Upper Mustang Trek | Life-Changing Trekking Route

17 Days

The Upper Mustang trek is a popular trekking route in the Mustang region of Nepal that offers a unique opportunity to explore the remote and culturally rich areas of the Himalayas. This ancient kingdom once was an important crossroads for trade and culture between Tibet and Nepal and offers intrepid travelers a journey back in time.

Upper mustang trek is one of the most popular trek now a days. you can see beutiful view of Lo mangtahng.

Tucked away behind towering mountains and distinct desert-like landscapes, Upper Mustang invites trekkers to explore its hidden monasteries, intricately carved caves, and traditional villages that seem to have defied the passage of time. Setting foot on the Upper Mustang trek is like entering a living museum. The trail winds through ancient villages and settlements that have preserved their Tibetan culture for centuries.

The landscape of the Upper Mustang region is equally enchanting. The journey begins in lower altitudes with green valleys and terraced fields, gradually transitioning into a barren, almost desert-like terrain as you ascend. The deep reds, muted yellows, and rich earth tones of the arid landscape create a canvas that’s both stark and stunning.

one of the most beautiful view of mustang.

While the Upper Mustang trek rewards adventurers with intriguing vistas and cultural immersion, it’s important to remember that this journey is not without its challenges. The trek encompasses high altitudes, challenging terrain, and the need for proper acclimatization. Obtaining the necessary permits and arranging logistics through registered trekking agencies is crucial, both for safety and to ensure a respectful and sustainable experience that supports the local communities and environment.

So let’s begin the journey of Upper Mustang trek to wind up through the desert of Nepal through Himalayan 360.

Best season for the Upper Mustang Trek

The best time for the Upper Mustang trek is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). In these seasons, you will find the most favorable time to trek. The region comes to life with colorful flowers and lush vegetation. However, at this time the flow of tourists is high so if you are a traveler wanting to experience less crowd this might not be the best option.

Monsoon, however, can be another option for Upper Mustang trek as it barely rains in those areas. But make sure the accommodations are open as it is the off-season so it might be the difficulty.


Permits required for Upper Mustang trek

The Upper Mustang trek generally requires two permits. One being ACAP and the other being Restricted Area Permit (RAP).

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

This permit is required for entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the Upper Mustang region. The conservation area is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and aims to protect the environment and biodiversity of the region.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

The most significant permit required for the Upper Mustang Trek is the Restricted Area Permit. This permit is issued by the Nepalese government and is designed explicitly for visiting restricted areas like the Upper Mustang. It’s intended to control the number of tourists and protect the unique cultural heritage of the region.

No TIMS or Trekkers Information Management System card is required for Upper Mustang as the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is sufficient as it provides details of the trekker and their destination in case of an emergency or problem.

What do I need to do to get the Upper Mustang trek permit?

Required permit for Upper Mustang Motorbike tour.

To obtain the necessary permits for the Upper Mustang Trek, you’ll need to follow specific procedures and provide the required documents.
Choose a Trekking Agency:
While it’s possible to obtain permits individually, it’s often more convenient to work with a registered trekking agency in Nepal. They can handle the permit process on your behalf and provide you with guidance and support during the trek.
Required Documents:
Prepare the following documents and information:
A valid passport with at least six months’ validity from your planned entry date.
Passport-sized photographs (usually 2 to 4 photos).
Your travel itinerary, including details about your trek, entry and exit points, and duration of stay.

Trip info


Upper Mustang is located in the northwestern part of Nepal, bordering Tibet (China). It used to be an ancient Himalayan kingdom and still retains much of its Tibetan cultural heritage. The Upper Mustang trek is a perfect way to experience a remote and culturally rich part of Nepal.

It offers a traveler a stunning blend of natural landscapes and also a deep dive into Tibetan Buddhist culture. Whereas, Trekkers should be physically fit, prepared, and aware of the altitude challenges, but don’t worry the rewards of your hard work are worth the effort as you’ll experience once-in-a-lifetime views.

The trek is generally of 10-15 days and showcases one of the best landscapes of Nepal. It is very necessary to know the proper gear, season, and things required in the trek to have a smooth trek.


