Plan Your Trip

Talk with our local travel specialist who can help organize your trip.


Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek is a relatively new trek in Nepal as the region was opened to foreigners since 1992. The region developed a unique culture and tradition as it remained in seclusion for all these years. You will find a well preserved Tibetan culture and get to witness the Bon religion which predates Tibetan Buddhism. You will be visiting different Gompas, and Chortens and will be walking on a bridge festooned with prayer flags. 

Upper Mustang is culturally and geographically is more similar to Tibet. Savor the arid and dry valley’s stunning views with colorful rock formation and observe many caves and settlements high in the cliffs. Trek past Chortens, stupas, prayer wheels, and mani walls which are the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang 
  • Witness the arid desert-like landscapes with spires and cliffs
  • Explore the unique caves, ancient monasteries, gumbas and chortens 
  • Get an insight into the local culture and tradition predominantly Tibetan Buddhism
  • A visit to Lubra Village gives you an insight into Bon religion which is older than Tibetan Buddhism 
  • Trek past the world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Enjoy the astounding views of tall mountains including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and others

Overview

You will be hiking in one of the remote areas of Nepal with Upper Mustang Lo Manthang trek. Your trip of 15 days begins and ends in Kathmandu. You will be mostly trekking in a secluded area and will get to experience the joy of trekking in solitary. Moreover, navigate your through Trans Himalayas; and the landscape of the region will make you feel more like trekking in Tibetan plateaus than in Nepal. 

After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be driving to the popular touristy city of Pokhara which lies in the lap of the Himalayas. On the following day, you will be taking an early flight from Pokhara to Jomsom which is the headquarter of Mustang district. 

Your trek starts from Jomsom and you will be trekking to the beautiful village of Kagbeni. The village in the bank of Kali Gandaki River, Kagbeni was a popular place for trade between Nepal and Tibet. You will be trekking past the quaint villages of Chele, Syanbochen, Ghami, Tsarang, on your way to Lo Manthang. 

Explore the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang for a day which is dotted with tall whitewashed structures with mudbrick walls. You will notice the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. Further, you will be visiting different ancient monasteries or Gompas which houses centuries-old statues of Buddha, elaborate wall mandalas, and others. Also, visit the residence of Lamas and get an insight into their daily lives.  

After exploring Lo Manthang for a day, continue your trek past Yara, Tangbe, Tetang to Muktinath. 

Muktinath is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. Muktinath is referred to Mukti Kshetra which means the sacred place of salvation. Also, it is believed that bathing in the waters of Muktinath bestows salvation after death. 

Buddhist refer to Muktinath as Chumming Gyatsa. Muktinath is a sacred place of Dakinis goddesses called Sky Dancers as per Tibetan Buddhism. Also, it is the place where Guru Rimpoche or Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated on his way to Tibet. 

This Upper Mustang Trek Package will take you to the less-trodden region. Also, you will get to see rich Tibetan culture at its best since the region remained in seclusion for centuries. Also, you will get a firsthand experience of local culture and traditions. 

Since you will be trekking in a restricted area you will need a special permit. Along with a solo permit you need to trek in a group of at least two with a government licensed guide. If you are trekking solo reach out to a trekking company or agent. They can arrange a trekking partner or put you in a group. You don’t need to stress as your trekking company will easily arrange the Upper Mustang Permit for a trek. 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Take a drive from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) 6-7hours (200 km/124 miles)
Day 2 A flight to Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft) and hike to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,217ft) 25 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek
Day 3 Trek to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 4 Trek to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft) 6-7 hours trek
Day 5 Trek Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 6 Trek to Tsarang (3,620m/11,874ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 7 Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,235ft) 3-4 hours trek
Day 8 Excursion of Lo Manthang
Day 9 Trek to Yara (3,838m/12,589ft) 6-7 hours trek
Day 10 Trek to Tangbe (3,240m/10,628ft) 7-8 hours trek
Day 11 Trek Tangbe to Tetang (3,067m/10,060ft) 8-9 hours trek
Day 12 Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,464ft) 7-8 hours trek
Day 13 Trek to Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 14 Return back to Pokhara by flight (800m/2,625ft) 25 minutes of flight
Day 15 A drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) 6-7 Hours (200km) Drive

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Take a drive from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) 6-7hours (200 km/124 miles)

Fewa Lake Pokhara Phewa Lake in Pokhara

You will be leaving for Pokhara from Kathmandu early in the morning. Enjoy a scenic drive in the hilly roads and cross two beautiful rivers Trishuli and Marshyangdi on the way to Pokhara. It takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu which is around 200 km or 124 miles apart. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. 

