Complete guide for Mustang trekking

Complete guide for Mustang trekking

Mustang trekking package is one of the iconic travel destination in Nepal. Upper Mustang trekking take travelers trans Himalayan trekking destinations in Nepal lies on northwestern part of the nation. Nepal Mustang trek appeals to those looking for a blend of adventure, cultural exploration,  Bon culture, and unique landscapes that differ significantly from other popular trekking regions in Nepal. Before trek to Mustang region should know complete guide for upper Mustang trek to reach the destination without any obstacle. Mustang region trekking trails is controlled treks route in Nepal and opened for the trekkers in 1992. Minimum two person essential to obtain the upper mustang trek permit through the government registered local Nepal trekking companies. Travelers original passport and Nepal visa validity is needed  while apply permit at department of immigration Nepal. Hiking in Mustang offer best Himalayan views of Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167 m, Mt. Manaslu 8163m,Mt. Annapurna 8091 m  and 19 snowy capped trekking peaks of Annapurna trekking trails.

Mustang trek difficulty level is easy moderate and fit for all age group travelers. Now a days Mustang overland tour by jeep doable within one week from Kathmandu. Mustang region trekking is less trodden trekking in Nepal Himalayas compare the Annapurna trekking, Everest trekking and Lantang trekking trails thus limit trekkers visit in Mustang.  Monsoon season is best time treks in Mustang region but doable around the year as per trekkers requirements. Upper Mustang trekking route classified as restricted trails to preserve the Tibetan monasteries, Mustang king palace , old cave gompas and primitive society of Tibetan people. Trekking in Mustang region discover the world oldest Gompas in Lo Manthang , Mustangi king palace and nomad lands comparable trip to Tibet.

The Mustang Trek, also known as the Upper Mustang Trek, is a spectacular journey through the remote Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal, offering unique landscapes, ancient Tibetan culture, and stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhualgiri Himalayas. Mustang tour package trip explore the more then 10,000 sky caves, 2 dozen of Monastery in Mustang region, red cliffs ,  and Bon culture influenced by Tibetan. The comprehensive Mustang guide, you can embark on a memorable and enriching Mustang trekking adventure while ensuring your safety and enjoyment along the way. Beyond its desert-like landscapes, Mustang is also home to natural wonders such as deep gorges, pristine rivers, and lush oases that provide a stark contrast to the arid surroundings. The diverse flora and fauna found in the region further enhance its natural beauty and appeal to nature enthusiasts.

Upper Mustang trek itinerary designed as per trekkers holiday frame but minimum two weeks holiday required for treks to Mustang region. Upper mustang trekking cost is depend on group size and choice of destination but trip cost is slightly higher then other Nepal trekking destinations . Minimum 10 days Mustang trek permit essential that cost USD 500 per person and extended each day cost USD 50 .  Every year celebrate Mustang Tiji festival in Lo manthang in month of May and June thus many trekkers prefer for Mustang Tiji festival trek while publish on Tibet lunar calendar. Upper Mustang trekking route also famous for Vajrayana Buddhism sites in Nepal , it is  believe that  Guru Rinpoche ( Padmashambhava) built the oldest Mustang Gekar Monastery/ Ghar Gompa on 8th century as well as meditated in Mustang cave. Complete guide for Mustang trekking concrete  your dream in to the reality ! 12 things you need to know before hike in Mustang region:

Mustang trekking Major fact

Where is located Upper Mustang trek destination

Mustang trekking destination is lies on northwest of Nepal start from Jomsom and end at Muktinath temple assemble with Annapurna circuit trekking route. Mustang treks route  is situated in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, bordered by the Tibetan Plateau to the north and the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges to the south.

How to get the Mustang trekking 

To embark on the Mustang trek,  There are 3 different way to reach the Mustang region.

  1. One of the short and easier way to go to Upper Mustang Trekking , Pokhara Jomsom by flight trek continue heading via Kagbeni Chele Geling , Syangboche , Tsarang/Chharang and finally reach the Lo Manthang then Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
  2. Pokhara via Beni Tatopani Kalopani Marpha Jomsom Kagbeni Chele Geling , Syangboche , Tsarang/Chharang  and finally reach the Lo Manthang then same way drive back to Bokhara.
  3. Pokhara drive to Nayapul and follow the Annapurna Ghorepani poon hill trek route Tatopani Kalopani Marpha Jomsom Kagbeni Chele Geling , Syangboche , Tsarang/Chharang  and finally reach the Lo Manthang then same way drive back to Pokhara or Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
Upper Mustang trekking Map 

Upper Mustang trekking map available in Thamel Kathmandu trekking shop and Himalayan map house as well Nepal trekking office Kathmandu. 

