18 days
Duration
Moderate
Trip Level
2
Group Size
3800 m
Max-altitude

The Upper Mustang is unlike any other region in Nepal. Despite its proximity to one of the country’s most popular hiking regions, it is a world apart due to its spectacular semi-arid landscape and distinct Tibetan culture. Upper Mustang Trek is the most famous trekking among all outdoor treks in Nepal. It could be the ultimate remains of a beautiful Tibetan culture.

The Upper Mustang Trek is in the northern part of the Kali Gandaki Valley. In addition, there is an adventure in the rain-shadow region.

It allows us to explore the unique way of life of people in the region. For instance, polygamy is still legal in this area. A trip to Nepal is unlike anything else, with a focus on culture and breathtaking scenery.

There may be some truth to the rumors of the Mustang region being off-limits to foreigners, as the area has been closed to tourism since 1992 due to its unique and beautiful culture. However, there are still many attractions in the area that make it worth visiting for anyone looking for an unforgettable travel experience.

On the other hand, Upper Mustang Trek is a good choice for adventurous trekkers looking for even more valuable insights. It is one of the most mysterious and unrecognized kingdoms, with a long history of relatively unaffected existence. The guide to Upper Mustang Trek helps you figure out a trek to Upper Mustang with an intense remoteness experience.

It is a moderate trek with some difficulties in some places. Likewise, it is a tremendous opportunity to explore lifestyles closely since it conveys a feeling to the untouchables. Trek to Upper Mustang begins from Kathmandu once you arrive and completes within 14 days.

Upper Mustang Trek: Highlights

A visit to the hidden last forbidden kingdom of Mustang
Visit walled city of Lo-mangthang and Monasteries

Spectacular scenery, really admirable, but a lifetime experience
Visit Ghar Gumpa and featured caves surround

Upper Mustang Trek at Glance
Min. Duration 14 days
Max. Altitude 3800 meters
Trek Difficulty Moderate
Trek Style Tea-houses/Lodges
Trek Starts/Ends Jomsom

Outline Itinerary

Days Destination Altitude in Meters Trek Distance
1. Drive to Pokhara 920 at 6h30
2. Fly to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni 2850 3h00
3. Kagbeni to Chele 3050 6h30
4. Chele to Sangbochen 3806 6h30
5. Trek to Tsarang 3500 5h00
6. Tsarang to Lo-mangthang 3800 4h00
7. Acclimatization day!
8. Explore around Lo-mangthang
9. Trek to Ghami 3520 6h20
10. Ghami to Samar 3150 6h00
11. Trek to Kagbeni 2800 6h15
12. Jomsom 2650 3h00
13. Fly to Pokhara
14. Drive to Kathmandu
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Frequently Asked Questions about Upper Mustang Trek:

What is the Mustang Trek?

Upper Mustang Trek is a well-known trekking route in the Mustang region of Nepal. This destination provides a one-of-a-kind chance to uncover the mysteries of the historic Lo Manthang kingdom. It boasts awe-inspiring scenery, rich Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and well-preserved medieval Tibetan communities.

What Are Must-See Attractions Along the Mustang Trek Route?

The Upper Mustang Trek has many attractions visitors can’t miss while on their journey. Lo Manthang, the walled city, is a must-see during the trek. This walled city is surrounded by four massive walls and many splendid monuments and structures.

You will also encounter medieval Buddhist monasteries at various points along your hike, including Thubchen Gompa, Chhosar Gompa, and Namgyal Gompa. Other significant attractions include beautiful views of the hills filled with wildflowers and towering cliffs known for rock formations resembling eight different deities.

What Gear Do You Need?

For the Upper Mustang Trek, it’s essential to make sure you have the proper clothing and gear for the journey. You should bring trekking poles, a warm jacket, good waterproof hiking boots, multiple layers of clothing, woolen gloves, a hat or cap with a brim, a water bottle and purifying tablets, insect repellent, and sun cream.

In addition, trekkers are also advised to bring a first aid kit stocked with medicines and essential items like bandages in case of an emergency.

