Horse Riding Trek to Upper Mustang, 15 Days
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Horse Riding Trek to Upper Mustang, 15 Days

Days: 15 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)

Horse Riding Trek to Upper Mustang has caught the attention of many adventure lovers around the world as it adds up a unique experience in the only desert area of the Himalayan country. Also known as The Last Forbidden Kingdom, Upper Mustang is one of the favorite trekking destinations in Nepal, though it was accessible only after the year 1992. Horseback Riding Trek to Upper Mustang is also ideal even for those travel enthusiasts who seek adventure despite being unable to walk for long hours on consecutive days. This horseback riding trek is sure to fill the hearts of the travelers with fondness of the landscape and culture of Upper Mustang without having to make the strenuous effort.

Horse Riding Trek to Upper Mustang offers an alluring panorama of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Saribung (6328m), Manshail (6235m) and other snow-capped mountains. The Horseback Riding Trek to Upper Mustang allows the trekkers to connect with the locals with ease as horses are the most beloved companion of the beautiful Himalayan deserts of Mustang. Horseback Riding Trek to Upper Mustang also features the windy valley of Jomsom which is known all over the country for its famous apple farms and the mouthwatering view of the Himalayas. The trekkers will come across ancient Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, Mani walls, and get to learn about Tibetan culture of the region. The highlight of this trek Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang, is vibrant with the colorful deserts and ancient houses of similar patterns. The trek also reaches Rachung Cave, Ghar Gompa and Dzong Cave where the trekkers can observe the best-preserved form of Tibetan Buddhism. Trekking to the restricted areas of Upper Mustang on a horse's back helps the trekker to understand the way of life in the Himalayas.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition is one of the thriving travel companies in Nepal. We have well-trained horse man in our team who will be there to guide you throughout your horseback riding trek. Also, we deal with all kinds of necessary permit for your trek. We make sure you are accommodated in the finest hotel, lodges, and home-stays during your trek. We bid on making your trip to Nepal unforgettable and memorable experience once at a lifetime.

Highlights of the Trek: 

  • A challenging trekking through arid desert canyons to the walled city of Lo Manthang, 
  • A pocket of lost Tibet that boasts spectacular ancients Buddhist monasteries such as Ghar Gompa, Jampa Gompa, Namgyal Gompa, 
  • Remote caves shrines such as Chungsi cave, Dzong Cave, 
  • Spectacular views of high Himalayan range, 
  • Scenic mountain flight in and out of Jomsom and Pokhara, 
  • Meeting local Loba people and their traditional Tibetan culture and way of their life,
  • Passing several Buddhist monuments, explore the formar Himalayan kingdom of Upper Mustang and its beautiful landscapes. 

Facts of the Horse Riding Trek to Mustang

Trek Region
Upper Mustang Region
Type of Trek
Riding and Trekking
15 Days
Highest Elevation
4,230 m (13,878 ft)
Moderate to Strenuous 
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara & lodges during the trek
Best Season
Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May) & Summer (June-July-August)
Transportation by
Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m

We pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and escort you to a hotel in Thamel. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Permits procedure and afternoon flight to Pokhara 820m/25 minutes
Today, we get all kind of permits required for our trek. In the afternoon, we fly to the City of Lakes, Pokhara. You can spend the evening walking by the Fewa Lake. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.

Day 3: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m/25 minutes and ride & trek to Kagbeni 2810m, 3-4 hours riding
Relishing the stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, we take a 25-minute flight to Jomsom. Upon landing in Jomsom, we meet our team of horses and their horse man and begin our ride to Kagbeni. Riding our horses along the Kali Gandaki River, we pass beautiful Ekleybatti village with small houses and old fortresses and reach Kagbeni after 4 hours of riding. Overnight at a lodge in Kagbeni.

Day 4: Ride & trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3050m, 5-6 hours riding
Registering our permit in check point, we ride our horses along the bank of Kali Gandaki River and reach Tangbe village. We ride along a couple of Buddhist monasteries and Chortens before we enter Chhusang village. We then ride on rocky ridges for a couple of hours and reach Tsaile, where we will spend our overnight at a lodge in Tsaile.

Day 5: Ride & trek from Tsaile to Syangboche 3800m via Rachung Cave, 6-7 hours riding
We ride our horses uphill to Ridge canyon and continue our ride on steep terrain to Taklam La Pass (3624m). Relishing the mesmerizing view of Nilgiri Himal (7061m), Yakawa Kang (6482m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m), and Damodar Danda (4975m), we pass several lush forests, water streams, and villages to reach Rachung Cave. From Rachung Cave, we ride for a couple of hours and arrive at Syangboche. Overnight at a lodge in Syangboche. 

