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Upper Mustang Trek

Explore the arid river valley and the hidden world isolated from the outside world enriched with a long history, culture, and mysterious and spiritual centuries-old monasteries and caves.

Best Season Best Season March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
Trip Duration Trip Duration 14 Days & 13 Nights
Trip Difficulty Trip Difficulty Moderate
Accomodation Accomodation Hotel in city and tea houses & lodges during the trek
 Max. Elevation Max. Elevation 3,840 m ( 12598 ft?
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Distance 124 km ( 77 miles)
Transportation Flight and Private jeep
Activity per day 5-6 hours walk
Region Mustang

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the magnificent mountain vistas and stunning scenery.
  • Amazing views of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Lamjung Himal, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchhuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and other peaks.
  • Witness the ancient rich history of the ancient forbidden Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang that resembles Tibet.
  • Explore Tibetan-influenced cultures and lifestyles.
  • Ancient caves, majestic monasteries, historical sites, colorful walls, and stone mani walls with praying flags make you feel you are in a spiritual world of adventure.
  • Visit Pokhara, a tourist capital and the city of lakes, waterfalls, and caves.
  • A scenarios trip to Jomsom.
  • Organic apple orchards that produce apple pies, dried apples, marpha, or apple brandy.
  • Fly above and trek through one of the Kaligandaki River’s deepest gorges.


per Mustang trek is the ultimate lifetime experience of exploring the hidden and mysterious world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Nepal. Located in the backyard of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massifs in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Upper Mustang also known as Lo was once a forbidden kingdom of Nepal. It remained isolated from the rest of the world for decades. Still keeping its unique culture and rich traditions untouched and unaltered by modern civilizations.

This trek offers the opportunity to witness the lifestyle of real mountain people who had managed to retain their wealthy cultural heritage. Due to the restriction on the number of tourists allowed, it is still not as congested as other trek routes in Nepal. So if you are looking for an off-the-beaten trek, Upper Mustang is the perfect choice for you. This peaceful place will leave you spellbound with its land full of contrasts resembling a truly different world.

Upper Mustang trek is a popular and exciting journey in the remote and isolated northern part of Nepal near the Tibetan border. It is a one-of-a-kind and amazing lifetime trekking adventure in the Himalayas. It provides insight into the cultural, natural, and historical richness of Upper Mustang. The journey begins in the city of Pokhara with a scenic mountain flight to Jomsom, where it also ends. The trail passes through the picturesque Tibetan-influenced villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Ghami, Charang, and Lo Manthang. The trekking route follows the historic trade route for salt to Tibet.

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The geographical and cultural characteristics connect the Mustang area to Tibet. It is now the last guard of traditional Tibetan culture. Up until the 1830s, the walled city of Lo Manthang, the ancient capital of Upper Mustang was a part of the Tibetan plateau. Moreover, the region is still dominated by Tibetan culture and traditions. The place is inhabited by Lobas, who have Tibetan ancestry. Due to its long and rich history, mystery, and ancient culture, it is one of the must-visit places. It has full of historical and religious monuments and monasteries, It entices tourists from all over the world to explore and discover fresh ways to take in the secluded ancient kingdom of Mustang’s natural surroundings in their pristine states.

The geography differs from the other parts of Nepal. Although it is a large area of dry land, the region is teeming with life and breathtaking beauty. The area is one of the driest regions of Nepal devoid of trees and dotted with numerous old caves. The majestic mountain rivers that emerge from the mountains quench this vast land’s thirst. Nature provides what geography lacks. Even in their sparsely vegetated state, colorful hills display the astounding beauty of nature. Since it receives the least amount of rainfall, it is one of the best monsoon treks in Nepal.

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  • Day 1: Arrival and welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal

    Kathmandu: 1350m (4,430ft)

    When you first arrive in Kathmandu, it will strike you with a storm of sounds, smells, and shades where nothing is as it seems, no matter what you’ve accomplished or how many places you’ve visited.

