Upper Mustang Trek Details

Main Attractions:

  • Kaligandaki is the deepest gorge in the world
  • Kagbeni / Muktinath
  • Lo Gekar Monastery is the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world
  • Thogen Gompa, a four storey Royal Palace
  • Man-made caves which are thousands of years old

Difficulty Level: Easy | Days: 18 | Max. Altitude: 3820m (Dhakmar)

Upper Mustang is also known as The Last Forbidden Kingdom, locally known as Lo. Before 1992 Upper Mustang was a restricted area which was forbidden for foreign visitors. However, nowadays, the area welcomes a wide range of visitors from all across the globe. The walled city of Lomanthang is considered by some scholars to be the best preserved medieval fortress in the world.

The highlights of the trek are Kaligandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world), Kagbeni (an ancient Buddhist village), Muktinath (a famous place for Hindu/Buddhist pilgrims), Lo Gekar Monastery (the oldest Tibetan Monastery in the world), Thugchen Gompa (four stored Royal Palace) and the museum in Lo Manthang.

An archaeologist has recently discovered thousands of sky caves (which are thousands of years old) carved 155 feet above the ground level. These man-made caves are one of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries. Along the trail, you can also witness the spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and several other peaks. Another big attraction in Upper Mustang is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking

People and Culture:

The Mustangi people call themselves Lobas. Socially, the Lobas are divided into three groups, one of which contains those of royal heritage. Rules of society are based on the values of respect and honor. The structure of their families is also based on these and other traditions. One tradition says that the eldest son will inherit the family’s property. When he does, the next son must become a Buddhist monk. Among all the festivals, Mustangi people celebrate Tiji festival, which is commemorated for the victory of Buddha’s incarnation. The festival is celebrated on May 3, 4 and 5.

Getting there:

The trip starts with a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by another 30-minute flight to Jomsom. Trekking then starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang.

When to Visit:

April to November are the best months to trek the Upper Mustang. The Upper Mustang is a rain shadow area, which means that trekking in this part of Nepal can take place even in the monsoon season which is mid June to mid September. During the monsoon, trekking other popular trails is not recommended due to the conditions.

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    • Continuous periods of uphill trekking
    • Long, dry trails
    • An occasional passing of vehicles along the route

    Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

    Day Itinerary Altitude(m) Duration
    1. Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel 1300
    2. Kathmandu to Pokhara flight

    Site seeing at Pokhara

    827 25mins
    3. Pokhara to Jomsom via Flight

    Trek to Kagbeni



    3 hrs
    4. Trek to Muktinath and return to Kagbeni 3720 6 hrs
    5. Trek to Chele 3050 6 hrs
    6. Trek to Syangboche 3800 7 hrs
    7. Trek to Ghemi 3520 7 hrs
    Trek to Tsarang
    3560 3 hrs
    9 Trek to Lo Manthang 3800 4 hrs
    10 Acclimitaztion day – Lo Manthang 3800
    11 Trek to Dhakmar 3820 6 hrs
    12 Trek to Ghiling 3570 6 hrs
    13 Trek to Samar 3660 4 hrs
    14 Trek to Jomsom 2720 3 hrs
    15 Flight to Pokhara 827 20 mins
    16. Fly back to Kathmandu 1300 25 mins
    17. Kathmandu site seeing / dinner 1300
    18. Airport Drop 1300
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      Pick Up and Drop

      Three Star Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara

      Three meals during the trek

      All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle

      Two way flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Jomsom

      Guided City Tour

      Entrance fee for the routes

       An experienced, licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader

      Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

      All paper works and trekking permits

      All government and local taxes

      What’s not included

      Nepalese visa fee

      Excess baggage charge

       Private transportation apart from those in itinerary

      Extra night accommodation in Ktm or Pkr due to early/late arrival/departure, early return from the trek than scheduled itinerary

      Lunch and Evening meals in Ktm and Pokhara

       International flights

       Travel and Rescue insurance

       Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled/boiled water, shower)

      Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking
      Caves at Upper Mustang Trekking
      Charang at Upper Mustang Trekking
      Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking
      Glacier at Upper Mustang Trekking
      Lomangthan at Upper Mustang Trekking
      On the way to Upper Mustang Trekking
      Syangboche VIew Point at Upper Mustang Trekking
      Syangboche at Upper Mustang Trekking
      Chusang at Upper Mustang Trekking

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