About Lo Manthang trekking Nepal
Lo Manthang Trek Journey takes through the picturesque villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Syanbochen, Ghami and Tsarang before reaching Lo Manthang. Along the way, visitors get to experience the unique culture and hospitality of Mustang, which is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
Lo Manthang Trek is a unique and rewarding trekking experience that takes you to the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. It offers breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries, and a chance to experience the Tibetan culture and lifestyle. It is a trek that should be on every trekker’s bucket list.
Moderate to fairly challenging
Min 2 to Max 10 Persons
Lo Manthang 3840 Meters
March to November
Trekking & Sightseeing
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Hiking
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Lo Manthang trek map is to discover the last forbidden kingdom in Nepal similar to Tibetan Plateau. Lo Manthang trek start from Jomsom, move towards north following the Kali Gandaki River and ancient trading route to Tibet. During the trekking period travelers enjoy awe-inspiring views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other Himalayan peaks.
Exploration around the walled city Lo Manthang, royal palace, monasteries provides you spiritual feelings. Cold arid desert, earliest caves civilization, high cliffs, deep canyons, antique Tibetan culture and the lifestyle of Himalayan villages are main attraction of Lo Manthang trek map. April to October is the ideal time to go for Lo Manthang trek in Upper Mustang Nepal. Lo Manthang trek route is filled with ancient monasteries, caves, stunning landscapes, and unique Tibetan culture.
Lo Manthang trekking package designed covering all things to do and places to see in Upper Mustang area. It makes a small circuit following Chhusang, Chele, Sammar, Syangboche, Ghiling, Ghami, Tsarang, Lo Manthang, Yara and Tangge to Jomsom. Total duration of Lo Manthang trek is 15 days, every day walking duration 5 to 6 hrs; it depends on elevation of the place and your walking speed too.
Lo Manthang remained as a restricted place for foreigners till the year 1992. Now days’ explorer from around the world can go up to Upper Mustang. Lo Manthang trekking requires special permit and guide. Restricted area permit issue by the immigration office of Nepal throw the local travel agency. It cost US$ 500 for minimum 10 days, afterwards tourist have to pay US$ 50 each additional day. Lo Manthang trek map also useful to identify the altitude of place and route.
After 5 days regular walking from Jomsom, trekkers reach the Lo Manthang. It is possible to trek same way back or by jeep drive. It is better to change the route to come back to get the remarkable experience.
We organize Lo Manthang trek to discover the Buddhist sky caves & kingdom of mustang. Always feel glad to tailor a separate trekking package as per your travel needs. So for booking and more information on upper mustang trek and Lo Manthang trek, please feel comfortable to mail us.
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, 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 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 Nepal.
The trek from Ghiling to 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 travel around village to know about people, culture and lifestye of local. The trek from Ghiling to Ghami is a scenic and rewarding experience for those looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Mustang.
Ghemi to Charang trek in Mustang is known for its fabulous mountain views, ancient monasteries, Mani wall, ancient Chorten in unique landscapes. Journey of the day start with downhill walk to cross Ghami river. After crossing the river, we climb along longest Mani wall of Mustang, years old Chortens, and red cliff of Dhakmar to reach Chinggel La pass 3870 meters above sea level. From the pass you can see the incredible view of mountain and valley. We take a short break at pass, capture some picture then walk towards Charang village of Mustang.
The scenery around Charang / Tsarang is truly amazing offers a glimpse into the rich culture and natural beauty of Mustang Nepal. Charang / Tsarang is a second largest and beautiful village of upper mustang area. There are ancient Chortens at the beginning and the end of village. Beside that red Gumba, royal palace, Mani wall, holy flags, stupas, farming land and vibrant village are worth to discover.
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.
Journey to Dhakmar village began early in the morning as we left the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. The day bit more adventurous then others because the path was rough, long way ascend and decent and cross 2 high passes of mustang. Lo Manthang to Dhakmar trail via Chago La 4280m, Ghar Gumba and Mui La 4170 m offers fabulous view of Himalayan peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and more.
You will pass ancient monastery, several Chorten, Deurali and many Buddhist monuments, which carry great religious and historic significance. You visit Lo Gekar monastery, which is believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal built by guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in 8th century. The monastery decorated with great architecture, Buddhist arts, stone carvings, vivid murals in walls depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, as well as images of other deities and figures from Tibetan Buddhism. Stay silence inside to monastery to feel the peaceful atmosphere and the profound spirituality of sacred space.
Trek takes you through the scenic landscapes canyons, barren hills and ancient villages of mustang region in Nepal. You explore truly unique red cliffs of Dhakmar, village life and interact with locals. Lo Manthang to Dhakmar trip was an amazing experience and gave us a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
Dhakmar to Ghiling via ghami village, ghemi la 3765 m and Nyi la 4010 m offers really impressive view of mountains, deep canyons, desert types landscape, duns and impressive rock formations. We follow new walking path to avoid road traffic to reach Ghiling village of Mustang. One the way back from trip we will visit the ancient monasteries, Chortens, mani stone, caves that left to visit while going to lo Manthang Nepal.
Farmland around dhakmaar, ghami and ghilling village offer really impressive patterns to attract the attention of tourist. Dhakmar to Ghiling trek is a scenic and satisfying experience for all looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Upper Mustang.
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.
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.”
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Earthen wall city Lo Manthang located in the north-central part of Mustang District Nepal, close to the border with Tibet (China) in the Himalayas. Lo Manthang is the capital of the former Kingdom of Lo. It is a popular tourist destination, known for its well-preserved Tibetan culture, architecture and surrounding landscape.
Medieval walled city “Lo Manthang” is the forbidden city in Nepal. The city was founded in 1380 by Ame Pal. It served as the capital of former Kingdom of Lo until Nepal abolished the monarchy in 2008.Upper mustang was closed to foreigners for centuries, earning it the nickname “Forbidden City.” It was only opened to tourists in 1992.
Travelers able to reach Lo Manthang by drive, flight or hike as per their preferences and budget. To get to Lo Manthang one can take Pokhara to Jomsom flight then jeep drive or hike to Lo Manthang. You can drive all the way from Kathmandu to wall city by jeep or you can start hiking trip to upper mustang either from Nayapul or Jomsom. Lo Manthang is a popular tourist destination, but it is still relatively off the beaten path lies in Rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of Himalaya.
Lo pa, Lowa or Loba are the local people of Lo Manthang. They speak the Lo dialect of Tibetan and follow Tibetan Buddhism. Lopas ethnic group are known for their distinctive culture and traditions their way of life is largely unchanged from centuries ago.
Kathmandu to Lo Manthang road distance is 462 kilometers / 287 miles. The road condition till Maldhunga paved afterwards off road and is only accessible by 4WD vehicles.
Jomsom to Lo Manthang distance is 90 kilometers / 56 miles, it takes 4 to 6 hours by driving depends on road condition, weather, traffic and type of vehicle. The road is often rough and dusty. Along the way, you will pass through small villages, stunning natural scenery, including mountains, valleys, caves, rock formation and rivers.
The weather in Lo Manthang is cold and dry, April to June are warmest months and December to February the coldest months. It is possible to visit upper mustang from the March to November. Average temperate in winter Min 0°C to Max 5°C during day and Min -20°C to Max -25°C at night and summer Min 12°C to Max 20°C during day and Min -7°C to Max -2°C at night respectively. Consult local agents to organize upper mustang tour in best time of the year.