The Upper Mustang trek offers an enthralling journey into the heart of Nepal's Himalayan kingdom, showcasing a landscape and culture deeply rooted in Tibetan heritage. This adventure invites you to either join a group trek or curate your own private expedition, with a minimum of two participants required to secure the necessary Upper Mustang restricted area permit.
  • DestinationNepal
  • Durations14 days
  • Group Size15+


The Upper Mustang trek offers an enthralling journey into the heart of Nepal's Himalayan kingdom, showcasing a landscape and culture deeply rooted in Tibetan heritage. This adventure invites you to either join a group trek or curate your own private expedition, with a minimum of two participants required to secure the necessary Upper Mustang restricted area permit.

Upper Mustang stands as a bastion of isolation and beauty within the Nepalese Himalayas, a region where the echoes of an ancient realm persist, shielded from the casual traveler. The issuance of a restricted area permit by the Nepalese government underscores the region's exclusivity. Trekking through Upper Mustang unveils a breathtaking tapestry of landscapes, Himalayan vistas, venerable cultures, and monastic sites that have weathered the sands of time. The experience mirrors the trekking adventures found in Tibet, given that Upper Mustang is geographically an extension of the Tibetan plateau, with the local lifestyle imbued with Tibetan cultural influences. Here, the Thakali people blend Tibetan and Nepalese traditions, their expertise in hospitality shining through in the tourist-friendly tea houses that dot the landscape.

Our meticulously planned 14-day Upper Mustang Trek begins with a day dedicated to exploring the Kathmandu valley, enriched by the knowledge and guidance of Sundar Nepal Treks' experts. The adventure truly commences upon your arrival in the natural beauty of Pokhara on the third day, followed by a brief flight to Jomsom. From there, the ascending trails beckon, culminating in Lo-Manthang at an altitude of 3,800 meters. This ancient capital harbors the essence of Upper Mustang's erstwhile kingdom, with the local monarch's palace and myriad chortens, caves, and monasteries serving as testaments to its storied past.

Trekking in Upper Mustang is particularly enchanting during the monsoon season, as its location in a rain shadow area promises dry conditions. However, the spring and autumn months also offer favorable trekking climates. Despite the winter's cold and the perennial winds, local tea houses ensure a warm welcome with standard accommodations and hygienic meals, carefully selected by your guide from Sundar Nepal Trek. While the return journey typically retraces the initial path, alternative routes through Upper Mustang present opportunities for camping treks, given the scarcity of local lodging.

Sundar Nepal Trek is ready to provide further insights and comprehensive details for those intrigued by the Upper Mustang Trek, requiring a minimum of two participants for permit acquisition. Solo travelers are encouraged to join one of our suitable groups, ensuring no one misses out on this extraordinary experience.

Beyond trekking, Upper Mustang opens its doors to explorers on motorbikes, mountain bikes, and 4-wheel jeeps, with the Tiji Festival offering a vibrant cultural spectacle, its dates varying annually according to the Tibetan calendar. For those seeking a luxurious and time-efficient journey, helicopter tours to Upper Mustang represent an unparalleled adventure, capturing the essence of this ancient kingdom from the skies.

The Mystical Journey of Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang Trek unveils a hidden world within the majestic Himalayas of Nepal, a region where ancient traditions thrive, and landscapes speak of the Earth's primordial beauty. Unlike other treks in Nepal, Upper Mustang offers a unique blend of cultural richness, spiritual depth, and natural splendor, making it a must-visit destination for trekkers worldwide.

Essential Requirements for the Upper Mustang Trek

Trekking to Upper Mustang comes with specific prerequisites to protect its unique cultural heritage and fragile ecosystem. Solo trekkers are not permitted; one must be part of a group of at least two, and the trek must be organized through a registered trekking agency. A special permit from the Nepalese Department of Immigration is mandatory, in addition to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. Only a licensed Nepalese guide can escort trekkers into this restricted area, ensuring a responsible and respectful exploration of Upper Mustang.


The Walled City of Mysteries Lomanthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, is a testament to the region's ancient heritage. Enclosed by age-old walls, this city is a living museum of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Home to the revered Namgyal Monastery and the annual Tiji Festival, Lomanthang offers a glimpse into a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries. The presence of a local king and adherence to traditional practices add to the mystique of Lomanthang, making it a focal point of the trek.

