Upper Mustang Trekking

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Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking is an adventure that takes you to the remote trans-Himalayan region of Upper Mustang in northwestern Nepal. It is often referred to as the "Forbidden Kingdom" due to its restricted access and its preserved Tibetan Buddhist and Thakali culture. The trek offers a unique and humbling experience as you explore the rich history, culture, and dramatic landscapes of this mystical land.

Located in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Upper Mustang is characterized by a barren moonscape with eroded sandstone pillars and colourful mosaic-like terraces of red, yellow, and brown. The landscape resembles that of Tibet, with its distinct features and unique charm. The region is relatively easy to trek, making it suitable for people of all ages.

The trek to Upper Mustang takes you through a treeless and arid landscape, with strong winds blowing across the area in the afternoon. It receives significantly less rainfall compared to other parts of Nepal due to its location in the rain shadow. Most of the local population resides near the river at an elevation of approximately 2300 meters above sea level.

Upper Mustang is divided into two regions: the southern and northern parts. The northern region shares similarities in language, culture, and traditions with the Tibetan people. Lo-Mustang, the capital of Upper Mustang, is a walled city ruled by a religious king. Life in Mustang has remained relatively untouched by modern civilization, maintaining its ancient traditions and unhurried pace.

One of the highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek is the breathtaking mountain scenery. The trek offers spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, which stands at 8167 meters, and Annapurna I, which reaches 8091 meters. You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters high, providing a truly awe-inspiring experience. The elevation of the trek ranges from 2815 meters to 3780 meters above sea level.

To embark on the Upper Mustang Trek, you can choose various modes of ta transportation such as trekking, jeep tour, bike ride, or a combination of tour and trek. The area has witnessed an increase in tourist inflow, resulting in the development of tea houses to accommodate travellers. However, the region still maintains its remote and unique charm.

Before embarking on the trek, it is important to obtain the necessary permits, including the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP). These permits help protect and preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the region.

The Upper Mustang Trek offers a fascinating journey into a hidden and mysterious part of Nepal. With its rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and unique traditions, it is a trek that captivates adventurers seeking an unforgettable experience.


  1. Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    You will be welcomed by our staff standing with your name card at the airport arrival terminal and transferred to your hotel by a private vehicle. Your hotel is in the middle of the city. You will have nothing planned for the day, so take a rest and gather the energy to walk on the trails. Else, if you have some personal gears to buy, you can go shopping in the Market in the evening. There will be a small meeting about the trek in the evening. You will spend a night in a hotel.
    Accommodation: Hotel (BB Plan) - Transportation: Private vehicle

  2. Day 02 Kathmandu | trek preparation, Permits Procedure (1,300m/4,264 ft)

    After enjoying breakfast, you have the option to spend your day exploring the many famous sights around Kathmandu. The city has a unique charm in the early morning as it slowly comes to life, but still remains relatively peaceful. You can choose to have a free day or take advantage of our offer to provide a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide who can lead you to some of the most significant sites and explain their history.
    Optional day tours:
    We offer a variety of optional day tours to choose from, including the Sacred Sites of the Valley, a full-day excursion to visit Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanath, and see the world's largest spherical stupa, or explore the largest and most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal.
    For those who want to venture outside of the city, a 30-minute drive will take you to the ancient city of Bhaktapur, known for its medieval art and wood carving. You can also go hiking or mountain biking in the scenic Shivapuri National Park, located on the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley.
    After your day's adventure, you'll return to your hotel in the early evening where you'll meet with our specialist or one of their staff members who will provide you with a detailed briefing of your upcoming trip, including what to expect and transportation logistics.
    Accommodation: Accommodation: Hotel (BB Plan)

  3. Day 03 Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)

    Starting the day with an early breakfast at your hotel, we'll set off on our journey to Pokhara. The road out of the Kathmandu Valley winds its way down the valley wall, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, gorges, rivers, and villages that are unique to central Nepal.
    As we make our way towards Pokhara, we'll make a stop for lunch before heading towards the city. Our journey is made comfortable with the use of tourist buses, but if you prefer a more personalized experience, you may choose private vehicles or flights, which can be arranged at the time of booking.
    Upon arrival in Pokhara, we'll check into your hotel, and you'll have some time to explore the neighborhood. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque walkway by the lake, where you can find various interesting shops and restaurants. Don't forget to admire the stunning sight of Fishtail Mountain towering over the city.
    With the first day of your adventure now complete, you can unwind, relax and recharge for the exciting experiences that await you on the rest of your journey
    Accommodation: Hotel (BB Plan), Transportation: Tourist Bus (opt. Flights/Private vehicle)

