Upper Mustang Trek

Duration: 17 Days   |  2 Reviews

Upper Mustang Trek takes us to the secluded world of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, once called Lo. This spectacular remote trans-Himalayan mountain region in Nepal was once a part of the Tibetan empire. Hence, it has close ties to Tibetan culture, geography, and language even today. Also known as ‘The Las Forbidden Kingdom’ because it remained close to foreigners till 1992 Upper Mustang’s isolation from the outside world has helped to preserve the ancient Tibetan culture and the region’s natural features. Mustang falls in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif creating impressive formations of rocks in all colors and a ruggedly arid landscape.

The enchantingly barren landscape of Mustang hosts white-washed houses, chortens decorated with prayer flags and barley fields. Upper Mustang Trek to this spiritual kingdom follows the ancient salt caravan route used by the people of Mustang to trade Tibetan salt for grain with the people of lowlands. The canter of our trek is the capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang.

Once we enter Lo Manthang through the town gate, a world of hidden chortens, narrow alleyways, long walls of carved prayer wheels and herds of farming animals grazing in the fields lay upon your eyes like a beautiful landscape painting. The royal palace, the beautiful Thugchen Gompa built in the 15th century, amchi museum and amchi school (amchi is a traditional Tibetan doctor), a century-old cave in Chhoser and pony rides are some of the major attractions in Lo Manthang.

Upper Mustang Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara following a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom the next day. From Jomsom, we follow the Kali Gandaki River upstream to Kagbeni which marks the start of the restricted area of Upper Mustang. We trek northwards from Kagbeni to reach Lo Manthang. After a day of excursion and acclimatization in Lo Manthang, we resume again and come to rest at Dhakmar. Upper Mustang also dazzles you with panoramic views of Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri among other peaks.

Nearby Dhakmar is the Lo Gekar Monastery, one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in the world. It was built in 8th Century by Guru Rinpoche, the famous Buddhist master. It is said that Guru Rinpoche killed a powerful demon whose blood painted the rocks surrounding Dhakmar bright red. We make a full circle back to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara then drive to Kathmandu from there. With Adventure Club Trek’s experienced guide who is also fluent in English among other languages, you will truly get to know the magical trans-Himalayan region Upper Mustang to its fullest.

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Scenic drive to Pokhara via Prithvi Highway alongside Trishuli river
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom with views of Kali Gandaki Gorge (deepest gorge in the world) and Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains.
  • The Last Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang-royal palace, visceral and arid landscapes, chortens with prayer flags and a century old cave in Chhoser, pony rides and excursion of the kingdom through medieval alleyways.
  • Hospitality, authentic Thakali cuisine, high passes and views of Mt. Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni: 20-minutes flight.
  • Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Chele.
  • Day 06: Trek Chele to Syanbochen.
  • Day 07: Trek Syanbochen to Ghami.
  • Day 08: Trek Ghami to Tsarang.
  • Day 09: Trek Tsarang to Lo-Manthang.
  • Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization
  • Day 11: Trek Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar.
  • Day 12: Trek Drakmar to Ghiling.
  • Day 13: Trek Ghiling to Chhuksang.
  • Day 14: Trek Chhuksang to Jomsom.
  • Day 15: Flight Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Day 17: Final departure.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Two nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse /lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and  Region Upper Mustang Trekking map
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Clients Reviews

  • noimage
    United States Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Mustang Trek - Absolutely Amazing


    Adventure club organized a fantastic trip for me to the Mustang area between Annapurna and Tibet . The whole trip was flawless for such a complicated place to visit. They organized permits, guides, equipment, transport and ensured the three of us were looked after at all times. It's a pretty challenging hike... 11 days of up and down but incredibly fulfilling and no danger of altitude sickness as we never went higher than 4000 meters. The trip was truly amazing and I know that I'll be using Adventure club for my next visit to trek Nepal.


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    Johanna H
    Austria Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Trekking in the kingdom Mustang


    It was really undiscribable to see the different landscape and the different colours of the rocks and somethime we could see the mountins of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Mustang has a hint of Tibet and the people are very friendly. Also there are only a few of tourist and in the lodges we could stay in the kitchen together with the family, this was really an adventure. With our guide and the porters we feeld us like a family. The trekking was perfect organized and sure that wasn't our last trip in Nepal booked by Adventer Club Treks. 

    Johanna & Margit from Tirol / Austria / Europe


Flight delays in Jomsom

Our primary modes of transports from the airstrip at Jomsom are the Twin Otter planes. Even though the flights are fairly dependable, they can be cancelled or delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalaya and/or other technical issues.In cases of such delays, Adventure Club Trek will arrange road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.  The expenses for the road transport will be managed from the compensation received from the flight ticket after deducting charges for cancelation. Therefore, there will be no refund of the Jomsom to Pokhara flight in case we take the road back to Pokhara.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Fixed Departures and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available

Trip Dates Availability Person Left Price
November 15, 2018
December 01, 2018
Available US$ 1789
November 24, 2018
December 10, 2018
Available US$ 1789
November 24, 2018
December 10, 2018
Available US$ 1789
PRICE FROM US$ 1789 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1789
  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek
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