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Upper Mustang Trekking - 13 Days

Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang trekking offers a spectacular trekking experience in the remote trans-Himalayan mountain region of Nepal. Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because it wasn’t allowed to visit until the 1990s for tourists. The trek takes you to the hidden Buddhist world of the Kingdom of Mustang, Lo Manthang.

You will get a chance to explore century old caves, rock paintings, different monasteries, and gompa and learn about the culture and beliefs of locals living in this area. While hiking in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, we can admire the uniqueness of the tree-less landscape, rocky trails, and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.

Some of the places to visit in Upper Mustang are Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar, Old royal king’s palace, Amchi museum (traditional Tibetan doctor) and school, Ghar Gompa and many more.

This trek is the best option for those who are looking for less crowded trekking trial in Nepal and also the easiest one because the highest point we will reach during this trek is 3,800m at Drakmar so that there will be a low chance of high altitude sickness. This trek can be done by old, young, children and all kind of peoples.

Day 1
Day 01: Tourist bus drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. 6-7 hours.

Today you will take an early morning(6:00 AM) regular tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. (as an option for more comfortable and also to skip one day, you can take a 20 minute's flight to Pokhara).

Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can rest for a while and then wander around the Lakeside streets or do fun activities such as boating, Street walking, shopping, cycling or anything you want. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Hotel in Pokhara Included

Day 2
Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m). 2-3 hours.

Twenty minutes short flight from Pokhara takes you to Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang district and also the starting point of this trek. After arriving in Jomsom, you will walk through the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River to reach Kagbeni, a beautiful village serving as the gateway to Upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3
Day 03: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m). 6-7 hours.

After the permit check, you continue to move upstream through the Kali Gandaki riverbed, enjoying the picturesque sceneries along the trail. This route will first take you to Tangbe village with the white-washed houses, apple plantations, and buckwheat and barley fields. You then cross the river and walk gradually along the edges to reach Chele, where you can see beautiful houses made in Tibetan style. Overnight in Chele.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Chele to Syambochen (3,800m). 6-7 hours.

Today we will cross many passes. The trek leads on a steep trail uphill to Dajori La (3,735m) via Taklam La (3,624m) taking you to the village of Samar. From there, the trail goes up and down over a gorge and crosses Bhena La (3,860m) and Yamdo La (3860m) to reach Syambochen village. Overnight in Syambochen.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Syambochen to Charang (3,560m). 7-8 hours.

We will walk through Syamgboche La (3,850m) and descend steeply along the barley fields until we reach Ghiling. Further trek from Ghiling to Charang climbs amid barren hills and is dotted with many small monasteries and Chortens, emitting peaceful vibes.

You ascend on a quiet path to reach the village of Ghami, and then you cross the longest Mani wall of Mustang before walking on a cliff above a stream to reach Dhakmar. The trail from Dhakmar to Charang is filled with colorful bare cliffs, and you may also notice a few blue sheep grazing along the way. You can visit the four centuries old monastery of Charang. Overnight in Charang.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6
Day 06: Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang (3,809m). 5-6 hours.

From Charang, you move uphill over an edge before entering the Tholung valley, and further trek up takes you to the village with a small Chorten and a few abandoned herders’ huts, the trail is quite as you climb uphill bounded by dunes on each side.

You eventually reach Lo La (3,950m) and get the first glimpse of your dream destination, the walled city of Lo Manthang. You will then descend along the picturesque trail until you reach the ruins of the ancient fortress protecting the hidden kingdom. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7
Day 07: Explore Lo-Manthang.

You are exploring a day in Lo-Manthang to visit around & sightseeing and discovering the majesties of the city adorned with ancient monasteries, traditional shops, and the king’s palace.

You will visit the Monastery of Victory in Namgyal and also visit many other monasteries preserving the true virtue of ancient Tibetan Buddhism. The colorful deserts of Lo-Manthang accompany you as you explore this capital city of the former Kingdom of Lo. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8
Day 8: Trek back from Lo Manthang to Ghami (3,520m). 6-7 hours.

After leaving Lo Manthang, you do a gradual climb to reach Chogo La (4280m), which serves the last view of the beautiful fortress city. Continuing to follow the trail, you first ascend and then descend along the grey mountains to reach Ghar Gumba.

Ghar Gompa is one of the oldest monasteries in Upper Mustang which is still active till date and bears breathtaking rock paintings. From Ghar Gompa, the trail descends to Dhakmar, and then in a while, you will step in the vicinity of Ghami village. Overnight at Ghami.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 9
Day 09: Trek back from Ghami to Samar (3,660m). 6-7 hours.

