Upper Mustang Trek 18 Days

Trip Facts
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude 4,015 m (Nyi La pass)
  • Trip Style Group or Solo
  • Trip Type Adventure and Cultural
  • Best Time All Season


  • Spend nights in beautiful remote villages like Jomsom, Kagbeni, Ghami, Chele, Tsarang, and more

  • Follow the trans-Himalayan caravan route

  • Explore the restricted area trails, unraveling the hidden treasures of the Upper Mustang region

  • Step foot into Lo-Manthang, the ancient capital of the forbidden kingdom, with its captivating walled city

  • Traverse the arid landscapes like the Tibetan plateau, a unique and surreal experience

  • Discover the serenity of Buddhist monasteries, gompas, mani walls, and shortens along the way

  • Enjoy majestic snow-capped mountains and diverse landscapes

  • A scenic mountain flight to and from Jomsom

  • Explore sky caves, ancient monasteries, canyons, gorges, and fortress

Explore the hidden civilization of the walled city, Lo Mathang, on our Upper Mustang trek for 18 days. Join us on an adventurous trek in Nepal and discover ancient Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage, trans-Himalayan landscapes, sky caves, old monasteries, and an offbeat trail.

Upper Mustang is one of the less visited restricted trekking regions. This once-forbidden and secluded region flourished in its own unique culture and traditions. With its moderate difficulty level, the trek offers a remarkable opportunity to explore a lesser-known part of Nepal.

As you delve deeper into the heart of Mustang, you'll be greeted by the warm hospitality of the local people, who have a deep-rooted connection to their land and unwavering pride in their heritage. Interacting with the locals provides a valuable opportunity to gain insights into their daily lives, customs, and traditional practices.

The Upper Mustang trek is not just a physical journey but a captivating immersion into a world shrouded in mystique and ancient traditions. It offers a unique perspective on Nepal's diverse landscape and cultural heritage, taking you off the beaten path and into the hidden gem that is Mustang.

Some of the main attractions of the upper Mustang trek are Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar village, King’s palace, Amchi museum, Ghar Gompa, unique rock formations, Kali Gandaki gorge, white-washed houses, etc.

Mountain Views & Culture

The upper Mustang region lies in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, resulting in a distinctive arid landscape and stunning views of snow-capped peaks. While the trek itself does not take you to the base of any major Himalayan peaks, the panoramic mountain vistas throughout the journey are breathtaking.

During the trek, you will see mountains like Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,795 ft), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m/22,703 ft), etc. These towering peaks create a dramatic backdrop against the barren landscapes, offering memorable photo opportunities and stunning sceneries throughout the trek.

The Upper Mustang region is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and preservation of Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The walled city of Lo Manthang is the cultural heart of the Upper Mustang region. This ancient city is home to the historic King's Palace, monasteries, and intricately carved stone walls. Exploring the narrow alleys and interacting with the local people provides a glimpse into the unique Tibetan-influenced culture and way of life.

Along the trekking route, you'll come across several monasteries and gompas (Buddhist shrines) that are significant religious and cultural sites. Some notable monasteries include Tashi Kabum and Chhoser Cave Monastery. Along the trek, you'll also explore ancient sky caves that were once used by Buddhist monks as meditation retreats. These caves have historical significance and add to the mystical charm of the region.

Trek difficulty for beginner trekkers

The Upper Mustang trek is considered a moderately challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers as well as those with a good level of physical fitness and stamina. The Upper Mustang trek involves trekking through high-altitude terrain, ranging from 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) in Kagbeni to the maximum altitude of 3,840 meters (12,598 feet) in Lo Manthang.

While the maximum altitude is relatively lower compared to other popular treks in Nepal, the trek still poses challenges due to the remoteness and ruggedness of the region. Our itinerary takes 18 days to complete. Each day involves 5 to 7 hours of walking on mountain trails, with some steep ascents and descents. The terrain during the Upper Mustang trek varies from barren landscapes to green valleys, with a mix of rocky trails, riverbeds, mountain passes, and occasional sections of loose gravel.

Altitude sickness

Every day during the upper Mustang trek, there will be a significant change in altitude, ranging from 500 meters to 700 meters. These rapid altitude gains can increase the risk of altitude sickness, a condition that occurs when the body doesn't acclimatize properly to higher elevations. So, it is essential to understand the symptoms of altitude sickness and take preventive measures to ensure a safe trekking experience. Here's what you need to know:

Symptoms of altitude sickness:

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea and loss of appetite

  • Dizziness and lightheadedness

  • Shortness of breath:

  • Insomnia

Preventive measures for altitude sickness:

  • Acclimatization: Our Upper Mustang trek itinerary includes adequate rest days to help you acclimate and minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can contribute to dehydration.

