About Short Upper Mustang Trek - Explore Lo Mangthang

Short Upper Mustang Trek - Lo Mangthang

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Himalayan Asia Treks and Expedition P Ltd's Short Upper Mustang Trek. Delve into the mystical landscapes of Upper Mustang with our meticulously crafted itinerary designed to maximize your experience within a condensed timeframe. Our Upper Mustang trek package offers an immersive exploration of this remote region, unveiling its ancient caves, monasteries, and unique Tibetan culture. With transparent pricing and cost-effective options, we ensure that your adventure remains accessible without compromising on quality. Discover the hidden treasures of Upper Mustang with us and create memories to last a lifetime.

The Short Upper Mustang Trek 2024,2025,2026- Explore Lo Mangthang in Nepal, offered by Himalayan Asia Treks, is a captivating trek. The Short Upper Mustang Trek provides a glimpse into the mystical region of Upper Mustang. The Upper Mustang Trek allows adventurers to experience the unique culture, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes of the "Forbidden Kingdom" . With its arid desert-like terrain, dramatic cliffs, and charming Tibetan-influenced villages. This trek offers a truly distinctive trekking experience. Trekkers can explore the walled city of Lo Manthang. Trekkers discover centuries-old Buddhist monasteries, and witness the traditional lifestyle of the local people. The Short Upper Mustang Trek is an ideal choice for those seeking a taste of Mustang's enchanting beauty and cultural heritage within a limited time frame.

Short Upper Mustang Trek: Nepal is one of the popular tourist destinations. Trekkers can call it the ultimate dream adventure engagement. Whenever we talk about mountain hills, and landscapes we never ignore south Asian countries like Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. The presence of towering and tallest mountain peaks excites people who come in numbers to get involved in most talk-about trekking adventures. Ideally, trekking becomes difficult when routes and weather play spoilsport. The best season for trekking would be somewhere in the rainy season. And it would be even good when you opt for the Short Upper Mustang Trek. If you have less time for a trek in Nepal, then choose Upper Mustang Short Trek.  If you have more time to explore Upper Mustang then, we are providing another option Upper Mustang Trek

When you plan to indulge in trekking, you should not prepare for a long and challenging trek itinerary that might take longer than you anticipated. Short Upper Mustang Trek provides trekkers with a remarkable experience in the nearby mountain region of Nepal. The hectic and long trekking tour begins with Kathmandu, where you can visit UNESCO world heritage sites at a glance. Upper Mustang is known as the forbidden kingdom. Because earlier people were not allowed to enter the region for security purposes. Still, after 1990 this exclusive site is open to all ages people making it deservedly earn the reputation of one of the must-visit sites among Nepal Trekking Packages.

Short Upper Mustang Trek highlights the trekking experience with the trekkers' rugged and grueling physical demands. Those excited and anxious to do trekking make sure about the challenges they would often find as they reach Mt Everest, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many other mountain treks. Despite these challenges in trekking, most people cannot wait to get started on the fascinating trekking. Prefer by interested people, the tour to Short Upper Mustang Trekking set unprecedented hype among trekkers that want to experience the pulsating thrill and excitement of the trekking tour.

Another option of the Upper Mustang Short Trek is by driving from Pokhara to Jomsom to Lo Mangthang. That drive tour goes via Marpha to Tato Pani to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Nepal, we will stay one night in Kathmandu to issue a permit then will take an amazing flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. 

Tentative Itinerary of Upper Mustang Drive Tour 

Day 01: Arrival. 

Day02: Fly to Pokhara

Da03: Drive to Marpha.

Day04: Drive to Lo Mangthang via Muktinath Temple.

Day 05: Explore Lo Mangthang.

Day 06: Drive to Tato Pani ( Hot Spring) via Jomsom and Dhumba Lake.

Day 07: Drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu.

Day 08: Kathmandu City Tour.

Day 09: Departure.

Weather and Climate in Upper Mustang Short Trek:

Upper Mustang is a region located in the northern part of Nepal, close to the border with Tibet. The climate in this area varies significantly due to its high altitude and mountainous terrain. Here is a brief overview of the weather and climate you can expect during a short trek in Upper Mustang:

  • Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best times to visit Upper Mustang. During this season, the weather is generally mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) during the day. The rhododendron forests are in full bloom, creating a picturesque landscape along the trekking trails.
  • Summer/Monsoon (June to August): The summer months bring the monsoon season to Upper Mustang. This period is characterized by heavy rainfall and occasional thunderstorms. Trekking during this time can be challenging due to slippery trails and potential landslides. However, the region becomes lush and green during the monsoon.
  • Autumn (September to November): Autumn is the most popular season for trekking in Upper Mustang. The weather is stable, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures ranging from 10°C to 18°C during the day. The stunning mountain views and dry weather make it an ideal time for trekking.
  • Winter (December to February): Winter brings cold temperatures and snowfall to Upper Mustang. The daytime temperatures can range from -5°C to 10°C, and nighttime temperatures can drop well below freezing. During winter trek, trekkers requires proper preparation for the cold. But the views of snow-capped peaks and the peaceful atmosphere are rewarding.

