17 Days Upper Mustang Trekking

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5-7 Pax. US$ 2060 P/P
8-10 Pax. US$ 2010 P/P
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Trip Duration

17 Days

Nature of Trip

Trekking

Maximum Altitude

3819m, Drakmar

Difficulty Grade

Moderate

Start & End Point

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Best Seasons

Mar-July, Sep-Dec

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Transportation

Flight

Accommodation

Hotel and Lodge

17 Days Upper Mustang Trekking Highlights

  • Upper Mustang Trek has an impenetrable culture and geographic view
  • You may explore the history and more than thousands of years of older monasteries.
  • Explore Lo Manthang, recognized as the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal
  • The Upper Mustang is situated at the border with Tibet, and find out about the Buddhist culture.
  • Upper Mustang is famous for Gorge Valley
  • Upper Mustang is renowned for its uranium

Overview of 17 Days Upper Mustang Trekking

The 17 Days Upper Mustang Trekking escorts you to the hidden landscape of Nepal, located on the northwest border in the Annapurna conservation. Similarly, it is laid in the Mustang district in the Mustang region of Nepal. 

 Exploring the mystical semi-arid landscape, Upper Mustang’s restricted trekking gives you enough space to get close to the Tibetan Buddhist cultural influence, hidden caves, monasteries, and shortens, unlike any other parts of Nepal and the communities.

At the same time, the magnetic Himalayan aura and seasonal vegetation incredibly allure you.

The 17-day trek to the Upper Mustang by Jeep begins from Jomsom airport, a district center of the Mustang region of Nepal and a linearly located windy valley beyond the Annapurna Himalayan peaks.

People recall the trail as a historical salt trade route following the dramatic Kali Gandaki River gorge to the Lo-Manthang trekking.

After the roads plow the course, some sections go through the road to Lo-Manthang (kingdom of Mustang Nepal). They have been allowed the trekkers since 1992 A.D. The hidden jewel of the Upper Mustang Nepal trekking after affording the big special and restricted trekking permit

Furthermore, the whitewashed houses with fluttering prayer flags demonstrate the cultural prosperity in the Mustang Jeep. The houses are built with mud bricks, and the lifestyle seems nomadic. Besides, their hospitality is impressive, with the typical Tibetan cuisines of upper Mustang Nepal.

Just like the enticing landscape, their innocent smiles are excellent. Passing through picturesque towns like Chele, Syangbochen, Ghyami, and Tsarang, trekkers cross different sections and high passes like Chogo La Pass (4250 meters), the highest pass on this trek.

Lo-Manthang, at 3700 meters altitude, is the ultimate destination, which the local Kings remained hidden for a long time.

Chooser Cave and the antique monasteries make Lo-Manthang and its surroundings impressive.

Upper Mustang Trek concluded in Muktinath Temple, at a Lo Mustang, a globally recognized spiritual center. As long as you reach its close destination, Muktinath is a highly recommended destination.

In addition, the trek to the Upper Mustang is best from March to July and September to December.

However, you can go trekking in Upper Mustang even in the monsoon as the Mustang region of Nepal is in the Himalayan rain shadow area.

Winter becomes hugely chill, and the windy valley becomes a significant challenge in the trek. Moderate acclimatization avoids altitude sickness during the journey.

How difficult is Upper Mustang Trekking?

The Upper Mustang trek is moderately difficult. However, the difficulty level also depends upon each trekker’s ability. The trek to Upper Mustang takes you to an elevation of up to 3840m at the capital city of the region, Lo Manthang. Thus, altitude sickness may cause difficulty in trekking at Upper Mustang.

The Upper Mustang is a restricted and less developed region. Consequently, the trekking trails are not well established. The trekking trails involve rocky paths ascending and descending, making the trekking difficult. Furthermore, due to the remoteness, there are fewer modern facilities. Therefore, you must be managed at limited facilities with limited amenities throughout the trek, which is also a concern before starting the trek to the Upper Mustang.

All in all, the difficulty level of trekking in the Upper Mustang is moderate. Anyone with good physical fitness can quickly complete the trek. Remember to stay hydrated, have proper acclimatization, and choose a reputable trekking company for your safety and pleasant trekking at Upper Mustang.

Trek Cost For Upper Mustang Itinerary

The trekking cost of Upper Mustang is relatively higher due to the expensive trekking permits. Consequently, several factors affect the trekking cost of Upper Mustang. The major ones are the extra luxury service you want, miscellaneous you want, trek expansion, and the mode of transportation you choose.

Additionally, the Upper Mustang trekking cost varies company-wise. Different companies provide different trekking costs for the Upper Mustang. However, Boundless Adventure has provided the Upper Mustang trekking package for 2024/2025 at a reasonable price. We have designed the best itinerary at the best price to ensure your safety and comfort.

Major Attractions of the Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang is one of the unmissable destinations of the Mustang region. The Upper Mustang has a unique mixture of cultural diversity and natural beauty. Thus, the region’s cultural and natural beauty attracts many tourists worldwide. Some of the major attractions of Upper Mustang are:

T-Sarang and Lo-Manthang

T-Sarang (Charang) is a Gallup sect people-dominated village with a 400-year-old monastery. Lo-Manthang is the capital of the Upper Mustang region. It is located at 3700 meters from sea level.

Lo-Manthang is populated by Tibetan Buddhist devotees and is a culturally rewarded destination. The ancient sandy caves and colorful monasteries (400-year-old monasteries) are the attractions of the trip. However, you need to pay the entrance fees separately).

