Upper Mustang Trek Details

Main Attractions:

  • Kaligandaki is the deepest gorge in the world
  • Kagbeni / Muktinath
  • Lo Gekar Monastery is the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world
  • Thogen Gompa, a four storey Royal Palace
  • Man-made caves which are thousands of years old

Difficulty Level: Easy | Days: 18 | Max. Altitude: 3820m (Dhakmar)

Upper Mustang is also known as The Last Forbidden Kingdom, locally known as Lo. Before 1992 Upper Mustang was a restricted area which was forbidden for foreign visitors. However, nowadays, the area welcomes a wide range of visitors from all across the globe. The walled city of Lomanthang is considered by some scholars to be the best preserved medieval fortress in the world.

The highlights of the trek are Kaligandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world), Kagbeni (an ancient Buddhist village), Muktinath (a famous place for Hindu/Buddhist pilgrims), Lo Gekar Monastery (the oldest Tibetan Monastery in the world), Thugchen Gompa (four stored Royal Palace) and the museum in Lo Manthang.

An archaeologist has recently discovered thousands of sky caves (which are thousands of years old) carved 155 feet above the ground level. These man-made caves are one of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries. Along the trail, you can also witness the spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and several other peaks. Another big attraction in Upper Mustang is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking

People and Culture:

The Mustangi people call themselves Lobas. Socially, the Lobas are divided into three groups, one of which contains those of royal heritage. Rules of society are based on the values of respect and honor. The structure of their families is also based on these and other traditions. One tradition says that the eldest son will inherit the family’s property. When he does, the next son must become a Buddhist monk. Among all the festivals, Mustangi people celebrate Tiji festival, which is commemorated for the victory of Buddha’s incarnation. The festival is celebrated on May 3, 4 and 5.

Getting there:

The trip starts with a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by another 30-minute flight to Jomsom. Trekking then starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang.

When to Visit:

April to November are the best months to trek the Upper Mustang. The Upper Mustang is a rain shadow area, which means that trekking in this part of Nepal can take place even in the monsoon season which is mid June to mid September. During the monsoon, trekking other popular trails is not recommended due to the conditions.

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  • Continuous periods of uphill trekking
  • Long, dry trails
  • An occasional passing of vehicles along the route

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

Day Itinerary Altitude(m) Duration
1. Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel 1300
2. Kathmandu to Pokhara flight

Site seeing at Pokhara

827 25mins
3. Pokhara to Jomsom via Flight

Trek to Kagbeni



3 hrs
4. Trek to Muktinath and return to Kagbeni 3720 6 hrs
5. Trek to Chele 3050 6 hrs
6. Trek to Syangboche 3800 7 hrs
7. Trek to Ghemi 3520 7 hrs
Trek to Tsarang
3560 3 hrs
9 Trek to Lo Manthang 3800 4 hrs
10 Acclimitaztion day – Lo Manthang 3800
11 Trek to Dhakmar 3820 6 hrs
12 Trek to Ghiling 3570 6 hrs
13 Trek to Samar 3660 4 hrs
14 Trek to Jomsom 2720 3 hrs
15 Flight to Pokhara 827 20 mins
16. Fly back to Kathmandu 1300 25 mins
17. Kathmandu site seeing / dinner 1300
18. Airport Drop 1300
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Pick Up and Drop

Three Star Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Three meals during the trek

All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle

Two way flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Jomsom

Guided City Tour

Entrance fee for the routes

 An experienced, licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader

Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

All paper works and trekking permits

All government and local taxes

What’s not included

Nepalese visa fee

Excess baggage charge

 Private transportation apart from those in itinerary

Extra night accommodation in Ktm or Pkr due to early/late arrival/departure, early return from the trek than scheduled itinerary

Lunch and Evening meals in Ktm and Pokhara

 International flights

 Travel and Rescue insurance

 Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled/boiled water, shower)

Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking
Caves at Upper Mustang Trekking
Charang at Upper Mustang Trekking
Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking
Glacier at Upper Mustang Trekking
Lomangthan at Upper Mustang Trekking
On the way to Upper Mustang Trekking
Syangboche VIew Point at Upper Mustang Trekking
Syangboche at Upper Mustang Trekking
Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking

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