Upper Mustang Alternative Trek

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US$ 2,500 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    18 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    4000 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Car & Flight

  • Region/Type

    Annapurna Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

The Upper Mustang Alternative Trekking trips main motive is to offer a real off-the-beaten-path trekking experience. The journey is all about discovering Upper Mustang’s hidden gems including Lo Manthang also popular as the Walled Kingdom of Lo which has a rich ancient history. 

This 2-week long trek package takes you through a stunning semi-arid desert with colorful rock formations, steep canyons, and ever-stretching magnificent vistas. It is also a great way to learn about the old Buddhist monarchy that is similar to Tibet. You will be introduced to amazing mountain views, historic caverns, lovely monasteries, colorful mani walls, unusual chortens, and fluttering prayer flags.

Upper Mustang Alternative Trek begins with a picturesque flight to Jomsom, just like Upper Mustang Trek. The destinations are the same as the Upper Mustang Trek at the end of the day; the only difference is the route we take to avoid the motorable Upper Mustang route. 

The main reason to design this Upper Mustang Alternative Trekking route is to deliver a true Himalayan Trail trekking experience rather than walking on the paved trail. This alternative route is more like a special version of the regular route, as you will be able to see more landscapes, settlements, and culture than on the usual route.

Why Upper Mustang?

The Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal, Upper Mustang is unlike anywhere else in Nepal. The distinctive geography and culture of the region allure the outsiders to visit here. The unexploited natural components, ancient essences, and the never-ending relationship between mountains and Mustangis are the also main reason to visit here in today's world of modernization. 

Upper Mustang is soaked in undisturbed Tibetan Buddhist culture with ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and cave dwellings high up on the cliffs, as well as the stunning architecture in view at the walled city of Lo. Medieval treasures, bright prayer flags, and people on horseback all stand in stark contrast to modern civilization.

The Upper Mustang region is identical to Tibet in terms of geography, culture, tradition, and people. In fact, the Upper Mustang is believed to have been a part of Tibet in ancient times. As a result, the upper mustang journey will now give you the sensation of trekking in Tibet as well.

The journey to this magical land also provides close-up views of beautiful mountains including Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiri Himal, and many more. You will have the opportunity to interact with some of Mustang's oldest mountain tribe families such as the “Lobas”. You will get to learn their tales and stories. 

Therefore, Upper Mustang, without a doubt, has a beauty and glitz that no other trekking destination can match. It is a rare gem for those seeking mystery and producing magical tales in the fantasy realm. 

Why Upper Mustang Alternative Trek?

The mysterious land of Upper Mustang was made open to outsiders only in 1992. However, this ‘once hidden kingdom’ is transforming. Motorable roads are being constructed for years with no end in sight right through the formerly trekking routes altering the true trekking experience and upsetting the gems by so-called modern civilization. So, for the following reasons, Upper Mustang Alternative Trek is designed: 

  • To avoid the motorable dusty roads 
  • To give a real trekking experience to the trekkers
  • Chance to walk on real off-the-beaten-path
  • Opportunity to explore more hidden and abandoned valleys & settlements
  • Gives a feeling of a real explorer
  • Distinctive remoteness and landscape 
  • Unfolds the pure nature undisturbed by modernization
  • Helps remote local communities economically

The Himalayan Trekkers proudly present the Alternative Track of Upper Mustang after exploring this mystic picturesque region. Our crew, guides, riders, and administrative team put into efforts to provide an alternative route to Upper Mustang for the trekkers who prefer to trek into the wilderness, who enjoy the pristine valleys, and prefer isolation while trekking. Although relatively remote, Upper Mustang Alternative Trek is perfect for relishing in the tranquility of unspoiled nature and culture. 

However, if you prefer to take the traditional path, check out our well-designed Upper Mustang Trek itinerary.\

Highlights of Alternative Route to Upper Mustang Trek

  • One of the most adventurous and scenic flights in the world, i.e. from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Trekking experience through unexplored settlements via an off-the-beaten-trial 
  • Breathtaking view of landscapes and plateaus in the Himalayan foothills 
  • Hidden valleys, unique culture, historic monasteries, ancient caverns
  • Views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and other Himalayan peaks abound
  • The Once Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang

How difficult is Upper Mustang Alternative Trek?