    Assuring your arrival, a representative from our office will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport and drive you to a hotel in Thamel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will receive a briefing on how to prepare for the trek the following days and the rooms will be allocated.

    Thamel provides a variety of activities and places of interest. If you arrive early, after refueling, you can visit our office nearby to meet our team, stroll through the Thamel and hang out at the busy, winding streets. Enjoy your first meal at one of the many restaurants serving a variety of cuisines while listening to live music.

  • Day 2: Trek preparation and hop on a plane to Pokhara

    Kathmandu: 1350m (4,430ft) Pokhara: (820m/2,690ft)

    You can do some last shopping for your needed items if you haven’t done yet in the morning as well  After your first night in Kathmandu, we will take an early 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. The landscape below is absolutely breathtaking. We will be flying above the picturesque Trishku and Marshangdi Rivers, traditional villages, green terraced fields, lush forests, and hillsides with amazing views of southern mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the Langtang Himal.

    Upon arrival in Pokhara, a tourist capital with most of the modern comforts we check in to the hotel at Pokhara. After some refreshments, you can spend your day exploring the lake city and participating in a variety of activities like cycling or boating at Phewa lake, or just unwinding in restaurants by the lake while live music is played

  • Day 3: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

    Pokhara: (820m/2,690ft) Jomsom: (2,720m/8,915ft) Kagbeni: (2,800m/9,500ft)

    This morning, we catch a flight of 16 minutes from Pokhara to Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is the starting point of scenic trekking routes of Upper Mustang. The place is famous for its winds in the afternoon, its apples, and its landscapes. With its diverse landscape, the area around Jomsom has the scenery of rocky cliffs and high peaks of the Himalayas without much presence of greenery.

    As soon as we land at Jomsom, we will have our lunch and after having a short break, we start our trek towards Kagbeni by a pleasant trail alongside the Kali Gandaki valley. The more breathtaking scenery awaits as we walk higher along the way. After an uphill hike of 3 to 4 hours, we reach Kgabeni, the gateway of Upper Mustang. The medieval village of Kagbeni sits on a green oasis at the junction of two rivers; Muktinath and Kali Gandaki. It is an ancient trade route to Tibet just south of the restricted area of Upper Mustang.

  • Day 4: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele

    Kagbeni: (2,800m/9,500ft) Chele: (3,055m/10,025ft)

    We will set foot on the trails after checking our permits at the check post. The area above Kagbeni is called Upper Mustang and you cannot enter the Upper Mustang without a permit. We register our documents and trek towards Chele.

    We will start our trek early in the morning to avoid heavy winds in the afternoon. The area beside the river can get windy with full of dust all over the air. So we suggest wearing sunglasses and a face mask to cover the nose and mouth.

    We catch a glimpse of Mt. Nilgiri glowing orange from the early sun rays during our hike on the way. Walking alongside the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River through Mustang’s unique red sandstone pillars and rock formations formed by thousand years of erosion, we reach Tangbe Village. After this charming village, we traverse the narrow alleys of red and whitewashed homes, and farmlands with beautiful apple trees, barley, and buckwheat. Later, we travel via a relatively narrow canyon to the town of Chele, which is situated along a ridge. Chele offers otherworldly views. We are confident that you won’t find such opinions anywhere else on the globe.

  • Day 5: Trek from Chele to Syangboche

    Chele: (3,055m/10,025ft) Syangboche: (3,930m/11,400ft)

    Today’s trek will be somewhat challenging as we will be gaining about 800 m. in height. From Chele, we will be walking along a steep barren land through the steep canyon to a village called Eklo Batti and climb a pass of Taklam La at 3,625m. Then we will gradually descend towards the village of Samar crossing shortens and downhills. We take breaks along the way at places with juniper trees, cool streams, and stunning views.

