Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang Trek


14 days

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 Duration: 14 days
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Best Season: January, Mar-May and Sept-Nov
 Altitude: 3820 m
 Activity: Trekking & Hiking
 Group Size: 2 - 16 people

The Upper Mustang Trek reaches a maximum altitude of 3,840 meters (12,598 feet) at Lo Manthang. This trek offers a journey into the hidden kingdom of Lo, showcasing ancient Tibetan culture and dramatic landscapes. Trek through arid valleys, medieval villages, and visit centuries-old monasteries. Highlights include the walled city of Lo Manthang, colorful cliffs, and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. This culturally rich trek provides a unique glimpse into a preserved way of life in the remote Himalayas.


Day 1 : Arrival

Day 2 : Explore Kathmandu: Patan, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath

Day 3 : Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 4 : Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, Trek to Kagbeni (9,514 ft / 2,900 m)

Day 5 : Drive from Kagbeni to Ghami, Visit Geling

Day 6 : Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (11,762 ft / 3,585 m)

Day 7 : Drive from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (12,533 ft / 3,820 m)

Day 8 : Lo Manthang: Namgyal Gompa & the Thinggar Valley

Day 9 : Lo Manthang & the Chosar Valley

Day 10 : Drive from Lo Manthang to Yara, Trek to Luri Gompa

Day 11 : Drive from Luri Gompa to Jomsom (8,924 ft / 2,720 m)

Day 12 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 13 : Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 14 : Departure


Day 1

As we touch down in Kathmandu, you'll be treated to enchanting views of the city, the Himalayas, and terraced fields below. Once through customs, a friendly representative will assist you in settling into our hotel, helping us acclimate to the initial cultural immersion of navigating Kathmandu's winding and lively streets. Depending on our arrival time, embark on a walking tour through the vibrant historic market. Explore the concealed courtyards and narrow alleyways of ancient Kathmandu, adorned with Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples. Maneuver through bustling stalls offering a diverse array of goods, from fresh produce and aromatic spices to clothing and brass kitchenware. Make our way to the nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historic center of royal and spiritual significance, with the Hanuman Dhoka Palace standing out as a focal point showcasing a mix of architectural styles. Consider enjoying our inaugural meal of the journey in Thamel that evening. Thamel is a popular tourist destination where restaurants cater to various tastes, offering a blend of Western and authentic Nepali cuisine.

Elevation: 1400m/4600 ft
Day 2

Embark on a comprehensive day of guided exploration to acquaint ourself with the captivating Kathmandu Valley. Our appointed expert will meet us in the hotel lobby, and we'll be chauffeured in a private vehicle to three notable UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Commence our journey in Patan, also known as Lalitpur, a historical hub of fine arts. Patan Durbar Square unveils beautifully restored temple and palace complexes. Following this, we'll encounter Boudhanath, the world's largest stupa, adorned with four pairs of eyes symbolizing vigilance over moral conduct and human well-being. Surrounded by the residences of Buddhist priests, monasteries, and businesses, the stupa stands on an octagonal base with integrated prayer wheels. Conclude our day at Pashupatinath, one of Hinduism's holiest shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, believed to be his birthplace. A constant flow of sadhus, Hindu pilgrims from India and other parts of Nepal, converges at this significant temple. Positioned on the banks of the revered Bagmati River, Pashupatinath serves as a primary Hindu cremation site in the Kathmandu Valley, with cremation ghats encircling the lake's edge.

Elevation: 1350m/4429ft
Day 3

This morning, we'll be chauffeured to the local airport for your flight to Pokhara. Brace ourself for a mesmerizing 30-minute journey along the Himalayan Range, where we'll be treated to breathtaking views of four of the world's colossal mountains towering above 26,247 feet (8,000 m): Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Manaslu, and Shishapangma. Upon landing in the charming lakeside town of Pokhara, the rest of the day is yours to either unwind at your hotel or explore the surroundings.

Pokhara offers a myriad of activities to cater to various preferences. Whether you fancy a leisurely boat ride on the lake, a hike to the World Peace Pagoda for stunning Himalayan vistas, a visit to Tibetan refugee communities for unique handicrafts, or a bike ride along the lakeshore, the options are plentiful. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, there's the opportunity to try zip-lining, mountain biking, tandem paragliding with a trained pilot, or embark on a vintage Enfield motorcycle tour. The town boasts numerous delightful stores, yoga studios, and lakeside cafés for a leisurely stroll, providing ample opportunities to soak in the scenic beauty. While lunch and dinner are at our discretion, our local experts are more than happy to recommend top-notch restaurants if we seek suggestions. We enjoy our time in Pokhara, embracing the diverse activities and the serenity it has to offer.

