Upper Mustang Trek - 22 Days

About Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the challenging and thrilling treks in Nepal. Travelers looking for adventure and challenge at the same, Upper Mustang Trek 22 Days is perfect for them. Regardless of the strenuousness of the trek, it does not require any prior trekking experience. But, you have to be physically fit to go on this trek. The trek will provide you panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Yakawa Kang (6,482), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134 m).

Mustang is an ancient former Himalayan Kingdom of Lo, which lies in the north-east of Nepal and borders China. Mustang is also known as Tibet outside the Tibet border. You will get to experience Tibetan culture here even though it is a part of Nepal. Mustang is regarded as the most gorgeous place in Nepal. Due to the unique geography, Mustang is counted as one of the isolated regions of Nepal. This trek will lead you through the valley of Kali Gandaki, and Kali Gandaki Gorge is also the world's deepest gorge. Mustang is still very far from the modernization, which has made this region remain raw and real. During the trek, you will also get to visit some of Nepal's oldest monasteries, isolated villages, narrow streets, and bizarre tradition.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

You can go on Lower Mustang Trek or Upper Dolpo Trek. Both of these packages are extremely adventurous and famous among the travelers. We also offer tailor-made Upper Mustang Trek options for those who are not satisfied with our proposed Upper Mustang itinerary. Feel free to contact us anytime for Upper Mustang Trek cost or any other information.

Highlights

  • Rich Tibetan-influenced culture and tradition
  • Semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, enhanced with snowy peaks
  • Close view of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m)
  • Amchi museum and school
  • Tread on the 14th century the Buddhist Kingdom which is almost as intact as it was centuries ago
  • Four-story Chhoser Cave with 50 + private room and community kitchen
  • Medieval monasteries built in 13 century

Itinerary

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You arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where one of our team members will welcome you and take you to the hotel. He will leave to rest and unpack, after a short briefing about the day program. In the evening, you will be joining a welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

You will go on a sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square after having a delicious breakfast. Later, in the day, you will prepare for the trek and meet with your trek guide.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

You will fly to Pokhara. The flight will be short and offers a gorgeous aerial landscape. Upon landing at the airport, you move to the hotel. The rest of the day is free. Visit Lakeside Market and do boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake, enjoying breath-taking sunset.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

An early morning flight will take you to Jomsom. From here, you trek through lovely apple orchards and pass by EKalebatti village to reach Kagbeni for night stay. On the way, you get to see stunning scenery.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After your permits get checked, you begin walking alongside the Kali Gandaki river. Facing the strong wind, the trail ascends to Tangbe village and passes by another village. Before reaching Chele, you will cross a river and climb to a ridge.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Chele, the trail heads towards Syangboche, passing through two passes- Taklam La (3,624 m) and Dajori La (3,735 m). From the top of both passes, you get to witness striking scenery and views of Tilicho Peak, Damodar Danda, Yakawa Kang, etc. The trail further passes by Ramchung Cave and descends to Sama village. From here, you ascend and descend on a steep trail that will take you to Syangboche.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail ascends to Yamda La Pass (3,850 m). Further, trekking through small villages, poplar forests, and barley fields, you climb Nyi La Pass (4,010 m). From here, the trail descends to Ghami for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The day begins with a gradual descend through the rugged and slippery path. You will cross Ghami Khola on a suspension bridge and ascend. The trail passes by mani walls and leads you to the top of Tsarang La Pass (3,870 m). Further, you trek towards Tsarang village, located at the top of Charang Chu canyon.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Tsarang, the trail drops down to the canyon. You will cross a river and ascend Lo La Pass (3,950 m). From the top of the pass, beautiful views of Lo Manthang can be seen. Further, enjoying stunning views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna I, Tilicho Peak, etc, you trek and reach Lo village.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today is a rest day in Lo Manthang. You will visit nearby towns like Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda. You also trek to Tingkhar and visit century-old monasteries. Later, in the day, you spend time with the locals.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you trek to Nyaphu and Gyafu monasteries. These are some of the oldest monasteries in Nepal. You can see ancient murals, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, etc in the monasteries.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, you trek to Yara. The trail ascends to a glacial valley from where you get to see the surreal view of Lo village. Further, you trek and reach Dhi and head towards Yara village.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Yara, you trek along a high winding path. The trail descends to Dhechaenga River and crosses a small river. Further, you ascend and reach Tengbe for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you begin trekking towards Paa village. The trail offers a barren landscape and moves along the hillside. On the way, you also come across a rocky area and get to see beautiful views.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail ascends and crosses a suspension bridge. You will reach the Yak river and ascend to a hill station (4,210 m). Further, enjoying striking views of Damodar Himal and Saribung Himal, you descend and reach Tetang village for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail today ascends to Gyu La Pass (4,077 m). Passing through Kharkas, you reach Muktinath, a very famous pilgrimage site. On the way, you get to see wonderful views of Thorong Peak, Tukuche Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, etc.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Muktinath, you trek on a winding path to reach Jomson. On the way, you have to overcome strong wind, passing through beautiful mountain villages.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having breakfast, you take an early morning flight back to Pokhara. During the flight, you get to see aerial views of the Annapurna Himalaya. After landing at the airport, you move to the hotel. Spend the evening exploring Lakeside Market and doing boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

