Upper Mustang Trekking -17 Days

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Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trekking
At a Glance
Duration17 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4300m/14107.61ft.
Group Size2-10 pax
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeMarch to November

Upper Mustang Trek Overview

The Upper Mustang Trek is an exceptional trekking route within the Annapurna trekking region. It provides incredible experiences of the Lo kingdom, showcasing the influence of Tibetan culture, lifestyle, monasteries, and breathtaking views nestled between the Annapurna ranges and Tibetan plateau. Venturing into the lesser-explored region of Nepal, the Upper Mustang Trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the mystical world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. Established by the warrior Ame Pal in 1380, the walled city of Lo Manthang and the entire Upper Mustang region have remained isolated from the outside world since the 14th century. Although limited access was granted to Nepalese citizens, it was only in 1992 that outsiders were allowed to enter. As a result, this territory has had the chance to gradually develop and preserve its distinct culture and traditions, which bear resemblance to those of Tibet.The Mustang Trek begins in Kathmandu and proceeds to Pokhara, followed by a short and picturesque flight to Jomsom. From there, the trek continues to Lomanthang, the capital of the Lo-Kingdom, allowing for exploration of the entire region. Finally, the journey concludes in Kathmandu, marking the end of the Upper Mustang Trek.


  • Experience the enchantment of the forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang, which remained secluded for centuries until 1992.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Tibetan culture that continues to thrive among the local inhabitants.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking golden-sand mountains and the unique thorny bushes that characterize the arid landscape of Mustang.
  • Appreciate the beauty of the magnificent chortens and monasteries, which showcase classic architecture and are adorned with ancient artifacts.
  • Be awestruck by the majestic Himalayan grandeur, including the awe-inspiring snowy vistas.
  • Embark on a trekking adventure covering a total distance of 124 km (77 miles) from Kagbeni to Kagbeni.
  • Indulge in the exploration of the Upper Mustang during the Tiji Festival, which mainly happened in May, and the remarkable events in the region.

Upper Mustang trek is Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri to the north, Upper Mustang is a paradise on earth. Designated as one of Nepal's restricted regions, this area remains unaffected by modern development and lacks contemporary facilities even today. Apart from a few types of plants that can survive in a dry climate, there is no visible presence of other vegetation in this region. Despite its arid nature, the landscape bears a striking resemblance to the Tibetan plateaus.

During the 17-day-long Upper Mustang Trek, adventurers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the captivating beauty of desert-like terrain and towering cliff-faced landscapes. Additionally, they will have the chance to experience the traditional lifestyle and customs of the local people while being captivated by the magnificent architecture and artifacts displayed in various gompas, monasteries, and a four-story royal palace. And if that wasn't enough, prepare yourselves to explore ancient cave dwellings nestled high in the rocks. Undoubtedly, the trek to Upper Mustang will leave trekkers with cherished memories, even of things they hadn't anticipated during this exhilarating journey, which will certainly reveal themselves at some point in the future.

The Upper Mustang Trek, known for its prosperity, commences with a 6- or 7-hour drive or a 30-minute scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (an additional $120 per person). Enjoy the remarkable evening at Lakeside and spend a worthwhile night in Pokhara. The following morning, embark on a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, located on the northern side of the Himalayan Ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon landing in Jomsom, the journey to Kagbeni and Muktinath begins, encountering a dusty road and a strong Himalayan storm. Follow the trail along the linked road to Tibet, passing through ancient villages such as Chele, Ghaykar, Samar, Syanbochen, Ghami, Tsarang, Lo Manthang, and Chooser, and finally return to Kathmandu via Pokhara. The best season for the Upper Mustang Trek is from February to December. Additionally, the trek can be considered during the rainy season due to the rainshadow region of Nepal.

Upper Mustang is an exceptional monsoon trek, making it perfect for trekking activities all year round. Situated in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, it offers a unique experience. Don't hesitate to reach out to us and plan this remarkable adventure for the upcoming tourist season!

What types of permits are required for the Upper Mustang Trek?

The ancient Lo-Kingdom of Upper Mustang is a remarkable destination that boasts the most well-preserved natural and cultural heritage. Situated beyond the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges, this hidden and secluded territory offers an unparalleled travel experience. Explorers who are captivated by the world's most preserved wonders, such as epic cliffs, monasteries, ancient palaces, vibrant red rock formations, and the rich Bon culture, will find Upper Mustang to be an ideal choice. Embarking on the Upper Mustang trek commences from Kagbeni, and to enter this extraordinary ancient kingdom, a special permit is mandatory. The permit costs USD 500 per person for a duration of 10 days. Additionally, an Annapurna Conservation Area permit is required, which amounts to USD 25 per person. This permit can be obtained from either Beni or Jomsom, the starting points of the trek. It is important to note that a group of at least two travelers is required to obtain the special permits, and the necessary documentation includes a valid passport, a copy of the passport, and a passport-sized photograph.

