Upper Mustang Trek

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  • Duration:17 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude4,210 m
  • ActivityCity Tour, Treks & Hiking
  • Group Size2-10
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Highlights

 

The Upper Mustang Trek is a popular trekking route in the Himalayas of Nepal, located in the Mustang Region of Nepal. This trek takes you through the remote and rugged region of Upper Mustang, also known as the "Forbidden Kingdom," which was closed to outsiders until 1992. It used to be the restricted treks in Nepal. One of the highlights of the trek is Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang. This walled city is home to many centuries-old monasteries, traditional houses, and chortens, and is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the region. It is also considered as one of the most popular trekking in Nepal.

The Upper Mustang trek begins in Jomsom, a small town in the Annapurna region, and takes you through a diverse landscape of rugged mountains, deep canyons, and high-altitude deserts. Along the way, you'll see ancient villages, traditional culture, and beautiful monasteries. The trek is also known for its spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and a very special trekking in Nepal. The trek is considered a moderate to strenuous trek, with several steep ascents and descents. It typically takes around 10-14 days to complete, depending on your itinerary. The best time to go is from May to October, when the weather is clear and dry. During the trek, you'll need to be self-sufficient, as accommodation and food will be basic. You'll be camping most nights, and you should be prepared for high altitude, as the highest point on the trek is over 4,000 meters. It is important to note that a special permit is required to trek in Upper Mustang, and it is only allowed with a registered trekking agency. The Autumn season is ideal for trekking as the monsoon season is over, the sky is clear and the weather is perfect for trekking. This season also offers clear views of the Himalayas and the surrounding landscape, making it an ideal time for photography which makes it one of the best trekking in Nepal.

The Upper Mustang Trek is an adventure that offers a chance to experience the unique culture and landscapes of the Himalayas. It is a great trek for those looking for something off the beaten path, and who are comfortable with a bit of adventure. 

Major Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

Jomsom Bazaar

Jomsom serves as the starting point for the trek at an altitude of around 2700m.  It is a small town located in the Mustang district of Nepal and is the administrative center of the region. The town is also an important center for trade and tourism, with many shops and restaurants catering to trekkers and tourists. The trekking in Mustang offers basic facilities such as accommodation, food, and transportation. Jomsom is known for its apple orchards and is an important center for trade and tourism. The town is also famous for its panoramic views of the Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna mountain ranges.

Lo- Manthang

Lo-Manthang is the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang and is a major highlight of the Upper Mustang trek, at an altitude of around 3840m. It is a walled city located in the remote highlands of Nepal and is home to around 4,000 people makes it the most popular trekking route of Nepal. The city is known for its ancient monasteries and gompas, which hold great spiritual significance for the local people. One of the main attractions is the four-storeyed palace of the Raja (king) of Mustang which still stands in the city. The city is also home to many ancient temples, chortens and many other cultural sites which makes it one of the best selling of Nepal.

Muktinath Temple

Muktinath Temple is located in the Mustang district of Nepal, at an altitude of around 3710m. The temple is considered one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. The temple is dedicated to the god Vishnu and is believed to be more than 2000 years old. The temple is known for its 108 water spouts, where devotees take a bath to purify themselves. The temple also houses a statue of Vishnu and a natural gas flame that is considered to be holy by the local people. The temple is also surrounded by the beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, which provides a spectacular view for the trekkers. The temple is an important pilgrimage site for many Hindus and Buddhists and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. It is also considered as the religious trek in Nepal.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Excursions in Kathmandu include Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swyambhunath, and Patan Durbar Square
  • Trek through remote, mountainous regions of Nepal
  • Explore ancient Tibetan culture and villages
  • Observe traditional agricultural practices and rural life
  • Experience a sense of isolation and serenity in the high altitude deserts
  • Explore the ancient monasteries and gompas of the Mustang Region
  • Majestic views of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and other Himalayan peaks
  • Encounter with the people of Loba, Gurung, and Tibetan ethnicity
  • Experience the lavish and modern luxury hospitatlity in Pokhara

Best seasons for Upper Mustang Trek

The best seasons for Upper Mustang Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these seasons, the weather is mostly clear and dry, making it the perfect time for trekking. The temperature is mild, the sky is clear, and the landscape is dotted with wildflowers, making it a great time to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The views of the Himalayas are also usually clear during this time, providing an excellent opportunity for photography.

