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Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

Trip Facts

Group Size
+2 People above
Trip Grade
Hotel/Mountain Lodge
Max. Elevation
Full Board
Private Vehicle/Flight

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic view of giant mountain Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Arniko, Virkuti etc.
  • The beautiful high desert landscape behind the Himalayas.
  • Typical culture of local people.
  • Nepali local food and cuisine.
  • Scenic flight to Pokhara.
  • Visit Lo-Manthang.
  • Ancient caves and monasteries.
  • Choser cave observation ( ancient multi-storeyed cave ).
  • Multi-color landscape exploration.

Trip Overview of Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is a Restricted Area in the Ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Lo- Manthang. A special permit from Nepal Government is needed to join this pleasant trekking into the secular land of Mustang. Being curtained from the world, natives from Mustang were able to preserve their ancient culture and traditions in their original form.

Mustang Region gives views of more than 35 towering mountains that are over 6000m in height. Upper Mustang Trekking follows as diverse trails as the world’s deepest gorge in Kali Gandaki to the world’s highest regions of Lo- Manthang Valley. Visiting a thousand-year-old monastery, having scenic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri Mountains, and stepping into the city wall and the four-story palace in Lo- Manthang are the major attractions of Upper Mustang Trek.

Upper Mustang Trek at ‘Tourist Link Treks & Expedition’ is an amazing package that begins with a flight to Jomsom via Pokhara from where the adrenaline trekking experience initiates as we walk through Kagbeni to villages of Chele, Syanbochen, Ghami, and Charang to the fortified kingdom of Lo- Manthang. We will make the return trip through the settlements of Dramkar, Ghiling, Chhuksang, and Kagbeni to Jomsom from where we will fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara, and the fun-filled trekking package concludes as we return to the hotel at Kathmandu.
Existing in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Upper Mustang receives minimal rainfall which makes Upper Mustang Trek possible throughout the year.

Additional Information: Tourist Link Treks is the Champion trekking operator in Kathmandu for the Upper mustang trek and other trekking regions in Nepal. Our main purpose is to satisfy clients and safety. Upper mustang trekking required a minimum of two-person need for a permit through the government-registered Nepal Trekking Company. The permit cost is 500$ just you have to know that. We’ll make fell a great difference if you decided on the upper Mustang with Tourist Link Treks. Also if you are looking group for September to December please have to follow the fixed departure date of 2022.

Scenic Drive and Scenic Flight:

Commence on an unforgettable journey with Upper Mustang Treks, where we offer you the best of both worlds: a scenic drive to Pokhara and a breathtaking flight to Jomsom. Our adventure begins with a picturesque drive to Pokhara, a city renowned for its stunning lakeside views and serene ambiance. Along the way, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the lush mid-hills and the towering Himalayan peaks that dot the horizon.

Upon reaching Pokhara, take some time to explore this charming city, known for its vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty. Visit Phewa Lake, a tranquil body of water surrounded by lush greenery and towering mountains, offering a perfect spot for relaxation and reflection. Explore Seti Gorge, where the Seti River flows through a narrow canyon, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of nature's power and beauty.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit David Fall, a stunning waterfall that plunges into a deep gorge, creating a magical atmosphere. Cross the KI Singh Bridge, an iconic bridge that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the lush greenery below. Explore Mahendra Cave, a fascinating cave system known for its unique rock formations and underground streams.

For those interested in mountaineering history, a visit to the International Mountaineering Museum is a must. Here, you can learn about the history of mountaineering in the region and admire exhibits showcasing the equipment and achievements of legendary mountaineers.

After a day of exploration, we'll take a scenic flight to Jomsom, a charming town located in the heart of the Mustang region. The flight offers incredible views of the towering Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, as well as the rugged landscape below. Upon landing in Jomsom, you'll be greeted by the breathtaking beauty of the region, with its barren landscapes and ancient villages.

From Jomsom, our adventure continues as we trek through the picturesque villages of the Mustang region, exploring ancient monasteries, scenic valleys, and stunning landscapes. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the region, meeting friendly locals and learning about their way of life.

Join us on this unforgettable journey to Upper Mustang, where every step takes you closer to the heart of the Himalayas and the soul of Nepal.


Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel / 25-Min drive / Overnight at Hotel In Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing/ 6-hour sightseeing / Overnight at Hotel In Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara / 25-min flight / Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly Pokhara to Jomshom & trek to Kagbeni / 15-min flight / Overnight at Mountain lodge.

Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Chaile / 5-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 06: Trek Chaile to Syangbochen / 6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 07: Trek Syangbochen to Ghami / 5-hour trek / Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 08: Trek Ghami to Charang / 6-hour trek / Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 09: Trek Charang to Lo-Manthang 3810m / 4-hour trek / Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 10: Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang / 5-hour hike / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 11: Trek Lo-Manthang to Dakmar / 5-hour trek / Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 12: Trek Dakmar to Ghiling 3570m / 5-hour trek / Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 13: Trek Ghiling to Chhuksang 2980m / 5-hour trek / Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 14: Trek Chhuksang to Jomshom via Kagbeni / 6-hour trek / Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 15: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara / 15-min flight / Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 16: Fly or Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu / 25-min flight, 7-hour drive / Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Scenic Flight and Drive:

The Upper Mustang Trek organized by Tourist Link Trek & Expedition commences in Kathmandu, where travelers are greeted with a scenic drive to Pokhara, renowned for its stunning natural beauty. Pokhara, nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, serves as the gateway to several trekking routes, including the Upper Mustang region.

From Pokhara, a short 15-minute flight takes trekkers to Jomsom, a charming town known for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. The flight itself is a memorable experience, offering panoramic vistas of the majestic mountains.

Once in Jomsom, the trekking adventure truly begins as trekkers embark on a journey through the mystical landscapes of Upper Mustang. This region is famous for its unique Tibetan culture, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking desert-like terrain. The trek takes you through picturesque villages, ancient caves, and awe-inspiring rock formations, providing a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region.

Overall, the Upper Mustang Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines stunning natural beauty with rich cultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination for trekking enthusiasts.

Explore Upper Mustang Region:

Exploring the Upper Mustang region offers a captivating journey through landscapes reminiscent of Tibet, with its arid terrain and rugged mountains. This area is renowned for its ancient caves, some dating back thousands of years, providing a glimpse into the region's rich history. Sacred monasteries dot the landscape, serving as spiritual centers and offering insight into the deeply rooted religious practices of the Tibetan Buddhist culture.

The region is also famous for its vibrant and diverse mountain scenery, with peaks displaying a myriad of colors, especially striking during sunrise and sunset. Along the trek, travelers encounter beautifully decorated mani walls, adorned with intricate carvings and prayer inscriptions, adding to the cultural richness of the journey.

The ethnic groups residing in the Upper Mustang region have a unique way of life, with customs and traditions that have been preserved for generations. Their hospitality and warmth towards visitors provide a glimpse into their rich cultural heritage, making the trek a truly immersive experience.

Unique culture and tradition:

Upper Mustang, predominantly inhabited by the Loba tribe, descendants of Tibetans, offers a fascinating glimpse into a unique cultural enclave. The Lobas follow Vajrayana Buddhism, which influences every aspect of their lives, from their spiritual practices to their social customs. This community has meticulously preserved its age-old traditions, evident in their festivals, rituals, and daily way of life, providing visitors with an authentic cultural experience.

A standout feature of Upper Mustang is the walled city of Lo-Manthang, a historical gem that transports visitors back in time. This ancient city, with its mud-brick walls and traditional architecture, is home to its own king, a rare and captivating aspect of the region's heritage. Exploring the narrow alleys and ancient monasteries of Lo-Manthang feels like stepping into a different era, offering a profound insight into the region's rich history and cultural identity.

The remote location of Upper Mustang, nestled amidst the Himalayas, adds to its allure, offering a sense of seclusion and tranquility. The stark, arid landscape, dotted with picturesque villages and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, creates a surreal backdrop for this cultural journey. Overall, a visit to Upper Mustang promises a unique and enriching experience, where ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes converge to create unforgettable memories.

Ancient Monastery Exploration:

Embarking on the Upper Mustang trek was a journey back in time, filled with awe-inspiring discoveries at every turn. The trek offered a rare opportunity to explore ancient monasteries, each a treasure trove of Tibetan Buddhist art and culture. The sacred caves, some dating back centuries, whispered tales of meditation and spiritual retreats, leaving a profound impact on my soul.

Walking through the barren yet striking landscape, I stumbled upon holy shrines tucked away in secluded corners, their prayer flags fluttering in the wind, carrying prayers to the heavens. Each shrine seemed to hold a piece of the region's history and spirituality, connecting me to something ancient and sacred.

The Upper Mustang trek wasn't just a physical journey; it was a spiritual and cultural odyssey, offering insights into a way of life preserved for generations. It was a privilege to witness and experience the richness of this hidden Himalayan gem.

Observe an art of Nature with incredible landscape:

The Upper Mustang trek unveils a mesmerizing multi-colored landscape, a testament to nature's artistry. The journey unfolds against a backdrop of majestic mountains, their peaks crowned with snow, contrasting beautifully with the deep blue sky. As you traverse the rugged terrain, you encounter deep canyons and gorges, their walls displaying a spectrum of earthy tones, carved over millennia by wind and water.

