Alternative Packages of Upper Mustang trek
We have many Upper Mustang trek packages that you can check here. You can also tailor-made upper Mustang trek itinerary with us. We have opened the booking for Upper Mustang trek 2022 autumn along with advance booking for Upper Mustang trek 2023/2024. For more information about advance booking, you can talk to our travel consultant.
These are some other restricted area trekking packages in Nepal- Manaslu circuit trek, Kanchenjunga circuit trek, Makalu base camp trek, and Upper Dolpo trek. These trekking packages are very strenuous and only recommended for experienced trekkers.
Upper Mustang trek difficulty
Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate trek, however the remoteness of the region makes the journey strenuous. During the trek, you will walk 6 to 7 hours a day, crossing several passes. There will be many landslide-prone areas and steep & rocky paths. Following off beaten tracks, you walk through meadows and gorges. You have to be physically and mentally strong to join Upper Mustang Trekking. As the altitude increases, the air will get thinner, which makes trekking more difficult.
Altitude sickness on Upper Mustang trek
If your body does not acclimatize to the elevation during the Upper Mustang trek Nepal, there are chances of altitude sickness. But do not worry, we have added ample rest days to our Upper Mustang Trek itinerary. Likewise, we have also maintained a steady rise in elevation each day. And our experienced guide will take care of you during the trek.
Below are the symptoms of altitude sickness:
loss of appetite
shortness of breath
do not climb more than 500 meters a day
have a rest day after walking every 3 to 4 days
drink plenty of water
no smoking and alcohol
avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours
eat a light but high-calorie diet
Why is the Upper Mustang restricted?
Several reasons have made Upper Mustang a restricted area. Read below to know more in detail about it.
The Upper Mustang trekking area has an open border with Tibet, and to maintain border security & decrease illegal activities between the two countries, the Nepal government has imposed restricted area permits over Upper Mustang.
Upper Mustang has the world's greatest concentration of human-craved cliff caves, which is yet to be explored. Moreover, a priceless ancient treasure has been found under the tunnel cave as well.
As most of the caves are located on high unstable rocks, it is impossible to reach there. The caves that are explored over the years are the homes of people thousands of years ago. Many antiques and old paintings on the crumbling walls are seen in those caves.
Upper Mustang is also home to the most exceptional Uranium on Earth. Moreover, the region also has multiple sources of mine and other elements.
The region has preserved the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture and raw Himalayan nature. The Lo Manthang is the last Buddhist kingdom of Nepal.
A fossil around 145 to 210 million years old is found in the Upper Mustang. It is called Saligram or Ammonites.
Best time to do trek to Upper Mustang trek
The best time for Upper Mustang Trek is from March to April and October to November, which means spring & autumn. The weather is mostly stable, with bright days and clear views. There will be a little hint of coolness in the mornings and nights. Likewise, you can see numerous species of flowers and vegetation along the way in spring, whereas in autumn, you will be observing the biggest festivals celebrated in Nepal.
Upper Mustang trek in Monsoon during the Tiji festival
May is another great time to go on Upper Mustang Trek 17 Days. The locals of Upper Mustang celebrate their major festival called Tiji in May. The festival lasts for three days, and you can see a very unique & vibrant practice. Likewise, the temperature ranges from 16 to 22 degrees C in May.
One of the best things about trekking in the Upper Mustang is that you can traverse the area in the monsoon as well. Upper Mustang falls under the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Therefore, the region receives almost no rain during the monsoon. You might face heavy rain in the first few days while moving through the lower Mustang, but other than that, monsoon is another great time of the year to go on this trek.
Accommodation during Upper Mustang trek
Upper Mustang trek is a tea house trek. The trail has a good facility of teahouses to accommodate the trekkers. It's a simple accommodation service that comes with shared rooms and common toilets. Make sure to carry a sleeping bag because the blanket given in the tea house will not be enough to keep you warm. Plus, a sleeping bag will make it more comfortable for you to sleep.
Meals during Upper Mustang trek
Unlike other trekking routes, the Upper Mustang trail offers mostly Nepali and Tibetan dishes on the menu. You'll have lots of meal options though, including the delicious dal bhat, Tibetan bread, a variety of stirred-fried veggies & curries, sandwiches, momo, noodles, etc. The snack options in the tea shops are limited and expensive, so stock enough to last you while trekking.
Drinking water is available in all the teahouses. You can refill your water bottle free of cost. Buying mineral water bottles every time will cost you an absurd amount of money and is also not good for the environment. Instead, carry water purification tablets to double purify the water.
Travel Insurance for Upper Mustang trek
Travel insurance is a must for the Upper Mustang trek. This remote part of Nepal has not connected to any cities, nor the trail has good health care infrastructure. If you face any injury or altitude sickness that cannot be treated with first aid, the only option left with us is to air evacuate to a hospital in Kathmandu. Without travel insurance, it's difficult to convince the rescue provider to come and airlift you.
Trekking guide & team during Upper Mustang trek
We have a solid team for guiding the Upper Mustang trek. Our mountain guides are very knowledgeable about the terrain and the Mustang region. They will not only show you the safest trail, but also add lots of value to your journey. You'll get to learn a lot from them about the region and the locals. Our trekking guides are certified in various remote survivals, which makes them highly reliable. They can tackle any adverse situation calmly.
General information for Upper Mustang trek
Charging: You can pay a few bucks to charge your phone or camera in the teahouses. A solar charger, spare batteries, and power bank are some alternatives that will come in handy during the trek.
