Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Rich culture of Nepalese -Tibetan buddsim and the mystic Landscape.

Mustang area has been inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists. Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Actually the capital of the Mustang district is Jomsom, but the real Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang. The real capital, Lo Manthang, where the present king lives, is a fantastic square-walled town sitting on the ‘Plain of Prayers’. The small kingdom of Mustang, closed to westerners until 1992, is an enchanting land of windswept vistas, red walled monasteries, and feudal towns. This tiny kingdom was not only a major corridor of trade from the 1400's to before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but also figured importantly into early Buddhism in Tibet. Local legend tells the tale of the great founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, who before building Samye (the oldest monastery in Tibet) came to Mustang to stand guard against and do battle with the evil powers out to destroy Buddhism. The temple of Lo Gekhar in eastern Mustang was built by Padmasambhava after his triumphant battle and still stands guard today.

Day 01:  Arrive in Kathmandu airport

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our local representative will meet and greet you at the airport and will assist with your transfers to your local hotel in Kathmandu. After rest look around Thamel.If enough time we brief about the trip.

Day 02.Sight seeing in kathamndu (Hindus and Buddhist temple)

 As kathamdnu is temple of the city. We take you famous Hindus temple Pasupatinath and famous Buddhist temple Buddhanath.

Pashupatinath Temple: Situated east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temple are the cremation grounds. Temple is famous for its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors.

BoudhanathStupa: This Stupa, east of Kathmandu City, is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest. It’s especially colourful on Saturdays, when Tibetan refugees flock here to pray. The chhorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayan the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet. After your tours back to our office late afternoon and check your last gear .overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m.) 7 hrs

 Pokhara is 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns. You will enjoy the scenic drive. Arriving at hotel after rest look around lake side.

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2750 m.)25min and   trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2820m.) 3hrs.

You take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, 20 minutes flight in a small aircraft land at Jomsom.After rest  walk along the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. This very easy, enjoyable start is at the same time picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri (26,794ft), Tukuche (22,703ft) and in the west the awesome mountain above Kagbeni, Nilgiri (22,769ft). Upon reaching Kagbeni there is a taste of scenes to come in Upper Mustang, what with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley and a large red gompa(Monastery) At the check-post at the north end of the village there is a sign saying ‘Restricted area, tourists please do not go beyond this point’. Here you will complete your paperwork formalities for you to enter this long-forbidden region of Nepal

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050 m.)6-7 hrs walk.

You trek right up the river valley, but you use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand but the path is kept interesting by the passing of mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and Tibet. On the west bank of the river are some caves and Gompa Kang. Unlike most monasteries in Upper Mustang which are of the Sakyapa sect, Gompa Kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. You stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where you come across the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline, Chusang village is beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and. After crossing the Kalighandaki River now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele.

Day 06: From Chele to Syangboche (3800m)6- 7 hrs walk.

From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass you descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. You climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. You then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, you descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops

 Day 07: Syangboche to Ghami  (3550 m.) 5hrs.

The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley. As in all the settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses are constructed using mud and stones, with roofs made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles. Trek  to Ghami (via Ghami La (3520m.) the trail climbs gently through fields, up the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. You then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging.

 Day 08 :Ghami to Charang(3570) 4 hrs walk.

Today's walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of your energy will be spent negotiating loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, are a source of inspiration. Finally, you come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village is a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.

 Day 09: Tsarang (Charang) to Lomangtang (3820m).3.30 hrs walk.

You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually you get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner.

 Day 10: Rest day Lomangthang.

 Rest day at Mustang. Today is free to explore the fascinating city of Lo Manthang, untouched since the 14th century. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout the kingdom. If you wish you can take day trip to upper valley and back by horse or by foot.

Day 11: Lomangtang to Dhakmar (3820m) via Marang la(4300m)7-8 hrs walk.

Climb from Lo-Manthang to Marang-la(4300M You continue your journey on the highland route, fairly flat and fairly climb to Ghargumpa,Pure virtue of Lo Nyingma Sect Scripture of Padmasambhava ,we spend sometime to explore the monastery before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar .

