Upper Mustang Trek Overview
- Trip Code: CT-10059
- Package: Upper Mustang Trek
- Duration: 17 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 3,840m/ 12,595 Ft.
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
- Accommodation: Hotel | Guest House
- Best Season: March- April- May-June- July- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov- Dec- January- Feb.
- Trip Route: Pokhara- Kagbeni- Cheale- Geling - Charang- Lo Manthang- Drakmar -Muktinath - Jomsom- Pokhara
- Beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara
- Scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
- Kagbeni village
- Capital of Upper Mustang, the Lo Manthang
- Old monasteries and ancient artifacts
- Sky caves
- Muktinath Temple.
Also known as the valley beyond the mountains, the Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal is situated between the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet. As it is said, trekking to Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. This place lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal which has a unique culture and the settlement of Upper Mustang had not been in touch with the rest of the country for many years.
The Upper Mustang region even had a king until recent times. Villages in Upper Mustang are scattered, and this region has desert albeit mountainous areas. The Upper Mustang in Nepal lies beyond the Himalayan Ranges of Nepal towards the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas of Nepal lie towards the south of the Upper Mustang region. Travelers can experience a very primitive way of lifestyle among the communities during their travel to Upper Mustang which is still prevalent today to its originality.
The valleys in the Upper Mustang region are dry and barren as it receives very little amount of rainfall which is somewhat like the land structure of the Tibetan plateau. But because of this, the place looks exotic and we might have a lack of words to describe the beauty of this place. Upper Mustang is a popular trek in Nepal for its exquisite beauty that gives a true sense of Himalayan culture. During this trek in Nepal, mountains of Nepal that are in the Annapurna Region of Nepal can be seen such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna First (8,091m), Fishtail Mountain (6,997m), and Tukuche peak (6,920m).
The Mustang Valley looks and feels mysterious as the desert albeit landscapes are filled with hidden caves and artistic monasteries that date to a couple hundred years ago. As the region is prevalent with Tibetan Buddhism, travelers will come across many monasteries and gompas along the way.
The Mustang trek in Nepal is moderate in terms of travel difficulties however getting there requires some essential travel permit for the Upper Mustang from the Government of Nepal. You'll need a special trekking permit for Upper Mustang to be able to visit so it is necessary for you to consult with a travel company in Nepal. Upper Mustang Expedition requires a minimum of 2 up to 3 weeks depending upon your means of transportation. Bike tours to the upper Mustang and mountain biking in the upper Mustang are also available as highly sought travel packages in Nepal. Upper Mustang is also considered to be one of the best places in the world for mountain biking. The Mustang trek can be done all throughout the year except for winter. Winter is pretty harsh here but the best time for trekking in Upper Mustang would be from March to October.
Also: Upper Mustang Heli Trek
The trekking package in Nepal is carefully put together for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers who will get to experience a whole new world in a valley beyond the mountains. The cost of the Upper Mustang trek is a bit higher than other treks in Nepal because of its restrictions and permits to preserve its originality and culture; however, it is one of the best trekking in Nepal that one can experience.
|Day 1||Arrival to Kathmandu||1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)|
|Day 2||Trek Preparation & Sightseeing 2 palces.|
|Day 3||Kathmandu to Pokhara||830m/ 2,722 ft (Pokhara)|
|Day 4||Pokhara to Jomsom||2,700m/ 8,855ft.(Jomsom) / 9,185ft (Kagbeni)|
|Day 5||Kagbeni to Chaile||3,110m/ 10,200ft (Chaile)|
|Day 6||Chaile to Geling||3,500m/ 11,480ft. (Geling)|
|Day 7||Geling to Charang||3,620m/ 11,875ft (Charang)|
|Day 8||Charang to Lo- Manthang||3,840m/ 12,595 ft. (Lo- Manthang)|
|Day 9||Exploration Lo- Manthang|
|Day 10||Lo- Manthang to Drakmar||3,820m/ 12,530 ft. (Drakmar)|
|Day 11||Darkmar to Shyangboche||3,800m/ 12,465 ft. (Shyangboche)|
|Day 12||Shyangboche to Chhusang||2,980m/ 9,775 ft. (Chhusan)|
|Day 13||Chhusang to Muktinath||3,800m/ 12,465 ft. (Muktinath)|
|Day 14||Muktinath to Jomsom||2,700m/ 8,855 ft. (Jomsom)|
|Day 15||Jomsom to Pokhara||830 m/ 2,722ft (Pokhara)|
|Day 16||Pokhara to Kathmandu||1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)|
Upper Mustang Trek Altitude Chart
Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary
Arrival to Kathmandu
A representative from CoreTreks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that, we'll be taking you to your hotel. We'll have a short briefing session and feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last-minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.
Trek Preparation & Sightseeing 2 palces.