The valleys below are a patchwork of vibrant green fields, dotted with traditional stone houses and ancient monasteries, adding to the region's charm. The changing hues of the landscape, from the fiery reds of the cliffs to the lush greens of the valleys, create a visual symphony that captivates the soul.

Each turn in the trail offers a new perspective, a new palette of colors to marvel at, making the Upper Mustang trek a truly immersive experience in nature's grandeur.



Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be warmly welcomed by a representative from Tourist Link Treks & Expedition. They'll guide you through the lively streets to your hotel, where you'll receive a detailed briefing about your trekking package. After a day of travel, you'll relax and enjoy a peaceful night's rest in a comfortable bed. Experience the charm of Kathmandu and start your trekking adventure with a great start.

Begin your day with a light breakfast before embarking on a delightful day tour of Kathmandu with our knowledgeable guide. Explore the UNESCO-listed Pashupatinath Temple Complex, revered as one of the holiest shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit the Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Kathmandu, and marvel at its spiritual significance. Discover the ancient Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, dating back almost 2000 years. Finally, explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, another UNESCO site, where you can admire the architecture, including the residence of the Living Goddess Kumari, Kasthamandap Temple, and the impressive Kal Bhairab. Experience the rich history and culture of Kathmandu on this memorable tour.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Nepal with a 25-minute scenic flight from Kathmandu's Domestic Airport to Pokhara, offering panoramic views of the majestic Manaslu, Annapurna, and Langtang Himalayan ranges. Alternatively, opt for a enchanting 5-hour drive along the meandering Prithvi Highway, surrounded by natural splendor. Admire the Trishuli River, picturesque rice terraces, and towering peaks in the backdrop, making your journey to the serene lake city of Pokhara a memorable one. Whether you choose to fly or drive, the route is filled with natural wonders that will leave you awe-struck.

Commence on a picturesque 20-minute flight over stunning mountains to reach Jomsom Airport, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains from the comfort of your seat. Upon landing in Jomsom, the district headquarters and hub of the Mustang Region, your trekking adventure begins. Follow the scenic path alongside the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni village, the gateway to Upper Mustang. This charming village offers a glimpse into the rich culture and stunning landscapes that await you on your trek. Start your journey with this scenic and culturally enriching experience.

Embark on a picturesque trek along the eastern bank of the Kaligandaki River, ascending towards Tangbe Village. Navigate through the village's narrow alleys, surrounded by fields of buckwheat and apple orchards, before reaching Chhusang Village. Here, you'll cross the Kaligandaki River via a suspension bridge, leading you to Chele Village atop a ridge. The journey offers a glimpse into local life and stunning natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Mustang region as you trek through these charming villages, each offering its own unique charm and cultural richness.

Ascend the slope and traverse along the edge of a deep canyon, crossing a rock stack at Samar. Descend to the river and continue through Juniper trees. Choose the upward path, passing a cave at Ramchung, to reach Syanbochen. This route offers a mix of challenging terrain and natural beauty, with the chance to explore caves and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings.

Follow the trail lined with Mani walls, descending gently from the hill to reach the impressive five-story white Dzong and red Gompa located at the Kali Gandaki gorge's eastern edge in the village. Marvel at the architectural beauty of the Gompa before continuing to the village of Charang, situated atop Charang Chu. This leg of the trek offers a glimpse into the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the region, with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of these remarkable sites as you journey through the Mustang region.

Descending from Charang-Chu along a rocky path, we'll reach the river before ascending to the moraine land. Here, we'll catch our first glimpse of the walled city of Lo-Manthang before continuing our journey towards it. This part of the trek offers a sense of anticipation as you approach the ancient city, with its rich history and stunning surroundings awaiting your exploration.

Take a day to explore the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, starting with a visit to the western valley of Tingkhar. Here, you can explore the site of the Raja's summer palace and admire the historic architecture. Don't miss Kimling, Phuwa, and the Namgyal Gompa, also known as the Monastery of Victory Gompa, which is the newest and most active monastery in Lo Manthang. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this ancient city as you wander through its streets and visit its important landmarks.

On the 10th day, we begin our return journey from Lo-Manthang, opting for a different path that leads us through Dramkar. Along the way, we'll visit the Ancient Gyokar Gompa, renowned for its paintings believed to fulfill wishes. After exploring the Gompa, we'll climb the ridge and descend gently before reaching Dramkar. This part of the trek offers a change of scenery and the opportunity to visit another culturally significant site, adding to the richness of your trekking experience in the Mustang region.