It is important to note that the monsoon season (June to August) is not ideal for trekking in Upper Mustang, as it can be very wet, and the trails can be muddy and slippery. Also, during the winter season (December to February) the temperature can drop significantly, and the trekking can be very cold and challenging.

Fitness for Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang Trek is considered a moderate to strenuous trek and requires a good level of fitness. It involves long days of hiking on rugged and rocky terrain with steep ascents and descents. The highest point is over 4,000 meters which can be challenging. To prepare for the trek, regular cardio and strength-training exercises such as running, cycling, swimming, or hiking, and working on leg strength and endurance are recommended. Monsoon season and winter are not ideal for the trek, and it's important to acclimatize properly and take precautions to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Difficulty level of Upper Mustang Trek

The highest point of the trek is over 4,000 meters, which can be challenging for you especially if you are not used to high altitudes. The trail can be rocky, and at times it can be narrow, and the trek requires a good level of fitness and determination. Additionally, the weather in the region can be unpredictable and can change rapidly, making the trail difficult to traverse.

It's important to note that the trek is considered moderate to strenuous and requires a good level of fitness and determination, but the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing it is well worth it. It is recommended that you consult with a doctor and make sure you are prepared physically and mentally before starting the trek. For frther information, contact us.

Itinerary

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This is a standard itinerary for the Upper Mustang Trek. Footprint Adventure can organize the trip according to your needs and requirements as well. For the customization of trips, feel free to contact us. 

You will be received by a representative of Footprint Adventure at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transferred to your hotel. You can check into your hotel, and take care of any last-minute shopping. The company representative will give a pre-trekking briefing, and you can meet with your guide to go over the itinerary and gear list. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

You will visit Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square after breakfast. As historical, cultural, and ancient sites, they are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites and protected regions. Our knowledgeable city tour guide will show you these heritage places.  You will have a great time visiting the stupas, temples, shrines, monasteries, and many other places. Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of Asia's oldest Buddhist stupas. Lord Shiva is worshiped at Nepal's largest Hindu temple, Pashupatinath, on the Bagmati River. 

After your amazing whole-day city excursion, you will get back to your hotel. After that, you will be taken to one Nepali Cultural Restaurant where you will get both delicious Nepali dinner along with an amazing cultural performance. You will meet your trekking guide, there will be a short briefing session about your trekking and the guide will basically answer all your queries. Overnight at a Hotel in Kathmandu. 

 

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

This day involves a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is the starting point for the trek. The drive takes around 6-7 hours, and it offers beautiful views of the Himalayas and the Nepalese countryside. You can experience the highway lifestyle of Nepal and also some villages or towns on the banks of the river Trishuli and Marshyangdi. After reaching Pokhara, you can explore the lakeside and city and also hunt for the best authentic Nepali taste as well as intercontinental cuisine around the lakeside. 

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time6-7 hr
  • Maximum Altitude830 m

The journey starts with a 20 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, and then a short trek to Kagbeni, which is the gateway to the Mustang region. Kagbeni is a charming village with narrow streets and traditional houses. You can explore the unique village of Kagbeni with its walled passages and strange clay effigies decorating the walls. You can also hike up to the Kali Gandaki river for a landscape views of the Kagbeni village.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time30 min flight & 3hr hike
  • Maximum Altitude2,800 m

After quick breakfast, you will start the trek through a barren landscape, and you will pass through several small villages and monasteries. You will also cross the Kali Gandaki River, which is the deepest gorge in the world where the wind will chase you as you hike up. As you hike higher, you can explore the changes in the house that are white washed among the fields of barley. After 5-6 hours of trek you will finally reach chele village and accomodate at a standard guest house.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,110 m

The next day, the trail continues to climb as you reach Geling, which is a small village located on a hilltop. From there you can see a great view of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges. It's a charming village with traditional houses and a small monastery.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,500 m

On this day, you will trek from Geling to Charang, passing through small villages and beautiful landscapes. Charang is another large village with a red palace and a large white stupa. The trail is 4-5 hours long but is relatively easy as you pass through small villages and Charang Chu river.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time4-5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,630 m

The next day, you will be trekking to Lo Manthang, the capital of the Mustang region. Lo Manthang is a walled city with a palace, and several monasteries and temples.  Lo Manthang is the major highlight of the trek and also known as the former capital of the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang. It is a home to several ancient monastries and gompas which you can explore.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time3-4 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,840 m

