Mustang Thorong La Pass Trek


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Mustang thorong la pass trekking

Trip Summary

    1. Mustang Hike Duration: 16 Days
    2. Mustang Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
    3. Thorong La Pass Altitude: 5,416 meters (Thorong la)
    4. Trek Hours: 7 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 2-15 People
    6. Best Time: April – October
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Foods on Trekking: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transport: Car/Plane/bus

The Mustang Thorong La Pass Trek opens the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north on Annapurna Himalayan range of Nepal. Upper Mustang trek is one of the less traffic tourist trekking trails, is a perfect destination for visiting Buddhists Monasteries.

Upper part of the Mustang and Manang has a barren landscape of eroded sandstone pillars, intermittent moraine terraces. Together with the present, a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows, and browns. The incredible travel Mustang is lying under the rain shadow of the Himalayas is possibly the last remnant of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & remote rest of the World. Lo-Mustang, the capital city is fixed walled around and ruled by a Jigme Palvar Bista king.

Barren landscapes at Mustang are truly amazing, rich in their own unique culture and tradition. Like other treks, Mustang Trek offers great sights of mount Dhaulagiri at 8167m/26,795 feet and Annapurna Ist 8,091m/26,545 feet including 30 others 6000 meters mountains.

Lo Manthang combined with Thorong la pass trekking is arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colorful-painted mud-brick houses on the backdrop of majestic mountains makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang special one.

Furthermore, the trek continues over Thorong la pass 5416m/17,710 feet is one of the top first trek destinations in Nepal. Thorong la in the wintertime is like an ice climbing trip, so better to prepare with professional hiking gears. Upper Mustang combines with Thorong la pass Trek (circuit annapurna) is an equally popular region. The hiking trail is rich in scenery apart from the diverse culture and flora and faunas.

Cross over Thorong la pass anticlockwise trek route is less popular comparing the anti-clockwise route. However, if trekkers hike with proper trekking gear such as hiking boots, walking poles, and enough clothes then the Annapurna mountains journey should be worthwhile. Likewise, Mustang combines with Thorong la pass trekking is highly recommended for young and experienced trekkers and possible to do at any time (except winter) during the year.


Mustang thorong la pass trek itinerary detail

This is classical trek has a short, itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is planned for world travelers who wish to hike to upper mustang but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the upper mustang in a more relaxed manner can try this appropriate choice. However, email us if you need a customized itinerary.

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu bed with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 02Drive to Pokhara city (900m/2,943 feet), 6 hours.

Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.

Day 03 Fly into the Jomsom airport. Trek to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,156 feet), 4 hours

Early flight to Jomsom located an an altitude of 2720m/8,894 feet. Land on Jomsom, District headquarters of Mustang, and will start trek to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang. Tourists can enjoy the spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, and Dhampus peak from the hiking trail. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and has very good lodges.

Day 04Kagbeni to Chele trekking (3,100m/10,137 feet), 6 hours

The hike leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continuously climbing north up the path where the Kaligandaki follows, trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up to Chele.

Day 05Chele to Gheling hiking (3,570m/11,674 feet), 8 hours

The climb continues along the territory with the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Gradual descent to some chortens on a ridgeline further on a pleasant trail to Samar. Nilgiri peak is towering far to the south is visible. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and goes into another valley field, crosses a stream, and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final downhill to Geiling.

Day 06Geling to Tsarang trekking (3,560m/11,641 feet), 7 hours

From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600 meters the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five stock white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thangkas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha.

Day 07Tsarang to Lo Manthang trek (3,840m/12,557 feet), 5 hours

Our nature trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m. There is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.

Day 08Lo-Manthang, day hiking. Exploring Lomanthang.

Another day in Lo – Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Raja’s Palace; as well as to gaze at the surrounding sweeping views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other fascinating valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the fresh and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.

Day 09Descend to Dhakmar village (3,520m/11,510 feet), 9 hours via Ghar Gompa.

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. Climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. We cross the highest pass this trek and arrive in Ghar Gompa (3,920 Meters). It is very older than the Samye monastery in Tibet, supposed to be built around 730AD. Crossing the pass 4,100m, descend down to the way in Dhakmar village (3,520m).

Day 10Dhakmar to Samar trekking (3,540m/11,576 feet) , 6 hours

From Dhakmar the way goes down to until Ghami (3,460m) the huge greenery village in Mustang where we can see the ancient monastery and stupas with. You can see the local houses like cave. Contineous ascend to Nyi La pass and descend to Samar village using the same route.

Day 11Samar to Muktinath trek (3,800m/12,426 feet), 7 hours

Today is our one of the toughest day of the trip. We climb up for a while and walk through the villages to Muktinath. This route is very popular for the Fossil stone “Saligrams” mainly between Tetang to Gyu La Pass 4,077m. It also offers a 140 Degree panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Tukuche Himalayan range. Muktinath is a holy place both for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage people. The Temple is faithful to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas is another attraction. You will have also a panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks.

