About Trip

Upper Mustang Cultural Trek takes you away from the known to an unknown world, which is loaded with cultural mysteries. The hidden landscape is not only barren but also dotted with sandy rocks and caves. It is located above the Annapurna region and you follow the dusty Kaligandaki River bank to reach the stone walled Lo-Manthang, which is the main destination of the trek to Upper Mustang. 

The trail to Upper Mustang is less technical, but the sandy dust cannot be underestimated. The trek begins from Jomsom and crossing some of the high passes like Takma La Pass (3624 meters), Yamda La Pass (3850 meters), and Nyi Pass (4010 meters). Right from the beginning of the Mustang region, trekkers find the villages influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. It continues reaching to Lo-Manthang, the spiritual center. Throughout the trail, the appreciating red monasteries, chhortens, and mani walls can be explored. The mysterious caves and people with ethnic traditions prospect the perfect blending of nature with culture. Nepal Kameleon Holidays organize cultural treks to Upper Mustang with a side trip to the significant villages around the Mustang region. It is a place, where people’s lifestyles and professions are connected to religious beliefs. Tiji festival is what they celebrate with great dedication and is highly renowned.   

Trekking to Upper Mustang during your Nepal Walking Holidays, offer you a lifetime experience. Please, contact us to operate your trek or to customize your itinerary. Visit the hidden kingdom of Upper Mustang. WhatsApp: +9779851159455


  • Himalayan rain shadow area
  • Picturesque landscape
  • Antique town with monasteries and chhortens
  • Caves and brown hills
  • Unique festivals and celebrations

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 meters) and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara. (6 hrs drive or 35 min flight)
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (25 min) and walk to Kagbeni (2858 meters): 3-4 hrs
  • Day 05: Walk from Kagbeni to Chele (3050 meters). 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06: Walk from Chele to Syanbochen (3475 meters). 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07: Walk from Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520 meters). 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08: Walk from Ghaymi to Charang (3500 meters). 4-5 hrs
  • Day 09: Walk from Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700 meters): 5-6 hrs
  • Day 10: Explore Lo-Manthang.
  • Day 11: Walk from Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 meters). 6-7 hrs
  • Day 12: Walk from Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806 meters). 5-6 hrs
  • Day 13: Walk from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050 meters). 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14: Walk from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700 meters). 6-7 hrs
  • Day 15: Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara city sightseeing.
  • Day 16: Drive/fly back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 17: Bhaktapur and Patan sightseeing, farewell dinner.
  • Day 18: Departure.

Cost Includes:

  • Pick up and drop, Airport - Hotel - Airport by private vehicle.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in twin sharing basis with B/B plan.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • Three meals during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Lodge based accommodation during the trek.
  • Professional trekking guide and porter, their food, accommodation, salary and transportation.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permit.
  • Upper Mustang restricted area entry special permit.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card.
  • Drive from Kathmandu –Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist vehicle.
  • Pokhara - Jomsom flight, Jomsom - Pokhara drive.
  • All our government taxes and office service charges.

Cost Excludes:

  • Your personal expenses.
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour in Kathmandu and Lo- Manthang.
  • Alcoholic drinks, hot drinks and cold drinks.
  • Mineral water, chocolates and energy bars.
  • Emergency rescue
  • Tips for guide and porter.

Trip Note

Every year, around May, the Tiji festival held in Upper Mustang (in Lomanthang). If you want to make a cultural festival trek to Lomanthang, please let us know. We operate the trek focusing the festival and let you feel the hidden world and their mystical practices. Please, find the fixed departure for the Tiji festival trek to Upper Mustang. 

