Upper Mustang Trek - Upper Mustang "forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang" is located in Trans Himalaya of Nepal high up in the arid Kali Gandaki Valley. Lo Manthang is a small medieval kingdom in almost a desert looking valleys of Upper Mustang. The walled city of Lo Manthang, thousands of year old caves, medieval villages and arid valleys makes Upper Mustang Trek a totally different trek than all the other treks in Nepal. Settlements appear every now then as oasis 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 besides 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 offers views of 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 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 Tibet boarder. Namgyal monastery and Chossar caves are the pick of the lot to look around when staying in Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang Trek return route is through the more remote villages of Yara and Gara, before finally getting to Muktinath,and 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 willing to visit in upper mustang but they have short time then now travelers can do jeep ride trip to Mustang. However, still upper mustang permits cost is $500 for 10 days valid even traveler do jeep ride short trip in Mustang. For biking, travelers can do a trip to Upper Mustang biking tours as well. Challenging and long biking trip can be done over Annapurna circuit to Upper Mustang mountain biking tour. Visit Himalaya Treks organizes biking trip to Annapurna Circuit and Upper Mustang as well. We are more than happy to provide mountain biking trip details upon clients request. Also, you may read our recent Upper Mustang trek reviews and you may look our recent upper Mustang trip videos on our YouTube channel.
The original version of Upper Mustang Trek short 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.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
A full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
We drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway on a private vehicle. Pokhara is the lake city of the country and is less polluted and crowded compared to Kathmandu. Views of Annapurna range and the dominating figure of Machapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) (6997 meters) dominates both the sky and the beautiful Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake, as the hotel is located near to the lake. (5-6 hours drive)
An early morning scenic flight to Jomsom (25 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Jomsom. Quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, we start our trek. The trek heads into the Kali Gandaki Valley, following the Kali Gandaki River. Most part of the trekking is on newly built secondary road. The trail closely follows the river for the whole day, staying on the road and passes through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Kagbeni, one of the big settlements of the region. The restricted area starts after the village of Kagbeni. (3 hours)
The trek continues on the road and moves further up in the valley with a good uphill climb and a brief drop near Tangbe Village. The medieval looking village also marks the trek’s entry into Upper Mustang region. Leaving the village, the trail continues to follow the river and passes through the village of Chhusang. The trek gets off the road and a brief steep ascent at the end of the day ends at Chele. (6 hours)
A short climb starts the day and the trail gradually climbs through a narrow and deep gully. At the end of the gully, the trek gets back on to the road at Dajong La (3660 meters) and an easy walk leads through a small village of Samar. The trail once again leaves the road and drops into a small stream. After the stream, a steep uphill climb continues to the Bhena La (3830 meters) and once again meets the road. The trek continues on the road, passes through small teashops at Bhena, and continues to gradually ascend once again. The ascend ends at Syangmochen La (3850 meters) and the views of the valleys of the whole region opens up at the Syangmochen La. A steep drop to Syangmochen is followed with the trek getting back on the road. After a brief climb, the trail again starts to descend. The trail goes in and out of a gully and then reaches the village of Ghiling. (7 hours)
An easy gradual climb slowly starts the day and rejoins the road at the bottom of the Nyi La. A zigzag climb leads to the top of Nyi La (4020 meters). Once again, fantastic views can be enjoyed from the top of the pass. Another descent lead to the Ghami village and the descent continues leaving the road to the bottom of the village. A steep climb followed by a brief downhill ends the day at Dhakmar. (7 hours)
A climb continues the trek and leads to the top of the Muila Bhanjyang (4170 meters) and a downhill leads to the Ghar Gomba, the oldest monastery of the region. The trail now gets of the regular trail and descends down to Marang and then onto the village of Charang also called Tsarang (7 hours)
A quick drop to the river is followed by a short climb. At the end of the climb, the trail gets back on the road and continues to be on the road for the most of the day. The trek gets off the road near Lo-Manthang and quickly undulates for a brief period and enters the capital of the Mustang, Lo-Manthang (the walled city). (5 hours)
The day can be used to explore the interesting nearby villages nearby Lo-Manthang. Chossar, Kimalang and Thinggar are the most important and significant villages among them. There are centuries old caves at Chossar and similarly old monasteries in the villages of Kimalang and Chossar. The day could also be used to take a jeep ride to the Tibet border that boasts stunning views of the valleys of Mustang.
The second day is there to explore the other smaller villages near Lo-Manthang. Also, Lo-Manthang boasts several old and important monasteries that can be visited on the day. There are also ruined forts nearby the village.
In the morning, the trek continues on the same route taken few days ago. The trail leaves the road and starts to head into the less travelled valleys towards Yara. A gradual drop leads to the Kali Gandaki River and then undulates by the bank of the river to the village of Dhi. After crossing the river, the trek now enters another narrow valley following Puyung Khola and reaches Yara. (5-6 hours)
Following the river in the valley, and then a good climb leads the trail through another old village of Ghara and leads to Luri Gomba. This monastery is also one of the most sacred of the region by the locals. After spending some time in the monastery, we head back to Yara via same route. (4 hours)
The trek starts to move down with Kali Gandaki River and crosses the river and other smaller tributaries on the day more than couple of times. After a while, the trail now slowly starts to go uphill after crossing one of the tributaries. The climb slowly turns into leveled terrain and then starts to drop towards Tangge. (6 hours)
The trek again gets back on the ascending mode and continues to climb for the whole morning. The climb slowly turns into an easier walk crosses couple of ridges and then starts to go down gradually in the morning. Towards the end of the day, the descents gets steeper and ends at Chhusang. (7-8 hours)
The trek again continues to ascend to Gyu La (4077 meters). The top of Gyu La offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The trail drops to the village of Chyanggur and gradually continues to go downhill to Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most sacred sites to the Hindu people and attracts thousands of people each year. (7 hours)
The trek again gets back on the road and slowly continues to go downhill. The road keeps losing height and meets the previously trekked route at Ekle Bhatti. Another easy walk finally ends the trek at Jomsom. (5 hours)
An early morning flight to Pokhara is followed by another flight to Kathmandu and free day at kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.
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Upper Mustang Trek
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, 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 about our trip and would definitely go with this company again! Good job Visit Himalaya Treks! October 2019.
Incredible Upper Mustang
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 to 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, and 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.
Amazing trip to the last forbidden kingdom - Upper Mustang
No matter how many times you’ve been to Nepal it never looses its fascination... Is it the breathtaking views, the beautiful monastries or the care taking people and family you meet once you get there that makes 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 monastries, 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.
Upper Mustang Camping Trek – 2010.
Thank you so much for excellent organized our Mustang trip,3 of us my soon daughter and I did 3 weeks Upper mustang trip with Visit Himalaya Treks August 4th to 22nd August 2010, Mr. Himal Tamang was waiting us in Kathmandu airport upon our arrivals, After met him he take all attention about us, All necessary permits/transport and specially our 3 weeks camping trek organized very professionally, very knowledgeable and experiences 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 a great trekking and we cherish fine memories, off course we will back again. Thank you so much and our best wishes, 14th Sep, 2010.
Upper Mustang Trek with Visit Himalaya!!!
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 skill. 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. 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
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.