Upper Mustang Treks

Destination

Nepal

Activity

Trekking in Nepal

Duration

17 days

Group size

Min 2

Max. altitude

0m

Difficulty

Moderate

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Accomodation

Star hotel/lodges.

Meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Transportation

private vehicle, Flight and comfortable touristic bus.

  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour.
  • Scenic flight to and from Jomsom.
  • Exploring the Kali Gandaki River valley.
  • Forbidden kingdom of Mustang.
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas.
  • Visiting the capital of Mustang  “The Lo Manthang”.

The Upper Mustang Trek is one of the treks in Nepal that you take you across ancient civilization to the kingdom of Lo Manthang. Crossing the wild Kaligandaki River brings you to the enchanting villages of Kagbeni and then through the arid lands of Mustang. The highlight of the entire trek is perhaps the ever so changing close up views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna range. 
The Upper Mustang Trek begins from the city of Kathmandu and heads to the town of Pokhara. After a flight to the arid land of Jomsom, Mustang, the trail will take you Syangboche, Chyarang, and then finally Lo-Mathang. Along the way, you will cross many passes. After the enjoyable time at Lo, you will then cross Ghiling village, Chunksang and then finally Jomsom to head towards Pokhara then Kathmandu. 
The Upper Mustang trek gives you the true essence of life tucked away entirely in the ancient kingdom of Lo. The lifestyle, culture, the landscape is different in Upper Mustang than any other place here in Nepal or anywhere else around the world and for experiencing that, Upper Mustang Trek is a must. 

 

Outline itinerary

 

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
  2. Sightseeing at Kathmandu
  3. Drive to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km from Kathmandu- 06 hours.
  4. Flight to Jomsom (2,715 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) - 04 hours
  5. Trek to Chele / Tsele (3,050 m) - 06 hours.
  6. Trek towards Syangbochen (3,475m) - 05 hours.
  7. Trek to Ghaymi (3,520 m) from Syangbochen - 06 hours.
  8. Trek to Charang / Tsarang (3,500 m) - 05 hours.
  9. Trek to Lo - Manthang (3,700 m) from Charang - 05 hours.
  10. Lo - Manthang for local exploration and excursion.
  11. Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3810 m) - 05 hours.
  12. Trek to Ghiling (3,806 m) from Drakmar - 06 hours
  13. Trek towards Chhuksang / Tsusang (3,050 m) - 05 hours.
  14. Trek towards Jomsom (2, 715 m) - 04 hours.
  15. Flight to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
  16. Drive to Kathmandu - 06 hours.
  17. International departure.

 

Trip note

  • Every departure day we have a pre-trip meeting
  • if  our departure dates aren't suitable for you please contact us we can create new departure for your required dates with customizing the itinerary
  • corrections in this itinerary depend on your holidays time  ( short or long)
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

You will be picked from the Tribhuvan International Airport. After a warm welcome, you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Kathmandu. You can have authentic Nepali meal and drinks on that day. 

Day 2
Sightseeing at Kathmandu.

This day has been set aside for preparation and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. After breakfast, you will be briefed about the trek for the coming days by your guide. After which you will head on a sightseeing tour. You can visit the various cultural heritage sites like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. If you like ancient arts and craft, then you can visit the courtyards of Kathmandu Bhaktapur and Patan or can even visit the Narayanhiti Museum. 

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km from Kathmandu- 06 hours.

This is the day when you will head to Pokhara. You will take a tourist bus to Pokhara which will take around 5 to 6 hours. The drive is exhilarating since you will get the views of mountains, green hills, waterfalls. After reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to your respective hotel. You can enjoy the Fewa lake and try local meals and drinks at the hotels near Lakeside. 

Day 4
Flight to Jomsom (2,715 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) - 04 hours.

On this day, you will get closer to Mustang. You will board on a domestic flight towards Jomsom. The flight is extremely enticing with the views of the Nilgiri and Annapurna Range. The landscape changes drastically as the air gets drier and arid. You will begin the trek hereon and head towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an old settlement which can be seen from high above the road. The village is ancient with the tin roofs and mud houses. Kagbeni is perhaps one of the highlights of the Upper Mustang trek and the Mustang region as a whole. 

Day 5
Trek to Chele / Tsele (3,050 m) - 06 hours.

On this day, you will head to Chele which is a long trek day. You will be taking the trail alongside Kali Gandaki River. The Kali Gandaki river flowing swiftly will give you a sense of self as you pass the narrow alleys of Tange village adventure will come to life, and as you head to the paddy and buckwheat field, you will come back to reality. The lifestyle of the settlement in Chele will bring you closer to this region. Stay overnight at Chele. 

Day 6
Trek towards Syangbochen (3,475m) - 05 hours.

After breakfast, you will take a hike uphill, and then cross the Taklam La Pass at an elevation of 3624m. This is a relatively challenging day due to the two passes that you will have to traverse along the way. Since these passes sit at an elevation above 3500 m, you need to take extra precaution not to fall victim to altitude sickness. After taking a quick descend, you can head to Samar Village and then take a steep path to Syangboche. Stay overnight at a lodge in Syangboche. 

Day 7
Trek to Ghaymi (3,520 m) from Syangbochen - 06 hours.

