Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Duration

14

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

3770 m

Accommodation

Tea Houses

Transportation

Flight/Jeep

Group Size

1-20

Best Season

Sept, Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr, May

Upper Mustang Trek Introduction

Upper Mustang was a restricted area until 1992 making it one of the most preserved regions in the world. Trek in this area is all about exploring and experiencing the hidden world of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang also known as “Lo”.

Get to know about the hidden Buddhist world and exploit its rich mix of culture and tradition between Tibet and Nepalese. Get warm hospitality from both cultures and lodge in a very pure form of traditionally built Tibetan-style villages. As Upper Mustang was a forbidden area, trekkers in the past used to live by camping. But now a few small hotels are built where you can stay overnight comfortably.

You can reach Upper Mustang through both roadways and airways. But the easiest way to get there will be by flying from Pokhara to Jomsom. Roads are a bit menacing as landslides quite often happen in the way. You will definitely experience a thrilling adventure being there as you spend your day sightseeing in the most beautiful desert with harsh cliff-faced landscapes, and rocks with unusual shapes, structures, and colors.

Villages there are made up of white colors and roofs filled with black firewood. You will be welcomed with a warm reception by the Buddhist and Tibetan humankind. The Tibetan family will offer to sit with them in the kitchen as the kitchen is the center of the house in Tibet culture. You can try authentic local dishes like Thakali khana, yak meat, sukuti, firewood foods, churpi, Apple wine, and many more.

Get the panorama of beautiful caves, landscapes, paintings on the rocks, Monasteries, and gumbos. You can also get the majestic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and others during your trek which makes it more fun and interesting.

This trek can be wiped off for 14-15 days. Don’t miss this chance as a trek in this region allows you to explore the geography of Tibet where you can meet the lifestyle of true mountain peoples. Explore the wealthy cultural heritages inside this region. Upper Mustang Trek is unique in its form.

Highlights

Visit the ancient kingdom of Mustang
Hike through desert-like landscapes
Experience Tibet culture and traditional
Get hospitality from Buddhist Tibet culture
Devour authentic Nepali Thakali Khana
Exposure in the rain shadow of Mt. Annapurnas
Come across Kali Gandaki River
Visit Kagbeni village, the most beautiful village in Nepal
Visit Chhungsi Cave and Khanpa Caves located at Chhoser Valley
Tour to Ghar Gompa which is 1200 years old

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara Airport (1400m)
  • Day 2: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom Airport, Trek to Kagbeni (2743m)
  • Day 3: Trek from kagbeni to Chele (3050m)
  • Day 4: Trek Syangboche (3735m)
  • Day 5: Trek to Ghami (3560m)
  • Day 6: Trek to Charang (3570m)
  • Day 7: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m)
  • Day 8: Excursion day at Lo Manthang (3840m)
  • Day 9: Trek to Drakmar (3800m)
  • Day 10: Trek to Ghiling (3570m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Chuksang (2962m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (2743m)
  • Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (822m)
  • Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (1400m)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara Airport (1400m)

After having early morning breakfast, we will catch a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Enjoy the majestic mountains and hills viewed through airplanes. Upon your arrival at Pokhara Valley, you will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of this place, a winsome city by the lake.
You can roam around and boat in Phewa Lake. We will stay a night here.

Day 2: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom Airport, Trek to Kagbeni (2743m)

After having an early morning breakfast we will fly from Pokhara to Jomsom.

After 20minutes of flights, we will arrive at the main town of Mustang. You will have time to explore its market and local shops. We will start our trek from Jomsom. After heading north and trekking for an hour we will reach Kagbeni, the most beautiful village in Nepal.

We will stay overnight here.

Day 3: Trek from kagbeni to Chele (3050m)

After breakfast, we march forwards accompanied by the Kali Gandaki River.

After heading towards the north we will reach Tangbe Village. We will see unusual whitewashed houses, a grove of apple trees, and stone houses. We will get a view of majestic Mt.Nilgiri and from there we will hike to Chusang village. After 2 hours of crossing the Kali Gandaki River, we will reach Chele. You will notice the difference in culture and humankind there.

We will stay overnight here.

