your time and money?

There are many reasons as to why the Upper Mustang trek is worth your time and money. Some of the main reasons are:

  • The mountain scenery is exquisite throughout the trek.
  • Newly developed roads to increase the convenience of trekkers through jeep travel.
  • Easily reachable accommodations and teahouses are on the way.
  • Cultural and traditional exploration of lesser-known communities in the world.
  • Extravagant trekking journey in a short period within a small budget.
  • Drylands have the most decadent natural aspects, surprisingly.
  • An equivalent trek to Annapurna base camp trek.
  • Exploration of interesting historical facts through locals’ stories, artifacts, monasteries, etc.
  • Memoir of a distinct yet rich human civilization in the most rural part of Nepal.
  • Moderate weather conditions throughout the year.
  • Perfect for beginners and trekkers trekking with family.

The Upper Mustang journey is possibly one of the most enjoyable and has many pros. You will experience the best elements of a trekking trip within less time and cost. No trekker will regret the Upper Mustang trek, which is exciting and comfortable.

Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trek


Day 01: Pokhara fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

We will take a flight early in the morning to Jomsom. The flight is about 25 minutes long. It gives spectacular views of the Mountains to start our Upper Mustang trek. From here onwards, it is very windy in the afternoon. The trail is relatively barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat.

Get a spectacular view of Mount Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche Peak, all away from Dhampus Peak. To reach Kagbeni, you walk flat trails through the Kali Gandaki river valley on a windy track. Kagbeni provides a taste of scenes to come in the upper Mustang. The Kagbeni area has narrow alleyways and tunnels. It has irrigation canals and green fields of wheat and barley.

Multiple 20 min flight, 3-4 hrs trek
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Lunch & Dinner
Altitude Kagbeni (2,858m)

Day 02: Kagbeni trekking to Chele

We start the Upper Mustang trek with a short journey and a special permit check-up. It happens upstream to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. Today, we are beginning trekking the upper Mustang region. We follow the river’s east bank over a series of small ridges.

The Upper Mustang trek trail leads us through the picturesque scenic villages. Fields of wheat, barley, and buckwheat, incorporated with small apple orchards, surround the area. We trek forward.

We cross the river, heading up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above. It has formed a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki follows. The trek leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele.

Walking Day 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Chele (3,050m)

Day 03: Today we are trekking to Ghiling

Today, the Upper Mustang trek trail from Chele starts. We climb along steep, treeless, and dry terrain, passing on a pass a cairn of rock. We rise above Samar, descend into a massive gorge, and enter another valley.

Cold streams and juniper trees surround the village. We will cross a stream and climb a ridge at 3800m. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda.

We are crossing the Nyi Pass, the highest point of the trek thus far, and the southern boundary of Lo. From here, we will trek to the steep downhill of Ghiling’s whitewashed buildings.

Walking Day 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Ghiling (3,806m)

Day 04: From Ghiling we trek to Charang Village

Today, the Upper Mustang trek trail goes downhill with the blue, grey, and red cliffs across the valley. It reaches a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu. Then, climb to a plateau and pass Nepal’s longest and most spectacular Mani walls.

From the end of the wall, the trail heads east to the village of Charang (Tsarang). The path passes a maze of fields, willow trees, and houses divided by stone walls at Charang Chu canyon’s top.

At the eastern end of the village are huge Dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa. They house an excellent collection of statues and Thankas. They also have many large paintings of seated Buddhas.

Walking Day 4-5 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Charang Village (3,575m)

Day 05: Today trekking Charang to Lo-Manthang

The Upper Mustang trek trail descends about 125m from Charang. It crosses the Tsarang Chu and follows the track to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 3580m. Then, it enters the Tholung village.

The trail further ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo. From here, you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley (3700m). The views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border.

We will have a short downhill trek on the plain of Aspiration. The trail then crosses a stream and climbs onto the plateau of Lo-Manthang.