 12: Dhakmar to Gelling(3580m)4-5 hrs.

You walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami. from Ghami Wide and gentle path with some ascends and descends to Big Village Gelling. Its extensive fields of barley. As in all the settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses are constructed using mud and stones, with roofs made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles. Explore the rich culture village with Great old monastery.

Day 13: Gelling to Chele(6 hrs walk.)

From Gelling descend and Ascend same way as you pass before to . More down hill than up hill and co course some flat and gradually walk.

Day 14: Chele to Kagbeni

Return same way as you walk before.

Day15: Kagbeni to Jomsom

Same way as before. Walk along the wide sandy and windy valley. The way moves between two hills. to Jomsom.

Day 16: Jomsom-Pokhara (20mn fly) and relax in Pokhara.

The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. After short rest explores e pokhara.Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu Explore beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall named after a tourist that fell inside, gupteshower cave or just relax and take easy day. 

Day 17: Pokhara to kathamndu,7 hrs by drive.

 Drive from Pokhara  to Kathmandu you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city Kathamndu.

Day 18: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden place in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to feel the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, The tour lets you a great moment to enclose with the religious and cultural affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. We take you walking tour to Local market Ason, Oldest supermarket Vishal Bazar, Kilagod, Hidden Stupa etc.

And we take you Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for it’s unique history, cultural and religion and the living goddess “Kumari” lives here. We can found lots of small monuments and temples in this area. The whole square was listed in world heritage sites.

We can see a antique architecture of statue, perfectly carved wooden windows and doors. This will be the right destination to study for those who loves to extend the history of Nepal’s Old King family. It is a museum too. It is one of the Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture

Day 19: Local representative will transfer to International airport

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & Droop.
  • Guide and other necessary staffs.
  • All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation (Lodge)
  • Drinks. (Tea, coffee)
  • All land transportation (Private)
  • Air Ticket (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Upper Mustang (Special permit) Trekking permit and Annapurna conservation entry permit.
  • Sleeping bag , down jacket & Duffel bag.
  • Nepal's 3 star level Hotel with break fast in Kathmandu and pokhara
  • Sight seeing in Kathmandu and pokhara,guide, car and entry fee.
  • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insuranse, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,   transport etc for Nepalese staff.
  • All taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Tips for staff ( Not compulsory but expected)

What to bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipments can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Sun glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)


  1. Hand gloves

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops.
  3. Light jacket.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. Lightweight long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers.


  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light  shoes and sandle.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Peptobismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plastsband-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.


  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. bandanas.
  5. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.


All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

1 - 3 of 3 reviews

Thanks all for a Memory for Life !
Thanks all for a Memory for Life !
Thanks for a great Upper Mustang Trek, and everything has been absolutely awesome, the team that were with us during the trek, the hospitality in the villages, the marvelous views, the food, and the care from the Mountain Delights crews.
Brith Leidvin, Kerstin ( Sweden )
November 8, 2014 at 05:31 am
Really Great Trip
Really Great Trip
These 19 days trip is really great ! Fun and excited ! I enjoyed the trekking, The view, show mountains are very beautiful !!! I enjoyed the rafting, really fun, more difficult route is more unforgettable !! hehe. The trekking was good. No matter in where, which situation out tour guide was very nice for us. He was really nice guide. he could be even better if he tell us what we can/need to do after we just arrive the places. Anyway he was good that he is willing to answer our problems ! Also thanks for the porters, They are really really strong and nice guys ! Strong Strong Strong !!! God bye right now, Hope you all happiness and more business !!! hope see you again.
Hoint and Ela
October 22, 2013 at 04:07 am
Professionally Organized Trek
Professionally Organized Trek
One thing can be said after experience life that ! Kamal is The guy if you are looking for a professionally organized trek and some great fun !

Highly Recommended !
Jackie from Poland
October 17, 2013 at 03:26 am

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