The Upper Mustang Alternative Trek is rated as somewhat more challenging than the Upper Mustang Trek. Long trekking days and several long, steep ascents and descents in often windy circumstances are part of this itinerary. Being dry and arid throughout the air, the dust and wind can be one of the most difficult factors of the journey. 

You will spend the majority of the days below 4000 meters and the highest you will conquer on this trip is 4230 meters at Marang La Pass. There are no such tricky sections to be worried about in this trekking route and anyone physically and mentally strong can accomplish it. But, the higher altitude can cause AMS/altitude sickness. So, trekkers should be cautious when traversing at higher altitudes; enough acclimatization and rest should be considered.

The typical daily walking time is 6-7 hours and some days you will have to walk for 9-10 hours a day because of the lack of accommodations on this alternative route. It could be a cause of worry which is why we suggest the trekkers be prepared beforehand. You are advised to work on your stamina level, hit on a gym, and work on your cardio and leg muscles. 

The wrong choice of weather can also cause the trek to be unaccomplished. Hence, trekkers should have knowledge regarding the weather of the trekking region beforehand. 

Best time to do Upper Mustang Alternative Trek

Unlike other trekking journeys in Nepal, Upper Mustang Trek is best done in summer/monsoon as it is a rain shadow area. The weather is pleasant, the terrain is beautiful, and the mountain vistas are breathtaking. It is also the best time to view the Himalayan desert plateau's greenery. However, the flights from Pokhara to Jomsom may be delayed owing to the wet and foggy weather in the lower region. But, it would be perfect onwards once you reach the Upper Mustang area. 

Spring is an excellent time to explore both the common and alternative route to Upper Mustang, especially if trekking in from Lower Mustang, as the weather will be warmer and the rivers of snowmelt will be flowing in the lower region. This is also considered the finest time of the year to traverse through high mountain passes. 

Autumn is the season with the bluest skies and finest mountain views in Nepal, including the Upper Mustang region. However, afternoons can be windy, so trekkers much come prepared. Most of the lodges close and residents transfer to the lower region by late November marking the end of the trekking season in Upper Mustang. 

The trails are completely covered in snow during winter. There will be no lodges and locals in the Upper Mustang Area due to the harsh cold. So, it is advised to avoid Upper Mustang Trek and Upper Mustang Alternative Trek during the winter months. 

Permits to do Upper Mustang Alternative Trek 

Trekkers need to obtain two types of permits to do the Upper Mustang Alternative Trek such as 

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Fee: NPR. 3000 Per Person
  • Restricted Area Permit (RAP): USD 500 per person for a period of ten days. If you spend a longer time than that, you'll need to pay an extra USD 50.00 per person for each additional day.

NOTE: Only a group permit is allowed for Upper Mustang Alternative Trek, hence at least two or more individuals are required for this trek. Similarly, an authorized guide/porter is also mandatory for this trek. All the permits can be issued by only the authorized Trekking Agency, so Himalayan Trekkers will take care of all the formalities and issue your permits.  

Itinerary in Details

1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives from the Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and transfer you to the respective hotel. After the hotel check-in formalities, you can rest and freshen up. Then, we will have a short briefing session regarding the Upper Mustang Alternative Tour. 

Note: If your arrival is on time, after the tour briefing session, we will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the stupa complex and its’ surroundings. It is the biggest and one of the most significant Buddhist sites in Nepal that represent Tibetan Buddhism. 

Then, we will move to Pashupatinath Temple which is 15 minutes drive from Boudhanath. Pashupatinath is another world heritage site that is located on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. It is one of the four prominent Hindu Sites in the world that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. We will attend the evening Aarati Ceremony and you might witness the open cremation ceremony on the opposite.  

After exploring these two religious sites, we will return to Thamel and stroll around its markets.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After a delicious breakfast, we will proceed for the full day of guided Kathmandu Sightseeing. We will visit the other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley such as Swoyambhunath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 

Swoyambhunath Temple/Stupa is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal located on the hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. Popular as the ‘monkey temple’, it is worshipped by both Buddhist and Hindi Pilgrims presenting the religious harmony in the country. 

