Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal – 18 Days Trek

Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal – 18 Days Trek

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Upper Mustang Trek

At Northern Upper Mustang, Nepal, Upper mustang trekking is popular as a doorway to the forbidden Himalayan Kingdom exploring the mystery of the ancient Buddhist Empire. Upper Mustang is also known as Lo, the region detached from the modern world for decades which contributed to the preservation of the distinctive traditions and cultures influenced by Tibetan practice. The trek was permitted officially in 1992, and only a limited number of trekkers are allowed in a year for preserving the unique environment in Mustang.Upper Mustang is on the lap of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri presents you with astonishing Himalayan views passing through semi-arid deserts surrounded by colorful rocks all around. The land here is dry as no vegetation except the plant that can grow in a less water environment can be observed here, providing the thrilling experience of walking on the exceptional deserted terrains.
Going through the hidden valley, Upper Mustang trek, Nepal takes you through the rugged trail with a windy ambiance to witness historic monasteries, Mani walls, and different artistic Tibetan temples. As you pass by the local villages witnessing the traditional settlements, the villagers heartily welcome you to add to the memorable trekking experience.The unique local settlement, ancient temples, distinct culture, arid valleys, mesmerizing Mountain scenarios, and mysterious history makes Upper Mustang one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal. Plus, the region is in the rain shadow of Annapurna, making the trek suitable for monsoon season too when the weather is dry with clear skies without disrupting the spectacular views.As mentioned earlier, only limited trekkers are allowed to visit the incredible upper mustang, so special permission is required for entry. The permit fee for the upper mustang trek cost is US $ 500 for foreign travelers validated for 10 days. Following that, an additional US $ 50 is charged for each extra day.

Why Choose NBM Travels?

The Upper Mustang trek is all about exploring the last forbidden Himalayan Kingdom following the route of the Himalayan desert. Nepal Big Mountain offers the best trekking package for the upper mustang trek promising that you do not miss any key highlight of the mysterious place with beautiful landscapes and unique ancient culture. Client satisfaction alongside safety is our foremost priority. We are a leading travel agency in Nepal to provide the best experience meeting the needs and expectations of travelers. So, if you are looking for a travel company in Nepal with experienced guides and representatives for the most fun, adventurous, and thrilling trek, yet with a safety guarantee, connect with NBM now.

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Experience the Himalayan forbidden kingdom with its unique culture and lifestyle.
  • Explore the Himalayan Desert surrounded by unique colorful rocks.
  • The trail through ancient Buddhist monasteries, gompas, and prayer flags.
  • Witness the classic villages with a unique lifestyle in the Chele, Ghami, Syanboche, and Kagbeni regions.
  • The trail is full of natural wonders including amazing gorges, lakes, and waterfalls.
  • Walking through many yak pastures.
  • Enjoy scenic views flying over Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu

Day 3:  Drive to Pokhara

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

Day 5: Trek to Chele

Day 6: Trek to Syangboche

Day 7: Trek to Ghami

Day 8: Trek to Tsarang

Day 9 and Day 10: Trek to O Lo Manthang, Acclimatization day

Day 11: Trek to Tamar

Day 12: Trek to Syangboche

Day 13: Trek to Tentang

Day 14: Trek to Muktinath

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 18: Farewell day

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu Arrival

Upon arriving at Kathmandu Airport, our NBM representative will welcome you with a warm greeting and transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu. Take a rest to overcome the tiredness from long travel, our representative will share information regarding our trekking plan.

Day 2

Exploring Kathmandu

Kathmandu is known as the city of gods, the live museum for exploring ancient temples, religious locations, and cultural heritage sites, many of which are ranked UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exploring religiously valued places such as Boudhanath, Pashupatinath temple, and Swayambhunath, we will witness the beauty of historic Kathmandu Durbar square to have a glimpse of ancient Nepal.

The day is also for preparing the trekking documents as we need special permission for the Upper Mustang trekking. We will arrange the permits while you explore Kathmandu.

Day 3

Drive to Pokhara

After a delightful breakfast early in the morning, we will drive to Pokhara enjoying scenic views on our 6 to 7 hours ride. You have the rest of the day to rest or roam around the lakesides and explore the city lifestyle of locals.

Day 4

Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni

Today we will commence our trek on foot from breezy Jomson, where we will reach on a short-haul flight from Pokhara. During the flight, you will pass through the dazzling Annapurna range and Mt. Dhaulagiri as you enjoy awesome views of high hills and mountains to land at Jomsom where we will take a short break before ascending toward Kagbeni. The jaw-dropping Himalayan views alongside the beautiful Kali Gandaki River please you on your 3 hours walk to arrive at Kagbeni from Jomsom. We will stay overnight at a guest house in Kagbeni.

