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Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

17 days,
Trip Destination:
Lo Manthang (3840m)
Max. Altitude:
village walking,trekking and hiking,
Mode of Travel:
Tea house,
Tented camp,
Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner,
Best Season:
Sep to Dec & Feb to June,
Bus, Aero-plane & Car,
Per Day Walking:
4 to 6 hours,
Trip Grade:
Upper Mustang Trek


Trip information:

The Upper Mustang area is said to one of the most beautiful areas in Nepal. For conservation reasons, this is a restricted area and it was only opened to foreigners in 1992. Upper Mustang was originally a separate Buddhist kingdom called ‘Lo’ which survived until 2006. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire and its culture and religion are still closely tied to Tibet. The buildings are built in traditional Tibetan style with white-washed walls and firewood stacked on the roof. This mystical land lies in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri, making it an excellent choice in the monsoon months and giving an arid, desolate environment with amazing multi-colored rock formations. In this barren landscape, the villages with their brightly colored fields are like an oasis. The route follows the old salt route where the Tibetans traded salt with the grain from lowland areas and the Kali Gandaki River (the deepest gorge in the world).

The trek winds its way past the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, magnificent caves that were ancient homes and temples (some of the still home villagers and Lamas), to the medieval capital of Mustang, Lo Mangtang. Here you can explore the walled city with its narrow alleyways and ancient monasteries. You can even pay a visit to the King (much respected but no longer in power) if he is at home.  Here you can learn much about Tibetan life by chatting over a tea before returning to Jomson via the towering cliffs of the Kali Gandaki.

It is a fantastic trek that offers a completely different landscape to other areas of Nepal. From the passes, you have amazing views over the Annapurna range and this trek can be easily extended to take in the sacred town of Muktinath and part of the world-famous Annapurna circuit.

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit caves and wide valley view including Kaligandaki River,
  • Art and culture of buddies people(Mani wall, Prayer wheels, prayer flags, painted stone with mantras)
  • Mustang traditional kingdom, and old Gompas,
  • Many yaks sheep and some wild animals,

Upper Mustang Trekking Outline itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. 

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m), early in the morning and trek to Kagbeni (2800m). 

Day 05: Trek to Chele/Chhusang (3050m). 

Day 06: Trek to Samar (3660m). 

Day 07: Trek to Ghiling (3570m). 

Day 08: Trek to Ghami (3570m) 

Day 09: Trek to Tsarang 

Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m). 

Day 11: Rest day at Lo Manthang. 

Day 12: Trek to Ghami (3545m). 

Day 13: Trek to Samar (3356m).

Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni. 

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom. 

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara early in the morning. 

Day 17: Leisure day in Pokhara in case if there is bad weather in Jomsom. 

Day 18: Drive Back to Kathmandu. 

Day 19: Transfer to Airport. 


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by car or van it depends on the size of the group with an experienced tour guide. 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus or flight it depends on you. It’s about 6 to 7 hours drive to Pokhara and 30 min flight.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m), early in the morning and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) or we can take a bus to Kagbeni. It’s about 3 hours along the Kali Gandaki river (tea house).

Day 05: Trek to Chele/Chhusang (3050m). It’s approximate 4-5:30 hours walking along the Kali Gandaki river, there are spectacular rock formations along the way. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.

Day 06: Trek to Samar (3660m). It’s about 4 hours walking and overnight at tented camp/tea house.

Day 07: Trek to Ghiling (3570m). On the way back we visit a monastery that is located in a cave. The Lama lives there. It’s about 5:30 hours and overnight at tented camp/tea house. You can visit a monastery that has the preserved hand of a woman who tried to steal precious artifacts here.

Day 08:  Trek to Ghami (3570m) - 4 hours walk. Stay with one of the King's relatives in this pretty village.

Day 09:  Trek to Tsarang and meet many of the cattle and goat traders on their way south (4 hours). Overnight at tented camp/tea house.

Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m). It takes 4 hours to arrive destination. Overnight at tented camp/tea house. Relax with a filter coffee in this ancient city.

