Best Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 Days

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude 3810 m/12,500ft
  • Start/End Kathmandu
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Accommodation Hotel and Lodge
  • Transport Car/Jeep/Bus
  • Best Season mar-may, Sep-Nov

Best Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 Days Itinerary and Cost

The 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek is a very popular adventurous trekking in Nepal. The trekking in Upper Mustang is a great adventure as you will be passing through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The trekking trip is super fun and interesting as it has unique history of the former kingdom, cultures, rituals and geography.

The Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 day is the best trekking package to experience adventure and learn some unique cultures. It is a budget friendly trekking package. In this trekking trip you will experience a great walk with amazing scenery of landscapes and the high snowcapped peaks of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna ranges and many more. The Upper mustang is a unique trekking region of Nepal with diverse landscapes, cultures, ancient caves and old monasteries. While trekking in this region, you will have an incredible experience of ancient lifestyles without any touch of the modern lifestyle. The visit to popular temple, Muktinath a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists is also an attractive part of the trip. The locals here are very welcoming and kind. You will receive warm greetings and kind services in the villages and teahouses. The stunning mountains, traditional heritages, monasteries, cultures, festivals and kind locals are the attractions of this adventurous trip.

The trekkers will love and enjoy exploring this hidden treasure in the Himalayas of Nepal. The Upper Mustang Budget Trek for 18 days is a real waking adventurous journey that gives you once in a lifetime experience. This incredible budget trekking package from Welcome Nepal Treks offers you the great opportunity of exploring unique things and fascinating beauty of the Himalayan region of Nepal.

Where is the Upper Mustang Budget Trek located?

Upper Mustang Budget Trek is located in the Himalayan region of Nepal, in the north-central part of the country. It is a remote and restricted region that lies in the Mustang District of Gandaki Province. Upper Mustang is also known as the "Kingdom of Lo" and was once an independent Tibetan kingdom. It shares its northern border with the Tibetan Plateau of China.

Upper Mustang Budget Trek Elevation and altitude

The highest point of the 18 days Upper Mustang Budget 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 Budget Trek in Autumn (Sept – Nov)

Autumn is considered the best time for trekking in Upper Mustang. During this season, the weather is generally stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures. The monsoon season ends in September, leaving the landscapes lush and green at the beginning of the month. As October approaches, the vegetation starts to dry up, revealing the barren and unique terrain of Upper Mustang. The temperatures are comfortable during the day, making it pleasant for trekking. . The average daytime temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C in the lower regions and may drop significantly at higher altitudes. The mountain views are usually clear and stunning during this time, attracting a large number of trekkers. Autumn is also a festive season in Nepal, and you may get a chance to witness local celebrations and cultural events.

Upper Mustang Budget Trek in Winter (Dec- Feb)

Winter in Upper Mustang can be harsh, with very cold temperatures and snowfall. Many teahouses and guesthouses may be closed during this time due to the extreme conditions. Trekking in winter is challenging and requires proper equipment and experience in handling cold weather. Daytime temperatures can range from 5°C to 10°C, but they can drop well below freezing during the nights. The weather is generally dry, but occasional snowfall can occur, especially in higher areas. Winter is the off-season for trekking in the Mustang region, so you'll encounter fewer trekkers on the trail.

Upper Mustang Budget Trek in Spring (March- May)

Spring is preferable season for trekking in Upper Mustang. After the cold winter months, the weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes begin to bloom with various colorful flowers, especially in lower altitudes. The rhododendron forests in the area create a beautiful display of red, pink, and white blooms. The temperatures are still moderate during the day, but nights can be colder, especially at higher elevations. During the day, temperatures can range from 15°C to 20°C in the lower regions, and the nights are generally milder. However, as you ascend to higher altitudes, the temperatures may still be chilly, especially in the evenings and mornings. Spring also brings clearer skies and excellent visibility of the mountains. Like autumn, spring is another popular trekking season, and you can expect more fellow trekkers along the trails.

