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Mustang to Upper Dolpo Trek

Trips Details

Activity : Trekking, cultural tour
trip length
Total Days : 32 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 24 Days
Difficulty : Moderate-Hard
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu-Kathmandu
hightest altitude
Highest Altitude : 3840m
Season : September to November & February to May (however we arrange this trek throughout the year )

Mustang trek along with Upper Dolpo Trek is the most adventurous, rewarding and exciting trip that you will ever be. Our trek takes us through a region north of the Himalayan Crest called the Dolpo District. Dolpo region is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri ranges. Our trek will proceed the regular routes and traverse over to the once “Forbidden” Kingdom of Mustang which is going to be famous Great Himalaya Trail soon. This is a strenuous trek that takes us over nine high passes, including a pass over 18,000.

The Marsyangdi River lies to the east and to the west lies the world’s deepest gorge, carved out by the wild waters of the Kaligandaki. You can see lots of diversity in this region, for example; entire hillsides swiped with pink and red rhododendron forests bursting with birdsong which is matched by its unbelievable cultural diversity. Ethnic trails will take you right into the homes of Gurungs in the lowlands where you can enjoy the hospitality of Thakalis around Jomsom, Manangis in the east and Loba and Tibetans in the north. Annapurna has been extremely popular with tourists and trekkers over the years and the new roads have actually opened up previously inaccessible areas.The Hidden Land of Dolpois one of the highest inhabited places on earth, with scattered villages and monasteries nestling among mountains of plain ascetic beauty. On the way to Upper Dolpo via Mustang you will see the valley which is quite sensational, affording a breathtaking view of the waterfall. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest and traditional Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with old-fashioned white washed houses.

During the Mustang to Upper Dolpo Trek, you will see the variety of plants and wildlife, including the blue sheep and leopard. This trek is an experience that is not easily forgotten.


Why trip price is different?

Following are the determinants for the price

Accomodations in Kathmandu and other cities
Mode of Transportation (car/van/bus/flights)
Number of crews(Guides & porters, Sherpas, Cook(s))
Travelling time(Season)
Extra services
Note: . The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget.

You will get best price after your inquiry We know about value of money and world economy, so fell free to share your tentative budget for this trip so we can mention and compromise with price, this is standard price for trip if you have low budget we can run even cheap and if you wise to pay more and need extra deluxe service we will do that. 

Itinerary Detail

Mustang to Dolpo Trekking Itinerary:

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu Airport [1,338m/4,389ft] and transfer to Hotel. Stay overnight

Day 2:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [827m/2,713ft], takes 6 hours. Hotel overnight

Day 3:Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom [2713m/8,900ft] takes 35 minutes and trek to Kagbeni [2895m/9,498ft] takes 3/4 hours. Camp overnight

Day 4:Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile [3100m/10,170ft] takes 5/6 hours. Camp or teahouse overnight

Day 5:Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling [3,700m/12,139ft] takes 6/7 hours via Ranchung Cave Monastery. Camp overnight

Day 6:Trek from Ghiling to Drakmar [3820m] takes 5/6 hours. Camp overnight

Day 7:Trek from Drakmar to Lo-Manthang [4,300m/14,107ft] takes 7/8 hours via Ghar Gompa & Marang-La Pass [4230m]. Camp overnight

Day 8:Explore day. Camp overnight

Day 9:Trek from Lo-Manthang to Tsarang [3,560m/11,679ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 10:Trek from Tsarang to Ghami [3,520m/11,548ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 11:Trek from Ghami to Yak Kharka [4,210m/13,812ft] takes 6/7 hours. Camp overnight

Day 12:Trek from Yak Kharka to Ghami to La Base Camp [5,100m/16,732ft] takes 6/7 hours. Camp overnight

Day 13:Trek from Ghami-La Base Camp to Chharka Bot [4,110m/13,484ft] takes 9/10 hours via Ghami-La Pass [Bhanjyang] [5,933m]. Camp overnight

Day 14:Trek from Chharka Bot to Rapka [4,535m/14,878ft] takes 6/7 hours. Camp overnight

Day 15:Trek from Rapka to Tinje Gaon [4,150m/13,615ft] takes 7/8 hours. Camp overnight

Day 16:Trek from Tinje Gaon to Shimen Gaon [3,870m/12,696ft] takes 5/6 hours. Camp overnight

Day 17:Trek from Shimen Gaon to Nisal Gaon [3,750m/12,303ft] takes 5/6 hours. Camp overnight

Day 18:Trek from Nisal Gaon to Saldang [3,770m/12,368ft] takes 5/6 hours. Camp overnight

Day 19:Trek from Saldang to Namgung [4,430m/14,534ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 20:Trek from Namgung to Shey Gompa [4,160m/13,648ft] takes 5/6 hours. Camp overnight

Day 21:Trek from Shey Gompa to Nangda-La Phedi [4,600m/15,091ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 22:Trek from Nangda-La Phedi to Phoksundo Khola [4,316m/14,160ft] takes 5/6 hours. Camp overnight

Day 23:Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Lake [3,733m/12,247ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 24:Exploring to Phoksundo Lake and surrounding hills. Camp overnight

Day 25:Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Rechi [2,940m/9,645ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 26:Trek from Rechi to Chhepka [2,838m/9,311ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 27:Trek from Chhepka to Dunai [2,100m/6,889ft] takes 5/6 hours. Camp overnight

Day 28:Trek from Dunai to Juphal [2,475m/8,120ft] takes 4/5 hours. Camp overnight

Day 29:Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj [150 m/492 ft] and transfer to Hotel.

Day 30:Fly from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day 31:Free Day for Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Back to hotel in the evening and stay overnight

Day 32:Final departure 


Cost Include

Pick & Drop to Airport/Hotel by our Private Car/ Van / Bus
2 nights accomodation with breakfast at hotel in kathmandu
2Nights Hotel in Pokhara
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with English speaking Tour guide with car/van/bus
3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) at the time of Trekking with tea and Coffee
Seasonable Fruit Items if available
Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek
Trekking Guides and Porters will be Government Licensed holder with good English and friendly during the trek
Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
Guide airfare Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara
ACAP permit
Special Permit for Upper Mustang
All Camping Gears like Tents Axe, Stove, Fuel, Cooking items but you should keep with your private Gear like Down jacket ,Good Sleeping bag ,Etc
TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Mustang Trek.
All local Transportation from and to Kathmandu by private car/van/bus 

Cost Exclude

Any Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara other than breakfast
Airfare domestic / international flights
Nepal entry visa fee , Visa issuance is easy at the arrival of Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu which will require 2 passport size photos.
Airport tax required for the Domestic / International flights
Drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks), hot water, laundry, phone calls, hot shower, internets.
Personal Trekking Equipment , medical and travel insurance
Entrance fees for Sightseeing/Monument
Entry fee for Upper Mustang Trek US$ 500 per person
Any kind of personal expenses / Helicopter rescue
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the Price Includes section 

Equipment List

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Keen Adventures inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items  

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.


  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks


  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash  
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