Upper Mustang Trek 16 Days trip code: EH090

Best Months

  • March-May
  • Sept-Nov


  • 16 Days

Grade / Difficulty

  • Moderate


  • Hotels/Local Tea-houses


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Explore the cultural and natural wonders of the last and only existing kingdom of Himalayan nation- Upper Mustang Trek

Fabled walled city and the mysterious land of Lopas, Upper Mustang is Nepal's one of the best hidden gems. Upper Mustang Trek caters incredible culture, magnificent Himalayan panorama and the prosperous history of human civilization.

The restricted region beyond Kagbeni, Upper Mustang demands taxing fee of 500 dollars to enter. However, the rewards the region offers are relatively lesser to the cost trekkers pay. The windswept highland deserts, where colorful hills full of Buddhist myths blend very well with the towering Himalayan giants including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The high caves on the cliffs that once were sky burials are full of historic human civilization in the region. Moreover, the monasteries’ existing in the traditional hamlets of Upper Mustang allows us to expreince utter peace in the lap of Himalayas.

The trek begins with the scenic flight to Jomsom, the windy city under Himalayas and gradually slides up stretching on the pleasant trails with no significant steep climb all the way to Upper Mustang. The trek has no issues of altitude sickness compared to other strenuous treks of Nepal, however, the cultural experience and the landscapes trekkers get to see are beyond doubt the best of all. 

Excellent guidance of experienced guides, amazing hospitality of the locals and the superb weather throughout would definitely make Upper Mustang Trek the holiday of a lifetime.

Bullet point Highlights

  • The sighseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
  • The Laketown, Pokhara and the Himalayan panorama from here
  • The hike along winswept deserts to the fabled walled City of Lomanthang
  • Diversified culture of tribes like Thakalis, Lopas and Gurungs
  • The Himalayan panorama blended in perfection with colorful barren hills and skyscraping caves
  • Tibetan Buddhism at its best


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18 days 17 nights

  • Accommodation during trek available everyday en-route (local lodge)
  • All meals during trek if undertaken teahouse trek 
  • Expert tour guide who can speak English or language as per the requirement 
  • Entry fees to all heritage sites during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trek guide & local porters during trek 
  • Upper Mustang special permit
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu road transfer
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight
  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • All applicable government tax
Day to Day Itinerary
  • Day 01: : Arrive to Kathmandu; transfer to your hotel
  • Day 02: : Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu & trek preparation day
  • Day 03: : Drive to Pokhara 200km 7-8 hrs drive
  • Day 04: : Fly to Jomsom 2720m, Trek to Kagbeni 2,800m/9,186ft 3-4 hrs trek
  • Day 05: : Trek to Chele 3,050m/10,006ft 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 06: : Trek to Geiling 3,440m/11,286ft 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 07: : Trek to Charang 3,490m/11,450ft 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 08: : Trek to Lo Manthang 3,730m/12,237ft
  • Day 09: : Explore around Lomanthang
  • Day 10: : Trek to Ghami via Ghar Gompa 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 11: : Trek to Samar 3620m 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 12: : Trek to Kagbeni 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 13: : Trek to Jomsom 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 14: : Fly to Pokhara
  • Day 15: : Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 16: : Depart Kathmandu
Service Excludes
  • Nepal visa 
  • International flight fare
  • Food in Kathmandu & Pokhara except breakfast
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire in Kathmandu)
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Drinks, snacks while walking
  • Any other tours, transfers and services other than mentioned above
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver
  • Your insurance & Medical Expenses

Day 01:: Arrive to Kathmandu; transfer to your hotel

Flying in to the Himalayan nation Nepal is different in itself. Witness the towering Himalayan giant’s minutes before landing Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu if the weather permits. Enjoy the cordial Nepalese welcome in arrival terminals of the airport and drive to your designated hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu & trek preparation day

Actually this day is a trek preparation day. As our team is preparing the required permits for Upper Mustang Trek; you will be taken to Kathmandu most beautiful locales where culture history and the heritage of the ancient town spills in every corner. Explore the biggest hub of Hinduism in Nepal Pashupatinath where travelers get to experience the important aspects of the religion. Stroll around Boudhanath, a large dome shaped stupa where Tibetan culture and Buddhism are seen at its best. Exploration of Kathmandu Durbar Square is an awesome experience as it takes you to Nepal’s one of the oldest architectural landmarks where local Newari culture also has been prospering for ages.

Day 03:: Drive to Pokhara 200km 7-8 hrs drive

Today, we drive 200 km along the snaky Prithwi Highway to Pokhara. The highway that most of the times runs above Himalayan Rivers offers an adventurous drive. Moreover, the local lifestyles in frequent highway towns and lush vegetation are interesting aspects to observe during the drive. Once, we reach Pokhara we check into our Hotel in Lakeside and set out to explore the tourist hub in town. Pokhara is the city decorated with lakes and panoramic Himalayan views. It is also the biggest adventurous hub of the country. The city is famous amongst trekkers because it is the starting point for Annapurna Region Treks. 

