Upper Mustang Trek – 17 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/MR-01
Duration : 17 days


  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city
  • Scenic flight to and from Jomsom
  • Monasteries of high importance
  • Unique cultural and historical monuments
  • The region situated in the rain shadow
  • Picturesque mountains to the south
  • Lying in the rain shadow, a great trek to escape the summer monsoon-
  • Trek through a stark desert landscape with spires and cliffs
  • Visit the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang

Trip Information

An adventure journey of the Upper Mustang trek takes us to the medieval Himalayan Kingdom of Lo- Manthang that lies northside of Kagbeni. This amazing Upper Mustang trek provides us with an opportunity to explore the fantastic setting of the square-walled town of Upper Mustang and get involved in a direct touch with the remote ethnic cultural group of Nepal. The geographical scenery is quite different than another place of Nepal that you will trek through less barren with the enchanting land of windswept vistas, red-walled monasteries and reach to the feudal towns. The Upper Mustang is fused with fabled forbidden kingdom’s vast and arid valleys, colorfully painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of the majestic Himalayas of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukche and eroded canyons. Exploring controlled region is to reach the most stunning valley with spectacular mountain views, ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines such as Chhortens, Prayers walls, Stupas, Kaanis, centuries-old monasteries, the heavenly beautiful Trans-Himalaya landscapes, and many more. Upper Mustang is also famous for the ancient Tilji festival which is very famous amongst the local people. Upper Mustang, having a geography and culture resembling Tibet is a definitely surprising and an exciting trekking region to trek on, and also give similar feelings of trekking in Tibet. The whole isolated area of upper Mustang gives a mystical feel to it and enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region.  
With the scenic flight to Jomsom from Kathmandu, we will begin our journey towards Upper Mustang. We will follow the wonderful Kali Gandaki River and from Kagbeni we will begin our trek to the Upper Mustang. We will continue our trekking through the dry landscapes and meet with the mountain people and make involved with their unique culture is really amazing for trekkers. After crossing various red and yellow barren beautiful landscapes and reach the capital of the ancient Mustang city called Lo- Manthang is really worth visiting. After explorations of the medieval Himalayan Kingdom of Lo-Manthang, we will return back to Kathmandu by following the familiar route.
Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu- Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04: Transfer to airport fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni
Day 05: Trekking from Kagbeni to Chele.
Day 06: Trekking from Chele to Syanbochen
Day 07: Trekking from Shyangboche to Ghami
Day 08: Trekking from Ghami to Tsarang
Day 09: Trekking from Tsarang to Lo Manthang
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Accommodation Day
Day 11: Trek from Lo Manthang -Tamr to Shyangboche
Day 12: Trekking from Shyangboche to Tetang
Day 13: Trekking from Tetang to Muktinath
Day 14: Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will greet you and he/she will drop you at your hotel.
  • Hotel checkout and take a rest and be refresh.
  • Our representative will provide you with a brief explanation of the Jungle Safari at Chitwan National Park.
  • Enjoy welcome dinner.
  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Half day visit major world heritage sites of Kathmandu such as; Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Syambhunath, and Boudhanath stupa.
  • Be ready for the next day trek.
  • Overnight at the same hotel.      

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Drive towards Pokhara.
  • Enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake.
  • Stroll around the Fewa Lake.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas; Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Everest, Annapurna and many more.
  • Witness sunset views.
  • Stay overnight in Pokhara. 

Day 4: Transfer to airport fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Take an air flight to Jomsom.
  • This scenic adventurous flight takes around 20-25 minutes.
  • Enjoy with magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range, Fishtail, and numerous famous summits.
  • Trek continues from Jomsom to Kagbeni.
  • It takes around 3-4 hours walk.
  • Pass through Eaklibatti Village which is located at the bank of the beautiful two rivers.
  • Stay overnight in Jomsom. 

Day 5: Trekking from Kagbeni to Chele.

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek towards Chele, the distance between Kagbeni to Chele is 15.3 kilometers/ 9.5 miles.
  • It takes almost 6 to 7 hours trek.
  • Chele Village is located at an altitude of 3050m above the sea level.
  • Enjoy awesome views of the majestic orange glow of Nilgiri sun reflection and Tukuche.  
  • Follow the villages such as; Kalobhir, Rock tunnel, organic apple farm, Tangbe village, red, white and black Chortens, Gumbakang and Chhusang.
  • Explore the traditional culture and customs of the people.
  • Trek alongside the Kali Gandaki River and Tangbe Village which follow the natural tunnel in the cliff.
  • Stay overnight in Chele.

