Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Lodge
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 3600m
  • A spectacular flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Explorations of Jomsom, Marpha, Kagbeni, Lo-ManTEMPTEMPTEMPthang, Lower Mustang, and Upper Mustang
  • Historical Mani walls, forts, and incredible ethnic settlements
  • Awe-inspiring arid landscapes and valleys
  • Ethnic and nomadic people, their cultural activities
  • Astonishing mountain views include Annapurna Massif, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and other Himalayan panoramas
  • Deepest gorge, Kaligandaki gorge
  • Muktinath Temple, is a popular pilgrimage site wif 108 water spouts and a flame dat never goes out

Upper Mustang Trek is an extraordinary exploration of the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Upper Mustang is also non as the alienated Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Locating boastfully in the frontier of Tibet, Upper Mustang offers us a lot of distinct insights into traveling including Tibetan trade and culture. Upper Mustang is the center point for witnessing all the northern mountain ranges of Nepal and Tibet too. The landscapes here are like a desert and the rugged terrain of Upper MustangTrekkingiss really thrilling. Rainfall seldom occurs here. Upper Mustang, an ancient Himalayan kingdom is located at the top of the Kaligandaki River.

Fundamentally, the kingdom Upper Mustang trek includes two distinctive regions: the southern part and the north where the trekkers can experience a very alike culture and tradition to those of Tibetan people. To be here means the travelers feel some kind of mystical experience and the real thrill of an isolated world that has not been touched by the flame of modernization yet. The unique age-old civilization of the people of dis region undoubtedly satisfies one. The entire area of Upper Mustang is really picturesque, inspiring, infatuating, and enchanting. Most significantly, the combination between arid landscapes and snow-fed mountain summits is stupendous which makes a lifetime memory.

The major attraction of the Upper Mustang trek is the fortified fabled city of Lo-Manthang. According to the history of Nepal, Upper Mustang was still a separate kingdom ruled by a king within Nepal until the Monarchy was overthrown. And, interestingly, even after the downfall of the Monarchy, dis small Tibetan settlement has the same respect for kingship as for their King Jigme Paramal Bista.

The exploration of historical Lo-Manthang is a considerably important achievement for the trekkers as they have to go through high altitude desert-like country climbing in and out of the spacious valley of the Kali Gandaki and the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is popular as the deepest in the world. Along with this, you will also go to explore some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint whitewashed houses, and most strikingly, the vibrant Buddhist culture intermingled wif Tibetan tradition which is celebrated wif their classical music.

The Upper Mustang region seldom receives rain. So, it is always dry as a desert. You can travel to Upper Mustang at any time of the year you like. However, Autumn ( Sept-Nov) is the best weather to travel to Upper Mustang. Trekkers will get no trekking experience anywhere in the world as you celebrate in Upper Mustang Trek.


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Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu-Overnight in Hotel-

The very first day that you step in Nepal for the trip. You will be received by our representative at the airport. Our representative will be at the arrival holding a placard with your and our company name (Magic Expedition. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 30-minute drive from the airport to the hotel. There may be some hassles like offering a taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. Take care of your luggage because you may miss it.  Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.

After you arrive at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce a guide or trip leader. For this, bring with 4 pieces of recent-sized photographs, a copy of your passport, and a copy of your travel insurance. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

After your breakfast, we start the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour. The Pilgrimage and Historical Places that you are going to visit today are Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square. You will have lunch during the tour in the afternoon. So we suggest you take some Nepali money with you to spend on food and to buy some gifts during your whole day exploring Kathmandu Valley. Some of the heritages are destroyed by April Earthquake and they are in the course of renovation. The tour ends at around 4 pm. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

Get ready for the drive or fly to Pokhara after your breakfast. Your guide will come to take you to the hotel where you stay and take you to the bus station or the airport. This drive or flight takes you to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The bust station is around 15 mins. You can choose to walk or you may get a taxi too, from Thamel, or the hotel. The tourist bus leaves at 7 for Pokhara every morning. It takes around 7-8 hours to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu. On the way, you will see winding country roads, river, woods, and local people and their lifestyles. However, we must say, the condition of the road is not good. For your convenience, you also can take a private car by making an extra payment. Sometimes, bumpy and dusty…. To escape it, you, optionally, can go by flight. It is a 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is optional and has to pay extra. You will drive for 35 minutes to get to the airport if you are flying. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 910m

