Upper mustang tea house trek details

Upper mustang tea house trek details 16 Days US$1599

About upper mustang lodge trek

Upper Mustang Tea House Trek is a great option for those who want to experience the beauty of the region without having to camp out in the wilderness. The trek passes through several small tea houses run by local families. These tea houses are simple, traditional lodges that offer basic facilities such as food, lodging, and hot showers. Staying in these tea houses is a unique experience that allows you to interact with the locals, taste traditional food, and experience the local way of life.

Upper mustang area begins above kagbeni village of mustang Neal. Upper Mustang Tea House Trek is a journey through a land of contrasts that will leave you spellbound. It is a trek that offers a unique blend of natural and cultural beauty, and provides trekkers with a chance to experience the rich history and heritage of the region. So, if you’re looking for a trek that is off the beaten path, and offers a glimpse into a world that is truly different, the Upper Mustang Tea House Trek is the perfect choice for you.

Trip Fact


Mustang, Nepal


16 Days


Easy to fairly moderate

Group Size

Min 2 to Max 10 Persons

Max altitude

Lo Manthang 3840 Meters

Best time

March to November


Trekking & Sightseeing



3 Meals a day (BLD)


Flight, Drive & Hiking

Start from

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom

End at

Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Upper mustang tea house trek overview

Upper Mustang is a popular tourist destination in Nepal. Upper Mustang tea house trek gives great delight to the trekkers as they get a chance to embrace the nature and culture the beauty of scenic mountains. Sunrises are more beautiful during the monsoon season because it often rains during the night and sky clears up by the morning. It feels really amazing to see the spectacular sight of sun rays that make their way through the rain-bearing clouds and drench the wet mountains with their glittering hues.

Upper Mustang tea house trek in monsoon season is an adventure that many trekkers want to do. While trekking in Upper Mustang, trekkers can explore magnificent Buddhist monasteries, caves, lifestyle of local people, beautiful scenery, unique traditions, and Tibetan influenced culture and art.

Moderate-level Mustang Tea House Trek takes you on an adventurous journey through the remote regions of Upper Mustang, where you can explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, rugged canyons, and picturesque villages. Tea houses are small lodges in local villages that offer both food and accommodation. When you are doing tea house trekking, you don’t need to carry a tent, sleeping bags, bed sheets, blankets, utensils, heavy equipment and food. Upper mustang trek to visit kingdom of mustang Nepal

Upper mustang tea house trekking is a mode of hike that is most popular approach of trekking in Nepal. It simply means that trekkers travel on foot and keep going from one tea house to the next tea house along their trekking route. Upper Mustang is the rain shadow of Himalayas in this way no problem with monsoon.

It is really good time to be in Lo Manthang area because of favorable weather, climate and amazing scenery. Most of the tea houses have hot shower facility and sockets to charge mobile and other electronic devices. You can get internet facilities and phone reception in some villages on way. Upper mustang trek area also is one of the best tea house treks in Nepal.

Where does Upper Mustang tea house trek start?

During Upper Mustang tea house trek, trekkers don’t need to stay in camp. It is necessary to get the special permit for the restricted area. Minimum 2 trekkers are required to obtain the permit. A trekker needs to pay dollar 500 as fee for first 10 days. If you interested for Upper mustang tea houses trek email us to get trip details of Upper Mustang. we organize it for you with the support of experienced, trusted guide.

Upper mustang tea house trek highlights

  • Enjoy upper mustang tea house trek staying in traditional tea houses or small lodges with limited facilities run by local families.
  • Discover the traditional Tibetan style villages, best mountains vistas of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and other peaks.
  • Explore centuries old monasteries, Stuppas, longest Mani wall related with bon and Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Learning about the rich history of mustang, including its connection to the ancient silk road / salt trading route.
  • Visit the ancient forbidden kingdom of lo, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, barren high plateaus, and deep canyons.
  • Passing through Chhungsi cave, Ghar Gompa, Luri Gumba in Chhoser valley in restricted area upper mustang Nepal.
  • Exploring antique bon / Buddhist cultures of Tibetan origin, tradition, and lifestyle in the Himalayan desert of Nepal.
  • Catch a live glimpse of yak pastures, magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls in desert of Nepal.

Upper mustang tea house trek itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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 Syangboche trek is a part of Upper Mustang journey starts from Chele and goes through beautiful villages, rocky trails, and narrow canyons. Hiking from Chele to Syangboche will be hard compared to other days to cross two passes, Taklam La 3,624m and Dajori La 3,660m.