  • A restricted area permit (RAP) must be issued for a minimum of 10 days, costing USD 500. Each additional day beyond 10 days incurs a charge of USD 50 per day. 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP) have no duration limitation and are specifically for the Annapurna Conservation Area. The cost is USD 25 per person.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits have no regional limitations and cost USD 17 per person.

Tiji Festival in the Upper Mustang

Discover the enchanting Tiji Festival, a significant celebration in the Mustang region that commences with exquisite adornments around the palace and courtyard. Immerse yourself in a multitude of activities that showcase the rich rituals and cultural traditions of this festival. Embark on a mesmerizing journey to the ancient kingdom of Lo-Manthang in Upper Mustang, where the Tiji Festival takes place annually. Deeply rooted in Tibetan customs, this revered event symbolizes the victory of Dorjee Sonnu, the embodiment of Lord Buddha, over the formidable demon Man Tam Ru, notorious for causing chaos in the land.

Known as "Tiji," derived from the phrase "Tempa Chirim," which translates to "Prayer for World Peace," this extraordinary festival unfolds in May, captivating onlookers with its vibrant ceremonial dances performed by the monks from the Choedhe Monastery. Experience the intricate portrayal of ancient legends, from the expulsion of Ma Tam Ru Ta to the birth of Dorjee Sonnu, all brought to life during the three-day spectacle of the festival. Nestled amidst the rugged terrain of the Upper Mustang, Lo-Manthang offers a gateway to a hidden world immersed in Tibetan culture and historical significance. The region's isolation has beautifully preserved its unique identity, with picturesque whitewashed settlements, flourishing barley fields, and the colorful presence of prayer flags that adorn the breathtaking landscape.

What is the best time to go trekking in the Upper Mustang?

To fully immerse yourself in the enchanting Upper Mustang region, it is crucial to select the optimal time for your visit. If you wish to witness the vibrant festivities, make sure to plan your trip during the Tiji festival in May. The upper Mustang is situated in a rain shadow, allowing for trekking even during the rainy season. Similar to other trekking regions, the ideal seasons for exploration are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). However, it is important to note that the winter season (December to February) is not recommended for trekking in the Upper Mustang due to extreme cold and trail blockages caused by heavy snowfall.

What are the packing lists for the Upper Mustang Trek?

Effective preparation is crucial to guaranteeing a triumphant journey. In order to ensure an extraordinary hiking adventure, we have assembled a thorough checklist of items that you must arrange before commencing the renowned Upper Mustang Trek. We aim to provide you with an insight into the essential things you should prepare for your trekking experience in Nepal.

  • Essential Gear: Prepare a backpack or daypack (30L), depending on whether you will be using a porter. Remember to bring a 2-3-liter water bottle, trekking poles, a water purification method, and a sleeping bag with a liner (consider a -20-degree capacity for winter treks).
  • Headwear: To protect yourself from the sun and wind, you can choose between a sun hat or a scarf and mask. In colder climates, it is recommended to wear a winter hat or a wind-brimmed hat that is designed to shield you from the winter elements. Additionally, it's always wise to carry a headlight with spare batteries to ensure you have adequate lighting in any situation.
  • Face Protectors: When it comes to safeguarding your skin, don't forget to include sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and face and body wipes in your daily routine. These items play a vital role in shielding your skin from harmful UV rays and keeping it clean and refreshed.
  • Handwear: Lightweight gloves offer comfort and flexibility, whereas heavyweight winter gloves provide superior insulation for extreme cold conditions.
  • Body Requirements: For a successful hiking experience, it is important to have the appropriate clothing. This includes hiking shirts made of synthetic fiber, long-sleeved shirts, a hooded rain jacket, a fleece jacket, lightweight cotton pants, polypropylene underwear, a down jacket for winter treks, and waterproof jackets and pants.
  • Footwear: The footwear options include waterproof hiking boots, thick wool socks, and sports shoes or sandals for relaxation during trek-off time.
  • Toiletries: When going hiking, make sure to pack a fast-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, shower gel, washing powder, nail clippers, and a compact mirror.

Upper Mustang Trek cost: Experience premium service at a budget-friendly price

The Upper Mustang trekking route is a hidden gem within the Annapurna Region that remains largely undiscovered. Considered by many as the eighth wonder of the world, a visit to Upper Mustang is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This captivating destination has gained recognition in popular magazines, newspapers, and among avid travelers. However, accessing this region requires obtaining restricted permits, which can be quite expensive. The permits cost USD500 for 10 days, with an additional USD50 for each extra day. Nevertheless, there is no need to worry about the cost, as Himalaya Trekking Path offers comprehensive packages at a reasonable price. These packages include all the necessary permits and services outlined in the Upper Mustang Trekking itinerary, ensuring a convenient and hassle-free experience. The cost of the trek depends on the group size and service level, but rest assured, our company provides top-notch service at competitive prices.

