Journey through the region of the Kaligandaki, reaching from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni, to the walled city of Lo Manthang. Visit this highly restricted area where traditions and environment are protected from outside influence. Follow old trade routes and rocky trails through tree-less barren landscapes, past colored cliffs, and picture pretty villages. Explore and enjoy this protected area set admits snow-capped peaks with a panoramic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
The Upper Mustang trek takes you to the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang (also called Lo) near the Tibet border. Until 1992, the area was forbidden to visit for foreigners. Not only culture but also the landscape is very much related to Tibet. Mustang lies in the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri, and you walk in an utterly desolate landscape, surrounded by rocks in all colors and bizarre formations.
Trek follows salt caravan trade route between Mustang and Tibet of old age. We reach Lo Manthang (capital of Upper Mustang), a medieval town surrounded by a massive town wall. You can find the king’s palace, a vast 4-story high building. You can even pay him a visit when the king is at home. From Lo La pass (3950 m), we see the town shimmering in the distance in the barren landscape.
Our airport representatives welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel by private vehicle. At your hotel, your trekking guide provides a briefing about your Upper Mustang Trekking. You will have leisure time (It depends on your international flight schedule) and overtime at the hotel.
Half-day Cultural city tours, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath, and Boudhanath. Overnight at your pre-booked hotels.
Drive around 7 hours to Pokhara. Walk around Pokhara city and enjoy the view of the mountains and the beautiful lake Phewa lake. Stay overnight in Pokhara at the hotel.
Early in the morning, fly to Jomsom, then starts your trekking to Kagbeni. This is quite a short day, so you get early to Kagbeni, so after lunch, go to walk in Kagbeni village and monastery. This is a beautiful landscape on the bank of the Kaligandaki River. Stay overnight in Kagbeni village.
It’s about a 6-7 hours walk to Chele. The trekking trail follows the Kaligandaki valley through the Tangche, Chhusang, at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. The trail continues north before crossing the river and climbing up to Chele, an incredible place with quite a dry land where you can see the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Stay overnight in Chele.
It’s about a 6-7 hours walk to Gehling, in a vast and beautiful dry land with a view of the white smiling mountain. Today’s trail goes up and down, and today, you will cross some high hills or pass as well, like Shyangmochen pass 3700m./12139ft. And descend the right sight, then you will reach the Gehling. Stay overnight in Gehling.
It’s about a 5 to 6 hours walk to Tsarang. Today is gently up through the wide valley, and you will reach the Nyi La at 3952m./12966ft. Then we descend the trail. After walking a while, we will reach quite a big village called Ghami. Then cross the bridge of the Tangmar Chhu river, and after that, you will reach the long mani wall, cross another pass and descend into Tsarang at 3490m./11450ft. Stay overnight there.
It’s about 5 hour walk to Lo Manthang. Today is the day that we will reach the destination of our trek and the city of the Mustang Valley. You will descend from the Tsarang and cross the Tsarang Chu, climb up again, and first, see the view of the Lo Manthang. The wall surrounds Lo Manthang, and there is an excellent gate to enter Lo Manthang. It’s a traditional and beautiful tiny city on the mountain: there and so many things to see and many places to visit. You will enjoy being here. Spend two or three nights here.
There are many things to see so you will enjoy being here extra days. There is much fascinating ancient building to visit here. There is a temple and the king’s palace in the Mustang district. Visit the monastery and many incredible things and see their authentic Tibetan culture, houses, and lifestyle that make you happy, and you will realize you are lucky to be here. Stay overnight there.
It’s about a 6-7 hours walk back to Ghami. After enjoying the nature, culture, people, and religion of the Mustang incredible experience, you will walk back down to Dhakmar. We take you on different trails through the Lo Gekar along a local trail, and afterward, you will reach the Ghar Gompa, one of the oldest active gompas in Nepal. Then pass the hill and head down to Dhakmar and Ghami, where you stay overnight.
Today we joined the trail again, going up and past the village like Tsarang Gehling and then to Samar. It’s beautiful to walk back down with an incredible view of the mountains, different cultures, and villages. Finally, you will reach the beautiful village Samar and stay overnight there.
It’s also such a great walk down to the Chhuksang with an incredible view and passes the few villages and trail continue eastern bank river after they cross the river and finally, you will reach Chhuksang and spend a night there.
