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Upper Mustang Trek - 15 Days | Cost and Itinerary

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration15 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 3,932 m/12,900 ft (Nyi La)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Drive Kathmandu-Pokhara & Pokhara-Jomsom Flight
  • Best Season Spring, Autumn & Summer/Monsoon
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Trek in a trans-Himalayan region, also known as the rain shadow area
  • Scenic flight to/from Pokhara to Jomsom with excellent aerial views of the mountains
  • Trek through beautiful villages, observing the daily lifestyle of the locals
  • Witness arid landscape, huge rock formations, and towering mountains along the trail
  • Visit hundreds of centuries-old monasteries and sky caves
  • Trek through gorges and canyons; enjoy the offbeat trek
  • The undiscovered and uncrowded trekking region close to the Tibetan border
  • Come across the yak caravan and explore the old trade route
  • Cross-high mountain pass, thrilling suspension bridges, and sand fields
  • Explore Lo Manthang, the last forbidden kingdom

"The Upper Mustang trek is an expedition like no other- an unparalleled opportunity to witness the remarkable fusion of culture and nature. For the adventure seeker, this trek offers an exhilarating and challenging journey through untamed terrains. And for the culture enthusiast, the trek presents an opportunity to immerse into the ancient heritage of the Kingdom of Lo Manthang."

Upper Mustang is one of the hidden jewels of Nepal, packed with mysteries and undiscovered sky caves. The region is home to Lo Manthang (3,840 m/12,598 ft), the walled city. It is also known as the last forbidden kingdom. Trekking in the upper Mustang was opened in 1992, and before that, the region was forbidden to enter. Join us on this magical and adventurous upper Mustang trek 2024/2025 departures for a lifetime journey.

The upper Mustang route traverses northwest of the famous Annapurna circuit trail. Located in the rainshadow area, the upper Mustang boasts arid landscapes. Geographically and culturally, this part of Nepal is nothing like you have ever seen. The terrain and climate match the Tibetan topography. You will see huge rocks, barren hills, sand fields, deep canyons, and gorges.

Traversing through the rugged terrain, you'll find yourself amidst a realm untouched by time, where traditions and customs have thrived for centuries, undisturbed by the outside world. At the core of the region lies the rich Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage. The lifestyle of the locals and their beliefs & customs all have remained the same. The trail is dotted with centuries-old monasteries, mani walls, chortens, stupas, and prayer flags.

Beyond the cultural splendors, the upper Mustang trek 15 days unfolds some of the world's most magnificent mountain ranges. As you traverse the rugged trails, you will come across panoramic vistas that stretch across the horizon. The towering peaks like Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,166 ft), Annapurna (8,091 m/26,545 ft), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,545 ft), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m/23,406 ft), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m/22,703 ft), Fishtail (6,993 m/22,943 ft), and more are seen along the trail. Each step taken is a chance to witness nature's grandeur at its finest.

We take an acclimatization day in Lo Manthang, which allows you to get close to the locals and explore the surrounding area, including Tingkhar, the last village in the area. Namgyal Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, Thugchen Gompa, Ghar Gompa, Amchi (traditional Tibetan doctor) museum, etc are some of the major attractions. Ghar Gompa is a 1,200-year-old monastery. Likewise, you will follow ancient trade routes at some points, cross mountain passes and suspension bridges, and explore Chhoser Cave.

How do I get fit for the upper Mustang trek?

If you happen to reside anywhere other than the Himalayas, preparing your legs for higher altitudes can be quite a challenge. Unless you've trekked at higher altitudes before, fully acclimatizing for your adventure might prove difficult. So, to prepare for upper Mustang trek, you can go on regular long walks and exercise. Do cardio and work on your core strength. You have to focus on building your stamina, endurance, and walking hours. Remember that trekking is a journey meant to be enjoyed at a relaxed pace.

Join Upper Mustang trek with Nature Excursion

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey of a lifetime—a voyage to the mystical realm of Upper Mustang! Join us on our upcoming Upper Mustang trek in 2024/2025, where we invite you to unlock the secrets of one of Nepal's most secluded and enchanting regions.

