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Max. Elevation
3840 m / 12598 ft
Group size
1 - 20
Level
Moderate
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Mar to May, June to Aug, Sep to Nov
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge / Tea House during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni - Chele - Shyanboche - Ghami - Charang - Lo Manthang - Drakmar - Ghiling - Samar - Kagbeni - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Explore the arid and otherworldly landscapes of Upper Mustang, featuring desert-like terrains and dramatic rock formations.
  • Immerse yourself in Tibetan-influenced culture, visiting ancient monasteries, chortens, and interacting with the local people.
  • Reach the walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, and experience its rich cultural heritage and historical significance.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including stunning peaks like Nilgiri and Tilicho.

Overview

Upper Mustang Trek is a surge to the ancient utopian civilization in the Upper Mustang Region of Nepal. There are all these fascinating packages of places that come along with this trek. Lo Manthang, the ancient kingdom of Mustang district is rich in ancient history and mountain civilization. Likewise, a handy trek to this place  is an excellent way to know about the ancient Buddhist kingdom. Apart from the spellbinding mountains views, historic caves, beautiful monasteries : Amchi Museum, colorful walls, and the prayer flags are some of the other captivating attractions you wouldn’t want to miss during the hike .


The upper mustang itinerary starts from Kathmandu after you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. However, the trekking days will only start from Jomsom. With Heaven Himalaya, the maximum elevation you take on the trek is to Nyi La Pass after Ghaymi which is at 4010 m (13,156ft). Although the height you trek to is above 3500 m, it is a moderate level trek and doesn’t incorporate any difficulties. So, it is also a suitable option for beginner trekkers planning to hike in the high Himalayas.


Upper Mustang generally includes the northern half of the Mustang district close to the Tibetan Border. It is a very historically significant place till this date.


Upper Mustank  is a big piece of dry land. Nevertheless the  beauty it harbours is unmatchable. Since it receives the least rainfall, the region is one of the driest of all in Nepal. Despite being fry, there are all these beautiful rivers that walk along the mountains . For instance, it is one of the best sites for monsoon treks as well.


Undoubtedly, Upper Mustang has the unique beauty and glamour that no other trekking destination can provide. It is a rare gem to the people seeking mystery and creating mythical narratives of the world of fantasy. The trek will enamour you with all the beautiful mountains such as Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri Himal. Furthermore you wouldn’t want to miss all thoise mysterious caves and ancient Monasteries.

Important Note

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal!

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, take some time to rest and recover from your journey. In the late afternoon, you might want to explore the bustling streets of Thamel, a popular tourist area known for its vibrant atmosphere, shops, and restaurants. In the evening, join a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant, where you can enjoy local cuisine and a cultural performance.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Journey to the City of Lakes.

After an early breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara. The journey takes approximately six hours and offers picturesque views of terraced fields, rural villages, and the Trishuli River. As you approach Pokhara, the lush greenery and distant mountain views become more prominent. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and take some time to relax. In the evening, you can stroll along the shores of Phewa Lake, enjoying the serene environment and the reflection of the Annapurna range on the water.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Gateway to Upper Mustang.

Today, you have the option to either drive or take a short flight to Jomsom. The flight is approximately 20 minutes and provides stunning aerial views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. If you choose to drive, the journey will take around 6-7 hours, passing through scenic landscapes and crossing several rivers. From Jomsom, you will drive to Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is an ancient village with a medieval feel, featuring narrow alleyways, mud-brick houses, and a unique culture. Spend the evening exploring this fascinating village.

Overnight in Kagbeni.

Entering the Forbidden Kingdom.

After a hearty breakfast, begin your trek by passing through the checkpoint at Kagbeni to enter Upper Mustang. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, leading you through narrow canyons and past colorful rock formations. You will pass through traditional villages such as Tangbe and Chhusang, where you can observe the local way of life. The trek involves a mix of ascents and descents, with spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes. Arrive in Chele, a small village perched on a cliff, where you will spend the night in a local guesthouse.

Overnight in Chele.

Trekking Through Ancient Trails.

Today's trek is both challenging and rewarding as you ascend to higher altitudes. The trail takes you through the Taklam La Pass (3,624 m) and the Dajori La Pass (3,735 m), offering panoramic views of the rugged terrain and distant snow-capped peaks. You will pass through several small settlements and lush valleys, encountering prayer flags and chortens along the way. The landscape is dotted with juniper trees and wildflowers, adding to the beauty of the trek. Arrive in Syanboche, where you will stay overnight in a guesthouse.

Overnight in Syanboche.

Journey Through the Heart of Upper Mustang.

After breakfast, continue your trek towards Ghami, one of the largest and most picturesque villages in Upper Mustang. The trail crosses the Yamda La Pass (3,850 m) and offers breathtaking views of the barren landscape and distant mountains. You will pass through fields of barley and buckwheat, with traditional white-washed houses dotting the hillsides. As you descend into the village of Ghami, you will be greeted by friendly locals and the sight of the ancient Ghami Monastery. Spend the evening exploring the village and its surroundings.

Overnight in Ghami.

Exploring Historical Monasteries.

Today's trek takes you to Charang, a village known for its extensive fields and impressive architecture. The trail crosses the Nyi La Pass (4,010 m) before descending into the Charang Valley. Along the way, you will see mani walls (stone walls inscribed with prayers) and chortens, adding to the spiritual ambiance of the trek. Upon arrival in Charang, visit the Charang Monastery, which houses a large collection of statues and thangkas (Buddhist paintings on cotton or silk). Explore the village and interact with the locals, learning about their unique culture and traditions.

