Situated in the Annapurna Trekking Region of Nepal, the Upper Mustang Trek is among the most gorgeous trekking destinations in the country. You can take in breathtaking views of numerous mountains. You can get a taste of high-altitude walk, historical cultures, and their simple way of life. In order to do so, an Upper Mustang Trek permit is mandatory. 

You will reach a height of 3850 meters on this walk. The path travels alongside the Kali Gandaki River and ends at Mustang, a stunning location. Since this location is in a rainshadow area, trekking is likely to be possible here at any time of year. 

Permits are required to enter this area before you begin your quest. To finish this trekking, you will require two permits. The upper Mustang is located in Nepal’s restricted area. Thus, an Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit is required. Since it is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area, a permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area is also required. 

Let’s explore each aspect of these permits, such as the required paperwork and the associated costs. 

Upper Mustang Kingdom of Lo
Upper Mustang: Kingdom of Lo

1. Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit

Nepal classifies the Upper Mustang as a restricted region. Thus, you require an Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit, a special permit. The purpose of this authorization is to regulate tourism for security purposes.

1.1 Where to Obtain Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit

Only Nepal’s government-registered trekking agency is able to issue this permit. With the given documentation, the organization will apply online on the immigration website for a restricted area permit. Then it is obtained from the Nepal Immigration Office’s Trekking Department. This permit takes two to three hours to obtain.

1.2 Cost of Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit

For the first ten days of the permit, the cost is $500 USD, and each extra day in the restricted area is $50 USD per person. 

2. Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit

The Annapurna Region is home to the Upper Mustang. Therefore, access to this valley requires a permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area. The Annapurna Conservation Area’s animal welfare and protection are funded by the budget.

2.1 Where to Obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit

The National Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara are where you can apply for this permit. To obtain this permit, you must fill out a form with your information and upload the necessary files. It just takes 30 minutes to obtain this entry license when the paperwork is completed.

2.2 Cost of Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit

This permit’s price is determined by your nationality.

  • It is 1,000 NPR per person if you are from a SAARC nation. 
  • It costs 3,000 NPR per person for foreign national. 

Payment must be made in Nepali rupees cash.

Required Documents for Upper Mustang Trek Permit

Here are the essential documents required for obtaining permits for the Upper Mustang Trek: 

  • Photocopy of passport
  • 1 passport-sized photograph
  • 1 scanned photograph for online form filled by agency
  • Travel insurance papers
  • Nepal tourist visa with a validity of at least 6 months

Terms and Conditions for Upper Mustang Trek Permits

  • Children under the age of ten do not need to pay the permit charge.
  • The price is only good for one entry and is not refundable and non-transferable.
  • Issue from the official Kathmandu and Pokhara office, not from the trail checkpoints.
  • It must always be carried with you.
  • You cannot enter a location without authorization.
  • You must follow the regulations of the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act, 2029 B.S. (1973).
  • The cost of both permits includes Value Added Tax (VAT) and other government taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Permits 

How do you obtain permits for the Upper Mustang?

You can obtain a restricted area permit from a government-licensed trekking agency, and for a conservation area permit, you can apply from the Tourism office in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Is a TIMS permit card necessary?

No, it is not necessary because the restricted area permit already specifies the details that must be included in the report. 

Is a Guide necessary to trek the Upper Mustang?

Yes, you will need a licensed guide for the Upper Mustang trek because the trail is difficult to surpass. 

Is a solo trek possible? 

No, it’s not allowed to hike alone. The government mandates that every group must include a guide and at least two trekkers.

Final Say

In summary, the Upper Mustang Trek offers the best hiking experience. The trek leads you to an enigmatic area resembling of miniature Tibet. Additionally, you get to visit Muktinath Temple, the most revered temple in Mustang and a place of calm, quiet energy.

With two permits, you can go on this heartbreaking trip. These permits are available from a local travel agency that is approved and registered with the government. All you need to do is provide them with the necessary paperwork and begin the adventure hassle-free. Best wishes!

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