Day 11: Rest day at Lo Manthang. Visit the many monasteries and Tibetan shops. You can hire horses to visit the surrounding areas where there are the remains of ancient hill forts and distant monasteries. From here you can decide which route to return on, the high route, the valley route or the eastern route.

Day 12: Trek to Ghami (3545m). It’s about 7 hours and overnight at tented camp/tea house. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.

Day 13: Trek to Samar (3356m).It’s about 6 hours walking. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.

Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni from Samar is 6 hours.  Overnight at tented camp/tea house.

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom. It’s about 3 hours along the Kaligandaki River. Overnight at tented camp/tea house.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara early in the morning and relaxing time around the lake such as boating, lake walking, stupas so no and Overnight at Pokhara Hotel OR extend your trek and follow part of the world-famous Annapurna Circuit.

Day 17: Leisure day in Pokhara in case if there is bad weather in Jomsom. 

Day 18: Drive Back to Kathmandu by tourist bus in the morning, it’s about 6 hours drive and Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.

Day 19: Transfer to Airport for your onward destination by car or van it will depend on the size of the group.

Whats Included?

Service Includes

  • Airport to Hotel picks up and drops by private car or van it depends on the size of the group
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 2-night hotel in Pokhara on BB plan.
  • All local transportation.
  • An expert tour guide for Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and all accommodations during the trekking.      
  • A highly experienced well-trained government license holder guide and porters( one porter between two trekkers).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMs (Trekkers information management system) card.
  • All government taxes and local taxes.
  • Guide and porter salary, insurance, transportation,
  • flight ticket to Jomsom Pokhara both way

Service Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, which is easily issued upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport at Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expressions such as bar bills, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • All kind of drinks (Water/Coke/alcoholic beverage and hot drinks).
  • Tip for field staff( guide, poster and driver)after the success of your trip, it is expected.

Essential Infos


Safe holiday adventure gives the first priority to our guest service that is what makes us today safe holiday adventure. For the city accommodation in Kathmandu we have been providing at list 3-star category hotel at the location and also on request, we can provide comfortable but cheap accommodation too for budget travelers.

During the trekking, we provide a standard guest house, a calm environment and local healthy food for our guest.


There are so many different tastes in food and international standard restaurants in Kathmandu where you can try your own taste in food and lots of choices. But in the trek mostly we can have Indian, Nepali, continental, via menu especially each settlement provides Pasta, momo, soup items, potato item, rice, hot drink, cold drink etc.

What to take with you for the trek:

As a guide myself for 14 years, I give first priority to cloths which are most important in the cold mountain area. Equipment does matter to make your trek easy and comfortable. Carrying excessive quantity of trekking equipment doesn’t make your trip more interesting but the disadvantage. So, we request you to carry only selected and recommended items and we have our potential porters. Warm Clothes, Down Jacket, Trouser, T-shirt, Hiking Boot, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Knife, Walking Steak, day backpack, Head Light, Sleeping Bag etc. These are the equipment's which you must carry during the trek.


  • Liner socks, Trekking shirts short sleeve,
  • Thermal underwear, fleece sweaters lightweight,
  • one heavier Easy drying long sleeved base layer shirts,
  • Woolen blends trekking socks, pair trekking pants with zipping off bottoms
  • Outer layers
  • Down vest, wind/rain proof over layer - jacket and pants,
  • Peak hat, headband, Warm winter hat, lightweight thermal layer hat,
  • Pair gloves, down jacket,
  • Pair down booties Great for keeping feet warm intent and while sleeping and for in the tent. Pair flips flops, it is practice.
  • Best Season to Trek in Nepal:
  • Autumn (September - November) and Spring (March-May) is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal Because by that time the Weather is mostly clear and the temperature is moderate which offers a magic view of snow cap mountains and valley each day. Spring Season is such a beautiful time to see many different flowers, plants, and rare animals especially Rhododendron flower along the way is a major attraction. Walking and trekking are also very suitable for this season.
  • Summer (June - August) and winter (December - February). This season provides a different scenic views each hours unpredictable weather ,heavy monsoon rainfall mostly in Annapurna region it is very much clear to trek around Mustang by summertime because of altitude you can skip the rain if you go those areas., so, Everest, Langtang, and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.
  • Experience & Fitness:
  • You should be fit enough to make those trekking because it is situated on quite a high region however certain training like running, walking, exercising, balanced diet all those things definitely will help to make it easy this trek.
  • Mountain sickness and Acclimatization:
  • Altitude sickness is a significant risk when trekking on any trails above about 2,500m. However good health, proper care and drinking plenty of water will definitely help you to prevent from altitude sickness. Every trekker need to be familiar with the heights so, for this, we have life-saving acclimatization days during the trek, peak climbing, and expedition. We also provide certain medical support for your relief and emergency rescue through helicopter whenever guest require.