Preparation for Short Upper Mustang Trek:

Before embarking on a short trek in Upper Mustang, it's essential to make necessary preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Here are some key aspects to consider:

  • Physical Fitness: The trek involves walking on rugged terrain and ascending to high altitudes. It's crucial to be in good physical shape and prepare yourself with regular exercise and cardio workouts.
  • Acclimatization: Acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude-related issues. Plan your trek with proper acclimatization days to allow your body to adjust to higher elevations gradually.
  • Permits and Documentation: Obtain the necessary permits for trekking in the restricted region of Upper Mustang. Check with the local authorities or a trekking agency for the required documents.
  • Packing: Pack appropriate clothing and gear for the trek, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, rain gear, and a good quality backpack. Don't forget essentials like a first-aid kit, water bottles, and high-energy snacks.

Best Seasons for Upper Mustang Short Trek:

The best seasons for a short trek in Upper Mustang are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months offer the most favorable weather conditions, with clear skies, mild temperatures, and stunning views of the Himalayas.

During spring, the rhododendron forests are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. Autumn, on the other hand, provides the best mountain views as the skies are generally clear, and the weather is dry.

Avoiding the monsoon season (June to August) is recommended, as heavy rainfall can make the trails slippery and lead to difficult trekking conditions. Winter (December to February) can be very cold, and trekking during this time requires extra preparation for the freezing temperatures.


  • Explore Kathmandu and Pokhara City.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Explore the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang.
  • Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
  • Explore KaliGandaki river.
  • A scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and vice versa.
  • Forbidden kingdom of Mustang.
  • Picturesque view of different Himalayas.
  • Sacred monasteries and chorten. 

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival at Kathmandu for the day 1 tour schedule. You will be welcomed at the airport by out representative and from there you will be transferred to the hotel, where you will be explained about the overview of the trip.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

After completing your breakfast the second days begins with sightseeing and then get ready for the trek preparation. The guide will also explain to you about the history, art, tradition and religion of the people residing in Nepal.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

Next day drive form Kathmandu to Pokhara for 5 to 6hours. After reaching Pokhara you can have some shower and rest after which you can go for a walk along the Phewa Lake. At the same time you can also explore Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Pokhara.
  • Altitude: 820m.

Catch a flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni for nearly 3 to 4 hours trek. On the journey, you can walk along the bank of Gandaki River that is via Eklebhatti. Moreover, if you want to explore something more than you can visit Kagbeni, which is an old Thakali village.
Overnight in Kagbeni.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Kagbeni.
  • Altitude: 2810m.

The trail follows by the side of the valley and in some places it goes through the bank of river. We get the opportunity to explore the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the folks.
Overnight in Chele.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Chele.
  • Altitude: 3050m.

Today , we start off with chele to syanbochen for 6 to 7 hours. The trek for Syanbochen is going to be somewhat difficult and the reason behind it is that you need to cross two pass that is the Dajori and Taklam pass.
Overnight in Syanbochen.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Syangbochen
  • Altitude: 3475m.

Today trek is from Syanbochen to Ghami for a comfortable 5 to 6 hours trek. The walking route will be somewhat steeply downhill to the small river and after some short period of time you will reach to Syanbochen. Overnight in Ghemi.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Ghemi.
  • Altitude: 3520m.

Ghami to Tsarang takes 5 to 6 hours. After completing your breakfast you need to walk downhill and you will also find slippery path till the Ghami Khola so you must be bit careful. The scenario along the trekking route is really very good.
Overnight in Tsarang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Tsarang.
  • Altitude: 3620m.

Today of the long exciting trek tour, trek Tsarang to Lo – Manthang for 3 to 4 hours. When you reach on the top then you will really love to admire the Lo Manthang village from there. Moreover, you can also see Nilgiri Tilicho and Damodar Kunda.
Overnight in Lo Manthang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Lo Manthang.
  • Altitude: 3730m.

