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Upper Mustang Trek

| 18 Days

Upper mustang trekking or Lo- Manthang trekking takes us to off the beaten path of Mustang valley greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture and tradition. Upper mustang trek also offers quite similar experience as of trekking on the Tibetan highlands due to its symmetrical topography, religion and lifestyle. The picturesque landscapes, visit to ancient monasteries, palaces and chortens along an insight to local tribes and inhabitants make us feel as if we are in the whole new world. The locals still follow their ancient rituals and cultural processions which are quite astonish to the visitors.

We embark for our Mustang trek after boarding a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom followed by initiation of trekking towards scenic barren landscape of kagbeni. Following the deserted trekking trails ahead, passing through grand kaligandaki canyon and river, we arrive at beautiful village of Chusang. We will be witnessing the famous monasteries like Samye gumba and similar architectural monasteries at this region. The stone and mud bricks house gives unique highlights to this tour. Further trekking through Samar, Ghami, Charang we will arrive at Lo manthang, the picturesque village locally inhabited by Tibetan influenced “Lo” from Tibetan origin. Finally crossing the deserted lands of Mustang we pass through beautiful villages of Dhakmar, Syanbochen and back to Chusang, Kagbeni. From this point there is an option to visit the famous Muktinath temple overdrive and drive back to Jomsom. This 13 days of adventure finally ends after arriving at Pokhara via air.

Mustang region lies on the rain shadow area where it receives very less rainfall. Therefore regarding the best season upper mustang trek can be joined during all around the year. To make your trek an ultimate unforgettable adventure, you should possesses good level of physical fitness and passion towards trekking, walking and exploring new places.

Trip Map

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Country visited: Nepal
  • Trip starts from: Pokhara
  • Trip End in: Pokhara
  • Max. Altitude: 4200m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Trip Grade:
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Guest House
  • Transpotation: Car, Bus, Plane
  • Group size: 2 -21 pax
  • Activity Per Day: Daily Walking – 5 to 7 Hrs

Price include

  • Country side drives Kathmandu to Arughat.
  • Experience of Nepali and Tibetan culture as some part of Trek area is inhabitant of Tibetans.
  • Cross Larkya la pass 5220m.
  • Summit Sandu peak without Technical problem and without peak permit.
  • Magnificent view of Manaslu as well as Annapurna ranges.

Price Exclude

  • Country side drives Kathmandu to Arughat.
  • Experience of Nepali and Tibetan culture as some part of Trek area is inhabitant of Tibetans.
  • Cross Larkya la pass 5220m.
  • Summit Sandu peak without Technical problem and without peak permit.
  • Magnificent view of Manaslu as well as Annapurna ranges.

Day to Day itinerary

    Day 01: Arrival
  • Welcome by our representative at the airport, transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. In evening welcome dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • After breakfast we are going to do some sightseeing activities today. As planned, we are going to explore some of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu city: Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan City, Kumari Temple and lastly Tibetan Refugee Camp evening drive back to hotel.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
  • After breakfast drive to Pokhara. A very scenic drive lasts for about 6 hrs through the beautiful riverbanks & gorges. After reaching to Pokhara you will visit Seti george, Davis fall & Bindubasini temple.
    Known as the city of lakes and the starting point for trekking destination and the second largest city of Nepal is Pokhara. The Barahi temple in the middle of the big lake which is the most fascinating landmark in Pokhara and the reflection of snow-capped mountain in the lake is so serene and magnificent that you will remember it for your entire life. With the closer view of Annapurna range and Mt. Fish tail you will feel close to nature and mysticism. The other destinations in Pokhara that you will not want to miss out are Devin’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Seti George, Buddhist monasteries and the hike to Peace Pagoda which brings you close to the nature and to the different spectrum of life style in this magnificent city.

    Stay overnight at Pokhara.

  • Day 04: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni
  • The trip begins with a short, 30 minute flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. After catching up with the remainder of the team at the airstrip, the trek begins for the day.
    On the river banks of the Kali Gandaki, you follow the trail to Kagbeni. One & Half hours of walk through the barren landscape with heavy winds would take you to Kagnbeni.

    Stay overnight at Kagbeni.

  • Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chusang (2850 m AMSL)
  • From Kagbeni onward, the trail widens significantly with endless stretches of sand, pebbles and bounders. Small shrubs and thorn bushes are all you can see in the name of vegetation past this area. Despite of the deserted terrain, the trail is kept lively by several passing mule trains and horsemen. The Kaligandaki canyon is awe-inspiring and the trek on this day is uphill, quite steep at times up to the little village of Tangbe. After lunch, you would walk the flat path up to a fairly large village of Chusang, an interesting village with narrow covered alleys running through the center, inhabited mostly by mixed ethnic groups including Gurungs, Thakalis and some households from the land of Lo. Access to the Buddhist Gompa, constructed out of stone and mud, is limited to low-flow seasons only.

