Mustang was an ancient forbidden kingdom, located in the Mustang District, within Province Number 4, in northern Nepal’s Dhawalagiri region. The district covers a surface area of 3,573 km², bounded by the Tibetan plateau to the north and by the Himalayan mountain range (8,848m) to the south. It is included in the Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest protected area in the country.
Our trip will begin and end in Kathmandu (1,400m), Nepal’s capital and largest city. From here, we will transfer to Pokhara (1,400m), a city over the Phewa Lake, considered to be a trekking gateway to the Annapurna area. We will then fly to Jomsom (2,743m), the main town in the Mustang District, where our trekking journey will begin.
During the following days, we will take the route to Lo-Manthang (3,840 m), a square-walled town, capital of the old kingdom of Lo, where the king still lives. We will trek across Mustang’s cold, high-altitude arid moonscape landscape of eroded stratified sandstone formations, which together form a picturesque colorful mosaic of earthen reds, yellows and browns. We will walk across vast arid valleys, canyons, caves, and cliffs, surrounded by some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the 8th-highest mountain in the world, and the Annapurna Massif (8,091). For your reference, below you will find a detailed itinerary of the program.
As one of the trip’s highlights, while visiting several villages in the area, we will be able to experience Tibetan culture firsthand! Isolated from the rest of the world, untouched by modern civilization, and with strict regulations for tourists, Mustang was able to preserve its own rich and unique culture throughout the years.
This is a moderate to fairly challenging trek. Therefore, to be able to join, you must be in good shape and have prior trekking experience.
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Arrival at Kathmandu
Our staff will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel.
We will meet at our office to review the itinerary. Overnight in a hotel.
Kathmandu - Pokhara
Transfer by bus to Pokhara city (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a hotel.
Pokhara - Jomsom
Flight to Jomson city (30 minutes). Trek to Kagbeni village (2,847m) (3 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Kagbeni - Chaile
Trek to Chaile village (3,050m) (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Chaile - Geling
Trek to Geling village (3,500m) (6 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Geling - Charang
Trek to Charang (3,620m) (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Charang - Lo-Manthang
Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,840m) (4 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Day in Lo-Manthang
We will visit the city and explore its surroundings.
Lo-Manthang - Ghami
Trek down from Lo-Manthang to the town of Ghami (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Ghami - Samar
Trek to Samar village (3,660m) (6 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Samar - Kagbeni
Trek back to Kagbeni (6 hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Kagbeni - Jomsom
Trek back to Jomsom (3 and a half hours). Overnight in a tented camp.
Jomsom - Pokhara
Flight back to Pokhara (30 minutes). Free time to explore the city. Overnight in a hotel.
Return to Kathmandu
We will drive back to Kathmandu (5 and a half hours). Overnight in a hotel.
Departure from Nepal. End of trip.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport to the start of the trip
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer during the trip
- Group equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Kathmandu city, Nepal
Hotels and tented camps
Located in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Mustang receives less rain than any other place in Nepal. Strong winds usually strike the area in the afternoon, subsiding at night.