Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trekking
  •   Duration: 17Days
  •   Activities: Trekking
  •   Country: Nepal
  •   Trip Grade: Difficult
  •  Group size: 1-12 people
  •   Price:$3500
  •  Attitude:3,810m/12,500ft
  •   Departure City: kathmandu
  •  Transports: Flights
  •  Best Season: feb-may,oct-nov

Overview

Join our Upper Mustang trek-17 days trek which offers a spectacular trekking into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan influence culture. The high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. Make an adventure starting from world’s deepest gorge Kaligandaki Region into world’s highest regions of  Lo-Mangthang Valley that passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region. Another attraction in the Mustang region is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring). The Mustagi people have their own way of family life, which is quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.

The Transhimalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request.  There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang.

Our 17 days teahouse/lodge Upper Mustang trek is a great adventure trek for those who wish to make a challenging trek along “off the beaten path”  in the Trans-Himalayan Region.  If you are interested in making even more adventurous trek in remotest parts, we recommend you to try our Upper Dolpo & She Gompa Trek -28 days. For the trekkers longing to experience some of the most interesting features of the Annapurna region including  Annapurna Base Camp, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Poon Hill, etc, our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek-16 days itinerary would an interesting option.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our office representatives who will transfer you to the Hotel where you will have your overnight stay. In the evening you will be briefly explained about your program package. On the same time, you will be introduced with your tour guide who will accompany your sightseeing tomorrow. Then rest of the time will be at leisure in Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today, you will be sightseeing around the Capital City, enjoying and exploring around several temples, monuments and sites of archeological and historical significance. The places you will be visiting on a one-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu will be the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and other temples and monuments like Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath, among other places. Most of the sites you will be visiting are enlisted in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

