Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Tea House Lodge Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Group Size: 2
  • Max Elevation: 4353m

Highlights

  • Lo-Manthan; Forbidden Kingdom
  • Panorama View of the world’s 7th highest mountain-Dhaulagiri and Gangapurnna, Tukuche, Manaslu, Thorang
  • Kali Gandaki George, World’s Deepest George
  • Muktinath Temple- high value for Buddhists and Hindus
  • Traditional Palaces, Monasteries, and caves formed on high cliffs
  • Ghar Gumba- oldest monasteries
  • Hills with vibrant shades of pink, brown, grey, and glaciers
  • Desert landscape with spires and cliffs as well as dense green hills and woods
  • Kagbeni - Holy Kaligandaki river valley
  • Diversified culture, tales, and lifestyle of Gurung, Tibetan, Thakali, Managey, and like
  • A unique history of Lo-Manathang
  • Tranquil, unexplored, and unspoiled trails with few/no settlements

Upper Mustang Trek is undoubtedly the compact package of geographical diversity offering a high level of adventure. Besides, it holds a unique history that attracts more visitors supplemented by Tibetan culture and Buddhism's importance. Initially, Upper Mustang was isolated till 1992 and later started to welcome foreigners to its land. So, Upper Mustang allows visitors to explore and identify the uninfluenced culture of Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang is distinctively surrounded by mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri which creates invincible temptation. The travelers move along with the Kaligandaki River allowing them to cherish the green forest, a fast-flowing river leading to the barren land accompanied by mountains. Additionally, Upper Mustang lies on the Tibetan border which influenced local culture so the popular village of Upper Mustang is still termed as Lo-Manthang which means kingdom in the Tibetan language. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, with built-in stiff cliffs crafting the place with colorful prayer flags. Various caves are also formed. Through the shades of pink, grey, and brown colors the barren hills portray the tale of demon and lama. During the Upper Mustang trek, you need to trek through the highest altitude of around (4353 m) The altitude of the Upper Mustang is 3700m. The overall weather of this trek is chilly and windy and hike through the barren hills and unspoiled surroundings.

Decorated by barren land and hillocks accompanied by the world’s highest peaks Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna, Upper Mustang is mesmerizing leading to a distinct world. Being in Upper Mustang, one can explore Tibetan culture and lifestyle along with the tales of demons and Buddhist priests explaining the various shades of hills over there. The stiff cliffs give eye-pleasing views along with unpolluted caves. The fast-flowing Kali Gandaki river throughout the Upper Mustang trek demonstrates the scenic picture of the river following straight from the mountains.

The Nepal adventure team has a well-organized package for 17 Days Upper Mustang Trek which starts from Kathmandu allowing visitors to prepare as well as enjoy Kathmandu. The next day leave for Pokhara to reach Jomsom and begin the hike to Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang) through Kagbeni.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
  • Day 02Preparation day in Kathmandu
  • Day 03Drive to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km - 08 Hours
  • Day 04Morning fly to Jomsom (2,715 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) - 04 Hours
  • Day 05Trek to Chele / Tsele (3,050 m) - 06 Hours
  • Day 06Trek to Syangbochen (3,475m) - 05 Hours
  • Day 07Trek to Dhakmar (3810 m) - 05 Hours
  • Day 08Trek to Lo - Manthang (3,700 m) - 05 Hours
  • Day 09At Lo - Manthang for local exploration and excursion
  • Day 10Trek to Yara - 05 Hours
  • Day 11Trek to Tengbe - 06 Hours
  • Day 12Trek to Chhuksang/ Tsusang (3,050m) - 9 Hours
  • Day 13Trek to Muktinath (3800m) - 08 Hours
  • Day 14Trek to Jomsom (2743m) - 5 / 6 an Hours
  • Day 15Fly to Pokhara and Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 16Drive back to Kathmandu - 06 Hours
  • Day 17International departure for homeward bound
  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines

    On arrival at Kathmandu international airport terminal Nepal, Adventure Team staff and guide will receive you. You are dropped to respective hotels in the popular hub of Kathmandu, Thamel. After a refreshment break our guide/leader will brief with information regarding hotels, Nepali culture, tours, and Upper Mustang Trekking with a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with folk cultural program.