Day 04:: Fly to Jomsom 2720m, Trek to Kagbeni 2,800m/9,186ft 3-4 hrs trek

The flight to Jomsom is an outstanding experience. You will witness the glowing mountain besides you while below, you will see the terraced green fields and villages. As soon as you reach Jomsom, you will have an introduction with the powerful wind which will accompany you throughout your trek. 

After a short break, you will start your trek. You will soon notice the change of the landscapes that is the major highlight of this trek. Today’s walk is pretty easy. After a walk of 5-6 hours, you will reach Kagbeni where you will stay for the night.

Day 05:: Trek to Chele 3,050m/10,006ft 6-7 hrs trek

Today you enter into the restricted area of Upper Mustang. You will have a pleasant walk throughout the day with easy ascends and descends. After 5-6 hours of walking, you will reach Chuksang. Chuksang is the habitat of Thakali people. You can also explore the old village nearby in the evening. As you leave Chuksang, you will follow the trail along the cliff above the thrilling Kaligandaki River and reach Chele for the overnight stay. 

Samar is a beautiful village with just few houses. There is a monastery nearby. The landscape will be quite different from the earlier day. The view from the place is wonderful which set out to be the perfect place for outdoor entertainment.

Day 06:: Trek to Geiling 3,440m/11,286ft 5-6 hrs trek

You leave Chele early in the morning. Crossing a pass you reach to Chunksi Gompa in around 3 hours. The Gompa is inside a cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated during his time. The Mandala inside the cave is said to be growing naturally. Again, you will start your trek alongside the trial of Kali Gandaki River. After a couple of hours of walking, you will reach to Syangmochen. Syangmochen bestows a great view of Himalayan Panaroma including the mountains like Nilgiri, Thorung and Tilicho. Then you move towards Geiling. You ascend a small hill and then descend all the way down to Geiling. 

Once you reach Geiling, you can hike around the village in the evening. You can visit to the monasteries lying on the top of the village with the backdrop of amazing mountains.

Day 07:: Trek to Charang 3,490m/11,450ft 6-7 hrs trek

You leave Geiling early in the morning so that you can avoid the powerful wind later on the day while you cross the Jwoyte La Pass(3851m). This Pass is the highest point of the trek. Then you start descending until you reach the beautiful village of Ghami. From Ghami, it is going to be an uphill ascend until you reach Tsharang. You will pass through Dhakmar; another important landmark from the time of Guru Padmasambhav on the way.

Day 08:: Trek to Lo Manthang 3,730m/12,237ft

Today you trek to your ultimate destination of the trek. You will ascend and descends on some part while most of day you walk on plain land. After 5-6 hours of walking, you will reach Lo-Manthang. You can use the rest of the day for rest or you can walk take a walk around the Wall City.

Day 09:: Explore around Lomanthang

Today, you will hike to Chosar a nearby village where you will visit a cave. The Zhong Cave is belived to be an artificial cave made by locals in ancient time for their protection when the village was attacked. The cave has more than 100 rooms. There is also a monastery nearby the cave. Then you return to Lo-Manthang. On your way back, you will visit to the Nyamgel Monastery. 

We will also explore the city of Lomanthang. You will have a guided tour of the Wall City. You will visit to Thupchen Monastery; the biggest monastery of the region. You will also visit to a Tibetan Hospital that practices Amchi treatment. You will take walk inside the city where you will explore the lifestyle and culture of the locals. You will also see the palace of the King of Lo-Manthang. You will also visit the museum Lo-Manthang. 

Day 10:: Trek to Ghami via Ghar Gompa 6-7 hrs trek

Today, you leave Lomanthang and start your trek back. You will walk for around 6 hours. You will visit to Ghar Gompa on the way, the oldest monastery of the region built back in 8th century. You will cross Ghami La Pass (3800m) and from there it’s almost the downhill walk till Ghami. You can visit the monastery nearby the village.

Day 11:: Trek to Samar 3620m 5-6 hrs trek

You ascend till Jwoyte La Pass and desend till Geiling. From there it is a short uphill walk then again a downhill walk till Chunksi Cave. From there you walk uphill and cross a pass and then descend downhill until you reach Samar. You will walk for around 7 hours today.

Day 12:: Trek to Kagbeni 5-6 hrs trek

It is almost downhill steep walk above the cliff of Kaligandaki River until you reach Chele. Then you will walk alongside the bank of the river until Chuksang. Then with some normal ascends and descends you will emerge at Kagbeni exiting from the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Today you will walk for around 7 hours. 

Day 13:: Trek to Jomsom 5-6 hrs trek

Today’s walk is quite easy. With almost no ascends or descends, you will walk on the plain lands alongside the river. You will reach Jomsom enjoying the scenic view of mountains in around 5 hours walk.

