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MUSTANG TREK: Lower and Upper Mustang

The Mustang trek visits both lower and Upper Mustang. Starting in the lush lowlands it continues to the legendary kingdom of Mustang at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Historically, Mustang dominated the trade along the ancient route connecting Tibet with Nepal and India. The Lobas, the indigenous people of Mustang, are Buddhist and culturally Tibetan. But as the Mustangi king allied himself with Jumla rather than Lhasa, the region was eventually absorbed into Nepal. Hence, for political reasons, travel into Upper Mustang was strictly forbidden. And the region remained isolated from the modern world. In 1992 it was decided to allow outsiders in on a very limited basis. This isolation has helped maintain a way of life almost unchanged for centuries.

The Upper Mustang Trek in not a trek through alpine scenery. Instead, we will be in the great Himalayan rain shadow on a wind-swept desert landscape of implausible gorges, high passes and enormous vistas. We will climb a series of canyons and ridges and discover caves used by monks dating back to the 14th century. The altitude on this route is not extreme by Himalayan standards. And the area is home to snow leopard and blue sheep, lammergeier, yaks, and nomads, ammonites and medieval villages.

THE TREK

On the Mustang trek, we start out from by jeep Pokhara following the Kali Gandaki river. During our journey through lower Mustang, we will hike for a couple of days in the Kali Gandaki valley enjoying the beauty of the deepest gorge in the world. Sandwiched between Himalayan giants Annapurna and Dhauligiri, lower Mustang is quite beautiful. We continue by jeep past Jomsom and Kagbeni to Syangbochen from where we begin our hike to Lo Manthang on a trail west of the Kali Gandaki river. Return is via Luri Gompa and Tange villages east of the river through untouched ancient Tibetan villages. The trek ends with a flight out of Jomsom to Pokhara.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

The Upper Mustang Trek is a lodge trek. Consequently, you will sleep and eat meals in local lodges along the trail. The quality of the lodges on this trek are comparable to those on the Everest Base Camp Trek. And a majority of the lodges on this route have en suite rooms with hot showers. Furthermore, meals are also quite varied with many options including rice with veggies, noodles, local breads etc. Read our article about food options on lodge treks. Also, do check out our visual blog to see what kind of lodges and meals to expect on the Upper Mustang Trek. Do note, lodges in this region have been upgraded since this blog was written. You can consider upgrades to Royal Mustang Resort in Lo Manthang and Maya’s Heritage Inn in Tsarang.

Note, on the return to Jomsom from Luri Gompa, you will be CAMPING in tents for one night at Pa. The hike between Yara and Tetang is long and can take between 9-12 hours (depending on your hiking ability). And there are no villages or lodges in between. Instead we will break up this day by stopping at Pa where there is a shepherd’s hut. We use Mountain Hardwear (Trango) and North Face (VE 25) 4-season tents which are quite spacious and effective against the elements. We also provide sleeping pads. Our staff will carry a small stove and prepare a simple meal of potatoes, spaghetti, noodles (rice noodles available for gluten-intolerant trekkers), eggs and tea/coffee.

BEST SEASON

The best seasons for the Upper Mustang trek are late Spring (April to May), Summer/Monsoon (June – September) and early Autumn (October- early November). Because Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow region, it is possible to trek here during the Summer/Monsoon. But during this time, the flight/drive to Jomsom (the start of the trek) can be affected by bad weather as the regions south of Mustang still experience the monsoons.

TREK RATING

The Upper Mustang trek is rated “STRENUOUS”. It is rated 4 on a rating scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The highest overnight altitude is at Pa (4,053 m/13,300ft). Trekking to Upper Mustang involves average daily hiking of around 6 hours with a few longer days of around 7-8 hours. Regardless of the rating, it is important to prepare for any trek in Nepal. Read our advice on training for treks.

WHY TREK WITH US?

All our Upper Mustang Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services – all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. Do read this article “Is Crystal Mountain Treks expensive?” to learn more about this. We urge you to compare apples to apples. Most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We have been in business for over 30 years and we employ only the most professional and friendly staff. We are also proud to give back to our community through our giving arm – 3 Summits For Nepal – managed by Crystal Mountain Treks staff.

