Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back

Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back
Activity
Trekking/Jeep Tour
Destination
Nepal
  • Max Altitude
    4200 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse 
  • Best Time
    March to May and Sept to Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $1,980USD

Trip Overview

Looking for that perfect Upper Mustang trekking itinerary? Then look no further! Because our 14 days Upper Mustang Trek takes you to the ethereally beautiful forbidden kingdom of the Annapurna region. Upper Mustang Trek introduces travelers to the new Himalayan side of Nepal besides the typical forested trail with snowcapped mountains in the background. Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back entails exploring dry and rough terrains of the restricted Mustang Region.

While navigating the Upper Mustang Trekking Route, trekkers will experience a sensation of trekking in the pristine corners of the Himalayas. Walk through the stunning and rich ethnic far-off settlements hidden in the crevasses and giant canyons. Similarly, tour through various monasteries and gompas tasting the enriching cultural and traditional values. Mustang region is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, which is a unique lifestyle to see. Also, immerse in the mythological tales surrounding the origin and religious belief of the region.

Navigating Upper Mustang is like journeying back to medieval times. The region is a restricted trekking area. Thus, not many traverse this particular region. Similarly, due to its restricted status, the region has exceptionally preserved historical monuments and culture. Whoever visits grounds of Upper Mustang, they experience great cultural dexterity. After savoring the historical and cultural magnificence of the valley, relish the eccentric physical terrain of the region. The unmistakably distinctive yet stunning mountains and dusty, windy terrain are remarkable aspects of trekking.

Upper Mustang Trekking is a moderate hike that begins with a scenic flight to Pokhara and then to Jomsom. Two flight journey offers distinctively different pictures of Nepal’s geographical landscape. The journey runs over the Muktinath temple and continues to Chusang, Ghele, Geling, and Charang. In addition, overnight at Lo Manthang- the capital of Mustang lets you delve into the traditional life of upper Mustang. After relishing the sights of the high-altitude desert, deep gorges, big wall caves, and monasteries follow your way back to the city in a fun jeep ride to Jomsom from Ghami. Later, take the early flight to Pokhara from Jomsom while enjoying changing view from the window seat.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back

  • Half-day excursion of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites based in Kathmandu.
  • Visit the dry and barren terrain of Mustang
  • The vast lands are surrounded by the Trans Himalayas
  • The journey through the remote settlements of people whose faith and beliefs in their deity is powerful and likewise explore the culture and tradition that is untouched and undisturbed
  • Explore the sacred pilgrimage site- Muktinath temple
  • A short stopover in Pokhara to explore one of the most touristic places in Nepal

Best Time to do this Trek

The best times to do the upper mustang trek are spring, summer, and autumn season. However, the upper mustang trek is doable in all four seasons as well. March to May is the spring season; thus, one can anticipate mild and moderate weather conditions. Whereas the autumn season, from September to November, offers splendid weather with clear blue skies and a crystal clear picture of the trans-Himalayas and Annapurna range along with Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Nilgiri mountains. Summer and monsoon season coincides in Nepal, and it is from June to August.

Most trekking trails of Nepal are not suitable for hiking during the summer/monsoon season. However, for the upper mustang trek, it is one of the ideal times. As the region lies in a leeward area, it experiences less precipitation, and the weather remains dry and barren with strong wind. Lastly, it is possible to trek in the winter season, but it gets a little challenging because of extreme cold weather and cold wind. Nevertheless, if winter air does not bother you, then there won’t be much problem. However, one must layer up with appropriate clothing for a memorable and beautiful journey.

Trek Difficulty

The Upper Mustang Trek with the drive-back tour is a moderate trekking journey. The trekking route is quite broad and straight as well. Unlike most hiking routes of Nepal, it does not require hiking steep uphill and downhill. Hence, it will not put much pressure on your legs. Only a few portions of the journey require hiking through narrow routes. Besides, this particular itinerary is perfectly coordinated with appropriate flight duration, trekking, and land transportation. All means of transport are rarely included while trekking, but since road construction is well-built in this region, people usually have jeep drives in their journey. Overall, it is a suitable journey for everybody, including novice and senior and junior trekkers.

Alternative Treks

There are various trekking trails in the Upper Mustang. Some are short, whereas some are long. However, each trekking itinerary offers a different flavor to trekkers. For instance, 17 days Upper Mustang Trek offers a lengthy walking journey allowing plenty of time to observe the culture and adore the scenery. Or participate in one of the celebratory festivals of Mustang with 18 days Upper Mustang Tiji Festival. Similarly, you can also explore lower regions of the Mustang Region with 14 days of Lower Mustang Trek. All the itineraries are flexible for customization as per the trekker’s requirement.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu then Flight to Pokhara (910m/3020ft) Duration: 30 Min

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft) duration: 3 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Duration: 4 -5 Hrs

