Upper Mustang Trek | The Hidden Kingdom Trek

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  • USD 2025 Per person
  • 16 Days

Upper Mustang Trek was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992. It is one of the most preserved regions in the world. It is also known as a ‘Mini Tibet of Nepal’. Majority of the population still speaks traditional Tibetan language. Tibetan culture has been preserved by the relative isolation of the region from the outside world. Upper Mustang trek is one of Nepal’s most mysterious and least known adventures.Upper Mustang, with topography and culture resembling Tibet has many unique features and attractions. Mustang is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom. It lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River.

The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces. This combination present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. Upper Mustang is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region. The major attraction of Upper Mustang Trek is the walled city of Lo-Manthang. Upper Mustang is possibly the last remnant of pristine Tibetan culture.

Before 1991 this region was prohibited to visit for foreign travelers. Trekking in Mustang was officially opened in 1992. This region was forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world. Despite it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditional. Culture and tradition here is rich & unique. The capital of Lo-Mustang is a walled city ruled by a religious king. Upper Mustang is untouched by modern civilization. Life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries at an unhurried pace. This area provides spectacular mountain scenery. Highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795ft) and Annapurna I at 8091 meters (26,545ft). You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters (19,680ft) high. The elevation of the trails rise from 2815 meters (9,233ft) to 3780 meters (12,398ft) above sea level.

Upper Mustang was a separate kingdom within Nepal. It was until the time of Monarchy till 2006. Even after the downfall of Monarchy this settlement has the same respect for their King. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through high altitude desert country. This place is reached climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. The gorge of Kali Gandaki River is the deepest in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries. We can find ancient and isolated villages during this trek.

Remember Nepal Pioneer Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. for this trek to grab the lifetime experience.


Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu then transfer to hotel. (1,300m/4,160 ft)

Day 02: City tour and trek preparation day (1,300m/4,160 ft)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2624ft)7 hours drive

Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni (2,800m/8,960ft) 20 Minutes flight and 3 hours walk

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/9,760ft) 5 hour walk

Day 06: Trek from Chele to Geling (3,440m/11,008ft) 5-6 hours walk

Day 07: Trek from Geling to Charang (3,490m/11,168ft) 5-6 hour walk

Day 08: Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/11,936ft) 5-6 hours walk

Day 09: Explore day at Lo-Manthang (3,730m/11,936ft)

Day 10: Trek from Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk

Day 11: Trek from Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m/12,180ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 12: Trek from Ghiling to Chele (3050m/9,760ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 13: Trek from Chele to Jomsom (2720/8,704ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2,624ft)

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7-8 hrs drive

Day 16: Departure day

Day 01: Arrival Day in Kathmandu

Upon on your arrival at the Tribhuban International Airport one of our stuff will be there to warm greet you with beautiful garland that is our respect and the culture to welcome to the new stranger.After welcoming you our staff will transfer to you to the hotel. After your long journey on plane you may get tired so be fresh then our manager will come to meet you to the hotel and talk about the plan of your trip in details.

Day 02: Trek Preparation day

Today our tour guide will come to meet you at the hotel at 09.oo AM. The tour guide will introduce you then take you to the world heritage sites. He will describe you about the history, cultures and so on about all the monuments . After visiting the world heritage sites ,our manager will meet you again and take a feed back about the day trip then take you to the most famous typical restaurant for well come dinner to show the cultural programmed.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Today you are heading to Pokhara. One of the most beautiful city of Nepal and very much touristic place.Our guide will come to pick up you at your hotel then take you to the tourist bus station. The bus journey about six to seven hours including breakfast and lunch break. While you are driving on the high way,you will enjoy to the country sites, rivers and the mountains like as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and the Annapurna. Once you arrived in Pokhara , our guide drop you to the hotel then he will talk about the plan for the next day trip.Today you are free , you have dinner on your own wherever you like then stay over night at Pokhara.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni. (2,800m/8,960ft) 30 minutes flight and 3 hours walk

