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17 Days Upper Mustang Trek

  • 17 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 3840m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn


  • Explore the City of Temple, Kathmandu
  • Visit the famous Muktinath Temple which has great importance for both Hindus and Buddhist
  • Adventurous and scenic flight to Jomsom
  • Enjoy the magical fast-changing landscapes of the Mustang Region
  • Exploration of the Forbidden Kingdom, Lo Manthang
  • Mind Blowing mountain views around the trip


Overview of 17 days Upper Mustang Trek

The 17 days Upper Mustang Trek is an adventurous trip to the forbidden Kingdom of Nepal lying in the western Himalayan region. The trip will take you to one of the different geographical regions of Nepal which was considered as the seabed in the past.  The region stays dry all year.

17 Days Upper Mustang Trek will take you to the Trans Himalayan region which offers some magical attractions for you. You will enjoy the mesmerizing mountain views, green pastures, beautiful landscapes, local cultures, and traditions during the trip. Along with that, you will experience the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. The Chhortens, Monasteries, and mani walls are also some of the major attractions of the trip.

The trek will be a great opportunity for you to learn about the ancient Buddhist Kingdom which was not open for outsiders in the past. This trip starts with a beautiful drive from Kathmandu and an adventurous flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. You will initiate your hike from Jomsom. You will get some of the best experiences of your lifetime on this trip. The memory of the 17 days Upper Mustang Trek will be for your whole life. 

Upper Mustang Trek Permit

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP Permit)

The Upper Mustang Trek lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP). All the trekkers commencing their trek to the 17 days Upper Mustang on the Lap of the giant mountains need to issue the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP). The ACAP permit is easily available in the office of the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and also in the office of ACAP in Pokhara. The ACAP permit cost NPR 2,000 per person and it may also change as per the rule and the regulations of Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP).

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS CARD)

During the trekking in Nepal. You need to have the TIMS CARD to explore the beautiful mountains of Nepal. The TIMS card is the way to trace and keep a record of all the numbers of trekkers trekking in Nepal. The TIMS card is easily accessible in the office of the Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. Along the trekking trails, your permit and the TIMS card will be checked by the officials, so you need to keep them with you till the end of the 17 Days Upper Mustang Trek.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

The 17 Days Upper Mustang which lies /shares the border with Tibet is a restricted area. So all the trekkers exploring the Upper Mustang Trek need to issue the Restricted Area Permit(ACAP) which is issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. The cost of a Restricted area permit is USD 500 per person for 10 days. After the 10 days, the trekkers need to re-issue the Restricted area permit if willing to explore more adventure activities in the Upper Mustang area. 

17 Days Upper Mustang Trek Cost

During your 17 Days Trek to Upper Mustang on the high Himalayas. The cost varies as per your own way of traveling. If you are traveling with a luxurious trek and willing to experience more then the cost varies.

While on the other hand, if you are a budget-friendly trekker and want to explore each and every corner of the Upper Mustang Trek, then it varies in different ways. 

The cost mainly depends on the type and the mode of transportation you would love to use during the trek. The length of days also determines the cost of transportation.

During the Upper Mustang Trek of 17 Days, the permits (ACAP, TIMS, and RAP) are the basic as to enter the Annapurna region and the Upper Mustang-the restricted area. The restricted area cost is USD 500 for the 10-day trek in the Upper Mustang.

Along with you need to get a guide and have accommodation during the trek. Which will be NPR 2500-3500 for the guide and NPR 3000-4500 for the accommodation in the high mountains.

17 Days Upper Mustang Trek Accommodation

The Upper Mustang Trek is the most beautiful and popular trekking destination in the modern world among all the young generations. The trek offers you beautiful natural beauty with the snow-capped high mountains and the desert scenic view of the landscapes.  

While we will be accommodating you in the Tea House/Lodge which offers you a comfortable bedroom with a common bathroom. Though few of the tea houses and lodges may provide you with an attached bathroom as well.

Mainly the tea house/lodge in the Himalayan region is made with wood-which reflects the traditional way of spending a night with your travel mates. Along the trail, you will get the WI-FI facilities as well, though you need to pay a certain amount for the service during the 17 Days Upper Mustang Trek.

