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Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Group Size 2 to 20 pax
  • Max. Elevation 3900m/ 12795ft
  • Start/End Jomsom to Jomsom
  • Best Time Mar to Dec


  • Typical Lifestyle, Similarity to Tibetan because of near to Tibet border.
  • Tradition Culture and Religion, Many Buddhist Monasteries.
  • Wilderness beauties and beautiful landscapes.
  • Windy valley and wilderness landscapes.
  • Less vegetation and rare plantations.
  • Visit Mustang Royal Palace and meet the Royal family.
  • Late. Passed King is Jigme Palwar Bista.
  • Visiting to famous Monasteries and Jhong Caves.
  • They celebrate special festival of TIJI festival. 
  • It is a special trekking destination.
  • Need to issue a special permit, cost $500 per person for 10 days.
  • They required a minimum of 2 people in a group, they give you a permit.
  • Need to issue ACAP and TIMS permits too.
  • Jomsom Kagbeni is the entry gate of Upper Mustang Trek.
  • Flight, Pokhara to Jomsom, returning same way, Jomsom to Pokhara.

Overview of Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is located in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kali Gandaki River, which has been open for trekkers since 1992. It is the most mysterious and least-known kingdom of Nepal. The landscape of Upper Mustang Trek is a barren moonscape of battered sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful assortment made up mainly of earthen reds, yellows, and browns often known as wilderness “Hidden Valley”. It is relatively easy trekking for all ages along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, a small kingdom under one of the few Nepalese principalities’ supposed kings, King Jigme Palwar Bista.

Upper Mustang Trekking is through an almost treeless, barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Mustang has much less rainfall than the rest of Nepal. Most of the population of Mustang, the river around 2300m above sea level. Upper Mustang is a rich culture and religion in Nepal. There are many Buddhist monuments such as Monasteries, Mani Walls, Tsortens, Prayer wheels, Prayer Flags, and Stupas.

Upper Mustang is special trekking destiny, with open landscapes, less vegetated ion, and wilderness beauty. It has own kingdom and Royal Palace, there is still some of Royal family live. Late King, Paldor Bista has passed in 2016AD. He ruled many years in Mustang. They celebrate a special festival called TIJI festival in Lo Manthang. They do warmly welcome at festival time and shows cultural program and Monks ceremony. People lifestyles are similarity to Tibet because of near to Tibet border and typical culture and Buddhist religion. They required minimum 2 people in a group and the entry permit cost is US$ 500 each for 10 days.

Mustang is hidden behind the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It lies at the heart of the rich spiritual world of Upper Mustang, one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during the monsoon season. The walks through this desolate landscape will replenish you with its wilderness, predominantly surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colors and bizarre formations. Muktinath Temple is a pagoda-style Hindu temple situated at the top of the Muktinath Valley in Mustang District. The central temple of Muktinath contains a human-sized golden statue of Vishnu, known as Shri Mukti Narayan for the Hindus. The unique energy of Muktinath encourages people to endure many trials to reach it.

Upper Mustang Trekking consists of two distinct regions: the southern and the northern parts, where the languages, culture, and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. Mustang lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the World. It was able to progress its own characteristic culture and tradition which is so rich and unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital, is a walled city ruled by a religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on, as it has for centuries, at an unhurried pace. As everywhere else in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery, highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167m and Annapurna I at 8091m.

You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over, 6000m high. Upper Mustang Trekking is one of the great culture and nature, as well as religion exploration trek and landscapes, are totally different from the desert part, but public local people are the farmer, and they grow buckwheat, potato, wheat, apple, etc. it is the outstanding destination to explore the different natural various. We arrange 10 days program inside the Lo Manthang because entry fees are US $500.

Unique Nepal Adventure Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. arranges the best Upper Mustang Trek and provides excellent services at the regional price. Trekking is in monsoon time also better because the Upper Mustang Trekking part is a rain shadow area in Nepal. The US$ 500 entrance fee is only for 10 days, if in case needed more days $50 must pay each day. It is the Terms & Conditions of Mustang Trek. For further information, please query us, we are always pleased to share our experience with anyone. Inside the Lo- Manthang will be 10 days program, and it will be more than enough.


Tiji Festival is a three-day celebration in the month of May in Lo-Manthang, Mustang, according to the lunar calendar. In an attempt to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, a colorful and mystical play of Tibetan rituals, dances, and prayers takes place.

Tibetan monks wear colorful attire and perform dance rituals that signify a story. Tsowo, the main dancer, completes a three-month retreat before the event. There are three major stages to the dance ritual. In the preliminary part of the dance, there are 15 steps; in conclusion, there are steps to clear away eternal and nihilistic views and to provide auspiciousness. Different poses and gestures signify different processes of meditation in symbolic ways, and all of the dance steps have deeper meanings.

Tiji roughly translates to prayers for world peace.’ To witness a rainbow of culture, tradition, and colors Head over to Upper Mustang and enjoy this beautiful celebration of good over evil. It is celebrated according to the Mustang lunar calendar, but it always falls in the month of May. If you would like to explore the festival at the right time, please plan it for May and feel free. We find the exact date according to the calendar, and we organize your trip accordingly.


