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Trip Type:
Maximum Altitude:
4010 m / 13156 f
17 Day(s)
Group Size:
Arrival On:
Kathmandu Nepal
Departure From:
Kathmandu Nepal


    The semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom’s Upper Mustang trek into the rugged Trans-Himalayan region provides an exciting 17-day travel plan with magnificent trekking. It passes through the compelling semi-arid desert with vibrant rocky outcrops, lush valleys, and snow-capped mountains circling you. Culture, history, mythology, and legend are all mixed with the breathtaking scenery.

    The Upper Mustang trek takes you to the Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo, a hidden Buddhist land. The early history of Lo is cloaked in folklore, myth, and mystery, but there are papers of events dating back to the 8th century. With its vast stretches of yellow and grey wind-eroded rolling hills, Lo’s landscape is reminiscent of the Tibetan plateau.

    The trail leads you across Kagbeni – the entrance to Upper Mustang and from there to Lo-Manthang, the palace of prior Rulers of the Kingdom of Lo, across a harsh terrain in the tropical region of the Dhaulagiri plateau. Learn about the local culture by exploring caves, rock paintings, monasteries, and gompas. The center of attention of this thrilling trip is breathtaking views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri peaks, and others. And also an excursion to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, the King’s palace within Lo Manthang, and the last settlement to the northwest. It offers a more extensive cultural awareness of the region.

    You will be able to attend the Tiji festival in Lo Manthang if you visit in May. This three-day festival honors the tale of Dorje Jono, a god who must battle his demon father to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction.  Monks in masks perform prayers and ceremonial dances outside the settlement, as well as horse races.

    If you are thinking to visit Muktinath temple, then you can take Upper Mustang 19 days Trek passes by Dhakmar and Ghiling, or Upper Mustang 19 days Trek passes by Yara/Ghara. These routes will be slightly different from the traditional route. Otherwise, customize your trip. 



    • Scenic mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara.
    • The beautiful backdrop of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri throughout the trekking.
    • Exploring the Kali Gandaki River valley and Forbidden kingdom of Mustang with picturesque views of the Himalayas
    • Follow a less crowded, off-the-beaten trail in one of the restricted areas in Nepal
    • Trek near the Tibetan border and witness the Tibet-like landscape
    • Come across various mani walls, stupas, chortens, and colorful prayer flags while trekking
    • Visit Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar, Ghar Gompa, Amchi Museum, and the royal palace


Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4,593ft)

Once you reach Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the Himalayan Marvel Adventure delegate will receive you from there then check-in in the hotel. In the evening, you will meet your trek guide and other crew members then have a brief discussion about our itineraries, accommodation, transportation, services that we include, and exclude, and we provide a cap, T-shirt, and bag with our company logo. 

Day 2 Trek preparation and Kathmandu sightseeing

Early in the morning, we will sit together for a meeting with the tour guide and our staff then we will give a brief discussion about our itineraries, accommodation, transportation, services that we include, and exclude, and we provide a cap, T-shirt, and bag with our company logo

After the meeting, you can go to Kathmandu sightseeing with our city tour guide. Our city tour guide will take you to many famous places of Kathmandu valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Budhanilkantha, Bouddha, Pashupati Bhaktapur, Swoyambhu, Asan -market, and many more according to the time we have.

Day 3 Drive/ Fly to Pokhara (800m/2625ft, 7-8 hrs/ 25 mins)

The day starts early in the morning in both cases to drive or fly to Pokhara. It will take around 7-8 hrs and most probably we will start at 6 am and will have lunch on the way. Once we reach Pokhara we will check-in in the hotel and take a rest. In the evening we will visit the lakeside of Pokhara and relax there.

If we fly to Pokhara, we will leave for the airport by 7 am and take a flight at 8 am. After some time we will reach Pokhara and check-in in the hotel. Since it is not tiring that’s why we can explore around Pokhara. You will find many exciting places here with natural beauty. The whole day you can enjoy the beauty of nature at Pokhara and can take part in some exciting adventures like paragliding, zip flyer, mountain biking, ultralight flight, and many more.

Many adventures are waiting for you so it is your decision to go to Pokhara by driving or flying.

Day 4 Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m)

We will take an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The mountains are so near that you can almost see leaves on trees and craters on the rocks. Flights, on the other hand, are often canceled if the weather conditions are hazardous. Once we reach Jomsom, we will have breakfast there then start to trek to Kagbeni. From Jomsom, it will take around 3 hours.  

Day 5 Trek to Chele (3,050m)

As we follow the paths across the Kali Gandaki River, we ascend through numerous grooves, passing through Tangbe and Chusang villages. The route slowly rises away from the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. It drives us to an ancient Tibetan settlement, Chaile. 

