Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back

Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back
Trekking/Jeep Tour
  • Max Altitude
    4200 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax 
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Best Time
    March to May and Sept to Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $1,980USD

Trip Overview

Looking for that perfect Upper Mustang trekking itinerary? Then look no further! Because our 14 days Upper Mustang Trek takes you to the ethereally beautiful forbidden kingdom of the Annapurna region. Upper Mustang Trek introduces travelers to the new Himalayan side of Nepal besides the typical forested trail with snowcapped mountains in the background. Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back entails exploring dry and rough terrains of the restricted Mustang Region.

While navigating the Upper Mustang Trekking Route, trekkers will experience a sensation of trekking in the pristine corners of the Himalayas. Walk through the stunning and rich ethnic far-off settlements hidden in the crevasses and giant canyons. Similarly, tour through various monasteries and gompas tasting the enriching cultural and traditional values. Mustang region is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture, which is a unique lifestyle to see. Also, immerse in the mythological tales surrounding the origin and religious belief of the region.

Navigating Upper Mustang is like journeying back to medieval times. The region is a restricted trekking area. Thus, not many traverse this particular region. Similarly, due to its restricted status, the region has exceptionally preserved historical monuments and culture. Whoever visits grounds of Upper Mustang, they experience great cultural dexterity. After savoring the historical and cultural magnificence of the valley, relish the eccentric physical terrain of the region. The unmistakably distinctive yet stunning mountains and dusty, windy terrain are remarkable aspects of trekking.

Upper Mustang Trekking is a moderate hike that begins with a scenic flight to Pokhara and then to Jomsom. Two flight journey offers distinctively different pictures of Nepal’s geographical landscape. The journey runs over the Muktinath temple and continues to Chusang, Ghele, Geling, and Charang. In addition, overnight at Lo Manthang- the capital of Mustang lets you delve into the traditional life of upper Mustang. After relishing the sights of the high-altitude desert, deep gorges, big wall caves, and monasteries follow your way back to the city in a fun jeep ride to Jomsom from Ghami. Later, take the early flight to Pokhara from Jomsom while enjoying changing view from the window seat.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek with Drive Back

  • Half-day excursion of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites based in Kathmandu.
  • Visit the dry and barren terrain of Mustang
  • The vast lands are surrounded by the Trans Himalayas
  • The journey through the remote settlements of people whose faith and beliefs in their deity is powerful and likewise explore the culture and tradition that is untouched and undisturbed
  • Explore the sacred pilgrimage site- Muktinath temple
  • A short stopover in Pokhara to explore one of the most touristic places in Nepal

Best Time to do this Trek

The best times to do the upper mustang trek are spring, summer, and autumn season. However, the upper mustang trek is doable in all four seasons as well. March to May is the spring season; thus, one can anticipate mild and moderate weather conditions. Whereas the autumn season, from September to November, offers splendid weather with clear blue skies and a crystal clear picture of the trans-Himalayas and Annapurna range along with Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Nilgiri mountains. Summer and monsoon season coincides in Nepal, and it is from June to August.

Most trekking trails of Nepal are not suitable for hiking during the summer/monsoon season. However, for the upper mustang trek, it is one of the ideal times. As the region lies in a leeward area, it experiences less precipitation, and the weather remains dry and barren with strong wind. Lastly, it is possible to trek in the winter season, but it gets a little challenging because of extreme cold weather and cold wind. Nevertheless, if winter air does not bother you, then there won’t be much problem. However, one must layer up with appropriate clothing for a memorable and beautiful journey.

Trek Difficulty

The Upper Mustang Trek with the drive-back tour is a moderate trekking journey. The trekking route is quite broad and straight as well. Unlike most hiking routes of Nepal, it does not require hiking steep uphill and downhill. Hence, it will not put much pressure on your legs. Only a few portions of the journey require hiking through narrow routes. Besides, this particular itinerary is perfectly coordinated with appropriate flight duration, trekking, and land transportation. All means of transport are rarely included while trekking, but since road construction is well-built in this region, people usually have jeep drives in their journey. Overall, it is a suitable journey for everybody, including novice and senior and junior trekkers.

Alternative Treks

There are various trekking trails in the Upper Mustang. Some are short, whereas some are long. However, each trekking itinerary offers a different flavor to trekkers. For instance, 17 days Upper Mustang Trek offers a lengthy walking journey allowing plenty of time to observe the culture and adore the scenery. Or participate in one of the celebratory festivals of Mustang with 18 days Upper Mustang Tiji Festival. Similarly, you can also explore lower regions of the Mustang Region with 14 days of Lower Mustang Trek. All the itineraries are flexible for customization as per the trekker’s requirement.


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu then Flight to Pokhara (910m/3020ft) Duration: 30 Min

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft) duration: 3 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Duration: 4 -5 Hrs

Day 05: Muktinath – Chusang - Chele (3110m/10200ft) Duration: 7-8 Hrs

Day 06: Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 5 - 6 Hrs

Day 07: Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft) Duration: 4 Hrs

Day 08: Charang to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft) Duration: 3 Hrs

Day 09: Exploration Of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and Return 4 - 6 Hrs

Day 10: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) via Ghar Gompa: Duration: 6-7 Hrs

Day 11: Trek To Ghami Then Drive to Jomsom 37 Kilometers 8-9 Hours

Day 12: Fly to Pokhara

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Farewell/Departure

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Round trip airfare between Kathmandu to Pokhara as per itinerary.
  • 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 bags, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bags, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit), please bring 3 passport size photos for a permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunches and dinners whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa suitable for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the 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 equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.


Kenneth Hipp, United States

I was with Nepal Hiking Team in spring this year, doing the Upper Mustang Trek. I choose this company for all the good reviews. Because of this, I was expecting good services from them, and they did not disappoint! When I landed at the Kathmandu airport, I was greeted by Ganga and his team with flower garlands. Then I was transferred to my hotel. As the trek started from Jomsom, I knew that I had made the right choice going with NHT because of their constant reassurance and care that they showed thought the initial days of my time with them. I loved my Kathmandu and Pokhara tour, and even more beautiful was the trek at Mustang itself. I have never seen or experienced such fantastic culture and practices anywhere else, and it was so new and refreshing for me. I was with my guide, Raj, who was my trusted companion on the entire journey. He was unique and brilliant and so funny- he made the trek ten times better than it would have been otherwise. I am so thankful to Nepal Hiking Team for fulfilling my desire for a beautiful trip. I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed my time with them and how much I look forward to joining them again in the future.

Nicky N Prasad, Australia I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity, I was delighted with enthusiasm! I think I am also fortunate to have been in the company of Nepal Hiking Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service I received was top-notch, and I was always provided the best available services, from the food and guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Paban, and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. The trip was terrific, and I am so glad I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures, and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Nepal Hiking Team for being one of Nepal's most reliant tour agencies!  
Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.