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Mustang Trek | 17 Days

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At a Glance:
Tour Code: MuT017
Style: Trekking | Hiking Holidays
Maximum Altitude: 3850m
Transport: Private
Duration: 17 Days
Start in: Kathmandu |Airport
End in: Kathmandu |Airport
Price: US$ 2599 per person
Best Season: April-Oct
Trip Description

You take a morning flight for Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. Then after trek to Kagbeni, a sacred place for Hindu pilgrims, along the serpentine Kali Gandaki valley. The trail is wide along the sandy riverbed filled with saligrams. This trek provides spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Annapurna massifs.

Kagbeni is a beautiful village lies a top a cliff overlooking the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Jhong Khola rivers. It is the last village in Lower Mustang. This ancient settlement is like an oasis amidst rocky arid mountains. Get a chance to explore and enjoy its narrow alleys, irrigation canals, green patches of wheat, barley and recently-restored gompa. Kagbeni is the entry point for Upper Mustang, the forbidden kingdom historic region of the Himalayan nation. After the security check, move forward for Lo Monthang in Upper Mustang.

Lo Monthang is the walled city with a single entrance through which only the king is allowed to ride but all others have to walk. There are about 150 households along with some important Tibetan Buddhist gompas within the walls of Lo Manthang.

The king, Lo Gyelbu, Jigme Palbar Bista resides in his four-storied mud palace. Bista is an avid horseman keeping his own stable. Some of his horses are the best in Mustang. One should be careful from the attack of his Tibetan mastiffs. The king is just titular now but he is well respected and loved in the region. In the 1380s, Ame Pal established his reign in Lo with its capital in the walled city of Lo Monthang. 

Is this the right trek for you?
  • Mustang is an amazing place going through desert beauty, cliff-faced landscape and an ancient kingdom. If you love to travel in such a landscape then this is the right trek for you.
  • Upper Mustang trek has many ancient Monasteries, Walled city, Buddhist culture and Tibetan like people who are friendly to welcome visitors. If you love to see these beauties then this is the right trek for you.
  • The Mustang trek goes up and down passing through 3500-4000m high passes, if you have no problem with this altitude then this is the right trek for you. However, we have planned an itinerary such a way that we will spend many days in low altitude before going in high elevation. So altitude sickness is almost rare.
  • This ‘hidden kingdom’ is changing dramatically because historic salt trade routes are being developed into modern trading routes, altering the very nature of a ‘trek’ here. Roads plough right over what once were trekking trails, with little care for the surrounding environment. If you want to see these hidden gems before it spoil by so-called development, then this is the right trek and right time for you.


NB: If you have an extra 2 days’ time and are interested in a more unique perspective on the Upper Mustang following the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki valley going through Yara, Ghara & Tange. Please do let us know, we will customize an itinerary for you depend on your interest and timeframe.

Outline Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, afternoon at leisure
  • Day 3: Fly to Pokhara
  • Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (2730m), trek to Kagbeni (2810m), walk approx 3hrs
  • Day 5: Trek to Chele (3030m), walk approx 6hours
  • Day 6: Trek to Syangboche (3475m), walk approx 6-7 hours
  • Day 7: Trek to Charang (3658m), walk approx 7hours
  • Day 8: Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m), walk approx 4 hours
  • Day 9: At Lo Manthang
  • Day 10: At Lo Manthang
  • Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810m), walk approx 6-7 hours
  • Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3544m), walk approx 5-6 hours
  • Day 13: Trek to Chusang (3050m), walk approx 5 hrs.
  • Day 14: Trek to Jomsom, walk approx 1/2 hrs( 2730m)
  • Day 15: Fly to Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Day 16: Day at leisure/ reserve day in case of flight cancel/Hotel
  • Day 17: Drive to Airport for Return flight
Highlights of the tour:
  • Walk out to Muktinath via the east side of the Kali Gandaki River
  • Explore cultural and world heritage sites
  • Spectacular views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri
  • A full day to explore the unique walled city of Lo Manthang
What's Included:
  • Airport transfers
  • An experienced  insured and equipped English speaking Guide
  • Guided sightseeing and entry fee in Kathmandu
  • Internal flights and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Airport tax
  • Good standard Hotel ( 3*) accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast
  • 3 meals during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation on trek twin sharing basic
  • Tims permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • Special Permit
  • Insured and equipped porter as on IPPG rules
What's Not Included:
  • Lunch and dinner in the city.
  • Drinks and bar bill.
  • Tipping.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Other things not mentioned.
  • Nepalese visa 40$ for 30 days multiple
Dates & Price:

The Following dates and prices are LAND ONLY itinerary joining in Kathmandu. Please make your own flight arrangements. If you need some help to arrange an international flight, we can suggest you some agents who are specialized on ticketing.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee whether you are booking for this year or the next, we have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday.

