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Upper Mustang Trekking

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
3820m
Trip Duration
18 Days

Overview

The name Mustang refers to the arid Tibet -like region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki, lying beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Mustang is the land of barley fields, pastures for grazing herds. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions the southern region with five villages inhabited by people related to the Manages and the northern region (the ancient kingdom of Lo) where the language culture and traditions are almost purely Tibetan. Mustangs being a restricted area there are certain formalities required by the government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit with liaison officer. The long forbidden region of upper Mustang is now open to limited number of trekkers. After an exciting flight through the Kali Gandaki, we land in Jomsom and begin trekking north towards the kingdom of Mustang. Hiking past the villages with multi -storied houses, monasteries and crumbling castles we reach (4100 m.) Lo-Monthang, the walled capital of this kingdom. Mustang trek can be done during the summer months when the people are most active in the fields, villages and monasteries.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to hotel

  • Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing (optional) & Preparation for the Trek

  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m), hotel transfer

  • Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) by flight then trek to Kagbeni (2800m)

  • Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3060m)

  • Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800)

  • Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520m)

  • Day 08: Ghami trek to Tsarang / Charang (3560m)

  • Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3810m)

  • Day 10: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810m)

  • Day 11: Lo-Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820m)

  • Day 12: Dhakmar trek to Geling/ Ghiling (3570m)

  • Day 13: Geling trek to Chhuksang (2980m)

  • Day 14: Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2720m)

  • Day 15: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)

  • Day 16: Pokhara drive tourist bus/car to Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu

  • Day 18: Departure Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and hotel transfer
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (optional) & Preparation for the Trek
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath).  In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be trek to the Himalayas tomorrow.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m)
Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel and drive or fly to Pokhara. Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchhare (shape of fish tail) in the north, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) by flight then trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport, fly to Jomsom.  This is one of the world's exciting flights to see mountain closely through the tiny aircraft, Annapurna I 8091 meters, Dhaulagiri 8167 meters, fishtail 6997 meter and other numerous peaks. You begin your trek to Kagbeni following along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. En- route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River with beautiful Ekle Bhatti. Kagbeni people are influence with more Tibetan and also Kagbeni is gateway for Upper Mustang and Damodar Kunda trekking. After reaching at Kagbeni (2800m) there is oldest monastery so better to visit this monastery and look around Kagbeni village. Overnight at teahouse/tent

Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3060m)
today trek trail starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the trek 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 (3060m) with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang (2980m) 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 up to small ridges reach at Chele village (3050m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 06: Chele trek to Shyangbochen (3800)
Today trek trail climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) and Dajori La (3725m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Himal. Further descend a little to the village of Samar (3620m). Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another about 3 hrs easy walk takes us to Shyangbochen (3800m).  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. Overnight at teahouse /Camp

