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Upper Mustang trek also popular as Lo Manthang trek is one of the most mysterious trekking in Nepal. Mustang region situated along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River is divided into two regions, Upper and Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang is mostly settled with Manangi people and the trail passes up to Lo-Manthang, the capital city of ancient Mustang.

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The Upper Mustang Trek brings you into the hidden world of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom in the remote trans- Himalayan region of Nepal. The mystique valley and the last forbidden kingdom in Nepal – Upper mustang was opened for tourists in 1992 and was restricted area till then due to military unrest in the late 80s. Upper Mustang is a remote area in Nepal with highly preserved Tibetan Culture. Tucked and Hidden from the outside world, the culture, and traditions mostly of Tibetan origin is well preserved. Trek to Upper Mustang allows the travelers to witness the heavenly beautiful Trans- Himalayan landscapes, centuries old monasteries, Tibetan style Gombas, Shrines, Prayer walls and chortens and also offers the opportunity to interact with Tibetan like peoples and explore their tradition and Cultures.
Upper Mustang Trek also popular as Lo Manthang trek is one of the most mysterious trekking in the Nepal’s Himalayas. Upper Mustang region is located in the rain shadow of Himalayan Mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges which leads to very less rainfall making it look like semi desert. So the trek to Lo Manthang is through almost tree less landscape, along a steep and rough trail where we can have astounding mountain scenery of highest mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and many other peaks higher than 6000m.
Upper Mustang Trekking is an exploration of the concealed valleys of upper Mustang, nestled between Tibet and High Himalayas. The rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in upper Mustang makes the trekking possible even in the monsoon season. Upper Mustang is one of those very few places in the globe that is surviving very close niche life. The loneliness and isolation make the people of Upper Mustang conserve their culture, lifestyles and religions that remained unchanged for centuries. Upper Mustang has been described as semi Tibet in Nepal, and also the desert of Nepal.
Upper Mustang Trekking is relatively easy trekking which requires special trekking permit that can be obtained through Nepal Government registered trekking agency. Trek to Upper Mustang offers you the untouched and unexploited natural beauty with the chance o interact with Tibetan like peoples and learn about their tradition, culture and spiritual connection with the Himalayas.

Days Activity Altitude Duration
Day 01 Kathmandu Arrival 1400m  
Day 02  Kathmandu to Pokhara [Drive} 915m 6-7 hours
Day 03 Fly to Jomsom, and trek to Kagbeni 2810m 3-4 hours
Day 04 Kagbeni trek to Chele 3050m 5-6 hours
Day 05 Trek to Geling 3500m  
Day 06  Geling trek to Tsarang/Chharang 3620m  
Day 07 Tsarang/Chharang trek to Lo Manthang 3840m 6-7 hours
Day 08 Acclimatization in Lo-Manthang    
Day 09 Lo Manthang trek to Ghami 3545m 6-7 hours
Day 10 Ghami trek to Samar 3356m. 5-6 hours
Day 11 Samar trek to Kagbeni.   5-6 hours
Day 12 Kagbeni trek to Jomsom.    
Day 13 After breakfast Jomsom to Pokhara.( by flight)    
Day 14 Back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle or by flight.    

                                                                                                                                              
Note: [The suggested itinerary is just a guideline and standard pattern. If the itinerary couldn't meet your needs and not suitable for your time; you can customize it. Please let us know about your requirements, we will provide you detail information and plan according to your interest. The trip cost depends on the services you choose - Deluxe, Standard, Budget and Group size]