    From Samar, we can still see Mount Nilgiri in all its splendor. Moreover, horse and mule caravans frequently halt here to relax. After passing the Rangchyung Chorten, decorated in red, black, yellow, and white, we descend to a large gorge from Samar and continue our ascent to Syangboche

  • Day 6: Trek from Syangboche to Ghami

    Syangboche: (3,930m/11,400ft) Ghami: (3,520m/11,535ft)

    Today will be a more exciting and challenging day as well. We will be crossing the two passes namely Yamda La at 3,845m and Nyi La at 4,015m. The day starts with an uphill ascent through surprising desert landscapes and a few settlements reflecting Tibetan-influenced culture. Then the trail climbs up the large valley and then descends to the wide barley fields of Gelling with the houses made from mud and stones painted with white and ochre.

    We will reach the settlement of Tama Gaon after Gelling. After that, we will traverse challenging steep terrain trails across the valley’s head to reach the Nyi La pass (3840m). The pass offers excellent views of the Annapurna Range and the eagle-eye views of the valley. Then, we will descend till we come to a trail intersection where the left path leads to Ghami and the right trail takes to Tsarang. A cliff that hangs over the Ghami village’s whitewashed mud and stone homes provides shade and strange feelings to anyone visiting the village.

  • Day 7: Trek from Ghami to Charang/Tsarang

    Ghami: (3,520m/11,535ft) Charang/Tsarang: (3,505m/11,500ft)

    Today we will trek through the driest region o Mustang. It will be an exhausting trek through rough terrains but we will be rewarded with the heavenly views of the countryside. Mountains in all directions will amaze you despite the difficult climb.

    When we get to Charang, a large settlement at the top of the Charang Chu Canyon, we are ready for a break. A historical fort and a red Gompa with an amazing collection of statues and thangkas may be found to the east of the hamlet.

  • Day 8: Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang

    Tsarang: (3,505m/11,500ft) Lo Manthang: (3810m/12,135ft)

    Before beginning our trek towards Lo Manthang, we visit a fortress and a red Gompa in the morning. The trail descends to the Tsarang river and we cross the bridge over the river and make our way ascending to yet another pass Lo La pass with wonderful views of northern Manang and the valley below including the Lo Manthang. Then we descend from the pass towards the ancient walled capital of Mustang, Lo Manthang. There’s just one entrance to the town. To get to the gate on the northeast corner, we, therefore, walk around the wall. The antique city of Lo Manthang located at an elevation of 3,840 meters in the midst of a mud wall is the final destination of our trek.

  • Day 9: Acclimatization Day; Explore the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang

    Lo Manthang: (3810m/12,135ft)

    Today we spend the day strolling around the major attractions of the forbidden kingdom of Lo. We will be exploring the mysterious Lo Manthang holding historical and spiritual significance. Founded by Ame Pal in 1380, Lo Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo that is still unique with around 150 households and Lama Gurus.

    The village is famous for its tall whitewashed brick walls made up of mud, stones, and woods, its century-old royal palace with unique art and architecture, mysterious caves, monastic museums, and the ancient monasteries namely Jampa Gompa, Thubchen Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and Choprang Gompa. The surrounding mountains Nilgir, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak add to the beauty of the village and its atmosphere.

  • Day 10: A side trip to Jhong Cave at Chhoser

    Lo Manthang: (3810m/12,135ft) Chhoser: (3,908m/2821ft)

    A side trip to Jhong Cave at Chhoser is another fascinating thing to do in Upper Mustang. Jhong cave is a popular destination for trekkers wanting to explore the cultural heritage of ancient Upper Mustang. This cave is two hours’ walking distance from LO Manthang. One can reach Chhoser by horse riding and driving a jeep as well.

    Jhong cave, known as the sky cave is 5 storeys high and built into the side of a cliff.  The window of Jhong cave offers spectacular landscape views of the Chhoser valley and the surrounding mountains. These caves are man-made and are secrets and mysterious that attract the attention of researchers around the world.  They are very curious and investigating to know more about these caves yet not understood who built the caves and why they were built. It is assumed to be used as hiding places from the enemies, burial chambers, and places of meditation which later of them turned into monasteries as well.

