Upper Mustang Trekking-14 Days

Trip Highlights

  • View of mysterious sky caves (10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys)
  • Breathtaking view of mountains like Annapurna , Dhaulagiri , Nilgiri and many more
  • Visit Lo Manthang capital of the kingdom of Lo (Mustang)
  • Visit ancient monasteries
  • Kailash circuit tour

Trip Introduction

Upper Mustang Trekking is an amazing and beautiful trek. It offers beautiful perfect snow-capped mountains. Tourists from a different part of the world come to this magnificent and serene place for peace of mind and soul. Upper Mustang trekking gives travelers witness highly beautiful Himalayan landscape, ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, Stupas, Prayers walls,  old monasteries Chortens, and painted mud brick houses. You will get the majestic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Upper Mustang trekking is famous for mini Tibet.


Upper Mustang trekking offers you a chance to witness remote area and explores the ancient Monastery, thousand years old cave and mountains. This site is located on the western Tibetan border of Nepal. The culture and tradition is very unique resemblance with the Tibetan culture but also the landscape is very much related to Tibet.


Mustang situated in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri. You walk in a complete isolated landscape, surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and bizarre formations.  In this sterile landscape, the villages with their bright colored fields are like oases. The path continues the salt caravan route of the old days. In this time, the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt with grain from the lowlands. The goal of the Upper Mustang trek is the capital of Upper Mustang, LoManthang. Lo Manthang is an old age town which is surrounded by a huge town wall. From the pass Lo La (3950 m) you can see the town shining in the distance in the unfertile landscape.  Entering LoManthang through the town gate you will enter a different world. It is just pleasing to stroll through the narrow alleys.

This beautiful trek will start from the Pokhara, passing the Annapurna conservation area and finally to Upper Mustang.  Our trek will start through the Holy river bank of Kaligandaki and passing through Lo-Mangthang, capital of the upper Mustang. In this journey, you will get a chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, and caves. You will have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit. En route to the upper Mustang, you will get panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and various other peaks.


Mustang Region features another of the best trip of Teji Festival so do check the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek.

Outline Itinenary

  • Day 1:  Kathmandu- Kerung (3500 m)
  • Day 2:  Kerung -Pelgu (4595 m)
  • Day 3:  Drive to Saga (4480 m)
  • Day 4:  Drive to Paryang (4,050 m)
  • Day 5:  Lake Manasorovar (4,558 m)
  • Day 6:  Trekking to Darchen (4,575 m)
  • Day 7:  Darchen to Dri Ra Phuk Gompa (5,010 m)
  • Day 8:  Dri Ra Phuk Gompa to Zutul Phuk Gompa (4,820 m)
  • Day 9:  Drive back to Lake Mansarovar (4,558 m)
  • Day 10:  Rest day Lake Manasorovar (4,558 m)
  • Day 11:  Lake Manasorovar – Paryang (4,050 m)
  • Day 12:  Paryang–Saga (4,600 m)
  • Day 13:  Saga- Kerung (3500 m)
  • Day 14:  Back from Kerung - Kathmandu


  • Day 1: Kathmandu- Kerung (3500 m)

    Today we will drive to Kerung from Kathmandu across the lush vegetation of Nepalese geography, along with but in opposite direction to the Bhote Koshi River, right up to the Nepal-Tibet border from the border we will drive on the steadly climbing road to the town of  Kerung . We will call it a day here in Kerung and spent our night in Kerung Guest House.

  • Day 2: Kerung -Pelgu (4595 m)

    We will be leave the Nyalam behind and drive to Pelgu Tso through the Thong La Pass. The road then drops before climbing again to Lalung La Pass. From here we will have an incredible view of Shisha Pangma (8012 m). We will call it a day and camp for today in a suitable place. 

  • Day 3: Drive to Saga (4480 m)

    Today we will drive from our camping site to Saga, which is a typical Chinese and Tibetan town. This town is the gate away the pilgrims who are visiting Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

  • Day 4: Drive to Paryang (4,050 m)

    We take a 145 Km drive from Saga to Zhongba.The road is fine and the trip will take about 4-5 hours of driving. In Zhongba there is a small monastery at the western end of town. Roads beyond Zhongba are very bumpy and dusty. Though the sceneries are very beautiful and you might want to stop now and then to take a few snaps.

