The exotic and mysterious land of Upper Mustang was not open to general public until recently in 1992. Mustang, also known as the Kingdom of Lo, is popularly called the Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. The preserved culture and tradition of Mustang was isolated for many years and thus reflects Tibetan lifestyle with a blend of Nepali customs in its purest form.

As for today, Mustang is a popular trekking destination site. Many trekkers want to trek to a land away from the modern settlements and its chaos. Since the Kingdom of Mustang was recently discovered, the trek offers a spectacular and remote experience in the trans-Himalayas of Nepal. Mustang is a beautiful blend of ancient culture and language preserved throughout the years. A trip to Mustang will enchant you with its majestic scenario and its magnificent tradition and will certainly feed your eyes and soul. The trek is usually considered as an alternative to Tibet since Upper Mustang is known as the Forbidden Tibet of Nepal due to the influence by Tibetan culture in the clothing, language, religion and lifestyle.  Since Mustang is located atop Kali Gandaki River in the rain shadows of the Himalayas, it experiences the least rainfall even in the rainy season. Thus, Mustang is open to explore anytime of the year.

Desire Adventures operates the Upper Mustang Trek anytime of the year. We offer a hassle free 16 days of beautiful monasteries, monuments, extravagant culture and tradition, step passes, rocky trails, high peaks with nature at its best. With the facility of bed and breakfast in Kathmandu, an English specking guide for your convenience and all the domestic transportation for your service. If you want to customize your trek or plan your next trek with us, we also provide provision for other different types of treks and tours.

What's included

  • Arrival from the airport by private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast during the trek
  • Accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast during the trek
  • One day Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley with private car
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the most popular and typical Nepali restaurants with traditional entertainment 
  • Accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house)
  • 3 nights of attached toilet and hot showers (while on a trek)
  • Three meals a day (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast) during the trek
  • Fresh fruits after dinner (during the trek only)
  • Flight tickets to Jomsom and return from Pokhara
  • One Trek Leader (Gov. Licensed and first-aid-trained with his entire expenses, equipment and insurance)
  • A porter and his entire expenses
  • Safe drinking water (Medicated safe and proof) during the trek
  • ACAP Trekking permits and Tims Permits (Trekkers Security Card)
  • Kathmandu Pokhara by tourist bus (Flight or Car an option with an extra cost)
  • Upper Mustang special permit & its procedure
  • All the government and local taxes
  • Trekking route map
  • Official company T- Shirt
  • Medicine kit box for a group
What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival Visa
  • Your meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (except breakfast and arrival Dinner)
  • Monument entrance fees (while on tour in Kathmandu USD25 per person)
  • Wi-Fi, battery charging, extra hot showers while on a trek
  • Travel insurance (Which must include trip cancellation)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping to the staff (as an appreciation)

Namaste and welcome to Nepal! Our team representative will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. If your flight is in the evening, we will freshen up and have dinner at a famous local Nepali Restaurant with ethnic dance and music. We will also visit our head office for a briefing on the trek where you can ask questions to the representative. You will also meet with your tour guide. Nevertheless, if your flight is in the afternoon, we can stroll around the streets of Kathmandu and then have dinner. During the dinner, we will also come across an introducing to various Nepali culture and traditions through the cuisine, dance and music.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Good Morning! After breakfast we will visit some of the heritage sites and monuments around Kathmandu. These pristine temples and shrines have made Kathmandu unique because of the ancient architecture with modern facilities. Kathmandu is a hub where we can find luxurious restaurants and malls nevertheless it has still preserved its historic beauty. We will visit Pashupatinath (World renowned Shiva Temple with a huge area with cremation sites, saints and pilgrims, meditation caves and various sacred temples), Swayambhunath (Stupa situated on the hilltop with a panoramic view of the city), Boudhanath (Stupa located in the trade route to Tiber with various Tibetan and Sherpa settlements) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (Palace with various temples and courtyards built in the 3rd century with age-old carvings and architecture depicting the scripts of mythical stories). After a day tour around Kathmandu, we will return to our hotel and rest.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

After breakfast today, we will drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We will cover a distance of 204.5kms and takes about 7 hours drive in the Tourist Bus. Your guide will come to the airport to pick you up and we will leave at 7 in the morning in a Tourist Bus from Kantipath. The bus provides AC service along with stops for breakfast and lunch. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will check-in to our hotel and freshen up.  If we have time, we might also stroll around the Fewa Lake.

