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Upper Mustang is a restricted area, and special permits are required to enter. This has helped preserve the region’s unique culture, traditions, and landscapes, making it a truly distinct trekking experience.
Upper Mustang is often called a “living museum” due to its well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture. The region was once part of the ancient Kingdom of Lo and has retained its traditional practices, monasteries, and centuries-old cave dwellings. You’ll have the opportunity to visit ancient monasteries, explore the labyrinthine caves, and witness the vibrant Tibetan-influenced festivals.
The walled city of Lo Manthang trek highlights. It is the capital of the former Kingdom of Lo and offers a glimpse into the region’s rich history and unique architecture. You can explore the narrow alleys, visit the royal palace, and interact with the friendly locals.
The trek takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Mustang region. You’ll encounter vast stretches of arid and desert-like terrain, colorful rock formations, and towering cliffs. The unique geological formations and the contrast between the barren landscapes and the snow-capped peaks create a captivating visual spectacle.
The trek follows the ancient salt trade route along the Kaligandaki River, one of the deepest gorges in the world. Walking along the gorge offers stunning views of the dramatic cliffs and the river below.
The trek offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. The backdrop of snow-capped mountains against the barren landscapes creates a striking contrast.
Mustang Trek is less crowded than other popular treks in Nepal. The trail takes you through remote and secluded villages, providing a sense of seclusion and tranquility. It is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness and experience the pristine beauty of the Himalayas.
Along the trekking route, you’ll stay in traditional guesthouses called teahouses, which offer a glimpse into the local lifestyle. The guesthouses provide basic facilities and warm hospitality, allowing you to rest and rejuvenate after trekking.
Upper Mustang Trek is a remarkable journey that takes you into the remote and ancient kingdom of Mustang, located in the Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal. Mustang Trek wishes to experience trekking in Nepal. It is a famous and unique journey that has you venturing into the heart of the hidden and mysterious World of the old Buddhist Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang.
This part of the Tibetan empire is tied to Tibet in terms of culture, language, and topography. Lying in the shadow of Dhaulagiri massif, the land is surrounded by mysterious rocks, whitewashed houses, barley fields, and prayer flags – a stark contrast to the curiously dry and barren land the trail takes you through on this surreal journey.
This 17-day trek starts with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Lo Manthang, then back to Pokhara where our tour begins. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni, which is famous for the rituals performed here for the dead. We will take some time to join one of the sacred pilgrimages of Tibetan Buddhism and observe some of the ancient traditions that make this holy place so famous worldwide. This trek is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes and cultural heritage of Nepal.
From Kagbeni, we begin our journey into the restricted area of Upper Mustang -across Chele, Syangboche, Gyami, and Chayang and on to Lo Mantang, the capital of the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. Here we can witness the remains of the abolished monarchy on the ancient land of the remote local Tibetan population. We continue our spiritual journey from here as we return to Dhakmar and find the infamous old cave and one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries, ‘Lo Gekar.’ Then finally, we end our trek in Jomsom and return to Pokhara, to rest in one of the most beautiful spots in the World before returning to the capital.
We recommend you enjoy this trek between June to October. Or, for the chance to experience the annual migration of the local people to lower altitudes for the winter season, we recommend you join us in November. My Everest Trip is a trusted trekking company in Nepal with a highly experienced team that will support you throughout your trek and help you with your permit.
