Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang Trek is a popular choice for those wishing to experience trekking in Nepal. It is a famous and unique journey that has you venturing to the heart of the hidden and mysterious world of the old Buddhist Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang.
This part of the Tibetan empire is tied to Tibet in terms of the culture, language and topography. Lying in the shadow of Dhaulagiri massif, the land is surrounded by mysterious rocks, white washed houses, barley fields and prayer flags – that stand in stark contrast to the curiously dry and barren land that the trail takes you through on this surreal journey.
This 17 day trek starts with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, where our trek will begin. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni. Famous for the rituals performed here for the dead, we take time to join one of the sacred pilgrimages of Tibetan Buddhism and observe some of the ancient rituals that make this holy place so famous across the world.
From Kagbeni we begin our journey into the restricted area of Upper Mustang -across Chele, Syangboche, Gyami and Chayang and on to Lo Mantang, the capital of the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. Here we can witness the remains of the abolished monarchy on the ancient land of the remote local Tibetan population. From here we continue our spiritual journey as we return to Dhakmar and find the infamous old cave and one the oldest Tibetan monasteries, ‘Lo Gekar’. Then finally we end our trek in Jomsom and return to Pokhara, to rest in one of the most beautiful spots in the World before returning to the capital.
We recommend you enjoy this trek between June and August. Or for the chance to experience the annual migration of the local people to lower altitudes for the winter season, we recommend you join us in November. My Everest Trip is a trusted trekking company in Nepal with a highly experienced team that will support you throughout your trek and help you with your permit.
So for more information about the cost or difficulty of the trek, then please contact our friendly team – who will also be happy to give you details of any the other Annapurna treks that we offer. You can also read our blog below for an insight into what it’s like to join us on this journey.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264ft]. O/N at the hotel.
After landing in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our friendly representatives who will transfer you to the hotel. Once here you are free to rest or spend your day exploring the vibrant capital. O/N at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation. O/N at the hotel.
The day will begin with a tour of some of Kathmandu’s top attractions: Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath, where you can explore ancient artefacts, architecture and history. In the evening you will meet your fellow trekkers and be given all the details you need for the trek the next day. O/N at the hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6hrs drive. O/N at the hotel.
We will take an early morning drive to Pokhara and drive through magnificent views of the Himalayas before spending the evening strolling around the city and nearby lakeside. O/N in Pokhara.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4hrs. O/N at tea House
We start the day by flying to Jomsom which is famous for its ample apple and apricot orchards. On arrival we begin our trek on open trails, pass Eaklibatti village and arrive at Kagben, a beautiful village filled with flat-roofed houses and an old fortress. O/N in Kagbeni.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele [3,050m/10,004ft]: 5-6hrs. O/N at tea House
Trek on a gravel trail alongside Kali Gandaki River before battling strong winds and tackling the steep hill to Tangbe Village. Get ready to become mesmerized by narrow alleyways, flat houses, buckwheat fields, and apple-apricot orchards. We continue from here past more villages and rivers before reaching Chele. O/N in Chele.
Day 06: Chele to Syangboche [3,475m/11,398ft]: 6-7hrs. O/N at tea House
The walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La Pass (3624m) and Dajori La Pass (3735m) – along with amazing views of the Tilicho Peak 7134m) Yakawa Kang (6482m), Ramchung Cave and Samar Village. After walking past Samar village, we reach a ridge before descending to a stream, to reach Syangboche. O/N in Syangboche.
Day 07: Syangboche to Ghaymi [3,520m/11,546ft]: 5-6hrs. O/N at tea House
We begin by ascending to the Yamda La pass, passing teahouses and beautiful villages along the way. Following a trek through forests and barley fields, we will then reach Nyi Pass anddescend to Ghaymi – one of the biggest villages in the Lo region where we can enjoy the amazing view of the landscape. O/N in Ghaymi.
Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3,500m/11,480ft]: 4-5hrs. O/N at tea House
After a descent through an irregular and slippery trail, we cross a suspension bridge over the Ghaymi Khola and begin ascending along the trail. Later we will cross the Tsarang La Pass and reach the Tsarang village which lies in the Charang Chu canyon, with a huge fortress and red Gumba. O/N in Charang.
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,700m/12,136ft): 5-6hrs. O/N at tea House
Begin by descending to a canyon, crossing a river and moving uphill to Lo La pass. Then we descend to Lo Manthang, the walled capital of the former Kingdom of Lo, rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture. We will also enjoy views of the Himalayas – including Nilgiri (7061m), Tilicho (7134m), Annapurna I (8091m), and Bhrikuti Peak (6364m). O/N in Lo-Manthang.
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang . O/N at tea House
Today we rest and adjust to the environment. We will spend the day exploring the three major Gumbas of Lo Manthang, Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda, and explore the Tibetan culture of Lo, which is considered to be the best preserved in the world due to its isolated terrain. We end the day with a trek to Tingkhar, a village on the northwest side. O/N in Mangthang.
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3,810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7hrs O/N at tea House
Pass through Gyakar village, complete with ancient traditional houses and Ghar Gumba with attractive rock paintings. According to tradition, people who make a wish at the Gumba will have it come true. After exploring the Gumba, we continue to Drakmar. O/N in Drakmar.
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3,806m/12,484ft]: 5-6hrs O/N at tea House
Start the day by passing over the dry hills before Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult due to strong winds, but offers good views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the Nilgiri (7061m) mountains. We will enjoy exploring the village in the evening. O/N in Ghiling.