This day is a rest day, and you can explore the city and visit the palace, monasteries and temples. You will be treking to Tingkar Gompa, a small Buddhist monastery located on a hilltop. You will have an opportunity to explore the monastery and learn about the local culture and religion. The Namgyal Gompa is situated at the hilltop of the village which holds special social, religious and legal importace of the region. It is also known a the courthouse of the Lo Manthang Village.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time4-5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,930 m

The 10th day of the trek, will be longer trekking day but as usual, there will be plenty of exciting things to explore on the way! The Ghar Gompa, which dates back a century and features breathtaking rock art, can be found in Gyakar Village. As is traditional when you reach this point, you must make a wish.  From this point, the trail descents as you pass through small villages before you reach Dramkar.

 

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,820 m

After breakfast, you will be starting your day with an early trek from Drakmar to Syangmochen, passing through small villages and beautiful landscapes. The trail will lead you to Syangmochen, a small village in the Mustang region. The area is known for its beautiful landscapes, and you will be able to see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, as well as the unique landscapes of the Mustang region. The trail itself is relatively easy and mostly descends to Syangmochen. Once you reach Syangmochen, you will spend the night there, in a local teahouse or guesthouse. This will give you the opportunity to explore the village, interact with the local people and learn about their culture and lifestyle.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,800 m

On this day, you will trek from Syangmochen to Chhusang, passing through small villages and beautiful landscapes. Chhusang is a small village with traditional houses and a small gompa. The trail descends gradually from Syangmochen to Chhusang, passing through small villages and offering great views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Once you reach Chhusang, you will spend the night there, in a local teahouse or guesthouse. This will give you the opportunity to explore the village, interact with the local people and learn about their culture and lifestyle. Chhusang is also a good spot to explore the surrounding area, it is known for its beautiful views of the Himalayas, the Kali Gandaki river and the traditional Mustangi houses.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,980 m

On this day, you will trek from Chhusang to Muktinath, passing through small villages and beautiful landscapes. Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists and is known for its temples and holy springs. The trail starts with an ascent towards Thorong La pass (5416m) which is one of the highest passes in the region, offering panoramic views of the Himalayas.

The trail can be challenging as it's a high altitude pass, and it's recommended to acclimatize properly before attempting it. Once you reach Muktinath, you will spend the night there, in a local teahouse or guesthouse. This will give you the opportunity to explore the village and visit the famous Muktinath Temple which is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will also be able to enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,800 m

On this day, you will trek from Muktinath to Jomsom, which is the endpoint of the trek. You will be descending from the Upper Mustang to the Lower Mustang region. Jomsom is a large village with several teahouses and guesthouses where you can spend the night.

The trail descends gradually from Muktinath to Jomsom, passing through small villages, and offering great views of the surrounding landscapes. The path can be quite rocky in some parts, but overall it is not too challenging.  Jomsom is also a good spot to explore the surrounding area, it is known for its beautiful views of the Himalayas, the Kali Gandaki river and the traditional Mustangi houses.

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,700 m

After breakfast, you will return to the airport and fly back to Pokhara. It will be another beautiful and scenic flight with mountain views, landscapes, and scenery. You can enjoy the lakeside and  night life of the Pokhara city. Overnight at Pokhara.

 

  • Accommodation 3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time30 min
  • Maximum Altitude830

This will be your final day in Pokhara and you will fly back to Kathmandu, where the trek ends and you can spend your last night in Nepal before your departure.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time25 min
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

So, Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. We will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. Please note that you have to be at the airport before 3 hours of flight time. 

  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included

  • All the ground transportation in private vehicles inclusing both domestic arrivals/departures 
  • 3X nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Kumari Boutique Hotel)
  • 2X nights accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast in three star standard hotel 
  • Guided Kathmandu day tours in private vehicles 
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara  - Kathmandu  transfer by tourist bus 
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara transfer by flights 
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek in standard teahouse & lodges 
  • Full board meal with tea/coffee (breakfast, lucnh & dinner) during the trek 
  • An experienced, certified and professional trekking guide for the entire trek 
  • A porter for two trekkers ( if you are travelling solo, you've to pay extra for the porter)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance and salary of guide and porter 
  • All the necessary permits and entrances such as ACAP, TIMS Card and Restricted Area Permit 
  • A comprehensive medical kit carried by your trek leader 
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Season fruits as dessert during the trekking 
  • Trekking duffel bag, trekking map, t-shirt from the company will be provided 
  • Company service charges and government taxes 
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa and entry fee 
  • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses during the trip 
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Additional Info

High Altitude Sickness

High altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a condition that can occur when trekking or climbing at high altitudes. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. To prevent AMS, it is important to acclimatize properly by ascending slowly and allowing your body time to adjust to the change in altitude. It is also important to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and tobacco. If you experience any symptoms of AMS, it is important to descend to a lower altitude immediately.

