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Upper mustang trek

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Price starting from

$2,134 USD 1,586

per person

Duration

17 days

Max. Elevation

3810m

Group size

2

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private vehicle and Flight
Best Season
all season
Accomodation
three-star hotel and tea house lodges
Meals
Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
Starts at
kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Kagbeni Chele / Tsele-Syangboche-Ghaymi-Syangbochen-Charang- Lo Manthang-Ghiling-Chhuksang -Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • 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”.

    Upper Mustang Trek, where walk follows on ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route of Nepal to Tibet border. A classic adventure to the old and former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang, where you can experience the medieval time era period. The area around Upper Mustang, geographically an extension of a wide and vast plateau within the Ngari province of South West Tibet. An exciting trek that leads you into a great wall canyon and eroded red hills within a dramatic landscape location. As the journey takes you around lovely farm villages festooned with prayer monuments of both Buddhism and old Bon religions. Upper Mustang truly an outstanding trip, exploring the wild country of Nepal Far West remains as the restricted region. For foreign travelers, where a special permit is necessary to enter into this magical lance of Upper Mustang.  

    Our 17 days trip to Upper Mustang Trek, begins from the capital city and commercial hub of Nepal in Kathmandu. On first arrival a tour of world heritage sites steeped with great historical and religious interest as an introduction to local culture. Then heading towards beautiful Pokhara, a city adorned with the natural beauty of high Annapurna Himalayas and serene lakes. From Pokhara, an exciting scenic flight to land at Jomsom, headquarter and administrative town of Mustang district. Where our adventure starts following a wide plain of windy Kaligandaki River valley to reach Kagbeni. The entrance village to Upper Mustang leads towards Nepal and Tibet border, which separates the frontier by Kora-La Pass. At 4, 660 m / 15, 290 feet high, the last end of Upper Mustang and final limit for outside visitors. Walk from Kagbeni entering the pure wilderness, on a dry and windswept country, with few trees of Poplars, Willow, and juniper. The only surviving tree lines around the village’s guards against the strong wind, usually from mid-day till late afternoon. The route leads to cross few lesser passes overlooking grandeur vista of surrounding magnificent country landscapes, heading through nice villages.

    Overnights in a village lodge and guest-house, of simple and clean rooms, as trek progress past Chusang, Ghami, and Charang villages. An interesting place with long rows of prayer wheels and impressive monasteries, then finally reach the destination at Lo-Manthang. Once a forbidden kingdom, where Mustang Raja / King ruled the province of Mustang till last past decades. At Lo-Manthang, with time to explore around the town like the village in earlier days considered a city. Visit places of great interest as well the famous monasteries, and the fortress-palace of late former Raja of Mustang. After a most wonderful experience, head back to Jomsom for a scenic flight back to Pokhara, and then to Kathmandu. Where our ever-exciting adventure on Upper Mustang concludes on reaching hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.    

    Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek:
      
    Upper Mustang's best time for a visit is from April to mid-June and from September till early November month. Springtime of April to May, the best with longer sunshine during the day, colder in the shade and from afternoon time till next morning. Next Autumn season is also the good times for the Upper Mustang trek from mid-September till the first week of November months.
    Days are crystal clear for views and pleasant walks can be much cold during morning and late afternoon till night-time. Upper Mustang can be visited during the monsoon wet months of June and August time as well. The area around 
    Upper Mustang falls within rain shadow, where dark rain monsoon clouds are blocked by the great Himalayas range. Mustang gets less moisture and lights rains sometimes which is why the country is dry and arid.

    Important Note

    • Every departure day we have a pre-trip meeting.
    • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
    • if our departure dates aren't suitable for you please contact us we can create new departure for your required dates by customizing the itinerary.
    • corrections in this itinerary depend on your holiday(short or long).

    Trip Itinerary

    Day

    1
    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 meals and drinks on that day.

    Day

    2
    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 crafts, then you can visit the courtyards of Kathmandu Bhaktapur and Patan or can even visit the Narayanhiti Museum.

    Day

    3
    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 views of mountains, green hills, waterfalls. After reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to your respective hotel. You can enjoy Fewa lake and try local meals and drinks at the hotels near Lakeside.

    Day

    4
    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 that can be seen from high above the road. The village is ancient with 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
    On this day, you will head to Chele which is a long trek day. You will be taking the trail alongside the 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
    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
    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
    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 an altitude of 3870m. You will then enter the Tsrang Village which is situated high at the Charang Chu Canyon.

    Day

    9
    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 the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains are almost too real to be true. Stay overnight at a lodge in Lo Manthang.

    Day

    10
    On this day you will take a 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 Manthang.

    Day

    11
    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
    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 that is very dry but still has the up close and mesmerizing views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri.

    Day

    13
    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
    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
    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 the lakeside are especially fun.

    Day

    16
    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
    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.

    Inclusions

    • airport pick up and drop services as per itinerary by private vehicle.
    • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with City tour guide by private vehicle.
    • Three-night at three-star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast/wifi included(Twin sharing base).
    • Two-night at three-star hotel in Pokhara breakfast/wifi included (Twin sharing base).
    • professional English-speaking trekking guide during the trek with first aid kit.
    • Porter during the treks( 1 Porter between 2 people).
    • stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
    • full meals during the treks, ( breakfast, lunch dinner, and cup of tea \ coffee).
    • Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom back Pokhara by flight.
    •  upper mustang special permit.
    • Annapurna conservation region permit.
    • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
    • Deluxe touristic bus Kathmandu to Pokhara, and Kathmandu from Pokhara.
    • Tourists service charge, vat.
    • International airfare & Nepali visa fee.
    • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, wifi,  battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, and trekking person equipment).
    • Kathmandu valley City sightseeing entrance fee.
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu private vehicle and flight ticket.
    • Tips for stuff ( it is expected)

    Complimentary

      • Welcome dinner in famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program.
      • upper mustang trekking map.
      • Sleeping bag during the treks, (to be returned after the trip completion).
      • seasonal Fresh fruit during the day (apple, orang
      • Complementary duffel bag/agency T-shirt.
      • Certificate of achievement.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Similar to most Himalayan country walks that include ups and downhill, Upper Mustang is not a difficult trek, it is just walking on high altitude and dry terrain, it makes trekkers tired. But one can take it slowly with enough short rest, it will be good to cover the day walks to each overnight stop. 

    Much of the trail is well define and straightforward towards Lo-Manthang the last destination from Jomsom. Having enough rest day makes the adventure much enjoyable and getting well acclimatized at every overnight stop at certain heights. 


    From winter times of December to early spring in February and March gets much snow around Upper Mustang. Where trekking is not done during this low season. The village will be almost empty and deserted, as the local migrates to lower warm areas to escape the winter cold with much snow.


    Minimum age of 12 to 14 years, and not older than 65 years, should be in good physical shape and in sound health to cope with high hills and altitude.


    From the start at Jomsom to the last overnight stop in Lo-Manthang there is electricity, but from Chusang onwards few places with hydropower. Smaller settlements around Syangboche, Ghiling runs electricity by solar energy, where you can charge your gadgets. Where you need to pay for every item per hour to the owner of the lodge.


    Depends upon the seriousness of the illness, if it’s a critical situation the client needs immediate evacuation for medical help, by any means of fast transportation. The fastest way in Nepal Himalaya and on route to Upper Mustang is taking a private jeep ride or similar four-wheelers and Helicopter Service. Our guide will inform the head office to arrange Helicopter to evacuate the sick person. From the nearest spot where helicopter can land and then flying to Pokhara or Kathmandu and admit to the best hospitals for further treatment.   

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