Internet: The internet facility on the Upper Mustang trail is not that great. A few villages have paid WiFi service, but then again, the internet connection may not be good. Better get a Nepali sim and use data.
Luggage: The duffel bag weight limit is 10 kg for each trekker. It is carried by a porter. You can carry another 5 kg of stuff in your day pack. Store the rest of the luggage in your hotel's locker room free of cost while trekking.
Permits: 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.
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ATM & money exchange: You'll get a chance to withdraw money in Jomsom. There is no ATM beyond this town. We suggest you get enough Nepali cash while trekking in Kathmandu or Pokhara. There are many ATMs in both cities on every corner that let you withdraw money using almost all kinds of cards. Similarly, there are money exchange centers in Thamel where you can exchange foreign currency or opt for the bank.
Nepal Visa: Nepal visa is given to people from all countries. Citizens of some selected countries can also get on-arrival visas in Nepal. You can get an arrival visa at all the entry points, including the Tribhuvan International Airport. If your country is not eligible for an on-arrival visa, then you can get it in your home country at Nepal's Embassy or consulate office.
Drinking during 17 days Upper Mustang Trek
Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is crucial during the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek, as trekking at higher altitudes can lead to increased fluid loss and a higher risk of dehydration. Proper hydration helps prevent altitude sickness and ensures that you have the energy to tackle the challenging terrain. In the Upper Mustang Trek, tea is the most popular and often served to the travelers. You can also find other hot beverages like coffee, hot chocolate, and herbal teas and soft drinks like Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Fanta are also available in some of the tea houses and lodges. You can also find local drinks such as rakshi (a traditional Nepali alcoholic beverage), tongba (a fermented millet drink), or local fruit juices. But these beverages prices increases as you ascends to the higher altitude. And the price of the beverages should be paid by yourself as it is not included in the packages.
Risks during 17 days Upper Mustang Trek
The 17 days Upper Mustang Trek is incredibly rewarding, comes with its fair share of risks and challenges. Being aware of these risks and taking necessary precautions is crucial for a safe and enjoyable trek. Here are some of the main risks to consider during the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek:
- Altitude sickness
- Extreme weather
- Remote location
- Difficult terrain
- River crossings
- Lack of facilities
- Landslides and rock fall
- Proper Gear and Equipment
- Communication and connectivity
- What gear and equipment for 17 days Upper Mustang Trek?
- 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 17 days Upper Mustang Trek
Training for the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek is essential to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. The trek involves walking for long hours each day, navigating challenging terrain, and dealing with altitude changes. You should focus on improving your cardiovascular endurance through activities like hiking, walking, running, cycling, or swimming and aim to gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts to build stamina. And, also strength your leg muscles, core, and upper body to handle the demands of the trek. Incorporate exercises like squats, lunges, step-ups, calf raises, planks, and push-ups into your routine.
Distance and Time during 17 days Upper Mustang Trek
The 17 days Upper Mustang 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.
Can I book Private 17 days Upper Mustang Trek?
Yes, you can book a private 17 days Upper Mustang Trek through Welcome Nepal Treks. We offer trekking packages, including private treks to Upper Mustang. Welcome Nepal Treks provide a range of services to cater to your preferences and requirements, making the booking process more convenient and organized. You can reach out to us either through their website, email, or phone and tell your interest in a private Upper Mustang Trek and provide us details about your preferred travel dates, group size, and any specific requirements or preferences you may have and we will customize the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek itinerary based on your preferences, fitness level, and interests.
Can I join the Group on 17 days Upper Mustang Trek?
Welcome Nepal Treks organize group treks to popular destinations, including 17 days Upper Mustang. Before joining, 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.
What is the Cost of the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek?
The cost of 17 days Upper Mustang 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 17 days adventurous and splendid Upper Mustang Trek trekking package around US$2200 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees and everything mentioned in the package with all meals.
Why 17 days Upper Mustang Trek with Us?
Welcome Nepal treks have been operating for many years and has extensive experience in organizing treks in Nepal. Welcome Nepal Treks offers a splendid trek 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 trekking region. We can offer valuable insights, information about the local culture, and ensure a well-organized trekking 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, and emergency procedures.
Tipping on 17 days Upper Mustang Trek
Tipping is a common practice in Nepal's trekking industry to show appreciation for the hard work and services provided by the trekking staff. While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary and greatly appreciated by the guides, porters, and support staff who make your 17 days Upper Mustang Trek possible. Tipping is a way to recognize the hard work and dedication of the trekking staff, who play a significant role in making your Upper Mustang Trek a memorable experience.
17 days Upper Mustang Trek Booking and Payment Policies
If you want to book the 17 days Upper Mustang 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 after17 days Upper Mustang Trek
Extending your trip after the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek is a wonderful idea, as it allows you to explore more of Nepal's diverse landscapes, culture, and attractions. There are numerous options for trip extensions based on your interests and the amount of time you have available. Here are some popular trip extension ideas:
- 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
Laundry facilities during 17 days Upper Mustang Trek
facilities during 17 days Upper Mustang Trek are usually basic and you may not have the convenience of daily laundry service as you would in urban areas. In most teahouses along the trekking route, there are no dedicated laundry facilities for trekkers. Handwashing clothes is the most common way to do laundry during the trek. Therefore, it's essential to plan and pack accordingly, bringing enough clothing to last between laundry opportunities.