Shortens and the prayer wheels offer the cultural delights in the stone-walled town. This hidden kingdom’s surroundings are located with seasonal crops like barley and buckwheat fields.

Tibetan Buddhist Culture

Upper Mustang was once a part of Tibet, so it deeply connects with the Tibetan Buddhist culture. The region’s unique Tibetan Buddhist culture and history provide a major attraction to the area and attract many trekkers to learn more about the region’s culture. Being a restricted region, Upper Mustang keeps its cultural identity and attracts several tourists with its unique Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Shaligram (Fossils) in the Kali Gandaki River

Shaligram is a fossilized shell that is an iconic symbol of the god Visnu. Hindu devotees who believe in spirituality prefer to take this stone in their homes. It is collected from the Kali Gandaki River, the trail of the Upper Mustang Trekking, and the Muktinath temple.

Most Indian travelers prefer to roam around the Riverbank, searching Shaligram stones along the way to Upper Mustang trekking and Muktinath tour.

Tiji Festival

Tiji is the short form of the ‘Tempa Chhirim,’ which means ‘Prayer for World Peace’ in the Mustang people’s language. The festival falls during the second week of May. May is an ideal month that falls during the Spring season in Nepal. Due to failing at a favorable time, many travelers worldwide come to participate in the Tiji festival. The festival is celebrated at the Lo Mangtang village to symbolize the victory of good above evil. The festival is significant to Tibetan Buddhist culture and attracts several travelers worldwide.

Historical Caves

Many historical caves of the Upper Mustang are the region’s major attraction. The reason why the caves are famous is due to their design at the cliffs. Chosar Cave, Chussang Cave, Nuri Gompa Cave, and Yara Caves are the significant compelling caves of Upper Mustang that hold a particular cultural and historical importance to the region. Each historical cave has its importance; however, the Chosar cave holds great significance. And Nuri Gompa is at the side of the trip.

Typical local People

The typical local people of the Upper Mustang are referred to as the Mustangis or Lo Pa. Most of the people speak the Tibetan language as they are Tibetan-influenced. The majority of the people follow Buddhism. The warm hospitality of the Mustangis people adds to the attraction of trekking in Upper Mustang. The typical locals are friendly and ready to share their culture with trekkers.

Against the backdrop, the miraculous Himalayan peaks of Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri shine. With three giant Lakes, the city holds various caves, waterfalls, a river gorge, and cultural sites like peace pagodas and monasteries.

Pokhara offers a pleasant reminiscence of an outstanding holiday with activities like boating in the Phewa Lake, Paragliding, Sarangkot sunrise tour, exploring David’s fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti River gorge, and others.

Mustang Trekking via Jomsom and Kagbeni

Jomsom is a gateway to the Upper Mustang trekking and Muktinath temple, which takes a flight option from Pokhara. The Jomsom (2743 meters) is the snow-capped Himalayas surrounding the district center of Mustang, located along the sandy cliffs. Trekkers can use banking services along with ATM services.

The trail from Jomsom is flat on the bank of the widely spread Kali Gandaki River. Kagbeni is an ancient settlement of Tibetan Buddhist-influenced indigenous people. It is located at the juncture of the Rivers, and people go there on special occasions to take a holy bath as part of their religion. Hindu devotees believe their dead ancestors can go to heaven if they take a sacred bath.

Himalayan Views in Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking offers incredible views of the fantastic Annapurna Himalayan range that can be seen while flying from Pokhara to Jomsom. The beautiful scenery includes Mount Annapurna, Mount Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the neighboring peaks. We are flying between Mount Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I.

Note: Upper Mustang Trekking in Tiji Festival is a highly popular itinerary. Please let us know if you would love to observe this antique celebration, and we will offer you a fixed itinerary. However, you may check out several festivals in Nepal.

Itinerary of 17 Days Upper Mustang Trekking

The 17-day Upper Mustang trekking itinerary starts from Kathmandu, But We are heading west from Kathmandu by bus or plane. Stay overnight in Pokhara and fly to Jomsom from Pokhara. The Kagbeni is the check post of the Restricted area of the Upper Mustang.

The trekking is continued by the Bank of Kaligandaki and beside the Chaile, Ghiling, Tcharang, and Lo-mangthang. Most of the population follows Tibetan Buddhism and their culture even though they are used to living in Nepal.

However, 17 days of trekking Upper Mustang trekking is an adventure in the Annapurna area. We suggest staying at the Lo-Mangthang for two overnights.

Day
01

Day: 01 Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.

Car

20m

Overnight

Kathmandu

Accommodation

Hotel

Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. On your arrival, Boundless Adventure will receive you at the International Airport and transfer you to the hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle.

Then, you have time to rest and get refreshed. We’ll catch up with you to talk about the upcoming itinerary. Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Note: A sim card for local phones, Money exchange, ATM, and PO box is available at the Airport.

You can see mountain from airport of Kathmandu.
You can see the mountain from the airport in Kathmandu.
Day
02

Day: 02 Kathmandu sightseeing

Car

6 hours

Overnight

Kathmandu

Food

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel

A full-day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu mainly covers three magnificent cultural sites enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage sites: the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa are on the list to cover.

They delight in medieval areas with historical significance and fantastic architecture. In the evening, the trekking guide will meet you. Overnight at the hotel.