Day 05: Muktinath – Chusang - Chele (3110m/10200ft) Duration: 7-8 Hrs

Day 06: Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 5 - 6 Hrs

Day 07: Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft) Duration: 4 Hrs

Day 08: Charang to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft) Duration: 3 Hrs

Day 09: Exploration Of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and Return 4 - 6 Hrs

Day 10: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) via Ghar Gompa: Duration: 6-7 Hrs

Day 11: Trek To Ghami Then Drive to Jomsom 37 Kilometers 8-9 Hours

Day 12: Fly to Pokhara

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Farewell/Departure

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Round trip airfare between Kathmandu to Pokhara as per itinerary.
  • Round trip flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara, including departure taxes
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bags, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit), please bring 3 passport size photos for a permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunches and dinners whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks, water, snacks, and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Kenneth Hipp, United States I was with Nepal Hiking Team in spring this year, doing the Upper Mustang Trek. I choose this company for all the good reviews. Because of this, I was expecting good services from them, and they did not disappoint! When I landed at the Kathmandu airport, I was greeted by Ganga and his team with flower garlands. Then I was transferred to my hotel. As the trek started from Jomsom, I knew that I had made the right choice going with NHT because of their constant reassurance and care that they showed thought the initial days of my time with them. I loved my Kathmandu and Pokhara tour, and even more beautiful was the trek at Mustang itself. I have never seen or experienced such fantastic culture and practices anywhere else, and it was so new and refreshing for me. I was with my guide, Raj, who was my trusted companion on the entire journey. He was unique and brilliant and so funny- he made the trek ten times better than it would have been otherwise. I am so thankful to Nepal Hiking Team for fulfilling my desire for a beautiful trip. I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed my time with them and how much I look forward to joining them again in the future.
Hareth Alsaadi, Phillipines I went for Everest base camp trip by mid-Dec 2021. I was a little worried as I never went trekking in my entire life.. however, i did a lot of research and came across Nepal Hiking Team so I decided after much thought to go with them Initially, I was in contact with Ganga the CEO of the company... i was highly satisfied with his interaction and communication with me right from the beginning.. i had so many questions and concerns regarding the trip and he was able to guide me and answer me all my inquiries... the on-boarding process was smooth and easy.. when i arrived in Nepal I found everything ready starting from the person picking me up from the airport, the hotel, some equipment for the trek, full introductory meeting on what to expect from the journey, all ground transportation, and even before i left Nepal after the trek.. a PCR staff was provided and came to my hotel... As for my trekking guide Prakash. i am truly happy that i had him as my guide.. a very spectacular human being.. he was more than a guide.. he was a great companion as well.. he ensured that i was having a good time.. continuously shared his expertise of mountains, Sherpa people, and Nepalese culture.. he always went the extra mile to support me... even at days when it was tough for me to continue due to altitude sickness.. he encouraged me and inspired me not to give up on this lifetime journey.. he always puts health and safety first.. Despite all the challenges of Everest Base Camp trek.. but i am very glad i did it... and i did it with an excellent group of people.. Nepal Hiking Team.. i highly recommend them for anyone intends to go trekking in Nepal. Read this review on trip advisor (click here)
Peter, United States of America My friend and I recently spent 2 weeks in Nepal, guided by the Nepal Hiking Team. Our original trek was canceled by an international company,  and the Nepal Hiking Team stepped in flawlessly. Ganga answered all of our questions, had our safety as his top concern always, was flexible, and was gracious with his hospitality. From Kathmandu, Pokhara, to the various tea villages, all the way to ABC, our Nepal Hiking Team was phenomenal. Our guide Arjun and porter Prem were first class, helping us navigate and learn about the terrain, giving us sage advice, and also making sure we had a great time (thanks for the wine!). I felt truly connected with them and it was hard to leave! A massive thank you to the entire team. Let's summit one of those monsters together soon!
William Belue, USA Nepal Hiking was incredible starting with the airport pick up all the way to drop off at the end of the trip. I had a scenario in which the airline lost my luggage and NHT arrange for my boots to be delivered via helicopter. This alone speaks to the level of care they provide their clients. Our guide, Bal, was one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and his attention to detail truly made this experience for me. The accommodations, food, gear, etc all blew my expectations out of the water. If you are looking for a guided Nepal experience, please look no further. I met other trekkers along my journey who were paying more and receiving less. This trip was a surprise birthday present and I am already planning my next trip back. Read this review on TripAdvisor (Click Here)
Ahmed, USA Joined recently for an Everest Base Camp tour and it was simply spectacular! The team was well equipped with all logistics and planning and Ganga did a fantastic job with communication before and during the trip too. As for the trip itself, it far exceeded expectations as we got lucky with great clear weather and really enjoying our hiking. Our tour guide Bal was excellent as he had a lot of previous experience, very knowledgeable, friendly, and a fun person. The accommodations and food were good too. Overall I would highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team to others. Note: Read this review on Tripadvisor (Click here)