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Upper Mustang Trek

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Starting from
US$ 1800
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Group Size:+2

Arrival on:TIA Kathmandu


Transportation:Flight/ Private Vehicle



Duration:17 Days days

Accomodation:Hotel/ Tea House


  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Upper Mustang Trek Trip Highlights

Lo Manthang: 

Explore the ancient walled city, the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang, with its royal palace, narrow alleys, and vibrant local culture.

Ancient Monasteries: Visit age-old monasteries like Lo Gekar, Thubchen, and Jampa Lhakhang, rich with Tibetan Buddhist art and history.

Cave Dwellings: Discover the mysterious, ancient cave dwellings of Chhoser, believed to be over 2,000 years old.

Unique Tibetan Culture: Experience the distinct Tibetan-influenced culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Mustang people.

Stunning Landscapes: Trek through the dramatic, barren landscapes of the Mustang region, characterized by eroded cliffs, deep gorges, and vast plateaus.

Panoramic Mountain Views: Enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, as well as the Nilgiri and Tukuche peaks.

Tiji Festival: If timed right, witness the colorful Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang, featuring traditional Tibetan dances and rituals.

Hospitality of Locals: Experience the warm hospitality and unique customs of the local inhabitants, making the trek a culturally enriching experience.

Less Crowded Trails: Enjoy the peace and tranquility of trekking in one of Nepal's less crowded and more remote regions.

Preserved Tradition: Gain insight into a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries, providing a rare and authentic travel experience.

The Upper Mustang Trek is a captivating journey through the "Last Forbidden Kingdom" of Nepal, offering trekkers an extraordinary blend of stunning arid landscapes, rich Tibetan-influenced culture, and ancient history. This 14-17 day trek takes you through the dramatic, wind-eroded valleys and barren desert-like terrain of the Mustang region, leading to the walled city of Lo Manthang, where time seems to stand still. Along the way, you'll explore ancient monasteries, visit mysterious cave dwellings, and experience the warm hospitality of the local people. The trek provides a unique glimpse into a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries, all while enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Accommodation for Upper Mustang Trek:

For the Upper Mustang Trek, Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd offers comfortable accommodations tailored to provide a mix of luxury and local experience. In Kathmandu, we provide accommodation in premium five-star hotels such as Yak & Yeti, Hotel Dwarika's, Hotel Mulberry, and Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza, ensuring a relaxing start and end to your trekking adventure.

During the trek itself, accommodations vary to suit the remote and rugged terrain of the Mustang region. You will stay in the best available lodges along the trail, such as Yeti Mountain Home in the Khumbu Valley, renowned for their comfort and hospitality. However, in high-altitude locations like Lobuche and Gorakshep (above 5000m), basic lodges without attached toilets are standard due to the challenging environment.


Throughout the Upper Mustang Trek, Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides a variety of meals to cater to different tastes and dietary preferences. Meals include Nepali, Continental, and Indian cuisine, accompanied by tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water, coke, and dessert. In Kathmandu and luxury lodges along the trek, breakfast offers a wide selection for guests to choose from. At local guesthouses, meals are selected from the menu to accommodate individual preferences.

Special experiences include a welcome dinner featuring Nepali cuisine and cultural dance upon arrival in Kathmandu. The trek concludes with a farewell dinner at K2 Steak House in Kathmandu, renowned for its excellent steaks.

Physical Requirements:

The Upper Mustang Trek with Nepal Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd is classified as moderate, requiring hikers to trek approximately 5 to 6 hours per day with a daypack, although some days may involve longer hours up to 8 to 9. Trekking at high altitudes demands physical fitness, determination, and a positive attitude. The itinerary includes two acclimatization days in Namche and Dingboche to aid in altitude adaptation.

Prior jogging and regular physical activity before the trek is beneficial to enhance stamina and performance. While past hiking experience is advantageous, no technical skills are necessary. It's advisable to consult with a doctor before booking the trek, especially for those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Best Time to Travel:

The best seasons for the Upper Mustang Trek are autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and spring (mid-February to May). During these periods, the weather is typically clear and warm, offering stunning views of the Himalayas. Nights can be cold, especially at higher altitudes, dropping to freezing levels.