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will catch an early morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara which takes about 20minutes. Upon reaching Jomsom, we will be introduced to the rest of the trekking crew members. We will have preparation for the trek and then move to our destination Kagbeni. Along the trek, we come across green oasis, flatlands and suspension bridges over the kali Gandaki River. After 4 hours of walk, we reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a small village located in the junction of two rivers famous for its access to basic communication and other facilities. Kagbeni also acts as a gateway to upper Mustang. The night will be spent at a lodge in Kagbeni.

Meals Included: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

From Kagbeni, we walk uphill towards Chele at 3050m. We will come across the Tangbe and Chhusang valley. Along the way we will come across a riverbed route which is possible to walk in the dry season. We will also come across some narrow windy trail, cross few river, pass the Gurung village with white washed houses and numerous prayer flags and prayer wheels. From Tangbe we will come across various monasteries and campsites and finally reach Chele valley. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chele.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Our destination for today is Ghiling. From Chele, we walk up to Taklam la Pass across the flat terrain through the Samar Village. We then follow the descending ridge to the large gorge, pass Chortens, streams and enter Syanboche. From Syanboche we descend towards Ghiling which lies at 3570m. The night will be spent at a lodge in Ghiling. Throughout today’s trek we will come across many magnificent scenarios such as the Tilicho peak, Damodar Hill and Rangbyung which is one of the most sacred caves in Mustang.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Our destination for today will be Charang. From Geling, we head towards the west and continue our walk through the driest part of Mustang, pass all the way through the fields that are below Tama Gaon, take a north turn and walk towards Nyi La. From here, a vertical descend will take us to Ghyami. Ghyami is also the driest part in Mustang. We now cross the Ghyami River, walk along the Mani wall. The mani wall is a sacred wall made by prayer stone. We will walk till the end of the wall and turn east and continue the walk till we reach Charang located on top of the Charang Chu canyon. The night is spent at a lodge in Charang.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Our highlight for today will be reaching Lo Manthang. Before being discovered, Lo Manthang was the capital of the Kingdom of Lo. It is culturally and linguistically influenced a lot by Tibet.

We will walk pass the Charang Village and ascend up the valley that divides the region of Charang and Lo Manthang. To enter Lo Manthang  we walk towards the only entrance that is in the north-eastern corner of this city and eventually enter the city. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lo Manthang.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Lo Manthang is the destination of the day. Before heading towards Lo Manthang, we take a walk around Charang village and Red Gompa. Later, we ascend up the valley to and explore Chorten that divides the region of Charang and Lo Manthang. From here climbing a broad, windy trail will finally take you the first peek of Lo Manthang which is also known as the walled city. To enter this city we walk towards the only entrance that is in the north-eastern corner of this city and eventually enter the city. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lo Manthang.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today we will have our breakfast and start out day’s trek towards Drakmar. The trail becomes very windy during the day, thus we will start early in the morning and head southwest. We will walk past the irrigated field and reach Lo Gekar. The trail now ascends steeply towards the cairn located on a pass at 4000m. This pass is the highest point of the trek and offers the last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail now descends to Ghar Gompa where we spend some time observing paintings and artifacts. We will then continue to walk until we reach Drakmar. The night will be spent at a lodge in Drakmar.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Ghiling is the destination of the day. We start early to avoid the windy and dusty trail during the day. We continue the walk towards south, passing numerous caves on the way. We also pass the long Mani wall and the pass as the trail descends to Ghami village. From here we take a short ascent to Ghiling hill and down to Ghiling village. Around the evening, we stroll around the settlement of Ghiling. The night will be spent at a lodge in Ghiling.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

breakfast, we will leave Ghiling and begin our trek towards Chhuksang. The walk is a descend for 5-6 hours during which the magnificent Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar gorges can be spotted. Additionally, villages portraying the Tibetan lifestyle along with extensive barley field can be explored during the trek. The night will be spent in a lodge in Chhuksang.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

We will descend towards Jomsom today. After breakfast, we walk towards the southern border of Upper Mustang towards Tangbe. We can spot the view of Chorten and historic caves for the last time as we walk down to Kagbeni. After having lunch at Kagbeni we follow the Kaligandaki River and reach Jomsom. We will spend the night at Jomsom. Since Jomsom is a commercial place and a meet point for all the trekkers you can spend the evening sharing your experience in a café or by yourself reminiscing the memories from the trek. The night will be spent at a lodge in Jomsom.

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

We will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara today. Since it our last day in Mustang, we will bid farewell and cherish all the Mustang memories. The flight is 25-30 minutes where we can have a aerial view of the world’s deepest gorge, Daulagiri, Fishtail Mountain and the Annapurna range. Upon reaching Pokhara you will be guided to the hotel. After refreshing you can enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara or spend your day enjoying restaurants and relaxing by the lake. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Pokhara.

