Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back

Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back

Activities:
Trekking/Jeep Tour
Duration
14 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate 
  • Max Altitude
    4200 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Best Time
    March to May and Sept to Nov 
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse

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.
Raymond Low, Singapore Nepal Hiking Team provide an excellent guide to me when I hiked Everest Base Camp. My guide, Mr. Prakesh Rai, is very professional and caring... He always gives me very informative replies whenever I have a question or two about the terrain which we are trekking, the history of certain towns or places we passed by or stayed...He is always asking how I am (my old right ankle injury came back)...and will help me carry my load.... We had a good time together especially when we take photographs of the awesome scenery.....He works tirelessly and would be a concern for my diet and always asked me if I had enough of food, hows my leg was, and whether feeling ok especially when we are going towards a higher altitude..... We had a wonderful acclimatization climb and he is always observing me how I am doing. Nepal Hiking Team rocks!.... And I would sincerely recommend my friends to this group..... It’s simply awesome!... Thank you Nepal Hiking team and it's truly a great experience traveling with your professional guide!
Yang, Singapore It was an awesome experience in Nepal, in which a big part of my trip was covered in the mountain, thank to NHT. Ganga, the company manager has been engaging since my enquiry and very efficient and patient with all my queries. They are flexible to customize to my needs due to my planned itinerary besides hiking. They also made arrangement for airport pick up and Ganga met me in person in my lodge to go through the procedures and discussion. 2 days prior to the trek it was raining heavily and many flights were cancelled. We were lucky to tag along a rescue helicopter to Lukla, also thank to Ganga's arrangement. When we arrived at the start point, we were welcome by the friendly guide and porters. My relationship with Gurung, the guide was very good, he took care of me every single bit of the trip, as I was a slow walker in the team. He would check our conditions from time to time to ensure our well beings. Gurung and I joked around in the tea houses and we made many friends and some exchange of cultural knowledge. I was not well when I returned from Base Camp. We discussed and we decided that an evacuation was needed. Gurung visited me in the hospital and sent me back to the hotel after discharge. I had a farewell lunch with him. Ganga and Hari, the 2 managers visited me on the 2 days and they even sent me to the hospital again for report collection. Hari also sent me to the airport on my departure day. I have total satisfaction and heart-felt appreciation for Nepal Hiking Team. There were other companies who tried to compromise prices and quality but not NHT, who insisted on quality and care above all. I'm back in Singapore safely. And they are keeping in contact with me on some follow-ups. I truly want to recommend you this company for their awesome service given the reasonable if not attractive price! This trip was so awesome although I had some hiccups on my decent. I miss Nepal alot, and the friendship shared.
Stephen, Australia I finished the ABC and Bhutan Tours with Nepal Hiking Team and had a very good time. It was a great pleasure dealing with Balaram and Ganga. They are extremely professional, flexible, and accommodating. prior to the trip, I had been constantly emailing Balaram with my questions, whether or not they are directly related to the trek. Balaram was always extremely responsive with detailed answers and he was always patient. When I first got to Kathmandu, both Ganga and Balaram met me at the hotel to greet me. Throughout the trip, they constantly checked up with the guide to make sure that everything went okay. Overall, the trek was well organized and I can say with confidence that the team has done their best to ensure that my needs were met. I am already thinking about coming back to Nepal for my next trek and I will certainly go with Nepal Hiking Team again.
Ian, Canada My wife and I did the Everest Base Camp Trek as organized by Nepal Hiking Team. We read guidebooks and numerous websites leading up to this trip, but nothing quite captured the awesomeness of just being there in person. Each day of our trek was physically and mentally exhausting, but our guide saw to it that we were looked after - be it on the trail, dining, or settling in at the lodge each night. Nepal Hiking Team did a fantastic job for us; I could not be happier with how this trip was organized, and how Balaram and Ganga took care of us.