Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days


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Upper Mustang Trip Overview:

Difficulty Medium-Hard
Duration17 days
Max Elevation4,230 m
Best TimeJune-Sep
Trekking PermitsRestricted Area permit $500 per person for 10 days & ,ACAP $20 per person after 10 days

Upper Mustang Highlights:

-Visit the oldest monasteries; Tsrang Monastery, Jampa Monastery, Thubchen Monastery, Ghar Gumpa, Luri Gumpa

-Explore amazing wall and sky caves in Chhusang

-Celebrate the festivals and enjoy the local cuisines

-Discover Lo Manthang city and other oldest settlements

Upper Mustang Trek

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Why trek in Upper Mustang?

A unique and very different from the rest of the treks in Nepal, Upper Mustang treks walk you through desert-like landscapes, deep canyons, beautiful waterfalls, eroded cliffs, and mountain valley. Being one of the highly restricted regions Upper Mustang opened for travelers since 1992 and requires a special permit which costs USD 500 for 10 days.

Upper Mustang, known as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” you will wander around the mysterious old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. You will walk on the historical Trans-Himalayan Salt Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet. Also, on this trek, you will experience the traditional lifestyle of Tibetan people and their unique culture. Hence, this trek gives you the best trekking experience.

Best time to do Upper Mustang Trek:

Unlike other trekking regions in Nepal, Upper Mustang trek can be done throughout the year. As the region lies in the rain shadow area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges the trek is perfect during monsoon/summertime. The weather is great with magnificent landscapes and mountain views.

During the mid of May, Upper Mustang celebrates Tiji Festival at Lo-Manthang which lasts for 3 days. This auspicious festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.

And during the month of August full moon day, people here celebrate horse festival (locally known by Yartung festival) which lasts for 3 days.

Hence these are the perfect time to visit Upper Mustang for extra fun and experience.

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Upper Mustang Trek Outline Itinerary:

Our standard 17 days upper mustang trek itinerary is well designed by our professional and expert teams. With our itinerary, you will get the most out of this trek.

We start out journey with an overland scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom from where our trek begins. The adventurous flight goes through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge. Not only this from Jomsom you will follow the famous Kali Gandaki River upstream till you reach Kagbeni.

From Kagbeni you will trek for 4-5 days eventually reaching to Lo Manthang (3,840m). Following the same route, we then trek back to Kagbeni.

For easy understanding here is the outline itinerary:

  • Day 1: Airport pick up and Transfer to hotel
  • Day 2: Kathmandu heritage sightseeing and preparation for trekking
  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara 8,20m (220km) via Bus- 7hrs
  • Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom 2,800m via a flight and trek to Kagbeni- 4hrs
  • Day 5: Trek to Tsele (Chele) 3,050m- 6hrs
  • Day 6: Trek to Ghiling 3,570m- 5hrs
  • Day 7: Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560m- 6hrs
  • Day 8: Trek to Lo Manthang 3,800m- 4hrs
  • Day 9: Hike or Horse Ride or Jeep drive for sightseeing
  • Day 10: Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560m- 6hrs
  • Day 11: Trek to Syngbochen 3,806m- 6hrs
  • Day 12: Trek to Chhusang 3,000m- 6hrs
  • Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830m- 5hrs or trek to Muktinath 3,700m
  • Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2,720m- 5hrs
  • Day 15: Drive to Pokhara by public bus
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and transfer to hotel
  • Day 17: International departure for homeward bound

How hard is upper Mustang trek?

Taking you at a max elevation of Marang La at (4230m) or Chooser (3900m) or Lo Manthang(3810m), Upper Mustang is a moderate trek in difficulty. With a basic fitness level anyone can easily do this trek regardless of their age, or gender.

Ghar Gumba or Luri Gumba in Upper Mustang trek

We will bring you to a very historical Ghar Gumba on the way back after Lo-Manthang. Or we will go an alternative trail for an old and cultural Luri Gumba on the other side of the mountain to return way back. Then, you will go back to Jomsom. From Jomsom, you will have a scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara with grand services of Pristine Nepal Treks.