You will get to witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the people living in Mustang. The trail passes through several small villages like Ghyakar, Samar to reach Syangboche. Samar is a beautiful village with traditional houses and ancient monasteries, well known common lunch stop of travelers. Along the way you will pass ups and down off-road trail in barren hills, rocky terrain via Ranchung Chungsi cave of Mustang. Chele to Syangboche trek is a wonderful experience for those who want to explore the unique culture and landscape of Upper Mustang region.

The journey from Syangboche to Ghami is a relatively short but incredibly scenic one. Along this route traveler spellbound with scenic mountain views, unique landscape, ancient chortens, beautiful terrains and hamlet of Ghiling area.

Syangboche to Ghami route follow the Tamagaon, Chhunggar and Zaite villages and ascent towards Nyi la 4010 m then descend to Ghami la 7365 to reach beautiful Ghami village. Ghami village surrounded by the farm land and desert types hills, Ghami river supply water for whole valley.  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.

Syangboche / 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.

Amazing Nepal trip completed today! Our company representative will transfer to international airport 3 hours before your flight departure.
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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by car
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara by car / flight
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara BB basic
  • Round trip Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) 4 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Best accommodation at tea houses during Mustang trek period
  • Expert English speaking guide service trained by government of Nepal
  • Experience trekking staffs (2 guest =1 porter basic) to carry the backpack
  • All necessary paperwork, special permits (ACAP, TIMS) and local taxes
  • Travel and rescue arrangements if require
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by flight / drive
  • Airport transfer to depart Nepal


  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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What is teahouse lodge trekking in Nepal?

Tea house trekking is a style of adventure to explore remote areas staying in family run small lodges in between the trail.  It is cheap and best way to trek in Nepal with less gear and crew. The teahouses offer basic facilities such as rooms with beds, meals, hot showers and internet etc. Teahouse trekking is a great way to experience nature, culture and hospitality of Nepal.

Why upper mustang tea house trek so special?

The upper mustang tea house trek is so special, where trekkers experience a sense of adventure tourism that is hard to find elsewhere. Former kingdom of Lo is the home of unique culture, tradition and history deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Visitor can discover ancient monasteries, caves, palaces, snow-capped peaks, deep gorges, ancient villages, local way of life and the most dramatic scenery of Nepal.

How long is the mustang trek Nepal?

(how many days are enough for mustang?) The duration of upper mustang tea house trek typically takes about 11 to 14 days to complete, depend on your start and ending points, acclimatization needs, trekking pace, weather conditions and itinerary. The common length 14 days is enough to acclimatize and enjoy the scenery. acclimatization is very important to help your body adjust to the altitude.

What is the best season for mustang lodge to lodge trek?

The best season for mustang lodge to lodge trek is pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons when the weather is stable, skies are clear and comfortable temperatures. Trip offers stunning views of the Himalayas, as well as the opportunity to explore a remote and fascinating region of Nepal. The monsoon season (June to September) is also possible to visit in Upper Mustang, as it lies in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas and receives less rainfall.

How difficult is mustang tea house trek Nepal?

Mustang tea house trek is a moderate trip, but it can be challenging for physically unfit and beginners. Prepare mentally and physically, get in shape before trek to upper mustang and enjoy its incredible scenery of Himalayas. Walking terrain is mostly easy to moderate, with some steep ascend and descend sections and need to trek around 6-7 hours each day.

What permits needed for upper mustang lodge to lodge trek?

Before embark on upper mustang lodge to lodge trek all you need to obtain restricted area permit (RAP) and Annapurna conservation permit(ACAP) to visit Upper mustang valley Nepal. You can apply for these permits through a trekking agency in Nepal. You’ll get to meet local people, learn about their way of life, learn about Nepali culture, traditions and try their delicious food.

What is the upper mustang tea house trekking cost?

The upper mustang tea house trekking cost may be different, depend on the organizer, transportation, services, permits, length and the group size also. However, you can expect to pay around $1600 to 3500 per person for 12 to 14 days walking holidays in Mustang.

How to book tea houses in Nepal?

Tea houses are basic lodges that offer accommodation and meals to trekkers. You can book space on tea house through the local travel agents or consult lodge directly. Most of the teahouse of remote area don’t have access with internet and telephone in this way better to book through local tour operator Nepal.

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