About Annapurna circuit to upper mustang trek
Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang trek with a small group of family and friends will definitely provide lifetime memory. The journey begins with beautiful views of lush green farming fields, river flowing by it side, huge green mountains at the backdrop. Trip gradually hike towards the barren semi-arid desert, close to Himalayan peaks and all the way back exploring the deepest gorge of the world.
Annapurna circuit and upper mustang trek is a long vacation to discover many small pretty tribal villages, Snow covered peaks and Peaceful Places in Himalayas. This is a challenging trek, requires physical fitness, but the scenic beauty of the route is worth the effort. The trail passes through various terrains, from lush green forests to barren landscapes. The trek offers a unique opportunity to experience the diverse culture and lifestyle of the people living in Manang and Mustang regions of Nepal.
Moderate to fairly challenging
Min 2 to Max 10 Persons
Thorong la 5416 meters / 17769 feet
March to November
Trekking & Sightseeing
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Hiking
Kathmandu - Bhulbhule
Nayapul - Pokhara
Amazing Annapurna circuit to upper mustang trek takes to the peaceful places in Himalayas for long vacation. Annapurna circuit Nepal passes through five districts of Nepal, which are Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi and Kaski. It offers breathtaking views of high mountains amazing waterfalls, majestic cliffs, splendid forests diverse landscape with unique natural and cultural experience. As soon as you cross thorang la pass you will reach secret spiritual places the Muktinath temple “Mukti Kshetra” after that your journey move towards the upper mustang one of the mysterious places in Himalayas.
The Annapurna Circuit with Upper Mustang trekking can be enjoyed best in Spring, Monsoon and Autumn season. It is also an amazing time to climb the mountains of Annapurna region. The temperatures remain moderate even in higher elevations. Hence it is the perfect time for trekkers to enjoy the Annapurna circuit with upper mustang.
Mustang situated in the northern central part of Nepal behind Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of Himalayas and near to Tibet. So, the people, culture and lifestyle influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang Trek is a combine trip of two popular trekking routes of Himalayas. It offers a breathtaking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The trek starts from Besishahar and goes through different villages, including Manang, crossing thorang pass before heading to Mustang. Walking route passes through lush green forests, beautiful waterfalls, and traditional villages to takes you to the ancient kingdom of Lo. If you interested to discover hidden gems of the Himalayas during your journey the book upper mustang trek via Annapurna circuit trip to Nepal. Annapurna circuit to upper mustang trek video
After arrival in Kathmandu Airport (TIA) Nepal, our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At hotel he/ she will give short briefing about program agreement and day to day plan. Check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel.
Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.
…………….Today we enter the special permit zone of upper mustang Nepal. The journey from Kagbeni to Chele begins after breakfast at lodge. The trail winds its way northwards along the Kali Gandaki River. It offers stunning views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus and Tukuche peak of Himalayas and unique landscapes of Mustang. Chele itself is a fascinating destination, with a rich history, ancient monasteries, chortens, culture, traditional architecture influences by Tibetan Buddhism.
We traverse several ridges, farm land, apple orchard, picturesque mountain scenery and Tangbe villages to take a break at Chhusang village for lunch. Then after walk along the river observing unique rock formation, high cliff and sky caves of Nepal. Finally cross the Kaligandaki River and from the river bed short uphill climb to reach Chele village of Mustang. This area become very windy and dusty after noon try to cross earlier as much as possible and use sunglasses, mask and windproof clothes. Kagbeni to Chele is a beautiful journey to experience the unique culture and beauty of the Mustang region in Nepal.
Chele to Syangboche trek is a part of Upper Mustang journey starts from Chele and goes through beautiful villages, rocky trails, and narrow canyons. Hiking from Chele to Syangboche will be hard compared to other days to cross two passes, Taklam La 3,624m and Dajori La 3,660m.