In the evening, again you will be met by our office representatives and introduced you with a trekking guide for your Upper Mustang Trek. Also you will be given a time to get ready for your drive to Pokhara on the same meeting. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara
It’s a day for you to take a drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful city of Pokhara enjoying a scenic drive from the Capital City along the Prithvi Highway. The present road has been greatly improved in the rercent years.  It will take around 6-7 hrs drive to reach Pokhara. Or if you want to avoid long hours’ drive you can fly directly to Pokhara that takes about 35 minutes. Once you reach Pokhara, you will will be transferred to the Hotel in which you will stay tonight. Remaining time will be at our own. You may go to the restaurants round lakeside for your dinner in the evening. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 03 Hrs
Today you will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is the headquarter of Mustang district and also the most important hub of the Mustang region. You will enjoy the thirty minutes of mountain flight from the beautiful city of Pokhara. Your official trek begins from Jomsom once you land at the airport there. From Jomsom, you will start your trek and the destination for the day will be Kagbeni which is also the starting point of the Upper Mustang Trek. Enjoying the spectacular mountain views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, Tukuche, you will lower down to Kagbeni, a small and vibrant village in Mustang. In the afternoon, you can stroll round the village and visit monastry. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 05: Trek to Chussang (2920m) 06 Hrs
Today the trail leads to the eastern bank of Kaligandaki River and then rises continually towards North to arrive at the Tangbe Village. The route passes through narrow alleys between the local village houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, apples, among others, along with the spectacular view of Nilgiri mountain peak on the background. Continuing along the trail from Tangbe Village, an hour trek will bring you to the another village named Chhusang where you will have overnight stay tonight. Chussang lies at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki River and the Narsang stream. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 06: Trek to Samar (3290m) 06 Hrs
Today you will walk through the village, cross the Kaligandaki River and then climb up to the village of Chele. From Chele, you will follow the trail all the way up to the steep and barren terrain and then move along the side of a deep canyon to cross a stack of rock at 3540m. You will take a steady descend down the hill and move across chortens to make it all the way to Samar. Samar gives the perfect look of Mount Annapurna.Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 07: Trek to Ghiling (3600m) 06 Hrs
From Samar, the trail leads to a short climb above the village to a ridge, with a downhill leading to a large gorge past a Chorten painted red, black, yellow and white-all the colors are made from local rocks. Then  the route decends through juniper trees and rivulets before climbing up a ridge at 3800 meters of altitude. After some more walk, you will reach Syanbochen, a small settlement with some teahouses. With s short tea break, the journey continues to a gentle climb to a pass entering towards a huge valley from where you will follow the right downhill path that leads to Ghiling, holding a large fields of barley. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3520m) 06 Hrs
This day, you will pursue the trail along the local teahouses, Tibetan style settlement areas, the chortens and the Gompas before reaching all the way up to the Yamda La (3850m). After a brief rest there, you will climb further to Nyi Pass (4010m) to finally arrive at Ghami Village which is a small village covered with the mountains. From Ghami, you will have a pleasant walk through Mani walls before descending to Charang. On the way, you will pay a visit to the five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa situated on the edge of Kali Gandaki River. While in Dzong and red Gompa, you can observe the huge collections of statues, Thanka paintings of Buddha. Tsarang is a large and interesting village with a maze of fields and willow trees. This village is mostly inhabited mostly by the Lamas. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3780m) 05 Hrs
The trail now descends about 100 feet below Charang to cross the Charang-Chu River and then climbs steeply up a rocky path to a pile of stones on a hill. The trail diverts to north with gentle climb as the valley ascends to a large Chorten, which marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo. The climb follows to a wide spread landscape to reach the ridge situated at 3850m from where you will catch the first glimpse of the walled city of Lo-Manthang, the mystic land. You will then lower down to cross a small river before climbing to the plateau to reach Lo-Manthang, the ancient Kingdom of Mustang. The only entrance to the village is from the northeast corner, so one has to circulate the wall to the main entrance gate sometimes. Lomanthang is one of the iconic places in Mustang. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 10: Exploration day at Lo-Manthang
Its the day for rest and you will be spending almost the entire day in Lomanthang, exploring more about the mystic place. In the afternoon, you can go to the western Valley of Tingkhar and enjoy the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Kimling, Phuwa and the Namgyal Gompa are some of the places you would want to visit on the day. Another attraction for the day is the four- storey building of the Raja’s palace, the home of the present raja, Jigme Parbal Bista, and the Rani (queen), who is from the noble family of Shigatse on route Lhasa. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 11: Trek to Ghami (3440m) 06 Hrs
After visiting the walled city of Lo Manthang, you will start on your return journey through a different path which starts from Drakmar. While on the way to Dramkar, you will pay visit to the Gyokar Gompa which has been existing there since centuries. You can also meet with Guru Rimpoche. The Gompa which is considered to fulfill wishes of the visitors and also known for its cave paintings and legends. From Gompa, you will take the trail all the way up the ridge. We will climb the ridge across a valley along some alpine meadows and then lower down and continue to walk until Ghami is reached. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 12: Trek to Syangboche (3800m) 04 Hrs
After breakfast, you will continue your journey through a dusty and windy road to Ghiling. The large part of Ghiling is barren, yet it does worth the visit due to the majestic views of Mount Dhaulagir and Nilgiri it offers. Then the trail decends to a small settlement of Tama Gung. A steep switchbacks trail leads you to a stream from where the trail climbs to a large painted Chorten to reach Syangboche. In the afternoon, you can explore the surrounding areas of Syangboche and interact with the locals of the region and learn more about their lifestyle. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (2920m) 05 Hrs
Trekking to Chhusang is quite easy. You just need to gently descend the hill till you arrive to Chhusang. The landscape of the fields and the mountain views it offers make Chhuksang worth a visit. During the journey, you will have majestic scenery of the landscape and the Himalayan view. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2700m) 06 Hrs
Today is the final day of tour trek to Upper Mustang. From Chhuksang, you will walk to the southern border of the region and reach Kagbeni. After resting a while in Kagbeni, you will walk along the bank of the Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom. After reaching Jomsom, you will have rest of the time at relax, preparing for the flight to Pokhara, the next day. Overnight stay at Lodge

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
After having light breakfast in morning, you will board a scenic flight to Pokhara. The journey will be brief, taking only 30 minutes, but you can enjoy the mountain flight watching the views of Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, among others. After reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to Hotel where you will be spending the night. You will have enough time to round the city to relax. Overnigh stay at Hotel

Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu
Today you will return back to Kathmandu either by flight or by drive. If you want to reach the Capital City early then you can take a domestic flight from the Pokhara Airport which will take about 35 minutes. If you want to enjoy the scenic drive, then you can return to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway by tourists bus or private vehicle. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
It’s a free day for your to relax on your own.In the afternoon you can go to Thamel for shopping souvenirs as memory of Nepal. And in the evening, you will be offered a farewell dinner in one of the Nepali cultural restaurant in Kathmandu with cultural shows from different ethnic group in Nepal. After the dinner you will be dropped back to hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 18: Final Departure
It’s the last day of your stay in Nepal. As per your flight time, you will be transferred to the International Airport in Kathmandu from where you will board a flight back to your country or to your next favored destination.

What is included?

  • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
  • 04 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu
  • Fare Well dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • 02 night twin/double sharing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • ACAP Permit and Special permit for upper mustang trek for 10 days
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • International airfare to Kathmandu and from Kathmandu Diner and lunch in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Personal travel Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control