We'll be talking more regarding our trip on this day. We'll need your original passport as travelers need a permit in order to make this trek in Nepal. After finishing that we'll be doing a bit of a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. We'll be visiting two world heritage sites located in Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening we'll be doing final preparation for our trek.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
We'll be heading to Pokhara on this day. There are two options regarding our travel to Pokhara; by air travel or by driving. A flight would take around 25 minutes to reach whereas driving to Pokhara might take around 8 hours. It depends on how you want to travel. Whether you want to enjoy the scenic highway drive of Nepal or a short scenic flight and enjoy the rest of the day chilling or exploring Pokhara, it is up to you.
Pokhara to Jomsom
We'll be taking an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom which is quite short and takes us about 20-25 minutes to reach. The flight is really wonderful as we will fly between two huge mountain ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranging over 8,000 meters in height. We start our trekking from Jomsom as we head towards the village of Kagbeni. The Kagbeni village is also known as the gateway to Upper Mustang. The Kagbeni village is quite an old settlement that dates back to the 14th century as it used to be a check post for traders from Nepal. These places are also famous for their amazingly delicious and juicy apples which might be the best apples you've ever tasted in your life.
Kagbeni to Chaile
The trail today takes us through the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River as we walk through several ridges to reach the Tangbe village. The village is filled with fields of crops that are usually grown in the Himalayan region of Nepal such as barley, wheat, and buckwheat. Beautiful views of the Nilgiri peak can also be seen during our trek on this day. After some hours of walking, we leave the Kali Gandaki valley and climb through the rocky terrain towards Chaile. Chaile will be our destination for the day.
Chaile to Geling
We trek through the barren land of the Mustang region alongside a steep canyon. We then descend a long gradual trail toward the village of Samar. From Samar, we climb up above a ridge and then descend down into a large gorge. We gradually descend to Shyangmochen from where we climb to a pass and again descend to the village of Geling. We'll be staying overnight at this village.
Geling to Charang
We start our trek by gradually climbing to Nyi La Pass and then descending down towards the blue, gray, and red cliffs. Upon crossing the bridge at Tangmar Chu River, we walk through the longest Mani wall in Mustang. Mani wall is a wall made of stones that are inscribed with prayer mantras. Then we climb over a pass and walk through the long and easy descent to the Charang village. There is a five-story monastery called White Dzong and Red Gompa which are some major attractions of this place. There are collections of ancient statues, Thanka, paintings, and other ancient artifacts inside these monasteries.
Charang to Lo- Manthang
We gradually ascend until we arrive at the Lo-Gekar Gompa. This Gompa is one of the oldest Gompas of the region which is even older than the Samye Gompa in Tibet. From here, we make our path towards Lo Manthang which is the capital of the Upper Mustang. We'll be spending the rest of our time upon reaching Lo Manthang where we'll also be spending our night.
Exploration Lo- Manthang
We will hike Namgyal Gompa this morning which is situated on a hilltop and is a monastery of utter importance to the local community of Upper Mustang. This Gompa also has a local court that has been in existence throughout the ages. We then hike towards the village of Tingkhar which is the last village situated to the northwest of Lo Manthang. After spending some time at Tingkhar, we then head back to Lo Manthang and relax for the rest of the day.
Lo- Manthang to Drakmar
We'll be walking through the highest point of our trek on this day as we pass through the Chogo La. From there our trail advances to a short and steep descent as we cross the Charang River. We then trek further towards the village of Drakmar which will be our final destination for the day.
Darkmar to Shyangboche
We start our trek after breakfast as our trails descend passing the stone walls and fields before climbing a ridge. We then descend further down to the villages of the Mustang region and finally to our destination for the day, the Shyangmochen village.
Shyangboche to Chhusang
Our trek is long but the trail is fairly easier. We follow a stream all the way down until Chhusang. During this trek, we also have an option of taking an alternative route to Saman that is 30 minutes longer where we can visit the Ranchung Cave.
Chhusang to Muktinath
On this day we will be following the trail through some villages after passing some Mani walls along the way. We follow the trail taking us to Muktinath temple passing the Kani gate. We will be exploring the Muktinath temple which holds significance among Hindu and Buddhist people and is also a popular pilgrimage site among many. We then ascend for a while and walk through the villages to Muktinath. This trekking route is popular for the presence of fossil stone also known as "Saligrams" which is mainly found between Tetang and Gyu La Pass.
Muktinath to Jomsom
After visiting the Muktinath temple and some other religious sites of the Hindu and Buddhist communities we start our trek towards Jomsom. which is also one of the windiest valleys in Nepal. Strong winds sweeping across the valley are sure to hit every traveler during the afternoon. We'll spend our night here at Jomsom as we've come to the end of our trekking journey.