  • The Upper Mustang Trek Cost is USD 1900 per person for groups of 2 to 6 trekkers
  • The Upper Mustang Trek Cost is USD 1800 per person for groups of 7 to 10 trekkers 
  • The Upper Mustang Trek Cost is USD 1700 per person for groups of 10 to 20 trekkers


Tour PlanExpand All

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal, a Himalayan nation widely celebrated for its hospitable natives, medieval architectural marvels and diverse wildlife. Outside the terminal of Kathmandu Airport, you’ll find one of our representatives waiting for your arrival. Succeeding the exchange of cordial greetings, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. Acquire some rest and loosen up your tired muscles enjoying the amenities offered by the hotel then go for an evening stroll around Thamel Bazaar to find your delight in the pleasant ambiance surrounding it.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Today, you can have an excursion to the prominent landmarks of Kathmandu. A modern city which still retains its traditional values, Kathmandu is an excellent place for sightseers with the special interest in vintage artistic works. If you are confused about where to begin when we are present in your aid! Start your jaunt from the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and discover the sensation of calmness within you in the spiritual atmosphere. Make a stopover at the sacred Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Surround yourself with the true essence of Tibetan Buddhism as well as witness the sheer magnitude of time-honored stupa structures. Still not satisfied? Then, explore the Basantapur Durbar Complex positioned at the heart of the city to embrace ancient craftsmanship.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning, get onboard an airplane cruising in the air to Pokhara (for additional fees of USD 90 per person per way) or take a drive via a tourist bus (complimentary); it rests on your personal preferences. Despite the means of transportation you choose, you’ll definitely observe blissful landscapes featuring verdant valleys, lush greenery, sparking mountaintops, raging rivers, rustic villages, hills, and terraced fields. Only the time utilized to conclude the trip varies. A flight will take about 35 minutes, and ground travel will consume nearly 6-7 hours. Some travellers say the aerial vistas are better than what we see from the ground, but the fact is that it all depends on individuals’ tastes and perspectives.

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700.13 ft.Meal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

This morning, we‘ll have a flight to catch bound for the picturesque town of Jomsom. The aerial outlooks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna in close proximity are simply incredible. Once landed, we’ll start our trekking venture and head uphill on the rugged trail across mountainous terrain along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni (2,810m). Positioned at the confluence of two rivers, majestic vistas of Mt. Nilgiri can be observed to the south of this quaint settlement, famously known as the ‘gateway to Upper Mustang’.  If everything goes as scheduled, we’ll probably set off on a side trip to Muktinath, which will add an additional six hours to our planned itinerary. The path to this holy Hindu temple is fairly easy and features many minor ups and downs. Pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist religions pay their homage to Lord Muktinath throughout the year. You’ll unearth peace of mind in this divine place.

Max. Altitude: 3720m/12204.72ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

After inspection of necessary permits at the official checkpoint located near the Kagbeni’s border, we’ll continue our advance alongside Kali Gandaki River only to climb over multiple ridges past many monasteries, caves, and apple orchard to Tangbe. Encircled by farmlands of barley, buckwheat, wheat; this village harbors white-washed houses (constructed from mud and stone) amidst a network of narrow alleys. Thereafter, we’ll resume our trek to Chhusang Village. Getting to the other side of a river, we’ll now leave the Kali Gandaki Valley behind then ascend abruptly to Chele (3,050m).

Max. Altitude: 3050m/10006.56ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Proceeding by the side of Mustang Region’s unique reddish red landscapes, we’ll direct our steps up across arid grounds to make a steady descent to Samar (3,620m). We’ll spot the majestic peaks of Nilgiri and Annapurna over the horizon to the south. Ascending on a ridge above Samar, we’ll stay with the trail down to a stupendous gorge then forge ahead through the dramatic countryside to traverse a sparkling stream and reach to the vertex of another ridge. Eventually, we’ll descend to Shyangmochen (3,800m).  En route, we’ll walk past the well-renowned Ramchung Cave, one of the sacred sites in Mustang Region. 

Max. Altitude: 3800m/12467.19ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

This day, we’ll initially trek past a handful of teahouses, chortens and native settlements, then negotiate Yamada La Pass (3,850m) to emerge at Geling Village. Afterward, we’ll navigate beyond Nyi La Pass (4,010 m), then Ghami La Pass, and continue downhill to Ghami, the third largest village in the region.  The trail steers east to the settlement of Charang from the end of the wall. Subsequently, we’ll climb our way to the other side of moonlike terrain, where we’ll spot the unique Tsarang Chorten from a distance, which points out our closeness with the entrance to Tsarang (3,560m).  The large, five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the must-visit places in this village.

