Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

19 Days Mustang Region Strenuous Trekking

Mustang Trek, a classic and rewarding trek takes us to the border of one of the most remote kingdoms on earth, within a reasonable timeframe and without ascending to extreme altitude.

Trekking in this region is an adventure in wonderland. Astonishing altitude variations and ecological diversity make this area overflow with natural beauty.

Mustang region offers visitors all the photographic splendor of the Annapurnas, yet the area is less visited by tourists, and less developed in general.It has Abundance of Himalayan peaks, hidden valleys, high passes and sweeping vistas. This Trans-Himalayan region is quite, peaceful and full of curiosity.Dhaulagiri region lies in the Western Half of Nepal with kali Gandaki River as border on East. And in the north lies the mystical land of Dolpo.

Trek across sacred valleys surrounded by enormous peaks and encounter people from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have carved a lifestyle out of the steep terraces and barren plateaus of the area for thousand of years.

Witness the breathtaking views from Poon Hill, experience the hot natural springs in Tatopani and encounter Tibetan traders as you trek to the pilgramage centre of Muktinath, where Buddhists and Hindus alike make the spiritual journey.

It is moderate short & beautiful family trek and you don’t need expensive permits to trek to lower Mustang. The region has the largest protected biodiversity area in Nepal and passes by oldest monastery and unique lifestyle of people. The Trek to Lower Mustang starts with a flight or Drive to Jomsom Via Pokhara.


Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

  • Activities


  • Trip Grade


  • Starting Price

    €2600 /Person

  • Accommodation

    Tea house/Lodge

  • Max. Altitude


  • Best Season


  • Active Hours


  • Group Size


Highlights & Attractions

  • Admire the breathtakingly stunning sandy terrain and the unusual rock formations.
  • Experience your spiritual aspect during upper mustang trekking by several Gompas, chortens, waving prayer flags, and Chosar caves.
  • Explore the historic kingdom of Lo Manthang.
  • Muktinath Temple. Located at the elevation of 3800 meters Muktinath temple is a Holy spot for Hindu and Buddhist. ...
  • Mountain ranges like the Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and others may be seen in a beautiful way.
  • Take a tour of the picturesque city of Pokhara which includes its lakes, caves, temples, and waterfalls.
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Trip Itinerary

Flight to Kathmandu from different cities

Arrival at Kathmandu airport (usually in the afternoon) already marks our entry into another world... Customs formalities, baggage collection and welcome by our local French-speaking guide. Crossing the city to the hotel already offers a first discovery of the bustling and colorful capital of Nepal. Buses, trucks, bicycles and sacred cows crisscross in a friendly chaos... Depending on the arrival time, visit the surrounding area or simply settle in and rest at the hotel before your dinner at the hotel.

Free time
Accommodation: In Hotel 

We take a flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. Pokhara is located at the banks of Lake Phewa, from where we can see the beautiful views of Machhapuchhare (6997m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal (6983m). Free time after arrival at hotel at Pokhara.


Breakfast included
Accommodation : Hotel

Our flight of approximately 20 minutes to Jomosom (2720m) from Pokhara early in the morning. We can see the magnificent views of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri ranges and pass through the kaligandaki goreges. We cans see lots of people (Piligrim), touristes travel to Muktinath from Jomsom, Upper Mustang Trekking offers you to watch the spiritual journey of individuals who are looking for enlightenment. We arrive at Jomsom the main city of the region, chief small city. We will meet our Nepali staffs and start to walk through kaligandi river to eklebhatti and our night at Kagbeni typical tibetain houses village. Which is known as the gateway of Upper Mustang trek. It is lies in the Upper Mustang's resticted region and fortified village of Tibetain architecture. 


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 3h to 3h30
Accommodation : In lodge

We submit our upper mustang special trekking permit at the Kagbeni checkpoint before continuing beautiful mineral landscapes to the village of Tangbe. The village seems silent, with lots of Buddhists monuments like painted chortens, old ruined fort, surrounded village by fields of barley. We pass inside the village and move towards Chuksang village where we lunch along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki River. We can see in this day, the beautiful mountains Nilgiri (7061m) and in the day mountains like Dajori La pass (3650m) from where we enjoy a superb view of the Damodhar Himal and Annapurna range. We cross the river and steep part to arrive our camp Chele (3100m), small colorful village with Buddhist monuments.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 4h to 5h
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +550m/-250m

Upper Mustang Trek difficulty level will increase slightly as you will gain an elevation of around 800 meters. We pass through Khyakar Gurung village (3562m), we start to climb up gradually, and downs and steep climb up to Samar village(3660m), where we lunch. This day is long day of walk as we go to visit the Rangchung cave of Buddhist, Guru Rimpoche with up and down path. We can drink a tea by lama. And really steep scents up to our camp Syangboche village (3800m). We might be tired in this day.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 6h to 7h
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +1020m/-350m

