Trekking to the Trans-Himalayan is a wonder in itself. Being the land behind the Himalayas, Mustang is a forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. This semi-desert land is the popular trekking destination, which is also a pilgrimage site. The cost of Lower Mustang trek is around $800 to $1500 which depends on your itinerary, transportation, and luxury choice. Here is a detail of Lower Mustang trek cost:
- 1 The Permit Cost to Lower Mustang
- 2 International Transportation
- 3 Transportation to Pokhara
- 4 Visa
- 5 Travel Insurance
- 6 Accommodation
- 7 Food/Drinks
- 8 Equipment
- 9 Cost for guide and porter
- 10 Miscellaneous Costs
- 11 Conclusion
The Permit Cost to Lower Mustang
You need to get 2 different types of permit cards from TIMS and ACAP for lower Mustang trek. Each of them is listed below.
Trekking Information Management System
Blue TIMS card- USD 10 (if trekking with a guide)
Red TIMS card- USD 30 (for SAARC nationals)
Green TIMS card- USD 20 (if trekking solo)
Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP)
SAARC Nationals: USD 10 per person
Others: USD 27 per person
Flying to Nepal and back is the most expensive section of the trip- costs around $500 to $1000 or even more for a round trip.
The ticket price depends on the airlines, season and class you travel. Booking your ticket in advance can be cheaper than last minute booking.
Transportation to Pokhara
First, you need to travel to Pokhara. You can either fly or drive to Pokhara. The 30 mins flight to Pokhara costs $100 to $120. You can drive in a tourist vehicle ( costs $7 to $9) or hire a private car/ jeep ($30 to $50).
From Pokhara, you need to fly to Jomsom which costs you around $118.
You can get a visa to Nepal on your arrival at the airport. Indians do not need to apply Visa to Nepal.
The cost of a visa depends on the length of your stay- 15 days stay Visa cost you $25, 30 days costs about $40 visa and 90 days visa costs $100.
Travel insurance is compulsory before you trek to the higher Himalayas. As Nepal doesn’t offer any such travel insurance, you will get one done in your home country.
Travel insurance must cover the basics of emergency medical and evacuation insurance. The price for insurance differs as per service providers but falls somewhere between $100- $200.
The tea houses or lodges on Jomsom, Muktinath areas cost around $1 to $3 a day on average. Clearly, accommodation is cheapest throughout the trek.
The room will have two single beds a warm blanket and pillows and warm blankets.
The staple Nepali meal set – Dal Bhat Tarkari is prevalent over the trail. Also, you can get some international food like Continental, Italian, Indian, Tibetan, and more on the menu.
The cost of your meal will be around $5 to $8 per meal throughout the trip on average.
The bottled water costs around $3-$5 which can be refilled for a cheaper price.
It’s the expensive yet important part of your trek which can be brought or rented. The cost of equipment depends on the quality of the product and the brand.
You can rent the trekking equipment in Kathmandu- costs around $6 a day.
Cost for guide and porter
The daily cost for hiring an experienced guide while trekking to the Himalayas is $20 to $30/ day that includes their accommodation, meals, and insurance.
And the cost for hiring a porter who carries 15 kgs of your load is $10 to $15.
Communication: wifi connection for $2 an hour.
Hot shower: around $5
Charging Pot: $2 per hour
Souvenirs to the loved ones.
Planning your budget can be overwhelming sometimes. But with the right kind of information, you can always make the correct estimation. Here in this article, we have sketched the basic areas we will be spending. This will make a base to start a budget plan.
Lower Mustang trek is one of the best trekking routes of Nepal. Book your trip to the Mustang region with us and let just design the best itinerary for you.