You will get to witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the people living in Mustang. The trail passes through several small villages like Ghyakar, Samar to reach Syangboche. Samar is a beautiful village with traditional houses and ancient monasteries, well known common lunch stop of travelers. Along the way you will pass ups and down off-road trail in barren hills, rocky terrain via Ranchung Chungsi cave of Mustang. Chele to Syangboche trek is a wonderful experience for those who want to explore the unique culture and landscape of Upper Mustang region.
The trek from Syangboche to Dhakmar via Ghami passes through beautiful landscapes, including arid desert-like terrain, deep canyons and impressive rock formations. There is a new walking path to connect four villages Syangboche, Ghiling Ghami and Dhakmaar. We follow new walking route to avoid the road.
Along the way, we will visit ancient monastery of Ghami and ghiling, which are the oldest monasteries of Mustang. Ghami village surrounded by the farm land and desert types hills, Ghami river supply water for whole valley. After lunch at Ghami we continue towards Dhakmar village famous for its unique red cliff and sky caves.
The trek from Syangboche to Dhakmar is a scenic and rewarding experience for those looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Mustang.
Trek start early in the morning from Dhakmar towards Lo Gekar monastery and Marang village of mustang. During this journey visitor passes through several high passes, small villages and Ghar Gumba before reaching Charang. Tsarang village, known for its ancient architecture and panoramic views of the valley.
Along the way, one can enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, as well as explore the rich cultural heritage of mustang Nepal. Ancient monastery Mani stone, prayer flags, Chortens around Ghar Gumba and white-washed houses in Tsarang area attract the attention.
Ghar Gumba, Buddhist monuments of Charang village, alpine meadows and impressive mountain views are highlights of the day. Trail ascend up to high valley and descends towards wide farm land of Charang.
We walk around the village, old palace, red monastery, surrounding natural beauty and interact with friendly locals, who are mostly farmers and herders. The Dhakmar to Tsarang trek is a fantastic hiking experience that takes you through red cliffs, deep canyons, beautiful landscapes and traditional hamlet of mustang Nepal.
Today is the final day to reach the highlights of upper mustang trip the wall city “Lo Manthang “. Tsarang to Lo Manthnang distance offers stunning views of mountains, an opportunity to explore the culture, history and natural beauty of Mustang. Most of the walking trail to Lo Manthang is flat; wide and gradually up crossing Sungda Chorten.
Lo La pass 3960 meters is the highest point of the day to reach the wall capital of former kingdom of Lo. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village.
Trail to go to Lo Manthang from Tsarang is easier than other part. It offers eye catching views of Himalayan range including two above 8000 meters’ peaks Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.
From the Lo La pass explorer gets the first glimpse of Lo Manthang city, wide barren land in mustang valley. Famous wall city known for their traditional mud-brick houses, narrow alleys, and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Finally, we reached ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang. At the Lo Manthang city we feel pure Tibetan culture, rich history, interact with Lowa people and know about their way of life. There are many things to see around Lo like historic royal palace, ancient monasteries, local markets, mani, chortens and prayer wheels that provides lifetime experiences.
Today is the day to discover the secret of Lo Manthang Nepal that you’ve been waiting for. After breakfast trip starts with either horse riding, walking or jeep safari towards chhoser, garphu & kora la border. Chhosar village offers a unique glimpse into the traditional way of life, daily activities that the practice in upper mustang.
Ancient monasteries like Garphu and Niphu monastery, surrounding colorful rock formations and centuries old caves in rock cliff are really impressive to see in Chhoser area. Niphu monastery is an ancient cave monastery carved into the cliffs. Travelers impressed to visiting Jhong cave, Konchok ling cave & Ritseling cave in Chhoser valley Nepal.
After of before Chhoser we heading to kora la, a high mountain pass located in mustang district of Nepal. It is a part of ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet autonomous region of china. Kora la is known for its stunning mountain views and rugged terrain.
Afternoon we will be back to Lo Manthang and spent rest of the day visiting the city’s ancient monasteries, palace, narrow alleys, stupas and the architecture of earthen wall city. The long walls of the prayer wheels and flags provide a colorful appearance of the place. Royal palace, three ancient monasteries, Amchi school and the local way of life are the highlights of Lo Manthang exploration.