Day 5

Trek to Chele

After going through the permit formalities to have our documents checked, we will start our trekking early in the morning passing through the Tangbe village. The village with narrow alleys is unabridged with barley, wheat, and apple trees with traditional houses constructed using stone and mud. From here, we move onwards to Chuksang valley witnessing the breathtaking scenario of the sun rising over the Nilgiri sky. From Chuksang, the trail ascends uphill to Chele from where the Mountain views just get more astounding. We will stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 6

Trek to Syangboche

Today’s trek is somewhat challenging as we will be walking through very steep climbs as well as downslopes in wavy trails. The snow-capped peak follows us as we drop through Chortens on a ridge to arrive at Samar village, from where the trail climbs upward the ridge before descending again to a stupendous narrow valley through the gigantic hills. We will continue our walk and go through multiple ridges to finally arrive at Syangboche. We will stay overnight at a tea house lodge.

Day 7

Trek to Ghami

Today, we will ascend very few uphills, so the trek is a bit easier than the previous day. The day starts ascending alongside the distinct reddish-red landscapes to arrive at Yamada La Pass before descending to Gelling village. From here, a trail passes through the Nyi La pass village, the third-largest village in the region where the big brown hills surging over you from the top creates an extraordinary scenario to amaze you. Then, passing through a broad valley with many wonderful Chortens, tea houses, and gompas, we will finally arrive at Ghami, our destination for the day. We will stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 8

Trek to Charang

The trekking route is shorter today but can be moderate-challenging as we walk through the rough terrain. We will start walking early in the morning toward Charang, the village with amazing red Gompas clustered with marvelous thangkas and statues. Upon arrival, we will take some rest enjoying the mountain views on our sides. The rest of the day is for exploring an ancient village.

Day 9 and Day 10

Trek to O Lo Manthang (highest altitude of upper mustang height at 3840 m) and Acclimatization

Today, we will arrive at Lo Manthang, also known as the capital of upper mustang which is one of the major highlights of the trekking. The much-awaited day starts with a descent from Charang with incredible views of gigantic peaks including Nilgiri, Tilichi, and Annapurna I before the trail ascends steeply uphill after crossing the river to arrive at Lo Manthang. Here, we will spend two days adjusting our bodies to upper mustang weather, and altitude and exploring the magnificent village as a whole. We will observe the ancient monasteries and temples of a walled city with Lama Guru’s settlement. Also, you have an opportunity to visit the Historic palace, the home of the great King and Queen of Lo Manthang.

Day 11

Trek to Tamar

Blessed with lifelong memories from a mystical village, we will make a way to Tamar, from where we prepare for the return path on our trek. Waving final goodbye to Lo Manthang, we pass through the Kali Gandaki to move uphill to arrive at Dungri la Pass enjoying the diverse landscape before descending to arrive at Tamar. We will stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 12

Trek to Syangboche

Once again enjoying the exceptional view of the Nilgiri, we ascend above Ghami to go through a few other passes observing the spectacular Himalayas arriving at Ja Myung. We will observe attractive monasteries and gompas before we continue walking on the trail to reach Syangboche.

Day 13

Trek to Tentang

Starting the day early in the morning, we will return past Samar and Gaikar accompanied by splendid views of Nilgiri and Tilicho to reach the walled Tentang village.

Day 14

Trek to Muktinath

Today, the trek is going to be more challenging than the previous days as we will start the day ascending steep uphill for continuous 3 hours. However, you are rewarded by the brilliant views of Annapurna, Tilicho, and Thorung which overweigh the difficulties you faced during your hike. From here, the path is less difficult heading toward Muktinath enjoying the top view of Kagbeni on the way. Muktinath temple on the lap of the huge Thorong La pass is a Hindu temple highly valued with spiritual beliefs.

Day 15

Trek to Jomsom

The trek on foot ends today. We will enjoy breakfast with a beautiful view of Dhaulagiri admiring the first rays of the sun. Then visiting the Bon Punt monastery in Lubra, the return trail goes through Kali Gandaki River to arrive at blowy Jomsom.

Day 16

Fly to Pokhara

After breakfast, we will return to Pokhara on a flight once again treating our eyes with awesome views of high heels and the Himalayas from the top. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will transfer you to the Pokhara hotel. The rest of the day, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in the city by visiting the local cultural sites.

Day 17

Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will take a drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus enjoying scenic mountain views that keep you awake throughout the way. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to the Kathmandu hotel. In the evening, we will host a dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant with traditional Nepalese dishes to celebrate the outstanding tour together.