Our team of expert guides will lead you through the rugged and arid terrain, guiding you past towering cliffs and peculiar rock formations that seem to tell tales of an ancient past. As you trek deeper into this remote trans-Himalayan mountain area, hidden caves & monasteries await your exploration, adorned with intricate carvings and vibrant prayer flags fluttering in the gentle mountain breeze.

This 15-day adventure is an exhilarating blend of excitement and discovery, offering glimpses into the captivating heritage of the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang. The journey will lead you to breathtaking mountain views. Whether you seek cultural immersion, an adventure through rugged terrain, or simply a chance to be one with nature's wonders, this trek has it all.

So, contact us today to be a part of this transformative expedition and embark on an unforgettable odyssey of the hidden treasures of Upper Mustang!

Benefits of doing upper Mustang trekking with us and add-ons

We offer a comprehensive upper Mustang trek package at the best cost. Trekking with us in Nepal will let you travel freely, as our team will take care of all the trek arrangements. You will not be liable for any hidden costs or policies, as we are quite transparent. Likewise, our team is very reliable and experienced, so we assure you of a safe trekking venture.

Below are some of the benefits you will get by trekking with Nature Excursion:

  • free farewell dinner
  • free airport pickup and drop-off
  • flexible itinerary
  • budget-friendly trekking packages
  • duffel bag and company t-shirt (you have to return the duffel bag at the end of the trek and keep the t-shirt with yourself)
  • fix departure
  • 24/7 support
  • no hidden costs
  • native guides & porters

These are some of our add-ons that you can combine with your package

  • extend the itinerary to other nearby trails such as Annapurna circuit, Tilicho Lake, Annapurna base camp, Nar Phu valley, Dolpo region, etc
  • add day activities in Kathmandu like helicopter tour to EBC, Everest experience flight, cooking class, local market tour, etc
  • add day activities in Pokhara like paragliding, bungee jumping, ultra-light mountain flight, etc
Upper Mustang Trek - 15 Days | Cost and Itinerary pictures and video



In the morning, we will leave Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara. The ride follows verdant hillsides and goes along Trishuli river. You will witness beautiful views of green hills, waterfalls, and terraced fields on the way. Pokhara will welcome us with stunning mountain views of Fishtail, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. In the evening, we will explore the Lakeside Market and Phewa Lake.

  • Max. Altitude:820 m/2,690 ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:6/7 hours

In the morning, we will take a short flight to Jomsom, the starting point of our trek. From here, the trek begins to Kagbeni village. The flight offers a breathtaking aerial panorama of the western Himalayan mountains. From Jomsom, the trail ascends via uneven cliffside and narrow alleys. We can see views of mountains like Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and Dhaulagiri on the way.

  • Max. Altitude:2,800 m/9,500 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:25 minutes flight & 4 hours trek

The trail from Kagbeni goes up the river valley and follows the high trail, revealing arid landscapes. As the trail progresses, we will come across caves and Gompa Kang (monastery), which belongs to Nyingmapa. In Tangbe village, we will take a lunch break and continue trekking via a maze of narrow alleys and apple orchards to Chuksang village. This village is located at the junction of Narshing Khola and Kali Gandaki.

  • Max. Altitude:2,980 m/9,777 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:4-5 hours

The route to Samar village offers a change in the topography and lifestyle of the locals. The area gets very remote gradually, which we can notice because of scattered, small settlements and many isolated areas. On the way, we will come across a tunnel made from the massive red fallen cliff. We will cross a suspension bridge and gradually ascend on a steep trail to Chele. The trail then ascends along a steep canyon to a pass and descends to Samar village.

  • Max. Altitude:3,150 m/10,332 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:5-6 hours

We will ascend to a ride from where a stunning landscape is visible. From here, the trail drops down to a deep gorge. We trek past old stupas, chortens, and mani walls. Soon, the trail enters a valley filled with juniper trees. We will cross a stream and keep climbing, enjoying lovely views. The trail then descends to Shyangmochen and continues to Ghilling, passing by Rangbyung cave.

  • Max. Altitude:3,510 m/11,513 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:5-6 hours

From Ghilling to Tsarang, you will trek through fields and pass by Tama Gaun. On this day, you will touch the highest point of the upper Mustang trek, Nyi La pass. The mountain view from this pass is spectacular. From the pass, the trail descends, and you will reach a junction in 30 minutes. It's a direct path from this point to Tsarang.

