11 Days Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration 11 Days
  • Destination Nepal

11 Days Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara: Itinerary and Price

The 11 day Upper Mustang Trek departing from Pokhara is a captivating journey into the heart of a mystical and culturally rich region nestled within the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. The Upper Mustang Trek is a culturally and geographically unique experience, as it allows you to explore a remote and restricted region while providing a glimpse into the traditional Tibetan-Buddhist way of life. This adventure offers a mesmerizing blend of dramatic landscapes, ancient traditions, and the thrill of exploring a remote and restricted area.

The journey begins with a scenic flight to Jomsom, where you'll start trekking through arid landscapes and ancient villages like Kagbeni, Ghami, and Charang. As trekkers embark on this adventure, they are immediately greeted by a striking contrast to the lush greenery often associated with Nepal's trekking routes. The barren beauty of Upper Mustang is a sight to behold, with its wide, windswept plains, deep canyons, and towering rock formations. Beyond the mesmerizing landscapes, the Upper Mustang Trek offers an equally captivating cultural experience. This region has preserved its Tibetan-influenced culture and traditions for centuries, and every village along the trek is a living testament to this rich heritage. Traditional villages like Kagbeni, Ghami, and Charang come to life as trekkers pass through, their white-washed houses and ancient monasteries standing as witnesses to the passage of time. The locals, warm and hospitable, welcome visitors with open arms, providing an opportunity to immerse oneself in their way of life. The pinnacle of the Upper Mustang Trek is the mythical city of Lo-Manthang, the ancient capital of this hidden kingdom. As trekkers arrive at this city, they are transported back in time. Lo-Manthang is a place where the past comes alive in the present. Exploring Lo-Manthang is like stepping into a living museum, where the mysteries and traditions of Upper Mustang are on full display, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to make this journey.

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara is a journey into the extraordinary, where the charm of Nepal's Annapurna region takes on a unique and captivating form. It is a transformative experience, where the stark beauty of nature and the richness of tradition converge to create a tapestry of memories that will forever be etched in our souls. It reminds us that in the most remote corners of the world, we can discover the extraordinary, and in doing so, we discover ourselves a new. This adventure is characterized by its amazingly landscapes, ancient traditions, and timeless villages which leaves a significant and permanent mark on the hearts and minds of all who embark upon it. Hence, the upper mustang trek from Pokhara is one of the best ideas for the travelers so far. 

Where is the Upper Mustang Trek located?

Upper Mustang Trek is located in the Mustang region of Nepal. It is a remote and restricted area in the northwestern part of Nepal, bordering Tibet (China).

Upper Mustang Trek Elevation and altitude

The highest point of the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek is Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city, situated at an elevation of about 3,810 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level.

Upper Mustang best time to trek from Pokhara

The best time to trek from Pokhara to Upper Mustang is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and excellent visibility of the stunning Himalayan landscapes.

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara in Autumn season (Sept – Nov)

Trekking in Upper Mustang from Pokhara during the autumn season is an excellent choice. This season offers the most favorable conditions for your journey. During autumn the weather is stable and dry, with clear skies and minimal rainfall. Daytime temperatures are pleasant for trekking, and the nights are cool but not extremely cold. The landscapes come alive with vibrant colors, and the surrounding peaks, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, are often visible in their full glory. The trails are decorated with blooming wildflowers, creating a picturesque backdrop for your trek. Autumn is also a time when many cultural festivals take place in Nepal, including Dashain and Tihar. You may have the opportunity to witness and participate in these vibrant celebrations in the villages along the trekking route, providing an enriching cultural experience.

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara in in Winter season (Dec- Feb)

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara during the winter season is possible but comes with challenges and considerations. Winter in Upper Mustang is harsh, with extremely cold temperatures. Daytime temperatures may hover around freezing, while nights can be bitterly cold, with temperatures well below freezing. Snowfall is common, and the region can receive a significant amount of snow, making the trails slippery and challenging. Winter days are shorter, with fewer daylight hours for trekking. You'll need to plan your trekking days accordingly and start early to make the most of the available daylight. Many tea houses and guesthouses along the trekking route may be closed during the winter months due to the extreme cold. This can limit your accommodation options, and you may need to rely on camping or staying in a limited number of open guesthouses.