Elevation: 827m/2713ft
Day 4

Today, we'll take a breathtaking mountain flight to Jomsom, Mustang's administrative hub. An early departure ensures our witness stunning vistas as we ascend to this unique destination. Explore the town upon arrival before heading to Kagbeni for the night. The trail offers panoramic views of nearby peaks, including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. No rush to leave Jomsom, as the trek to Kagbeni takes only a few hours. Kagbeni, the final town in Lower Mustang, overlooks the Kali Gandaki and Jhong Khola rivers, serving as the gateway to Upper Mustang. Despite stony mountains, Kagbeni boasts lush greenery, tunnels, and the 800-year-old Sayka Gompa. Don't miss the dilapidated King's Palace with 100 rooms. Today's trek is 3-4 hours, allowing us to absorb Kagbeni's beauty at a comfortable pace.

Elevation: 4,986 feet
Hiking: 3-4 hrs
Day 5

The morning entails a scenic upriver journey through Upper Mustang's restricted area. Chuksang, at 9,678 feet (2,950 m), features a crumbling dzong and ancient cave settlements. Crossing a thrilling bridge over the Kali Gandaki, the cultural shift to a Tibetan influence is evident with sheep horns and protective Zor amulets. The route takes you to Samar, a former staging area for Khampa movements, passing through Shyangmochen ("the Truck Stop") to Geling. Geling showcases old gompas, meditation caves, and typical Mustangi homes amidst barley fields. From Geling, ascend to Nyi La, contour around to Ghami, a captivating village with narrow alleys and homes surrounded by tall walls. Ghami serves as our overnight stay before continuing on foot the next day.

Elevation: 3,520 meters /11,549 ft.
Hiking: Approx 9 hrs.
Day 6

This morning, our journey starts at Tangmar Chu river's bridge. Passing through the tri-colored stupas of the Kingdom of Lo, we'll encounter Nepal's longest mani wall with views of ochre, blue, and steel-grey cliffs. Dhakmar, nestled under massive red cliffs, is reached after passing through old chortens and colorful cliffs. The area holds significance in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet, with the landscape reflecting a tale of triumph over demons. An extraordinary ascent from Dhakmar leads to a summit with views of Dhakmar Valley, offering untamed scenery. Descending to Marang and Tsarang, we'll encounter Lo Gekar and Ghar Gompa, built by Guru Rinpoche. Ghar Gompa, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery, holds historical importance. After lunch, we'll travel down the valley towards Tsarang, passing through the old town, crossing a river, and going through a chorten. Tsarang, a sizable community built atop Tsarang Khola canyon, features the five-story Tsarang Dzong, a fortified palace, and the ochre-hued Tsarang Gompa with Lo's largest library. Take a stroll through the trails to witness the local life and twilight setting in.

Walking time: Approx 6-7 hours.

Elevation: 3,820 m /12,533 ft.
Hiking: 6-7 hrs.
Day 7

This morning, depart Tsarang and descend the trail crossing Tsarang Khola. After a challenging ascent to a cairn on the opposite ridge, continue on the fresh dirt road along Thuling Khola towards Lo. Marvel at the Tibetan-like landscape with vast desert expanses and multicolored canyons. Approaching Lo La at 12,992 feet (3,960 meters), catch glimpses of distant snow-capped peaks. Pass through the rock tunnel adorned with colorful prayer flags from Tibet at the pass. Climb the ridge for stunning views down to Lo Manthang and the "Plain of Aspiration" below. Take a short trip today to explore Lo Manthang. Access to the walled city is restricted, limited to the King, Queen, and Kempo (Abbot). Others pay respects at the Chenrezig statue. Inside the walls, discover four important temples: Jampa Lhakhang (built in 1387), housing a 50-foot-tall clay figure of "Jamba"; 15th-century Thubchen Gompa; Chhoede Gompa, residence of the Khempo; and Choprang Gompa. Explore the maze-like village of current Kings Palace and the fascinating surroundings.

Elevation: 3,820 m /12,533 ft.
Driving: 1 hrs.
Day 8

In the morning, explore the ancient city's monasteries. The best time for this is in the morning when the light is good for viewing religious artwork. Remember, photography inside the monasteries is usually not allowed unless you have formal permission, so bring a flashlight just in case. In the afternoon, check out the interesting surroundings of Lo. We can ride a horse to relax and explore the city streets. Discover the two schools, two new stores, a coffee shop, and the Tibetan herbal medicine clinic run by an Amchi in the community. Another option is to go up the valley northwest of Lo to Namgyal Gompa, a monastery perched above a barren ridge. Its design is different from the monasteries in Lo. If we follow the stream and climb through irrigated fields, we'll reach the extensive settlement of Thinggar, where the King's summer palace is located, along with historic forts, monasteries, and ruins.

Elevation: 3,820 m /12,533 ft.
Day 9

Today, leave Lo Manthang via a broad canyon track, passing dry gullies and an old deserted castle. Head to the deep-red Gharphu Gompa carved into the rock face in Chosar's cave town. This gompa focuses on teaching young initiates the basics of monasticism, so we might encounter some charming students. Explore the 2,500-year-old Jhong Cave behind the gompa, accessible by descending ladders and passing through tiny tunnels. The trail features bubbling streams, lush meadows, and views of the small peaks that mark Tibet's border. Enjoy the Himalayan vistas on the way back to Lo, with a special focus on Annapurna, Tilicho, and Nilgiri.