  • Upper Mustang is often referred to as a "Hidden Kingdom" due to its preserved Tibetan culture. You'll have the opportunity to explore ancient monasteries, interact with local residents, and witness unique traditions that have been passed down for centuries.
  • The walled city of Lo Manthang, once the capital of the Mustang kingdom, is home to intricately designed monasteries, historic palaces, and narrow alleys that give you a glimpse into the region's royal past.
  • The unique architecture of upper mustang is worth to watch which reflects Tibetan influence.
  • The trek takes you through several ancient Buddhist monasteries, including Ghar Gompa and Tsarang Gompa, which are adorned with colorful murals, statues, and artifacts that provide insights into the local spiritual practices.
  • The barren yet captivating landscape of Upper Mustang is unlike any other. You'll walk through deep gorges, encounter towering rock formations, cross high passes, and witness the stark beauty of the Himalayan desert.
  • The play of light and shadows against the stark landscapes, the vibrant colors of prayer flags against the blue sky, and the architectural intricacies all provide fantastic opportunities for photography.


Day 1:
Arrived in Kathmandu

When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan 360 will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel. After checking in, you can rest or, with the guide, visit Himalayan 360’s office in Thamel a part of Kathmandu in the tourist district.
There are many shops and restaurants. The shops are colourful and full of pashminas, slippers, trekking equipment, and felt items. The restaurants serve European as well as Nepalese meals. ATMs are plentiful should you require them. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan 360 where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food.

Day 2:
In Kathmandu with Optional Sightseeing Tour and Trek Preparations

Spend the day in Kathmandu. You have the option for a sightseeing tour to explore the city’s cultural and historical sites, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also, use this day for trek preparations, such as obtaining permits and finalizing gear.

Day 3:
Drive from Kathmandu(1400m) to Pokhara(850m)

Altitude: 820 meters (2,690 feet)
Distance: Approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles)
Drive: Approximately 6-7 hours
Today, you’ll embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a city nestled beside Phewa Lake, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. Enjoy the picturesque journey and check into your hotel in Pokhara. Relax and soak in the serene atmosphere by the lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4:
Drive to Kagbeni(2800m) and Rest

Altitude: Kagbeni 2,800 meters (9,186 feet)
Distance: Approximately 210 kilometers (130 miles)
Drive: Approximately 8-10 hours
Your journey continues as you leave Pokhara and head towards Kagbeni in the Mustang region. The road offers breathtaking views of Nepal’s landscapes, and you’ll eventually arrive in Kagbeni, situated at an altitude of 2,800 meters. Use this day to rest and acclimatize to the higher elevation, and explore the unique charm of Kagbeni. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 5:
Trek from Kagbeni to Chele(3050m)

Altitude: Chele 3,050 meters (10,006 feet)
Distance: Approximately 14 kilometers (8.7 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
Today marks the beginning of your trek into the Upper Mustang region. You’ll cross the Kali Gandaki River and officially enter this restricted area. Your destination is Chele, a picturesque village adorned with traditional Mustang architecture. As you gain altitude, the landscapes around you begin to transform. Overnight in Chele.

Day 6:
Trek from Chele to Syangboche(3475m)

Altitude: Syanboche 3,475 meters (11,398 feet)
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers (9.3 miles)
Trekking Hours: 6-7 hours
Your trek continues, taking you through varied terrains and crossing several passes. The trail leads to Syanboche, a settlement perched at an elevation of 3,475 meters. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique culture and customs of Upper Mustang. Overnight in Syanboche.

Day 7:
Trek from Syangboche to Ghami(3520m)

Altitude: Ghyami 3,520 meters (11,549 feet)
Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers (8.1 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
Your journey unfolds as you trek toward Ghyami, encountering intriguing rock formations and ancient villages along the way. The route offers glimpses of the mesmerizing red cliffs of Tsarang, adding to the mystique of your adventure. Overnight in Ghyami.

Day 8:
Trek from Ghami to Charang(3560m)

Altitude: Charang 3,560 meters (11,680 feet)
Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
The trekking path leads you deeper into the heart of Mustang as you make your way to Charang. This historic village is known for its massive white Dzong (fortress) and is a testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the village and its architectural marvels. Overnight in Charang.