    In the evening, we head back to Lo Manthang for our overnight stay again.

  • Day 11: Drive back to Jomsom and visit Muktinath temple on the way

    Lo Manthang: (3810m/12,135ft) Muktinath: (3,760m/12,335ft) Jomsom: (2,720m/8,915ft)

    Today we will be driving back to Jomsom leaving behind the walled city of Lo Manthang. Including a visit to Muktinath, the drive takes about 8 hours to get to Jomsom. On the way, we will visit the Muktinath, known for its Muktinath Temple. Both Hindus and Buddhists revere this temple as a sacred site. Buddhists refer to Muktinath as Chumig Gyatsa, which translates to “Hundred Waters” in Tibetan. Muktinath Temple is for Jwalamai Temple, with a spring, 108 stone sprouts that flow with water from the Kaligandakim, and the eternal flame, which has been burning for over 2,000 years. Every year, over 1,000 disciples visit this site.

    If you do not like to visit the Muktinath, you won’t be taken by Muktinath. We will drive directly to Jomsom which takes only 6 hours escaping a stop-by at Muktinath.

  • Day 12: Drive or fly to Pokhara and explore the city

    Jomsom: (2,720m/8,915ft) Pokhara: (820m/2,690ft)

    After breakfast, we will bid farewell to Mustng and take a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and many other mountains during this flight. In case of bad weather, we will take a 6-7 hour drive to Pokhara.

    On reaching Pokhara, we will unwind at the hotel and stroll around the major attractions and enjoy a chilled evening along the lakeside. Celebrate your trek ending with a few refreshing drinks and a bit of dancing in vibrant bars with nightlife.


  • Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

    Pokhara: (820m/2,690ft) Kathmandu: 1350m (4,430ft)

    Today, taking a 25-minute flight from Pokhara will bring you back to the capital city of Kathmandu.

    Alternatively, we can drive in a private vehicle that will take about 6-7 hours to travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200 km), stopping occasionally for lunch, bathroom breaks, and tea/coffee breaks. On the route, there are a few eateries that offer delicious food and hot coffee.

    When you arrive in Kathmandu, check in at the previous hotel at Thamel. You can take a stroll for beverages and shop in the evening. It’s a fantastic idea to spend your evening in Kathmandu wandering around Thamel and the surrounding areas for souvenir shopping and independently exploring the twisting streets of this tourist hotspot. A few restaurants that serve delicious cuisine and hot coffee are located along the route, with good live music, and service.

  • Day 14: Final Departure

    Kathmandu: 1350m (4,430ft)

    Your trek package comes to an end in Kathmandu. You will say goodbye to the mountains and depart with beautiful memories and experiences. Our team will wish you farewell and transport you to the International Airport at least 2 hours before your flight schedule. 

    Trekkers’ Paradise hopes to take you on another exciting trek in Nepal. Do not hesitate to email us if you want to return to Nepal for yet another tour or trek and learn more about trekking in Nepal. We are sincerely available to address your questions. We are more than happy to schedule the greatest adventures according to your desire and duration of holidays in a prompt and easiest way. 

Cost Includes

  • All required airport arrivals and departure fees.
  • All transportation fees for the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley  Trek on the private van, including transfer to the airport.
  • All paper works and other government taxes and service charges.
  • 2 nights of twin-sharing hotel accommodations in Kathmandu under the BB plan.
  • 11 nights in the best available room during the trek at Kagbeni, Chele, Syangboche, Ghami,  Charang, Lo Manthang, Jomsom, and Pokhara
  • 3 meals each day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking.
  • Boiled water, tea, or coffee during the trek
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
  • Seasonal fresh fruits and snacks (cookies) on the trekking days.
  • English-speaking professional trekking guide with a government license and his pay.
  • Porters to transport the baggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • All the costs for lodging, flooding, transportation, flights, and other essential gear, and accidental insurance for the guides and porters.
  • Duffel bags and sleeping bags during the trek.
  • Assistance with organizing rescue efforts in case of complex medical conditions
  • A complete medical kit.
  • A trekking route map
  • All municipal and state taxes.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