Winter season also provides good trekking conditions, though it is colder. Summer months, however, are affected by monsoon rains, making trekking routes slippery and less predictable. Summer treks, however, offer quieter trails compared to the busier spring and autumn seasons.

This detailed plan ensures that your Upper Mustang Trek with Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd is both comfortable and culturally enriching, offering a blend of luxury accommodation in Kathmandu and authentic mountain lodges during the trekking adventure.

Route Permits for Upper Mustang Trek

To trek in the Upper Mustang region, you'll need to obtain the following permits:

Special Mustang Permit:

Cost: USD 500 per person for the first 10 days.

Additional Days: USD 50 per person per day beyond the initial 10 days.

Issued by: Department of Immigration, Kathmandu.

Required for: All trekkers visiting Upper Mustang, regardless of nationality.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit:

Cost:NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 30) per person.

Issued by:Nepal Tourism Board or ACAP office in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Required for:Entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes parts of the trekking route.

TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System):

Cost: NPR 1,000 (approximately USD 10) per person for individual trekkers.

Issued by: Nepal Tourism Board or Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Required for:Monitoring and ensuring the safety of trekkers in Nepal.

These permits are essential to ensure compliance with local regulations and conservation efforts. They can be obtained through authorized agencies or directly from government offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara before beginning your trek.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, you can relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure. In the evening, you might want to explore the vibrant streets of Thamel, known for its shops, restaurants, and lively atmosphere.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Today, you'll embark on a guided tour of the Kathmandu Valley, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square. These sites offer a glimpse into Nepal's rich cultural and religious heritage. In the evening, there will be a trek briefing to go over the details of the journey ahead.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (7/8 hours)

After breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes approximately 7 to 8 hours. Along the way, you'll enjoy picturesque views of rivers, terraced fields, and villages. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll check into your hotel and have the rest of the day to explore this beautiful lakeside city.

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858m) – 4 Hours 

In the morning, you'll take a short but thrilling flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the starting point of your trek. From Jomsom, you'll begin your trek to Kagbeni, a beautiful village situated at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki River and the Jhong River. The trek takes about 4 hours, passing through picturesque landscapes and small settlements.

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) – 6 Hours 

Today's trek leads you from Kagbeni to Chele, which takes around 6 hours. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, gradually ascending through barren landscapes and canyons. You'll pass through small villages, ancient chortens, and monasteries, experiencing the unique culture and lifestyle of the Mustang region.

Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3475m) – 7 Hours 

You'll continue your trek from Chele to Syangboche, a journey of approximately 7 hours. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, crossing several ridges and offering spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes. You'll trek through narrow gorges, pastures, and traditional villages, reaching Syangboche by late afternoon.

Day 07: Trek from Syangboche to Ghaymi (3520m) – 6 Hours 

Today's trek takes you from Syangboche to Ghaymi, a 6-hour journey. You'll cross the Yamda La pass (3,850m) and descend to the village of Geling. The trail then ascends to the Nyi La pass (4,010m), the highest point of the trek, before descending to Ghaymi, a large village surrounded by fields.

Day 08: Trek from Ghaymi to Charang (3500m) — 5 Hours 

From Ghaymi, you'll trek to Charang, a journey of about 5 hours. The trail leads you through a vast, arid landscape, passing by the longest mani wall in Mustang. You'll descend to Charang, a charming village with a maze of fields and willow trees, and explore the ancient red Gompa and the white palace.

Day 09: Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3700m) – 6 Hours 

Today, you'll trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang, the highlight of the Upper Mustang trek. The 6-hour trek involves a gradual ascent, offering breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains. You'll enter the walled city of Lo-Manthang, the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang, and explore its narrow alleys and monasteries.

Day 10: Acclimatization at Lo-Manthang 

This day is dedicated to acclimatization and exploration of Lo-Manthang. You'll have the opportunity to visit the ancient monasteries, the royal palace, and the local museum. You can also take a short hike to nearby villages such as Chhoser, where you can explore the ancient cave dwellings and monasteries.

Day 11: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3810m) – 7 Hours 

Leaving Lo-Manthang, you'll trek to Drakmar, a journey of about 7 hours. The trail offers stunning views of the Mustang landscape, passing through high passes and remote villages. You'll trek through colorful canyons and ridges, eventually reaching Drakmar, known for its red cliffs and ancient caves.

Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m) – 6 Hours 

Today's trek takes you from Drakmar to Ghiling, a 6-hour journey. The trail involves crossing several high passes and descending through beautiful landscapes. You'll pass by traditional villages and terraced fields, reaching Ghiling by late afternoon. Ghiling is a charming village with white-washed houses and fields of barley.

Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m) – 6 Hours

From Ghiling, you'll trek to Chhuksang, which takes about 6 hours. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. You'll pass through small settlements and ancient chortens, experiencing the unique culture and lifestyle of the Mustang region.

Day 14: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m) – 7 Hours

Today's trek takes you from Chhuksang back to Jomsom, a 7-hour journey. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, passing through the village of Kagbeni. You'll retrace your steps through the barren landscapes, eventually reaching Jomsom. This marks the end of your trekking adventure in the Mustang region.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

In the morning, you'll take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, enjoying the scenic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll check into your hotel and have the rest of the day to relax or explore the beautiful lakeside city.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu 

After breakfast, you'll drive back to Kathmandu, a journey of approximately 7 to 8 hours. Along the way, you'll enjoy picturesque views of rivers, terraced fields, and villages. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll check into your hotel and have the evening free to explore or do some last-minute shopping.

Day 17: Final Departure

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. You'll leave Nepal with unforgettable memories of your adventure in the Mustang region and the warm hospitality of its people. Safe travels!

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick-up & Drop-off: Private vehicle transportation to and from Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara hotels on a twin-sharing basis with breakfast included.
  • Meals: Full board meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) as well as hot beverages (3 cups per day) during trekking days.
  • Domestic Flights: Round-trip airfare from Pokhara to Jomsom.
  • Licensed Guide: Experienced government-licensed trekking guide from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
  • Permits: Special Mustang Permit (USD 500) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP).
  • Transportation: Tourist bus tickets for both Kathmandu to Pokhara and return.
  • Trekking Gear: Down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffle bag for use during the trek.
  • Seasonal Fruits: Refreshing seasonal fruits provided during the trek.
  • Emergency Medical Kit: Essential medical supplies in case of emergencies.
  • Farewell Dinner: Complimentary farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes

  • Visa Fee: Nepalese visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses.
  • Additional Meals: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and extra meals in case of early return from the trek.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses such as phone calls, internet usage, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porter hiring, bottled or boiled water, and showers.
  • Tips: Tips for the trekking crew, which is customary but discretionary based on satisfaction with the service provided.

Before Departure:

  1. Travel Documents:

    • Passport (valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry)
    • Nepalese Visa (can be obtained upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or in advance from Nepalese embassies/consulates)
    • Travel insurance (covering medical and evacuation expenses)
  2. Clothing and Gear:

    • Lightweight trekking pants
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (moisture-wicking)
    • Long-sleeve shirts (for sun protection)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Down jacket (provided, but optional to bring your own)
    • Rain jacket or poncho
    • Hiking boots (broken in and comfortable)
    • Socks (wool or synthetic)
    • Hat or cap (for sun protection)
    • Gloves (for cold weather)
  3. Personal Items:

    • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Sunscreen (SPF 30+), lip balm, and sunglasses
    • Personal medications (if any)
    • Water bottle or hydration pack
    • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
    • Swiss army knife or multi-tool
    • Personal snacks (energy bars, nuts, etc.)
  4. Miscellaneous:

    • Backpack (daypack for daily essentials and a larger one for porter carrying)
    • Duffel bag (for trekking gear, provided if not bringing your own)
    • Sleeping bag (provided, but optional to bring your own)
    • Trekking poles (optional but recommended for stability)
    • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
    • Power bank and chargers (Nepal uses Type C and D plugs, 230V/50Hz)

During Trek:

  • Follow the guidance of your trekking guide for safety and acclimatization.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Respect local customs, traditions, and the natural environment.
  • Carry your trash and dispose of it responsibly at designated areas.

After Trek:

  • Enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Reflect on your trekking experience and share your feedback with the trekking crew.
  • Explore more of Kathmandu or plan your onward journey from Nepal.

This checklist covers the essentials for a successful and enjoyable Upper Mustang Trek. Adjust items based on personal preferences and trekking conditions. Safe travels!

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