    • Meals: Welcome Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350m
  • Day 02 Preparation day in Kathmandu

    This day is separated for the preparation of the entire journey. You will be informed of trekking plans and the packing lists along with what you can expect and how it can be more interesting. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is optional, if intended you can visit a number of world heritage listed places.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350m
  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km - 08 Hours

    Early morning drive of about 08 hours to popular tourism hub Pokhara allowing you to explore the Nepali living style. You are settled to hotels of Pokhara and can enjoy the peaceful and fresh vibes of the city that are highly appreciated by people from all around the world. Besides, sightseeing is optional for you. (30minutes flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu is available as per request with additional charges)

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 860m
  • Day 04 Morning fly to Jomsom (2,715 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) - 04 Hours

    Early morning short scenic flight is made to Jomsom from Pokhara. Throughout the 22minute flight, you can please your eyes with woods, rivers, and snowcapped high mountains. Jomsom welcomes the visitors with apple orchards and a chilly breeze from mountains around.

    Basically, trekking starts from Jomsom through the bank of Kali Gandaki River leading to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the gateway of Upper Mustang and we stay there to enjoy the Kagbeni valley composed of a windy village, crackling river, and vibrant barren hillocks. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Kagbeni
    • Altitude: 2858m
  • Day 05 Trek to Chele / Tsele (3,050 m) - 06 Hours

    After a night stay at Kagbeni village, we head towards Chele through the old Trans-Himalayan Caravan route of Nepal -Tibet. This morning walk by Kali Gandaki River leads to well-cultivated terraced farm fields nearby Tirigaon village. Likewise, we will be mesmerized by distinct landscapes and high shaded cliffs and canyon on the way to Chele.

    On route to Chele, we could see pilgrims searching for fossil named “Salagram Silas” which is regarded as sacred stones by Hindus and worshiped as an iconic representation of supreme Lord Vishnu (one of the three main Hindu Gods).

    The walk continues for a few hours through Tangbe, Tsusang (Chusang) villages. Further, broken canyons and ruined castle walls surrounded by high red shaded cliffs are encountered. After crossing the small bridge, an uphill walk for 45 minutes brings you to Chele village.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Chele
    • Altitude: 3050m
  • Day 06 Trek to Syangbochen (3,475m) - 05 Hours

    Morning walk from Chele village gets steeper for an hour onto a ridge at 3,130m from here one can get grand views of Gyagar across a huge canyon. Trek continues with a slow climb on the windswept terrain till the pass at 3,540m is reached.

    Then walk from Samar village to a ridge leads to a large gorge painted by red, black, yellow and white rocks. The journey continues into another valley with juniper trees, stream and a climb drive to a ridge at 3,800m. With a few minutes’ walks, Syangbochen is accomplished having a small settlement with few tea shops at 3,710m.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Syangbochen
    • Altitude: 3475
  • Day 07 Trek to Dhakmar (3810 m) - 05 Hours

    From Syangbochen, we climb gradually through the fields and pass various settlements. Among those settlements, named Giling village is our stop for the lunch for this day. Giling has a monastery as well as a water rotating prayer wheel. We have a short break and have lunch to energize ourselves for the further walk to Dhakmar. Following the trails, the right path leads to Tsarang while the left leads to Ghaymi village. We take the left turn, cross Ghami rivulets and pass Ghaymi village to reach Dhakmar village. Dhakmar is our overnight station.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Dhakmar
    • Altitude: 3810m
  • Day 08 Trek to Lo - Manthang (3,700 m) - 05 Hours

    The 8th-day trek leads to our main destination at Lo-Manthang. On leaving Dhakmar, longest and spectacular series of Mani walls (Sacred-Holy prayer stone wall which is built by locals and Buddhist pilgrims) can be encountered. We further climbed to reach Lo-Manthang. Before reaching to Lo-Manthang, we visit and observe Ghar Ghumba which is the oldest monastery of the area. After the quality moment at Ghar Ghumba and enjoying the monument we head ahead to climb up. We pass the highest pass of this trekking route named as Morang-La with an altitude of 4353m. Being nearer to Lo-manthang we see the grand view of walled village of Lo-Mananthang. A short downhill walk leads to a stream that outlines Lo-Manthang village, from here a short climb on a plateau takes towards the wall of our ultimate destination, Lo-Manthang. The only entrance to the village is from north-east gate, the main entrance gate