Day 2: A flight to Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft) and hike to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,217ft) 25 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek

Kegbeni Nepal Kagbeni- gateway to the Mustang region in Nepal

Wake up early to catch a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara which takes around 25 minutes. Enjoy a scenic flight with incredible views of snowy mountains and verdant hills from your window. Jomsom is one of the most important villages of Kali Gandaki valley due to the presence of an airport. Your trek begins from Jomsom and you will be heading towards the village of Kagbeni. A walk on a dirt road leads you to the entrance of lower mustang, Kagbeni. The Tibetan village of Kagbeni is located on the top of a cliff. Overnight at Kagbeni. 

Day 3: Trek to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hours trek

Chaile Cliffs near the village of Chaile

With a trek to Chele, you will step in the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Get your permits ready to be checked at the check post. Further, walk to the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki riverbank and ascend many ridges on your way to Tangbe village. Hike past Chhusang village and cross the River Kali Gandaki on your way to Chele village. The village is perched on a hill and you need to climb up a steep ascent to reach the village. Overnight at Chele. 

Day 4: Trek to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft) 6-7 hours trek

Today you will be walking on a trail with a steep barren land and copper-red canyon. Moreover, you will be gradually descending and will also see some chortens on a ridge. You will reach the village of Samar and a trek past fields and ridges will take you to the village of Syangbochen. Overnight at Syangbochen.

Day 5: Trek Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft) 5-6 hours trek

On the way to Ghami Beautiful View on way from Syanbochen to Ghami

You will be ascending in and out of the big side valleys of the Kali Gandaki. A hike up the hill will lead you to a pass and after crossing the pass a descend will take you to the village of Gheling. A way ahead is a bit tough and you will be traversing Nyi La Pass (3,840m/12,598ft). Upon crossing the village of Charang you will reach Ghami village. The village is dotted with whitewashed mud and stone houses canopied by an overhanging cliff. Overnight at Ghami.

Day 6: Trek to Tsarang (3,620m/11,874ft) 5-6 hours trek

Mani wall near Ghami The longest Mani (prayer) Wall in Mustang

Today you will be mostly trekking in the arid part of Mustang. The rough terrain might be challenging but you will be rewarded with breathtaking views. The gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains are known to mesmerize its onlookers. Moreover, you will be trekking to Tsarang village which is located on Tsarang Chu Canyon. The red Gompa of the Tsarang village has a wonderful collection of statues and thangkas. Moreover, you will observe a big medieval time fort towards the east of the village. Overnight at Tsarang. 

Day 7: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,235ft) 3-4 hours trek

On this day you will be trekking to Lo Manthang which was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lo. You will be trekking past Lo Gekar on your way to Lo Manthang. Enjoy the stunning views of towering mountains like Tilicho, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, and others. Visit ancient temples and monasteries of Lo Manthang and get an insight into their rich culture and tradition. Overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 8: Excursion of Lo Manthang

lo mangthang village Lo Manthang which was founded in the 1380s by Ame Pal

Today you will be exploring the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang which was founded in the 1380s by Ame Pal. Lo Manthang has around 150 houses. Tall whitewashed brick and mud walls, gompas or monasteries, and King’s Palace are the main attraction of Lo Manthang. The five-story King’s Palace is the oldest structure of the walled city and was built around 1400. The king’s palace is situated in the middle of the city and the king and queen reside in the palace. Despite mostly being a ceremonial King, villages respect and consult the king on various matters. Further, you will be visiting ancient Gompas.

Visit the famous Champa Lhakang which features a large statue of Buddha and walls are painted with Mandalas. Also, visit a beautiful hilltop Gompa called Namgyal Gompa. The monastery holds social, religious as well as legal significance. Namgyal Gompa also functions as a local courthouse. Visit the 15th-century Thubchen Gompa with a big red assembly hall. 

Also, pay a visit to Choprang gompa locally known as ‘New Gompa’ and get an insight into local culture and tradition. Moreover, Tsechen Shedrubling Monastic School, a part of the Monastic Museum, trains young monks of the area. Overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 9: Trek to Yara (3,838m/12,589ft) 6-7 hours trek

Today you will be climbing up a glacial valley that offers an amazing view of reddish-brown colored Lo Manthang. Enjoy the stunning view of hills with farmland on the riverside and stop for lunch at the Dhi village. Further, you will be crossing a river and walking alongside the river on your way to Yara. If you trek in the dry season you will get to enjoy the stunning natural sandy castle from the top of Yara hills. Overnight at Yara.