Small climb up to Syangboche la pass (3850m) with big old stupa and perfect view of Gheling village and visit monasteries and start to climb up towards Nya La Pass (4010m), we descends towards Ghami la (3770m) and arrive at Ghami pretty big village (3520m), where we stop for the lunch break. We cross through the middle of village by turning the prayer wheels in manies and stupas. Beautiful typical Tibetan styles houses. and cross the river and passing by the old big stupas and ascents gradually to Dhakmar village. We can see the different landscapes at Dhakmar, imposing natural red earth fortress pierced by troglodyte.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 6h to 6h30
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +950m/-650m

This day is very important day that we arrive at the capital of this region (Lo-mathang). We climb up to Muy la Pass (4170m). Descents slowly towards 'Ghar Gompa" (3920m) is the oldest monastry. The pure virtue of Nyingmpa secte, scriptures of Padhmashambhava. We take of packed lunch in this day and climb up to another second pass of the day, we lunch just before arriving the second pass of Chogo La (4280m). It seems as we change the valley, we can see open valley and descends towards the Lo-manthang village, the mythical capital of the kingdom of Mustang, which was founded by Ame Pal at the end of the 14th centaury. This village was only accessible throught two gates which were closed at night. Lo-manthang is historical, Tibetan culture with 3 big monasteries and we can see the people regrouping at the center of village, just infront of the gate of the palace royal.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 7h to 7h30
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +950m/-820m

Today is the day for acclimatization and explore Lo-Manthang and it's region. We don't have lots of time to visit Lo-Manthang village et to explore near it's area. That's we reserve local transportation to gain our time, Breakfast early in the morning and reserve local jeeps to go Chosar cave, Jhong and Nyiphu monasteries. Like most cave complexes in Mustang, these caves were probably dug during the first millennium BCE, perhaps during the second, when the Bonpo kingdom of Zhang Zhung was at the height of its power. We lunch over there, and return back to Lo-Manthang to visit the visit the main sites and monuments of Lo Manthang: the Jhampa Lhakang which houses a huge statue of Buddha as well as superb mandalas, the monasteries of Thubchen and Chodey, Royal palace and village. The distance from Lo-Manthang to the Tibetan border is around 50 kilometers. Lo-Manthang served as the main commercial junction for garments and salt between Nepal and Tibet. We sleep for the second night in the same lodge.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
No fixed hours
Accommodation : in lodge



Time to return back but not from the same way, today, you will depart from Lo-Manthang and go via Lo La before arriving in Dhi, we leave the path which lead to Tsarang village and walk through the magnificent balcony path. This is the beginning of a magnificent Upper Mustang Trekking with Muktinath that will offer an incredible panoramic view of the surroundings and the view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Arriving at a small pass (4000m) overlooking the village of Dhi. The scenic settlement is situated along the banks of the Kali Gandaki, where you can find a collection of homes, a stretch of fields, and some trees and descend in a landscape of fairy chimneys that water and wind have slowly shaped. A lovely village named Yara is located far above the river. Like most of the villages in the Upper Mustang, this one has terraced fields as well as a collection of traditional houses and we pierced by a seventeen-story troglodyte city on climbing up to Yara. We might meet a group of enterprising local women selling bracelets and other souvenir in the way before arriving our camp at Yara village.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 6h
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +650m/-800m

We head towards Luri Gompa, by following the small river and visit Tashi Kabum cave, which is in the cliff of the mountain. he Newar style suggests that the artists were from the Kathmandu valley. The luri Gompa is also dug into the cliff, surrounded by impressive fairy chimneys. It is in a very small room, where we can see a old and beautiful decorate Stupas, probably dating of around 13th century. And we back towards to our camp, before we stop for the lunch break at a small village Gharagaon.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 6h
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +350/-350m

From Yara village, we ascend and descend via a peculiar cliff and cross numerous beautiful plateaus and long climb to a pass at 3700m. That day is fablous day to walk on the open plateau, with the magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Mustang himal. We steep descent towards the Dhechyang Khola river, in summer time, we have to cross it early in the morning, in day time, the glacier melt and the river flow up in big size. We stop for the tea break (3400m), and start to climb of steep part up to the top second pass of the day (4015m), we descend for a while and take a packed lunch. After, gradually, descends at the steep at the end, we then reach at the hidden but beautiful scenery surrounds the settlement, including a wide riverbed and the iconic Mustang Mountains beautiful. We can take a good photos of village with it's Stupas and stone walls inside the village.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 6h to 7h
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +950/-1100m

This day, we have to wake up early in the morning, one of the hard and longest day of walk of this Upper Mustang trek but most beautiful. No logdes, tea shop on the way before we arrive at Chhusang. We cross the two rivers, and steep descends towards the Paa Pass (4183m). After few downs and up, we stop for our packed lunch, near small water stream. After the way is easy for a while with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and Nilgiri snow-capped peaks are also visible in the distance and passesing through more climbing and declining. We can see some extremely amazing rock formations, including hordes of sharp rocky pinnacles, when we start to descends towards Chhusang. During the hike from Tangge to Chhusang, we can see the witness a Himalayan salt mine in Nepal. We arrive at the evening only. Not to forget to put lamp in the day bag.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 9h to 10h
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +1300/-1600m

