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Upper Mustang Trekking - 16 days

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16 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
All ground transportation and domestic flight as per itinerary.
Best Season
spring/ Autumn and Summer
3 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara/10 nights during Trek.
3 meals a day(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) During trek.
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    • Unique Landscape
    • Ancient Tibetan Culture
    • Lo Manthang
    • Buddhist Monasteries
    • Scenic Beauty
    • Remote Villages
    • Tibetan Festivals
    • Chhoser Cave Dwellings
    • High Mountain Passes
    • Restricted Area Experience

The Upper Mustang trekking is an extraordinary adventure through the remote and culturally rich region of Upper Mustang, nestled in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges in Nepal. Often referred to as the "Last Forbidden Kingdom," Upper Mustang remained isolated from the outside world until the early 1990s, preserving its unique Tibetan-influenced culture, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. This trek offers a rare opportunity to explore a hidden gem of Nepal, characterized by its barren cliffs, eroded canyons, and traditional mud-brick villages.

One of the most captivating aspects of the Upper Mustang trek is its rich cultural heritage. As you traverse through the region, they encounter ancient Tibetan-style villages adorned with prayer flags, intricate monasteries, and centuries-old chortens. The people of Upper Mustang, predominantly of the Thakali ethnic group, warmly welcome visitors into their homes and offer insights into their customs, traditions, and way of life. Exploring the walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang Treks, feels like stepping back in time, with its labyrinthine alleys, whitewashed buildings, and imposing royal palace.

Despite its arid and rugged terrain, Upper Mustang Trekking boasts stunning natural beauty that captivates you at every turn. The landscape is dominated by towering cliffs, deep gorges, and wind-sculpted rock formations, creating a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. Along the Upper Mustang trekking route, you are treated to panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri, contrasting with the barren desert-like landscape below. The region's distinct topography and stark beauty make it a photographer's paradise, offering endless opportunities to capture the essence of the Himalayas.

Upper Mustang Trails is home to a wealth of ancient monasteries, caves, and religious sites that hold significant cultural and spiritual importance. Trekking through the Annapurna region Mustang Trek, you have the opportunity to visit centuries-old monastic complexes such as Thubchen Gompa, Jampa Gompa, and Chode Gompa, adorned with vibrant murals, intricate wood carvings, and sacred artifacts. These monasteries serve as spiritual sanctuaries where monks and pilgrims gather to chant prayers, perform rituals, and meditate in serene surroundings. The caves of Chhoser, believed to have been used by ancient ascetics and hermits, add to the mystical allure of the trek.

The Upper Mustang trek Itinerary presents its own set of challenges and rewards, making it a truly unforgettable experience for adventurous souls. The trail traverses rugged terrain, high mountain passes, and remote villages, requiring physical endurance, mental resilience, and a spirit of adventure. You must contend with altitude gain, variable weather conditions, and basic teahouse accommodations along the route. However, the rewards far outweigh the challenges, with every step offering new discoveries, cultural encounters, and awe-inspiring vistas that leave a lasting impression on the soul.

As one of Nepal's most pristine and culturally significant regions, Upper Mustang Trek requires careful conservation and sustainable tourism practices to preserve its natural and cultural heritage for future generations. Our local communities are working together to promote responsible tourism, minimize environmental impact, and support community-based initiatives that benefit the local economy. You are encouraged to respect the fragile ecosystem, minimize waste, and engage in cultural exchange with sensitivity and respect, ensuring that the magic of Upper Mustang endures for years to come.

What you need to know your essentials Trekking Gears and Equipment for you to Upper Mustang Trekking:


Moisture-wicking base layers: Tops and bottoms made of synthetic or merino wool to keep you dry and comfortable.

Insulating layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets for warmth during chilly mornings and evenings.

Waterproof and windproof jacket: A durable outer shell to protect against rain, wind, and cold.

Trekking pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off legs for versatility.

Trekking shorts: Optional for warmer days or lower altitudes.

Hiking socks: Several pairs of moisture-wicking and cushioned socks to prevent blisters.

Warm hat and gloves: To retain heat in cold weather and at higher altitudes.

Sun hat and sunglasses: Protection against strong sunlight at higher altitudes.


Sturdy trekking boots: Waterproof and ankle-supportive boots with good traction for varied terrain.

Camp shoes or sandals: Lightweight footwear to wear around the tea houses in the evenings.


Backpack: Comfortable, durable, and properly sized to carry your essentials.

Sleeping bag: Rated for cold temperatures, as nights can get chilly in the mountains.

Sleeping pad or mat: Provides insulation and cushioning for a more comfortable rest.

Trekking poles: Helps with stability, especially on steep ascents and descents.

Headlamp or flashlight: Essential for navigating in the dark or during power outages.

Water bottles or hydration system: Carry enough water to stay hydrated between stops.

Water purification tablets or filter: Ensure safe drinking water from natural sources.

First-aid kit: Including basic medications, bandages, blister treatment, and any personal medications.

Personal toiletries: Including biodegradable soap, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes.

Trekking towel: Quick-drying and compact for personal hygiene.

Sunscreen and lip balm: Protection against sunburn at higher altitudes.

Insect repellent: Especially important in lower altitudes and during warmer seasons.

Camera and/or smartphone: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and cultural experiences.


Cash: Carry enough Nepalese rupees for expenses like food, drinks, and tips.

Travel documents: Including passport, permits, insurance, and emergency contacts.

Guidebook or map: Useful for navigation and learning about the region's landmarks and culture.

Portable charger or power bank: Keep your electronic devices charged during the trek.

Trash bags: Pack out any waste to help preserve the natural environment.

Snacks: High-energy snacks like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruits for quick fuel.

By packing these essentials, you'll be well-prepared for the challenges and wonders of the Upper Mustang Trek. 