Nowadays, there’s a road all the way to Tibet border from Jomsom. Most importantly, you can do mountain biking in this lovely Upper Mustang. However, you can do a motorcycle trip further here.

For more information, you can go to “A Complete guide to Upper Mustang Trek”

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Price Inclusion

  • Private vehicle for airport arrival and departure
  • Private vehicle for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Tour guide for heritage sightseeing
  • Tourist bus tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Taxi to and from the bus park
  • Flight tickets from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Public bus from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Baggage allowances are 10kg checked-in and 5kg hand luggage
  • Tourist bus tickets from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Trekking Permit-Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit,
  • Special Mustang permit
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on the basis of twin sharing
  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara with breakfast on the basis of twin sharing
  • Lodge accommodation (tea houses) during the trekking
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, tea/coffee in a cup during trekking
  • Fresh fruits in dinner
  • Water purification
  • Experienced trekking guide (Salary, food, insurance, accommodation)
  • Porter (salary, insurance, equipment, food, & lodging) one porter is provided for two people
  • 4-season sleeping bag, feather-down jacket only for trekking on renting
  • Medical kit
  • Coordination services for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government and related local taxes
  • All paper works
  • Farewell dinner at reputable restaurants

Price does not include

  • Nepalese visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Monument fee in Kathmandu heritage tour
  • Extra baggage charges on domestic flights
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery charges, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, hot showers, heater, phone calls, etc
  • All soft and hard drinks
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Any additional overnights in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotels in early return from the trek
  • Additional tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All your personal things and necessaries which are not mentioned in cost included
Day 1

On arrival in Kathmandu received by Pristine Nepal staff and guide for a short drive to your hotel at Thamel the hub of Kathmandu city where many hotels, restaurants, trekking gear shops, stores, bars, cafes, souvenir shops, art gallery, travel agencies are located. Our guide or group leader will brief with information regarding Upper Mustang trekking, hotels, culture with do’s and don’ts.

Day 2

The morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for a sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for the past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples/monasteries. After an interesting tour afternoon free at leisure preparation for Upper Mustang trekking.

Day 3

Upper Mustang trekking starts with an interesting and exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach scenic Pokhara, the journey leads past farm villages and towns with views of mountains. Drive finally reaches Pokhara and then transfer to your hotel near the pristine and beautiful Phewa Lake where most of the nice hotels are located.

Day 4

With a pleasant stop at Pokhara, early morning drive to Pokhara airport for short scenic flight to Jomsom, on flight views of beautiful mountains and then landing at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki river valley around the windswept country.

The afternoon will be very windy, after few hours of a good walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri reaches Kagbeni village. A nice Tibetan influenced village located on the starting and ending point of Upper Mustang area towards the forbidden city of Lo Manthang on ancient Himalayan Caravan trade route to Tibet.

Day 5
DAY 05: TREK TO TSELE (CHELE) 3,050M - 06 HRS.

Morning walk leads on the uphill trail into a canyon and high red eroded cliff edge, then following upper Kali Gandaki River upstream, around unique landscapes of cliff wall in-between walking trails. This nice walk with views leads to our overnight stop at Chele village, a moderate size settlement.

Day 6
DAY 06: TREK TO GELLING 3,540 M - 05 HRS.

From Tsele or Chele, morning walk begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here trek around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area. After Samar village with short stops walk to Vena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering a grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri. From here on the downhill to overnight stop at Gelling village via Syangboche village. Or you can visit Chungsi cave after Samar which one is a beautiful place on the mountain. It depends on the weather if snow or rain you can’t go through this place. It is believed that great guru Manjushree had meditated here for a long time.

Day 7

Morning visit old Gelling monastery and explore the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour, trek towards Ghami village, and then leading to cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village. After few hours of pleasant walk reaching Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buckwheat for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.

