Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

Explore the Forbidden Kingdom with an electrifying venture.

Situated at the steeped in undisturbed Tibetan Buddhist culture with ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and cave dwellings high up on the cliffs, Mustang is a paradise for the travel zealots who loves digging history and promote cultural exchange. Upper Mustang is a very astonishing place to explore because of its natural gifts which are undisturbed by its isolation behind the great mountain range of Dhaulagiri. But to glance its very picturesque location, you need a special permit issued by the Government of Nepal.



Trekking in Upper Mustang is a joyful privilege because of its rareness. The King of this place was recently recognized by the Government, who lives in Lo-Manthang the heart of this rare paradise. The Upper Mustang Trek is another way to get connected with the uncluttered nature and be close with undisrupted cultural relics, and immense spiritual satisfaction. Upper Mustang, being within the Himalayan area, is one among the regions within the country suitable for trekking even during the monsoons. During this point, the upper Kali Gandaki valley remains quite dry with only occasional rainfall.

The Upper Mustang Trek was accessible to non-Nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even now, reaching out is still highly restricted. To enter the paradise of stunning Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north of Kagbeni, inquisitive trekkers need a special trekking permit and must be accompanied by a securing government-appointed official. The Mustang trek is not immensely difficult as the highest point to reach is only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is usually windy and dusty throughout the year. Winter treks are best-avoided thanks to harsh weather.

The Upper Mustang trek into the remote untouched Trans- Himalayan Region of this semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom provides an adventurous 15-day itinerary with spectacular and breathtaking trekking through the striking semi-arid desert with colorful rock formations, deep ravines and delighting snow-capped peaks surrounding you. The history, culture, myth, and legend blend perfectly with the stunning quaint environment.

So, choosing The Upper Mustang Trek is going to give you emotional, and spiritual satisfaction which is an absolute goal of trekking. Blending in tradition, the cultural exchange would be there to accompany your quailing journey. The Natural terrain of azure Upper Mustang should be your go-to destination.


Days 1: Arrival into Kathmandu (1,400m)

Day 2: Exploring the enchanting heritage of Kathmandu (1,400m).

Day 3: Flight to majestic Pokhara and spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant town

Day 4: Fly to alluring Jomsom and start trek ascending to Kagbeni (2,804m)

Day 5- Trek to stunning Chele (3,050m)

Day 6- Trek to holy Syangboche (3,800m)

Day 7- Trek to joyful Ghami (3,520m)

Day 8- Trek to lovely Charang (3,560m)

Day 9- Trek to delighting Lo-Manthang (3,840m)

Day 10- Exploration of heart, Lo-Manthang

Day 11- Trek to joying Dhamkar (3,820m)

Day 12- Trek down to holy Syangboche

Day 13- Trek to Chhusang (2,980m)

Day 14- Trek to crowded Jomsom (2,720m)

Day 15- Fly to alluring Pokhara and rest

Day 16- Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 17- Departure to an International flight.

Trip Highlights:

  • The mini-Tibet version, The Upper Mustang, and its lovely cultures
  • The Gateway of Upper Mustang, dazzling Jomsom city.
  • Very unique and appealing experience of the Himalaya Market
  • Picturesque views of awesome Dhaulagiri Mountain Range while driving.
  • Witnessing awesome wild flora and fauna like yak, musk deer.
  • The fascinating medieval village of Kagbeni and its inevitable characteristic like Apple Farming.
  • Holy pilgrimage for Hindu and Buddhist, the Muktinath Temple.
  • Deepest canyon of the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • The place of last living king and capital of Mustang, Lo-Manthang
  • The historical and religious site, Chhoser cave and monasteries.
  • Luri Monastery which is filled with ancient relics and artifacts.


Day 1
Arrival into Kathmandu (1,300m)

You’ll arrive in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International airport, our representatives will be there to pick you up. And you’ll be transferred to one of the standard hotels in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Exploring the enchanting heritage of Kathmandu (1,300m).

You’ll be given a very wonderful leisure time for exploring the heritages of Kathmandu and to sightsee different historic relics of the heart of Nepal. It’s an important time to shop for necessary gear for trekking.

Day 3
Driving to majestic Pokhara (900m) and spend the afternoon

Exploring the vibrant town After breakfast, you will head to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. The bus ride will be around 6-7 hours long. You can enjoy the views of the western Himalayas on the way. The beautiful and tad-tiring bus ride takes you to the beautiful valley of Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to some of the highest and beautiful mountains of Nepal. On arrival, you will check in to the local hotel.

Day 4
Fly to alluring Jomsom and start trek ascending to Kagbeni (2720m)

After breakfast, we head to Pokhara airport (less than 20 minutes) and fly to Jomsom. Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang. The short 20 minutes flight has panoramic views on clear days. You can have fun with beautiful views of the lofty hills and silvery mountains during your flight. Jomsom is where your actual fun trek of the foot begins. You will begin your 3 hours trek. You will trek uphill Kali Gandaki River following you on your way to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is that the quaint and scenic village and is your gateway to Upper Mustang. The village is by the bank of two rivers. Overnight in the local guesthouse.

Day 5
Trek to stunning Chele (3,050m)

The tiring trek continues towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki. You will climb through many ridges and reach Tangbe village. The scenic Tangbe village is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amid white-washed mud and stone houses. You can also witness sweet apples from apple trees if you want. From here, you’ll continue your hike to Chhusang village. After this, you will cross the dwindling waters of Kali Gandaki. Then, you will climb up the huge red mass of Conglomerate. This fell from the cliff above and now forms a tunnel through which Kali Gandaki flows. After crossing the Kali Gandaki Valley, you continue your uphill climb to The Chele. It is the trekking of seven hours.