An extra day in Pokhara will allow you to explore this beautiful lake city. Visit tourist sites like Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, International Mountain Museum, etc or do adventurous outdoor activities like Paragliding, mountain flight, bungee jumping, etc. Let us know what we prefer.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

Today, you take a flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day in Kathmandu is free to you to relax and explore on your own.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

It is a free day in Kathmandu. You will go on a guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During the tour, you will have deep insight into Nepali culture, tradition, art, and architecture. In the later afternoon, you are free for shopping and exploring the local market on your own. End the day with team members over a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

Pack your stuff and get ready to say goodbye. As per your flight departure time, our team member will drop you at the airport.

  • Breakfast only

Cost Details

  • 4 night hotel in kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 3 night hotel pokhara.
  • All flight from kathmandu to pokhara to jomsome till kathmandu.
  • Special permit.
  • Conservatoin permit.
  • All porters and staff salaries food and thier insurance.
  • Three times of meal while on trekking.
  • Horse ridding at lomanthang.
  • All entrance at lomanthang monestories.
  • All ground tranport for staff.
  • Lunch & dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses, Personal equipments for climbing and Sleeping Bag.
  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, hot shower and hot water.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Helicopter rescue.
  • International air fare.
  • Tipping to crew.
  • Incase flight cancell extra day.

Useful Information

Upper Mustang Trek route

Upper Mustang Trek 22 Days begins with a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From here, take another scenic flight to Jomsom and begin trekking through beautiful villages like Kagbeni, Tsaile, Syangboche, Gami, Tsarang, etc to reach Lo Manthang. After spending a couple of nights in this village, you descend to the holy Muktinath temple and trek to Jomsom.

Upper Mustang Trek map

Upper Mustang Trek map is designed to present you with the pictorial views of the route. The map is designed following our Upper Mustang Trek itinerary. On the map, you can see all the villages and major highlights around it. It is easy to understand the trail with the help of the map. 

Upper Mustang Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Upper Mustang Trekking is regarded as a difficult trek. The trail includes steep ascends and descends on a rugged path. A perfectly planned itinerary and an experienced guide will help you complete the Upper Mustang Trek with no issues. You have to walk 6 to 7 hours a day, which requires good health, physical fitness, and stamina. Previous trekking experience will be plus, still you can do Upper Mustang Trek without prior trekking experience. 

We, Adventure Small World Treks & Expedition have designed our Upper Mustang Trek itinerary including enough acclimatization days in between the journey to make sure you are not having any problems. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic drinks & smoking. 

Best time to go on Upper Mustang Trek

March to November is the best time to go on the Upper Mustang Trek. The views are exceptional, and the famous Teji festival celebrated in the month of May makes the journey even more captivating. The weather remains mostly stable with a moderate climate, which is perfect for trekking. 

Accommodation & Meals

Upper Mustang Trek is generally a tea house trek, which means the rooms are quite basic with a few pieces of furniture, bed, and blanket. The rooms will be on twin sharing basis with a common toilet. The services in the tea house will be limited. A hot shower might be available at some villages, however you may have to pay a few extra bucks to use the service. 

For food, you can expect from local Nepali cuisine & Tibetan cuisine to a few western dishes. However, the taste of western foods might not be the same as the city one. We also recommended trying local food as it will surely enhance your journey.

Communication & Electricity

Upper Mustang Trek leads you to a very underdeveloped and remote part of the Himalayas, where you will not find network service at many places. WiFi is also not available in most of the places. Likewise, solar electricity is generally available in the villages. Even though you will get a place to charge your devices, it might cost you a few extra bucks. Therefore, we highly encourage you to carry extra batteries and not depend on charging.

Travel Insurance

You need to get travel insurance to join Upper Mustang Trek. We highly suggest you get all-inclusive travel insurance to cover any emergency or evacuations, however there will be hardly any possibility of this kind of situation as your team leader will be medically equipped and mentally trained to tackle any extreme situations. 

Guide & Porter

We provide fluent English speaking guides and porters who have mapped these trails numerous times. We will make sure with us you are enjoying every second of your Upper Mustang Trek. All of our guides are well-trained and have got several certificates that ensure your safety. 

Environmental Contribution

We have designed our Upper Mustang Trek itinerary keeping sustainable tourism in mind. We only run eco-friendly tours and treks. To preserve the environment, we have adopted many measures like collecting our wastage on the trail and cleaning the base camps before returning. Likewise, we discourage the use of plastic water bottles. We also have our small organization that supports education for kids who come from underprivileged families. While trekking with us, you will be only leaving your footprint behind.