Patan Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares in the Kathmandu valley located in the heart of Lalitpur city, the city of beauty. The city is popular for its distinct culture, arts, and architecture and the durbar square reflects the beauty of the city nicely. The durbar square complex houses many Hindu and Buddhist monuments with unique art and architectural works. The Patan Museum, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Golden Window, Golden Temple, Krishna Temple, etc. are some of the must-see sites here. 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is another durbar square in the valley in the Bhaktapur district. There are many sculptures, woodcarving, and huge pagoda temples dedicated to many gods and goddesses proving the popularity of the city for its arts and architecture. 55 Window Palace, Golden Gate, Lion's Gate, Nyatapola Temple, etc. are a few examples.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

3: Drive to Pokhara

🕑 6/7 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 850 M

To start our trekking journey to Upper Mustang, we will drive to Pokhara, the major gateway to Upper Mustang and the Annapurna region today. We start the drive soon after breakfast at the hotel following the Prithvi Highway's meandering roads. Our drive goes along the raging Trishuli River and you can get a glimpse of the mountains from the vehicle windows. We will reach Pokhara after 7 hours of drive with some short breaks on the way. As we approach Pokhara, we can get a better sight of the beautiful mountains like Mt. Machhapuchhre or Fishtail Mountain (6993m) and Annapurna (8091m). 

We will check in, rest, and freshen up. Later, we will go boating on the gorgeous Phewa Lake and visit the Tal Barahi Temple in the middle of the lake. You may take an easy and relaxing walk on the lakeside in the evening.  

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Pokhara

4: Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Lubra village - Kagbeni

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2860 M

After an early morning breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara, we transfer to Pokhara Airport for a 20-minute scenic as well as an adventurous flight to Jomsom(2720m). The trekking journey begins from Jomsom in the direction of Lubra Village. Our walk goes along the Kaligandaki River and after an hour, we will reach a river named Panda Khola. From there, we will take a different trail than the common trekking trail to reach the Lubra Village. 

We will make a short halt at the village for lunch and explore the village and the Bon monastery there. Our trek then follows a lovely route to Kagbeni Village which is our today’s destination. The village is located ideally located at the back of two rivers. The dwellings of Kagbeni are distinctive and decorated with clay statues which are interesting to outsiders like us. We will check in at one of the guest houses there, eat our dinner and rest our tired legs for an overnight

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

5: Trek to Tangbe – Chuksang - Chele

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3050 M

Following a hearty breakfast at Kagbeni and a short morning Kagbeni village tour, we will begin our climb towards Chele. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, where we will be tested by the wind as it whistles up the valley gorge. We will encounter occasional ups and downs and after nearly four hours we arrive at Tange village with white-washed houses built among buckwheat and barley fields. We will eat our lunch here and have a short stroll around the village. Then, we resume our trek towards Chuksang Village from where we will follow a ridge to reach Chele. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

6: Trek to Samar – Gyakar - Chhungsi cave – Syangboche – Ghilling

🕑 7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3570 M

Today will be a tough one as we will be walking a little more hour extra than the before days covering 17 kilometers distance. We leave Chele early in the morning after breakfast with packed lunch as there are no lodges en route being the new trekking path. The trail ascends to Taklam La at 3624 meters and comes across Samar village. We will be passing by some monasteries and arid pastures and Gyakar Village on the left side. From Samar, we have amazing views of Mount Nilgiri. This is also a common resting spot for horses and mule caravans. 

From Samar, we take an alternative route to reach Syangboche via Chungsi Cave. From Syangboche, we walk through a spectacular desert environment and a few isolated communities and come across another mountain pass named the Yamada La at 3735 meters. After a few minute stop at the pass, the descending trail leads us to the Gheling village with mud and stone buildings painted white and ochre, like those in Mustang. 

We check in at our lodge and rest before visiting the Gheling Monastery. You can attend the Puja at the monastery if you are interested. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

7: Trek to Ghami – Drakmar

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3520 M

Today we travel from Gheling to Drakmar. Leaving Gheling after breakfast, we follow the trail leading us to Tama Gaun/village which then climbs to the mountain pass at 4015 meters above sea level called Nyi La. From here, the trail descends to the road, where we will follow a left-hand alternative way to Ghami passing Ghami la (3765 m). 