Day 6
Trek to holy Syangbuchen (3,800m)

After another tiring trekking of four hours, you will pass by the 4 colored Chortens. The trek continues with uphill and downhill. You will pass the gorgeous and sparsely populated villages, through another pass of Yamada La (4010m). After a final descent, you will reach Syangbuchen. Here, almost all the tea houses look similar to whitewashed walls, flat roofs and wood stacked neatly around the perimeter of the roof. Overnight at Syangbuchen.

Day 7
Trek to Ghami (3,520m)

This trek can push you a little. You will trek through zigzag non-uniform terrains across two different passes. You begin your trek with an uplift over the Syangbuchen Pass. From here, you can view the spectacular perfect landscape of Upper Mustang. You will trek downhill to Gelling. From here, you slowly hike and uplift to Jaite and onwards to Nyi La Pass. Here you’ll feel the strong, gusty winds of Mustang alongside the fluttering of prayer flags. After this your descent to a trail junction. After a final descent, you reach Ghemi. This is a touch village with a little Chorten at its entrance.

Day 8
Trek to Tsarang (3,560m)

After passing through the longest Mani wall of 1000ft, you’ll find yourself heading towards the pass from where you can see the Mustang as a desert and barren without any vegetation or any partially true life. The red-painted Tsarang stupa welcomes you to Charang one of the largest villages which were the capital of Mustang before Lo-Manthang.

Day 9
Trek to delighting Lo-Manthang (3,840m)

You will trek to Lo-Manthang today. It is one of the major attractions of any Upper Mustang Trek. You will begin your trek through Tsering Thupten Shedrub Dhargyeling Monastery. This old monastery houses 40-50 monks. From here, you pass the Cherang River which separates Cherang and Lo. After crossing the pass Lo, you’ll reach Lo-Manthang. It was the capital city of the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. It still houses King’s impressive palace. The descendants of the kings still reside here to this day.

Day 10
Exploration of Lo-Manthang

You’ll be having an opportunity to explore this beautiful mystical town of Lo-Manthang as it has a lot to offer. Some of the priority-visit places are the Mustang King’s palace: It is a five-story palace where the king of Mustang lives with his family. Other major attractions of this place are Namgyal Gompa, Tigkar village, and Jampa Lhakhang.

Day 11
Trek to Dhamkar (3,820m)- Same Day 4280m. Chogo La Pass

You will be choosing the upper highland trail to Chogo La pass 4280m. and say goodbye Lo-Manthang. This gives you stunning and lovely views of both Lo-Manthang and Tsarang Valley. You can also see the snow-capped mountains in the background. On the way, you can visit the oldest Tibetan monastery- Ghar Gompa. Onwards you will trek to Dhamkar. Overnight here at a guesthouse.

Day 12
Trek down to Syangbuchen From Dhamkar,

you head back your way to Syangbuchen via beautiful village Ghiling. You can explore any of the landscapes you missed on the way.

Day 13
Trek to Chhuksang (2,980m)

You will continue your trek back. If you want you can visit some of the must-visit places you missed on the way like the Chungsi Cave monastery. We can stop for lunch at Samar village once again. Chhuksang is yet another fascinating village you will spend the night at. (Trek to Muktinath from Chhuksang is Optional)

Day 14
Trek to Jomsom (2,720m)

You will continue to head your way back on the trails towards the south. And discover Jharkot Monastery, Tibetan Herbal Medicine Center, and ancient fortress which was once a palace. On the way down, you get great views of Mt. Nilgiri and the wide stretch of Kali Gandaki valley. From here on, you leave the forbidden region of Upper Mustang and trek to Kagbeni. You can feast on the delicious Mustang apple and witness the hospitable local culture.

Day 15
Fly to alluring Pokhara (1400m) and rest

You will catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a perfect way to end your Upper Mustang trek once for all. This flight takes you along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges

Day 16
Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m)

You’ll be accompanied by the Trisuli River and the different scenic hills on the drive back of 6-7 hours. Enjoy your coming back replaying memories of Upper Mustang.

Day 17
Departure to an International flight.

It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal and it’s amazing people until next time. Our representative will drop you to International Airport before three hours of your flight time.

Cost Included

  • Airport picks up and drops by tourist car
  • Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by tourist vehicle
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • One English Speaking Govt. License holder Trekking Guide
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS permit, Mustang Permit (US$500 P/P)
  • Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter)
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks
  • First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles
  • Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, equipments.
  • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be return after trek)
  • Government Taxes and paper works.

Cost Excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara accept Breakfast
  • Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills)
  • Temple/Monastery entrance fees
  • Extra night of Accommodation and extra days of the trek
  • Travel Insurance and rescue flights
  • Late arrival and late departure extra night
  • Additional activities (Safari-Bungee-Paragliding-Rafting and so on..)
  • Tipping to Nepali staff (Guide and Porters)

What we need?


Trekking Equipment:

Day pack for your personal important things
Good Trekking Boots & Camping shoes/sandal
Socks-polypropylene, Down Jacket
Fleece-shirts, trekking trousers
Shorts, Swimwear, Sun Hat, Woolen cap
Nylon Windbreaker, Gloves, Snow Gaiters
Sleeping Bag, Rain cost
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
Toiletries/soap, Toilet paper, Sunblock
Travel Towel, Wet-wipes
Personal Medication, Sunglasses
Camera & lenses, Memory cards
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful, Altimeter
Book/music player/pack of cards
A plastic bag for waste, Energy/snack bars
Trekking stick and, water bottle

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Upper Mustang Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Tourist Vehicle, domestic flight
  • 2-20
  • 4280m.
  • Hotel and Tea House Lodges
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu Airport
  • Kathmandu Airport
  • Autumn & Spring
  • Trained Trekking Guide
  • 3 Meals a Day
  • English