- Trekking in Nepal
3-star category Hotels Kathmandu and Pokhara& During the trekking Normal lodge.
- Kathmandu & Pokhara B/B plan and During the trekking ( breakfast ,Lunch,Dinner)
from $ USD
Upper Mustang Trekking highlights
- Muktinath Temple
- Jomsom Airport
- Kagbeni Apple Garden
- Ghar Monastery
- Lomanthang Royal Place
- Chhosher monastery
- Tibetan Border
- Tiji Festival in June and July
Upper Mustang Trekking Overview
Upper Mustang Trek is one of the few scenic and cultural destinations situated in Far northwestern Himalayan region of Nepal which is never to be missed if you are planning an adventure holiday in Nepal. This trek leads you to the hidden landscapes located on the northwest border in Annapurna Conservation Area. Exploring the mystical semi-arid landscape, Upper Mustang restricted trekking lets you enough space to get close to the Tibetan Buddhist cultural influence, hidden caves, countless vibrant monasteries, and shortens that are rarely found in any other parts of Nepal and the communities. At the same time, the magnetic Himalayan aura and seasonal vegetation ranging from Alpine to highland can attract any trekkers around the world.
Truly a fascinating adventure leads you to high vast wide and scenic country of Upper Mustang, an extension of the highest South West Tibetan plateau. This trek offers utmost scenery of snow-capped mountains to high, eroded windswept cliffs and canyons of vivid colours.
Upper Mustang trek was restricted to foreigners till 1980. After the restrictions was lifted partially after 1980, many trekkers, adventure bikers have visited this place to witness its vast treasures of beautiful landscapes, traditional villages of Buddhist and Bon culture with views of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna-Mustang Himal in the background with Damodar Himal range.
Upper Mustang Trekking offers a great view of the Mountain desert, Old Monastery, and the great life-time experience of being in one of the top-rated travel destinations around the world. Mustang is filled with a majority of Thakali people. The temple of Muktinath, located at the lap of Thorong peak, is one of the famous religious sites in Mustang where thousands of Buddhist and Hindu people from India, Nepal, Myanmar, Tibet visit every year. The fossilized Ammonite can be found on the beach of Kaligandaki River which is of religious importance to Hindus.
It is a place where, multicast, multicultural, and multilingual people are bounded together and stay together. Upper Mustang has lots of Buddhist Monastery which were built around one thousand years ago. People on the upper mustang have their own King who used to rule over Mustang.
The trek to Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom airport, which is a district headquarter of the Mustang region and a linearly located windy valley beyond the Annapurna Himalayan peaks. People recall the trail as a historical salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet, running adjacent to winding and beautiful Kaligandaki river gorge up to Loh-Manthang. Some of the sections of this trekking route merge with the road to Loh-Manthang. Allowed for the trekkers since 1992 A.D. The hidden jewel of the Upper Mustang trekking can be done after affording the hefty special and restricted trekking permit.
Furthermore, the whitewashed houses with vibrant prayer flags demonstrate the cultural prosperity in Upper Mustang. The houses are built with mud bricks and the lifestyle seems quite nomadic. Besides, their hospitality is amazing with the typical Tibetan cuisines. Just like the enticing landscape, their ever smiling innocent faces of local people are alluring. Passing through picturesque towns of Chele, Syangbochen, Ghyami, and Tsarang, trekkers cross different sections and high passes like Chogo La Pass (4250 meters), which is the highest pass on this trek. Situated at an altitude of 3700 meters, Loh-Mustang is the ultimate destination, which remained hidden for a long time by the local Kings. Chooser Cave and the antique monasteries make Lo-Manthang and its surroundings impressive.
Upper Mustang Trekking concluded in Muktinath Temple, which is a globally recognized spiritual center. As long as you reach its close destination, Muktinath is a highly recommended destination. In addition, trek to the Upper Mustang is best from March to July and September to December. However, you can be Trekking in Upper Mustang even in the monsoon, as the Mustang region is located in the Himalayan rain shadow area. Winter becomes extremely chill and the chill windy valley becomes a great challenge in the trek. Moderate acclimatization avoids altitude sickness in the journey.
Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary
On arrival by respective airlines where our guide and staff receive you for a short drive to your hotel in the hub of busy Kathmandu, with hotels in a quiet environment after getting a refresh in your rooms our guide will brief on treks-hotels with necessary information.
The evening includes group dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with Culture and folk dance of Nepal to go with your meals.
On our second day, we will start preparing for your trek. One of Our representative will remind you to get all the permits necessary for this trek. You will be reminded to check your trek insurance policy and provide us a copy of it. You will meet your Team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gears to make sure they meet the requirements. After a brief introduction with the crew, one of our tour operator will take you to a city tour. You will be visiting 4 heritage sites, that hold historical, religious and cultural significances.
