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Upper Mustang Trek 16 Days

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Scenic Flight to and from Jomsom
  • Exploring the Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
  • Visit to Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang
  • Spectacular view of mountains of Annapurna Region
  • Visit Muktinath, the god of salvation of both Buddhists and hindus
  • High snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements

Upper Mustang Trek is a wonderful opportunity that few modern people can experience. Here you will see a unique and beautiful blend of Nepalese and Tibetan culture. The majority of Mustang people follow Buddhist principles and the area has many colorful ancient Buddhists monasteries. Upper Mustang remained isolated from the rest of the world for a long period and here you can witness the ancient culture of the inhabitants. The people of Upper Mustang live in their own way, totally different from outsiders. Their culture and traditions are still maintained with very few concessions to the twenty-first century. The people, for example, still build their houses from stones, rocks, and sun baked mud bricks. Upper Mustang natives are very sensitive about their traditions and lifestyle and steadfastly refuse to let anyone change their culture or way of life.

The people call themselves ‘Lobas’ and they follow their tribe leader and respect him who is known as ‘Jigme Palbar Bista’. Women wear hand-woven clothes and silver ornaments including precious stones, making them look unique and beautiful. The Mustang people have their own languages and beliefs. The area receives very little rain and the majority of the Mustang population has settled around the rivers.

Lo-Manthang, Choser Caves, and Ghar Gompa are important attractions of Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang trek allows you to visit these monasteries and the charming and beautiful landscapes will combine make your trek truly unforgettable. The caves contain important relics of prehistoric dwellers. ‘Tiji’ the popular festival of Mustang is zealously celebrated and preparations are identical to those when it was celebrated by distant ancestors in times long gone. Mustang is an amazing destination at any time but if you want to experience the culture at its peak then you should inquire about arranging your trek during the Tiji festival. In Upper Mustang Trek you will find many things that will surprise and amaze you. You will discover unique and wonderful structures that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. One example is the beautiful four-storey Lo Manthang Palace –a fine example of unique local architecture.

The best time to plan your Upper Mustang Trek is between the months of April and November, but you can also visit in the monsoon season because the area does not receive enough rainfall to make it unsuitable. In the early morning and evening the weather becomes pleasant and cool but conditions can change rapidly. Remember AY Adventure for this trek.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)


 Day 02: Drive to Pokhara or by flight 


Day 03:Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2858m)


Day 04: Trek to- Chele(3030m)


Day 05: Trek to sangboche  (3620m)


Day 06: Trek  to Ghami 


Day 07: Trek to  Charang(3490m) 


Day 08: Tsarang- Lo Mangthang (3840m)


Day 09: Explore Lomathnag.


Day 10: Trek to Lo Gekar & then to Ghami (3460m)


Day 11: Trek to Sangboche (3620m)


Day 12: Trek to Chusang 


Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3900M)


Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom


Day 15: Jomsom-Pokhara flight.


Day 16: Farewell friend


Physical Conditions and Experience Requirements

16 days of upper mustang  Trek is considered as moderate. If you jog or perform morning walks regularly then it would not be any problem for you to walk on the trail. However, it is highly recommended that you should start doing mild exercises one month prior to your trekking date. This would help in creating best Himalayan walking holiday experience. Having said that, it should be noted Technical Skill are not needed. The major hurdle is an altitude. Therefore, person having past medical history of lung, heart and blood diseases are extremely advised to consult your doctor before embarking on this journey. 

Best Time to Travel

The best time to view Majestic Mountain vistas are during spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November). During this time of the year blossoming lush forests and cool temperature make your trip mesmerizing. However, during winter season also trekking in  upper mustang  Trek is open. Because of cold weather the walking holiday might not be as exciting as in spring & autumn.

Additional Information

You can surf through our website for the more information regarding services, altitudes, terrain difficulty and requirements. If you want to know more about Nepalese culture, traditions and other FAQs answers then please feel free to inquire further. Call us any time at Ayadventure  

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)

Arrival in Kathmandu, we will welcome you at the airport then transfer to you hotel. Evening welcome dinner with cultural show.Overnight at hotel.