Do contact us (info@crystalmountaintreks.com) if you have more questions. We are happy to help.

Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary - Upper Mustang Trek

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara. Drive to Ghasa. Kalopani 2,480m/8,136ft
Day 4 Trek to Nyaurikot Nyaurikot 2,740m/9,000 ft
Day 5 Nyaurikot to Kagbeni Kagbeni 2,808m/9,215ft
Day 6 Drive Chele to Samar. Trek to Syangbochen Syangbochen 3,627m/11,900ft
Day 7 Syangbochen to Drakmar Drakmar 3,444m/11,300ft
Day 8 Drakmar to Tsarang Tsarang 3,505m/11,500ft
Day 9 Tsarang to Lo Manthang Lo Manthang 3,779m/12,400ft
Day 10 Lo Manthang Lo Manthang 3,779m/12,400ft
Day 11 Lo Manthang to Yara Yara 3,650m/11,975ft
Day 12 Yara to Tange Tange 3,368m/11,050ft
Day 13 Tange to Pa Pa 4,053m/13,300ft
Day 14 Pa to Tetang Tetang 3,017m/9,900ft
Day 15 Tetang to Muktinath Muktinath 3,710m/12,200ft
Day 16 Muktinath to Jomsom Jomsom 2,700m/8,850ft
Day 17 Jomsom to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 18 Full day sightseeing Kathmandu 1,340m/4,300ft
Day 19 Final departure    
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Detailed Itinerary - Upper Mustang Trek

Day 1Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

Overnight Hotel. (Dinner)

Day 2Kathmandu

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square. Drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 3Kathmandu to Kalopani. (2,480m/8,136ft)

Early morning, short flight to Pokhara. Hop on a jeep to begin our journey to Mustang. While it is only 120 kilometers/73 miles, it should take us around 3.5 hours to get to Ghasa. Our hiking trail descends to the suspension bridge followed by a steep ascent to pastures. Cross another suspension bridge and just beyond the first shepherd’s hut, turn right to follow the hiking trail on a steep switch back which gradually levels out near the village of Chyo where there is a large river bed formed by the tributary emanating from Nilgiri Himal. Trek past the village and a pine forest to arrive at our lodge for the evening on the side of the main highway. The total hike is around 10.5 kilometers/6.5 miles with an elevation gain of around 2,200 feet.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 4Kalopani to Nyaurikot (2,740m/9,000 ft)

From Kalapani, cross the suspension bridge to follow the classic Annapurna Circuit trail through the village of Kokethanti. Cross the suspension bridge again and the main highway to ascend towards Sersong lake. While the lake itself is not that impressive, the views of the Annapurna is quite wonderful. The trail then leads to another lake and descends steeply to the highway. We hike on the river bed to reach a collection of tea-houses from where we climb steeply to the village of Nyaurikot. Today’s hike is around 7 miles/12 kilometers with around 1,420 feet of elevation gain.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 5Nyaurikot to Kagbeni (2,808m/9,215ft)

The views of the Dhaulagiri icefall from Nyaurikot is second to none. Besides Dhaulagiri, there are views of Nilgiri to the North and Annapurna to the South east. After savoring the mountain views during breakfast, descend from Nyaurikot to Larjung village. Follow the trail on the river bed and cross the make-shift bridge made from logs to rejoin the classic Annapurna Circuit trail to Marpha. We will climb up and down on the trail to reach the Tibetan refugee center in Marpha from where we cross a suspension bridge to meet our jeep. Drive a bit further to the village of Marpha. Time allowing, explore the old section of Marpha. The continue further past Jomsom to Kagbeni. Today’s hike is around 7.5 miles/12.5 kilometers with 900 feet ascent and 1,100 feet descent.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 6Kagbeni to Syangbochen (3,627m/11,900ft)

Today, we drive from Kagbeni to Samar (1.5 to 2 hours). Heading north along the river, snowy Nilgiri (22,431 feet) will dominate the skyline behind us. We will pass villages with whitewashed houses with fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple trees. Then continue toward Chhuksang along a trail lined with chortens (Buddhist wayside shrines) painted the traditional colors of red, black, and white — colors made from local rocks and minerals. Cross the Kali Gandaki river, then climb up to the village of Chele, perched on a ridge above the gorge and then to the village of Samar.

