Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang - "The hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom"

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  • Starting PriceUS$ 1950

  • Duration of Trips15 Days

  • Location: Mustang Region

  • Type of Trip: Tea House Trek

  • Max. Altitude:Lo Manthang (3840m)

  • Trip Grade:Strenuous Trek

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Upper Mustang Trekking

The Upper Mustang Trekking (4000m) is an extraordinary experience that combines breathtaking natural beauty with cultural immersion. It's a journey that will leave you awe-struck, allowing you to forge a deep connection with the history, spirituality, and remarkable landscapes of this remarkable region. The Upper Mustang Trekking offers a captivating journey through the hidden civilizations of Nepal's Upper Mustang Region. This ancient kingdom, known for its rich history and mountain civilization, provides a glimpse into a bygone era. The trek allows you to immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the region, reminiscent of Tibet.

As you venture through this enchanting land, you'll be treated to magnificent mountain views, including the majestic peaks of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri Himal. The trek takes you to ancient caves, where secrets of the past are preserved, and beautiful monasteries that exude serenity and spiritual energy. The Amchi Museum showcases the traditional healing practices of the region, providing a unique insight into its cultural heritage.

One cannot deny the allure and charm of Upper Mustang, which sets it apart as a trekking destination. It offers a rare gem for those seeking mystery and the opportunity to create mythical narratives in a world of fantasy. As you explore the fabled villages, each with its own distinctive charm, you'll be captivated by their traditional architecture, colorful walls, and fluttering prayer flags. The intricate carvings and ancient monasteries add to the aura of mystique and wonder.


Day 01Pick up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel

Day 02Kathmandu (1328m)

Free day in Kathmandu for permit and trekking preparation / Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 03Kathmandu - Pokhara (823 m)

Morning we'll drive through the scenic countryside and in route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes approximately 7 hours by tourist bus and for the fly it takes 35 minutes to reach Pokhara.

Day 04Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni (2800m)

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. We started to walk from Jomsom follow the Kali Gandaki River route to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a delightful village on the edge of the Mustang restricted area.

Day 05Kagbeni - Chele (3100m)

From Kagbeni you enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The trail makes several ups and downs to arrive at Tangbe village (3060m) and Chhuksang village (2980m) where you will see ample of beautiful white washed houses and agriculture fields.

Day 06Chele - Geling (3570m)

From Chele the trail climbs up to the Chele La (3630m) (pass),large sided valley, Samar (3620m), Bhena La (3830m),Bhena (3860m),Yamdo La (4010m) pass and you will descend steeply following a ridge to Shyangmochen (3800m). From Shyangmochen you descend to the picturesque village of Geling,

Day 07Geling - Charang (3560m)

Start to walk from Geling, climbing gently through the fields, passing below Tama Gaon and turning north you will reach Nyi La (4020m) ,Ghemi (3510m), and Choya la (3870m) a large village surrounded by many fields busy with the activity of the local people working this arid landscape. The trail first descends and then climbs a rocky path to Chharang.

Day 08Charang - Lo Manthang (3840m)

From Charang Chu climbs steeply up a rocky trail for the Tholung valley, after this valley you can crosses a stream and reaches the LoLa (3950m) where you will see the view of the walled city of Lo Manthang where you will see the school, health post, and police check post and several important chortles.

Day 09In Lo Mathang (3840m)

The day will be spent in this mystical and isolated city. You will awake to the mystical sounds of monks chanting and the heady sent of temple candles. After having breakfast you will visit the four major temples within the city walls. The major attraction of this area is the three storey’s Jampa Lhakhang, the red Thubchen gompa with a massive assembly hall, Chodey gompa and Choprang gompa.

Day 10Lo-Mangthang - Ghar Gumpa

After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang reluctantly we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa.

Day 11Ghar Gumpa - Ghiling (3806m)

We continue down the valley to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay. Explore the area but it will be dusty better to walk in evening time.

Day 12Ghiling - Chele (3050m)

We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Day 13Chele - Jomsom (2700m)

After several hrs of morning walk we do end the upper Mustang trails from Kagbeni and join to normal as Annapurna circuit trek trail to reach Jomsom.

Day 14Fly from Jomsom - Pokhara (823m)

After breakfast we depart for Pokhara through flight. During on your travel you get kind opportunity to observe amazing and huge mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri so on.

Day 15After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, it takes 6/7 hour /overnight at Kathmandu

Day 16Free day in Kathmandu or Departure day

Cost Details

Cost Includes

    • Airport pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
    • During the trekking B/F, Lunch & Dinner and accommodation at tea house lodge.
    • Transportation- to/from trek starting & ending point
    • Necessary trekking permit, conservation and TIMS fee.
    • Trained trekking guide and porter, necessary insurance, and accommodation meals allowance and salary
    • 3- Nights hotel in Kathmandu and 2-nights in Pokhara (BB Basis)
    • Domestic air Fair (Pok - Jomsom - Pok)
    • Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist Bus
    • Comprehensive first aid box for the trekking.

Cost Excludes

    • Extra day hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Foods self lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Personal expenses-laundry, telephone, Tea, coffee alcoholic beverages,
    • Personal travel insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
    • Extra cost for if in case trek effected by natural calamities
    • Personal trekking equipments for the trek.
    • Tips for guide & porter.
Note: Tiji is a charming annual festival celebrates in Upper Mustang at Lo-Mustang according to the Tibetan rituals.


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Useful Information

Why The Upper Mustang Trek?
Trekking in the Upper Mustang is a special privilege. Here you will mee the lifestyles of true mountain people, who, for lots of years, had very little contact with the rest of Nepal and managed to retain their wealthy cultural heritage. Until recently, their king was formally recognized by the Government of Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek Permit
It is the most important thing to know that trek to Upper Mustang requires a restricted area trekking permit. It is considered as one of the most expensive trekking permits in Nepal. Restricted Area Permit for all foreigners The Cost US $500 per person for the first 10 days and additional day Cost US $50 per person per day.

Best seasons to trek to Upper Mustang?
The weather is the decisive factor while deciding to trek to Upper Mustang. People trek to Upper Mustang throughout the year, but the trek is easier and more enjoyable in certain seasons. If you are looking for comfort and views, summer and autumn treks are the best. During winter, most residents leave Upper Mustang to avoid cold and snow.

Travel Insurance For Trekking?
Getting the right travel insurance cover is essential for your Upper Mustang Trek. It’s important to check exactly what is and isn’t covered under the policy.You will need cover for trekking up to 4500 m (the highest point on this trek would be Chogo La at 4280 m between Ghar Gompa and Lo Manthang).

Upper Mustang and Damodar Kunda Trek?
The Damodar Kunda Trek is a little traversed route east of Yara in Upper Mustang. It leads to a sacred Hindu lake, said to wash away the sins of pilgrims who bathe in it. There are two possible trek options: first, a side trek from Yara to Damodar Kunda and back (5 days), continuing on the Eastern Route back to Kagbeni.

Packing List

Sun-Cream and Lip Balm with high SPF
T-shirt, Vests and Shirt
Fleece Jacket
Down Jacket
Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
Warm Gloves
Hiking Boots
3-4 pairs of socks
Day pack (30-40 liters)
Torch light
Water bottle (Minimum 2 liters)
Small Hand Towel
Sleeping Bag for up to -15 Degree Celsius

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 3000 meters. It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most people can ascend to 3000 meters without difficulty.

Upper Mustang Trekking