Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal
Upper Mustang Trekking In Nepal

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Overview for Upper Mustang Trekking In Nepal

  • Trip Code: CT-10059
  • Package: Upper Mustang Trekking In Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 3,840m/ 12,595 Ft.
  • Trip Level:
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
  • 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

Trip Highlights

  • 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, Upper Mustang trek in Nepal is situated in between the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet. As it is said, trekking to Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. This place lies at 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 is lies beyond the Himalayan Ranges of Nepal towards the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas of Nepal lies towards the south of 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 Upper Mustang region are dry and barren as it receives a very little amount of rainfall which is somewhat like the land structure of Tibetan plateau. But because of this, the place looks exotic and we might have lack of words to describe the beauty of this place. Upper Mustang is 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. Dhulagiri (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 which date to couple hundred years ago. As the region is prevalent with Tibetan Buddhism, travelers will come across many monasteries and gompas along the way.

The Upper Mustang trek in Nepal is moderate in terms of travel difficulties however getting there requires some essential travel permit for 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 tour to upper mustang and mountain biking in upper mustang are also available as highly sought out travel packages in Nepal. Upper mustang is also considered to be one of the best places in the world for mountain biking. The Upper 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. The Upper mustang trek is a trekking package in Nepal which 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 Upper Mustang trek is 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.

Trip Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trekking In Nepal

Day 1
Arrival to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu) 

A representative from Core Treks 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.

Meal Included: 


Day 2
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 at 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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

Day 3
Kathmandu to Pokhara

Altitude: 830m/ 2,722 ft  (Pokhara)
Drive approx.  7 hours by luxury tourist bus, 
Flight, 25 min.

We'll be heading to Pokhara on this day. There are two options regarding our travel to Pokhara; by air travel or by drive. 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 at chilling or exploring Pokhara, it is up to you.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

Day 4
Pokhara to Jomsom

Altitude: 2,700m/ 8,855ft.(Jomsom) 2,800m/ 9,185ft (Kagbeni)
Flight time: 25 min.
Walk approx. 3 hours

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 villages is quite an old settlement which dates back to 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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 5
Kagbeni to Chaile

Altitude: 3,110m/ 10,200ft (Chaile)
Walk approx.  6 hours

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 terrian towards Chaile. Chaile will be our destination for the day.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 6
Chaile to Geling

Altitude: 3,500m/ 11,480ft. (Geling)
Walk approx. 5-6 hours

We trek through the barren land of the Mustang region alongside a steep canyon. We then descend a long gradual trail towards the village of Samar. From Samar, we climb up above to 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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 7
Geling to Charang

Altitude: 3,620m/ 11,875ft  (Charang)
Walk approx. 5 hours

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 collection of ancient statues, Thanka, paintings, and other ancient artifacts inside these monasteries.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner


Day 8
Charang to Lo- Manthang

Altitude: 3,840m/ 12,595 ft. (Lo- Manthang)
Walk approx. 5 hours.

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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 9
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 existance throughout ages. We then hike towards the village of Tingkhar which is a 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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 10
Lo- Manthang to Drakmar

Altitude: 3,820m/ 12,530 ft. (Drakmar)
Walk approx. 6 hours

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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 11
Darkmar to Shyangboche

Altitude: 3,800m/ 12,465 ft. (Shyangboche)
Walk approx. 6 hours

We start our trek after breakfast as our trails descends passing the stone walls and fields before climbing a ridge. We then descend further down to the villages of Mustang region and finally to our destination for the day, the Shyangmochen village.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 12
Shyangboche to Chhusang

Altitude: 2,980m/ 9,775 ft. (Chhusan).
Walk approx. 6 hours

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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 13
Chhusang to Muktinath

Altitude: 3,800m/ 12,465 ft. (Muktinath) 
Walk  approx. 7 hours

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 Buddisht people and is also a popular pilgrimage sites 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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 14
Muktinath to Jomsom

Altitude: 2,700m/ 8,855 ft. (Jomsom) 
Walk approx. 6 hours

After visiting the Muktinath temple and some other religious sites of Hindu and Buddhist community 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 an end of our trekking journey.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 15
Jomsom to Pokhara

Altitude: 830 m/ 2,722ft (Pokhara)
Flight approx. 25 min,

We take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and spend rest of the day in this beautiful lakeside city. There are tons of activities can be done in this city. If you're not feeling like getting physical then activities such as boating in the lake, food hunt, or experiencing the city's nightlife could be great options.