Today you will reach Muktinath, the holy place of the Hindus and Buddhists, located in one of the famous Hindu temples, Muktinath, and Buddhist monasteries. While walking today, you will pass many different villages and enjoy the walking with the closest and front view of the beautiful mountains Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, etc. Visit the monastery and temple. This is an important pilgrimage site from India, Nepal, and other countries. Stay overnight in Muktinath.
Early morning, go to the temple, worship God, pray for good luck, good spirits, and all the positive things and trek back t to Jomsom because Jomsom is a windy solid place in the afternoon. Even if it’s windy, you can walk around the village. Jomsom is the district headquarters of the Mustang district. Stay overnight in Jomsom.
Fly early morning to Pokhara and go boating in Fewa Lake and Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake. If you have time, spend a few more days in Pokhara cause it’s a nice and clean city in Nepal.
Drive back to Kathmandu with the great experience of 16 days of trekking and walking in the mountain. Transfer to the hotel and stay at the hotel. The evening time free for you to go shopping for souvenirs for your friends and family. Peregrine Treks provides farewell dinners for you in typical Nepali cultural restaurants.
Departure for your home with significant experience in the Himalayan kingdom and such a memory of your life.
The ancient caves and monasteries of the Upper Mustang are proof of nature being at its best with equally impressive civilization history. The majestic views of three alluring peaks, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri, give you the best moment of your life. Determined Kali Gandaki River never stops accompanying you during the trip as you explore extraordinary barren landscapes and steep rocky trails. Further, the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang opened to foreign travelers only after 1991, which is the prime highlight of the Upper Mustang Trek.
The fantastic combination of natural beauty and exotic culture has positioned this region as one of the must-visit places on earth. The rich natural, cultural and historical heritages of Lo Manthang give any trekker learning opportunities apart from a great travel experience. Being one of the all-time best destinations around the globe Upper Mustang Trek offers you the journey of a lifetime in Nepal. Its extraordinary landscapes, vegetation, and lifestyle keep attracting travelers worldwide.
The amazing people and their unique civilization make Upper Mustang Trek a homely affair. The trek starts from Kagbeni, a religious site in Nepal, and leads to Chuksang, Samar, and the historical Lo Manthang. The best months to travel to Upper Mustang are September, October, and November during Autumn, and March, April, and May during Spring. However, even during other months, trekking can be done considering the weather conditions.
There is a good presence of lodges and tea houses during the trek. However, trekkers do have the option of camping as well. They should expect the essential services in the clubs as most of them run with limited resources, considering the essence of the trekking experience in Nepal. The trekkers will have the facility of staying at 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara while heading towards the Upper Mustang. They will have the opportunity to taste the traditional food along the trail. Apart from food, the local beverages also serve the trekkers a relaxing experience.
The Upper Mustang trip takes you to a maximum of 4000 meters above sea level as it ends at Lo Manthang (3840 m). Trekkers should ordinarily acclimatize to decrease any chances of mountain sickness significantly. If you are under some medication, you must ensure the medicines are in good stock to cover the trip. The region is mostly dry as it receives very little rainfall. The trekkers should consider eating healthy food during the trek. They should consult the accompanying guides and locals if they need any safety information.
Upper Mustang Trek is appropriate for all types of trekkers, from youngsters to senior citizens, due to its moderate degree of difficulty. Trekking for more than 6 hours per day through the sandy trails of Mustang will undoubtedly challenge your endurance. No hazardous continuous challenge will exist that requires your vigilance.
Furthermore, altitude sickness is a problem while trekking above 4000 meters. The sandy terrain and the trek area in the rain shadow will undoubtedly require some level of physical conditioning. Maintaining excellent physical and mental health eliminates the need to be apprehensive about the expedition’s completion.
Initially, trekking from the Jomsom trail will allow you to navigate the steep terrain. Furthermore, with its severe cold breeze, the Himalayas trial poses obstacles along with the trek. For this reason, wearing woolen and consuming well will keep you energetic to endure the difficulty. Besides this, it is evident that good health and an excellent physical state are vital for the success of Upper Mustang Trek.
Upper Mustang Trek will only be something exquisite with the help of ideal weather and the breathtaking clarity of the Himalayas and the surrounding area. Two distinct seasons will significantly aid in making your Upper Mustang Trek beautiful and unique.
