Upper Mustang Trek

Upper MustangUpper Mustang is one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known kingdoms. Mustang is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal. Mustang is the culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. This area is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang.

The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses.

 

Trip Facts

Destination: Mustang Region
Duration: 17 days
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Activities: Cultural tour/ Adventure Trekking
Maximum altitude: 3,780m
Trip starts/Ends: In Kathmandu
Accommodation: Community lodge( Tea-house )
Transport: Domestic fly Pokhara - Jomsom / By tourist bus from Kathmandu - Pokhara

PLACE COVERS:
Kagbeni/ Chaile/ / Geling/ Charang/ Lo-Manthang/ Ghami

BEST SEASON:
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) (1,300m) Kathmandu /Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing by car/Van with guide to the world heritage sites ( Pashupatinath- Hindu temple, Boudhanath - Buddhist stupa, Swyambhunath - Buddhist Stupa and Patan Durbar Square) / Overnight at  Hotel. BB

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
our guide will pick you to a regular tourist bus to Pokhara at 7:00AM which will take approximately 6hr. free evening around the lake side / Overnight in the Hotel.BB

Day o4: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]
Morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri brings you at Jomsom. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. (B, L, D)

Day 05:  Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
Journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. (B, L, D)

Day 06:  Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs
Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen.  On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work.  We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.  (B, L, D)

Day 07:  Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs
After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. The third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren.   (B, L, D)

Day 08:  Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs
Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk.  After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism.  From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon.  There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop. (B, L, D)

Day 09:  Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop. (B, L, D)

Day 10:  Explore Lo-Mangthang
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. (B, L, D)

Day 11:  Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs
While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. Explore the local area.  Like lihood of dusty wind, so suggested to walk in the morning. (B, L, D)

Day 12:  Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs
we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time. (B, L, D)

Day 13:  Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
your’s-treks back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walking. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse. (B, L, D)

Day 14:  Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs
Finished the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well. (B, L, D)

Day 15:  Fly back to Pokhara
Morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. BB

Day 16:  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Himalayan Glacier Trekking staffs / Overnight at Kathmandu.BB

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu for personal activities or join onward program or final departure.

Trip Cost

Please find this trip cost as per your group size.

Minimum 2 Pax 4 to 6 Pax 7 to 15 Pax 15 Above Pax
USD 2430.00 USD 2375.00 USD 2295.00 USD 2250.00

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • lodge accommodation and three times Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance for the guide and porters
  • All surface transfer to/from Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System and Annapurna conservation permit
  • Domestic Air fare ( Jomsom - Pokhara)
  • Government taxes & office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, juice, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal shopping and laundry
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)