We start our day, passing through Tetang village and start to attack Gyu La pass (4050m), from where we can observe spectacular Himalayan views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Thorang la Peak (6144m), Tilicho Peak (7134m) and Muktinath Himal. We pass through some small villages like Jhong, Chyongur and climb towards the holy and scared pilgrims place of Hindu and Buddhist in the same centaury. We can see the 108 bathing spouts, a Buddhist monastery at the same place at the last one, we can see the everlasting flame which was left by the creator of universe Hindu god Bramaha.
This is the important junction of Upper Mustang trek , Kaligandaki trek and Annapurna circuit trek. After crossing the famous summit of Thorang La Pass (5416m), we descents and arrive at Muktinath village/city. Mukti (liberation), Nath (The god). We can see lots of pilgrims indienne, Nepalis and tourists.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 6h to 6h30
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +1200/-600m

Today is also, on of the best day for the scenery and views of magnificent Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Thorang Peak, Tilicho Peak and Tukche Peak. From Muktinath we climb up towards some small passes and walk on the balcony for a while. We descends down and cross the suspension bridge to our lunch camp village "Bon Po" religon village Lubra. It's hidden and charming settlement small village. Newly discover village for the trekkeres. The broad, level path from these communities continues along Panda River until it joins the route to Jomsom, the administrative center of the Mustang district, which is situated along the banks of the windy Kali Gandaki River valley. Possible to take the bus/jeep after 1 hour of walk from Lubra to go to Jomsom. It's windy valley after around 10/11 am. The last day of the trek with Nepali staffs.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours : 5h
Accommodation : In lodge
Height difference: +320/-940m

We take a flight to Pokhara after getting up early in the morning to take in the stunning dawn. Around 25minutes of beautiful mountain flight to Pokhara passes through several picturesque sceneries in the area of Annapurnas in the left and Dhaulagiri in the right side of the flight. We enjoy it and from the airport of Pokhara, we will take the flight back to kathmandu et transfer to hotel at kathamandu and rest time.

Incase, of the cancellation of flights from Jomsom to Pokhara beacause of bad weather and techinical problem. We have to reserve jeeps or bus to go back to Pokhara. In that case, we have to pass our night at Pokhara. That's why, we put one day more to stay in Kathamandu as a rest day, if we arrive at time. If the flight is not at time, we will use that day, for the security of the international flight. We gain one day from there.


Breakfast, Lunch included
Accommodation : in lodge



You can visit Kathmandu city with lots of famous historic temples, Stupas and Royal palace. Time for shopping. Note : Flights can be delayed or canceled due to bad weather. That's why we put one day more to arrange and manage the situation.


Breakfast included
Accommodation: In lodge

Return back flight to the destination.


Breakfast included.

Arrival at the destination


(End of the trip )

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Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in the mountains (dinner, breakfast and lunch)
  • 3 nights city accommodation (Kathmandu) with breakfast.
  • All transportation, including airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Domestique 4 times flights from Ktm - Pkr, Pkr- Jom, Jom - Pkr and Pkr - ktm
  • Trekking special permit of Upper Mustang and Annapurna Conservation Area ional permit and TIMS Card
  • French-speaking guide, assistants guides (1 assis. for 4 guests), Porters (1 porter for 2 customers)
  • First aid medical kit (Your guide will carry the medical kit but we also advise you to bring it for your own use)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepalese team insurance
  • Welcome dinner & Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at immigration at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) (approximately 50 USD) per person per month (For this trek 15 days of visa is enough)
  • Location of trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Shower, Wi-Fi, cell phone pill charging and device
  • Unexpected costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • All monastery entrance fees, JEEP drive, and Horse ride
  • All kinds of drinks and snacks.
  • Tips for the guide and porter after the trek.
  • insurance
  • International flight

Is Upper Mustang trek difficult?

The Upper Mustang trek has a difficulty grade of moderate level. This is not as comfortable as the easy treks nor as difficult as the strenuous level treks. However, you can modify the difficulty level of the Upper Mustang trek like most treks to a certain degree to suit your needs.

Is Upper Mustang Trek worth it?

The Upper Mustang Trek cost is so much worth the trip. In other words, Mustang is one of the finest Himalayan spots for its rich background. The trail goes ahead through the different authentic villages like Kagbeni, Chhusang, Chaile, Ghami, Ghilling, Tsarang, and Lomanthang.

When should I visit Upper Mustang?

Best Season Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, making it a great monsoon trek and open year-round for trekking. The main consideration is the winter, when most residents leave the capital to avoid the cold and snow. Generally, the best time to visit Upper Mustang is from March to early November.

How many days do you need for Upper Mustang Trek?

Upper Mustang Trek is the ultimate off-the-beaten-track gateway to the mysterious Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang called Lo. The Upper Mustang Trek's 18-20 days journey is a spectacular walk through a striking semi-arid desert with colorful rock formations, deep gorges, and ever-stretching gorgeous scenery.

What can we see at Upper Mustang Trek?

During the Upper Mustang trek, you'll encounter ancient monasteries, the walled city of Lo-Manthang, breathtaking landscapes, and unique Tibetan-influenced culture. We can see the panoramic views of Himalayan peaks and vibrant Tiji Festival if your timing is right. We can get the cozy hospitality in tea houses and lodges along the route.