Mustang is a remote, semi-independent, former Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal. It lies just north of the Annapurna Region, on the Tibetan border. Mustang is one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges, and the starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking, or riding by horseback. The trek enters upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nestled in apple orchards and encircled by snow covered mountains. It eventually reaches the ancient capitol of Lo Manthang, a walled city built of whitewashed mud bricks and teeming with Buddhist prayer wheels and stupas, seeming to arise from the earth itself.

There are very few guesthouses and restaurants in the region; camping is required and most necessities must be carried in. Entirely closed to visitors until the 1990s, upper Mustang trek is still a restricted and controlled trekking area, with its own set of rules for cultural conservation and require a minimum $500 permit fee for a ten-day trek. Treks are typically ten days, but can be longer. The high winds, altitude and cold add to the challenge of this trek even in the warmer months. This trek is not recommended in the winter months and can be strenuous for some people.

Upper Mustang Trek

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  • Total Duration: 18 Days
  • Max Elevation: 4,320 Meters
  • Trek Grading: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Best Months: April to October
  • Journey Starts/Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Comfortable hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and tents on the trek.

Trek Highlights

  • World Heritage Sites Kathmandu
  • Rich in unique and authentic culture
  • Picturesque landscape
  • Stunning mountain views

Dates & Prices

Dates: Although this trip is currently unscheduled, contact us about organizing this destination for you or your group. The best months are between (TBD).

Prices: Contact us with your group size and needs and we’ll work out the best possible price for you.

Outline Itinerary

Tour Days

  • Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
  • Day 02: Trek briefing and city sightseeing

Trek Days

  • Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,710m) and commence trek to Kagbeni (2,800m)
  • Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Gheling (3,570m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Charang (3,570m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3,809m)
  • Day 09: Explore Tsoser and have an audience with the King of Lo Manthang
  • Day 10: Trek to Dhi (3,851m) via Tsarang
  • Day 11: A day excursion to Luri Gompa
  • Day 12: Trek to Tange (3,240m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Tetang (3,040m)
  • Day 14: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2,710m)

Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 16: Fly to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Leisure day and farewell dinner
  • Day 18: Final departure

Trip Extensions

Do you wish to extend your trip to include more time, additional destinations, or both? Let us know and we’ll help you plan it out.

(These trips can also be extended or modified to fit your schedule.)

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