Upper Mustang Budget Trek in Monsoon (June-Aug)

One of the best things about Upper Mustang Budget Trek 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 average temperature during daytime ranges from 16° to 25°C. 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.

Important Notes for Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 days

  • 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.
  • 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek 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

  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Annapurna ranges, etc.
  • Visit the city of the wall Lo Manthang
  • Witness the ancient lifestyles of true mountains people.
  • Visit Muktinath temple- holy site for both Hindu and Buddhist
  • Explore Buddhist monasteries, gompa, and ancient temples, palaces and caves.
  • Be part of the colorful Tiji festival and Yatrung festival.

Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 Days Itinerary

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    What's Included
    • Airport pick up drop by private tourist vehicles by car
    • Ground transportation by Tourist bus  from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
    • Ground transportation by Jeep or bus  from Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara
    • 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
    • Upper Mustang special Permits
    • Annapurna Conversation Area Project (ACAP) permits.
    • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.
    • First aid medical kit.
    • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole if necessary.
    • Government licensed English speaking Guide and his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, and medicine.
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
    • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
    • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
    What's not Included
    • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & diner
    • Major meals in Cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
    • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge laundry charge etc.
    • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
    • Porters available at an extra cost (1 porter for 2 peoples).
    • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
    • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
    Useful Information

    Best time to do the upper mustang trek 18 days

    Spring and autumn seasons are the best time for the 18 days upper mustang budget trek. During the months of the spring season, you will experience favorable weather and clear views of the mountains. A very popular festival, Tiji is also celebrated during spring season in the month of May. So you can get great opportunity of witnessing and being part of great Tiji festival. You will also witness the beautiful flower and enjoy the walk in wonderful nature during spring season. The autumn season is also a great time for upper mustang trek with perfect weather and clear sky. The winter season is not much appropriate for the upper mustang budget trek. During winter season it gets extremely cold and trekking trails are covered by the snow due to heavy snowfall. If you want to do the trek in this season you need to be well prepared. The monsoon season is also great time for upper mustang budget trek with clear skies and the rainfall also doesn’t affect the trip because of the rain shadow area.

    Packing lists for the 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek

    The most necessary trekking gears that you need for your Upper Mustang budget Trek are:

    • Down jackets, windproof, trekking trousers
    • Trekking boots, socks, t shirts, long sleeve shirts
    • Gloves, scarf, hat, sun glasses, quick drying towel, underwear
    • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm, face wipes
    • Cell phone, camera, power banks, head light
    • Water bottles, medical kits, water purifying tablets
    • Extra money, etc.

    You can carry other necessary equipments for the treks. You should carry the equipments that are suitable for the weather condition.

    18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek Difficulty

    In terms of difficulty level, the 18 days Upper Mustang trek is moderate level of trek. The long walks, ups and downs and unpredictable weather make the trek challenging at some point. However if you are physically and mentally fit then you can do the trek.

    Accommodations in Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 days

    You will be staying at tea houses or lodges during your 18 days upper mustang trek. The accommodations are basic but comfortable. The rooms are clean and have comfortable beds, warm blankets and pillows. Most of the teahouses provide hot water facilities. You will receive warm greetings and hospitality in the teahouses and lodges.

    Foods during upper mustang budget trek 18 days

    There are varieties of foods and drinks available on the teahouses along the trekking trail. You can have varieties of delicious Nepalese foods as well as western style foods. There are several of options in menu of foods like; sandwiches, dumplings, noodles, pasta, dal bat, etc. You can also get varieties of drinks like: black tea, lemon tea, milk tea, cold drinks, etc. the foods are fresh and hygienic.

    Drinking water during upper mustang budget trek

    It is very important to drink water while trekking. Drinking water is available during the Upper Mustang Budget Trek. You can buy bottled water, filter water or hot water from the teahouses and lodges. There are also many water taps; you can fill the water in your bottle. You should carry water purifying tablets while trekking.

