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Upper Mustang Hidden Kingdom Trek

A trek to the remote semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang located north of Annpurna on the Tibet border.

Our Upper Mustang itinerary has been carefully designed to explore the quieter areas and in most places stays away from the new road. We approach Lo Manthang on the west side of the Kali Gandaki and descend on the less visited east side of this valley.

Upper Mustang is located north of Annapurna and at an average altitude of 4,000m is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. The valleys are arid and dry with colourful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and there are still very few people (about 700 trekkers each year) visiting Upper Mustang as a result it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.

Mustang is a remote semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom with a walled capital called Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang was once part of Tibet and was used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalaya into Nepal. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 and the current royal family can trace their lineage back to this time. In 1960’s Mustang was a strong hold for Tibetan Khampa guerrillas fighting the occupying Chinese forces. CIA supported these fighters and secretly trained some of them in the US.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 19 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2018 - £2,795 (or US$3,695 or €3,195) 2018 - £2,795 (or US$3,695 or €3,195)
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Price includes:

  • Internal flight to/from Jomsom and Kathmandu
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet, Hotel Manaslu or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only at hotel in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • Lodge based accommodation on trek however we also bring along tents in case you prefer to sleep outside of the lodge. The tents will be allocated on a twin share basis using our three person western branded tents.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Sherpa guides, ponies and cook. We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus
  • An 11 day Upper Mustang permit costs US$550 per person
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Upper Mustang region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • Complimentary Upper Mustang trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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Trip Grade Demanding

Trip Grade Demanding

Suitability:  a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 14 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • May 13th to 31st 2018
  • October 7th to 25th 2018
  • May 12th to 30th 2019
  • October 6th to 24th 2019

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 3Fly to Pokhara 
  • Day 4Morning flight to Jomsom (2,713m), trek to Kagbeni (2,810m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Chele (3,050m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Tamagaon (3,710m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Dhakmar (3,820m) 
  • Day 8Trek via Ghar Gumba to Lo Manthang (3,810m) 
  • Day 9Day to explore Lo Manthang (3,810m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Yara (3,650m) 
  • Day 11Day walk to Tashi Kumbum cave complex and to Luri gompa 
  • Day 12Trek to Tangge (3,240m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Paha (4,100m) 
  • Day 14Trek to Tetang (3,040m) 
  • Day 15Trek via Gyu La to Muktinath (3,760m) 
  • Day 16Trek via Lupra to Jomsom 
  • Day 17Fly to Pokhara and on to Kathmandu 
  • Day 18Spare day in Kathmandu 
  • Day 19Fly back home 
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