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Upper Mustang trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. Upper
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Mustang is also known as Mountain Desert of Nepal. Kingdom of
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Lo, Upper region of Mustang is a remote and isolated region of the
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Nepalese Himalayas.
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Trekking to Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area
until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved places in the
world. The trek to Upper Mustang is a lovely trek that you
experience the best holiday trip ever in your life.
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In this Upper Mustang tea house trek, you can explore the hidden
world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. It highly preserves
the Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature.
Furthermore, Upper Mustang is not very well known to tourists,
Upper Mustang,
therefore, will have lesser trekkers.
Annapurna Region
Minimum 2,
Maximum no limit
Max Altitude:
3,800 m, Drakmar
Departure From:
Anywhere from
The starting point of the upper Mustang trek is the district
headquarters of Mustang, Jomsom reachable by a scenic flight.
T ransportation:
Similarly, also accessible by walk from Ghorepani to Jomsom
from Pokhara,
trekking route. You will walk to Kagbeni which is the gateway to
Private vehicle
Upper Mustang.
airport transfer &
Tourist Bus to &
Normal domestic
On the way up, you will get to see a great view of Nilgiri,
Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang. Experience some of
the most significant and most beautiful Tibetan Buddhism
gompas in Nepal in Lo Manthang.
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Upper Mustang Trek Highlights
trekking, 3 star
Guesthouse during
hotel in Pokhara
Here are the highlights of the Buddhist Kingdom, Lo Manthang
trekking to Upper Mustang in Nepal.
Breakfast, Lunch &
Explore the historical Royal Palace of king Lo at Lo
Dinner during
trekking, Breakfas
Walk without worrying about the rain as the upper Mustang
in Pokhara
region lies in the rain shadow area of Annapurna and
Dhaulagiri ranges.
Get a chance to see a glimpse of Tibetan Buddhist
influence, culture and traditions of the local people in
Colourful barren hills, beautiful view of Dhaulagiri and
Annapurna ranges, and swinging barley fields etc.
Upper Mustang Trek
Drive from Kathmandu to
900 m
6 hrs
Fly to Jomsom & trek to
2,810 m
4 hrs
Kagbeni to Chele
3,050 m
6 hrs
Chele to Syanbochen
3,475 m
7 hrs
Syanbochen to Charang
3,560 m
7 hrs
Charang to Lo Manthang
3,770 m
5 hrs
Acclimatization Day at Lo
3,770 m
6 hrs
Lo Manthang to Drakmar
3,800 m
7 hrs
Drakmar to Ghiling
3,860 m
6 hrs
Ghiling to Chuksang
3,050 m
6 hrs
Chuksang to Jomsom
2,700 m
6 hrs
900 m
Day 11
Day 12 Fly back to Pokhara
Day 13 Drive back to Kathmandu
1,400 m
6 hrs
Note: You can customize your own itinerary according to your
physical fitness, level of interest & walking habit. My suggestion
would be if you have children & old aged people on your
group with no experience of walking 6/7 hours a day add 1/2
days extra to make it more comfortable or hire a jeep on some
places to avoid feeling difficult.
Extend Options
The trek can be possible to extend if you have many holidays and
want to visit other places too.
From Kagbeni after ending Upper Mustang, you can either
choose to do Annapurna Sanctuary or Annapurna Circuit
Upper Mustang trek with
Tiji Festival
Tiji festival of the upper Mustang is a fascinating annual three-day
festival. Consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a
son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction.
The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, also one of the most
waiting festivals in the Hidden Kingdom of Mustang.
The unseen traditional culture of Local peoples, as well as the
Tibetan ritual festival, attract the Tibetan cultures lovers every
To join the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival trek, you have to do the
trek in the third week of May. The exact day goes according to
the Buddhist calendar. Tiji (Tenji) Festival 2020 Dates are from
19th May 2020 to 21st June 2020.
Upper Mustang Trek
Before 1992 the region was banned from visiting for foreign
travellers. Later, Nepal Government Department of Immigration
started to issue only a small number of special trekking permits.
