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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 and dinner,
Best Season:
sep to dec and feb to june,
Bus,plane and car,
Per Day Walking:
4 to 6 hours,
Trip Grade:
Upper Mustang Trek


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 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, magnifient 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 alley ways 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.


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 group with experienced tour guide. 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus or flight it depents 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 we visit a monastry 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 monastry 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 monastries and Tibetan shops. You can hire horses to visit the surrounding areas where there are the remains of ancient hill forts and distant monastries. From here ou 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 aling 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 word 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 depends on the size of group.

Whats Included?

Service Includes

  • Airport to Hotel picks up and drops by private car or van it depends on size of group
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night hotel in pokhara on BB plan.
  • All local transportation.
  • An expert tour guide for kathamndu valley sight seeing.
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and all accommodations during the trekking.      
  • A highly experience well trained government license holder guide and poters( one poters betten two trekkers).
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMs (Trekkers information management system) card.
  • All government taxes and local taxes.
  • Guide and poter salary,insurance,transportation,
  • flight tichet 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 expension such bar bills , alcohalic and non alchohalic drinks
  • All kind of drinks (Water/Coke/alcoholic beverage and hot drinks).
  • Tip for field staff( guide,poter and driver)after success of your trip,it is expected.

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Giusy Bertolotto

Giusy Bertolotto Aug 1, 2012

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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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