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Trip Overview of Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang  Trek is a famous trekking area in the Himalayan Region of Nepal. It has the most suitable climate and a completely different lifestyle. Sacred Himalayas and incredible scenic beauty surround this place.  It also has a cultural and religious value to trek in this area. Thakalis, Gurung, and Tibetans are significant inhabitants. The neighborhood right there speaks the Tibetan Language. The Tibetans influence lifestyle and culture.

It is a lifetime experience for any traveler to visit such a fantastic place. Moreover, this trek lets us enjoys the little Buddhist world. Upper Mustang Trek is the destination for those who wanted to know the isolated kingdom.  Moreover, the beautiful and fascinating views of snow-capped Mountains make this place mesmerizing.

Nepal, a small landlocked country serves a lot in terms of exploring natural beauty. It is a blessing with numerous temples, stunning Himalayas, crystal clear rivers, uncountable lakes, and many more that every traveler would love to explore. While talking about the beautiful places of Nepal, Mustangs cannot be left behind. Mustang is a place with a true combination of lifetime memories and natural beauty. Get to know details info about the Upper mustang helicopter tour.

Another advantage that the Upper mustang short trek possesses is, this is the all-time favorite for nature lovers. You can visit Mustang all the time of the year. What amazes you is, the beauty of this place is evergreen and remains the same for the entire year.

Mustang is the hidden paradise of Nepal

Upper mustang is truly a hidden paradise of Nepal. This is one of the best destinations that every traveler wishes to visit. Generally, the Upper mustang lies in the northeast part of Nepal. Upper Mustang is nearer to the Tibet-Nepal border.

Upper Mustang short trek may be a remote arid area of the trans-Himalayan mountains. Bordering Tibet, this region features a distinct Tibetan feel – both in its people and culture and within the landscape. High rocky cliffs of bizarre formations and colors, caves, rock paintings, monasteries, and, of course, high snowy mountains, are a feature of this region.

Mustang is one of the traditional and rare places to go to in Nepal. lately, therefore, the amount of individuals visiting Mustang has increased tremendously. Mustang laps at an altitude of 3840 meters within the northwest part of Nepal. It lies within the area of Annapurna and Dhawalagiri. Trek to Mustang will fulfill all of your dreams from viewing the magnificent mountain ranges to experiencing the local lifestyle and culture of local people.

beyond heaven and paradise exist the Mustang, they say. People call it the Last Forbidden Kingdom, and it’s not easy to describe the beauty of Mustang in words. The region is an isolated and undisturbed one and a highly preferred destination for tourism activities. Views of the surrounding are absolutely mesmerizing as nature has left no drawbacks on its creation. Components of the region have been so well–preserved that the department of immigration has applied strict procedures for incoming visitors to avoid negative foreign influence. However, a lot of the customs of the country have been inspired by Tibetan influence. But, they have been practiced over the years that gradually got combined with that of the country.

Enjoy the panoramic views of Mount Nilgiri

The Barren high plateaus, deep canyons, and an ocean of exposed hills, the colors of a desert sunset add beauty to this amazing place.  Life is not meant to be lived in one place. So, spend your life exploring this fantastic hidden beauty of Upper Mustang Trek. The areas are often treeless, with a steep rocky path up and down to the hill. Likewise,  in the Upper mustang trek, you can observe the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more mountains.

The fantastic landscapes, plateaus, and monasteries will take away all your sorrows. The great memories of the place and adventure will fill your life with happiness. At some point in the upper mustang trek, the trekkers can enjoy the useful resource of the thousand years of ancient monasteries. Caves, close by tribes, and scenic splendor of various landscapes. Not only that, but the trek also passes via excessive peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys.

Upper Mustang Trek 10 days

Upper Mustang Trekking 10 days a short trek in Nepal’s restricted trekking region. The Mustang area is famous all over the world for its beauty and the stunning Himalayas. Yet not everyone has become able to witness its beauty. So, this upper mustang trek for 10 days allows you to explore the amazing beauty of the Mustang area along with the Nepalese culture and varieties of local food.

Nepal is not a new name in the field of trekking. The spectacular mountains of Nepal, the dense forests, pure rivers, lakes, glaciers, and unity in the diversity of many cultures and religions have earned names all over the world. There are so many pictures of Nepal on the internet and videos on YouTube as well. But those are just not enough to justify the beauty of this amazing and mesmerizing beautiful land across the seas. It is so beautiful in every way that words fall less to describe it.

The eight highest mountains and six thousand and more rivers and the birthplace of the light of Asia, Gautam Budhha, and this country’s name have a unique reputation in the world for years. You can be here to explore the mesmerizing mountain areas by trekking, rafting along the white rivers, and getting a close view of rare wildlife and plants in its dense forests. Or if you just want to chill and relax in the camps on the lakeside with the local music and even if you want to go on shopping and enjoy the nightlife, Nepal has it all, and more than anything, the sunrise and sunsets in the mountains will just amaze you. It is such a beautiful view to watch the dusk and dawn above those snowy Himalayas.