Day 12Trek over Thorong la (5,416m/17,710 feet). Descend to Phedi, 9 hours

Today is another challenging day for us to ascend up to the Thorong la summit (5,416m above sea level) roughly takes about 5 hours. It is recognized as the world’s widest pass of the Himalayas. You will have almost the best view of the mountains within the 360 deg angle. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross over thorong la if it is covered by heavy snow. This should be a lifetime unforgettable experience for trekkers. An early start is important to complete a successful mission. Descend downhill at phedi through rocky mountains and grassy trails.

Day 13Manang village trek (3,400m/11,118 feet), 6 hours

Our descent continues through the Marshyangdi Valley to Manang village, home to the legendary Yeti. There are so many side trips either visiting Tilicho Lake (5,100 meters) known as world’s highest lake, Ice lake, Gangapurna Lake and Gangapurna glacier and more.

Day 14Trek to Chame (2,630m/8,600 feet) via Pisang, 8 hours.

From Manang village, we walk further to Braga village. Visit the oldest monastery built by Dalai Lama around 500 years ago. From here to chame we take easy trial passing Humde Airport and Pisang village. Tourists can experience the 360 degrees panorama of Mount Annapurna mountain range including Mt.Gangapurna, Mt. Tilicho, Mt, Manaslu, Thorong Peak, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3, and Annapurna 2. Reaching chame, walk a few minutes to natural hot spring for bath.

Day 15Dharapani village hiking (1,860m/6,100 feet), 6 hours.

The trail passes small villages, can see short glimpse of Mt. Manaslu and other snow peaks and drop down to Danque through the knee crunching trail and have a lunch. After lunch, walk on the level and flat trail until reaching Dharapani. It takes about 5 hours to reach and enjoy the last evening gathering- a celebration with your crew.

Day 16Overland drive out to Besisahar & also return to Kathmandu, 10 hours.

We descend down along the Marsyangdi River passing several villages and bridges. Tal is a nice sandy and flat land that offers great landscapes and a gorgeous waterfall. During the journey over the rocky mountain trail, there is also another nice waterfall next to chamje village.

We descend down through the rocky trail until reaching Syange where we can see a very picturesque waterfall about 200 meters. Then, pass the waterfall and continue along the Marsyangdi River until reaching Bulbhule following the road trail for a short-cut.

After lunch, the drive continues downhill through the scenic countryside, and the route will stop in Besisahar. We catch the regular microbus back to Kathmandu. The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes about 6 hours roughly. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 17Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.


How much does Mustang thorong la pass trek cost?

Hike Mustang thorong la pass trip is available now on USD 1,990 per person on standard basis trek price on double occupancy basis. At this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu, and tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara Fewa lakeside, and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Pokhara to Jomsom single way flight is included in the price, however, taking flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara saves your time, and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Mustang thorong la pass trekking cost include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara to Jomsom airfare with domestic airport departure tax.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara Fewa lake side.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest (12.5 kg + 12.5 kg) = 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees
  • Upper Mustang Trek permits cost USD 500 for each guest for each 10 days.
  • Upper Mustang Trek Map (latest and updated version) scale 1:100,000 for each guest.
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by local jeep (passanger collection basis).
  • Besisahar to Kathmandu transfer by regular Micro bus Bus also passanger collection basis.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Mustang thorong la pass trekking cost exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipments ..
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency run group join mustang trek combine with Thorong la pass starting at any date. But, we can also arrange this trip privately if that works for you and your team. Please email us for more information.


Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight details and request us to pick you up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need experience for express upper Mustang thorong la pass trekking?

Answer: Actually no. But, the walking trail is suitable for professional trekkers who are able to walk around 5 hours roughly every day with a lightweight daypack. Because during the trekking, there are some high passes and desert landscapes so at least some basic experience walking over 3000 meters above sea level would be ideal.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Upper Mustang thorong la pass trekking?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. Rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in upper Mustang thorong la pass trekking?.

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)

The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Mustang thorong la pass trek?

Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on Mustang thorong la pass trekking?.

Answer: You can buy bottled mineral water to drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! .

Question: Are there any communication facilities on upper Mustang thorong la pass trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route, you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Mustang thorong la pass trek group?.

Answer: No! So, for hikes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on upper Mustang thorong la pass trek?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carry a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?.

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles for Mustang thorong la pass trek solo?.

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

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Ammar was very helpfull in advance per e-mail with finding out how we wanted to do our trek. He was very well organized in having papers and permits ready so we could leave the day after our arrival. The costs were exactly as he had offered them. – Verena Andrea, Zurich, Switzerland.

Mustang thorong la pass trek highlights

  • Trek offers Annapurna and Dhaulagiri family and some of the boarder mountains.
  • Walking through dry cultivated fields, Excellent views of Annapurna family, Dhaulagiri & Blue Mountain.
  • Hidden kingdom, World’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki and worlds widest pass Thorong la
  • Meet the mixed communities with Tibetan Buddhism, local people and their life styles.

Mustang thorong la pass trek note:

The information stated upper mustang to Thorong la pass is just a guideline and standard template. However, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

“What makes Mustang thorong la pass trek special?”

Opportunities for difficult and pleasant hikes are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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7 - 9 USD 1960
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