• Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking

Overview

Trip Information

Upper Mustang trekking is one of the best trek to do even in the monsoon time as the entire Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow, north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, completely sheltered from the monsoon downfall in Nepal.Mustang trekking in Nepal was officially opened in 1992 and limited numbers of trekkers are only allowed each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. Mustang trek unfolds the fabled forbidden kingdom’s vast and arid valleys, eroded canyons, yak caravans, colorful – painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

We take both ways of Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara flight on this Mustang trekking that does avoid the lower rainy section of Annapurna. The best advantage of doing this cultural trek in monsoon time is that the village are full of local people busy at their every day works and the whole region are in bloom which makes really a fabulous contrast with the wind eroded hills, red cliffs and snow capped mountains on the back ground – a great vista. Thus upper Mustang trek is once in a lifetime destination to explore the fascinating medieval walled kingdom of Lo Manthang.

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1st: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft) transfer to hotel {15 minute drive}
Day 2nd: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) {7 hours drive}
Day 3rd: Fly to Jomsom (2725m/ 8,940ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m/ 9219ft) {Trek 3 hours}
Day 4th: Trek to Chele (2920m / 10,006ft) (enter into the restricted upper Mustang area) {trek 7 hours}
Day 5th: Trek to Syangboche (3800m/ 12467ft) {Trek 5-6 hours}
Day 6th: Trek to Ghami (3520m/ 11548ft) {Trek 5 hours}
Day 7th: Trek to Tsarnag (3560m/11679ft) {Trek 4 hours}
Day 8th: Trek to Lo Manthang (3800m/ 12467ft) {Trek 4 – 5 hours}
Day 9th: Explore day at Lo Manthang
Day 10th: Trek to Dhakmar (3800m/ 12467ft) {Trek 7 – 8 hours}
Day 11th: Trek to Syanboche
Day 12th: Trek to Chusang (3040m/ 9973ft) {Trek 5 – 6 hours}
Day 13th: Trek to Kagbeni (2810m) {trek 4 hours}
Day 14th: Trek to Jomsom (2720){ Trek 3 hours}
Day 15th: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (823m/2700ft) {20 minutes flight}
Day 16th: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1350m/4429ft){7 hours drive}
Day 17th: Shopping, Departure or extend your trip.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01.    Arrival at the Kathmandu[Altitude 1336m]

Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu

Welcome by officer of mission himalayatreks and expedition pvt ltd

Transfer to the hotel &      briefing about program

Overnight at the hotel

Day 02.    Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel

Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu durbar square & Swoyambhunath stupa

Overnight at the hotel

Day 03.    Kathmandu-Pokhara[Altitude 915 m)

Drive to Pokhara [210km-5-6hr] [Optional: 30 min flight]

Evening: free time to self explore around Phewa Lake

Overnight at the hotel

Day 04.    Pokhara-Jomsom- Kagbeni[Altitude 2860 m)

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (20 minutes flight) & trek to Kagbeni: 3-4 hrs trek

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Pokhara airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, it will be a scenic flight of approx 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000 meters such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang.

This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. Here we meet our trekking crew and prepare for our trek to Mustang. We begin by trekking north to the village of Kagbeni. Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributary, Kak River, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang River, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 05.    Kagbeni-Chele [Altitude 3050 m)

Trek from Kagbeni to Chele - 6 hrs trek

Our journey starts once we have completed formalities at the police check post at the end of Kagbeni village we are then allowed to pass the sign which says 'restricted area' and enter the once forbidden region of Mustang. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails.

Using a combination of the route along the river bank and a higher trail we reach Tangbe village (3060m), with its black, white and red Chortens, narrow alleys and white painted houses surrounded by fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Continuing north we cross the river by a bridge just before the Kali Gandaki enters a tunnel and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele set amongst extensive barley fields at 3100 meters. From this village as we travel north we are in the true Tibetan culture of the region of Lo.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 06.    Chele-Syanbochen[Altitude 3475 m)

Trek from Chele to Syanbochen 7 hrs trek

Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar.

