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15 days
Availability : All year round
Kathmandu, Nepal
Jomsom Airport
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 15
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Upper Mustang Trek
Journey to the Mystical Upper Mustang.

“Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has retained its traditional Tibetan culture unmolested…

Authentic Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.” -The Dalai Lama.

Upper Mustang is a rural and isolated region in the north-central part of Nepal. It was once an independent kingdom ruled by the Lo dynasty, also known as the kingdom of Lo. Upper Mustang was opened for tourism in 1992, and it has since become a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

Upper Mustang is characterized by its rugged landscapes, barren mountains, and deep gorges. The region is rich in Buddhist culture and history and has numerous ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls. The region’s main attraction is the walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the Kingdom of Lo and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Special Permit

Travelling in the Upper Mustang requires a special permit, as the region is restricted. The permit is expensive (USD 500 per person for 10 days) and can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency.

When to travel?

The best time to travel to Upper Mustang is from March to November, as the region experiences harsh winter conditions and heavy snowfall during the winter months.

Overall, Upper Mustang is a unique destination that offers a glimpse into an ancient and isolated culture, and it’s a must-visit place for those who love adventure and want to explore the remote corners of Nepal.

Driving vs trekking

Don’t you have enough time to hike to Upper Mustang? Or would you love driving rather than hiking? As an alternative option to hiking, we have designed a jeep driving tour to Mustang. Explore nature, culture and adventure in a mini Tibet “Lo-Manthang”.

Your holiday with NepalHiking

Enjoy our 15-day Upper Mustang trek with our supper-friendly guides and support team. Per our Upper Mustang Trek itinerary, Day 01 will be your arrival day in Kathmandu, and Day 15 will be your departure day after the end of the Upper Mustang Trek. During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you with a room at the newly built “Kathmandu Suite Home. And during the trek, we will provide you accommodation with guesthouses owned by locals.

All travel logistics, including a special trek permit for the Upper Mustang trek, are included in the trek package. For any pre-booking trek information, contact sales@nepalhiking.com.

Why is the Upper Mustang trek Restricted?

  • Tibet, the border to the north.
  • Many special management zones are due to globally threatened flora and fauna.
  • Fragile Environment.
  • Unique culture and heritage.
  • The Forbidden Kingdom until 1991.
  • Unique mode of settlement with several old monasteries, ancient walled cities and mysterious caves.
  • Until recent years, this Tran-Himalayan region was closed to foreigners. 

The Colourful Landscape on the Trek

Nesting on the Tibetan border, the Mustang region is dominated by giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. Situated at the head of the Kali Gandaki in north-central Nepal, the little-known district of Mustang is naturally and culturally attractive, in particular, the origin of Tibet.

Tourists in Upper Mustang can opt for the strangely eroded landscape of this remote territory that presents a vibrant mosaic of earth colours- red, yellows, browns and blues. In addition, this location is bestowed with ecological diversities, delightful views of snowy peaks, colourful villages, monasteries, and ancient palaces.

Enjoy your first Upper Mustang trek!

Driving vs trekking

Don’t you have enough time to hike to Upper Mustang? Or would you love driving rather than hiking? As an alternative option to hiking, we have designed a jeep driving tour to Mustang. Explore nature, culture and adventure in a mini Tibet “Lo-Manthang.”

Trek Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Time

Between 7 – 8 am

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up/drop off as per the programme
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast
  • An experienced guide and 1 shared porter for 2 members
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu on a private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Special trek permit to Mustang and conservation fees
  • Domestic flight (Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara)

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal visa
  • Any beverages
  • Trekking equipment (sleeping bag, jacket, walking stick etc.)
  • Staff tipping


  • Farewell dinner
  • Company T-Shirt
What to Expect

Upper Mustang Trek

An experienced guide and a support porter (1 shared porter for 2 members) are provided during the trek. All requisite permits, flight and hotel booking arrangements are included in the trip package.

Here is some Upper Mustang Trek highlights that make your trip wonderful and memorable:

  • Scenic flight to and from Jomsom
  • Visit ancient monasteries and experience typical Tibetan culture
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas
  • The warm hospitality of the Thakali and Gurung communities
  • Fortresses, palaces and cave hermitages
  • Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, the magnificent scenery of the high Tibetan plateau
  • The Kali Gandaki valley, the deepest gorge in the world

Day 1Arrive in Kathmadu, Nepal

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (1350m), you will be warmly welcomed by our Airport Representative and transferred to the hotel (20 – 30 minutes drive). Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 2Trek preparation

Final preparation of the trek, including the arrangement of permits. Leisure day or you may also do a city tour of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Patan (optional tour at extra cost). Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 3Pokhara

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m). It’s 200 km to Pokhara, a 5 – 6 hours scenic drive through Prithivi Highway following the river bank of Trishuli and Marshyandi. On the way, we can view the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna (depending on the weather). And the beauty of nature is just awesome. Overnight at a hotel near the bank of Fewa Lake. B.B.

