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Introduction

Upper Mustang Trek leads you to the hidden semi-independent kingdom of Nepal attached to the Tibetan Border. This region is also known as Lo. Hundreds of years back, Lo belonged to Tibetan rulers, hence the area is still highly impressed by Tibetan Buddhism. In many places, Mustang is described as a ‘Himalayan Cold Dessert’. Thousands of years old Buddhist monasteries, colorful rock formations, hundreds of caves, and more are some areas of interest.

Mustang area was restricted for foreigners by the Government of Nepal until 1992, though the area is restricted even today for individual trekkers or backpackers, and entering the area needs a minimum of 2 travelers traveling together through a Government licensed travel agency. The region lies in the Dhaulagiri rain shadow area so June / July / August is the best months to visit as the area experiences less rain on those months. Until recently, Upper Mustang Trek was accessible only in the camping mode but things have gotten easier now and lodges are available for meals and accommodation. It is a perfect destination for an adventurer wishing to see Tibetan-influenced traditions and cultures. It is spectacular Himalayan trekking behind the Himalayas which is perfect during monsoon season.

The huge, windy, cold, and dry land further Kagbeni to the Tibetan border is known as Upper Mustang which is a restricted area by the Nepal government. A visitor must have an immigration entry permit issued by the Department of Immigration, Nepal government to enter the land. The Upper Mustang area is popular for the exploration of centuries-old caves, unspoiled cultures, and hundreds of years old monasteries of the region. The trek is an adventure of a lifetime, it is a hidden gem. The Upper Mustang area is also known as “The Last Forbidden Kingdom”. Trekking to Upper Mustang is much more similar to trekking in the high lands of Tibet, China.

As per the government rules, we require a minimum of 2 people to run the Upper Mustang Trek. If you are alone then we can find someone to buy the permits. If you want to go alone then you have to buy permits for the second person as well

Tour Highlights

  • Beautiful, unspoiled and virgin trekking route inside the popular Annapurna region
  • One of the most famous restricted area trekking routes of Nepal
  • 10 Night 11 Days fully guided trekking (17 days package in total) in the Himalayas
  • Beautiful villages, valleys, wildlife, Tibetan influenced culture and traditions observed
  • Amazing views of Himalayas, dramatic splendid views
  • Magnificent flight to Jomsom Airport, visit to the city of lakes 'Pokhara'

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person Contact Us
02 – 05 Person USD 2029 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 1941 / per person
10 Person Above USD 1877 / per person
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Free day in Kathmandu for permit preparations

We will collect your passports and photos to prepare your immigration permits. Original passports and visas are needed to collect Nepal immigration permits. You can explore the town on your own. We will have a trip briefing and introductory program with your guide once the permits are collected.

Day 03Drive to Pokhara, transfer to hotel

We will take breakfast at our hotel and catch our bus to Pokhara. This is approximately 8 hours drive through the beautiful hillsides, the towering Himalayas and thundering rivers, and pilgrimages alongside the road. In the evening, we will be visiting the lakeside area if time permits.

It is recommended to fly to Pokhara if you are looking for a comfortable way of traveling. It’s about 20-25 minutes of flight.

Day 04Fly to Jomsom (2,750M / 9,022FT), trek to Kagbeni

We will drive to the airport early in the morning to board our flight to Jomsom. It’s 15 – 20 minutes scenic flight in between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. Jomsom is one of the biggest towns of the Kaligandaki valley. We will collect our baggage then start the trek to Kagbeni. It’s a pretty easy walk but can be a windy day. We will be walking next to the dirt road heading to upper Mustang. We will have some grand views of Nilgiri Himalayas.

Day 05Trek to Chele

We will complete immigration permit formalities in Kagbeni check post and start our journey heading to the northern side of Kaligandaki valley. It’s picturesque trail following the bank of Kaligandaki river. We will be passing through several caves, monasteries, beautiful fields of barley, buckwheat, apple and wheat near Tangbe village. Continuing through the windy valley we will reach Chhusang village. We will cross a small stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley before reaching Chele for overnight.

Day 06Trek to Syanbochen

Once we continue a bit we will cross the Kali Gandaki river and ascend towards the village of Samar. We will leave the Chhortens behind before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. We will have a great day followed by high altitude cold deserts in front and several panoramic white mountains behind. Continuing further we will descend to Shyangboche which is a small settlement of local people.

Day 07Trek to Ghami

Once our breakfast in the lodge is served, we will start our hike to Ghami. Initially, we will start climbing to the Yamda La pass at 3,840M. Continuing further through poplar forests and barley fields will eventually take us to Nyi Pass at 4,000M. Further, from here, we will start descending to Ghami for overnight, one of the beautiful villages of the region.

Day 08Trek to Charang

The day starts with a descent until we cross the Ghami Khola before we start ascending. The trail is often slippery with a loose mud. The trail is decorated with mani walls along the trail. We will cross Charang La Pass (2850M) before reaching Charang village. This is probably the driest day among the whole treks.

Day 09Trek to Lomanthang

We will visit a monastery in Charang village before we commence our journey to Lo Manthang. The trail is spectacular with the views of various Himalayan peaks including Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, and Bhrikuti. Encountering with isolated Chhrotens will differentiate Charang and Lo Manthang. We will continue our journey along the southern walls surrounding the valley. Here we will reach Lo Manthang.