Natural and Cultural Marvels of Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang is often described as the village beyond the mountains, offering unique southward mountain vistas that defy the common northern orientation of most Himalayan views. The region's ancient hill caves, once shelters during times of war and famine, now stand as silent witnesses to the resilience of the human spirit. These caves, alongside the sacred sites where holy men have meditated, contribute to the spiritual allure of Upper Mustang.

Celebrating the Tiji Festival

The Tiji Festival is the crown jewel of Upper Mustang's cultural calendar, a vibrant celebration of the triumph of good over evil. This festival, rooted in Buddhist mythology, features elaborate rituals, colorful dances, and the collective chanting of mantras. Observing the Tiji Festival offers trekkers a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the spiritual and communal life of Upper Mustang's people.

Trekking During Monsoon and the Overland Jeep Tour Alternative

Upper Mustang's unique climate, shielded from the monsoon rains by the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, makes it an ideal trekking destination even during the rainy season. For those looking for an alternative to trekking, the overland jeep tour presents an adventurous way to explore the rugged landscapes of Upper Mustang, though it comes with its own challenges, such as the risk of altitude sickness due to rapid elevation gain.

The Sacred Kaligandaki River and Its Deep Gorges

The journey through Upper Mustang is also a pilgrimage to the sacred Kaligandaki River, home to the world's deepest gorge and the holy Shaligram fossils, revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike. This part of the trek offers spiritual enrichment and a chance to connect with the divine elements of nature.


Start with Confidence: Plan Your Upper Mustang Trek

The cost of the Upper Mustang Trek ranges significantly, offering options for various budgets and preferences. By choosing a seasoned trekking agency, trekkers can navigate the logistical and legal requirements smoothly, ensuring a focus on the profound experiences that await in Upper Mustang. Whether you seek spiritual awakening, cultural immersion, or the thrill of adventure, Upper Mustang beckons with the promise of an unforgettable journey.

Detail Itinerary

Cost Details

Cost Includes

What's Included in Your Journey

  • Airport Transfers: Begin and end your journey in comfort with our airport pick-up and drop-off services in a private vehicle, ensuring a smooth transition to and from your adventure.
  • Accommodations with Breakfast: Enjoy cozy stays in Kathmandu and Pokhara, with 2 nights in each city, including breakfast, to prepare you for the day ahead.
  • Nourishing Full Board Meals: Throughout your trek, indulge in full board meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, crafted to energize your trekking days.
  • Warm Beverages: Stay warmed and refreshed with up to 3 cups of hot beverages daily, keeping the chill of the high altitudes at bay.
  • Domestic Flights: Effortless travel with included domestic airfare for Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara, offering stunning aerial views of the Himalayas.
  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from the knowledge and experience of a government-licensed guide, accompanying you from Kathmandu back to Kathmandu, enhancing your trek with insights into local culture and nature.
  • Special Mustang Permit: Gain exclusive access to the restricted regions of Upper Mustang with the included special permit, valued at USD 500.
  • Conservation Permits: Contribute to the preservation of the Annapurna region with the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit included in your package.
  • Round-Trip Bus Tickets: Comfortable both-way tourist bus tickets for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel, ensuring your journey is comfortable and scenic.
  • Trekking Essentials: Stay warm and well-equipped with provided trekking gear including a down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffle bag.
  • Seasonal Fruits: Enjoy a taste of Nepal with seasonal fruits provided during the trek, adding a natural treat to your adventure.
  • Safety First: A comprehensive emergency medical kit bag is available for any health concerns along the way, ensuring your well-being is prioritized.
  • Farewell Dinner: Celebrate the completion of your trek with a complimentary farewell dinner, a perfect occasion to reminisce about your journey.

Cost Excludes

Exclusions to Note

While we strive to cover all necessary aspects of your trek, there are a few exclusions to be aware of:

  • Nepalese visa fee and travel insurance are not included and should be arranged by trekkers.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara outside of breakfast, and any early returns from the trek, are not covered.
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, and internet, along with tips for the trekking crew, are to be managed by the trekkers.