Cost Excludes

  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu. If you have leisure time and want to extend your stay by spending some time sightseeing in Kathmandu, we can manage it as well.
  • International flight costs to/ from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees for multiple entrances into Nepal upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu after the trek.
  • An additional night’s lodging in Kathmandu due to earlier arrival, departure, or return from the trek than as planned (for any reason).
  • Additional luggage fees during the trek (limit is 9 kg per person).
  • Travel insurance covers, medical, emergency rescue, evacuation, loss, etc.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottles of water, hot and cold beverages, a hot shower, alcohol, a phone call, Wi-Fi charge, a battery recharge price, additional porters, etc.)
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Extra costs for any causes that are not under management’s control, such as landslides, weather, route changes because of safety concerns, illness, new government regulations, strikes, etc.
  •  Tips and gratitude for guides and porters (recommended)

Train Yourself

The best physical condition is required to trek in Nepal’s high altitude. Without some pre-trek training or a good level of basic fitness, trekking can be hard. We suggest running, walking, hiking on the hill, and climbing stairs rather than elevators to prepare for the trek. Include swimming, rowing, and biking in your daily base training. The fitter you are before you depart, the easier the trek will be.

Basic further experience and strength are required for Trekking


  • One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
  • One should be able to carry 5 kg themselves in a backpack for preparation.
  • We suggest you run about 2/3 miles in the home for the preparation with some load on your back for 1 to 2 months to make your climbing much easier. Or use a treadmill for everyday running and walking.
  • If you have an uphill location/mountain then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded bag pack on your back. If you do not have mountains and high hills then use stairs to go up/down than the elevator.
  • Regular swimming, biking, and rowing are also good ways to maintain your physical strength.
  • Fuel your body well with small but frequent healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
  • Go through a trek grading and know what type of trekking is suitable for you. The treks are graded as easy, moderate, hard, and challenging treks.
  • Go after what you want and what your physical capabilities will allow you to. Do not push too hard yourself. Trekking is not a competition. It is relaxing and rewarding.
  • Walk at a pace you are most comfortable with.  An assistant guide will be always walking at the back of the group so you don’t have to rush to catch up with the faster walkers at the front.
  • Using trekking poles reduces the body and backpack’s weight on the legs and makes walking more easier on inclines.
  • Invest in the comfortable full trekking boot with ankle support and a  sturdy Vibram sole that suit your foot to avoid blisters.


  • Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?

    Absolutely, a representative from Trekkers Paradise will be waiting to welcome you outside of Terminal Hall at the airport. He will be holding up a placard of Trekkers Paradise with your name on it. After that, you will be transferred to the designated hotel at Thamel, Kathmandu.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

    All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

  • What is the cost of the visa application process and Visa? Should we apply for a visa from our home country or will we get it at a Nepalese Airport? Which documents are important that I should bring with me?

    After landing, you can obtain a visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, furthermore, it will be easier if you are fill-up the visa form online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present are $ 30 for 15 days, $ 50 for 30 days, and $ 125 for a three-month visa on entry to Nepal.

    In case of a visa extension for a longer stay in Nepal, the cost to extend a tourist visa is USD 45 for a minimum of 15 days, plus USD 3 for every extra day.
    In the event of a delay, of less than 150 days, an additional $5 per day will be charged as a late fee.

    You should bring the following essential documents on the trip:

    • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
    • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of the insurance paper to Trekkers Paradise before you start the trek.
    • Flight Tickets.
    • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s bank, insurance, family contacts
    •  COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing a full dose of vaccination
  • How long is the Upper Mustang trek?

    The trek distance of Upper Mustang trek is approximately 124 kilometers (77 miles) long from Jomsom to Lo Manthang that can be covered within 14 to 18 days walking 5 to 6 hours each day. The duration of trekking depends upon the route that you trek on.