Pashupati Temple
Pashupati Temple
Day
03

Day: 03 Bus Drive

Bus

4 hours

Overnight

Pokhara

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Driving towards the west through the switchback road on the mountain, Van takes about 4 to 5 hours by car to get into the Pokhara. The view of the valleys, Riverside, woods, and the entire surroundings looks brilliant.

Besides, suppose you take a flight option by covering the extra cost. In that case, you have only 20 minute’s flight to go, and you can save another day of exploration of the city and enjoy the adventure activities in Pokhara. You can have dinner either at the Hotel or Lakeside of Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel.

The View from Pokhara
The View from Pokhara
Day
04

Day: 04 Fly to Jomsom (2743 meters) and trek to Kagbeni

Flight

20 m

Overnight

Kagbeni

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Having breakfast, we can explore the magnificent Himalayas of Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna range, and the surroundings.

On the first day of trekking, embark from Jomsom through the straightforward route of the Kali Gandaki Riverbank. The valley is widely spread and becomes too windy after the mid-noon.

Walking steadily, we reach Kagbeni, an ancient settlement of the Tibetan Buddhist people at the juncture of two rivers.

The right road takes you to Muktinath, whereas the left route escorts you to Upper Mustang overnight at the lodge.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking Image
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking Image
Day
05

Day: 05 Trek to Chele

Hiking

6 hours

Overnight

Chaile

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

The journey enters the restricted region, where you must show the restricted area trekking permit. Overnight at the lodge.

The trek starts from Kagbeni, the religiously significant destination for Hindu devotees.

The journey takes off predominantly on-road, exploring the fantastic Kali Gandaki River gorge and landscape overview.

Continually, we reach Chhusang. Have lunch at the Chhusang and continue towards the Chele.

Chele trek in Upper Mustang trekking
Chele trek in Upper Mustang trekking
Day
06

Day: 06 Trek to Syanbochen

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Syanbochen

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Having breakfast, the trek sets off from Chele to Samar.

It takes about three hours. Have an early lunch, and trek to Syanbochen via Chungsi cave. It is a Beautiful Cave along the way.

But the trekking trail is a bit longer than usual. So, we need some dry nuts, energy bars, and sufficient drinking water.

It takes about 7 hours to get to Syanbochen, but the beautiful scenery of the landscape, cave, Mount Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri dramatically allure us. Continue towards Syanbochen overnight.

Mustang Photo
Mustang Photo
Day
07

Day: 07 Trek to Ghami

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Ghami

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

On the fourth day of the trek, we start having breakfast at Syangbochen. Stretching our muscles, we prepare to walk, following up to Jhaite village.

We cross the Nyi La Pass, 4010 meters from sea level. However, decent to Ghyami La Pass at 3765 meters altitude and trek down to Ghami village.

Here is the longest Mani wall, Overnight at the Guest House.

Ghami Uppermustang Trek
Ghami Uppermustang Trek
Day
08

Day: 08 Trek to Tsarang (Charang)

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Tsarang

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Have breakfast at the Guest House, Ghami. Continue through a beautiful valley over the red cliff.

Right after the cross, the Suspension Bridge. ( Do not turn left from Ghami because it is the way to Dhakmar)  You can have a great chance to Blue ship along the way.

It takes 4 hours to get to Tsarang (Charang); you will have Lunch and camp at the Tsarang. You may explore the historical Monastery during the day. Overnight at the Tsarang (Charang) Guest House.

Charang Village Upper Mustang trekking
Charang Village Upper Mustang trekking
Day
09

Day: 09 Trek to Lo-Manthang

Hiking

4 hours

Overnight

Lo Manthang

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

We can’t wait for our ultimate destination today with a beautiful breakfast. We don’t need to hurry up as we have Enough walking hours to reach the stone-walled town of Lo-Manthang.

First, we descend to cross the river; the route follows a gradual upside road, which is not challenging.

But the grand scenery looks outstanding. We were moving further,  which marks the cultural aura of the Upper Mustang.

The cliffside caves are an impressive sight on the other side. We reach the top, which offers the town of cultural jewel- Lo-Manthang, right across the stream.

Then, we follow the track and enter the magnificent village of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at the Hotel.

Lo-Mangthang Photo
Lo-Mangthang Photo
Day
10

Day: 10 Explore in Lo Manthang

Hiking

8 hours

Overnight

Lo-manthang

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

The antique town of Lo-Manthang remained isolated from the mainstream for thousands of years.

So, culture and social lifestyles are highly influenced by Tibetan societies. We set off for an exploration tour around this stone-walled town.

This town holds different narrow alleyways to roam around, spin the prayer wheels, and feel the spirituality with the scenery of the fluttering prayer flags over the mud-brick houses, Namgyal, and Gulup monastery by a day tour.

Besides, we can tour the Tibetan border of Korola and visit the Chooser cave.

Note: Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang is a globally recognized, uniquely celebrated festival in Lo-Manthang. The TiJI festivals fall in May.

monastery in Lomangthang
monastery in Lomangthang
Day
11

Day: 11 Trek to Drakmar

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Drakmar

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Wow. What a memory of the brilliant town of Lo Manthang. Having breakfast, we leave this beautiful place following the dusty trail.

A decisive wind blow can make it too dusty as it is full of sand. We cross several passes en route, including Chogo La at 4280 meters altitude and Dhi La Pass at 3950 meters, along with Mui La Pass.

These are the beautiful viewpoints of the Valley. Heading further, another surprise awaits us, which is the Ghar Monastery.

Taking a quick look, we head further to Drakmar and rest. Overnight at the lodge.

