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Upper Mustang Trek

$$2,500 fly / $2300 drive per person
12 Days
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Departure Location
KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel
Return Location
Departure to airport / international flight


The Upper Mustang was a secrets kingdom and it opened for foreigners since 1992. As a rusticated and most controlled trekking area in Nepal. Mustang is an old Himalayan kingdom that lies in the Northern, central part of Nepal as well as at top of Kaligandaki River. The river runs through the south towards Nepal Terai. Upper Mustang Trek routes corresponding with the river once provided as a major trade route between India and Tibet, especially for salt. Part of the Kaligandaki valley in the southern Mustang figures by some evaluates the deepest Gorge in the world. The mustang is considering one of the most interesting for the culture and picturesque place in Nepal.

It was part of the Tibetan Gungthang kingdom until the 1830s. King Ame Pal manages the founder and building of greatly of the Lo and Mustang capital of Lo- Manthang a walled city amazingly changed in appearance from that time of period. The medieval wall city of Lo- Manthang, mustang is unofficial capital still remains a kingdom. At the end of the 18th century, the kingdom was capture by the Nepalese Army. The history of Lo-Manthang is based on legend and fairy tales rather than recorded details. Mustang preserved its rank as a divide principality until 1951.

Upper Mustang Trek, It’s Lies on Rain Shadow

Upper Mustang Trek, lies on the rain shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri and walk in a completely desolate landscape, surrounded by white Himalaya’s peaks, rocky in all kind of different colors with fantastic structures. In this desolated landscape the villages are with bright colored besides fields are like Majesty. Mustang is very rich in Buddhist culture alike to the area of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Thus, it is an alternate way to the Tibetan culture and landscape to the tours provides by the Himalayan Trails. Upper Mustang trekking, Jomsom and Muktinath trekking, Kali Gandaki valley trekking are several popular trekking areas in the region. Especially the Tiji festival in Lo-Manthang is the most popular destination for tourists in the Mustang seeking to experience the native culture.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel, trek briefing and welcome dinner.
    O/N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing world heritage sights Hindus & Buddhist shrines / Trek preparation
    O/N Hotel – (B/B)
  • Day 03: Kathmandu –Pokhara Drive (820m) 7hrs or Fly 30mins
    O/N Hotel – (B/B)
  • Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom fly (2,720m) 25mins Trek to Kagbeni (2840m) 2hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 05: Kagbeni – Chaile (3050m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 06: Chaile – Ghilling (3,775m) Via Syangbochen (3,800m) 6/7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 07: Ghilling – Dhagmar (3,820m) via Ghami 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 08: Dhagmar – Lo-Manthang (3810m) Via Ghar Gumba 6/7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 09: Excursion day with horse riding and visiting Tshoser gumpa, some active cave around the area.
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 10: Excursion day if needed in Lo-Manthang gumba, monks school Tibetan Doctor Amzi etc and free afternoon
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 11: Lo – Manthag – Dhi Gaun (3,400m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD
  • Day 12: Dhi gaun – Excrustion Luri Gumba (3880m) via Yara-Ghara and back to Dhi 8hrs
    O O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 13: Dhi gaun – Tsarang (3,560m) 4hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Charang – Syangbochen (3,800m) Via Ghami 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Syanbochen – Chusang (2,980m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 16: Chusang – Jomsom (2720m) Via Kagbeni 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 17: Jomsom – Pokhara fly in the morning free day in Pokhara
    O/N Hotel – (B/B)
  • Day 18: Pokhara – KTM Drive or fly and farewell dinner
    O/N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 19: Final Departure by privet vehicle with unforgettable memory of Upper Mustang trek and back to homeland

Important Note

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

  • Day 01
  • Day 02
  • Day 03
  • Day 04
  • Day 05
  • Day 06
  • Day 07
  • Day 08
  • Day 09
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
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  • Days 17
  • Days 18
  • Days 19
Day 01

KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel, trek briefing and welcome dinner. O/ N Hotel –BDB

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, You will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing P Ltd with proper greeting. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up.In the afternoon, you will visit our office there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing. For dinner, you will be served excellent cuisine.

Overnight at Hotel –BDB

Day 02

Sightseeing world heritage sights Hindus & Buddhist shrines / Trek preparation

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. After city tour you can hang out to the necessary places you might need to go before trekking like, Money changer, ATM, Market ETC.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

Day 03

Kathmandu –Pokhara Drive (820m) 7hrs or Fly 30mins O/N Hotel – (B/B)

After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport we take an early morning 30 minutes Pokhara flight and enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas from the right side of our plane. Or you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive via scenic Prithivi Highway enjoying short stops for lunch and breakfast and scenic beauty all the way around. Check in to the hotel, after freshen up, you will be free to explore the city by yourself.

Overnight at Hotel – (B/B)

Day 04

Pokhara – Jomsom fly (2,720m) 25mins Trek to Kagbeni (2840m) 2hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

Early in the morning we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 05

Kagbeni – Chaile (3050m) 5hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast the trail passes through the village to the Mani walls at the north end. Here we pass the police check-post, descend briefly and then begin a steep climb up to join the broad, loose trail that contours along the east bank of the river. A little later on and we bypass Tiri where the route from Charkabhot (Dolpo) joins the village. Further up the Gyalungbo River drains into the Kali Gandaki . The trail continues through the village and further up to a group of settlements known as Chusang. Ruins of castles litter the hill-tops behind the village, and prehistoric cave dwellings can be seen on the west side of the river. The Narsinga Khola joins the Kali Gandaki here; the stream is crossed and the trail follows a stretch of the river bank, skirting the edge where the river has eroded the banks. A steel iron bridge spans the Kali Gandaki just as it emerges from a natural tunnel. Amongst the cliff walls a great many caves can be seen. A steep climb out of the valley leads to the village of Chaile.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 06

