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Upper Mustang Trek – 11 Days

- Trek in Drive Out

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -15°C to 20°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 11 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Easy View Difficulty Detail

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges/Hotels/Resorts

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov

Transportation

Transportation Overland

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhism

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Thakali , Gurung, Tibetan

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Desert

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Mustang

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 3900m

Upper Mustang Trek is one of Nepal’s best and most stunning trekking destinations. It lies in the restricted Annapurna region, the Last Forbidden Kingdom. Not many people go to the Upper Mustang region, as it is a restricted area, and you need a special permit to visit it.

Upper Mustang is a region in Nepal rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture. Visitors can explore ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and cave dwellings high up on the cliffs. The walled city of Lo Manthang is also a must-see destination with stunning architecture.

During your trek to Upper Mustang, you will pass through several remote villages, such as Jomsom and Kagbeni, known for protecting ancient Buddhist culture and tradition. You can also enjoy several places of attraction during your Upper Mustang Trek, such as Muktinath, Lo-Mangthan, Pokhara, Annapurna Conservation Area, caves, monasteries, etc.

The views of stunning mountain ranges, like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, etc. You can also visit other major attractions like Tasarnga, Chame, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Miralepa Caves, etc.

Upper Mustang Trek follows most of the route that Annapurna Circuit Trek has. The trip starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni after a scenic flight from Pokhara with pleasing views of mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Damodar (4890m), Annapurna (8091m), and many more. Along the way, you get to view the stunning Kaligandaki river valleys.

Following the views of the high Tibetan Plateau, you will explore the region of Upper Mustang. Crossing the rugged and beautiful Lo La Pass (3950m), you will arrive in Lo Mangthang. Observe the traditional houses of Lo Mangthang village and explore the royal palace and the impressive caves, including the Jhong caves. Visit the stunning monasteries that showcase Tibetan culture. Passing through the quaint villages, you will return to Pokhara by overland. From the lake city of Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu.

Upper Mustang Location

The upper Mustang lies in the northern part of the Mustang region. It has three municipalities: Baragung Muktichhetra, Dalome, and the capital of Mustang, Lo-Manthang. Tibetians and Thakalis mainly inhabit Upper Mustang. In the southern part of the place, the village is called Thak, where Thakalis and Tibetans often stay for trading.

Upper Mustang is one of the most preserved locations in Nepal, as it was restricted until 1992. Even after the restrictions were lifted, few trekkers traveled to Upper Mustang without a specific route. Even in 2008, Mustang was still referred to as the kingdom since Nepal was part of the Shah Kingdom. After that, its status as a Kingdom ended when Nepal became a part of the republic country.

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Trip highlights:

  • The Upper Mustang Trek in Drive Out trip combines trekking to Nepal’s forbidden kingdom, Lomanthang, with a jeep tour back to Pokhara.
  • Spiritual feeling as you explore ancient caves and monasteries.
  • Witness the breathtaking views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and many more.
  • Learn about the culture of the local people and their way of living near the Nepal-Tibet border.
  • Get an insight into the prehistoric village of Lo Mangthang and visit the ancient palace.
    The eye-catching view of landscapes and plateaus in the lap of the mighty Himalayas

Is Upper Mustang Trek Difficult?

Upper Mustang ranges from easy to moderate difficulty. Many veteran trekkers feel the trek is relatively easier, but it might be challenging for some beginners. However, saying the trek is easy doesn’t mean there are no factors that make it difficult. The difficulty of the trek is different for different people. Certain factors influence the trek’s difficulty for the trekkers. Let’s learn about those factors.

Altitude:

Upper Mustang is situated at an altitude of over 3700m, which might be challenging for beginners. The weather is dynamic at high altitudes; the temperature is cold, and the oxygen layer is low, making breathing difficult.

Acclimatization

Another major factor that makes treks difficult for beginners is acclimatization. Acclimatization is getting used to the climate, weather, temperature, and oxygen pressure around you. Often, beginners rush to get to the top quickly. They don’t have a concept of acclimatization and don’t want to listen to their bodies. This is very dangerous and increases the risk of altitude sickness.

Complicated terrains

Rugged trails and terrain are another major factor that makes the trek difficult for beginners. The roads are not straightforward and have plenty of twists and turns. You have to trek through forests, jungles, peaks, valleys, and snowy mountains to reach the destination of Lo-Manthang. Compounding this with high altitude and cold weather makes the trek far more challenging.