Or you can trek to Dhakmar village which one is in the north corner from Ghami village by following Ghami Khola. It will be easier to trek Ghar Gomba from Dhakmar.

Day 8

Today a short day walk to Lo –Manthang our main destination of this classic journey to the walled city (actually a large village) guarding this city/village surrounded by the high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past years. The morning walk starts crossing a steel bridge, and then to Marang village. From this village climb to reach a scenic ridge top, coming across several Chhortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. The walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang walled city and its fort like a village. From here descend to the bottom of the pass and on a nice trail to reach Lo Manthang for two nights stop.

Or if you are at Dhakmar, a morning start with a climb uphill way to Ghar Gomba. This trail offers a great view of Mustang area. Ghar Gomba is really an isolated place. There is an interesting old monastery. It is believed that great guru Manjushree had killed a monster and built a dream project of a monastery. There are many small Chhorten (Mani) it is said that the intestine of that monster. Normally, you can have some light food or noodle soup here for a lunch and climb up to Marang La (it is called Chogo la) 4,230m. This is the highest point of this trip. Then downhill to Lo-Manthang, a fortified city.

Day 9

Lo Manthang overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within a great high wall, visit historical and cultural center the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advanced permission required to enter king’s palace to visit the interior of the old palace. Now they don’t have the king but the palace is still protected.

Normally, trekkers hire horses and go to Chhoser village which offers a great, interesting, & amazing ancient cave on the mountain with its five-story. Ancient people would stay here to save their family from the enemy attacks.

Day 10

After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Tsarang village. There is other option to go Luri Gompa as well but it is depends on the weather. Normally, very few people go to other way.

Day 11

From Tsarang village, morning walks heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village. After a stop at Ghami your walk continue with great views of Mustang to Syangbochen for an overnight.

Day 12
DAY 12: TREK TO CHHUSANG 3,000 M - 06 HRS.

Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bena and Samar villages. The walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Chhusang village.

Day 13

Morning walks back on the same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.

Or, the morning walk leads an uphill way to Muktinath. You have to climb up to the mountain for four hour almost and climb down to Muktinath. Muktinath is popular Hindu pilgrimage place within high Himalaya. All trekkers who trekking on Annapurna circuit come to this place after an adventure trip of the highest & widest pass of Thorang La pass 5,416m. Your upper Mustang trek ends here. Now you are in lower Mustang area.

Day 14
DAY 14: TREK TO JOMSOM 2,720 M - 05 HRS.

From Kagbeni with pleasant walks as the trail descends to Kaligandaki river valley to reach Jomsom, an interesting country walk on river valley within the dry and arid country with incredible views of windblown hills and canyons. A short walk of few hours brings you to a large town in Jomsom the capital of Thakali people of Tibetan Buddhism sects. Kaligandaki and lower Mustang area famous for delicious apples and its products, here celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy, and juices. The area is also famously known as Apple Pie Trail.

If you are in Muktinath, the morning starts with a downhill to Jharkot and all downhill to Eklevatti then follow Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom.

Day 15

The morning starts with a public bus. It drives by following Kali Gandaki River through Marpha, Tukuche, Kalopani, Lete, Ghasa, Tatopani, Beni, Nayapul. The road is bumpy, unpaved, and seems really scary most of the places till Beni Bazar. You will leave back Himalaya after Ghasa. Ghasa-Dana is the deepest gorge in the world in between seventh highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m & tenth highest Mt. Annapurna I 8,091m. Ghasa-Dana area is around 1,500m. Then you will south of the Himalaya. You will have beautiful city Pokhara after all.

Day 16

Depart from lovely Pokhara for interesting and exciting overland journey to Kathmandu after a fantastic time around Upper Mustang trekking, after six hours of nice pleasant ride reaches you at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels with an afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 17

Last day in an amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time on Upper Mustang trekking with quality services and guidance of Pristine Nepal

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Trip Facts

  • $1,799/p
  • Medium-Hard
  • Hotel/Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 1+
  • Flight/Vehicle