Meals included: Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

On the 15th day, we will drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We will board the tourist bus early in the morning at 6:30. The bus ride passes through various rural settlements and beautiful hills and mountains. After the drive, we will reach Kathmandu and will be taken to our respective hotel. On reaching Kathmandu, we will have dinner together one last time before you head back to your country. We can share our experiences and enjoy the company.

Meals included: Dinner

On the day of departure, we will drop you off at the airport. Nevertheless, if your flight is at night, you can also stroll around Kathmandu valley. If you wish to extend your stay or continue your trek, Desire Adventures will be happy to serve you at the best.

Thank you and have a great flight. Namaste!

(The usual day for a trek: Every day, our guides will come to wake you up at around 7:00-7:30am. In case of special days, our guides will wake you up early in the morning at around 5:00am. A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served at around 8:00-8:30am. The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1pm. However, the lunch time can also be postponed on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9:00pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge or in a tourist standard hotel (subject to availability) where we stop for overnight.

While you are walking, you can also request your guide to slow down and stop at the places where you want to take some snaps. After dinner and before going to bed your team leader will brief you regarding the next day’s schedule.)

Please find General Information on Nepal including:

  • Things to know before coming
  • Local Climate and Geography
  • Communication Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Nepalese Currency and Exchange
  • Visa Information
  • Medical Information
  • Health, Fitness and Experience Required
  • Travel Insurance

Things to know before coming:

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Area: 1,47,181 sq kms

Elevation: 60m to 8,848m above the sea level

Natural divisions: Terai region (Plains), Elevated Flatlands and Hilly region, Mountain region

Capital: Kathmandu

Population: 27 million (more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different languages)

Language: Nepali (native as well as official) and English

Currency: Rupees (NRS.)

Neighboring countries: Republic of India (east, south, west) and Peoples’ Republic of China (north)

Popular tourist destinations: Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Janakpur, and Gorkha

Destinations listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.

Mountains: 8 out of world’s 10 tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. 240 peaks over 20,000ft

(Note: The 2015 Earthquake left Nepal devastated and damaged. A lot of historic monuments and temples came to rubbles during the earthquake. Nepal is slowly recovering from the traumatic experience. Some monuments and temples were unharmed while others are being rebuilt. Thus, we expect your cooperation while visiting the historic and religious sites. Nepal needs you now more than ever.)


Climate and Geography

The climate of Nepal varies according to the elevation. The humid, tropical Terai receives the most monsoonal rain and records the country’s highest temperature. The lower hills (900-2,700meters), including Kathmandu Valley are sub-tropical, with hot summer and moderate winters with only the occasional frost. The higher hills (2,700-4,000 meters) are temperate as the hills get plenty of rain, fog and frost. Above 4,000meters, the mountains have cooler, drier alpine climate and daily temperatures vary wildly depending on sunshine, wind and altitude.

Best travel seasons: Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons; however, Nepal can be travelled any time of the year.

Communication Facilities

Postal, Freight and Cargo Services:

The Central Post office is located in Kathmandu near NTC Building in Newroad. It is open Monday to Friday. The opening and closing time from Monday to Thursday is 10:00 am and 5:00 pm respectively; however, on Friday the office is closed after 3:00 pm. Stamps, aerogram and postcards can be purchased from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can enjoy the services like registration and insurance of mail and packages and IRCs exchange. Large parcels are handled by the Foreign Post Office, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. Postal counters are also situated at the airport in Kathmandu.

Telephone Services:

Both landline and mobile phone services are available in Nepal. Nepal Telecommunication Corporation located at Tripureshwor is a national service provider that provides telephone, fax, telex, STD, ISD and telegraph services. Some private sectors also provide telephone services. Network coverage is good throughout Nepal except in some rural Himalayan places. Almost all the hotels and private communication sectors provide long distance telephone and fax facilities. During your stay in Nepal, you can buy and use a local SIM card. (requires 2 passport size photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM).

The country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code of Kathmandu is 01. For other inquiries regarding the telephone number 197 can be used. Long distance call rates can be quite expensive; therefore, it is best to use the internet phone. Internet phones are easily accessible in the major cities of Nepal.

Internet Services:

Email and Internet services are very popular in most part of the country these days. All you need to do is find an internet café. Most of the hotels in the major cities of Nepal provide internet service for the convenience of their guests. The rates in the cities are much lesser compared to the rates in the rural areas. Most of these internet cafes also provide fax, and photocopy.