There won’t be Rainfall obstructing the scenery of Mustang during this season. However, the Mustang Region’s splendor remains outstanding from March through May. The sands along the trail remain intact, and there won’t be any breeze. Similarly, this season will provide an incredible opportunity to view the majestic Himalayas. In addition, this is the time of year for the renowned mustang celebration, also known as the “Tiji Festival .”Furthermore, this season welcomes Mustang with true natural treasures to delight you, with temperatures ranging from 17 to 22 degrees Celsius.
The upper mustang trek is likely to be exceptional due to the ideal weather during this post-monsoon season from September to November. Good visibility will be present in the picturesque mountains and communities of the Mustang region. There could be a risk of a strong wind blowing from the western side of the mountain during the afternoon. You may need windproof jackets and eyeglasses to protect yourself from the dust. In addition, your trek will be most enjoyable in the autumn when temperatures are moderate (below 14 degrees Celsius).
There is a very low likelihood of precipitation in the Upper Mustang Area from June to August. Since the mountains in the vicinity of Mustang block the wind and the clouds, it won’t rain; also, the region falls under the rain shadow area. As a result, the monsoon season will also be an excellent opportunity to appreciate the surroundings and gorgeous atmosphere of the Mustang Region. It will be around 20 degrees Celsius, so you might want to bring shorts and a hat to make your trek more comfortable.
From the end of November until the onset of December, ascending the upper Mustang will be nearly impossible. It becomes challenging due to the icy wind that blows through the Mustang Valley. Even so, ascending the lower mustang region will be feasible quickly. The monasteries and seasonal festivities will give the Mustang region a great atmosphere this year. The temperature will also dip below freezing, making it difficult to wander the nearby region.
The excursion begins in Kathmandu, and from there, you can get to Pokhara by taking an air-conditioned bus. From the gorgeous shoreline of Pokhara, you will have a magnificent Himalayan flight to Jomsom in a Twin Otter Aircraft from Pokhara airport. After landing at the Jomsom airport and admiring the magnificent, never-before-seen view of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri mountains, you will proceed to Kagbeni by following the Kaligandaki River.
Following ascending to chele from Kagbeni, passing via the passes of Taklom La and Dajori La, and taking in the scenery of Tilicho and the Damodar Danda, you will arrive at the lovely settlement of Syanbochen. Lomanthang greets you as it slowly passes through the numerous settlements of Ghyami and Charang. By exploring local gompas, including Jhumpa Gompa, Thupchen Gompa, and Chhota Gompa, as well as communities like Dhkamar, Ghiling, and Chhuksang, you will eventually arrive in Jomsom. The expedition thus concludes with a twin otter flight back to Pokhara and an AC bus ride back to Kathmandu from Jomsom.
An upper Mustang Jeep Tour is one of the most adventurous excursions ever. Taking the road from Pokhara to Lomanthang, you will see mustang sights such as Muktinath temple, Luri Gompa, Ghar Gompa, Dumba Gharpu cave, and the charming village of Marpha. The expert Nepalese driver of the 4WD jeep will drive you off-road over the challenging terrain and rivers to reach the northern Himalayas. The scenery of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu will never leave you during this expedition.
Stopping along the road to take in the picturesque communities connecting Pokhara and Lomanthang would be a fantastic experience. Starting in Pokhara, this Jeep ride will take you deep into the mountainous villages, through Dhampus Phedi to Beni. In addition, there will be extensive off-road driving from Galeshwor to the Kali Gandaki River’s brink and onto the deepest gorge of the earth before the Jeep ride reaches Mustang Region.
Continuing on the small gravel road from the Gurung’s hamlet below the Mustang Highlands with steep terrain, you will finally reach your destination. The stone castle with various monasteries welcomes you. This tour’s main draw is the off-road jeep ride from the lap of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu Himalayan ranges. This will be a memorable mustang off-road excursion in a jeep full of adventures.
Fundamentally, you need special Restricted Area permission (RAP) to embark on the Upper Mustang Trek. The permit charge will vary depending on how long you want to spend in a particular region. The payment method will be analogous, costing roughly USD 500 per person, and it will be applicable for the first ten days of your stay in this region.