So for more information about the cost or difficulty of the trek, then don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team – who will also be happy to give you details of any of the other Annapurna treks we offer. You can also read our blog below for an insight into what it’s like to join us on this journey.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Drive to Pokhara
Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni ( 2,858m/9,375ft ) Duration: 3-4 hours. O/N Guest House
Trek to Chele (3,050m, 10,004Duration: 5-6hrs)O/N Guest House
Trek to Syangboche ( 3,475m/11,398ft )Duration: 6-7hrs )O/N Guest House
Trek to Ghaymi ( 3,520m/11,546ft )Duration: 5-6hrs. O/N Guest House
Trek to Charang ( 3,500m/11,480ft) Duration: 4-5hrs. O/N Guest House
Trek to Lo-Mangthang (3,700m/12,136ft ) Duration: 5 - 6hrs, O/N Guest House
Explore Lo-Mangthang. O/N Guest House
Trek to Drakmar, (3,810 m/12,500ft) Duration: 6-7hrsO/N Guest House
Trek to Ghiling ( 3,806m/12,484ft) Duration: 5-6hrs, O/N Guest House
Trek to Chhuksang ( 3,050m/10,004ft) Duration: 5-6hrs O/N Guest House
Trek to Jomsom, ( 2,700m/8,856ft) Duration: 6-7hrs, O/N Guest House
Fly back to Pokhara. O/N Guest House
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. O/N Guest House
Since MyEveryTrip Mustang Trek starts right from Kathmandu, you will not be in any dilemma when you land in Nepal. A driver with a private car will already be standing at the airport gate to receive you. From there, you will drive for about 30 minutes to the Hotel situated in Thamel. Once you are in the Hotel, you will be assisted by the guide in buying and renting some trekking gear for Trekking Upper Mustang Nepal. Then, you have a lot of time to roam around the street of Thamel before we join the screw for an explanatory season and welcome dinner. It’s time for celebration.
The day will begin with a tour of some of Kathmandu’s top attractions: Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath, where you can explore ancient artefacts, architecture, and history. In the evening, you will meet your fellow trekkers and be given all the details you need for the trek the next day. O/N at the Hotel.
After breakfast in Kathmandu, it’s time to drive to our next destination. The beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara, is about 200 km and 8 hours of drive away from Kathmandu. The aim of the tourist vehicles along the bank of the Trishuli River with the views of lush green hills is always exciting. On the way, we stop at Many places for refreshments and lunch. If it’s not already late, we will enjoy boating in Phewa and visit the Tal Barahi temple when we reach Pokhara. In the evening, you can have a wonderful time in the colourful streets of Lakeside, enjoying the nightlife of Pokhara.
Or, you can take an early morning 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara to save some time exploring the beauty of Pokhara. Before driving towards Jomsom, you will have a whole day to shop and visit temples and caves.
We start the Trekking Upper Mustang Nepal by flying to Jomsom, famous for its ample apple and apricot orchards. Firstly, a private car will pick us up at our Hotel in Pokhara. Then, we shall be driving to the Pokhara airport. From here, Jomsom is about 20 mins in flight. In just 20 minutes, you get to the semi-arid landscape of Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang district.
On the 5th day of the trek to Upper Mustang, we hike on a gravel trail alongside Kali Gandaki River before battling solid winds and tackling the steep hill to Tangbe Village.
Get mesmerized by narrow alleyways, flat houses, buckwheat fields, and apple-apricot orchards. Enjoying the views of the Kaligandaki River that flows along with us, we reach Chhusang village in about 2 hours of walking. We continue from here past more towns and rivers before reaching Chele.
In Chele, Tibetan culture is more prominent in the villages, making the perfect scenario for the Upper Mustang blog. O/N in Chele.
The walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La Pass (3624m) and Dajori La Pass (3735m) – along with amazing views of the Tilicho Peak 7134m), Yaskawa Kang (6482m), Ramchung Cave, and Samar Village.
After walking past Samar village, we reach a ridge before descending to a stream to reach Syangboche. O/N in Syangboche.
We begin by ascending the Yamada La pass, passing teahouses and beautiful villages along the way. Following a trek through forests and barley fields, we will reach Nyi Pass and descend to Ghaymi – one of the biggest villages in the Lo region, where we can enjoy the fantastic landscape. O/N in Ghaymi.
After descending through a rough, slippery trail, we cross a suspension bridge over the Ghaymi Khola and ascend along the route. On a relaxing day in our Upper Mustang Trek Nepal. Later we will cross the Tsarang La Pass and reach the Tsarang village, which lies in the Charang Chu canyon, with a vast fortress and red Gumba. O/N in Charang.
The day begins by descending into a canyon, crossing a river, and moving uphill to Lo La pass. Then we fall to Lo Manthang, the walled capital of the former Kingdom of Lo, rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture. We will also enjoy views of the Himalayas – including Nilgiri (7061m), Tilicho (7134m), Annapurna I (8091m), and Bhrikuti Peak (6364m). O/N in Lo-Manthang.