After having breakfast in Pokhara, you will be transferred to the airport to board an early morning flight to Jomsom the headquarter  of Mustang district. Passing through the world’s deepest gorge, this scenic flight to Jomsom offers a incredible view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and the Annapurna range. On arrival to Jomsom, you will meet the rest of the crew awaiting your arrival. The necessary pre-trek preparation is done at Jomsom. Shortly after this, the ultimate walk starts on crossing the suspension bridge at Jomsom which further leads towards the northern valley of Kaligandaki following the trail along the Kaligandaki River. The trail offers a stunning views of snow capped mountains like Tukuche, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri to the north, while the southern part of the trail features the entire Annapurna range.Once you arrived at Jomsom, you can look around the town then continue trek to Kagbeni. It takes about four hours walk through the Kali Gandaki river Bank. You can explore the day at your free time in Kagbani. Kagbeni is beautiful old village . Stay over night at lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Chele(3,050m/9,760ft) 5 hours walk

After having breakfast the trail ascends towards the northern valley of Kagbeni and heads towards Tangbe and the towards Chhusang valley. Kagbeni is the get way of Upper Mustang trek. Along the trail you can enjoy a network of narrow lane among the traditional red and whitewashed houses, Buddhist monasteries, red, black and white colored chortens, beautiful apple orchards as well as wheat, barley and buckwheat fields. You will also be blessed with a glowing view of Nilgiri. After crossing several ridges and a stream along the trail, we now leave both Kali Gandaki valley and Manangi culture behind and enter Chele and the Tibetan culture of Lo. This place offers a perfect picture of Tibetan settlement. If you are free in the evening, you can look around then stay over night at lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Geling (3,440m/11,008ft) 5-6 hours walk

Today you can start your trek after breakfast. We start our usual day trek, which first hikes up to Taklam La Pass, goes through even terrain to observe Yakawa Kang, Tilicho Peak and Damodar hill. We further walk towards the village of Samar from where the ridge descends into the large gorge, passes chorten and make our way towards Shyangmochen walking through the beautiful valley crossing cool streams and juniper trees. Shyangmochen is a small settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby Shyangmochen, you can also enjoy Rangbyung which is a cave that contains stalagmites in the form of Chorten. This is also considered one of the holiest places in Mustang. From here the trail drop down to Geiling, which offer the pleasant view of the barley field. Stay over night at lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3,490m/11,168ft) 5-6 hours walk

Today also trek start after breakfast, the trail turns west and continues through the driest part of Mustang, which further passes through the fields that are below Tama Gaon. From here we take a turn towards north to reach Nyi La. Here, the trail steeply descends to Ghyami. Ghyami is the third largest settlement surrounded by large barren fields in the Lo region. On crossing Ghyami River, the trail makes its way along the Mani wall (a sacred wall made by prayer stones) and from the end of the wall the trail takes an eastward turn towards the village of Charang, which is a large spread village situated on the top of the Charang Chu canyon. On the eastern side of this village lie Dzong (fortress) and a Red Gompa (monastery) that exhibits an assortment of exceptional statues and Thangkas. Stay over night at lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/11,936ft) 5-6 hours walk

The trek today start after breakfast. Before heading toward Lo Manthang, we spend some time exploring the Charang village and the Red Gompa. Then we climb up the valley to explore isolated Chorten, which separates the area of Charang and Lo Manthang. As the trail climbs up to the windy pass of Lo, the trail broadens eventually allowing you the very first glimpse of the walled city of Lo Manthang. After walking five six hours you reach at the today destination then stay over night.

Day 09: Explore Day at Lomanthang.

Today hike start after breakfast, without wasting our time we start exploring the Lo Manthang. We visit 4 major Gompas like Namgyal Gompa (situated on the hilltop and also used as a local court), Champa Lakhang (God House), Thugchen Gompa and Chyodi Gompa. Other attractions of this area are the ceremonial King’s Palace (a 4 storey building at the center of the city), Tingkhar (a settlement of around 40 houses and the last village to the northwest of Lo Manthang) as well as the panoramic view of towering mountain and pure Tibetan culture. If you are lucky, you can also get an audience with the king or the queen. Stay over night at a lodge in Lo-Manthang.