Day 4: Trek Syangboche (3735m)

Today will be a long day for a hike as we walk for 6 hours through interesting caves and amazing mountain views. As we pass along the Taklam La pass (3,624m) and the Darjori La pass (3,735m) our mind will get diverted from the long tiring walk. To reach Syangboche we will walk along with Samar village along with ridge steep trail.

We will stay overnight in Syangboche.

Day 5: Trek to Ghami (3560m)

Ghami is a large village in this area which is beautifully surrounded by fields.

To reach there we will hike for 5hours passing Yamada La,(3,850m). After crossing Chortens and interesting villages, we will cross another pass, the Nyi pass (4010m). After crossing a tough terrain across the head of the valley we will descend until we reach Ghami.

Day 6: Trek to Charang (3570m)

Today will be a rough day of the hike where we will walk through the driest part of the mustang.

We will descend along a long suspension bridge over Ghami Khola. Trek through this place will offer us to explore mani walls (walls that are covered by Tibet Mantras carved in the stones). After 4hours of the walk, we will reach the top of Charang Chu canyon where Charang Village is located.

Day 7: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m)

Lo Manthang is the traditional home of King Lo. This city was 1st founded by Ame Pal in 1380. After 5 hours of ascending through Lo la pass (3950m) and descending through a canon, we will reach this village. Upon our reach, we will have the opportunity to explore the culture and tradition of this village.

Day 8: Excursion day at Lo Manthang (3840m)

Today we will explore the mysterious places of Lo Manthang.
A short hike to Chooser will take us to Jhong caves also known as sky caves. We can take our time to explore this puzzling cave and we will also visit Nyangal Gompa. We will also visit the village Tinkhar where only 40 household lives.

We will return and stay overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 9: Trek to Drakmar (3800m)

After having lunch we will ascend towards Gyakar Village.

Splendid views of snow-capped mountains and landscapes can be seen. After a hard trek for 6-7 hours, we will reach Drakmar. We will also get amazing views of Lo Manthang and Charang Valley. We will cross along the Dhi pass and reach Drakmar.

Day 10: Trek to Ghiling (3570m)

After having morning breakfast we will descend towards Ghiling.

We will trek through dry places and strong winds. After passing through some agricultural fields we will reach Ghiling. After 6-7 hours of the hike, we will get to see the amazing view of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Nilgiri.

Day 11: Trek to Chuksang (2962m)

After staying a night in Ghiling we will have our morning breakfast and leave this place. We will move forward toward Chuksang Village. We will hike for 5-6 hours and notice how people in mountain villages live and survive. We will cross lots of small villages during our hike. We will spend a night in Chuksang.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom (2743m)

Today will be the last day of our trek, where we will hike for 5-6 hours to reach Jomsom.

We will have our early morning breakfast and say goodbye to Upper Mustang and march towards the lower region of the Mustang. We will have time to explore the monetary and Kali Gandaki gorge.

We will stay a night in Jomsom.

Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (822m)

We will take an early flight after having breakfast in Jomsom.

As we fly we will again see the majestic views of hills and mountains. After reaching Pokhara we can do some adventures like Paragliding, Cycling, Boating, and many more.

You can also enjoy the nightlife at Pokhara by going to pubs and bars.

Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu (1400m)

We will catch an early flight from Pokhara after having breakfast. From the Airport, we will guide you through the hotel and you can take a day off for rest or you can explore Kathmandu city again.

Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops service.
  • Transportation assistance and its prices. 
  • Airfare for domestic flights.
  • A skilled and licensed guide.
  • Porter as per the necessity.
  • Trekking authorization fee.
  • Trek maps and navigation tools.
  • Accommodation while staying in Kathmandu.
  • Governmental charges and other applicable prices.
  • Wage and accommodation of guide and porter.
  • Complete board-based meal during the trek.
  • Assistance for the team during the trek
  • Medical supplies and first aid equipment.
  • Trekking supplies and camping gears

 

Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (excluding breakfast).
  • International flight checks and airfares.
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic liquors.
  • Additional porter fees.
  • Electronic gadgets like chargers, and headphones.
  • Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, and souvenirs.
  • Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
  • Tips for porters or drivers.

 

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