18 days
Trip Level
Group Size
3800 m

Upper Mustang trek is the confined northern piece of the Kali Gandaki Valley. It is the trek of the shrouded kingdom and lies in the rain-shadow area. It gives us a chance to explore one of a kind nearby way of life. For example, polygamy is as yet boundless here. Trekking to Upper Mustang is probably the most famous trekking among all outdoor treks in Nepal. It may be the last remnants of flawless Tibetan culture. Mustang region is restricted areas that opened for foreigners since 1992, which resembles a fortune chase since you went to the puzzling sports and outfitted.

However, Upper Mustang Trek is a fitting objective for adventure trekkers searching for additional insights. It is likewise known pristine trekking because there is a constrained section to nonnative’s even today. It is presumably the most mystify and least known kingdoms, an existence relatively unaffected for quite a long time. The Upper Mustang Trekking  – a complete guide helps you that to figure out a trek to Upper Mustang with a rich experience of remoteness in the mysterious Upper Mustang.

A trek to mustang considers as a moderate that has its difficulties in specific regions. It is likewise an extraordinary opportunity to carefully investigate lifestyles, which gives one of a kind feeling to untouchables. It is maybe the last enclave of un-spoilt Tibetan culture. Trek to Upper Mustang begins from Kathmandu once you arrive and completes within 14 days.

Upper Mustang Trek: Highlights

A visit to 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 starts/ends Jomsom/Jomsom
Difficulty Level Moderate
Accommodation Tea-houses/lodges
Upper Mustang Trek Map

Outline Itinerary

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

Best Time To Visit Mustang

The Upper Mustang region is lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. The best time for Upper Mustang trek is Spring (March-May), Summer (June – August), and Autumn (September – November). As far as the weather, this trek is in the rain shadow; you can do it almost all year round.

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

Like all treks in the Nepal Himalayas, there are ups and downs to challenge you. High passes to cross, and steep descents to negotiate.  There are then the breathtaking mountains that reward you for being in the magnificent Kingdom of Lo.

It’s considered a challenging trek because of the altitude and dry atmosphere. When you see local people whizzing at speed behind you, you’re trying hard to breathe and ask, “why”?

Remember that the people of Upper Mustang are Tibetan Buddhist origin, and they were born with less oxygen and dry air, like the Sherpas, who live in Khumbu (Everest) region.

We suggest, like all treks in Nepal, that you have a proper fitness level and have some spare time before you come! Function on both cardiovascular as well as leg muscles! Don’t forget that when buying travel insurance, you mention high altitude trekking.

Upper Mustang Trekking Permit Cost

All those documenting costs are usually inclusive in your upper mustang trek cost. Specific permit fees: $500 for ten (10) days per individual. $50 for a day if the trek is more than ten days (in the Upper Mustang area).

ACAP permit: $28 for each person.

Please note that Upper Mustang Trekking is no allow for solo travelers. You must travel with an authorized trekking company with at least two trekkers.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of Arrival gate with Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the 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

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 as well as mountain scenery. Finally, get to Pokhara in the afternoon.

Day 4: Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni (2870 m) 20 min. by plane 3h00 walk.

Early morning, get to prepare for the flight to Jomsom by the plane wonderful Himalayan scenery of giant Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will meet other staff there and arrange all the backpack then trek to Kagbeni.

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 way among the white-painted houses; cultivated land and once crossing over the Kali Gandaki River that head to Small ridges get Chele.

Day 6: Chele – Gelling (3806 m) 6h00 walk.

The trail goes gradually ascend through barren land, picturesque mountain scenery to a pass then making long descend 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 and crosses a stream that takes another valley. Then ascends to a hill (3,800 m), taking on ridges and pretty descends to Gelling.

Day 7: Gelling – Charang (3,500 m) 6h00 walk

Start the trek after the 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.

Day 8: Charang – Lomangthang (3,700 m) 5h00 walk.

As usual as other days, the trail goes little descend and cross a bridge ascends steeply with a rocky trail to get a ridge and further continue climbs to reach 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 descend and cross a stream then climb up to enter the plateau of Lomanthang.

Day 9: Exploration Day: Lo – Mangthang

There are several places to explore. Visit monasteries with its features The Namgyal Gompa located on the top of the hill. A local court considers it and continue a visit to Tinkhar, the last village of upper Mustang.

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 a major visitable spot in this city. The royal palace is another attraction in the town.

Day 11: Lo – Mangthang – Ghami (3,520 m) 6h00 walk.

The climax of the trek has been finished descend back through some villages ancient monasteries and offering the last glimpse of Lomangthang and walk down to Ghami.

Day 12: Ghami – Samar (3,150 m) 6h00 walk

This is the same route we take while heading to Lomangthang bypassing Nyi-La and descend to Samar with beautiful scenery of Annapurna range.

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 which beliefs to build in the 15th century.

Day 14: Kagbeni – Jomsom (2800 m) 3h00 walk.

Today is last day trek to Jomsom also easy walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a busy place due to an administrative quarter of Mustang district. There is an opportunity to explore ancient Thakli tradition, culture flora and fauna in the Eco-cultural museum in Jomsom.

Day 15: Jomsom – Pokhara

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

Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu

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

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu

You will free all the 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.

Day 18: Final departure

You will be transfer to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your home country
DEPARTURE/RETURN  Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
DEPARTURE TIME Please report at least 2 hours before the flight.
All domestic flight, Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Tips for Guide and Porter

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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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