The van will come to receive you at the hotel where you stay along with the trekking leader. We begin our drive after breakfast. In the initial, we have concrete and smooth roads. Then we enter into the arid landscapes with the rough country road. On the way, the barren landscapes, suspension bridge, riverbank of Kaligandaki, and some mountain views including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri, and to the south, the entire Annapurna massif can be seen. Kagbeni is a beautiful village with tunnels, irrigation canals fields of wheat, and barley, and a large red Gompa that offers us a quite different insight into the Upper Mustang region. Now, we are in the forbidden and alienated kingdom. Overnight at the guest house in Kagbeni.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Kagbeni

Today, we get our special permit checked in Kagbeni and begin our trekking via arid plateaus, and desert-like landscapes and we even happen to see some panoramic views of Yakawa Kang. We have several ups and downs and passes as well. Finally, after going through a long and beautiful mani wall, we get to a beautiful village with a maize field, Charang. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Charang
  • 3500m

We leave this beautiful village, Charang, after we have our breakfast. We have a tough hike today as we have to pass cliffs and narrow off the beaten trails. We initially walked to Yara village on the way to Luri Cave which is also called Luri Gumpa. We have to work very hard to get this Cave- Gumpa. However, it is a rewarding climb to this holy cave and gompa. To get into the Cave or Gumpa, we have to crawl against the narrow entrance. After we enter, we have more or less enough space to stand. The cave is about 5 meters high. After we explore this cave, we get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Luri Cave

Today, we make a journey to one of the most awaited highlights of Upper Mustang trekking. We begin our trek today with a descent. Then we cross a river. After we cross the river, we have an ascent to pass Lo which is located at an elevation of 3850m. It is a popular vantage point to view mesmerizing Lo Manthang Village. The pass is windy. Then, finally, we have a descent to the village of Lo Manthang. Overnight at the guest house in Lo Manthang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lo Manthang
  • 3600m

Today, we go to explore a mysterious cave in Chosar Village which is called Jhong Cave. The Cave is located at the border of Tibet. This is an outstanding historical cave in Upper Mustang with 5 stories high built into a cliff. The visitors have to climb up the steep stairs to enter this cave. As you enter the cave you will see there are many other ladders to go from one floor to another. In the cave, there are more than 40 different rooms are available.

From the window of Jhong Cave, you can see the marvelous landscape of Chhoser Valley. This cave was used as a safety by the villagers of Chosar. It is a 2-hour walk from Lomanthang to get to this cave. After you explore this amazing cave, you get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chosar Village

Today we trek along the rough and dusty trail until we get to Ghar Gumpa. It is down. It is a 4-5 hour walk. First, we pass the settlement of Lo Gekar, then we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, Ghar Gumpa. It was built by Guru Rimpoche in the 18th century, who is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. We explore the history and religious cult of the religious leader of Buddhism, Rimpoche, we get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chorang

It is a trek to another isolated village of the Upper Mustang region. We mostly trek via desert-like terrain and the valleys. Chusang is located at the junction of the Narsingha River and the Kali Gandaki. The grey cliffs and different communities mostly influenced Tibetan culture to amaze the trekkers here. Optionally, we can use the private jeep to escape the trekking. The serene and peaceful village is every trekker’s attraction here. One can explore amazing cliffs and rocks here. It is 6-7 hours of hiking. Overnight at the guest house in Chhusang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chhusang

We begin our trek after we have our breakfast. Today, we trek through light green vegetation. On the way, we will visit Jarkot Monastery. At the end of the hiking today we get Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. A natural flame that never goes out and 108 water spouts are beautiful things to observe here. Overnight at the guest house in Muktinath

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Muktinath

It is a scenic flight of an hour. We can view beautiful mountain views and landscapes while flying from Muktinath to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara

