Upper Mustang Trekking - 17 Days

Upper Mustang Trekking - 17 Days
Trip Information
  • Duration17 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude3930m
  • ActivityTrekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Group Size2+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch to November
Highlights
  • Discover Lo Manthang, an ancient city that served as the old kingdom of Mustang's capital. 
  • Visit the stunning monasteries and temples in the area, such as the Thubchen Gompa from the 14th century and the Jhong Cave Monastery from the 15th. 
  • Take a stroll through Upper Mustang's high-altitude desert habitat, which is home to numerous unusual flora and animals.
  • Discover the customs of the residents of Mustang, who are renowned for their vibrant culture and distinctive Tibetan-style buildings. 
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountain range, which includes Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna South. 
  • Discover the distinct hospitality and culture of the Mustang region, which is renowned for its kind and inviting inhabitants.

 

Advantage of booking Upper Mustang with Holiday Tours Nepal

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box and first aid service.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • If necessary, Holiday Planner Nepal's down jackets, t-shirt, and cap.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen cans as per request.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Introduction: Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang trek is one of the most popular exotic tours offered by Holiday Tours Nepal. The most convenient way to travel is by air from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m) and from there begins the trek. Travelling to Jomsom from Pokhara is an adventure in itself where the flight passes through the deepest gorge in the world. 

As mentioned, Upper Mustang trekking can be a popular choice for travelers. This region showers fellow visitors with a scenic Himalayan landscape and a Tibetan feel.

The trek begins from Kagbeni the gateway of Upper Mustang which aids in exploring caverns, rock paintings, monasteries, and gompas to learn about the local culture. This exciting journey includes panoramic views of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks.

A visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, the area's last notable village, as well as the King's palace within Lo Manthang, provides a better cultural understanding of the region. The journey to Lo-Manthang (the walled capital) almost entirely consists of a treeless barren terrain, a steep rocky road, and a downhill.

There's also an amchi museum and school where visitors can learn about this ancient healing practice and how it's being modernized. Gyakar, with its famous Gompa, is around an hour's hike from Lo Manthang. The more than 1,200-year-old Ghar Gompa is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, who visited these areas at the time.

The Gompa is well-known for its rock carvings and the belief that hoping here will result in a wish being granted. Make a wish at Ghar Gompa and hope to return someday. The trip is at a reasonably high altitude (3,000m to 3,800m), exacerbated by the dry air.

History of Upper Mustang

More myth and mythology than actual historical information form the foundation of Mustang's past. It is believed that the name “Mustang” is derived from a Tibetan word that means “Plain of Aspiration”. Similarly, history suggests that Ame Pal, who established the Kingdom of Lo in 1380, previously ruled Mustang as an independent kingdom in its own right.

Mustang is a district in Nepal that includes part of the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal's largest protected area. Jomsom, the capital of Mustang, has a land area of 3,573 square kilometers. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is in charge of development projects and tourist management.

The Nepalese region of Upper Mustang was once a separate monarchy. Upper Mustang, located in the nation's northwest, is surrounded by Tibet and has an extensive cultural and historical past. The region is well-known for its distinctive Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions, as well as its high-altitude desert topography which makes it one of the most favored trekking destinations for tourists.

How does the Upper Mustang Trek start and end?

The trip begins as we take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom through the world’s biggest gorge which is known as Kali Gandaki Gorge which lies between Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m). After arrival, collect your gear and supplies and travel for 3 hours to Kagbeni, along the Kali Gandaki River with a spectacular mountain panorama.

The major entrance to this journey is Kagbeni, and the trail today begins with a half-hour ascent, leaving the Kali-Gandaki River back for a moment. As the trek proceeds to Tangbe, the trail leads to the harsh, arid terrain, with an infrequent halt, passing through a few tiny villages. Chussang is reached after another hour of fine walking from Tangbe.

After crossing the stream, go towards Chele town via the shattered canyons and old castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river near Chussang, there are some spectacular red eroded cliffs that tower over the mouths of inaccessible caves. After crossing the small bridge, it's a 45-minute uphill climb to Chele Village. The climb from Chele Hamlet becomes more difficult for an hour as it ascends to the peak at 3,130m, from which you can view Gyagar across a massive gorge. The trek continues with a continuous ascent across windy terrain until the pass at 3,540m is reached. From here, the route gradually ascends to Samar.

