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Upper Mustang Trek

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  • Total Days 16

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    Trip Highlights

  • Ancient Tibetan Culture
  • Exploring the forbidden Kingdom
  • View of Caves of Mustang
  • Flight to/from Pokhara

    At a glance

  • 3 night in the city
  • 11 nights on the trek
  • Guied trip
  • Highest elevation 3900m.

Diffculties and Safety

Your safety is of our major concern while traveling with Mountain World Treks. Please note that your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary;   However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )

  • We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.  The rest of the day is free time to explore Thamel.

  • After breakfast we start our journey to Pokhara (your guide will be with for your whole trip). You can enjoy the scenery while driving on road following the Trisuli River where you might see people doing rafting. After around 6-7 hours (200km) drive you will reach beautiful and peaceful town Pokhara. Or you may take a 30 min flight to Pokhara enjoying the non-stop mountain scenery and valleys. A city with a large lake that offers us the magnificent views of various mountains. Dhaulagiri, the whole Annapurna range, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) amongst others. You will get another chance to do some last minute shopping for the trek and explore around the lake and town. (Overnight at hotel on BB basis).

  • After a short morning flight to Jomson, we start our trek to Kagbeni the last settlement in lower Mustang and you get your first taste of a Himalayan culture that is now more ancient and better preserved than that of Tibet.


  • Begin our Upper Mustang trek. This is where we step back into the past and enter the restricted region of Upper Mustang. The old buildings nested along sheer cliff faces stand as a testament to a land that time forgot. At Tangbe you see your first set of the black, red and white chortens that typify Mustang’s unique form of Buddhism.

  • This is the day of the 3 passes; our trek takes us over the mountain passes of Chele La, to the village of Samar (a one time Khampa stronghold as they battled the Chinese to preserve their land).  From there it is up and down, through a valley and over another pass, Bhena La at 3850 meters then we continue on to Yamdo La at 4010 meters before descending to the village of Geling.

  • One of the most picturesque days of this trek; we trek past many villages on the southern boundary of the ancient kingdom of Lo.  We end at the village of Charang with an amazing view of a monastery perched over the gorge of the Kali Gandaki river.

  • From Charang we ascend over a ridge before entering the Tholung valley where are journey takes to the arid landscape that we so often see in the photographs of Mustang.   It is appropriate, as with all mystic journeys (and stories) there seems to be a descent into a wasteland before the hero enters the blissful realm he is seeking.  So, is true with ours as we cross over Lo La at 3950 meters and behold the view of prayer flags flapping in the wind signaling the approach of the walled city of Lo Manthang, summer home of the King of Mustang.

  • Today we stay in Lo Manthang exploring the splendors of the town with it’s gompas, old shops, and King’s palace.  On summer treks the king may be in residence, so look for special activities surrounding the palace.   Our Mustangi guides have many friends in Lo Manthang, and this is the day the get a chance to really introduce you to their special culture that is like no other in the Himalaya.   Because the Mustang was closed to Western visitors until the 1990s, it does not have as many of the Western trappings as other regions of Nepal.  Indeed, Mustang was not even part of Nepal until 1951.  It is rumored to be the region of the lost Shangri-La.   Enjoy this day in one of the world’s most remote and ancient kingdoms before we begin our walk, heading south again toward Lower Mustang.

  • We spend the next three days heading back to Jomson.   We cross the mountain passes of Ghemi La and Nyi La before rejoining the Geling trail.  On our final day we go through Kagbeni before returning to Jomsom.

  • Early morning flight to pokhara and free day in Pokhara.

  • Transfer to airport for your on wards destination.

    Note: Above itinerary is customize able if you want to.

What's included

  • An English speaking guide
  • All domestic land and air transportation
  • All Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day while trekking
  • Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Tourist attraction admission fees in Kathmandu
  • Restricted area fee

What's not included

  • Tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Meals while not on the trek
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Any services not mentioned in the itineraries
  • Tips for the guide, porters and driver
  • Flights To/From Nepal
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Trip Extention

This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.

1. Kathmandu sightseeing tour.

2. Chitwan jungle safari tour.

3. White water Rafting.

4. Everest Mountain flight.


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Accommodation & Food details

We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and this is possible to upgrade in your choice.  All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Most lodges now have twin bedded rooms but you should still be prepared to sleep in multi-bedded rooms on the occasional night. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.