Then the trek descends to a suspension bridge across the Ghami Khola, which is rugged and often treacherous. We will traverse past the longest mani walls (stone-built walls with Tibetan mantras carved into the stones) in the region and a few ancient chortens. After 6 hours of walking and trekking, we arrive at Drakmar for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

8: Trek to Tsarang

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3500 M

After we eat our breakfast at Dhakmar, we will go on a cave tour and short village tour before heading to Tsarang village. We will climb steeply to the Tsarang La Pass at 3870 meters, which provides a stunning view of Dhakmar village and the Himalayan ranges including Annapurna and Nilgiri. Following the downward slope, we will reach Tsarang, where we can see a spectacular fortress and a red Gompa.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

9: Trek to Marang – Ghar Gompa – Marang

🕑 4 Hours walk

Max Altitude: 3810 M

We will walk up the upper way to avoid the road to Lo-Manthang from Tsarang. After a few hours of leaving Tsarang village, we will arrive at Marang village which is one of the most remote villages in Mustang. The settlement is around 6 kilometers north of Tsarang. 

Once we reach Marang, we check-in at the guest house, rest for a bit and set our walk to Ghar Gompa. The popular Guru Rinpoche Gompa also called Lo Gekar is 2 kilometers from Marang. Ghar Gompa is the oldest monastery in the Upper Mustang region which dated back to the 8th century. 
After exploring the Gompa and its surroundings, we will return to Marang for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

10: Trek to Lo-Manthang via Marang La Pass

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3800 M

The walk begins in Marang, with a spectacular vista of the arid plateaus. After a couple of hours of continuous walk with chances of several blue sheep and other wild creatures, we come across the Marang La Pass at 4230 meters. It is also called Chogo La and is the highest point reached on the upper mustang trip. We will halt at the pass for a short time to admire the spectacular Annapurna Himalayan Range and then start descending to Lo-Manthang, the capital and the major highlight of the Upper Mustang.

Lo Manthang's walled city is truly a sight to behold. It is a charming community steeped in history. Once we reach the settlement, we will check-in at one of the lodges and take a brief rest. Later, we will visit three historic monasteries such as the Jampa Monastery, Thupchen Monastery, Chode Monastery, and the Monastic Museum if time permits. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

11: Explore the Lo-Manthang

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 3800 M

We will spend an extra day at Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and exploration purposes. After breakfast, we will hike to the Chhoser Village and explore it. The 40-room Jhong Cave which is also called sky Cave is the highlight of the village. It is the largest man-made cave in Upper Mustang and is believed to be 2500 years old. The cave is five-storied with ancient parchments preserved by aged wooden coverings with Buddhist murals and Tibetan writings. We will also visit the Namgyal Gompa and Ani Gompa before returning to Lo-Manthang. 

The remainder of the day can be spent visiting the old castles of the former King and Queen of the Upper Mustang Region, exploring the walled village, interacting with the locals, and paying visits to the monasteries. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

12: Trek to Yara

🕑 7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3650 M

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Walled Kingdom and head towards Yara Village. We softly begin our trek and after an hour we reach Dhi La Pass at 3950 meters. From here, we descend steeply and cross through a gorge to reach Dhi settlement. The lovely settlement, a cluster of cottages and a stretch of fields and trees, is located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki. After our lunch at Dhi, we continue our walk to reach today’s destination, Yara Village. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

13: Trek to Dhey Khola – Tange

🕑 8 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3340 M

Today will be a long and challenging journey. After breakfast, the trek begins with a gentle ascent, followed by a steady walk. After 3 hours of walking from Yara, the trail goes downhill to Dhey/Dhechyang Kola. After lunch at the lone lodge at Dhey, we will follow the trail that climbs sharply to the top of a small pass and continue on a wide plateau till we reach Tange Village. Tange is one of the most beautiful villages in the Upper Mustang with an expansive riverbed below and iconic Mustang Mountains all around. There are beautiful colorful chortens, magnificent mani wall, friendly locals, and roaming Mustang horses which makes our stay in Tange wonderful. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

14: Trek to Tetang via Pa

🕑 10 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 3200 M

We will start earlier than usual as today will be the longest and most challenging journey. The trek begins with a strenuous 800-meter ascent from the riverbed and after 3 hours we reach the top of the cliffs. The top of the cliff decorated with fluttering colorful flags offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches far and wide. 