The hike continues after a brief ascent beyond Samar Village to a ridge and southward going to a broad canyon past a chorten, the journey continues into another valley with juniper trees. Following the brook, the path ascends to a ridge at 3,800 meters. Before descending to Shyangmochen, a little settlement with a few tea shops, the trail climbs another pass.

From Geling to the valley's center, the road gradually ascends through the fields, passing beneath the towns. The journey continues with a strong elevation through the valley's head to the route's highest point, the Nyi La pass (3,950 m). The key also serves as Lo's southern border. After a half-hour slog, you'll reach a crossroads; the right road leads directly to Tsarang, while the left leads to Ghami village, one of the Lo region's significant cities. The last ascent leads to a 3,600-meter pass. After the last welcome, a gentle incline leads to Tsarang, a lovely settlement.

The road climbs and descends past a number of lovely villages, passing by a river and a big Chorten. You will be treated to spectacular mountain scenery and a vast, windswept landscape as you traverse multiple passes. Finally, you will arrive in Lo Manthang.

The people of Lo Manthang are kind and exciting. The main town on this journey has about 160 dwellings and several lamas. The school, health post, police station, and other important chortens are located outside the walls, north of the gate and east of the monastic area.

Later descend and make a less difficult ascent to Ghami, going via a couple of passes with wonderful valley and mountain vistas. After you arrive, you must investigate and discover the Ghami. There are many interesting things to see.

Trace your steps back to Kagbeni, descending more and ascending less. Return to Jomsom by taking a leisurely stroll across the Kali-Gandaki Valley. This walk offers breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountains

Weather and climate around Upper Mustang area

Mustang, like the rest of Nepal, has four distinct seasons throughout the year. These have varying weather conditions and temperatures throughout the year. The average annual rainfall is approximately 307 mm. This is one of the country’s lowest. Treks to this region are therefore possible and comfortable even during the summer season.

The area is covered in wildflowers and has excellent weather from March to May. The average daytime temperature is roughly 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), and the average nocturnal temperature is 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit). The summer months of June through August are hot and dry, with daytime highs of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

The weather is chilly and dry from September through November, with temperatures ranging from 5 °C (41 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F). The weather is cold and dry from December to February, with lows of -10°C (14°F) and highs of 5°C (41°F). Snow may fall at higher elevations.

Best season and time for Upper Mustang trek

The hiking season in the Upper Mustang Region normally runs from April to November, with September to November being the best months to visit. Considering the weather is clear and dry, this is the finest time of year to go hiking. The monsoon season, which lasts from June to August, is often not a good time to travel due to the risk of landslides and heavy rainfall.

If visitors prefer cooler temperatures, visit in April or May, just before the monsoon season begins. Even if there are fewer people and the temperatures are cooler at this time of year, rain is likely. Winter lasts from December to March in the Upper Mustang region, when temperatures can drop dangerously low, yet the skies are usually magnificent and the scenery is breathtaking. Keep in mind that winter can be quite cold, so come prepared with suitable clothing and equipment.

Trekking permits required for Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang is a Restricted Area because it is close to the Tibetan border. This means that the permit to visit the area is expensive, costing $500 per person for the first ten days and $50 each day after that.

  • This Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is valid from the time you leave Kagbeni (for this trek) until you return.
  • As a result, you just need the RAP for 10 days on this beautiful Mustang Upper Valley Trek.
  • The cost of a Restricted Permit is $500 per person for ten days. If the journey is longer than 10 days (inside the Upper Mustang area proper), the cost is $50 per day.
  • In addition, each trekker must pay $20 to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This permission is valid for the duration of the journey.
  • Note: That you cannot complete this expedition on your own. A minimum of two trekkers must be going with an authorized trekking organization.

Accommodation facilities at Upper Mustang

There are several hotel options in the Upper Mustang region. During your trip, you will have the choice of staying in a variety of lodges, teahouses, and guesthouses. These accommodations are frequently simple, but they provide a nice place to unwind and recuperate after a day of hiking.

A teahouse resembles a tiny guest house on the mountain paths.  It provides trekkers with shelter, meals, and a social setting. Overall, the accommodations are rather basic, either in double bedrooms or in dorms.  Toilets and bathrooms are shared, with either a Western-style or a squat toilet. Showers frequently have only cold water; hot water is usually priced for those that offer it. The bedroom quarters are straightforward, with merely beds and blankets.  Bringing your own sleeping bag is generally a smart idea. Unless you're lucky and it's off-season, there are no "single rooms." Sharing a room is completely normal. The sleeping quarters are unheated.  

