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Upper Mustang Trek

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kagbeni - Chele - Ghiling - Ghame - Charang - Lo Manthang - Kagbeni - Jomson - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Known formerly as the Kingdom of Lo, Mustang was once part of a major trade route between Tibet and Nepal before the Chinese occupied Tibet in 1950. Because of its remoteness and proximity to Tibet, Mustang preserves some of the last vestiges of traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. Little history is known about this exotic kingdom, doors were opened to commercial tourism only in 1992.

Upper Mustang is a restricted region of Nepal and requires special permits to access it. You'll travel to the lakeside town of Pokhara, then fly around the Annapurna Range to Jomsom where the trek begins. This trek crosses passes that are roughly 3,900 meters (13,000 feet) and will require walking for as much as 8 hours or more per day. All accommodations during the trek will be in family-run tea house lodges, which helps support the local economy and gives you an insight into the Himalaya culture. Morning and evening meals will be at these lodges. 

This National Geographic article illustrates just how special this region is.

Private Trek
All our treks are privately operated just for you with a private trekking guide and porter.

Tea House Lodge Trek
All accommodations during the trek are in family-run tea house lodges, which helps support the local economy and gives you an insight into the Himalaya culture. Morning and evening meals will be at these lodge and you'll have choices of both western and local dishes.

Trip Highlights

  • Travel to the ancient Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang, one of the most unique places and cultures in the world.
  • Explore ancient monasteries, palaces and caves in Upper Mustang
  • Visit the famous sights of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Views of spectacular Himalayan peaks


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (4,400 ft; 1,340m)
Arrive at the Kathmandu airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel to meet the other participants. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight Kathmandu. (Dinner)
Day 2: Kathmandu
Today you will visit famous UNESCO Heritage Sites around the city. Starting first at the 5th century Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) where you can have scenic views of Kathmandu city from the hill top. Later, walk through the narrow alleys and colorful markets of Kathmandu to reach Kathmandu Durbar Square. See the Royal Palace of the ancient Kingdom of Kathmandu. Visit Kumari chowk where the Living Goddess “Kumari” resides

Afternoon, proceed to Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple and site of Hindu cremations. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (2,800 ft; 853m)
This morning, enjoy a scenic half hour flight to Pokhara—a picturesque, lakeside town known for its magnificent views of the Central Himalaya. Visit the International Mountaineering Museum of Pokhara, which introduce you about the various mountains and climbing peaks, Tibetan people and environmental projects. If you’re up for it, hike up to World Peak Stupa for views over Pokhara before visiting a Tibetan refugee camp, where you might be able to visit a local school and a monastery. Overnight Pokhara. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni (9,186 ft; 2,810 m) 
Early morning, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Jomsom (8,900 ft; 2,713 m). Meet your Sherpa team and porters while permits are being checked. Then trek about 2 to 3 hours along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni. Overnight Kagbeni. (All meals)
Day 5: Trek 4 to 5 hours to Chussang (9,580 ft; 2,920 m) 
Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley as you pass through white washed houses, fields of barley, buckwheat, and apple orchards. Overnight Chussang Village. (All meals)
Day 6: Trek 6 to 7 hours to Samar (12,000 ft; 3,660 m) 
This morning’s trek continues along the Kali Gandaki river passing numerous caves carved inside the rock faces of spectacular mountains colored in various shades. Cross the river by a modern steel bridge before the trail climbs up to Chele. From here, it’s a steep trail up steps and paths carved out of the rock face for 2,000 ft before reaching Samar. Two high passes will be crossed today, the Taklam La (11,890 ft; 3,624 m) and Dajori La (12,260 ft; 3,736 m) Overnight Samar. (All meals)
Day 7: Trek 6 to 7 hours to Ghiling (11,480 ft; 3,500 m) 
Today’s trek involves several side tributary valley crossings and steep trails. You will cross 3 passes at Bhana La (12,595 ft; 3,838m), Yamday La (12,664 ft; 3,860m) and Syangboche La (12,467 ft; 3,800m) before descending to Ghilling, a village amongst barley fields. Overnight Ghilling. (All meals)

Day 8: Trek 6 hours to Tsarang (11,975 ft; 3,650 m)
Start this morning with a steep ascent to Nya La (13,156 ft; 4,010m) for great views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mustang to the north. Then descend to Ghemi (11,550 ft; 3,520m) for lunch before passing the longest mani wall in Nepal. Uphill ascent to Tsarang La (12,696 ft; 3,870 m) and descent to Tsarang village with a 400 year old gompa and palace. Overnight Tsarang. (All meals)
Day 9: Trek 5 hours to Lo Manthang (12,370 ft; 3,770 m) 
A tough crossing of the Charang Khola by rubble strewn paths is the toughest part of the morning before reaching the impressive Sungda Chorten. Travel through a desert landscape leading to the last pass of Lo La (12,960 ft; 3,950m) with a view of the walled city of Lo. Descend to a stream and climb up to Lo Manthang. After lunch, visit three major Temples inside the walls are Champa Lakhang (God House) which houses the massive 45 ft. statue of Maitreva, the future Buddha, The red Thugchen Gompah, and the Chyodi Gompa. If circumstances permit, visit the King’s Palace. Overnight Lo Manthang. (All meals)
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang   
This morning, travel by jeep to border area of Tibet. It is not permitted to visit the actual border, but the surrounding landscape and mountains are spectacular. Then proceed to Garphu and Nyphu to visit some interesting cave dwellings and monasteries. A packed lunch will be taken here. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore the ancient city on your own. You can also hire a pony to explore the outlying areas. Overnight Lo Manthang. (All meals)
Day 11: Jeep 7 to 8 hours to Kagbeni (9,220 ft; 2,810m)
After breakfast take a local shared jeep to Kagbeni. You might have to change jeeps along the way depending on the daily schedule of the public jeeps. A lunch break will be taken along the way at a village. Overnight Kagbeni. (All meals)
Day 12: Trek 2 to 3 hours to Jomsom (8,900 ft; 2,713 m)
Enjoy a relaxing morning before retracing your steps back to Jomsom along the banks of Kali Gandaki river. Look out for fossil rocks along the trail. Overnight Jomsom. (All meals)
Day 13: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (2,800 ft; 853m)
After breakfast, take the short flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by the lakeside. The rest of the afternoon is free explore the quaint little town on your own. (Breakfast)
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu (4,400 ft; 1,340m)
After breakfast, take another short flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own to do some shopping around Thamel area. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 15: Final Departure
The day is free until it's time to transfer to the airport for your flight home. Check out time from your hotel is 11:00 am. (Breakfast)


Our Package Rates Include

  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • Meals as listed in above itinerary
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • 9-day trek with tea house lodging, meals, guides, and porters
  • 2 liters of boiled drinking water per day
  • Coffee or tea during lunch and dinner while on trek
  • Transportation with public-shared jeeps in Mustang per itinerary
  • Mustang Special Permit and Trekking Fees
  • Airfare:

    • Kathmandu to Pokhara
    • Pokhara to Jomsom
    • Jomsom to Pokhara
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu

Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee (obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport)
  • Travel insurance with emergency medical and evacuation coverage (required for overnight treks - please ask us for a quote)
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Extras during the trek such as drinks, snacks, wifi, charging of devices, and laundry
  • Personal trekking gear such as a sleeping bag, trekking poles and clothing
  • Expenses of a personal nature

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
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