Upper Mustang Trek -17 days 17 Days

USD $1995/Person
Trip Code : HH/RAT-01
Accomodation : Hotel/Lodge
Duration : 17  Days
Grading : Moderate grading info
Max Altitude : 3880
Activity : Treking
Starts at : Pokhara
End at : Pokhara
Trip Route : Pokhara-Jomsom-Kagbeni-Lomangthang-Muktinath-Jomsom-Pokhara
Best Season : Mar-May & Sep-Nov.



The Upper Mustang Trail offers a unique trekking experience through untamed landscapes, deep gorges, canyons, and ancient Tibetan culture in Nepal's Trans-Himalayan area. In the north-central region of Nepal, in the Mustang district, the Upper Mustang Trail is a well-liked trekking path. It is a remote area that only recently (1992) became accessible to foreign trekkers, and it provides a unique opportunity to experience both the traditional Tibetan culture and the untamed Himalayan vistas.


The Upper Mustang Trail may be located in the Trans-Himalayan area of Nepal, which shares a border with Tibet to the north. The journey begins at the community of Jomsom, which is situated in the Kali Gandaki River valley, and concludes in the walled city of Lo Manthang, the former capital of the Kingdom of Mustang.

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The Upper Mustang Trail's elevation ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 m (9,800 to 13,100 ft) above sea level on average, with several high passes exceeding 4,900 m (16,100 ft). The Lo La Pass, which is located at a height of 4,850 m, is the trek's highest point (15,900 ft).


The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges' rain shadow causes the Upper Mustang Trail's position, which is why it is known for its rocky and dry terrain. The area is a high desert plateau with canyons, gorges, and cliffs with protruding edges. The Kali Gandaki River, which flows through the region and carves out one of the world's deepest canyons, acts as a natural boundary between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks.

The Tukuche monastery, Kagbeni village, and the historic city of Lo Manthang are just a few of the significant sites that the Upper Mustang Trail travels through. The region is particularly renowned for its distinctive rock formations, including the red-hued Dhakmar cliffs.

Finally, the Upper Mustang Trail is a stunning and distinctive trekking route that provides a window into a remote and ancient Tibetan culture. Trekking in this region is both difficult and rewarding due to the rocky, dry terrain, high passes, deep gorges, and canyons, as well as the breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.


The Upper Mustang Trail offers a number of trekking routes that range from 10 to 25 days in duration and complexity. The most well-known route departs from Jomsom and travels down the Kali Gandaki River to the walled city of Lo Manthang. The route includes traveling through rocky terrain, deep gorges, and desert landscapes while crossing high mountain passes like the Lo La Pass.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Check Into hotel.

  • Airport pick up and hotel transfer
  • Rest of the day is free at leisure
  • Overnight stay at your hotel in Kathmandu
You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our office representative and then you will transfered to hotel.

Day 2: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing.

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Pick up by our team and head to our office for your trek briefing and preparation
  • Afternoon sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Swayambunath Monkey Temple
  • Drop of at your hotel
  • Overnight in Kathmandu
Our staff will give brief explanation about the program and you will visit  cultural heritages, which includes some of the famous world heritages sites like, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft](6 hrs drive).

  • Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus.
  • On route, we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries.
  • Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others.
  • Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa.
  • You can even do some shopping during evening hours.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft](3-4 hrs).

  • After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang.
  • This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet.
  • From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village.
  • After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki.

Day 5: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft] (5-6 hour).

  • Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream.
  • During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill.
  • Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards.
  • From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows.
  • We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village.

Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft] (6-7 hrs).

  • Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti.
  • We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda.
  • Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream.
  • Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen.  On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees.
  • Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. 
  • We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.

Day 7: ​Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft ](5-6 hrs).

  • After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda.
  • We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley.
  • The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer.
  • Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi.
  • Ghayami, the third-largest village in the Lo region, is encircled by sizable fields, the majority of which are deserted.

Day 8: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft](4-5 hrs).

  • Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. 
  • After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. 
  • From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. 
  • There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop.

Day 9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft)(5-6 hrs).

  • With a stunning view of the Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti mountain, we trek to Lo-Mangthang today.
  • After crossing the river, the trail first drops to Charang Chu Canyon before beginning a difficult ascent.
  • The trail continues to gently ascent to the windswept Lo Pass at 3,850 meters, where you can glimpse the Lo-Mangthang Valley.
  • Views of the walled city on the Tibetan Border with its hills look lovely as you descend to Lo-Mangthang.
  • For the duration of the stop, we stay in a hotel.

Day 10: ​Explore Lo-Mangthang.

  • Today we explore the surrounding areas.
  • Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar.
  • Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court.
  • After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar,  the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel.
  • The Tall Champa Lakhang "God house," the crimson Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the Entrance Hall, which are this town's primary attractions, are also a possibility.
  • Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya.

Day 11: ​Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft](6-7 hrs).

  • While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by.
  • Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure.
  • The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. explore the local area. 
  • Likelihood of dusty wind, so suggested to walk in the morning.

Day 12: ​Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft](5-6 hrs).

  • Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs.
  • After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time.

Day 13: ​Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft](5-6 hrs ).

  • We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk.
  • You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Day 14: ​Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft](6-7 hrs).

  • Our last day of the day would be a long one. 
  • Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni.
  • Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek.
  • After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop.
  • Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara.