    Stay overnight at Chusang.

  • Day 06 : Trek from Chusang to Samar (3050 m AMSL)
  • The feeling of a distinct change in terms of culture, topography, landscape and lifestyle is prominent, having had entered into this long and secluded valley, having scattered settlements, mostly small and basic. The lack of ample rainfall delimits cultivation in sheltered plots of land, making the landscape of a pattern of brown with scattered patches and shades of greens. After crossing the Mustang River, we reach Chaili, a small but colorful village. The trail then veers along steep lines right up to the village of Samar, a very old and small village situated amongst a grove of trees with a stream running through the middle, making it a tough four hours walk for the day.

    Stay overnight at Samar.

  • Day 07: Samar to Ghami (3550 m, 5 - 6 hrs)
  • As in all desert lands, settlements in Mustang are in oasis village most houses are constructed out of mud and stones with roof cast out of twins, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles. After 05 hours walking we will reach to Ghami. Where we overnight in Lodge available there.

    Stay overnight at Ghami.

  • Day 08: Ghami to Charang (3520 m, 5 hrs)
  • The days walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang. Much of one’s energy is spent negotiating loose dry soil that give way every times you walk uphill, making it seem tiresome infertile at times. However, the magnificent views of the countryside the gentle contours of the north in contrast to the rugged mountain canyons in the east and west are the source in inspiration to walk on. A total walk of five good hours brings us to Charang, a large spread out village inhabited totally by the people of Lo who are of Tibetan origin. The old monastery and the adjoining Gompa are said to be some 500 years old and contain some of the finest religious wall paintings in the world.

    Stay overnight at Charang.

  • Day 09: Charang to Lo Manthang (3760 M, 4 hrs)
  • We spend part of this morning exploring this interesting village and its large old monastery. We then go a bit out of the way to see Dhakmar, a small-secluded village. Today’s walk is only for 4 hrs. But mostly uphill and then the trail flattens out till Lo Manthang, then capital of Mustang consisting of over two hundred houses. The entire village is walled and painted earth brown and white.

    Stay overnight at Lo Manthang.

  • Day 10: Lo Manthang
  • Today is the day to explore Lo Manthang. Visit the King’s Palace & the surroundings of Lo Manthang as well as the monasteries over there.

    Stay overnight at  Lo Manthang

  • Day 11: Lo Manthang to Lo Geker then to Dhakmar (5 - 6 hrs)
  • Today the trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail contours across the head of a valley and crosses another ridge, then drop into another large desolate valley. After ascending to the valley floor, the route heads to the right, up the center of the valley to it head. Cross a ridge at 4070 meters & traverses across the heads of two more valleys to an indistinct pass. Cross the pass to some meadows & a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley where Lo Geker is situated in a grove of large trees alongside a stream. We will walk further to reach Dhakmar.

    Stay overnight at Dhakmar.

  • Day 12: Dhakmar to Syanbochen (5 hrs)
  • A large stream meanders through this village, making this a particularly pretty valley. Most of the surrounding hills are pastel shades of Grey & yellow, but a huge red fluted cliff provides a dramatic contrast. The trail descends alongside the stone walls and fields of the extensive village, After 05 hours gentle walking we will reach to place called Syanbochen.

    Stay overnight at Syanbochen.

  • Day 13: Syanbochen to Chusang (5 hrs)
  • From Syanmoche, Trek back to chusang for 5 hours.

    Stay overnight at Chusang.

  • Day 14: Chusang to Kagbeni (4 hrs)
  • Today is the same way that you already had. The trail passes through villages like Tangbe. After Tangbe the trail still continues through the bank of Kaligandaki River as well as the windy landscapes & reaches to Kagbeni.

    Stay overnight at Kagbeni.

  • Day 15: Trek Kagbeni to Jomsom (3 hrs)
  • This day if you wish you can go up to visit Muktinath temple by jeep running there from Jomsom to Muktinath then drive back to Jomsom for night halt or simply walk back to Jomsom.

    Stay overnight at Jomsom.

  • Day 16: Flight To Pokhara
  • Walk to Airport in Jomsom and fly to Pokhara Valley.

    Stay overnight at Pokhara.

  • Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Have breakfast in Pokhara and drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Lunch on the way to Kathmandu.

    At evening Farewell Dinner.

    Stay overnight at Kathmandu

  • Day 18: Departure
  • After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to onward destination.



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