Lo Manthang is a small town surrounded by towering mountains and arid landscapes. It is a fascinating place to explore, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty which make an epic journey into the Himalayas.
Today, we embarked on a journey to Yara, a village located to the south east of Lo Manthang. It was quite long journey then previous days. Walking trail was mostly flat, ups and down including vast grasslands and rocky terrain. You passed through beautiful landscapes on the way from Lo Manthang to Yara via lo la 3950 meters and Dhi la 3950 m, Dhi and Surkhang village.
From the Dhi pass trail descends into the Kali Gandaki river and Dhi Khola valley. Dhi is a picturesque settlement with traditional houses and winding streets located at the confluence of these 2 rivers.
After this village, we eventually reached peaceful Yara village, a remote settlement surrounded by barren hills, rugged landscape and ancient ruins. One of the most interesting features of Yara is the ancient caves that dot the hillsides around the village.
Yara village, located at an altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level. This village famous for its traditional mud-brick houses, unique architecture and cultural heritage. It is one of the most well-preserved village in mustang region & worth to see.
Lo Manthang to Yara was a truly unforgettable experience because you were immersed with stunning landscape, rich culture and traditions of mustang in the Himalayas. Upon reaching Yara, we checked into our hotel and spent the rest of the day exploring the village and interacting with the locals.
Today we are hiking to explore the Luri Gompa a cave monastery of upper mustang built into a towering cliff face. Luri Gompa is a sacred Buddhist site located near Ghara village. Famous for its unique cave paintings, sculptures, culture and history. You feel deep sense of spiritual connection while visiting Luri cave monastery, stupa and surrounding nature.
Luri monastery is perched on a cliff face, and we had to climb up a steep staircase to reach it. The climb was worth it, though, as the views from the top were simply stunning. We spent some time exploring the monastery and chatting with the monks, who were incredibly welcoming and friendly.
There are 2 chambers inside cave monastery. Wall and ceiling of monastery decorated with many paintings in the 14th century or even earlier. Mysterious Luri monastery is one of the best place to achieved siddhi by meditation.
Chorten inside Luri cave monastery decorated with eight auspicious symbols and four guardian deities. The Dom contains paintings of Namgyal, Khadcheri, Vajrasattva and Lokesvara in 4 directions east, west, north and south respectively. There are many paintings of lama, eight siddhas and mandala also inside the monastery.
700-year-old “Luri Gumba” is one of the most stunning attractions, rich cultural and spiritual heritage of upper mustang a remote and rugged terrain in Nepal. Visit once in a life time to collect the lifetime memory.
Today’s trek takes us to Tsarang from Ghiling village of upper mustang Nepal. The distance from Tsarang to Ghiling is around 23 kilometers and possible to cross by driving, horse riding or walking. The walking trail is rocky with several uphill climbs and downhill descents. There are many small villages, sky caves, ancient monastery, Mani wall, Chortens on the way and worth to see.
Walking path go through high desert terrain of mustang & cross nyi la 4025 m, Ghami la 3765m and Tsarang la 3870m to reach Charang. The stunning views of mountains, rich culture, history and traditional way of life of upper mustang make this trip memorable forever.
Ghiling to Chhusang journey start after breakfast at local tea house. Today’s trek is relatively easy, with a few uphill sections and some downhill stretches. Walking trail was dusty and windy, but the views were amazing. During the journey we cross narrow gorges, passes (Dajori la 3735 m, Bhena la 3860m, Yamdo la 3865m & Syangboche la 3850 m), several streams and Kali Gandaki river of mustang area. After pass the path continue descent and leads to small hamlet like Samar, Ghyakaar and Chele, amazing rock formations and beautiful waterfalls.