  • Max. Altitude:3,932 m/12,900 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:6-7 hours

Leaving Tsarang, descend to Charang Chu canyon and follow a steep uphill route crossing a river. We can see striking views of Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Bhrikuti Peak, and Tilicho Peak on the way. We gradually ascend to the top of La La pass (3,850 m), from where we can see a superb view of Lo Manthang. Further, the trail descends and follows a long mani wall to Lo Manthang.

  • Max. Altitude:3,840 m/12,598 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:5 hours

We have a rest day in Lo Manthang. On this day, we will explore many ancient gompas and caves. We will begin the hike by visiting an old Namgyal monastery located on top of a hill. It is also a court of justice for locals. The next place we'll visit is Tingkhar, northwest of Lo-Manthang.

We have an alternative option to explore Tall Champa Lhakhang, a revered temple also known as the "God house". Likewise, we can visit Chyodi Gompa, Thugchen Gompa, and the Entrance Hall. Spending two nights in one place also let us have a close look at the daily lifestyle of the villagers.

  • Max. Altitude:3,840 m/12,598 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:3-4 hours

From Lo Manthang, we will take a different route and trek to Dhakmar. The trail goes via Gyakar, where we will visit the ancient Ghar Gompa. It is more than 1,200 years old. On the way, we can enjoy excellent views and peace.

  • Max. Altitude:3810 m/12,500 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:6-7 hours

Crossing several streams and trekking past lovely waterfalls, we will descend to Samar. From here, we will follow the same trail back to Syanbochen, relishing views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri

  • Max. Altitude:3,475 m/11,398 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:6-7 hours

We keep descending from Syanbochen, crossing many small settlements. The trail will be dotted with high cliffs and rock formations. It is the same trail as before. We will go past chortens, stupas, and mani walls on the way.

  • Max. Altitude:2,980 m/9,777 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:5-6 hours

On this day, we will follow the Kali Gandaki river and pass by many small villages. We can see lovely white-washed houses set against barren landscapes. Crossing hanging bridges, we will walk on rocky terrain and a landslide area to Jharkot (3,550 m) and continue to Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site in Nepal.

  • Max. Altitude:3,762 m/12,343 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:5-6 hours

Today is our last day of the trek. From Muktinath, we will trek to Jomsom village. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki river and goes through small villages. Upon reaching Jomsom, we will spend time relaxing and have celebratory drinks in the evening.

  • Max. Altitude:2,743 m/8,999 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Duration:5-6 hours

We will take a morning flight back to Pokhara. The flight will be memorable with all the mountain views. You have a full free day in Pokhara. Explore the city and have a good time here.

  • Max. Altitude:820 m/2,690 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast only
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:20 minutes

Following a science route, we will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The guide will drop you at the hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. Enjoy your time in Kathmandu and go shopping. We will meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:6-7 hours
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Cost Details
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services during arrival and departure times
  • Transportation costs from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu, both way on a tourist bus
  • Domestic flight cost: Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara, including guide (both way)
  • Accommodations during the trek, as per the itinerary
  • Meals on full board (14 breakfast, 12 lunches, and 12 dinners) during the trek
  • English-speaking, government-licensed, experienced Nature Excursion’s native guide and strong porter to help your luggage (luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekker)
  • You get an assistant guide group of 8 or more trekkers
  • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trek completion)
  • Trekking information management system (TIMS) card fees
  • Special Permit for Upper Mustang Trek
  • All necessary paper works
  • Comprehensive first-aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level to keep your body safe.
  • Complimentary farewell dinner at the end of the trek after trek completion at Nepali cultural restaurant
  • All government, local taxes and company service charges
  • International flight fare
  • Nepal visa fee for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • All hotels, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Hotel in Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure or early return than the schedule itinerary
  • Your personal clothing and gear
  • Personal expenses such as: phone calls, laundry service, hot showers, bar bills, internet, hot and cold drinks, battery recharging, shopping, boiled water, mineral water, extra porters, etc.
  • It is necessary to have travel insurance for emergency rescue operations in the event of the worst health condition.
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, like: landslide, itinerary modifications due to safety concern, weather conditions, illness, changes of government policies and strikes
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in the include section
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (expected)
Useful Information

Last-minute Upper Mustang trek booking

Book the upper Mustang trek at the last minute with us and embark on this adventure of a lifetime without any worries. Even though making all arrangements at the last minute is quite hectic and involves risks of unavailability of resources, Nature Excursion will do its best. You have to make full payment of the package cost for last-minute booking and note that there will be no refund if you fail to join the trek.

