About Mustang Circuit Trek
The Upper Mustang Circuit Trek is a popular destination for adventure seekers who want to explore the hidden secrets of Mustang and experience its unique culture, landscapes, and lifestyle.
People of Mustang are known for their hospitality, warmth, and unique way of life. They have a distinct culture and language that is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
Upper Mustang Circuit Trek is a must-do trek for adventure seekers who want to explore the hidden world of Mustang. Trip offers a unique blend of adventure, culture, and natural beauty that is hard to find in any other part of the world. The trek is challenging, but rewarding. Travelers get an opportunity to witness the unique lifestyle of Mustang people. So, pack your bags, get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in Mustang Nepal.
Min 2 Persons
Lo Manthang 3840 Meters
March to November
Trekking tours in Mustang
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Walking
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Around Upper Mustang circuit trek in Nepal explores the restricted region of wall Kingdom of Lo-Manthang with its diverse culture and topography. Around mustang trek package covers whole area. The scenic beauty is something you must experience once in your lifetime because nothing can replace it. Upper Mustang circuit journey passes through many remote villages and also follows the Kali Gandaki river.
Mustang Circuit trek begins from Kagbeni and follows the Kali Gandaki River valley through several small villages, forests, and hills. walking trail ascends to the high desert of Mustang, where trekkers can witness the stunning landscapes of Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri peaks.
Upper Mustang Circuit Trek is a moderate level trek, physically fit any one can do it. Upper mustang lies is in the rain-shadow region behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif. Upper Mustang circuit trekking program covers 13th century Caves and Chhoretn, landscape and lifestyle as well as the majestic Himalayan peaks. During ancient times this path was used by traders for trading from Tibet to Nepal.
Ancient kingdom of lo is one of the mysterious attractions in Nepal. Upper mustang treks & expedition package takes you through the beautiful and awe-inspiring regions of the Himalayas. The route of mustang circuit trek was just opened in 1992 for foreign tourist. It is possible to complete within 15 to 18 days using flight to and from Jomsom, alternatively drive to Pokhara.
From the beginning of upper mustang trek to end you can roam around spectacular scenery. If you would like to experience cultural heritage, biodiversity, adventurous trail, stunning beauty, awe-inspiring mountain view and incredible landscapes of this area email us. We are happy to organize best upper mustang tour packages for your & vacation.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transfer you to hotel. As soon as we reach hotel, representative will give you a synopsis of plan and program agreement. After a short rest & relax, you can explore the city and its cultural heritage.
Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.
After breakfast, Kathmandu sightseeing begins to discover world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley Nepal by car. Our guide takes you to the vibrant streets of city, cultural and historic landmarks like Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, bouddhanath stupa, Patan and Kathmandu durbar square etc. Full day Kathmandu city tour covers most popular tourist attractions like artistic palaces, courtyards, ancient stupas, museum and temples. After sightseeing, we will be back to hotel and organize meeting about trip. You spent rest of the day for gear shopping, packaging, exploring vibrant streets of Thamel and enjoying delicious local cuisine.
The main ways to travel from Katmandu to Pokhara are by bus, private car and plane as per the budget, interest and booking deal. It takes 6 to 7 hours to cross 200 kilometers distance of Prithivi Highway in between Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you prefer flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara then only takes about 25 minutes.
Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara is incredibly scenic, with breathtaking views of Himalayan mountains, waterfalls, picturesque scenery, Trishuli & Marshyangdi River. Along the way, you will pass through small towns and villages that give you a glimpse into the rural life of Nepal.
Once you reach Pokhara, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Annapurna range, serene Phewa Lake and beautiful Pokhara city. After checking into hotel you can take a rest or go to explore lakeside area, boating and walk around watching the reflection of mountain and sky in beautiful Phewa Lake. Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara end but memories last forever.
The fastest way to reach Jomsom from Pokhara is to take a flight. Pokhara to Jomsom flight is known for its scenic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of Himalayas. It takes 25 minutes to reach by flight and total weight allowed for baggage is 15 kg per person.
Due to frequently changing weather of Jomsom, flights can be delayed or cancelled at short notice. In this way, it is highly recommended to use road transportation instead of flight to make safe and sure journey.
Safe, sure and easiest way to reach Kagbeni from Pokhara is by road via Jomsom. It is 182 km / 113 miles and takes about 6/7 hours to reach. Road pass along Kali Gandaki river valley observing beautiful mountain scenery and countryside, deepest gorge in the world etc. We arrange flight or jeep as per weather condition, needs and agreement.
From jomsom we can take a jeep or walk to reach Kagbeni village. The road is rugged and bumpy, but the views are breathtaking. If you choose to walk, the trail is mostly flat and easy to follow along Kali Gandaki River. It takes around 3-4 hours, depend on your pace.