In larger villages and cities, you may be able to find more luxury housing alternatives, such as hotels and guesthouses. Private rooms with adjoining bathtubs are common in these facilities, as are amenities like hot water and electricity. It is also possible to camp in the Upper Mustang Region, though this is not recommended for everyone owing to the likely lack of facilities and potentially chilly evening temperatures.

It is important to remember that housing alternatives and standards may vary substantially in the Upper Mustang Area, so it is best to have fair expectations and be prepared for a variety of scenarios. It is also a good idea to make hotel arrangements in advance to ensure that you will have a place to stay when you arrive.

Food available at Upper Mustang trek

Thakali cuisine is a popular dish throughout the country that may be enjoyed in its native land of Mustang. You can also sample other apple-related local products such as wine, beer, dried goods, and so on.
During the journey, all of the travelers sample upper Mustang food such as Tibetan bread, Thenthuk, Khapse, Marpha, and native tea combined with salt and butter. 

Communication and Electricity facilities

Holiday Planner Nepal will facilitate all our guests with SIM cards which will aid in effective communication during their stay in Nepal. Similarly, there are Wi-Fi signals and cellular signals at all stages of this trek except while going over some high passes. Charging ports can be found at teahouses which are powered either by electricity or by solar energy. Teahouses typically charge $2 to $3 for your phone or camera.  Because there are so many lovely things to photograph, this can quickly become expensive.  To prevent paying too much, we recommend carrying a power bank or a modest solar charger with you.

Can we get altitude sickness during at Upper Mustang

Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a major problem for trekkers and climbers who travel to high altitudes. Upper Mustang, in Nepal's Himalayas, is no exception.

Upper Mustang reaches altitudes of over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), putting trekkers in danger of altitude sickness. When your body fails to acclimate properly to the reduced oxygen levels at high altitudes, you get altitude sickness. The risk of sickness grows when you ascend rapidly without giving your body enough time to adapt. 

Altitude sickness symptoms can range from moderate to severe and include headache, nausea, dizziness, exhaustion, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. It can occasionally cause High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), both of which are life-threatening diseases.

Is travel insurance required for Upper Mustang trek?

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for trekking to Upper Mustang.
  • Please note that our insurance covers our team, but not you. Before leaving, please make sure you have the proper travel insurance.  
  • For your Upper Mustang Trek, it is a good idea to obtain travel insurance, as it can offer protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances, including trip cancellation, medical problems, and lost or stolen property.
  • If you need to cancel your trip or if something goes wrong while you are traveling, travel insurance can help you recover some or all of your expenses.
  • Nepal is a pretty safe country in general.  However, for the most up-to-date information, please visit the website of your home government.  
  • There may be demonstrations; please avoid them if you see them.  
  • Theft is uncommon, although it does occur.  
  • Make sure all of your valuables are out of sight.  While on your journey, you can leave any valuables in our office locker.  

Although it is uncommon, if there is a landslide, avalanche, flooding, or earthquake on the mountain, please follow your guide's advice.  Similarly, if you feel ill, please notify your guide.

Itinerary
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Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Holiday Tours Nepal will pick up our guests and take them to their respective hotels/lodges. There guests will freshen up and be ready for further trip briefing in the evening and welcome dinner in an authincate typical cultural Nepali restaurant.

    The day begins with an authentic cultural meal at a renowned traditional restaurant. Today sightseeing tour will occur at Swyambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa, and the respective guide will pick up our guests after breakfast. Return to the hotel and spend the night there.

      Visitors are transferred to the tourist bus station where they prepare themselves for a day-long drive to the city of Lakes Pokhara through the scenic countryside. On arrival at Pokhara bus station, our assigned hotel representative will be ready there beforehand to pick up and transfer to the hotel. After refreshments in the hotel, the guide will take clients on a walking tour around the beautiful lakeside area. After completion return back to the hotel, have dinner, and stay overnight at Pokhara.

      Note: Travellers/Trekkers can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu, which takes 35 minutes.

