Upper mustang trekking facts
Upper Mustang trek via Yara, Ghara, and Luri Gompa is not just an adventure of a lifetime, but also a journey through time that offers a glimpse into the rich natural and cultural heritage of Nepal. The trek is best done during the autumn, spring and monsoon seasons. it requires a special permit from the Nepalese government due to the region’s restricted status.
Upper Mustang trek via Yara Ghara is a challenging one and requires a good level of physical fitness. The trek takes you through high-altitude desert terrain, rocky cliffs, and deep canyons. off-beaten path of Yara, Ghara, and Luri Gompa to experience a truly authentic Upper Mustang experience. However, the stunning views of the Himalayas and the unique landscape of Mustang make it all worth it.
Moderate to fairly challenging
Min 2 to Max 10 Persons
Chhoser 3897 meters / 12785 feet
March to November
Trekking & Sightseeing
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Hiking
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Tourists who take up the Upper Mustang trekking get the opportunity to visit the hidden kingdom of Mustang which is also known as Lo. The geography, culture and language of Mustang are very similar to Tibet. Mustang is in the rain shadow region surrounded by rock formations in different colors as well as shapes. In Mustang one can view settlements of whitewashed houses, Chortens with prayer flags and fields of barley.
Upper Mustang trekking trail follows the salt caravan route of ancient times via Yara, Ghara, Luri Gompa, Tangge to Chhusang. The final destination of trekking to Upper Mustang is the capital of Mustang known as Lo Manthang. The 6m tall whitewashed wall of the walled capital can be seen from a distance. The visitors enter Lo Manthang through the town gate to explore royal palace, monasteries and villagers.
Upper Mustang was once an independent kingdom that remained closed to the outside world until 1992. This isolation helped to preserve its culture, traditions, and lifestyle. As a result, Upper Mustang has become a popular destination for trekkers who want to experience the unique culture and traditions of Mustang. Upper Mustang is a cultural and geographical marvel, and its unique landscape and ancient Buddhist monasteries have been drawing trekkers from all over the world for decades.
Visitors hire Tibetan ponies for a ride to Chhoser where there is a monastery and an ancient cave dwelling in the high rocks. Upper mustang trekking via Yara, Ghara, Luri Gompa, Tangge is a great experience during the period June to August. Trekking to Upper Mustang starts and ends in Kagbeni, trail follows the Kali Gandaki valley.
When you reach Upper mustang area and Lo Manthang you realize that Mustang is entirely different from the rest of the world. People of this place still follow its unique ancient culture. Mustang region looks like a desert; on the back drop of Mustang one can view the majestic mountains. Upper mustang trekking route connect both side of kaligandaki valley of mustang Nepal.
We organize tea house and camping basic Upper mustang trekking via Yara, Ghara, Luri Gompa, Tangge to Chhusang route. From Tangge they trek to Paha, Tetang and then to Muktinath.
Upper mustang trekking via Yara, Ghara, Luri Gompa US$:
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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 is a wonderful experience for those who want to explore the unique culture and landscape of Upper Mustang region.
The journey from Syangboche to Dhakmar 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 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 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.
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, 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.
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.
Upper mustang trekking is to discover a remote and hidden kingdom with rich history, pure Tibetan culture and way of life in Himalayas. Upper Mustang is one the beautiful part of the world and experience you will never forget.
The best time to go on the Upper Mustang Trekking is from second week of March to early June and late September to early December. During these months, the weather is pleasant, skies are clear and offer stunning views of surrounding landscape including high mountain ranges. Upper Mustang is less crowded destination compared to other popular trekking routes of Nepal.
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a common health risk for trekkers who ascend to high altitudes. Upper Mustang Trekking reach an elevation 4230 meters / 13,879 feet above sea level. It means that there is a risk of AMS for trekkers, need to go with proper acclimatization. The symptoms of AMS typically start to appear from the altitudes above 3000 meters’ likes headache, fatigue, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, loss of appetite. AMS can be serious, and in some cases, it can be fatal. If you experience any of the symptoms of AMS, it is important to descend to a lower altitude immediately.
Upper mustang considered a restricted area, it requires special permits, the special permit cost too expensive that make the trip cost so expensive but affordable. Beside that trekking duration, level of luxury you want, transportation and the time of year you go also play the role to make trip cost expensive. However, you can expect to pay around $1,500 – $2,500 for 14 days’ trek.
To get an Upper Mustang trekking permit, you need to go through registered Nepali trekking agency. They will fill out an online application form and submit your data to the Department of Immigration. DOI will process application and issue the permit within 4-5 working hours. The cost of the upper mustang restricted area permit is usd$500 per person for first 10 days. if you wish to stay for longer, you must pay an additional USD $50 each additional day.
No, Solo trekking is not possible in restricted area in Nepal. It requires minimum 2 people in a group with licensed guide to visit upper mustang. Book group joining trip, if you are alone.
Yes, most of the lodges or tea houses provide internet service during upper mustang trekking in Nepal but there are no internet services in Yara and Tangye area. Remember that internet service in Mustang is not as reliable or fast as in other city of Nepal (better than nothing).
We advise you the select an itinerary as per your fitness level, available time, budget and interest. The best upper mustang trekking itinerary is that which cover both sides of Kali Gandaki valley Nepal. This plan covers almost everything of Upper mustang including traditional Tibetan culture, lifestyle, unique rock formation, beautiful landscape and high mountains etc.
These days’ electricity facilities available in Upper Mustang region but it halts few times a day, each lodges have solar and generator backup for emergency use. If you are planning to visit Upper Mustang, better to carry a power bank or solar charger to ensure enough power for your cell phone and camera.
There are few ATM in Jomsom and Muktinath but do not depend on ATMS or credit cards services in small towns and villages. It is best idea to have enough cash on hand when trekking to upper mustang, exchange your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
The maximum altitude that we reach during upper mustang trekking journey is 4230 meters above sea level. It is a moderately difficult trek takes you through a remote and beautiful region of the Himalayas. However, the challenge is worth it for the stunning views and unique culture.
There are 3 different ways to reach upper mustang trekking start point either by drive, flight. If you prefer to enter mustang by road the Upper mustang journey begins from Kagbeni (the gateway to mustang) If you prefer flight, then trek start from Jomsom. Upper mustang trekking start point are Jomsom and Kagbeni and trip ends at Jomsom to Pokhara.
Make a lot of research about upper mustang tour organizer to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Government licensed local company are reliable and experience to organize the upper mustang trekking in Nepal.
There are many walking trails to reach the former kingdom of lo, among of them classic upper mustang trek is best and quite popular route. It starts in Jomsom and goes to Lo Manthang and way back via yara and tetang villages. The best Upper Mustang trekking route depends on your fitness level, interests, and time constraints.