As for the food you will get popular dishes such as Dal Bhat, Soup, Chowmein, Fried Rice with vegetables, Ginger Lemon Tea, Garlic soup, etc. While traveling to the high mountains you need to consume more carbohydrates to explore the high mountains. 

Best Time to Trek 17 Days Upper Mustang Trek

Autumn Season( September to November)

In support of the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour For all outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, the fall season of the Mustang Tour, which lasts from September to October, is the Idol Trekking season.

You might also go to the Dashain festival, which is celebrated in Nepal, during this time. The temperature will be moderate and the weather will be more agreeable. Along the paths leading to the Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, the Himalayas will be easier to see.

While on your Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to take stunning photos of the mountains, stunning scenery, and more. You will sense that something exists because of the traditional, old Tibetan village’s natural beauty and its own culture.

Spring Season ( March to May)

Both the trip and the trekking staff are in season in the spring. You won’t get snowfall along with the rain throughout this season.  You will be traveling through stunning scenery and blooming flowers as you traverse drier roads.

It won’t be particularly cold or hot. The towering, snow-capped summits make the peak more noticeable. Throughout this season, different birds and animals can be seen.

You can explore many of the many flora and wildlife species that can be found in the Annapurna region. You will interact with lots of hikers and wildlife enthusiasts who are visiting Nepal’s various tourist locations during this time.

17 Days Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel in Thamel (1310m/4,264ft)

Firstly, welcome to the land of Everest. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our representative will receive you and greet you with the flower garlands with a big smile on their face.

After that we will drive to the Hotel in Thamel. The drive from the Airport to Thamel takes 20-30 minutes depending on the traffic situation.

Then, you will be checked at the Hotel and have your leisure time. Overnight stay in a Hotel.

Day 2Trek Preparation Day and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing 

Today after having breakfast in a Hotel. We will brief you on Upper Mustang trek with our qualified and experienced guide. After the detailed brief, we will check the gears and equipment. If you have any missing thars then we will buy it from the local market of Thamel.

After the Trek preparation, we will have Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. You may explore the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square where you will get the blessing of the living goddess Kumari. Along with Pashupatinath Temple and Swaymabhunath Temple also known as the Monkey Temple.

Along with you, our skilled and experienced Tour guide will help you to explore each corner of the Kathmandu Valley. As then you will be transferred to the Hotel in Thamel.

Day 3Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu/ By flight or drive by Bus (910m)

With a good breakfast, today we will drive to the magical city -Pokhara from the capital city-Kathmandu.  The drive takes approximately 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara city which is 206 KM from Kathmandu.

While to reach Pokhara, you may also use the flight from the capital city to Pokhara city. The flight duration will be 45 minutes from the capital. During your flight to Pokhara from the capital city, you will experience beautiful close-up views of the high mountains and the beautiful valley.

Upon reaching Pokhara, we will check in the Hotel and overnight stay in a Hotel.

Day 4Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858m) 4hrs

On the 4th day, you will drive to the Airport from the Hotel, which takes 20-25 minutes. The flight to Jomsom will be the most memorable flight of your lifetime. 

During the flight, you will witness the beautiful high mountains such as Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and Mardi Himal. Flying above the Kali-Gandaki Gorge is the most adventurous feeling.

As we reach Jomsom, we will stop for a few hours. Will take our breakfast and after commence our trekking towards the Upper Mustang. From Jomsom, we will walk alongside the Kaligandaki riRiverorge. The trekking paths will be wide with rocky and rough trails. 

Along the trail, we will be passing through the beautiful stone-carved manis, chortens, and colorful Tibetan flags welcoming all the trekkers. As we reach Kagebni, we will check in at the Tea House. You will have your leisure time. Overnight stay in a Tea-House Lodge.

Day 5Trek to Chele from Kagbeni (3050m) 5-6hrs

After the excellent breakfast in Kagbeni, we will explore the Kagbeni and also taste the locally made Apple wine. Then we will start to trek across the Kaligandaki river gorge and will be reaching the Tangbe village. 

At the Tangbe village, you may have your tea break and get good pictures of the mountains. Later we will start our trek toward the Chusang village. As we pass through the Chusang, we will be hiking alongside the Chele village. Overnight stay in a Chele village.