Walking Day 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Lo-Manthang (3,700m)

Day 06: Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang

Explore the Upper Mustang trek’s historical and cultural center in less than a day. Kimling and Phewa are impressive. The Gompa of Namgyal is a famous monastery and a local court. We can take a short hike to the village of Tinghar.

This village has around 40 houses. The last main town to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang is picturesque. Chosar is also rich in Gompas in the eastern valley, the main trading route to Lhasa. Visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house” and the red Thugchen Gomba.

Visit Chyodi Gomba and the Entrance Hall, the primary magnets of the Lo Mangthang Trip. You may also have visited the four-story Raja’s Durbar (Royal Palace) building. The Mustang’s King offers Tibetan tea as his hospitality there. There are many places to explore, such as the panoramic views of the Himalayas, where you may not tire.

Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Lo-Manthang (3,700m)

Day 07: Lo-Manthang trekking to Ghami

Today is our return to our Upper Mustang trek after visiting Lo Manthang. We will trek on a highland rouge trail, crossing the alpine meadows. From Lo Gekar, we need to walk on the steep hills trail. It follows the pass at 4000m, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang.

Cross the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on this trek. The Upper Mustang trek trail descends beside a stream, visiting ancient Ghar Gompa. The Gompa is more than 1200 years old and meets the Guru Rimpoche.

Gompa is famous for its rock paintings and the legend of fulfilling our good wishes. The trail then drops steeply to the whitewashed buildings of Ghemi. Ghemi has vast fields, most of which are barren.

Walking Day 6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Ghami (3,520m)

Day 08: Ghami Trek down to Samar

Today, we are following the downhill trails of the Upper Mustang trek to the valley of Ghiling. The courses are dusty and windy today, so protect your eyes and lips with sunglasses and lip balm. The trail leads passing through the arid plateau and crop fields in between.

The walks may not be pleasant on the back, as we suffer from wind on the face in Kali Gandaki wind valley. Arrive in Samar. It is a small village with lovely terraces. People here follow the Tibetan lifestyle and tradition.

Walking Day 6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Samar (3660m)

Day 09: Samar to trekkig down to Kagbeni

Today, on our Upper Mustang trek, we will mostly walk along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. The views of natural vegetation and apple orchards to Kagbeni reward us. We will spend the night enjoying the Kagbeni village’s ancient uniqueness.

Walking Day 7 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Kagbeni (2,858m)

Day 10: Kagbeni to Jomsom

The last day trail of the Upper Mustang trek is an easy day and smooth working on the river bank. The trail passes through Eklebhatti and continues working to Jomsom. Arrive at Jomsom; celebrate the last day of the trekking with the trekking crew.

Walking Day 3 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Jomsom (2,700)

Day 11: Take a short flight to Pokhara

We will take a short, picturesque flight to Pokhara in the early morning. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, stuns us.

You have time to relax and enjoy the Himalayan coffee at a local coffee house. Look around Lake Side, which has fascinating mountain panorama views and charming nature. We will end our services.

Flight 25 min
Meals Breakfast
Altitude Pokhara (822m)

Fixed Departure Dates

Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.


What's Included?
  • A trekking guide certified and licensed by the government has training in high-altitude sickness and first aid.
  • Local trekking porter who carries your luggage, 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis.
  • Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, and clothing.
  • Local Tea houses, also called guest houses/ lodges, twin sharing during your journey.
  • The menu offers different types of food for your daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara.
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back by tourist bus/private car/van and flights depends on the client’s requirements and budget.
  • Special Permit for Upper Mustang.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • Group medical supplies ( Guide will carry essential medicines).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need to, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us before you arrive in Kathmandu so that it is easy for us to prepare.)
  • All the trip information and details for the trek.
  • Above the Himalayan Gifts and Trekking certificate after finishing your trek.
  • We offer you 1 dinner in Kathmandu in a Nepali restaurant
  • Government taxes and service charges.
What's Excluded?
  • Any services in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Airfare to Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa fee: you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks ( Tea anmd coffee), hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses include laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages, bar bills, and camera battery charging.
  • Insurance for trekking with medical rescue up to 5000+ meters).
  • You can buy and rent personal trekking equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara trekking stores.
  • Gratitude for the tour/ trekking staff and driver
  • Other of your expenses that are not mentioned are costs included in the section.

