Mustang Trekking - 15 Days

Mustang Trekking - 15 Days



Mustang Trekking is certainly in everyone’s bucket list. It is a 15-day long trekking experience which explores the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The Upper Mustang Trek heads north from the Annapurna range and extends northward to the Tibetan Plateau. Lo Manthang, the final destination on the trek, is also filled with plenty of cultural heritage and scenic views.



Trip Highlights:

  • Chogo La Pass is the highest point on the Mustang Trekking at an altitude of 4280 meters.
  • Mustang displays ancient culture through old Buddhist monasteries.
  • The trek allows trekkers to enjoy the lifestyle social beliefs of the Tibetan-influenced communities.
  • Similarly, the scenic vista on the trek consists of the mountains in Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges.



Overview of the Trek

Firstly, the Mustang Trekking begins with a flight to Jomsom. The actual trek begins from Jomsom. The trail leads to Kagbeni at 2810 meters in 4 hours. A slow ascent features Chele (3050 meters), Geling, and Tsarang (3570 meters). Further, the trails are quiet and peaceful along the way.


Above all, Lo Manthang is the specialty of Mustang Trekking. It stands at an impressive elevation of 3810 meters. You can spot rustic architecture of stone buildings. The Buddhist monasteries are clad in red and yellow. Likewise, the isolated space also has evidence of ancient caves. Likewise, it is also famous for hosting the Tiji Festival which is held during the months of May and June.


After exploring Lo Manthang, the trek heads south and retraces the trails all the way to Jomsom.




Mustang Trekking features the less traveled trails of Lo Manthang. The trek can be done all around the year except winter season. It is possible to trek even during monsoon since Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri range.


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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival in Kathmandu international airport meet our Trekking guide Team staff and guides for the transfer to respective hotels in the centre of Kathmandu at Thamel area, where you will have time for shopping and preparation for the trip to Mustang.


Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.

Morning our guide will pick you from the hotel for sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu city, as Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur within the valley is full of world heritage sites visit the holy Hindu Pashupatinath temple and Bouddhanath also know as little Tibet; these are listed in world heritage. Afternoon depending upon the full day tour booking, our guide will take you for a visit to the old Swayambhunath and to Kathmandu durbar square.


Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.

From Kathmandu taking a tourist coach to Pokhara, an early morning drive around 6:30 a.m. the drive is interesting on the main highway passing many farm villages and towns with views of snow capped mountains most of the way to Pokhara, on reaching at Pokhara one of the most sought tourist spot, check into the hotel by the beautiful Phewa Lake


Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 trek to Kagbeni 2,810 m- 04 hrs.

Morning transfer to Pokhara airport for a short scenic flight to Jomsom, during the flight views of tremendous scenery of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains including Manaslu and Machhapuchhre peak, the flight takes about 22 mins, on reaching Jomsom our staff will meet for a short trek to Kagbeni, Jomsom the headquarter town of whole Mustang district, walk follows the Kali-Gandaki river bed and its valley on the gradual path all the way to Kagbeni village, the starting point to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet.


Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m – 05 hrs.

From here follow Kali Gandaki River upstream passing several farm houses and terraced farm fields and to Tirigaon village. Our journey continues through the canyon wall of red soil, the place from here onwards are arid, this area which is an extension of Tibetan plateau, walk follows to Tangbe, Tsungsang village and crossing a small suspension bridge and then arriving at Chele village for overnight halt.


Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,570 m – 05 hrs.

Our morning journey begins with a gradual climb from Chele towards Gyakar villages, and then through dry area reaching a beautiful Samar village, from here onwards the altitude gets higher and one feel the fresh, cooler and thin air with blue sky overhead, as the walk progress vegetation changes into bushes leaving the tall trees behind, only some tree survives at this altitude like Poplars and Willow trees. Walk leads towards Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters offering overwhelming views of surrounding landscapes and snow capped mountains and walking downhill to Geling village for overnight halt.


Day 07: Trek to Charang3,560 m – 06 hrs.

From this nice village starting the morning walk with a visit of Geling monastery and its water driven prayer wheel, after an interesting moment starting the trek on the uphill climb to Ghemi village and then crossing Ghaymi Khola and passing along series of Buddhist Mani walls and then reaching at Dhakmar village.
After this village heading east through buck wheat cultivated fields and view of Charang gompa and then finally reaching at Charang for overnight halt.


Day 08: Trek to Lo-Mangthang 3,10 m – 04 hrs.

Today walk leads to our destination and the highlights of this awesome journey morning starting to cross a bridge on the path to Marang village and climbing on the gradual path towards the barren and arid Lo Manthang valley, passing many small religious Buddhist Chortens on the way in between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trekking offers awesome views of the surrounding area and of the distant snow capped mountains including view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak and slowly over the Lo La pass at 3,950 meters and the looking towards the walled city of Lo Manthang and the arid hills towards the Tibetan Border, after catching the lovely views on the downhill path to Lo Manthang the walled city for overnight stop.