  • How difficult is the Upper Mustang trek?

    It is a moderate level of trekking that requires a level of fitness to accomplish safely. The highest elevation that you have during this trek is an average altitude of 4000 m.

  • What is the best time to do Upper Mustang trek?

    Generally, March to November is the ideal month to explore Mustang, Nepal. With clear skies and moderate temperatures, Mustang’s weather is mild and pleasant throughout this time. The Himalayan region of Upper Mustang receives less rain during the monsoon season. So, Upper Mustang is accessible all year round even during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to September. It remains quite dry and suitable enough to trek on. The region is covered with lush vegetation and blossoming flowers in the summer. The biggest factor is winter when most citizens flee the city to escape the chilly weather and snow.

  • Is it possible to trek Upper Mustang in the monsoon season?

    Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow region of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and receives relatively low or zero rainfall. During monsoon season it is not possible to trek in other trekking regions of Nepal due to heavy rainfall,  flood, and landslides. So, Upper Mustang is the perfect choice for monsoon trekking in Nepal.  June to September are the best months to witness the vegetation of the Himalayan plateau. Upper Mustang is a great place to catch the glimpse of the grace of the monsoon vibes.



  • What permits are required for the Upper Mustang trek?

    You must receive authorization to access the restricted area if you intend to go trekking in the Upper Mustang. Solo trekking is prohibited in the Upper Mustang. You must have a qualified guide and a permit from a reputable travel company in Nepal. You need two kinds of permits for trekking in the Upper Mustang.

    ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)

    You will need a permit as you’ll be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. The permit costs USD 20 per person for a single entry into the area and is valid for the duration of the trek. Both the ABC trek and the Annapurna Circuit require this permission.

    RAP (Restricted Area Permit)

    The time frame that someone can spend in the ACAP region is not limited. Moreover, a RAP (Restricted Area Permit) is mandatory for anyone traveling into Upper Mustang from Kagbeni onward.

    A minimum of 2 trekkers are required to receive the permit.  Each trekker must pay USD 500 for first 10 days and then each additional day cost USD 50 per trekker beyond 10 days. There is no need of TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) because there are no any TIMS check post on the way to Upper Mustang and all the details of the trekkers are included in RAP in case of any emergency or difficulty.




  • Is the trek safe?

    The only potential hazard during the trek is the possibility of altitude sickness to reduce the chances of it we suggest a single day for acclimatization. You will also be guided by an experienced trekking guide and assisted by local porters, who are there to take care of you during your trek.

  • What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?

    In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incise of extreme cases, you will get rescued by helicopter or available means of transportation.

  • What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

    • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
    • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
    • Taking photographs inside most temples is considered illegal
    • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, including Nepali people.
    • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel.
  • Are Trekkers Paradise’s staff insured?

    Yes, all the staff of Trekkers Paradise including guides and porters are insured to recover any kind of casualties.

  • What is the climate like during the trek?

    Mustang has a cool, semi-arid climate that is characteristic of the trans-Himalayan region. The average daytime temperature ranges from 18 to 28 °C. The temperature decreases to -2 to 0 °C at night. Mustang sits in the rain shadow area of the Annapurna region. Around 307 mm of rain falls annually on average.

  • Do you need a guide during the trek?

    Upper Mustang Trek lies in the restricted region of Nepal. So, it is compulsory to trek with an experienced guide. No one is allowed to trek solo or without a guide in this region.

  • Why is Upper Mustang restricted?

    Foreigners were not allowed in the upper Mustang until 1992. The Nepali government continues to have control over the upper Mustang region due to the border issues and in order to protect its strategic location, unique nature, and traditional culture.

  • What Upper Mustang is famous for?

    Mustang is one of the key tourist attractions In Nepal because of its unique nature, cultural heritage, and religious importance. It is a part of the popular treks that include the Upper Mustang Trek, the Muktinath Pilgrimage Tour, and the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Also, organic apples are what Mustang is famous for.


