Upper Mustang Trek

Facts of Trip

Destination: Mustang, Nepal

Duration: 15 Days

Trip Grade: Moderate

Trek Duration: 9 Days

Group Size: 2 - 14

Best Season: March through November

Max. Altitude: 3809m

Transportation: Bus / Flight

Trip Highlights

  • Ancient monasteries

  • Forbidden kingdom of Mustang 

  • Warm hospitality of Thakalis & Gurung communities

  • Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

  • The Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world

  • Impressive castle of Chosar Cave

 

This 15 days Upper Mustang trek package offers a spectacular trekking on the remote area of Trans - Himalayan Mountains with an influence culture of Tibetan. Higher Kaligandaki valley is the desert region of the Tibetan plateau from which it borders Kagbeni in the south and generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Here you get the chance to explore thousand years of monastery, local tribes, caves, and scenic beauties of different landscapes. Kaligandaki region is the world’s deepest gorge and here you will make an adventure and you will also find the world’s highest region of Lo-Mangthang valley which passes through an almost barren landscape with colorful mountains which look like craftmanship work; just having shrubs and buses around. Also, this trek offers panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other peaks.

The Upper Mustang trek has been on isolation for thousand years and this has kept the heritage, culture and lifestyle to remain unchanged for centuries up to date. The houses found there are mostly made from sun baked mud bricks and stones. Some of the beautiful architectures found in Mustang region are city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Mangthang.

On this trek, you will spend 2 nights in Lo - Manthang; the day of arrival in Lo - Manthang you will visit the palace and the second day you will go for hiking to Chosar Cave, an impressive castle. As an alternative option you can also do a horse riding for day tour.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu (1,400 m) Overnight at a Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m).

Day 04 : Morning Flight to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m) – 4.5 Hours

Day 05 : Trek to Chaile (3,050 m) – 6 Hours

Day 06: : Trek to Geling (3,500 m) – 7 Hours

Day 07: : Trek to Charang (3,620 m) – 7 Hours

Day 08: : Trek to Ghar Gumba (3,920 m) Trek Lo Manthang (3,810 m) – 7 Hours

Day 09: : Exploration day in Lo Manthang – NamgyalGompa and Tingkhar

Day 10: : Trek to Yara (3,650 m) – 7 Hours

Day 11: : Trek to Tange (3,370 m) – 7 Hours

Day 12: : Trek to Tetang / Chusang (3,022 m) – 9 Hours

Day 13: : Trek to Muktinath (3760 m/ 7 hours

Day 14: : Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8856 ft) 5 hous

Day 15: : Morning Flight to Pokhara and Sightseeing around Pokhara

Day 16: : Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 17: : Transfer to International Airport for your Final Departure

Cost Include

         
  • Airport pickups and drops in private vehicle
  • Three nights' accommodation in deluxe Kathmandu Suite Home or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights’ accommodation in deluxe mount view    or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided Kathmandu City Tour in private vehicle including temple and monument entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer in private vehicle
  • Pokhara -Jomsom -Pokhara flight
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person 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
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Government taxes & office service charge all your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek  (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents,
  • The required number of local staff, porters

Cost Exclude

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Trekking equipments including sleeping bag and down jacket.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver...

Day 01Arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu (1,400 m) Overnight at a Hotel After you land at Tribhuwan International airport, you will be welcomed by our office representative. As he will be holding your nameplate, it will be easy for you to recognize him. Then after, he will transfer you to the hotel. You can freshen up and have some walk around Thamel. At the evening our guide will give some briefing about our trek and routes. Overnight at hotel

Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation To make your trip more memorable, we will take you to have some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. We will be visiting some historical and cultural places. Our program includes sightseeing around Swyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Kathmandu durbar square. Swyambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa are famous Buddhist holy places whereas Pashupatinath temple is famous Hindu holy site. Similarly Kathmandu durbar square carries historical values. You can also have some shopping of Nepalese product. Overnight at hotel inclusive bed and breakfast.

Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m).It´s 200 k.m to Pokhara, a 5 - 6 hour scenic drive on private car or mini van through Prithivi Highway following the river bank of Trishuli & Marshyandi. On way way drive, we we will have an opportunity to view the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna (depends on weather condition). And the beauty of nature is just of awesome. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 04Morning Flight to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m) – 4.5 Hours Early morning you will be flying northwest from Pokhara towards the great portal between the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8,000 m and the deepest gorge on this planet. On arrival to Jomsom, you will meet rest of the trekking staff. From Kathmandu, you will have a guide with you. You start to trek towards Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang and the trek will take you around 4 and half hours to reach Kagbeni. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 05Trek to Chaile (3,050 m) – 6 Hours We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. Overnight in Chele Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06:Trek to Geling (3,500 m) – 7 Hours The climb continues along steep, treeless, water less terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some Chortens on a ridge and with further descent comes a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, and then descend into a large gorge, where the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3,800 m. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3,770 m and descend to Geling Village. It will take around 7 hours to reach this village. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07:Trek to Charang (3,620 m) – 7 Hours Today, proceeding with our Mustang Trek, we abandon Geiling and trek towards Nyala situated at 4000m above ocean level. We appreciate fantastic perspectives of close-by Himalayas and plunge to Ghemi. Moreover, we cross a suspension extension that takes us over Tangmar River and we touch base at Tsarang. Tsarang was old capital of Lo kingdom. We will at long last visit an old neighborhood religious community. Stay overnight at Tsarang. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 08:Trek to Ghar Gumba (3,920 m) Trek Lo Manthang (3,810 m) – 7 Hours This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and is one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. Few meters ahead lies the 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. To reach here it takes approximately 2 and a half hours from Charang. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. After visiting Ghar gompa and spending an hour to roam around, the trek continues to Lo Manthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge, there is a view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent, cross the stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. The total duration to reach Lo Manthang would be around 4 hours from Ghar Gumba. Overnight at a Guesthouse Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09:Exploration day in Lo Manthang – NamgyalGompa and Tingkhar Today we explore around Lo Manthang, Namgyal religious community and Tingkhar. We prescribe you to take a steed ride today advancing during that time trip. Advance we visit the Chosar town, religious communities and chortens and head towards eastern banks of Mustang stream towards over 2000 years of age Jhong give in. Additionally, we visit the Namgyalgompa which is otherwise called the religious community of triumph which is situated at the edge and a famous fascination at Lo.Leaving behind the cloister, we enter the Tingkar town. It is likewise the mid-year castle of the ruler. We discover post and different attractions around. We come back to Lo and remain overnight at nearby cabin. Stay overnight at Lo Manthang. Breakfast, lunch and included.

Day 10:Trek to Yara (3,650 m) – 7 Hours From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4,100 m and descends down to Dhi village within 5 hours of the trek. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more prosperous and settled in a very suitable place. We then cross a river to follow a path along the left bank of a river side to Yara village at (3,650m). Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11:Trek to Tange (3,370 m) – 7 Hours From Yara, the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes. There is no bridge on the river so you need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs high above a pass of 3,850 m. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass, the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3,370 m. Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops, one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflects the prosperity in their society. The duration of the trek for this day would be around 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12:Trek to Tetang / Chusang (3,022 m) – 9 Hours The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they must have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of Chusang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. It will take around 9 hours to reach Chusang. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13:Trek to Muktinath (3760 m/ 7 hours We start our day early today. At first, we dive towards Muktinath, a blessed journey place of worship that holds extraordinary significance for both Hindu and Buddhist travelers. This sacred sanctuary of Lord Vishnu is encompassed by 108 waterspouts and visit to adjacent Jwala Mai sanctuary with interminable fire sparkling out from inside the ground. We shall spend the overnight at a neighborhood cabin at Muktinath. Stay overnight at Muktinath. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14:Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8856 ft) 5 hous The final day of walking, we will leave for Jomsom after having our hot breakfast. The trek starts with the short descend down to Jharkot and Khingar. You can see beautiful monasteries which looks like of Tibet. On the other hand, you can have the picture of snowy cones of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri on the way which will help you feel energetic. Finally, we will walk along the Kali Gankdaki river up to Jomsom. You can have some walk around Jomsom and buy something if you want. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15:Morning Flight to Pokhara and Sightseeing around Pokhara Today 30 minute morning flight takes us from Jomsom back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to a hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Davis waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 16:Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 17:Transfer to International Airport for your Final Departure The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Breakfast included.

Trip Map

Please bring:

  • Down Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jumper or fleecy jacket
  • T - shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Polypropylene/wool socks
  • Light cotton socks for under wool sock
  • Rucksack
  • Sun hat
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun block for lips
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long underwea
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical & first aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and Bulbs
  • Swiss army knife
  • Towel and toiletries

I am travelling alone. Can this trek be arranged for single person? No, we need minimum 2 people to issue trek permit for Mustang.

I am solo traveller. Can I join a group? Please let us know date of travel; we will let you know if we have any existing group departure on the date you have requested.

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