All non-Nepalese resident needs a permit to enter Upper
Mustang. Everyone entering the Annapurna Conservation Area
Project (ACAP) area requires an entry permit which costs NPR
3000(around $30) per person for a single entry.
Besides, if someone is going into Upper Mustang (from Kagbeni
onwards), they require a Special Restricted Area Permit(RAP)
costs $500 per person for 10 days. If longer is needed, an
additional $50 per day is charged.
No, any other permits require, for instance, TIMS card for Upper
Mustang as the RAP is sufficient.
Please keep in mind that Individual trekkers cannot obtain the
restricted area permit for Upper Mustang themselves. Only
registered trekking company in Nepal can make RAP permits.
Best Time To Visit Upper
As across the whole seasons of Nepal, Autumn(September to
November) is the best season to visit the incredible Upper
Mustang. Excellent weather, great landscape, and magnificent
mountain views attract the travelers in this season. As the
temperatures range from 12 to 20 degree, Blue skies with clear
mountain views make the trekking unforgettable.
Upper Mustang Trek
Dif culty
Upper Mustang trek in Nepal is restricted area trekking route but
not the remote area. While talking about trek difficulty, Trekking
to Upper Mustang is an easy trek with no difficulty.
The upper Mustang trek takes to the highest point at
Drakmar (3,800m). Just be prepared to walk for approx 6 to 7
hours on a daily basis. With a moderate level of fitness, you
can easily complete this trek without any hassle.
Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
Lo Manthang and Upper Mustang jeep tour is a recently started
adventure tour in Nepal. After the completion of roadways in the
region, Upper Mustang is a popular jeep tour destination
In fact, Upper Mustang trek is the only trek in Nepal which can
also be assessable by drives.
Upper Mustang Jeep tour saves your hiking days but provides
more time to visit and explore around. It is a combination of a
road trip with sightseeing and explores around and all the
possible places in the region.
The tour could be done for as less as six days in minimum to as
much as you want to make it longer. The background view of the
desert-like landscape, White mountain view of Nilgiri and
Dhaulagiri, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs, and
moraine valleys makes your trip unforgettable one.
It is the best alternative to the 13 days trekking to Lo
Manthang, to visit the isolated and pristine land of both Lower
and Upper Mustang, in a short period.
The fascinating tour is a drive through the motor road of MarphaJomsom-Kagbeni to the following bumpy terrains until Lo
Manthang, and back through the same route.
This tour is for those adventure lovers who are unable to do
multi-days trek by a physical condition or for those who have
minimal time but want to visit Upper Mustang.
The tour is also fit for all age group. During your short tour to
Upper Mustang, You can explore the landscape, culture, lifestyle,
ancient caves, monasteries, etc.
The benefit of taking a jeep tour is you will have enough time to
visit all the ancient places, historical caves and other monuments
of the region. Furthermore, You do not have to walk through the
dusty and dry route. You can escape the long daily walk of the
dusty trails by comfortable 4WD drive.
Drive from one place to another, allows you enough time to
explore all the sights and escape two or more days of walking
itinerary to one day.
The best time for this Mustang jeep trip is from March to
November. The thing you need to keep in mind is, you will still
need a particular restricted area and ACAP permit to do a Jeep
tour also. And the cost and criteria are also the same as the
Upper Mustang trek.
Upper Mustang Jeep Tour
Drive from Kathmandu to
900 m
6 hrs
Drive from Pokhara - Beni to
2,600 m
7 hrs
Drive from Tatopani to Kagbeni
2,800 m
6 hrs
(Visit Muktinath Temple)
Drive to Ghami Village via
3,520 m
6 hrs
Syngboche Pass
Drive to Lo-Mangthang
3,770 m
3 hrs
Acclimatization Day at Lo
3,770 m
4 hrs
Manthang and Chosar
Drive back from Lo Manthang to
2,745 m
8 hrs
Fly back to Pokhara
900 m
Drive back to Kathmandu
1,400 m
6 hrs
Upper Mustang Trek Cost
The cost of the upper Mustang trek will be more expensive due to
the expenses on the permit as the single RAP permit will cost
$500. The total cost of the Upper Mustang trek will be $ 1,799. Trip
cost including foods & accommodations during the trek, guide,
porter, necessary transportations like domestic airfare, etc.
