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17 Days

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang trek offers a spectacular trekking experience in the remote trans-Himalayan mountain region of Nepal. The 17-day trip begins in Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then we drive to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and begin trekking. Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because it wasn’t until the 1990s that tourists were allowed to enter the region. While trekking in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, we can admire the uniqueness of tree-less landscape, rocky trails and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayas.

Mustang- ‘the land beyond the mountains or the last forbidden kingdom’ is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the entire world. The barren landscape is an amazing place to indulge in with the never ending natural beauty that has been formed from thousands of years. The land lies just behind the entire Annapurna massif with amazing board desert landscapes that expands till Tibet and further. The land is mystic, mysterious and full of ancient cultures that still exist and practiced till date. It has its own kingdom and its own king too. In present context the land is ruled by Jigme Palbar Bista. The capital of this forbidden kingdom is Lo Manthang which is our last stop point. Some of the important sites to see here are the chortens and monasteries that have been well preserved from thousands of years. Once it was a major trade route between Nepal and Tibet this place still acts the same in current date also. Some of the mysterious sites like hanging caves that have been carved in the high cliffs will certainly attract any traveler’s attention. The most important and interesting thing about this place is that people still follow the same practice the same kind of lifestyle and culture they have been following since ancient ages.
The trek usually starts from the deepest Kaligandaki region to the highest region in the world till Lo-Manthang at height of around 3800m. The trek offers views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Every year Mustang attracts hundreds of tourists and pilgrims in a special festival called Tiji Festival. Tiji festival is a special ritual also called ‘The chasing of the Demos’ which is celebrated by the end of dry season mainly in May on a full moon day and lasts for three day. The festival takes place in square in front of the King’s Palace within the city walls and is celebrated with huge joy. Tiji Festival acts as an important factor proving that Mustang has been preserving the lost culture till date.

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek
  • Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours
  • Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization
  • Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
  • Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Final departure

Trip Itinerary


  • 1

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    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

    After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Random Adventures who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by Random Adventures. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Included meals:Dinner

  • 2

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    Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at Random Adventures’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Included meals:Breakfast

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    Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours

    We have breakfast then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight in Pokhara.
    Included meals:Breakfast

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    Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek

    Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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    Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

    We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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    Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours

    Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

  • 7

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    Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours

    We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village. Overnight in Ghami.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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    Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours

    Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

  • 9

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    Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours

    We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

  • 10

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    Day 10: : Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization

    Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

  • 11

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    Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours

    We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar for an overnight stay.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

  • 12

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    Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours

    We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village around the evening. Overnight in Ghiling.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

  • 13

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    Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

    We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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    Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours

    Today is the last day of our trek and it is a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.
    Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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    Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.
    Included meals:Breakfast

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    Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Included meals:Breakfast Dinner

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    Day 17: Final departure

    Our Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Random Adventures will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal.
    Included meals:Breakfast

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