Dhakmar Gumba
Dhakmar Gumba
Day
12

Day: 12 Trek to Ghiling (3806m).appx 5 hrs

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Ghiling

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

We enjoy breakfast at Drakmar, pack our stuff, and kick the ground. We gently climb to the ridge at the top, which offers brilliant scenery of the alpine fields of barley and buckwheat.

The rest of the trail is fine but a bit sandy to Ghiling, located in the Upper Mustang hidden valley. Overnight at the lodge.

Ghiling Village
Ghiling Village
Day
13

Day: 13 Trek to Chhuksang

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Chhuksang

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Beginning the trek from Ghiling after breakfast, the short trail leads through Syangbochen.

Walking further continuously, we cross a small pass of the hill ridges, and Chele comes on the way. The journey ahead goes through the narrow gorge of the sandy rock.

Chhuksang is located forward and rests overnight at the Hotel.

Chhuksang Mustang
Chhuksang Mustang
Day
14

Day: 14 Trek to Jomsom

Hiking

7 hours

Overnight

Jomsom

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Having breakfast at Chhusang, we begin the journey from Chhuksang to Jomsom. However, we will have two different trekking routes ahead.

One of them leads you to  Muktinath, the highly sacred land of Hindu devotees.

Another trail escorts to Jomsom via Kagbeni check post. Have lunch at the Kagbeni village and check out the restricted area.

The trail leads you to Jomsom through the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Check-in at the Hotel in Jomsom, Overnight at the Hotel

View from Jomsom
View from Jomsom
Day
15

Day: 15 Flight to Pokhara

Flight

15 m

Overnight

Pokhara

Food

Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Good morning, Jomsom. We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, overlooking the brilliant Himalayan sceneries of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan peaks.

It’s a 20-minute flight, landing at Pokhara airport and transferring to the hotel.

In Pokhara, we get refreshed and take a city tour, visiting the major tourist spots like David’s Fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti River Gorge, the Mountaineering Museum, and World Peace Stupa. Enjoy walking in Lakeside. Overnight at the Hotel

Note: In case of flight cancellation, we should take a jeep/bus drive to Pokhara.

Pokhara in Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Pokhara in Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day
16

Day: 16 Flying back to Kathmandu.

Flight

20 min

Overnight

Kathmandu

Food

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel

Concluding the journey to Upper Mustang, now the time is to say farewell to the city of Lakes.

Early in the morning, drive to Kathmandu through the scenic Prithvi Highway with a few stops. Alternatively, take a 20-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Pokhara and transfer to the hotel.

Take a rest and set out shopping for your loved ones. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Suppose you would like to drive to Kathmandu, which is also possible. There are cars, vans, and buses available.

Airport in Pokhara
Airport in Pokhara
Day
17

Day: 17 Final Departure.

Car

15 min

Overnight

Kathmandu

Food

Breakfast

Have breakfast in the Hotel and check out from the Hotel. The Chech-out time is Noon.

But if your flight is in the late evening, you may explore around Thamel, 4 4-hour Everest tour by Helicopter or one one-hour flight by plane.

Airport of Kathmandu
Airport of Kathmandu

What's Included?

  • Pick up and drop off from the international and domestic airport by private tourist a/c vehicle.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara in bed and breakfast plan
  • Three meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with neat and clean lodges on the mountain
  • Private a/c transportation for sightseeing activities with a tour guide
  • Required paperwork for the trekking (TIMS card and entry permits)
  • Upper Mustang Trekking special permit
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu round trip by a/c bus/car/jeep (or flight ticket in extra coverage)
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara by plane
  • A professional trekking guide with required porters (1 porter for two trekkers) who can communicate well in English
  • Salary for the guide and porters, their insurance, food, accommodation, and transportation
  • Company t-shirt, trekking map, duffel bag for trekking time, and trip achievement certificate
  • First Aid Medical Kit.
  • Government tax

What's Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Your expenses and shopping
  • International airfares
  • Anything extra is not included in the list above (e.g., Extra accommodation, food, and drinks).
  • Your travel and rescue insurance in case of need
  • Miscellaneous expenses like battery recharge, shower, water bottle, and so on

Add-ons & Options

Boundless Adventure has made a remarkable name for providing a unique trekking experience and a high rate of customer satisfaction. With a decade of providing service to travelers from around the world, we have learned the preferences and desires of almost all clients. To perpetuate our name for providing a remarkable trekking experience, we are thrilled to introduce our new feature, Add-ons.

Hotel cost at Kathmandu

Since we only provide lodging and three-time meals during your Upper Mustang trek, you need to pay for the hotel rooms on your own. There are various types of hotels in Kathmandu that fit your desires. You can choose a hotel yourself or get a recommendation from us. Generally, we provide a three-star hotel that offers facilities including double beds, wifi, and breakfast. The cost of a three-star hotel in Kathmandu is US$45 per night. If you want the more luxurious option, let us know, and we’ll manage it for you, or you can even find it yourself.

Kathmandu sightseeing

Before starting the trekking journey to Upper Mustang, trekkers can make them mentally and physically fit by visiting some popular destinations in Kathmandu. We included the Kathmandu sightseeing to provide the experience of Nepal’s two different areas: urban and rural. The sightseeing in Kathmandu includes visiting three major UNESCO heritage sites: Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa. The cost for sightseeing in Kathmandu, along with a private car and driver, is USD 333 per person.

