Upper Mustang Trek

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Trip Fact:
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude4010m
  • AccommodationHotel/Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast,Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start/EndPokhara/ pokhara
  • Group Size2-30pax
  • Best SeasonFebruary, March, April, May, June, September, October and November are the best months.

What to Expect:

  • The trek unveils the hidden Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo.
  • The region has a deep Tibetan influence evident in its people, culture, and unique landscape.
  • Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang, is a key stop.
  • Trekkers journey through the majestic shadow of the Dhaulagiri mountains.
  • Lo-Manthang, the historic capital, is a highlight with landmarks such as Namgyal Gompa and the King’s residence.
  • Exploration opportunities include ancient caves, rock artworks, monasteries, and breathtaking views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri peaks.
  • The Ghar Gompa in Gyakar, over 1,200 years old, is renowned for its rock art and a unique belief about wishes coming true.
  • The trek follows the ancient salt route in the restricted Upper Mustang area.

The Upper Mustang trek leads to the hidden realm of the Kingdom of Mustang, sometimes called Lo. This secluded area, which touches Tibet, has a unique Tibetan essence. This is evident in its people, customs, and the barren, mountainous terrain with unique rock structures and colors.

The journey includes a stop at Kagbeni, the entry point to Upper Mustang. From there, you trek through the shadow of the Dhaulagiri mountains, reaching Lo-Manthang, the historic capital of this kingdom.

During the trek, you can explore ancient caves, artwork on rocks, sacred places, and monasteries. All these enrich your understanding of the region's heritage. The trek also offers breathtaking views of peaks like Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.

In Lo Manthang, landmarks like Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar village, and the King’s residence are not to be missed. The town also has a museum and school dedicated to amchi, or traditional Tibetan medicine, shedding light on its old healing practices and modern-day applications.

A short walk from Lo Manthang will bring you to Gyakar, home to the renowned Ghar Gompa. This over 1,200-year-old monastery is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. It's famed for its rock art and a special belief: any wish made here will be granted. So, don't forget to make a wish, with hopes of revisiting this magical place.

Trekking in Upper Mustang is a high-altitude experience, ranging between 3,000m to 3,800m. Due to the elevation and dry conditions, it can be challenging. While locals might find the altitude comfortable, visitors should pace themselves to avoid health issues. Typically, trekkers walk 6 to 7 hours daily, navigating some windy and dusty paths.

However, this trek, which traces the ancient salt route within the restricted Upper Mustang area, is an unforgettable experience. Join us today for a memorable adventure


Begin your journey in Nepal's beating heart. Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, a representative awaits to escort you to your selected hotel. Settle into the vibrant energy of the city, and later attend a detailed briefing about the Upper Mustang Trek, ensuring you're well-prepared for the adventure ahead. Evening suggestion: Explore the local markets or indulge in traditional Nepalese cuisine at a nearby eatery.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m

Post-breakfast, embark on a journey through time as you explore the ancient wonders of Kathmandu. Your guide leads you to:

Pashupatinath Temple: A UNESCO World Heritage site, this temple is a sacred spot for Hindus worldwide.

Patan Durbar Square: The historic seat of royalty, it's home to palaces, courtyards, and temples dating back to the 12th century.

Swayambunath (Monkey Temple): One of the oldest religious sites in Nepal, it offers panoramic views of the city.

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the largest spherical stupas globally, representing enlightenment.

Conclude your day soaking in the city's ambiance and preparing for the journey to Mustang.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

Travel options are aplenty! Choose a swift 30-minute flight to witness the Himalayan range from the sky. Alternatively, opt for a scenic 6-7 hour drive, passing through terraced farmlands, roaring rivers, and quaint villages. Once in Pokhara, the picturesque lakeside city offers sweeping views of Mt. Machapuchre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Manaslu. Spend your evening leisurely—perhaps a boat ride on Phewa Lake or a stroll in the lively Lakeside Market.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 800m

Start with an exhilarating flight to Jomsom, a region known for its apple orchards and stark landscapes. With the wind at your back and the Kali Gandaki River by your side, set off on foot towards Kagbeni. This important gateway to Upper Mustang showcases Tibetan architecture and ancient monasteries. As you trek, witness the arid, desert-like terrain synonymous with the Mustang region.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 2858m