Day 4Flight Pokhara - Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2810m, 2 hours walking).

Flight Pokhara – Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2810m, 2 hours walking).
It’s just a 20-minute short flight; but an amazing flight through the Kaligandaki river gorge; the deepest natural river gorge in the world; which lies between two 8000m giants peaks, Annapurna I (8091m) & Dhaulagiri (8167m).

After landing at Jomsom airport, we follow the east bank of Kaligandaki river to Ekle Bhatti (2740m, 1:30 hours). Then walk for another 30 minutes to reach Kagbeni, an oasis-like settlement of flat-roofed houses. There is also a Tibetan Buddhist gompa of the Sakyapa sect in the village, and views of the gompa with Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Tilicho, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Annapurna rising above are superb! Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 5Trek to Samar (3660m, 6-7 hours walking)

After breakfast, we take a short walk through a narrow flagstone-paved path; then, we enter the restricted area of Mustang. From here, we continue walking to the east bank of the Kaligandaki river. We walk through the impressive village of Tangbe (3060m), Chhusang (2980m) & Chele (3050m), overlooking the fantastic landscapes. A small but impressive cave gompa in Chhusang dedicated to White Tara, the buddha of Success and Achievement. After 45 minutes, continue walking to Chele; we can see a good view of back down the Kaligandaki valley, with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. After another 11/2 hours of slow pace walking, we arrive at the Dajori La Pass (3735m) with views down the valley. After another 30 minutes of walking, we arrive at Samar, a small picturesque village. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 6Trek to Geling (3570m, 5 - 6 hours walking)

We walk through the centre of the village and descend to a stream where we can see an eroded watercourse; then, we climb up and continue up towards the Bhena La (3838m) and Yamda La (3860m). From here, we can see our first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-coloured hills nearby; then we walk to Syangboche village (3800m) following mani walls and stupas; eventually, we arrive at the village of Gelling. There are 2 gompas in the village that date back to the 15th century, worth visiting. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 7Trek to Tsarang (3560m, 6-7 hours walking)

Today we climb a steep uphill just above the 2 gompas and continue walking to a pass (4025m) from where we can enjoy overlooking back towards the Annapurnas. Then we trek down to Ghemi (3520m), a small settlement of a few tea houses, continue trek down to a stream, cross a suspension bridge, and ascend the upper valley where we can see the longest mani wall in the Mustang region. Following the trail beside the mani wall, we climb up another pass of Tsarang La (3870m); and descend to Tsarang, the old capital of Mustang. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 8Trek to Lo - Manthang (3809m, 4 hours walking).

Today is the final day of our destination, a short and moderate walk to Lo – Manthang, the medieval walled city. We walk following the Tsarang river to the north and gradually climb to the Lo La (3950m). We can see the good views of Lo – Manthang and northern Mustang. From the pass, it is an easy downhill walk to the ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 9Excursion in Lo - Manthang

After breakfast, we go for a walking tour around the valley. There are four major gompas which are worth visiting: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house”; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is known as the “New Gompa”. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 10Return Trek

Trek to Ghemi 93520m, 5 – 6 hours walking). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 11Return Trek

Trek to Samar (3660m, 6 – 7 hours). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 12Return Trek

Trek to Jomsom (6 – 7 hours walking). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.

Day 13Return flight to Pokhara

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara early in the morning. Overnight at hotel. B.L.D.

Day 14Return to Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu (200 km, 6 hours drive). Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 15Departure

Transfer to Airport for your onward journey. ***End of the Trip***

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Group Traveller

The Upper Mustang Trek with Nepal Hiking, guided by Chabi and Porter Bhim, exceeded all expectations. Chabi’s expertise and passion for the region added depth to the trek, while Bhim’s reliability was significantly impacted. The untouched beauty and rich cultural heritage of Upper Mustang left us in awe, and Nepal Hiking’s flawless organization made the experience stress-free. Highly recommended for an extraordinary journey in the Upper Mustang region.

16 June 2023

Cindy Fong

Solo Traveller

My trek to Lo – Mangthang (Upper Mustang) was spectacular. Everyone I met in the hotels, along the trekking path, etc., was extremely friendly and helpful. The landscape is wonderful. Ram, my guide and Bikul, my porter, were absolutely helpful. Ram profanely taught me a lot of practical Nepali use. We became like a little family because the group size was so small.
Thank you very much.

16 September 2016
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