Tour guide in Kathmandu

Hiring a guide is subjective and depends on one’s preference for sightseeing in Kathmandu. We have our highly knowledgeable and skilled guide if you want someone to describe a brief history and provide in-depth knowledge during your visit. The cost of hiring a guide is US$40.

Pokhara by flight

The trekking package includes a bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, but to provide faster service, we included a flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Airway transportation is convenient and more comfortable. The price for an airplane ticket to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu is USD 4444 per person.

Hotel at Pokhara

As with Kathmandu, the expense regarding the Hotel at Pokhara is your own. You can choose a hotel based on the luxury you desire. However, we’ll provide recommendations if you need our assistance finding a Hotel. For most clients, we offer a three-star hotel that costs US$45 per night. The three-star Hotel has hotel facilities, including a double bed, a bottle of water in each room, wifi, a hair dryer, and breakfast. If you want a more luxurious service, we can manage it.

Pokhara sightseeing

For the Upper Mustang trek, you must go through Pokhara and return through Pokhara. The allure of Pokhara will surely attract you during your stay. For trekkers wanting to engage in the beauty of Pokhara, we included sightseeing of the area by adding one more day to the itinerary. The sightseeing destinations are the Bindhyabasini temple, World Peace Pagoda, David’s Fall, International Mountain Museum, Guptweshowr Cave, and Phewa Lake. The cost of sightseeing in Pokhara is USD 455 for each person.

Exploration of the Everest region by Helicopter

To provide a unique and memorable experience in Nepal’s well-renowned trekking destinations, we included the helicopter tour as an additional service on a trekking package from Upper Mustang. Trekkers who want to combine the Upper Mustang trek with a helicopter flight will first enjoy their trekking journey and then enjoy the scenic flight with a comfortable helicopter seat. The helicopter tour is suitable for those with less time but who want to appreciate the Everest region’s beauty and avoid trekking. The helicopter tour lasts for three hours and involves various phases. To enhance the visibility of travelers, we guarantee window seats to each traveler, and in one Helicopter, five people can travel at once. After appreciating beauty from the seat of a Helicopter, you’ll have a ground landing at Kalapathar. The cost of exploring the Everest region by Helicopter is USD 5555 for each pax.

Method to buying Add-on

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Phase 1: Click on Book this trip. The bottom is at the right corner of the website, and continue filling in the blanks.
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Essential Information - 17 Days Upper Mustang Trekking

How to get to Mustang Trek?

To get to the Upper Mustang trek, your journey begins from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Upon your arrival from your home country, you’ll land at the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, the only airport in Nepal with an International flight yet. Once you land in Kathmandu, you’ll be welcomed by us.

Then you need to get to Pokhara for the journey to Mustang. To get to Pokhara, you have two options of transportation: By plane and by ground transportation. By plane, you’ll get to Pokhara within 25 minutes of flight, and via ground transportation you’ll reach Pokhara by 6-7 hours of drive, covering 200 km of distance.

From Pokhara, you need to get to Jomsom to begin your trekking journey to Upper Mustang. From Pokhara, you’ll get a direct morning flight to Jomsom. In the option to get Jomsom from Pokhara, you can also choose to go through Jeep. However, a jeep facility is only possible during the dry season due to the bad conditions of the road.

As you get to Jomsom, you’ll take off from the Plane and start trekking towards Kagbeni. From Kagbeni you’ll start trekking towards Upper Mustang. The Villages of Chele, Syanbochen, Ghami, Tsarang, and Lo Manthang are all you’ll explore during your Mustang trek. The journey returns with passing the villages of Drakmar, Ghilling, Chhuksang, and then to Jomsom.

Annapurna Conservation Area

At the beginning of the Upper Mustang Trekking, you take a scenic flight above the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in northwest Nepal. The conservation area was established in 1986 and covered an area of 7629 sq. km.

It is famous by ACAP,  wealthy in biodiversity, and is home to 1,226 species of flowering plants, 105 mammals, 518 birds, 40 reptiles, and 23 amphibians. It is necessary to have ACAP permits for Mustang Trek.

AMS in Mustang Trekking

Mountain Sickness (AMS) is acutely known as high altitude sickness. We need to follow the following things if possible.

  • Trek high, sleep low.
  • Have warm meals.
  • Drink clean water.
  • Have energy bars.
  • If you are still not feeling well; You need to get lower soon. The cases are more severe than necessary to go to the Hospital by helicopter as soon as possible.

Travel insurance for the Trekking

Travel insurance is an indispensable part of the Upper Mustang trekking. Although it is a moderately adventurous trip, the trail becomes audacious in mid-winter time, and we need to be ready for any emergencies on the Trek.

In case of any medical emergencies, we may need to do the helicopter evacuation, which becomes accessible with travel insurance to avoid the unnecessary burden of the evacuation cost.


Upper Mustang Trekking Equipment and permits

There is some equipment to pack before heading to Upper Mustang Lo-Manthang. But, carrying a massive list of equipment is unnecessary except for the essentials. Here is an equipment list for the Upper Mustang Trekking.

Mustang is Covered by the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is necessary to have Conservation permits and as you know, it is a restricted area. We should have both permits.