Day 10: Trek to Tangbe (3,240m/10,628ft) 7-8 hours trek

Yara to tangbe Cliff Trail Mustang near Yara

You will be walking away from the high winding path of Yara to Tangbe. The route leads you to Dhechaeng Khola which originates from the Damodar Kunda. You will be walking on a path that will take you to a little stream of melting ice. After crossing the stream, you will reach the DHI town and hiking further you will see centuries-old sandy precipices before reaching the Tangbe, a small town. Overnight at Tangbe. 

Day 11: Trek Tangbe to Tetang (3,067m/10,060ft) 8-9 hours trek

Today you will be trekking for a longer time than before. Rise early in the morning and prepare for a long trek. You will be climbing steps, crossing a suspension bridge, and following the right side of the trail on your way to Yak Khola. 

Moreover, you will be crossing the PA pass situated at 4,210 meters or 13,812ft which is the highest point of the Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek. Savor the stunning views of the Himalayas from the top before heading down. The trail descends and you will be walking on a rugged terrain so walk cautiously to avoid injuries. Savor the stunning views of the valley with mud roof houses in the village of Tetang before reaching the village. Overnight in Tetang. 

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,464ft) 7-8 hours trek

Muktinath Temple Muktinath Temple - The famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists as well as Hindus located at Mustang region

Your trek for the day begins with an uphill climb and also you will get to enjoy the view of Muktinath and red Buddhist monasteries from the hilltop. Further, you will be crossing Gyu La Pass (4,077m or 15,650 ft) which overlooks the stunning views of mountains including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Navigate your way through the pass, descend the stream and cross the suspension bridge before reaching Muktinath. En route, you will find Fossil stone locally known as ‘Saligram.’ 

Muktinath is a significant religious place for the Hindus as well as Buddhists. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and you will see 108 water spouts with intricate carvings. Also, visit a nearby ancient temple of Jwalamai famous for its eternal flame of natural gas. 

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft) 5-6 hours trek

You will begin the day visiting the revered temple of Muktinath and from here, you can savor the astounding views of Dhaulagiri. Also, you can visit a Buddhist monastery close by. Continue your trek to Panga Khola valley and walk through dense pine forest on your way to Lubra village. 

Lubra village consists of around 20 houses and you be walking past the 12th century Bon Punt Soling monastery. It is one of the few remaining Bon Monasteries of Nepal. Bon religion predates Tibetan Buddhism. You can see the pictures of four Lokapalas and Buddha Shakyamuni in the monastery. The semi-arid Lubra village lies above Jomsom and you can see rural lifestyle untouched by modernization. You will notice colorful strings hung on the doorways called devil traps to catch the devil at night. Continue trekking back to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom. 

Day 14: Return back to Pokhara by flight (800m/2,625ft) 25 minutes of flight

Wake up early in the morning to catch a flight back to Pokhara. Enjoy the stunning views of soaring mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from your window. Check into your hotel and you will get the rest of the day to relax in the beautiful city of Pokhara. Indulge in an activity of your choice. Stroll around lakeside, do some souvenir shopping or go on a sightseeing tour with a guide for an additional charge. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 15: A drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) 6-7 Hours (200km) Drive

Take a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu via Prithivi Highway. Enjoy the wonderful views of verdant hills, rivers, and farms on the way. Check into your hotel in Kathmandu and relax or explore Kathmandu for the rest of the day. Overnight in Kathmandu. 


Best Time to Travel Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek is enjoyable all around the year. The best time to trek Upper Mustang is from March to November. Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow region so, you can trek here in monsoon (June to August) of Nepal as well. It is best to avoid winter (December to February) trek to Upper Mustang as most residents of the region migrate to lower regions to avoid the cold and snow. 

Talking about the Upper Mustang Weather in Spring (April &May) the average temperature during the day is around 16°C to 22°C. While the temperature at nights falls around -6°C to -2°C. You don’t need to worry about slippery trails and leeches during the monsoon of Nepal in Upper Mustang as it’s a dry time of the year here. It’s around 13°C to 20°C during the day while the nighttime temperature ranges from -3°C to 0°C. The temperature reaches the maximum in June which is around 11°C. 

During the autumn months (October and November) temperature during the day, time is around 12°C to 20°C and temperatures falls around -8°C to -4°C. Avoid winter trekking in Upper Mustang as it’s the time of the year when residents of Upper Mustang migrate to lower altitudes due to extremely cold temperatures. The coldest month is January and temperatures is around 0°C to 5°C during the day while at night temperature drops as low as -25°C to 20°C. 

