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Upper Mustang Trek

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Highest access: 3730

Duration: 19 Days

Location: Mustang

Grade: Fairly Strenuous

Accommodation: Tourist star to five star as request

Transportation: By Tourist Vehicle/ Flight

Group Size: Min. 3 to Max. 15 Person

Best season: Autumn(Sep-Dec) & Spring(Feb-May)

Major Activity: Trekking

Include Activity: Sight Trip in Pokhara and Kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Airport: Kathmandu (TIA)

Departure From: Kathmandu

Meals: During the trek (B.L.D), BB plan in Kathmandu and pokhara

Culture: Bhote, Thakali

Mode of Travel: Camping only

Upper Mustang, the hidden kingdom of Nepal on the other side of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya Range. The North-West part of Pokhara Valley is known as Mustang and the upper part of Mustang district begins from Kagbeni up to China Tibet border including Lo-Manthang Valley is known as Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang trek is wonderful journey to a sacred area of Nepal and is used to be a Kingdom of Bhote/Thakali community until Nepal is declared a newest secular and Republican Country in 2008. Lo-Manthang was the capital of Ex. Mustang Kingdom. Below Muktinath and Kagbeni up to Ghasa along to Kaligandaki Valley of Mustang is known as Lower Mustang as Mustang is divided into two parts. Trekking to the upper part along the sacred valleys and passes in the desert restricted area with very thin habitat area from Kagbeni up to Lo Manthang is known as Upper Mustang Trekking.

The lower part of mustang is open to everyone for normal trekking to Muktinath, Jomsom and Annapurna circuit. However, Upper Mustang is still restricted area for trekking. To get a permit to trek Upper Mustang you need to apply for a special permit with the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home, Immigration department paying minimum of US$ 500.00 per person for 10 days and 2 persons of group size.

The Upper Mustang Area is restricted because the historical and religious monuments and the natural and geographical diversity are supposed to be protected as their importance which is more essential for the nation. Snowy Horizon had organized several Teahouses and group camping trekking in the Upper Mustang Area which lies in the North West part of Western Region in Nepal beginning from Pokhara-Jomsom flight or overland Journey by 4wd.

Upper Mustang trekking can be organized both of Teahouse and Camping trek. On a Tea House trek, Snowy Horizon arranges you to sleep in tea house/lodge. Our staff includes a guide-cook and porter to carry all your trekking gear with required horses or jeep driving as per itinerary.


  • Keep on touch with local peoples
  • Experience the different culture
  • Barren ridges
  • Deep canyons
  • Eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys
  • Stupendous wilderness
  • Pristine scener
  • Snow capped peaks
  • Spectacular 16th century monasterie
  • Unique human civilization at high altitude

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes approximately six hours. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 03: Early in the morning fly from Pokhara (915m) to Jomsom (2760m) it takes arbout 20minutes And then trek to Kagbeni(3800m) Which takes approximately four hours.

Day 04: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m), This takes approximately Four hours.

Day 05: Trek from Muktinath to Chuksang (2980m.) via Tangbe.This takes approximately seven hours.

Day 06: Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3660m) via Taklam La and Taklam Dajori La. this takes approximately four and half hours.

Day 07: Trek from Samar to Geling (3510m), via Soi pass (3860m) which takes approximately five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Giling to Ghami (3520m) via Nyi la Pass (4010m), which takes approximately five hours.

Day 09: Trek from Ghami to Charang Tsarang (3560m),via Chilgel,choya pass. This takes approximately five hours.

Day 10: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (Mustang) (3809m), via sungdala,.

Day 11: Rest day in Lo-Manthang(Mustang)and explore the fascinating city of Lo Manthang

Day 12: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami(3520m) via Charang , which takes which takes approximately five hours.

Day 13: Trek from Ghami to Chhusang (2980m) via Soi Pass. This takes approximately six hours.

Day 14: Trek from Chuksang to Muktinath (3760m), which takes approximately six hours.

Day 15:Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2895 m.) and it takes approximately five hours.

Day16:Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, which takes about 20 minutes.The flight is only early in the morning and full day rest in Pokhara.

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes approximately 25 minutes.

Day 18: Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 19: Final departure ,or alternative Join other activities.

Price for the Trip
  • The cost of the Trip depend group size, Category of the trip and your desire (budget)
  • The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements.
  • The Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client. Additional activities could be added or reduce as per client's request before confirming the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added as per mutual understanding.
  • The itinerary mentioned above is published from Airport to Airport services for the betterment of the client. Due to various categories Hotel facilities in the Capital City they may choice for their own and if required through us, we provide the facilities Also.
  • The cost also affect the number of guides and porters 
  • For these reasons the same trek can higher and lower price.
  • With above reasons please contact us for up to date reasonable price.