Jomsom to Pokhara
We take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and spend the rest of the day in this beautiful lakeside city. There are tons of activities that can be done in this city. If you're not feeling like getting physical then activities such as boating in the lake, food hunting, or experiencing the city's nightlife could be great options.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
We'll return back to Kathmandu via the mode of transportation of your choice (i.e. by air flight or by drive). We'll drive back to Kathmandu and back to your hotel. After resting for a bit, we'll be organizing a dinner party for our fellow guests where you'll be taken to a traditional Nepalese cuisine restaurant.
Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you up at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up to the departure gate at the airport.
Upper Mustang Trek Cost Mentions
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast included. (5 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (11 Nights).
- Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by Luxury tourist bus (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
- Round airfare form Pokhara- Jomsom- Pokhara.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- Special permit for Upper Mustang.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
During the summer months, if you are searching for an ideal destination for trekking in Nepal, Upper Mustang should definitely be on your list. As Upper Mustang is situated in the rain shadow of the Annapurnas, you can enjoy clear skies and dry weather during this time of the year. Interestingly, summer is a relatively quiet season, and you can have the best pick of teahouses. However, the most popular seasons are Spring and Autumn.
One exciting event to note is the Tiji Festival, which takes place in May. Many trekkers like to combine their adventure with this traditional festival, which spans three days and occurs on the grounds of the former king of Mustang's palace. During the festival, people from far and wide visit Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang) to take part in the celebrations. If you plan to trek in Upper Mustang during winter, ensure that you have the appropriate gear.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal is considered as a moderate level trek. It requires little to no prior mountaineering experiences. We will be providing trainings to our travelers that will equip them with the required skill and knowledge about trekking to the Upper Mustang.
Yes, it is completely safe to trek to the Upper Mustang in Nepal. However, there are still possibilities of unforeseen circumstances that might interrupt your travel experience. For that, our travel experts will provide brief training about safety precautions and about the location that we will be heading to.
During your trek to Upper Mustang, once can expect to experience the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, Kagbeni village, beautiful and historic monasteries with ancient artifacts, sky caves, and the Muktinath Temple.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For accommodation, there are special Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However, due to the easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided (unless needed) during the Upper Mustang in Nepal.
To book the Mustang Trekking in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking,
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival
We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.
Your gear is crucial when venturing out into the mountains. It doesn't matter where you're headed; having the right equipment is essential. In some cases, it can even mean the difference between life and death. And in all cases, the right gear can make the difference between having an enjoyable experience and a miserable one. Don't make the mistake of showing up for your trek in the Mustang region with an overweight backpack, a thin jacket, and shoes that will likely give you blisters. Pack the appropriate gear to make the most of your trek.
However, it's essential to note that we will be trekking, not climbing. Therefore, you can leave ropes, chalk, and carabiners in your closet.
Here is a basic, comprehensive packing list suitable for any trek in Nepal, including the Mustang region:
- Duffel Bag
- Rucksack with Rain Cove Daypack
- Hiking Boots
- Sandals or Shoes
- Hiking Socks
- Trekking Poles
- Inner Socks
- Thermal Baselayer
- Fleece Pullover or Jacket
- Light Weight Thermal Tops
- Waterproof Jacket
- Sports Bra for Her
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Waterproof Pants
To prepare for your trek in Nepal, it's essential to consider both the specific route and the time of year. Here is a Nepal trekking packing list to help you pack wisely. Here’s our Nepal Trekking packing list.
Symptoms of altitude sickness, or AMS, can manifest within hours of reaching high altitudes and can include nausea, shortness of breath, headaches, and decreased ability to exercise. Fatigue and other unpleasant symptoms can take away from the joy of your trek. You may experience difficulty sleeping, dizziness, and severe headaches. Your coordination may suffer, walking may become challenging, and your chest may feel tight. In more severe cases, such as with HAPE or HACE, confusion, shortness of breath at rest, and inability to walk may occur. AMS is not limited to treks to Everest Base Camp or the highest peaks; it can occur on any high-altitude trek.
The severity of symptoms can increase with altitude, as depicted in the movie Everest. However, while the characters were climbing, you will only be trekking. There are various scoring systems for assessing altitude sickness, and guides are trained in these systems and in providing immediate treatment. Although many trekkers may experience some AMS symptoms, it is possible to prevent them from escalating. By being aware of the symptoms, you can take measures to maintain your health at high altitudes. For more information on preventing AMS, please read further.
To trek in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, you need a special permit issued by the Nepalese government. This is due to the region's sensitive location near the border with Tibet, as well as its unique cultural and historical significance.
The permit is issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. You must also be accompanied by a licensed guide throughout your trek in the Upper Mustang region.