Upper Mustang Trek Permit

There are two key permits required for the Upper Mustang trek:

Annapurna Conservation Permit Area (ACAP) permit:

The Annapurna Conservation area covers 7,629 sq. km area. The Upper Mustang also falls within the border of the Annapurna Conservation area. So obtaining the ACAP is mandatory for the upper Mustang trek. On your behalf, your ACAP will be managed by Boundless Adventure for the trek to Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang restricted area permit (RAP)

The Upper Mustang is a restricted area of Nepal. So trekking in Upper Mustang required a special RAP permit to enter the region. The upper Mustang is situated within reach of the Tibetan border. Therefore, the Government of Nepal has declared the Upper Mustang as a restricted region for security purposes and to manage tourism within the region. The RAP can only be issued by the authorized trekking agency, so if you are with Boundless Adventure, you needn’t be worried about RAP.

Restricted area starts and Ends

The restricted area of Upper Mustang begins and ends at the village of Kagbeni, situated at 2810m. Kagbeni lies in the Muktinath district, at the village of Baragubg Muktikshestra rural municipality. The village is the oldest in the region at the valley of the Kali Gandaki River. Kagbeni is the central point of the Muktinath district as the village’s trail takes you to the Muktinath Temple and another trail takes you to the upper Mustang, up to the capital, Lo Manthang.

You’ll be checked in at the checkpoint of Kagbeni and checked out from the same checkpoint of Kagbeni. You should show your restricted permit at the checkpoint of Kagbeni. As you enter from the Kagbeni you’ll get into the historical and mysterious area of Mustang.


Group Size For Upper Mustang Trek

The group size of the trekkers for the Upper Mustang trek starts from a group of two people. Being a restricted region, trekking in the Upper Mustang solo is not allowed. Different trekking agencies provide different group sizes of trekkers for the Upper Mustang trek, however, Boundless Adventure provides group sizes of up to 16 people at once. From the group of 2 to 16, we are providing service for the Upper Mustang trek. If you are more than a group of 16 people let us know.

We can also operate up to 30 people in a group, as there are enough lodges along the trek. But there is a small aircraft between Pokhara to Jomsom flight, and only 16 people can travel on one flight. That is why we are operating 16 people in a group. If you wish to travel more than 16 and up to 30 people in a group, let us know, and we will manage the trip package for you.

If you are alone and want to do Upper Mustang trekking, don’t worry we can include you with the other groups. Trekking with unknown people is not comfortable at first but trust us we’ll make a friendly group, with whom you’ll feel like trekking with your friends. Trekking with a group also helps to reduce your cost of transportation, porters, guides, and accommodation.

Furthermore, trekking with a group is safe and you’ll be able to make new friends at the time of trekking. So we are always ready for your queries. Whether you want to trek with your family or alone we’ll manage everything to make your trekking at Upper Mustang unforgettable. Just give us a message on WhatsApp at +977 9851033819.


Culture and Custom in Mustang

The upper Mustang trek is well known for the perfect mixture of natural and cultural beauty of the region. The unique culture of the region and the exceptional landscape of the region call several trekkers each year.

The locals of Mustang which is often referred to as Mustang are of various groups, living harmoniously. There are different ethnic groups of people living in Mustang including Gurung, Thakali, and Lopa, each with their own culture and customs. Although Mustangs are of different ethnic groups, most of them follow Tibetan Buddhist religion and all of them show hospitality and are friendly with their guests.

The festivals of Tiji, Yarlung, Duk Chu, and the different monasteries, chortans, and caves showcase the cultural importance of the region. The typical locals of the Mustang welcome their visitors to learn and get involved in their cultural activities with an open heart. The houses and monasteries in Mustang have a unique style with white walls and detailed wood decorations. The prayer flags at the top of the houses and monasteries with mantras also showcase the cultural diversity of the region.

The dresses worn by the Tibetan people are influenced by the Tibetan style. To protect themselves from the cold, locals wear thick, multilayered clothing and traditional jewelry, turquoise. Generally, men wear a long cloak called Chuba and women wear a long-sleeved dress with an apron, along with other layers of clothes to get warmth.


Weather and temperature in Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang is in the rain shade of the Himalayas, so the area of the region is dry. Due to being set in the rain shadow, the upper Mustang trek can be done even during the monsoon season. In every tear, the average temperature of the region is 11°C and rainfall occurs 307 mm annually.

Weather and Temperature during Spring

Spring is one of the finest seasons in Nepal, including at the Upper Mustang. The weather is pleasant with neither too hot nor too cold temperature. The sky and mountain views are clear at this time of the year. The temperature ranges from 14°C to 22°C during the day time and drops from -6 °C to 1 °C at night.

Weather and Temperature during Summer

Even though summer is a monsoon season in Nepal, the upper Mustang is set in the rain shadow, so trekking in the upper Mustang during summer is also the best time. The weather in Summer at the upper Mustang is warmer and the region is dry during this time. The daytime temperature at the Upper Mustang during the summer is 19-29 °C, whereas, at night temperature ranges from -3°C to 0°C.

Weather and Temperature during Autumn

Autumn is the well-liked season for Upper Mustang trekking. Moderate temperatures and clear weather make the trekking conditions pleasant in Autumn. Marvellous views of the mountain peaks are visible during the Autumn with clear skies. Temperature ranges from 11°C to 20°C during the daytime at Upper Mustang, besides, during the nighttime, the temperature ranges from -7°C to -3°C.

Weather and Temperature during Winter

Winter is generally the unfavorable time to trek on the Upper Mustang. The region is in an inactive state in the winter due to the harsh weather conditions. Some of the locals even descend to lower regions to avoid extreme cold. As the day goes on, the weather slowly freezes and snowfall occurs. The temperature is 0-4°C in Autumn and -25°C to -20°C at night.