Following a dusty and windy trail, we'll reach the barren lands of Ghiling, where stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountains await. Interacting with the friendly locals, we'll gain insights into their way of life, adding a cultural dimension to our trek. As the day ends, we'll settle into our camp at Ghiling, surrounded by the beauty of the Mustang region. This stop allows us to immerse ourselves in the local culture and natural grandeur, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

On the 12th day, our trek starts early with an easy trail descending from the hill to Chhuksang. The journey takes approximately 6 hours, offering picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes along the way. Upon arrival in Chhuksang, we'll be greeted by the serene beauty of the area, providing a perfect setting to relax and unwind. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and stunning views before settling in for the night. Chhuksang's tranquil surroundings make it an ideal spot to reflect on the memorable experiences of the trek so far.

Continuing along the trail that follows the southern border of the Mustang region, we'll make our way to Kagbeni. Passing through Kagbeni, the trail continues along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, leading us to Jomsom. Due to the strong winds that often make daytime flights from Jomsom impossible, we'll spend the night in a hotel there. This final leg of the trek offers a peaceful walk alongside the river, allowing us to soak in the last views of the majestic landscapes before concluding our trek in Jomsom.

Enjoy a scenic 20-minute early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, with stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. Upon arrival, explore the enchanting lake city of Pokhara, visiting highlights like Phewa Lake, Seti Gorge, David Fall, KI Singh Bridge, Mahendra Cave, and the International Mountaineering Museum. These attractions offer a blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, providing a perfect way to spend your spare time in Pokhara. After a day of exploration, return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay, reflecting on the beauty and experiences of Pokhara.

5 hours of scenic drive through the serpentine roads along Prithvi Highway with exotic views of the Trishuli River, paddy fields, terraces, and hills will lead us back to Kathmandu where we will be staying in a hotel. Dinner will be served in the evening to celebrate the successful ‘Upper Mustang Trek.’ Alternatively, 25 minutes of pleasant flight can be chosen from Pokhara Airport to arrive at the Domestic Airport of Kathmandu.

What's included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple, Pasupapati Temple, Boudhanath, Durbar square)
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at 3-star category Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at 3-star category Hotel in Pokhara
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Domestic Airfare( Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara)
  • Three daily meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by Tourist Bus
  • One highly experienced helpful and friendly guide (English speaking and Government licensed holder guide)
  • Porter service (2 Trekker: 1 Porter) their food, accommodation, Salary, equipment, and staff insurance
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • For all necessary paperwork and permits (Restricted area permit, ACAP, and TIMS) please bring 3 passport size photographs
  • All Local/Government Taxes and office service charge
  • Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which your travel insurance Company will pay

What's not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Meal not specified in the “meal inclusions” in the above itinerary
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snacks and other expenses
  • International airfare to & from home town
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Pokhara and Jomsom
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
  • Tips and donations for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

Fixed Departures

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Essential Information

Upper Mustang Trekking Details information :

When to Go?

March to May and mid-September to November are ideal times to go on trekking in Nepal. However, you can do the trek throughout the year, excluding harsh winter and heavy monsoon period for better experiences. Read more...

Gear Checklist

Gears and equipment assure your safety and smooth trekking experiences as you enter the Himalayas. With essential equipment, you can add some of the other specific ones which most probably will come handy in the trek. A reliable preparation from your side is a positive step for successful trekking and climbing expedition. Read more...

Food, drinking water, and accommodation facilities

The menu for everyday foods gets slimmer with a significant rise in altitude. One can always find a warm tea and basic local staple in the lodges or teahouses operating here. Natural drinking water sources, as well as Drinking water taps, are available throughout the trail. Accommodations might lose even some of the basic facilities as we move higher up in the trails of Himalayas. Read more...

Trip Permit

To enter and trek the protected and restricted segments of Nepal, you will have to take special permits from the government of Nepal for the sole purpose of preserving the people and nature of these areas. Read more...

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is one of the primary concern while trekking in the areas of higher altitude. You must be prepared and act quickly if the symptoms appear during the trek. Using some prevention techniques, you can slow down and minimize the symptoms of Altitude sickness up to some extent. Read More...

Physical condition and experience requirements

Different types and levels of trekking might require a certain minimum fitness level to accomplish. With the guides, you can make up for the segments of lacking experience of trekking. Nepal also offers a lot of different varieties of the trek which the trekkers of any age or physical condition can do. Selection of optimal trekking program is best for both parties. Read more...


Weather in the Higher Himalayas is always unpredictable. Regular monitoring and contact help us to be safe from any unforeseen change of weather in most cases. With the presence of a licensed guide, you can take correct destinations and make the most of the trek. Read more...

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