It's as mysterious as it gets! The Upper Mustang Trek is a trekking package to the bewildering Buddhist kingdom of the Mustang Region. The isolated valley hike makes way for a trip across one of the driest valleys of the country alongside views of snow-clad peaks, caves, and gompas.
This package starts with a flight to the City of Lakes, Pokhara, the same as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Khopra Danda Trek. A short flight sees us at the apple capital of Nepal, Jomsom. While at Jomsom, enjoy the local apple brandy, Marpha. Hike along the deepest gorge of the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge and finally get to Kagbeni. Parade towards the Tange Village and then to Chele. From here, it's a steep path towards two high passes — the first, Taklam La and the second one the Dajori La Pass. The next day, our hike sees us at Tamda La Pass and the next one at Nyi La Pass.
After a hike downhill from Nyi La, we'll reach Tsarang, and another descent from here marks our arrival at the Lo Manthang. This town was a separate kingdom till 2016. Explore the village for two days. Wander off around the royal palace and then to the Jampa Lhakhang Monastery, Choprang Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and the Thubchen Gompa. Hike to a village close to Lo Manthang and savor in the views of the caves and gompas in and around the valley. Travel towards Dhakmar and then towards Ghiling. Next day, we'll make our way back to Samar and then to Kagbeni before trekking to Kagbeni. A short parade to Jomsom and a flight to Pokhara followed by another flight to Kathmandu end our trip. While on the trip, enjoy the landscape views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Mustang, Tilicho, Kang, and such other peaks of the region.
Are you up for a journey to the restricted lands of the Mustang Region?
The Walled city of Lo Manthang
Marpha, local apple brandy
Taklam La Pass, Dajori La Pass, Tamda La Pass, Nyi La Pass, Lo La Pass
Unique Local Culture, Tradition, and Lifestyle
Annapurna, Mustang, Damodar, Kang, Tilicho, and Other Annapurna Region Peaks
- All Ground Transportations
- Three Daily Meals During the Trek
- Twin Sharing Lodge for Accommodation during the Trek
- One guide and a porter (1:2 ratio) and their food, accommodation, equipment
- Trekking Map and Trip Achievement Certificate
- First Aid
- TIMS and Special Trekking Permit
- Government Taxes and Office Service Charge
- Water, Soft Drinks, and Other Liquid Beverages
- Meals Besides Meals Inclusion
- Snacks and Other Personal Expenses
- Personal Trekking Equipment
- Hot Showers except
- Tips to Trekking Staff and Others
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
- Nepal Entry Visa
Arrival in Kathmandu (1440 meters)
Set foot at the Tribhuvan International Airport where our representative will transfer you to your hotel. Settle in and freshen up prior to meeting up with the guide and discussing about the upcoming trek. And, don’t forget to try out your first ever typical Nepali cuisine.
Drive to Pokhara (1400 meters)
200 kilometers long stretch covered in 7 hours! Though long, the drive from the capital city of the country, Kathmandu to the city of eight lakes, Pokhara along the Prithvi Highway is more than enough to shower you with a dramatic scenery comprising of rivers, valleys, rocky gorges, and more. Check in at the hotel and boat at the Fewa Lake with serene Annapurna Range and Machhapuchhre peak’s reflections on the water.
Flight to Jomsom (2734 meters) and Trek to Kagbeni (2810 meters)
Panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks spellbinds us during our early morning flight to Jomsom. Jomsom AKA Dzong Sampa sits at the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Parade along the river bank to set foot at the deepest gorge of the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge or Andha Galchi. The canyon is squeezed between the two eight-thousanders Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks and has a floor elevation of 2520 meters. Further climb uphill takes us to Ekle Bhatti and then to Kagbeni.
Trek to Chele (3050 meters)
Ascend to the Tangbe Village which boasts narrow alleys and white-washed houses. Walk past the tiny pathways and apple orchards to finally get to a riverbank. Across the river to another town of Chhusang and finally an uphill hike sees us at Chele.
Trek to Syangmochen (3800 meters)
Parade uphill to a pass at 3624 meters, the Taklam La Pass. Plunge from there and again soar up to get to another pass, the Dajori La Pass at 3735 meters. Down from there and we arrive at Syangmochen. En-route, enjoy the views of the Kang, Damodar, Tilicho, and such other peaks.
Trek to Tsarang (3560 meters)
This day, too, we pass a couple of high Passes starting with the Tamda La Pass at 3850 meters. Following this, we'll have to hike uphill to another pass of Nyi La at 4010 meters. Downhill from his pass sees us at Ghami Khola. Across and up to the Tsarang Village. This village sits atop the Charang Chu Canyon.
Trek to Lo Manthang (3800 meters)
A short descend sees us at the bank of a river. Follow your hike uphill to the Lo La Pass. Down from here and we'll arrive at the walled town of Lo Manthang. This valley, which was constructed in 1380, was a kingdom in itself even until 2016. Enjoy the views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Tilicho, Damodar, Mustang, and such other peaks.
Explore Lo Manthang
We'll take two days to explore Lo Manthang fully. The village has walls on all of its sides and prides in white-washed mud-brick houses. Explore the royal palace built during the start of the 15th century, which is, in fact, still standing tall. While here, our trek takes us to the significant temples or monasteries, Jampa Lhakhang Monastery, the oldest one, Choprang Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and Thubchen Gompa.
The next morning as well, we'll wake up to the beautiful sunrise over snow-clad peaks. Travel north and downhill to get to Garphu. The village has caves and gompas all over. Explore a monastery nearby called Nyiphu Gompa, which is made of caves along the ridge. Also, enjoy yet another 2500 years old cave at Jhong.
Trek to Dhakmar (3820 meters)
It's an easy hike uphill via the Gyakar village to arrive at Dhakmar. Along the way, explore a 100 years old monastery famous for its Mani walls.
Trek to Ghiling (3570 meters)
Trekking down the narrow path and passing through the dry plateaus and vegetation, we'll get to Ghiling. This village is one of the windiest places in Nepal.
Trek to Samar (3550 meters)
Steep hike downhill takes us to the village of Samar. While here, explore the village and relish in the panoramic views of the Tilicho, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and |Mustang peaks.
Trek to Kagbeni (2810 meters)
Let us trace our steps back to the village of Kagbeni for today! Past the Ramchung Cave to get to Chele and finally to Kagbeni.
Trek to Jomsom (2734 meters)
Descend along the sandy trails to get to Ekle Bhatti. Parade along the deepest gorge to finally arrive at the apple capital of the country, Jomsom. While here, enjoy the sweet apples and also, don't forget about the local apple brandy, Marpha.
Flight to Pokhara (1400 meters) and Flight to Kathmandu (1440 meters)
Wake up to Mustang, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna peaks for one last time. A short flight sees us at Pokhara and again another flight marks our arrival at Kathmandu.
This day marks the official end of your trek! If you have plans to stay and explore Nepal more, we can arrange scenic tailor-made trips for you. However, for those of you having to travel back, we will arrange your travel to the airport and wish you a happy journey ahead.