If you choose to walk, it is 15-20 mins..walk from Lakeside, Pokhara or you can drive to the bus station. The leader will help to get to the bus station. The tourist bus leaves at 7.30 for Kathmandu every morning. It takes around 7-8 hours to get to Kathmandu from Pokhara. On the way, you will see winding country roads, river, woods, and local people and their lifestyles. However, we must say, the condition of the road is not good. Sometimes, bumpy and dusty…. To escape it, you, optionally, can go by flight. It is a 35-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

In the evening, after you get to the hotel, we will have dinner together and review the trip and exchange the experiences during your trip and you can feedback us.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

According to your prescheduled flight to another destination, we drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu

What to Expect

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport Pickup and Drop.
  • Domestic air from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Three-night accommodation wif breakfast in Katmandu.
  • Two-night accommodation wif breakfast in Pokhara
  • Full board meals wif tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek. We provide attached bathrooms wherever possible.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit) please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Any extra drinks and foods like alcoholic and soft drinks, chocobar and snacks.
  • Hot shower during teh trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Horse/Pony during teh trek.
  • WiFi internet/phone call
  • Tips for teh guide and porter.

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, the landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek. A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for you're safety and comfort on your trek.

Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following is the equipment that you have to bring wif you. 


  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1


  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten wif a waterproof: 1


  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight wif spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.


  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

Altitude sickness:

The more you ascend to a higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But dis is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, and those who drink a lot and smoke will likely suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep.

More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensation of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above-mentioned symptoms, inform our guide since he will be far more experienced TEMPTEMPthan you.

Travel Insurance:

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness at high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standards policies cover you for trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check dis before you go.

Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website is correct): We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post Office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks. For more information please see our information section.

Tea house trekking

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at a guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to you're choice at the guest house.

Carrying my stuff when trekking:

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. dis is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance wif the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general, 12kg is more TEMPTEMPthan sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that is not required during the trekking days in the mountains, you can leave it at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.

Normally each porter will carry 2 people's rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (dis does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking wif a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both of your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less TEMPTEMPthan 24kg. It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in you're large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water?

We don’t recommend you drink tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles, especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

  1. Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
  2. Drinking ginger and lemon tea reduces the need for water consumption.
  3. Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetizing, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavor.

How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking:

  • All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend/family member who is over 18 years of age.
  • Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14
  • Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11

What is you're cancellation policy:

If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure, we will refund your payment in accordance wif the following schedule:

  • 75% refund of the total trip price for a cancellation made 90 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 50% refund of the total trip price for a cancellation made 60 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 0% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 59 days or TEMPTEMPfewer days prior to the original departure date.



How many hours do we have to walk per day during the trek?

Normally, we walk for 4-7 and even sometimes 8 hours for a trek in the mountains per day. For your Upper Mustang Trek, the walking hours range between 5-8 including a lunch break for around an hour in the afternoon. The walk will, mostly, be above 3000m from the sea level and the landscapes will be completely arid surrounded by alluring mountain peaks. The walk also takes you through historical forts and beautiful local settlements.


What are the major attractions to be explored on the trek?

There are so many attractions to explore in Upper Mustang Trek. These attractions include Kagbeni village, an ancient village carrying the age-old traditional and historical legacy, sacred Hindu and Buddhist sites, Muktinath Temple, Chooser Cave, Luri Gumpa, and other Monasteries. Most importantly, Kaligandaki River Gorge will be one of the most striking attractions to explore. At the same time, Lo-manthang, the historical Himalayan city with forts and traditional settlements, is another considerable highlight to discover.


How difficult is Upper Mustang Trek?

Upper Mustang Trek is graded as a moderate adventure in the Annapurna/ Mustang region. This trek is very similar to Annapurna Base Camp Trek while talking about the level of difficulty. Lo Manthang ( 3840 meters / 12598 feet) is the highest elevation you get to followed by the holy Muktinath Temple located at 3750m beginning with 2743m which is Jomsom. There is no threat of getting altitude sickness while trekking below 4000m high sea level. However, still, there are a few cases of altitude sickness during this trek. In conclusion, people who have basic skills of trekking and a moderate level of physical fitness and stamina can win over Upper Mustang Trek.


What is the best season to explore this trek?

