Upper Mustang Trek

Mustang"Upper Mustang Trekking" has an average elevation of 3,500m located to the north of the mountain giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and is therefore north of the main Himalayan range and geographically is part of the highlands of Tibet. The Upper Mustang Trek is a vast high valley, arid and dry, characterized by eroded canyons, colorful stratified rock formations and has a barren, desert like appearance. One of the most fascinating features of Mustang are literally thousands of cliff dwellings, some of which look completely inaccessible. The most recent theory is that they may date 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was a much greener land. Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Actually the capital of the Mustang district is Jomsom, but the real Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang.

Mustang Trekking recognizing the special nature of this old, tiny kingdom, the Nepalese have imposed a surcharge for anyone wishing to trek past Kagbeni, the border of Upper Mustang. With legal trekking groups only being allowed in for the first time in March 1992, you would be part of a small privileged minority to visit this remote outpost of Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trekking Fact box

Mode of trekking: On camping basis.

Trek Grade: Moderate
Season: April-May-September-October.
Trek Duration: 12/13 Days             
Overall Duration: 17/18Days

Highlights: Extension of Tibetan plateau, typical Tibetan tradition, Bon (pre-buddhist) and Buddhist culture, forbidden area till the last decade, dramatic landscapes, warm-friendly locals, walled city of Lomanthang as it was for hundred years ago, grand views of the snow capped peaks" 

Trip Map

Upper Mustang Trekking Map

Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Fly or drive to Pokhara.  

Day 02: Fly to Jomsom (2,713m) and begin Trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m)3-4 hrs walks.

Day 03: Trek to Chussang. (2,920m) approx. 6 hrs walk.

Day 04: Trek to Samar. (3,290m) approx. 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 05: Trek to Ghiling. (3,600m) approx. 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 06: Trek to Tsarang. (3,520m) approx. 6-7 hrs walk. 

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang.  (3,780m) the capital of Mustang approx. 4-5 hrs walk.

Day 08: Rest day for local excursion of Lo-Manthang. 

Day 09: Trek to Ghami 3,440m approx. 6-7 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Samar. 4-5 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka. Approx. 3,845m. 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath. (3,710m) approx. 4 hrs walk.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom. 3-4 hrs.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Day 15: Drive or Flight to Kathmandu