Upper Mustang Trek – 17 Days

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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Upper Mustang Trek sets the adventure in search of exploring unique culture, tradition and local living around Mustang region of Nepal. Either it is rural life style and rituals like Polyandry of Mustangi people, trekking around deserted lands or Trans Himalayan landscapes; every aspect of this adventure amazes you from all around. You would resemble the cultures similar to Tibetans, it is oblivious as the topography of Mustang is just next to Tibet. Therefore, trekking in Upper Mustang region of Nepal is quite similar to trekking around Tibetan Lands across the border. Panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other neighboring peaks are added attraction of this trip. The traditional yet architectural palace of Lo-Manthang has been the major attraction in this trekking. 

Our Upper Mustang walking adventure begins as we take a scenic drive towards scenic lake city of Pokhara followed by short fly to Jomsom airstrip. Walking activity begins on day four of trekking as we trek towards Kagbeni, gateway to Upper Mustang region. A deserted land, small huts, cottages, deserted landscapes of Kagbeni attracts visitors and while taking the sip of local apple brandy, they would definitely feel relaxed and re-energized. As we trek further along the banks of mighty Kali Gandaki River we arrive at Lo-Manthang which is also known as capital of Upper Mustang. We will be surrounded by ancient Tibetan monasteries namely Logwyker Gumba, Samya Gumba and others which offers an insight to the religious views, and culture of local inhabitants. The houses constructed from stones slaps and mud bricks are what the locals live in. The major festival celebrated at Upper Mustang region is Tiji around late spring. Crossing small and large settlements across Ghiling and Chele we arrive at Jomsom. During the final days of trekking, we take a short fight to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

Being one of the most popular off the beaten path trekking in Nepal, this trek can be joined any time of the year as the Upper Mustang region lies inside the rain shadow of Mt. Annapurna. It gives you unique taste of trekking in Nepal which is completely different from other popular treks like Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek. If you are in good shape with moderate fitness level then you would make the most of Upper Mustang Trek.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: UNESCO World Heritage sites tour
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2850m/9350 ft)
  • Day 05: Trek to Chele (3050m/10000ft) 7 hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Geling (3570 m/11710 ft) 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m/11676 ft) 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3810 m/12400 ft) 4 hrs.
  • Day 09: Exploration day in Lo Manthang – Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar
  • Day 10: Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3820 m/12530 ft) 6-7 hour
  • Day 11: Dhakmar to Syangbochen (3800 m/ 12464 ft) 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 12: Syangbochen to Chhusang (2980 m/ 9774 ft) 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3760 m/12464 ft) 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8856 ft) 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 15: Morning flight back to Pokhara Flight: 30 minutes.
  • Day 16: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hrs.
  • Day 17: Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

Welcome to Kathmandu. On the first day after your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Meet our office representative holding a display card with your name. He will transfer you to your respective chosen hotel. After check in, if you have time then go for short walk around your hotel, get acquainted with culturally affluent Kathmandu valley.  Overnight stay at hotel . Included meal: Breakfast

Day 02: Kathmandu: UNESCO World Heritage sites tour

Today, after having our early meal, we will go for the cultural sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites Kumari Ghar at Kathmandu Durbar Square, monkey temple at Swoyambhunath, newly built Boudhanath stupa and watch human cremation site at bagmati river bank in Pashupatinath. Also get introduced with your trekking guide. He will give you the pre trip briefing and makes assurance that you have got all required trekking gears and equipments. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. Included meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

After getting ready, we take 200km bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara that takes around 6 to 7 hours. We can see beautiful valleys, rivers, local markets at few stops. We check in to hotel after reaching there and take rest or simply walk around lakeside and enjoy the evening time, pleasant sunset with views of Annapurnas. We stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Included meal: Breakfast

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2850m/9350 ft)

We board a morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Enjoy excellent aerial views of snow capped Himalayas from the plane. Then we reach our starting point of trekking activity. We cross the suspension bridges, have our lunch at eklaebhati village and continue our journey towards Kagbeni. The landscapes sceneries are beautiful, the cultural aspects are insightful as well which has also been portrayed in a Nepali movie ‘Kagbeni’. Enjoy being here. We stay at local guest house with breakfast, lunch dinner is included.

Day 05: Trek to Chele (3050m/10000ft) 7 hrs.

We continue our Upper Mustang Trek further walking along the Kali Gandaki river valley. Visiting the western side of this holy tributary, we also do take a short visit to NSGK monastery. We follow the descending trekking trail through the Chhusang village that lies between the confluence of kaligandaki and nursing river. Witness the Buddhism culture while visiting monasteries and we take a steep ascend towards Chele. It would be approximately 7 hours of day’s walk and we finally stay overnight at local guest house in Chele. B,L,D included in meal.

Day 06: Trek to Geling (3570 m/11710 ft) 6-7 hrs.

Now as we are gaining altitude, we notice the change in vegetation, the landscapes are usually barren with no green trees, quite similar to deserted islands. Experiencing the Buddhist cultural influences through chortens, we move ahead crossing the village of Samar. Here we make our way through bhena la and yamda la pass and arrive at Syahnboche. Then trekking through Tibetan alike landscapes and cultures, we reach Geiling and stay overnight at locally owned tea house. B, L, D included in meal.

Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m/11676 ft) 5-6 hrs.

Further, we head towards Tsarang today through Nyala. It will be quite a lot of ascending and descending today, however we enjoy beautiful landscapes and Himalayan views. Crossing the suspension bridge over Tangmar knola, we will be at our destination of the day in Tsarang. This place was former capital of Lo dynasty. We give a visit to local monasteries and stay overnight at local guesthouse. Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3810 m/12400 ft) 4 hrs.

After experiencing plenty of attractions at Tsarang, we head towards most attractive site called Lo Manthang. The kingdom still surrounded by walls, visit to local King, Queen, seeing the horse ride, and chance to look at the hundreds of years old culture, tradition and life style. It is believed that the current king of Mustang is 25th Ame pal’s descendent. And with lots of explore tomorrow, we stay overnight at locally owned lodge in Lo Manthang. Meal includes B,L,D.

Day 09: Exploration day in Lo Manthang – Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar

The local Mustangis follow Tibetan Buddhism, therefore we get an opportunity to visit plenty of architecturally magnificent and culturally significant monasteries here at Lo Manthang too. First we visit the Namgyal monastery and then Tingkar village. We also don’t miss an opportunity to ride horse too. With plenty of exciting attractions scattered around the place, we   try to see and explore as much as possible. And later at the end of the day, we stay overnight at local guest hosue in Lo manthang. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 10: Lo Manthang to Dhakmar (3820 m/12530 ft) 6-7 hour

The excitement of Upper Mustang trek never seems to end. Today we make our way towards Dhakmar, which will be approximately 6 to 7 hours of trekking uphill and downhill. The trail gradually climbs when we are approaching towards Chogo and descend as we are getting close to Dhakrmar. The rare faunas like blue sheep and wild rabbits can be spotted  around the area. In this way, we stay overnight at local guest house in the end of the day with B,L, D included.

Day 11: Dhakmar to Syangbochen (3800 m/ 12464 ft) 5-6 hrs.

Trekking uphill and downhill are like synonyms to trekking in Nepal and same goes to Upper Mustang trek as well. Today we begin our day descending towards Ghemi followed by gradual ascend towards Ghemi la passing the popular pass known as Nyala pass located at 4091m above sea level. The scene is absolutely amazing as we can see beautiful views of Annapurna Himalayas, Mustang along with surrounding peaks. We have our lunch at Syangboche and stary overnight there. Meals includes B,L and D.

Day 12: Syangbochen to Chhusang (2980 m/ 9774 ft) 6-7 hrs.

Today we make our way towards another beautiful village called Chhusang. This place is also known as the city of hamlets. The main occupation of local inhabitants are cattle farming, agriculture. We get to know their local culture, lifestyle and also visit to nearby cave adds another attraction to the trip. In a climb to Chugsi La, beautiful scenery of Lo Manthang is seen from top. Later we descend at Chusang to stay overnight in a local lodge. Meals include B, L, D.

Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3760 m/12464 ft) 6-7 hrs.

It will be quite a pilgrimage day today as we will be trekking towards holy site of Muktinath. The Lord Vishnu temple along with nearby monasteries, it is religiously significant site for Buddhism and Hinduism followers. Pilgrims from all around the world visit the site. Also the eternal flame burning at Jwalamai temple is worth visit. We explore around the place and later stay overnight at local tea house in Muktinath. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8856 ft) 6-7 hrs.

Today will be the last day of our trekking activity and we will celebrate our successful completion of Upper Mustang Trek for sure. We can either take a drive or trek to Jomsom. Either we take a drive or walk, the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is scheduled on mornings, so instead of driving, we recommend to take a off road trekking route that gives further insights, sceneries and visit to more monasteries and attractions. Later we stay overnight at lodge in Jomsom. Meals include B,L,D.

Day 15: Morning flight back to Pokhara Flight: 30 minutes.

We get our tummy filled up early today to catch our flight to Pokhara. We fly through the Kaligandaki gorge, with excellent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri views. After arrival at Pokhara, you can take a drive to Kathamndu today, or we recommend to visit this paradise city of Pokhara, explore the beautiful lake city and return to capital city tomorrow. We stay at hotel in Pokhara today. Meal includes only breakfast.

Day 16: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hrs.

Take the same route back to Kathmandu on a comfortable tourist bus. You also have an option to board a flight at extra cost. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, welcome to farewell dinner with our team. Share your experiences, and finally take rest at your hotel in Kathmandu. Included meal, breakfast and complimentary farewell dinner.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop.

With the mind and heart full of beautiful memories, its time to return to your home country today. Our office representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport so that you can catch your scheduled flight.

Nepal Trip extension is also there as a option. You can either spend extra day at Pokhara, visit Chitwan for Jungle Safari, explore the three main cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. There are lots of places to see, visit and travel in Nepal. Let us know if you have any such plan in your mind. We will surely make it happen.

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by car / Van / Bus.
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 3* category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three nights’ accommodation at two star category hotel in Pokhara.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley as per above program.
  • An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Down sleeping bag / Jackets, walking sticks, and other necessary equipments during the trek).
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
  • Domestic fare (Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara)
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • Office Service charge.

Price Excludes

  • All meals
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.).
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc…
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking crew and driver. (Tipping is expected)

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