Best time for Upper Mustang Short Trek

The best time to go to the Upper Mustang trek is during Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November). you’ll also get an opportunity to celebrate the Tiji festival of Upper Mustang if you visit Mustang in May. As Upper Mustang may be an area, there’s no rain during Monsoon/Summer (June, July, and August). So Monsoon/Summer is additionally one of the simplest seasons for visiting Upper Mustang. But in winter, the upper Mustang is extremely cold and other people migrate to a lower settlement during this season. due to this, people usually avoid visiting Mustang during winter.

 Upper Mustang trek goes to the kingdom of Lo Manthang

Local people all around the small village of  Lo Manthang come to watch the dancing. they participate in the Tiji festival. Enjoy the journey of this forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys. Eroded canyons, ochre valley, and yak caravans. Colorful-painted mud-brick houses. On our Upper Mustang Trek, we get a spectacular view of Mount Nilgiri, Tukche, and Annapurna. The Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking an exceptional one.

We start the Upper Mustang trek after the flight to Jomsom and walk to the Kagbeni village, Chele, Ghiling, and Chharang to Lo-Manthang start. You will hike through deep canyons and amongst stunning rock formations backed by snow-capped peaks. You will visit homes, villages, and active monasteries set in ethereal landscapes. On the fringe of the Tibetan Plateau. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the World.  Mustang Tiji Festival can evolve its own distinctive culture and tradition, which is so precious & unique.

Upper Mustang Trek - Trip Info

Duration: 11 Days from Pokhara to Pokhara

Trek Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Tea house during the trek.

Group Size: Min.2 pax to 12 pax

Max altitude: 4320 m

Mode of Travel: Drive/Flight: Pokhara/ Flight Jomsom.

When to Travel: February to May, and September – Mid December are the best seasons.  During the winter months from December to Mid February, it is cold, and can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy times, trekking can be done, but visibility can be poor due to rain.

Upper mustang trek group size

We need a minimum of 2 people for the upper mustang trek.

Detailed Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trek

We will take a flight early in the morning to Jomsom of about 25min with spectacular views of the Mountains. From here onwards, it is very windy in the afternoon; the trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat.

Get the spectacular view of Mount  Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak to all the away of d Dhampus peak  You walk flat trails through the Kali Gandaki river valley on a windy trail to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni provides you with a taste of scenes to come in upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley.

We start Uppper Mustang Short trek journey with a special permit checks up onwards to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki upstream.  Today we are starting trekking of the upper Mustang region and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges.

The trail leads us through the picturesque scenic villages surrounded by fields of wheat, barley, and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. We trek forward, crossing the river heading up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele.

Today the trail from Chele starts the climbing along steep, treeless, and dry terrain with passing on a  pass a cairn of rock. We further climb above Samar and descend into a massive gorge and go into another valley. The valley is surrounding by cold streams and juniper trees, crossing a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m.

We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda.  We are crossing the Nyi Pass, which is the highest point of the trek thus far, and the southern boundary of Lo. From here we will trek to the steeply downhill of whitewashed buildings of Ghiling.

Today we will first trek downhill with the blue, grey, and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu. Then climb to a plateau and passes the longest and most spectacular Mani walls in Nepal. From the end of the wall, the trail heads east to the village of Charang (Tsarang) with a maze of fields, willow trees, and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Charang Chu canyon.

At the eastern end of the village are huge Dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa, which houses an excellent collection of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddhas.

The trail descends about 125m from Charang, crosses the Tsarang Chu, and follows the track to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 3580m, then enters the Tholung village. Then the trail further ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang valley (3700m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We will have a short downhill trekking on the plain of Aspiration and then the trail crosses a stream and climbs up onto the plateau of Lo-Manthang.

A day is less to explore this outstanding historical and cultural center. Kimling and Phewa are impressive as well as the Gompa of Namgyal serves as a famous monastery of the local community and also as a local court. We can make a short hiking to the village of Tinghar. This village has around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang is picturesque. In the eastern valley nestles the town of Chosar; also rich in Gompas, this valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.

Visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house,” the red Thugchen Gomba, Chyodi Gomba, and the Entrance Hall, which are the main magnetize of lo Mangthang Trip. Also, you may have visited the four-story building of the Raja’s Durbar (Royal Palace), where the Mustang’s King offers Tibetan tea as his hospitality. There are many places to explore as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas, where you may not tire to.

Today is our returning back after visiting the Lo Manthang. We will trek on a trail of highland rouge crossing the alpine meadows. From Lo Gekar we need to walk in the steeply up hills trail which follows the pass at 4000m, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Cross the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on this trek.