From Samar, we start on foot and navigate over two ridges (highest pass is about 12,500 feet) to Syangbochen, a small cliff-side settlement with a panoramic view of the Annapurnas.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

SAMAR TO SYANGBOCHEN:
Distance – 6.49 miles/10.45 kilometers
Ascent – 1,878 feet/573 meters
Descent – 1,233 feet/375 meters

Day 07Syangbochen to Drakmar (3,444m/11,300ft)

Start uphill to another pass of about 12,500 feet. The trail then descends with two drops into small canyons, and then continues with a gentle ascent toward Chyunkar and the Nye La (12,720 feet). From this pass, you’ll have incredible views of the Annapurnas and Nilgiris as well as sweeping views of Mustang. Ghemi Village, built on the edge of a steep cliff, appears in the distance. After lunch, continue to Drakmar with its prominent red-cliffs. These cliffs are home to blue-sheep.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

SYANGBOCHEN TO GHEMI:
Distance – 8.27 miles/13.4 kilometers
Ascent – 1,899 feet/579 meters
Descent – 2,532 feet/772 meters

GHEMI TO DRAKMAR:
Distance – 2.4 miles/3.86 kilometers
Ascent – 864 feet/264 meters
Descent – 247 feet/76 meters

Day 08Drakmar to Tsarang (3,505m/11,500ft)

Soon after leaving camp, climb over Mui La and proceed to Ghar Gompa (Lo Gekhar). Lo Gekhar contains one of the oldest gompas in Nepal (built in the eighth century — even older than Samye in Tibet), a great red-and-white structure surrounded by trees. At Marang turn to follow the drainage to Tsarang, the impressive village that contains a huge five-story white dzong (fortress) and well as the imposing red gompa, Dorje Dhen.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 9Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3,779m/12,400ft)

From Ghar Gompa, hike over the Chogo la pass (4,280m/14,100ft) to Lo Manthang. Though not very steep, if it is a sunny day, this will be a grueling climb. Then descend through a pasture to the walled city of Lo. Today’s hike is all on trekking trail – NO jeep track.

Explore the maze of narrow streets winding through approximately 150 houses, and three important gompas built in the early 15th century. These temples (along with those in Tsarang and Lo Gekhar) have been rescued from the ravages of time by the efforts and heart of local people (Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation in collaboration with the American Himalayan Foundation) — with stunning results.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

GHAR GOMPA TO LO MANTHANG:
Distance – 7.05 miles/11.34 kilometers
Ascent – 1,345 feet/410 meters
Descent – 1,642 feet/500 meters

 

Day 10Lo Manthang

Today is a full day of exploring monasteries and caves north of Lo Manthang. We take a bumpy jeep ride to visit Garphu and Niphu monastery, Choser caves, Namgyal monastery and Jhong cave.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 11Lo Manthang to Luri Gompa via Yara (3,650m/11,975ft)

From Lo Manthang, drive 3 hours to Luri Gompa. The landscape here contains strange, fluted pinnacles eroded by wind. At 13,500 feet, Luri sits like an eagle’s nest in the cliffs. This mysterious cave monastery dates from the 13th century. The central chamber is carved directly into the rock. The domed ceiling is covered with murals, and in the center of the chamber there is a large and finely crafted chorten. Luri is a true jewel in a most unbelievable setting — the artwork here is considered to be some the finest and most unusual in the Himalayas. After exploring Luri Gompa, we drive back to our lodge in Yara village.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 12Yara to Tange (3,368m/11,050ft)

 

Tange, Mustang

 