Kagbeni is a small village situated at the edge of lower and Upper Mustang Nepal. It is famous for its religious point of view (pilgrimage), traditional houses, narrow alleys, and ancient monasteries. Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni journey is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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 Ghiling 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 Ghiling 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 and Syangboche to reach Ghiling. 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.
The trip ends at Ghiling where you can discover ancient monasteries, chortens, school, village and interact with local. Ghiling is a beautiful village with traditional Mustang houses located in the middle of barren meadow surrounded by mountains and agricultural field. Chele to Ghiling trek is a wonderful experience for those who want to explore the unique culture and landscape of Upper Mustang region.
The trek from Ghiling 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 two villages Ghiling and Ghami. We follow new walking route to avoid the road.
Along the way, we will visit ancient monastery of Ghami, which is one of 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 Ghiling 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.
The journey from Yara to Tangye began early in the morning. The trail relatively flat with some downhill sections towards the lower mustang Nepal. It passes through barren landscape of mustang, with its dramatic cliffs, deep canyons, Chortens, monastery and stunning rock formations. Finally, you reach Tangya village, a remote village with ancient ruins and a traditional way of life influences by Tibetan culture. Tangge village known for its unique architecture, with houses built out of stone and mud, and stunning surrounding scenery.
Local people of Tangge are largely subsistence farmers and rely on animal husbandry, traditional farming methods to grow crops such as barley, wheat, and buckwheat. They have a deep connection with their land, culture and great pride in preserving their traditions and way of life. Tangye village of mustang is a hidden gem that offers a rare opportunity to experience a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries.
Unique architecture, breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Tangye make this area must visit destination to explore the remote corners of the world. Yara to Tangye trek is an unforgettable journey through the mystical mustang region of Nepal.
Tangye to Chhusang trek distance is the longest and tough journey then previous days but the stunning landscapes keep us motivated to reach destination. Walking trail ascend gradually till Pa Bhanjyang then after descent towards Chhusang following Syerkothang Danda. Then we reach Chhusang village located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki river and witness the daily life of local people who live in this remote part of the world.
Chhusang village is surrounded by towering red cliffs and eroded sandstone formations that have been shaped by centuries of wind and water erosion. The contrasting colors of the red cliffs and the greenery of the surrounding vegetation create a striking visual effect that is truly breathtaking.
You walk alongside the Kali Gandaki river, which is flowing gently and provides a serene atmosphere that helps to relax mind and soul. Tangye to Chhusang trek is an excellent choice for those who wants to experience the incredible scenery, fascinating history and unique culture of upper mustang. Stunning views of Himalayan range, natural beauty and spiritual heritage of this area, make it a memorable journey for forever.
The final leg of the journey takes us to Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trail from Chhusang to Muktinath is rugged and challenging but the views are awe-inspiring and the experience are well worth it.
Chhusang, Tetang to Muktinath trip begins with long gradual ascend in rugged terrain and final steep climb to cross Gyu la 4077 meters. After crossing the pass trail descend towards Jhong village to Muktinath. Jhong is a beautiful village with traditional houses, Chortens and monasteries.
Muktinath is situated at an altitude of about 3,762 meters and is home to a beautiful temple and monasteries. Once you reach Ranipauwa, explore the Muktinath temple and its surrounding highlights of Mustang district Nepal.
It takes 6 to 7 hours to reach Muktinath from Tetang / Chhusang by foot. The journey from Chhusang to Muktinath is a beautiful, adventurous and rewarding one.
Muktinath to Jomsom journey begin after Muktinath temple exploration at Ranipauwa village in mustang. The distance from Muktinath to Jomsom is about 21 kilometers and possible to go by driving or walking as per preferences. It takes about 1 hour by driving and 5 to 6 hours by walking depend on your pace.
Trail descent from Muktinath towards the Kali Gandaki river crossing Jharkot, Khingar, Kagbeni and Ekle Bhatti villages in Annapurna region of Nepal. This is quite popular route offer stunning views of unique landscape, mountains, including Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and more. Jomsom is famous for its apple orchards and strong winds that blow through Kali Gandaki valley.
After crossing suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki river, ultimately you reach Jomsom, check in hotel either rest, relax or explore around city, museum, apple orchards and interact with local etc. Muktinath to Jomsom trip is an incredible experience in Kali Gandaki valley where you witness the beauty of lower mustang closely.