Day 09: In Lo-Mangthang for acclimatization and local hike.

This interesting and wonderful spot at Lo Manthang is an ideal place for free day, with rest day with optional walk to historical, cultural centre of Lo-Manthang, then visiting the four main Gompas ( monasteries) including Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), the red Thubchen Gompa,  Chyodi Gompa and the Great entrance hall. These are the important places of Lo-Manthang with an extra entry fees to enter these Gompas.


Day 10: Trek to Gumba 3, 500 m – 06 hrs.

After a great wonderful time at Lo-Manthang morning walk heads back on the same path for few hours to Marang village, from here heading with right towards west following the old path reaching at Dhakmarvillage from here continue walk for another few hours on this deserted zone till our walk reaches at Gumba for overnight stop.


Day 11: Trek to Samar 3,660 m – 06 hrs.

On leaving Gumba walk on the path towards the long series of Mani walls (Sacred-Holy prayer stone wall offered by Buddhist pilgrims) from here walk leads to cross over Ghami Khola and then reaching at Ghami village, continue walk for few hours leading towards south to reach Samar village passing Ghiling for the overnight stop.


Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni 2,810 m via Chusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.

Starting the morning trekking slowly with a climb reaching Syangboche village and then leading to cross over Yamda La Pass 3,860 m and through smaller villages of Bhena and Samar, the walk follows a small river or a stream most of the way Tsusang via Gyakar and Chele and then on the downhill walk to southern route through Kali Gandaki valley to reach at Kagbeni village after nice walk of more than six hours.


Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 – 04 hrs.

Today the last day walk of this out most spectacular journey the walk leads past the village of Eklaibhatti and following the great flat plain of Kali-Gandaki valley, on this easy moderate walk to reach at Jomsom 2,715 meters for the last overnight stop in one of the best lodges, with enough time for short walk around the bazaar, while Trekking Guide Team guide will re-confirm the air ticket for Pokhara.


Day 14: Morning flight to Pokhara 820 m – 22 mins.

Taking an early morning flight above the world’s deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki with mind blowing scenery of snow capped mountains all the way to Pokhara, on reaching at Pokhara airport, transfer to Phewa Lake side hotels for overnight with plenty of time in the afternoon for walks around or boating and one can book for paragliding as well.


Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Morning board the tourist bus for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a marvelous time up in the hills into the Annapurna Himalayan range of mountains, on reaching Kathmandu transfer back to respective hotels.

Cost includes

  • 3 night Hotel In Kathmandu 3 star hotel with bed and breakfast with twin sharing basis, Hotel Thamel or similar category,
  • Hotel In Pokhara 2 night with 3 star category with bed and breakfast, Hotel Splendid view,
  • Upper Mustang Special permit,
  • Annapurna permit,
  • TIMS card permit,
  • Your meal, breakfast, dinner during the trip,
  • 1 English speaking trekking Guide & 1 porter for each 2 tourist,
  • All accommodation available tea house and lodge during the trip which is run by Nepalese family,
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara,
  • Airport pick up and drop,
  • Kathmandu to Pokhata to Kathmandu tourist bus transportation,

Cost excludes

    • Nepal visa fee 30 USD per person.
    • Equipment: Sleeping bag (-15 Celsius), down jacket, trekking shoes, personal towel, torch light, gloves, trekking stick, warm clothes, sun glass, sunscreen, socks, some medicine for headache, fever, handiplast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox etc. (You can hire or buy sleeping bag easily in Kathmandu)
    • Personal travel Insurance. The Insurance must cover medical, accidental, natural disasters, emergency evacuation and trip cancellation expenses along with baggage and gears’ lost, theft or damage
    • If you arrive early or depart late, extra night accommodations other than mentioned in the itinerary
    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • All the Alcoholic and non Alcoholic Drinks like Tea, Coffee, mineral water, beer etc
    • Emergency Rescue evacuation which will be covered by your insurance
    • Sweet things like chocolate and desert
    • Hot shower during the trekking
    • Your personal expenses like laundry, phone call, shopping etc
    • Tipping (Tips) For Guide& Porter as per your main interest
    • All the things that are not mentioned in cost include.
    • Sightseeing entrance fee 26 USD per person

Required documents for the trek.

  • Valid passport, airline tickets.
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash to exchange into Nepalese currency for purchasing goods, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • 3 PP size pictures to issue permit.
  • Travel Insurance


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.

Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 trek to Kagbeni 2,810 m- 04 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m – 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,570 m – 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Charang 3,560 m – 06 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Mangthang 3,10 m – 04 hrs.

