After a spectacular flight from Pokhara, our amazing Upper Mustang trek departs from Jomsom and takes you to the secret Shangri-La of the former Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo. Lo is intimately related to Tibet since it was once a part of the Tibetan kingdom.
Tibetan Buddhism is still followed in its most pure form, and Tibetan communities are still constructed with whitewashed buildings and roofs covered in firewood. Up until recently, the only way to get Upper Mustang was via a completely planned camping excursion. However, in recent years, several communities have started operating modest guesthouses, so you can now find one near any overnight location.
You are invited to join them in the kitchen while you are there. The kitchen is considered the heart of the home in Tibetan culture and is designed to resemble a living room. Therefore, spending time in the kitchen is the best method to gain some insight into daily living.
The relationship between Tibet and its scenery is quite strong, in addition to its culture and traditions. Mustang is located in the Dhaulagiri rain shadow and offers a completely barren scenery with strangely shaped and colored rocks all around. The settlements, with their vividly colorful fields, seem like oasis in this desolate setting.
The track follows the historic salt caravan route where the Mustang people used to exchange lowland grain for Tibetan salt. The Upper Mustang trek's destination is LoManthang, the region's capital. The medieval old town of Lo Manthang is encircled by a substantial town wall.
Arid area, cliffs, sacred fossil rocks, and old caverns may all be found in Upper Mustang. The former capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, is a tiny settlement with around 150 homes, a palace, and the about 200-year-old Lhakhang monastery.
The Annapurna conservation area includes Mustang. As a result, you may see stunning views of the mountain ranges when trekking to Upper Mustang, including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), and Manaslu (8,163m).
Trek Package Overview
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu and meet your guide.
Rest and explore the city on your own.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
Take a guided tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Get trekking permits and gear up for the trek.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and explore the city
Fly to Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna region.
Explore the city's lakeside area and prepare for the next day's flight.
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
Take a scenic flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni.
Visit the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery and explore the village.
Day 5: Trek to Chele
Trek to Chele via Tangbe and Chhusang.
Enjoy the stunning views of Nilgiri and other peaks.
Day 6: Trek to Syanbochen
Trek to Syanbochen via Yamdo La pass.
Explore the village and its traditional architecture.
Day 7: Trek to Ghami
Trek to Ghami via Ghami La pass.
Visit the ancient Ghami village and its monasteries.
Day 8: Trek to Charang
Trek to Charang via Lo La pass.
Visit the Charang monastery and explore the village.
Day 9: Trek to Lo Manthang
Trek to Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city of Mustang.
Explore the palace, monasteries, and the local market.
Day 10-11: Explore Lo Manthang
Spend two days exploring the city and nearby areas.
Visit the Choser caves, Namgyal monastery, and other attractions.
Day 12: Trek to Drakmar
Trek to Drakmar via Lo Gekar monastery.
Enjoy the views of the Himalayas and the unique landscape.
Day 13: Trek to Ghiling
Trek to Ghiling via Ghami La pass.
Explore the village and its unique architecture.
Day 14: Trek to Chhuksang
Trek to Chhuksang via Tetang village.
Visit the Rangbyung cave monastery.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom
Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni.
Visit the local market and the Mustang Eco Museum.
Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara and explore the city
Fly back to Pokhara and explore the city on your own.
Rest and prepare for the next day's flight to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure or explore the city on your own.
4,130 m/13,550 ft
Sightseeing and Trekking
February to June September to December
The Upper Mustang Trek takes you to the remote and mystical region of Mustang, known for its traditional Tibetan culture and stunning landscapes.
The trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, home to the former Mustang royal family and their palace.
The trek takes you through rugged terrain, high passes, and deep canyons with spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
The region is home to numerous ancient monasteries, caves, and other historical sites, including the Rangbyung cave monastery and Choser caves.
The trek also offers a chance to explore the traditional Mustangi architecture and visit the local villages, including Ghami, Charang, and Syanbochen.
The local people are friendly and hospitable, and their unique culture and customs are reflected in their festivals, music, and dances.
The Mustang region is a restricted area, and trekkers require special permits to enter, making it a unique and exclusive destination for adventure seekers.
The trek can be customized to suit your preferences and fitness levels, and it's best to trek during the spring and autumn seasons for the best weather and visibility.