Cost Info

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Domestic Airfares Pokhara –Jomsom and back
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (necessary porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • Sleeping bags and Duffel bags
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • Mustang special permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight (if applicable)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • All other expenses not mentioned in cost include section.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu – 1400m
You will meet our office representative on arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel and there will be short briefing about the Trek. We will host welcome dinner in the evening. Relax your leisure time in Hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Accommodation- 3 star rated hotel, Meals Included - Dinner
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara - 915m, 6-7 hours
After having breakfast we will drive or fly to Pokhara - The city of Lakes. The flight takes approx half hour but costs more while driving is a cheaper way but takes 6-7 hours. Both medium are equally rich in natural beauties. Travelling by flight provides us some time to explore the beautiful lakes of Pokhara. Flight takes extra charge.
Overnight in Pokhara
Accommodation- 3 star rated hotel, Meals Included – Breakfast.
Day 03: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m, and trek to Kagbeni 2810m, 3-4 hours
Today we will have early morning short and scenic flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is a place from where our walk begins. This place is very famous for apples and landscapes. From Jomsom we start our trek and pass through the small village before reaching Kagbeni.
Overnight in Kagbeni
Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 04: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele - 3050m, 5-6 hours
After having breakfast we will begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kaligandaki River. We walk on a hill and ascend on a hill to reach Tangbe village. From this beautiful village we continue our walk passing via other village, farmlands, apple gardens, and barley field. Than we walk on a ridge and reach Chele village.
Overnight in Chele
Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 05: Trek to Geling 3500m, 6-7 hours
Today we ascend through beautiful forests, passing by the villages and reach Geling. On the way to Geling we will explore many chortens painted with different colors. We will have some uphill and downhill walk before reaching Geling. The trail rewards us with incredible natural beauties.
Overnight in Geling
Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 06: Geling trek to Tsarang/Chharang 3620m, 6-7 hours
The trail to Tsarang goes steeply up from Geling via cultivated fields. Passing the different villages of Tamang and Gurung we continue a long climb across the head of the valley to Byi La Pass at an altitude of 3,950m. This is the second highest elevation of the trek after Lo Manthang. The Byi La Pass also offers us the great mountain vistas and beautiful view of surrounding. After descending for a while we will reach Tsarang.
Overnight in Tsarang
Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 07: Tsarang/Chharang trek to Lo Manthang 3840m, 5 hours
Today is the day for our ultimate destination of the trek – Lo Manthang. After climbing uphill and passing by several beautiful villages we will reach the large chortens. This is a boarder of Tsarang and Lo. After some walk we can clearly see the great Lo village. The only entry to the village is in the north side, so one should circle the wall to reach main gate for entry.
Overnight- Lo Manthang
Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 08: Acclimatization or Rest day in Lo-Manthang
Today we will rest in Lo Manthang which will help us to acclimatize in a high altitude. WE can explore the different monasteries, chortens and Mani walls. Lo is a village having around 150 houses of Lamas. The semi Tibetan culture can be experienced here. There is a Mustang King Palace where king and queens of forbidden kingdom still lives. We will spend our day by having excursion to these beautiful sights.
Overnight in Lo Manthang
Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 09: Lo Manthang trek to Ghami 3545m. Via Gekar
After having breakfast we will climb up a hill and have a last view of Lo Manthang village. Then we follow the trail mostly descending and few short climbs. After passing via beautiful forests and villages we will reach Ghami village within 7 hours.
Overnight in Ghami
Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10: Ghami trek to Samar 3356m, 4-5 hours
After having breakfast in Ghami we will follow a trail full of natural beauties. The dense forests and great landscapes give us company throughout the whole day. After crossing via some villages, cultivated fields and forests and having some ascends and descends we will reach the beautiful village of Samar.
Overnight in Samar
Accommodation- Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11: Samar trek to Kagbeni
Leaving Samar village in early morning and following the downhill trail to Kagbeni, we pass via different villages with Tamang and Gurung peoples. After crossing via some forests and great landscapes we will reach Kagbeni.
Overnight stay in Kagbeni
Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12: Kagbeni trek to Jomsom
WE retrace our footprints back to Jomsom. Enjoying the great landscapes and mountain views we will reach Jomsom.
Overnight in Jomsom
Accommodation – Mountain Lodge, Meals Included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13: After breakfast Jomsom to Pokhara (by flight)
After having breakfast, we will have early morning flight to Pokhara. We will reach there in 25 minutes. Then we will go for sightseeing in Phewa and Begnas Lake. Pokhara is a beautiful city nestled in the lap of giant Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountains.
Overnight in Pokhara
Accommodation – 3 star rated Hotel, Meals Included – Breakfast
Day 14: Back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle
After having breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the great landscapes and following the beautiful Trisuli River we will reach Kathmandu. And our tour ends. You can also take a flight to Kathmandu which is more costly and you have to pay extra for flight tickets.
Meals Included – Breakfast and Lunch

When to Trek

Mid September to November (autumn season) is considered as the best time to go trekking in Nepal. March to May is second best season for Nepal Trekking. Dec- January offers you the best views of Himalayas in clear sky but temperatures are very low in these months and there is a risk of high passes being closed due to snow.
May – June is pre monsoon season in Nepal. In these months, days are hotter but still considered as good time to trek.
June – Mid September is monsoon season. This season is considered least famous for trekking. In this season there is a risk of leeches and heavy rainfall which may make your trek quite miserable experience.

Travel Documents

While trekking to Upper Mustang you should be very careful regarding your documents. The basic documents required for the trek are;  The tourism Visa sanctioned by Government of Nepal, Passport, the photocopy of introductory page of the passport should always be carried. All the receipts should be kept handy.

Permits and Regulations

You have to trek with a registered guide in this region. The permit fee to Mustang is minimum $500 per person for 10 days. This is defined as 10 days, not nights, starting and ending in Kagbeni. US $ 50 is added for each extra day. You have to return within the permitted day in Kagbeni from restricted Area.
You have to pay NRs. 2000 for ACAP permit for flight to Jomsom. US$ 50 per day permit is required only north of Kagbeni.
You have all your equipments and permits checked in Kagbeni post while entering and also have to show your rubbishes while exiting to prove that you have carried it out for disposal in Jomsom.