Trekking Grade

The Upper Mustang Trek is considered a moderate to strenuous trek. It involves long days of hiking, with some steep and rocky sections. It is best suited for trekkers who are physically fit and have experience trekking at high altitudes.

Weather

The best time to trek in Upper Mustang is from late April to June and September to November. During these months, the weather is dry and clear, with warm days and cool nights. However, it is important to be prepared for sudden changes in weather, as temperatures can drop quickly at high altitudes. Be sure to bring warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, and good-quality trekking boots.

Food and Transportation

Food is readily available along the trek, with a variety of local and international options. Transportation to and from the trekking trailhead is typically by jeep.

Telephone and Internet

Telecommunications coverage is limited in Upper Mustang, and internet access is not widely available. It is best to bring a satellite phone for emergency communication.

Electricity

There is no electricity in most of the villages in Upper Mustang. Solar panels are used to generate electricity in some places, but they can be unreliable. It is best to bring a power bank to charge your devices.

Drinking Water

Drinking water is readily available along the trek, but it is important to be aware that water sources at high altitudes can be contaminated with Giardia and other water-borne pathogens. It is best to bring a water filter or purification tablets to purify your water.

Luggage

Porters are available to carry your luggage along the trek. You are only allowed to carry a limited amount of personal belongings on the trek.

Trekking Equipment

Good quality trekking boots, waterproof jackets, warm clothing, and a sleeping bag are essential equipment for the trek. You may also consider bringing a trekking pole, a headlamp, a water filter, and a first aid kit.

Trekking leader and crew

It is recommended to hire a guide for the trek as it is a restricted trek. You need to take a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit and a special permit for the Upper Mustang trek. Additionally, make sure to have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking.

Customized Itinerary

If there is not a suitable date for trekking departure from kathmandu as per your time schedule you can mention your suitable time and date for a tailored itinerary so that we can organize a great trip to the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. 

Trip Extensions

In addition to Annapurna Circuit Trek, we can organize trips to Everest Trekking, Langtang Trekking, Manaslu Trekking, Mustang Trekking, Mountain flight, water rafting,  jungle safari, City tour (Kathmandu, Pokhara or Lumbini ), homestay Tour, Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet tour, Bhutan tour or India tour extension as per your time frame.

FAQs

Q1. Why should I choose the Upper Mustang Trek?

Upper Mustang trekking is a unique privilege. You can see how real mountain people live. For many years, they didn't have much contact with the rest of Nepal, so they were able to keep their rich cultural traditions here. Their ruler had already received official recognition from the Nepali government.

Given that Upper Mustang is geographically a part of the Tibetan plateau, trekking there is similar in many ways to trekking in Tibet. Within the borders of Nepal, the Mustang district was an independent kingdom until 1950. The last ruler of Mustang, the Raja, still lives in the city called Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang was only opened to trekkers from outside of Nepal fifteen years ago, and even now, access is very limited. To get to Upper Mustang, trekkers need a different trekking permit and to be with a licensed guide. Every form of the Upper Mustang is distinctive.

Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized zone until 1992. Because it was cut off from the rest of the world, it became one of the most protected places on Earth. The bulk of the population still speaks traditional Tibetan languages because the valley spans from the summit of the Annapurna Circuit south to north, all the way to the border with Tibet.

The Upper Mustang Trek, and the entire Mustang region, was restricted for many years to protect the unique culture and way of life of the local people, as well as to preserve the sensitive ecosystem and archaeological sites in the area. In the past, the region saw a large influx of tourists, which had a negative impact on the environment and the local community.

Within a few hours of getting to a high altitude, people with AMS have nausea, shortness of breath, headaches, and trouble moving. All the delight you were feeling before things became terrible will be taken away by a general feeling of exhaustion. You can have trouble falling asleep, feeling lightheaded, and having a really bad headache. Additionally, you can become uncoordinated, have problems walking, and develop a tight chest. If the condition worsens to HAPE or HACE, you will experience confusion, shortness of breath while at rest, and most likely won't be able to move at all. AMS is not just present on hikes to the highest peaks or to the Everest Base Camp.

