About horse riding trip in upper mustang
Horseback riding from Jomsom to Lo Manthang, crossing multiple landscapes, sky caves, meet local people and visiting shrines and monasteries is no less than a dream. Driving road was built in this area few years ago, before road construction folks of Mustang use the horse for different purpose. Now day’s numbers of horses are decreasing rapidly but still possible to do Jomsom to Lo Manthang trek by horse riding.
The horse riding trip to Upper Mustang is suitable for everyone but requires good level of fitness and stamina to discover high altitude. Horse riding trip to Upper Mustang is a unique and unforgettable experience that takes you through stunning landscapes and ancient cultures. If you’re looking for an adventure that will take you off the beaten path, then this trip is definitely worth considering.
Min 2 Persons
Chhoser 3897 meters / 12785 feet
March to November
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Riding
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Mustang area is famous for horse riding for a long time because of the isolation. Jomsom to Lo Manthang trek by horse riding is a journey full of beauty, fun and excitements. After arrival at Jomsom you will get the horse to ride for upper mustang trek. It is unique experience that travelers love to do. The Mustang region is home to some of the most unique and well-preserved Tibetan cultures in the world. horseback riding to Upper Mustang is one of the best way to experience rugged terrain, unique culture, stunning landscapes, and ancient monasteries.
All horses that we arrange are tourist friendly they never throw you from back. Horseman led the trip to Kagbeni village for first day and continues to Lo Manthang. Trekking guide and porters follow the caravan from the beginning to end to support the travelers. From Kagbeni you will have lots of ups and downs to reach Lo Manthang and Chhoser the final destination of tours.
Spectacular yellow and grey rolling hills, Archaeological mysteries of upper mustang definitely Jomsom to Lo Manthang horse riding trek to upper mustang will be exciting for you. Royal place of Lo Manthang, stunning landscape and monasteries are the main attraction for tourists to visit Mustang.
It is worth to do Jomsom to Lo Manthang trek by horse riding to enjoy the passes and beautiful valleys along with Kaligandaki River flowing by your side. People of Mustang are influenced by Tibetan culture, really welcoming, hospitable and kind. Mustang trek Nepal organizes Jomsom to Lo Manthang trek by horse riding from March to November. If you interested for horse riding trip to upper mustang write us to get the trip quote.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, one of our officials will greet you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At the hotel, representative will brief you about program and plan. You can spend rest of the time at your leisure or explore the bustling city of Kathmandu.
Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.
After breakfast, full day sightseeing journey in Kathmandu valley start with private vehicle and professional guide. There are many sights to see in Kathmandu Nepal. Among of them guide takes you to the selected destination like Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square etc. Kathmandu sightseeing trip covers major historical, and cultural monuments that beautifully crafted with various wood, metal, and stonework. The city is full of history and culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy. After city tours, we will drive back to hotel and conduct Pre-trip meeting. You spent rest of the time for gear shopping, packaging, exploring streets of Thamel and sample local food.
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 horse and ride to reach Kagbeni village. The road is rugged and bumpy, but the views are breathtaking. The trail follow Kali Gandaki River. It takes around 2 hours, depend on horse riding 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.
Second day of horse riding trip enter the special permit zone of upper mustang Nepal. Horse race 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 riding 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 pony trek to reach Chele village of Mustang. Kagbeni to Chele is a beautiful journey to experience the unique culture and beauty of the Mustang region in Nepal.
Horse riding form Chele to Syangboche pass hrough beautiful villages, rocky trails, narrow canyons and crossing 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. Riding 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 in barren hills, rocky terrain via Ranchung Chungsi cave of Mustang. Chele to Syangboche pony trek is a wonderful experience for those who want to explore the unique culture and landscape of Upper Mustang Nepal.
Horse riding journey from Syangboche to Dhakmar is incredibly scenic route where traveler spellbound with scenic mountain views, unique landscape, ancient chortens, beautiful terrains and hamlet of Ghiling area.
Syangboche to Dhakmar route follow the Tamagaon, Chhunggar, Zaite and Ghami villages and ascent towards Nyi la 4010 m then descend to Ghami la 7365 to reach beautiful Ghami village. After lunch at Ghami horse riding continue towards Dhakmar village famous for its unique red cliff and sky caves. Pony trek from Ghiling to Dhakmar is an amazing and rewarding experience for those looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Mustang.
Today is the final day to reach the highlights of upper mustang trip the wall city “Lo Manthang “. Dhakmar to Lo Manthnang distance offers stunning views of mountains, an opportunity to explore the culture, history and natural beauty of Mustang. …………………. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village.
Trail offers eye catching views of Himalayan range including two above 8000 meters’ peaks Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.
From the 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.
Lo Manthang to Tsarang journey is an opportunity to discover unique landscapes of the Himalayas. After leaving wall city of Lo Manthang trail ascent to cross lo la pass 3960 meters then descent towards charang village progressively via Sungda Chorten and Army Barrack. Trail to go to Tsarang is easier, it offers eye catching views of moonscape and many snowcapped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
Finally, you reach Tsarang / Charang village where you can explore old palace, red monastery, ancient Chortens. It is the best time to explore the Tibetan culture, lifestyle and natural beauty of mustang Nepal. Charang monastery is the main attraction of the village and is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Tsarang village is a hidden gem in the mustang district that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, culture, and history.
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.
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.
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 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.
A horse trek is an outdoor adventure activity to travel on horseback to explore natural environments like forests, mountains, deserts or other scenic landscapes. Horse riding expedition offers primitive tour experience to see attractive areas that are more difficult to access by foot or vehicle. One day or multiple days Horse trekking is an alternative of hiking by foot in wilderness areas.
The cost to go upper mustang by horse depend on several factors like duration, quality of service, guides, permits, and other expenses. in general, horse riding trip to Mustang cost begin from US$ 2500 to 5000 per person for 15 days. This would include the cost of horse, guide, permits, food and accommodation (all-inclusive).
Typically, it takes 12 to 16 days to explore the upper mustang area by horse. Keep in mind that this is a rough estimate, actual travel times can vary based on your interest, weather conditions, trail conditions, and riding pace. Upper Mustang is in high altitude, it’s also essential to acclimatize properly to prevent altitude sickness. It is recommended to have enough time to see the highlights of Mustang region Nepal.
The best months for horse riding in Upper Mustang during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons. These months provide the most favorable weather conditions and clear skies for hiking and horse riding in Mustang kingdom Nepal. The temperature also comfortable to make it a pleasant experience for both horses and riders.
Difficulty level of Upper Mustang horse riding trek is considered as moderate to strenuous due to its rugged terrain, high altitude, and unpredictable weather. Horse riding trek starts from Jomsom, which is located at an altitude of 2,720 meters. From there, trail ascends to Upper Mustang region, Lo Manthang is located at an altitude 3840 crossing up to 4,230 meters passes. It is essential to be physically fit, acclimatize properly and prepare adequately for horse riding trekking in Nepal.
Tere are many ways to reach Lo Manthang from Jomsom, in this way distance also different as per route taken. However, driving road distance from Jomsom to Lo Manthang 90 kilometers / 56 miles. Hiking or horse riding route distance approximately in between 75 km to 85 km. Walking and riding trail is more scenic than road but challenging.