Upper Mustang Trek (Overland)

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13 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Lo Manthang (3800m)
Min People : 2
Max People : 20+
The Cradle of Life (Upper Mustang) by Anton Jankovoy on 500px.com
Chuksang (3050m) 

Upper Mustang Trek, is one of Nepal’s most mysterious and least identified kingdoms. The landscape of Mustang is an unproductive moonscape of worn sandstone pillars that are irregular moraine terraces, which presents a colorful mosaic made up mainly of earthen reds, yellows and brown.

It is moderately easy trekking along the acceptable route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the exceptional heart of Mustang. The trekking to Mustang is through a nearly treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally blow across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain than the rest of Nepal. It offers a spectacular trekking experience in the remote Himalayan mountain region of Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek Best Season:

Although this trek can be reached during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone. So, best seasons for upper mustang trek are:
  • Spring (March to May)
  • Monsoon (June to August)
  • Autumn (September to November)

Upper Mustang Trek Permit Cost:

  • Upper Mustang Permit Cost: USD 500 per person for first 10 Days
  • After 10 Days – USD 50 each extra day
  • ACAP Permit

This trek must be planned with Nepal Government authorized local trekking agency, Licensed Nepalese trekking guide mandatory to escort you and there must be minimum two people to get approved for Upper Mustang Trek Permit.


Day 1Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (1320)

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about your trek.

Day 2Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing Tour

After breakfast in a hotel, we will get ready for our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes UNESCO declared world heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Your tour will be accompanied by a professional licensed guide and return to the hotel. You will have some free time to shop your trekking gear (if you need) and trek preparation. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m): 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. The drive could take roughly 7-8 hrs to reach Pokhara. An alternative way to reach Pokhara is by taking a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. Overnight at Pokhara hotel on Bed and Breakfast plan.

Day 4Pokhara to Kagbeni (2800m): Drive 8 -9 hours

Early morning drive from Pokhara to Kagbeni via 4-WD vehicle. The drive to Beni 100km with blacktop road than along the Kaligandaki river via Tatopani and World Deepest Gorge Dana climb to Kalopani 2400m. After reaching to Kalopani, you can view wide valley. Then, we will be heading to Jomsom (District Headquarter of Mustang). Half an hour drive will lead to Kagbeni. The land is a dry and wide valley. Later in Evening, you can view the sunset of Annapurna and Nilgiri Mountain. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 5Kagbeni to Charang / Tsarang (3500m): Drive 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will be driving from Kagbeni to Charang (Tsarang), a journey of white hills and a terrain that resembles the badlands. Tsarang lies just south of the walled town of Lo Manthang- the capital of the Kingdom of Mustang. Dotted with numerous stupa structures, a monastery and a Dzong (fortress), Tsarang is a village made up of several buildings and structures. Upon your arrival at Tsarang, you will also be visiting the monastery at the village. The monastery’s inner walls are painted with murals depicting the deities of the Medicine Buddha Mandala. These depictions and rituals of the Medicine Buddha are special objects of devotion in the Kingdom of Mustang and can be found in the temples of almost every Mustang village. Overnight stay at Teahouse.

Day 6Charang – Hike to the Luri Cave – Return 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will hike to the Luri Cave. The Luri Gompa lies south-east of Lo Manthang and is considered an ancient cave system that has very little known about its establishment. The Luri Cave is pitted with sandstone cliffs and bluffs fluted by wind and weather into fantastical formations, like serried, tapered pillars or organ pipes. These cliffs are pitted with caves, and such a cave forms the inner sanctum of the Luri Gompa, a small jewel of Buddhist art. The Luri Gompa is a Cave Monastery that sits high above the crumbling landscape like an eagle’s nest. It is also sometimes referred to “the Sky Cave”. One of the last cave monasteries in Lo Manthang and Tibet, the Luri Gompa has no written records that exist regarding its construction. At first, it seems like the entrance to the cave is obtained only by scaling the pillar itself, but a winding footpath climbs one hundred meters to a door in a lower cave, inside which is a notched log that climbs to the Gompa itself. The treasures of the Gompa lie in its inner chambers that are hollowed-out or enlarged rooms with smooth walls. Natural light trickles in through a small window, making space look ethereal. After exploring the cave, you will be returning back to Tsarang. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 7Charang to Lo Manthang (3800m): Drive 1 hour