January
-15°C to 5°C
February
-10°C to 8°C
March
-5°C to 12°C
April
0°C to 15°C
May
5°C to 18°C
June
7°C to 20°C
July
8°C to 20°C
August
8°C to 20°C
September
5°C to 18°C
October
0°C to 15°C
November
-5°C to 10°C
December
-10°C to 5°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Pokhara

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in
Pokhara

Altitude

(850m./2805ft.)

Today is the first day of your 11th Upper Mustang Trek. The trip begins at Kathmandu. After a delicious breakfast, you’ll embark on the tourist bus and begin driving with your trek guide and porter to Pokhara. Located 200km west of Kathmandu, the scenic overland journey goes alongside the massive Trishuli River. Witness the lush forests, massive rivers, and the Himalayas en route to Pokhara. The entire journey may last anywhere from 5-6 hours. Upon arrival, you’ll drive to the Lakeside town of Pokhara and check into the hotel. Enjoy the evening exploring the beautiful Phewa Lake and the neighboring town. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 2

Fly to Jomsom - Trek to Kagbeni En route Lubra village

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

25 minutes Flight
14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Kagbeni

Altitude

(2734m.)
(2800m./9405ft.)

The Upper Mustang trek begins in majestic Pokhara. You wake up early and have breakfast. After breakfast in Pokhara, you will catch an early flight to Jomsom. The scenic flight to Jomsom offers an astonishing view of the mountains. After you reach Jomsom airport, the trek starts as you head towards Kagbeni. Walking alongside the Kali Gandaki River, you will witness the spectacular landscape variation. After walking an hour to Panda Khola, you will take an alternative trek path to Lubra village. You will have lunch there and explore the Bon monastery and only the Bon village -Lubra. Then, a beautiful trail takes you to Kagbeni village called Gateway to Upper Mustang. The houses are unique and ornated with clay effigies. Stay overnight in Kagbeni ( Hotel Nilgiri ).

Day 3

Trek to Chele

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Chele

Altitude

(3050m./10004ft.)

On the third day of your trek to Upper Mustang, you will wake up in Kagbeni and enjoy local breakfast. After having breakfast at Kagbeni, you will start the trek towards Chele. The trail includes walking alongside the bank of Kaligandaki River as you follow the trail, which has ups and downs. Continuing the 6-hour trek, you will approach old stupas and some caves. Then, you will ascend the cliff to reach Chele. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 4

Trek to Syangboche

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Syangboche

Altitude

(3475m./11467ft.)

From Chele, you trek towards Syangboche. You will pass through some dry meadows and monasteries. En route, you can catch the sight of Yaks passing by. The trail is tough as you encounter Taklam La Pass (3,624m) and Darjori La Pass (3735m). The 6-hour trek rewards you with astounding views of hills, plateaus, and the Himalayan ranges. Passing through a few exciting caves, the trail descends into Samar village and declines further towards the other sharper route to Syangboche. Overnight stay at Syangboche.

Day 5

Trek to Ghami

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Ghami

Altitude

(3520m./11616ft.)

You will trek towards Ghami today. The trail initially follows the inclination route towards the ridge of Syangboche by crossing the tough pass, Yamada La Pass (3850m). The trail follows Chortens, some quaint villages, and barley fields. Following the forested trail, you will come across another pass, Nyi La Pass (4010m). The trail starts to descend from here until you reach Ghami. Overnight stay at a lodge in Ghami.

Day 6

Trek to Tsarang

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Tsarang

Altitude

(3500m./11480ft.)

The sixth day of the 11 Days Upper Mustang Trek begins with a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, you will leave for another exciting village known as Tsarang. You will trek through the slippery pathways to cross the Ghami Khola via a suspension bridge. Proceeding forward, the trail takes you to a long Mani wall. After that, you will come across Choya La Pass (3870m), which offers a beautiful view of the Tsarang village. Following the downward slope, you

You will approach Tsarang village, where you will see an impressive fortress and a red gompa. Overnight stay at a lodge in Tsarang village.

Day 7

Trek to Lo-Mangthang

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av. 4hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Lo-Mangthang

Altitude

(3700m./12136ft.)

Today, the trek starts from the Kingdom of Mustang in Tsarang, with a great view of the barren plateaus. Crossing a river, you will incline the Lo La Pass (3950m), from where you will get a clear glance at Lo Mangthang village. Lo Mangthang is a beautiful village with a rich history. Home to the ancient palace of Lo, you will get a glimpse of the beautiful mountains such as Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 8

Explore Around Cave and Monasteries by Jeep

Another day in your trek to Upper Mustang begins early in the morning. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, then embark on a scenic sightseeing tour outside Lo Manthang. After exiting the city, you’ll trek to the ancient Nyiphu and Garphu Monasteries.

