Upper Mustang Trek

16 Days

Why Join the Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang trek offers a rare opportunity to explore a secluded region in the Trans-Himalayan area of Nepal, known as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom.” This trek takes you through ancient Tibetan-influenced villages, monasteries, and barren landscapes reminiscent of Tibet’s high plateaus. The highlight of the trek is Lo Manthang, a walled city adorned with mud-brick houses, monasteries, and cultural treasures. Experience the unique culture and traditions of the Mustang region while marveling at panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri mountains.

Joining the Upper Mustang trek is like stepping back in time to a land of mystery and intrigue. This restricted area trek allows you to witness the preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Mustang people, who have retained their traditions for centuries. Trekking through arid landscapes and across high mountain passes, you’ll encounter ancient cave dwellings, colorful prayer flags, and serene Buddhist monasteries. The Upper Mustang trek is ideal for adventurers seeking a blend of cultural immersion and Himalayan wilderness.

Prepare for the trek by focusing on physical fitness and stamina. This trek involves long days of hiking on rugged terrain and crossing high passes at altitudes above 4,000 meters. Start a training regimen several months before the trek, including cardio workouts, strength training, and hiking with a backpack. Proper acclimatization is essential for adjusting to high altitudes and minimizing the risk of altitude sickness during the trek.

Choosing us as your Upper Mustang trekking partner ensures a well-organized and enriching expedition. Our experienced guides are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and terrain, providing valuable insights throughout the trek. We prioritize safety and comfort, offering quality accommodations, nutritious meals, and necessary equipment. Trek with us to discover the hidden treasures of Upper Mustang while enjoying personalized service and expert guidance.

Upper Mustang Trek Permits

Before going on the Upper Mustang trek, obtain the necessary permits, including the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit. The Upper Mustang permit costs $500 USD per person for 10 days, contributing to the conservation and preservation of this unique region. Additionally, the Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit costs approximately $30 to $50 USD per person, depending on nationality.

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

The trek is considered moderately challenging due to its high altitude and remote location. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of hiking, steep ascents, and varied terrain, including rocky paths and river crossings. The trek requires good physical fitness, stamina, and prior trekking experience at high altitudes. Proper acclimatization and pacing are crucial for a safe and enjoyable journey through the Mustang region.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential for the trek to cover potential medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellation. Ensure your insurance policy includes coverage for high-altitude trekking activities and emergency helicopter evacuation if needed. Choose a reputable insurance provider with experience in mountain trekking coverage to provide comprehensive protection during your expedition.

Best Time to Explore Upper Mustang Trek

The best time to undertake the Upper Mustang trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, creating optimal trekking conditions. Spring brings blooming wildflowers and lush landscapes, while autumn offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks against a backdrop of golden autumn hues.

Accommodation and Meals During the Trek

Accommodations during the Upper Mustang trek consist of teahouses or basic lodges along the trail. These accommodations provide simple yet comfortable rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms. Meals are included in the trek package and typically consist of local Nepali cuisine and international dishes. Enjoy hearty meals and warm hospitality amidst the stunning mountain scenery, providing the necessary sustenance for trekking at high altitudes. Vegetarian and special dietary options are available upon request to accommodate various preferences and needs during the trek.


Upper Mustang trek is a unique and culturally rich trekking route in the Mustang region of Nepal. It takes you to the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang, where you can experience Tibetan-influenced culture, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes.

The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom, a small town in the Mustang region. From there, you embark on a scenic trek along the Kali Gandaki River, crossing picturesque villages, terraced fields, and barren landscapes. The trail gradually ascends, taking you through dramatic canyons and alongside towering cliffs, revealing breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges.

As you venture further into the Upper Mustang region, you enter a restricted area that requires a special permit to explore. This region was once an independent kingdom and has managed to preserve its distinctive culture and traditions over the centuries. You will encounter ancient monasteries, centuries-old caves, and traditional Tibetan-style villages adorned with prayer flags, chortens (Buddhist shrines), and whitewashed houses.