Day 6Chele trek to Syanbochen (3475m) 6-7hrs

Today! After the quality time in Chele. We will have our breakfast and commence our trek toward Eklo Bhatti. From here we will be ascending to the Taklam La pass where you can enjoy the beautiful mountain views. The view includes a glance of Tilicho Peak and Damodar Peak. We will walk downwards to the village of Samar from the peak. 

Another three hours of walk from the Samar village will take us to the Syanbochen. We will be hiking through the famous Ramchung Cave on the trial today. Overnight at the Lodge/Tea House in Syanbochen.

Day 7Syanbochen trek to Ghaymi (3520m) 6hrs

We will start our hike with soft ascending to a pass at an altitude of 3770 meters. From here we will descend to the village of Gheling. We will be ascending through the fields along with a rough terrain climb to reach the Nyi La Pass at an altitude of 3840 meters. From the pass, we will continue on our walk to the village of Ghaymi. We will get to see the beautiful houses made of stone and mud which are white-washed. We will spend our night today in the beautiful village of Ghaymi at a Lodge/Tea House.    

Day 8Ghaymi trek to Charang (3500m)

We will be walking towards the most probable driest part of this trip for today. We will enjoy our breakfast at our lodge and start our walk. The trail today consists of loose and dry sands which will be quite difficult to walk. But the scenery around all the directions will surely encourage us to continue our walk. The view is actually rewarding for the difficulties on the walk. When we arrive at Charang, we will take some rest at our accommodation. In the late afternoon, we will go for the exploration of the Red Monastery and Fortress situated at the eastern end of the village. We will get to see the collection of Statues and Thangka Paintings here. Overnight at the Lodge/Tea House.

Day 9Charang trek to Lo-Mangthang (3700m) 6hrs

After breakfast, we will be walking towards the major attraction of this trip today, Lo Manthang. We will be hiking through the Lo Gekar, the oldest gompa of Nepal and the gompa is older than the Samye Monastery of Tibet. We will have some time to explore the Gompa today. When we reach Lo Manthang, we will get to explore the village and some of the ancient places present here. Overnight at the Lodge/Tea House at Lo Manthang. 

Day 10Exploration day at Lo-Mangthang

Today!! Is the day of exploration of the capital of the  Mustang Kingdom before 2008, Lo Manthang. We will start our day with the Nyamgal Gompa, situated at the top of the hill. The Gompa has religious, social, and legal importance as it is used for the local courthouse. Now we will continue our exploration towards the Tingkhar which is located northwest of the Lo Manthang. The Tingkhar is composed of 40 houses. We will also go to Champa Lhakhang. Here Buddha’s statue made up of Clay is present. We will also see the elaborate Mandala Paint on the wall. After the full day of exploration, we will return to our lodge. Overnight at Lodge/Tea House.

Day 11Lo-Mangthang trek to Drakmar (3810m) 6-7hrs

After breakfast, we will leave Lo Manthang behind. We will take the highland trial which will reward us with the awesome views of the Lo Manthang and Chrang. The background of snow-capped mountains will enhance the beauty of the valleys.  We will continue our walk until Ghar Gompa. We will stop at the monastery for some exploration. After the exploration, we will continue our walk towards Drakmar. Overnight at Lodge/Tea House.

Day 12Drakmar trek to Ghiling (3806m) 6hrs

Today!! We will be following the trail towards Ghiling walking through the beautiful valley. We will climb a ridge and go down to the Ghami. From here we will be strolling through the wider as well as easy trail. The path offers some ascending and descending also. Following the trial, we will be there at the settlement of Ghiling.

Ghiling is a beautiful village of Mustang full of typical Mustang-style houses. We will also see the beautiful Barley field in the village. We will explore the village, its culture, and its tradition today. We will also visit the historic monastery. Overnight at the Lodge/Tea House.

Day 13Ghiling to Chuksang

On this day, we will be walking toward Chhuksang. We will be hiking through the ridges and over the hills. We will be walking enjoying the wonderful vistas of the Himalayas. You will love the experience and views of today. 

We will be walking towards the village of Tetang lying between two hills. Tetang is the village above the Chhuksang. We will continue our walk from here also toward our final destination of Chukksang. Overnight at the Lodge/Tea House at Chhuksang.