The cost of the permit varies depending on the time of year you plan to trek, with higher fees during peak trekking seasons. As of my knowledge cutoff date of September 2021, the permit fee for Upper Mustang was $500 for the first 10 days and $50 for each additional day.
It's important to note that the permit is non-transferrable, non-endorsable, and non-refundable. Therefore, it's crucial to plan your trekking dates carefully and work with a reputable trekking agency to obtain your permit in advance.
Upper Mustang Trek Reviews
A Perfect Blend of Nature and Culture: Upper Mustang Trek with CoreTrek
From: United Kingdom | On: 02 Jul, 2023
My upper mustang trek with CoreTreks was an extraordinary adventure. The company's expertise made the entire journey seamless. The beauty of Upper Mustang is indescribable, with its mystical landscapes, traditional Tibetan villages, and the iconic Mustang Palace. CoreTreks took care of all the logistics, including accommodations and permits, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the awe-inspiring surroundings.Coretreks is really a highly recommended for all of you.
An Authentic Himalayan Adventure: CoreTrek's Upper Mustang Trek Review
From: United Kingdom | On: 05 Jun, 2023
I had an amazing time trekking through Upper Mustang with CoreTreks. The company provided excellent service from start to finish. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and always ready to lend a helping hand. The trek itself was awe-inspiring, with its rugged landscapes and the opportunity to witness the unique Tibetan-influenced culture.I would fully recommend anyone to choose coretreks.
Captivating Beauty and Spiritual Serenity: CoreTrek's Upper Mustang Trek
From: Germany | On: 21 Apr, 2023
I recently completed the Upper Mustang Trek with CoreTreks, and I must say, it was an adventure of a lifetime. The trek was challenging but incredibly rewarding. CoreTreks' team was exceptional, ensuring our safety and comfort throughout the journey. I am grateful to CoreTreks for making this experience so memorable.
Cultural Enchantment and Scenic Marvels: C Upper Mustang Trekking Delight
From: United States | On: 26 Mar, 2023
Trekking through Upper Mustang with CoreTreks was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Upper Mustang is a hidden treasure, with its ancient monasteries, breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, and the warm hospitality of the local people. CoreTreks made sure that we had a comfortable and enjoyable trek, leaving us with memories that will last a lifetime. I can't recommend them enough for the Upper Mustang Trek.
Unforgettable Memories in the Last Forbidden Kingdom: CoreTrek's Upper Mustang Trek Review
From: Germany | On: 22 Mar, 2023
If you are searching for a trekking agency to have a trek to Upper mustang you should really give a chance as CoreTreks also made my entire experience comfortable, safe, and truly remarkable.The itinerary was well-planned, allowing us to acclimatize properly and fully appreciate the beauty of the region. The guides were experienced and informative, providing valuable insights into the local culture and traditions.
Beyond Expectations: Upper Mustang Trek with CoreTrek
From: United Kingdom | On: 18 Mar, 2023
I had an incredible experience trekking in Upper Mustang with Coretreks Nepal. The landscape was unlike anything I've ever seen before, with stunning desert-like terrain and ancient caves. The team was professional, knowledgeable, and ensured our safety throughout the journey. Highly recommended!
A Hidden Gem in the Himalayas: CoreTrek's Upper Mustang Trek Unveiled
From: United States | On: 18 Mar, 2023
CoreTreks exceeded my expectations during the Upper Mustang Trek. The team was extremely professional and ensured that we had a safe and enjoyable journey. The accommodations along the trek were comfortable, and the food provided was delicious and hygienic. I totally had a blast in upper mustang trek with Coretreks .
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey: CoreTrek's Upper Mustang Trekking Expedition
From: India | On: 07 Mar, 2023
The company's professionalism and attention to detail were evident from the moment we started planning the trip. CoreTreks ensured that we had a hassle-free trek, providing comfortable accommodations and delicious meals. And The landscapes of Upper Mustang are simply breathtaking, with its dramatic cliffs and deep canyons. Your should really try a trek with Coretreks.
Epic Adventure through Mystical Mustang: CoreTrek's Upper Mustang Trek Review
From: Canada | On: 26 Dec, 2022
The Upper Mustang Trek organized by CoreTreks was an unforgettable journey. The team's attention to detail was commendable, and they took care of everything, leaving us free to enjoy the trek. The landscapes of Upper Mustang are unlike anything I've ever seen, with its barren yet mesmerizing terrain. I would probly choose coretreks forever because of there amazing service.
Beyond Ordinary: CoreTrek's Upper Mustang Trekking Experience Unraveled
From: India | On: 18 Nov, 2022
Upper Mustang is a hidden paradise, with its ancient monasteries, charming villages, and the majestic Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges in the backdrop. And with Coretreks my journey was totally worth it by their mindblowing services with very reasonable price. Thank you Coretreks for this experience.