Local Transportation

Apps like and Google Maps will navigate through a lot of landmarks and streets. Most urban areas in Nepal are mapped out good enough to find your way.

For offline navigation you can use a free Kathmandu Valley map that is available at the Tourist center of the Nepal Tourism Board and several tourist accommodations. Detailed maps are available in map and book shops in the big tourist areas of Nepal. Most Nepalese in the capital and other major cities know English so language barrier will not be a problem.

There are Taxis with black license plate for private transportation (private taxis may charge slightly higher. No tip is expected) and local transportation like public buses, micro buses and tempos (3-wheelers) running around the city. You could even try rides on local rickshaws, ponies or bullock-carts where they're available. Government run green buses known as Sajha Bus are comfortable and run along the north-south and east-west main roads of the valley. The bus also runs through the insides of the Airport and goes to Thamel. Let the bus conductor know your destination and you will be dropped on the alley that leads you to Thamel. You can also get navigations on your mobile map app to know where you are heading.

Mountain bikes and ordinary bicycles are cheap and the best form of transportation for economy tourists. One can hire them at Thamel, Rani Pokhari and Jhochhen, all in Kathmandu. Mountain bikes can also be hired in Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan.

Tourist bus service provides easy transportation to prime areas like Pokhara and Chitwan. For other destinations, long distance day or night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all major cities. Out-of-valley bound buses leave from New Bus Park at Gongabu at Ring Road near Balaju, Kathmandu.


Nepalese Currency and Exchange

Nepal has modern banking facilities and some of the International Banks have their own offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Master Card, etc. are accepted in Nepal at major hotels, shops and restaurants. Most ATMs will accept Visa and Master Cards. Banks are open 9 am to 3 pm Sunday through Thursday and 9 am to 1 pm on Friday.



Medical Facilities

It is very easy to find a hospital or a private clinic in the Kathmandu Valley. In fact, Nepal’s top general hospitals and private clinics are located in Kathmandu. These hospitals and private clinics provide top quality service. Other major cities also have a good number of general hospitals. However, in the rural areas of Nepal, health posts have been set up by the government to provide health and medical facilities for both local and visitors. All kinds of medicines are available in Kathmandu.

For the reduction of deaths among trekkers, an association named Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) was founded in the year 1973. The head office of HRA is located in Lazimpat near the north gate of the Palace Museum. During peak season, it operates aid posts in Pheriche (Khumbu region) and Manang (Annapurna region) managed by expatriate physicians. However, its main job is to provide free advices to trekkers on altitude sickness, equipments and the condition of trekking routes.


Vaccination and Medicines

Although you will be consulting your doctor before planning the trip, we highly recommend you to get few vaccinations like Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria before planning your trip to Nepal.

Moreover, we also recommend you to carry few medicines like Aspirin or Panadol –for pain and fever; Antihistamine – as a decongestant for cold allergies and to prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics, Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for upset stomach; Rehydration mixture- for the treatment of severe diarrhea; Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar dry spray – for cuts and grazes; Calamine lotion for irritation from bites or stings; bandages, band aids, a pair of scissors, tweezers - for minor injuries; insect repellent, sun block lotion, lip balms, water purification tablets, throat lozenges, moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, and Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).


Health, fitness and experience requirements

Every trekker is suggested to consult their doctor before planning this trek since Upper Mustang trekking trails demand excellent stamina, tough determination and the best health condition. It is highly recommended to take expert guidance from local General Practitioner regarding the required guide walks. Travel clinics can offer the best assistance in absence of GP. Some days of the trek require 8-9 hours of walking. Regular exercise and jogging is recommended to build up the required stamina to successfully climb the peak. The trek is not suitable for children. Though, the trail to Upper Mustang takes you to some of the most demanding sections of the Upper Mustang region, no prior experience is required. Prior experience in climbing, camping and hiking will definitely be counted as a plus point.

Travel Insurance

 If you are planning this trip in Nepal, a travel insurance policy that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents. Moreover, it should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (including hospital charges, cost of medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. It is also necessary to ensure that the insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.



Visa Information

It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)


Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost

Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency

(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan,Dillibazar, Kathmandu.

Tel: 00977-4433934, 4429660, 4438862, 4438868. You can also download visa form from –

Our Guides:

With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.

Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:

Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.

Round the clock service:

Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.

Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:

Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.

Importance to Sustainable Tourism:

We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.

No exceptions with quality and equipments:

Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency.  Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.

5:1 Client Guide Ratio

We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles. 

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