    Wifi and electricity during upper mustang budget trek

    The internet connections are not much reliable in the upper mustang budget trek. Only some guesthouses offer wifi services with extra charge. Electricity is also not reliable during the trek. However you will get time to charge your electronic devices with some extra charge.

    Physical fitness and preparation for Upper mustang budget trek 18 days

    The upper mustang budget trek is a moderate level of trek. If you are physically fit and determined then you can complete the trek successfully. You can prepare yourself for the upper mustang Budget Trek by doing some cardio exercises, such as running, cycling, or hiking, before the trekking.

    Trekking guide and porters for Upper mustang budget trek 18 days

    You will do this 18 days upper mustang budget trek with our professional guide and porter. It will be easy and comfortable for you to trek with the presence of guide and porter. Guide will help you lead the trek and show you the best trekking route and explain you about the history and cultures of the region. While porter can carry your bag throughout the trek that will make your trekking journey comfortable. Welcome Nepal treks provide the highly professional, caring reliable and responsible guide and porter for your 18 days upper mustang budget trek. They will make your trip safe, successful and memorable.

    Trekking Permits for Upper mustang budget trek 18 days

    You need two different types of permit for the 18 days Upper Mustang Budget trek. One is Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit and the other is Annapurna conservation Area project (ACAP) permit.

    Travel insurance for Upper mustang budget trek 18 days

    Welcome Nepal Treks strongly suggest you to have travel insurance. For your safety during 18 days Upper Mustang Budget trek, you must have good travel insurance. The travel insurance must cover medical expenses and emergency helicopter rescues. This will make your trip safe and let you enjoy the trip without any worries.

    Safety in Upper mustang budget trek

    The Upper Mustang Budget trek is a safe trekking in Nepal. The Upper Mustang budget trek for 18 days is a moderate level of trek. Trekking with Welcome Nepal Treks is completely safe. Our team provides proper care, attention and safety to our customers. For your 18 days upper mustang budget trek we provide professional and responsible guides who will help you in any kinds of problem in the trek. The guide and porters will also carry a medical kits and necessary trekking gears for your safety. Welcome Nepal treks also have an emergency helicopter rescue in case of emergency. So, you don’t need to worry about the trek as it is very safe.

    Tipping in 18 days Upper mustang budget trek

    Tipping is not mandatory in the Upper mustang budget trek 18 days. During your trekking trip you will have a guide and porter who will help you and provide you the best services during the trek. If you find their services good then you can tip them at the last day of trek which will make them happy. Tipping is just a way to show that you are thankful for their hard work and services. It is completely your wish.

    Why to do Upper mustang budget trek 18 days in Nepal

    Upper mustang budget trek 18 days is a very popular trekking in Nepal. It is the budget friendly trek and is perfect for low cost trekkers. In this trek, the trekkers will get to know the interesting history of the former kingdom, rituals and witness the wonderful nature. This adventurous 18 days trek takes you through ancient caves, high mountains, stunning landscapes, local settlements and ethic cultures of the locals. The upper Mustang budget trek is an opportunity of pure traditional lifestyles in the remote areas. The trekking region is exciting to explore as it is different from any other regions. Everyone should do this adventurous 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek and explore the unique part of Nepal.

    Why welcome Nepal treks for Upper mustang budget trek 18 days

    Welcome Nepal Treks offers a wonderful Upper mustang budget trek 18 days package to the customers at a very reasonable price with great services. We advise you to do the trek with us as we are well experienced trekking agency. The team is well trained, experienced and professional. We provide experienced, trust worthy, the best and professional guides and porters for your Upper mustang budget trek 18 days. We can also customize the itinerary as per your requirements. We highly care for the safety of our customers and make them satisfied with our services. So book the Upper mustang budget trek 18 days with Welcome Nepal treks and have the best trekking experience for a lifetime.

