Upper Mustang Trek
Lo Manthang (3,840 m)
Autumn & Spring
- Visit the historical landmarks in the Kathmandu Valley.
- Drive along the winding roads to and from Pokhara.
- Panoramic flight in between Pokhara and Jomsom.
- Relish your trek with the enchanting mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and more.
- Discover the charming villages, ancient monasteries, chortens, and caves.
- Get in touch with the harmonious Tibetan culture and their way of life.
- Embrace the beauty of the trek after reaching Lo Manthang.
Travelers who wish to experience some of Nepal’s greatest sights frequently embark on the Upper Mustang trek. There will be a chance for you to witness some of Nepal’s most breathtaking vistas. It’s a wonderful way to discover the Mustang region’s natural serenity.
Near the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayan region in the rain shadow, Upper Mustang is a dry river valley. Its history is lengthy, rich, and complicated. It is also known as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” and was isolated for hundreds of years. Later, in 1992, the upper Mustang region became accessible for adventure enthusiasts and tourists.
The walled city of Lo Manthang, which serves as the regional capital of the Mustang, displays spectacular architecture. The lower portion of upper Mustang receives more rainfall, and the hills there frequently resemble huge red fluted cliffs made of tiny round stones that have been cementted together.
It is rich in authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture with historic monasteries and rural communities because of its close ties to Tibet.
The journey to Upper Mustang provides magnificent trekking through a dramatic semi-arid desert with all around you deep ravines, colorful rock formations, and snow-capped peaks. Along the trip, discover caves, gompas, monasteries, and rock paintings to learn more about Tibetan culture. Additionally, it provides truly stunning vistas of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and other mountains.
People with major health disorders, such as heart conditions, shouldn’t attempt this trek. During this route, there are some significant ascents and descents. For anyone with back discomfort or those who are afraid of heights, it could be troublesome.
The trek takes place at an altitude of between 3,000 and 3,800 meters, which is somewhat impacted by the dry air. On average, people walk for 5 to 7 hours each day. That is why, it is regarded as a challenging trek.
It is then worthwhile to trek through the entrancing nature, gorgeous snow-capped mountains, historic Buddhist temples, and nearby settlements.
- Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
- Day 02: Full-day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (or Spare Day)
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni
- Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele
- Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syanbochen
- Day 07: Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami
- Day 08: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang
- Day 09: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang
- Day 10: Exploration in Lo-Manthang
- Day 11: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar
- Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling
- Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhusang
- Day 14: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom
- Day 15 Fly Back to Pokhara (820 m)
- Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
- Day 19: Final Departure
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
Welcome to the nation that is adorned by the Himalayas and sacred locations! When you arrive at Kathmandu Airport, a member of our staff will welcome you outside the terminal building. You will then be directed to the hotel that you have reserved for your stay.
After you check into the hotel, you will receive instructions on the trip’s itinerary and preparation. Register at the hotel and rest for a while. To pass the time, you might go around the area near the hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Full-day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (or Spare Day)
You will be given a tour of Kathmandu’s intriguing historical landmarks on this day. Cultural and religious considerations come into play when visiting the sites. It is actually mesmerizing to stroll among the historic sites, monuments, shrines, and other antiquity. One of our tour guides will take you to the following locations shortly after breakfast:
A Hindu holy place, Pashupatinath Temple is located on the Bagmati River’s bank. Its main draws include historical temples, sculptures, shrines, and many others. Hindu devotees are thronging the temple during the Maha Shivaratri festival. Hindu worshippers attend services at the pagoda-style main temple.
Buddhist pilgrimage site Boudhanath Stupa was built in the fifth century. The place is decorated with prayer wheels and robes of various colors. It’s the biggest stupa in the entire world. Lord Buddha’s eyes are depicted on the stupa’s upper portion. These eyes are supposed to keep an eye on us and our activities.
To the west of Kathmandu, on top of a mountain, sits Swayambhunath, a sacred location. There are numerous historic temples, monasteries, shrines, and other structures on the site. The Natural History Museum, which is conveniently located downstairs, is worth seeing after leaving the site.
You’ll be led back to the hotel after visiting Kathmandu’s historical landmarks.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Take a tourist bus to Pokhara after an early breakfast. The lovely Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers can be seen along the journey. Pokhara is a lovely river valley famous for its expansive views of the Annapurna and Machapuchare mountains in the north, the Dhaulagiri mountains in the west, and the Manasulu and Lamjung Himal mountains in the east. Pokhara is a tourist haven with all the newest conveniences.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni
After spending the night in Pokhara, the journey continues by early morning flight to Jomsom. The first hike of the journey then starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni.
A well-known tourist site, Jomsom is well-known for its strong winds, unique terrain, and apple orchards. After a little period of recuperation at the airport, the trip begins through a beautiful valley. You will pass through the town of Eaklibatti on your way to Kagbeni. In addition to the ruins of a historic stronghold, the village consists of dwellings with flat roofs.
Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele
Early this morning, the trip continues via the paths that run alongside the Kali Gandaki River. However, you must go through a permit check before setting foot on the route.
You’ll hike along the sandy trail after leaving Kagbeni before ascending a hill. The village of Tangbe follows shortly after. With its white cottages, narrow streets, apple orchards, and countryside, the community is distinctive. I love strolling through the village. The path then passes another town and, after continuing on, crosses a river. You eventually cross through a ridge and arrive at Chele.
Overnight in Chele.
Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syanbochen
In comparison to earlier trails, the one ahead is a little more difficult. The Taklam La Pass (3,624 m) and Dajori La Passes are the two passes that the path crosses today (3,735 m).
You go to Syanbochen with breathtaking views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda after a sumptuous breakfast. You continue hiking till you reach Ramchung Cave, then descend to Samar village. From this point on, you will ascend over the town and descend a treacherous path towards a creek, arriving at Syanboche.
Overnight in Syanbochen.
Day 07: Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami
Early in the morning, you’ll leave Syanbochen and ascend to the Yamda la Pass (3,850 m). There are picturesque towns, chortens, and teahouses along the pathways. You pass through poplar woodlands and barley fields as you hike toward Nyi Pass (4,010 m). Following that, you descend to Ghami, which is surrounded by appealing fields. This settlement is the largest in the Lo area.
Overnight in Ghami.
Day 08: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang
The track starts out with a short downhill trek along an unsteady and slippery path. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Ghami River, you will next be climbing. With mani walls along the way, the walk is beautiful. You eventually cross the Tsarang La Pass (3,870 m). Eventually, you will reach Tsarang village, which is located at the apex of the Charang Chu canyon.
Overnight in Tsarang.
Day 09: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang
After sleeping at Tsarang village, leave the community and travel to Lo-Manthang. You will descend to a canyon and cross a river as the hike begins. The road then climbs to Lo La Pass from here (3,950 m). From the peak, one can see the magnificent panorama of the lovely Lo Manthang village. You will then descend to the Lo Manthang village. The Himalayan views of Damodar Kunda and other peaks like Annapurna I, Tilicho, Nilgiri, and Bhrikuti Peak will dazzle your eyes as you descend to the village.
Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
Day 10: Exploration in Lo-Manthang
Since the trek’s outset, there has been a substantial elevation change. Your body must adjust to the environment’s changing altitude and terrain. So today is a rest day so that you may get used to the new atmosphere.
You’ll be touring the Lo-Manthang community today. There are three noteworthy gompas in the area that are worth visiting. Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda are their names. The gompas have been brought back to their former splendor over the past 20 years. After visiting these gompas, return to your accommodation.
Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
Day 11: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar
On this day, after adjusting in Lo-Monthang, you’ll be returning by a different route. The trail passes through Gyakar hamlet, home to the 100-year-old Ghar Monastery. The intriguing rock paintings cover the monastery. Anyone who prays at the monastery is said to receive their wishes. The monastery can be explored at your leisure. You continue your ascent and turn toward Drakmar.
Overnight in Drakmar.
Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling
In order to avoid severe winds today, the trip starts early in the morning. The journey is primarily downward sloped.
You hike through a plateau and farmland after a filling breakfast to reach Ghiling. Despite the fact that the routes are descending trails, gusty winds might make the journey more difficult. Dry terrain surrounds the village. Views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks are breathtaking.
Overnight in Ghiling.
Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhusang
Hike away from Ghiling village in the direction of Chhusang. You will be following the same route that you used to hike to Lo Manthang earlier today. You get to see the mesmerizing splendor of the Himalayas along the route. You pass through many tiny towns before reaching Chhusang in the end.
Overnight in Chhusang.
Day 14: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom
This journey will be your final one for the vacation, and the routes are long. You will hike past the Mustang region’s southernmost point and onto the Annapurna Circuit trek. You’ll reach Kagbeni as you continue on, and then you’ll travel to Jomsom.
Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 15 Fly Back to Pokhara (820 m)
There are many enjoyable memories to treasure from the journey to the upper Mustang region. On this day, an early-morning flight will take you back to Pokhara. Take in the beautiful view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains as you soar into the air. You can travel to one of Pokhara’s tranquil locations once you are there.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
The journey is almost over. Leave the lovely city of Pokhara after a delicious breakfast to go to Kathmandu. The breathtaking vistas of terraced hills, rivers, quaint villages, etc. along the road are breathtaking. You can undertake last-minute shopping as soon as you get to Kathmandu.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Final Departure
Say goodbye to the powerful Himalayas, misty valleys, gushing rivers, and a plethora of other natural features. You’ll be driven to the airport by one of our staff members so you can catch a flight home.
What is included in Upper Mustang Trek
- Airport pick-up and drive to the hotel
- All road transportation
- 2 nights stay in Kathmandu
- Internal Flight (where necessary)
- A certified English speaking Guide for the trek
- Permits throughout the trek
- Kits such as sleeping bag and puffer jacket
- Meals as stated above
- Confirm Booking
- First aid tools
- Local taxes
What is Excluded
- Personal Expense
- Gear for trekking
- Any kinds of drinks
- Tips to guide and porter
- Travel Insurance
- Emergency Evacuation
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee
- International Flight
The journey to Upper Mustang is doable any time of year. However, the best seasons for hiking in Nepal are spring and fall. The weather is consistent and the temperature is moderate throughout these hours.
Additionally, because to the transparent visibility, mountain panoramas are also easily visible. On the other hand, during busy times of year, the trails may be overrun with people.
There is also the option of going on a trek in the summer or winter. During these times of year, you can hike to the Upper Mustang region and escape crowds. The absence of rain during the monsoon season makes the Upper Mustang journey the most enjoyable.
The weather in the summertime can be warm. Winter, however, can be extremely cold. However, due to the bitter cold throughout the winter, the teahouses in the high passes close.
Gear and Equipment
One of the most important things to know when doing a power endurance or heavy mountain trek is what gear and equipment you are going to need. The following list will help you figure out exactly what you will need.