Max. Altitude: 3560m/11679.79ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Accompanied by the sublime vistas of snow-capped peaks such as Tilicho (7,134m), Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Bhrikuti, we’ll climb down to Charang Chu Canyon at first then ascend abruptly after ranging over the river. Thereupon, we’ll gradually advance to the pass of Lo. Here, we can catch glimpses of the Lo-Manthang Valley. Uninterrupted aridness is what we’ll see during this entire trek day. The walled capital of Lo-Manthang appears into the sight as we descend down the hill and march towards its entrance.

Max. Altitude: 3800m/12467.19ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

The day nine is allocated as “Rest Day” during which you can render much required break to your tired legs while adapting to the higher elevations. Flanked by two colossal rocks, which creates a natural barrier, Lo Manthang is an awe-inspiring place travel enthusiasts can ever set their feet upon. It once was capital of the ancient kingdom of Mustang.  Appealing gompas, a remarkable five-story royal palace, and traditional houses situated alongside the narrow streets; Lo Manthang has got everything to capture as well as retain your attention.  Explore around to grasp the pristine surrounding of this magnificent village.

Max. Altitude: 3800m/12467.19ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

In day ten our adventure, we’ll go for a joyful trip to Garphu Village within Chhoser Valley i.e. located near the Tibetan border to the north of Lo Manthang.  You can either take ponies or a jeep, but a fairly easy 2 hours hike to this scenic place has its own charm. After the hike, we’ll finally get to observe Nyiphu and Garphu monasteries. These caves are dug right out on a hill flaunting mesmerizing outlooks of the far-northern mountains as backdrops.  Witness the picturesque setting and amazing ancient architecture of these time-worn structures. Once inside, you can find the complex of narrow passages and steep staircase leading to different floors.  Besides that, walk around to take a closer look at wall frescos, scrolls, artifacts, and Buddhist prayer altars. We’ll return to Lo Manthang at the end of the day.

Max. Altitude: 3820m/12532.81ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Popular among the trekkers, this scenic segment of trail consists of downhill descents offering splendid views of snowy summits in the distance. We’ll walk gently, taking pleasure of magical vistas initially. As we proceed further, we’ll find ourselves trekking down steeply to the eroded yet beautiful gully. Finally, we arrive at Ghiling (3,570m).

Max. Altitude: 3570m/11712.6ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

Today, we’ll pursue the route that will take us through many ascends and descends across the remote territories in Nepal, filled with beautiful valleys and canyons of Kali Gandaki River. Passing by Syangboche (3,475m), we’ll cross Bhena La Pass (3,830 m). While crossing the pass, we can see the surroundings of Samar. Succeeding a precipitous descent, we’ll negotiate Jhuwa Khola and enter the village of Samar (3,550m). We can see three colourful chortens at the entrance to the village. Here, we can gaze at some nice views of peaks Nilgiri and Annapurnas.

Max. Altitude: 3550m/11646.98ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

As we resume our trek, we’ll climb uphill then move down to Chele. We’ll continue on the windy pathway past the Chusang Village and traverse barley, wheat farmlands, apple orchards, sparse settlements with whitewashed houses to reach Kagbeni (2,800m). During our advancement on this long yet easy trail, we’ll be constantly followed by the exquisite vistas of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche.

Max. Altitude: 2810m/9219.16ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house/Lodge

In the last trekking day of our adventure, we’ll keep on with our descent and pass by Ekle Bhatti (2,740m). We must start our trek early in the morning, as the strong winds make it difficult to walk during other hours of the day. With easy trail and blissful journey, we’ll ultimately make it to Jomsom (2,750m).

Max. Altitude: 2750m/9022.31 ft.Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House/Lodge

This very day, we’ll pack our bags and get on a flight destined for Pokhara. Once in Pokhara, you can either rest in your hotel room or wander around the picturesque sites in Pokhara City.  

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700.13ft.Meal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Today, we will embark on our journey back to Kathmandu after enjoying a delightful breakfast. Our route will lead us through the scenic Prithivi Highway, a road that stretches for 200km. It is estimated that this picturesque drive will take approximately 6 to 7 hours to complete.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ft.Meal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

We hope to see you again when you arrive in Nepal for your next escapade! Bidding farewell to each other, you’ll be guided to Kathmandu Airport by one of our staff members, three hours prior to your scheduled flight so that you won’t encounter any minor troubles during your final moments in Nepal. Have a safe flight back to your homeland. Cheers!!