The trail follows the river for a while, and we’ll negotiate five or six fairly shallow crossings of tributary streams over which suspension bridges have now been built. This is a very good time to look for spiral fossils (saligrams) scattered among the rocks along the shore. Cross the river that is coming down from the sacred lakes of Damodar Kunda, and then over desolate terrain up to a pass of 12,600 feet. This is a long day, but finally the fields of the prosperous village of Tangye will appear below, and we’ll arrive at camp after passing a series of large chortens.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 13Tange to Pa (4,053m/13,300ft)

After another river crossing ascend steeply to a higher plateau. You’ll have increasingly fantastic views of not only much of the Mustang we have traveled through, but of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukche, Tilicho, and Annapurna. You’ll look for blue sheep and enjoy the wildflowers as we traverse to a shepherd’s camp by the stone hut near the pass. Today, you will sleep in tents as no lodges are available.

Overnight Camp. (All meals)

Day 14Pa to Tetang (3,017m/9,900ft)

Ascending and descending, travel through the vast and silent world of the wild uplands. Along a ridge, again have views of Mustang, the wind carved hills all around, and the snow peaks stretching from Dhaulagiri in the south to Tibet in the north. Care must be taken on this path that contours along and into a steep and contorted canyon. Tetang is on the Narsing River above Chhuksang, which we passed our first day out of Kagbeni.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 15Tetang to Muktinath (3,710m/12,200ft)

It will take about five hours to reach the pass, Gnyu La, at 13,000 feet. It is a rewarding route providing fine views the entire way and wildflowers. From the pass one can see Muktinath, and within a few hours we will arrive at the final stretch where the trail goes through a grove of trees, across a bridge, past a nunnery, and finally joins the main trail from Manang. Here, officially exit the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Muktinath is a holy place, the destination of thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims every year. We’ll have time to visit the many fine temples and shrines.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 16Muktinath to Jomsom (2,700m/8,850ft)

 

View on descent from Muktinath by Lubra pass

 

Today, our final day of trekking, we will follow the Lubra Valley route down to Jomsom. Begin by trekking to the Muktinath bus stand from where we leave the jeep track and head South West to the top of Lubra pass. We criss-cross the jeep track and then follow a single track down the valley enjoying stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. There is an option to either follow the trail to Lubra village or towards ekle bhatti where a jeep will meet and drive us to Jomsom. Total hiking today is 10 miles/16 kilometers with 1,200 feet of ascent and 4,300 feet of descent.

Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 17Jomsom to Kathmandu (1,340/4,300ft)

Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and change plane for flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 18Kathmandu (1,340/4,300ft)

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu: visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square.

Overnight Hotel. (All meals)

Day 19Final departure

Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)

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Cost Information - Upper Mustang Trek

Per person price (valid until December 31, 2025)

2 – 3 persons: $4,600 USD per person

4 – 7 persons: $4,100 USD per person

8 or more persons: $3,800 USD per person

Single Supplement: $300 USD

Please inquire for quote in GB£ or Euros.

Payment policy:

  • A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
  • Balance is payable a week prior to departure.

Cancellation policy:

  • Deposit is non-refundable.
  • No refunds for unused services once trek begins.

Price Includes

  • All airport transfers
  • One full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu
  • Airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara and Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Chartered jeep transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge and camping trekking as indicated in the itinerary
  • Three meals a day; Boiled water for your bottles three times a day
  • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
  • Guide and staff insurance
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • Trekkers Information Management Card
  • Restricted Area Permit.

Price Excludes

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monasteries/caves and photography fees in Upper Mustang
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature
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Options

The above trek is a Lodge trek with one day of camping at Pa (where there are NO lodges). But, a full lodge option is available too. On the lodge trek, you would have to make the long 8-10 hour hike from Dri to Tetang (Day 14) in one day as there are no lodge facilities in Pa. Instead, opting for the camping option allows you to break this long hike into two days and camp at Pa. Check with us for costs for a full Lodge trek option.

  • If you don’t have 21 days for a trek, consider our 17-day fast paced Mustang trek
  • Yes, we would gladly customize the Mustang trek to suit your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

When is the best time to do the Upper Mustang trek?