From there, we will move towards an abandoned town of Pa which is more rolling, passing through a landscape covered with little pink and red prickly shrubs. After spending a short time at Pa, we will move forward with a company of spectacular rock formations, and the snowy peaks of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, etc. 
Then we will make the final 900 meters descent to reach Tetang. The first out of three descents is the most difficult one with a steep and slick underfoot and the region’s high winds. 

Note: Because there is no place to have lunch on the path, you must bring a packed lunch from Tange. You can get water from a little spring at Pa on occasion, but it's preferable to bring plenty for the entire day in case it's dry.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

15: Trek to Gyu La Pass – Jhong – Muktinath & Drive to Marpha

🕑 7 Hours Walk + 2 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 2600 M

Another long day awaits. After breakfast, we will resume our trekking journey on a pretty steep trail. The 1100-meter rise from Tetang takes us to the Gyu La Pass at 4077 meters followed by a rather easy 400-meter descent to Muktinath. We will get to relish the panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche peaks from the pass. 

Muktinath is a sacred site devoted to Lord Vishnu and visited by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. It is located on the lap of the Thorong La Pass. There are 108 water taps in one of the courtyards and it is believed that bathing with water from these 108 waterspouts will help you to get rid of all the sins you have done. Devotees take a spiritual bath even during the freezing winters. 

After paying our visits to the Muktinath Temple ( 3900 M), we will board a jeep and travel to Marpha village. Marpha is one of the most beautiful villages in the Lower Mustang Region which has preserved its history and architecture till now. Marpha is also famous for its delicious apples and apple products, especially apple brandy. 
Upon reaching the village, we will check-in at the lodge and rest. You can take a stroll around the apple orchids, taste some of the apple products, and see the process of making local apple brandy. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

16: Drive to Pokhara

🕑 6/7 hours Drive

Max Altitude: 850 M

Soon after breakfast, we will leave Marpha village and board the vehicle to Pokhara. Our drive goes along the world’s deepest gorge - Kali Gandaki, one of the most stunning Rupse Waterfall, and the popular Natural Hot Spring – Tatopani. 
Once in Pokhara, we check in at the hotel and rest. Later in the evening, you can take a walk on the lakeside or visit some of the popular landmarks there. 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Pokhara

17: Drive Back to Kathmandu

🕑 7 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We bid farewell to Pokhara and the gorgeous Annapurna and Machhapuchhre after breakfast and head back to Kathmandu. After 7 hours of scenic drive along the highway, we will reach Kathmandu. We will check-in, rest, and take a walk around the Thamel market for souvenir shopping. In the evening, we will have a traditional Nepalese dinner and enjoy the cultural program at an authentic Nepalese restaurant to celebrate the journey’s joyful completion. 

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

18: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

After breakfast, one of the representatives from Himalayan Trekkers will transfer you to the airport for your scheduled flight back to your home or onward destination. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Airport transfer on a private vehicle
  • 3* standard category hotel accommodation on twin/Dbl sharing in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Best Available Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis while on the trek
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Flight from Pokhara – to Jomsom 
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit/ Restricted Area Permit (RAP)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP)
  • English-speaking government registered trekking guide and required no. of porters (1 porter: 2 Trekkers)
  • Guide and porter's meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • All required ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary 
  • All heritage fees and guided sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • A Mustang region trekking map
  • All applicable government tax and service charge

 

Excludes

  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu and Departure tax
  • Nepal  Multiple Entry Visa Fees
  • Meals - Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, internet/Wi-Fi, Phone Calls, Any Kind of Beverage, etc. 
  • Extra night stay accommodations in Kathmandu/Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal Gear/Clothing 
  • Tips and gratitude to Guide/Porters
  • Expenses that are caused by unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslide, strike, political condition, etc. 
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section

 

FAQ'S

Q. 1. How fit should I be to do the Upper Mustang Alternative Trek?

Trekkers should be mentally prepared, physically strong, and ready to go on a long trek. Exercising and running daily for a couple of weeks before the trip is a good idea to improve stamina.