From Samar we climb to a ridge and descend into a gorge, passing a large chorten (memorial) painted in red, black, yellow and white. Cross several pasture areas then ascend to and cross the pass at Phyangbo La. Follow zig zags down into a narrow gorge then ascend steeply to the

Chungjen Rangjen Gompa tucked away in a side valley. The gompa houses a Guru Rimpoche stone carving and is a popular pilgrimage destination for local people. Himalayan Griffon vultures next in the cliffs above. Make a steep ascent to reach the small village of Shyangmochen

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 07.    Syanbochen- Ghaymi [Altitude 3520 m)

Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi- 6 hrs trek

After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m ) passing a few teahouses, Chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. The third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are unproductive.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 08.    Ghaymi -Tsarang[Altitude 3560 m)

Trek from Ghaymi to Tsarang - 5 hrs trek

Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi 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 the trail heads east to the village of Tsarang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 09.    Tsarang-Lo-Manthang [Altitude 3810 m)

Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang- 5 hrs trek

We descend from Tsarang to cross the Charang Chu then climb steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on the ridge opposite the village at 3950m for first views of the walled city of Lo Manthang. We then descend to the 'Plain of Aspiration' and climb to a plateau where the city is situated at 3840m.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 10.    Exploe Lo-Manthang[Altitude 3810 m)

Explore Lo-Manthang

A day for looking around Lo Manthang and the surrounding area. There is one main gate that gives access to the interior of Lo Manthang. From the narrow streets of the town it is difficult to get a clear impression of the layout. The raja's palace is a four storey building of mud and timber construction. Just to the north of the town there is a prominent hill that is capped by two ruined forts. From the highest point of this hill it is possible to look across Lo Manthang and back all the way to the Annapurna - a fascinating perspective. Namgyal Monastery, which lies an hour's walk to the north west of Lo Manthang, is another option for those who want to stretch their legs.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 11.    Lo-Manthang - Drakmar [Altitude 3820 m)

Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar-7 hrs trek

Leaving Lo Manthang we take a slightly different return route and follow a trail to climb to the highest pass on our trek, Chogo La (4325m) before descending to Lo Gekar monastery (also called Ghar Gompa) which, dating back to the 8th Century, is thought to be one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal which is still active. From Lo Gekar we climb to a ridge before descending to a pretty valley where the village of Dhakmar is situated at 3820m.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 12.    Dhakmar- Ghiling [Altitude 3806m)

Trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling- 6 hrs trek

Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 13.    Ghiling-Chhuksang [Altitude 3050 m)

Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang- 6 hrs Trek

We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 14.    Chhuksang to Jomsom[Altitude 2700 m)

Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom 7 hrs trek

Our last day of the day would be a long one. Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop.

Overnight at the local lodge

Day 15.    Jomsom-Pokhara

Fly back to Pokhara

After morning breakfast we check in the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport , you will transfer to your hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 16.    Pokhara-Kathmandu

Drive to Kathmandu [Optional: 35 min flight]

Overnight at the hotel

Day 17.    Depart from Kathmandu

Today is your last day in the highest country on earth

Free time until departure

Transfer to the international airport for final departure (Or stay longer for short tours - ask us)

We hope you had a magical experience in the Himalayas and we hope to see you again soon.

 

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport picks up and drop service during international arrival/ departure and domestic arrival/departure.
  • Deluxe 3 star category accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive with breakfast according to itinerary.
  • Deluxe 3 star category accommodation in Pokhara inclusive with breakfast according to itinerary.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to pokhara flight with guide and porter.
  • Beautiful and clean accommodation at guest houses, lodges during the trek.
  • Full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with a cup of hot drinks)
  • One trekking Guide highly experienced, friendly, English speaking, Government licensed, Ministry of tourism Trained with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurances.
  • One strong porter with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurance
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permits
  • Upper Mustang special permit for the trek.
  • Down Jacket, Four-seasonal sleeping bags, Duffel bag, and trekking map (Down Jacket, sleeping bag and Duffel bag have to be returned after trip completion).
  • Complementary welcome or Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with culture dance show
  • All necessary paper works Government tax and office service charges.
  • First Aid Medicines and medication with your guide
  • Certificate of your trekking signed by the company Manager and your trekking Guide

What is not included?

  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city Lunch and dinner (also not include in case of early returns, flight delays, or other cause than the schedule itinerary)
  • International airfare from and to Nepal
  • Travel – medical insurances and emergency evacuation.
  • your personal nature expenses (Hot shower, Alcoholic beverages, Telephone, Laundry, personal snacks, Internet, Battery Charging, hot water, Mineral water, beer, coke)
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara rather than the itinerary
  • Nepal Visa fees (two passport photographs, US$ 25 for multiple entry 15 days, USD 40 multiple entry for 30 days, US$ 90 multiple entry for 90 days) can be issued upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Gratitude, tips for your guide and porter.
  • Cost arising by mishaps, nature calamites.
  • Services that are not mentioned in service include section.
  • Sightseeing cost in Kathmandu and pokhara City.

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$1,875

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