Day 9:
Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang(3810m)

Altitude: Lo Manthang 3,810 meters (12,500 feet)
Distance: Approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)
Trekking Hours: 4-5 hours
Today, you’ll reach the highlight of your journey, Lo Manthang. The trek takes you through captivating landscapes, and as you approach Lo Manthang, the anticipation builds. This ancient walled city, adorned with monasteries and unique architecture, awaits your exploration. Spend the evening immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 10:
Acclimatization day at Lo-Manthang

Take a well-deserved rest day to explore the treasures of Lo Manthang. Visit the monasteries, interact with the locals, and immerse yourself in the ancient traditions of the region. This day offers a unique opportunity to delve into the history and culture of Upper Mustang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 11:
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Dhamkar(3820m)

Altitude: Dhakmar 3,820 meters (12,533 feet)
Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers (8.1 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
After your enriching stay in Lo Manthang, you’ll begin your journey back. Today’s trek takes you to Dhakmar, where you can retrace your steps and appreciate the ever-changing landscapes. Enjoy the sense of familiarity along the trail. Overnight in Dhakmar.

Day 12:
Trek from Dhamkar to Syangboche(3750m)

Altitude: Syanmochen 3,750 meters (12,303 feet)
Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
Continuing your descent, you’ll trek back to Syanmochen, revisiting places you’ve passed on your way to Lo Manthang. The journey allows you to reflect on the memories you’ve created and bid farewell to the captivating landscapes of Upper Mustang. Overnight in Syanmochen.

Day 13:
Trek from Syangboche to Chhusang(3050m)

Altitude: Chhusang 3,050 meters (10,006 feet)
Distance: Approximately 14 kilometers (8.7 miles)
Trekking Hours: 6-7 hours
Your trek retraces its path further downhill as you make your way back to Chhusang. The scenery may feel somewhat different as you descend, offering new perspectives on the landscape. Overnight in Chhusang.

Day 14:
Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom(2720m)

Altitude: Jomsom 2,720 meters (8,924 feet)
Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
Your trekking adventure nears its conclusion as you return to Jomsom, a significant hub in the region. This marks the end of your trekking journey through the Upper Mustang. Reflect on the unique experiences and stunning landscapes you’ve encountered along the way. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 15:
Fly Back to Pokhara

Altitude: Pokhara 820 meters (2,690 feet)
Short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Today, you’ll take a short and scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, offering a final glimpse of the Mustang region from the air. Upon arriving in Pokhara, you can unwind, enjoy a leisurely afternoon, and celebrate the successful completion of your trek. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 16:
Drive Back to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1,400 meters (4,593 feet)
Distance: Approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles)
Drive: Approximately 6-7 hours
After breakfast, embark on a drive back to Kathmandu. This journey allows you to reminisce about your trekking adventure while enjoying the changing scenery. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can relax, do some last-minute shopping, or explore the city further. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17:
Final Departure

Today is the last day of our Trip, it is the time to say goodbye and return to the real world. If you have some time left, you can do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing around the hotel. A representative from Himalayan 360 will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport 3 hours before your departure.


Cost Includes

  • Airport transfer by private vehicle
  • Sim card with 9GB internet Data
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in kathmandu with cultural dance
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara -Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Jomsom by jeep and Jomsom to Pokhara By Flights
  • 3Nights accommodation in kathmandu including breakfast(3star)
  • 2nights accommodation in pokhara including breakfast(3star)
  • Accommodation on Tea House ( Lodge ) 11Nights
  • High Experienced Government Licensed Guide and Necessary porter during the trek(2:1).
  • Annapurna National park Fees
  • Mustang special permit ($500/p)
  • Duffel bag (50L), Trekking pole, Jacket, Sleeping bag, water purification tab, crampons (need to return after trek)
  • TIMS card ( Trekkers Information Management System)
  • Staff insurance, food, accommodation, transportation.
  • All Government local Taxes
  • First Aid kit

Cost Excludes

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary). All meal during the trek
  • INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  • RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility during the trek is not included.
  • EXTRA PORTER : $25 USD for an extra porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
  • TIPS : Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.


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How difficult is the Upper Mustang trek?

The Upper Mustang trek has a difficulty grade of moderate level. This is not as comfortable as the easy treks nor as difficult as the strenuous level treks.

Is Upper Mustang trek worth it?

The Upper Mustang trek provides an incredible cultural experience, breathtaking Himalayan scenery, and a wealthy human civilizational history. It is definitely a worthy trek.

Why is Upper Mustang expensive?

Due to its remote location and challenging terrain, the cost of trekking to Upper Mustang can be higher than other popular treks in Nepal.

Is it easy for non Nepalis to enter Upper Mustang?

Yes, all non-Nepalis need permits to enter Upper Mustang. The process of permit requirement is quite easy if you contact a travel agency.

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