DATE WITH FESTIVAL & EVENTS - recommended If you are planning your holiday and want to have once in a life time experience then chose the date that combined with events or festivals. It will enhance an experience of life time in your holiday.

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  • Your Journey, Your Way -this itinerary can be tailored to your desire

    You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Like your personal architect creating your one-of- a-kind home, our Travel Specialists will execute the trip of a lifetime. It's all up to you - logistics, pace, budget, dates, performances, visits, explorations, meals and lodging are hammered out down to the finest customized detail. Please fill in our tailor-made request form.

  • Private Journey - customize the departure dates suitable for you

    If you do not want to join a group then you can also make this a private trip with your friends and family one at your own schedule. Considering this, Trekking Team Group organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Traditional welcome by our airport representative. Your guide briefs about your further programme. Typical Nepali dinner served in the evening. 

  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals:D

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, afternoon at leisure

You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring  Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.

  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals:B

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara

After breakfast in hotel you will drive to airport for a breathtaking mountain flight to Pokhara. Pokhara, known as Lake City, is a beautiful place and one of the most attractive destinations in Nepal. Flight to Pokhara offers stunning views of the Himalaya. One can see Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri among other peaks. Free afternoon to explore the extraordinary city.

  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals:B
  • Time:30Min

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (2730m), trek to Kagbeni (2810m), walk approx 3hrs

You will take spectacular 15-minute morning flight to Jomsom between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri missives. Jomsom lies on the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. It is on the base of Niligiri Himal. We will meet our crew there and have tea break before starting three hours trek to Kagbeni, an ancient village which is the gateway of Upper Mustang. 

Note: This flight is really depend on wind and weather, incase flight cancelled, we take a private 4WD jeep to drive to Kagbeni. It’s a long day drive in an uncomfortable road.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:10km
  • Time:3-4Hrs
  • Ascent:100m

Day 5: Trek to Chele (3030m), walk approx 6hours

You will enter Mustang along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki river over a series of small ridges. One can see Kang Gompa, a center of the Nyingmapa, across the river. At Tangbe you will see distinct black, red and white chortens that characterize upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses has an fascinating pattern of alleys. The settlement is surrounded by green fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat interspersed with apple orchards. You will cross the river and ascend to Chele village.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:13km
  • Time:6-7Hrs
  • Ascent:230m

Day 6: Trek to Syangboche (3475m), walk approx 6-7 hours

Today’s trail is characterized by the crossing of a series of spurs, tremendous canyons and sky caves called Ramchung cave that date back to 3,000 years. This day’s trek is comparatively more difficult as we need to cross two passes throughout the day- Taklam la pass (3624) and Dajori La pass (3735 m). However, there is no issue of acclimatization in such altitude. One can take his/her time and enjoy the walk.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 60m
  • Distance:13km
  • Time:6-7Hrs
  • Ascent:350m

Day 7: Trek to Charang (3658m), walk approx 7hours

Today’s trek to Nyi La (pass) marks avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley. The pass at an altitude of 3850m is the highest point of the trek. You will descend to the Qumona Khola and pass a amazing series of mani walls to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red gompa.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 200m
  • Distance:13km
  • Time:7-8Hrs
  • Ascent:90m

Day 8: Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m), walk approx 4 hours

You will leave the Charang Khola and ascend the ridge up to 3800m from where you first view the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to the stream and climbs onto the plateau where the the city is situated. The only gate is in the north-east corner. The white washed walls enclose around 150 houses, gompas and a palace.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 150m
  • Distance:10 km
  • Time:4-5Hrs
  • Ascent:200m

Day 9: At Lo Manthang

The whole day is to explore this outstanding historical and cultural center. You will visit four major gompas during the stay. The palace is the house of the king and his queen. Although the king is titular now but he helps people to resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating and offers innumerable opportunities to observe rich Tibetan culture.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:5 km
  • Time:3-4 Hrs

Day 10: At Lo Manthang

Another free day to explore the fascinating city of Lo manthang. You explore this beautiful village where Lamas are living. You will visit different cultural and heritage centres. One can hire horses to visit these valleys. Another major attraction in Lo Mangthang is the four-storey palace. You can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and spectacular view of the Himalayas.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Distance:5km
  • Time:3Hrs

Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810m), walk approx 6-7 hours

