Benefits of trekking with Happy Yeti Adventure
We assure you a safe Upper Mustang trek with us. Solo travelers can join our fixed group departures. Do note that trekking solo in the Upper Mustang is prohibited. You have to be in a group of at least two travelers to join this trek privately.
We have the best upper Mustang trek itinerary that will allow you to acclimatize properly. Likewise, our upper Mustang trek cost is also the fairest in the market, with no hidden costs.
To book the upper Mustang trek 2023/2024 departure, contact us now. Check out some of our other adventurous treks in Nepal- Upper Dolpo trek, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake trek, Rupina La trek, etc.
Safety and Security
Nepal, as a whole, is considered a safe country to visit. However, it is always recommended to check your home government's website for the most up-to-date information and travel advisories. While theft is uncommon, it can still occur. To minimize the risk, ensure that your valuable belongings are kept out of sight and securely hidden. If needed, you can store your valuables in our office locker while you embark on your trek.
Although unlikely, natural events such as landslides, avalanches, flooding, or earthquakes can occur in mountainous areas. In such cases, it is crucial to follow the instructions provided by your guide, who is experienced in dealing with such situations and ensuring your safety. Similarly, if you feel unwell during your trek, please inform your guide immediately.
Throughout the trek, you will be accommodated in simple yet comfortable tea houses operated by local families in the Mustang region. These lodges offer a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, with a central communal area where a large stove provides warmth. The bedrooms, however, are unheated. They typically have two beds with mattresses, pillows, and a blanket. You have to carry a sleeping bag (a 3-season sleeping bag should suffice) for added comfort.
Most lodges along the trek route have gas-powered showers, allowing you to freshen up after a day of hiking, but you have to pay a few additional bucks for the service. The toilet facilities in the lodges are predominantly sit-down flush toilets, although some may still have squat toilets. The tea houses have paid charging service, and you may get WiFi in some of them too.
In the towns of Lower Mustang, such as Jomsom & Kagbeni, you'll find a wide variety of food options, such as burgers, pasta, steak, sandwich, curries, chapati, thukpa, thenduk, Tibetan bread, etc due to the influx of trekkers. The menus at teahouses in these areas are more extensive compared to the ones in remote regions.
As you venture into Upper Mustang, you'll notice that the menu reflects Tibetan culture, offering a selection of Western and Nepali dishes alongside traditional Tibetan cuisine. Teahouses in this region also provide a range of beverages, including tea, soft drinks, coffee, hot chocolate, and alcoholic beverages.
Difficulty & best time to trek to Upper Mustang
The Upper Mustang trek is considered challenging due to the high altitude and dry atmosphere. Like any trek in the Nepal Himalayas, there will be ups and downs that test your endurance. You'll encounter high mountain passes to conquer and steep descents to navigate. You will follow a well-established and clearly defined path.
At certain points, the landscape can resemble a sandy desert, while in other sections, it becomes rocky. You won't need crampons or any technical equipment or skills for this trek, as it is purely a hiking experience.
As Upper Mustang lies within the Himalayan monsoon shadow, the region can be visited for most of the year, except mid-winter when the weather can be harsh. To have the best Upper Mustang trek experience, we advise you to plan your trip between March and late November when the weather is more favorable and allows for a pleasant trekking experience.
Gear and Equipment
- Trekking gear: Down jacket, Trekking shirts, Trekking pants (breathable, wind and waterproof), Hiking shorts (breathable, wind and waterproof), Thermal trousers, Full sleeve shirt (woolen and cotton), Bandana or head scarf, Regular underwear, Woolen hat & Sun hat, Gloves, Trekking boots (water proof), Socks (Woolen & Cotton), Sandals, Sunglasses with UV protection, Small day-pack & Medium rucksack, Large duffel bag, Padlocks for duffel bag, Trekking poles, Sleeping bag, and Headlamp
- Miscellaneous: Personal medical kit, Water purification tablets, Earplugs, Sewing-repair kit, Camera, Power bank ( or solar charger optional), Knife, Water bottle, Quick drying towel, Toothbrush/paste, Multi-purpose soap, Nail clippers, Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen, Reading book, Notebook & pen, Trek route map, Tissue/toilet roll, Anti-bacterial hand wash, bars, snacks, etc
What is the Upper Mustang trek about?
Upper Mustang is an old Buddhist kingdom in Nepal that was long prohibited to enter. The region falls under the rain shadow area, so you can trek here in the monsoon season as well. The trek offers deep insight into the Tibetan Buddhist community of the Upper Mustang and allows you to explore some centuries-old monasteries.
Why is Upper Mustang expensive?
Upper Mustang is a restricted area in Nepal, so the permit is very expensive. The limited tea houses along the trail and the region's inaccessibility from the rest of the country make everything expensive, which makes the overall trek pricey too.
Do I need a guide for Upper Mustang?
Yes, you need a guide for the upper Mustang trek. You cannot do this trek without a guide, as it is mandatory to have one. Likewise, you also have to trek with a local company like ours in a group of at least two trekkers.
Why is Upper Mustang restricted?
The upper Mustang is bordered by Tibet. To maintain border security, preserve the rich cultural heritage of the locals, and protect the undiscovered sky caves & minerals found in the region, upper Mustang has made a restricted area where foreigners can only travel under supervision.
Is there snowfall in Upper Mustang?
Yes, the upper Mustang receives heavy snowfall during the winter seasons (December to February). The temperature goes below -25°C to -20°C at night. Many locals also drop down to lower elevations to spend the winter.
How much does it cost to do the Mustang trek in Nepal?
The upper Mustang trek cost can range from USD 2500 to USD 3500 or more as per the itinerary and services included in the package. The restricted area permit cost USD 500 per person for the first 10 days and then USD 50 per person each day after that.
How do I get my Upper Mustang permit?
You can only get the upper Mustang trek permit with the help of a local trekking company like us. It means you have to join an organized trek to visit the upper Mustang. You cannot get an upper Mustang trek permit by yourself or with the help of an independent guide.
What is the highest point of Upper Mustang trekking?
The highest point of the upper Mustang trek is Nyi La pass at 4,010 meters (13,156 ft). Likewise, Lo Manthang is situated at 3,840 meters (12,598 ft) above sea level.
How far is Mustang from Kathmandu?
From Kathmandu, Mustang is approximately 462 kilometers (27 miles). The trek begins from the town of Jomsom that you can reach by a short flight from Pokhara. Likewise, to travel to Pokhara from Kathmandu, you have two options- either drive or take a short flight.
What is the climate in Mustang?
Upper Mustang has a dry and windy climate. The vegetation is sparse and mostly bushes. You will see ravines, canyons, and sand fields. It is mostly rocky and barren.