These monasteries lay close to the 2,500-year-old Jhong Caves. After exploring the beautiful monasteries, you’ll begin climbing the Jhong Cave, which comprises a large intersection of caves with 44 different compartments. The day will end with a tour of the Summer Palace of the Late King of Mustang, Raja Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista. After witnessing this historical site, you’ll head towards the Namgyal Gompa.

Day 9

Drive to Marpha

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

80km Drive
(Av. 66hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Marpha

Altitude

(2650m./8745ft.)

After enjoying breakfast, leave Lomanthang and head back to Marpha. This little town is a quiet, clean, and beautiful capital city of Apple. Stay overnight.

Day 10

Drive to Pokhara

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

150km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in
Pokhara

Altitude

(850m./2805ft.)

The second last day of the 11 Days Upper Mustang Trek begins after early breakfast; jump on the Jeep to ride to Pokhara. The scenic trans-Himalayan flight takes you over the massive Annapurna massif and the Kali Gandaki Gorge, Rupse Waterfall, and Tatopani towards Pokhara City. Upon arrival, you can enjoy your breakfast and spend the day exploring the beautiful city. Pokhara is the ultimate tourist getaway and is home to numerous tourist sites such as Phewa Lake, Tal Barahi Temple, Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, UNESCO-designated Pokhara Peace Pagoda, and Mountain Museum. Enjoy the completion of the trip with a lavish dinner beside the beautiful Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 11

Drive to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of the Upper Mustang Trek. Catch the mesmerizing sight of Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre Peaks from the hotel. After breakfast, you’ll take a tourist bus and drive back to Kathmandu. The half-day drive goes alongside the Trishuli River and the colorful towns of Manakamana and Malekhu en route to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport ( Airport – Hotel – Airport ) transfer in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation Pokhara .
  • Mustang Special permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Pokhara to Jomsom by flight.
  • All accommodation ( Twin share basis) along the trip.
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) along the tour.
  • One English and local language fluent speaking, government registered, experienced, honest, informative and helpful trek guide and required porters ( 1 porter for 2 persons).
  • Guide and porter’s food, salary, accommodation, transportation, equipment and insurance etc.
  • A Trek map, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, water purification, company t- shirt, trekking completion certificate etc.
  • Assistance for emergency resuce operation.
  • All kind of government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • All kind of table drinks as tea/coffee, coke, Fanta, beer, mineral water, hot water, battery charge, hot shower, desert etc.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide/porters  (Highly suggested).

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ESSENTIAL INFO

Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang trek is beautiful and challenging but mostly fun. However, the fun will be doubled if you can schedule the best season for this trek. So, let’s look at the best season for the Upper Mustang trek and the advantages and disadvantages of trekking in peak seasons.

Spring Season

The best time to visit Upper Mustang in Nepal is from March to May, during spring. This is when the weather is most pleasant, and temperatures are warm enough to enjoy the scenery. You’ll also have a clear view of the high mountains and landscapes. The famous Tiji festival of Mustang takes place in May, and tourists worldwide come to Lo-Manthang to celebrate with the locals for three days. So, if you’re planning a visit to Upper Mustang, spring is the best time.

Autumn Season

Like Spring, Autumn is another preferable season for trekking in the Upper Mustang. It starts in September and ends in November. As the monsoon season ends, Autumn begins, making the environment clean and clear. Trekkers like to trek in Autumn due to clear skies and views of the mountains. The weather is dry, and the temperature during the day is normally 20 degrees, while at night, it drops to 5 degrees.

Winter Season

Winter is among the least ideal times for trekking in the Upper Mustang. This is mainly due to the harsh cold climate affecting the Himalayas’ high altitudes. During the peak winter season of January and February, the temperature can drop to -20 degrees at night.

There are frequent chances of snowfalls, snowstorms, and avalanches at high altitudes, so be prepared and careful, as sometimes the teahouses are also closed. During those circumstances, you might have to sleep in a tent, which might cause damage to your health and your property. However, the stunning snowy adventure in the Himalayas makes the winter season attractive for veteran trekkers. The views are also majestic in the high altitude.

Monsoon Season

Apart from winter, the monsoon season is also less ideal for trekking, mainly due to the relentless rainfall at lower altitudes. The monsoon season brings hot and humid weather with heavy rainfall that can cause landslides, making travel difficult.