Upper Mustang trek more info

Upper Mustang Trek 10 days

Upper Mustang Trekking is a short trek in Nepal’s restricted trekking region. The Upper Mustang trek area is famous worldwide for its beauty and the stunning Himalayas. Yet, not everyone has been able to witness its beauty. So, this ten-day upper Mustang trek allows you to explore the unique beauty of the Mustang area. You can also learn about Nepalese culture and the varieties of local food.

Nepal is a familiar name in the field of trekking. Nepal has spectacular mountains of Nepal, dense forests, and pure rivers. The lakes, glaciers, and unity in the diversity of many religions have earned names worldwide. There are so many pictures of Nepal on the internet and videos on YouTube. But those are not enough to justify the beauty of this beautiful, intriguing land across the sea. It is so beautiful in every way that words fall short of describing it.

The country has the eight highest mountains and six thousand more rivers. It is the birthplace of the light of Asia, Gautam Budhha. This country’s name have a unique reputation in the world for years. You can explore the fascinating mountain areas by trekking. You can enjoy rafting along the white rivers.

You can get a close view of rare wildlife and plants in its dense forests. You can chill and relax in the camps on the lakeside listening to local music. You can go on shopping and enjoy the nightlife. Nepal has it all; more than anything, the sunrise and sunset in the mountains will amaze you. Watching the dusk and dawn above those snowy Himalayas is such a beautiful view.

Best time for Upper Mustang Short Trek

The best time to go to the Upper Mustang trek is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November). If you visit Mustang in May, you’ll also observe the Tiji festival of the Upper Mustang trek. Upper Mustang may be an area, but there’s no rain during Monsoon/Summer (June, July, and August).

So, Monsoon/Summer is additionally one of the simplest seasons to visit Upper Mustang. But in winter, the upper Mustang is extremely cold. Local people migrate to a lower settlement during this season. Due to this, people usually avoid visiting Mustang during winter.

The Upper Mustang trek goes to the kingdom of Lo Manthang.

Local people around the small village of Lo Manthang come to watch the dancing. They participate in the Tiji festival. Enjoy the journey of this forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys. Eroded canyons, ochre valley, and yak caravans. Colorful-painted mudbrick houses. On our Upper Mustang Trek, we get a spectacular view of Mount Nilgiri, Tukche, and Annapurna.

The Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking exceptional. After the flight to Jomsom, we start the Upper Mustang trek. We walk to the Kagbeni village, Chele, Ghiling, and Chharang to the Lo-Manthang start. We hike through deep canyons among stunning rock formations backed by snow-capped peaks.

You will visit homes, villages, and active monasteries in ethereal landscapes. On the fringe of the Tibetan Plateau, forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world, the Mustang Tiji Festival can evolve its own distinctive culture and tradition. It is so precious and unique.

The Upper Mustang trek is in trans-Himalayan regions.

The Upper Mustang Short Trek is an exceptional honor. You shall be spellbound to spend your days in the beautiful Trans – -Himalaya region of the country. Breathtaking views shall leave you captivated. The prehistoric original artifacts shall leave you questioning their existence.

Major interest points include panoramic insights into the nearby mountain peaks. Visit some ancient Buddhist monasteries that are more than a thousand years old. Savor the harmony of isolation. Get involved within a friendly community where cultures are from the Tibetan influence. Inevitably, you will most likely admire every aspect of the region.

Barren lands, rocky mountains, and steep climbs are the major attractions of the trek. Trekking in Upper Mustang is always challenging yet memorable for activists and professionals. Rough rocky trails can get strenuous at times but are entirely achievable. Routes of such kind appear only after several days of the trek.