After having a hot breakfast, we will be driving to the capital of the Mustang Kingdom- Lo Manthang. The drive consists of beautifully unique acreages of badland-like terrain with high corroded hills. Once you arrive at Lo Manthang, you can explore the village on foot. Lo Manthang has a lot to explore and offers a marvelous taste of Tibetan Buddhist tradition and custom that is considered one of the best-preserved traditions on the planet. Occupied by ethnic Lhoba and Bon people, Lo Manthang is noted for its tall whitewashed mud-brick walls, Gompas, and the Raja’s Palace- a nine-cornered, five-story structure built around 1400. You will visit Lo Manthang’s monasteries, the King’s palace as well as many other places of significance. Particularly, there are four major temples at Lo Manthang: the Jampa Lhakhang or the Jampa Gompa- the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God House”; the Thubchen Gompa- a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of the Jampa Gompa; the Chodey Gompa- now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa- which is popularly known as the “New Gompa”. Recently, a series of at least twelve caves were discovered north of Annapurna near the village as well, decorated with ancient Buddhist paintings and set in sheer cliffs at 14,000 feet elevation. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 8Lo Manthang – Explore the Chosar Cave and the Chosar Village – Return to Charang 6-7 hours

After breakfast, you can either walk or drive to the Chosar Village today from Lo Manthang. The Chosar village is a quaint village of stone walls and bone-white hills. While there, you can also visit the Chosar caves. From Lo Manthang, the canyon trail continues past dry gullies to the ancient ruined fortress, across a bridge through small cultivated areas to reach Chosar. The sight of the deep-red Nyphu Gompa at Chosar comes into view, its structure built into the rock face like an elegant architectural manifest. The ethereal white-washed hills that surround the village looks like they have been carved out of petrified milk and fudge. A range of spectacular mountains marks the border with Tibet in the foreground and small gurgling streams like the trail. The valley itself used to be the main trading point ad lay on the trading route between Tibet and Lhasa and Chosar is peppered with the ruins of old fortresses strategically guarding the valley. After exploring the village and the Chosar caves, you will drive back to Charang. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 9Drive from Charang to Chhusang (2900m) 4-5 hours

A pleasant drive from Charang to Chhusang is a matter of more desert-like terrain with the frequent dotting of colorfully corroded hills. A village located between Tangbe and Chele, Chhusang lies at the junction of Narsingha River and the Kali Gandaki. Surrounded by gigantic red, orange and silvery grey cliffs spotted with cave dwellings, the village of Chhusang consists of three different hamlets. An active farming community, the hamlets of the Narsingha River is used for irrigation. Much like the rest of Mustang, Chhusang has a very strong Tibetan influenced society blending with Nepali culture. Still untouched and isolated, it remains secluded and flourishes in the perseverance of its tradition. The people here are very slowly moving towards modernization. Till a few years ago, the only way to get to Chhusang was on foot and the only way to transport goods was by pony or yak caravans. Life is peaceful and serene in the village and moves on slowly like it has always done over the years. You can explore the village and see sights of amazing rock formations. Overnight stay at Teahouse.

Day 10Drive from Chhusang to Muktinath(3800m) 2-3 hours

After breakfast, today we will be driving to Muktinath includes a journey that is speckled with a sparse green of light vegetation on frequent intervals along the road. En route to Muktinath, you will also stop to visit the Jarkot Monastery. You will have a great time exploring the Muktinath temple, which is one of the most famous highlights of the region. Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorung La mountain pass. Muktinath’s literal translation in Hindu means “the Place of Liberation or Moksha“. Although the temple of Muktinath has a Vaishnava origin, it is also revered in Buddhism. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as “Sky Dancers”, and the temple is one of the 24 Tantric places. The small temple of Muktinath contains a human-sized golden statue of Lord Vishnu as Shree Mukti Narayana. In addition to the statue, the temple also has a bronze image of BhooDevi (The Earth-Goddess form of Lakshmi), the Goddess Saraswoti and the princess Janaki (Sita). Statues of Garuda (the mount of Lord Vishnu) are also present. The statue of Lava-Kusa, the sons of Lord Rama and Sita are beautifully sculpted and present a daringly haunting ambiance to the temple. You can also explore the wall of 108 faucets behind the temple that spouts ice-cold water of the Kali Gandaki River from bull-headed mouths. Overnight stay at Teahouse.

Day 11Drive from Muktinath to Pokhara (820m) 8-9 hours

After breakfast, we will be leaving behind the gentry of rocky hills. We will drive back to Pokhara from Muktinath. The winding road back presents changing terrains and fascinating landscapes of layered molds and rice plantations. The contrasting colors of the land under the blue sky present a melancholic feel to the journey. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 12Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours

After early breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara. We will check-out from hotel and catch our tourist bus which leaves at 7 AM to drive us to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many small towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes. We will stop for lunch in between the travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After 6 hours drive, we will arrive at Kathmandu and stay overnight at your hotel. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy the fullest.

Day 13Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick Up / Drop
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & 2 Nights in Pokhara at Standard Hotel
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All Ground transportation
  • Porter, and their expenses including insurance and equipments
  • Necessary Permits (ACAP, Special Upper Mustang Permit: 10 Days Permit @ USD 500, After 10 Days @ USD 50 Per Day)
  • Drive from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara
  • All food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek at Tea House

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any Private Expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
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