The Upper Mustang will immediately cross your mind if you're seeking the ideal place to go trekking in Nepal during the summer. You may enjoy clear days and dry weather this time of year because the Upper Mustang is in the Annapurnas' rain shadow. Surprisingly, the summertime is also comparatively peaceful. Your tea houses will be the best. The spring and fall seasons are the busiest ones. Winter trekking is also possible in the Upper Mustang, but you'll need to make sure you have the necessary equipment.

Upper Mustang is a restricted area because it is close to the border between Nepal and Tibet. As a result, the permit to enter the area is expensive, costing $500 per person for the first 10 days and $50 per day after that.

  1. This Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is valid from the time you depart Kagbeni (for this trek) to the time you return. You simply need the 10 days RAP for this Magical Nepal Upper Mustang Trek.
  2. Cost of a restricted permit is $500 for ten days per person. if the expedition lasts longer than 10 days, $50 per day (within the Upper Mustang area proper)
  3. Each trekker must also contribute $20 to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This permission is good for the duration of the trek.

The Upper Mustang Trek is considered to be a more exclusive and remote trek compared to other treks in Nepal, which is one reason why the prices are higher A special permit is required to enter the Mustang region, and the government limits the number of trekkers who can enter the region each year. The permit cost is around 500$ per person for the first 10 days, and 50$ per person per day thereafter. That's already a significant part of the cost.

Another reason for the higher cost is the logistical challenges of trekking in the Mustang region. The region is remote and largely inaccessible by road, which means that all supplies and equipment need to be transported by mules or yaks. This increases the cost of the trek as porters and mules need to be hired. Furthermore, the local infrastructure is limited and there are fewer options for accommodation and food, which also contributes to the higher cost.

This trek is regarded as difficult due to the altitude and arid environment. You gasp as the locals race by you, wondering "why?" Remember, they were born at altitude, like the Sherpas of the Khumbu (Everest) Region. All the Nepalese Himalayan treks are challenging. The mountains and the Kingdom of Lo, on the other hand, make up for it. Since it's in the rain shadow, you can undertake this trek almost year-round. Although we don't recommend coming in winter when the snow is heavy and many people leave for Pokhara or Kathmandu in winter to survive. This hike is safe to do in the monsoon (June–September).

We recommend good health and extra exercise or hiking time before coming to Nepal for all treks! Work on cardio and leg muscles! When planning your travel insurance, do not even forget to include high-altitude trekking in the coverage.

Yes, it is possible to go on a private Upper Mustang trek. Footprint Adventure offers private trekking packages for the Upper Mustang region. A private trek means that you will have your own guide and porter, and you can customize your itinerary to suit your interests and fitness level. This allows for more flexibility in terms of your daily schedule and also provides a more personalized experience.

However, it is important to note that the Upper Mustang region is a restricted area and special permits are required for trekking in the area. These permits can be obtained through authorized trekking agencies or tour operators. Also, private trekking in the Upper Mustang region may cost more than group trekking. It is important to do research and choose a reputable agency or tour operator to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.

The Upper Mustang trek is a moderate to challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness. The trek involves walking for several hours a day, at high altitude, and over rough terrain. The total duration of the trek is around 10-12 days, and the average daily walking distance is around 6-8 hours. To prepare for the trek, it is recommended that you engage in regular physical exercise such as hiking, running, or cycling for several months before the trek.  Additionally, it's also important to acclimatize properly since the trek takes you to altitudes above 4,000 meters, and altitude sickness can be a risk. 

It's also important to keep in mind that the trek is not a technical climb, and no prior climbing experience is required. However, you should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking for several hours a day.

We don't recommend independent trekking in the Mustang region. All trekkers must go with a guide and a porter, and obtain a special permit before undertaking the trek. So yes, a guide and a porter are required for the Upper Mustang Trek. They will help you navigate the trail, and they will also help to carry your gear.

When you decide to go trekking in the Upper Mustang, you may anticipate staying in a respectable hotel in Pokhara and staying in teahouses while you are out on the trail. Expecting a luxurious show in Nepal is unrealistic, regardless of where you stay. Although the accommodations are rather basic, they are ideal for individuals who need to rest their legs after hiking and trekking. 

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