Upper Mustang Trek “The forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang" is located in the Trans Himalaya of Nepal high up in the arid Kali Gandaki Valley. Lo Manthang is a small medieval kingdom in almost desert-looking valleys of Upper Mustang. The walled city of Lo Manthang, thousands of year-old caves, medieval villages, and arid valleys make the Upper Mustang Trek a totally different trek than all the other treks in Nepal.
Settlements appear every now and then as oases in barren and almost colorless valleys of Mustang providing a stunning sight for the trekkers. Equally fascinating are the gorges and vividly colorful steep cliff walls seen almost every day on the trek. Old ruins and forts scattered towards the end of the valley with huge monasteries provide another dimension to Upper Mustang Trek.
The trek starts from Jomsom, a big town beside Kali Gandaki River and also the gateway to Mustang. After Kagbeni, small villages lay scattered throughout the valleys. Each village is then followed by a small pass. Dajong La Pass, Syangmochen La Pass, Nyi La Pass, and Muila Bhanjyang Pass respectively offer views of the next valleys, villages, or passes that are ahead of them. Muila Bhanjyang is the last pass before the oldest monastery of the region, Ghare Gomba. After Ghare Gomba, Charang is the next village, lying beneath the ruins of a castle, previously inhabited by the previous Kings of Mustang.
The King now seasonally lives in Lo Manthang, the last stop of the trek. There are several other villages beyond Lo Manthang near the Tibet border. Namgyal Monastery and Chossar Caves are the pick of the lot to look around when staying in Lo Manthang. The Upper Mustang Trek return route is through the more remote villages of Yara and Gara, before finally getting to Muktinath, thus connecting with the busy Annapurna Circuit trek. Jomsom is also the ending point of the Upper Mustang Trek.
Now a day’s Jomsom – Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang) border of Nepal and Tibet (Korala) road excess is connected. These days we can drive along the Jomsom to Lo-Manthang (Mustang) by Jeep. Travelers who are willing to visit the Upper Mustang but they have a short time then now travelers can do jeep ride trips to Mustang. However, still, upper Mustang permits cost $500 for 10 days valid even for travelers who do jeep ride short trips in Mustang.
For biking, travelers can do a trip to Upper Mustang biking tours as well. A challenging and long biking trip can be done over the Annapurna circuit to the Upper Mustang mountain biking tour. Visit Himalaya Treks organizes biking trips to Annapurna Circuit and Upper Mustang as well. We are more than happy to provide mountain biking trip details upon the client's request. Also, you may read our recent Upper Mustang Trek Reviews and you may look at our recent Upper Mustang trip videos on our YouTube channel.
Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary,
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara. (900 meters).
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni. (2800 meters).
Day 05: Trek to Chele. (3050 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Syangmochen. (3800 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Dhakmar. (3820 meters).
Day 08: Trek to Charang. (3600 meters).
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang. (3720 meters).
Day 10: Explore around Lo-Manthang.
Day 11: Explore around Lo-Manthang.
Day 12: Trek Yara. (3510 meters).
Day 13: Explore around Yara.
Day 14: Trek to Tangge. (3240 meters).
Day 15: Trek to Tetang. (3040 meters).
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath. (3700 meters).
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom. (2720 meters).
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Day 19: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 20: Departure.
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We are a group of 3 who just finished a 21-day Upper Mustang Trek. I chose Visit Himalaya Trek because they have a good itinerary that captures the best part of the Mustang region. From the beginning Himal, the owner of the company, was very responsive and helped us add an extra day to visit Konchok Ling Cave, which is a highlight of the trip. Our guide Krishna and two supporters were very helpful during the whole trek. Krishna knows the region and Tibetan culture very well. He is also very accommodating to our needs. Overall, all 3 of us are very satisfied with our trip and would definitely go with this company again! Good job Visit Himalaya Treks! October 2019.
We’ve hiked before with Himal’s Company and decided to go for the Upper Mustang this time. The hike was just mind-blowing and so different from the others in Nepal. A lot more like a painted desert on the Tibetan Plateau. We really enjoyed the experience; three mid-twenties females and we had one guide and carried our own gear. Our guide Lok was fantastic and attentive at all times, knew the track well, and consistently looked after our every whim. Eg popcorn and masala chai as soon as we got in each day. Will go again with this company. Himal is so warm, encouraging, and supportive. We consider him a family friend. December -2018.
No matter how many times you’ve been to Nepal it never loses its fascination... Is it the breathtaking views, the beautiful monasteries, or the care-taking people and family you meet once you get there that make you come back year after year? I guess in the end it is a mix of everything. This year I went with my mum on a trekking in the last forbidden kingdom - Upper Mustang, which offers a great variety of different things: stunning views, beautiful hikes, very old monasteries, palaces, caves, fossils, Yartung festivals, and last but not least insights into the Tibetan/Nepali culture and lifestyle. All in all, it has been an amazing experience. A special thanks also go to Himal Tamang and our crew/family Ngimakaji Sherpa, Loknath Karki, and Dilli Kumar Khatri, who made sure that we had a fantastic trip and always had a helping hand for my mum (i.e. carrying a backpack or providing support when crossing rivers) – Dhanjabat. August – 2018.
Just got home from another amazing trip to Nepal. We used Visit Himalaya Treks for our trip to Upper Mustang. I have nothing but good things to say about their level of service and organizational skills. Everything went smoothly, even when all did not go according to plan. Krishan was a great guide, always making sure we were happy and comfortable. Fulcumar was a willing and able porter and together made a great team to trek with in Upper Mustang. The last time I trekked in Nepal we did everything ourselves and it was a nice change to have everything arranged for you. If you're considering a trek in Nepal, do yourself a favor and contact Himal. He will give help you choose the trip/itinerary that will best fit your needs and give you great advice along the way. Thanks, guys for a great experience! 1st Aug 2017
Thank you so much for excellent organized our Mustang trip,3 of us my son daughter and I did 3 weeks Upper Mustang trip with Visit Himalaya Treks from August 4th to 22nd August 2010, Mr. Himal Tamang was waiting for us in Kathmandu airport Upon our arrival, After met him he takes all attention about us, All necessary permits/transport and especially our 3 weeks camping trek organized very professionally, very knowledgeable and experienced team, we had such good time with his team, We very much enjoyed the impressive landscapes; we also got a good impression of the way people live in that part of the world and their culture. We had a great time and it was indeed an unforgettable trip. We had great trekking and we cherish fine memories, of course, we will be back again. Thank you so much and our best wishes, 14th Sep 2010.
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.