Today we rest and adjust to the environment. We will spend the day exploring the three major Gumbas of Lo Manthang, Jhumpa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda, and view the Tibetan culture of Lo, considered the best preserved in the world due to its isolated terrain. We end the day with a trek to Tingkhar, a village on the northwest side. O/N in Mangthang.
Today we shall first pass through the Gyakar village, another outstanding settlement of Upper Mustang Nepal. This village contains ancient traditional houses and Ghar Gumba with attractive rock paintings. According to tradition, people who make a wish at the Gumba will have it come true. After exploring the Gumba, we continue to Drakmar. But before that, we must cross Dhi Pass at 4100m, among the final high pass we cross. O/N in Drakmar.
We Start the 12th day of Upper Mustang Trekking by passing over the dry hills before Ghiling. The walk is relatively tricky due to strong winds, but the good views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Nilgiri (7061m) mountains keep us relaxed. On the way, we can visit the Rangchyung Chorten, marked as the most sacred place in Mustang. We will enjoy exploring the village of Chilling in the evening. O/N in Ghiling.
On the way to Chhuksang, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and their small villages. We visit the Chungsi Cave monastery in the morning and then stop at Samar village for lunch. Then, as the sun starts to get dim, we walk down to Tetang and stop at the upper town of Shuksan. Beautifully placed between two hills, staying at Chhuksang gives you some escape from the fierce wind. O/N in Chhuksang
Today will be the last day of our trek. After trekking for an hour, we finish our Mustang trail and join the tracks of the Annapurna Circuit. After a lunch stop and a break at Kagbeni, we continue our trek to Jomsom. Walking via the bank of the Kaligandaki river in the colourful landscape of the Mustang will be fun. We shall have an excellent hotel to stay in in Jomsom. There are also a few bars and restaurants for refreshments. O/N in Jomsom
In the morning, we fly back to Pokhara, observing the impressive mountain range from the comfort of a plane. The flight is only 20mins long from Jomsom. We plan to visit Pokhara valley and rest well in the daytime. There are many places to visit in Pokhara, like Phewa, Caves, and Temples. We even enjoy boating in Phewa and immersing ourselves in the nighttime of Pokhara. O/N in Pokhara
We will take a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which will take about 8 hours. After a relaxing day in Pokhara, this is another exciting day of trekking in Pokhara. Upon reaching Kathmandu, enjoy the capital’s delights until your last night. We shall also gather for the farewell dinner by our team. O/N in Kathmandu
It’s the final day of Upper Mustang Nepal Trekking. Now, it’s time to bid farewell to the team and Nepal. Our driver takes you to the airport as per your schedule, and you are only left with beautiful memories of the trip.
I recently did the Upper Mustang Trek with a group of friends. This was such a great adventure I feel the urge to write a good review for other adventurous people to benefit from When you spend your hard-earned money, you want value for it, and My Everest Trip (MET) lived up to all my expectations and beyond. MET was recommended to me by my family. My first contact with the company occurred several months before our planned trip. If you are inexperienced in trekking, you have so many questions about equipment, guides, porters, how challenging the trek is, etc. Corresponding with Puru made me relax more and more as he responded very quickly to all my emails. I soon realized I had nothing to worry about. He only works with certified guides, and everybody who works for him is ensured. He also gave good advice on equipment, what you should bring from home and what you can buy cheaper in Nepal. His directions about how to get smoothly through all the airport procedures also came in handy. Upon arrival In Kathmandu, Puru picked us up at the airport and took us to our hotel in Thamel. The next day we met Hari, our guide, and we had all the final details about the trek and how to pack our backpack and day pack. Upper Mustang was great. MET are so well organized. Hari and the friendly porters were great company, Hari in particular always making sure we were OK and sharing his broad knowledge about the region. The porters, though carrying heavy weight, were always friendly and smiling. When you do strenuous walking, it’s nice to be surrounded by good people to support and cheer you up, knowing that every night you have suitable accommodation and good healthy food that gives you the strength to carry on. The Upper Mustang Trek is loaded with cultural treasures and the indescribable beauty of nature; having an experienced guide is essential, especially when he, like Hari, shares all his knowledge willingly and with great pleasure and pride. I understand why MET has such loyal clients. They are true to Nepalese tradition and have a great network of skilled people, but they (very importantly) understand that their clients come from all parts of the world with different backgrounds and expectations. All the team members are humble and polite yet proud of what they do. Trekking runs in their blood, and this is precisely what you need to be a guest here. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you, Puru and MET; my friends and I will treasure this trek for the rest of our lives. And I give My Everest Trip the highest recommendation possible…. Namaste
Being an experienced trekker I have been hiking many continents, but the Upper Mustang is so far one of my favorites. Not only because of the immense beauty of this region but also because My Everest trip added so much to the trip. Our Guide Hari and our porters were very nice people to be around making our days joyful, always making sure we were good.
