About camping trek to upper mustang Nepal
Camping trek in Upper Mustang offers a unique adventurous experience in isolated land similar to Tibet. During the Upper Mustang camping trek explorer sleep in tent, under the stars and enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal.
The best time to go for Upper Mustang camping trek is from March to November. During these months, the weather is clear to enjoy the stunning mountain views. Walking trail passes through barren landscapes, high desert terrain and picturesque villages, offering stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Visitors can interact with the local people to know about their culture, lifestyle and religious practice.
Mustang camping trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness and endurance. Book camping trek to Mustang, enjoy unforgettable adventure in unique landscape that is unlike anywhere else in the world.
Moderate to fairly challenging
Min 2 to Max 10 Persons
Chhoser 3897 meters / 12785 feet
March to November
Trekking & Sightseeing
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Hiking
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Upper mustang camping trek a truly unique trekking experience in a remote area of mustang near tibet. Ancient salt trading track becomes recent route of upper mustang camping trek in Nepal. Exploration in forbidden kingdom of upper mustang helps to know the unhurt Tibetan culture, cave civilization, natural diversity and more about Mustang Nepal. Hidden mystery of Upper Mustang attract many people from around the world to discover it.
Mustang district is a part of Dhaulagiri zone and open for limited foreigners to explore since 1992. Upper Mustang offers some of the most scenic mountains which are still unpolluted and fairly off the beaten path. Upper mustang camping trekking package shows you to the both side of Kaligandaki valley of upper mustang area and its secrets.
It is a trekkers’ paradise and yet the expense of the trek itself deters many people from coming here. The government of Nepal as kept the fees very high to prevent over-crowding in this serene area and protect its natural beauty and isolation. The route is dotted by oases of villages of the Tibetans.
Most of Upper Mustang camping trek call it fairly easy for any age group, family and friends. The destination which is the Lo Manthang city lies at an elevation of 3820 meters which is much lower than many other treks. Lo Manthang is the capital city of Upper Mustang. The city itself is enclosed by high walls which are visible from quite closely during the trek. Inside the city one can find totally different world with the old Tibetan culture still maintained.
Upper mustang camping trekking route scores high when compared with other trek routes. This is another attraction for trekkers to choose the Upper Mustang Nepal. Most of the surveys conducted about route have ranked it as being excellent.If you interested to go for upper mustang trek email us to organize the trip from late march to early December with the support of expert guide.
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.
After breakfast guide take you to Swayambhunath stupa, Bouddha, Pashupatinath temple, Patan and Kathmandu durbar square for sightseeing. Kathmandu city has rich cultural and historical heritage. it offers many opportunities for sightseeing and exploration. Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu covers most popular travel spots like famous Temple, stupa, monasteries, people and culture of Nepal. After exploring major sights of Kathmandu, we will drive back to Hotel and discuss about upcoming programs. You spent rest of the time for gear shopping, packaging, exploring streets of Thamel and try 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 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 distance 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 treditional villages like Syangboche, Ghiling Ghami and Dhakmar. We follow new walking route to avoid the road.
Along the way, we will visit ancient monastery of Ghiling and Ghami , 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.
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.
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”
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 camping trek in Nepal is an adventure journey with organize camping for accommodation and meals with the support of crew like guides, porters, Sherpa and cooks into remote area of Himalayas.
Upper mustang is a remote region of Himalayas there are limited tea house in main route. If you want to explore hidden corners of Upper Mustang then Need to organize camping trek. Camping treks offer stunning scenery, challenging hikes, and the opportunity to experience the unique culture of Nepal.
Camping trek operated with all the necessary camping equipment, foods, Sherpa, guide and support staff. Professional guide leads the path from one camp to anther camp site and ensure guest safety and comfort.
The best time to go on a camping trek in Nepal is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September-November). Camping treks often take trekkers through remote and less-trodden routes, providing a more immersive experience of Nepal’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and local communities.
Camping trek quite expensive then teahouse trek but worthy. The cost of a camping trek in Himalayas will vary depend on duration, destination, level of difficulty and group size. However, you can expect to pay between $120 and $200 per day for a camping trek in Mustang.
Upper mustang camping trekking route takes you through rarely visited area of upper mustang Nepal. where you can experience untouched Tibetan culture, way of life in Mustang, arid desert, unique rock formation and many more.
Average duration of mustang camping trek around 14 to 18 days to complete. The duration of the trek can vary depend on the route taken and pace of the trekker.
Camping treks can be physically challenging, so it is important to be in good shape before you go. Remember that trekking in the mountains requires careful planning and consideration of factors such as altitude sickness, weather changes, and physical fitness.
Generally restricted area permits (RAP) and the Annapurna conservation area (ACAP) permit are essential documents to visit the upper mustang area. For the camping trekking also same, no need to issue any other permits but need to pay local entrance fee to visit Monasteries, Chhoser area and campsite etc. we arrange ACAP and RAP permits as well as other require arrangements to make your upper mustang camping trekking memorable forever.
Trekking and hiking are both outdoor activities that involve walking in natural environments. There are some key differences in between the two activities like duration, difficulty, altitude and environment of the path. Hiking usually refers to shorter walks that can be completed in a single day. It’s often associated with day trips or short outings in nature. Trekking involves longer journeys, often spanning multiple days or even weeks. Treks can require overnight stays in tents or lodges accommodations along the trail.
Upper mustang is the controlled travel destination in this way minimum 2 person requires to visit this area. Minimum group size is 2 and maximum number of travelers depends on the guest requirements. Standard group size 10 to 16 people in a group. Camping Trekking trails can lead through diverse landscapes, including mountains, remote wilderness, and rural areas.