Trekking Gears

Trekking Gears depends upon the season, when you travel. Some of the basic gears are light weight hiking boots, waterproof boots, hiking socks, sandals, waterproof jackets, sunglasses, gloves, sleeping bag, headlamp, trekking poles etc.

Personal Checklist

For a comfortable   trekking, you need to make your personal checklist in good form. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weigh no more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds.) Use your own experience and judgment to make your packing list. Clothes should be warm enough and walking comfortable, trekking boots are wise selection for footwear. Personal hygiene goods and clothes are compulsory, camera, charger, hat, trekking poles are add-ons for your journey.

Accommodations

We offer you best accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara which ranges from tourist standard to star category hotels. It depends on your choice which is based on your budget and interest. During the trekking, we use best tea-houses/lodge available in the area. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional cost. We will arrange rooms with attached bathrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. Single rooms are available in developed area such as Kathmandu city and lower part of the trekking route.

Food

We only offer breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara you choose your own meal while in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the   trek, you will be served by authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals (BLD) will be provided during trekking.

Trekking Staffs

Taking every aspect in consideration, we have come up with a squad of perfectly skilled crew members who have been recruited especially for their respective fields. You will be guided by fluently English speaking professional experts and team leaders who have gone through all possible circumstances that might occur ruining your trekking experience. Boosted with knowledge of ecology, geography, wild lives, flora and fauna, culture and history, you will be directed with maximum possible efficiency.
We wish you a happy, convenient and safe journey!

Acclimatization and Hydration

For the best trekking experience you should go uphill slowly. To prevent yourself from dehydration you should drink 4-5 liters of water every day. Our guide will help you lead through the most used trekking route which helps you with the climb in high steep grounds as well.

Safety

You should bring First Aid Kit with you or you can also hire a trekking guide or porter to carry a medical kit with necessary medicines in case of emergency. In the high altitudes, you may feel altitude sickness or most common health problem is Intestinal Complication. So, you must consult your doctor before this trek so that you could complete this trek easily and happily.

Group Size

We can operate the trek of any size but maximum 12 people in a group would be the perfect size for a successful trip. It ensures personalized care. However, if you’d like to book the trip for a larger group then we can arrange it.
As this trek is in restricted area less than 2 trekkers are not allowed.
[Note: Crew members are not counted within the trekking group size. This exclusive group of crews includes one leader, assistant leaders and porters. One assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers]

Physical Condition and Experience Required

Trekking to Mustang needs physically fit and passion of walking. Trekkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack can do this trek easily. Trekking in the high altitude is difficult and may cause the altitude sickness. So, personal fitness is necessary to do this trek. Mentally and physically you need to ready to walk about 7 to 8 hours a day. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases are good. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory to have travel insurance before you start your trek. Ask yourself one question "Will my Travel Insurance cover me? “In case of any emergency which includes Helicopter/Air Ambulance rescue charges if necessary on medical grounds. One point to note is that when you arrive in Nepal, register your insurance with our company, and give a copy of the Insurance Certificate and point out the Emergency Telephone numbers. Then, if you get into trouble, your guides will know exactly who to contact for authorization for an evacuation.
[Note: We won’t be liable for any kind of the mentioned life-threatening accidents under any circumstances]

Banks and ATMs

There are no any Banks and ATMs on the way. You must Bring Cash with you from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Flight Delays and Cancellation

Because of Nepal’s geographical condition and climatic variations, domestic flights in Nepal are prone to delays and cancellation. Due to the lack of technology to deal with adverse weather condition sometimes the international flights are also delayed. The flight may be delayed or even cancelled in the winter and monsoon season due to poor visibility and high rainfall.

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If you are interested to take next step towards achieving your tour to Upper Mustang and experience the best natural beauties , get in touch with us now, just fill out the form by clicking the inquiry, we will provide you detail information and necessary steps to make your trip confirm. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have by email, phone or Skype, so contact us today!

01: When is the best time to go for Upper Mustang Trek?
Upper Mustang can be trekked in all the season throughout the year. But in Monsoon and winter the sky seems to be not clear lacking the views of high mountains and the heavy rains disturb the trek. During winter temperatures are very low and days are short which makes trek tough.
Oct- May is the best time for this trek. During these months the sky is clear and moderate temperature makes the trek best experience. The views of majestic Mountains are extraordinary.

02: Do I need to be fit to do this trek?
Not that fit. If you don’t bother walking up-stairs and can walk for a few hours at a time, this trek is for you.
That’s not to say, it will be easy each day – you can be exhausted and your legs might get hurt. But if you take slow pace and take some day with acclimatization, drink enough water and listen to your body, you can make it with no major issues.
Engaging you in cardiovascular exercise, leg training, aerobic exercise and short hiking few weeks prior the trek would be the wise decision. It boosts up your strength and stamina.
Note: Because of some steep uphill and downhill trail route, rocky paths and rock steps, Upper Mustang trekking would not be appropriate for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles. Anyone with the problem of heart or lungs must consult the doctor prior the trek. Be noted that the medical facilities are very basic on the trail.

