Upper Mustang Trek

14 Days

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the popular and historical treks in Nepal.  In Nepali Language Mustang is known as the “fertile plain”. The Kingdom of Lo is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas.

The Upper Mustang trek is in the remote Trans-Himalayan Region of this semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom. Spectacular trekking through the striking semi-arid desert.

As a result, colorful rock formations, deep ravines, and snow-capped peaks surround you. The history, culture, myth, and legend blend perfectly with the stunning scenery.

Upper Mustang Trek

In common usage, the name Mustang refers to the arid Tibet-like region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki. In the same way, Mustang has a long, rich, and complex history. That makes it one of the most interesting places in Nepal.

Moreover, Upper Mustang Trek is a remote and classic trek in Nepal. The people there speak the Thakali language and culture combined with Tibetan and Nepalese elements. Likewise, Lo itself countryside is similar to the Tibetan plateau with its endless expanses of yellow and grey rolling hills eroded by wind.

Although villages are several hours apart and appear in the distance almost as mirages. After the Shas of Gorkha forged Nepal out of numerous petty Kingdoms in the 18th century.  The late King of Mustang Jigme Palbar Bista (1933–2016) accepted the order.

Trekkers into Upper Mustang Trek (north of Kagbeni) are required to purchase a $500 per person permitted. As well as it is valid for 10 days. For additional settlement, you need to pay $50 per day per person. In addition to the restricted permit, you’ll also need to purchase an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).  The geographical and political isolation from the mainstream has been vital to preserving the distinct culture, and ancient essences of the centuries-old monastery.

Moreover Upper Mustang

Nepal’s Upper Mustang is a remote, rugged region in the Himalayas. It is well-known for its distinctive history, culture, and geography. Until the 1950s, the region was a separate kingdom, and it still has its own distinct identity today.

Upper Mustang is a dry, arid region with a desert-like landscape because it is in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. The unique red and ochre rock formations in the region, which have been eroded by the wind for thousands of years, are also well-known.

Tibetan Buddhism has a significant influence on Upper Mustang’s culture. Numerous ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls can be found in the region. Intricate hand-woven textiles and distinctive whitewashed mud brick homes with flat roofs and ornate wooden window frames are also distinctive features of Upper Mustang’s architecture.

This fascinating region is traversed on the popular Upper Mustang Trek, a trekking route. Because of its remote location and restricted access, it requires a special permit. The trek begins in Jomsom, a town in the Annapurna region, and travels north into Upper Mustang along the Kali Gandaki river valley.

Trekkers can take in breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, as they travel. They can also experience the local way of life and visit ancient monasteries to learn about the Upper Mustang’s distinct culture and history.

In general, Upper Mustang is a must-see for anyone who wants to see the Himalayas’ unique culture and natural beauty.

Things to do in Upper Mustang

Some activities in Upper Mustang include:

1. Exploring the ancient monasteries, such as Jampa Lhakhang, Tashi Kabum, and Lo Gekar Monastery, while trekking through the picturesque landscapes.

2. Experience the distinctive culture and customs of the locals by going to the walled city of Lo Manthang, which was once the capital of the Kingdom of Mustang.

3. Exploring the ancient caves, such as Nyiphuk’s sky caves and the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling complex, which date back centuries.

4. Observing the annual Tiji festival, which lasts three days and features colorful masked dances and ceremonies to commemorate the victory of good over evil.

5. Wondering about the dazzling scenes, including the emotional red precipices, rough gulches, and snow-covered pinnacles of the Himalayas.

6. consuming momos, steamed dumplings filled with vegetables or meat, and Thukpa, a hearty noodle soup, while sampling the local cuisine.

7. interacting with the welcoming and friendly people who live in this remote area. They have a rich history and culture that have been preserved for centuries.

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Overview of Upper Mustang Trek

Mustang offers an experience of trans-Himalayan landscape and exotic Himalayan cultural experience. Muktinath (3,749 m) is a popular destination for pilgrims and trekkers to the region. It is a site holy for both Buddhists and Hindus before.

There is now a motorable road from Muktinath to Beni, from where you can catch a bus to Pokhara. Also, you can catch a bus from Besi Sahar to Sangha at the start of the trek.

Lo-Manthang in Upper Mustang is an extremely exotic destination too. The last king of Mustang still has his home in this ancient capital township. Many tourists visit Lo-Manthang during the Teej festival that is usually scheduled in the month of May.

Being in the rain shadow area, Upper Mustang can be visited even during the rainy season. Upper Mustang falls in protected areas and one needs a special permit to visit the region.

Being in the rain shadow area, Upper Mustang can be visited even during the rainy season. Upper Mustang falls in protected areas and one needs a special permit to visit the region.