On this day, after breakfast, you will head to Syangboche. At first, you will take a sharp ascend to the Yamada La pass (3850 m). The path is very green since you will be walking through thick forests, and fields of barley. You will also observe chortens, mani walls and lovely villages with warm-hearted people. Eventually, you will reach the Nyi Pass where you will take a descend to Ghami. Ghami is a large village, most significant in the region inhabited by Sherpas. 

Day 8
Trek to Charang / Tsarang (3,500 m) - 05 hours.

This is the day when you will be heading towards Charang. Marked at an elevation of 3500 m, it might be difficult physically. Thus, it is advised to take smaller steps and not rush to avoid altitude sickness. The trail is pretty slippery. You will cross a large suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and then finally reach the Tsarnag La Pass which can be counted as a highlight due to it falling at the altitude of 3870m. You will then enter the Tsrang Village which is situated high at the Charang Chu Canyon. 

Day 9
Trek to Lo - Manthang (3,700 m) from Charang - 05 hours.

This is the day when you will be reaching Lo-Manthang which is the highlight of the entire trek. The popularity of Lo has also been amassed for being one of the oldest known civilization in Nepal and also because it represents the long-running and high standing kingdom of Lo in Nepal. The trek is particularly tiring and challenging. On the way, you will hike upwards to the Lo La Pass at the altitude of 3950m. The views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains are almost too real to be true. Stay overnight at a lodge in Lo. 

Day 10
Lo - Manthang for local exploration and excursion.

On this day you will take rest at Lo Manthang, Since Lo is the highlight of the entire trek, you can excurse around the areas nearby to get even more exciting and thrilling views of the ancient land of Lo. The age-old monuments, Gompas, Chhodea, Thupchen, and Jhampas in Lo will keep you busy throughout the day. This day is also essential for acclimatizing your body against any altitude sickness. You can also hike to the Tinghar village in the northwest. Stay overnight at Lo. 

Day 11
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3810 m) - 05 hours.

On this day, you will trek towards Darkmar following the trail that walks through an old Gompa. The Gompa has some cultural significance and is almost a century old. The beautiful rock paintings will keep you astounded. You will stay overnight at a lodge or homestay at Drakmar. 

Day 12
Trek to Ghiling (3,806 m) from Drakmar - 06 hours

On this day, after some light breakfast, you can head towards Ghiling. You will pass through dry plateau and fields along the way. The trek gets more challenging due to the dry sand blowing along with the strong winds. Ghiling is a village which is very dry but still has the up close and mesmerizing views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. 

Day 13
Trek towards Chhuksang / Tsusang (3,050 m) - 05 hours.

On this day you will be heading towards Chhuksang from Ghiling which is a relatively more comfortable trek. You need to drink plenty of water throughout the day since the land is arid and dries out your throat. You will observe the views of majestic mountains and pass through small villages. 

Day 14
Trek towards Jomsom (2, 715 m) - 04 hours.

You will head to Jomsom from Chhuksang on this day. Along the way, you will most likely spot many apple farms with lush green and red apples growing. It is particularly windy in Jomsom. If you like, then you might as well buy some dry apples on the way. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Jomsom. 

Day 15
Flight to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

After breakfast, you will be taken to the domestic airport for a flight towards Pokhara. On a beautiful day, you will see the views of the majestic Mount Annapurna and Mount Macchapuchrey along with some green hills and waterfalls from high above in the air. Upon reaching Pokhara, you can head to the Fewa lake for boating and roaming around. The evenings and nights near lakeside are especially fun. 

Day 16
Drive to Kathmandu - 06 hours.

This is the day when you will be heading toward Kathmandu valley after an incredible Upper Mustang Tour. The ride will follow the same route as before. You can take some rest at your hotel and then head out to the streets of Thamel for some souvenir shopping as well. Enjoy your last day in Kathmandu by taking some Nepali dishes and drinks. 

Day 17
International departure

After the spellbinding Upper Mustang Trek, this marks your last day here in Nepal. You will be taking home, the beautiful memories of Upper Mustang. You will be dropped off at the Tribhuvan International Airport by our staff for homeward bound. On the way, you can also make preparations for your next adventure tour in Nepal.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
  • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program.
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing with a city tour guide.
  • 3-night accommodation 3* hotel in Kathmandu & 2-night accommodation in Pokhara breakfast/wifi included.
  • professional English speaking trekking guide with first aid kit.
  • Porter during the treks( 1 Porter between 2 people).
  • stuffs,accommodation,salary,insurance,equipment.
  • 3 times meals during the treks( breakfast, lunch dinner and 3 times a cup of tea.
  • Pokhara to Jomsom by flight.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
  •  upper mustang special permit.
  • Annapurna conservation region permit.
  • tea house accommodation during the treks.
  • tourists bus ticket   Kathmandu to pokhara&Pokhara  to Kathmandu.
  • upper mustang trekking map.
  • tourists service charge, vat

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International airfare & Nepali visa fee
  • lunch and dinner while you are  in Kathmandu&pokhara
  • Personal insurance &personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower and trekking person equipment)
  • City tours entrance fee
  • private jeep, car tourists bus, Pokhara to Kathmandu flight tickets, if you need 
  • tips for stuff ( it is expected)

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