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Upper Mustang Trekking – 14 Days

14 Days Upper Mustang Trekking Facts

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -10°C to 20°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 14 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Overland + Flight

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhist, Bon Po

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Tibetan, Gurung, Thakali, Lowa

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Desert , Village, Rain-Shadow Area

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Upper Mustang -Annapurna Region

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 4100m./13530ft.

Overview

The 14 Days Upper Mustang Trekking starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni after a scenic flight from Pokhara with pleasing views of mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Damodar (4890m), Annapurna (8091m), and many more. Along the way, you get to view the stunning Kaligandaki river valleys.

Following the views of the high Tibetan Plateau, you will explore the region of Upper Mustang. Crossing the tough and beautiful Lo La Pass (3950m), you will arrive in Lo Mangthang. Observe the traditional houses of Lo Mangthang village and explore the royal palace and the impressive caves, including Jhong caves. Visit the stunning monasteries that showcase the Tibetan culture. Passing through the quaint villages, you will return to Jomsom and then drive back to Pokhara. From the lake city of Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu.

Since the region lies in the rain shadow, you can trek all year round. However, trekking is tough during winter due to harsh climatic conditions.

About Us 

We, at Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, are at your service to make your 14-day trek to Upper Mustang memorable and hassle-free. You can customize the trip as per the requirements of your schedule. Be a part of the trek to witness the surreal views of the mountains. We cater to all your needs regarding travel services.

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Trip highlights:

  • Spiritual feeling as you explore ancient caves and monasteries.
  • Witness the breathtaking views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and many more.
  • Learn about the culture of the local people and their way of living life near the Nepal-Tibet border.
  • Get an insight into the prehistoric village of Lo Mangthang and visit the ancient palace.
  • The eye-catching view of landscapes and plateaus in the lap of the mighty Himalayas.
January
-15°C to 5°C
February
-10°C to 8°C
March
-5°C to 12°C
April
0°C to 15°C
May
5°C to 18°C
June
7°C to 20°C
July
8°C to 20°C
August
8°C to 19°C
September
5°C to 18°C
October
0°C to 15°C
November
-5°C to 10°C
December
-10°C to 5°C

14 Days Upper Mustang Trekking Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Pokhara

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km drive to Pokhara
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Hotel Kausi

Altitude

(820m./2706ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast

After breakfast, You will embark on a tourist bus to Pokhara. Following the winding roads through the Prithvi Highway, we leave the Kathmandu valley. We drive along the fierce Trishuli River. From the windows pane, you will catch the sight of rafters on the dashing rivers and peek at some mountains. Once you arrive at Pokhara, you can see a more precise view of the spectacular mountains like Mt. Machhapuchhre or Fishtail Mountain (6993m) and Annapurna (8091m). After some relaxation time at the hotel, you can explore the lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 2

Fly to Jomsom - Trek to Kagbeni

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22 min Flight to Pokhara -
9km Uphill hike to Kagbeni(Av. 3hr)

Accommodation

Hotel Nilgiri or Hotel McDonald

Altitude

(2858m./9375ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Pokhara, you will catch an early flight to Jomsom. The scenic flight to Jomsom offers an astonishing view of the mountains. After you reach Jomsom airport, the trek starts as you head towards Kagbeni. You will witness the spectacular landscape variation as you walk alongside the Kaligandaki River. You will pass small villages and Mani walls as you approach Kagbeni village, where the houses are unique and ornated with clay effigies.

Day 3

Trek to Chele

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hrs)

Accommodation

Mustang Gate or Hotel Bishal

Altitude

(3050m./10004ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast at Kagbeni, you will start the trek towards Chele. The trail includes walking alongside the bank of Kaligandaki River as you follow the trail with some ups and downs. Continuing the 5-hour trek, you will approach old stupas and some caves. Then, you will ascend the cliff to reach Chele. Overnight in Chele.

Day 4

Trek to Syangboche

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Hotel Nilgiri or Similar Category

Altitude

(3475m./11467ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Chele, you trek towards Syangboche. You will pass through some dry meadows and monasteries. En route, you can catch the sight of Yaks passing by. The trail is a bit tough as you encounter Taklam La Pass (3,624m) and Darjori La Pass (3735m). The 6-hour trek rewards you with astounding views of hills, plateaus, and the Himalayan ranges. Passing through few exciting caves, the trail descends into Samar village and declines further towards the other sharper route to reach Syangboche. Overnight in Syangboche.