Today is the day to say goodbye to Mustang, Early in the morning, we will take a flight to Pokhara. Jomsom to Pokhara flight is a popular domestic route of Nepal. Plane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, offers stunning view of snow-capped mountains and valleys below. Once you arrive in Pokhara, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. You can spend rest of the day in leisure or walk around the streets of lake city, souvenir shopping, boating in Phewa lake and experience nightlife in Pokhara etc.
The weather of Jomsom change in no time that affect Pokhara flight frequently. If the weather is not fine, we’ll arrange jeep to drive back to Pokhara. We request you to plan some buffer time for this possibility and be flexible to use alternative ways of transportation like jeep or helicopter.
Jomsom Pokhara travel by jeep is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery, countryside, waterfalls, people and culture of Nepal, the memories will remain forever.
After breakfast, you’ll drive back to Kathmandu, a scenic drive takes around 6-7 hours to reach by jeep, car or tourist bus and 25 minute by flight as per deal. On the way back to Kathmandu by drive along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli river seeing the sight of countryside and beautiful high mountains and greenery around.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu valley, you’ll check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel for souvenir shopping and relaxation. Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of trip.
Today is the final day of Nepal trip! Our representative will drop you to airport 3hrs before schedule flight. “Wishing you a safe journey! We look forward to our paths crossing again someday.”
Upper Mustang trek & tours organize verity of trip in Himalayas. Departure dates are 100% guaranteed until and unless there is no political unrest, natural disasters or epidemics in the destination. Start dates are your arrival date in Kathmandu and end dates are the returning date from Nepal. Listed departure dates & price quoted on group joining basic. if given dates are not suits you, or travelling with friend let us to know to book private trip as per your requirements.
Total duration of upper mustang circuit trek can vary depend on side trips, rest days in between, individual trekking pace and other factors. On average, most trekkers complete classic upper mustang circuit trek in within 10 to 14 days. Mustang circuit trek takes you to explore the last forbidden kingdom of lo in the Himalayas.
Average, upper mustang circuit trek cost can range from $1,500 to $2,500 or more per person. Different agency offer diverse price based on several factors like quality of service, duration of trek, service inclusions, time of year you travel and traveler’s preferences.
Upper mustang circuit trekking covers approximately 120 to 160 kilometers or 75 to 100 miles of distance, depend on route taken and side trips etc. Usually this trek begins and ends in Jomsom village of lower mustang Nepal. Highlights of this journey are ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, unique landscape and pure Tibetan culture and lifestyle in upper mustang.
Spring, autumn and monsoon seasons are the best to go for mustang circuit trek to explore all corners of Buddhist kingdom of Himalayas.
Yes, restricted area permits (RAP) and Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) permit are required for mustang circuit trekking in Nepal. You must carry the permits with you at all times while trekking in the restricted areas.
The best time to go on upper mustang circuit trek is in the months of March to May or September to November or June to August. It is nice to visit upper mustang during monsoon season too because upper mustang lies in the rain shadow of Himalayas. The weather is more pleasant during these times, and there are fewer crowds.
The upper mustang circuit trek is one of the moderately difficult trek but it still requires a good level of fitness, stamina and prior trekking experience. It still presents its own set of challenges due to the high altitude, remote location and duration of trek. Proper preparation, including physical training, acclimatization helps you to make safe and epic travel experience in Himalayas.
Upper mustang circuit trek is different from other treks because of its unique cultural, geographical, architectural and historical characteristics. Upper mustang region was closed to foreigners until 1992, and even now, only a limited number of permits are issued each year. Upper mustang region is a starkly beautiful landscape of arid desert, towering cliffs, and snow-capped peaks. The scenery is unlike anything else in Nepal, and it is sure to leave a lasting impression.
There are basic to comfortable lodges / resorts facility available in upper mustang circuit route. Most of the teahouses and lodges provides neat and clean bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of the lodges offers Wi-Fi, hot shower and western toilet facility as well. Visitors get diverse and delicious food like Nepali, Tibetan, Indian cuisine and western food on choice.
Upper mustang region of Nepal known as a desert of Nepal because this high-altitude plateau, receives very little rainfall, and the climate is cold and dry (similar to the deserts).
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Our journey start starts from the town of Jomsom with the team og guide and support staff to explore the Kali Gandaki Valley. Local guide assists us to know about geography, people, culture and lifestyle from lower to Upper mustang Nepal. This trip takes us every corner, stunning landscape of snow-capped peaks, rugged mountains, deep gorges, and hidden villages of upper mustang area. We get an opportunity to interact with local, learn about rich culture and history of Mustang, which is a fascinating blend of Tibetan and Nepali cultures. This is one of the best journey into the Himalayas with this company. Thank you Mr Navraj and other support staff who makes our journey meaning full, highly recommended. See you again you guys for upper dolpo trek in Nepal.