Today you ascend to cross Ghami La (3,765m) and continue the uphill climb until reaching Nyi La (4,010m). A fantastic view of Nilgiri (7061m) can be observed from the top of Nyi La (4,010m). After spending some time at the pass, you descend past small villages until you reach Samar. Overnight in Samar.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 10
Day 10: Trek back from Samar to Kagbeni (2,810m). 6-7 hours.

You wake up early in the morning to trek back to Kagbeni. Heading towards Mustang Khola and later walk above its gorge which leads you to Chele. You meet Kali Gandaki River once again and retrace your trail along the riverbed to reach the apple trees welcoming you to the native village of Kagbeni. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 11
Day 11: Trek back from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,720). 2-3 hours.

From Kagbeni, you trek back to Jomsom following the trails of Kali Gandaki River. It is a short trek today, so you will have plenty of time to explore around beautiful Kagbeni village or either Jomsom town. Just watch out for the robust winds that sweep around this mountain town. Overnight in Jomsom.

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 12
Day 12: Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara. 20 minutes.

Our trekking to Upper Mustang ends here. Today, you will be back to Pokhara, enjoy the beautiful vista of the Himalayas during flight. You can spend your time in Pokhara by visiting some of the prominent places of the city like Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, Begnas Lake, and so on. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Breakfast & Hotel in Pokhara Included

Day 13
Day 13: Tourist bus drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 7-8 hours.

To return to Kathmandu, (as an option you can take a 20 minute's flight) take a 7-8 hour long drive by tourist bus. You will witness amazing landscapes and beautiful mountainside villages again from the bus.

Breakfast Included

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop off by the private vehicle.
  • Two night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast (mainly in twin sharing).
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available guest houses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking trekking guide during the trek.
  • Porter to carry your luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all our staff.
  • All necessary trekking permits, special Mustang entry permit, and fees.
  • All necessary land transport as per the itinerary.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and a duffel bag(to be returned after your trek complete).
  • Mustang Trek Route map.
  • First aid medical kid.
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate.
  • Domestic airfare(Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) and airport departure tax.
  • All the Official expenses and government taxes.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch, and dinner while in Pokhara.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staffs(necessary).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the Price includes section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this trekking so expensive?

We agree that this trek is bit expensive and its because of to trek in Upper Mustang; you will need a special restricted trekking permit which costs $500 per person and furthermore you will need to take a domestic flight to reach Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara.

Why is the hotel not included in Kathmandu in your package?

Kathmandu is a city where you can find all category hotel from budget to high-level star hotels as well as bed and breakfasts too. We don't want you to force stay on the hotels we are included in our package. Instead, you can choose your hotel to stay in Kathmandu according to your interest & budget. If you need any help in choosing a hotel in Kathmandu, Feel free to ask, we are ready to help you.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Price From USD$2,000 USD$1,899/person
Total $ 1,899 USD