Day 5

Trek to Ghami

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Hote Lho Ghami or Royal Mustang Hotel

Altitude

(3520m./11616ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will trek towards Ghami today. The trail initially follows the inclination route towards the ridge of Syangboche by crossing the tough pass, Yamada La pass (3850m). The trail follows Chortens, some quaint villages, and barley fields. Following the forested trail, you will come across another pass Nyi La Pass (4010m). The trail starts to descend from here until you reach Ghami. Overnight stay at a lodge in Ghami.

Day 6

Trek to Tsarang

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Hotel Doma or Similar category

Altitude

(3500m./11480ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will leave for another exciting village known as Tsarang. You will trek through the slippery pathways to cross the Ghami Khola via a suspension bridge. Proceeding forward, the trail takes you to a long Mani wall. After that, you will come across Choya La Pass (3870m), which offers a beautiful view of the Tsarang village. Following the downward slope, you will approach Tsarang village, where you will get to visit an impressive fortress and a red Gompa. Overnight in Tsarang .

Day 7

Trek to Lo-Mangthang

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10km Uphill hike
(Av. 4hrs)

Accommodation

Lotus Holiday Inn or Similar category

Altitude

(3700m./12136ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, the trek starts from Tsarang, accompanied by a great view of the barren plateaus. Crossing a river, you will incline the Lo La Pass (3950m), from where you will get a clear glance at Lo Mangthang village. Lo Mangthang is a beautiful village with a rich history. Home to the ancient palace of Lo, you will get a glimpse of the beautiful mountains such as Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak. Overnight in Lomanthang.

Day 8

Explore the Lo-Mangthang

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Excursion around

Accommodation

Lotus Holiday Inn or Similar category

Altitude

(3700m./12136ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a rest day at Lo- Mangthang village. You will hike to Chhoser and visit the striking Jhong Caves or Sky caves and various monasteries. The cave itself is a wonder to many researchers as the assumption says that the caves were built as a burial ground, hiding place, or for mediation. You will also visit the Namgyal Gompa and Ani Gompa. After exploring the mysterious cave, you will head back to Lo Mangthang. Overnight stay at a lodge in Lo Mangthang.

Day 9

Trek to Ghar Gompa

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

13km Uphill hike
(Av. 5hr)

Accommodation

Monastery home stay in Ghar Gompa

Altitude

(3810m./12573ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Lo- Mangthang, you will leave for Ghar Gompa. You will trek towards the upper route. You may get to see some blue sheep and other wild animals on the way. The epic views of the Himalayas accompany you, making the walk delightful. After following through a few descends, you will arrive at Gyakar village, which houses the ancient Ghar Gompa. Explore the antique rock paintings at Ghar Gompa. Overnight in Ghar Gompa.

Day 10

Trek to Ghiling

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Uphill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Kunga Hotel or Similar category

Altitude

(3806m./12584ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a delightful breakfast, you will leave for Ghiling. With the wind blowing on your face, you will pass through the declined trails followed by a barren plateau and few agricultural farms. After trekking for about 5 hours, you will reach the village of Ghiling. Overnight in Ghiling.

Day 11

Trek to Chhuksang

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Downhill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Brikuti Guest House or Similar category

Altitude

(2900m./9570ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast and witnessing the amazing views of the mountains such as Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, you will head towards Chausang. Walking through the green fields and varied landscapes, you will pass a few small villages. After walking for about 5 hours, you will reach Chhuksang. Overnight in Chhuksang

Day 12

Trek to Marpha

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Downhill hike
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Hotel Paradise or similar category

Altitude

(2650m./8745ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the day you bid a bittersweet goodbye to the region of Upper Mustang and descend to the Lower part of Mustang. After breakfast, you start your 6-hour trek towards Marpha. You will stop for lunch at Kagbeni, and have a contemplating glance at the gorgeous Kaligandaki gorge. Overnight in Marpha.

Day 13

Drive to Pokhara

Day 13 Facts

Trekking Time Average

140km Drive
(Av. 6hr)

Accommodation

Hotel Kausi

Altitude

(820m./2706ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you will jump at Jeep/bus to Pokhara. Gazing at the adventurous trails on the lap of the Himalayan Mountains and lush green hills via world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge, Nepal’s most beautiful Rupse Waterfall and popular Natural hot spring ” Tatopani” , you will arrive in Pokhara. You will head straight to the hotel and refresh. Later, you may explore the city and the famous Lakeside area.  Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 14

Drive to Kathmandu

Day 14 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive to Kathmandu (Av. 6hr)

