Upper Mustang + Annapurna Trek


I am looking to do the Upper Mustang Trek and part of the Annapurna Trek this November. I hope to combine the experience of the local Tibetan lifestyles and the great views of the Annapurna mountains. I found a guide and an itinerary that can combine the two in an itinerary of 18 days with a cost of $1652 per person.

Mustang is a restricted area that requires a permit ($50 per day per person, included), which means that the trails are less crowded and we get to see more local lifestyles. We will spend a day in Lo Manthang, the capital of the hidden Buddhist kingdom Lo. The permit is for 10 days so I think this itinerary is maximizing our time in Mustang to make the most out of the permit.

Annapurna is a more popular trekking area with great mountain views. At poon hill, we can have a panorama view of the Annapurna mountains (~8000 m). We will be hiking to altitudes about 2000 – 4200 m in this trip and each day we will hike 12-15 km.

I’m planning to arrive at Kathmandu on Oct 31 and hire a private Jeep to go to Pokhara on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, where we will meet with the guide. The trekking itinerary is listed below. We will return to Pokhara on Nov. 18 and get a Jeep back to Kathmandu on that day or the next day. The transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara (~ $150 one way, will be shared by the group) and the accommodation in these two cities are not included in the trip cost of $1652. This cost is for a group of four people. So if we get fewer people the cost will be higher.

The itinerary (duration, start, finish location) is flexible and can be twigged if you have specific requests. So please ask me.

Oct. 31: arrive at Kathmandu
Nov. 01: mini bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Nov. 02:Pokhara to jomsom by jeep and trek commence to kagbeni 2810m and overnight in kagbeni
Nov. 03: Kagbeni to Chele 3050
Nov. 04: Chele to syanbpche 3800
Nov. 05: Syanboche to T-sarng 3560m.
Nov. 06: T-sarang to Lomanthang 4050m.
Nov. 07: Lomanthang to lomanthang Explore
Nov. 08: Lomanthnag to Ghami 3520m.
Nov. 09: Ghami to samar 3660m.
Nov. 10: Samar to Chusang 2980m.
Nov. 11: Chusang to Muktinatha
Nov. 12: Muktinath to Marpha
Nov. 13: Marpha to tatopani
Nov. 14: Tatopnai to shikha
Nov. 15: shikha to Ghorepani
Nov. 16: Ghorepani to poon hill and trek to dobato
Nov. 17: Dobato to Ghandruck
Nov. 18: Ghandruck to Pokhara
Nov. 19 Pokhara to Kathmandu

*Cost inclusive:
-Private jeep from Pokhara to Jomsom
-Professional guide
-Trekking supporter two people got one as a carrier
-Restricted permit (upper Mustang permit which cost $500+13%+10%)for 10 days
-ACAP permit /Entry permit for Annapurna
-TIMS Card registration provision
-Three meals along the way such as breakfast, lunch, dinner are open menu you can choose your food yourself
-Water purified tablet,
-Sleeping bag and trekking pole if needed
-Our trekking guide and supporter are insured and well-equipped
-Accommodation along the trekking trail
-Transport back from ending point to Pokhara by private transport

Cost not inclusive:
-Your personal insurance,
-Your personal gears
-Your personal expenditure
-Bar bill like cold drinks,beer , rum whiskey etc,
-Tipping for guide and supporter
– Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Clean private room in most places, and attached room in some. All continental food.

Difficulty Level:
Moderate to strenuous. Few pass 3800- 3900m.
Per day 12-15 km depending on our itinerary and overnight.

November is the best time for the Himalaya mountains. It’s not as cold as December but still cold around 0 to -5 degree at evening and morning. It is depending the weather on that time. There is no snow usually in Nov. but you need very good trekking boot. this trek we will get reached around 4200m. but you sleep in 4000m.



3 replies
  1. Hey Ai-Lei!

    Sounds like a great trip! I especially like how detailed you are in the trek itinerary. Thanks for the post.

    The purpose of my visit to Nepal is culture and trekking. I especially have a keen interest in experiencing local traditions and ways of life as well as viewing unique scenery and wild-life. A moderately physical trek is also a plus.

    Currently, I plan on being in Pokhara Oct. 31-Nov.8. However, I possibly would prefer to change my return date if you are still planning on the trek. Most good treks I am realizing take 2-3 weeks.

    Some questions:

    1. Are you still confirmed to take the trek? If for example it was 2 people, what would be the final cost?
    2. Curious, how did you come up with this trek itinerary? Like that is “off the path”.
    3. How did you find the porter?
    3. Do you have time on Oct., 4 or 5 to chat on whatsapp? I am currently located in Virginia, USA Eastern Standard Time. If so, please state a time.

  2. planning the Circuit (again) but could to Mustang as well. Ai-lei, I do not see you are allowing much time to acclimatize to the altitude.
    Have you been above 3300 meters before?

    • I’ve been above 3300 meter several times. But never a multiple-day trek like this. One option is to get up to Jomsom (or somewhere close) on Nov. 1. Then we can trek to Kagbeni in a slow pace.