After the ten days, you must pay an additional $50 per day. Meanwhile, the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which costs about USD 30 per person, will be another significant permit. ACAP is necessary to cross any region which falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area. With a genuine passport and 2 or 3 passport-size photos, you can obtain ACAP from the Nepal tourism board of Pokhara and Kathmandu. We will arrange all necessary permits for this Upper Mustang Trek.
For the upper mustang trek, you’ll need porters and guides to make the expedition more convenient. Primarily, you need to hire competent porters and guides who can communicate with locals and other officials and comprehend the terrain well. Our guides can speak English fluently with first aid-trained, experienced, and well-trained with extensive trekking knowledge. Similarly, our porters are supportive and firm.
We will provide a fully air-conditioned private car for airport transfers and sightseeing and a luxurious tourist bus for Pokhara. The flight option is available upon extra payment if you want to skip a 7-8 hours drive for 200 km.
The Upper Mustang Trek will not necessitate any previous trekking experience. Nonetheless, your physical health, as well as your mental and psychological state, will be the most significant aspects of this expedition. Before trekking getting your body in perfect condition before trekking with the appropriate exercises, including walking, running, and skipping, will keep you stable during the trek. Also, before the weeks of trekking, you may keep your body in great shape and have plenty of endurance by doing certain routines and movements, including yoga and stretching.
The gear and equipment for trekking will undoubtedly fall within the scope of the trekking package, and our company will be accountable for it. Therefore, you don’t need to bring any special equipment for this walk, but you should pack essentials like sunscreen creams, cameras, anti-infection spray, hats, gloves, caps, cameras, and shorts. Additionally, warm clothing, some dry fruits, and personal medications can help you stay comfortable throughout the expedition. Aside from that, you can bring books and cards to play or read with the guides and staff during your leisure time.
Based on 5 Reviews
It was remarkable to witness the rain shadow area of the Upper Mustang region as well as the dry, desert-like barren territory above the cliffs. When we arrived at the upper Mustang, the weather was consistent with low hovering clouds, which surprised me because it varied along the way. I got a sense of antiquity from the dry field, the Gurung village, and the monasteries. It was fascinating to see the stone teahouses and the old, traditional homes where the residents were enjoying themselves calmly. The peaceful surroundings of Lomanthang gave me an unbelievable amount of favorable resonance, which was truly unforgettable.
Lo Gekar and Ghar Gompa’s peaceful vibrations spread throughout the Lo Manthang region. An unusual sight to see was the fantastic crimson cliffs along the Drakmar canyon. Because of the intense dusty wind that sweeps through the region, exploring in the morning will be more enjoyable than exploring in the afternoon. The border of China was visible from the settlement of Chhuksang, and there were more monasteries, “Yara and Luri Gompa,” hiding along the settlement of the Tibetan community. It is remarkable to witness the topography connecting the Kaligandaki Valley with the Mustang from the top of the cliff.
The most fortunate experience I’ve ever had was seeing the Luri Cave monastery, which dates to the fourteenth century. This monastery had extraordinary sculptures, devotional banners, and shrines throughout its chambers. The historical significance of these old arts and crafts depicting the ethereal Lomanthang was hinted at. The other aspect of our expedition that shocked me was seeing the Tashii Ghapel Palace, an old royal residence that dates back to the 14th century. It was also a wonderful experience to explore the revered Muktinath temple. This was my first exciting and spiritual excursion, in my opinion.
The Upper Mustang region’s Tibetan Buddhist culture was fascinating to discover. The residents of this community were immensely artistic, including poets, visual painters, and horse riders. In addition, the scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara was an unforgettable experience for me. Since the plane was small and passed over the highest mountains, I was initially frightened. However, it was the happiest moment of my life when I finally saw Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from the window. A further attraction was the area’s stone masonry homes. In all honesty, I would like to thank Peregrine Treks and Tours for helping me arrange this phenomenal all-encompassing expedition.
I didn’t think the Upper Mustang Trek’s accommodations to be this excellent. It was fantastic to have a western washroom and a unique, snug double bedroom right in the middle of the Mustang region. Due to the many visitors in this region, the cost of lodging was slightly higher than at lower altitudes. Similarly, the Mustang region’s teahouses and lodges served excellent cuisine. Everything was superb, including continental and Tibetan cuisine, hot drinks, cold drinks, and traditional Nepali snacks. The menus at the meal’s setting in the shadow of the Himalayas will astound you with their variety of culinary offerings.