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara in in Spring seasons (Mar- May)

Trekking in Upper Mustang from Pokhara during the spring season is one of the best times to experience this unique and remote region. Upper Mustang in spring season brings milder temperatures and stable weather conditions. Days are generally warm and pleasant for trekking, with clear skies and minimal rainfall. Nights are cool but not excessively cold, providing comfortable sleeping conditions. The landscapes during spring are breathtaking. The region comes alive with colorful wildflowers in bloom, and you'll have the opportunity to witness the stunning contrast between the barren, desert-like terrain and the vibrant spring blossoms. With clear skies and minimal haze, the spring season offers excellent visibility of the surrounding peaks, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayans.

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara in Monsoon (Jun - Aug)

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara one of the best things is that you can travel in the monsoon as well. The region receives almost no rain during the monsoon. In the monsoon season many parts of Nepal experiences heavy rainfall while Upper Mustang doesn’t experience rainfall as it lies in the shadow zone of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The monsoon season doesn’t affect the upper Mustang Trek. Weather and temperature in these months warm enough and perfect to see the sights. So, you can enjoy the Upper Mustang Trek in monsoon season as well. The lush green landscapes, cloud formations, and occasional rainbows during the monsoon season provide unique opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture stunning shots. Depending on the timing, you might have the chance to witness some cultural festivals celebrated during the monsoon season. These festivals offer a glimpse into the local traditions and add a colorful aspect to your trek.

Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara Important Notes

  • While booking, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance.
  • Beverages, snacks, charging electronic devices, hot showers, Wi-Fi are not included in our packages, so you have to pay additional cash.
  • It is preferable to pack your bag lightly because porters will only carry your 15-20kg luggage
  • You should have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities including medical expenses and emergency evacuation.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets like iodine, aquatabs tablets.
  • Pack your clothes according to the seasonal basis.
  • 14 days Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara is a moderate to challenging trek which requires a certain level of physical fitness so, it is recommended to prepare with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking.
  • You should carry enough cash in Nepalese rupees as ATMs may not be available in remote areas.
  • We suggest you not to book your international flights early as there may be sudden change in weather which will make your flights delay or even cancel.

Major Highlights

Highlights of 11 Days Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

  • Explore the king’s palace in Lo Manthang
  • Pass through Gompas, chortens, prayer flags, and settlements
  • Get used to the Tibetan and Nepalese cultures blended so well
  • Feel the spiritual connection while walking through the gompas and monasteries
  • Fall in love with the aesthetic views of the mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri

Itinerary Overview of 11 Days Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

The Upper Mustang Trek starts with a drive/flight to Jomsom from where you would trek to Kagbeni (2800m). Kagbeni is the entrance of the Upper Mustang and the trek starts getting little rough on you from there, but that’s what adventure is all about. You would be exploring caves, rocks, and paintings on rocks, gompas, and other cultural heritages. The trek continues from Kagbeni to Chele, Ghiling, and Tsarang and finally to Lo Manthang- the Forbidden Kingdom of the Himalayas. While in Lo Manthang you would be totally around the Tibetan culture soaking you into its cultural greatness with the visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar -the two important places within the kingdom. After Lo Manthang, you would be trekking to Ghame, Syanboche, and finally back to Jomsom. After spending hours hiking and exploring Upper Mustang for multiple days, the trek finally ends with a flight/drive back to Pokhara. This time around you would be head over heels with the magnificent memories you had on the trip to Upper Mustang.

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      What's Included
      • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
      • Transportation Pokhara Jomsome by private vehicle / flight according to your preference
      • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) 4 cups of hot drink each day on choice
      • Best accommodation at tea houses during Mustang trekking period
      • Professional English speaking guide service trained by government of Nepal
      • Experience trekking staffs (2 guest =1 porter basic) to carry your backpack
      • Travel and rescue arrangements if require
      • All necessary paperwork, special permits (ACAP, TIMS)
      • All tax, vat and service charge
      What's not Included
      • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
      • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
      • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
      Useful Information

      Permits for Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Upper Mustang trek needs RAP (Restricted Area Permit) from Kagbeni onwards. It costs USD 500 per person for the first 10 days and USD 50 per person each day after that. If you enter the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), then you'll also need an ACAP permit that costs USD 20 for a single entry.