Trip Highlight of Upper Mustang Trek

  • Upper Mustang is a mini Tibet is a good combination of nature, landscape, rich cultural heritage, a great history, ancient Buddhist monastery and Caves
  • Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang, then on through a stark landscape in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif to Lo-Manthang, the seat of past Kings of the Kingdom of Lo.
  • Panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and others, are very much part of this exciting trip.
  • Lo Manthang itself a visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, the last main village in the northwest of the area, as well as the King’s palace
  • Ghar Gompa is over 1,200 years old, is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhara), who travelled these areas at that time
  • Researchers are still puzzling by observing Chooser cave as to who built these caves and why. It is assumed they were used as burial chambers, hiding places, places of meditation and later, monasteries.


The journey between Kathmandu and Pokhara takes about 6-7 hours, and the route is scenic, passing through the Prithvi Highway, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas, and including several stops at towns and villages along the way.

Travelers can take a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and then embark on a 4-5 hour trek to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an attractive riverside village situated along the Kali Gandaki river, known for its antique Buddhist monasteries and striking Nilgiri Himal scenery.

The trek from Kagbeni to Chele covers a distance of around 13 km (8 miles) and takes about 5-6 hours to complete. This scenic journey is marked by ancient Buddhist monasteries, charming villages, and breathtaking landscapes.

Chele is a small village situated at an altitude of 2920m, renowned for its stunning views of the nearby hills and mountains. The trek marks the entrance to the upper Mustang region.

The trek from Chele to Syangboche is a 12 km (7.5 miles) journey lasting about 6-7 hours. The trail is filled with stunning landscapes and picturesque villages, with a gradual ascent to an altitude of 3800m. At the top of a hill, you will find Syangboche, a small village renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas.

The trek from Syangboche to Ghami spans about 12 km (7.5 miles) and takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete. The trail features beautiful terrain, including the crossing of a suspension bridge and the passing through several picturesque villages. Ghami, located at an altitude of 3520m, is a quaint village with a rich cultural heritage and a collection of ancient Buddhist monasteries.

The trek from Ghami to Charang spans around 10 km (6.2 miles) and takes about 4-5 hours to complete. The trail is marked by stunning scenery, ancient chortens, and charming villages. Upon reaching Charang, trekkers will be greeted by a picturesque village with traditional architecture and a remarkable monastery, located at an altitude of 3570m.

The trek from Charang to Lo Manthang is a 14 km (8.7 miles) journey that typically takes around 5-6 hours to complete. The trail involves a steep climb to a high pass, followed by a descent into the remote walled city of Lo Manthang. Located at an altitude of 3800m, Lo Manthang offers a fascinating cultural experience with its traditional architecture and deep Buddhist roots, making it a must-visit destination for travelers.

A day set aside for exploration in Lo Manthang provides ample opportunity to delve into the cultural heritage of this remote walled city. You can visit its ancient monasteries, admire the intricate architecture, and gain insight into the customs and traditions of its residents. This is a fantastic chance to learn about the rich history and way of life of the people of Lo Manthang.

The trek from Lo Manthang to Dhakmar spans 15 km (9.3 miles) and takes approximately 6-7 hours to complete. Along the trail, you'll be treated to stunning vistas of the surrounding landscapes, including red cliffs and rock formations. Dhakmar is a small, picturesque village located at an altitude of 3800m, renowned for its unusual scenery and ancient monastery.

The trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling spans a distance of 10 km (6.2 miles) and takes around 4-5 hours to complete. The trail showcases stunning landscapes and leads to the charming village of Ghiling, situated at an altitude of 3860m. Ghiling is known for its distinctive Tibetan culture, ancient monasteries, and traditional architecture.

The trek from Ghiling to Chusang spans around 17 km (10.5 miles) and typically takes 6-7 hours to complete. The trail encompasses diverse terrains and eventually reaches the stunning village of Chusang, situated at an altitude of 3040m. Chusang is renowned for its scenic landscapes, traditional architecture, and historic caves.

The trek from Chusang to Jomsom is a 22 km (13.6 miles) journey that takes roughly 6-7 hours to complete. The trail passes through lovely villages and breathtaking scenery, culminating in the lively town of Jomsom, situated at an altitude of 2725m. Jomsom is renowned for its stunning natural vistas and rich cultural heritage and serves as a gateway to both the Annapurna and Mustang regions.

To travel back to Pokhara from Jomsom, a short flight of 20-25 minutes is available. During this flight, travelers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the surrounding scenery, creating an unforgettable experience that marks the end of their trekking adventure.

The return journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is a 6-7 hour drive covering a distance of about 200 km (124 miles). The route showcases spectacular views of the mountains, forests, and towns, allowing travelers to fully appreciate the natural beauty of Nepal's landscape.


  • Trekkers' information management system. (Tims Card)
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • All Trekking Permit and Local Permit.
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English speaking Trekking Guide. His well- paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 peoples). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the Success Trip, Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.


  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Charge for Restricted Area: first 10 days per person the US $500 and After 10 days per day per person US$50,
  • All Hot and Cold drinks
  • Single Trekker & Solo Trekker (Porters Extra Charge)
  • Special Table Menu/Bakery Cafe
  • The additional size of Pots Hot Drinks
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower
  • On the trekking Wi-Fi
  • Personal expenses any type
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for Guide and Porter

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Upper Mustang Trek



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