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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is located in the northern central part of Nepal and the border of Tibet. Trekking in Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as it is geographically a part of the Tibetan Plateau. Upper Mustang Trek is most popular to visit the last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal to see the beautiful arid landscape, the distinctive high pastures of the Himalayan Mountains, the old Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan Buddhist culture, and tradition. Upper Mustang trekking is a popular restricted trekking trail in Nepal — a special permit is required to enter the “Forbidden Kingdom of Mustangs”, as Upper Mustang remains a restricted area beyond Kagbeni village. Mustang offers an opportunity to travel to the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain region with Tibet influence culture.

The land of the Upper Mustang in the early 7th century was highly influenced by the Lhasa of Tibet, mainly Lo Tshu Dhyun. The land was given to a retainer of the Ghunthang king of western Tibet. In the late 1300s, Ampel (the first king of Mustang), a warrior from Tibet, defeated local warlords to unify the kingdom and established his capital at Lo-Manthang. Located at an altitude of 3810 meters, Lo-Manthang is the capital of an independent state allied with the Democratic Republic of Nepal. For centuries Mustang or ‘Lo-manthang’ situated in the extreme north of the Kaligandaki gorge was a forbidden land forever raising the curiosity of travelers. The hardy people of this Himalayan desert follow Tibetan Buddhism and are of Tibetan origin, having migrated south from the Tibetan plateau centuries ago.

The trek begins with a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom passing through a narrow section between the two tallest mountains: Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m). A fascinating old citadel where ancient trails intersect. The route towards the north and beyond is the forbidden land of Mustang but a special trekking permit is required only after the Kagbeni village. For the next few days passing through the ancient villages like Samar, Ghiling and Charang finally lead to Lo-Manthang (3810m), the walled capital city of Mustang. The villages and monasteries around the capital city like Namgyal Gompa, the village of Thinkar, Garfuk, and Nifuk are worth a visit where people still live in cave dwellings cut into surrounding cliffs.

The return route from Lo-manthang can be made more exciting by passing over Dri and Yara with a day trip to Luri gompa then finally coming out over Tetang, visiting the holy temple of Muktinath and then descending to Jomsom and flying back to Pokhara from Jomsom. The trek itinerary below does not include the route to Dri and Yara, We use the same route to go to Lo-Manthang and return to Jomsom, which is easier and more common.

Upper Mustang Trek There is good availability of teahouse/lodge facilities along the way, so most of the trekkers prefer to eat and sleep in the teahouse, which is much cheaper than camping trekking. Package cost for the Teahouse/Lodge Trek is based on the size of the group and the level of service. Anyway, Alpine Adventure Club offers trekking at competitive price and is committed to providing the best service.

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Pokhara (850m)
Day 04: Pokhara flight to Jomsom (2720m) then trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3050m)
Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800m)
Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520m)
Day 08: Ghami trek to Tsarang / Charang (3560m)
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3810m)
Day 10: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810m)
Day 11: Lo-Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820m)
Day 12: Dhakmar trek to Geling/ Ghiling (3570m)
Day 13: Geling trek to Chhuksang (2980m)
Day 14: Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 15: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 16: Pokhara drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 17: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Mustang & Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Jomsom
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4320m
Duration: 19 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return overland transportation by tourist bus
  • Twin sharing accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Three time meal during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a day)
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • Government license holder English speaking trek guide /leader for the team
  • One porter who will carry your luggage during the trek (Two guest get one porter)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Upper Mustang special permit
  • Pokhara to Jomsom and return flight tickets and airport taxes for guide and clients
  • Porters expenses to take them from Kathmandu to Jomsom and return by bus
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trek guide and Porters)
  • Twin sharing Accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets and airport taxes except Jomsom Sector
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal trek equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks during trek
  • Temple, monasteries or any entry fees during the visit in upper Mustang
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • Hot water, hot shower and Camera battery charge cost (if need to pay)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities.
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m)
Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up to tourist bus station for journey to Pokhara. Normally bus leave at 7:00 am from Kantipath and it takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel that you order earlier night or request to manage packing breakfast that you eat in bus journey because on the way we are not stopping for breakfast as well not available good breakfast but we stop for a lunch so try to eat Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Pokhara flight to Jomsom (2713m) then trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport, fly to Jomsom.  This is one of the world's exciting flights to see mountain closely through the tiny aircraft, Annapurna I 8091 meters, Dhaulagiri 8167 meters, fishtail 6997 meter and other numerous peaks. You begin your trek to Kagbeni following along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. En- route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River with beautiful Ekle Bhatti. Kagbeni people are influence with more Tibetan and also Kagbeni is gateway for Upper Mustang and Damodar Kunda trekking. After reaching at Kagbeni (2800m) there is oldest monastery so better to visit this monastery and look around Kagbeni village. Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3060m)
Today trek trail starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the trek we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village (3060m) with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang (2980m) and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head up to small ridges reach at Chele village (3050m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800)
Today trek trail climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) and Dajori La (3725m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Himal. Further descend a little to the village of Samar (3620m). Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another about 3 hrs easy walk takes us to Shyangbochen (3800m).  On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work.  We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. Overnight at teahouse /Camp

Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520m)
Today trek trail short gentle climb to the small pass (3850m) then you will meet two trails one right hand side trail goes to Geling (3570m) where available larger red Gompa and another left hand side trail goes directly to Nyi La Pass (4010m) through Tamagaon (3710m) Please consult with your guide for route recommendation. If you choose trail goes to Tamagaon will be shorter one but if you choose through Geling will be longer walk. Both trail flat and gentle up hill till Nyi La Pass (4010m) then descend to the Ghami / Ghemi (3520m), the third largest village in the Lo region. The trail is passing a chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. You will passes on the trail poplar trees and fields of Barley. Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 08: Ghami trek to Tsarang / Charang (3560m)
Today trek trail start after with a pleasant walk.  After crossing Ghami Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall we meet two trails one left hand side trail goes to Dhakmar (3820m) and another right hand side uphill trail lead to Choya La Pass (3870m) then after descend and flat walk to Charang (3560m). Charang is a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls, Chorten Gate, red Gompa and greatest library in Lo (Old palace) Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3810m)
Today, trek trail to Lo-Manthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Khola and then climbs steeply after crossing the river (Khola). Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,950m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley.  While descending to Lo-Manthang (3810m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Finally you reach at Lo-manthang then visit Royal Palace, Monasteries and town. Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 10: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810m)
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stroll back to hotel.  Or you may hire horse to go to Chosar village to see the beautiful two Gompa (monasteries) called Garphu and Nyphu Gompas as well as Chosar village is main trading route to Lhasa (Tibet) and return to Lo-manthang (3810m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 11: Lo-Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820m)
While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Lo-manthang trek to Lo Gekar is not main trading route. The trail gradually climbs to cairn on a pass at 4000m from where you will see the last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Beyond the trail climbs to a ridge at 4070m where a large cairn marks a pass into a side valley then continue climb to the head of this valley and cross the Chogo La (4230m) after that trail passing through big grassy valley then steep descend to Charang Khola and cross the bridge at Charang Khola (river) then climb past an unpainted stone chorten and across a muddy field to Lo Gekar (3825m).  After small climb there is monastery called Ghar Gompa it is small monastery in a grove of large trees and more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled.  After that climb to a ridge and across a valley to a cairn then reach at Mui La (4170m).  After that steep descend to Drakmar (3820m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 12: Dhakmar trek to Geling/ Ghiling (3570m)
Today trek trail descend alongside a stream passing the stone walls and fields of wide village of Dhakmar, the climb to a ridge chorten and onto a ridge at 3710m. After that descend to another stream and makes a short climb to the upper part of Ghami (3520m). Descend to lower part of Ghami then climb up to Ghami La (3765m) and continue climb up to Nyi La (4010m). After small descend you will meet two route one right hand side trail goes to Shyangbochen (3800m) through Tamagaon  and left hand side trail goes all the way down hill to Geling (3570m). Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 13: Geling trek to Chhuksang (2980m)
Today first trek trail climb up to Shyangbochen La (3850m) then gently descend to Shyangbochen (3800m). Near by Shyangbochen there are two trails to go for Samar (3660m). One left hand side trail goes to through Ranchung Cave and another right hand side trail lead to Samar village which is we are going to follow the trail that goes passing through Yamdo La (3920m), then gentle descend to Bhena La (3860m) then continue descend to Samar village (3660m) but better to consult with your guide before choose the trail from Shyangbochen junction because if you are not walking good then he will choose the trail which will be more easier. After Samar you will be short climb and all the way descend through Chele to the Kali Gandaki.  Trek downstream to Chhuksang (2980m) Overnight at Teahouse / Camp

Day 14: Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Today is quite long day trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom but Trekkers will be manage it because if they camp between is more short and not interesting short walk at the end of trekking. During the trek from Chhuksang to Kagbeni (2800m) we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trail follows the gentle up and more downhill with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards.  With beautiful walk you will reach at Kagbeni (2800m) in Lunch time and better to take a lunch then start your about 3 hours journey to Jomsom through Ekle Bhatti (2740m). It is windy at afternoon it makes little hard to walk but you are walking in flat and gentle downhill trail so journey will be fantastic. Jomsom is quite big town in Mustang region. Finally you cross the bridge at Kali Kandaki River after that level walk then reach close to Jomsom (2720m) Overnight at Teahouse / Camp

Day 15: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and  you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hotel

Day 16: Pokhara drive tourist bus to Kathmandu (1350m)
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 17: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 18: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

Joining a group is available in the high trekking season. Please contact us to check availability.

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