      Mustang Trekking in Upper Mustang from Pokhara Risk

      Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara comes with certain risks and challenges that you should be aware of and prepared for:

      • Altitude sickness
      • Weather conditions
      • Landslides and avalanches
      • Communication and connectivity
      • Remote location
      • Cultural barriers
      • Trail conditions
      • Limited facilities

      How difficult is the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara?

      Trekking to Upper Mustang from Pokhara is considered moderately difficult. It involves trekking at high altitudes, often exceeding 3,000 meters (9,842 feet), which can lead to altitude-related challenges. The terrain varies from rocky trails to sandy paths, and weather conditions, especially during winter and monsoon seasons, can be challenging. Trekking days are relatively long, typically 6-8 hours of walking, which requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. However, with proper acclimatization, preparation, and the guidance of an experienced local guide, the trek is achievable for most trekkers.

      Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Preventing altitude sickness is crucial for a safe and enjoyable Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of altitude sickness during your trek:

      • Gradual Acclimatization
      • Stay hydrated
      • Avoid alcohol and smoking
      • Healthy diet
      • Recognize symptoms
      • Descend if Necessary
      • Medication
      • Listen to local advice

      What gear and equipment for Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara?

      • A few pairs of Thermal tops
      • Fleece jacket/pullover
      • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
      • Down jacket
      • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
      • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
      • Thermal or woolen hat
      • Mittens/woolen gloves
      • Warm Hiking socks
      • Hiking boots or sturdy trekking shoes
      • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
      • Sun hat/scarf, wash towel
      • Sunglasses(with UV protection)
      • Sunscreen (with high SPF)
      • Trekking map and guidebook
      • Portable charger for electronic devices
      • Sleeping bag
      • Trekking poles
      • Day bag above 40 L
      • Waterproof cover for backpack
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
      • Basic personal first aid kit
      • Snacks and energy bars
      • Water bottles, water purification tablets

      Training for Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Training for the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara should focus on building cardiovascular endurance, strength, and acclimatization. Engage in regular aerobic exercises like hiking, walking, or jogging to improve your stamina. Incorporate strength training to build leg and core muscles for the challenging terrain. Practice carrying a backpack with weight to simulate trekking conditions. Additionally, perform high-altitude acclimatization hikes to prepare your body for the altitude.

      Distance and Time during Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      The distance and time required for the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara can vary depending on the specific route taken and the pace of trekking. The total distance for the round trip trek from Pokhara to Upper Mustang and back is approximately 250-280 kilometers (155-174 miles). Duration of the trek can vary, but a typical itinerary for the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara is around 10 to 14 days. The trek involves several high passes, and daily distances can range from 5 to 20 kilometers (3 to 12 miles).

      Accommodation facilities for Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Accommodation facilities during the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara are basic, especially in the remote areas. Along the route, you'll find guesthouses, tea houses, and lodges that offer a bed, blankets, and sometimes a basic meal. These accommodations vary in quality and comfort, with limited amenities such as shared bathrooms, simple dining areas, and basic menus offering local and international dishes. During peak trekking seasons, accommodations can fill up quickly, so it's advisable to make reservations in advance. In some areas, especially during the winter season, guesthouses may close due to extreme cold, so it's essential to plan your trek accordingly and carry some of your supplies if necessary.

      Food facilities during Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Food facilities are available but limited in variety during Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara. You'll find teahouses and local eateries along the route that serve basic meals, including dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and some international dishes like pizza and pasta. Local specialties may also be available. While the food is generally safe, it's advisable to stick to well-cooked and hot meals to avoid stomach issues. As you trek deeper into Upper Mustang, the menu choices may become more limited due to the remote location. It's a good idea to carry some snacks and consider dietary preferences or restrictions in advance, as catering to specific dietary needs can be challenging in this region.

      Drinks on the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      During the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara, you can find a variety of drink options at teahouses and local eateries. These include hot beverages like tea and coffee, soft drinks, and sometimes alcoholic options like beer and homemade local liquor. Staying hydrated is essential, so carry a refillable water bottle and purify water with tablets or filters. While soft drinks and tea are common, alcoholic beverages tend to be more expensive and less available the farther you trek into the remote Upper Mustang region. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated at high altitudes.