Trip Facts

  • Upper Mustang, Annapurna Region, Nepal
  • Minimum 2, Maximum no limit
  • 3,800 m, Drakmar
  • Anywhere from Nepal
  • Tourist Bus to & from Pokhara, Private vehicle airport transfer & Normal domestic Flight
  • Best available Guesthouse during trekking, 3 star hotel in Pokhara
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trekking, Breakfast in Pokhara
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Priscilla Silvestre
Priscilla Silvestre
We trekked in the Kanchenjunga, a fantastic place to spend two weeks in Nepal. I'd highly recommend this trek. However if you have enough time, I'd recommend doing the whole Kanchenjunga circuit which is longer both North and South base camp trek. This is an impressive trekking trial to spend weeks in adventure trekking: great food, accommodation at tea houses, fantastic places to stay and very remote and isolated villages. We were set up with an excellent guide Prakash who did a tremendous job of looking after us and sharing his experiences on the Himalayas of Nepal. A well-known guide for this route Prakash was very flexible with our schedule and provided us with fresh fruit, cookies, and chocolate sometimes. The all team of Up To Himalaya was fantastic to deal with, excellent communication and very flexible at any time. They answered our numerous questions and managed customized itinerary according to our request. I highly recommend them and will be contacting them to organize my next trip to Nepal if I ever thought to do.read more
Alex Bogenko
Alex Bogenko
Just returned from the Manaslu circuit trekking with Up To Himalaya. From our arrival in Kathmandu to our departure we received very professional service from the entire team. At our briefing time, Narayan said the Larkya La pass is being closed for some days due to the bad weather. So we were not able to cross the pass, but we are still happy because we trekked with the most experienced and knowledgeable guide Saroj and got every information about the trip on a briefing day. The most positive thing is we got prior information about the pass being closed they even offered us to do another trek if we wanted to do, but we said we would do the Manaslu. Another positive for the company is the necessary things for high altitude treks such as sleeping bag, down jacket, poles and trekking bag are all provided. The guide and porters were fantastic and were genuinely concerned about all aspects of our safety. Overall we would recommend this company for those who are planning to trek in Manaslu.read more
Antra Sah
Antra Sah
We were from India and visiting Nepal for the first time. Our dream was to see Mount Everest, but unfortunately, we didn't have any trekking experience. Narayan recommended us to go Nagarkot to see sunrise & sunset view over Mount Everest & other mountains although Everest is too far still the views were fantastic from Nagarkot. Our guide Nabaraj also seems knowledgeable & experienced, the hotel, foods were also lovely. Overall we recommend Up To Himalaya for their hard work to arrange our memorable holiday in Nepal.read more
Fatih Hüner
Fatih Hüner
We had a fantastic time on Nepal doing Manaslu circuit trek with them. Our guide Saroj was very experienced about the entire trek and made sure we acclimatized well before the pass. While others were resting at the tea house, we were practicing 900 ascents to be fit to cross the dramatic Larkya La Pass. He always made sure we had excellent rooms in tea houses and always ordered our dinner early so we could eat earlier and haven't need to wait long. Our porter Nabaraj was also very experienced, helpful and observant. He was also always in the kitchen helping with making our meals, which I never saw other porters doing the same thing. We will definitely choose them for trekking again when we come back to Nepal! We highly recommend Up To Himalaya and Saroj for the trekking to Manaslu circuit in Nepal.read more
Sahanawaz Malik
Sahanawaz Malik
I did a three day, the two-night trek from Kathmandu to Shivapuri National Park, Chisapani, and Nagarkot village and Loved it! Fantastic service and communication from Sudeep, my guide Nabaraj was so friendly and managed everything very well, and the trek itself was great. Mountain views and sunrise was excellent from Nagarkot even I saw Mount Everest tallest mountain in the world. I am so happy. Thanks to the team and especially to my guide Nabaraj for making my trekking in Nepal memorable. Hope to see you soon guys for next trekking to Everest.read more
Shivam Mehta
Shivam Mehta
Expert organizers from the company helped us from choosing a trek to planning our holiday in Nepal all. We felt like we were welcomed and treated like friends, not just customers. We did Manaslu circuit trek with Up To Himalaya, and we are pleased that we did the trek with more enjoyment and friendly guide Sabin. Landscape and mountains are amazing. Our porter Hari was so lovely, always with the smile even if the effort was high. I would love to come back to do next trekking and will again go back to them in the future!read more
Ibrahim Adil
Ibrahim Adil
I had a great time in Nepal; They organised an excellent Nepal tour for me including the beautiful cities Pokhara, Kathmandu, Chitwan & Lumbini. And i am a solo traveller; they took care of all the aspects that were needed and made sure I was safe and enjoying my vacation — highly recommended for tours in Nepal. Hope to see you again!read more
Shanice Lizama
Shanice Lizama
I booked a 5-day Poon Hill trek ( Kathmandu-Kathmandu ) with Up To Himalaya in late June and had a marvelous experience! Mr. Sudeep was extremely helpful in answering all my questions before the trip booked and also after. I was also lucky to have such a friendly guide! Saroj. He was always ready with a smile, a helping hand, and answers all of my questions on anything and everything during the trek. He made sure my every need were met during the trek and often went out of his way to get me second helpings of food, or ensuring I was doing well. Nothing was rushed. I got good food at the chosen guesthouses. He took good care of me, and it made the trek a very pleasurable experience. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Up To Himalaya, the services of Mr. Sudeep and Saroj. Book your trek to Nepal with Up To Himalaya and bring back lifetime unforgettable memory.read more
Saleena Crestha
Saleena Crestha
We are solo trekkers — trekking for the first time in Upper Mustang, formerly known as a forbidden kingdom. During the trekking, we met Hari on the way with some of his groups from Up To Himalaya. Since we were new, we didn't have any information about the places to visit, places to eat, places to stay, etc. He helped us to get better accommodations and foods during the trek; In fact, we had done the trek with him & his group. I was shocked that he knew each & every place of Upper Mustang and every hotel owners. Furthermore, he said he had trekked the same route for more than 50 times until now. His guests, Johannes and Buenos both are very friendly and helpful too. We finished the trekking together. We are so happy that he helped us to make our trip unforgettable.read more
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