Mustang falls in the rain shadow region of Nepal and hence the standard weather pattern for Nepal does not apply. The area receives very little precipitation but Winter does arrive early (November through February). It is possible to trek in this region in Spring (March through May), Summer/Monsoons (May through September) and early Autumn (October and early November). Expect a big variation in temperature. In these months, day time temperatures can range from the 50’s to the high 70’s (10 to 30 Centigrade) while night-time temperatures dip to the high 20’s and 40’s (0 to 5 Centigrade). While the Upper Mustang region does not receive much rain, it is still very wet in the lower Mustang region in July and August causing flight cancellations due to bad weather and road blockages due to landslides.

Another consideration is to visit Lo Manthang during the Tiji festival where there is three days of festivities. This is very popular among trekkers and there can literally be more than 500 trekkers at Lo Manthang during this festival.

How much does the Upper Mustang Trek cost?

Unlike most lodge treks in Nepal, an individual CANNOT organize their own trek to Upper Mustang. Your permits have to be procured by a trekking company registered in Nepal. And there must be a minimum of two participants in the group. The Upper Mustang permit is US$500 per person for 10 days. This is the minimum. Add $50 for each extra day.

You can: A) choose a Nepali company or B) choose a western guided trek. If you’re doing Upper Mustang trek with a Nepali outfitter, expect to pay anything between $1,500 – $3,000 with varying inclusions and exclusions. Make sure you understand what is included and what is not included in the package. The best way to choose a Nepali company is to ask for references. Option B would cost above $3,000.

How fit do I need to be to do the Mustang trek?

Anyone who is reasonably fit and can hike 10-12 miles a day can sign up for this fast-paced Mustang Trek. Expect substantial elevation gain/loss of over 3,000 feet (915 meters) on a few days and also a couple of long days of up to 7-8 hours. Elevation reached isn’t substantial and doesn’t exceed 15,000ft. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek. It is advised that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before signing up for a trek.
We rate the Upper Mustang Trek a 4 on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging).

Can I drink tap water on the trek? How/Where can I get water that is safe to drink?

Nepali tap water is NOT safe to drink. Even if you see the locals drinking water straight from the tap, never drink water before boiling or sterilizing. Bring water purifying tablets or other water purifiers. At higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. If you plan to use a STERIPEN, bring wide mouth water bottles. You would need at least 2 one-liter water bottles for the trek. Even if you plan to bring a hydration pack, bring 1 one-liter water to sterilize the water before pouring into your hydration pack.

Crystal Mountain Treks will provide you with a Steripen to use on the trek for no charge.

Do read our blog on safe drinking water options: Hydration on treks in Nepal

What kind of food should I expect?

On the camping trek version:

All cooking gear and most of the food have to be carried in from Kathmandu. The cook will purchase fresh fruit and vegetables and rice/lentils from the villagers en route. You will be surprised at what the cook can make on a small gas stove. In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (various style), muesli, hash browns, sausages etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables or Daal Bhaat (Rice with lentils) etc for lunch and dinner.

On the lodge trek version:

Meals on the Mustang trek start out being quite varied especially at the beginning of the trek in Jomsom and Kagbeni. But it becomes sparser as you ascend to the Lo Manthang. In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (any style), muesli, hash browns, sausages etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables etc for lunch and dinner. And expect Nepali dal-bhat (rice-lentils with vegetables and/or meat) at all the lodges.

Ours is an OPEN menu. Meaning we allow our clients to order anything from the lodge menu besides bottled beverages, specialty coffee and packaged snacks. We also don’t limit the number of items per meal as long as you aren’t wasteful. When choosing your trekking company, ask if meals are fixed or if you are only allowed to order one item from the menu. If this isn’t the case, costs can add up over 15/16 days.

What kind of gear do I need for the trek?