Altitude

(1295m./4273ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast

After breakfast, you bid goodbye to the precious Mt. Fishtail and Mt. Annapurna. You will catch a tourist bus and head towards Kathmandu. Watching the scenic beauty along the Prithvi Highway, you will reach your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu, after 6 hours on the road.  Overnight  in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel accommodation ( Hotel Kausi) in Pokhara
  •  Lodge accommodation (Twin share base ) while on the trek
  • All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trek .
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit, Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP ) and necessary documents/permits.
  • Pokhara to Jomsom by flight.
  • Overland Transportation as per mentioned in Itinerary .
  • A tour map, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, Duffle bag, Water purification, Company t-shirt, Trekking completion certificate etc
  • Assistance for Emergency Rescue Evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Not included

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • All kind of hard /soft table drinks as coke, fanta, beer, mineral water, desert, battery charge, laundry and main meals while on city like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 2 - 4 $1,800.00 PP $1,600.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $1,770.00 PP $1,570.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $1,740.00 PP $1,540.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $1,710.00 PP $1,510.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $1,680.00 PP $1,480.00 PP
Group of 21 - 24 $1,650.00 PP $1,450.00 PP

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

I did a volunteering project in Nepal and got to know Tej Bahadur Gurung during an event with TAAN. He is the managing director of Nepal Alternative Treks and already helped other volunteers in the program to book their trekking. When my girlfriend arrived in Kathmandu, we met him to plan our trip to the Upper Mustang area. Before we started, we met our guide Nauser in Kathmandu and had a very good first impression of him. He was a young and very polite man. We figured, we would have a good trek with him. We started from Pokhara, trekked four days up on our own to Kagbeni and met our guide there. Nauser’s flight got cancelled and he had to travel all the way up to Kagbeni in less than 24 hours to meet us on time. Poor guy came completely wet in the morning, having spent the night

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5.0

oelens

Altstatten, Switzerland
Upper mustang is a good trek route. I would like to enjoy this kind of trekking. Hope to join again. Thank you for all the assist during the trek.

5.0

Peter Macfarquhar

USA

ESSENTIAL INFO

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Upper Mustang for trekking is during the spring and autumn seasons. During this time of the year, you will find a suitable climate to trek in. Annually, thousands of tourists including both national and international tourists come to Upper Mustang for trekking. At this time of the year, you will be able to travel in a clear sky at a stable temperature. Similarly, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature.

The difficulty of this trek

There is some difficulty if you travel to Upper Mustang Trek. In addition, Upper Mustang is at a high altitude which adds to its difficulty. The most common difficulty that trekkers face during their trek here is altitude sickness. This sickness is life-threatening if it is not treated properly. So, you must come prepared for that. Furthermore, the trek trail is very difficult for new trekkers.

Travel insurance

We don’t provide you with personal insurance. you should have your insurance with you. So, you make sure that your insurance company has covered all your trekking-related facilities. Including all medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property. Likewise, make sure that your insurance is not expired.

Meals and accommodations

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the longest treks there is in Nepal. Similarly, this trek lasts for 14 days. So, we make sure your diet is on point. We provide you with quality and healthy foods which include both Nepali and western food. Likewise, the accommodation facility we provide is also top class. We try our best to provide every facility for our consumers. In addition, the rooms and beds we provide are very comfortable and safe for your stay. Furthermore, the meals we provide can be adjusted as per the consumer’s wish.

Required Permits

Mustang Special Permit : USD 500 for 10 days and USD 50 per day for extra days.

ACAP : NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Fitness and Experience requirement

Upper Mustang Trek is a very difficult and long trek. Annually, a lot of trekkers struggle to complete this trek. So, you must be physically and mentally fit. So, if you have some health issues then you cannot do this trek. Your heart and lungs should be perfectly fine if you want to enjoy and complete this trek. Similarly, you should not have any blood-related diseases. However, you should not be that experienced for the trek. But, you should have a little knowledge about the trek. You should not go there blindly.

Climate and weather

The climate and weather of the Upper Mustang are mostly cold and chilly. So, you must carry warm clothes with you. Similarly, the place is very remote so you should have all the essentials with you. But, the best time that you can do this trek is during the spring and autumn seasons. At his time of the year, you will find a moderate climate to trek in. Similarly, this trek also can be done during the monsoon season. Likewise, if you travel here during this time then this can multiply your fun and trekking experience during the trek.

Safety and security

The safety of our consumers is very important to us. We check every route for the trek. So, don’t worry you will be safe with us. In addition, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers. So, you should not worry about your belongings when you are traveling with us. Likewise, the accommodation facility we provide is also very safe for your stay.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

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