The trail makes descend beside a stream visiting ancient Ghar Gompa more than 1200 years old and meets the Guru Rimpoche. Gompa is famous for its rock paintings and the legend of fulfilling our good wishes. The trail then drops steeply to the whitewashed buildings of Ghemi. Ghemi is surrounded by vast fields, most of which are barren.

Today we are following the downhill trails till the valley to  Ghiling, the trails are more dusty and windy today so protect your eyes and lips with sunglass and lip balm.  The trail leads passing through the arid plateau and crops field in between; the walks may not be pleasant on the back as we suffer the wind on the face in Kali Gandaki wind valley. Arrive Samar; it is a small village with lovely terraces, and people follow the Tibetan lifestyle and tradition here.

We will mostly walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River with the views of natural vegetation and apple orchards to Kagbeni. Spend the night enjoying the ancient and uniqueness of the Kagbeni village.

The last day of the trekking is an easy day and smooth working in the river bank. The trail passes through Eklebhatti and continues working to Jomsom. Arrive at Jomsom; celebrate the last day of the trekking with the trekking crew.

Early morning we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, is stunning. You have time to relax and enjoy the Himalayan coffee at a local coffee house.  Look around the  Lake Side with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming. Ending our services.

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Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu Airport to Hotel and back to Airport transfers by private car.
  • Your hotel twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, Includes breakfast.
  • Complimentary day tour of Kathmandu valley with good English speaking tour guide, private car, and driver.
  • Your hotel twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara, Includes breakfast.
  • Trekking guide who certified and licensed from Government and got training on high altitude sickness, first aid.
  • Local trekking porter who carries your luggage, 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis.
  • Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, clothing.
  • Local Tea house also called guest house/ lodges twin sharing during your journey.
  • Your daily meal   (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). you can choose your meals from the menu, there are different types of food available.
  • Round Trip flight ticket for Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and back transport by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on the Client’s requirement and budget.
  • Special Permit for Upper Mustang.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area  Trekking Permit.
  • Group medical supplies ( Guide will carry basic medicines).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us before you arrive in Kathmandu so that easy for us to prepare.)
  • All the trip information and details for the trek.
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts and Trekking certificate after finish your trek.
  • We offer you 1 dinner in Kathmandu in a Nepali restaurant
  • Government taxes and service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for breakfast at your hotel.
  • Airfare to Nepal, Kathmandu city entrance fees
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Insurance for trekking with medical rescue up to 5000+ meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment, you can buy and rent in Kathmandu or in Pokhara trekking stores.
  • gratitude  for the tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Other of your personal expenses not mentioned cost includes section.


Upper Mustang is in trans Himalayan regions

The Upper Mustang Short Trek is an exceptional honor. You shall be spellbound to spend your days in the beautiful Trans – Himalaya region of the country. Breathtaking views shall leave you captivated, and prehistoric artificial structures that are hard to believe in their originality shall leave you questioning their existence. Of all visitors, most of the points of interest include panoramic insights into the nearby mountain peaks, visiting some of the ancient Buddhist monasteries that are more than a thousand years old, savoring the harmony of isolation, and most probably, getting involved within the neighborly – friendly community where cultures are from the Tibetan influence. It’s guaranteed that you are most likely to admire every aspect that you see in the region.

Barren lands, rocky mountains, and steep climbs are the foremost attractions of the trek. Trekking in Upper Mustang has never been easy, yet unforgettable by activists and professionals of any kind. Rough rocky trails can get strenuous at times but are completely achievable. Routes of such kind start to appear only after several days of the trek. During the initial stages, we fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then further to Jomsom from where the trekking phase starts. There are several points of interest during the trek such as the Royal Palace in
Lo – Manthang, eye-striking monasteries such as the Thungchen Gompa, Amchi Museum, and other forms of natural beauty.

Upper Mustang Short Trek Cost

The Upper Mustang trek lies in the Himalayan rain shadow, and this trek starts from Jomsom. You will have a scenic flight from Pokhara. Upper Mustang trek destination is suitable even in the monsoons. You will find the Upper Kali Gandaki quite dry during this time. The fact that the Upper Mustang trek cost is not particularly challenging. You can experience different landscapes and cultures during this trek. Fortunately, this is a place that is still away from modernization and also considers one of the least traveled areas of Nepal.

In Upper Mustang Trek, the highest point that you can reach is 3800 meters. Therefore Mustang is extremely cold during the time of winter. The climate and weather conditions of this trek in winter are mostly windy and dusty. The harsh weather is the major hindrance of this trek. The Wonderful Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom and leads you to the hidden Shangri-La of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. This hidden kingdom is also called Lo.