Day 09: In Lo-Mangthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Day 10: Trek to Gumba 3, 500 m – 06 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Samar 3,660 m – 06 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni 2,810 m via Chusang 2,980 m – 06 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 – 04 hrs.

Day 14: Morning flight to Pokhara 820 m – 22 mins.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu.



Upper Mustang has a transhimalayan climate which is cool and semi-arid. It is in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The Gandaki River flows through this region. It is the main source of water in this region. The Gorge created by the river in the southern part of the district known as Kali Gandaki Gorge is the deepest gorge in the world. The landscape around the area is majestic and is famous around the world for its natural beauty.


Site seeing places in Mustang.

Lo Manthang.

Ame Pal was the warrior who oversaw the founding Lo Manthang . Lo Manthang was the capital of kingdom of Lo. It is believed Kingdom of Lo was once a part of Tibet and a loose collection of feudal estates. This why people of mustang have their history tied with Tibetean culture, tradition and religion. It was often closely linked to adjoining kingdoms of Western Tibet and, during other periods of history. It was once politically linked to Lhasa, the capital of Central Tibet as it was incorporated into the Tibetan Empire by Songtsen Gampo Tibetan king. Mustang had control over the trade between the Himalayas and India because of its strategic location.

The city of Lo Mangthan is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, gompas and Royal Palace which is a nine-cornered, five story structure built around 1400. Other important land marks in the cty are four major temples. Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa is the oldest on which was built in the early 15th century and is also known as the “God house”. Thubchen Gompa is a huge red assembly hall and gompa also built in the late 15th century and is located just southwest of Jampa Gompa. Another important sited is Chodey Gompa which is now the main city gompa. And the Choprang Gompa which is known as the “New Gompa”.

Upper Mustang.

The Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetic languages. Tibetan culture has been preserved by the relative isolation of the region from the outside world. Foreign visitors have been allowed to the region since 1992, but tourism to Upper Mustang is regulated.

Mustang is rich in Buddhist culture, similar to the Tibet. It is an alternate way to experience the Tibetan culture and landscape. The Tiji festival in Lo-Manthang is another popular attraction for tourists in the area seeking to experience the native culture.


In Kathmandu.

Bouddhanath Stupa.

Boudhanath is one of the biggest Stupas of the world. Boudhanath is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. It is built in the shape of a mandala designed to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet. The location of the stupa is on the ancient trade route to Tibet. The inspiring white dome is always filled with energy. People light a butter lamp and send prayer. There a lot of souvenirs shop to look around for souvenirs. You observe all this from nearby rooftop restaurants. There more than 50 gompas or Tibetan convent around Boudhanath.


Swayambhunath also known as monkey temple is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of an ancient lake more than 2,000 years ago. It said that Manjushri saw a lotus flower in the center of the lake, which emitted brilliant radiance. He then cut a gorge at Chovar with his flaming sword to allow the lake to drain. The place where the lotus flower settled became the great Swayambhunath Stupa and the valley thus became habitable. There are a lot of monasteries around swayambhu. The fluttering of prayer flags, the rows of prayer wheels around the hill brings peace to your soul.

Patan Durbar Square.

The valley also has three main historic places, Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar square and. In All these places you can observe the architecture of medieval Nepal. These palaces have been turned into museums where you can observe the historical artifacts of ancient Nepalese culture, kingdoms, royal family etc. These palaces are perfect example of famous Nepalese pagoda style architecture.


Services from company during the trek.


Our company’s representatives will make pick up and drop from and at airport. We will also organize a private car or private van for your site seeing in Kathmandu. Also your travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara is managed by us. Your Upper Mustang Trekking begins with your flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. And for hiking our experienced guide will be there to lead you safely.


Trekking guide team adventure has very skilled staffs. Our driver is very skilled and experienced is always on time for pick up and drop. The guides we have are all very experienced and have been working in this field for more than 10 years. They can speak English are well experienced enough to handle any types of situation that might arise during the trek. Our staffs are all well-mannered and are friendly.


The accommodation for your visit to Nepal will depend on where you are during your visit. During your stay in Kathmandu we provide Hotel Thamel or similar category hotel for stay. Your stay in Pokhara will be in a hotel. And when you are on the route of Upper mustang trek you will stay in local tea houses. These tea houses are equipped with comfortable bed, hot water shower and internet access.

Required equipment for the trek

Trekking equipment

  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • A warm sleeping bag
  • Trekking shoes
  • Torch light
  • Trekking stick



Since this trek will take you to the high altitude area, the climate during the morning and night will be cold. So you will have to carry warm clothes. The recommended cloths for the trek are:


For Upper body:

  • Head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Down vest
  • Jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves


Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking trousers
  • Lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • Pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • Pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
  • Pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • Pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, broken in)
  • Pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle high version



You will have to carry some medicine for headache, fever, handi plast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox etc. as there might not be medical shops in the middle of the trekking route.