There are 2 alternative routes in between Ghiling to Chusang. If you hike up via Chungsi cave, then back via bhena for better experience. Journey of the day ends at Chhusang village where one can discover ancient monasteries, Chortens, farm land and mesmerizing red cliffs. It is a wonderful ending of upper mustang trip that frequent in your mind forever.
It was time to say goodbye to upper mustang and head back to Jomsom. Walking trail is easy with several flat stretches and gentle descents. After a few hours of walk you cross Tangbe village and reach Kagbeni. It is a small but charming village, famous as the gateway to upper mustang with traditional mud-brick houses, narrow alleyways and adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.
From Kagbeni, the trail gradually ascended towards Jomsom, and the landscape or topography also began to change. The barren terrain give way to lush green vegetation and the mountains became even more majestic. You pass through several small villages like Tangbe, Kagbeni, Ekle Bhatti along Kali Gandaki river and eventually reached Jomsom. At the Jomsom you can roam around city, visit eco museum, apple orchards or take a rest at lodge to make good time.
Chhusang to Jomsom part of the trip provide an opportunity to see awe-inspiring view of mountains, desert-like landscape, cultivated fields, traditional village, people, culture and way of life. The journey from Chhusang to Jomsom is an incredible experience in Kali Gandaki valley where you witness the beauty of mustang closely.
The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is one of the most scenic and breathtaking routes in Nepal. The distance between the two cities is approximately 200 kilometers/ 124 miles, and the travel time is around 6-7 hours by road and 25 minute by plane. Keep in mind that the actual travel time may vary depending on the mode of transportation, traffic conditions, and your personal preferences. As soon as reach Kathmandu you will check into hotel, take a rest, spend evening time explore city for souvenirs shopping. Enjoy farewell dinner at evening to celebrate the successful excursion.
Today we will transfer you to airport 3 hours before scheduled flight to depart from Kathmandu or back home after amazing trip to Himalayas. “Have a safe journey! hope to see you again in future”
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Manang and Mustang located in north central part in Gandaki Province of Nepal behind the 7th and 110th highest mountains of the world. Manang and mustang district situated in rain shadow area of Himalayas with unique cultural and geographical features. Both Manang and Mustang are popular destinations for trekkers, adventurers to explore natural beauty and cultural heritage of Himalayas. Manng to mustang area is renowned for its unique culture, traditional Tibetan architecture, and stark desert-like landscapes.
The Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang trek typically 18 to 22 days long, if you start trip from Chame. Trekking duration depend on the itinerary you choose, plan perfect trip with enough time to acclimatize well to enjoy the journey. Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang Trek is a challenging but rewarding trip to see some of most beautiful scenery in Nepal, unique culture and ancient kingdom of Mustang.
First of all, choose best time of the year to go, obtain necessary permits, book transportation, accommodation and hire a guide, or book all-inclusive package to visit Mustang via Manang Nepal. This will help you to plan your trip and make an exciting adventure!
March to May and the September to November months are the best time to visit Manang to Mustang area of Himalayas. During this time, the weather is mild and dry, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. It is possible to explore this area during monsoon season as well.
Trekking / hiking via Thorong la pass, Mesokanto la pass or Teri la pass are three alternative hiking routes to explore Manang and mustang district of Nepal. Trekking is only way to travel; there is not any driving road to connect Manang to Mustang area so far.
It is one of the challenging but rewarding journey requires good level of physical fitness and endurance. Crossing Thorong la pass is the tough part of this journey but doable. The difficulty level is subjective to the individual’s fitness level and experience.
During Manang to mustang journey need to walk about 5 to 6 hours each day with a total distance of 10-15 kilometers. A few days on the trek where you need to hike for longer, such as the day to cross Thorong La Pass. Trek that takes you through the remote and ancient kingdom of Mustang. Note that Annapurna Circuit trail is a high-altitude trek, so it is important to acclimatize properly to enjoy the scenery.
There is no official age limit to do mini Annapurna circuit trek. Children under the age of 10 are not advised to attempt the Annapurna Circuit trek due to altitude. Adults of any age can do it if they are in good physical condition.