Best trekking Time for Upper Mustang

Trekking in the Upper Mustang is possible all over the year, however, some seasons involve tough trekking conditions and some involve pleasant trekking conditions. Among the four seasons and twelve months faced by the Upper Mustang, the Summer season from June to August is the ideal season for trekking in the Upper Mustang.

Most of the trekking destination’s ideal trekking season is Spring and Autumn but the Upper Mustang is different. Although trekking during the Autumn and Spring is also a favorable time for Upper Mustang mostly, summer is the most desired one.

Where every area of Nepal is facing monsoon, Upper Mustang faces a warm and pleasant weather condition in summer. Mainly June and July are foremost for the upper Mustang trek. You can witness the second big festival, Yarlung Mela during summer, making your trekking journey more memorable.

Note: if you want to witness the Jiti festival you should consider trekking during Spring(March-May).


Trekking Guide For Mustang Trek

For trekking in a restricted area hiring a guide is mandatory, so for trekking in Upper Mustang, you must hire a guide. While hiring a guide is necessary, choosing an experienced and licensed guide who can provide you necessary information is equally important. You don’t need to worry about what kind of guide should hire as Boundless Adventure provides you with a guide who has spent more than half a life in the guiding field.

We assure you that with our guide you’ll complete trekking in the upper Mustang without having any worry. Our guide has a deep knowledge of the culture, history, and geography of the Mustang and can provide you with all the information. Our guides are licensed and certified with the required training.

We have a guide who can speak fluent English and your desired language for communication. We have provided our trek with all the necessary first aid training with knowledge of handling emergency cases. In precisely, each quality you need in a well-experienced guide is in our guide. So it is recommended to contact Boundless Adventure once for detailed information about the trip and to know better about our guides.


Explore at the Pokhara

Pokhara is an excellent town surrounded by enormous Lakes and other natural surroundings. The shadow of the Annapurna Himalayas dominates the attractive Pokhara valley and the greenery hillside.

Pokhara offers an amusing memory of a fabulous holiday with activities like boating in the Phewa Lake, Paragliding, Sarangkot sunrise tour, exploring David’s Fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti River Gorge, and others.

The World Peace Pagoda is another marvelous charm in Pokhara. You may travel during the Short Trek in Annapurna as well.


Inquiry and Booking

Boundless Adventure is providing a trekking package for the Upper Mustang trek along with a group discount. As the Upper Mustang trek can be undertaken throughout the year, it is recommended to do pre-booking. If you want extra information regarding the trek, you can get an inquiry by messaging us on WhatsApp at +977 9851033819.

If you want to book the trip, you can directly go through the online process. As you open our website, you’ll get the option of booking this trip on the right side. By clicking that option you can easily book the Upper Mustang trekking package. At the time of booking, you need to pay 20% of the total cost and the remaining can be paid once you arrive in Nepal and before the departure of the trek.

Upper Mustang Route Map Explanation

Route Map

For each trekker, Boundless Adventure provides maps for the Upper Mustang trekking with a 1:100,000 scale. The map contains detailed information including the trail, trek time, and altitudes.

To make you understand each sign, the map has the LEGEND where you can see each sign’s meaning. The LEGEND of the map showcases the International boundary, National park boundary, Mian road, secondary road, main trekking route, secondary trekking route, main trail, minor trail, temple, monastery, airport, viewpoint, hotel, and each sign that you’ll see on the map. On another side, you can see the INDEX where the name of place, peak, pass/LA/Bhanjyang, Base camp, and lakes are included.

The above route map shows that you’ll have a flight/drive towards Pokhara at 830m from Kathmandu (1400m). The distance between Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200km. From Pokhara, you’ll get to the gateway of Mustang, Jomsom at an elevation of 2720m/8923ft. Pokhara to Jomsom’s distance is approximately 155 km.

From Jomsom, the trip ascends towards Kagbeni village which stands at 2810m/9219ft. Walking through Kali Gandaki River, you’ll pass through the village of Ekle Bhatti, covering a distance of 10.6km to reach Kagbeni. The journey moves towards Chele at an elevation of 3050m/10006ft. The distance between Kagbeni to Chele is 11.2km.

Passing through the Taklam La (3624m) and Dajora La (3735m) and the village of Simar and Chungsi cave you’ll get to the Syanboche town at 3800m/12468 ft. The distance from Chele to Syanboche village is about 11.5km. situated at an elevation of 3520m/10597 ft, Ghami is another destination after the village of Syanboche. The distance covered during the walk from Syanboche to Ghami is 9.3km.

Tsarang at an elevation of 3560m/ 11680 ft is your next stop. Upon reaching Tsaran village you’ll cover a 10.7km distance. During the trail, you’ll pass through the village of Drakmar. From Tsarang the journey moves towards the ultimate destination, Lo Manthang at 3810m/ 12500 ft. The distance between Tsarang to Lo Manthang is 11km.

As you reach Lo Manthang, you’ll explore the area including the Tibetan border of Korola and Chussang cave then return via villages of Drakmar (3820m), Ghiling (3570m), Chuksang (2980m), Kagbeni (2810) and Jomsom (2720m).

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Most Asked Questions by Travellers

Upper Mustang is located in the northern part of the Mustang district of Nepal. The trek is a restricted area of Nepal.

The difficulty level of the Upper Mustang trek varies on the individual’s fitness level. However, the trek is considered as a moderate level of difficulty.

