Upper Mustang Trek falls on the restricted area and requires Restricted Area Permit along with Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit. If you are only doing Upper Mustang trek you do not need TIMS card as Restricted Area Permit is enough to give detail of the trekker in case of any emergency or problem. Every non-Nepali needs the permit to trek in Upper Mustang.
If you wish to extend your trek in lower Mustang and trek to popular nearby places like Jomsom and Muktinath then you will require Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS Card).
Cost of Upper Mustang trek permit
You need to get Restricted Area Permit for Upper Mustang and Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP permit) for Upper Mustang Trek. The trekking permit initial for 10 days cost USD 500 and the cost of the permit for days thereafter is USD 50 per day.
Here are the details of the price of Upper Mustang Trek Permit:
|1. Upper Mustang Permit for 10 days for foreigners|
(Additional US $50 per day, after first 10 days in Upper Mustang)
|2. Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit|
Additional TIMS card which is required to trek in lower Mustang costs, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card)
|NRP 3,000/ NRP 1,000|
|3. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card)||NRP 1,000/ NRP 300|
Documents required for Upper Mustang trek permit
Here are the lists of documents that you will need to get Upper Mustang Trek Permit:
1. Your passport must have a validity of 6 months or more
2. You will need a passport and current visa of Nepal to get the permits
3. Three Passport size photographs
Conditions to get Upper Mustang trek permit
You will have to fulfill these conditions to trek in Upper Mustang:
1. You will need to get a restricted area permit for Upper Mustang Trek from a trekking company registered in Nepal with a USD bank account.
2. Taking a guide for the Upper Mustang Trek is mandatory and a minimum of two people will be required to get the Upper Mustang Trek Permit.
Where to get the trekking permits for Upper Mustang?
Upper Mustang Trek permit is issued by the Nepal immigration office located in Maitighar, Kathmandu. Since you need to do Upper Mustang trek with a trekking company of Nepal your company will arrange all the required permits for the trek on your behalf.
Solo trek in prohibited in Upper Mustang
You cannot do solo trekking in the restricted region of Upper Mustang. Also, you need to be trekking in a group of at least two trekkers and a guide.
Can an individual get restricted area permit for Upper Mustang?
An individual cannot get Upper Mustang Trek Permit and it’s mandatory to trek with a Nepalese trekking company in Upper Mustang. Moreover, you need to go trekking in a group of a minimum of two trekkers beside your guide.
If you are finding it difficult to find a trekking partner for Upper Mustang Trek then your trekking company will help you find a partner.
Trek with a reputed company
Trekking with an experienced trekking company is highly advised. A knowledgeable and experienced guide will enrich your experience. Further, in case of emergency trekking company with experienced team members like Third Rock Adventures will be able to handle your problems well.