  4. Day 04 Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) Trek Jomsom to Kagbeni (2897m) 5-6 Hrs

    As we make our way towards Kagbeni, we'll make a stop for lunch before heading towards the Jomsom. Our journey is made comfortable with the use of tourist buses till Jomsom then we will catch a jeep to Kgbeni for this route, but if you prefer a more personalized experience, you may choose private vehicles or flights, which can be arranged at the time of booking.
    Our journey will begin early in the morning with a 25-minute scenic flight to Jomsom that offers stunning views of the mountains. Following breakfast, we will embark on a trek from Jomsom (2713m) to Kagbeni (2897m) along the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki. As we ascend towards Kagbeni, we will have the wind at our backs in the morning, before it typically intensifies after midday. Upon arrival at Kagbeni, we will spend the rest of the day immersing ourselves in the village's culture and meeting its people.
    Accommodation: Hotel (AP Plan) - Transportation: Tourist Bus (opt. Flights/ Private vehicle)

  5. Day 05 Kagbeni to Chele 3050 m / 10006 ft – 6 hrs

    Today, the trail passes through rugged terrains, taking you up to the river valley along the bank of the Kali Gandaki. The path widens as you move up along these trails. There are mules carrying goods from Mustang and Tibet that you can observe while trekking on these trails. After trekking for some hours, we will arrive at several caves and Kang monastery. There in the village of Tangbe, we will have our lunch. There are several chortens and stone-paved white-painted houses in this village and other landmarks in this village. There are incredible fields filled with buckwheat, barley, and apple orchards as well. Travellers can also observe majestic views of snow-capped mountains, including Nilgiri, along these trails. After having lunch, we will continue our trek to the Kali Gandaki River and cross with the help of suspension bridges. The trail then leads you through a steep and rocky climb before arriving at Chele. You will stay in a lodge or teahouse.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  6. Day 06 Chele to Syangboche 3475 m / 11400 ft – 6 hrs

    Chele to Syangboche is a trekking route in Nepal that covers a distance of approximately 11.5 kilometers or 7.1 miles. The trek takes about 6 to 7 hours to complete, and it involves a challenging uphill walk with an elevation gain of 800 meters. The trail offers spectacular mountain views, beautiful landscapes, and the opportunity to visit villages like Ghyakar and Samar. Along the way, trekkers will pass through various terrains, including a steep canyon, a massive gorge with juniper trees, and a river crossing. The final ascent leads to a mountain pass before descending to a small hamlet. This trek is ideal for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Himalayas, with unique views and a serene environment.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  7. Day 07 Syangboche to Ghami (3,520m / 11,535ft) -6 hrs

    The trek from Syangboche to Ghami, which has a distance of approximately 9.3 kilometres or 5.7 miles, takes about 6 hours to complete. Starting from Syangboche, the journey includes crossing three different passes: Syangboche La at an elevation of 3,850 meters (12,655 feet), Nyi La at 4,020 meters (13,205 feet), and Ghemi La at 3,765 meters (12,352 feet). The trail offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, as well as a picturesque desert landscape dotted with remote settlements and barley fields. Along the way, trekkers pass through Gelling, Tama Gaun, and reach Ghami, a village situated at an elevation of 3,510 meters (11,535 feet). Ghami is known for its white and Ochre-colored mud and stone houses, reminiscent of the traditional architecture found in Mustang. This trek provides a unique opportunity to explore the culturally rich and naturally beautiful region of Upper Mustang in Nepal.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  8. Day 08 Ghami to Charang(3505m / 11,500ft)-6hrs