Day 18

Farewll Day

Today is your final day with us. Nepal Big Mountain representatives will assist you and transfer you to the airport to bid farewell. Wishing you good luck for your next destination, we will wave a heartily goodbye.


  • A warm and gracious welcome awaits you upon arrival at the airport, with a garland (mala) presented by our representative.
  • Transportation to and from the airport, via tourist or private vehicle, is included in the itinerary.
  • Your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included, while private room or 4/5-star accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation during the trek will be in twin-sharing tea house/guesthouses, with the occasional dormitory-style room.
  • Domestic airfare for two-way travel from Pokhara to Jomsom and back is arranged for you.
  • Tourist bus or private vehicle transportation will be arranged as needed, according to the itinerary.
  • Your trekking guide will be experienced, licensed, and fluent in English, Chinese, and Hindi.
  • You will receive the Annapurna Conservation Area permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) for your trek.
  • A Restricted Area Permit (USD 500 per person) will also be obtained.
  • Porters will be provided for the trek (1 porter for every 2 guests) and each pair of guests will receive a trekking map and duffel bag.
  • Medical/first aid kits will be on hand.
  • Upon completion of the trek, you will receive a certificate.
  • A farewell dinner in Kathmandu will be provided on your last night.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes incurred during the trek are included.

Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and on the trek.
  • Travel insurance with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment.
  • Private, customized trips.
  • Accommodation for early arrival or late departure, or any other reasons.
  • Services, activities, or personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.


The Upper Mustang trek is completed within 15 to 18 days starting from Kathmandu. The trek on foot starts from Jomsom, which is reached by flight or jeep.

The Upper Mustang region is a conserved area. Yes, all foreign travelers need a permit for Upper Mustang.

The upper mustang trek difficulty is ranked as – moderate level. You have to walk 5 to 6 hours per day, however, you will get to take a rest in tea houses on your way.

The upper mustang trek starts from windy Jomson, where most travelers arrive on a flight from Pokhara. However, Kagbeni is an official checkpoint for entering the restricted region in the Upper mustang trek.

How long is the Upper Mustang trek?

The Upper Mustang trek is completed within 15 to 18 days starting from Kathmandu. The trek on foot starts from Jomsom, which is reached by flight or jeep.

Do we need a permit for Upper Mustang? 

The Upper Mustang region is a conserved area. Yes, all foreign travelers need a permit for Upper Mustang.

How hard is the Upper Mustang trek?

The upper mustang trek difficulty is ranked as – moderate level. You have to walk 5 to 6 hours per day, however, you will get to take a rest in tea houses on your way.

Where does the Upper Mustang start? 

The upper mustang trek starts from windy Jomson, where most travelers arrive on a flight from Pokhara. However, Kagbeni is an official checkpoint for entering the restricted region in the Upper mustang trek.


