Upper Mustang Trek- 17 Days

If you have a spirit of adventure like the early explorers and pilgrims of Mustang, let Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition take you north of the 8000m Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks, along the rocky bed of the Kali Gandaki, to one of the most isolated villages on Earth, a village that was at one time, the prosperous Kingdom of Lo.

The Upper Mustang Trek leads you into a region that used to be part of the Tibetan empire, and bears close resemblance to Tibet.  Pure Tibetan Buddhism is followed. Villages are built in Tibetan style and houses are white washed with firewood stacked on the roofs. The landscape is also very similar to Tibet. 

The path to Lo Manthang follows the ancient salt trading route which linked Tibet and the subcontinent. The average altitude of the trek is about 3600 metres, with the highest point being 4320 metres.  While the trail is not particularly difficult in terms of steep ascents and descents, the force of the wind gusting down the Kali Gandaki buffets you as you walk and makes it challenging.

The scenery on this trek is spectacular. Himalayan griffin and golden eagles soar high in the vivid blue sky overhead. The snow white Himalayas to the south contrast with the burnt brown colors of the endless wind-eroded hills rising up toward the Tibetan plateau in the north. The superb views of the Annapurnas include Tilicho Peak and Nilgiri.  

From the pass Lo La, 3950m, you can see the medieval town of Lo in the distance. Lo Manthang is surrounded by a huge wall and when you enter the gate, you will feel like you have entered a different world.  As you wander through the narrow alleys you will find women spinning wool and chatting on the street corners. At dusk herdsmen will bring their goat herds back into the city for the night.

The king still lives in his 4-story palace. He even entertains visitors when he is at home.   The king of Lo Manthang doesn’t have official power anymore, but remains highly respected by his people.  Despite being under the government of Nepal, the traditional Lo Tsu Dun council is consulted for most decisions regarding local matters such as festivals, and land tenure.

The people of Lo, known as ‘Lobas’, are of Tibetan ancestry and speak a dialect of Tibetan. The Lobas are highly religious and monasteries and monastic communities play a major role in their lives which is observable in the magnificent monasteries which are a striking contrast to their simple lifestyle.

Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and therefore has a long trekking season, from May to October.  In fact, in July or August when the monsoon makes it nearly impossible to trek in the Annapurnas, the Mustang trek is exceptionally beautiful as the fields around the villages are lush green with their one annual crop, a contrast to the parched surroundings.

The government has imposed a high permit cost as part of a plan to restrict the number of tourists in order to safeguard the fragile ecosystem and preserve the unique heritage of the area. However it is inevitable that change will come.   Recent developments such as teahouses, motor-able roads and electricity are connecting this area to the outside world, but so far, the culture is still intact.   


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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara, 900m. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom; Trek to Kagbeni, 2897m, 3-4 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 5 : Trek to Chele, 3050m, 6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 6 : Trek to Syanbochens, 3475m, 6-7 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 7 : Trek to Ghaymi, 3520m, 5-6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 8 : Trek to Tsarang 3500m, 4-5 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 9 : Trek to Lo-Mangthang, 3700m, 5 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 10 : Explore Lo-Mangthang. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 11 : Trek to Drakmar, 3810m, 6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 12 : Trek to Ghiling, 3806m, 5-6hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 13 : Trek to Chhusangs, 3050m, 6 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 14 : Trek to Jomsoms, 2700m, 6 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 15 : Fly to Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 16 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by road, 6hrs. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 17 : Departure from Nepal

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Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport Car, Van, Hicae and Coaster
  • Transportation from Kathamndu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • English Speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guide
  • Porters (2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter 
  • Full board basis during trekking, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/coffee
  • Pokhara –Jomsom - Pokhara Airfare and local Airport tax in Jomsom
  • One Sherpa,(guide assistant) group size more than 6
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP)
  • Special Mustang Trekking permit cost: USD 500 per person for 10 days
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, three nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Shankti or Kathmandu Grand Hotel
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, two nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Meera


Cost Exclude(s)

  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  • Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  • Lunches & Dinners in Kathmandu / Pokhara
  • Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tipping (Tips)
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries and Telephone calls


Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 March, 2017 28 March, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
26 March, 2017 11 April, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
08 April, 2017 24 April, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
21 April, 2017 07 May, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
05 May, 2017 21 May, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
19 May, 2017 04 June, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
05 September, 2017 21 September, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
18 September, 2017 04 October, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
01 October, 2017 17 October, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
10 October, 2017 26 October, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
20 October, 2017 05 November, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
02 November, 2017 18 November, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now
16 November, 2017 02 December, 2017 $ 1900 Per Person Available Book Now


Upper Mustang   Trek Equipment and Packing List

This list is only our suggestion Upper Mustang  Trek. You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.


Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.   


Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail. 

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.


It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

Upper Body

  • 2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  • 3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  • 1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec powerstretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  • 1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  • 1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)

Lower Body

  • 2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  • 1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  • 1-Light weight hiking trousers
  • 1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  • 1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  • Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  • *Under Garments



  • 4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  • 4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  • 2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  • *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  • *Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)


  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)


  • Warm beanie hat
  • Tubular Headwear (buff)
  • Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •  Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection


  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 15’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):  

  • *personal medication
  •  Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  • Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  • Rehydration salt sachets
  • Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •  *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  • Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  • *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  • *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  • 10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  • 4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  • throat lozenges
  • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  • Small whistle
  • Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)


  • *Lightweight reading material, journal
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  • *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  • *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  • A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter



The Best Time to Visit Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang Trekking is possible year-round, however December, January and February are very cold.  Since Upper Mustang falls in the rain shadow of the Annapurnas, we can do trekking in this part of Nepal even in the monsoon months of June to September.

Upper Mustang is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

Until recently you could only come to Upper Mustang with a fully organized camping trek. However, nowadays some villagers have opened up small guesthouses with plenty of character and good food.  The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Mustang culture.  In Tibetan culture, the kitchen is the center of the house, and functions more like a living room.  You will be made very welcome into their kitchens where you can learn  a lot about their lifestyle!

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Drinking Water

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In some places there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.


If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.



Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 17 Days

Price : US $1900 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Group Size:2-12 People

Activities:Trekking / Hiking

Transport:By Air / Bus



Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 night ( Bed & Breakfast )

Accommodation during trek:Local lodges 11 night (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included).

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