It also used to be part of the Tibetan empire and is clean surely connected to Tibet. In Mustang, Tibet, Buddhism is practiced, and most of the villages are of the Tibetan style. The houses are decorated with whitewashed houses made of firewood tucked on the roofs.

Itinerary for the trek

Our Upper Mustang Trek itinerary starts and ends from Pokhara, which may be a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu. Your trip also can be organized from Kathmandu, consistent with your preference. If you’re curious about a more unique perspective on the Upper Mustang and have the time, below is an extended version (by two days) of the trek that follows the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki valley, as against the more trodden, western route.

The Upper Mustang trek itinerary takes you thru the copper-red parched valleys, eroded canyon, and deep gorges. you’ll find the paths decorated with colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and mudbrick houses. It also remains flourishing because it did a few years ago. Mustang might be a superb place to experience untouched Tibetan Buddhist culture. you’ll see its impact on the arts, language, and architecture of Upper Mustang.

There are different itineraries for Upper Mustang Short Trek. You can check the full details itinerary in our itinerary tab.

The summary of the Upper Mustang trek itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu, trek preparation. time for special permit-making, a day of rest, and sightseeing. The next day after the Kathmandu tour we will fly or drive to Pokhara and spend the afternoon exploring the colorful town. Our Upper Mustang trek begins with the short flight to Jomsom and hiking to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the trek will Enter the Upper Mustang region and trek up to Lo Manthang and back to Jomsom. W will take a flight back to Pokhara so you can enjoy your time there. The next day takes a short flight or drives back to Kathmandu. On your final Departure day, we will take you to the airport to fly home or to another destination.

We can also tailor-make your Upper Mustang trek itinerary. We can descend to Tatopani’s natural hot spring via the apple kingdom valley of Nepal Marpha. Instead of taking flight, you can enjoy Himalayan off-road driving also on the mountain road.

Upper Mustang Trek Map

The Upper Mustang trek map shows the detail of the trail from Kagbeni to Lo Manthang via Jomsom. The map covers all alternative trails to reach Lo Manthang. Get a good map that allows you to explore the last forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang in a much deeper way

The area referred to as Upper Mustang is found within the Annapurna park in the northwest of Nepal. It is a restricted area that needs a special permit to enter it.

There are now good hotels and guest house facilities also on the trail which makes it an excellent choice for people seeking some comfort. The Upper Mustang Trek is right for those trying to find 20 years ago Nepal or undiscovered areas, off-world landscapes alongside unique cultures. It’s easily one of the foremost spectacular treks in the world between Upper Mustang’s views, culture, and other people.

The western Upper Mustang route may be a misunderstood trek somewhat. It’s more sort of a short diversion for 1-2 days than a separate trial. Essentially on the classic route from Ghami, you detour west to go to Drakmar, Ghar Gompa and cross a high pass at Chogo La (4230 m) before you enter Lo Manthang. you’ll avoid the road with this route and take another route back in order that you’ll see more. this will even be done on the way back from Lo Manthang, which is becoming increasingly popular.

The main Upper Mustang Classic route remains an equivalent, there are variations counting on side trails, road conditions, weather, time of the year, natural events, and physical changes to trekking trails. this is applicable especially to western and eastern routes. You can buy the Upper Mustang trekking map at Thamel.

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

Upper Mustang trek has a moderate difficulty level in terms of the many aspects. However, the trek is completely doable if you’re physically fit and hooked on exploring the trans-Himalayan terrain. If anyone cannot enter the center of the trail, there’s a jeep transfer facility also. Hence, this trek is safe and convenient.

Mustang may be a famous place in Nepal for trekking and adventure tours. The region offers views of unspoiled nature with a landscape unlike the other places in Nepal. While visiting Mustang, you’ll find tons of similarities with Tibet due to its culture and language. Although it lies within the Himalayas, the terrain may be a mixture of snow-capped mountains and desert lands.

The Upper Mustang region lies within the area of the Annapurna and therefore the Dhaulagiri massif. Thus, trekking in this region is feasible even during the monsoon. Yet, it’s best to feature each day or two for travel interruptions thanks to inclemency within the lowlands.

Upper Mustang trek is suitable for many walkers with no restrictions or limitations. Yet, this trek requires an inexpensive level of fitness. The walking hours per day on average are between 6-7 hours. Lo Manthang and Chooser are a number of the main attraction of this region and their elevation is 3810m and 3900m respectively. Walking at a higher altitude is certainly more demanding than walking at a lower altitude. So, you would like to organize yourselves in order that you’ll adjust within the high altitude. This makes your treks tons easier. Well, the trek to Mustang isn’t difficult and simply doable.

Some prior exercise and hiking make your trips tons easier. If you’ve got pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung, and blood diseases it’s important to consult your doctor before the trek.

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      2 to 12 People

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      Tea house

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      4320 m

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