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Viet Anh
Viet Anh
The tour gave me such an amazing experience, especially about the cultural, historical and religious values of Nepalis. 2 colleagues and me went on 1 tour of NBM Travel, in 4 nights and 5 days in Nepal (Limbini, Nagarkot, and Kathmandu). Mr Sujit, the Manager was very supportive in arranging a customized tour for us, meeting all our requirements. He is very responsive and professional, with quite good connections to help us (our domestic flight was delayed, he managed to get us on board of an earlier flight)Mr Subash, the Tour Guide, was also responsible and hospitable. He always tried to make us enjoy the trip. He is also expertised in his job, knowing a lot of information about the tourist attractions. He was very ready to help when we want to buy local fruits, and very collaborative when we want to change the schedule.The tour gave me such an amazing experience, especially about the cultural, historical and religious values of Nepalis. In our tour, we also planned to see the Himalayan Ranges from our Hotel in Nagarkot and from Chandragiri Hills, but the weather was so cloudy during our stay. It may be a good reason for our come back to Nepal next time and enjoy the hospitality of NBM Team.
Ciara M
Ciara M
Fantastic We had such a fantastic experience in Nepal with this tour company. We were overwhelmed by how welcoming and warm Sudarshan and his team were from the moment we arrived. We felt so comparable and taken care of in the beautiful Nivas Botique home in Kathmandu. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. We enjoyed delicious, complimentary authentic Nepalese meals and had such a fanatic stay here. We travelled to Pokhara for 2 nights in very comfortable private transportation. We had a fantastic 2 days of activities including paragliding and white water rafting, all organised for us. We couldn’t have asked for a better trip and I couldn’t recommend using this travel company more. We will definitely be back in the future!
Rory N
Rory N
Amazing Trip! We spent 4 fantastic days in Kathmandu and Pokhara with NBM travel. Our trip included paragliding, sight seeing and an Everest flight. Management went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, safe and ensure that we had the best time. Would highly recommend this travel company!
绝美风景,期待下次再见 不同于之前在国内看到的雪山,喜马拉雅山系的雪山绵延不绝,又高又长,能见度好的时候能看到一片的雪山,感觉自己第一次离雪山那么近,超震撼的感觉。看到了鱼尾峰的鱼尾巴,好美!雨林里山中的空气超级好,刚好走的那段路像原始丛林一般,很美空气很新鲜,竟然有点爱上这种雨中漫步的感觉~选的旅行社的老板人真的很好!安排的十分妥当,爱上这种异国他乡的快乐啦哈哈!不过这是我们第一次相遇,但绝对不是最后一次相聚!
很棒的旅游体验-Kathmandu 一直有想去尼泊尔旅行的想法,前些日子终于下决心仔细研究了,人生地不熟的,问了朋友的朋友有没有旅行社推荐,就推荐了这家,英文名NBM中文名大山旅游,老板中文名也叫大山,感觉对中国文化很有研究,让我们这种出国游的感觉很安心。老板很靠谱,给安排了懂中文的向导,沟通很顺利,人也很亲切。不得不说尼泊尔景色真不错,适合放松身心,有机会的话还会再来,也会多推荐大山旅游的。
Tina B.
Tina B.
Great if you have limited time to visit the city I was in Nepal in November and after a trek of 10 days I only had 1 and a half day to visit Kathmandu. I found out many places to visit in Kathmandu are far from each other (5 to 10 km) and walking between places is not an option (heavy traffic). So I decided to book a private tour (I was a solo traveller) and had a great experience. My guide Raj took me to all the important places , UNESCO sites, and explained everything about the place we were visiting. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has limited time to explore the city. -1 point as the guides will take you to shop/restaurant they have an agreement with, I didn't mind the shop as they don't force you to buy anything, but I would have wanted to choose the restaurant by myself
Hari r
Hari r
Cable Car Trip near Kathmandu Me and my friends travelled Kathmandu this July and we went for a short distance trip to Chandragiri Hill. Cable Car took us to Chandragiri hill, which is best to escape from hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. The view of Kathmandu was beautiful as rain cleared up the sky. The guide we were provided was professional and he told us incredible stories of the hill. Overall it was fantastic trip.
Bindu B
Bindu B
Trekking, Local, culture views and sites 5 days in Nepal trek was awesome. We went to Sundarijal, then to Chisapani walking a lot of stairs and then to Nagarkot. We could see beautiful peaks from Dhaulagiri to Everest. People at Sundarijal seem very friendly. All in all, our trek was very nice and we enjoyed it very much.
Stephanie H
Stephanie H
Amazing Trip! Thank you to the folks at NBM Travel for an awesome trip to Nepal! Shristi was incredibly helpful with coordinating everything and answering all of my silly logistical questions from the moment I booked the trip. My tour guide Mani provided so much support on the tour, from sharing his knowledge about Nepali culture and history, to helping me find souvenirs at a good price, to rearranging our itinerary when we had weather delays. I chose this tour specifically to learn about the many cultures and lifestyles of Nepal and was not disappointed. Each location was so different from the last - Kathmandu is the chaotic capital, Chitwan is a gorgeous jungle where you’ll see animals that you’d never expect to see up close in real life (still can’t believe how close I was to crocodiles and a rhino!), and Pokhara feels like a cute beach resort. We were unable to go to Lumbini due to weather, so we spent an extra day in Pokhara and an extra day in Kathmandu, which worked out fine for relaxing and shopping. Even the bus rides between cities were interesting because you could see examples of life in the countryside and some really cool landscapes. There was a decent balance of sightseeing and free time, and I really liked each of the hotels we stayed at. If you are interested in learning about Nepal beyond trekking, this is a great introduction. They have such an interesting diversity and unique history, I wish more people knew about it!If you go in July, like I did, you’ll likely catch some rain (monsoon season), so make sure you pack accordingly! Rain boots, rain coat, and quick dry pants worked well on rainy days and the boat tour/jungle trek in Chitwan, plus a few pairs of comfortable pants and a pair of sandals for sunny days. Don’t let the name “monsoon” scare you off from coming if this is the only time of year you can go. You’ll still see, do, and eat a lot! (Make sure you have dal bhat and momo while you are here...they are the best!)
Swostika M
Swostika M
Exciting trip in cable car Had a experience of such a steep cable car. The trip was exciting and the mountain view was worth the travel.

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