Upper Mustang Trek 2024/2025

Remote and otherworldly, the Upper Mustang region in Nepal is an arid river valley known for its old cave dwellings, red cliffs, and deep ravines. As a gateway to an ancient Buddhist kingdom, the Upper Mustang trek in Nepal shares deep cultural vibes close to those of Tibet. The 10-day Upper Mustang itinerary will include detours to beautiful rock art and Buddhist monasteries like the Ghar Gompa and Namgyal Gompa, and you’ll enjoy panoramic views of peaks like the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri while experiencing this uniquely preserved region and people.

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Upper Mustang trek

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What a great place to walk! High desert, in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, so can be done in
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Flight, Bus, Private Vehicle & Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Nepali
days14 From US$ 1,550 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Upper Mustang Trek

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I and my partner did Upper Mustang Trek with Himalayanleisure in June 2018. It was a great experienc ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Sightseeing Tours
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Guest House
  • Transport Bus, Private Vehicle & Flight
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Hindi, Nepalese
days12 From US$ 1,742 View Tour
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  • Apr 18
  • Apr 19
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Upper Mustang Trek

of 4 reviews
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Highly recommended the local operator. we had a great experience on the trek with our excellent gui ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Bus, Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days15 From US$ 1,240 View Tour
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  • Apr 20
  • Apr 21
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Upper Mustang trekking

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14 day trekking and hiking tour through Pokhara, Kagbeni, Chele and 8 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Bus & Flight
  • Age Range 5-80 yrs
  • Operated in English, Nepali
days14 From US$ 1,800 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Upper Mustang trek

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Its nice trek with amazing landscape. Yes, its expensive but worth it!! hope they would try to keep ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Guest House & Camping
  • Transport Coach, Flight, Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 10-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Nepali
days14 From US$ 1,995 View Tour
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  • Apr 18
  • Apr 19
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Upper Mustang Trek

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I am very happy with the overall experience.
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Private Vehicle, Flight, Bus & Jeep
  • Age Range 10-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days14 From US$ 1,700 View Tour
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  • Apr 19
  • Apr 20
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Upper Mustang - Lo Manthang Trek

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Mustang area is great, few visitors, beautiful monasteries and great landscapes! Bhutan is just perf ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Bus, Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Spanish
days18 From US$ 1,850 View Tour
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  • Apr 20
  • Apr 21
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Mustang and High Passes Trek

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27 day trekking and hiking trip through Kathmandu, Pokhara, Ulleri and 18 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Guest House & Camping
  • Transport Flight, Private Vehicle & Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Japanese
days27 From US$ 2,890 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Upper Mustang Trek

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Magnifiques marches dans le Upper Mustang, la bonne saison comme recommande par Rajendra le boss.S ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Private Vehicle, Coach, Flight & Bus
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in Chinese, English, French, Indian
days15 From US$ 1,630 View Tour
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  • Apr 18
  • Apr 19
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Upper Mustang Trek

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18 day trekking and hiking tour through Kathmandu, Pokhara, Kagbeni and 9 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Guest House
  • Transport Bus & Flight
  • Age Range 15-65 yrs
  • Operated in English, Hindi
days18 From US$ 1,700 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Upper Mustang Trekking

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17 day trekking and hiking tour through Kathmandu, Chele, Geiling and 8 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel & Guest House
  • Transport Private Vehicle, Bus & Flight
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days17 From US$ 1,800 View Tour
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  • Apr 20
  • Apr 21
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Upper Mustang Trek

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14 day trekking and hiking tour through Pokhara, Kagbeni, Chele and 9 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Guest House
  • Transport Bus & Flight
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Hindi, Nepalese
days14 From US$ 1,990 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Upper Mustang Jeep Tour

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12 day mountains tour through Kathmandu, Bandipur, Tatopani and 4 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
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  • Activities Mountains & 4x4, quad and ATV trips +1 more
  • Accommodation Eco Lodge, Guest House, Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Flight, Private Vehicle & Jeep
  • Age Range 10-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days12 From US$ 2,375 View Tour
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  • Apr 21
  • Apr 22
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Upper Mustang Trek

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15 day trekking and hiking tour through Kathmandu, Kagbeni, Chele and 7 other destinations in Nepal. Read More
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  • Activities Trekking and Hiking
  • Accommodation Guest House & Hotel
  • Transport Bus, Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 10-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days15 From US$ 1,650 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Upper Mustang trek Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 29 customer reviews
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
“I was recommend Upper Mustang as the best trek option in Nepal in July/August and turned out to be the best choice. The Region is not affected by monsoon so we didnt get any rain and the landscape was amazing. The homestays and the local food make it an extremely authentic adventure that I would recommend. This local operator is willing to support with lot of reliable information and details to make your trek a safe and enjoyable experience. They speak very good English and their guides and porters are really well trained and prepared and will definitely make your trek an outstanding one”
Upper Mustang trek
4.9 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
“Really a magical trip lost in the mountains and far away from the most frequented trekking routes. The landscape is pure and you will find villages along the way with people living and there you will find your guest house waiting with a bed and good nepali food. After a long research I piked up this local operator. It looked like it knew what it was doing and the price was very competitive. Mr Khum Subedi the man in charge was quick to answer my mails and available to my requests. I payed half from Europe with a bank transfer and gave the rest when in Katmandu almost 6 months later. I went with an experienced guide named Ram and a porter included. The accommodations were fine. All guest houses well experienced and some really real Mustang home life. The places are amazing. If you want to go I strongly recommend you this company.”
Upper Mustang Adventures
4 - Very Good
  • Charlotte Peene
“Good day travellers, very happy with the organisation. Everything went very smoothly, even though we started changing the planning during the trip. All was accommodated with a smile. Having a guide that knows the region is an absolute must. We stayed a bit on our hunger for that, but judging from the other teams around us, it will be hard to find someone who really understands the local culture. Best to buy a map, read as much as you can before hand, so you can wave in the information given. Very good trip”