        From Pokhara, take a 25-minute scenic flight to Jomsom, where the trip will begin. Between Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, is the path taken by the aircraft. After arriving, gather the necessary food and equipment, then set off on a three-hour journey to Kagbeni, following the Kali Gandaki River and admiring the stunning alpine scenery. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

          The major entrance to this journey is Kagbeni, and today the trail begins with an hour-long ascent before briefly rejoining the Kali-Gandaki River. As the hike toward Tangbe continues, the trail leads to the harsh, desolate terrain, with a sporadic halt, passing through a few tiny villages. Chussang can be reached after another hour of brisk walking from Tangbe. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

            After crossing the stream, the route now takes walkers past crumbling canyon walls and the crumbling castle walls on the adjacent rocks, eventually arriving at Chele settlement. The mouths of difficult caverns are surrounded by some stunning red eroded cliffs across the river from Chussang. Trekkers reach Chele Village after 45 minutes of uphill walking after passing the tiny bridge. From Chele town, the hike up to the ridge at 3,130m grows steeper for an hour. From here Gyagar across a sizable canyon is visible. Up till the pass reaches 3,540m, the walk continues with a gradual ascent across the windswept terrain. The trail ascends steadily to Samar from here. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

              After breakfast today, the trek begins with a little ascent over Samar town to a ridge and a descent down past a chorten to a sizable valley. The journey continues across a juniper tree-filled valley. The trek continues uphill after crossing the brook to reach a ridge at 3,800 m. The path then drops to Shyangmochen, a small village with a few tea shops, after ascending over another pass. The journey continues gradually uphill and downhill through the broad valley to Gelling after a satisfying rest here. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

                From Geling, the trail ascends gradually through the fields and along the bottom of the valley. The trek's highest point, the Nyi La pass (3,950 m), is reached after a hard ascent through the head of the valley. The southern border of Lo happens to be the access itself. After a steady decline of 30 minutes from here, you reach a fork in the road where you may choose to go left or right. The left way leads to Ghami village, one of the major settlements in the Lo region, and the right path leads directly to Tsarang. The last ascent from here leads to a 3,600m pass. After the final reception, a moderate downhill leads to the fascinating settlement of Tsarang. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

                  Today's track ascends and descends while passing through a number of fascinating towns, a river, and a sizable Chorten. As you cross numerous passes on this trip, you'll get a nice mountain vista and a wide, windswept landscape. Arrive at Lo Manthang (The Capital of Mustang) at last and spend the night there.

                    With roughly 160 homes and a high number of lamas, Lo-Manthang is one of the bigger communities on this route. The King of Lo has historically resided in this walled settlement, which continues to host a number of fascinating and vibrant Buddhist festivities. The atmosphere of the location is influenced by the nearby mountains, including Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak. Visitors will be occupied in and around this location today for a variety of events. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

                      Today's trail to Ghami is less steep and more gradual, passing across a few passes with lovely valley and mountain views. Once we get to the Ghami, it's time to look about. It has a lot of significant things to view. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

                        After breakfast today, we go back the way we came to Samar. The trail today will be more descending than ascending, with a wonderful vista of a mountain range. Spend the night in the tent or teahouse.

                          Retrace back to Kagbeni; more descend and less ascends. Stay overnight at the tea house.

                            Follow the Kali-Gandaki Valley back to Jomsom on a fairly leisurely trek. Fantastic views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountains can be had on this walk. Sleep there the night before.

                              Our representative will pick up visitors from the hotel after an early breakfast and drive them to the airport for a brief but beautiful journey to Pokhara. Day off in Pokhara. In the motel, spend the night.

                                After an amazing day spent in and around Pokhara, trekkers will move to the tourist bus station after breakfast for a scenic trip back to Kathmandu. After arrival spend the night in a hotel.

                                Note: Travellers/Trekkers can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu, which takes 35 minutes.

                                  It’s the day of final departure and Holiday Tours Nepal will do all the preparations necessary to transfer our guests to the International Airport.

                                    Route Map

                                    Upper Mustang Trekking - 17 Days map
                                    Cost Details
                                    What's Included
                                    • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle.
                                    • 03-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
                                    • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicles in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
                                    • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus (if you want a way flight or private vehicle also available at additional cost).
                                    • 02-night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara.
                                    • Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
                                    • ACAP Permit and Special permit for upper Mustang trek for 10 days.
                                    • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
                                    • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                                    • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
                                    • 1 porter for 2 guests with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
                                    • Safe drinking water.
                                    • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
                                    What's not Included
                                    • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport-size Photos).
                                    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay the departure tax for international flights).
                                    • Dinner and lunch in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
                                    • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                                    • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in the city because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
                                    • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower ).
                                    • Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
                                    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
                                    • Anything not included in the service includes the column.
                                    Availability
                                    • The trip departs everyday if the year
                                    • The trip and trek is fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity of our clients

                                    • The trip is available for solo travelers group travelers and private travelers

                                    • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well

                                    • If the given date are not appropriate for the travllers and trekkers the trip can be conducted on the custom date provided by our clients

                                    • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time specially sometimes in themountains the accommodation are booked prior so prior booking helps a lot

                                    Contact us at info@holidaytoursnepal.com or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630 we are available 24/7 on whatsapp viber wechat for additional informations.

