Trip Name

Upper Mustang Trek - 15 Days

Trip cost USD 1755 (Per Person) Contact for group discount

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 15 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking
Transportation Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Accomodation Hotels, Lodges and Tea Houses
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Maximum Elevation 3810 metres
Best season March to May and September to November
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At a Glance

The Upper Mustang Trek also known as the Lo Manthang Trek is a unique trek and destination in itself. It was restricted to outsiders until 1992.Being located on the border with Tibet, it is an extension of the Tibetan plateau. The landscape is not  akin to the other parts of Nepal ; barren and desolate. The culture and lifestyle here is Tibetan and people are of Tibetan descent. Once a small kingdom it still boasts of a king. It has lot more in common with Tibet than Nepal.

Getting There

One needs to either drive ( 7 hours ) or take a short flight into the lakeside city of Pokhara. Check into a hotel for the night. A short flight next day takes you to windy and beautiful barren valley of Jomsom famous for its apples. It is from Jomsom where you commence your 13 Day trek into desert like landscape.

Why Embark on this Trek ?

The Upper Mustang Trek is uncharacteristic of other typical treks in Nepal due to the nature of the landscape which is barren, desert like with organ like cliffs. It is windy and elevated and an extension of the Tibetan plateau as it borders Tibet. The crops are mainly buckwheat, barley and apples. Once a kingdom, it still boasts of a king and palace. Tibetan culture and religion is predominant here. One can explore ancient cave monasterie. The region is also famous for Muktinath, a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike.

Trip Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

  • Experience the unique windswept, desert like valleys and cliffs
  • Experience authentic Tibetan culture
  • ‘Last Forbidden Kingdom’ – still has a recognized king
  • Traverse high elevation passes
  • Explore ancient cave monasteries
  • Flat roofed stone houses and ruins of ancient fortresses
  • Hike through buckwheat, barley fields; apple orchards
  • View peaks like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I peaks
  • Visit numerous Gompas ( monasteries )

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara ( 7 hours ) or Short Flight
  • Day 02: Fly to Jomsom ( 2713 meters ) and trek to Kagbeni ( 2810 metres ) – 3 – 4 hour trek
  • Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele ( 3050 meters ) – 5 – 6 hour trek
  • Day 04: Chele to Syanbochen ( 3475 meters ) – 6 – 7 hour trek
  • Day 05: Syanboche to Ghami ( 3520 metres ) – 5 - 6 hour trek
  • Day 06: Ghami to Tsarang ( 3620 meters ) 5 –6 hour trek
  • Day 07: Tsarang to Lo Manthang ( 3730 metres ) - 3 – 4 hour trek
  • Day 08: Explore Lo Manthang – Acclimatization
  • Day 09: Lo Manthang to Drakmar ( 3810 metres ) – 6 – 7 hour trek
  • Day 10: Drakmar to Ghilling ( 3806 metres ) – 5 – 6 hour trek
  • Day 11: Ghilling to Chuksang ( 3050 metres ) – 5 – 6 hour trek
  • Day 12: Chuksang to Jomson ( 2700 metres ) – 6 – 7 hours
  • Day 13: Fly Back to Pokhara
  • Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu or fly Back
  • Day 15: Transfer to International Airport and Flight Back Home