    Risks during Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 days

    When embarking on an upper Mustang budget trek lasting 18 days, there are several risks and challenges you should be aware of to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Here are potential risks to consider:

    • Altitude sickness
    • Extreme weather
    • Landslides and rock fall
    • Lack of medical facilities
    • Remote locations
    • Challenging terrains
    • River crossings
    • Wildlife encounters
    • Limited water resources
    • Cultural barriers
    • Communication and connectivity
    • Theft and security

    Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 days

    Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) is crucial to ensuring a safe and enjoyable trek in the Upper Mustang region. Here are some measures you can take to reduce the risk of AMS during your 18 day upper mustang budget trek:

    • Gradual ascent
    • Hydration
    • Avoid alcohol and smoking
    • Balanced diet
    • Rest days
    • Medication
    • Know your symptoms
    • Avoid sleeping pills
    • Walk at your own pace
    • Stay warm
    • Wear appropriate clothing
    • Descend if necessary
    • Travel with experienced guide

    Distance and Time during Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 days

    The 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek covers a distance of approximately 160 to 200 kilometers (100 to 125 miles) in total, depending on the specific route taken and any side trips or detours. The trekking duration for each day can vary based on individual trekking pace, rest breaks, and weather conditions. You will be walking approximately 6-7 hours per day.

    18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trekking and Alternate Packages

    The Upper Mustang Budget Trek offers breathtaking mountain scenery and cultural immersion. However, if you're looking for alternative trekking packages in the Mustang region, here are a few options to consider:

    • Upper mustang trek
    • Lo- Manthang trekking
    • Short upper mustang trek
    • Lower mustang trek
    • Short lower mustang trek
    • Upper mustang trek from Pokhara

    Can I book Private 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek?

    Yes, you can book a private 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek. Welcome Nepal Treks offer private trekking packages, including the Upper Mustang region. You can reach out to us through our website, email, or phone to express your interest in booking a private 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek. You can discuss your preferences, desired departure dates, and any specific places or activities you would like to include in your trek then, we will work with you to create a customized itinerary that suits your needs.

    Can I join the Group on 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek?

    Yes, you can join a group on an 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek. Welcome Nepal Treks offer group treks to Upper Mustang for individuals who prefer to trek with others and share the experience with like-minded travelers. You can contact us and express your interest in joining the group trek. You may need to reserve a spot in advance as group sizes are often limited. We have fixed departure dates, making it easier for you to plan your travel and join the trek on a scheduled date. Group treks are generally more cost-effective than private treks as the expenses are shared among the participants. Trekking with a group allows you to meet and interact with fellow trekkers from different parts of the world, making it a social and enriching experience.

    What is the Cost of the 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek?

    The cost of 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek 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 at a very reasonable price. We offer this 18 days adventurous and splendid Upper Mustang Budget trekking package around US$1100 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, permits, and everything mentioned in the package with all meals.

    18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek Booking and Payment Policies

    If you want to book the 18 days Upper Mustang Budget Trek 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 Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 days

    If you are looking to extend your 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek, there are several options you can consider to make your journey more diverse and enriching. Here are some trip extension ideas to enhance your trekking experience:

    • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    • Annapurna Circuit Trek
    • Everest Base Camp Trek
    • Pokhara and Lakeside Exploration
    • Gosainkunda Trek
    • Helambu 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

    ATM and money exchange service during Upper Mustang Budget Trek 18 days

    During an 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek, access to ATM and money exchange services will be limited, especially in the remote areas. Therefore, it's essential to plan your finances and carry enough cash in Nepalese Rupees (NPR) to cover your expenses throughout the trek. Before starting your trek, you can easily find ATMs and money exchange services in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. It's advisable to withdraw or exchange enough cash here before heading to the trekking region.

    Laundry facilities during Upper Mustang Budget Trek18 days

    During an 18 days Upper Mustang budget trek, laundry facilities will be limited, especially in the remote areas along the trekking route. The focus of teahouses and lodges in these regions is primarily on providing basic accommodation and meals, rather than offering laundry services. You won't find standard laundry facilities like you would in urban areas. It’s essential to be prepared for the lack of laundry facilities during the trek. Prioritize packing lightweight and quick-dry clothing, and plan to manage with limited changes of clothes for the duration of the trek.