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Upper Mustang Trekking is 17 Days, a perfect Itinerary from arrival to departure. We can customize your Itinerary according to your days, too. Please feel free.

Arrive at Kathmandu Airport, and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome you, transfer you to the hotel by private vehicle, and brief you about trip details. Stay at a nice Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Standard Hotel
  • 25 Minutes Drive
  • 1300m/4265ft

Sightseeing in the ancient city and heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle with an expert city or tour guide We issue your special Upper Mustang visit permits with your original passport. You can well prepare for trekking.

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
  • Boudhanath Stupa (Large white Buddhist Stupa)
  • Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple)
  • Standard Hotel
  • 4/5 hrs Sightseeing
  • 1300m/4265ft

Kathmandu to Pokhara (210 km) by bus (7/8 hrs) or by flight (30 minutes) We arrange according to your choices, by bus or by flight. It is a beautiful city lake. Stay overnight near the lakeside.

  • Standard Hotel
  • 7/8 hrs Drive or 30 Minutes Flights
  • 820m/2690ft

Early in the morning, I took a flight to Jomsom, and the same day, I trekked to Kagbeni in the Mustang district. During the flight, we will be able to view Annapurna I (8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Fishtail (6993 m), and many more mountains. It is 8 km (4/5 hrs) to Kagbeni, which is situated at the confluence of the Jhong Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki River. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 20 Minutes flight / 4 hrs Walking
  • 2800m/9187ft

Today we will trek 18 km (6–7 hrs) from Kagbeni to Chele, where we head north along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes up and down for two hours to avoid the many rivers crossing and then climbs steeply to a plateau, avoiding a vertical-walled bluff ahead. From here, it is a gradual climb to Tangbe. The trail climbs to 3100m and then drops steeply to the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We will walk along the river bank, crossing to the western bank, before making a small climb to Chele. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 3050m/10007ft

Syangbochen is 12 km away, walking (6–7 hrs), where the trail from Chele climbs to Taklam La Pass (3624 m) along plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yaskawa Kang, Nilgiri, and Damodar Danda. It then descends a little to the village of Samar, which is altogether three hours from Chele. Between Samar and Syangbochen, the small pass Bena La (3870m) and Samar to Syangbochen (3 12 hrs) Stay overnight at a lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 3820m/12533ft

A shorter walking day, just 10 km (4/5 hrs), the rail is gentle climbing to the (3850m) passing teahouses, Chorten, and Tibetan-influenced villages and crosses over a few other passes. The long climb will be to Jaite la Pass (4010 m), the highest point of the trek. Then the trail heads steeply down to Ghame. Stay overnight at the lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs Walking
  • 3520m/11549ft

Today is also a bit easier: 11 km (5/6 hrs) to Tsarang. After crossing Ghame Khola below Ghame, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long mani wall. From the end of the wall, the trail heads east to Tsarang, gradually climbing and then descending. It is a beautiful walk with stunning views backward. There are big Monasteries and an old palace as well. It is a big village with lots of terraces. stay overnight at a lodge. Viewing terraces, some Buddhist monuments, and open landscapes.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs Walking
  • 3500m/11483ft

Lo Manthang is a 13 km (5/6 hrs) walk from Tsarang. The trail leads to magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak. The trail first descends to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further on, the trail ascends gently to the windy pass of Lo Manthang (3850m), from where you can see the Lo Manthang valley. While descending to Lo Manthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent, with its hills on the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at a lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs Walking
  • 3750m/11647ft

It is a wonderful day. Lo Manthang is the capital city of Upper Mustang. It has a royal palace. You get enough time to explore Lo Manthang Valley. Day hiking to Nyphu and Gharphu monasteries, as well as Jhong cave. There is a secondary school as well. It is a really historical place where we can see old monasteries and lots of caves. The main thing to see is the historical Caves. If you like, you can hire horses. Then back to Lo Manthang. Explore the village, monastery, and King’s Palace. It’s a wonderful open valley with amazing landscapes and views. It will be a wonderful day trip and stay at Lo Manthang.

  • Beautiful Lodge
  • 5/6 hrs Walking
  • 3900m/ 12795ft

It is quite a long day walking for around 7 hours from Lo Manthang to Tsarang (4 hours) and then from Tsarang to Ghami (3 hours). It is a beautiful walk, and the trail starts gradually and then undulates. The scenery has great landscape views as well as stunning mountain views. Ghami is a beautiful village, and there is a small clinic that is organized by a Japanese organization. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7 hrs Walking
  • 3520m/11549ft

It is wonderful to walk for around 7 hours. The day starts by ascending and then crossing the hill, and it then continuously undulates until we arrive in Syangbochen and again continuously undulates before arriving in Samar. Similar to the day before, you will be blessed with stunning mountain views and landscape scenery, along with Buddhist religion and culture. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 3660m/12008ft