Cost Include

  • pick up and drop from Kathmandu airport to airport .
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) during the trek.
  • 3 nights requested category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on  B/B plan.
  • 2 nights requested category hotel accommodation in Pokhara on  B/B plan.
  • Full board Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) for  Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Special Permit for National Park entry for Upper Mustang
  • TIMS card(Trekking Information Management System) Permit
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period With Experience Guide and Porter.
  • Flight ticket From Pokhara-Jomsom- Pokhara and Pokhara- Kathmandu.
  • High altitude trekking  porters may carry 25 kg each. We supply 2:1 trekking porters in camping as needed.
  • Complete camping /Trekking equipment for trekking.
  • Trekking porter carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Dining tent, toilet tent, table and chairs, Mattresses are avilable Sharing with other member.
  • Two member has one tent for camping during trekking period.
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • An Experienced  Government license holder Trekking guide trained in wilderness first aid.
  • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes
  • complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon  Special Gifts (T-shirt, Pashmina )

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare international flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee, Visa issuance is easy at the arrival.
  • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water
  • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet.
  • All kind of Personal Expenses.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Read the following information which makes you easy to book your trekking in Nepal.

How to Book a Trip?

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Terms & Conditions

Trekking is an adventure activity involving multiday walk on village trails, National Park trails and climber’s trails often on reasonably steep terrain and snow at higher altitudes often crossing high passes in the range of 5500m/18000ft.

It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available.

In Nepal children below 18 years of age are required to trek accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Depending on trekking area you may require a special trekking permit while other areas would require only conservation/national park entry permit and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.

In General treks vary in duration from 2 to 4 weeks;average one would trek between 4 to 6 hours per day.

On most established treks bottled water is ubiquitously availableas well as locally purified drinking water is available in many villages along the trek. Otherwise, you can use boiled water supplied by the teahouse or camping crew.

On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you withcontinental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available.

It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone

You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try if you cannot find your insurance.

We ensure travel safety for all our guests’ women or men travelling with our company. Nepal is generally very safe and welcoming to foreign tourists. We have very good relationships with lodges we use and our guides aware all the time of whereabouts of every guest on the trek. Our groups are small and we ensure continues visual contact.

On the trek we provide all accommodation, food and we cover park fees, so you need to take only small amount of money to purchase water, small snack and tea outside meals, localsouvenirs, tips or donations to monasteries if you wish to donate small change. $20 per day should be sufficient to cover such expenses

Majority of trekking is done with lodge/guesthouse accommodation unless you prearranged camping based trip. There are very few trekking areas where lodge accommodation is unavailable and we will offer there a tent accommodation only.

Teahouse trekking is a trekking where your accommodation and meal are arranged in a local lodge/house with full board services.

Camping trekking is a trekking where we provideyou with tent accommodation and full board with meals to be cooked by professional trekking cook in a mobile camp equipped with akitchen and with adequate support staff of kitchen helpers, guides and porters.

It depends on trekking route and altitude; typically a trekking porter would carry load of 15kg to 25kgand camping porter would carry load up to 40kg.

In Nepal it is not customaryto tip but porters and guides would expect and appreciate a small tip. Your tip will go long way to help their families.

Trekking is for you and everyone who is patient and physically fit and enjoys outdoors.

You should have a general good level of physical fitness, general hiking experience, do not have any chronic or acute issues with your leg functions andbementally comfortable withmulti-day hikes, than you are ready for trekking.

In principle if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world and you are currently fit for trekking, there is nothing to stop you from Himalayan trekking in Nepal. You just need to increase your cardiovascular capacityto be able to cope with high elevation, where the oxygen density is much lower.

Post-monsoon period from September to December and pre-monsoon season from February to May are the best period for trekking in Nepal. In winter, December till February, at high elevation is very cold and heavy snowfalls may impede crossing of high passes but trekking in low elevations below 3000m is accessible all year round. In summer, June till August is a monsoon season and trekking is very wet, however in rain shadow areas such as Upper Mustang trekking in monsoon season is feasible and pleasant.

It all depends on the time and altitude of your trek. You may require Down Jacket, warm fleece jacket, warm thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, sleeping bag, trekking boots and a backpack, camera and your personal medication. Consult lists of cloth and equipment on our website as a guide and use a common sense to pack enough but not too much at the same time.

We highly recommend having a guide with you. You will travel in wilderness areas and at high elevations so from safety aspect you should not be alone. Travelling through villages there are many trails and if you took wrong path accidently it may be difficult to communicate with locals to get back on the right path or to secure food or accommodation. They will be unlikely to speak English

You will be taken immediately to the lower altitude first and will be provided first aid as the immediate treatment and then if necessary the guide will call the rescue helicopter tofly you down to Kathmandu or Pokharausing your rescue insurance.

Anywhere from 5km to 15km depending on condition of trekking trail and the altitude of the trekking route.

Client Review

Upper Mustang Trek

Rated 5/5 based on 26 customer reviews

Charles van de Peppel and Bea van der Kleij

“Austrian Upper mustang Family Trekking- October 2011.”

Dear Mr. Bhandari Snowy Horizon treks,

We are OK and have enjoyed our trekking more then we expect from this trekking company. We have been forth timer in Nepal and first time with snowy horizon trekking. We did upper mustang one month trip with two family which is organize by Snowy Horizon. We were very pleased with our guide (Buddha) and the cook made wonderful meals during our camping. I would prefer to stay less time in Kathmandu and Pokhara (I had been there several times). Overall we are happy and want to thank Buddha for his concern.

During our queries regarding this trip Mr. Bhandari had provide us very on time r response and he is more flexible person to help customer who visit Nepal with this company

We recommended this company for all adventure and nature lovers. You may book your trip with confident and without any doubt.

Success with your travel company

With regards

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