Upper Mustang Trek

  • Trip duration 17 Days
  • Trip GradeEasy
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  • Trip cost US$ 2099

Upper Mustang trek offers the awe-inspiring experience in the isolated Himalayan region of Nepal. The region was forbidden land until 1992, no travellers or foreigners were allowed.

The 17-day trekking designed by the Mount Fishtail Adventure offers the splendid views of Mount Nilgiri, Mount Annapurna, and Mount Dhaulagiri. The package also includes visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the lake city of Nepal.

Upper Mustang trek finds adventure in the landscape with a trans-Himalayan climate which is cool and semi-arid with precipitation. The Upper Mustang ranges to 6,700 metres at Khumjung Himal in the southeast.

In Upper Mustang trekking, the trail comes across numerous natural hidden caves. Artistic Buddhist monasteries along with mani walls are other infrastructures we come in contact with. 

Alongside the trekking, travellers get the opportunity to explore the blending of Tibetan and Nepali cultures. Ancient descendents of Tibetans such as Sherpas, Bhotes, including Thakalis from Thak who speak Tibetan languages, are the native of Upper Mustang.  

The villages in Lo-Mangthang are remarkably famous for its tall white washed mud brick walls and the king's palace. There are three main gompas - Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century; Thupchen built in the late 15th century and Chodey Gompa, the main city gompa.

Recently, a dozen of caves decorated with ancient Buddhist paintings was discovered.

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Pokhara-Jomsom
  • Tibetan Cultures; Sherpa, Thakali, Bhote etc.
  • Mount Nilgiri, Mount Annapurna, and Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail)
  • Visit Pokhara (The lake city of Nepal)
  • Visit Jomsom airport, Kagbeni, Lobangthang
  • Oldest Buddhist monasteries in Lobangthang  
  • Living with the native Sherpa, Thakali, Bhote and Tibetan family
  • Upper Mustang (The Last Forbidden Kingdom Geling)

Outline itinerary

Day 01:Kathmandu Arrival (1,350m/4,428ft)

Day 02:Full day Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 03:Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours) by Tourist Bus

Day 04:Flight to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) , trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek

Day 05:Kagbeni to Chele (2800m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

Day 06:Chele to Syangboche (Shyangmochen) (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours

Day 07:Syangboche to Ghami (Ghemi)(3,510m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours

Day 08:Ghami to Charang (Tsarang) (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours

Day 09:Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours

Day 10:Acclimatisation in Lo Manthang

Day 11:Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours

Day 12:Dhakmar to Ghiling (Geling) (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours

Day 13:Ghiling to Chhusang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

Day 14:Chhusang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours

Day 15:Flight to Pokhara

Day 16:Flight to Kathmandu

Day 17:Departure to Home

Cost Includes

    • 11 nights’ accommodation in twin sharing bed room in Mountain. 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara at star level hotel with breakfast.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing and boating in Phewa lake
    • All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner include Continental, Chinese, Indian and Nepali cuisine while on trek.
    • Welcome dinner and Farewell Dinner
    • Entrance fee for various venues and a tour guide on full day sight-seeing.
    • English speaking trekking guide and one porter to carry luggage and belongings of two persons, during the hiking.
    • All transportation. One-way flight ticket from Pokhara to Kathmandu and bothway flight from Pokhara to Jomso- Pokhara 
    • Government taxes, park permit fee, trekking permit, special permit, required documents.

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal entry visa fee
    • Meals and Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    • International airfare and airport taxes
    • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, cold drinks, laundry bills, cigarettes, phone calls etc
    • Extra cost on shower, battery charge, extra porters during the trek
    • Personal travel and rescue insurance
    • Rescue charge if needed (we can arrange), any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Gratitude/Tips for the Crew


The tour package price for an individual is fixed. However, The Mount Fishtail Adventure offer discounts for a group of 10 or more people. The large group is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If you have more than 10 persons, please contact us info@mountfishtailadventure.com to learn more. You are free to call us at 00977-9851137429 (Viber or WhatsApp). Apart from the regular departure for the journey, there is also an option for the private groups to choose own dates best suited.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival (1,350m/4,428ft)Day 01: Your Arrival (1,350m/4,428ft)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, we receive you. After driving for 20 to 30 minutes from airport, we arrive in a hotel in Thamel. You check-in hotel, refresh yourself and take rest. In the evening, we organise a programme over dinner to discuss about your trip.

Included meal: Welcome Dinner

Day 2Full day Kathmandu sightseeingIn the morning after breakfast, we visit the places which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The most sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath lies on the North eastern part of Kathmandu Valley. We pay homage to the holy site before we head for Bouddhanath Stupa another sacred Buddhist shrine. Another remarkable Buddhist shrine is the “Monkey temple” also called Swayambhunath. It lies on the hill towards west of Kathmandu Valley. It is said that long time ago Gautam Buddha preached sermon to the native people of valley on the hill among the monkeys. This is how it got its name. Kathmandu Durbar square is another Heritage site which was established as one of the three principalities during the Malla dynasty. It is an opportunity to explore and experience the Newari cultures and traditions. The Newari style buildings established during the Malla dynasty rulers are the examples of the finest custs of wood carvings and sculptors. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Included: Breakfast

Day 3Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours) by Tourist BusIn the morning, after breakfast, we head for Pokhara by a luxurious private vehicle. As we move ahead along the Prithvi Highway, we get opportunity to view the beautiful scenery of the hills covered with vegetations. We take glimpse of human settlements among the hills as we drive along the Highway. When we arrive in Pokhara, we check in a hotel take rest, refresh and visit Phewa Lake. Here, we get the marvellous sight of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 4Flight to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) , trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trekIn the morning we take 25-minute flight to Jomsom Airport. The flight takes us closer to the Himalayas. The trekking starts as we reach the airport. The gentle path along the bank of Kali Gandaki River leads us to Kagbeni. Crossing the areas of farms and fields we hike along the rocky path. Kagbeni is also a pilgrim site. The settlement locates in the starting point of the Upper Mustang Trekking. We take excursion into the village before we dine. Overnight stay in Kagbeni.