The day begins with a descent to Chaile (12 hours), and then the trail follows the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. It is a really nice trail, and we arrive at Chhusang village, continue onto Tangbe village, and then arrive at Kagbeni. It is a really beautiful walking day with excellent views of Tilicho Peak, Annapurna I, the Nilgiri range, the Dhaulagiri range, and many more peaks. It is quite windy as well. Kagbeni is a beautiful valley where there is a big monastery, and it is the entry and exit point containing a check post for Upper Mustang. Stay overnight at the lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs Walking
  • 2820m/9252ft

It is easy walking on the final day of the trek. The trail heads down the Kali Gandaki Valley, where it will be quite windy as well. The area around Jomsom is the capital of Apple Valley in Nepal, especially further down the road, where the village of Marpha is the main producer. It specializes in apple pie, apple brandy, fresh apple juice, etc. Jomsom is a big village or small town because it is the headquarters of the Mustang district. It will be our last night with our team, which will give us a great chance to celebrate a fantastic trek. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs Walking
  • 2720m/8924ft

An early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara takes just 20 minutes. You will have some time to explore Pokhara Valley. It has a huge lake, Fewa Tal. You can go sightseeing or just chill and relax. Stay at a nice Hotel.

  • Standerd Hotel
  • 20 Minute Flight
  • 820m/2690ft

Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (7/8 hrs) (210 km) or by flight (30 minutes) Stay overnight at a nice hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Standard Hotel
  • 30 minute flight / 7/8 hrs Drive
  • 1300m/4265ft

A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle. We don’t say goodbye; We say have a safe flight back to your sweet home and see you again.

  • Departure Day
  • 25 Minute Drive
  • 1300m/4265ft

Cost Details

What's Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • Three nights in Kathmandu Hotel with breakfast.
  • Two nights in Pokhara Hotel with breakfast.
  • A full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast, and tea or coffee).
  • Accommodation at comfortable lodges or guest houses in every camp.
  • One English-speaking government-trained license holder and well-informed trekking guide.
  • One porter for two people to carry luggage.
  • All expenses for guide and porters – meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus/flights), etc.
  • Needed Transportation as below-mentioned.
  • Airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle.
  • A full day sightseeing by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus or flight.
  • Pokhara to Jomsom by flight or jeep
  • Returning from Jomsom to Pokhara by flight or jeep.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or flight
  • Needed Permits for Upper Mustang Trek
  • Special Upper Mustang Entry Permit.
  • ACAP Permits (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
  • TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Government and local area taxes where applicable.
  • Seasonal fruits such as Apples, Bananas, etc.
  • Some Snacks such as Cookies and Bars.
  • First Aid kit bag.

What's Excluded

  • Nepal's entry visa fee. You can obtain it easily at airport.
  • Travel insurance is the most important in case of emergency rescue or treatment.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, Fanta, beer, spirits, etc.).
  • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits, dessert etc).
  • Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service.
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots camera, toilet rolls, etc.).
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc., the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
  • Entry fees for sightseeing, and city tours.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
  • Tips to Guide and Porters, Donations in Temples, Monasteries.

Good to Know

Preparation, Packing List of Upper Mustang Trekking 

It is recommended trekking gear for Upper Mustang trekking. You should prepare it. If you don’t have something, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu. It is for warming, safety and success your trip. 


  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sun hat, insulating hat
  • Warm hat, Scarf-Beany


  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Windproof gloves

Clothing for Trekking

  • Warm enough Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Trekking T-shirts Few pairs
  • A couple of Trekking paints
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Polypropylene underwear’s
  • Under long fleece
  • Breathable underwear
  • Thermal layer
  • Gore Text Windproof Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Clothing for City

  • You can pack any clothes that you prefer to wear in the city.


  • Trekking Boots
  • Sports shoes/Sandals
  • Thin & Thick Woolen socks
  • Trekking socks
  • Gaiter and crampons


  • Duffel bag
  • Day pack
  • Rucksack
  • Rain cover

Essential Gear

  • 2-liter water bottle
  • Water purification as tables or drops or stereo pen
  • Trekking pole
  • Swiss knife
  • Warm enough Sleeping bag around -15
  • Watch or Alarm clock
  • Cellphone and charging cables


  • Quick dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable Shampoo and soap
  • Deodorants
  • Female hygiene products
  • Moisturizer
  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Camera
  • Passport, photocopy
  • PP size Photos

Extra Items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Ear plugs
  • Energy/Protein bar
  • First aid kit

Client Reviews

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  • Tom and Emily
    Tom and EmilyAustralia,July 28, 2017

    Upper Mustang & Everest Base Camp Trek

    We hiked with Jaya in 2011, doing both Everest Base Camp and Upper Mustang (Lo Manthang). Both of these hikes were absolutely amazing, and we couldn't have asked for a better guide! Jaya is friendly, organised and lots of fun to hike with! Would recommend Jaya to anyone looking for some excellent trekking in Nepal!

    Tom and Emily


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