  • Maintain a slow and steady pace while trekking. Avoid overexertion and give your body time to adapt to the changing altitude.

  • Eat nutritious meals to maintain your energy levels.

  • Consult a healthcare professional before your trekking and inquire about medications to prevent altitude sickness.

  • Pay attention to your body's signals and communicate with your trekking guide about any symptoms you may be experiencing.


Undertaking, basic physical training is crucial to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience. Engage in activities like hiking, cycling, swimming, or running to improve your stamina and overall fitness level. Regular long walks are particularly beneficial in building endurance and forming a habit of walking for extended periods.

Likewise, as you will be trekking in a remote region, it's crucial to understand that services are limited and need to be paid for. The right mindset and determination play a vital role in shaping your overall experience during the Upper Mustang trek. Maintaining a positive attitude, being open to new experiences, and staying motivated will enhance your trekking journey.


You can place your booking for the upper Mustang Trek Nepal directly through our site. And our secure payment system will let you pay for the trek without any worries. For any further assistance, contact us at [email protected] or +977 1 4250615 (Nepal) /+358 452062555 (Finland).

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Trip Itinerary


  • Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2:Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
  • Day 3:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 4:Fly to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,915 ft) and trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 5:Kagbeni to Chele
  • Day 6:Chele to Syangbochen
  • Day 7:Syanbochen to Ghami
  • Day 8:Ghami to Tsarang
  • Day 9:Tsarang to Lo-Manthang
  • Day 10:Explore Lo Manthang- acclimatization
  • Day 11:Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar
  • Day 12:Dhakmar to Ghiling
  • Day 13:Ghiling to Chhusang
  • Day 14:Chhusang to Jomsom
  • Day 15:Fly back to Pokhara
  • Day 16:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 17:Cultural tour
  • Day 18:Final departure

The team of Admire Holiday will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel we have pre-booked for your stay in Kathmandu during the trek. You can spend the rest of the day unpacking, relaxing, and exploring your surroundings. We will meet you in the late evening for a welcome dinner.


  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome dinner

In the morning, our tour guide will take you to some of the famous tourist sites in Kathmandu, like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The tour is a great way to learn about Nepali culture, traditions, history, and beliefs. After the tour, we will spend the late noon preparing for the trek.

The preparation includes meeting with your mountain guide and trek briefing. We will pack our duffel bags and do any last-minute shopping if needed. If you have any questions related to the Upper Mustang trek, feel free to ask during the briefing.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast only

Duration: 6-7 hours

We will set off for Pokhara early in the morning. For the ride, we'll be using a nice tourist standard bus or van. The highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara follows the Trishuli River and offers beautiful scenery. We will be accompanied by rolling green hills, terraced farms, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. In Pokhara, we will book a nice comfortable hotel at the Lakeside Market. Spend the evening enjoying the gorgeous sunset and tranquility of Phewa Lake.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & lunch

Duration: 20 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek

We will fly to Jomsom early in the morning. It is the starting point of our trek. The flight will be short and quite impressive. Upon landing at Jomsom, we will be joined by our porters and begin trekking, crossing a small bridge. The trail gradually ascends to Kagbeni village, offering superb trans-Himalayan landscapes.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,800 m/9,500 ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

Following the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki River, we will begin trekking toward Chuksang village. This part of the trail is windy and offers striking views of Mt. Nilgiri. Likewise, the trail is dusty too, so we need to be well-covered with sunglasses and face masks. Further, on the way, we will trek past red sandstone pillars and unique rock formations. The Trekking through Tangbe village, we will follow a narrow canyon to Chele.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,055 m/10,025 ft

Duration: 6 hours

The trail is challenging today. From Chele, we will ascend following a steep spur and then enter a canyon that leads to Eklo Bhatti. The trail continues to Taklam La (3,625 m) and descends to Samar. From here, we may trek past mule and horse caravans. The trail from Samar descends to a large gorge and goes past Rangchyung Chorten, and continues to Syangbochen.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,930 m/11,400 ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

We’ll begin trekking on an uphill route to Yamda La Pass (3,845 m). We will travel past some remote settlements and ascend to a large valley. The trail from here drops down to a wide barley field at Gelling. We will then walk to Tama Gaun and climb Nyi La Pass (4,015 m). From here, the trail descends to Ghami.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,520 m/11,535 ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

Leaving Ghami, we follow a rough & steep track that gradually descends to a suspension bridge. Crossing the suspension bridge over Ghami Khola, we will trek past ancient mani walls and ascend to Tsarang La pass (3,870 m). The trail then climbs to Tsarang Chu Canyon, where the village is situated. Here, we will visit a fortress and the red gompa.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,505 m/11,500 ft