Important Note

It's important for you to carefully review the inclusions and exclusions provided by Nepal Everest Adventures and clarify any uncertainties before booking the trek and tour. Additionally, you should consider your personal preferences, budget, and specific needs when before your trip booking.

Trip Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) One of our airport representatives to pick you up and  transfer to your hotel and spend the day exploring the vibrant streets of Thamel, a popular tourist area.

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley with our city tour guide, including Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Prepare for your trek and make any necessary  arrangements like special Upper Mustang Permits and trekking gear arrangements.

Take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus. A beautiful lakeside city nestled in the base of Annapurna Himalaya. Explore Pokhara and relax by Phewa Lake.

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, the gateway to Upper Mustang. Begin trekking from Jomsom to Kagbeni, a charming village with traditional Tibetan architecture.

Trek from Kagbeni to Chele, passing through the Kali Gandaki River Valley.

Enjoy views of barren landscapes and unique rock formations along the way.

Trek from Chele to Syanbochen, ascending gradually through picturesque villages and agricultural fields. Pass by chortens, mani walls, and ancient monasteries.

Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami, crossing the Nyi La Pass (3,950m) and descending into the Ghami Valley. Explore the ancient Ghami village, known for its red-walled houses and centuries-old monasteries.

Trek from Ghami to Charang, passing through the picturesque Dhakmar village and its unique red cliffs.Visit the ancient Charang monastery and explore the  surrounding area.

Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. Enter the walled city of Lo Manthang, known for its ancient monasteries, palaces, and vibrant Tibetan culture.

Spend a day exploring the cultural and historical sites of Lo Manthang.

Visit the Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen Gompa, and the imposing King's Palace.

Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar, retracing your steps through the beautiful Mustang landscape. Pass by scenic villages and ancient monasteries along the way.

Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling, crossing the Nyi La Pass once again. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mustang region and its unique geological formations.

Trek from Ghiling to Chhusang, passing through picturesque villages and barley  fields. Explore the traditional Mustangi way of life in Chhusang.

Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom, your final destination in Upper Mustang.

Celebrate the completion of your trek and enjoy a well-deserved rest in Jomsom.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, enjoying the scenic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in Pokhara and exploring the lakeside city.

Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara by tourist bus. Spend your last day in Nepal exploring Kathmandu or doing some last-minute shopping.

Depart from Kathmandu or extend your stay to explore more of Nepal's cultural and natural treasures.

Not satisfied with this itinerary? Make your own.


    Trekking Permits:
    • Upper Mustang Special Permit
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and teahouses or lodges along the trekking route in Upper Mustang Trek.


    3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) along the upper mustang trek.

    • Transportation from Kathmandu Pokhara Kathmandu by tourist bus.
    • Return transportation from Pokhara Jomson Pokhara by plane.
    Guide and Porter:
    • Services of an experienced trekking guide who is knowledgeable about the route, culture, and safety considerations
    • Porter(s) to carry trekking gear and supplies (optional, depending on the package)
    Emergency Assistance:
    • Emergency evacuation arrangements (if necessary)
    • First aid kit and basic medical assistance.

Doesn't Include

    Personal Expenses:
    • International flights to and from Nepal.
    • Expenses for additional snacks, beverages, and alcoholic drinks during the trek.
    • Expenses for optional activities or side trips not included in the itinerary.
    • Personal gear and equipment (e.g., trekking boots, sleeping bag, backpack, etc.)
    • Travel insurance (including medical and evacuation coverage)
    Tips and Gratuities:
    • Tips for guides, porters, and other staff members (tipping is customary in Nepal but discretionary)
    Additional Costs:
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, cancellations, or changes in the itinerary
    • Any expenses related to medical treatment, medication, or emergency evacuation beyond what is covered by Nepal Everest Adventures
    Optional Extras:
    • Optional activities before or after the trek (e.g., sightseeing tours in Kathmandu or Pokhara, cultural experiences, etc.)
    • Rental fees for trekking gear and equipment (if not brought by you)
    Meals in Cities:
    • Meals and snacks in Kathmandu or Pokhara before and after the trek.
    • Additional meals and beverages outside of the trekking itinerary.


    Upper Mustang Trekking Map

Frequently Asked Questions

The Upper Mustang Trek is a journey through the remote and restricted region of Upper Mustang in Nepal. It offers a unique blend of natural beauty, Tibetan culture, and ancient Buddhist monasteries.

Upper Mustang was a restricted area until 1992, and even now, special permits are required for entry. Its isolation helped preserve its ancient Tibetan culture and unique landscape, earning it the nickname "Forbidden Kingdom."

The trek typically takes around 10 to 14 days, depending on the chosen route and acclimatization needs. However, the duration can be customized according to your preferences and available time.

The best time for the Upper Mustang Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is usually stable, and the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes.

Yes, a special permit called the "Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit" is required for trekking in Upper Mustang. Additionally, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

The Upper Mustang Trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. While the terrain is not extremely challenging, there are high passes to cross, and the altitude can be a factor. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential.

The highest point on the Upper Mustang Trek is the Lo Manthang Valley, which stands at an altitude of around 3,840 meters (12,600 feet). However, there are other high passes and viewpoints along the route that offer breathtaking panoramic views.

While it's technically possible to trek independently, it's highly recommended to hire a local guide or join a trekking agency. Local guides are familiar with the terrain, culture, and can assist with permits and logistics, enhancing your overall experience and safety.

Accommodation in Upper Mustang ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges in larger villages like Kagbeni and Lo Manthang. Facilities may be basic, with shared rooms and common toilets, especially in remote areas.

Pack essentials such as warm clothing, sturdy trekking boots, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a first-aid kit. It's also essential to carry water purification tablets or a water filter, as bottled water may not be readily available in some areas.

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