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ft.Meal: Breakfast
Cost Details
  • 17-day trekking package itinerary
  •  Private car for pick-up and drop-off and tourist bus for ground transportation (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Standard hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast in Kathmandu for 2 nights and Pokhara for 2 nights
  • Tea house accommodation during mountain trek with 3 meals provided
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back
  •  Professional guide included
  • Staff provided with food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and transportation
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program
  • special permit fee of USD $500.00 per person for 10 days included
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS included
  • A government-registered, first-aid-trained, and eco-trained English-speaking local guide with medical kits
  •  All government taxes and company service charges included
  • The visa fees for Nepal are USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days per person.
  • International airfare is not included in the travel package and needs to be arranged separately.
  • Visitors are advised to have travel and medical insurance for their safety.
  • In cases of unexpected bad weather conditions, extra days may be required and should be planned accordingly.
  • Some amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, and batteries, may come at an additional cost.
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, and lost items are not included in the travel package.
  • It is customary to give tips to your driver, porter, and guide.
  • All kinds of trekking gear
  • Private transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • expenditure on beverages such as water, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and hot drinks
  • Entry fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Food and beverage expenses in Kathmandu.
Dates & Availability
Starts:May 27, 2024Ends:Jun 12, 2024

Known for its seclusion in the Annapurna region, the Upper Mustang trekking route is a top choice among adventurers. This exceptional area, situated in the heart of the Himalayas, showcases red cliffs, caves, monasteries, and a Himalayan desert landscape. Even during the monsoon, travelers can explore the Buddhist kingdom of Lo, thanks to its rain shadow zone. Himalayan Trekking Path organizes fixed departure dates for those interested in discovering the enchanting Upper Mustang region. Reach out to our team of local experts for personalized assistance.

Additional Info

The Himalayan Trekking Path is dedicated to furnishing you with comprehensive information about our trekking packages. We understand the importance of detailed information to ensure a well-prepared and memorable experience on every holiday package. Our package provides extensive details on what is included, excluded, and the array of services offered. You will find information on what essentials to pack for the trip, the optimal season to commence this journey, the delightful food choices provided, modes of transportation, accommodation options, permits, and necessary formalities, as well as the availability of experienced guides and porters. We urge you to carefully review our package, and if you are in search of a reputable company, do not hesitate to opt for our comprehensive Upper Mustang Trek for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Explore the detailed information about the Upper Mustang Trek Package.

Booking Process for Upper Mustang Trek with us

To reserve the Upper Mustang Trek, simply access the "book now" option like you would with other packages. For any additional inquiries, click on "available" and then "send inquiries" to learn more about our customer service and the value we provide. Feel free to reach out to us via email, our website, WhatsApp, or any other preferred method of communication. Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 10–20% is necessary when booking, along with a copy of your passport for preparation purposes and flight details for airport transfers. The outstanding balance should be paid upon arrival.

How do I pay for the Upper Mustang Trek Package?

We understand that settling your outstanding balance and making a deposit can be a hassle, so we have a highly convenient solution for you. When it comes to paying for your trip, we offer you a variety of options to choose from. You can make the payment at the time of booking or upon your arrival. To ensure your convenience, we provide multiple payment methods, including online transfer, credit card, or cash. However, please note that if you choose to pay by card, a 4% bank service charge will be applied to the total price. On the other hand, if you prefer to pay by cash, you can use the local currency or any other currency accepted by the Nepal government, such as USD, AUD, EURO, CAD, RMB, and more.

The Cancellation Policy:

We understand that plans can sometimes change unexpectedly, which is why we offer complimentary cancellations for bookings made up to 30 days prior to the trip. However, please note that the deposit is non-refundable, even if you decide to cancel after the booking confirmation. It's important to be aware that cancellations made after this specified period are also non-refundable. Trekking involves coordinating various components such as accommodations, transportation, flights, guides, porters, mountain lodgings, and permits. We recommend exploring our packages and services, and if they don't meet your requirements, customization is always an option. Once your booking is confirmed, we kindly request that you avoid canceling as we begin preparations for a seamless experience shortly after. Our company values its reputation, and canceling may impact our relationship with local stakeholders and the quality of our services in the future. To maintain our reputation in the tourism industry, we kindly ask that you refrain from canceling once the booking is confirmed. However, if necessary, we can accommodate date changes.