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Lo - Manthang
    • Altitude: 3700m
  • Day 09 At Lo - Manthang for local exploration and excursion

    A day at Lo-Manthang allows relaxing, observing and basking the surrounding. Nevertheless, it is a day to have a leisure walk and acclimatization to explore historical and cultural places of Lo-Manthang. There are four major monasteries / Gompas around Lo-Manthang including Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), the Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the great Entrance Hall. These are the main attractions of Lo-Manthang and charge entry fees to visit these places. The palace tour of late King Jigme is worth a visit if it opens for outsiders.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Lo - Manthang
    • Altitude: 3700m
  • Day 10 Trek to Yara - 05 Hours

    After an amazing time in Lo-Manthang, early morning we head towards Charang. We need to walk for 2hours to reach Charang. Though we stay at Yara, we visit one of the oldest palace, monastery and open valley that come on our way. This day we slowly stroll and explore around the area and reach Yara. Yara is another cozy village for our stay.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Yara
  • Day 11 Trek to Tengbe - 06 Hours

    The trail towards Tengbe from Yara is filled with solitude and tranquility as we could find no settlements on our way. Probably, there is a small tea house offering limited service far away from the city chaos and urbanization. You just see the Himalayas, barren colorful hillocks, long trails and Nepal Adventure Team’s guide on today’s entire journey. This day is all about cherishing the tranquility, nature, settlements free environment and enjoying the hike. Having a smooth gradual calm hike, we stay at Tengbe to rest.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Tengbe
  • Day 12 Trek to Chhuksang/ Tsusang (3,050m) - 9 Hours

    This day is the tough day of our trek as we have to walk for long hours. Besides, the trail to Chuksang from Tengbe is more peaceful, settlements and hustle free than the trails from Yara to Tengbe. We find no settlements at all in this way which makes it a more peaceful, entirely unspoiled nature, zero human settlements and just the moments of nature and you. Since there are no settlements on the trail, Nepal Adventure Team arranges packed lunch for you to keep you healthy and energetic. You just have to gradually walk enjoying nature and its tranquility to reach Chuksang for the night stay.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Chhuksang
    • Altitude: 3050m
  • Day 13 Trek to Muktinath (3800m) - 08 Hours

    This is the last day of the Upper Mustang Trekking to enjoy the unspoiled and unexplored aspects of nature as this is the end of those trails having limited settlements and human chaos. You see a few settlements and tea house lodge on your way. However, Nepal Adventure Team prefers to use quality packed lunch for this day as well. You do not have to hike long hours as you did in the previous day from Tengbe to Chuksang. Today, we head to one of the most famous places named as Muktinath which has Muktinath Temple at an altitude of 3700m. Muktinath Temple holds high religious value for all the Hindu and Buddhists. People from different parts of the world visit Muktinath Temple and receive blessings. Additionally, Muktinath Temple is situated at the lap of the Himalayas offering the heart pleasing view of mountains, hills, and settlements. It has 108 holy water streams and two holy ponds and bathing on them is believed to be blissful, valuable, blessing and way of salvation. Pilgrims believe it makes them pure.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Muktinath
    • Altitude: 3800m
  • Day 14 Trek to Jomsom (2743m) - 5 / 6 an Hours

    After the spiritual adventure to Muktinath, on this day we head down the Kali Gandaki River valley. From there you head back to Jomsom. Explore the Jomsom Bazaar. We rest and enjoy the overnight there.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea / House Lodge
    • Place: Jomsom
    • Altitude: 2743m
  • Day 15 Fly to Pokhara and Transfer to Hotel

    Early morning you make a visit to Muktinath Temple and cherish the religious and unspoiled environment. Then, you head downhill towards Jomsom to take a flight to Pokhara. Jomsom is the only place in this region having modern facilities, quite dense settlements yet amazing surroundings. However, you can choose to stay at Jomsom instead of Muktinath such that you enjoy more facilities and more rest you do not have to walk. Nepal Adventure Team arranges your stay at Pokhara and if required sightseeing of Pokhara can be managed. 