  • Day 5: Lake Manasorovar (4,558 m)

    Today journey will take about 10 hours to complete. On the way we will pass several rivers and we will pass Mayum La pass too. The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Upon the arrival of Manasarovar we will spend our night camping at Hor Qu.

  • Day 6: Trekking to Darchen (4,575 m)

    Darchen is about 30 Km away from our camping site on the north direction. This is the main gate away for the Kailash pilgrims. Here we will arrange yak or ponies for Kailash Circuit trek.

  • Day 7: Darchen to Dri Ra Phuk Gompa (5,010 m)

    The Kailash circuit covers three days of trekking. Its 53 Km long and it’s not an easy route to trek on.

    This trek is full of adventure and will take about 6 hours of hiking and climbing. We will head west in clockwise direction and after few kilometers the trial climbs up to cairn at 4730m, from where Mt. Kailash comes to view. En route we will visit Tarboche, where annual flagpole raising ceremony takes place in Saga Dawa.

  • Day 8: Dri Ra Phuk Gompa to Zutul Phuk Gompa (4,820 m)

    Today we will cross Dolma La pass at the height of 5630 m and frozen Lake of Gouri Kunda at 5608 m. This is the lake where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in icy water of the lake.

  • Day 9: Drive back to Lake Mansarovar (4,558 m)

    The final day of parikrama is an easy 2-3 hours of walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. Today we will complete the 3 days Kailash circuit and drive to Darcha and then to Lake Manasarovar today. We will be spending the night at Chiu Gompa this day. Chiu Gompa is situated on the edge of rocky cliff overlooking the Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash.

  • Day 10: Rest day Lake Manasorovar (4,558 m)

    This is the day you will rest and explore the Manasarovar area. You can explore the meditation caves in these areas. You can take a bath in the holy water of Manasaovar Lake or can just pass the peaceful hours in the Chiu Gompa.

  • Day 11: Lake Manasorovar – Paryang (4,050 m)

    Today we will follow the same road from Paryang to Manasarovar to go back to Paryang. As you already know it will take about 10 hours of bumpy ride with fantastic sceneries on the both side of the road.

  • Day 12: Paryang–Saga (4,600 m)

    Today we will drive from Paryang to Saga and spend the night in Saga.

  • Day 13: Saga- Kerung (3500 m)

    Today we will drive from Saga to Kerung through the barren plains of Tingri.As you leave the Tibetan plateaus you will progress towards the Kerung city where you will spend the night at a cozy warm hotel.

  • Day 14: Back from Kerung - Kathmandu

    After taking the morning breakfast you will drive from Kerung, through downhill road present you fantastic views of beautiful waterfalls. This drive will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhotekoshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. You will drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside for five hours to reach Kathmandu to enjoy its evening markets and bustling beauty. En route you can stop for quick fish snack at Chehere and Dolalghat.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop off service
  • 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu with included breakfast
  • Domestic Flight/Transportation
  • All grounded transportation
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you dont have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Required permit works
  • First Aid kits (Carried by the guide)
  • One licensed English speaking Trekking Guide
  • Insurance for Guide/Porter
  • Certificate for Trek Completion

Optional Addons

  • Porter

Cost Disincludes

  • International Airfare
  • Your Visa Charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicoptor
  • Tips for guides and porters

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  • Trip Code

  • Trip Duration

    14 Days
  • Destination

    Nepal/mustang Region
  • Activity

  • Price

    USD 2200
  • Meal

    Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
  • Transportation

  • Accommodation

    Tea Hous/Lodge
  • Group Size

  • Trip Grade

  • Season

    AUTUMN (Sept – Nov WINTER (Dec – Feb)Spring (March – May)Summer (Jun-Aug)
  • Altitude

    5,010 m at Dri Ra Phuk Gompa
  • Trip Attraction

    Mustang Caves or Sky Caves of Nepal are a collection of some 10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys in the Mustang District of Nepal,Mustang District a part of Province No. 4 in Dhawalagiri Zone of northernp Nea,

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