Lo Manthang, the walled capital of Upper Mustang, is one of the highlights of the trek. This enchanting town is home to the former royal palace and offers a glimpse into the region’s rich history and cultural heritage. Exploring the narrow alleys, visiting monasteries, and interacting with the friendly locals provide a deep insight into their way of life and religious practices.

Overall, the Upper Mustang trek is an extraordinary journey that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of adventure. It allows you to step back in time and witness a region that has preserved its unique traditions and landscapes, making it a truly remarkable trekking experience.


Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, our staff will pick you and check into your accommodation. Explore the bustling city and various cafes and bars during the day time.

Today, meet your trekking guide who will brief you about the upcoming trek and help you prepare your equipment. Spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu, visiting significant cultural sites such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Optionally, enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Take an early morning bus or a short flight to Pokhara, a scenic city located by the lakeside. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and spend the day relaxing or exploring Lakeside streets and engaging in activities like boating or cycling. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, offering spectacular views of the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Upon arrival in Jomsom, trek through the riverbed of Kali Gandaki to Kagbeni, a picturesque village and the gateway to Upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.

After a permit check, trek upstream along the Kali Gandaki riverbed towards Chele. Pass through Tangbe village with its white-washed houses, apple orchards, and barley fields. Cross the river and ascend gradually to Chele, characterized by beautiful Tibetan-style houses. Overnight in Chele.

Today involves crossing several small passes. Trek uphill to Dajori La (3735m) via Taklam La (3624m) to reach Samar village. Continue along the trail, crossing Bhena La (3860m) and Yamdo La (3860m) to finally arrive at Syambochen.

Cross Syamgboche La (3850m) and descend steeply along barley fields to reach Geling. Trek to Charang amidst barren hills, passing small monasteries and Chortens. Ascend to Ghami, crossing the longest Mani wall in Mustang. Visit the 4-century-old monastery in Charang. Overnight in Charang.

Ascend over an edge from Charang into the Tholung valley, passing through a dry, sandy landscape. Reach Lo La (3950m) for the first view of Lo Manthang. Descend to Lo Manthang, passing ancient ruins and fortresses. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Explore Lo Manthang, visiting ancient monasteries like the Monastery of Victory in Namgyal and experiencing the unique culture of this former kingdom. Enjoy the colorful desert landscapes surrounding Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Depart Lo Manthang, climbing to Chogo La (4280m) for a final view of the fortress city. Descend to Ghar Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in Upper Mustang. Continue to Ghami village for the night.

Ascend to cross Ghami La (3765m) and Nyi La (4010m), enjoying stunning views of Nilgiri (7061m). Descend past small villages and return to Samar. Overnight in Samar.

Trek back to Kagbeni via Mustang Khola, retracing the trail along the Kali Gandaki River. Pass through Chele and arrive in Kagbeni surrounded by apple orchards. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Trek back to Jomsom, enjoying the views along the Kali Gandaki River. Spend the day exploring Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, taking in the panoramic Himalayan views during the short flight. Explore Pokhara's attractions such as Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, and Begnas Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Return to Kathmandu by a long bus drive or a short flight. Enjoy the scenic landscapes during the journey. Upon arrival, explore Kathmandu and its surrounding areas. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Farewell Dinner at evening with local food. Overnight at same hotel.

Departure involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport, and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.

Including and Excluding Cost

The Trip Cost Includes

  • • Airport Pick up and drop services
  • • Accommodation in teahouse during trek
  • • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) single items each day during trek
  • • Trekking Permits and Paper works
  • • Experienced guide and porters
  • • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom Transport (two way)
  • • First Aid Box
  • • Seasonal fruits

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • • Any personal expenses
  • • Extra meals and drinks during the trek/road journey/hotel accommodation
  • • Travel Insurance and Rescue in case of emergency
  • • Donation and monuments fee
  • • Battery charge, hot shower, Wifi service in trekking
  • • Trekking Gears

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Upper Mustang is a moderate trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4,660m. This is the elevation of Korala border. Korala border is the highest elevation in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries in this route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet there is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Are there ATMs on the way to Upper Mustang?

Yes, you can find ATMs in Jomsom but better to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

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