Upper Mustang Circuit in mid March 2015


I am already booked to arrive in KTM on Monday 2nd March. There I will arrange my Upper Mustang restricted area permits before setting off on the Annapurna Circuit trek as far as Muktinath / Kagbeni. If conditions are suitable there will also be the possibility to visit Tilicho Lake on the way! Then after a couple of days rest in Muktinath and/or Kagbeni I plan to start the 10 day Upper Mustang trek on the morning of the 17th March.

Starting the trek in to the restricted area of Upper Mustang from Kagbeni and doing a circuit rather than returning via the same route. Thus returning through the more remote villages of Tangge, Tetang and finally finishing the 10 day trek in Muktinath. I then plan to stay 1~2 nights in and around the Jomsom area before flying back to Pokhara and on to KTM.

I was initially planning to do this trek in October ~ November 2014 but cancelled due to the unforeseen weather conditions experienced in October. I endeavor to travel light, but would be interested in sharing a porter and a guide, the latter being compulsory in this area. So I do have a local guide, enjoy walking at a reasonable pace, taking lots of photos, getting off the beaten track and drinking clean water…………………………….


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9 replies
  1. Hello Ken,
    Im planning to do the very same trip at the same time as you. Can you tell me how much the cost of the guid per person would be? Regards Eva

    • Hi Eva

      Thanks for your reply. The cost for my guide is US$25/day ($12.50/person) and that is very reasonable for a Upper Mustang guide. Obviously the bigger cost is the special Area permit at US$500 and that is why I am here looking for someone else to do the trek with.

      Let me know if you really are interested and we can share a bit more information.
      Ciao Kenn

  2. Hello Ken,
    Could I talk to you on skype? My name is Evush2012. Eva

  3. I might be able to make this if you want another. I would have to fly on the 30th or 31st and take a jeep/bus to kagbeni. I’ve done other hard treks in nepal and won’t slow you down.

  4. Hi Kenn,
    I have similar plans, and I would be interested in this trek. I trekked around the Manaslu/Tsum Valley in spring 2014, and I already trekked the most common treks without the guide in the previous years. Let me know the details.

    • Hi Stan – sorry I seemed to have missed your message and not yet replied. Rather busy now but will revert shortly. thanks Kenn

  5. Hi Kenn,

    I would be interested to join you in this trek. Let me know the details.


    • Hi Stan it’s a busy period for me now hence the slow response! Most of the details are in the trek description so I am not sure what else I can tell you about the trek itself. I will however be arriving in KTM on Monday 2nd March and will be arranging the restricted area permits for Upper Mustang then, but do not plan to begin that trek until 16th March. The reason being I plan to trek from Syange to Kagbeni prior to starting the Mustang trek, and weather (snow) permitting I would like to visit Tilicho Lake as well. Quite a full and interesting program if you are up to it? Anyway if you will not be in KTM by that date it will not be possible to apply to trek together? So what are your plans and dates for arriving in Nepal? I plan to use the same guide that I have used for previous treks and will most likely use a porter. Would you be prepared to share a porter? It’s a poor country and these people need our support financially when we travel, so please consider and perhaps also have a look at this link. http://www.mountain-people.org/projects_porters.php

      all the best Kenn

  6. Hi Kenn,

    I haven’t purchase the air ticket yet. I need to do it soon. I am also considering to get to Kagbeni through the Annapurna circuit trek, and spend more time in some beautiful areas, and take good pictures. I trekked this circuit four years ago. I also visited the Tilicho Lake.. I am planning to go without the guide and porter for this part. We can start the Upper Mustang trek on March 16 out of Kagbeni. Would not be better to arrange the permits before we come to KTM.?
    Please confirm the start of the trek on March 16 out of Kagbeni. I would be willing
    to share the cost of one porter for the Upper Mustang trek. We can discuss the
    Annapurna circuit later. I can also arrive to KTM around March-2. I don’t want to
    spend to much time in KTM.