How do you budget for the trekking to Mustang?

Are you looking for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, the Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal may be just what you want. But before you begin your journey, it’s essential to understand the cost associated with this trek.

The cost of a trek to the Upper Mustang can vary significantly depending on many factors, such as group size and duration of stay. However, generally speaking, the Upper Mustang Trek Cost will range from $2,000 – $4,000 per person (not including international airfare).

How long does the Upper Mustang Trek take?

The duration of the Upper Mustang Trek typically ranges from 10 to 14 days, depending on the itinerary and your preferred pace. This trek allows you to immerse yourself in the region’s stunning beauty while giving you enough time to acclimate to the high altitude.

What is the best time for the Upper Mustang Trek?

For those planning to undertake the Upper Mustang Trek, it is advisable to do so during the spring months, from March to May, or in the autumn months, from September to November. These periods typically provide stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, which are optimal for trekking and enjoying the stunning vistas of the Himalayas.

So before embarking on this magical adventure, you should plan your trip accordingly and check the most updated weather report. But this trek is in the rain shadow so you can do it all year round.

Do I need any special permits for Trekking to Upper Mustang?

Having special permits to trek in the Upper Mustang would be best. Along with the standard Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), you also require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) issued by the Nepali government. These permits ensure the preservation of the region’s unique culture and environment.

What is the level of difficulty for the Upper Mustang Trek?

The Upper Mustang Trek is a moderate-level hike recommended for people with a decent level of physical fitness. The trail involves a few steep ascents and descents, but it does not require any technical climbing skills. However, proper acclimatization is crucial due to the region’s high altitude.

What are the accommodation options during the trek?

During the Upper Mustang Trek, you will find teahouses and lodges along the route, offering basic but comfortable accommodation facilities. These teahouses provide meals and a warm resting place, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the local culture and interact with fellow hikers.

Are there any specific cultural highlights in Upper Mustang?

Absolutely! Upper Mustang is renowned for its rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and ancient monasteries. This trek allows you to visit the walled city of Lo Manthang, where you can explore the royal palace’s centuries-old monasteries and witness traditional Tibetan festivals and rituals. It’s a fascinating cultural experience.

There are several itineraries in Upper Mustang. Most outdoor companies displayed the program on extended days outside the central region. Indeed, three notable routes or Upper Mustang Trek itineraries can combine in places.

The extended version of the trek leads along the eastern and western routes next to the Kali Gandaki valley and involves a long day of walking.

It can be extended to the Phu Valley via the Saribung Pass if you want to be adventurous. Likewise, Teri – La Pass Trek is an extended version of this trip. But both treks require full camping with the highest level of fitness.

Finally, it is worth noting that many tour operators offer discounts or special packages which can help bring down overall costs – so do some research ahead of time if budget is a concern! With careful planning and preparation, anyone can make their dream trip happen without breaking their bank account – good luck, adventurers!

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Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with a Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.
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Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During your leisure day, you may have a chance to visit the heritage sites. You meet the trek guide and other team members during the pre-trip departure meeting. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment, and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information
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Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara (920 m) 6h00 drive.

This is a picturesque drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu, traversing through several beautiful villages, forests, rivers, and mountain scenery. Finally, get to Pokhara in the afternoon.
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Day 4: Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni (2870 m) 20 min. by plane 3h00 walk.

Early in the morning, prepare for the flight to Jomsom by plane wonderful Himalayan scenery of the giant Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will meet other staff there, arrange all the backpacks, and then trek to Kagbeni.
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Day 5: Kagbeni – Chele (3050 m) 6h00 walk.

The trail goes through the east bank of Kali Gandaki River after checking all formality in Kagbeni. There are several climbs over many ridges. We have wonderful mountain scenery and walk along the sandy and windy trails. Many ups and downs lead you through the small villages with narrow ways among the white-painted houses and cultivated land, and once crossing over the Kali Gandaki River that heads to Small ridges, get Chele.
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Day 6: Chele – Gelling (3806 m) 6h00 walk.