Difficulty factors of the Upper Mustang Trek:

The Upper Mustang Trek is not considered a challenging trek, but it is important to note that weather conditions may cause flight delays between Pokhara and Jomsom. The majority of the trek takes place on flat terrain, although the trail itself is dusty and unpaved. It is essential to be well-prepared for the dusty conditions, intense sun, and strong Himalayan dry winds. Once you enter Jomsom, you will be walking in a desert-like environment on mostly flat terrain, occasionally encountering narrow paths and high passes. The Upper Mustang Trek is classified as a moderate-level trek, but it does require a certain level of physical fitness and good health conditions, as you will be walking approximately 15km each day.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):

During the Upper Mustang Trek, the risk of mountain sickness is minimal, but it is essential to be proactive in preventing this issue. By preparing yourself and knowing how to trek without succumbing to altitude sickness, you can ensure a successful journey through the Himalayan region. Our team is here to share our expertise and help you have a fulfilling experience. The trek begins in Pokhara (823m) with a picturesque flight to Jomsom (2750m), continuing on to Lo-Manthang with passes exceeding 4000 m, and resting at 3500m in Lo-Mangthang. Due to the altitude gain, some individuals may experience altitude sickness. To avoid this, follow these tips throughout your journey.

  • Adhere to the guidance provided by the trekking guide and maintain a leisurely pace while walking.
  • Hydrate yourself adequately by consuming approximately 4 to 5 liters of purified water every day.
  • Embrace the beauty of nature and avoid rushing while walking.
  • Refrain from consuming any food items that may potentially disrupt your digestive system.
  • It is advisable to abstain from alcohol consumption throughout the trekking journey.
  • Ensure that you carry a few first aid kits containing medications such as Dioria, Vhometing, Feaver, Stomached, and Diamox for altitude sickness.
  • Prior to embarking on the trek, it is recommended to consult with your doctor.
  • Take regular breaks every 30 to 45 minutes of walking to rest and rejuvenate.

Airport Transfer in a Private Vehicle:

For a hassle-free experience, our upper Mustang Trekking package includes airport pick-up and drop-off services. Upon your arrival, our representative will be waiting for you at the airport, holding a name card and a Himalayan Trekking Path Board with your name on it. Please locate your name outside the hall and meet us there. As a gesture of welcome, you will be presented with a marigold flower garland and transferred to your hotel as part of the package. Similarly, at the end of your trip, we will arrange for your transportation to the airport and offer you a Khada, along with our best wishes for your future endeavors and a safe journey. Rest assured, all airport transfers will be conducted in a private vehicle. We strive to treat our guests like royalty and show the utmost respect.

Upper Mustang Trekking Accommodation:

In our upper Mustang trekking package, we provide complimentary lodging for your comfort. In the urban area, you will have standard hotel accommodations equipped with modern amenities like wifi, hot showers, cozy bedding, complimentary breakfast, and air conditioning. On the mountainside, we offer the best available accommodations, which are quite basic. These include comfortable, thin mattresses, warm blankets, and some with attached bathrooms, while others have shared facilities.

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara: As part of the Upper Mustang Treks, you will have a pleasant stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek. Prior to the trek, you will be accommodated in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, such as Hotel Buddha, Hotel Chhimeki, or Hotel Simal, all falling under a similar category. Similarly, in Pokhara, you will stay at Hotel Crystal Palace for one night before the trek and another night after the trek. Each morning, you will be treated to a complimentary breakfast at the hotel. The hotel rooms offer various amenities, including air conditioning, free wifi, a hot shower, a cozy bed, a working desk, and toiletries. If you wish to upgrade your hotel, it can be arranged for an additional charge. Alternatively, if you choose not to have accommodation, the cost of the Upper Mustang Trek package will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Accommodation in the Mountains: Experience the Upper Mustang trekking package with 11 nights of mountain accommodation, starting in Jomsom and concluding in Jomsom after the Lo-manthang. During the trek, guests will have the opportunity to stay at a lovely yet basic hotel and lodge, equipped with a thin mattress and a warm blanket. Depending on availability, guests may be able to secure a room with an attached bathroom. The lodge boasts beautiful surroundings, particularly in the dining and kitchen areas. Furthermore, the hotel offers amenities like a payable hot shower, wifi, and charging facilities.

The Upper Mustang Trek required permits, documents and costs.

In order to undertake the upper Mustang trekking experience, it is imperative to acquire three distinct permits. These permits can be obtained by submitting two copies of your passport-size photos along with a copy of your passport. The upper Mustang region is renowned for its exceptional preservation, commencing in the restricted area of Kagbeni, where solo trekkers are prohibited. Nevertheless, if you are an individual traveler and desire to explore this captivating region, it is feasible to obtain extra-person permits by paying an additional fee. For a comprehensive understanding of the Upper Mustang trekking permit requirements and associated costs, please find detailed information below.

