Upper Mustang Trek - 14 Days

Upper Mustang Trek is an off the beaten trek to explore the walled kingdom of Lo Manthang. Hike along the driest valley of Mustang to explore the culture and values of the Lho community. Also, get par with the way of life of the Lho village.

Besides the cultural value, this trek also excels in unique architectural designs and fine natural views. Travel to this region to find out why this place is famous for Buddhist monasteries. Moreover, explore the old cave structures surrounding the walled city.

Trip Highlights

  • Hidden kingdom of Lo
  • Lo culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, and such other high peaks
  • High Passes: Taklam La (3624m), Dajori La (3735m), Yamda La (3850), Nyi La (4010m) and Lo La Pass
  • Unique Gompas: Jampa Lhakhang, Choprang Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and the Thubchen Gompa

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most popular off the beaten trekking trails to the driest valley of the country. Explore the unique lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the Lho people living in the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang.

Hike along the trails of the Mustang Valley to explore the Tibetan-influenced culture of the people living in the Western part of the country. The Mustang trek starts with a drive to the Cherrapunji of Nepal. Take an early morning flight to Jomsom the next day. While on Jomsom, don’t forget to try the sweet apples and the apple brandy, Marpha. Trek to the Kagbeni village and continue to trek along the dry valleys of Chele and Tsarang to get to the walled capital of Lo Manthang. Explore the Kingdom of Mustang to follow a different route back to the village of Jomsom and then to end the trip with a flight to the Lake City. During the trek, enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Mustang, and such other peaks.

Join us in this 14-days Upper Mustang Trek expedition to explore the walled kingdom of Lo Manthang along the driest valley of Nepal. Get par with the typical lifestyle of the Lho community. For a trekking experience, you will need a decent fitness level. Contact us in case of any professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Pokhara (827m)

Day 02: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2743m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)

Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m)

Day 04: Chele to Syangmochen (3800m)

Day 05: Syangmochen to Tsarang (3560m)

Day 06: Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3800m)

Day 07: Explore Lo Manthang

Day 08: Explore Lo Manthang

Day 09: Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3820m)

Day 10: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3570m)

Day 11: Ghiling to Samar (3550m)

Day 12: Samar to Kagbeni (2810m)

Day 13: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2734m)

Day 14: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (827m)

Day 1
Drive to Pokhara (827m)

Prepare your bags the day before as we will start our trip early in the morning. Follow the Trishuli River along the Prithvi Highway to get to the lake city of Pokhara. We will have enough time so, we will check-in at the hotel and wander around the lake city for the rest of the day. In the evening, we can boat in the Phewa Lake and enjoy the sunset views over the Machhapuchhre peaks.

Day 2
Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2743m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)

Early in the morning, we will get to the Pokhara airport and fly to the village of Jomsom. In the 20 minutes flight, get awarded with beautiful Himalayan views. Jomsom lies at the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and offers wonderful views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. Walk along the Kali Gandaki River bank to get past the deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki, the Andha Galchi on the foot of the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) peaks. Keep hiking forward to get to the village of Ekle Bhatti. Further, walk in the dry valley will take us to Kagbeni. Enjoy the architectural designs of the stone-made houses alongside Himalayan views.

Day 3
Kagbeni to Chele (3050m)

Hike uphill along the hills through tearing winds and slippery sands to get to the Tangbe Village. Enjoy the narrow alleys, stone-walled houses, barley fields, and apple orchards of the village. From there, we will continue our walk until we cross a river to get to Chhusang. And, further climb uphill to arrive at the village of Chele.

Day 4
Chele to Syangmochen (3800m)

A harder trek as compared to the previous days! Start with hike uphill to get to the Taklam La Pass at a height of (3624m) to descend and cross another pass of Dajori La Pass (3735m) before getting to the village of Syangmochen. Enjoy the views of the Tilicho, Damodar, Kang, and such other peaks all along the trek.

Day 5
Syangmochen to Tsarang (3560m)

Today, we will cross another pass of Yamda La at 3850m to pass through the prayer flags and sandy villages. Hike uphill through a forest to get to yet, another pass of Nyi La (4010m) before descending to the village of Ghami. After lunch, descend from Ghami to get to the Ghami Khola. From there, ascend a steep trail to get to the village of Tsarang. The village is situated on the hilltop of Charang Chu canyon.

Day 6
Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3800m)

Descend from the canyon of Charang Chu to cross a river before hiking uphill to get to the Lo La Pass. The pass offers ecstatic views of the Lo village. A descend from there will take us to the walled village of Lo Manthang. The village was previously an independent kingdom even until the year 2016. The village was constructed in 1380 by Ame Pal. Even until this period, the village has several structures still standing strong. Enjoy the views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Damodar, Tilicho, and such other peaks from the village.

Day 7
Explore Lo Manthang

The village of Lo is walled on all sides. So, we will spend the day strolling around the monasteries of the region. Watch closely the white-washed mud-brick houses and walls surrounding the region. Also, explore the Royal Palace built during the 1400s. Explore the major temples of the village: Jampa Lhakhang, Choprang Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and the Thubchen Gompa. The oldest of them is the Jampa Lhakhang, which was built during the 15th century.

Day 8
Explore Lo Manthang

Today, we will visit a couple of gompas around the village of Lo Manthang. Travel north and hike downhill to get to the river. We will cross the river and continue on our hike until we get to the village of Garphu. The village has caves all over the place. Explore the caves and gompas and then, set out for another gompa. Cross the river once again, and find another gompa, the Nyiphu Gompa. The Nyiphu Gompa is made on the series of caves on the ridge. If time persists, we will also visit another 2500 years old cave complex of Jhong. Get back to the village of Lo Manthang to end the day. Enjoy the views of Tilicho, Mustang, Nilgiri, and other peaks along the way.

Day 9
Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3820m)

Set out on a different route than we used on the previous days. Trek along the village of Gyakar to get to the village of Dhakmar. Along the way, we will w come across a 100 years old monastery with paintings and mani inscribed on its walls. Explore the gompa before hiking to Dhakmar.

Day 10
Dhakmar to Ghiling (3570m)

The trail today is mostly a descend along the steep and narrow trails. Pass through the dry plateaus and scarce vegetation to get to the village of Ghiling. The village gets strong wind all year round so, it is better to take it slow. Explore the village in the due time.

Day 11
Ghiling to Samar (3550m)

Hike downhill along the steep path to get to the village of Samar. The day is filled with the path we had used at the start of the trek. Today will be an easy day compared to the other days. Along the way, enjoy the views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Tilicho peaks.

Day 12
Samar to Kagbeni (2810m)

From Samar, we will use the same old path to the village of Kagbeni. Hike past the Ramchung cave and the Chele village before getting back to the village of Kagbeni. On the way to Kagbeni, we will enjoy the views of Damodar, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, and such other peaks.

Day 13
Kagbeni to Jomsom (2734m)

Wake up early and fill your bellies. Today, we will hike downhill along the dusty and sandy trails of the Mustang Region to first get to the village of Ekle Bhatti. From there, a walk along the deepest gorge of the world will take us back to the apple capital of the country. Jomsom is taken as the largest producer of apple in the country alongside its popular apple brandy called Marpha.

Day 14
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (827m)

Wake up in the dry valleys for the last time. As the plane leaves early, we will fly to the lake city in the early morning. From the airport, we will drive you to the hotel and let the trek come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Upper Mustang Trek
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Trip Facts

  • AD-22
  • Nepal
  • Jomsom
  • Jomsom
  • 4,010m/13,156ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December