Upper Mustang trek gives trekkers a fantastic trekking experience in the isolated trans-Himalayan mountain region of Nepal. Your 17-day Upper Mustang Trek begins in Kathmandu with city tours discovering UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Then make your way to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and then, the trek begins. Upper Mustang is also renowned as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because it was not until the 1990s that travelers were allowed to enter the area. While trekking in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, we can admire the uniqueness of the tree-less landscape, rocky trails, and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.
 

Start/ End: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration: 17 Days/ 16 Nights
Tour Highlights

  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas
  • Visiting the Capital of Mustang “The Lo Manthang”
  • Human built caves in Grand Canyonlike landscapes
  • The stunning treeless and barren mountain landscapes

Tour Route: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni – Chele – Syanbochen – Ghami – Tsarang – Lo-Manthang – Manthang – Drakmar – Ghiling – Chhuksang – Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu
Tour Category: Nepal Trekking Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely! Tell us what you are interested in
Guides: Private Local Guide (English speaking guide)
Transportation: Private first-class-air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Room with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Trekking Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara
Day 04: Jomsom Arrival – Trek to Kagbeni
Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele
Day 06: Chele – Syanbochen
Day 07: Syanbochen – Ghami
Day 08: Ghami – Tsarang
Day 09: Tsarang – Lo-Manthang
Day 10: Acclimatization – Discover Lo Manthang
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang – Drakmar
Day 12: Drakmar – Ghiling
Day 13: Ghiling – Chhuksang
Day 14: Chhuksang – Jomsom
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Day 17: Kathmandu Departure

 
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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

Upon arrival, our representative will be waiting to meet and escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu. When you’ve settled in the hotel, freshen up and relax at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Trekking Preparation

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip to Himalayan Glacier’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath temple - upper mustang trek

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara

Enjoy breakfast and then, leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to a large number of lakes in the city. Upon arrival, our reward will be the stunning vistas of the Himalayas consisting of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the 5 peaks of Annapurna and other ones. Check into the hotel and relax at leisure. We enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight in Pokhara.

fewa lake - trek to upper mustang

Day 04: Jomsom Arrival – Trek to Kagbeni

Early morning flight to Jomsom which is renowned for its apples, strong winds, and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a stunning valley. We trek through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of 2 rivers. The village is gorgeous with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Kagbeni - upper mustang trek in nepal

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele

We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before making our way ascending on a hill. Reach the Tangbe Village as well as marvel at its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley along with buckwheat fields, apple orchards. Continue our trek and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge and reach Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.

Chele Village - upper mustang trek

Day 06: Chele – Syangboche

Our today’s trek will be a little hard compared to what we experienced. Our walk today includes crossing 2 passes, Taklam La pass, and Dajori La pass. En route, we get into great sceneries of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. Make our way descending further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and then, we reach a ridge. Next, we trek descending on a steep trail to a stream as well as continue our trek to Syangboche. Overnight in Syanboche.

Syangboche - upper mustang trek nepal

Day 07: Syanbochen – Ghami

We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami – one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is stunning with fields surrounding the entire village. Overnight in Ghami.

Ghami - best upper mustang trek

Day 08: Ghami – Tsarang

Our today’s trek begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and then make our way ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress as well as a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.

Tsarang

Day 09: Tsarang – Lo-Manthang

Enjoy breakfast and then, trek by descending to a canyon as well as cross a river before starting to trek uphill to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass, we can marvel at the lively Lo Manthang village. From the pass, make our way descending to Lo Manthang which is a stunning walled village. From here the sceneries of the Himalayas consisting of Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak, as well as Damodar Kunda (pond), is quite impressive. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Lo-Manthang - nepal upper mustang

Day 10: Acclimatization – Discover Lo-Manthang

Lo Manthang is a walled town of the isolated Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last 2 decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang – Drakmar

We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century-old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We discover the Gompa and keep trekking to Drakmar for an overnight stay.

Drakmar - best nepal upper mustang trek

Day 12: Drakmar – Ghiling

Start trekking early to avoid strong winds and descend for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a dry plateau as well as fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our faces. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village around the evening. Overnight in Ghiling.

Ghiling - upper mustang trek

Day 13: Ghiling – Chhusang

We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhusang, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.

Chhusang

Day 14: Chhuksang – Jomsom

Our last day of trekking and also it is a long one. After trekking, we come to an end of our Mustang trails. Enjoy the trails of the Annapurna circuit. Lunch at Kagbeni and then, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

Jomsom

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains which makes the flight itself a wonderful experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.

pokhara

Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Time to say goodbye to the stunning northern skyline of Pokhara and we drive towards Kathmandu along river banks with fantastic vistas of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. When in Kathmandu, relax at leisure or do some souvenir shopping. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

kathmandu

Day 17: Kathmandu Departure

Time to say goodbye to our 17-day Upper Mustang Trek. Breakfast and relax at leisure until getting escorted to the airport for a flight coming home. The trip ends. Hope you enjoyed it and wish that we could serve you next time in Nepal.

What’s Included?

  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

What’s Excluded?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)