Lace-up for a day of scenic vistas and cultural exploration. Traverse through stretches sculpted by the Kali Gandaki river, heading to Chhusang. Here, nature provides a spectacle with the river emerging from a tunnel-like formation. Further on, meandering trails and modest ascents lead you to Chele—a village perched amidst vast landscapes, promising the first real taste of the Mustang region's unique topography and culture.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3050m

The day kicks off with a challenging climb to Taklam La Pass, adorned with chortens and prayer flags, boasting mesmerizing vistas of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, and the vast Kaligandaki Valley below. Descend to the quaint village of Samar and continue through rhododendron forests to reach the hamlet of Syanbochen. The evening air here, laced with tales of the Mustang's rich history, sets the stage for a rejuvenating night's rest.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3475m

Today, two high passes await: Yamda La and Nyi Pass, both offering breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding snow-clad peaks. Along the way, take in the sight of ancient villages dotted with poplar trees and fields of barley. As you descend to Charang, the skyline is dominated by a massive dzong (fort) and the red-hued Gompa, standing testament to the region's storied past.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3500m

The trek to the walled city of Lo-Manthang is an adventure in itself. Following the Charang River north, you'll ascend a rocky trail to Lo La pass from where Lo-Manthang appears as an oasis in the vast desert landscape. As you approach the ancient capital of Mustang, you're treated to views of the Nilgiri peaks, offering a splendid backdrop to this legendary city.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3700m

Delve into the heart of Tibetan Buddhist culture as you explore Lo-Manthang. The city is home to some of the oldest monasteries in the region:

  • Jampa Gompa: Known as the "God house", this 15th-century structure stands as the oldest Gompa in Lo-Manthang.
  • Thubchen Gompa: A magnificent red assembly hall built in the late 15th century.
  • Chodey Gompa: The city's principal monastery.
  • Choprang Gompa: Nicknamed the "New Gompa", it provides a fresh contrast to its ancient counterparts.

The day is rounded off with local tales and perhaps even a chance to meet the local monarch of this tiny Himalayan kingdom.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3700m

Leaving the city behind, you'll head to Drakmar via two passes, offering one last look at the stunning northern cliffs. En route, the Ghar Gompa awaits exploration—a 1200-year-old monastery reputed to fulfill the wishes of its visitors. Surrounded by large red cliffs, Drakmar's beauty and legends make it a memorable stopover.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3810m

Embarking from Drakmar, the trail gently takes you through serene alpine landscapes dotted with ancient chortens and mani walls. As you descend, you'll be greeted by the mesmerizing blue and gray hues of the vast Mustang sky. Ghiling, with its majestic monasteries and terraced fields, is an oasis amidst the desert landscape of the region. The evening offers an opportunity to explore its cultural richness and local traditions.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3806m

Today's journey is a walk through history. With the Himalayan giants forming a constant backdrop, the path descends through the rugged and wind-eroded terrains of Mustang. En route, you'll pass through small hamlets that hold tales of centuries gone by. Chhuksang, with its intertwining rivers and verdant fields, is a stark contrast to the arid landscape you've come to know. It offers pristine views and a sense of tranquility as the day winds down.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3050m

The journey to Jomsom is a serene one, as the trail follows the Kali Gandaki River. Jharkot, a village you'll pass, beckons with its ancient monastery, a rich repository of Tibetan Buddhist culture. As you near Jomsom, the landscape gradually transforms, offering vistas of terraced fields and apple orchards. Jomsom, a bustling town in the heart of Mustang, is a blend of modernity and tradition, offering much-needed rest and relaxation.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 2700m

A morning flight whisks you away from Jomsom's mountainous embrace to the serene lakeside city of Pokhara. This 30-minute journey offers a bird's-eye view of the deep valleys and towering peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Once in Pokhara, the day is yours to explore. Whether it's a boat ride in Phewa Lake or a leisurely walk along Lakeside, the city's calming energy is the perfect remedy for your trekking fatigue.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 800m

Bid farewell to Pokhara and embark on a scenic journey back to the Kathmandu Valley, either by road or air. As you approach Kathmandu, the ancient temples and stupas dotting the skyline herald your return. The bustling streets, laden with history and culture, invite exploration or perhaps a chance to relive your Mustang adventure with fellow travelers over local delicacies.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

As the Himalayan sun rises, it's time to say your goodbyes. With memories of a land where legends come alive, and the mountains tell tales, you'll be escorted to Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward journey. As your plane ascends, a final glimpse of Kathmandu is a gentle reminder that adventures in Nepal await your return.