03: Do I find ATMs on the way to Mustang Trekking?
The answer is No!
You will not find any ATMs on the way to trek. ATMs are available in big cities like Kathmandu.
Note: Everything you buy must be paid in Nepali currency. So, it is wise to exchange money before the trek.

04: How is the tea house and lodge along the route to Upper Mustang?
There are not much guest houses and lodges. But because of less visits in this site the lodges are enough. Sometimes we may have to Camp overnight.

05: Where to say during the night?
You will have enough options of staying in local lodges to tourist standard hotels in some places during the trek. You will have food and accommodation in tea houses.

06: What to eat during the trek?
You can order from the available menu where you are going to stay. Mostly Nepali food is available in the route. You can buy biscuits, noodles etc in the local Shops on the way too.

07: Do I have to carry a backpack?
No, we have porters who carry your heavy gear but you have to carry light day-pack containing water bottle, camera, sunglasses, extra layer of clothing, rain coat or wind breaker and snacks.

08: What if the guide or porters leaves me alone in the trail?
Don’t worry, we provide only experienced and reliable guides and porters. We guarantee that your guides and porters won’t disappear throughout your trip. In case they did, we will immediately send you new guide or porter to help you.

09: Do I need travel insurance?
Yes you must have travel insurance which can cover the helicopter rescue and medical fee coverage in case of any kinds of emergency. Sometime altitude sickness makes you in difficult situation and need to airlift to Kathmandu. So the insurance need to cover these expenses.

Reviews

Memorable trip forever!

We were very confused to choose local company of Nepal for Bhutan Tour and Nepal Upper Mustang trek.  We have searched many and did contact few of them as I found rapid response, understandable itineraries and excellent communication from Mr. Hari Bhatta of Life Dream Adventure Pvt. Ltd. It was great communication with him on email and phone before booked the trip and suggest us a lot. Finally we decided to trust him and booked Bhutan and Nepal trip tougher. Finally things are gone very well with his great team work and excellent services.

Specially Nepal part we were pleased to have Life Dream Adventure as our travel agent and accommodation in Kathmandu where they had booked us. His guide and porter was very nice ad friendly, they have very strong Sherpa porter with well requirements. They looked happy than other we saw on the way. The Landscape and views were perfect and interesting Buddhist culture.

Thank you very much Hari for arranging Nepal and Bhutan trip. We highly recommend anyone for Nepal and Bhutan trip can contact this company.

(5/5)

Great experience and Excellent trek!

We recently returned from the 13 days in the Upper Mustang Valley trek and it was a great experience! Of buddies religion and we went on the Langtang Trek last years and were really impressed with the friendly professionalism and service of Life Dream Adventure team, so we elected to go with the company again for the Upper Mustang. The value is very good and the service was outstanding. Hari, the director, is great and the team we had on the trek, the guide Sabin was very attentive and friendly. I'll be using Life Dream Adventure again when I eventually get back to Nepal.

(5/5)

Experience the Quality Trekking with Life Dream Adventure

This was an amazing trek run by Life Dream Adventure is a great company. The guides and porters were very experience and knowledgeable. We covered about 75 miles (125 km) in 12 days and crossed passes as high as 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) . The tea houses accommodation were all comfortable and the food was very good. It was an exciting and fun trek and everything we had hoped for. This part of Nepal should not be missed. Thank you Life Dream Adventure Team.

(5/5)

Spectacular Upper Mustang Trekking

My trek to Lo - Mangthang (Upper Mustang) was spectacular. All of the people I met in the hotels, along the trekking path, etc are extremely friendly and helpful of course. The landscape is the wonderful. Keshab, was so helpful and profanely taught me a lot of Nepali of practical use. We became like a little family because the group size was so small.

I would highly recommend Life Dream Adventure for Trekking in Nepal.

Thank you very much.

(5/5)

A company with great services

We came to Nepal to visit the Tiji festival in upper Mustang region. We have booked a tour with Life Dream for 23 days including on top of the trek to Lo Mathang where the Tiji festival took place, also trek to Muktinath and tours around Pokhara and Kathmandu. The idea was that from the moment we land in Nepal until we left, someone will take care of us.

I must say that this small company with its manager Hari Bhatta fulfilled ALL its commitments and assigned us a wonderful guide Sabin Dhakal and a a very nice porter. We were very happy and satisfied. I must conclude that it is not really necessary to go to the big companies and with small companies you get more attention and the service is better accordingly.

I strongly recommend this company

(5/5)

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