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Upper Mustang Trek

  • 18 Days

Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation: Private Transportation + Airplane
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Guest House in the trek
  • Max. Altitude: 4320M.
  • Group size: 2-12 people
  • Walking hours: 6-7 hrs

Upper Mustang - a forbidden kingdom until the 1990s is an ancient kingdom located in the Dhaulagiri rainshadow region. This pristine and restricted region lies along the deepest river gorge. Trekking to Upper Mustang lets travelers experience the trans-Himalaya region. And also witness Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. There are some restricted valleys like Lo Manthang and centuries old monasteries.

This trek to Lo Manthang and other villages of Upper Mustang is once in a lifetime journey. It’s perfect for those who loves to explore medieval Buddhist culture and arts. This region has conserved its culture and has not let outside world distract their tradition.

There are various routes to Upper Mustang. You can fly to Jomsom and begin your trek to Upper Mustang. Or you can follow Kali Gandaki Valley trekking route or expand your Poon Hill trek through Tatopani and Jomsom to Upper Mustang.

In this 18 Days Upper Mustang Trek with Himalayan Joy Adventure, you arrive at the Kathmandu on the first day. After sightseeing Kathmandu on the second day, you will drive to Pokhara on the third day. The next day, you fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni - the gateway to Upper Mustang.

As you enter into restricted Upper Mustang Region, the four days trek through uphill and downhill rocky trail takes you to Lo Manthang. You cross numerous passes, rivers and villages in the barren landscape. You stay in the beautiful villages of Chele, Syangboche, and Tsarang in each night. Then you finally reach the capital of forbidden Mustang Kingdom - Lo Manthang.

After spending two days exploring Lo Manthang and areas in its vicinity, you begin descending down. You again join the trail that you used a few days ago at Ghami. From there, you retrace back through same path crossing villages of Syangboche and Chhuksang to arrive at Muktinath on the day 14.

After visiting the holy temple of Muktinath, you walk to Jomsom through Jharkot and Khingar Valley and the Kali Gandaki River. The next day follows with a flight to Pokhara. After spending a lively evening there, you drive back to Kathmandu and depart to your country on the day 18.

Permit and Regulation for Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trekking permit is an expensive permit compared to other trekking regions of Nepal. As this is the restricted region, you have to pay USD 500 per person to enter Upper Mustang. Furthermore, there is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) that costs USD 20.

Individual trekkers are also not allowed to enter into Upper Mustang. Himalayan Joy Adventure will help you to acquire your trekking permit to Upper Mustang. Also, a guide and/or porter must accompany you during your trek.

Best season for Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang is recommended to visit between February to November. Since the region is located in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, you can visit Upper Mustang in monsoon season as well. Monsoon prevails from June to August making it the dead season for trekking to most parts of Nepal.

Avoid going there in the winter( December and January) . The climate is harshly cold and even the locals of Lo-Manthang leave their place and come to warmer places to avoid the cold.

If you want to witness some festivals and lively environment, you can visit Upper Mustang in the second or third week of May. This is the time when Lo Manthang celebrates Tiji Festival. Monks perform dance and commemorate Buddha incarnation. 

Upper Mustang Trek is once in a lifetime experience. You spend nearly two weeks in the semi-desert region of Mustang. You meet innocent and hospitable people, stay in villages full of stone structures, and spend your days hiking in the secluded regions.

The scenic views of unique landscapes combine with magnificent mountain peaks make the trek further memorable. And the pristine Lo Manthang and areas in its vicinity give the sense of forbidden towns. So, if you are interested, visit Upper Mustang now.

You can contact us here 24 hours. Call, WhatsApp, Viber at +977-9851031957 (Cholendra). Or call us at landline phone +977-1-4002044, +977-1-4389620 or email us at

What You Can Expect

  • Visit beautiful towns of Jomsom and Kagbeni
  • Stay and explore Trans Buddhist settlements
  • Visit some oldest Tibetan monasteries in the world
  • Explore several ancient towns
  • Explore the walled city of Lo Manthang
  • Enjoy your evening at Lakeside

Outline Itinerary

01 Days Arrival In Kathmandu Then Transfer To Hotel

Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport terminal. Then you will travel with him to a star hotel. On the way, you can introduce and have some talks. Then, you can rest in your hotel room or explore this beautiful city of Kathmandu.
In the evening, our team will host you a welcome dinner and make you comfortable with your stay in Kathmandu. You can enjoy a typical Nepali food and then cultural dance in a typical Nepali Restaurant.
Altitude: 1350 m

Trip Map

Cost Includes

  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Flight Pokhara- Jomsom- Pokhara
  • One day Kathmandu valley tour
  • Food and accommodation during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu (By flight or drive)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) Permit
  • Restricted Area permit for Mustang
  • English Speaking Nepalese guide certified by Nepal Tourism and NATHM
  • Porter for your luggage
  • Insurance for Himalayan Joy Adventure staff
  • Himalayan Joy Adventure Duffel bag (Returnable after trip)
  • Himalayan Joy Adventure T-Shirt

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry VISA ( You can obtain your visa upon your arrival in Nepal Immigration )
  • Your travel insurance ( Most Required) 
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Alcohols and beverages
  •  Bars bill such as Mars, Sneaker, Bounty chocolate etc
  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver
  • If incase flight delay or Cancel,  extra expenses such as staying extra nights in hotels and food.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section

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Mustang Trek


Nachdem ich Himalayan Joy und Tika Rai schon von meinem Mustang Trek in 2014 kannte habe ich erheut diese Agentur gewählt. Wir waren rundum zufrieden. Tika war wieder der perfekte Begleiter bei einem Trek - es war als kenne er alle Angestellten in den Unterkünften, in denen wir übernachtet haben. Er sorgte dafür, dass wir auf dem Trek immer gutes Essen und schöne Zimmer bekamen. Die perfekte Betreuung von Tika begann mit der Abholung am Flughafen in Kathmandu und endete auch dort wieder. Mustang ist auf jeden Fall auch eine Reise wert. Ich hatte zunächst Bedenken, als ich las, dass es nun eine Straße über Lo Manthang nach Tibet gibt, aber die Grenze nach Tibet ist geschlossen und so passieren nur Jeeps, die Strecke. Man muss zwar damit leben, tagsüber vier bis acht Jeeps zu begegnen aber die atemberaubende Landschaft entschädigt für alles. Und auch die uralten tibetischen Klöster, Heiligtümer und Hölenwohnungen sind etwas, was man gesehen haben muss. Lo Manthang eignent sich auch für einen Tag zum ausspannen und genießen. Alternativ gibt es im Umfeld viele Ziele für einen Tagesausflug. Die Tea Houses sind überraschend gut, wir konnten sogar wider Erwarten fast immer hieß duschen :-) Ich kann den Trek nach Mustang, die Agentur Himalyan Joy und natürlich Tika Rai auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen. Vielen Dank für den schönen Urlaub.

, Germany

Trip Note


Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had. Upper Mustang is one of the protected areas in Nepal.

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