  • TIMS Card: The TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System Card) is a vital tool that provides information on weather conditions and track situations. It is especially crucial in emergencies involving tourists, local porters, and guides. The cost of the TIMS Card is Rs 2000 per trekker. To obtain the card, you must submit a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photo. The documentation process will be handled by Himalaya Trekking Path, and the cost of the TIMS Card is already included in the package.
  • ACAP Permit: The Annapurna conservation areas encompass the captivating Upper Mustang Trek, necessitating the acquisition of the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) for entry. This permit plays a vital role in conserving nature, managing waste, and establishing essential infrastructure. Each trekker is required to pay Rs 3000 for the ACAP, which grants them access for one entry. To obtain the permit, trekkers must provide a copy of their passport and a passport-size photo. It is worth noting that the cost of the permits is already included in the package.
  • Resticted Permit: The nature and culture of the Upper Mustang region are exceptionally well preserved. To enter this restricted area, a minimum of two trekkers must be in a group. Permission to enter Upper Mustang after Kagbeni can be obtained from the Immigration Office in Kalikasthan, Kathmandu, at a cost of USD 500 per person for a 10-day permit, with an additional daily fee of USD 50 per person. Original passport, visa, and photos are required for the permit application. The cost for the 10-day package is comprehensive.

Mode of transportation in use for Upper Mustang Trekking:

The Upper Mustang Trek provides a range of transportation options based on the itinerary. The package includes airport pick-up and drop-off services, a comfortable tourist coach from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and a convenient flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Here is a detailed overview of the transportation arrangements.

  • Travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara: When traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you have several transportation options to choose from, including public buses, tourist buses, private vehicles, and flights. However, our Upper Mustang Trekking Package offers a unique experience with a VIP tourist bus ride, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking scenery of the countryside, lush green valleys, rice and vegetable terraces, river valleys, and more. On the return journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu after completing the Upper Mustang Trek, you can also opt for a VIP tourist bus ride. Covering a total distance of 200km each way, this journey typically takes around 6 to 7 hours. Alternatively, there is a quick flight option available, which only takes 30 minutes but comes with an additional charge of USD 100 per person.
  • Travel between Pokhara and Jomsom: During the fourth day of the Upper Mustang Trek, you will embark on an extraordinary adventure from Pokhara to Jomsom, the gateway to the Mustang region, aboard a small aircraft. The flight duration is a mere 30 minutes, yet it offers an unparalleled experience as you traverse the captivating woodland of Ghorepani. Especially during the vibrant spring season, you will have the opportunity to witness the picturesque blooming rhododendron forests, accompanied by breathtaking views of the magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges, as well as the stunning Kaligandaki valley, all from the comfort of the plane. Similarly, when returning from Jomsom to Pokhara, you will once again have the privilege of traveling by plane. This mode of transportation not only exudes luxury but also ensures the utmost convenience for your journey between Pokhara and Jomsom.

Important Features of Travel Insurance:

When preparing for trekking or adventure activities in Nepal, it is crucial to have travel insurance. This is not just important, but also a requirement for obtaining trekking permits and ensuring safety in case of emergencies. Additionally, travel insurance can be extremely valuable during unforeseen situations, covering medical expenses, lost items, and rescue operations. To guarantee a confident, delightful, and safe journey, we highly recommend choosing an appropriate insurance plan. While insurance is not part of our package, we are more than happy to provide suggestions if needed. There are several insurance companies that specialize in adventure and high-altitude trekking coverage, such as World Nomads, IMG, and Seven Corners. You can either check out their websites or directly get in touch with them to explore coverage options for your specific trek or climbing expedition.

Trekking Guide for Upper Mustang Trekking:

The presence of a trekking guide is crucial for any trekking expedition, especially in restricted areas like the Upper Mustang Trek, where a local company and trekking guide are mandatory. The Upper Mustang Trek provides a professional trekking guide who is fluent in English, holds a government license, and has extensive knowledge about the culture, history, flora, and fauna, as well as first-aid services. Your guide will be by your side throughout the entire trek, from start to finish. This package covers all expenses for the guide, including salary, insurance, meals, accommodation, and transportation. Additionally, the package includes a climbing guide who is fully equipped with food, insurance, salary, accommodation, and gear. Our committed guides go the extra mile to ensure that your journey is not only successful but also enjoyable. We are confident that you will have a fantastic experience with our guides.

Trekking Porter for Upper Mustang Trekking

Enhance your Upper Mustang trekking experience with our comprehensive package that includes a complimentary porter service. This service ensures that you have a porter to assist you along the demanding and less-frequented paths, making your journey comfortable and enjoyable. By utilizing the porter's services, you can lighten the load of your daypack and have more time to relish the magnificent views along the trail. Additionally, you will be supporting the local community during your trek. Each pair of trekkers is provided with one porter, with a maximum weight limit of 18 kg. The package covers all expenses related to the porter, including fees, salary, insurance, meals, and accommodation.

What types of meals are typically served during the Upper Mustang Trek?