Day 10Rest and exploration day in Lo Manthang

Our main destination; Lo Manthang is here. There are several things to explore around the town. We will be visiting a few monasteries and visit the royal family of Mustang. We have a whole day to rest, relax and explore the beautiful valley of Lo Manthang. In the afternoon, we will visit three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda.

Day 11Trek to Dhakmar Village

We will use a different route to Drakmar than the one we took while coming to Lo Manthang. Following several ups and downs, we will reach Ghar where we will explore a monastery which is believed to be 1200 years old. Local people believe that any wishing made in the monastery is fulfilled. Continuing further will take us to Dhakmar village for overnight.

Day 12Trek to Ghiling

Starting the trek earlier will protect us from heavy wind that is often experienced around mid-day. It is impressive as well as appealing. We will be crossing the longest Mani wall of Mustang and ancient Chortens. Ghiling is decorated with a monastery, sky caves, and buckwheat field.

Day 13Trek to Chuksang

We start our journey to Chele following the left side of the valley where we will meet flocks of sheep and goats grazing in the valley. We will follow the same trail used to go to Lo Manthang in the earlier days. We will pass through Syanboche, Samar, and Chele before reaching Chuksang for overnight stay. We will have beautiful Himalayan scenery along the way.

Day 14Trek to Jomsom, last day of the trek

We will be following the Kaligandaki valley all the way to Jomsom. It will be a windy and dry day following the dirt roads in several places. As soon as we reach Kagbeni we will reach the popular Annapurna Circuit trail and continue towards Jomsom following the Kaligandaki river. It’s our final day walk so celebrating the end of the successful trek in Jomsom should not be missed.

Day 15Fly to Pokhara, transfer to the hotel

We will be following the Kaligandaki valley all the way to Jomsom. It will be a windy and dry day following the dirt roads in several places. As soon as we reach Kagbeni we will reach the popular Annapurna Circuit trail and continue towards Jomsom following the Kaligandaki river. It’s our final day walk so celebrating the end of the successful trek in Jomsom should not be missed.

Day 16Drive to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 8 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs for friends and family members.

Day 17Drive to airport, departure from Kathmandu

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!

Costing

What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(2 airport transfers for international flights.)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Splendid View or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a tourist bus(Private vehicles or Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu flights can be arranged at additional costs)
  • Pokhara - Nayapul to Pokhara transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)(2 way private transfers included)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(11 Breakfast, 10 Lunch, 10 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 02 to Day 11)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances)
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
ALTITUDE CHART
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SUPPORT

Meals and Accommodation: Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a complete tea house-based route hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. Regarding the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide 3-star category hotel accommodation with only breakfast. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet (depending on availability).

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu and Pokhara offer a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek / Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and early March to early June. In the winter and spring, there is a chance of snow on some of the high-altitude passes, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon even though the trek can be done in the monsoon / rainy season. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view of towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for ABC Trek are March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers. The trek is doable throughout the year (in fact it’s popular all over the year) however during monsoon season, there are risks of avalanches between Himalaya Hotel and Deurali

This trekking route is one of the most popular treks in the world and many people flock to do it each year.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

March to early June, and September to December are considered the best months for this trek. The trek is done throughout the trek however there are risks of avalanches during monsoon season (mid-June to the end of September) however ABC Trek is one of the most popular treks that runs throughout the year.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 3 to Day 12 lunch). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Usually, a person with previous multiday hiking experiences is welcome to join our treks. If you do not have previous hiking experiences but still if you are able to walk for 6-7 hours every day, then we are happy to take you on board. The route can be tried by novice travelers even though a couple of days are quite hard comparing to most other days.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 10 years old. The trek is not suitable for kids below 10. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend adding 1/2 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
4 Reviews
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Lucas Galkus

Group Traveller

I and my partner did Upper Mustang Trek with Himalayanleisure in June 2018. It was a great experience. The flights couldn’t happen due to bad weather so we took a private jeep which was an adventure. The trek was arranged nicely and the staffs were very caring. Our guide and porter made the trek possible. It is a beautiful trek I can recommend to other people in rainy season in Nepal. In general, when we reach high, there was no rain.

5 July, 2018

Anonymous

Couple Traveller

Very friendly guide, amazing boss who has been to Malaysia 3 times and very strong porter. The services provided were more than our expectations. A truly beautiful trekking in Nepal. The jeep from Jomsom to Beni is tiring and definitely no if options are available.

6 June, 2018

Anonymous

Couple Traveller

Great organizing skills and an excellent company! Everything was timely managed and great foods and accommodation was provided.

2 September, 2017

Margo Reed

Couple Traveller

I am back to home after spending more than 2 weeks in Nepal and a trek with Himalayan Leisure company operated by Upendra, a professional guys committed to work. The trekking was together with my wife and a guide and a porter from the company. Everything went so smooth and well organized. The trekking was more than beautiful from starting to the end. Lots of traditional people were met on this route. Very few people away from crowds which makes sense after you pay hefty fees to enter the area. I am totally satisfied with this trekking route, this was an amazing experience for both of us!

18 September, 2016
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