Included Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 5Kagbeni to Chele (2800m/10,004ft): 5-6 hoursIn the morning, after breakfast, we cross Kali Gandaki River and hike along the bank. We find ourselves in a peaceful countryside. We confront the high wind as we walk down the sandy path before ascending a hill. The transhimalayan climate starts here. After we reach a village of Tangbe, we advance through the barley and buckwheat fields, apple orchards and the narrow path which are admirable. We pass by another Gurung village and cross rivulets. Further ahead we walk over the ridge and reach Chele. Overnight in Chele

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 6Chele to Syangboche (Shyangmochen) (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hoursIn the morning we take breakfast, and prepare ourselves to ascend a steep hill that leads us to two passes Taklam La and Dajong La (3,660 metres) and access the . The path splits into two, we take the left one. We get the marvellous view of Tilicho the highest lake, Mount Yakawa Kang and a hill called Damodar Danda. We also pass by Ramchung Cave as we descend to a village of Samar. Next, we ascend to a ridge and descend down to a brook before reaching Syangboche. Overnight stay in Syangboche.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 7Syangboche to Ghami (Ghemi)(3,510m/11,546ft): 5-6 hoursAfter breakfast in the morning, we begin journey towards Ghami, one of the biggest village in the Lo region. We hike through fields and farms and forests. We pass by several villages before ascending to the Yamda La pass (3,850 metres). The pass offers spectacular view of mountains. We pass by several settlements, fields and forests. Further, we advance to Nyi Pass (4,010 metres) from where the trail descends to Ghami. We stay here overnight.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 8Ghami to Charang (Tsarang) (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hoursAfter breakfast in the morning, we descend along a rough and slippery terrain. We go ahead and cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola before ascending the trail with mani walls. We ascend and descend through Tsarang La Pass at an altitude of (3870 metres). Finally, we reach Charang village which situates above the Charang Chu canyon. Here, we can find a red gompa. We stay here overnight.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 9Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hoursIn the morning after breakfast, we descend to a gorge and cross a river before ascending a hill to Lo La pass (3,950 metres). We halt our journey here to admire the spectacular view of Lo Manthang village which is our next destination. Next, we descend to the beautiful village. The place offers the splendid view of the mountains that include Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti and panoramic pond called Damodar Kunda. Here, we stay overnight.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 10Acclimatisation in Lo ManthangOn this morning we take time to relax as we stay here to acclimatise in this remote Upper Mustang region. The village is the blending of Tibetan and Nepali culture and is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, gompas and the king's palace. We visit three main gompas - Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century; Thupchen built in the late 15th century and Chodey Gompa, the main city gompa . We can also visit Tingkhar village in the north-west of Lo-Mangthang.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 11Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hoursAfter breakfast in the morning, we head back south from Lo-Mangthang along a different trail rather than the one we used to access from Tsarang. We hike along the trail and stop by a century old Ghar gompa in Gyakar village. The gompa is famous for its rock paintings. It is believed that the one who prays in the gompa get his/her wish fulfilled. We advance along the trail to Dhakmar where we stay overnight.

Included all meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 12Dhakmar to Ghiling (Geling) (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hoursToday we start our journey earlier as possible to escape the high winds that we face on the plateau. After breakfast we descend the trail that is made difficult by the blowing wind. We retrace the trail from Ghami along which we have already hike. We get splendid view of mustang, Mount Annapurna and Nilgiri at Nyi La pass. We descend to Ghiling village and explore it. Overnight stay in Ghiling.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 13Ghiling to Chhusang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hoursAfter breakfast in the morning, we retrace along the trail that we have already passed by while we headed for Lo-Mangthang. Admiring the views of mountains and passing by the same villages, we reach Chhusang. We stay here overnight.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 14Chhusang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hoursAfter breakfast in the morning, we walk for a while and depart the trails of Mustang, we then join the trails of Annapurna Circuit. We halt in the familiar location in Kagbeni for lunch before meandering along the same path until we reach Jomsom Airport. This time we explore the settlements around the airport and stay here overnight.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 15Flight to PokharaIn the early morning we take 25-minute flight back to Pokhara. As we arrive in Pokhara, we make ending of the trekking. As an option, you may visit places around the lake city and do some sightseeing at your own cost. Pokhara is also famous for paragliding, ultra-flight among others.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 16Flight to Kathmandu At around 9:00 am, we fly to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. The flight gives an opportunity to observe the mountains closely. The day is for taking rest and exploring about nearby places on your own. We enjoy the night in Kathmandu. We invite you to farewell dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner

Day 17Departure to Home Mount Fishtail Adventure arranges to send you to the airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight time.

Included Breakfast

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