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk

The trek start after having breakfast, we now take a different route towards south that leads us towards Ghar Gompa which is a 1200 year old Gompa with Guru Rinpoche (who overcame a demon who had been interfering with the construction of the Shakya Gompa in Tibet at this spot). It is highly believed that if you pay a visit to this Gompa, one of your wishes will be fulfilled. This Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. The trail is windy during the day; therefore, it is suggested to start the walk as early as possible. Stay over night  at Ghar Gompa.

Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m/12,180ft), 5-6 hrs walk

After having breakfast,your trek start again.Get ready for the dusty day as we descend to Geiling from Ghar Gumpa. We start early in the morning as soon as we have our breakfast. Walking past more caves will bring us back to the long Mani wall and the pass at Ghami. From here, we walk until we reach Geiling. today you should walk about five to six hours then stay over night at lodge.

Day 12: Ghiling to Chele (3050m/9,760ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Today we will get back to the same trail that we followed earlier. The trail from Geiling to Chele once again gives you an opportunity to  enjoy the breathtaking view of all those towering peaks, hamlets, caves and varied landscapes that you missed earlier. The total walk today about five hours then stay over night at Geiling.

Day 13: Chele to Jomsom (2720/8,704ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Today is the last day of your trekking. This day’s walk will be the longest walk during the entire trek as we do not stop at Kaagbeni but walk till Jomsom. On reaching Jomsom, you will be we celebrate the success of our trek with other stuff members. You can also demand for solitude to reflect upon the journey made during the past few days. You will be loaded with pleasant memories, stories and experiences ready to share and cherish your entire life. Stay over night in Jomsom.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2,624ft) 30 minutes flight

After breakfast, we check into the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. This 20-30 min flight through the gorge between two high mountain above eight thousand meters Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. is a bonus to feed your soul with thrill and adventure. Once you arrive at Pokhara you are free .Take your time to explore your self and relax then stay over night at hotel.

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,160 ft) 7-8 hrs drive

Today your journey back to Kathmandu by bus.It takes about six hours drive by tourist bus. Once again, you will get a chance to enjoy the pleasant view of Trisuli River, hamlets, and terraced farm on the way to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu,transfer to the hotel.After getting fresh ,our manager will meet you at your hotel then take you for the farewell dinner.After having dinner ,will drop you the hotel then stay over night there.

Day 16: Departure day

Today is the last day of your trip in Nepal with Nepal Pioneer Treks . Our driver will come to drop you to the airport .We wish you have a nice and safe journey back home.


Trip Includes:

  • Four nights accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel(Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground and air transportation.
  • One full  day Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle with English speaking city tour guide if you required.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters(According to the group size) with their insurance, salary,accommodation and meals.
  •  welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show.(Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents , TIMS Permit,Trekking Permit ,Upper Mustang restricted permit etc.
  •  Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All require local and government tax.

Trip Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.

: Sun Glasses

: Scarf Face Mask

: Fleece Bennie

: Sunscreen

: Cap stick

: Hand Towel

: Cold weather Down Jacket

: Wind Stopper

: Rain Coat

: Fleece Jacket and Trouser

: T-shirt (short or long selves)

: Trekking Trousers

: Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom(two pairs)

: Trekking Boots

: Socks and under wears

: Head torch

: Snow Gaiter(depends on trekking region)

: Camel Pack or water bottle

: Trekking Poles

: Day Pack minimum 25 L with side pocket to keep bottle

: Spare batteries for Camera

: Down Jacket

: Sleeping Bag

Fixed Departures

S.No. Start Date End Date Price Availability
1 15 January 2017 18 January 2018 $1775 Guaranteed Book Now
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