You start today’s trek soon after breakfast. You will leave Lo Manthang and move further. You have a choice of trails today. No need to back-track through the same trail. Climbing the ridge, you will have your last view of the walled city before you descend the valley towards Ghami. On the way we will visit oldest Monastery Called Logekar or Ghar Gompa. It will take 7-8 hours to reach Drakmar, a beautiful village surrounded by red cliffs and amazing landscape for overnight.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 300m
  • Distance:12Km
  • Time:6-7Hrs
  • Ascent:150m

Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3544m), walk approx 5-6 hours

You will continue down the valley and rejoin the trail that you used to enter Mustang for about 2 hrs then we take a new trail again. Furthermore walking through the rural village you will reach Ghiling.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 100m
  • Distance:9km
  • Time:5-6Hrs

Day 13: Trek to Chusang (3050m), walk approx 5 hrs.

We take an upper route and enjoy the scenery. We trek through various small village and enjoy our last day of Upper Mustang trek.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 700m
  • Distance:8km
  • Time:5Hrs
  • Ascent:300m

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom, walk approx 1/2 hrs( 2730m)

Today is your last day with the trekking crew. After a morning walk you will reach Jomsom. Tonight you will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and review your journey.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Descent: 100m
  • Distance:6km
  • Time:1-2 Hrs

Day 15: Fly to Pokhara and Kathmandu

This is a fantastic way to conclude our journey. The spectacular flight down the Kali Gandaki that defies description. The huge mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges tower above you as you retrace the valley which you trekked 2 weeks ago. At Pokhara you will board another aircraft for another spectacular mountain flight, this time along the face of the Himalaya past the Annapurna, Manaslu,Ganesh and Langtang ranges. On arrival in Kathmandu you will transfer to the hotel.

  • Accomodation: Lodge
  • Meals:B L D
  • Time:30Min

Day 16: Day at leisure/ reserve day in case of flight cancel/Hotel

It’s a leisure time in Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. This is an extra day in case of bad weather. Free time to explore Kathmandu before setting for the airport. 

  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals:B

Day 17: Drive to Airport for Return flight

Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport. 

  • Meals:B
By Michal T Prague
Czech Republic

Feb 13 2015

“Professional service”

I did trek to Upper Mustang with Trekking Team Group and I strongly recommend this agency to anyone, who is looking for reliable and professional partner in Nepal. TTG also made my arrangements for the trip to Tibet. Everything was just going perfectly. Manager Shreehari is very hands-on and also very kind. It's a joy to deal with TTG.

Michal T
Czech Republic

Aug 14 2014

I did trek to Upper Mustang with Trekking Team Group and I strongly recommend this agency to anyone, who is looking for reliable and professional partner in Nepal. TTG also made my arrangements for the trip to Tibet. Everything was just going perfectly. Manager Shreehari is very hands-on and also very kind. It's a joy to deal with TTG.

Prokop Jouza
Czech Republic

Jun 09 2014

I am visiting Nepal almost every year and I always go to Trekking Team Group, where I found profesional service, friendly people and accurate information. I specially appreciate their individualization so I can get exactly what I need. Last time I have been in Mustang and it was wonderful experience. The team we had to support our group was perfect. Thank you guys!

Prokop Jouza

Tchiya R

Feb 05 2014

We - a family of four with children did the Mustang trek, followed by clockwise romp through the Annapurna circuit (Muktinath to Besi Sahar). The route was put together after endless email exchanges with Shree who was very patient and informative and eventually delivered an extremely well matched and tailored package. This also included Chitwan trip and guided tour in Pokhara, Kathmandu and Bakhtapur.

We randomly picked Trekking Team Group and few other service providers from the list on thegreathimalayatrail . Their offer was by far the lowest we received and since the dialogue with them was very helpful and as they received good reviews on Tripadvisor, selecting them was a no brainer.
From the moment of our landing till our return to the airport we were looked after in the most personal way by Shree and his staff. On the trek we really enjoyed the company and guidance of our guide Arjun and the two porters Ram and Tasi.
The trip was an incredible success. We were tended by a very professional and experienced staff on the trek - patient, adaptable, caring, resourceful, and with which a connection was created on all age levels.
Food and lodging met and at times surpassed our expectations.
As life will have it, not everything went according to plan, but each event was openly and thoughtfuly countered with the best available means.
We wholeheartedly recommend Trekking Team Group to anyone looking to tailor a touring/trekking vacation in Nepal. Our experience is that any issue or concern that shall be raised will be fully cared for by this attentive team.

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Additional Information

This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.


IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.


Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.


One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)

The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.

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