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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      17 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy to Moderate
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
      March - May and Sept - Nov.

    Trip Overview

    Are you ready to embark on an adventure to the hidden kingdom of the Upper Mustang? A journey to this remote region of Nepal is like stepping back in time. The Upper Mustang Trek is not just a trek but a journey into a world that has remained untouched by modernization. The stark and arid landscapes, ancient caves, and monasteries will leave you in awe. 

    As you trek through this remote region, you'll pass through quaint villages, and a stunning desert-like landscapes that will take your breath away. You'll witness the traditional way of life of the local people, who have lived in these remote valleys for centuries. Our trek is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a world that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

    Moreover, you'll hike further into the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, Lo Manthang. This kingdom was once forbidden till the year 1992 and has still managed to preserve its beauty. This kingdom's landscape and culture will remind you of distant Tibet. 

    Altogether, this trek will take you on a unique adventure into the land of Upper Mustang. On this journey, you'll witness the difference in landscape and be acquainted with the people who have their roots embedded in Tibetan culture.

    Main Features

    • Begin your journey with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, where you can explore the rich Nepalese heritage and culture.
    • Take a picturesque drive to Pokhara, enjoying the fresh mountain air and passing through verdant forests.
    • In Pokhara, relax by the serene Phewa Lake and soak in the tranquil ambiance before your adventure.
    • Catch a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the bustling hub for trade and commerce in the district.
    • Engage with the locals in Jomsom and gain insight into their unique way of life and ancient traditions.
    • Enjoy delicious local cuisine like Dhal Bhat(rice, lentils, and vegetables), momos, spicy curries, etc.
    • Explore the ancient kingdom of Lo-Manthang, which has remained untouched by modernization.
    • Make a stop at Namgyal Gompa, which is situated on a hilltop. You can also enjoy the beautiful mountain views from the hill.
    • Discover walled caves, chortens, and monasteries and engage with the local monks for a deeper understanding of their spiritual practices.
    • Visit the revered Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists and experience the profound spiritual energy that radiates from this location.

    Route Overview

    Our package starts as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be greeted by one of our staff. He will then escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu.

    A sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city is organized before your real adventure. The journey starts with a beautiful drive to Pokhara. From here, you will fly to Jomsom and begin your trek. The first stopover is at Kagbeni. After staying here for the night, you’ll cross several villages like Chele, Geling, and Charang to reach the capital of the ancient kingdom Lo, Lo - Manthang.

    Now, you’ll hike for around 2 hours and explore the Namgyal Gompa. After exploring, you’ll make your way to the last village of Lo Manthang, Tingkha, and head back to Lo Manthang for an overnight stay.

    Continuing the journey, you’ll cross villages like Drakmar, Shyangmochen, and Chhusang to reach Muktinath. Now, it's time to head back to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara. The flight back to Kathmandu from Pokhara marks the end of your journey. 

    What Are The Best Times For The Trek?

    Choosing the best time to embark on an Upper Mustang trek is important to get the most out of the journey. Hence, we are here to help you with that.

    Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) mark the ideal seasons for trekking in this region. These seasons offer a perfect balance of clear and dry weather. You'll be able to relish the stunning views of the mountains with unobstructed visibility due to the cloudless sky.

    That said, it's worth noting that Upper Mustang is situated in a rain shadow area, which means that it receives very little rainfall throughout the year. Hence, trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) is also feasible.

    However, it is advisable to avoid trekking during the winter season, from December to February. The weather can be harsh, with frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, making the trek even more challenging.

    What Is The Difficulty Level?

    If you're intrigued by the prospect of exploring the elusive kingdom of Mustang, you may be wondering how challenging the journey to reach this remote destination truly is.

    The Upper Mustang Trek is classified as an easy to moderate trek, depending on your physical endurance. You'll traverse through rugged terrain, steep inclines, and declines along the way. You'll hike for 5-6 hours daily. Hence, to ensure you're well-prepared, we recommend engaging in cardio exercises and adding nutritious meals to your diet in the month leading up to the trek.

    The only thing that could potentially hinder your progress is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). At the highest point of the trek at 4200m, there's a high chance of manifesting altitude sickness. However, don't worry! Our expert guide will be there to support you every step of the way. They'll guide you on your breathing technique and walking pace. They will ensure you have a safe and comfortable trekking experience.

    Are There Any Alternative Treks?

    If this package doesn't suit your preferences, don't worry - we have a variety of other options for you to choose from.

    There’s also an Upper Mustang Trek with a Drive Back option if you want to shorten your trip. This 14 days journey gives you a full experience of the Upper Mustang region with a drive back from Ghami to Jomsom.

    If you want to add cultural experience to your trek, you can opt for the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. This trek takes place during the Tiji festival, a three-day celebration that takes place in Lo Manthang. The trek takes you through the beautiful landscapes of Upper Mustang and allows you to witness the unique cultural traditions of the region.