      Internet, Wi-Fi, Hot Shower and charging facilities on Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Internet and Wi-Fi access is very limited and unreliable along the Upper Mustang Trek. Don't expect consistent connectivity, especially in the remote areas. Hot shower facilities are available in some teahouses, but they may require an additional fee. As you trek into higher altitude, hot water availability can become scarce, and it's advisable to be prepared for cold showers.

      Private Booking of Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara?

      Yes, you can book a private Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara through Welcome Nepal Treks. You can reach out to us, if you're interested in and let us know you're interested in a private Upper Mustang Trek. And provide us your preferred travel dates, group size, and any specific preferences you have for the trek. You can work with us to customize the itinerary based on your preferences and available time and we will discuss the factors like trek duration, acclimatization days, side trips, and any specific places you'd like to visit.

      Group Joining on Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Welcome Nepal Treks organize group treks to popular destinations, including Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara. Before joining, you can inquire about the group size, services included, and any additional costs that may not be covered in the package. Joining a group trek can be a great option if you prefer to trek with other like-minded travelers, share the experience, and possibly reduce costs compared to a private trek.

      Cost of the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara?

      The cost of 14 days Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara can vary based on several factors, including the type of trek (private or group), the level of services and accommodation, and the season of trekking you choose. According to the service, accommodation provided by us (Welcome Nepal Treks), we offer the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara at a very reasonable price. We offer this 14 days adventurous and splendid Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara package around US$1600 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, meals, permits and everything mentioned in the package.

      Why Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara with Us?

      Welcome Nepal Treks is registered travel agency with the appropriate tourism authorities and holds a valid license to operate tours in Nepal. Welcome Nepal treks have been operating for many years and has extensive experience in organizing tours in Nepal. Welcome Nepal Treks offers a splendid tour package to the customers at a very reasonable price with great services. We provide flexible and customizable itineraries tailored to your preferences, fitness level, and available time. We provide you the experienced guides and staff who possess in-depth knowledge of the destination you planned to visit. We can offer valuable insights, information about the local culture, heritage sights and ensure a well-organized trek experience. We prioritize safety and have established safety protocols in place. We ensure that our guides and staff are trained in first aid, altitude sickness etc.

      Insurance for the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Obtaining travel insurance is highly recommended for any trekking adventure, including Upper mustang trek. Ensure that your travel insurance policy provides comprehensive medical coverage, including emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. Trekking at high altitude involves risks, and it’s crucial to have coverage for any potential altitude sickness or medical emergencies that may arise during the trek.

      Tipping on Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Tipping is a common practice in the tourism industry, including for trekking guides, porters, and other support staff. While tipping is not mandatory, it is appreciated and considered a way to show gratitude for the service provided. It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and tipping is ultimately personal decisions. You may choose to adjust the amount based on your satisfaction with the service and your budget.

      Booking and Payment Policies of Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      If you want to book the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara with Welcome Nepal Treks then, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance. You can pay us through different medium like cash, bank transfer, or online. We accept booking deposits through Credit Cards (Master Card or Visa and many more). You can also pay us direct cash. We also accept your last minute booking but the booking should be done at least before one day prior to the trip departure date. If you have any question regarding the trek, then feel free to contact us.

      Trip extension after Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      Extending your trip after completing the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara can be a great way to further explore Nepal and experience more of its diverse culture, landscapes, and attractions. Here are some trip extension options you might consider:

      • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
      • Annapurna Circuit Trek
      • Everest Base Camp Trek
      • Pokhara and Lakeside Exploration
      • Gosainkunda Trek
      • Helambu Trek
      • Poon Hill Trek
      • Chitwan National Park
      • Manaslu circuit trek
      • Nagarkot and Dhulikhel
      • UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath
      • Trishuli, bhotekoshi rafting
      • Mardi Himal trek
      • Tlicho lake Trek
      • Manaslu Circuit Trek
      • Langtang Valley Trek

      ATM and money exchange service during Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara

      ATMs and money exchange services are not readily available along the Upper Mustang Trek from Pokhara. It's crucial to carry enough Nepalese Rupees in cash to cover your expenses throughout the trek, including accommodation, food, and other necessities. Some larger towns like Jomsom may have ATM facilities, but it's best to withdraw or exchange money in Pokhara before starting the trek. Additionally, it's advisable to carry some extra cash in case of emergencies or unexpected expenses, as credit cards and foreign currency may not be widely accepted in the remote areas of Upper Mustang.