Following are the Upper Mustang Trek Costs
1. Transportation Expenses:
The trek begins from Jomsom. To reach Jomsom, you have to go
Pokhara first because Jomsom Flight can be only taken from
Pokhara airport. You can reach Pokhara either by a local bus,
tourist bus, private jeep/ car or even flight.
The local bus would cost around USD 5 per person, and a tourist
bus will be around USD 8. Hiring a private Jeep/ car will cost
approx USD 100 to 120 each way. Kathmandu to Pokhara flight
cost will be USD 120 per person one way, and further Pokhara to
Jomsom Flight costs USD 110.
However, you can take a drive from Pokhara to Jomsom or either
directly to Kagbeni too. The same case applies at the end of the
trek returning from Jomsom to Kathmandu.
2. Upper Mustang Trekking
Necessary permits for Upper Mustang trekking in Nepal is ACAP
permit, & Restricted area permit. Upper Mustang Restricted Area
Permit costs USD 500 per person for ten days and extra $10 per
additional day.
For ACAP, NPR 3000(around $30) a piece per person is required.
If you choose to do Annapurna circuit trekking too, which means
trekking further to Thorong La Pass or Annapurna base camp to
extend your trek days, then a TIMS card will be required which
cost NPR 1000($10 approx).
3. The cost of Guide and Porter:
You are not allowed to trek individual in Upper Mustang at least
one authorized person from trekking company is necessary for
the trek. So, if you hire a professional guide, on average USD 20 to
25 per day is charged which includes the guide’s food,
accommodation, equipment, and insurance.
But, if you are thinking of taking only the porter to reduce your
cost. Roughly, the charge is 15 to 20 a day including necessary
equipment, food, insurance, and accommodation.
4. The cost of accommodation:
Upper Mustang trek is a tea- house trek, camping is not required.
The price for one twin sharing room is roughly USD 5 to USD 7 per
night. If you want one bedroom so you could sleep on your
own(not on twin sharing), please be reminded that you must pay
for the total cost of the room, meaning the price for two people.
5. The cost of food and drinks:
In Upper Mustang, nowadays all things are being transported
directly by bus or jeep. The price of foods is generally lower than
the places such as Gorakhshep during Everest base camp trek &
Dharmasala during Manaslu circuit trek. Roughly 5 USD per meal,
i.e., USD 15 to 20 on a daily basis.
The cost may vary depending on your no. of snacks and your
beverages. The price of drinks is similar to other regions. A cup of
tea and coffee costs USD 2 – 3 and USD 3 – 4 respectively.
Similarly, the cost of beer is USD 4 – 5 whereas a bottle of
water/soda will cost you USD 1 – 4.
6. Other miscellaneous costs:
Miscellaneous cost includes for other things like charging your
gadgets (mobile phone, camera, etc.), or for bucket shower,
heated by gas or firewood, etc. As these trails are tourist areas,
the cost cannot be expected to be cheap but not that much
expensive too just a few dollars extra will be enough.
Your visit to monasteries, gumba, stupa at Lo Manthang also
needs entrance fees could be around USD 20-30. Even there will
always a charity box to keep safe those centuries-old
monasteries, cave, Gompas like Swayambhunath, Boudhanath
during Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
And your porter and guide expect tips from you as gratitude.
These things depend on your willingness and experience and also
their services during the trek. We recommend at least 10% of the
total amount you paid to the local company to plan your trek.
In conclusion, Upper Mustang trek is an entirely more relaxed and
comfortable trek for all kinds of age groups. And most
importantly, this trek is a highly recommended trek for those who
love views of Landscape and enjoy learning History, Culture, and
Tradition rather than only Mountain views.
Are you thinking to visit Upper Mustang for your next holiday?
Take a look at our 13 Days Upper Mustang Trekking Package at
just $1,899. Price including Three meals a day, Accommodation,
Private Guide, Necessary trekking equipment, land, and air
transports, and many more.
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
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
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
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
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
Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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.
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