16-day trek in Upper Mustang, Nepal

Trek in the Upper Mustang, the mysterious valley and the last forbidden kingdom in Nepal, as Jyamchang, IFMGA-certified, leads you through the majestic Himalayan mountains.




Trip Duration

16 days

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People per Guide

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Offer Period

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Infuse yourself in the spiritual mountains as we go on a 16-day trek through stunning landscapes, and experience ancient Tibetan Buddhist shires and monasteries as we interact with native Tibetans.

    Mustang, also known as the Mini Tibet of Nepal, is a very popular trekking route, yet has only been open to the outside world since 1992. Before then, the region was banned for foreign travelers.

    Our trek begins at Jomsom, a great place to begin, with its diverse landscapes and cultures found along the way.

    We eventually reach Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, which lies in the remote Himalayan desert, behind the mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This ancient traditional Tibetan village is home to rare medieval Buddhist arts and a fascinating culture.

    We continue forward through a treeless landscape, with steep rocky trails that roll up and down the hills, and majestic panoramas of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, as well as other peaks.

    Witness the heavenly Tibetan Buddhist shrines of Kaanis, Chhortens, and the Bodhnath Stupa, the 130-foot dome that dominates the skyline. Also, see the prayer walls and centuries-old monasteries. And interact with the Tibetan people to make this trip more memorable.

    We’ll trek past the cave hermitages that dig into the cliff, and are more than 3,000 years old.

    Due to the level of difficult involved on this trip, such as the long days of trekking at high altitudes, it is recommended that participants have a good level of fitness.

    Reserve your place atop the mystical mountains where the cultures of Nepal and Tibet blend to form a unique atmosphere, and an excellent location for this 16-day trek to Upper Mustang.

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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Drinks
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • Day 1Welcome

      Meet and greet at the airport, and transfer to the hotel.

    • Day 2Preparation

      We collect permits, prepare for the trip and possibly visit the ancient temples in Kathmandu.

    • Day 3Pokhara

      We will either fly or drive to Pokhara. If arrived by plane, there is enough time to sightsee.

    • Day 4Kagbeni

      Fly to Jomsom (8,921ft; 2,720m) and then trek to Kagbeni (9,216ft; 2,810m)

    • Day 5Chele

      Trek to Chele (10,004ft; 3,050m) via Tangbe/Chhusang.

    • Day 6Gilling

      Trek to Gilling (11,709ft; 3,570m). Here we will explore the monasteries and village.

    • Day 7Ghami

      Trek to Ghami (3,460m; 11,352ft). Then explore the monasteries and village.

    • Day 8Charanag

      Trek to Charanag (11,677ft; 3,560m). Then explore the monasteries and village.

    • Day 9Lo Manthang

      Trek to Lo Manthang (12,238ft; 3,730m). Here we visit monasteries, the king’s palace and museum.

    • Day 10Choser

      Excursion to the village of Choser, and then back to Lo Manthang after visting the monasteries and caves.

    • Day 11Ghargompa

      Trek to Ghargompa, and visit the monastery.

    • Day 12Chele

      Trek to Chele (10,004ft; 3,050m).

    • Day 13Kagbeni

      Trek to Kagbeni (9,216ft; 2,810m).

    • Day 14Jomsom

      Trek to Jomsom.

    • Day 15Pokhara

      Fly back to Pokhara for sightseeing around the lakeside.

    • Day 16Kathmandu

      Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus at 7:30am and transfer to the hotel.


    Other details


    Trekking lodge accommodation on twin bed sharing basis during the trek.


    About the Guide


    I come from the East part of Nepal, between Makalu (8,470m) and Kangchenjunga (8,586m). I am IFMGA/UIAGM fully certified since 2009. I have 20+ experience of climbing in the Himalaya. I’ve climbed Mt Everest (7 times), Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet (2 times), Mt Ama Dablam (8 times), Baruntse (2 times), Island peak (15 times), Lobuche (10 times), Pokhalde (10 times), Mera peak (10 times), Mehera peak (5 times), Chulu far east (3 times), Mt Shishapangma until camp 3, Manaslu until 7200m, and Chulu West, Lhakpa ri and other another few more times.
    I also have extensive experience of climbing in Europe: France, Italy, UK and Norway (where I work for three months during the summer as a glacier guide).
    I'm also a technical mountain rescue coordinator for the 8000's.
    It will be my pleasure to guide you through your journey whether for trekking, peak climbing or any mountaineering expedition. Get in touch and let's discuss about the purpose of your trip.



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