I recommend if you have time to do the long treks to get the best experience and feeling of being part of nature. This trek is very nice balanced as we walk no more than 7 hours per day. This gives you time to enjoy all the magnificent views and be well-rested for the next day. And I must say, the Himalayas and The Upper Mustang region are in a special league.
I will definitely consider traveling to Nepal again, and I will not hesitate to contact Puru for arranging another trek. Hope to see all of you good people at My Everest Trip again.
There are three ways to reach Upper Mustang, i.e. Trekking right from Jomsom, getting to Lo-Manthang on a Jeep, or flying directly in a helicopter. Trekking from Jomsom, as given in the Upper Mustang Trek itinerary here, takes 17 days. Or, you can take a jeep on Upper Mustang Road, primarily off-road. It will be five days of the journey from Pokhara and back. Lastly, charter a helicopter that takes you to the Upper Mustang directly from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Lo-Manthang. Trekking is the most popular option as you slowly enjoy your way to the upper Mustang.
It’s a tea house accommodation. In the lower region, i.e. up to Muktinath, we will stay in local lodges. The rooms only have two single beds, a mattress, pillows, and a clean white sheet. The bathroom might not be as clean as you expected. As you move above, the facility starts to get compromised, but the rooms are still comfortable.
You will need your sleeping bag as the blanket provided in the tea house might not be enough.
In Autumn, the daytime temperature gets beyond 15°C and is scorched. Nights in the mountains are pretty cold; about -2°C is experienced in Lo-Manthang. The Upper Mustang weather in winter is harsh as the temperature drops significantly, and December brings heavy snow. In winter, the daytime temperature falls below -10°C and gets as low as -18°C in January. As spring approaches, the Upper Mustang temperature increases. The snow melts only in March, and the temperature rises to about ten °C in May. The temperature in summer is about 25°C with few rainfall days.
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The Government of Nepal safeguards select regions with unique cultural and historical significance, like Mustang, by labeling them as restricted areas. This policy doesn’t merely manage the flow of trekkers to Mustang but primarily preserves its rich heritage. As a result, a special permit issued by the Immigration Department is necessary for the Mustang Trek. This permit is granted in Kathmandu and Pokhara upon submitting a MyEverestTrip-approved itinerary, guide details, and insurance coverage. Furthermore, a minimum group size of two and hiring a licensed guide are prerequisites.
Besides the Upper Mustang restricted area permit, trekkers must also acquire the ACAP permit and the TIMS card. Securing these permits in Pokhara before embarking on your trek is recommended. Interestingly, the permit process remains identical for Indian trekkers and SAARC country citizens, albeit at a marginally lower cost.
The Mustang Trek, often appraised by Nepal’s travel experts as a “Moderate” difficulty trail, provides a more balanced route than many other steep and rocky base camp treks. Despite this, the trek, involving around 14 days of walking (approximately 6 to 7 hours daily), can present demanding stretches. Notably, Lo-Manthang is designated as the solitary rest day location. Avoiding high passes such as Thorong La Pass, Mesokanto La Pass, and Marang La can ensure a relatively smooth journey, but their inclusion significantly increases the trek’s difficulty.
With the highest points at Marang La (4230 meters), Chooser (3900 meters), and Lo Manthang (3810 meters), the Upper Mustang’s elevation is less imposing than other higher altitude treks. Altitude sickness symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, and body aches, might still appear. Sufficient rest, proper acclimatization, and good hydration are critical to prevent such complications.
Furthermore, the trek’s difficulty is also seasonally dependent. Trekking in Mustang during the hot summer or snowy winter can be challenging, while autumn and spring offer more comfortable trekking conditions.