Layering is key. And it’s always recommended to trek with good branded gear. A good pair of hiking boots that’s been broken in is very important. Good top and bottom base layers, a mid layer (fleece or capilene), and an outer layer (Gore-tex or other material). If you tend to get cold quickly, bring a down parka especially for the evening at the lodge. On most days, you’d be hiking in a convertible hiking pant that can be converted into shorts and one or two top layers.

if you’re trekking with Crystal Mountain Treks, we provide a sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree F or -17 degree C), duffel bags, down jacket and Steripen for water purification to our clients for no charge.

It is possible to buy cheap and relatively functional gear in Kathmandu – convertible pants, down jackets, fleece, Gore-tex jackets. But remember, you get what you pay for. Wool gloves, hats, socks are available too.

There are quite a few branded stores too. North Face, Moutain Hardwear, Marmot and Sherpa. If you’re coming from Australia or Europe, items in these shops are probably cheaper than back home. But if you’re coming from the US, it’s better to buy branded gear at home.

How should I prepare for the trek?

The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. There are three aspects to training for any trek.

1) Cardiovascular Training will make your body more efficient in using oxygen. Running, walking, swimming or biking, or any combination of these are great for cardiovascular conditioning.

2) Strength Training by either using free weights or machines at the gym will build hiking strength. Walking stairs, especially with a pack will simulate the hiking environment. We also recommend practicing squats. Trekkers will encounter low hanging obstacles to duck under, and many toilets are at ground level, which requires a low squat.

3) Endurance Training is where you build endurance in the months leading up to your trek, slowly increase your length of training sessions. By the time you are 2 weeks from the scheduled trek date you should be able to ascend 3,000 ft. in a 3-4 hour period.

In the end, the more your training simulates a trek, the better off you will be. So hiking 4-5 hours outdoors, uphill and downhill, about once or twice a week in addition to other cardio vascular training at the gym or at home will greatly benefit and prepare you for the trek.

Is there mobile signal on the trek? Wi-fi?

Most of the places on the Mustang trek route now have cell coverage. You can also buy a Sim card with 5GB or 10GB data for under $25: do this in Kathmandu.

Which vaccinations are required for a Nepal trek?

No vaccinations are REQUIRED. There are some that are recommended. Check out websites of the following for immunization that are recommended:

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Janis Stokes

Family Traveller

The Upper Mustang trek was absolutely amazing!!! Our guide, Buddhi and porters Ghana Shyam and Santosh, were incredible!! They were delightfully fun, knowledgeable and most importantly, so safe! I highly recommend this trek for anyone who would like to see amazing landscapes, visit cave monasteries, meet local people, enjoy delicious food, find fossils, visit the beautiful city of Lo Manthang and so much more. We even camped 1 night in a remote place in the mountains where we met sheep herders who camped nearby!!! And we saw yaks!! This trek introduced us to Tibetan culture and Buddhism. I could not have wished for a better trek. This was a most wonderful and memorable trip that I am so grateful to have shared with my daughter.
The owner of the company, Jwalant Gurung, worked closely with me to design our itinerary, which was perfectly matched to our abilities and within our budget. I highly recommend booking a trip to the Upper Mustang, with Crystal Mountain Treks with Buddhi as your guide!!!

June 25, 2023

Terence Potter

Family Traveller

I’ve had two great trips with Crystal Mountain Treks. Both were customized to align with what I was looking for and both exceeded expectations, despite having very different parameters from one another. Communication with Crystal Mountain was very clear and quite responsive. The first was the Dhaoulagiri Circuit with a group of strong hikers. We were able to include summiting Dhampus Peak. We looked at several challenging treks when planning this trip, and Crystal Mountain was able to form an itinerary for us that aligned with our schedule constraints and capabilities. The second trek included my wife and 12 yr old daughter. Again, Crystal Mountain’s communication was both responsive and clear. We selected a mixed tenting and tea-house trek through Upper Mustang, which was an amazing experience for all of us. This was the first trek for everyone but me, and our guides made sure that everyone was doing well. For both treks all the logistical aspects of pulling together a multi-week trek were executed flawlessly, from arrival in through departure. I highly recommend Crystal Mountain Treks.

October 5, 2016