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara ( 7 hours ) or Short Flight After breakfast drive to the lakeside city of Pokhara with its numerous lakes that commands excellent views of Dhaulagiri ( 8167 metres), Manaslu ( ( 8156 metres ), Machhapuchare ( 6993 metres ) and the five peaks of Annapurna. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02:Fly to Jomsom ( 2713 meters ) and trek to Kagbeni ( 2810 metres ) – 3 – 4 hour trek An early morning flight takes us to the windswept, dry barren valley of Jomsom. Begin trek along side a beautiful valley . Passing villages we reach Kagbeni ideally located between the banks of two rivers. View flat roofed houses and ruins of a fortress. Overnight at Kagbeni.
  • Day 03:Kagbeni to Chele ( 3050 meters ) – 5 – 6 hour trek After obtaining our permits, we trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Ascend a hill to reach Tangbe Village with narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. Pass a village and negotiate a river and a ridge to reach Chele. Overnight at Chele.
  • Day 04:Chele to Syanbochen ( 3475 meters ) – 6 – 7 hour trek A slightly more rigorous trek today that requires traversing two passes; Taklam La Pass ( 3624 metres ) and Dajori La Pass ( 3735 metres ). Great mountain views of peaks like Tilicho and few others. Encounter a cave. Reach Samar village after a descent and a further descent to Syanboche. Overnight at Syanboche.
  • Day 05:Syanboche to Ghami ( 3520 metres ) – 5 - 6 hour trek Ascend to Yamda La Pass ( 3850 metres ). Pass teahouses, chortens and quaint villages, poplar forests and barley fields till we come to Nyi Pass ( 4010 meters ). Descend to the beautiful cillage of Ghami. Overnight at Ghami
  • Day 06:Ghami to Tsarang ( 3620 meters ) 5 –6 hour trek Descend a rough and sometimes slippery trail. Cross a suspension bridge over Ghami Khola and and ascend. Traverse the Tsarang La Pass ( 3870 metres ) and reach Tsarang Village. Village is located atop Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and gompa to its east. Overnight at Tsarang.
  • Day 07:Tsarang to Lo Manthang ( 3730 metres ) - 3 – 4 hour trek Descending to a canyon and crossing a bridge, we trek uphill to Lo La Pass ( 3950 metres ). Excellent view of Lo Manthang Village. Descend to Lo Manthang, a walled village. Excellent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I. Overnight at Lo Manthang
  • Day 08:Explore Lo Manthang – Acclimatization Spend the day exploring the three major renovated and expertly restored Gompas ( Monasteries ); Jhampa, Thupchen, Chhoeda. Also an option of trekking to Tingkhar, a beautiful village north-west of Lo Manthang. Overnight at Lo Manthang
  • Day 09:Lo Manthang to Drakmar ( 3810 metres ) – 6 – 7 hour trek The return trek will be a different route. Pass through Gyakar Village with the century old Ghar Gompa with ornate paintings. Wishes are said to be fulfilled in this gompa. Proceed on our trek to Drakmar. Overnight at Drakmar.
  • Day 10:Drakmar to Ghilling ( 3806 metres ) – 5 – 6 hour trek Make an early start to avoid strong winds . Hike through dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghilling. Strong winds are common in this leg. A mostly dry place, Ghilling offers excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. Explore village. Overnight at Ghilling.
  • Day 11:Ghilling to Chuksang ( 3050 metres ) – 5 – 6 hour trek Commence trek after breakfast.Walk on the same trail used to go up to Lo Manthang. Great mountain views and quaint and charming villages. Overnight at Chuksang.
  • Day 12:Chuksang to Jomson ( 2700 metres ) – 6 – 7 hours Last day of the trek and a long one. A fairly long trek sees you leaving the Mustang trail to enter the Annapurna circuit. Lunch at Kagbeni. Continue trek till we reach Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom.
  • Day 13:Fly Back to Pokhara An early morning flight ot Pokhara.Great mountain views during flight. Arrive in Pokhara for a day of rest and recreation. Overnight in Pokhara.
  • Day 14:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu or fly Back The drive back along side the river is rewarding because of the superb scenery and views of Nepalese rural life. Reach Kathmandu and after some rest, hunt for souvenirs. Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu
  • Day 15:Transfer to International Airport and Flight Back Home You will be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home. A memorable adventure comes to an end !!

Cost Includes

All ground transportation from pokhara to trek point and phedi to pokhara by car.

All necessary government and local permits for the trek.

flight from pokhara to jomsom and jomsom to pokhara

Accommodation: on descent mountain lodge.

Descent Sleeping bag during the trek.

All breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.

Basic emergency first aid kit.

Well experienced English speaking guide.

Assistant guide for the group more than 4

All food and accommodation for guide and assistant.

Insurance for guide and assistant.

Cost Excludes

Your accommodation and food in Kathmandu or and pokhara (can be arranged on request)

transportation from ktm to pokhara and vice versa (can be arranged on request)

your personal trekking gear.

All beverages including bottled water.

Your personal insurance, (it’s recommended to make insurance at least 40 days before the trek)

Tips for your guide and assistant.

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