Day 14:: Fly to Pokhara

With a 15 minutes flight from the windy city Jomsom, you will land on Pokhara. You can celebrate the end of your trek in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is an exotic place to overcome the tiredness of the trek.

Day 15:: Drive back to Kathmandu

Today we drive back to Kathmandu along Prithiwi Highway. Enjoy the drive. As we arrive to Kathmandu we will check into our hotel in the city. Evening on your own.

Day 16:: Depart Kathmandu

Our representative will escort to the airport for the final see off to your onward destination. Have a safe flight and visit Nepal time and again we have much more to show.

  • Group Size During Trek
    Trekking in Nepal is regarded as rewarding experience for the nature lovers. In our featured website products, we generally run the trip with the minimum of 2 persons in a group. The given program is just a suggested itinerary which can be customized as per the client’s preference.  However, if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families for any number of people we would be happy to arrange a personalized trip only for you in your suitable period of time.

    We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

    Normally for a group, we provide 1 main guide, 1 assistance guide along with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. Moreover, for every additional 2 trekkers, 1 more assistance and a porter will be provided.

  • Trek Guides and staff.
    For trekking, we provide local experienced trek guide who can communicate well with the guests and explain well about the trails, customs and traditions of the local community living in the area. The role of the trek leader is to ensure that the trip runs smoothly. He will share their local knowledge, co-ordinate the day to day running of the tour. If you have any problems on the tour, please let your Trek Leader know so that steps can be taken to put it right.

    We are a well stabilized adventure company and we employed professional trek leader (who are based on English speaking and few are multi-lingual's) and required crew member (they have basic knowledge of communication). We also provide the training to our staff increasing their work efficiency. And our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have good chance to learn Nepali phrases, cultural things and more on your Trekking.
  • Ecstatic Himalaya trained its guide/trekking staff on following course.

  • Trekking Guide Training & licensed- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • English Language KEEP
  • Conservation & Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

  • Trip safety
    Once, you confirm your trip, it is our responsibility to make your trip wonderful without creating any difficulties. Hence, we have prepared our itinerary in such a way that it will properly acclimatize you. Also, we request you in advance to have regular exercises and make habits to walk in a daily basis. Similarly, during trek, you will be fully guided by our professional trekking guides and supporting team. They are properly trained in regards to safety and first aid. Even, we have every set up in case of emergency such as high altitude medicine and Gammow Bag (High altitude Chamber bag). Please note High altitude Chamber Bag is used to provide heat in your body and it is available on certain cost. Moreover, to let you familiar with altitude, you are suggested to walk slow and steady and ensure for proper acclimatization.

  • Climate and weather condition during trek
    Weather in the mountains is extremely unpredictable. The nights are generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected!

    Everest Base Camp trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.

  • Permits and Fees
    In Nepal, you most require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. In case of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.

  • Travel Insurance
    While travelling to Nepal, you are requested to have a travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and required to issue from your home land and we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    Travelling in the Himalayas is full of adventurous; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. Your insurer should be well familiar with our itinerary that you have booked and must have agreed to cover all activities being undertaken during trip. Meantime, it is not compulsory that our all the assigned trip are facilities with Heli-rescue. You will not require heli rescue insurance for Tibet Tour as it is not possible to provide such facility.

  • Altitude Mountain sickness
    AMS is the abbreviation for Acute Mountain sickness also termed as the High Altitude Sickness. AMS is one of the challenges that the trekkers/ climbers might face during their climb in the mountains. As you reach higher in the altitude the oxygen level gradually decreases. If a person tries to climb too quickly then there is a higher chance of getting AMS. The major symptoms of AMS is headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, difficulty in sleeping. However, AMS can be avoided by using some precautionary measures such as drinking plenty of water, eating enough food and walking in the steady pace. Our experienced guides who have been working in the Himalayas will help and instruct you for further measures.

    Ecstatic Himalaya will provide a well-qualified and experienced guide who has a good knowledge about AMS as they can recognize the early symptoms and advise medications for instant relief. We have designed our trips in such a way that the clients get full acclimatization and proper rest. You will also be provided with a Gamow bag upon request at an additional charge which is considered a major gear to reduce the effect of AMS. In the worst case scenario, we shall arrange a rescue and evacuation using a helicopter whose cost should be covered by your travel insurance.

  • Acclimatization
    We are experts at operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our treks are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

  • Physical Fitness
    We strongly recommend our clients for consulting the doctor before planning your holidays. You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal. Your doctor will advise current inoculation requirements. If a doctor has recommended against travel or indicated travel may be inconvenient then inform us of the details. On all trekking and exploratory trips technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination. We strictly maintain hygiene foods on the trek. We carry extensive medical kits and, if the need should ever arise, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter. We run regular first aid courses for our all trekking guides and Sherpa helpers.

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