Upper Mustang is a culturally and naturally blessed place, each step to the region is attractive. The Tibetan Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries, historical caves, cultural festivals, traditional architecture, traditions, and the typical locals of the region are the major attractions in the Upper Mustang trek.

Yes, it is possible to explore the royal palace in the Mustang. However, we need to take a separate time to visit before exploration. Your guide will manage time according to the situation.

Yes, visiting schools and monasteries at the Lo Manthang is allowed. Nevertheless, visiting school is free of cost, and visiting monasteries may cost.

The oldest monastery in Lo Manthang is Jampa Monastery (Jampa Gompa). The monastery is the major attraction of the Lo Manthang, built by King Angon Sangpo during the 14th century.

The cost of the Upper Mustang trekking permits is $500/- per person for the first ten days, afterwards, you need to pay $50 each additional day. Furthermore, ACAP costs around $30/- per person per trip.

The upper Mustang trek can depend upon numerous factors including itinerary, acclimatization needs, and side trips. However, the trek generally takes 15 days around the trip.

There are several site trips located in Mustang. You may explore Jomsom and Muktinath. Along the way, you can hike to Chungsi Cave, Ghar Gumba monastery. Monastery in Charang, the monastery and royal palace in Lo Manthang, Choser cave, Nuri Gumba, and Damodar Kunda are other notable site trips In Mustang. Furthermore, you can also go to the border of Tibet, Kora La.

You have two options for transportation on the Upper Mustang trek. One is by ground transportation and another one is through aircraft. Either way, you’ll first get to Pokhara and then to Jomsom and start trekking. However, from Pokhara to Jomsom, ground transportation is only possible during the dry season. It will be a Jeep only.

The Tiji festival begins in the second week of May. The festival is celebrated for three days at Lo Manthang to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Yes, you can visit Tcharang monastery, it is the must-visit destination of Upper Mustang. The monastery is the oldest in the region, built in the 14th century.

There are very few chances of altitude sickness at the Upper Mustang trek. The maximum altitude you’ll reach on the trek is 3810 meters above sea level. But, still, you need to ascend and descend along the trip. So the chances of altitude-related issues are very low.

Proper, enough acclimatization, staying, hydrated, and being physically and mentally good help you to complete the trek without any problems.

There are two different Mustangs. One is Upper Mustang and another one is Lower Mustang.

Yes, the government of Nepal has declared the Upper Mustang as a restricted area for the preservation of the culture, environment, history, and unspoiled beauty of the region.

June and July fall during the summer season are the best time to trek in Mustang due to warm weather conditions. It is only one trekking area that is best for Mansoon in Nepal.

However, trekking in spring and autumn is also advisable and ideal.

The culture in the Mustang is Buddhist, with a unique Tibetan influence. The ancient monasteries, traditional festivals celebrated in the region, ancient caves, and the lifestyle of the people showcase the cultural diversity of the Mustang

The maximum number of travelers who can travel to Upper Mustang is more than 30, but from Pokahar to Jomsom, only 16 people together in a plane.

We can provide you with a second flight.

No, solo trekking is not possible for the Upper Mustang trek due to the rule of the Nepal Government. No restricted area allows trekkers to trek solo, you need to be two people with a guide to trek in any restricted area of Nepal, including at Upper Mustang.

Reviews on 17 Days Upper Mustang Trekking

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Based on 105 Reviews


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Mark
USA

Upper Mustang were breathtaking

My friends and I recently completed the Upper Mustang trek with Boundless Adventure, and the experience was truly unforgettable. From the moment I inquired about the trek to the end of the trip, the team handled everything perfectly and professionally. Our guide was knowledgeable, professional, and well-versed in the history, culture, and geography of Upper Mustang.

The Upper Mustang region was breathtaking, and Boundless Adventure was amazing in customizing our itinerary to ensure we had plenty of time to explore the area. As there were five people in our group, the company gave us a group discount, which made their excellent service even more affordable. We are so thankful for their exceptional kindness and service at a reasonable cost.
Mark, USA

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Mustang trek last June
Louis
Germany

Mustang trek last June

Last June, my girlfriend and I went on an Upper Mustang trek with the support of Boundless Adventure. Our journey began with a drive to Pokhara on the first day, followed by a flight to Jomsom the next day. Upon landing in Jomsom, our trekking journey began towards Kagbeni. The day was sunny, and the weather was pleasant.

Our guide and porter were friendly and ensured we didn’t feel rushed or bored. We walked for 3 hours from Jomsom to Kagbebi, passing through Ekle Bhatti and along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. When we arrived at Kagbeni, we stayed overnight at a pleasant teahouse, which Boundless Adventure managed. From the first day of our walk to the end of our trip, our excitement never faded even 1%. We are grateful not only to the guide and porter but also to the entire team of Boundless Adventure.
Louis, Germany

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Aiden Campbell
Canada

I have been associated with Boundless Adventure for the past 15 years. They were the first ones to support me when I was contemplating an ideal trekking destination. Since then, I have always chosen Boundless Adventure for its paralleled support and guidance whenever I trek and explore the Himalayas of Nepal.

My friends and I recently went on an Upper Mustang trek through Boundless Adventure. Because we had a large group and a pre-existing relationship with the company, we secured a group discount and completed the trek at a reasonable price. I was already impressed with Boundless Adventures’ service. However, my friends were equally pleased with their hospitality and service. The itinerary was well-planned and customized to our preferences.
Aiden Campbell, Canada

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