Day 6: Ride & trek from Syangboche to Drakmar 3820m, 5-6 hours riding
We leave Syangboche for Drakmar with a beautiful panorama of Dhaulagiri ranges behind us. On our way, we come across many monasteries, Chortens, small villages, and lush Himalayan forests. After riding for 5 hours, we reach Drakmar. Overnight at a lodge in Drakmar.

Day 7: Ride & trek from Drakmar to Lo-Manthang 3810m via Ghar Gompa, 6-7 hours riding
Leaving Drakmar, we ascend on a steep trail and pass a couple of lush Himalayan forests of Juniper. We then ride downhill and then climb a ridge to reach Ghar Gompa. Ghar Gompa is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Mustang that is also known as Lo Gyaker which means “Pure virtue of Lo”. From Ghar Gompa, we ride and trek to Marang-La Pass (4230m) which is the gateway to Lo-Manthang and all the way downhill riding until reaching Lo-Manthang. Lo-Manthang is the walled capital of the Kingdom of Mustang and is composed of colorful dessert and rugged houses. Overnight at a lodge in Lo-Manthang.

Day 8: Exploration Day to Chosar village and caves 6-7 hours riding
We take a day exploration on horseback riding and hike up to Chosar village and Jhong Cave which is the largest man-made cave in Upper Mustang. We relish the panorama from Chosar and return back to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at a lodge in Lo-Manthang.

Day 9: Ride & trek from Lo-Manthang to Tsarang 3560m/3-4 hours riding 
Riding along a steep sandy trail, we climb Lo-La Pass (3950m) which leads us to Tsarang. We ride our horses along Tsarang Khola and cross an iron bridge over it to reach Tsarang. We then explore Tsarang Palace and monastery. Overnight at a lodge in Tsarang.

Day 10: Ride & trek from Tsarang to Syangboche 3800m/6-7 hours riding 
We come across many Mani walls, Chortens, and Buddhist monasteries before reaching Ghami. From Ghami, we climb Ghami-La Pass (3250m) and Nyi-La Pass (3932m) which leads us to Tamagaon. We ride along streams to reach Syangboche. Overnight at a lodge in Syangboche.

Day 11: Ride & trek from Syangboche to Chhusang 2980m, 6-7 hours riding 
Riding and climbing Yamdo-La (4010m), we descend down to Bhena. We then ride along streams and pass Samar, then Tsaile. From Tsaile, we follow the flow of Kali Gandaki River and finally reach Chhusang after 7 hours of riding and trekking. Overnight at a lodge in Chhusang.

Day 12: Ride & trek from Chhusang to Jomsom 2720m/5-6 hours riding 
On our last day of the horseback riding trek, we move on a rocky trail till we reach Tangbe. We then ride along small streams on a steep trail and pass beautiful small villages. After 6 hours of ride and trek, we reach Jomsom. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.

Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 820/25 minutes 
We fly off to Pokhara with a splendid view of the Himalayas. You can enjoy the day relaxing by the lakeside. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.

Day 14: Reserve Day for flight delay/cancellation and an afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
In case of a flight delay on the previous day from Jomsom to Pokhara, we fly back to Pokhara in the morning. Later, we fly back to the capital city in Kathmandu. Feel free to spend your leisure time as you please. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Morning after breakfast in the hotel, we drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight back to home or other destination.

Pricing on group size basis:
All inclusive Trek Package Price for single person: USD 4185
All inclusive Trek Package Price on 2 persons basis: USD 3350 per person
All inclusive Trek Package Price on 3 persons basis: USD 3050 per person
All inclusive Trek Package Price on 4 persons basis: USD 2885 per person
All inclusive Trek Package Price on 5-6 persons basis: USD 2800 per person
All inclusive Trek Package Price on 7-8 persons basis: USD 2700 per person

Booking open for Spring/Summer/Autumn 2022/2023: Join with us now on a Horse Riding Trek to Upper Mustang

Customize Your Riding Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss  Family Treks  & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Dates Price Adult Status *
2022-10-04 to 2022-10-18 USD 3,350
EUR 3.373
SFr 3.183
Limited seats
2022-10-16 to 2022-10-30 USD 3,350
EUR 3.373
SFr 3.183
Limited seats
2022-11-06 to 2022-11-20 USD 3,350
EUR 3.373
SFr 3.183
Limited seats
2022-11-15 to 2022-11-29 USD 3,350
EUR 3.373
SFr 3.183
Limited seats
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 2 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House or Dalai-La Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu.
* 2 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 4* Hotel Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara.
* Domestic Flight Tickets from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu and domestic airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filer water during the trek.
* All teahouse/lodges accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and their insurance.
* Upper Mustang Restricted area special permits.
* All transportation by private car/van.
* Annapurna conservation area permit and all necessary permits.
* 1 Horse per person and horse man including his food, accommodation, salary and insurance. 
* First Aid Medical kit box.
* Office Service charge. 
* Government tax.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
                                                 Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Horse Riding Trek to Upper Mustang, 15 Days


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