Online Maps: Use online mapping platforms like Google Maps or Open StreetMap to search for the Upper Mustang trekking route. You can often find detailed trekking routes, trails, villages, and landmarks marked on these maps.

Nepal Trekking Guidebooks: Purchase or borrow trekking guidebooks specific to the Annapurna region or Upper Mustang. These guidebooks often include detailed maps, route descriptions, and valuable information about the trek.

Upper Mustang trek Itinerary

The best upper Mustang trek itinerary is 14 days start from Jomsom and end at Muktinath but trekkers may extend the trip via Yara, Luri Gompa also possible as per holiday frame.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m, Himalaya Journey Trekking representative will transfer to hotel ,Trek to upper Mustang  briefing with officially arrangements. overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 02: After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in Kathmandu valley such as Boudhhanath : visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the best Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa than visit Pashupatinath temple: the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Kathmandu durbar square: you will enjoy with different Hindus Temple , Goddes Kumari, legend of kathmadu valley etc and in the evening farewell dinner in Nepalese Restaurant, overnight at Kathmandu in Hotel.and prepare for the trek  because this day is required to make Mustang special trekking permit with original passport. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara 915m. by tourist bus or by flight. overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: After breakfast,pokhara to Jomsom by flight  (2,720m / 8,915ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m / 9,500ft) 11.4km / 7miles,  walk approximately 3 hours

Day 05: Kagbeni to  Chele (3,055m / 10,025ft). 11.2km / 6.9miles walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 06: Chele trek to Syangboche (3,930m / 11,400ft)11.5km / 7.1miles .walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 07: Syangbochen  trek  to Ghami (3,520m / 11,535ft) 9.3km / 5.7miles walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 08:  Ghami trek to Tsarang/Chharang  (3505m / 11,500ft) 11.2km / 6.9 miles .walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 09:Tsarang / Charang trek to Lo Manthang (3810m / 12,135ft) ,11.5km / 7.1miles ,walk approximately 5-hours

Day 10: Acclimatization or Rest day in Lo-Manthang. During this, you can make sightseeing or excursion tour around Mustang King palace and four major Mustang Gompa  - Jampa Gompa (Jampa Lhakhang), Thubchen Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and Choprang Gompa. Jampa Gompa is the oldest and is also known as God's house.

Day 10: Lo Manthang trek to Ghami (3,520m / 5,577ft) . 16.1km / 10miles . walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 11: Ghami trek to Samar (3,700m / 12,139ft) .13.2km / 8.2miles ,walk approximately 6 hours

Day 12: Samar trek to Chhusang (2,980m / 9,776ft ) 9.9km / 6.1miles, walk approximately 5-6 hours

Day 13: Chhusang  trek to Jomsom. (2,720m/8,915ft) 13.2km / 8.2miles, walk approximately 5-6 hours.

Day 14: After breakfast Jomsom to Pokhara by flight than by bus/private vehicle or by flight back to Kathmandu.overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: After breakfast, Relaxing or shopping with own activities than in the evening farewell dinner in Nepalese Restaurant, overnight at kathmandu in Hotel .

Day 16: After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities , Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition's representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward journeys or if you have time to stay in Nepal will arrange any other trip such as Chitwan Junlge safari tour, Lumbini tour, Chitwan jungle safari tour , river rafting etc.

Mustang trekking permit cost

Mustang trekking permit cost USD 500 for 10 days and extended each day  USD 50 per person . Upper mustang trekking permit issue through government registered local Nepal trekking agencies.To trek in the Mustang region of Nepal, including the Upper Mustang area, you will need to obtain specific ACAP and TIMS permits 

Accommodation and meals while trekking in upper Mustang region

 Good accommodation and meals facilities available during the trekking in upper Mustang region . trekkers get attached and common bathroom with Nepalese traditional hotel in mustang region. You will get all type of meals such as American, European , Chinese , Indian , Tibetan , continental and Nepalese food during the trip.