During the initial stages of the Upper Mustang trek, we fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then, we fly further to Jomsom, where the trekking phase starts. During the trek, there are several points of interest, such as the Royal Palace in Manthang. You can visit eye-striking monasteries such as the Thungchen Gompa and Amchi Museum. You can also view other forms of natural beauty.

Upper Mustang Short Trek Cost

The Upper Mustang trek lies in the Himalayan rain shadow and starts from Jomsom. You will have a scenic flight from Pokhara. The Upper Mustang trek destination is suitable even for monsoons. You will find the Upper Kali Gandaki quite dry during this time. The Upper Mustang trek cost is relatively easy.

You can experience different landscapes and cultures during this Upper Mustang trek. Fortunately, this is a place that is still away from modernization. It is one of the least traveled areas of Nepal. In Upper Mustang Trek, the highest point you can reach is 3800 meters. Therefore, the Mustang is extremely cold during the winter.

The climate and weather conditions of this trek in winter are primarily windy and dusty. The harsh weather is the major hindrance of this trek. The Wonderful Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom. It leads you to the hidden Shangri-La of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. This secret kingdom is also called Lo.

Mustang was also part of the Tibetan empire and is undoubtedly connected to Tibet. Locals practice Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the villages are Tibetan-style. People have their whitewashed houses made of firewood tucked on the roofs.

Itinerary for Upper Mustang trek

Our Upper Mustang Trek itinerary starts and ends from Pokhara, about a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu. You can also organize your trip from Kathmandu according to your preference. If you’re curious about a unique outlook on the Upper Mustang and have the time, below is an extended version (by two days) of the trek.

It follows the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki valley against the more trodden western route. The Upper Mustang trek itinerary takes you through the copper-red arid valleys, eroded canyons, and deep gorges. The paths have canyons, colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and mudbrick houses.

It also continues to flourish because it did so a few years ago. Mustang might be a superb place to experience untouched Tibetan Buddhist culture. You’ll see its impact on the arts, language, and architecture of Upper Mustang. There are different itineraries for the Upper Mustang Short Trek. You can check the complete details of the itinerary in our itinerary tab.

The summary of the Upper Mustang Trek itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu, Upper Mustang trek preparation. It’s time for special permit-making, a day of rest, and sightseeing. The next day, after the Kathmandu tour, we will fly or drive to Pokhara. Spend the afternoon exploring the colorful town. Our Upper Mustang trek begins with the short flight to Jomsom and hiking to Kagbeni.

From Kagbeni, the Upper Mustang trek will Enter the Upper Mustang region. Trek up to Lo Manthang and back to Jomsom. We will take a flight back to Pokhara so you can enjoy your time there. The next day, take a short flight or drive back to Kathmandu. On your final Departure day, we will take you to the airport to fly home or to another destination.

We can also tailor-make your Upper Mustang trek itinerary. We can descend to Tatopani’s natural hot spring via the Apple Kingdom valley of Nepal Marpha. Instead of taking a flight, you can enjoy Himalayan off-road driving on mountain roads.

Upper Mustang Trek Map

The Upper Mustang trek map shows the trail details from Kagbeni to Lo Manthang via Jomsom. The map covers all alternative paths to reach Lo Manthang. Get a good map that allows you to explore the last forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang in a much deeper way. The area referred to as Upper Mustang is within Annapurna Park in northwest Nepal.

It is a restricted area that requires a special permit to enter. There are now good hotels and guest house facilities on the trail. It is an excellent choice for people seeking some comfort. The Upper Mustang Trek is suitable for those trying to find 20 years ago Nepal or undiscovered areas. It is for people who want to experience off-world landscapes alongside unique cultures.

It’s one of the most stunning treks in the world between Upper Mustang’s views, culture, and other people. The western Upper Mustang route may be a misunderstood trek. It’s more sort of a short diversion for 1-2 days than a separate trial. On the classic way from Ghami, you detour west to Drakmar and Ghar Gompa.

Cross a high pass at Chogo La (4230 m) before you enter Lo Manthang. You’ll avoid the road with this route and take another course back to see more. You will also do this on the way back from Lo Manthang, which is becoming increasingly popular. The main Upper Mustang Classic route remains an equivalent.