  • After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara.
  • A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel.
  • Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

  • After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos.
  • You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Touch The Himalayann staffs.
  • Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure Flight Back to Say Goodbye and good and safe journey.

  • You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today!
  • We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again.
  • Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Touch The Himalayan will transfer you to the airport.
  • On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop off by Car, jeep, Hiace or Bus. Depends on the number of arrives.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner according to the suitability of our client’s time.
  • Beginning two nights stay on arrival in Kathmandu in tourist standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis).
  • Internal transport and flight within Nepal as per the itinerary.
  • All necessary trekking and restricted area permit & fees.
  • Three meals a day during the trek.
  • All accommodation during trek.
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid trained Manaslu special trekking guide and assistant guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Duffel bag, (to be returned after trip completion), complementary trekking maps. If needed down jacket and sleeping bag will be provided in rent.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insujavascript:void(0);rance, equipment, transport, food and accommodation.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary.
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by your trekking guide).
  • All government and local taxes for Trekking, Agency service charge and government tax/vat.
  • Achievement Certificate.

What's not included

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than in the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc.
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing (temples, monasteries, etc).
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide and porter.

Good to Know


For entry into the Upper Mustang region, foreigners must purchase a special permit, which costs $500 for 10 days and $50 for each additional day. A Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card is also required, which costs around $20. It is crucial to plan ahead as there are a limited number of permits available. These permits can be obtained through a licensed trekking agency in Nepal.
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Although there is no technical climbing on the Upper Mustang Trail, it is a high-altitude trek, so trekkers should be ready for chilly temperatures, strong winds, and unpredictable weather. A comfortable sleeping bag, a down jacket, thermal layers, and waterproof clothing are essential pieces of kit. It's also advised to bring trekking poles, a backpack, and reliable hiking boots. You can click on equipment for more information.


Numerous wildlife species, including snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, Himalayan black bears, blue sheep, and marmots, can be found along the Upper Mustang Trail. Numerous bird species, such as the Himalayan griffon, Tibetan snowcock, and bearded vultures, are visible to birdwatchers. Numerous fish species, including the renowned Himalayan Mahseer, can be found in the region's Kali Gandaki River.

A variety of resistant plants can be found on the Upper Mustang Trail's arid and high-altitude terrain. The Lali Gurans, Nepal's official flower, is one of many rhododendron species that may be found in the area. The Himalayan cherry, mountain juniper, and other species of herbs and grasses are other plant species that can be found in the area and are used in Tibetan traditional medicine.

The Upper Mustang region is home to numerous ancient monasteries and temples that are decorated with elaborate Buddhist artwork and architecture in addition to the region's natural flora and fauna.

The Upper Mustang Trail, in conclusion, is a distinctive and varied area that is home to a diversity of flora and animals, from unusual creatures to hardy mountain plants. Trekking across the area offers not only breathtaking natural vistas but also a chance to discover the history and culture of the area.



The people of the Upper Mustang area have a great deal in common with their Tibetan neighbors in terms of traditions and customs. The area is primarily Buddhist, and the terrain is dotted with old monasteries, stupas, and chortens. One of the most important religious celebrations in the area, the Tiji Festival, honors the triumph of good over evil. The celebration is distinguished by vibrant dances, music, and devotional rituals.


Farmers comprise the majority of the population in the Upper Mustang region, and they raise crops including barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Yaks and horses are utilized for transportation and for carrying products, and animal husbandry plays a significant role in their way of life. The inhabitants have a strong sense of solidarity and interdependence despite the severe environment and challenging terrain.


The people of the Upper Mustang region have preserved many of their long-forgotten customs and traditions, contributing to the region's rich cultural history. Monasteries, temples, and palaces in the area display traditional Tibetan art and architecture. These buildings frequently have Thangka paintings, complex wood carvings, and stone statues. The area is renowned for its complex weaving, and the carpets and textiles made by local artisans are highly prized.


As a result of its remote location and rugged terrain, Nepal's Upper Mustang region has few options for lodging and logistics.


In the Upper Mustang region, teahouses are the most prevalent type of accommodation. These are fundamental lodges with straightforward lodging options like a bed and a blanket. Additionally, they offer food, which is typically Tibetan or Nepalese cuisine. There are numerous teahouses along the walking path that offer visitors to the area a practical and reasonably priced option. It is important to remember that not all locations in the area may have teahouses, and trekkers should be prepared to tent in some places.


Trekkers need a special authorization to reach the Upper Mustang region because it is a restricted area. It is crucial to reserve your trip with a reliable organization that will take care of all the necessary logistics because this permit can only be obtained through a licensed trekking company. To make the most of your stay in the area, you must carefully organize your walk because the permit is pricey and only good for a short time.

Transportation to and from the area is another logistical consideration. Since it is difficult to reach the Upper Mustang region by road, most hikers fly to Jomsom, where they start their walk. To guarantee a simple and hassle-free trip, you must organize your lodging and transportation in advance.


High-altitude climbs can put you at risk for altitude sickness, so it's critical to acclimate properly and consume lots of fluids. Additionally, trekkers should be mindful of the cultural and environmental sensitivity of the area and show respect for local traditions. To ensure safety, manage the terrain, and discover the local way of life, it is advised to hire a certified guide.

In conclusion, hiking the Upper Mustang Trail is a unique experience, and preparation and planning are essential for a secure and pleasurable expedition. For individuals who want to hike the Upper Mustang Trail, getting permits, getting the right gear, and hiring a qualified guide are essential procedures.