Duration: 5 hours

The trail descends from the canyon, and we will cross a river. Further, following an uphill route to Lo La pass (3,950 m), we will gradually trek to Lo Manthang. This part of the trail offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, Bhrikuti Peak, etc. On the way, we will trek along long mani walls too.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,810 m/12,135 ft

Today, we will spend a rest day in Lo Manthang, which means no trekking. However, to acclimatize, we will hike. Lo Manthang dates back to the 1390s. There is a lot to explore, learn, and discover here. We will explore the four major religious points of the upper Mustang- Jampa Gompa, Thubchen Gompa, Chodey Gompa, and Choprang Gompa. Likewise, we can hike to Chhoser, where we can see sky caves with great archaeological and mythological importance.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner

Duration: 6-7 hours

We will continue the trek following a steep uphill trail to Chogo La (4,230 m). From the top of the pass, the mountain views are stunning. Further, the trail leads us to Lo Gekar, where we will visit the Ghar Gompa of the Lo Nyingma sect. After exploring the gompa, we will ascend to Muila Bhanjyang and walk to Dhakmar for a night stay. It is a beautiful village.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,820 m/12,533 ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

The route from Dhakmar to Ghiling sees strong winds. We will begin trekking early in the morning. The trail descends through a dry plateau and a few farming fields. Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri will accompany us with their mighty presence.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,570 m/11,713 ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

The trail from Ghiling ascends to Syangboche La (3,850 m) and descends. We will follow the alternative route via Chungsi Cave near the gorge. From here, the trail takes us to a summer village, and we gradually begin ascending towards Dajong La (3,660 m) and then to Taklam La (3,624 m). We will trek via Chele village and visit the famous Ranchung monastery cave and Chhyungkar Chorten.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,980 m/9,776 ft

Duration: 5-6 hours

On our last day of trekking, we follow a downhill trail through multiple climatic zones to Jomsom. We will trek past Jharkot and Khingar, enjoying barren scenery and unique rock formations. We will follow the Kali Gandaki River and trek past white-washed houses. The views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri are fantastic today.

  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,720 m/8,915 ft

Duration: 20 minutes flight

After an early morning breakfast, we will fly out of Jomsom. The aerial views are incredible during the flight. Upon landing in Pokhara, our team will drive you to the hotel. You have the remaining day free to explore this beautiful city and visit tourist sites like Davis Falls, Bat Cave, etc. There are also many spas and massage centres in Lakeside that you can visit.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast only

Duration: 6-7 hours

After a great local breakfast, we will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The ride will be comfortable and offer excellent landscapes. Following the lush rolling green hills, we will reach Kathmandu. The remaining day is free. Rest and unpack.


  • AccommodationTeahouse
  • MealsBreakfast & lunch

Day 17:



Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner


Today, you have one full day free in Kathmandu. We highly recommend visiting Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square for a tour. Explore the local market and try Nepali delicacies. As this is your last day in Kathmandu, do not forget to window shop in Thamel. We will meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast & farewell dinner

Our team will transfer you to the international airport for your flight back home. Get ready on time and do not forget any of your belongings. 

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    Trip Map

    Upper Mustang Trek 18 Days map

    Cost Details

    • Airport pick up and drop off.
    • Guide and porters.
    • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in trekking.
    • Tea house/lodge accommodation.
    • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
    • All land transportation.
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card.
    • All require a national park and entry Permit.
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, for guide and porters.
    • Sightseeing with guide and transport.
    • All government taxes.
    • International flight tickets.
    • Nepal entry visa: You can easily obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa valid for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $50 or the equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $120. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, clients' personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Travel insurance (should include high altitude rescue in case of an emergency).
    • Tips for the guide and porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
    • Personal trekking gear (You can buy or rent gear upon arrival in Nepal).

    Essential Info

    Best time to trek

    The best time to undertake the Upper Mustang trek is during the spring and autumn seasons, which provide the most favorable weather conditions for trekking.

    Spring season (March to May) is one of the best times to trek in the Upper Mustang. During this period, the weather starts to warm up, and the snow begins to melt, making the trails more accessible. The temperature ranges from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) during the day, while the nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 0°C (32°F).

    The clear skies offer excellent visibility, allowing trekkers to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Additionally, the rhododendron forests along the trail are in full bloom, creating a vibrant and picturesque landscape.

    The autumn season (September to November) is another popular time for the upper Mustang trekking. The weather during this period is generally stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. The average daytime temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), while the nights are cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 5°C (41°F). The autumn months let trekkers witness some of the biggest Nepalese festivals.

    Likewise, you can also do the upper Mustang trek in the summer/monsoon season (June to August). As the higher part of the trail is located in the rain shadow area, the region does not see rainfall, which makes trekking possible.