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 860m
  • Day 16 Drive back to Kathmandu - 06 Hours

    We drive back to Kathmandu through a deluxe tourist bus as the way we came to Pokhara. You are transferred to respective hotels with leisure time for relaxation and shopping souvenirs. Farewell Dinner is arranged for you by the Nepal Adventure Team to add more amazing moments in your stay in Nepal. (30 minutes flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara is available as per request with additional charges)

    • Meals: Farewell Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350m
  • Day 17 International departure for homeward bound
    The incredible Upper Mustang Trek ends here on the 17th day. You will be dropped to the airport by our staff as per your flight schedule. Nepal Adventure Team appreciates you for completing the trek and bid you warm see off with the hope to serve you further in the following days.
    • Meals: Breakfast

Trip Map

17 Days Upper Mustang Trek map

What's Included

Included

  • All arrival and departure transportation airport/hotel/ airport by private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on a BB plan basis
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus
  • Full board trek on lodge basis includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing
  • Include separate kitchen units with cook-kitchen staff accompanied by guides and porters.
  • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Area Conservation Project)
  • Special Permit for Upper Mustang (from Kagbeni onwards to Kagbeni) USD 500 per person for 10 days
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide/porters and other field staff with daily wages-medical insurance, meals, and transportation allowance.
  • Trekking equipment (Down jacket, sleeping bags, and comprehensive medical kits bag)
  • Domestic airfare as per the itinerary Pokhara / Jomsom / Pokhara
  • NAT’s company T-shirt and appreciation letter
  • Government VAT and local taxes

Excluded

  • Nepal visa fee
  • International flight (airfare)
  • Extra drinks such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Personal expenses such as phone bill, chocolate, bakery & cake, battery charge, laundry, and extra porter
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips to guide, and porters.

PRICES & DATES

Client Reviews

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    Rating Review by: Rishi Singh, India

    A Majestic Journey

    The ancient monasteries, dramatic cliffs, and quaint villages carved into the mountainsides felt like stepping back in time. The highlight was reaching Lo Manthang, with its breathtaking views of the Himalayas. A journey not just for the body, but for the soul.

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    Rating Review by: Shao Jin, China

    A Cultural Odyssey in the Himalayan Highlands

    From the colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind to the centuries-old cave dwellings, every detail spoke of a vibrant history and tradition. The warmth and generosity of the locals added depth to the experience, leaving me with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Trekking through Upper Mustang is an unforgettable journey through time and culture.

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    Rating Review by: Austin, Italy

    The Strong Porter, Experience Guide and Well Managed Team, Highly recommend

    I’m Austin from Italy and I recently came back from my 17-day trek to Upper Mustang. It was one of the most refreshing times in my life. Nepal has a lot to offer with respect to culture and landscape. We began the trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni and eventually to Lo Manthang which I personally found very fascinating. I was very amazed to see the huge rocky mountains throughout the way in Mustang. I also got to witness the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Kaligandaki River. The entire experience got us close to the Buddhist religion and to nature also. Along the way, we also saw iconic representations of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in the sacred stones and carvings.

    All of this was made possible by the team leader Jeevan. He helped me and my group to plan the entire trip. I would like to thank the friendly and helpful Sherpa porters and also the guide who helped us along the way and introduced us to the local lifestyle. They made the trip even more exciting by introducing us to the local cousin and authentic beverages. Our baggage and our safety were well looked after by Jeevan’s team. We bonded a lot throughout the trip. Nepalese people certainly know how to welcome and make people feel at home through their friendly nature. I am blessed to have had this experience with Nepal Adventure Team and will certainly look forward to going on the next excursion with them. When we get back to Nepal for our next tour, we will most definitely reconnect with Jeevan and his team.