    Ghami to Charang is a segment of the Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal. This particular section is approximately 6 hours long and covers a distance from Ghami (3,505m/11,500ft) to Charang (3,870m). The trek begins by descending over rough and sometimes slippery terrain until reaching a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola. Along the trail, you will pass by mani walls, which are stone-built walls with Tibetan mantras carved into the stones. The journey then takes you over the Charang La Pass (3,870m) before reaching the village of Charang. The village is located at the top of the Charang Chu canyon and is known for its fortress and red gompa situated to the east. After enjoying lunch, there is ample time to explore the village and its surroundings. It's a fascinating trek that combines the exploration of ancient monasteries, majestic Himalayan ranges, and the unique cultural and geographical traits of Upper Mustang.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  9. Day 09 Charang to Lo Manthang – 3770 m / 12368 ft – 5 hrs

    The trail leads you to our ultimate destination of Lo Manthang. You will continue your trek passing through these incredible landscapes of the region. It covers a total distance of 11 kilometres which nearly takes 4 to 5 hours to complete. The wide trail passes gradually through uphill treks. These remote trails pass through pleasant viewpoints that provide you with majestic views of the region. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and other Himalayan mountains are some of the significant mountain peaks of this region. You will reach Lo Manthang by passing through the beautiful red and white Sungda Chorten. Moreover, Lo Manthang is the former capital of Kingdom Lo. It is a walled town with many settlements of the ethnic Lo community. Lo was a kingdom until 2008 when the federal republic government was formally introduced in Nepal. You will stay the night at a local stay in Lo Manthang.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Rest and exploration day in Lo Manthang

    Today is the perfect day to immerse yourself in the historical wonders of Lo Manthang, a captivating walled city boasting a rich heritage. Founded around the 1390s, Lo Manthang served as the capital of the Kingdom of Lo and continues to exude an air of ancient charm. The city's prominent features include its magnificent whitewashed mud-brick walls, gompas (monasteries), and the awe-inspiring nine-cornered royal palace, which stands as a testament to its architectural brilliance dating back to the 1400s. Exploring Lo Manthang offers a glimpse into its spiritual essence with four major temples, namely Jampa Gompa (Jampa Lhakhang), Thubchen Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and Choprang Gompa, each holding its own significance and beauty. Jampa Gompa, also known as God's house, is the oldest temple in the town, while Choprang Gompa, known as the New Gompa, adds a touch of modernity. As you wander through the city, you'll encounter rows of chhortens and mane walls, enhancing the mystical atmosphere. The Lobas, the indigenous people of Lo Manthang, share strong cultural and ethnic ties with the inhabitants of Western and Central Tibet, and their traditions rooted in Tibetan Buddhism continue to thrive. It's important to note that while the Nepal government opened Upper Mustang to foreigners in 1992, tourism to this enchanting region remains limited, preserving its exclusivity and authenticity. So, take this opportunity to embrace the allure of Lo Manthang and immerse yourself in its captivating history and cultural heritage, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 Lo Manthang to Dhakmar 3800 m / 12467 ft – 7 hrs

    Embarking on the next leg of your journey, you will leave behind the enchanting city of Lo Manthang and head towards Dhakmar. The day's trek covers a distance of approximately 7 hours, taking you through diverse landscapes and offering a memorable experience. The initial part of the trail involves a challenging uphill climb to Chogo La, situated at an elevation of 4,230 meters. This mountain pass presents you with breathtaking views and an exhilarating adventure. After crossing the pass, the trail leads you to the captivating village of Lo Gekar, known for its Ghar Gompa belonging to the Lo Nyingma sect, which serves as a significant attraction. Continuing along the path, you will reach Muila Bhanjyang, where you can relish the awe-inspiring panoramas of the surrounding mountains. Finally, the journey takes you to the picturesque village of Dhamkar, where you will spend the night at comfortable teahouses.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  12. Day 12 Dhakmar to Ghiling – 3860 m / 12664 ft – 6 hrs

    Embarking on the trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling, you will encounter the strong winds that characterize this part of the trail. To make the most of the day and mitigate the impact of the winds, an early morning start is recommended. The journey entails descending through a dry plateau and passing by agricultural fields before reaching the village of Ghiling. While the winds may pose a challenge and make the day tiring, the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri serve as a rewarding compensation, providing a glimpse of the awe-inspiring natural beauty that surrounds you.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  13. Day 13 Ghiling to Chuksang – 3050 m / 10050 ft – 6 hrs

