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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.

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16 Days

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov


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.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Group porters

- Drinks

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: Welcome

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

Day 2: Preparation

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

Day 3: Pokhara

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

Day 4: Kagbeni

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

Day 5: Chele

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

Day 6: Gilling

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

Day 7: Ghami

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

Day 8: Charanag

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

Day 9: Lo Manthang

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

Day 10: Choser

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

Day 11: Ghargompa

Trek to Ghargompa, and visit the monastery.

Day 12: Chele

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

Day 13: Kagbeni

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

Day 14: Jomsom

Trek to Jomsom.

Day 15: Pokhara

Fly back to Pokhara for sightseeing around the lakeside.

Day 16: Kathmandu

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




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

About the guide

Hi! I'm Jyamchang, IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide. I work together with a team of certified and professional mountain and trekking guides. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take great care of you.

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.


Nepali | English



What people are saying about Jyamchang & Guides' Team

William Yenner


May, 2023

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Joel Blackburn


April, 2023

Our guide Phurpur was amazing and the climb was surreal. However, we finished the trip early due to a fast pace while walking and this meant we had to pay for our own food and accommodation from day 17 to 20. Which we felt was unjust as we were penalised for going faster than normal, had we known this was the case we wouldn’t have done it. Also be warned, although our guide was amazing, we didn’t get the IFMGA guide as advertised, we got a trekking guide. Finally, we did not receive a 3-day glacier course as promised on the itinerary. We raised these points to Jyamchang, but no compromise was made on their behalf. Overall, happy with the guide but very disappointed with the company and how they dealt with our situation. If the listing was properly advertised and you received what was listed with no catches and clauses we would have been happy, but this is not the case.

Jon-Kristian Prietz


December, 2022

We had the pleasure of climbing Island Peak with High Himalayan; our trip included Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and Island Peak. Jyamchang and his entire team did an extraordinary job of taking care of us, always doing the extra to take care of us and make sure we had the best possible opportunity to succeed with our climb. The team is both skilled and strong, and helped us in every possible way, such as carrying extra from our personal equipment to relieve our loads etc. We would not have succeeded on Island Peak without the care, support, help and patience from a strong team of climbing guides. One area for improvement; we would have appreciated more information about practicalities, equipment, itinerary etc before the trip. I hope to return to Nepal again in the not-too-distant future and would be happy to make a new trip with High Himalayan.

Roberto Galea


October, 2022

1. First of all, the trip is ill-advertised, referring to Jyamchang as the accompanying guide but in reality he is not the same guide who accompanied me. 2. I asked a number of questions on the explore-share platform, most of which remained unanswered until the day I met the actual guide in Kathmandu. 3. Most worrying, is the fact that I clearly asked if 14 days were enough to summit Mera (for which I have been told they are indeed enough). However, the first thing I was told upon arriving in Kathmandu was that I have little mountain time and that I should postpone my return flights. I was also later informed, that most people who successfully summit Mera usually take a day or two more acclimatisation days in Khare. 4. The agreed plan was to return from Lukla directly to Kathmandu. One day prior returning, I was informed that due to the high season, flights are redirected to another airport and an extra 6 hour drive is required to reach Kathmandu. Otherwise, to fly directly to Kathmandu one needs to catch a helicopter flight and add another 50USD. After researching, I found out that this is true and happens in the beginning of October, however the company failed to inform me and plan in advance. 5. Hotel in Kathmandu was basic but nice, however air conditioning and TV did not work and on my last day I even had ants on my bed, fridge and sink. 6. The guide and porter to whom I was allocated, Pekma and Ganesh, were really nice and helpful people. Pekma (guide) was knowledgeable about the surrounding environment, Nepalese lifestyle, had significant mountain experience and was very supportive throughout the trip. Pekma managed all lodges and tea houses which were adequate. Food in the mountains was good and Pekma always assisted what foods are best to eat according to the location and availability. I did not experience any gastrointestinal issues. In conclusion, I would not recommend this trip if you aim for a successful summit.

Robbert Roodsant


May, 2022

Beautiful trip and climb to Merapeak. Excellent guide!

Marius P.


November, 2021

I had Jyamchang as a guide for two expeditions, Himlung Himal in 2020 and Everest in 2021. Both were successful and it was great going on the mountain with him. I really appreciated his dedication and continuous care for the clients, together with his pride in maintaining a good level of service and the eagerness to succeed that got us to the summits.

Mark Templer


July, 2021

Mr. Jyamchang Bhote was amazing. Very skilled and very patient. Had all the equipment we needed. Great spot for training. Definitely worth the money.

Neil Hershman


May, 2021

Jyamchang is an excellent guide with western leadership experience but local Sherpa values. He always prioritizes safety and I trust his decision making during critical moments. He’s become a friend over the course of our many climbs together and I highly recommend him and his local company High Himalayan!

Franz Eder


April, 2021

I would like to add that the outfit high Himalayan was very professional in handling logistics and also integrating its porters and guide into the trip and making it a group experience.There team went out off there way to make sure everyone made it to there destination in the evening and was save. Great job and will be looking forward to do another trip with them.

Manne Jimenez


November, 2018

Really nice company very good logistic and well organized with a really professional and friendly UIAGM mountain guide. Super thankful to high Himalayan climbing expedition pvt.ltda. for the first successfully alpine climb expedition to Ama Dablam in this autumn 2018, cheers mate!



October, 2018

After a year and a half of planning, a new attempt was made on Ama Dablam. This time a third person joined the climbing party. Acclimatisation on Lobuche gave us a foretaste of what the numerous pitches on Ama Dablam's steep terminal slopes would feel like. Good weather conditions and a swift Alpine style climb to C1, C2 and finally the summit concluded this project. Thank you so much Jyamchang for guiding us up there! The timing of the climb (before Autumn's commercial expeditions), choice of porters and additional logistics were once again very professional.

Ina Charlotte


August, 2018

This company made my trip to Nepal and Himalaya to a great and memorable journey! The guide is professional, friendly and everything was well organized. I went to Himalayan Alpine Mountaineering course who is a great way to experience both trekking and climbing in Himalaya.

Caleb Hans Zimmerman


July, 2018

I give High Himalayan and Jyamchang my highest recommendation. Jyamchang is everything you want out of a guide -- knowledgable, thoughtful, driven, and careful. He has a genuine love for climbing and works hard to keep costs low for his expeditions and his clients. You cannot go wrong with Jyamchang and his team.

Eva Bjørkeng


May, 2018

These guides are professional and really friendly. They do their best to make you trip special and memorable. I would trust them to take care of me if something happened. At our hike in the Everest region they managed to solve every small and larger problems that showed up. If I ever go back these are the people I would have with me again.

Lene Kristin Mo


May, 2018

Professional, competent and friendly guide who always takes great care of the clients. We were a group trekking and climbing during 21 days in the Everest region with the company. We were a group of friends who all knew the guide on beforehand, and knew how good he is at his work. We were very pleased with the experience we had. I can recommend the company for everyone who wants a great experience in the Himalayas.


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