Day 14Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2700m) 7hrs

Today will be our last way of walking during the Upper Mustang Trek. We will enjoy breakfast at our lodge at Chhuksang and start the walk. We will pass through the Jharkot village and visit a monastery. We will also explore the grand Herbal Medicine Center and explore the fortress which was a palace at a point in time

We will descend downwards for today and we will get a magnificent view of the Kali Gandaki Valley along with the ancient Kagbeni village. We will continue on our walk until we reach Jomsom. You can also celebrate our last day of trek at Jomsom if you wish to. Overnight at Lodge/Tea House.

Day 15Flight back to Pokhara and Exploring the city, 30 min

We will enjoy today’s morning with the beautiful views of Jomsom and the delicious breakfast at our lodge. After breakfast, we will make our visit to the airport for our morning flight to Pokhara. The flight would take around 20 minutes to land at Pokhara. The flight offers beautiful mountain views of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and others.

Upon our arrival at Pokhara, we will drive to our hotel to get refreshed. After some time at the hotel, we will be going for an exploration of the city of Lake, Pokhara. We will go for an investigation around Davids Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and the World Peace stupa. We will go boating in the Phewa Lake in the evening along with the exploration of Tal Barahi temple located in the middle of Phewa Lake. Now, we will return to our hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16Fly Back or Drive back to Kathmandu (200km) 6hrs

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will start our day with the drive towards Kathmandu. We will be driving through the Prithivi Highway. On our drive today, we will get to see the beautiful landscapes, some roadside settlements, rivers, forests, and river basins. The drive will be scenic as well as adventurous.

We will stop on the side of the Trishuli River Bank near the Highway to have our Lunch for today. We will enjoy lunch enjoying the view of the river and the hilly views around. After lunch, we will continue our drive toward Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be dropped to your hotel where you can get refreshed and have some rest. You can go to buy some gifts or items for memory in the evening around the Thamel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Note: You can also take the option of a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of driving.

Day 17Final Departure

Today is the last day of your trek. You will be given farewell and then you will be taken to the airport for your flight to your country. During your drive, you will be assisted by one of our representatives. You will be transferred to the airport three hours before your flight time. Here, it’s the end of your trip.

17 Days Upper Mustang Trek Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Restricted Area Permit
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

17 Days Upper Mustang Trek Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

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Additional Information

Upper Mustang Trek Equipment

Comfortable Trekking Bag:  For the Upper Mustang trek you need to have 60 of the comfortable bag to pack inside each and every item of the trekking gear.

Trekking Shoes: These comfortable trekking boots will help you to cover all the rough and rocky terrains of the high-altitude mountains. While boots covering the ankle will be better.

T-shirt: T-shirts with light moisture and those that dry rapidly in the typical sun are better for you.

Trekking Poles: While seeing the stunning caverns, monasteries, and traditional villages, you may find the trekking poles to be just as useful as while you’re out hiking.

Trousers: On the tops of tall mountains, Trousers are more essential. To protect yourself from the cold at night and in the morning, you must wear warm pants. First Aid Kid: First Aid Kit box, necessary for anyone who spends time outside. All the medications you would need in an emergency to treat the hiker should be in your first aid kit.


What is the duration of the Upper Mustang Trek?

The duration of the Upper Mustang Trek usually takes 12-17 days.

Do I need a special permit to trek in Upper Mustang?

Yes, for the Upper Mustang Trek, you need to issue the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from the Department of Immigration.

What is the best time of year to go for the Upper Mustang Trek?

The best time of the year to explore the Upper Mustang Trek is the Autumn and Spring season.

How difficult is the Upper Mustang Trek? Is it suitable for beginners?

The Upper Mustang Trek is known as a moderate trekking destination. The destination is suitable for all age groups while having previous experience will be more advantageous.

What is the maximum elevation reached during the Upper Mustang Trek?

The maximum elevation to reach during the Upper Mustang Trek is 3840 M.

Is it necessary to hire a guide or porter for the trek?

Getting a Guide/Porter during your Upper Mustang Trek will be more advantageous and will gain more knowledge and information regarding the destination.

What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?

During the Upper Mustang Trek, the accommodation facilities will be at the Tea House and the Lodge.

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