Variations depend on side trails, road conditions, weather, and time of the year. It also depends on the natural events and physical changes to trekking trails. These conditions are applicable, especially to western and eastern routes. You can buy the Upper Mustang trekking map at Thamel.

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

The Upper Mustang trek has a moderate difficulty level in many aspects. Yet, the walk is doable if you’re fit and interested in exploring the trans-Himalayan terrain. There’s also a jeep transfer facility if anyone cannot enter the trail’s center. Hence, this trek is safe and convenient.

Mustang may be a famous place in Nepal for trekking and adventure tours. The region offers views of unspoiled nature and a landscape, unlike the other sites in Nepal. While visiting Mustang, you’ll find parallels with Tibet in its culture and language. Although it lies within the Himalayas, the terrain may be a mixture of snow-capped mountains and desert lands.

The Upper Mustang region lies within the area of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri massif. Thus, trekking in this region is feasible even during the monsoon. Yet, it is best to feature each day or two for travel delays thanks to the inclemency within the lowlands.

The Upper Mustang trek is suitable for many walkers and has no restrictions or limitations. Yet, this trek requires an inexpensive level of fitness. On average, the walking hours per day are between 6 and 7 hours. Lo Manthang and Chooser are the main attractions of this region. Their elevations are 3810m and 3900m, respectively.

Walking at a higher altitude is more demanding than walking at a lower altitude. So, you would like to organize yourselves to adjust to the lofty height to make your treks tons easier. Well, the hike to Mustang isn’t tricky and simply doable.

Some prior exercise and hiking make your Upper Mustang trek trips tons easier. If you’ve pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung, and blood diseases, it’s essential to consult your doctor before the hike.

Most Asked Questions by Travellers

The Upper Mustang trek is a journey that will take you to one of the protected areas in Nepal and give you memories of a lifetime. However, not everyone is allowed inside the area, and anyone with a valid permit and the authorities can only make the trek.

There are many reasons why the Upper Mustang trek will have restrictions. However, this does not necessarily mean you are restricted from exploring isolated parts of the region.

Upper Mustang Restriction

Though a protected area, the Upper Mustang trek allows trekkers and travelers who have paid for a permit and admitted to remain compliant with the area’s rules to get in and explore the region to the fullest.

However, one of the main reasons why the Upper Mustang trek remains restricted to an extent is that tourism and trekking activities have increased over the years. Not every trekker will be sensitive to the environment and the natural aspects of the naturally and culturally rich region.

Setting certain restrictions and mandating trek permits makes it easier for the authorities and the government to control overcrowding while raising decent revenues from tourism and trekking activities in the Upper Mustang region. Likewise, since Upper Mustang also falls within Annapurna areas, the protection policy for the national gem is tighter for all the right reasons.

The Upper Mustang trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. Some regulations must be followed since the area is a country’s treasure, but this does not mean that your adventure or exploration of the region will be limited in any way.

The Upper Mustang trek is the most considered trek of all time in Nepal. Both Nepalese and foreigners have a destination in mind whenever they wish to go on a trip that is not only fun and adventurous but also affordable.

There is almost no trekking journey like the Upper Mustang trek. Thinking of all the benefits you will get during this journey, you cannot help but be impressed by its aspects.

How much should a trekker pay for the Upper Mustang trek?

The Upper Mustang trek starts at USD 2000. The reasonable cost is also why many trekkers choose this over any other trekking package in Nepal. However, the price can go higher depending on the luxuries you may want on your trip. For a budget traveler, you will get all the amenities and facilities for a comfortable trek within your $2000 worth of trekking package.

On the other hand, many trekkers might consider the trek package expensive. There is a good reason to justify the price, though. The trekkers will be getting more than what they pay for.

Mountains surround the Upper Mustang, which has remained isolated for most of its existence until recent years. Therefore, the facilities you get during the trek are more than the ones you would expect from a rural trek like this one.

