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Trip Highlights

  • The Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
  • Amazing scenery, unbeatable beauty

Introduction

Upper Mustang Trek leads you to the hidden semi-independent kingdom of Nepal attached to the Tibetan Border. This region is also known as Lo. Hundreds of years back, Lo belonged to Tibetan rulers, hence Upper Mustang area still widely practice Tibetan Buddhism. The area is also known as the Himalayan cold desert. Thousands of years old Buddhist monasteries, colourful rock formation, hundreds of caves and more are some areas of interests.

Upper Mustang Trekking was not permitted by the Government of Nepal until 1992, though the area is restricted even today for individual trekkers or backpackers. The region lies in Dhaulagiri rain shadow area so June / July / August is the best months to visit these areas. Until recently, Upper Mustang Trek was accessible only in the camping mode but nowadays basic tea houses have made it easier for trekkers to get their meals and accommodation. Upper Mustang trekking; one of the beautiful treks in Nepal is for trekkers looking for something different in the Himalaya. Mustang region has been popular for several years among the trekkers from all over the world. It is a perfect destination for an adventurer wishing to see Tibetan influenced traditions and cultures. It is a spectacular Himalayan trekking behind the Himalayas which is perfect during monsoon season. Most part of the Upper Mustang Trekking is situated behind the rain shadow area where you will experience less rain than in other areas even in monsoon season.

The huge, cold and dry land from Kagbeni to Tibetan border is known as Upper Mustang which is a restricted area by Nepal government. A visitor must have an immigration permit issued by Department of Immigration, Nepal government to enter the land. A government licensed trekking agency, a government licensed trekking guide is compulsory to obtain the entry permit. Upper Mustang area is popular for exploration of centuries-old caves, unspoiled cultures and hundreds of years old monasteries of the region. Mustang Trekking is an adventure of lifetime for anyone from anywhere in the world. Upper Mustang area is also known as "The last Forbidden Kingdom". Trekking to Upper Mustang is much similar to trekking in the high lands of Tibet, China.

1
Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

Please find our airport representative waiting right outside the airport building to pick you up from the airport. We will then drive to designated hotel for overnight stay. Depending on your flight time you will have a free day to get used to the city.

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
2
Free day in Kathmandu to prepare your permits

Your original passports will be needed by Nepal Immigration Board to issue your restricted area permit. We will collect your passport and get your permits issued for the trek. You have another free day to explore the city and to get ready for the trekking. In the evening, we will have a trip briefing together with your guide. (Breakfast)

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
3
Drive to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel, explore lakeside in the evening

We will start our day with quick coffee in the hotel and head to tourist bus park to catch our bus to Pokhara. It's a beautiful countryside driving through beautiful towns next to Kathmandu - Pokhara highway. We will spend our evening exploring Lakeside; the queen of Pokhara city. (Breakfast)

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 820M
4
Fly to Jomsom, trek to Kangbeni

We will drive to the airport early in the morning to board our flight to Jomsom. It's 20 - 25 minutes scenic flight in between several Himalayan peaks. Jomsom is one of the biggest villages of the Kaligandaki valley. We will complete baggage formalities then start the trek to Kagbeni. We will be walking next to dirt road heading to upper Mustang. We will have some grand views of Nilgiri Himalayas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 2804M
5
Trek to Chele

We will complete immigration permit formalities in Kagbeni and start our journey heading to the northern side of Kaligandaki valley. It's picturesque trail following the bank of Kaligandaki river. We will be passing through several caves, monasteries, beautiful fields of barley, buckwheat, apple and wheat near Tangbe village. Continuing through the windy valley we will reach Chhusang village. We will cross a small stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley before reaching Chele for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3060M
6
Trek to Syanbochen

We have a beautiful day of walking in front of us. The days are going to be harder compared to the other days of the trek.  We will be crossing Taklam La Pass at 3625 meters and Dajori La Pass at 3735 meters. We will be enjoying magnificent views from these points. Reaching Samar village, we will continue further to reach Syanboche via steep trails. The valleys that divide the tracks have cool rivulets and juniper trees to facilitate us to have a relaxing day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3475M
7
Trek to Ghyami

We will be crossing Yamda La Pass at 3850 meters and Nyi Pass at 4010 meters today passing through few beautiful villages and Chhortens. The day is another beautiful day with breathtaking scenery. Descending from the Nyi La Pass; the highest point of the trek, we will continue to Ghyami for the overnight stay. Ghyami is one of the biggest villages of this region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3520M
8
Trek to Charang

We will have our breakfast at the lodge and then start our journey to Charang. We will pass through one of the longest Buddhist mani walls of Nepal surrounded by the beautiful Himalayas at Ghami. Continuing further will take us to the village of Charang for the overnight stay. We will be crossing Tsarang La Pass at 3870 meters today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3620M
9
Trek to Lo Manthang

We will visit a monastery in Charang village before we commence our journey to Lo Manthang. The trail is spectacular together with various Himalayan peaks including Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak and Bhrikuti. Encountering with isolated chhrotens will differentiate Charang and Lo Manthang. We will continue our journey along the southern walls surrounding the valley. Here we will reach the Lo Manthang. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3740M
10
Rest and exploration day in Lo Manthang