Bodhanath, also called as Jharung Khasor, is situated 8 km to the east from the city center . It is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. It can be viewed from the premises of TIA as you are about to land from your flight. The great Boudhanatha Stupa was built in 5th century which makes it one of the ancient and magnificent Stupa in the world. It is also the largest Stupa in the world. Considered the most holy pilgrimage for Buddhists all around the world, it is believed that the power and blessings of The Great Stupa are far beyond the understandings of human beings. It is widely believed that whoever prays and worship with a pure heart at Boudhanath creates good karma therefore the way to hell and dark realms are closed to them, fulfilling their wishes.
An early morning or late evening visit to The Great Stupa gives you a vibe of Tibetian culture . The smoke from butter candlelights and incandescents fill the aura with pleasing smell, offering peace to your mind and soul. You can stroll around the area for buying souvenirs, metal handicrafts, Thangkas etc. or just catch a good breakfast or dinner with an aerial view of Boudhanath from the rooftop cafés and restaurants.
2. Patan Durbar Square:
Patan , also called Lalitpur, is considered to be the oldest city among the three cities of Kathmandu valley. It is a home to the city's, better to say Nepal's finest craftsmen who have been able to preserve the ancient Newari culture and ancient technique of metal handicrafts. The city inherits one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square is an old palace of the Malla kings who ruled the city during Malla regime. The artistic handicrafts and metal crafts seen everywhere makes this place a living historical museum. Another place to see inside the Durbar square area is the Patan Museum. The museum lies inside the palace and has a collection of fine historical metal craft, wood carvings and historical Malla throne of the Malla regime. The Krishna Temple in the west premises of Durbar Square is another fine example of this artistic heritage. The temple was built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1637. Another must see place is the Mahabouddha , a magnificent terracotta temple built with Sikhara style containing 1000 images of Buddha. Filled with historical crafts and monuments that can be traced back to the 16th century, the Square is a home to 136 bushels (courtyards) and 55 temples. It is one of the major sacred sites for both Buddhists and Hindus. Beyond the temples, lie a lot of restaurants and cafés with rooftops, who serve different continental foods along with Newari traditional food.
3. Pashupatinath :
Morning an exciting overland journey to Nepal Mid West at Pokhara on country's most busy And interesting highway with a drive of six hours, on reaching Pokhara transfer to your hotel by Phewa Lakeside, with time for short walks around the lakeside full of good restaurants-shops-and stores with excellent hotels.
Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport for a scenic short flight to Jomsom of less than 30 minutes with a grand panorama of Dhaulagiri-Tukuche-Nilgiris with Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himal.
After an exciting view airborne reaching at Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district located around Kaligandaki River valley.
Herewith time to get organize with refreshment starting our first day walk to Kagbeni towards North West for first overnight at Kagbeni.
An interesting village where you can observe local culture similar to Tibetan traditions way of life, Kagbeni the gateway to Upper Mustang, where all foreign visitors require special permits to enter the forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang.
Morning walk leads into high Upper Mustang with slow uphill and into exposed valley enclosed within colorful eroded canyons and high cliff edge dotted with small caves, as our route leads on the gradual path with glorious views of Nilgiris-Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal, with short few rests in between and then reaching at the first village of inner Upper Mustang at Chussang often spelled as Tsusang also.
A farm area within a few tree lines of Willow-Juniper and Poplars that surrounds the village, the only species that survive in this harsh arid climate, here with time to enjoy and visit a local village.
From this village, walk lead to cross a stream past broken and eroded canyons which look like ruined castle walls within high surrounding cliffs, as walk lead past Chussang with views of colorful and brilliant red eroded cliffs above mouths of inaccessible caves. After a steady walk of one hour reaching Chele / Tshele village for short brief stops and observing village old traditional life. From Chele, village walk gets steeper for an hour with a climb to a ridge of above 3,130 m high with grand views of Gyagar across a huge canyon. Trek continues with a slow climb on this windswept terrain till a small scenic pass is reached at 3,540 m. From here a gradual descent leads to Samar for an overnight stop in a nice local lodge or guesthouse.
The Walk today starts with a short climb above Samar village to reach a ridge top, and then downhill heading towards a large gorge past a prayer Chorten of red, black, yellow and white colour. The adventure continues to reach another scenic valley with sparse vegetation of juniper trees, after crossing a stream, walk leads uphill to a ridge at above 3,800 m high, and then climb over to another pass, from here our route descends to Shyangmochen. This is a small settlement with few small tea shops at above 3,710 m high, after a nice and pleasant break continue with a gentle climb over a pass at 3,770 m to enter a huge valley on a downhill path towards our overnight stop at Gelling with its large fields of barley that surround this pretty village.
After a wonderful and pleasant overnight in Ghiling, the morning begins with a gradual slow climb past crop fields within the center of the valley, walk leads below Tama Gung settlements and continue with a long climb across the head of a valley above Nyi La pass 3,950m.
The top rewards you with a stunning panorama of Mustang terrain with white snow-capped peaks and this is the highest point of the adventure and the southern boundary of Lo.