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3,050m/10,004ft]: 5-6hrs. O/N at tea House
On the way to Chhuksang, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and its surrounding small villages. The landscape is amazing to experience. O/N in Chhuksang.
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2,700m/8,856ft]: 6-7hrs. O/N at tea House
Today will be the last day of our trek. After trekking for an hour, we finish our Mustang trail and join the trails of the Annapurna Circuit. After a stop for lunch, and a break at Kagbeni, we continue our trek to Jomsom. O/N in Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara O/N at Hotel
Today we fly back to Pokhara, observing the amazing mountain range from the comfort of the plane. Feel free to explore Pokhara on arrival and take some well-deserved rest. O/N in Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu O/N at the Hotel
We take a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu which will take about 6 hours. Upon reaching Kathmandu, feel free to spend your last night enjoying the delights of the capital. O/N at the hotel.
Day 17: Final Departure (B)
After breakfast, a member of our friendly team will drop you off at the airport in plenty of time for your flight back home.
- Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
- At least two nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu Bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in whole trekking
- Kathmandu pokhara by drive and pokhara to Jomsom by flight – Jomsom to Pokhara flight back and Pokhara to Kathmandu up to your request
- Trekking map
- An experienced government license holder guide
- Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
- Insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- Travel and rescue arrangement
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
- All government taxes and tourist service charge
What's not included
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking
- Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc
- Personal trekking equipment
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Underwear (4)
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Shorts (2)
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Water bottles (2)
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- Small wash towel
- T-shirts (2)
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
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These reviews are from the travellers who have travelled with us previously.
Nice Trek in Upper Mustang
This trek offers everything what trekking is about. Challenging trails, sometimes rough weather
conditions, spectacular views and all the cultural treasures you meet along the trail.
We were a group of four accompanied by our guide Ratna and two porters. I am grateful for the way this
trek was handled by the agency. I have no doubt in my mind that they hire only the best people. For us,
being first time visitors in Nepal, all the staff was very helpful and making sure we had the best trek.
We have been trekking in different continents during the last years, but the people of Nepal are the
friendliest we ever came across.
It is most likely we will return and do another trek with y Everest Trip
Enchanting Trek in Upper Mustang
I’m very proud of myself for doing this trek. But to be honest, I could not have done this without the great assistance offered to me by the professional team from My Everest Trip.
This enchanting trek is hard work, but monitored by my guide Hari it was not a problem. The team planned everything the best way and I enjoyed every moment of it. Hari was good company, sharing not only his great knowledge about the area but also giving good advice about how to walk clever, choosing good pace and taking rests.
I recommend this trek operated by My Everest Trip, knowing they will get out of their way to keep their clients happy.
Best Trip in My Life
Being an experienced trekker I have been hiking many continents, but the Upper Mustang is so far one
of my favorites. Not only because of the immense beauty of this region, but also because My Everest
Trip added so much to the trip. Our Guide Hari and our porters were very nice people to be around
making our days joyful, always making sure we were good.
I recommend if you have time to do the long treks to get the best experience and feeling of being part of
nature. This trek is very nice balanced as we walk no more than 7 hours per day. This gives you time to
enjoy all the magnificent views and be well rested for next day. And I must say, the Himalayas and the
Upper Mustang region are in a special league.
I will definitely consider to travel Nepal again, and I will not hesitate to contact Puru for arranging another
Hope to see all of you good people at My Everest Trip again
My Everest Trip did amazing job
I recently did the Upper Mustang Trek with a group of friends. This was such a great adventure I feel urge to write good review for other adventurous people to benefit from
When you spend your hard earned money you really want value for it and My Everest Trip (MET) lived up to all my expectations and beyond. MET was recommended to me by family. My first contact with the company took place several months before our trip was planned. If you are unexperienced in trekking you have so many questions about equipment, guides, porters, how hard the trek is and so on. Corresponding with Puru made me relax more and more as he responded very quickly to all my emails. I soon realized I had nothing to worry about. He only works with certified guides, and everybody who works for him is ensured. He also gave good advice on equipment, what you should bring from home and what you can buy cheaper in Nepal. His directions about how to get smoothly through all the airport procedures also came in handy.
Upon arrival In Kathmandu Puru picked us up in the airport and took us to our hotel in Thamel. The next day we meet Hari who was our guide and we had all the final details about the trek and how to pack our backpack and day pack.
Upper Mustang was great. MET are so well organized. Hari and the friendly porters were great company, Hari in particular always making sure we were fine and sharing his big knowledge about the region. The porters, though carrying heavy weight, always friendly and smiling. When you do strenuous walking it’s nice to be surrounded by good people to support and cheer you up, knowing that every night you have good accommodation and good healthy food that gives you strength to carry on.
The Upper Mustang Trek is loaded with cultural treasures and indescribable beauty of nature, having an experienced guide is essential, especially when he like Hari shares all his knowledge willingly and with great pleasure and proudness.
I understand why MET has such loyal clients. They are true to Nepalese tradition and have an amazing network of skilled people but they (very importantly) understand that their clients come from all parts of the world with different backgrounds and expectations. All the team members are humble and polite yet proud of what they do. Trekking runs in their blood and this is exactly what you need being a guest here.
From the bottom of my heart, Thank you Puru and MET, this trek will be treasured by me and my friends for the rest of our lives.
And I give My Everest Trip the highest recommendation possible…. Namaste
- The hidden and mysterious world of the old Buddhist Kingdom.
- Rocky plateau, golden terrain and gorgeous Himalayan range.
- Muktinath temple is a place of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage.
- Tiji Festival.
- Lo Manthang (Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal).
- Tibetan Buddhist Culture (oldest Tibetan monastery).
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