The trail gradually ascends through barren land and picturesque mountain scenery to a pass, then makes a long descent passing by some chhortens on the ridge. Then further pretty descend to Samar village, where you can see the stunning scenery of Annapurna and Nilgiri. The trail goes into a gorge, crosses a stream, and takes another valley. Then ascends to a hill (3,800 m), taking on ridges, and pretty descends to Gelling.
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Day 7: Gelling – Charang (3,500 m) 6h00 walk

Start the trek after breakfast; the trail leads a pretty interesting pass Nyi – La and longer descends beneath colorful cliffs through the valley and across a stream then head on another pass at 3,600 m and long downhill to Tsarang.
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Day 8: Charang – Lomangthang (3,700 m) 5h00 walk.

As usual as other days, the trail goes a little descends and crosses a bridge, ascends steeply with a rocky trail to get to a ridge, and further continues to reach the region of Lo, King Ame Pal established a kingdom in the 1380s; with wall city of Lomanthang as the capital and the people of this area called Lobas. Finally, a short descent and cross a stream, then climb up to enter the plateau of Lomanthang.
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Day 9: Exploration Day: Lo – Mangthang

There are several places to explore. Visit monasteries with their features. The Namgyal Gompa is located on the top of the hill. A local court considers it and continues a visit to Tinkhar, the last village of Upper Mustang.
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Day 10: Exploration day at Lo – mang thang.

You may have a chance to visit Tall Champa Lakhang, “Place of God,” the red Thuchen Gumpa, Chyodi Gumpa, and the Entrance hall. These are major visitable spots in this city. The royal palace is another attraction in the town.
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Day 11: Lo – Mangthang – Ghami (3,520 m) 6h00 walk.

The climax of the trek has been finished descending back through some village’s ancient monasteries and offering the last glimpse of Lomangthang and walking down to Ghami.
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Day 12: Ghami – Samar (3,150 m) 6h00 walk

This is the same route we take while heading to Lomangthang bypassing Nyi-La and descending to Samar with beautiful scenery of Annapurna range.
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Day 13: Samar – Kagbeni (2870 m)

Trek to Kagbeni is easy to walk, passing through a narrow path among white-painted houses, cultivated fields, and beautiful scenery of Annapurna and Nilgiri are in front. Finally, get to Kagbeni. There is an opportunity to visit a monastery whose beliefs build in the 15th century.
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Day 14: Kagbeni – Jomsom (2800 m) 3h00 walk.

Today is the last trek to Jomsom, an easy walk along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a busy place due to the administrative quarter of the Mustang district. The Eco-cultural Museum in Jomsom offers an opportunity to explore ancient Thakli traditions, culture, flora, and fauna.
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Day 15: Jomsom – Pokhara

Early morning, get to prepare all the baggage flight to Pokhara by plane. The wonderful Himalayan scenery of the giant Himalayas Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif can see from the plane.
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Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu

You will transfer to the airport to fly to Kathmandu by plane with magnificent views of the mountains. Arriving in Kathmandu, you will be free all day.
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Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu

You will be free all day and may have a chance to visit once in the heritage site. Or this day can be occupied as security day in case of flight interruption due to weather.
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Day 18: Final departure

You will be transferred to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your home country
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please depart at least 3 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Private car transfers to/from the airport and hotel.
Round-trip domestic airfare. (PKR-JOM-PKR)
Experienced English-speaking trekking guide.
All necessary permits (RAP, ACAP, & TIMS).
Transportation as per itinerary.
A First Aid Kit.
Applicable Government Taxes.
NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (Advice to bring accurate amount USD in cash)
Accommodation and Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Accommodation and Meals during the trek.
Porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 10-kilogram luggage) (1 porter for two members).
Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
Guide & Porter gratuity.

The prices are quoted in US dollars and payable in convertible currencies. All published rate on our website is set as low as possible. The Prices may vary at any time due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices, and unforeseen economic circumstances. However, we guarantee our prices which already signed up for your tour. Please consult us for a custom quote.

No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Upper Mustang. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
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