Day 6: Trekking from Chele to Syanbochen

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue our trek towards Syanbochen.
  • The trail passes alongside the Kali Gandaki River and Tangbe, which offers a beautiful view towards Samar, the Kali Gandaki valley, and snow-capped peaks.
  • Walk through crossing two passes; Taklam La pass and Dajori La pass.
  • Experience the great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, Damodar Danga, and Ramchung Cave.
  • See amazing red painted cave monastery called Rangchyung Chorten, which looks as if it has been stuck on to the vertical wall.
  • Trek passes through beautiful forests and green bushes that are surviving in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and adequately moist.
  • Get chances to see rare blue mountain sheep in this area.
  • Stay overnight in the Syanbochen.

Day 7: Trekking from Shyangboche to Ghami

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek ascend towards the Yamda La pass.
  • Continue our trek through the dry and loose trail.
  • Walk through popular yellowish trees and barley fields.
  • Finally, reach the Ghami and stay overnight.

Day 8: Trekking from Ghami to Tsarang

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek towards Tsarang passing through a rough and slippery trail.
  • Cross the suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola.
  • Pass through one of the most famous and longest Buddhist Mani walls of Nepal.
  • The wall is approximately 1000m long and surrounded by wonderful Himalayan range along with simple carvings in Ghami.
  • Witness amazing architecture which seems like a natural one.
  • enjoy witnessing popular red painted Stupa called Tsarang Chorten, situated in the middle of the landscape.
  • See and enjoy the barren hill with its creepy beauty.
  • Stay overnight in Tsarang.

Day 9: Trekking from Tsarang to Lo Manthang

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek destination is from Tsarang to Manthang.
  • Continue trek towards a canyon and cross a river and finally reach to the Lo- Manthang Village.
  • Lo-Manthang is a beautiful walled village in Mustang.
  • Experience the beautiful views of Himalayans including Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Tilicho, Khrikuti Peak and Damodar Kunda.
  • Stay overnight in Lo-Manthang. 

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Accommodation Day

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Lo-Manthang is the walled village that lies in Mustang.
  • Explore Lo-Manthang and its culture and tradition.
  • We’ll also trek towards Tingkhar on the same day which is a beautiful village in the north of Lo-Manthang.
  • Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Day 11: Trek from Lo Manthang -Tamr to Shyangboche

  • morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek from Lo-Manthang.
  • Walk down the yellow canyon to Tamar which seems large red vertical cliff from the North West side.
  • Enjoy viewing the barren landscape with the contrast color, you will see a combination of red rock, blue sky, green grass, and white yaks seems very intense.
  • Trek towards Drakmar, and enjoy exploring numerous caves.
  • Enjoy viewing magical cave, and more than hundreds of prayer flags are woven into it.
  • Continue trek and passes through Shyangboche Village which has different old paintings preserved from past.
  • Stay overnight in Shyangboche.

Day 12: Trekking from Shyangboche to Tetang

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trail towards Samar, situated high above the canyons.
  • Cross both side valley from where you can enjoy the close view of the Annapurna range, Tilicho, and Nilgiri.
  • Enjoy ice wall and continue to trek downhill toward Gyakar which way is quite spectacular, running high above the gorge until you reach to the Kali Gandaki region.
  • See beautiful Tetang’s Mani wall and wonderful Chorten.
  • Overnight at Tetang.

Day 13: Trekking from Tetangs to Muktinath

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Enjoy the beautiful view of the village of Tetangs.
  • The village consists of two separate high wall settlements, which seem like a large fort.
  • Views amazing close mountains which look quite impressive along with large glaciers.
  • Explore the famous Tilicho glacier which is covered by snow.
  • Make a moderate walk down towards Muktinath along with a stunning view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
  • At Muktinath explore numerous sporadic houses.
  •  Muktinath is one of the famous pilgrimage sites for Buddhist and Hindu.
  • Enjoy a bath in the 108 waterspouts.
  • Hindu people believe that bathing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death.
  • Stay overnight in the Muktinath.

Day 14: Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom

  • Morning breakfast.
  • It is the final day of your trek.
  • Enjoy the yellow-orange glow of Dhaulagiri.
  • Make a side trip to the Bon Punt soiling monastery in Lubra which is one of the very old and famous monasteries in Nepal.
  • Trek towards Jomsom.
  • After the end of Mustang trails, we’ll then join the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Continue journey towards Jomsom after a lunch break.
  • Stay overnight in Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Take a flight towards Pokhara.
  • Enjoy with amazing aerial views of Mountains and Himalayans.
  • Stay overnight in the naturally beautiful city after exploring the entire city.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • take a rest and shortly look after all the snaps that you captured along the trek.
  • Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Final Departure

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today is your last day in Nepal.
  • Our representative will help you to reach you towards your final destination with the beautiful memories of Nepal.
  • You will be transferred to the airport within 3 hours of your flight.
  • Wish you a safe flight

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