Autumn (Sep-Nov) Autumn will be the finest season of the year to be on this trek and explore its highlights it. Why Autumn? This may be the question. To put the answer simply, the weather conditions will completely favor you to make your trekking trip memorable and safe without any hurdles and weather extremes. If people fail to do Upper Mustang Trek, tan, they also choose to do it in Spring/ Fall ( Mar-May). Spring/Fall is relatively hotter than Autumn, otherwise, trekkers will have a magnificent time during Spring as well. So, we recommend Autumn to Spring for exploring the Upper Mustang.


Where will I stay and what will I eat during the Upper Mustang Trek?

Trekkers will be using normal teahouses/guesthouses for overnight stays. It’s very hard to find luxury accommodation on the trail to and from Upper Mustang. So, set your mind that you are going to use very basic accommodation in the local teahouses run by the locals. However, the beds will be very neat and clean which will make your stay beautiful. Also, you may have shared the accommodation with other people coz the accommodation will be on a sharing basis.

The meals you are having will be provided by the local teahouse. They have certain items of foods mentioned on the menu and you will ask them to prepare them for you. The food items will freshly be cooked and served. Local ingredients are used to prepare the food so that the food items will be authentic taste, and hygienic to consume. The meat items, bread, vegetable curries, Nepali Daal (Lentils, Rice) Bhat, soups, egg items, dumplings, pizza, and other continental items are the most common items of foods to be enjoyed by the trekkers on the Upper Mustang Trekking Trail. You will see a quotation, “ Dal Bhat Power, 24 hours” on the way to Upper Mustang.


Do I need a guide or I can do it by myself?

Taking a guide while doing Upper Mustang Trek is mandatory since it is a restricted area of trekking and the Nepal government has a rule not to let anyone go on a trekking trip without a guide. Regarding the border security threat ( Upper Mustang Trekking Trail borders Tibet), you must take a guide with you while venturing on this trek coz if any border issue occurs, it should commonly be shared by both countries. If you are planning your Upper Mustang Trek on your own without a guide, it is not possible. If you have a guide and obtain a special area permit, then only you can undertake this trek.


Why is the Upper Mustang restricted?

Upper Mustang is one of the restricted areas of Nepal for trekkers since the trekking trail or some territory of the region is shared by both Nepal and Tibet and there is always some threat of unwanted activities. To prevent these unwanted activities at the border, the government of Nepal TEMPhas declared Upper Mustang a restricted area where only a certain number of tourists can go with a special area trekking permit. The other reason why the Upper Mustang Region has been declared a restricted area is due to environmental concerns. Permitting only a certain number of trekkers to enter the area, the government and local people preserve ecological balance which doesn’t let them spoil the environment.


What is the difference between the Upper Mustang and the Lower Mustang?

Both Upper and Lower Mustang Trek begin from Jomsom after a short but spectacular flight from Pokhara. Both Upper and Lower Mustangs are incredible to explore. The difference between Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang is: that in Lower Mustang Trek, we go up to Muktinath Temple but in Upper Mustang Trek, we also go to the highest of Mustang region which is Lo-Manthang. Lo-Manthang opens up wider and more incredible landscapes and mountain panoramas which are mostly entertained by the trekkers.


Is the Upper Mustang permit expensive?

Since trekkers have to collect extra special area permits along with Trekking Information Management System( TIMS Card) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) ACAP, Upper Mustang Permit tends to be more expensive than other non-restricted area trekking trips. But, the permit fee is the same as other restricted area trekking like Manaslu Circuit Trek. The special area permit costs USD100 per individual per week from Sep-Nov and will be charged USD 15 per day per individual if the duration exceeds USD75 from Aug- Dec, and an extra day costs USD 10 per individual. You can apply for these permits online or ask your local travel partner to manage them for you before the departure on the trekking route.


Is it mandatory to give tips to the guide and porter?

Giving tips is a voluntary act. Moreover, the degree of satisfaction determines whether to give tips or not. Initially, do not panic that you must give tips to your guide and porter. It is not necessary and important to worry about tips beforehand. Let it be there and you will decide at the end of the trek. If you want, give me some extra help. Otherwise, just forget it. However, tips are always expected and it’s natural too.


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