Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is in an area that is restricted to only a small amount of tourists each year. It was closed to foreigners until 1992 to protect the local traditions and it still has certain restrictions in place today. This makes it the perfect place for those wanting to get off the beaten path and explore a mysterious and ancient land, where very few have been before. Upper Mustang trek is one of the popular trekking destinatin in the Annapurna region.
The trek begins with a flight to Jomsom, then a short same day trek to Kagbeni further north. From here we take the northern trail and enter the Mustang region. We follow the trail along the banks of the Kaligandaki river to Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. This city is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal, but has a language and a people more engrained in Tibetan traditions.
Along the route we will have the chance to explore the local villages and to begin to understand the ancient traditions of the Mustang region. We will also see the unique beauty of the region, quite different to other areas of Nepal, with its high, desert like plains. The best times of year to travel to Upper Mustang are March-May and September-November. The trip takes between 12 and 16 days depending on your preferences. We stay in tea houses or tents, also dependent on your specific criteria.
As this is a very specialist trek, we ask you to contact us with your idea’s and suggestions which we can work with you on to create a perfect trekking experience and memories you will treasure for a life time.
- Ancient Tibetan Culture
- Exploring the forbidden Kingdom
- View of Caves of Mustang
- Flight to/from Pokhara
- 3 night in the city
- 11 nights on the trek
- Guied trip
- Highest elevation 3900m.
At a glance
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.