Upper Mustang trek price

Upper Mustang trek cost range from USD 1,800 to USD 3,000 per person. The cost may go up and down as per the itinerary and services included in the package. With us, you will get the best upper Mustang trek cost, and not only that, but we also organize budget upper Mustang trek for travelers who are tight on money.

Can I do the Upper Mustang trek solo?

No, you cannot do the upper Mustang trek solo because it is a restricted area in Nepal, and trekking with a licensed guide is compulsory. Moreover, you also have to be in a group of two trekkers to do this trek. You cannot count the guide in it.

Upper Mustang trek difficulty

The upper Mustang trek difficulty is challenging. It is a demanding venture that includes 6 hours of walking each day on rugged terrain full of continuous ascends and descends. The upper Mustang route also crosses many passes ranging from 3,500 to 3,900 meters. The terrain and climate are different from any other trekking route in Nepal, too.

Previous trekking experience is not needed to join this trek, but the participants have to be in good health and fitness. So, if you wish to do the upper Mustang trek as your first venture in the Himalayas, we recommend you train for the journey. You can do so by regularly exercising and walking. Build your stamina, endurance, and leg muscles.

Upper Mustang trek distance

During the upper Mustang trek 15 days, you will approximately cover 145 kilometers (90 miles). This number can differ as per your hiking choice and if any change are made in the itinerary. Daily, you will cover 9 to 11 km.

Altitude Sickness

While altitude sickness is one of the major concerns while trekking in Nepal, the upper Mustang trek lets you enjoy the venture a little more freely because of the low elevation range. The trek sees an elevation below 4,000 meters, so the risk of altitude sickness is low. Still, you have to be careful and make sure to maintain your pace and have plenty of fluids each day.

As our itinerary is well-designed, you will have ample time to adjust to the elevation as you trek. And our guides will help you with any discomfort and provide first-aid if you get symptoms of altitude sickness. Bad headaches, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and breathing issues are some of the early symptoms of altitude sickness.

Accommodation during the Upper Mustang trekking

The upper Mustang is a teahouse trek. The teahouse accommodation is basic but provides you with all the comfort you need to spend the night after a long day of trek. You will get a comfy bed and a clean blanket to spend the night. The rooms are equipped with two separate beds that you can share with a fellow trekker. If not, we can book a single room for you.

The toilets are attached in some rooms and common in some places. Tea houses offer services like charging, hot showers, WiFi, etc but at additional cost. Please note that these service costs are not included in our package cost. So, we suggest you carry enough Nepali cash to use these services.

Meals on the Upper Mustang trek

The upper Mustang trek will let you enjoy some very unique dishes, including the typical Nepali staple meal, dal bhat. Though the menu may not boast many choices, as in more frequented trekking regions, the food served along the trail is a delightful flavor. For breakfast, you will have options like bread, omelet, thukpa, soup, sandwich, milk, porridge, Tibetan bread, etc. In beverages, black tea, Tibetan tea, coffee, milk tea, and a variety of other teas are available.

Likewise, for heavy meals, there are options for noodles, dal bhat, momo, curries, rice, chapati, pasta, etc. Pies, pudding, and fruits are available for dessert generally. Boiled drinking water is available in all tea houses at a small cost. We recommend you carry snacks and bars to have while trekking. If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, let us know in advance, so we can arrange the meals as per that.

Best time to do the Upper Mustang trek

For an unforgettable Upper Mustang trek, choose the spring and autumn seasons. During both spring and autumn, the region has dry weather and clear skies. The temperature during the day is pleasant, and the views are fantastic. You will see many varieties of vegetation in these two seasons. The crisp air and stable weather make trekking excellent.

Similarly, you can also do an upper Mustang trek in the monsoon season between June to August. Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow area, so there is no rainfall, and the region remains dry. Trekking in the winter season can get very challenging because of the extreme cold.