                                    Useful Information

                                    Equipment and Gear List

                                    GeneralGeneral

                                    • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
                                    • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
                                    • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

                                    CatUpper Body

                                    • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
                                    • warm woolen hat
                                    • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
                                    • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
                                    • Polarized sunglasses

                                    TorsoTorso

                                    • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
                                    • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
                                    • Waterproof rain jacket
                                    • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
                                    • Fleece jacket or down jacket

                                    LowerLower Body

                                    • thermals inner
                                    • Hiking pants at least 3
                                    • Comfortable pants for teahouses
                                    • Waterproof, windproof shell
                                    • Hiking shorts

                                    glovesHands

                                    • Woolen gloves for the tea house
                                    • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

                                    feetFeet

                                    • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
                                    • Hiking socks
                                    • Liner socks
                                    • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
                                    • Crampons (For passes)
                                    • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
                                    • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

                                    undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

                                    • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
                                    • Sports bras (women)
                                    • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

                                    FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

                                    Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.) 

                                    • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
                                    • Lip balm or Vaseline
                                    • ointment cream
                                    • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
                                    • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

                                    Optional Other Essentials

                                    • Passport
                                    • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
                                    • Reusable water bottle
                                    • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
                                    • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
                                    • water bladder for the day bag
                                    • small towel for personal use
                                    • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
                                    • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
                                    • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
                                    • Power bank or extra batteries
                                    • Cameras and mobile phone
                                    • Cards/book
                                    • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
                                    • Trekking poles
                                    • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
                                    • Thermos for hot water during the night
                                    • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
                                    • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
                                    • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
                                    • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
                                    • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg (33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
                                    • A down jacket with a hood (cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
                                    • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
                                    • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

                                    Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

                                    Upper Mustang Trekking - 17 Days FAQs

                                    • Yes, the walk can definitely be tailored to suit individual preferences. If you want to adjust the schedule, speak with your trekking agency. Some hikers opt for a quicker route that focuses on specific Upper Mustang attractions. While some might include extra days just to savor the present.

                                    • It’s an unfortunate scenario to loose belongings during upper mustang trek. As there is no CCTV camera installed along the route or at teahouses it is advised to double check owns belongings once visitors leave their teahouses.

                                    • Sharing a room during the upper mustang trek in teahouses will cost the same foe each and every individual. This is due to the high number of tourists arriving at fewer teahouses during the trek. However, advance booking from Holiday Tours Nepal may help to amend such a scenario.

                                    • The Upper Mustang tour offers a daring 10–17 day itinerary with breathtaking walking through a beautiful semi-arid desert with colorful rock formations, steep ravines, and snow-capped peaks all around you. It takes place in the remote Trans-Himalayan region of this semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom. But it depends upon the route, starting and finishing locations, and hiking speed.

                                    • The Upper Mustang Trek is best taken during Nepal's spring (pre-monsoon/ March to May) and fall (post-monsoon/ September to November) seasons. These times are the busiest for trekking in the area since they provide the most hospitable weather. Excellent weather, clear skies, and dependable hiking conditions are all present during these seasons.

                                    • The upper Mustang trek has a difficulty grade of moderate level. This is neither as easy nor as challenging as the easy or hard-level treks. However, like most treks, you can somewhat alter the Upper Mustang trek's degree of difficulty to fit your preferences.

                                    • You must travel to the Upper Mustang with a company of at least two persons and a qualified guide because the Upper Mustang is a restricted region. Even if you choose to travel alone, Trekking Planner Nepal will arrange your trip so that you are just accompanied by a guide.

                                    • Lo Manthang is the highest sleeping point along the Upper mustang Trek which is 3840 meters (12598 feet).

                                    • Upper Mustang Trek is a popular trekking route offered by Holiday Tours Nepal due to its cultural richness, unique landscapes, challenging terrain and restricted `access.

