Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang Trek

27 Days

Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most stunningly beautiful, life-changing experiences you can have on your travels. Since the trail opened in 1977, most trekkers have followed an Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang itinerary. The trek begins in Chame over the Thorong-La pass to Muktinath, Lo Manthang & Jomsom valley.

For scenery and cultural diversity, this has long been considered the best trek in Nepal and one of the world’s classic walks. It follows the Marsyangdi valley to the north of the main Himalayan range. Crosses a 5416m pass to descend into the dramatic desert-like, Tibetan-style scenery of the upper Kali Gandaki Valley.

The Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang Trek is once in a lifetime experience and is worth every penny you pay for. Annapurna & Mustang attracts more and more trekkers each year because of its untouched natural beauty and cultural lifestyle.

The Round Annapurna to Upper Mustang trek has a difficulty grade of moderate level. This is not as comfortable as the easy treks nor as difficult as the strenuous level treks. However, you can modify the difficulty level of the Upper Mustang trek like most treks to a certain degree to suit your needs.

Your guide at Mustang Trekking makes sure that your mustang adventure is a fantastic experience. Your Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang Trek itinerary begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. The following day, you will reach Jagat. Your trek starts from Jagat and end in Jomsom. Book your trek now.

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Annapurna + Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Descend into one of the deepest gorge’s in the world – the Kali Gandhaki
  • Reach 5,400 m over Thorung La, the highest point of the trek
  • Experiencing both Nepalese and Tibetan cultures and Hindu and Buddhist religions
  • Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
  • Stay at quaint villages and towns of ethic people
  • You will have spiritual feel walking through many Gompas, chortens, flapping prayer flags, caves, rock paintings, and century-old monasteries.
  • Amazing Landscapes and the Himalayas.
  • Ancient Tibetan Buddhism, Chortens.
  • You will walk back to the history of Lo Manthang after exploring the palace of king Lo.
  • Walk to rain shadow area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
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As this trip spends very little time in Kathmandu, we recommend you spend arrive a few extra days before your trip if you want to experience all Nepal’s compact capital has to offer. If you wish to spend more time here, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

With climate change the weather on the Annapurna Circuit is becoming less predictable, and heavy rains have on occasions causes significant damage to the trail even outside of rainy season. Should this occur, and local conditions make trekking the circuit unsafe, we will switch to the Upper Mustang Trek itinerary instead. Should this occur a flight from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Our first day of the trek starts early in the morning. After breakfast, we take a bus from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule. The route takes us out of the Kathmandu valley along the picturesque Trishuli river to Besisahar, and finally to Bhulbhule.

Bhulbhule lies by the side of Marsyangdi river. Throughout the ride, you will get to see the terraced farms, traditional villages, and Ganesh & Manaslu snow peaks. At Bhulbhule, we register our permits at the check post for trek entry.

We cross various suspension bridges, waterfalls and continue past rice paddies and forests. Once we reach the cliff in Jagat, we can view the Marsyangdi Khola below and rocky hills all around. The beehives at the top of the cliffs are an attraction for today.

Today is the first hike day. And we start immediately with a tough part, walking 17 kilometers and climbing more than 700 meters! The route from Danaqyu to Temang is especially difficult. Shortly after crossing a river, a bit ascent via staircases starts, which seems to go on forever.

The route runs along several rivers. To cross it, long walkways are decorated with flags. In the beginning, it takes some getting used to walking over the wobbly bridge, but soon it is fun!

Because this is the second day that we have our heavy bags on (we walk without a porter and carry 12 and 14 kilos on our back), it is extra heavy. You really have to get used to walking with such a weight on your back.

Once in Chame, we are exhausted. Chame itself is a nice village with many tea houses. It is located on a beautiful river. Our tea house New Tibet is located almost at the end of the village and has a beautiful view and long sun! Recommended!

Around 07.00 you leave Chame towards Lower Pisang. On the way, you pass a huge apple orchard, the largest in this area of the Annapurna Circuit. You can buy some delicious apple muffins that are sold in the accompanying shop, highly recommended!

The route to Lower Pisang is relatively easy, we ascend 500 meters and walk over 4 hours. On the way you pass an abyss that looks quite heavy.

Once in Lower Pisang, we arrange a hotel and then walk to Upper Pisang. This is a village that is another 150 meters higher. By going just a little higher, staying there for an hour and then sleeping a little lower again, your body acclimatizes better. And so we climb to the temple on top of the village.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara with bed and breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days
  • Jomsom – Pokhara - Kathmandu flight fare.
  • Kathmandu to Chame by 4WD Vehicle.
  • Upper Mustang restricted area permit and Annapurna Conservation Area fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses
  • An experienced Government licensed guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Fare well dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
  • All government taxes.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
  • Personal Equipment.
  • All sightseeing fees in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Any kind of personal expense.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  • Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected).


The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.


  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Mustang Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries


  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants


  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous – but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
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Annapurna Circuit to Upper Mustang Trek
6% Off
From $3,150 $2,960
/ Adult
From $2,650
/ Group
  • Drive In / Fly Out
  • 4 to 20 person
  • 5,416m (Thorung La Pass)
  • Lodge based trek
  • Feb-May, Sept-Dec

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