Today trek begins with exploration of many incredible sights just like Lo Manthang and acclimatizes the entire condition of the nature. If you do not need enough rest then you can also visit nearby places of Lo Manthang.
Overnight in Lo Manthang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Lo Manthang.
  • Altitude: 3730m.

Lo – Mangthang to Dakmar takes 6 to 7 hours. We will start our journey after completing our breakfast. After which we need to follow the trail to Gyakar village which is also a historical place and you can also see the beautiful mantras painted stones.
Overnight in Dakmar. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Drakmar .
  • Altitude: 3810m.

Next day you will head for Ghiling to chhuksang for 5 to 6 hours. The colourful and traditional village will be supreme attraction of the day. And your overnight stay is scheduled at Chhuksang. Overnight in Chhuksang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Chhuksang.
  • Altitude: 3050m.

Chhuksang to Jomsom would take 6 to 7 hours drive. Here, you will like the similar scenario of the past days of your tour. But at the same time you can join the popular trekking trail that is the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Overnight in Jomsom.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge/ Tea House.
  • Location: Jomsom.
  • Altitude: 2700m.

Today of this exciting tour fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. After successfully completing two weeks in the Upper Mustang Short Trek, you must enjoy the day at Pokhara with variety of foods and drinks. Your overnight stay is scheduled at Kathmandu.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Kathmandu.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

Today , we will transfer to airport according to your flight schedule with keeping memories of Short Upper Mustang Trek. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.

What's Included

  • Accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara in Three star hotel. 
  • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing by private).
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara by Tourist Bus.
  • Three times meals at trekking route.
  • Accommodation in Tea house or lodge in trekking route.
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porter (one porter for two person and carry 20 kg).
  • All necessary paper work like Permit and TIMS card (Trekkers information management system).
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • Twenty four call assistance by our office representative.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Entrance fees in entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing place.
  • Flight fare from Pokhara-Jomsom and vice versa.
  • Pokhara- Kathmandu flight fare.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag will provide by our company have to return after trek.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any type of insurance.
  • Any type of international flight fare.
  • Personal nature expenses like bar bills, water, tea coffee, shower, laundry, wi fi in trekking route.
  • Tips (Not mandatory but expected).
  • Any extra cost which is not mentioned in Cost includes column.
  • Extra day for natural calamities like flood, landslide, 

Useful Information

The Upper Mustang Trek is a popular and unique trekking route in the Mustang region of Nepal. It offers a remarkable opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes, ancient monasteries, caves, and the distinct Tibetan-influenced culture of the region. 

  • Permit Requirements: Upper Mustang is a restricted area, and trekkers need a special permit to enter. As of my last update in September 2021, the permits were quite expensive compared to other trekking regions in Nepal. Ensure you check the latest permit regulations and costs before planning your trek.
  • Trekking Season: The best time to do the Short Upper Mustang Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather and clear skies, providing the best views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.
  • Duration: The Short Upper Mustang Trek typically takes around 8-10 days, depending on your starting point and pace. This duration allows you to cover the major highlights of the region without the need for extended acclimatization.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: The trek involves reaching high altitudes, so proper acclimatization is essential. It's recommended to spend a day or two in the village of Kagbeni (2,800m) before heading further up to allow your body to adjust to the higher elevations.
  • Accommodation: The teahouse (lodging) facilities in the Upper Mustang region are basic but adequate. As this is a well-trodden route, you can expect tea houses with food and accommodation along the trail. However, during peak seasons, it's advisable to book in advance.
  • Cultural Highlights: The Upper Mustang region is rich in Tibetan culture and history. You'll encounter ancient monasteries, such as Lo Gekar and Tsarang, which are worth exploring. The walled city of Lo Manthang is a significant cultural center with fascinating architecture and traditions.
  • Scenic Beauty: The landscapes of Upper Mustang are awe-inspiring. You'll trek through arid and barren terrain, surrounded by high cliffs and unique rock formations. The Kali Gandaki River and the panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges add to the allure of the region.
  • Physical Fitness: While the Short Upper Mustang Trek is less strenuous compared to longer treks, you still need a moderate level of physical fitness to tackle the high altitudes and the daily walking distances. Regular exercise and some pre-trek training are recommended.
  • Pack Light: As with any trek, it's essential to pack light, carrying only the necessary items like warm clothing, comfortable trekking shoes, a good-quality sleeping bag, and personal essentials. Keep in mind that excess weight can be burdensome during the trek.
  • Respect Local Customs: The Upper Mustang region has unique customs and traditions, heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Respect local customs, avoid disturbing religious sites, and ask for permission before taking photographs of people.