Please keep in mind that the more fit you are, the more enjoyable the walk will be. You must be in good health and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong resolve to participate in our Upper Mustang Trek. Participants with pre-existing medical concerns such as heart, lung, or blood disorders should let us know before signing up for the walk.

Q. 2. Can you do the Upper Mustang Alternative Tour as a solo trekker?

No solo visitors are allowed to trek or visit the restricted Upper Mustang Region. There must be a minimum of two travelers (guides and porters do not count) to obtain the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit. 

But note that, independent trekkers can join the groups in our company who are willing to the trek. We frequently have group departures to the Upper Mustang Trek, which is one of the world's most famous treks.

Q. 3. Is there any Internet service in Upper Mustang?

Upper Mustang doesn't have fantastic internet access, so be ready for it. There are few guesthouses with WiFi but they aren’t always reliable. You can use Nepal Telecom (NTC) data connections in Upper Mustang but, again as you move higher, it will be more limited and slower. 

Q. 4. Can I charge my batteries and gadgets?

Upper Mustang relatively doesn’t have plentiful electricity. Even the capital, Lo Manthang relies on solar power generations. However, you should be able to charge your phone or camera batteries with the permission of the guesthouse owners. 

A great tip would be to bring extra camera batteries, a power bank, and/or a tiny lightweight solar panel with you.  

Q. 5. What happens if I get AMS during the trek?

AMS can occur to anyone regardless of how to fit or experienced you are, and regardless of your age once you reach an altitude of 3000 meters. The maximum elevation of this trek is 4230 meters at Marang La and we will have sufficient acclimatization to avoid AMS. 

However, in case you notice the basic symptoms of AMS or the feeling of being sick, you must notify your guide right away. Our guides have received extensive training in dealing with medical crises such as AMS and other illnesses. They know how to use an oxygen meter at high elevations to measure blood oxygen saturation levels. They can provide you with additional medical kits (First Aid) and health screenings as needed.

Accommodations during Upper Mustang Alternative Trek

Himalayan Trekkers provide 3-star standard category hotel/resort accommodations on a twin/double sharing basis in cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara. These cities, on the other hand, offer a diverse range of accommodation options, from the most basic to the most luxurious. If you prefer to upgrade the room service or want to have a single supplementary, we can provide them at an additional cost. 

On the other hand, Upper Mustang is a secluded region of Nepal but there are plenty of tea houses, homestays, and guesthouses, but on the common route. This alternative route follows both the common Upper Mustang Trek route and the eastern Upper Mustang route. 

Because of the remoteness of the settlements along the way, calling ahead to reserve a room or check if lodges are open can be difficult. But, we assure to accommodate our trekkers in the best available lodges or guesthouses in the area. 

Meals during Upper Mustang Alternative Trek 

All food costs are included in the package price, with the exception of lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you may discover restaurants with international menus. We can make a recommendation based on your preferences and budget.

The dining on the Upper Mustang alternative trek route is a mix of indigenous Nepali and Tibetan. Dal Bhat (Rice and Lentil) is a popular, tasty, and simple food in the region. It might be your every day, in fact, every main meal throughout the trek.

Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse or on the menu of the lodge where we will be spending the night, while lunch will be served on the way to a lodge or at the bank of the river or on the trail itself to the next stop. Because there are few food and hotel alternatives along the journey, we will need to bring a packed lunch for two or three days.

Drinking-Water during Upper Mustang Alternative Trek 

Upper Mustang is dry with limited natural water resources. Though the lodges sell bottled water and boiled water, the price can be quite costly as the altitude rises. However, being an alternative route that goes through the eastern route, bottled water may not be found. 

But the good news is that there are communal water taps where bottles can be filled for free in almost every community. For this, trekkers are suggested to bring reusable water bottles and water purifying tablets. And, when trekking over the eastern route, we need to bring enough water to survive the entire day, as there may be no water sources after leaving Yara and Tangge. 

 

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