    Accommodation & Meals

    The upper Mustang trek is a teahouse trek. Tea houses in the upper Mustang region are relatively basic but comfortable enough to provide a place to rest and rejuvenate after a day of trekking. The rooms are typically small and include a bed with basic bedding, blankets, and pillows. Bring your sleeping bag for extra warmth and comfort, especially during the colder months.

    Note that the availability of rooms and the standard of facilities may vary from tea house to tea house. In popular locations such as Kagbeni, Chele, and Ghiling, you can expect better facilities, including attached bathrooms with hot showers. In more remote areas, the facilities may be more basic, with shared bathrooms and limited access to hot water.

    Likewise, the tea houses along the Upper Mustang trekking route provide meals to trekkers. The meals are usually prepared by the tea house owners & offer a selection of local and international dishes. Breakfast typically consists of items like eggs, bread, pancakes, porridge, muesli, and tea or coffee. Lunch and dinner usually include a variety of options such as Thukpa, noodles, pasta, dal bhat, momos, soups, and various vegetable and meat curries.

    Upper Mustang trek cost

    The cost of the Upper Mustang trek can vary depending on several factors, including the duration of the trek, the trekking season, the services included, and the trekking agency you choose. The upper Mustang trek cost ranges from USD 1800 per person to USD 3500 per person. The package cost includes various services such as transportation, accommodation, meals, guides, and porters.

    Note that the costs mentioned above are approximate and subject to change. We advise you to research and compare prices from different trekking agencies, as well as consider the reputation and reviews of the agency before making a booking. Our team will help you with proper budgeting and planning, which is crucial to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in Upper Mustang.

    Group/private joining

    Join our Upper Mustang trek 2023/2024 fixed groups departures or trek privately with our expert guides as per your comfort. During the peak trekking seasons, we have a regular departure, so you can join the trek as per your wish. Our groups are small (8 to 12 trekkers in each group), and we also provide an assistant guide. To trek privately, you at least have to be in a group of two people.

    For more information, get in touch with our team.

    Child Policy

    Upper Mustang is one of the toughest treks in Nepal, and the trekking route does not have adequate tourist infrastructure. So, traveling with a kid can be very challenging. If you have been traveling with your kids in remote areas and your kids are used to limited resources, then you may do this trek with them. We recommend talking with our team and seeing if your kids fit the requirements or not for upper Mustang trekking.

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is necessary for this trek. As the region does not have proper transportation and health facilities, travel insurance with emergency air evacuation is crucial for critical situations. You can also add medical bills, international flight cancellations, and loss/theft of personal properties to your travel insurance coverage. Do understand travel insurance is a safety net during trekking in the Himalayas and comes in use rarely.


    • Q1. How many days is Upper Mustang Trek?

      You can do the upper Mustang trek in 16 to 18 days. In our 18 days program, you will be in the mountains for 11 days trekking and exploring the region.

    • Upper Mustang is one of the most challenging trekking routes in Nepal. Even though the elevation gain is not that significant on this trek, the region is very remote, the trail is offbeat, and the tourist infrastructure is poor. All these factors make upper Mustang trekking difficult.


    • The upper Mustang trek takes you to the hidden Tibetan Buddhism kingdom known as Lo Manthang. It was closed to the world for a very long time. The preserved cultural heritage of the locals, the unspoiled nature, and the sky caves are a few of the things that make this region quite appealing.

    • You can trek to the upper Mustang from March to November. During the months of June to August and early September, when Nepal sees heavy rainfall, the upper Mustang region remains dry and barren as it falls under the rain shadow area of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. So, you can trek here in the rainy season too.

    • Upper Mustang is a restricted area in Nepal, which demands an expensive permit. The region's cultural, archaeological, and border significance is huge, which makes it a restricted area in Nepal.


    • Upper Mustang has an open border with Tibet. So, to maintain border security and also to preserve the rich culture and traditions of the locals, the region has been made a restricted area.

    • Yes, you will need a guide for upper Mustang trekking. Trekking alone is not allowed in the upper Mustang. You have to trek with a local travel company like us to do the upper Mustang trek.

    • Yes, it snows in the upper Mustang. In winter, the temperature ranges from -25°C to -20°C at night and 0°C to 5°C in the daytime. That's why the region sees heavy snowfall.

    • Mustang is a restricted area in Nepal. It is a trans-Himalayan region, and the terrain is similar to the Tibetan plateau. Originally, Mustang is a Tibetan word. It means the plain of aspiration.

    • Yes, you can visit Mustang in December but make sure to pack well and be prepared for extreme cold. As locals at the upper elevation move to winter villages in the lower elevation, we recommend you be self-sufficient or at least make sure the tea houses are open in the villages you will spend the night. Join our team for the upper Mustang trek in winter for a hassle-free journey.

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