Is Nepal safe for a holiday?

Yes, it is safe country since 10 years especially when rebel party involves in election and peace agreement in 2006 than all political party is already in parliament and doing their best, it means where ever you go to Nepal you are safe. if you feel scared still you can have your authorized guide who will take care of you and give you much information.

How to get Nepal visa?

To get visa for Nepal is a easy once you arrive In TIA Kathmandu you can get visa within 20 minute, you just need to get 2 p.p size photo, your passport and some money such as 15 Days stay in Nepal cost 25 USD per person, 30 USD for 30 Days and 100 USD for 3 month tourist visa. All service you will get easier when you arrive at Kathmandu airport.

Where is the best area to trek in Nepal?

There are so many trekking routes in Nepal, but few of them are really popular as it is nicer than many other treks in n Nepal. Everest base camp trekking, Gokyo lake trekking, Annapurna base camp trekking, Annapurna circuit trek, Poon hill trek these are the most popular trekking route in Nepal. If you prefer to visit a restricted area or, rural area to explore the localities of Nepal there are so many options that we have and you can visit safely.

Which season is the best to travel to Nepal?

Nepal is rich in biodiversity as it has many different temperature and climate within a few hour drives. So, as we have four seasons in a year we trek mostly in winter (Sep. to Dec) and spring (Mar. to June). The best season of the year is Sep to Dec, you will have clear weather and spectacular view each day this is why people used to call the best trekking season of the year.

What type of equipment do I need to bring for the trek?

The trekking equipment will depend on where you are going if you are trekking to Everest base camp or Annapurna base camp trek you should bring proper equipment such as down Jacket, Sleeping Bag, Windproof pant so no. You have to bring this trekking equipment which is as below:

  • Sleeping bag, torch,
  • Down Jacket,
  • Trekking pools, a pair of t-shirt and pair Pant,
  • Pair of suck and Sun Glass,
  • General medicine,
  • Rucksack and day bag,
  • Windproof jacket, Gloves, warm hat,
  • Inner Paint and thermal,

Can I trek in Nepal?

Yes, you can easily trek in Nepal because there are so many trekking routes. If you are going to trek in Nepal for the first time you can make the easy trek to Poon hill, or Langtang trek these are an easy walking trek. If you are adventurous trekkers you can go to Everest base camp, Gokyo trekking, Chola pass trekking, Annapurna base camp, Annapurna circuit trek etc. so you consult with your local travel agent when you decide to go to Nepal which is the best area up on your pace.

Can I get an experienced guide in Nepal,?

Yes, you can get an experienced guide in Nepal if you book your trip with trekking company or agent. You have to check very well who is going with you through your agent than figure out he is a nice guy or not. There are so many options but manly package trekking and day ways salary base trekking.

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Giusy Bertolotto

Giusy Bertolotto Aug 1, 2012

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

The trip to Nepal was a great experience.  I organized the tour (10 days) with Santosh Gauli . Very good flexibility on his part to change the program to suit our needs (both of time and things to see). Santosh welcomed us at the airport and we have always followed the best. I was really happy for his organization of all the pro ... Read More

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