Safety and Health Precaution during the trek

Besides geographical protection, Trekkers Paradise has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  • Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience and can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
  • We’ll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the Trekkers Paradise team assisting you.
  • Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
  • Food and accommodation in the mountains would be rechecked for additional hygiene.

Accommodation during the trek

For accommodation, we provide one room for two customers having either two single beds or a master bed in some of the best hotels in the cities.

Upper Mustang Trek is a teahouse trek so you can find some teahouses and lodges with good services on the trekking routes during your trekking days. But as you ascend higher they become more basic. Rooms are basic, almost every room consisting twin-bedded with two beds with a mattress, a pillow, and blankets. You can share a room with a fellow trekker with whom you feel at ease.

Although, each lodge has its own set of standards, please do not anticipate luxurious accommodations, particularly in the mountains. Most teahouses offer hot showers, boiled drinking water, extra blankets, charging stations, and WIFI for an additional fee. The price of teahouses is determined by the location and the facilities/services they offered.


Meals during the trek

In addition to accommodation, all the meals including breakfasts, lunch, and dinner are served during your stay in Kathmandu and the trekking journey. Usually, breakfast and dinner are served at the same hotel where we stay overnight and lunch is served en route to our destination during the trek.

The services are basic, with some of the popular western, Asian, or Nepalese menus being the most popular and consumed. The most popular and common menu items include the Dal-Bhat set, which consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables, as well as meat, rice, and noodle items, spaghetti, pasta, momo(dumplings), Tibetan bread, chapatti, local tsampa porridge,  potatoes, sandwiches, macaroni dishes, pizza, Sherpa stew, steaks, vegetable curry and so forth.

However, you cannot compare them with the choices available in large cities. Usually, local agricultural products are used to prepare meals. Other ingredients are purchased from the market if they cannot grow at a particular elevation.

Breakfast and dinner orders are taken in advance to save time; breakfast orders are taken the night before and dinner orders are taken as soon as you arrive at the teahouse. Depending on your schedule for the day, your typical day will begin. Breakfast is served in your lodge each morning, after which you leave for the next stop. A guide will notify the next tea house or lodge of your arrival each day. Around noon, you’ll stop for lunch at any nearby lodge on the way. You will arrive at your destination shortly after lunch. You can unwind or explore the nearby attractions when you arrive. You will dine around 7 to 8 pm.

At high altitudes, we strongly advise drinking hot liquid drinks in addition to fresh vegetable foods and fruit drinks. Drink plenty of water, not all a once but regularly on a time intervals.

It is best to avoid smoking cigarettes, consuming alcohol, non-vegetarian foods like meat, caffeine-containing foods, hot chocolate, and dairy and cheese products on high-altitude treks. These things increase the chances of getting altitude sickness and diarrhea.

Safe Drinking Water

The availability of drinking water is not an issue.  Bottled mineral water is available in most places for purchase, but there is no provision to dispose of plastic bottles. We encourage guests to do what they can to protect the environment. We do not recommend purchasing single-use plastic bottles. You can buy or bring your own Nalgene bottles on the trek which makes the trail free from bottles and rubbish.

Filling your water bottles in tea houses is another option for getting drinking water. Several guesthouses have the Euro-guard filters water.  Boiled filter water is also available in tea houses that are completely safe to drink but may be inexpensive for the duration of the trek.

River water is generally full of glaciers and sand and may be contaminated with animal urine and toilet run-off, so do not drink it. The tap water in the lodges is piped from high up, away from rivers and clean glaciers, so it is better, but it still must be treated.

Use iodine drops (3 per liter) locally known as Lugols solution, available at Thamel supermarkets in Kathmandu. The chlorine-based tablets are another choice, but they do transmit a taste to the water. Alternatively, you could purchase a Steripen, which uses UV to kill the bacteria but a bit fragile to carry during the trek.