Meal Included: Breakfast, 

Day 16
Pokhara to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu) 
Drive approx.  7 hours by luxury tourist bus, 
Flight, 25 min 

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.

Meal Included: Breakfast,& Farewell Dinner

Day 17

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 at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

Trip Includes

  • 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.

Trip Excludes

  • 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"

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 a brief training about safety precautions and about the location that we will be heading to.


During you trek to Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal, once can expect to experience the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, 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 the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided (unless needed) during the Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal.


To book the Upper 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.

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Additional Information

Useful Links: 

Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Trek Packing List 
  3. Responsible Tourism 
  4. Free Travel Guide (New)

CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions. 

Altitude Sickness: 

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 

The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

Safety and Security 

A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

Trekking Equipment 

CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek. 

Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek. 

Walking Hours 

On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

Hiring a Porter/Guide 

An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals. 

All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience. 


It was a privilege

From: United States | On: 17 May, 2019

Travelling to Nepal was a privilege for me and my friends. We had been planning for his trip for like a year. I’m glad that we finally did it. We had a good trek of around 21 days in Nepal. Throughout our trek we experienced and learned a lot about Nepal.


We chose Upper Mustang Trekking because we wanted to explore the Sky Caves that we heard about from National Geographic. The man made cave is really awesome. Those are basically caves craved by men on a rocky hill. I was really inspired by the hardworking people in Nepal who made it happen.


We enjoyed lots of other things such as the beautiful lakeside of Pokhara, flight to Jomson from Pokhara, the Muktinath Temple and many others that I cannot exactly remember. We are glad that we booked from CoreTreks. They were really great at guiding us and taking care of our luggage. I highly recommend anyone who’s looking to visit Nepal to book from CoreTreks as they provide excellent value for price and they are highly experienced in the field of trekking and travelling.

Scattered villages of Mustang

From: Korea, Democratic People | On: 05 Jun, 2018

One of the things that I really enjoyed during my time in Nepal is the villages and people. We trekked to the Upper Mustang region so, we had an opportunity closely examine the settlements of people living in those mountain areas. I was fascinated by the hardworking and very welcoming people in Mustang.


We had a great time there. Our trip was planned perfectly so there were not any hectic emergency shopping while we were trekking. CoreTreks did an amazing job with preparing the travel checklist and they knew exactly what we were going to need during our hike.


I highly recommend CoreTreks for travelling purposes in Nepal. Our sole intent was trekking but they also provide extra features which you can look up. I have to say that they are a team of really talented professionals and they do not leave any chance to complain.


No words to describe the amazing places in Nepal

From: Australia | On: 15 Mar, 2018

Nepal is really a phenomenal place to travel to. After completing the trekking in Upper Mustang region of Nepal, I can see why many travelers prefer Nepal for hiking and mountaineering purposes. The place is filled with wild scenic views which can be found nowhere else.


Our trekking was longer than the usual. It took us about 20days to complete the trek but I would say that it was totally worth it. We discovered a lot about Nepal. The beautiful lakeside of Pokhara city, Kagbeni village, monasteries and ancient monuments. The words really cannot describe how beautiful and amazing Nepal is.


We thank CoreTreks from the bottom of our heart for taking care of us and for guiding us through the trials of Upper Mustang. The cost of trekking in Nepal is also really affordable if you book with them. They are a team of dedicated professionals that helped us from packing to booking our flights. Thanks again, looking forward to visit Nepal again.

A whole new world beyond the mountains

From: United States | On: 11 Jun, 2017

We wanted to get the most out of our short trip to Nepal. We had heard about the world famous Sky Caves in Nepal that lies in Mustang region. So, with an intent to experience that type of scenery, we booked for the Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal.


The trekking was phenomenal and exciting. We started from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Then we took a flight to Jomson, which is widely famous travelling place in Nepal. They flight was really exciting as it provided some breathtaking aerial views of the mountains.


Beyond the mountains there lies the Sky Caves. As the name suggest itself these are the man made caves. That was the highlight of our trip. It’s amazing to see what people can do. It’s really inspiring. All thanks to CoreTreks and the professional guiding team for making this trip possible. I would recommend you to book via CoreTreks if you plan on visiting Nepal for your holiday.


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