Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Cost start: US$ 1645 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

The forbidden Buddhist kingdom of Lo, known in modern times as Mustang, remains one of the last true bulwarks of traditional Tibetan culture, hidden away in its secluded and highly protected barriers on Nepal's northern border. Formerly an outlying province of Tibet itself, Mustang's entire culture, language and philosophical outlook on life revolve around the ancient ties to its near-mythical neighbor — even its geography reflects that of the Tibetan steppe which both share.

Caught in the formidable rain shadow cast by the Himalayan ranges, chiefly the Annapurna massif and Dhaulagiri, Mustang region is an arid land of stark earthen colors and rugged canyons, with distant snow-capped mountains offering a tantalizing promise of life-giving waters that rarely touch the parched high-altitude plateau other than through the precious resource of the Kali Gandaki River. Other than basic subsistence agriculture, the Lopa inhabitants of the valley have traditionally herded yak and in times gone by prospered through trade with Tibet. Despite the harsh conditions wildlife abounds in the region, with animals such as musk deer, Tibetan wild ass, Tibetan gazelle and even the legendary snow leopard thriving in the area.

Unlike the majority of treks in Nepal the journey into Upper Mustang Trek offers a rare glimpse into a regional capital of historic and cultural interest that's as magnificent in its isolation as it is appealing to the camera lens. Lo Manthang was long the royal stronghold, and while the monarchy has been abolished the sturdy palace still remains behind the town's medieval walls, though much of it sustained considerable damage during the 2015 earthquake.  To enter the gates and narrow winding streets is to feel as if one is stepping through a window in time to an era from centuries ago, like some latter day Marco Polo stumbling in through the mountain wilderness to find a remote outpost of humanity defying description or belief. Housed within the tall whitewashed walls are four monasteries of significance, the Gompas of Jampa Lhakchang, Thubchen, Chodey, and Choprang. Nearby Chhoser is not only home to another notable monastery, but has seen significant discoveries of major archeological importance made in the Sky Caves carved into the cliffs above the village for burial purposes. The cave paintings, illuminated Buddhist manuscripts, sculptures and numerous artifacts being found are slowly bringing international attention to the region.

The journey to Mustang typically starts with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the popular trekking hub that's both a start and end point for a number of treks in the area, and leads from there northward through the stunning Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world's deepest. Kagbeni serves as the checkpoint for entry into the heavily restricted Manaslu region, and over the ensuing days numerous passes lead through the arid landscape and its vividly striated bands of color towards Lo Manthang, where we pause for a day to take in all that the centuries-old outpost of Tibetan civilization has to offer. The trek back to Dhakmar pauses at the 8th century monastery of Lo Gekar, then continues on across the windswept plateau past the foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to the sacred pilgrimage destination of Muktinah. From there the trail heads back to Jomsom, a well-earned rest, and the return flight to Pokhara.

Upper Mustang not only serves as an extraordinary adventure to a remote part of Nepal that's scenically distinct from the rest of the country, but also as a window to a highly preserved culture that seems a throwback to long-distant days in Tibet — at times it would hardly surprise to turn a corner and see the Potola itself perched high on a nearby hilltop. It's ready and waiting for you to explore, and the staff of Nepal Trekking Experts are on hand to help organize your trip to this fascinating region.

Trip Highlights

  • An amazing and well-preserved Tibetan culture
  • Kali Gandaki gorge
  • Spectacular views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri sub-ranges.
  • Highly unique alpine desert escape with close geographic ties to Tibet.
  • The 10,000 Sky Caves carved into the cliffs of the region
  • The valley's numerous monasteries, stupas, chortens and Mani walls.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at Tribhuwan international airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking Preparation and sightseeing around the valley.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m,6 hrs drive)

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858m, 3-4 hrs)

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3520m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 08: Ghami to Charang (3500m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 17: Join next program or transfer to the international airport according your next destination.

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits for Upper Mustang permit, Annapurna conservation area permit, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return travel by bus between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Return flight between Pokhara and Jomsom
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at Tribhuwan international airport and transfer to the hotel.

Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02Free day for trekking Preparation and sightseeing around the valley.

Day 03Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m,6 hrs drive)

Day 04Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858m, 3-4 hrs)

Day 05Kagbeni to Chele (3050m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 06Chele to Syanbochen (3475m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 07Syanbochen to Ghami (3520m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 08Ghami to Charang (3500m, 4-5 hrs)

Day 09Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 10Explore Lo-Mangthang

Day 11Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 12Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 13Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m, 5-6 hrs)

Day 14Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m, 6-7 hrs)

Day 15Fly back to Pokhara

Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 17Join next program or transfer to the international airport according your next destination.

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
31 March, 2020 16 April, 2020 US $1645 Available
03 April, 2020 19 April, 2020 US $1645 Available
08 April, 2020 24 April, 2020 US $1645 Available
14 April, 2020 30 April, 2020 US $1645 Available
22 April, 2020 08 May, 2020 US $1645 Available
28 April, 2020 14 May, 2020 US $1645 Available
04 May, 2020 20 May, 2020 US $1645 Available
12 May, 2020 28 May, 2020 US $1645 Available
18 May, 2020 03 June, 2020 US $1645 Available
22 May, 2020 07 June, 2020 US $1645 Available
28 May, 2020 13 June, 2020 US $1645 Available
03 June, 2020 19 June, 2020 US $1645 Available
08 June, 2020 24 June, 2020 US $1645 Available
17 June, 2020 03 July, 2020 US $1645 Available
23 June, 2020 09 July, 2020 US $1645 Available
29 June, 2020 15 July, 2020 US $1645 Available

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews


Excellent Upper Mustang Trek March/April 2019


We had a great trek in Upper Mustang from Jomson to Lo Manthang and back with our guide Kedar of Nepal Trekking Experts. We organized the tour in advance from home with Rajesh. He was very professional about all details of the trek and the communication was reliable and clear. Changes in the itinerary were possible. Since both flights from Pokhara to Jomsom and back were canceled due to bad weather we had to take a jeep. This was instantly organized by the company. Our guide Kedar was an experienced trekking guide with very good english skills and a nice and friendly person. Changes in the itinerary were again always possible during the trek. We enjoyed the time in our small group and do highly recommend this company.

, Germany

Useful Info

  • Respect local culture and their tradition 
  • We should have minimum 2 trekkers to obtain Upper Mustnag special permits and exploring surroundings
  • Make sure you have personal insurance for high altitude coverage
  • Slow and steady is the best way of hiking in the Himalaya
  • Drink more than 3 liters of water per day
  • Manage your own garbage and save the nature
  • Kindly take a permission while taking photos & videos of local peoples.
  • Proper trekking geras & first aid kit will be essential


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