However, this season is less crowded and can be a great time to travel. The average temperature ranges from 20-25°C during the day and drops to around 10°C at night.
Furthermore, due to the wet and sticky atmosphere, insects and leeches are major problems. Another problem in the monsoon season is the chance of floods and landslides due to continuous rainfall.

Meals and Accommodations

A wide range of Meals and Accommodation facilities is available at Upper Mustang Trek. Visitors will stay in suitable lodges, hotels, and guest houses. But trekkers here prefer to stay at local tea houses as they are cheaper than other accommodation facilities.

The accommodation in the tea houses is comfortable and clean. You will be given pillows, blankets, bedsheets, and mattresses during the night to make your room cozy and warm. Remember that during peak season, you mostly have a single room with a twin bed, meaning you might have to share your room with other trekkers.

Only some toilets and bathrooms are attached like your room, so you may have to share a bathroom and sink with other trekkers. However, they are cleaned daily, so you don’t have to worry about hygiene.

Food is quite important for trekkers during their treks, so they are given meals three times a day. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The trek trails provide mostly local Nepali foods and some Western foods. Local Nepal foods include traditional Dal, Bhat, and Curry, and for Western foods, common menus include Pizzas, Burgers, Dumplings, Soups, Stews, spaghetti, and Macaroni.

However, Western foods are slightly more expensive than local Nepali foods because they are imported from the cities. At the same time, local Nepali food and spices are mostly produced from the local farmland, so they are cheaper than Western foods.

Required Permits for 11 Days Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang lies in a restricted part of Nepal, meaning you must issue some permits to be eligible for trekking.

Restriction Area Permit: You must have a restriction area permit to access the restricted region of Nepal. However, you, as an individual, can’t issue this permit. It would be best if you were affiliated with a qualified trekking agency that, on your behalf, will issue this permit.

The Cost of the Upper Mustang Special Permit is USD 500 for 10 days and USD 50 per day for extra days.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): You must pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area while trekking toward the Upper Mustang. So, issuing an Annapurna Base Camp Trek Permit to hike the Upper Mustang trek would be best.

Cost of ACAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for members of SAARC countries.

Note: Children below 10 years are free for all permit costs.

Travel insurance

You are traveling at high altitudes. So, traveling at high altitudes has its risks. Therefore, your travel insurance is a backup for your journey if something uncertain happens. You should first show your travel insurance to the travel department of Kathmandu.

They will only give you your travel permit for the trek if you have travel insurance. Similarly, your travel insurance helps you cover your medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue missions, loss of property, etc.

In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy cover all adventure activities and trekking policies over 3000m. Any trekking agency can easily operate smoothly if all these policies are covered.

Furthermore, if you cannot provide the original insurance policy at the beginning of your tour, make sure you have a copy with you; it will help you choose a befitting policy then.

Fitness and experience requirement

This Upper Mustang Drive Out Trek is an 11 days trek, so your trek will naturally be challenging. Walking at a high altitude is physically challenging. However, you can easily complete this trek with excellent health, average physical condition, and a positive attitude.

Focusing on your physical fitness and stamina is vital before going on a trek. Daily cardiovascular, strength-building, and breathing exercises will make any challenging trek less strenuous, even for beginners.

Daily exercises on a treadmill, running, walking, swimming, cycling, or climbing small hikes around you with a backpack works wonders.

Besides that, be careful not to have any health problems. You should also walk at your own pace. Walking and jogging/running ahead of your journey are very beneficial. Furthermore, having a little knowledge of hiking and trekking is favorable. However, visitors with less knowledge can do this trek as well.

Climate and weather

Your trekking journey is highly dependent on the good weather of the place because it can either increase or decrease your experience at high peaks. Similarly, choosing a good time is equally important. So, we recommend you travel during the spring and monsoon seasons.

These seasons provide you with the best scenery of the surroundings. Similarly, the temperature is also moderate. These seasons are perfect if you want to experience the perfect weather and climate. In addition, if you travel here at this time, you will see the beautiful scenery of the landscapes and plateaus in the lap of the mighty Himalayas.

Safety and security

Your safety and security are very important to us. We constantly monitor every area of our travel. So, you can feel free and enjoy your time trekking with us. In addition, we take full care of our consumers and their property.

Similarly, our trip constantly operates under the supervision of an expert who will fully guide you during your tour. Furthermore, the lodging facility we provide is also secure for our consumers. Therefore, you can feel free to travel with us on your journey.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

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