Upper Mustang Trek - Overview

View of Kagbeni village during Upper Mustang Trek.
Visit Kagbeni village and interact with the locals.
Traveler walking on the trails of Upper Mustang
Follow the scenic trekking route in Upper Mustang.
The mountain landscape of Upper Mustang.
Get an amazing view of the mountain landscapes.
Tibetan woman from Lo Manthang in Mustang.
Hear interesting stories from the locals in Mustang.

The Mustang trek will take you through Upper Mustang, a restricted area that previously only allowed some 200 trekkers through annually. While the trail is amazing, its rural and barren landscapes are also not for the faint-hearted. The trek itself does not go to extremely high elevations and is not physically very tough, but relentless afternoon winds can be a challenge. Because of the winds and lack of sufficient water, camping will be done in villages, which are not always conveniently spaced. Some trekking days will thus be relatively long, and others relatively short. These are, however, the conditions if you want to experience the starkly beautiful and highly cultural land of Mustang, a trek that is highly recommended.

Upper Mustang - Trek Facts
Trek difficulty: Moderate
Trek duration: 14 Days
Max altitude: 4200 meters
Remoteness Very Remote
Accommodation:

Guesthouses / Lodges

Best season:

March to May, October to November

Transport to/From trek:

Flight

Permit:

The Restricted Permit for Upper Mustang costs USD 500 per person for up to 10 days and USD 50 per person per day after 10 days.

A scenic view of a village in Mustang on a cloudy day.
A village in Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang Trek - Itinerary

Upper Mustang Trek map.
An overview map of Upper Mustang Trek.

The below is a sample itinerary. It may vary slightly depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:

Day 1 Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 2 Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m)
Day 3 Kagbeni to Chele (3,050 m)
Day 4 Chele to Syanbochen (3,475 m)
Day 5 Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3,520 m)
Day 6 Ghaymi to Charang (3,500 m)
Day 7 Charang to Lo Manthang (3,700 m)
Day 8 Exploration day at Lo Manthang
Day 9 Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3,810 m)
Day 10 Dhakmar to Ghiling (3,810 m)
Day 11 Ghiling to Chhusang (2,700 m)
Day 12 Chhuksang to Jomsom
Day 13 Flight back to Pokhara
Day 14 Bus back to Kathmandu
View of Lo Manthang during the Upper Mustang trek.
Lo Manthang, the capital of the Kingdom of Lo.

Upper Mustang Trek — Highlights

  • Visit the local monastery, Tibetan herbal medicine center, and an old fortification near Jharkot village on the Upper Mustang trekking route.
  • Stroll in the atmospheric medieval village of Kagbeni, with its narrow lanes, mud brick houses, and 15th-century gompa.
  • Discover the village of Chhusang (also spelled Chuksang), which dramatically juts out into the Kali Gandaki Gorge and is surrounded by cliffs.
  • See the King’s Palace and the striking 16th-century Thubten Shedrup Dhagyeling Monastery in Tsarang (Charang), the second-largest settlement in Upper Mustang.
  • Enjoy excellent views over rooftops of the countryside from the upper floor of the Jampa Gompa in the walled city of Lo Manthang, and also visit the city’s three other important monasteries, Dragkar-Thegchen Lina Gompa, Chode Gompa and Thupchen Gompa along with the Monastic Museum.
  • Walk amid the ruins of the King and Queen’s Castles (dzong) atop two hillocks north of Lo Manthang.
  • Admire the statues and thangkas (Tibetan paintings using pigment on cotton or silk) at the fort and gompa near Tsarang Chu Canyon.
  • Explore the multi-storied cliffside Jhong Caves in Chhoser, which have dozens of rooms and a communal kitchen.

Best time to go to Upper Mustang Trek

Located in the rain shadow Himalayan region, Upper Mustang weather is usually dry and suitable for trekking throughout the year. However, March to early November is the best time to trek to avoid the winter cold and snow. The terrain can be desert-like and sandy in some places and rocky in others. Upper Mustang gets cold at night, with overnight temperatures (in non-winter months) in Lo Manthang dropping to -8°C. Some afternoons may be windy and a bit dusty. Check out our article on trekking seasons in Nepal for more information.

Upper Mustang Trek — Safety Considerations

  • Clean, accessible water at tourist standards may be difficult to find or expensive on an Upper Mustang trek, so carry a basic water filtration system or purification tablets just in case.
  • Though the weather in Upper Mustang is more predictable than other trekking tours in Nepal, don’t rule out the possibility of rain or sudden drops in temperature. Pack accordingly.
  • Always carry cash to use at teahouses.
  • It’s best to go in a group with an expert guide familiar with the local terrain.

Upper Mustang Trek - Questions and Answers

  • How much does it cost to trek the Upper Mustang region?

    The trek to Upper Mustang costs USD 1600-1800. These costs usually include flights to and from Jomsom, trekking permits and registration fees, transport to and from the airport, teahouse accommodation, meals, and guide and porter costs. It also includes the permit fee for the trek, which is USD 500 per person for 10 days. If you extend the trek, it will cost an additional USD 50 per day.