Chaile – Ghilling (3,775m) Via Syangbochen (3,800m) 6/7hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we climb to Samar. Samar is a village on middle of dry hill where we can see beautiful view of mustang and Himalayas. After short rest we continue walk crossing many small passes over 3500 meter including some of windy pass. We walk up and down many times that make your legs more tired when you arrive local lodge in Gilling village is small village form where we visit few monastery and school.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 07

Ghilling – Dhagmar (3,820m) via Ghami 6hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

After our breakfast, we will start our trek with the climbing up to Nyila. And then we need to descend down below the blue, gray and red cliff to Ghaami- the biggest settlement of Upper Mustang. Continuing our trek, we move to Dhagmar through colorful cliffs and green scenery.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 08

Dhagmar – Lo-Manthang (3810m) Via Ghar Gumba 6/7hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast our journey start towards Lo-Manthang. The trial goes ups and downs with the beautiful views on the way. The scenic view of beautiful hills, glittering white snowy mountains, colorful Chorten will surely make your journey good and tireless.on the way we pass Ghar Gumba- a monastery. Moving further, we will be at Lo-Manthang.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 09

Excursion day with horse riding and visiting Choser gumpa, some active cave around the area. O/N Lodge – (BLD)

Today is the excursion day. We will move to Chosser cave. Chhosser cave is a mysterious but stunning cave famous for its architectural beauty. This cave looks alike cliff but you will be amazed after you enter to explore this cave. You can see 44 rooms and many steps inside the cave. This cave somehow makes you feel of being in some wonderland different from rest of other places. After then we will return back to lo- Manthang on a jeep or horse. The horse ride can be a different experience to you and probably you will not want to miss it out.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 10

Excursion day if needed in Lo-Manthang gumba, monks school Tibetan Doctor Amzi etc and free afternoon O/N Lodge – (BLD)

Depending on your choice we can arrange another Free day to explore the fascinating city of Lo manthang, we explore this beautiful village where Lamas are living. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king’s palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. We also visit the Lo Kunphen Traditional Herbal Medicine Clinic and School in Lo Manthang to preserve the culture, which has been practiced in Nepal for the past 1,000 years. & also Tibetan Doctor Amchi Standing in front of rows of neatly aligned glass jars, Gyatso Bista runs his hands over the shelf and inspects each of the labels posted on it. Coming from five generations of Amchis, or traditional Tibetan healers, Bista is also the personal physician of the king of Mustang.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 11

Lo – Manthag – Dhi Gaun (3,400m) 5hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD

After breakfast from Lo-Manthang, the trail walks straight till Dhi pass (4100m) and descend down to Dhi village. Dhi village is one of the best village of Lo-Manthang regions. It seems more prospectuses and it is settled in a very suitable place.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 12

Dhi gaun – Excrustion Luri Gumba (3880m) via Yara-Ghara and back to Dhi 8hrs O O/N Lodge – (BLD)

We walk about 02 hours and reach Yara Ghara. From Yara Ghara it takes around 2 hours to reach Lori Gompa which is situated at the hilltop. It serves as an important monastery of the local community.After exploring the beauty of this place we trek back to Dhi.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 13

Dhi gaun – Tsarang (3,560m) 4hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we continue our trek on the bank of Kaligandaki river and turn right side for ascends. And, we start ascends gradually towards the small & rocky trail. After some hours of trek we will find the suspension over Tsarang River. After crossing bridge take right side and start trek to up hills until Tsarang village.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Day 14

Charang – Syangbochen (3,800m) Via Ghami 6hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

After Breakfast we continue hiking south along a lower trail on the west side of the valley. This section of the trail is perhaps the driest region of Mustang. As we approach the village of Ghami we pass one of the longest Mani walls in Nepal. These are constructed of stones inscribed with the Buddhist mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum and after crossing two more passes with Annapurna range view we arrive at Ja Myung, a village between Gheling and Syangboche. Our trail passes through many gompas and monastery until we reach Syangboche.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Days 15

Syanbochen – Chusang (2,980m) 5hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we will cross small villages of Yamdo and Bena and reach Samar village from where we will follow the descending trail to Chele. This is quite a strenuous trek. Walking further along Kali Gandaki River, we will reach Chusang.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Days 16

Chusang – Jomsom (2720m) Via Kagbeni 5hrs O/N Lodge – (BLD)

Last day of trek, we will trek steadily up to village of Kagbeni, from here area of Upper Mustang finished as we will entering back again to famous trail of Annapurna Circuits. It will be around three to four hour walk from Chusang to Kagbeni, which will be ideal place for lunch. After having a lunch we will again trek back to Jomsom via plain bank of Kaligandaki River.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Days 17

Jomsom – Pokhara fly in the morning free day in Pokhara O/N Hotel - (B/B)

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. A strong breeze blows during the afternoons and frequent changes in weather patterns prevent the flight from landing and takeoff in the afternoon. During flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which gives you the chance to enjoy splendid views of different mountain peaks.

Overnight at Hotel – (B/B)

Days 18

Pokhara – KTM Drive or fly and farewell dinner O/N Hotel - (BDB)

After Breakfast transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu or we can also drive back via Tourist bus. Around the evening, we will take you for a farewell dinner. While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and take feedback.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

Days 19

Final Departure by privet vehicle with unforgettable memory of Upper Mustang trek and back to homeland

Final Departure One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport by privet vehicle as per your flight departure time and back to home share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of Mustang Trek.

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Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.


The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipment. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.


Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

Himalayan Trails support 

Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.

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Upper Mustang Trek

$$2,500 fly / $2300 drive per person
12 Days
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