Day 07: Shyangbochen trek to Ghami (3520m)
Today trek trail short gentle climb to the small pass (3850m) then you will meet two trails one right hand side trail goes to Geling (3570m) where available larger red Gompa and another left hand side trail goes directly to Nyi La Pass (4010m) through Tamagaon (3710m) Please consult with your guide for route recommendation. If you choose trail goes to Tamagaon will be shorter one but if you choose through Geling will be longer walk. Both trail flat and gentle uphill till Nyi La Pass (4010m) then descend to the Ghami / Ghemi (3520m), the third largest village in the Lo region. The trail is passing a chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. You will passes on the trail poplar trees and fields of Barley. Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 08: Ghami trek to Tsarang / Charang (3560m)
today trek trail start after with a pleasant walk.  After crossing Ghami 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 we meet two trails one left hand side trail goes to Dhakmar (3820m) and another right hand side uphill trail lead to Choya La Pass (3870m) then after descend and flat walk to Charang (3560m). Charang is a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls, Chorten Gate, red Gompa and greatest library in Lo (Old palace) Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3810m)
Today, trek trail to Lo-Manthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Khola and then climbs steeply after crossing the river (Khola). Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,950m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley.  While descending to Lo-Manthang (3810m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Finally you reach at Lo-manthang then visit Royal Palace, Monasteries and town. Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 10: Explore around Lo-Mangthang (3810m)
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-Manthang and stroll back to hotel.  Or you may hire horse to go to Chosar village to see the beautiful two Gompa (monasteries) called Garphu and Nyphu Gompas as well as Chosar village is main trading route to Lhasa (Tibet) and return to Lo-manthang (3810m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 11: Lo-Manthang trek to Drakmar (3820m)
While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Lo-manthang trek to Lo Gekar is not main trading route. The trail gradually climbs to cairn on a pass at 4000m from where you will see the last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Beyond the trail climbs to a ridge at 4070m where a large cairn marks a pass into a side valley then continue climb to the head of this valley and cross the Chogo La (4230m) after that trail passing through big grassy valley then steep descend to Charang Khola and cross the bridge at Charang Khola (river) then climb past an unpainted stone chorten and across a muddy field to Lo Gekar (3825m).  After small climb there is monastery called Ghar Gompa it is small monastery in a grove of large trees and 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.  After that climb to a ridge and across a valley to a cairn then reach at Mui La (4170m).  After that steep descend to Drakmar (3820m) overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 12: Dhakmar trek to Geling/ Ghiling (3570m)
Today trek trail descend alongside a stream passing the stone walls and fields of wide village of Dhakmar, the climb to a ridge shorten and onto a ridge at 3710m. After that descend to another stream and makes a short climb to the upper part of Ghami (3520m). Descend to lower part of Ghami then climb up to Ghami La (3765m) and continue climb up to Nyi La (4010m). After small descend you will meet two route one right hand side trail goes to Shyangbochen (3800m) through Tamagaon  and left hand side trail goes all the way down hill to Geling (3570m). Overnight at teahouse / Camp

Day 13: Geling trek to Chhuksang (2980m)
Today first trek trail climb up to Shyangbochen La (3850m) then gently descend to Shyangbochen (3800m). Nearby Shyangbochen there are two trails to go for Samar (3660m). One left hand side trail goes to through Ranchung Cave and another right hand side trail lead to Samar village which is we are going to follow the trail that goes passing through Yamdo La (3920m), then gentle descend to Bhena La (3860m) then continue descend to Samar village (3660m) but better to consult with your guide before choose the trail from Shyangbochen junction because if you are not walking good then he will choose the trail which will be more easier. After Samar you will be short climb and all the way descend through Chele to the Kali Gandaki.  Trek downstream to Chhuksang (2980m) Overnight at Teahouse / Camp

Day 14: Chhuksang trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Today is quite long day trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom but Trekkers will be manage it because if they camp between is more short and not interesting short walk at the end of trekking. During the trek from Chhuksang to Kagbeni (2800m) we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trail follows the gentle up and more downhill with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards.  With beautiful walk you will reach at Kagbeni (2800m) in Lunch time and better to take a lunch then start your about 3 hours journey to Jomsom through Ekle Bhatti (2740m). It is windy at afternoon it makes little hard to walk but you are walking in flat and gentle downhill trail so journey will be fantastic. Jomsom is quite big town in Mustang region. Finally you cross the bridge at Kali Kandaki River after that level walk then reach close to Jomsom (2720m) Overnight at Teahouse / Camp

Day 15: From Jomsom fly to Pokhara (850m)
Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and  you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Pokhara drive tourist bus /car to Kathmandu (1350m)
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination.

Cost Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket and tax
  • Meals on full board (breakfast,lunch and dinner) and Tea house/ Camping accomodation during trekking period
  • Local fresh fruits where available
  • Upper Mustang Trekking map
  • An experienced Government license holder guide
  • Trekking porters/sherpa/mules to carry your bags during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for guide and porters
  • Ground transportation by coach/car from Kathmandu to Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) when required
  • All necessary paper works and Upper Mustang special permit fee
  • All government taxes and our service charges
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.(tipping is expected but not mandatory)
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments

Equipments Checklist

Clothing
    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops
    T-shirts

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

Miscellaneous
    Toiletries
    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Earplugs
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Altimeter
    Compass
    Binoculars
    Books/magazines
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Camping

    Tent
    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)

Map

map

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.