Tradition & Culture in Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang is mostly influenced by Tibetan Buddhists culture and also known as the Mini-Tibet of Nepal. We will get to witness ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, chortens, prayer walls, centuries-old monasteries, and kaanis. We will interact with locals and also experience their lifestyle, tradition, and culture. The people residing here are one of the kindest and most welcoming so don't feel shy to interact with them. Moreover, the isolation of this region has contributed immensely to conserve the cultural heritage and tradition for centuries.
We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the Upper Mustang Trek, we will stay in teahouse. Teahouse is basically a combination of hotel and lodge. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations. Please understand that the services in the teahouse will be very basic and also all the teahouse does not come with attached washrooms.
Meals & Drinking Water
In Upper Mustang Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.
Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.
Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness
Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate trek. The trails are not so difficult and challenging in terms of technical climbing but, do includes 5-6 hours of walk each day. Therefore you need to be passionate and in good health. Trekking to the higher altitude always demands average physical fitness, positive attitude, and a strong determination. If you have any previous hiking or trekking experience it would be great but, it's not mandatory to go on Upper Mustang Trek.
Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.
Best Season to go on Upper Mustang Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (last September to November) are the best seasons to go the Upper Mustang Trek. In Monsoon during the Tiji festival, one can also go on this trek. During the winter the climate become harsher still trek can be done but, this time of the year might not be suitable for everyone.
Upper Mustang Trek Permit
Upper Mustang is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, and tourists are required to get certain permits to enter in this region. Moreover, many parts of the trail also lie in the Annapurna Conservation Area which, also demand one more permit.
Besides that to go on trekking in Nepal you need to get special permission from the Government of Nepal, and also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).
Following is the list of permits for the Upper Mustang Trek:
Upper Mustang restricted area permit for foreigners: USD 500 per person for the first 10 days & USD 50 per day thereafter.
ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)
ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)
TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Around USD 10)
TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
*These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on Upper Mustang Trek?
Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Upper Mustang Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. We have designed this package to give you all of the Upper Mustang Trekking experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.