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Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal

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Tour Facts

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: Lo Manthang (3840 m)
  • Best Time: Autumn & Spring
  • Region: Others
  • Trip Grade: Challenging
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Group Size: 3+

Tour Overview

The Upper Mustang Trek is beautiful and challenging in Nepal. What makes it so unique is that it also provides an opportunity to experience life on the Tibetan Plateau. Upper Mustang Trek is a great way to escape city life’s hustle and bustle. You’ll have plenty of time to relax, take in the sights, and explore this amazing part of Nepal.

Before the 18th century, Mustang was a part of the Tibetan plateau. Tibetan Buddhism and its culture so have a significant impact on the region. It also goes by the name “The Last Forbidden Kingdom.” Travelling through the Upper Mustang Trek is a wonderful way to experience Nepal’s Himalayan culture and way of life.

Upper Mustang lacks fertile soil since it is in the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges’ rain shadows. This is why there is no vegetation here. However, due to this, you can trek in this region even when it’s monsoon.

The Upper Mustang Trek introduces you to the countless varieties of grey hills and sun-bleached cliffs. The main objective of this trek is to uncover the long-forgotten pasts of the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. Until 1991 AD, Upper Mustang was under restriction. As a result, the area is undeveloped and hardly explored because it has only recently been opened. So Upper Mustang is a huge place with lots to discover.

The trek can be completed alone or in a group. However, we advise going with a friend or two, so you have someone to keep you company as you go through the mountains!

The trip starts with a beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, then a flight across the Himalayas to Jomsom. The official trek departs from Jomsom and makes stops at Kagbeni, Chele, and Syangboche along the way. You pass by numerous monasteries while walking, including Rangchung Cave Monastery, Ghar Gompa, Luri Cave monastery, and many others.

Eventually, the trek leads to Lo Manthang. After spending the day at Lo Manthang exploring and having fun, the journey retraces to where it began. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore Muktinath, a spiritual site for Buddhists and Hindus traveling. The trip will soon end with a flight to Pokhara followed by a drive back to Kathmandu.

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Best Time to do Upper Mustang Trek

The journey to Upper Mustang is doable any time of year. However, the best seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The weather is consistent, and the temperature is moderate throughout these hours. 

Additionally, mountain panoramas are easily visible because of the transparent visibility. On the other hand, during busy times, the trails may be overrun with people.

There is also the option of going on a trek in the summer or winter. During these times of the year, you can hike to the Upper Mustang region and escape crowds. The absence of rain during the monsoon season makes the Upper Mustang journey the most enjoyable. 

The weather in the summertime can be warm. Winter, however, can be extremely cold. However, the teahouses in the high passes close due to the extreme cold throughout the winter.

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful heritage sites of Kathmandu.
  • Beautiful flight to Pokhara views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Annapurna region, Dhaulagiri.
  • flight across the Himalayas between Pokhara and Jomsom.
  • Come across various ancient monasteries, chortens, and caves.
  • Discover the cultural significance of Tibetan people and their lifestyle.
  • Walk along the adventurous trails en route to Lo Manthang.


Day 1Kathmandu Arrival: transfer to your hotel and free day

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and then Pre-Departure meeting

Day 3Kathmandu to Pokhara 20minutes flight and drive 10 minutes stay over night in Pokhara.

Day 4Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom - 20 to 30 minutes and Hike to Kagbeni (2800 m) - 4 hrs

Day 5Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050 m) - 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3800 m) - 6 to 7 hrs

Day 7Trek from Syangboche to Lo Ghami (3520 m) - 5 to 6 hrs

Day 8Trek from Lo Ghami to Charang (3560 m) - 4 hrs

Day 9Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang (3840 m) - 4 hrs

Day 10Lo Manthang Exploration

Day 11Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3820 m) - 6hrs

Day 12Trek from Drakmar to Syangboche (3780 m) - 5 to 6 hrs

Day 13Trek from Syangboche to Chhuksang (3000 m) - 6 to 7 hrs

Day 14Trek from Chuksang to Muktinath, Jomsom (2720 m) - 7hrs

Day 15Early Morning flight to Pokhara and full day free meet at 6:00pm for dinner

Day 16After breakfast flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Day 17Free Day in Kathmandu. (if you are interested to fly Everest flight please contact Bold Adventures Staff or your trek guide to book your flight and pay direct to Bold Adventures office.

Day 18Final Departure day.


Price Includes

  • Pick-up and Final departure at Kathmandu International airport.
  • Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Air fair from Pokhara to Jomsom- Pokhara.
  • Special permit for Upper Mustang (10 Days) and Annapurna conservation fees with Tims.
  • 3 Times meal in a Day( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and Accommodations.
  • 4 nights Accommodations in Kathmandu 3-4 star hotel included breakfast.
  • 2 nights Accommodations in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • City tours guide and entry fees in the city.
  • Guide,porters (2 person= 1 porter).
  • Insurance for Guide and porters.
  • 13% Nepal government tax.


Price Excludes

  • Hard and soft drinks, Beers, Wine, Coke, and Fanta etc.
  • Emergency rescue.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hot shower and Boiled water during the trekking.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter.
  • Visa fee


Do I need any special equipment to walk the Upper Mustang Trek?

No. The trail is not difficult, and there are a few places where you can get technical assistance. Generally, you will need sturdy shoes and some hiking clothes (a long-sleeved shirt or sweater, pants or skirt). You may also want to bring extra clothes in case of rain. 

Will I need a guide?

No, it’s not necessary! However, if you’d like someone who knows the area well and speaks English fluently (or has a good grasp of Nepali), we recommend hiring one for this part of the trip. Additionally, the guide will help you with entry permits since it is a restricted area.

Is tipping my guide and driver essential?

No, you don’t have to tip your guide and driver. However, we sincerely appreciate your recognition and gratitude. Nevertheless, you can offer tips based on how satisfied you are.

What kind of way of life can one expect in Upper Mustang?

Given that Upper Mustang borders Tibet, the Tibetan way of life significantly impacts the way of life of the Mustang people. In Mustang, Tibetan Buddhism is practiced and followed by the vast majority of people.

Does Mustang experience rain?

Mustang lies in the Annapurna region’s rain shadow. About 307 mm of rainfall occurs on  average each year. One of the lowest in the nation, in fact.