Upper Mustang trek tips

  • Travel Insurance: Prioritize your safety and well-being by acquiring comprehensive travel insurance. Ensure that it covers emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation, and the loss of luggage or personal belongings. As the upper Mustang is a very inaccessible part of Nepal, travel insurance will give you the needed safety net during an emergency.
  • Passport & Visa: Ensure your passport has at least six months of validity from your intended entry date into Nepal. At the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or other designated entry points, you can conveniently obtain a visa on arrival. The visa fee varies depending on the duration of your stay, with options ranging from 15 to 90 days. Along with your passport, have a passport-sized photo and sufficient USD cash for the visa fee.
  • Trek Group: Choose from our flexible trekking options for the Upper Mustang adventure. You can embark with your loved ones as a private group or join one of our fixed departure dates for the Upper Mustang trek in 2023/2024. Regardless of your group size, we prioritize your safety and enjoyment by providing experienced guides to accompany you throughout the journey.
  • Luggage: To ensure a smooth and comfortable trekking experience, we have a 10 kg weight limit for your duffel bag and a 5 kg weight limit for your backpack. Any additional luggage beyond these limits can be stored free of charge in your hotel's locker room.
  • Charging & Internet: Typically, charging your phone or camera battery in tea houses costs around $2 to $3 per device, which can add up if you have multiple gadgets. To avoid excessive expenses, we recommend carrying a power bank or a compact solar charger. Additionally, some villages offer paid WiFi services, but to ensure connectivity, consider obtaining a tourist SIM card with data for the duration of your journey.
  • Tips: It is customary in Nepal to show appreciation to your trekking crew, including the guide and porter, through tipping. Generally, tips are given as a group, and the amount depends on the group's satisfaction. The recommended tip is $8 to $12 per day, to be divided among the entire crew.
  • Personal Expenses: Allocate a budget of USD 10 to USD 15 per day for personal expenses during the trek. This amount should cover extras such as hot showers and charging batteries. Note that there are no ATMs on the trail, so ensure you withdraw sufficient funds in Kathmandu or Pokhara before commencing your trek.


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat, insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants


  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)


  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20-degree sleeping bag is best in high-altitude trekking)


  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers


  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Upper Mustang Trek - 15 Days | Cost and Itinerary FAQs

  • You can do the upper Mustang trek in 14 to 18 days. We have a 15 days upper Mustang trek itinerary that lets you explore all the must-visit places in this region. Our itinerary has ample rest days as well. If you want to do a short upper Mustang trek, contact our team for a tailor-made itinerary.

  • The upper Mustang trek is a difficult level trek. In terms of altitude, this trek does not see elevation above 4,000 meters, which is quite great to avoid altitude sickness. However, the terrain is rugged and steep.

  • Yes, the upper Mustang trek is 100% worth it. This trek offers quite different scenery from the rest of the Himalayas. The climate, terrain, nature, and the locals are unlike any other place in Nepal. The overall journey is very adventurous, enticing, and gratifying.

  • There are a handful of different itineraries available in the market for the upper Mustang. The best upper Mustang trek should include ample rest days and all the must-visit places. It shouldn't rush and allow trekkers to enjoy the moment like ours.

  • Upper Mustang is a restricted area in Nepal, and to trek here, trekkers need to obtain a restricted area permit, which is expensive. Likewise, to reach the starting point of the trail and get back to Kathmandu, multiple transportation is required. All these add up to the cost of the upper Mustang trek.

  • You can do upper Mustang trekking in March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November. Unlike other trekking routes in Nepal, Upper Mustang does not see rainfall in the monsoon, so trekking during this of the year is also possible.

  • Upper Mustang is famous for its ancient Buddhist cultural heritage, sky caves, old monasteries, arid landscapes, and friendly locals. This trek is a magical journey to the lost Kingdom, Lo Manthang, where time is still.

  • One of the main reasons that make the upper Mustang a restricted area is to maintain border security with Tibet. Likewise, there are many undiscovered minerals and archeological significance in this region.

  • The Mustang region is divided into two parts lower and upper. The lower Mustang is not a restricted area. It includes places like Muktinath, Marpha, Jomsom, etc. However, the upper Mustang is a restricted area and starts from Kagbeni.

  • Yes, in the winter season, the upper Mustang sees heavy snowfall to the point some villagers drop down to lower elevations to spend winter.