Priced at $2050 by MyEverestTrip, the Mustang Trek cost includes expenses for a guide, porter, transportation, permits, food, and accommodation for the 17-day journey. Regarded as a picturesque trek, surpassing even the Everest Base Camp Trek by some, the Mustang trek warrants its higher price. The sign permit cost, off-road transportation, and long-duration accommodation contribute to this expense. Nonetheless, the awe-inspiring experience justifies the cost. Apart from the $2050 for the Mustang Trek package, an additional $500 for tips, donations, and personal expenses should be considered.
Autumn is a popular season for Mustang trekking, as it boasts clear vistas and favorable weather conditions. In addition, lively festivals like Dashain and Tihar illuminate Kathmandu and the Mustang Valley. Similarly, spring is an ideal time for trekking, presenting vibrant wildflowers, fresh alpine greenery, stunning mountainous panoramas, and pleasant weather.
Planning a Mustang camping trek is simpler during stable weather conditions. However, note that guest houses along the trek route are often fully booked in spring and autumn, so making reservations in advance is wise.
Although summer is often dubbed the off-season for Nepal trekking, the trans-Himalayan region is minimally affected by rain. A flexible itinerary, reliable boots, and waterproof trekking gear are all required. Winter trekking demands a distinct Mustang Trek itinerary due to the heavy snowfall covering regions above 3000 meters. However, the snow-clad landscape and frozen lakes can be a paradise for winter lovers. MyEverestTrek can make special arrangements for off-season Mustang Trekking.
MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking Agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for over a decade, traveling with hundreds of travelers worldwide.
With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planners, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal to ensure that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.
So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.
We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the needs and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so we can arrange the rest.
Although all travel agencies claim to have a good guide, many are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. We can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal upon special request.
MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked.
Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have their insurance. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trips have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.
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As per the map, your journey with either a road or flight journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The bus takes around 8 hours to reach Pokhara, whereas a flight takes just 25 minutes to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu.
As we can see on the map, you’ll fly for Jomsom after Pokhara. It takes just 20 minutes to reach Pokhara from Jomsom. Jomsom lies at an elevation of 2743m.
After reaching Jomsom by Flight, your journey begins; as seen on the map, you must trek to contact Kagbeni at an altitude of 2840.
Before reaching Kagbeni, you’ll pass through the Muktinath pilgrimage center area. It takes about 3-4 hours of trek to get to Kagbeni after landing at Jomsom.
As per the map in your Upper Mustang Trek after Kagbeni, your next destination is Chele, at an elevation of 3100m. Before reaching Chele, you have to pass through Chukksang.
It takes 2 hours to reach Chukksang and 3 hours to reach Chele. Altogether the trek from Kagbeni to Chele takes 5 hours to complete.
As shown on the map, you’ll go to Syanboche after Chele. The route passes through Taklam La Pass, Dajori La Pass, Tilicho Peak, and Samar Village. Samar Village is your final destination before reaching Syanboche.
Syangboche, located at an altitude of 3475m, takes 6 to 7 hours to reach from Chele.
The map shows that the trek continues to Ghaymi, passing through Gelling. Ghaymi is one of the biggest villages, lies at an elevation of 3520m, and takes 5 to 6 hours to trek from Syangboche to reach.
Charang is another destination after Ghaymi, situated at 3500m. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach Charanag from Ghaymi. Before reaching Charanag, you must pass from Tsarang La pass and reach Tasarang village, which lies in Charang.
As you can see on the map, the highest point of the Upper Mustang trek is where you reach after Charang.
Situated at 3840m, Lo Manthang is your final destination on Upper Mustang Trek. The trek takes 5 to 6 hours to reach your final goal from Charang.
As you can see, Drakmar is located at your return time, where you will stay, seeing its natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 3810m, Drakmar takes 6 to 7 hours to reach. To reach Drakmar, you must pass the Dhi pass, and as per the map, Lo Gekar also.
After Drakmar, your next stop is Ghilling, located at an elevation of 3806m. It takes 5-6 hours to reach Ghilling from Drakmar.
As you can see on the map, you are returning from the trek your next stop will be Chhuksang. Chhuksang, located at an elevation of 2980m, takes 5-6 hours to reach.
Finally, you’ll be on Jomsom after Chhuksang passing different routes. After Jomsom, you’ll go to Pokhara, and your Starting point is Kathmandu.
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