Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking is one of the historical himalayal, which is lies in Trans Himalayan district of Western region of Nepal. This is remote trek with adjoining plateau of Tibet, where you can find the real Himalayan cultures domain by the Tibetan society. During the we may have chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapesd, Himalayan mountain desert with local tribes domain with Tibetan society are the main attraction of this areas. The trek is located on the western Himalayan range and adjoining with Tibetan border of the Nepal. Mustang is a rain shadow area and still has a Mustang Raja (state king of the Mustang) only one state king of Nepal.

Our Upper Mustang Trek starts after great flying to Jomsom from beautiful lake town Pokhara, and start walk through the holy river bank of Kaligandaki and follow the upstream to get to Lo-Manthang, which is capital of the Mustang. You’ll have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make your remarkable adventure holiday.

The Home Ministry of Nepal, Upper Mustang is announced the opening of the Restricted areas in October 1991. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the Department of Immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as “Upper Mustang" that has its own nominal king.

Itinerary in Details

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Trek preparation & city tour in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (910 Meters) 6 hrs.
This morning you will drive to Pokhara (200km) the road mostly follows the River Trisuli and Marshyangdi, depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 6-hrs drive. Along the drive you will enjoy beautiful scenery. You will arrive late afternoon at Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2700 Meters) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3 Hrs.
Early in morning fly Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snows covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the river created deepest gorge on this planet. From here starts your trekking to Kagbeni the main gate to Upper Mustang. Kagbeni situated at an altitude of (2807m) Kagbeni village was formed around 14th century as a check post for traders between Nepal and Tibet and still there is a checkpoint to control the groups departing toward Muktinath and Mustang. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 05: Trek to Chele (3110 Meter.) 5 - 6 Hrs.
The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, will be enjoyed all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1-½-hrs trek and crosses the river and continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 06: Trek to Geling (3500 Meters) 5 - 6 Hrs.
The trail climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at (3540m) then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar village. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at (3800m) the route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass at (3770m) and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3620 Meters) 4 Hrs.
From Charang village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass NYI LA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a MANI WALL perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings, of seated Buddha's.Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 08: Trek to Lo - Manthang (3840 Meters) 3 Hrs.
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lomanthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 09: Exploration Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar 4 - 6 Hrs.
It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery for the local community, also serving as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lomanthang. Overnight at Tented Camp. Day 10: Trek to Ghar Gompa (3920 Meters) 4 - 6 Hrs.
After a wonderful time at Lo-Manthang we back to Ghar Gompa and explore the local area. During the walk you will suffer the dusty wind and as suggested to walk in the morning. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Ghiling (3500 Meters) 5 - 6 Hrs.
Today, we will back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after arrival and lunch enjoy the day explore the area but it will be dusty better to walk in evening time. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 12: Trek to Chele ( 3110 Meters) 5 Hrs.
We re-track back to Chele for the overnight stop, you will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713 Meters) 6 - 7 Hrs.
This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the views of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village. This is the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom to celebrate the last day of the trek, with all the trekking staff. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 14: Morning flight back to Pokhara (910 Meters) 25 Minutes. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Leisure day in Pokhara incase bad weather in Jomsom. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu (1337 Meters) 6 Hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to international airport for your onward destination. "Farewell"

Service Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by car / Van / Bus.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 3* category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three nights’ accommodation at two star category hote in Pokhara.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley as per above program.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Full board meal (veg. / non veg.) prepared by our expert cook.
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Table with chairs, kitchen utensils, Down sleeping bag / Jackets, walking sticks, and other necessary equipments during the trek).
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
  • Domestic fare (Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara)
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • Office Service charge.
  • Service Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.).
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc...
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking crew and driver. (Tipping is expected)

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Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour,
  • Scenic drive Katmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu,
  • Scenic mountain flight from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara,
  • Discover the hidden Himalayan kingdom,
  • Explore the Kali Gandaki river Valley,
  • Landscape, Forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang,
  • Spectacular Views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Himal Ranges,
  • Buddhist Monasteries, Plentiful Cultural Encounters with the Ethnic People of Tibetan Descent,

Upper Mustang Trekking Map


Trip Facts

Tour Code:
Max. Altitude:
Trip Duration:
17 days
Trek Grade:
Easy to Moderate
Trekking + Tour
Group Size:
2 (minimum)
Best Time:
May -Oct.
Per Day Hiking:
5 to 7 hours
Trip Cost:
USD 2050.00 Per Person


Greetings from Poland!

Finally at home! We would like to thank you very much for the time we've spent together. It was a real pleasure to trek with you to amazing Kingdom of Lo Manthang. We are happy to tell that we've already recommended your team to our friends. All of us are considering coming back to Himalaya Mountain. We hope that we could meet again in the future

it would be a pleasure for us to visit other regions with you, our friends! We don't know particular time of hypothetical visit, but I'm sure we'll keep in touch, so we can inform you about all our plans. 3 days spent in Chitwan National Parkwas organized perfectly, as well as the trek of course. Thanks for that too.

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