As part of our Upper Mustang Trek package, we offer premium accommodations with breakfast in the city and full-board meals in the mountains. You will have the opportunity to savor a wide variety of culinary delights, ranging from local delicacies to international cuisine. Whether you have specific dietary requirements, such as gluten-free or allergies, or if you follow a vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or vegan diet, we have multiple options available to cater to your needs. In the mountains, our team ensures a generous selection of food, but if you find it insufficient, we recommend considering alternative items. It is advisable to consume meals with a higher calorie content during the trekking journey. We kindly request that you carefully review the food choices provided both in the town and on the mountain.

  • Breakfast: Enjoy a complimentary breakfast in Kathmandu as part of the Mustang Trek package, along with comfortable accommodation. Indulge in a hearty breakfast spread in the city, featuring eggs, meat, vegetables, fresh fruit, juice, bakery items, cereal, cheese, tea, coffee, and an array of local and continental dishes. Moreover, in the mountainous regions, a delightful breakfast menu awaits you with options like eggs, bread, paratha, set breakfast, champa (a local porridge), porridge, muesli with milk, hot beverages, fruit salad, and warm noodle soup.
  • Lunch and Dinner: During the Upper Mustang Trek Package, you will be treated to a comprehensive meal plan that includes full-board meals in the mountains, as well as a memorable farewell dinner in Kathmandu before your departure. Our dining experience will commence in Jomsom and continue until the end of the trek, including the return journey to Jomsom. Regardless of your dietary preferences, whether you follow a vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian diet, there is a wide range of choices available to cater to your culinary needs. From local delicacies like Dal Bhat to international cuisines such as Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan dishes, you will have a diverse selection to satisfy your taste buds. Prepare to indulge in popular food items like noodles, momo, roti or bread, curry, soup, spaghetti, fried rice, chicken roast or grilled, pizza, spring rolls, French fries, and more.

How about other amenities for the Upper Mustang Trek?

We would like to notify you that the upper Mustang trekking package does not encompass the provision of mountain amenities such as wifi and internet access, mobile phone and recharge services, hot showers, drinking water, and charging facilities. These services can be obtained separately at an additional expense. Please be aware that you have the option to avail yourself of these amenities by paying an extra fee.

  • Drinking water:Hydration is essential for all trekking and adventure journeys to prevent mountain sickness. In the context of Upper Mustang Trekking, it is recommended to drink 3 to 4 liters of water daily. There are various options to access clean water during your expedition, including using filters or purification tablets for spring water. Alternatively, you can buy bottled water or boil water for consumption. If you desire hot water, remember to bring appropriate containers. The price of a one-liter bottle can vary from Rs 150 to Rs 350, depending on the altitude.
  • Hot Shower: It's important to get a good night's sleep to recharge after a long day of hiking, and a refreshing shower can help with that. Unfortunately, hot showers are not part of the package, but they are available at most teahouses and homestays nearby for an additional fee. These showers are powered by either gas or solar energy. As you begin your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can enjoy a hot shower at a reasonable cost. The price per person per shower typically ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 400. It's a good idea to have some Nepali currency on hand to cover the cost of this service.
  • WiFi and reception: While embarking on the Upper Mustang Trek, you will have access to wifi at all teahouses. In locations with good reception, you can opt for a local SIM card with data, except for specific areas. Nevertheless, if you choose to utilize the teahouse wifi, there will be a charge of Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per teahouse. It is important to note that internet service may not be available during unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Laundry Service: When embarking on a lengthy journey, utilizing the laundry service can be an excellent way to reduce the number of belongings you have to pack. In areas with mountains, there are laundry services offered at a reasonable cost, but you also have the choice to wash your clothes yourself. To do this, make sure to bring washing powder or soap and clean your daily-use items. Afterwards, hang them near a wood fire or on the balcony of the tea house, utilizing the wind to ensure they dry quickly overnight.
  • Charging Facility: Throughout the Upper Mustang Trek, a charging facility will be at your disposal for all your electronic devices. The hydroelectricity service provided throughout the entire journey guarantees the availability of necessary amenities. Moreover, each tea house is equipped with multiple outlets to cater to your convenience. This ensures that you are well-prepared for any unexpected situations such as adverse weather conditions or power outages.

Tipping Culture:

Tipping is a common practice in the tourism industry in Nepal. When utilizing airport transportation services, it is customary to leave a tip for the driver. Similarly, when dining for lunch or dinner, it is expected to show appreciation by leaving a tip for the staff. This practice also applies to trekking guides, tour guides, climbing guides, and porters. The amount of the tip is discretionary and should reflect your satisfaction with the service received.


On behalf of the  Himalayan Trekking Path Company, we are delighted to invite you to a farewell dinner in honor of your upcoming departure. This special occasion will also serve as an opportunity for us to present you with an appreciation certificate and engage in a conversation about your trip, allowing us to gather your valuable suggestions and reviews. Your kind feedback holds great significance for our company.