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Upper Mustang Trek

trekking around far wild west of Nepal Himalaya

Trip Highlights

  • Ancient caravan trade route to Tibet with incredible sceneries
  • Mustang located on an extension of Tibetan high and vast plateau.
  • Exploring ancient Bon / Buddhist cultures of Tibetan origin
  • Trekking to former forbidden kingdom around walled village at Lo-Manthang.

Trip Summary

Trip Cost :
Trip Duration :16 days
Trip Mode : Hotel-Lodge on route trekking.
Trip Grade : Moderate to adventurous.
Highest altitude gain : 3,950 m at Lo La pass and 3,810 m at Dhakmar
Trek duration : 11 nights & 12 days (Jomsom to Jomsom)
Total Trip : 15 Nights & 16 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season : April to November (July & August wet monsoon months)

Trip Introduction

Explore the wild west of Nepal Himalaya to Upper Mustang in the company of View Nepal Treks expert guidance. Upper Mustang Trek located on the far North West Himalaya in between Dolpo area and North of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

This fascinating Upper Mustang trek involves a scenic flight to and from picturesque Pokhara city and Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang region. The Upper Mustang trek brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang Region.

Walk follows to incredible landscapes between high red cliffs dotted with small caves and passing through farm villages with Buddhist and Bon monuments and prayer, as walk leads to our destination at Lo Manthang villages’ encircled by high walls known as Dzong.

Exploring old and impressive monasteries and villages enrich with old Bon and Tibetan Buddhism culture, return journey back to Jomsom to conclude this overwhelming adventure Upper Mustang trek.

Upper Mustang Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Drive / Fly to Pokhara - 06 hrs via overland and 30 mins by air.

Day 03: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m, trek to Kagbeni 2,800 m

Day 04: Trek to Chele 3,050m

Day 05: Trek to Geling 3,540 m

Day 06: Trek to Charang (Tsherang) 3,560 m

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m

Day 08: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Day 09: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m

Day 10: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m

Day 11: Trek to Chusang / Tsusang 2,980 m

Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

Day 15: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 16: International departure homeward bound.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by View Nepal staff then transfer to respective hotels around Kathmandu city, after a rest and getting refreshed from jet lag. View Nepal guide / leader will brief on Upper Mustang Trek including information on hotels, lodges on treks includes welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with cultural environment.  

Day 02: Drive / Fly to Pokhara - 06 hrs via overland and 30 mins by air.

Morning, we start this wonderful adventure to Upper Mustang taking a scenic overland drive of near 6 hours to beautiful Pokhara city with its serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes where the high Annapurna Himalaya reflects on its calm lakes. (Flying options of 30 mins panoramic flight to Pokhara)

Day 03: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m, trek to Kagbeni 2,800 m- 04 hrs.

Early morning depart from the hotel for a short sweeping flight of 22 mins to Jomsom with alluring views of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri-Manaslu and Nilgiris peaks including majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail”. On reaching at Jomsom, we meet our trekking staff and start trekking and leave Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district. Quite a large town, this area is famous for delicious apples and its various products. Walk leads on a flat river valley of Kaligandaki. After few hours of good gradual walk we reach at the interesting Kagbeni village. From this village onwards one can witness strong Tibetan influence in culture and way of life. Kagbeni is the door to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet border.

Day 04: Trek to Chele 3,050m - 06 hrs.

From Kagbeni our trek starts with real adventure towards Upper Mustang area as the morning walk follows uphill into canyon and gorge by the river upstream, overlooking unbelievable views of landscapes and red cliff wall in-between. Walking through many farm villages with cultivated lands then reaching a nice village at Tirigaon. This pleasant trek with views of natural erosion from wind and rains with red colored cliff canyon, a few hours of nice walk leads to overnight stop at Chele village also spelled as Tshele, a moderate size village with nice tended farms.

Day 05: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

From Chele morning walk leads to a climb reaching at Gyakar village, into arid and dry windswept country and then walk leads past Samar village to Bhena and then climb on steep hill to reach at the top of Yamda La pass 3,860 m high, offers great vista of Mustang area with Mt. Dhaulagiri. From here downhill to overnight stop at Geling village after walking past Syangboche village.

Day 06: Trek to Charang (Tsherang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.

Morning with time tour of old Geling monastery and observe interesting Buddhist mani prayer wheels run with fast flowing water. After the visit walk towards Ghami village crossing Ghaymi Khola (stream) and then follow an interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) to reach Dhakmar village. From Dhakmar few hours of good steady walk reaches at Charang village also spelled as Tsarang, this village surrounded by large fields of buck wheat and barley. At Charang after getting organize in a nice lodge / guesthouse visit Charang monastery.

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.