During Upper Mustang Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses. 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking, only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Best Time To Visit

Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Upper Mustang Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) could also be an another great option.


However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Equipment Details

    You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.  We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.

Questions about your trip

No ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The trial is rough, Windy, most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution. Depending on the time of year you go there can also be snow and ice in the trails. Use caution or seek the expertise of our guide. -
A Average level of fitness is required. For trekking to Upper Mustang in Nepal you'll need to consider the amount of days you'll be out trekking. Most days include 4-7 hours of slow hiking. Altitude is Not the biggest problem for this trek. Only few people trekked to Upper Mustang because it is restricted area of Nepal and need special permits to do this trek which is expensive. USD 500 for 10 days.​ -
Yes your Children can do it but make sure they have enough walking experience and you can afford it. -
Not allowed for SOLO trekkers by Nepal goverment. Must be minimum 2 person in group. -
April to November are the best time to do Upper mustang Trek. Upper Mustang is rain shadow are of Nepal and you can do trek even in monsoon season. -
Essential Items: -Warm Jacket -Waterproof jacket or poncho -Mid-weight fleece or sweater -2-3 Hiking shirts -1-2 pair Hiking pants -2-3 Non-hiking shirts -1 Long-sleeve shirt -1-2 Pairs non-hiking pants, shorts or skirts -2-3 Pairs warm socks -Warm hat -Sun hat -Long underwear (for high altitude) -Gloves (for high altitude) -Towel (preferably quick dry) -Day pack -Hiking shoes -Sandals -Sunglasses -Water bladder or bottle -Headlamp or flashlight -Sun screen -Lip balm -Personal medications -Camera Non-Essential Items: -Sleeping bag (can rent in Kathmandu) -Trekking poles (can buy or rent in Kathmandu) -Rain pants For more information Contact us. -
Yes but Only at Jomsom before/after Trek.
Yes. Most trips run smoothly, but once in awhile something unexpected can happen, that’s why we highly recommend and to join one of our trips you must have travel insurance. Please see our travel insurance section for more information. -
Upper MustangTrek doesnt go higher than 4300m. and It is possible affected by the altitude. some people fell altitude symptoms and some doesn't. It is usually above 3000 meters when people start to feel symptoms. Please see our page on altitude sickness for detailed information. -
Yes But only at Jomsom.
Yes you can charge batteries but you'll be charged by the hour and you'll have to bring your own charger. -
Cell phones work at most of the places on Upper Mustang Trek, depending on your mobile provider. There are also phone services almost everywhere we go if you need to reach home. -
We can tailor the accommodation to meet your requests. While in Kathmandu and Pokhara we generally stay in very nice 3-4 star hotels. During the treks, we will be staying in local guesthouses along the trail. The guesthouses vary, but overall are clean, charming and meet all of your needs. -
Basically our guide will sort out the things what to do. If it is not too bad you may go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line or satellite phone for an evacuation via helicopter. This is another reason to be sure you are covered with adequate travel insurance! -
Mountain World Treks hires guiding professionals with a love and passion for outdoor travel and adventure. Our guides have been with us for many years and know the trails well. They all speak English very well and know how to take good care of the clients. Please see our About Us page for more information on our guides. -
No, unless you request to. Our porters will carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. All you need to carry are your essential items for the day. The porter fee is included in the price of your trip. We plan for 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. -
The tap and mountain water in Nepal are generally not safe to drink for tourists. Bottled water, boiling water or using water purification tablets are your best options. Tea and coffee are okay to drink. Yes, the food is safe in Nepal. And delicious! -

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5  Reviews on Upper Mustang Trek

2018-10-02 10:34:00

Emanuele P,

Trekking in Upper Mustang

Everything was perfect. Saligram was great in organizing the trip and very flexible on changing some details to match our needs. The price was great compared to other agencies I contacted before the trip. Sudip has been a great guide, always very helpful and fun during the all trip. Highly recommended....[ View More ]

Everything was perfect. Saligram was great in organizing the trip and very flexible on changing some details to match our needs. The price was great compared to other agencies I contacted before the trip. Sudip has been a great guide, always very helpful and fun during the all trip. Highly recommended.[ Back ]

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