Overnight in Charang.

Reaching the Walled City.

Set out for Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled city and the capital of the Mustang Kingdom. The trail offers magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna I. As you approach Lo-Manthang, the landscape becomes more arid and dramatic, with the walled city emerging in the distance. Upon arrival, enter through one of the four main gates and explore the narrow streets and ancient monasteries of this fascinating city. Lo-Manthang is home to several important gompas (monasteries) and the King’s Palace, providing a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region.

Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Discovering the Ancient Kingdom.

Spend the day exploring Lo-Manthang and its surroundings. Visit the King’s Palace, the Jampa Lhakhang (God House), and the Thubchen Gompa, each offering unique insights into the spiritual and cultural heritage of the area. You can also take a day hike to the nearby villages of Chhoser and Tingkhar. In Chhoser, explore the ancient cave dwellings carved into the cliffs, which were once used as residences and meditation retreats. Tingkhar, the last village in Upper Mustang, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Return to Lo-Manthang for the evening, reflecting on the day’s experiences.

Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Retracing Ancient Trails.

Begin your return journey by trekking to Drakmar. The trail takes you through high-altitude landscapes, past the Ghar Gompa (an important monastery with Guru Rinpoche’s legend) and across several mountain passes. The vibrant red cliffs of Drakmar, covered in lush vegetation and surrounded by prayer flags, create a striking contrast against the arid landscape. Arrive in Drakmar, where you will spend the night in a local guesthouse.

Overnight in Drakmar.

Descending Through the Mustang Valleys.

Today's trek descends through the Mustang valleys, passing through barren landscapes and traditional villages. The trail takes you to Ghiling, where you can explore the village and visit the local monastery. Ghiling is known for its unique architecture and friendly inhabitants. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the opportunity to interact with the locals.

Overnight in Ghiling.

Continuing Through Scenic Landscapes.

Continue your descent through the scenic landscapes of Upper Mustang. The trail takes you through several small villages and across high-altitude passes. Arrive in Samar, a charming village surrounded by fields and orchards. The village is known for its traditional white-washed houses and ancient chortens. Spend the evening exploring the village and relaxing in your guesthouse.

Overnight in Samar.

Returning to the Gateway of Upper Mustang.

Today's trek takes you back to Kagbeni. Retrace your steps through the dramatic landscapes and ancient villages, enjoying the changing scenery as you descend. The trail passes through Chele and Chhusang, offering opportunities to revisit some of the places you passed earlier. Arrive in Kagbeni and relax after your journey, reflecting on the incredible experiences of the past days.

Overnight in Kagbeni.

Leaving the Mountains Behind.

After breakfast, take a drive or flight back to Pokhara. If you choose to fly, enjoy a short and scenic flight with stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. If you prefer to drive, the journey will take you through picturesque landscapes and rural villages. Upon arrival in Pokhara, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. You can explore the lakeside area, take a boat ride on Phewa Lake, or simply relax and enjoy the views.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Return to the Capital.

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. The journey takes you through lush valleys and along the Trishuli River, offering beautiful views of the countryside. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the city or shopping for souvenirs. In the evening, join a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant, celebrating the end of your trek and the unforgettable experiences you’ve had.

Overnight in Kathmandu.
Farewell and Safe Travels.

Enjoy your final breakfast in Kathmandu. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time for last-minute sightseeing or shopping. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight, carrying with you unforgettable memories of your Upper Mustang trek and the warm hospitality of Nepal.

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Includes

  • All arrival and departure transportation from the airport to hotel and vice versa.
  • Accommodation in a Three-Star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included.
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara Flight
  • A guided tour of Kathmandu.
  • All necessary permits for trekking, including ACAP fees (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
  • Full board during the trek, which means meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • The trek includes a guide and porters, who will receive daily wages, meals, accommodation, transportation allowance, and medical insurance (only for field staff/porters).
  • A group dinner upon arrival or departure, with a briefing about the trek.
  • A comprehensive medical kit carried by our guide during the entire trek.
  • Private vehicles for sightseeing tours based on the group size, accompanied by a city guide.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal visa and medical/travel insurance are not included.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara and personal expenses like laundry are not covered.
  • If you prefer a single room in Kathmandu or during treks (where available), there's an additional cost.
  • Emergency evacuation, whether by any means of transportation or helicopter service, is an extra expense.
  • You need to bring your personal trek gear, including sleeping bags, duvet/down jackets, and kit/duffel bags.
  • Additional snacks, refreshments, and drinking water are at your own cost.
  • If you have to return early from the trek due to personal reasons or sickness, you'll need to cover the extra expenses yourself (can be claimed from your insurance).
  • Bring a personal medical kit based on your doctor's advice.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Upper Mustang Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. The terrain involves some steep ascents and descents, and the altitude can be a factor. It's recommended for trekkers with a good level of fitness.

The Upper Mustang Trek typically takes around 12 to 16 days, depending on the specific itinerary and the mode of transportation to and from the trekking start/end point.

Yes, teahouses and basic lodges are available along the Upper Mustang Trek route. Accommodation and meals are provided, but facilities may be more basic compared to other popular trekking regions.

No, trekking in Upper Mustang is not allowed independently. Trekkers must be accompanied by a registered guide, and it is recommended to hire a local guide who is familiar with the region's culture and regulations.

The Upper Mustang region is rich in Tibetan culture. Highlights include visits to ancient monasteries, the walled city of Lo Manthang, and experiencing the unique customs and traditions of the local people.

The trek to Upper Mustang usually starts with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. From Jomsom, trekkers begin the trek on foot. The flight offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

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