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Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang Trek Overview

The Upper Mustang trek is a 3820 meters high trek to the secluded Trans-Himalayan region of the autonomous Tibetan Kingdom, starting from Kathmandu to the beautiful valley of Lo Manthang. It is an exciting 17-day trek that allows you to enjoy some spectacular views of the landscape with deep ravines, vibrant rock formations, and snowclad mountains. This trek lets you explore the secretive world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, which is an ideal blend of culture and trekking experience. On your way to the Upper Mustang, you will immerse yourself in the complete wilderness and mysticism of the Mustang while embracing the snow-covered Himalayan mountains. The trekkers will also cross the magical surroundings with River Chenab flowing in the north and River Ravi in the South.

The never-ending variety of the grey-rolling hills of the Mustang and the strikingly tanned red cliffs is a beautiful sight to behold and cherish for a lifetime. You will witness the true lifestyle of the mountain people who managed to retain their wealthy cultural heritage on your way to the Upper Mustang. The trekkers will also cross picturesque locations, like Traila, Pir Panjal range, Purthi, and Chandra Bhaga river. The trek to Upper Mustang is a wonderful trekking experience that you should try at least once in a lifetime.

Quick Facts of Upper Mustang Trek

upper mustang trek

Maximum altitude: 12598 feet

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 18 days

Trekking distance: 124 kilometers

Rail head: No rail head

Airport: Kathmandu Airport

Snow Season: December to March

Service from: Kathmandu Airport

Base camp: Pokhara

Best season: March to Early November

Region: Nepal

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Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

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Arrival in Kathmandu

  • The Upper Mustang trek itinerary commences upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.

  • A representative will transfer you to your hotel in a private car or a high-end tourist bus.

  • After reaching the hotel, the representatives will brief you about the Upper Mustang trekking expedition.

  • Check in to your hotel, keep your belongings in your respective rooms, and go out to explore the adventurous and colorful city yourself.

  • Enjoy an overnight stay in your hotel.

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What to Pack for Upper Mustang Trek?


  • Down jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

  • Hiking shirts

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Long sleeved shirt

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Winter hat or wide-brimmed hat or insulating hat

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Know Before You Go for Upper Mustang Trek

How to Reach
Important Tips for Trekkers

By Flight - Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport receives flights from India, the middle east and south-east Asia. You can book your flight tickets on global airlines like Qatar and Etihad if you are traveling from the Middle east or take Nepal Airlines which connects Kathmandu to India and South East Asia. Some of the other airlines that provide easy access to Kathmandu are Malaysian Airlines and Thai Airways.

By Bus - Buses are very well connected between different cities in Nepal. From local to tourist buses, there are plenty of favorable options that allow you to travel to and from Kathmandu. The facility of micro and express buses are available from cities like Patan and Bhaktapur. If you are traveling from India, you can take a bus to Kathmandu from Gorakhpur and Patna.

By Road - Cabs are the most favorable option to reach Kathmandu if you are looking forward to traveling by road. It is a great option as the local buses in this route are highly overcrowded. You can book the cab services on the spot.

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FAQs of Upper Mustang Trek

Are there horses available for offloading at the Upper Mustang trek?

Yes, horses are available for offloading at the Upper Mustang trek on most of the trails except the steep descents and the occasional exposed section. However, it is advisable not to avail yourself of the offloading services as it can be damaging to the ecosystem unless there is a medical condition.

Where is the Upper Mustang located?

The Upper Mustang is located in the topmost part of the Mustang district in Nepal. It is easily accessible from Pokhara, which is a 25-minutes flight from Kathmandu. The trailhead of the Upper Mustang is situated in the northern corner of the Himalayas, just after the Annapurna Circuit.

How difficult is the Upper Mustang trek?

The Upper Mustang trek is moderately difficult as you do not require any prior experience for this trekking expedition. However, you should have enough stamina to walk comfortably for around five to seven hours at a time. Although you are not required to undergo any physical preparation for this trek, you need to have a good fitness level to enjoy the challenging parts of the trek.

What is the best time to do Upper Mustang trek?

Although Upper Mustang is an all-year-round trekking destination, the best time to indulge in this trekking experience is between March and early November. During this time, the place experiences pleasant weather for hiking with your friends and family amidst the beautiful landscape and magnificent mountain views.

What is the highest altitude of the Upper Mustang trek?

The highest altitude of the Upper Mustang trek is 3820 meters at Lo Manthang, which will take you around six to seven hours to reach there. It is the point from where most of the routes turn around back to the base camp.

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