Today will be a short hours of walking to reach our destination at Lo Manthang with its classic wall guarding the large village of Lo Manthang and once a forbidden kingdom. As the morning walk climbs to reach a ridge top, encountering several chortens and mani stones, between Charang and Lo Manthang walk offers interesting views of arid landscapes with peaks of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti. A short climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters overlooking Lo Manthang walled city in a distance. Then descend leading on a gentle path to Lo Manthang for overnight stops for 2 days.

Day 08: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Our highest overnight stop of this trip at Lo Manthang, morning explore this impressive village with Tibetan culture, tour of historical and cultural centre which is the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. Tour includes visit of four main monasteries Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. To grant audience with former king of Mustang needs advance permission and to enter the king’s palace.

Day 09: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.

After a wonderful time in Lo-Manthang walk back on the same trail to Marang village, and then using an old path to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.

After Dhakmar village morning walk on the same route encountering series of long Mani Walls, then crossing a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, as time permits visit Geling monastery.

Day 11: Trek to Chusang / Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.

Slowly this great adventure nears to an end, starting morning walk with a short climb to Syangboche village. From here it leads to Yamda La with super views of peaks, and then heading downhill to Bhena and Samar villages. As the walk progress passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally this good walk of the day concludes at Chusang or Tsusang village.

Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.

Heading back to Kagbeni village after an enjoyable moment around Upper Mustang, a nice and good walk brings at Kagbeni village before Jomsom.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.

Final and last day trekking of this wonderful adventure, morning starts on a gradual path following Kaligandaki river valley most of the way to reach at Jomsom town, in Jomsom check into a nice lodge for last overnight at Mustang area. One can celebrate last night dinner with local apple products.

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for short flight to Pokhara with views of Annapurna mountain range during airborne, on reaching Pokhara transfer to Phewa Lake side. Where all nice hotels are located, afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.

Day 15: Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.

Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the high mountains of Annapurna Himalaya, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure. (option by air 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu)

Day 16: International departure homeward bound.

Today, last day in Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Upper Mustang Trekking, as per your time for international flight, View Nepal staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Cost Includes And Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel on bed / breakfast basis
  3. Accommodation in Pokhara at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis.
  4. An professional  English speaking government licensed guide
  5. Porters (every 2 clients : 1 porter)
  6. Food in Trekking (B-L-D)
  7. Accommodation in tea house/lodge
  8. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area project) permit.
  9. TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems).
  10. Upper mustang restricted permit
  11. Service of trekking  guides his equipment,  daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  12. Service of trekking  staff -porters their daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  13. Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  14. Down jackets-sleeping bags  and comprehensive medical kits.
  15. Transportation to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu with deluxe tourist bus before and after the trip and Pokhara - Nayapul -Pokhara by private car.
  16. domestic flight ticket Pokhara--Jomsom--Pokhara
  17. Trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of international air tickets if needed.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa
  • International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara hard/soft drinks  along the trip.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical expenses.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying extra  guide / porters.
  • Tips for staff (not mandatory  but expected)

Faqs About This Trip

How hard is Upper Mustang trek?

Starting with moderate walks with up hills and short breaks, trek is pleasant except for high altitude on reaching Upper Mustang area above 3,000 meters high where you might feel short of breathe, as the trek continues one will be acclimatized on daily walk. With rest day for acclimatization and the daily walk helps acclimatizing on this trek with slow rise in elevation, the only tough days are climb up to some passes, but taking slow walk everyone can enjoy this wonderful trek to Upper Mustang.

How cold during this trek?

Morning and night time are always cold above 2,000 meters with day time are sunny most of the season, spring and summer above 2,500 m 15°-18° C average and minimum of 0° to 5° C, autumn / winter day time 15°-16° C and can get below -5° C during morn / night time. We do not run this trek from mid November to March due to high chances of snow on the pass and most of the lodges and guesthouses will be closed for winter vacation where local migrates to lower area of Nepal or to India also.

Preparation and expectations required for this trek?

As this is a moderate and adventurous trekking one needs to be physical fit with sound health, however after booking this trip one can do short exercise jogging and climbing up and down the steps, aerobic or Jumba exercise will be great exercise preparation for this trek. Mustang area of complete Tibetan Buddhist religion and culture, visit monasteries where our guide will inform of the rules while entering holy sites with dress conducts.

What is moderate, adventurous to Challenging grade?

As this trek starts with moderate grade of walking as altitude wise as the trek progress leading higher elevation of above 3,000 meters will be adventurous overcoming high altitude and thin air, if the trails are covered in deep snow including the pass we use the word grade as challenging which is an arduous job to find the safe path to respective destinations. If the pass is completely covered in deep snow we will consider and might re-route the trek to safe area for the welfare, safety of clients including staff and porters.