Upper Mustang trek will give you the best trekking journey in every possible way.

Trekkers can efficiently complete the Upper Mustang trek journey quickly and on a fixed budget. And the trek will be worth every penny you pay for the journey.

Trekking to the Upper Mustang is one of the most popular trekking vacation plans among Nepalis and foreigners. The Upper Mustang is the most famous part of the Mustang.

The location has many inhabitants who have lived under rural conditions yet have been fostering their way of life with the help of tourism activities.

Is the Upper Mustang trek arduous?

No, the Upper Mustang trek is not challenging at all. But, one cannot consider it easy either. It would be fair to say that the trekking journey is moderate and can be completed by anyone with decent physical fitness and less to no prior experience in trekking. On the other hand, it is just as important to remember that the Upper Mustang trek will be as easy as you make it.

Taking precautions for a safe and comfortable trek will ensure the trekkers have it easy. Remaining too comfortable might not be the best choice for the trekkers.

Some things that you need to keep in mind to enjoy your Upper Mustang trek to the fullest extent would be to:

  • wear comfortable clothes
  • use solid and reliable gear and equipment
  • physically train by strength training activities before starting the journey
  • remaining hydrated throughout the trek
  • carrying adequate medications and first-aid kits
  • keeping the stomach content if not always full during the trek.

Trekking to the Upper Mustang is a cherishable journey, and trekkers must enjoy every moment. Though deemed difficult by many, the Upper Mustang trek is not close to being considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal.

The Upper Mustang Trek is perfect for those looking for a spectacular getaway adventure in Nepal. If you want to make a short trek in a relatively rural yet moderately challenging location, there is no better option than the Upper Mustang Trek, which is shorter than most other adventurous treks you might take.

Moreover, it is easier to get to the destination even by trekking for only a few days, unlike many other treks. This trek is all about choosing both trekking aesthetics and convenience.

Due to the road conditions in the Upper Mustang region, it is likely to take a trekker 5-10 days to complete the Upper Mustang trek. This trek will give you an experience of a lifetime while not costing you more than ten days. Traveling by road in the deserted land of Upper Mustang helps trekkers limit their travel time to a reasonable extent.

You can witness the beauty of deep ravines, the rich Buddhist and Hindu cultural influence on people’s lifestyles, and the snow-covered mountains surrounding the area. Overall, the Upper Mustang trek will amount to the one that will be longer and more difficult than this trek.

Trekkers will likely spend at least four nights and five days in Mustang, making this trip accessible, convenient, and short.

Therefore, the Upper Mustang trek is suitable for all age groups and can be enjoyed without many challenges. Additionally, though the roads and trails of the Upper Mustang are not very developed, it won’t come off as a great difficulty either.

The Upper Mustang has long remained isolated. Trekking activities have only become popular at the destination in recent years. Therefore, being a popular yet protected location, the Upper Mustang trek will require a permit.

A trekking permit ensures that treks are managed, and trekkers also promote the growth in revenue of rural trekking destinations in Nepal. Most of all, these permits aim to protect the trekking locations as much as possible from unnecessary invasion.

What is the cost of a trek permit for the Upper Mustang?

Trekkers must pay for at least two permits during their trek to the Upper Mustang in Nepal. The Upper Mustang trek special permit costs 500 USD. This permit allows you to explore the region’s most intimate and unique aspects.

Likewise, since you will be in and around the Annapurna region, you must pay for an Annapurna permit, which will cost 30 USD. All must take a license before proceeding on their journey. A trekker without a license is strictly prohibited from entering the Upper Mustang area.

Furthermore, the tourism authority is not the only one that mandates trek permits for the Upper Mustang. The government of Nepal has made it compulsory for trekkers to carry a permit as a license for the trek.

The Upper Mustang trek is possibly one of the rarest treks you will go on in your lifetime. There aren’t many treks you can go on without a permit in Nepal, and the Upper Mustang trek is no exception. However, this also means you must be a responsible and adventurous trekker.

