Upper Mustang trek

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang Trek

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, if you are looking for an adventurous and remote trek in Nepal. Our Upper Mustang Trek will be ideal for you. Mustang has developed its own distinct cultural and geographical trait. Besides, Mustang not only attracts ordinary visitors but also attracts anthropologists, archeologists, and geologists.

Upper Mustang is also known as “The last forbidden Kingdom in Nepal”. The district of Mustang 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 ended in Nepal and became a republic in 2008. Likewise, dependency ceased in Mustang too.  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, 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. The trail follows the banks of the Kali Gandaki river to get to Lo-Manthang. This entire trek is a fantastic combination of a unique culture and natural landscapes. The trek goes along with the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Dhaulagiri Mountain.

Trek 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, 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-Ghaymi-Charang-Lo Manthang-Dhakmar-Ghiling-Chhuksang-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet greet and transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, in the afternoon you have the option to stroll around Thamel and Kathmandu Durbar square. Tonight you will be treated to a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with folk dance and cultural performance. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation

    After breakfast starts sightseeing covering Hindu’s holiest pilgrimage site  Pashupatinath temple and Buddhist pilgrimage site world’s largest stupa Baudhanath. These two sites are also UNESCO world heritage site. Then we will have a discussion session where we discuss our trek plan and preparation in the afternoon. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara

    Early morning, we shall 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 to get fresh as well. Upon arrival check into the hotel and the rest of the evening is free to stroll around the Phewa lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

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

    After breakfast transfer to the 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 the major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the old Trans Himalayan salt trade route. After landing at Jomsom we start our trek towards Kagbeni which takes about 3-4 hours. Kagbeni is the checkpoint for entrance to the Upper Mustang region, it is an interesting windswept village situated on the bank of Kali Gandaki river. 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 checks up, we start our trekking early in the morning as there is heavy wind gets up with blowing dust and sand later in the afternoon. This trail follows several uphill and downhill walk passing through Tangebebe village with picturesque fields of barley, wheat, and apple orchards.  the uphill and downhill passing through Tangebe village with a picturesque scenic field view of barley, wheat, and apple orchards. Then it descends gradually down to the riverbed well known for its fossils. The wide 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, which is a small town with a good view of the mountain ranges. Overnight in Chele.

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

    Our trek starts from Chele to Syanbochen, which will take about 6-7 hours. At first, we 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 which can survive in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and sufficiently moist. Sometimes it is possible to see the blue mountain sheep in this area. We relax along with the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave, it is much colder in Syanbochen. Overnight in Syanbochen

  • Day 7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi(3520m/5-6hrs)

    After early breakfast, we trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi, which takes about 5 to 6 hours. 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 Varanda. We trek across mountain passes, avenues of poplar trees, and fields of Barley. Then the path descends gradually towards the Ghyami La pass with the view of rundown, deserted village downstream. Another broad valley comes in from the left-hand side and with its center in Ghyami, Mustang’s third-largest town, which is high above the river and surrounded by fields. Overnight in Ghaymi.

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

    The trek from Ghaymi to Charang takes about 4-5hrs. The trail passes across the Ghaymi Khola and reaches the village of Charang village with a maze of fields, a Dzong, and Gompa. 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. Before we reach Lomanthang enjoy the spectacular magnificent views of the fenced city near the Tibetan Border. Overnight in Charang Lomanthang

  • Day 10: Explore Lomanthang

    Enjoy exploring the surrounding areas of Lomanthang. Visit Tingkhar and  Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar,  the last main village to the northwest of Lomangthang, and stroll back to the hotel. Here, you have the option to visit the main attraction of this town including the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, the four-story building of the Royal palace as well as the surrounding panoramic magnificent views of the Himalaya Mountain region. Overnight in Lomanthang

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

    Lomanthang mountain village is our today's ultimate destination. From here we return taking a slightly different route rather than returning the same way. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar takes about 6-7 hours. We will explore the local area and more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the major figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. Overnight in Drakmar

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

    Start our trek early in the morning as there will be dusty wind later in the afternoon. Trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling will take approximately 5-6 hours. In the evening explore the local area of Ghiling to observe the culture, heritage, and lifestyle of local people. Overnight in Ghiling

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

    Trek from Ghiling to Chuksang will take about 5- 6 hours. Enjoy the beautiful spectacular view of the Himalayas. Overnight in Chhuksang.

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

    Today is our last day of the trek and would be a long trek about 6-7 hours to reach Jomsom. We start the trek early in the morning and have lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

  • Day 15: Fly to Pokhara

    Early morning, we fly back to Pokhara which will take 30 minutes with a breathtaking mountain view. Transfer to the hotel, rest and relax and later explore around the Phewa lake. Overnight in Pokhara. 

  • Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu, check into the hotel, rest of the afternoon is free to rest and relax or go for 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.
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Only breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (TIMS/ACAP and Upper Mustang special trekking permit).
  • 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
EDhan

10th November, 2015

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
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

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
Lori

7th October, 2015

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.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.