Upper Mustang trek

Trip Overview

The Upper Mustang Trek is a great off the beaten path adventure trek. This trek is suitable for those who wish to make a challenging trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Furthermore, the Upper Mustang Trek will be ideal if you are looking for an adventurous and an off the beaten path trek. Mustang has developed its own distinct cultural and geographical traits. Besides, Mustang not only attracts ordinary visitors but also attracts anthropologists, archeologists, and geologists. 

Upper Mustang, also known as “The last forbidden Kingdom of Nepal” was a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal until 1950. Similarly, it was a dependency of the Kingdom of Nepal until 2008. When monarchy ceased and Nepal became a republic state in 2008, dependency too ended in Mustang. The trek to Upper Mustang is a rare privilege that only a few have accomplished to date.

Our Upper Mustang trek unfolds through the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Further, it goes past Kagbeni, Chele, Syanbochen, and Charang, all the way to Lo-Manthang. Lo Manthnag is the cultural capital of the Upper Mustang region. There are numerous monasteries across quaint little villages dating back hundreds of years. Accordingly, explore and observe the unique Tibetan influenced culture and tradition of the people. Similarly, experience the desert-like climate and the mystic valleys.

The Upper Mustang Trek starts with a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. Next, we hike to Kagbeni, the entry point of the upper Mustang Region.  This entire trek is a fantastic combination of a unique culture and natural landscapes. The hike goes along with the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Dhaulagiri Mountain. Besides, there are several other interesting treks like Nar Phu Valley Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Tilicho Lake Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, etc. in the Annapurna region of Nepal. 

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy mixed Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture, Mini Tibet of Nepal.
  • A challenging “off the beaten path” trek in the Himalayan region.
  • Experience the warm hospitality of the Thakali people and their culture
  • Explore the Tibetan influenced culture and tradition of the Lo Manthang region.
  • The spectacular scenery of alpine forest and red mud mountain.
  • Explore Lo Manthang, the walled city in Mustang, and visit its palace and monasteries.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-216
  • TRIP NAME: Upper Mustang Trek
  • DURATION: 17 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 3810m(Dhakmar)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels and resorts in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Kagbeni-Chele-Syanbochen-Ghami-Charang-Lo Manthang-Dhakmar-Ghiling-Chhuksang-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet and greet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Evening, a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural performance. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation

    After breakfast, we will start our sightseeing tour covering some of the Unesco World Heritage Sites. We will visit the oldest Stupa, the Swayambunath Stupa, the largest Stupa, the Boudanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. In Bhaktapur, we will visit the Durbar Square complex and its surrounding areas. Later in the evening, we will discuss and plan the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara

    This morning, we will drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu via the Prithvi Rajmarga, which is about 207 km and takes 5-6 hrs approximately. On the way, we will make several stops to observe the scenic beauty and get fresh. Upon arrival, check into the hotel, and the rest of the evening is free to stroll around the Lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 4: Fly Jomsom-Trek to Kagbeni(2850/3-4hrs)

    After breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport for a scenic flight to Jomsom. The flight offers spectacular views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri ranges. Jomsom is the district headquarters of the Mustang district and an important village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the old Trans Himalayan salt trade route. After landing at Jomsom, we start our trek towards Kagbeni. It is a fascinating windswept village situated on the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. Kagbeni is the checkpoint and the entrance to the Upper Mustang region. We can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche peak while walking the trail in the opposite direction. Overnight in Kagbeni

  • Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele(3050m/5-6hrs)

    After the special permit check-up at the police checkpoint. We start early in the morning as the heavy wind gets up with blowing dust and sand later in the afternoon. The trail follows several uphill and downhill stretch past Tangebebe village with picturesque fields of barley, wheat, and apple orchards. Then it descends gradually down to the riverbed well known for its fossils. The valley ends abruptly over a vertical cliff and crosses over the Kali Gandaki river. The valley narrows further north, and a steep trail leads us up to Chele, a small town with a good view of the mountain ranges. Overnight in Chele.

  • Day 6: Chele to Syangbochen(3475m/6-7hrs)

    Our trek starts from Chele, which will take about 6-7 hours to reach Syangboche. We will pass through Eklo Bhatti and Taklam La Pass (3624m) with views of Tilicho peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. The trail goes through a forest of small trees and green bushes that can survive in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and sufficiently moist. We can see the blue mountain sheep in this area. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. Overnight in Syangbochen.

  • Day 7: Syangbochen to Ghami(3520m/5-6hrs)

    After an early breakfast, we begin our trek from Syangboche to Ghami. It is an uphill walk until Yamda La (3,850m), passing a few tea houses, chorten, and local villages with Tibetan-style houses with open veranda. We trek across mountain passes, avenues of poplar trees, and fields of Barley. Then the path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass with the view of a rundown, deserted village downstream. A broad valley come in from the left-hand side with its center in Ghami, high above the river and surrounded by fields. Overnight in Ghami.

  • Day 8: Ghami to Charang(3500m/4-5hrs)

    Today we trek to our next destination, Charang. We cross over Ghami Khola and reach the village of Charang. Charang offers a splendid view of countryside with mountains all around.
    Overnight in Charang.

  • Day 9: Charang to Lomanthang(3700m/5-6hrs)

    Trek from Charang to Lomanthang goes along with the magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Bhrikuti peak, and Annapurna. In the beginning, the trail descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then ascends after crossing the river. Enjoy the magnificent views of the walled city of Lomangthang near the Tibetan Border. Overnight in Lomanthang.

  • Day 10: Explore Lomanthang

    Enjoy exploring the surrounding areas of Lomanthang. Visit Tingkhar and Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa stands on a hilltop and serves as an important monastery of the local community. After visiting Namgyal Gompa, continue to Tingkhar, the last village to the northwest of Lomangthang, and stroll back to the hotel. Visit the main attraction of this town: the Tall Champa Lakhang, the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the Royal Palace. Also, enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayan region. Overnight in Lomanthang.

  • Day 11: Lomanthang to Dhakmar(3810m/6-7hrs)

    Lomanthang is our ultimate goal of this trek. Today we make our return journey taking a slightly different route rather than returning the same way. We will trek to Dhakmar via Gyakar, it will take about 6-7 hrs to reach Drakmar. We will explore the local area and the old Ghar Gompa. This Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. Overnight in Dhakmar.

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

    We will start early, as the strong and dusty wind blows later in the afternoon. Trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling will take approximately 5-6 hours. In the evening, we will explore the local area of Ghiling to observe the culture, heritage, and lifestyle of the local people. Overnight in Ghiling

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

    The trek from Ghiling to Chuksang will take about 5-6 hrs. Relish on the spectacular view of the Himalayas along the way to Chhuksang. Overnight in Chhuksang.

  • Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom(2700/6-7hrs)

    Today is the last day of our Upper Mustang trek, and it will be a long and tiring day. We will start early in the morning and reach Kagbeni around lunchtime. After lunch, we will continue our trek further to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

  • Day 15: Fly to Pokhara

    Take the early morning flight to Pokhara. On arriving in Pokhara, transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax, and later you can visit the lakeside area.
    Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Check in to your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is free to rest and relax or go souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 17: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight homewards.

What's Included
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu in a tourist deluxe luxury coach.
  • Only breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with entrance fee as per itinerary.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP/RAP).
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) and airport departure taxes.
  • English speaking trekking guide and porter(1 porter for 2 members) during the trek.
  • Meals, wages, transportation, insurance and trekking gears for guide, porter and trekking staff.
  • A comprehensive medical kit box.
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation recommended).
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan (America)

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston (America)

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori (America)

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.