From here a gradual downhill brings to a junction; the right path leads directly to Tsarang while the left leads to Ghami village one of the main majors of Lo region.
Our route leads below within blue, grey and red cliffs across a valley to cross a steel bridge over Tangmarchu River, the path climbs past to a long and magnificent stretch of Mani (prayer) wall, probably the longest series of prayer wall in whole Himalaya region.
From here with last and final climb of the day above 3,600 m high pass, from here a gentle descent leads to Tsarang or Charang for an overnight halt, an interesting village with a maze of fields, willow trees and a huge five-story high of white-colored Dzong and a Monastery known as Gompa situated on the edge of the Kali Gandaki gorge, around Tsarang with its own community electricity system.
Today toward our final and most awaited main highlight destination to Lo Manthang, the morning starts with a short downhill to cross Charangchu River, and then with a steep climb to a ridge passing Tholung valley.
Here our trail diverts towards the north with a gradual climb to reach a large Chhorten, which marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo, the climb follows a stream and then reaching a great wide windswept valley.
As the walk finally reaches on the top 3,850 m high pass offers a grand view of walled village of Lo Mananthang, taking a short descend towards a stream that outlines the walled village, form here a short climb leads you to the southern wall of Lo Manthang village.
The one and only entrance to the village from North-East corner, so one has to walk around the wall to reach the main entrance gate sometimes.
On entering the former forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang, transfer into a local lodge and guesthouses with time to browse around its alley and narrow streets with shops and stores.
Rest day at Lo-Manthang, once the capital of Lo (Mustang district), one of the largest village with more than 150 houses includes the number of resident for a priest, monks, and lamas, houses are closely packed with palace and monasteries located in the bottom section around vertical part of L shaped houses.
The Mustang raja's palace stands an imposing 4 story building in the center of the city. It is the home of the former Raja (king), Jigme Parbal Bista, and the Rani (queen), who is from the noble family of Lhasa and Shigatse in Tibet.
With exciting and enjoyable time in Lo-Manthang, depart from this mystical and legendry kingdom starting with descending and few short climbs all the way to Ghami.
As the morning walk leads outside the walled Lo-Manthang village, our route leads to a steady climb to a pass offering the last glimpse of Lo-Manthang, walk from here on is more or less on gradual with downhill slopes most of the way to Ghami village for an overnight stop, Ghami another important village of Upper Mustang region
Trek today follows on the same route towards Nyi La, climb to the ridge and then contouring upwards and then reaching the road coming from Tsarang. From the top of the ridge, a steep descend to Gelling Valley. The trail continues bypassing Gelling to a lone teahouse and then a gentle downhill to a small settlement of Tama Gung. A steep switchbacks trail leads to a stream; the trail climbs to a large painted Chhorten and then on a straightforward route to our overnight stop at Samar.
Our route from Samar leads on a downhill trail in the same direction for a few hours past Chele village to reach at Mustang Khola, from here walk leads on the gradual path in between great canyons and eroded high cliffs to reach back at Kagbeni for last overnight within Upper Mustang.
From Kagbeni our last day of the great adventure on Upper Mustang Trek, as morning leads on the same route to Jomsom with easy gradual downhill reaching back at Kaligandaki river valley, walking on vast windswept Kaligandaki river valley to reach Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River.
An afternoon with time for a walk around Jomsom town, home of Thakali people within Kaligandaki River valley famous for apple orchards and garden as well for delicious apples and products like cider, brandy, and juice a delightful town for walks around the street with shops and stores.
From Jomsom, morning short and scenic flight ending our final day of the great adventure, with an exciting flight to reach at beautiful Pokhara for overnight stop by the clam Phewa Lake. Pokhara, a popular touristic destination blessed with natural beauty and picturesque scenery of mountains-hills and lakes.
Morning an early drive back to Kathmandu on an interesting highway with the exciting journey as drive leads through rural farm villages and towns with views of mountains after six-hour drive ending at Kathmandu, then transfer to your respective hotels.
You will be transferred to the Kathmandu airport to catch your returning flight.
Includes & Excludes
- All the government and company service charges
- Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
- 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and English-speaking guide)
- Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by a tourist bus
- 2 Nights hotel in Pokhara at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Jomsom-Pokhara flight
- ACAP (Annapurna Conversation Area Permit) and TIMS Cards
- An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including insurance during the trekking
- Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15kgs to 20 kgs) and their all expenses including insurance
- Food (Breakfasts, lunches and Dinners (Full board basis during the trekking with 3 complimentary tea/coffee)
- Teahouse accommodation during the trekking in twin sharing basis
- Trekking route map
- Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
- First aid kit
- International airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except complimentary dinners
- Personal expenses (WIFI, bar bills, laundries, electricity charges for the gadgets, hot shower, hot water etc)
- Tipping for guide(s), porter (s), driver(s)
- Anything does not include in the inclusion list.
Departure Dates for Upper Mustang Trekking - 17 days
Trip reviewsWrite a Review
best trekking company in Nepal