  • Breakfast

Cost Details



  • Airport transfers by car/van/hiace upon arrival and departure.
  • Tourist bus transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return.


  • 3 nights of double/twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast).
  • 2 nights of double/twin sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara (Bed & Breakfast).
  • Full-board lodging during the trek (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Sightseeing & Activities:

  • Comprehensive day tour in Kathmandu with guide and transportation.
  • All required trekking permits, including the TIMS card and special permit for Upper Mustang.

Trekking Support:

  • Experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trekking guide. Includes salary, insurance, flights, food, and lodging.
  • Trekking porter (shared between two trekkers) covering all costs including salary, insurance, flights, food, and lodging.
  • Complete trekking staff equipment.


  • A detailed medical kit for emergencies.
  • All applicable local and government taxes.


Fees & Charges:

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International airfare, domestic airport tax, and sightseeing entry fees.

Meals & Accommodations:

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • Any extra hotel nights in Kathmandu.

Personal Expenses:

  • Personal costs such as phone calls, laundry, battery charging, bottled water, hot showers, etc.
  • All types of beverages, including hot water and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.


  • Tips for trekking guides and porters.

Good to Know

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

The Upper Mustang Trek is known for its demanding nature, primarily due to the high altitudes and arid environment. It's not uncommon for trekkers to find themselves catching their breath, while the local inhabitants, adapted to the high-altitude conditions, seem effortlessly brisk. These inhabitants, sharing their ancestry with the legendary Sherpas of the Everest region, have evolved to thrive in the low-oxygen, dry air of this terrain.

The undulating trails of the Nepal Himalayas are characterized by challenging ascents, high passes, and steep descents. But every strenuous step is rewarded with unparalleled mountain vistas and the unique aura of the Kingdom of Lo. The Upper Mustang, blessed with its rain-shadow location, is accessible for trekking almost throughout the year. Though winter treks might be impeded by deep snow and migrations of locals to warmer regions, monsoon treks (June – September) are unhindered by the typical rains and mud.

As with any trek in Nepal, a sound fitness regime, focusing on cardiovascular and leg strength, is essential. Also, remember to specify "high-altitude trekking" when arranging your travel insurance.

Trekking Permits for Upper Mustang

Given Upper Mustang's proximity to the Tibet border, it's designated as a Restricted Area. This implies a heftier permit fee: $500 per person for a 10-day duration, and an additional $50 for each day thereafter. For the standard Dream Heaven Upper Mustang Trek itinerary, only the 10-day Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is necessary, starting and ending at Kagbeni.

Furthermore, each adventurer must contribute US$ 30 towards the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), ensuring the region's environmental and cultural preservation.

Important: Trekking solo in Upper Mustang isn't permitted. A group of at least two trekkers with an authorized trekking agency is a mandate.

Tea House & Foods on the Upper Mustang Trek

Trekking through the mountains, one is often met with the serene ambiance of a teahouse, particularly while journeying through the Upper Mustang region. If you're considering a trek in this Nepali-Tibetan cultural tapestry, here's what you can anticipate when you stop at a teahouse and what foods will tantalize your taste buds.

The Teahouse Experience

Nestled in the rugged mountain trails, teahouses are the mountain's version of a quaint guest house. These establishments serve as a haven for trekkers, providing accommodation, sustenance, and a hub for camaraderie. They usually proffer basic amenities like twin rooms or dormitory accommodation. Expect shared bathrooms, with variations between Western and squat-style toilets. And while cold showers are the norm, a few offer the luxury of hot water for an additional charge.

Within the rooms, minimalism reigns supreme. With just beds and blankets, it's advisable to bring your sleeping bag. Heating is reserved for the communal dining areas, typically fueled by a stove. Solar panels or electricity provide illumination, and while many teahouses allow gadget charging, there's often an associated fee.

Mealtime is a community affair, taken at shared tables. This provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in conversations with fellow trekkers, exchanging tales of the day's adventures. And although teahouses in popular towns like Jomson and Kagbeni boast expansive menus, those in Upper Mustang primarily offer dishes reflecting Tibetan culture, interspersed with Western and Nepali culinary treats. From tea to soft drinks and even alcoholic beverages, there's a drink for everyone. However, when in Upper Mustang, it's almost a rite of passage to try the salty Tibetan tea. A pro-tip: think of it more as a flavorful soup than a conventional tea!