Upper Mustang’s weather is pretty windy and dusty afternoon and also, it’s cold after the sunset. You are highly advised to start your trek early to escape the trouble of trekking in windy and dusty weather. Also, wear warm clothes preferably windproof to keep your body warm. 

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty 

Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek is graded as an easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty level. You will reach the maximum elevation of at 4,210 meters or 13,812ft at PA Pass. You will be walking for a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 9 hours in a day. On average, you will be trekking for around 3 to 4 hours a day. You need to be physically fit to do this trek and it is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. 

Other important note for this trip 

  • You need to get a Restricted Area Permission to trek in Upper Mustang
  • Solo trekking is prohibited and at least a group of two trekkers with a licensed guide from a trekking agency is required
  • Flight to and from Jomsom could be delayed or canceled so it is best to keep some buffer days in your hand
  • The road is accessible to Lo-Manthang so you can drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara if you would like to do a quick and comfort trip




Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
100%

Based on 4 reviews

Mariano Capuzzi
flagsItaly
Oct 06, 2019
Best trek experience in Upper Mustang
It wasn an amazing experience being in such a naturally beautiful place in earth. I did a trek with Third Rock Adventures in Mustang. We had a team of crew including our guide Bimal from the company. We organized everything from Italy then we met Bimal in Katmandu and he continued organizing everything from meeting in the office, bus to pokhara, flights, permits. Trek was fantastic. Bimal found out alternative treks in order to avoid the new road. I really loved the company of Bimal and the trip operation by Third Rock Adventures. I will again come back for another trip and use this company for sure. Thank you again.
Nolan Lakin
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 03, 2019
Iconic beauty of Upper Mustang and Lo Manthang
We just completed the trip to Upper Mustang with Third Rock Adventures and their crew's professional team. Mustang reminds me of how Tibet must have been in the past! Unspoiltness and purity were the most eye-catching for me. In Lo-Mantang , the murals in the temple were a gem of Buddhist art. The highlight was for me the cave of Padmasambhava . Our guide Babu managed to lead us safely over all obstacles and to solve all unexpected problems effortlessly. It was an adventure never to be forgotten and that I would like to do over again with pleasure! Thank you for the best travel experiences, highly recommended.
Connor Jones
flagsAustralia
Oct 01, 2019
Upper Mustang Trek and The Tiji festival
The walk between Jomsom to Lo-manthang was awe inspiring. Naturally it was so beautiful that it inspired us to visit Nepal again. Harsh conditions, no shade or anywhere to sit down combined with the afternoon wind, made this difficult for us but we enjoyed the challenges very well because we have a professional and experienced guide Mr. Shiva from Third Rock Adventures. The scenery was stunning, villages were jaw droppingly interesting. Upon our return to Pokhara after the trip, we felt like we accomplished something worthwhile. The Tiji Festival was an amazing experience as well. We had 2 rest days in this awesome place. Our guide and assistant guide were very supportive. Naba the founder spent 18 months emailing us all. He deserves an award. Tiji Festival runs for 3 days each year, and we were lucky enough to visit it. Thank you everyone for your valuable efforts on making our trip a success story.
Theodore Morrison
flagsCanada
Jun 17, 2019
Jaw dropping natural experience in Upper Mustang
I always had wished to visit this place and this time i am here for real. The trip to upper mustang was amazing, beautiful landscapes and nature and wonderful people. Third Rock Adventures and their team were excellent in guiding us trough this trek and organizing everything as planned without any glitches. This hidden corner of Nepal definitely deserves to be visited by all travelers around the globe. I would definitely recommend Third Rock Adventures and Bimal as a trekking guide for anyone.
Recommendation

Sign up and Win a Free Everest Trek!

Sign up for our newsletter and don't lose your chance to win a free Everest Trek. Get alerts on amazing travel deals and latest news.

Contact Us

Head Office
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977-9851055684 , +977-014544105
North America
Europe
864 route de la Marqueze, 40230 Josse
+33 (0) 674618156 , Stuart Butler
Australia
10 Terrigal Drive Noble Park North
+61 402 752 312 , Collin Loke
Tibet
Sera Road/ Tashi Xintsun, Lhasa, Tibet
+86 139 0890 7271 , Dawa Tsering
Bhutan
Changlam, Thimphu 11001, Bhutan
+975 77 615 269 , Tsheten Chophel