Walking time: Approx 4-5 hours

Elevation: 3,870 meters /12,696 ft.
Hiking: 4-5 hrs.
Day 10

Heading south from Lo Manthang, embark on a new journey by returning towards Tsarang. Take a shorter detour leading to the Kali Gandaki and up a side valley to Yara. Start your walk from Yara, descending to the Puyang Khola on a narrow track. Navigate east through amazing sculpted canyons, witnessing ruins of ancient caves. Arrive at the magnificent Luri Gompa and its intricate cave system about two hours later, some of which are accessible. Explore the upper prayer chamber, the famed Kabum Stupa, and a modest gompa in the lower area, all open to visitors. The Luri caves feature Buddhist frescoes and massive, delicately painted chortens believed to have been built during the 13th or 14th centuries, related to the interconnected Tashi Kumbum caves. The tangka paintings by the Newar people resemble this technique, believed to be commissioned by Tibetans and executed by Nepali craftspeople. On the way back to Yara, walk the steep trail via the interesting town of Ghara, surrounded by terraced farms.

Walking time: Approx 3-4 hours.

Elevation: 3,900 meters /12,795 ft.
Hiking: 3-4 hrs.
Day 11

Today, we'll begin our journey back to Jomsom by heading south toward Ghami. Despite retracing our steps, the Himalayan views ahead will remain spectacular, so stay attentive to the road and enjoy the scenery. Be ready for the afternoon winds as you return to the Kali Gandaki river. The deep Kali Gandaki gorge functions like a wind tunnel, carrying warmer air from the lowlands to the mountains. Upon reaching Jomsom in the late afternoon, unwind with a delightful celebratory dinner, savoring our last night in the mountains.

Elevation: 2,720 m/ 8,924 ft
Day 12

As we say goodbye to the lush middle hills, get ready for an exhilarating 30-minute journey to Pokhara by waking up early. Once we arrive, the day is ours to explore, offering a variety of activities such as water sports (kayaking and paddleboarding), yoga studios, and trendy stores. If we're feeling adventurous, consider trying paragliding or explore different options for a relaxing moment during happy hour at a lakeside cafe with a view of Phewa Lake.

Day 13

Yield in the morning in Pokhara before our journey to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in the capital, our representative will greet us at the airport and transport us to our accommodation. Utilize the rest of the day for relaxation or embark on a final adventure in the lively city of Kathmandu. In the evening, we'll gather for a special farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. We'll spend the night in Kathmandu.

Day 14

It's time to say goodbye to Nepal. Make the most of your last morning in Kathmandu with a leisurely breakfast in a café, a city stroll, and/or some souvenir shopping. A representative will pick us up from the hotel, ensuring we reach the airport on time for our journey back home. Safe travels!


1. Accommodation:

Accommodation in city as per booking on twin sharing basis.

3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu.

2 Nights Hotel in Pokhara.

8 Nights comfortable and well-equipped lodges or tea houses along the trekking route.

2. Meals:

Meals on BB Plan in city area.

Full-board meals throughout the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Local and international cuisine options to cater to various preferences.

Heartfelt Farewell Dinner

3. Transportation:

International and Domestic Airport transfers

Domestic Tickets

All necessary ground transportation during the trek.

4. Professional Guide and Porter:

Experienced and knowledgeable trekking guide.

Porter service for carrying trekking equipment, allowing travelers to focus on the journey.

5. Permits and Fees:

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

6. Safety Measures:

Comprehensive first aid kit and emergency medical evacuation arrangements.

Experienced staff trained in altitude sickness prevention and response.

7. Cultural Experience:

Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, exploring cultural and historical landmarks.

Opportunities to interact with local communities and learn about their traditions.

8. Scenic Route:

Trekking through picturesque landscapes, including terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and traditional villages.

Panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges.

9. Flexible Itinerary:

Well-planned trekking itinerary with acclimatization days to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Flexibility to accommodate changes due to weather conditions or unexpected events.

10. Group Activities:

Group activities and bonding opportunities during the trek.

Group celebration upon reaching Annapurna Base Camp.



1. International Flights:

International Flight cost is not included in the package.

2. Personal Expenses:

Expenses such as additional meals, beverages, snacks, and personal       items.

Tips for guides and porters.

3. Travel Insurance:

Travelers are responsible for obtaining their own travel  insurance covering  medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen   events.

4. Nepal Visa:

The cost of obtaining a visa for Nepal is not included in the package.

5. Optional Activities:

Optional excursions or activities not specified in the itinerary.

6. Equipment Rental:

Rental costs for trekking gear, if needed, are not included.

7. Additional Accommodations:

Accommodations in Kathmandu before or after the scheduled itinerary are not included.

8. Charges for Extra Services:

Any additional services not mentioned in the itinerary may incur extra charges.

9. Medical Expenses:

Expenses related to pre-existing medical conditions and medications are not covered.

10. Natural Calamities:

Unforeseen events such as natural disasters, political unrest, or any circumstances beyond the tour operator's control.


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