Savoring Upper Mustang Delicacies

While the landscapes are breathtaking, the culinary offerings are equally compelling on the Upper Mustang Trek:

  • Breakfast: Kickstart your day with a spicy Nepali omelet laden with chilies, onions, and tomatoes, or a warm bowl of porridge. Pair this with toast or Tibetan bread smeared with jam or honey. Beverages range from spicy Nepali tea, the quintessential salty Tibetan tea, to coffee.
  • Lunch: Midday hunger pangs are satiated with choices between dal bhat (a wholesome mix of rice, curry, and lentils) or the hearty thukpa (Tibetan noodles). Quench your thirst with traditional Nepali tea or a refreshing soft drink.
  • Dinner: As dusk sets in, indulge in a spread featuring a variety of soups, thukpa, Tibetan bread, and delectable momos (Tibetan dumplings filled with veggies or meat). For those craving international flavors, there's fried macaroni, pasta, and fried rice. Desserts range from velvety custard and rice pudding to seasonal delights like stewed apples or apple pie. And if you're in the mood for a tipple, there are beers, spirits (consume responsibly), tea, coffee, and the iconic Tibetan salted tea.

In essence, trekking in the Upper Mustang isn't just an adventure for the soul, but a treat for the palate. Whether you're resting in a cozy teahouse or exploring the trails, the region promises an authentic Nepali-Tibetan experience.

Travel Insurance for Your Upper Mustang Trek

Embarking on a trek in Nepal's Upper Mustang region is undoubtedly exhilarating, but ensuring you're adequately protected and informed is paramount. Here's a comprehensive guide to travel insurance and safety measures for a hassle-free trekking experience.

Securing the Right Travel Insurance

While our insurance safeguards our crew, trekkers are not encompassed within this coverage. It's essential to obtain a travel insurance policy tailored to high-altitude trekking before your journey. Ensure your insurance:

  • Covers potential high-altitude sickness.
  • Provides coverage for medical emergencies and evacuation.
  • Covers unexpected trip cancellations or interruptions.
  • Includes provisions for lost or stolen personal belongings.

Safety and Security Tips for Nepal and the Upper Mustang Trek

  • Local Environment Awareness: Nepal, by and large, enjoys the reputation of being a safe destination for travelers. However, always stay updated with current events by checking your home government's travel advisory website.
  • Public Demonstrations: While peaceful protests are a part of Nepal's democratic fabric, it's best to steer clear of any public demonstrations or gatherings during your visit to ensure your safety.
  • Protecting Your Belongings: While incidents of theft are relatively rare, travelers are advised to keep their valuables concealed. Our office offers lockers where trekkers can safely store their prized possessions during the trek.
  • Natural Calamities: The mountainous terrain, while mesmerizing, can be unpredictable. Landslides, avalanches, flooding, or even earthquakes may occur. Always heed the advice of your guide and follow established safety protocols.
  • Health and Wellness: The mountain altitude can sometimes affect trekkers. If you experience any discomfort or symptoms of altitude sickness, promptly communicate with your guide. Quick action can prevent minor symptoms from escalating.

In conclusion, while the allure of the Upper Mustang beckons every adventurer, it's vital to prioritize safety and be adequately insured. This ensures that your trekking expedition is not only memorable but also secure.

Client Reviews

  • Andrew Mclean
    Andrew McleanUnited States |September 15, 2015

    Amazing Mustang great experience

    Me and my friend booked the trek to Upper Mustang with Dream Heaven Adventure. Suman was extremely attentive in organizing the whole thing for us and respond to emails almost immediately.
    His team at Dream Heaven provides us very good services during mustang trekking. They sorted all activities and managed an itinerary that included all our preferred manners! Price was reasonable!
    Our guide and porter were really helpful and knowledgeable and cared us during our trip to Mustang. All accommodation, meals and services were great and the trek itself was immense.
    Thank you to Suman and Hari for making our trip an unforgettable! All persons were too friendly with us :) I would highly recommend Dream Heaven Adventure Pvt. Ltd. to anyone planning visit Nepal. And surely come again to Nepal for another trip with this great company.

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