We have walked from so far to explore the beautiful town of Lo Manthang. There are several things to explore around the town. We will be visiting few monasteries and visit the royal family of Mustang. We have the whole day to rest, relax and explore the beautiful valley of Lo Manthang. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3740M
11
Trek to Dhakmar

We will use a different route to Drakmar than the one we took while coming to Lo Manthang. Following several ups and downs, we will reach Ghar where we will explore a monastery which is believed to be 1200 years old. Local people believe that any wishing made in the monastery is fulfilled. Continuing further will take us to Dhakmar village for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3810M
12
Trek to Syanboche

We will take our breakfast in the hotel before continuing our trekking to Syanboche. Followed by several caves we will ascend to the ridge above Ghami from where we will have great views of the pass and the long mani wall that we passed a few days ago. Furthermore, crossing two beautiful passes will take us to Syanboche for the overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3475M
13
Trek to Chhusang

We start our journey to Chele following the left side of the valley where we will meet flocks of sheep and goats grazing in the valley. Continuing the trail will take us to Samar and continuing further will take us to Chele and continuing some more will take us to Chhusang for the overnight stay. We will have beautiful Himalayan scenery along the way. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3060M
14
Trek to Jomsom

We will be following the Kaligandaki valley all the way to Jomsom. It will be a windy and dry day to Jomsom. As soon as we reach Kagbeni we will reach the popular Annapurna Circuit trail and continue towards Jomsom following the Kaligandaki river. It's our final day walk so celebrating the end of the successful trek in Jomsom should not be missed. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 2750M
15
Fly to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel

We will first enjoy our last meal in the Himalayas. We will then proceed to airport to catch our flight to Pokhara. The flight is beautiful beautiful and flies between the Himalayas. It can be taken as a mountain flight. The views from the windows are unimaginable. Once we complete 20-25 minutes flight we will get our transport to take us to Hotel. You can enjoy a free afternoon or go for a sightseeing. There are some remarkable places in Pokhara like world peace Pagoda, Matepani Monastery, International Mountain Museum, Devi's Falls etc. Alternatively, you can go boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening you can enjoy last night dinner with your staffs and celebration of your successful adventure. (Breakfast)

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 820M
16
Drive back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

We will follow Prithvi Highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs. (Breakfast)

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
17
Drive to Airport, end of our services

Here we come to the end of our memorable two-week long trip. We will conclude our Upper Mustang Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to the airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again the Himalayas! (Breakfast)

Altitude: 1310M

What is included?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus (Optional flights)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight tickets including for the guide with all taxes
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit
  • Nepal Government restricted area entry permits
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) registration card
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner / main course] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses during the trekking as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • American Medical Association Approved Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and pulse in high altitude
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

What is excluded?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Supporting Information

Experience Required

Upper Mustang Trekking is a moderate level trekking suitable for anyone who is average fit. The trek is doable for most people but recommended for those with prior experiences in the past.

Meals on the Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is a tea house trekking route means we will be having our meals on the lodges. The lodges prepare the meals once they receive the orders from the customers. Generally, rice, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles, rice, potatoes, curry, vegetables etc. are available for consuming.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will be staying in 3 start category lodges while we will be staying in twin sharing rooms in the lodges during the trek.

Best Season

The trek is doable throughout the year however dry season (June, July, August) is recommended as the area is situated in Himalayan rainshadow areas.

Trip Highlights

Upper Mustang Trek is an amazing trekking route with a chance to experience the traditional culture of Tibetan influenced people. The Trek is a beauty on its own.

Reviews

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Lucas Galkus
Jul 05, 2018

Upper Mustang Trek in June 2018

“I and my partner did Upper Mustang Trek with Himalayanleisure in June 2018. It was a great experience. The flights couldn't happen due to bad weather so we took a private jeep which was an adventure. The trek was arranged nicely and the staffs were very caring. Our guide and porter made the trek possible. It is a beautiful trek I can recommend to other people in rainy season in Nepal. In general, when we reach high, there was no rain.”

Annonymous
Jun 06, 2018

Upper Mustang Trekking

Very friendly guide, amazing boss who has been to Malaysia 3 times and very strong porter. The services provided were more than our expectations. A truly beautiful trekking in Nepal. The jeep from Jomsom to Beni is tiring and definitely no if options are available.

Annonymous
Sep 02, 2017

Highly Recommended

Great organizing skills and an excellent company! Everything was timely managed and great foods and accommodation was provided.

Margo Reed
Sep 18, 2016

TREKKING TO THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM OF MUSTANG

I am back to home after spending more than 2 weeks in Nepal and a trek with Himalayan Leisure company operated by Upendra, a professional guy committed to work. The trekking was together with my wife and a guide and a porter from the company. Everything went so smooth and well organized. The trekking was more than beautiful from start to the end. Lots of traditional people were met on this route. Very few people away from crowds which makes sense after you pay hefty fees to enter the area. I am totally satisfied with this trekking route, this was an amazing experience for both of us!

Federico Monaca
Jun 01, 2016

The Best Trek

The Upper Mustang trek truly has breathtaking scenaries. From an extended tour in Tibet to a great trip in Kathmandu valley and a short but relaxing night in Himalaya Club Resort. It's all worth visiting !