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu (1350 meters) and transfer to hotel. Namaste and welcome to Nepal. At your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal Kameleon Holidays’ representative receives and transfers you to the hotel. After a short refreshment, we briefly explain you about the sightseeing trip and the preparation of the trek. Overnight at hotel. (A)
  • Day 02Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.Breakfast at the hotel. Then we set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, exploring some of the unique monumental sites that are enlisted in the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
    Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): The temple is located at the top of the hill in Kathmandu, which is a 5th century religious significant site. It is regarded as a self-sprung monumental site. For the Buddhist pilgrimage trip or tour in Nepal, Swayambhunath stupa remains the first selection in the Kathmandu valley. One of the UNESCO monumental sites, Swayambhunath is also popular as the monkey temple, having uncountable monkeys. Newari Buddhism is one of the major features here, which is known as Vajrayana. The eyes of Buddha represent wisdom and compassion. To climb the steps up the hill top is believed to be the ladder to lead you to the state of enlightenment.
    Pashupatinath Temple: The temple is one of the most sacred and popular pilgrimage destination for the Hindu devotees around the world. It is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, about 5 km distance at the east of the valley. It is listed as UNESCO site and travelers love to explore the 15th century arts and architectures around the area of the temple. It has got wonderful pyramid shaped temples, extensive cultural heritages, Ashrams for the old people and Sadhus along with remarkable inscriptions. It is very special during the Shivaratri festival and nearly one million people visits the Pashupatinath temple every year.
    Boudhanath Stupa: Boudhanath Stupa is located about 10 km east of the Kathmandu, which is antique and a huge mandala. The stupa is one of the biggest among this type. The surrounding of this stupa is dominated by the Tibetan refugee settlements. One of the prominent World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley, Boudhanath is a highly adored tour and pilgrimage destination. Buddhist monks and devotees can be seen to be doing religious way of paying homage around different corners of the Stupa within.
  • Day 03Fly or drive to Pokhara. (6 hrs drive or 35 min flight)We drive through the Prithvi Highway to Pokhara, which is about 6 hrs journey. As an option: you can fly directly from Kathmandu to Pokhara for half an hour. The Himalayan panoramas on your right can be explored. The boat riding on the Phewa Lake can be a superb activity in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 04Fly to Jomsom (25 min) and walk to Kagbeni (2858 meters): 3-4 hrsTake an early flight to the district center of Mustang- Jomsom. The brilliant views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri allure us. Meeting further crew, we take a walk to the antique Kagbeni village through the Kaligandaki River bank. On the way, we pass the windswept Ekle Bhatti village. Kagbeni is the gateway of Upper Mustang, located at the confluence of Kak Khola and Mustang Khola. Overnight at at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 05Walk from Kagbeni to Chele (3050 meters). 5-6 hrsWith the restricted area permit checkup, our excursion heads forward through the dust windy trail. We move towards the Upper Mustang region and reach to Tangbe village, which is prevailed by the whitewashed houses and fluttering prayer flags on the roof top. The surrounding landscape is dominated by the buckwheat and barley fields. Passing the tiny apple orchard, we reach to Chhhusang and walking ahead through the Kaligandaki tunnel, we walk gradually to Chele. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 06Walk from Chele to Syanbochen (3475 meters). 6-7 hrsFrom Chele, we begin to walk to Eklo Bhatti. The first pass of Taklam La Pass (3624 meters) offers the breathtaking surroundings of the sandy rocks. The streamline takes the route in a winding form. The Himalayan views of Tilicho peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda can be seen from the top. Then we walk down to the Samar village and trek further to Syangbochen, which is about three hour excursion passing the Ramchung cave. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 07Walk from Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520 meters). 5-6 hrsHaving a wonderful breakfast, we ascend to Yamda La (3850 meters), walking through the chhortens and some tiny villages. The sceneries of barley fields are amazing. Crossing the Nyi Pass of 4010 meters, we trek down to Ghyami and take a rest. It is one of the biggest villages in this region. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 08Walk from Ghaymi to Charang (3500 meters). 4-5 hrsAfter breakfast, we begin to walk crossing the stream. Then we climb to the ridge passing the mani wall. Tibetan Buddhism has been flourished throughout the region. Taking the eastern trail, we walk to Charang. Again the surrounding is dominated by the barley and buckwheat fields and stone walled houses. As the village is populated by the Tibetan Buddhist devotees, Dzong and monastery can be seen. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 09Walk from Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700 meters): 5-6 hrsExploring the breathtaking scenery of Annapurna, Tilicho, Nilgiri and Bhrikuti peak, we trek down to the narrow gorge of Charang Chu and crossing it, we climb up to the Lo Pass (3850 meters). The brilliant Lo-Manthang can be seen from the top of the hill. Next step, we trek down to the stone walled town, Lo-Manthang. Finally, we arrive at the culturally loaded place, which remained unknown to the rest of the world for a long span of time. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 10Explore Lo-Manthang.Wow, it’s an exploration day in Lo-Manthang. After breakfast, we set out to visit the monasteries and the local villages. Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar Gompa are most popular among others. Instead of this, you can also visit to the Red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall that is the supreme attractions of this town. Back to the place for stay. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 11Walk from Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 meters). 6-7 hrsFor more attractions, we take a walk through the different trail than we came. First, we reach to Gyakar and finally reach to Drakmar. We can visit the ancient monasteries that date back to about the 12th century. Ghar Gompa is brilliant among others, which was an abode of Guru Rinpochhe. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 12Walk from Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806 meters). 5-6 hrsAfter breakfast, we retrace to Ghiling through the sandy dust prevailed trail. This is again another 6 hrs walk, enjoying the surrounding landscape. Overnight at lodge (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 13Walk from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050 meters). 5-6 hrsFrom Ghiling, we walk back to Chhuksang. About 5-6 hours walk leads us to this amazing place and enjoy the hospitality of the local people. Overnight at lodge. (B,L,D,A)
  • Day 14Walk from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700 meters). 6-7 hrsAt the last walking day, we begin to walk from Chhuksang after the breakfast. First, we reach to Kagbeni, from where we took a route of Upper Mustang. Meeting the Annapurna circuit trail, we walk through the Kali Gandaki River bank, gradually to Jomsom. It’s time to celebrate the success of the trip. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 15Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara city sightseeing. We take a drive from Jomsom to Pokhara. As an alternative, we can also take a flight on extra cost. Arriving Pokhara via Beni, transfer to the hotel. Enjoying the boating on Phewa Lake is a rewarding option in the evening. Back to the hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel. (B,A)
  • Day 16Drive/fly back to Kathmandu.From Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. As an option of driving, there is half an hour flight to Kathmandu. Driving takes about 6 hours. Stay relaxed in the evening or walk around the local place. Overnight at hotel. (B,A)
  • Day 17Bhaktapur and Patan sightseeing, farewell dinner.The special morning, after breakfast, you set out for the sightseeing tour in Bhaktapur and Patan. Bhaktapur is traditionally known as Bhadgaon, which is unique and antique. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a place to explore rich mediaeval heritages, including pagoda style temples, palaces, pond, stone and wooden sculptures along with the antique collection in the museum. Patan is another site to explore. The artistic temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and as in Bhaktapur, you can see the antique collections of the mediaeval time. Then drive back to your hotel and rest. We organize a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at lodge/tea house. (B,A)
  • Day 18Departure. Its time to bid farewell. Representative of Nepal Kameleon Holidays drops you to the airport for your final departure. We hope to serve you time and again. (B)


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