Mustang trek difficulty level

The difficulty level of the Mustang trek can vary depending on various factors such as the route chosen, individual fitness levels, altitude acclimatization, and weather conditions. Mustang trek difficulty level is moderate but good physical fitness is essential. The highest elevation of this trekking is 3730 m from the see leavel.

The best season for Mustang treks

The best time  for  Mustang trekking tour – Autumn, spring and monsoon . Mustang is rain shadow trekking trails in Nepal .

The best season for Mustang trekking in Nepal is generally during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these months, the weather is usually stable, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and less chance of rainfall or snow.

Spring offers lush greenery, blooming flowers, and clear views of the Himalayan peaks, while autumn provides crisp, clear days with stunning mountain vistas after the monsoon season has ended. Both seasons are popular among trekkers and offer ideal conditions for exploring the Mustang region, known for its unique landscapes, ancient culture, and Tibetan-influenced villages.

How to reach the mustang trekking destination ?

There is three different options to reach the Mustang trekking destination – pokhara jomsom by flight, Pokhara drive to Nayapul and trek via Kali gandaki valley and Kathmandu by overland jeep to Mustang.

sky caves and Monastery in Mustang

More than 10, 000 sky caves in Mustang as well as two dozens  Monastery entire the Upper Mustang trekking route. Mustang trek destination is influenced by Tibetan Bon culture as well as Ployandry marrige system .

How to book the mustang trek?

Research and planning for book the Mustang trek with specific season, date as well as choose the trekking route with best Nepal trekking agents for remarkable trip in Mustang region.

It is easy to get the booking for Mustang trek via online with local Nepal trekking agents or you may search the best trekking company in Nepal recommended by Lonely planet travel guide book, rough guide book for comfortable and hassle free trip.

Mustang trekking packing list
  • Trekking Bag pack.
  • Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports shoes or sandal.
  • Thermal Base layer
  • Fleece Pullover or Jacket:
  • Light Weight Thermal Tops
  • Waterproof Jacket:
  • Hiking Shirts
  • Hiking Pants
  • Trekking stick.
  • Trekking Hat, cat
  • Trekking woolen cap.
  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  • Pullover or warm sweeter.
  • scarf  or woolen neck shall
  • Raincoat.
  • 5/6 Hand gloves.
  • 3/4 pairs of Trekking trousers
  • 4 /5 pairs of Trekking shirts .
  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  • Eye glass
  • Water bottle.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Flash or Torch light.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Sun cream.
How to find  the best Nepal trekking company for Mustang treks?

It is hard to find the best Nepal trekking agency for Mustang treks so suggested for trekkers Lonely planet recommended Nepal trekking

Mustang trekking cost

The Mustang trekking price  can vary depending on several factors such as the duration of the trek, the type of accommodation chosen, the services included in the package, permits required, transportation, and guide/porter fees. Mustang trek cost is depend on local Nepal trekking agents and thier service.

Overall, the total cost of trekking in Mustang can vary widely depending on your preferences, itinerary, and travel style. A rough estimate for a 10 to 15-day trek in Mustang, including permits, guide/porter fees, accommodation, meals, and transportation, could range from $1975 to $3000 USD per person. However, it's essential to research and plan your trek carefully to get a more accurate estimate of costs based on your specific requirements and preferences. Additionally, prices may have changed since my last update, so it's a good idea to check current prices with local trekking agencies or tour operators.

Popular Destination in Mustang 

17th April 2024, Mustang listed as world popular travel destination due to the he Mustang Trekking variant's popularity can be attributed to its combination of versatility, adventure appeal, unique Tibetan bon culture,  off-road performance, hike through world’s deepest gorge  and the loyalty of the Mustang enthusiast community

However, one of the  most popular hiking destination in Nepal annually uncountable travelers visit in Mustang to explore the least hidden kingdom of Nepal. Here are most popular packages of Mustang region:

# Mustang trekking package 

# Upper Mustang treking Package 

# Mustang Jeep drive trip package 

# Mustang Tiji festival trek 

# Mustang Motorbike trip package 


Above guidance for Mustang region trekking will enough and local Nepal travel companies is the best complete guide for this region trekking. It may benefits for the travelers before visit in Mustang for trekking or Mustang Jeep trip . For instant travel service call 977- 9851007829

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