Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek - 24 Days

Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • You will get to cross the popular Trei La pass (5595 meters) which connects Manang with Upper Mustang.Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek 1
  • You will navigate the least explored trails of Nar and Phu valley in the Manag region.
  • You can walk through several ancient monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and gompas on the route to Upper Mustang.
  • You get to witness the spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu ranges.
  • You will have an amazing encounter with the descendants of the Tibetan people at Lo Manthang.

The Nar Phu Teri La Pass Upper Mustang trek can be done in either direction but for better acclimatisation it is advisable to trek as it says: Manang (where Nar and Phu are located) to Mustang. This trek visits the fort-like village of Phu and its neighbor, Nar; crosses the Teri La Pass (5,595m), and enters the ancient forbidden Kingdom of Lo or Upper Mustang as it is more commonly known. This expedition-style trek takes three weeks, with an average of 5 to 6 hours of walking each day. It passes through areas with no or very little human settlement and requires a high level of fitness and stamina. Previous hiking experience is recommended.

Phu village sits high on a hill at the intersection of many glacier valleys, surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks. Nar is a slightly more modern village, but both are inhabited by people who are Tibetan-like and in the past would have been traders along the old salt route to Tibet. More Tibetan-like settlements can be seen in Upper Mustang: indeed many of the inhabitants would have come originally from Tibet. In order to get to Upper Mustang, itself situated on the border with Tibet, the trail crosses the Teri La Pass at 5,595m with views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu

The religious and spiritual heart of Upper Mustang is Lo Manthang (4,840m), the ancient centre and home of the King of Lo. The King of Lo ruled until 2008 when the Nepal Government outlawed all monarchies in the country. Being Buddhist people, there are wonderful monasteries, and even ancient sky caves in this area. Some caves are 50m up the cliff face and housed wall paintings, religious texts and human remains when recently discovered. These kinds of findings and the surrounding arid desert-like cliffs give Upper Mustang an almost surreal feeling. Then, continuing down the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, the trail passes the interesting village of Kagbeni and on to the market town and transportation hub of Jomsom.

On this often an isolated trek, it is not hard to imagine what the traders of old felt when travelling through the rocky river beds, or along high trails overlooking a deep gorge, passing yak pastures and windswept landscapes. And like the traders of old, trekkers should be prepared for strenuous hiking!

Day 1Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive)800 m8 hr
Day 2Khudi to Sirung2220 m6 - 7 hr
Day 3Sirung to Jagat1300 m6 - 7 hr
Day 4Jagat to Dharapani1860 m7 - 8 hr
Day 5Dharapani to Koto2610 m5 - 6 hr
Day 6Koto to Meta3560 m7 - 8 hr
Day 7Meta to Phu Gaon4250 m7 - 8 hr
Day 8Acclimatization Day4250 m2 hr
Day 9Phu Gaon to Nar4110 m6 - 7 hr
Day 10Nar to Yak Kharka4400 m6 - 7 hr
Day 11Yak Kharka to Lapse Khola4500 m7 hr
Day 12Lapse Khola to High Camp4900 m5 - 6 hr
Day 13High Camp to Pasphu Khola Camp via Teri La Pass4730 m8 - 9 hr
Day 14Pasphu Khola Camp to Yakpa4300 m5 - 6 hr
Day 15Yakpa to Tange3300 m5 - 6 hr
Day 16Tange to Yara3600 m7 hr
Day 17Yara to Lo Manthang3770 m6 hr
Day 18Day trip to Chhoser Cave3770 m7 - 8 hr
Day 19Lo Manthang to Drakmar3810 m6 - 7 hr
Day 20Drakmar to Ghiling3806 m5 - 6 hr
Day 21Ghiling to Chuksang3050 m5 - 6 hr
Day 22Chuksang to Jomsom2700 m6 - 7 hr
Day 23Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)830 m30 min
Day 24Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr


  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu-Khudi Drive & Pokhara-Kathmandu Flight
  • ACAP Permit and TIMS Card
  • Guide for 24 days
  • Porter for 24 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 23 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 24 x set breakfast, 24 x set lunch and 23x set dinner while on trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek

It is not safe to drink the water from the tap or streams in Nepal. Mineral water is NOT available on this trek so please carry water purifiers or a steri pen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

The maximum elevation of this trek will not exceed 3,500m, so you do not have to worry about altitude sickness. But we still recommend you take precautions and have travel insurance which covers this.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

Yes. These are required but you do not need to bring with you. We will provide them for you.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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Nar Phu Teri La Upper Mustang Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Khudi/Jomsom
  • Demanding