Reviews on Upper Mustang Trek


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Angela B. Carmichael
Upper Mustang Trekking with best guide and porter
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I worked with Puru and his staff on a three-week trip to Nepal. He arranged a jungle tour of Chitwan and a trek to the Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang. Puru’s staff remains unrivaled in their commitment to ensuring their client’s best trekking experience.

Despite issues caused by the weather, they gave us an excellent and easy vacation to this beautiful country. Always there to assist and care for us, Puru was a true professional.

I recommend his services to all.

Angela B. Carmichael

Kusum L
Amazing Mustang trip
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I have recently done a Mustang Tour. I’m so happy and thankful to the company and the team for such a fantastic trip with excellent service. They organized everything perfectly. Thus, the trip was smooth and very enjoyable. I’d make more trips through this company in the future—many thanks.
Kusum L

Karen Edmund
Upper mustang Trek 10 days - Excellent trip
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Thank you for the professional guidance and support for our Upper Mustang trek. Above The Himalaya is a fantastic company that provides custom trips for Nepal visitors.

They planned our hike with excellent guides. The guide’s intimate knowledge of Upper Mustang trails and accommodations was advantageous for our hiking. We would use AHT again for our next trip to Nepal. Thank you!
Karen Edmund

Nepal upper Mustang Trekking- A life time advenutre
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I just returned from Upper Mustang Trekking. It was quite an experience. Our guide, Purna, was very professional and friendly. We had a great experience and look forward to coming back. We became good friends with the guide and porter.

Nepal is great.

Thanks for the great experience.

David and friend

Gosia Wlosek
Best Agency for Upper Mustang Trek - Highly recommended
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We visited the Upper Mustang trek in Nepal at the beginning of October. We decided to trek Above the Himalaya. I chose this company based on excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, and now this was a good pick.

Before our trip, communications with Puru, the Manager, had been very smooth. He responded to my numerous questions patiently and very promptly.

While in Nepal, Puru and his staff took good care of us. They picked up and dropped us off at the airport and accommodation. The airfares and bus tickets were all booked by the agency. On the trek, there were just the two of us, plus our guide and porter, so we received personalized service.

Our guide, Purna, did everything to ensure we had the best trekking holiday ever. He was attentive and knew well about the mountains, local people, and their customs. Mustang was unique—breathtaking views of beautiful people and, most importantly, few tourists.

Many thanks to Above the Himalayas for making our holiday memorable, and we hope to visit again.

Gosia Wlosek

Marcia V
Sao Paulo, SP
Great service of Above the Himalaya Trekking
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Puru and his team made our trip wonderful. They are charming and professional, providing the most exciting cultural travel. We should return to Nepal and Bhutan in the future, and Above the Himalaya will be our choice.

Marcia V

Abcar Michael
Gilbert, Arizona
Exceptional Service
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Puru and his team are the best. Puru arranged a tour of Chitwan National Park and a trek to Mustang for the Tiji Festival. His team were all fantastic. They spoke excellent English and could always make accommodations for our needs.

Part of the way to Mustang, some of us decided we would like to ride ponies for part of the trip. They found a superb horseman in Tenzing. National Geographic had featured the horseman in their documentary on Mustang.

The guides became like family to us on the trek. They sang and laughed the whole way, no matter what curves we threw them. The tour in Chitwan was a bucket list item for me. Puru is a true gentleman and always ensures the best service and accommodations for all of us.

Abcar Michael

Maureen Sheldon
Lebanon, New Hampshire USA
Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking
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My ten-year-old son and I were in the care of Above the Himalayan Trekking in May 2010. We had been working with Puru for months before we arrived in Nepal. All communication was of the utmost professionalism, precision, promptness, and warmth.

Puru has an excellent staff, and all we met made sure our trip was running well and would be memorable.

I am also grateful for getting to know this energetic business owner. Puru is giving back to his community and country. I am thrilled to be doing business with such a conscientious person. All the best to his company, and I highly recommend their services to anyone for the Upper Mustang trek.
Maureen Sheldon

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