Upper Mustang Trek and Lo Manthang Helicopter Tour - 14 Days

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Add a helicopter tour over Lo Manthang on an already amazing Upper Mustang Trek for a unique travel experience in Nepal
Destination: Nepal Trip Cost: $0 USD
Group size: Minimum of 2 people Max-Altitude: 4,010m
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara . All meals during the trek
Accommodation: Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, 3-star hotel in Pokhara and teahouses in the mountain

Trip Introduction

‘Upper Mustang Trek and Lo Manthang Helicopter Tour’ begins in Kathmandu with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We then drive to Pokhara and hop on a plane to Jomsom the next day. The Upper Mustang region includes the northern two-thirds of Mustang District and is more remote than its lower, more accessible parts. We begin our trek from Jomsom in lower Mustang and gradually move towards the Upper Mustang region which is in fact on an ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. During our entire Mustang trek we are mesmerized by the region’s landscape which is a unique blend of bleak and magnificent. On our trek, we also cross several passes and admire countless stupas, Buddhist prayer flags, ancient caves, imposing cliffs and the ethnic lifestyle of Upper Mustang’s inhabitants.  

We reach Lo Manthang, a walled city of the ancient Lo kingdom, on the tenth day of our trip and explore the uncommon beauty of the town. We take a helicopter from Lo Manthang to Pokhara. This is one of the major attractions of this trip whereby we get amazing aerial views of Mustang’s exceptional landscape. As we get near towards Pokhara, the mighty Himalayas and the serene lakes are ours to admire.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by Himalayan Glacier. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at Himalayan Glacier’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours

We have breakfast then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m/9216ft): 3-4 hours trek

Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m/9512ft):4-5 hours

We begin our trek on a trail alongside the east bank of Kali Gandaki Valley. We walk on both high valley trails and trails that run alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Next, we walk on a wide path whereby we can see a number of mules carrying goods. The valley narrows as we walk through ancient caves towards Tangbe Village. As we continue towards Chuksang, we admire the well-kept narrow alleys, whitewashed houses, buck wheat and barley fields, and apple orchards of Tangbe Village. Chuksang is only around 2 hours walk from Tangbe. Overnight in Chuksang.

Day 06: Chuksang to Samar (3150m/10332ft): 3-4 hours
We cross a suspension bridge and follow the trail that goes along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and ascend on a steep trail to the Chele Village. On the way, we get good views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peaks. From Chele, we climb on a steep path and continue ascending alongside a steep canyon towards the Darori La Pass at 3735 meters. From the top it is a gradual descent all the way to the small and picturesque village of Samar. The village is beautiful with poplar trees surrounding it. Overnight in Samar.
Day 07: Samar to Geling (3510m/11513ft): 5-6 hours

We climb on a ridge above the village and descend into a large ravine. Next, we walk on a trail filled with juniper trees before crossing a stream. The trail then ascends steeply towards the Bhena La Pass at 3838m.  We descend from the pass for a while before ascending again towards the Yamda La Pass at 3860m. From the top of the pass, we get our first view of Upper Mustang. We descend from the pass and continue walking towards a big stupa. Next, we pass cairns before descending to the village of Geling which is beautiful with far-reaching fields of barley. Overnight in Geling.

Day 08: Geling to Ghami (3490m/11447ft): 5-6 hours

We ascend gently through barley fields and pass Tama Gaon (village) and a chorten on the way. Next, we climb on a steep trail towards the Nyi La Pass at 4,010m. From the top of the pass, we get excellent views of the Annapurna range. We then descend and walk on a trail that leads us to Ghami. The village is large with whitewashed houses and barren fields sheltered by overhanging cliffs. Overnight at Ghami.

Day 09: Ghami to Tsarang (3620m/11873ft) (5-6 hours Trek)

Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.

Day 10: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3730m/12234ft): 3-4 hours

We visit the red gompa and a fortress in the morning before beginning our trek towards Lo-Manthang. Our trail drops down to Tsarang Khola and we cross a bridge over the river. Next, we climb up towards the Lo La pass at 3950m. From the top of the pass we get good views of northern Mustang and Lo-Manthang. We descend to Lo Manthang which is an ancient walled capital of Mustang. The town has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Explore Lo Manthang

Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 12: Helicopter ride over Lo Manthang/ Mustang, to Pokhara

Having explored the exquisite region of Upper Mustang, we enjoy a helicopter tour on our return trip to Pokhara. The helicopter tour which begins from Lo Manthang is one of the major attractions of this entire trip. From the chopper we get remarkable views of the unique landscape of Upper Mustang. As we get near to Pokhara we are also in awe of the mighty Himalayas and serene lakes that the city proudly boasts. We can spend the rest of the day boating in the serene waters of Fewa Lake, resting and discovering the quaint streets of Lake Side, Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final departure

Our ‘Upper Mustang Trek and Lo Manthang Helicopter Tour’ in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal.

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for three nights with breakfast
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Pokhara for two nights with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek (8 nights)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights from a regular Twin Otter plane (Pokhara to Jomsom)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Helicopter expenses
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Helicopter ride from Pokhara to Jomsom (if requested by guests)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.


We will be staying at a deluxe suite in Kathmandu (3 nights), a 3-star hotel in Pokhara and the best available teahouses during the trek. We stay in Yatri Suites and Spa in Kathmandu and Mt. Kailash Resort in Pokhara (2 nights). All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 0.


All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. During trekking, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges that we spend the night in and lunch on our way to the next destination.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

The most significant thing that makes this trek, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and the crew members with the ability of operating our days on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Himalayan Glacier's leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Himalayan glacier only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

To meet Himalayan Glacier's team, check out the Guide Profile Page.

Porter Care

Though often overlooked, it's no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of hard-working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. Therefore, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group

Environmental Concerns

The Mustang region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Himalayan Glacier employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Himalayan Glacier, therefore, enforces a number of do's and don'ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Upper Mustang Trek and Lo Manthang Helicopter Tour- 14 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. Trekkers are required to walk in high altitude and cross a few passes. However, the returning trip will not involve trekking as we will be flying on a helicopter/chopper to Pokhara. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to Lo Manthang should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but it is not compulsory. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

May, June and August are the best months for Upper Mustang Trek and Lo Manthang Helicopter Tour. The Mustang region remains dry during the monsoon season giving us the benefit to travel sans crowd of the tourist season.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684