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 HippUnited 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,

Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

I was doing


I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

Rick BelliveauPortland Oregon USA

Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about