    Take your time to explore our packages and find the one that's perfect for you. We are always here to assist you in making the best choice for your travel needs and preferences.


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers.
    • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
    • Round trip flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara including departure taxes
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
    • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit), please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipments
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Cost and Date

    September, 2023

      Travellers‘ reviews

      Review (s) Summary

      5.003 ratings
      • Nepal’s Upper Mustang is the hidden gem!

        Twelve years ago, Nepal Hiking Team wonderfully organized a solo trek from Jiri to Everest Base Camp that was transformative to my life and worldview.
        Just recently, I made my way back to Nepal and again to the organizational finesse of this talented crew. Ganga and Balaram have grown NHT into an incredibly viable company that meets the needs of trekkers while engaging in philanthropic endeavors that support local Nepalese, their communities, and their ways.
        My guide, Ram Sapkota, and porter, Nabaraj Thapa, ensured my safety each step of the way and enabled me to push myself during our daily ventures. Through humor, sincerity, humility, and authenticity, these gentlemen introduced me to this semi-arid desert with its incredible vistas and varied landscapes, rich Tibetan influenced cultural history, and a variety of monasteries and temples that are unique to the former Kingdom of Lo. All of the careful arrangements allowed for stress-free trekking, engaging encounters with locals and my guides, and wonderful stays at a variety of unique and exceptional tea and guesthouses.
        Guides are required for this region, as is a special visa and NHT is the most reliable and knowledgeable company when it comes to visiting this hidden gem. If you are looking for something truly unique in Nepal, support local business and trust Nepal Hiking Team to plan your Upper Mustang Trek and you will not be disappointed!
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        - Excellent
        Ms. Terisscovkya
        US   |   18th Jun 2023
      • Upper Mustang Valley trek

        I had the incredible opportunity to embark on the Upper Mustang Valley trek as part of a research expedition with three fellow professors from a US university. Our purpose was twofold: to conduct research and also assess the feasibility of bringing students on future trips. During our time in Nepal, we undertook two treks, first exploring the Khumbu Valley and then venturing into the captivating Upper Mustang region.

        Throughout our entire journey, we were fortunate to have the exceptional support and guidance of the Nepal Hiking Team, led by the remarkable Ganga Raj Thapa. Even prior to our departure, they were instrumental in assisting us with numerous inquiries, diligently answering our emails, and helping us craft the perfect itinerary tailored to our specific interests.

        During the treks themselves, we were accompanied by two exceptional guides, Arjun and Prakash. Their extensive knowledge, thoughtfulness, and flexibility made our experience all the more enriching. As the days unfolded, they transformed from our guides into what we hope will be lifelong friends. Their warm and considerate nature ensured that we felt cared for every step of the way.

        The scenery along the Upper Mustang Valley trek was nothing short of awe-inspiring. However, it should be noted that the terrain presented its challenges, with steep paths and demanding hikes. On some days, we covered over 15 miles in a single day. Nevertheless, our guides were attuned to our capabilities, knowing when to encourage us to push our limits and when to allow us time to rest and regain our strength, often enjoying leisurely two-hour lunches amidst the captivating surroundings.

        I wholeheartedly endorse both the Upper Mustang Valley trek and the Nepal Hiking Team. Their unwavering commitment to ensuring our satisfaction and their genuine hospitality left an indelible impression on us. If you are seeking a remarkable trekking experience amidst breathtaking scenery, I strongly recommend embarking on this journey with the Nepal Hiking Team.

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        - Excellent
        Mrs. Jennifer Brice
        US   |   18th Jun 2023
      • Mustang Treks with Nepal Hiking Team

        I recently completed a most startling trek along with a friend to the restricted Upper Mustang Region of Nepal in April with the Nepal Hiking Team.

        This was my second trek with Nepal Hiking Team to the Upper Mustang region. I have discovered that both my trips were well organized by NHT and everything was done very efficiently and wonderfully.

        On my latest trek, I was in touch with Nepal Hiking Team and Ganga via email gave every detail about the trek. I was seeking for a trek that was different from my previous trek. Therefore, I decided to trek to the area on the east side of the Kali Gandaki River. All my queries were resolved via the emails within a short time. He also gave me a customized itinerary and quoted a price. I accepted his proposed program as it met all our requirements in a reasonable price.

        For Upper Mustang Trek, a guide was must and NHT provided professional guides as well as a porter for two of us. The guide was Santa, a very admirable guide. He was much familiar with the areas that we strolled and looked after us very well. His main concern was our safety and wellbeing.  The porter was Vishnu; he too was wonderful and strong. We enjoyed the company of both the porter and guide.

        I hope that someday, I will trek to Nepal again and definitely I would book and trek with Nepal Hiking Team. I would highly suggest that anyone planning for visiting Nepal for a trek must contact them.

        Thanks again Nepal Hiking Team.

        Garfield Saunders (Age 77)

        Victoria BC, Canada

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Garfield Saunders
        CA   |   9th Nov 2016