The best option is the water purification tablet Aquaprove, which uses cutting-edge technology. Most importantly, it works against all pathogens in impure water. It’s light, simple to use, has no taste, and is all-natural.

Waste Management during the trek

Leave No Traces, Only the Footprints! Pack out your own waste. We practice responsible eco-tourism and organize eco-friendly trips to support sustainable tourism.

The trekking trail in Nepal has suffered significant damage as a result of not having a strong policy of waste management. Act and travel responsibly. We prefer that all of our clients bring their trash and keep them in a container or bag, and dispose of it properly at a specific spot or dustbin.

How to avoid acute mountain sickness?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the most deadly risk of trekking. Anyone can get a victim of this sickness when their body is exposed to a higher elevation in a short period of time and the body is unable to adapt to the changing atmospheric pressures. As you ascend higher, the oxygen and air pressure decrease. Our bodies are capable of handling the change, but they require time to gradually adapt. If it is not treated in time, it can be severe and result in death. You can take a few preventative measures to avoid it.

  • Not to climb too high too fast.
  • Climb slowly and attain the height gradually.
  • Take it easy and climb at your own comfortable pace.
  • Reduce your walking hours as you reach 2000 meters and walk slowly.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get plenty of rest. If you feel like your body needs more rest, get it.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Meditation and warm-up exercise each day before starting the trek.
  • Allow an acclimatization day for every 1000m of elevation gain.

There are two more serious but less common severe forms of altitude sickness. Both have the potential to be fatal. You must descend immediately to receive medical care.

High-altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) causes the lungs to swell with excess fluid, which makes breathing difficult even when at rest. You experience extreme exhaustion, weakness, and perhaps a sense of suffocation. A dry cough, nose breathing, shortness of breath, fever, chest tightness, rapid heart rates, congestion, swelling, and fainting are the symptoms of HAPE.  If HAPE is not promptly treated by lowering the altitude or using oxygen, it can be fatal.

High-altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) is characterized by an accumulation of fluid on the brain that results in swelling. Confusion, poor coordination, and possibly violent behavior could occur. Hallucinations, loss of consciousness, fever and fatigue, photophobia, hypertension, coma, shortness of breath, and inability to walk are some more symptoms of HACE. HACE can result in death if it is not treated immediately.

The early signs of altitude sickness can be relieved by immediately descending. However, if you are experiencing severe acute mountain sickness symptoms, you should see a doctor.

The drug acetazolamide can ease heavy breathing and lessen the effects of altitude sickness. You may also be given the steroid Dexamethasone. But you are never recommended to take such drugs as far as possible until the situation is harsh.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended to the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport-size photo.

The current cost of a visa for 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 (to be paid in cash) Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. Visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, the time intended to stay in Nepal.

Visa Extension Fee: Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

Booking and Payment System

Trekkers Paradise is a government authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 221608/076/0677. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, the book the Trekkers Paradise trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival, and departure flight details can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer when you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenience by mail.

Trekkers Paradise Crews

During the Upper Mustang trek, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/Sherpa’s to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing a peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two members will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 20 kgs. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tents with sleeping gear and we also provided them food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Rock climbing
  • Conservation and biodiversity


Tipping is not included in the salaries of your guides, porters, or crew, but it is greatly appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tips are the accepted and a lovely way of saying thank you (“Dhanyabada”) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips the last day of the trek.

Join some extra activities

  • A unique Mountain Flight to Mt. Everest
  • White water rafting on Nepal’s famous rivers
  • A romantic overnight stay in a mountain resort
  • A cultural show, with dinner
  • A traditional Nepali Luxury Dinner
  • The most spectacular Bungee Jump on the Planet

Book the dates for your next adventure

All our programs serve as just one example of what is possible. Trekkers’ Paradise, with years of experience in organising tailor-made tours, invites you to contact us to create your personalised dream program.


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Custom trip dates are available for a bespoke and private experience, with prices that may vary accordingly.