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Having breakfast then start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. We will arrange a tour guide of your chosen language to give you a tour and introduction to our rich culture amongst our ancient and fascinating history and religion. Am: Boudhanath & Pashupatinath. Pm: Patan Durbar Square and Soyambhunath then back to hotel.Overnight at hotel.


Day 03: Heading to Pokhara

Early morning heading to Pokhara via Tourist bus which takes 6-7 hours. You may use flight which takes just 25 min.Evening Boating at fewa lake and rounding near the lake side area. O/N at Hotel.


Day 04: Pokhara- Jomsom-Kagbeni (2858m).

Early in morning having breakfast then transfer to the airport. Then flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes brings you at Jomsom.This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. In may visit an interesting wind swept villages situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. O/N at Lodge.


Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni- Chele(3030m)

Kagbeni to Chele Actually, Kagbeni is the entry point to upper Mustang. From Kagbeni, trail leads up the east bank of Kali Gandaki and climbs over many ridges as it head north. After, that, through the interesting cave, Gompa crossing place of Tangbe, Chhuksang and reaches Chele (3,030m). Walking time takes about 5/6 hours. Overnight at Lodge.


Day 06: Trek from Chele-Gilling (3720m).

From Chele, trail leads ascending to Samar. After that it climbs above Samar to a ridge, descends into a large gorge past a Chorten painted in red, black, yellow and white, all pigments made from local rock. From there one can enter another valley filled with juniper trees and drops to Bhena (3800m) and trail ascends goes to the place of Giling Walking time takes approximately 6/7 hours, Overnight at Lodge.


Day 07: Gilling- Charang(3490m) Overnight at lodge.

At the place of Geling, the trail climbs gently through field up the centre of the valley; it passes above Tama Gaon and its imposing Chorten. After crosses Tangmar Chu River, with a short climbing enters Charang (3490m). Walking time takes about 5/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08: Tsarang- Lo Mangthang (3840m).

Lomanthang is the capital city of upper Mustang. We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner's/N at Lodge.


Day 09: Explore Lomathnag.

Today, you are free to explore the fascinating Village of Lo Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the village and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. It is possible to hire horses to visit these valleys, but this short tour will incur extra costs./N at Lodge.


Day 10: Trek to Lo Gekar & then to Ghami (3460m).

We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. We continue our journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded gully to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.O/N at Lodge.


Day 11: Trek to Chaile.

we will keep our views of Dhaulagiri and Nil Giri mountains and take lower trail via Rachen Gompa from Shyanboochen, Rachen Gompa is mysterious gompa grown itself lap of the rocky cave, continue to Samar and then to Chaile.


Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3900M).

Now we must retrace our route back over the Nyi La to Chhuksang for awhile and then can take upper route to Muktinath a hindu's temple located on the higest mountain 3900M, you can see many Nepali and Indian pilgrimist even walking on their bare feet.. Or you can trek same way back to Kagbeni.


Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom.

Muktinath temple is very famous for Hindus and Buddhist.Thousands of pilgrims are queuing and holding the offering to the temple. The main temple is call Bishnu (the deity protector) behind the temple 108 taps are containing to offer the fresh sprouting water shower for pilgrims. 24hours lighting flame on the water monastery is about 100 meter away from the temple and only nuns are living in this monastery. This is the important place for both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage.


Day 14: Jomsom-Pokhara flight.

Today we fly from Jomsom-Pokhara then leisure day in Pokhara.


Day 15: Back to Kathmandu.

We head to Kathmandu. its takes via Tourist bus 7 hours and via flight 25 min. Overnight at Kathmandu.


Day 16: Farewell friend.

We will transfer you airport as per your flight time.

Any dates.

•  Airport Pick up & Drop/sightseeing by private vehicle

•  Twin sharing deluxe accommodation at Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast

•  Welcome dinner with culture show.

•  Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara.

•  Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with Guide

•  Transportation/Private Vehicle

•  Accommodation in tea house during trek

•  Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking

•  All necessary paper work and Special Permit.

•  A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide

              (One Porter between each two clients while on trek)

•  Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff

•  Travel & Rescue arrangement.

•  All government taxes.


  •     Nepalese visa fee
  •     Excess baggage charge(s)
  •     Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  •     Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  •     International flights
  •     Travel and rescue insurance
  •     Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  •     Tips for guide,porter