Day 6 Trek to Syangbochen (3,800m)

Today’s trail leads west, up a hill with sheer and progressive parts next to quaint Gyagar Village.  The views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Thorong Hill, Yakwa Kang, and other peaks become more spectacular as we climb higher. After a long day hike, we arrive at a pass marked by prayer flags and rock piles. Walking further, we reach Samar village, where we will have lunch and then resume our trek to Syangbochen. 

Day 7 Trek to Ghami (3,520m) via Ghami la pass

The day begins with a short hike to Syangbochen La Pass, followed by a descent to Tama Gaon. At the Tama Gaon junction, we turn left and hike up to the Jaite To Nyila Pass. Mustang’s southernmost point is marked by this pass. We walk downhill from Nyila to Ghami, our destination for the day. 

Day 8 Trek from Ghami to Charang (3,560m)

Leaving Ghami behind, the path rises to a final pass and then settles to Charang Village for the night, crossing the longest and oldest Mani Prayer Wall in the area.

Day 9 Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,840m)

Today we will spend some time at Charang exploring villages and their monastery before heading to Lo Manthang. Ascend steadily above the valley to a large isolated chorten that serves as the Charang-Lo boundary. The trail then widens, and you get your first glimpse of Lo Manthang’s walled settlement.  Since there is only one entrance to the city, you must circumambulate the wall to reach the gate on the northeast corner.

Day 10 Exploration of Lo-Manthang

After breakfast, you will go on a walking tour around the valley and will visit four big gompas: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, also known as the “God house,” which was founded in the early 15th century; Thubchen Gompa, a large red chapel and gompa designed in the late 15th century just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, the city’s main gompa; and Choprang Gompa, also known as the “New Gompa.” Another attraction is the opportunity to explore Namgyal, Tingkat, and the valleys to the west.

Day 11 Trek from Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3,820m)

When we return from Lo-Manthang, we take a separate route back. Our path takes us thru Gyakar village, which is home to a century-old Ghar Gompa with stunning rock paintings. A local legend holds that anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa would have it granted. Before going on to Dhamkar, we stop at the Gompa.

Day 12 Trek down to Syangbochen

On this day we descend to Syangbochen following the beautiful scenario of the surrounding. After few hours of walk, we finally reach today’s destination then visit the village, admiring the local way of life.

Day 13 Trek to Chhuksang (2,980m)

The day starts with an early morning breakfast at Syangbochen admiring the surrounding view. On our way to Chhusang, we will be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the small villages we will pass through.

Day 14 Trek to Jomsom (2,720m)

It’s the last day of our trek, and it’s been a long one. We reach the end of the Mustang trails and begin the Annapurna circuit after a while of trekking. In Kagbeni, we have lunch. After lunch, we begin our journey to Jomsom.

Day 15 Fly to Pokhara and rest

After breakfast at Jomsom, we say goodbye to Jomsom and take quick 30 minutes flight back to Pokhara. The remaining time is leisure, you can spend this time as your wish. 

Day 16 Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu

Since it’s a long day, we start a day early in the morning. After breakfast at the hotel, we drove back to Kathmandu on the same route which we took previously. After around 7 hrs, we reach the hotel and then check-in and relax.

Or if you fly back to Kathmandu it will take less time to reach there and you also get a chance to explore Kathmandu valley. If you are flying, you will take a morning flight at 7:45 am and by 10 am you will check-in in the hotel. So you will have enough time to do shopping or explore the valley or you can relax the whole day, it’s your choice.

We will have a farewell dinner with the trekking crew with a guide and other staff. Enjoy the farewell dinner, and then have a sound sleep at the hotel of Kathmandu. 

Day 17 Departure Day

Himalayan Marvel Adventure delegate will drop you at the airport before 3 hrs and return to the respective places. Or you can choose the next program for the next adventurous journey.

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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Experienced and Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • All standard 3 meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Tea house accommodation on the trek, with twin sharing basics.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek. We assign one porter for every two guests.
  • Conservation entry permits, special trekking permits, and TIMS permit
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service ( paid by travel insurance company)
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Free Himalayan Marvel t-shirt, Duffle Bag, and sun hat.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare
  • Personal drinks and bar bills.
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers.
  • Battery charge, Internet, Hot shower expenses
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the ‘Price Includes’ section.


Himalayan Marvel Adventures deserves a huge shout-out for their exceptional team. Our guide, Pemba, was not just knowledgeable about the region, but he was also incredibly friendly, patient, and attentive to our needs throughout the trek. His love for the Mustang region was contagious, and his stories and insights enriched the entire journey. The support team, including the porters and cooks, worked tirelessly to ensure our comfort and safety. They always greeted us with warm smiles and provided us with delicious meals that were a welcome surprise in the remote Himalayas.

Eric Smith

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