Upper Mustang

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At a glance

  • Go back centuries to see undiluted Tibetan culture in Nepal
  • Trek the famous salt route between China and India
  • Explore Lo Manthang, the ancient capital of the region
  • See Tibetan monks going about their daily lives
  • Fly through the Himalayas to and from the trek
  • Explore Kathmandu and some of its 7 World Heritage Sites

Why this tour?

It is impossible to over state how magical this adventure is. Upper Mustang is famous for many things; specifically the undiluted Tibetan culture seen almost no where else on Earth these days. You trek the ancient salt route, where traders brought Himalayan pink salt into Nepal and India from Tibet. Along the way you will see traditional Tibetan mud stoned homes and towering brown mud cliffs, backdropped by the massive Himalayas. When you reach Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang, you will be taken back centuries to a medieval citadel


  • Go back centuries to see undiluted Tibetan culture in Nepal
  • Trek the famous salt route between China and India
  • Explore Lo Manthang, the ancient capital of the region
  • See Tibetan monks going about their daily lives
  • Fly through the Himalayas to and from the trek
  • Explore Kathmandu and some of its 7 World Heritage Sites


  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Hotel Manaslu and Mount Kailash or equivalent. Breakfast included
  • Accommodations on the trek. Teahouses in a twin share basis
  • Airport / Hotel pick up and drop off service by private vehicle
  • All meals during the trek
  • Fully qualified guides to lead the group
  • Porters to carry group personal equipment during the trek
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Extensive first aid kit for all clients
  • Domestic flight to and from Pokhara
  • Domestic flight to and from Jomsom
  • Free water throughout the trek from our advanced water filters (MSR Guardian)


  • International flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (allow USD 10-15 per meal)
  • Bottled water, carbonated and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Travel and medical Insurance (covering rescues)


Day One - Arrive in Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. Our Mountain Quests team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Today is a free day to rest from your flight, settle in, check your gear and perhaps some last minute shopping while in the Capital for your upcoming trek. In the evening we’ll have a group briefing for the trip, where we can all meet each other and discuss the trek in detail.

Day Two - Travel to Pokhara

You will head to Pokhara by internal flight. You’ll get to Pokhara mid-afternoon where you’ll have the chance to explore Nepal’s second city.

Day Three - Travel to Jomsom (25 mins flight), trek to Kagbeni (2,800m, 3 hours)

You will start your day with a short and very scenic flight to Jomsom. From here your journey will begin, trekking to Kagbeni. It’s roughly a 2-hour trek from Jomsom to get here, where we’ll stop for the day. We’ll prepare for the excitement of tomorrow, when we enter the restricted, and previously forbidden, kingdom of Mustang. (Please note alternative transport arrangements in case of bad weather – explained at end of detailed itinerary)

Day Four - Trek to Chele (3,050m, 7 hours)

The trail today involves a fair amount of climbing to start with but rewards you when you arrive to the village of Tangbe (3060m). In Tangbe, you will get your first sight of the black, white and red chortens (stone Buddhist monuments) that symbolize upper Mustang.
One hour beyond Tangbe, you arrive at the second village of Chhuksang (2980m) at the joining of the Narshing Khola and Kali Gandaki rivers. Your first day of trekking ends in the village of Chele, which boasts several lodges and teashops along with a few campsites.

Day Five - Trek to Geling (3,500m, 6 hours)

From here you will be trekking through high altitude country, climbing in and out of the huge valleys made by the Kali Gandaki. Todays trek starts with a climb up a steep spur to a cairn and a spectacular view of Ghyakar. From here the climb continues up a steep canyon to another cairn, then a gradual decent to the village of Samar (3620m). Once past Samar, you will hike on and through Bhena (3860m), Yamdo (3920m) and Shyangmochen (3800m). From here you trek on to the picturesque village of Geling (3570m) and stop for the day so you may enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside and visit the large red gompa (Tibetan Buddhist temple), which overlooks the valley.

Day Six - Trek to Ghemi (3,645m, 6 hours)

Today is an exciting day! From Geling your trek starts with a gentle climb through the center of the valley, this leads to a tough climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La Pass (4020m), the southern boundary of Lo. As you continue on you will get a break as you gently descend for roughly an hour before dropping steeply into the village of Ghemi (3510m), the third largest village in Mustang.

Day Seven - Trek to Tsarang (3,550m, 6 hours)

The trail out of Ghemi brings many spectacular views along the way to the town of Tsarang (3575m), the second largest town in the kingdom and the formal capital. After setting up camp you can explore the huge five story dzong (fortified palace) and striped gompa which loom on the eastern end of Tsarang and its maze of houses, fields and willow trees separated by stone walls.

Day Eight - Trek to Lo Manthang (3,800m, 6 hours)

As you pick up the trail out of Tsarang, you get to enjoy a fairly easy day of through the valleys before reaching the border to Lo Manthang. From here you will travel through a desert-like landscape painted in every hue of grey and yellow you can imagine before arriving just in time for the start of the Tiji Festival.

Day Nine & Ten - Tiji Festival

the next two days are yours to witness and enjoy the incredible Tiji Festival, that celebrates the myth of the “Chasing of the Demons”. The story and events of the myth are re-enacted through the next 2 days and you will see many Buddhist displays that you will not witness anywhere else on Earth.

Day Eleven - Trek to Drakmar (3,810m, 7 hours)

Today begins the trek back to Kagbeni, the trail out climbs steadily to a cairn on a pass at 4000m, which offers you one last glimpse of Lo Manthang. As you continue to climb to the head of the valley you cross the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on the trek. Along your trek back you pass many Buddhist monuments and temples, most significantly Ghar Gompa. The gompa is affiliated with the Nyingma lineage, one of the oldest in Mustang and contains hundreds of painted carved stones in wooden frames displayed in the main chapel. Once past Ghar Gompa, you hike to Drakmar (3810m) where you will rest for the day.

Day Twelve - Trek to Shyangmochen (3,475m, 6 hours)

Upon leaving Drakmar, your hike brings you back Ghemi and onto the initial trail taken and finally ending the day in Shyangmochen to rest.

Day Thirteen - Trek to Chhuksang (3050m, 6 hours)

Your trek takes you back through the villages of Yamdo, Bhena, Samar and Chele and ends in Chhuksang.

Day Fourteen - Trek to Jomsom (2,700m, 7 hours)

Your final trekking day will take you from Chhuksang back to Kagbeni where you will exit the restricted areas and head back to Jomsom. You’ll spend the night here.

Day Fifteen - Pokhara then on to Kathmandu

The day will begin with a morning flight to Pokhara, followed by a flight to Kathmandu to arrive in the evening. (Please note alternative transport arrangements in case of bad weather – explained at end of detailed itinerary). It is possible to fly back home from Kathmandu today if we are not delayed by weather until now. Please purchase open return flight tickets so that you can change your flight if you decide to fly home today.

Day Sixteen - Kathmandu sightseeing

Today is yours to explore the capital, check out one of the many World Heritage sites or to catch up on some gift shopping for loved ones. We’ll ensure you get to the airport in time for your flights today.

Days Seventeen/Eighteen - Contingency days

These are two additional days required should we need to drive from Pokhara to Jomsom on day 3, and the same again from Jomsom to Pokhara on day 14. If the weather is bad and we cannot fly then driving will add a day for each of these journeys, requiring an addition of 2 days to the itinerary. The price of the trip will not be affected. We suggest that you book international flights with flexible return date changes.


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