                                    • There are teahouses and hotels along the Upper Mustang hiking trail that offer trekkers basic accommodations and meals.

                                    • As you will be climbing to high altitudes throughout the Upper Mustang journey, altitude sickness can be a problem. It's crucial to properly acclimatize, drink lots of water, refrain from drinking and smoking, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

                                      Note: For proper guidance towards prevention of AMS you can consult Holiday Tours Nepal.

                                    • In the north-central region of Nepal, known as the Mustang region, the Upper Mustang Trek is a well-liked trekking path. It is frequently referred to as the "Last Forbidden Kingdom" due to its historical seclusion and limited access, and it offers a distinctive and culturally rich trekking experience.

                                    • Although there is no age limit for the Upper Mustang trip, it is a physically challenging trip at high altitudes. It is advised that you speak with a doctor to make sure you are well enough to make the voyage.

                                    • When trekking through Upper Mustang, it is important to pay attention to local traditions and customs. Respect local customs, traditions, and houses of worship. Ask for permission before taking images of people, especially monks or those attending religious ceremonies. You'll not only have a richer experience by respecting local traditions and customs, but you'll also help preserve the Upper Mustang region's distinctive history.

                                    • Due to its designation as a restricted area, the Upper Mustang region of Nepal requires multiple permissions in order to hike. These licenses are required to control the number of visitors and support the preservation of the area's culture and environment. The required permits for this trek include

                                      •  Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
                                      •  Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
                                      •  Upper Mustang Special Restricted Area Permit.
                                    • Two hikes in the Annapurna region that you may combine with the Upper Mustang tour are the Annapurna Circuit and the hike to Annapurna Base Camp.

                                    • The town of Jomsom, often called Dzongsam or New Fort, is traditionally where the Upper Mustang trip begins. In the Annapurna Region, Jomsom is a well-liked gathering place for hikers and the entry point to Upper Mustang. Usually, a brief flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Jomsom marks the start of the journey. Even better, you can choose a Jeep trip as an option.

                                    • Yes, there are a number of monasteries and sacred places to visit on the Upper Mustang walk that are significant from both a cultural and spiritual standpoint. You'll have the chance to visit these breathtaking and historically significant locations in the Upper Mustang region, which is well-known for its Tibetan Buddhist culture. Among the notable monasteries and pilgrimage destinations are:

                                      Lo Geker Monastery, Thubchen Gompa, Jampa Lhakhang, Samye Monastery, Choser Cave Monastery, Ghar Gompa, Yara Monastery, and many more.

                                    • Yes, you are permitted to go to the Lo Manthang Palace while on your Upper Mustang hike. The Upper Mustang region of Nepal's Lo Manthang is home to a historic and culturally significant city. A popular destination in this historic walled city is the Lo Manthang Palace, commonly referred to as the King's Palace or Royal Palace.

                                    • Yes, Nepali trekking organizations like Trekking Planner Nepal allow last-minute reservations. However, it is preferable to make reservations 24 to 48 hours in advance because your permissions need to be organized.

                                    • Because of the distinctive geology and temperature of the Upper Mustang region in Nepal, packing for the trek requires careful attention. Here's a packing list prepared by Holiday Tours Nepal to help you get started:
                                      Clothing:
                                      Thermal shirts and bottoms that wick away moisture. Fleece or down jacket for added warmth during cold evenings. Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect against rain, wind, and occasional snowfall. Trekking Pants, Trekking Shirts, warm hat, sun hat, and a buff or scarf for neck protection. Gloves, Footwear, Socks, and Gaiters: Optional 
                                      Gear and Accessories:
                                      Backpack, Sleeping Bag, Trekking Poles, Headlamp/Flashlight, Sunglasses, Water Bottle, Trekking Towel, Camera and Accessories Power Bank, Reusable Bags.
                                      Personal Items:
                                      Passport and Permits, Money, Travel Insurance, Medications, Toiletries and Sanitary pads, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and any personal hygiene items you may need.
                                      Optional Items:
                                      Tea Bags or Snacks, Guidebook/Maps, Playing Cards/Books, Trekking Permit, and TIMS Card: Ensure you have all required documents.

                                    • Upper Mustang is situated in the Mustang district of the Gandaki Province in north-central Nepal. It lies in Nepal's western region, abutting China's Tibet Autonomous Region to the north. The area is a high-altitude desert with a distinctive culture. Lo Manthang, a classic walled city, serves as the capital of Upper Mustang.

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