    Leaving Ghiling behind, we merge onto the well-trodden trekking trail that guides us towards Chuksang. The path takes us along the banks of the Kali Gandaki riverbed, and we navigate our way across the river by passing through a tunnel carved out of rock. Continuing our trek, we press forward, ultimately arriving at the village of Chhusang. The journey, spanning approximately six hours, unveils the enchanting landscapes and cultural richness of the region, making for a memorable experience along the way.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  14. Day 14 Chuksang to Jomsom – 2715 m / 8907 ft – 5 hrs

    Embarking on the final leg of the journey from Chuksang to Jomsom, you will be treated to a diverse and captivating trekking experience. Over the course of approximately 5-6 hours, you will traverse through a variety of breathtaking landscapes, including forests, fields, verdant hills, and charming village settlements, ultimately reaching the renowned town of Jomsom. Along the way, you will be captivated by the awe-inspiring vistas of majestic snow-capped mountains like Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Descending through settlements such as Jharkot and Khingar, you will encounter several Buddhist monasteries and chortens, adding a spiritual touch to the journey. Following the meandering path alongside the Kali Gandaki River, you will finally arrive in Jomsom, a bustling city with numerous tourist attractions and opportunities to collect souvenirs. You can look forward to a well-deserved rest at a comfortable lodge or guesthouse in Jomsom, reflecting on the remarkable experiences and memories created throughout the trek.
    Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge (B, L, D)

  15. Day 15 Jomsom to Pokhara (Drive)

    After enjoying breakfast at the hotel in Jomsom, we will make our way back to Pokhara by vehicle. Once we arrive in Pokhara, we will transfer you to your hotel, where you can settle in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. This relaxed lakeside town is the gateway to the Himalayas, so you'll find plenty of cool cafés, restaurants, water activities, funky shops, and yoga studios that cater to ex-pats and adventure travellers.
    You have the option of catching a 30-minute morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, during which you can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains en route. Upon arrival in Pokhara, make yourself comfortable in your hotel and explore the town at your own pace. As the gateway to the Himalayas, Pokhara boasts a plethora of cool cafés, restaurants, water activities, funky shops, and yoga studios catering to ex-pats and adventure travellers.
    Accommodation: Hotel (BB Plan) , Transportation:Local Vehicle (opt. Flights/Private vehicle)

  16. Day 16 Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)

    Once you finish your breakfast, it's time to set off on your journey back to Kathmandu. You can choose to board a comfortable tourist bus, which we provide for this route, or have your private vehicle arranged to pick you up from your hotel. Alternatively, you may even opt. for a 30-minute flight to Kathmandu, depending on your preference and requirements. Please remember to inform us of your choice while booking your trip.
    Accommodation: Hotel (BB Plan) , TransportationTourist Bus (opt. Flights/Private vehicle)

  17. Day 17 Final departure

    Breakfast at the hotel. Free & easy until the representative of our team will transfer you to the airport and depart to your own country.
    Transportation: Private Vehicle

Cost Details

Included in the price Included in the package price.
  • Airports pickup and drop by private transport
  • Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by flights
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu on a tourist bus
  • Accommodation on a twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel Pokhara
  • Accommodation on a twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel at Kathmandu.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Twin/triple sharing trekking lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
  • Car/cab/local bus transfers to/from trekking starting and ending points.
  • All necessary permits.
  • Office Service charge.
  • All Government Tax.
Excluded in the price Not included in the package.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Bar bills and beverages such as Coke, Fanta, and mineral water except for the breakfast
  • Meals in Pokhara and Bar bills and beverages such as coke, Fanta, and mineral water except for the breakfast
  • Optuonal tour at kathmandu and pokhara
  • Hot shower, and hot water during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance, Any kind of alcoholic drinks, laundry service, phone calls and internet.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal and Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  • Items and expenses of personal nature.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, and jackets.
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, strikes etc.
  • Any other costs whatsoever, that are not mentioned in the cost included.
  • Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver...


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