Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Overivew

‘Adventure within old Trans Himalayan Caravan Route around picturesque country’

Upper Mustang Trek is located in Nepal Far North Western Himalaya a country of immense beauty with breath-taking scenery of windswept landscapes with high canyons and weather-beaten eroded hills dotted with small caves, where in ancient times monks and priest meditated in perfect isolation within the harmony of beautiful views of snow-capped peaks. Upper Mustang actually an extension of South Western Tibetan vast plateau of great fascination with age-old villages Kagbeni-Tsusang-Ghami-Tsrang and a walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang where Raja ‘King’ of Mustang ruled the country for hundreds of centuries to last few decades, before Nepal become a republic nation. Upper Mustang trek is part of Annapurna circuit trek.

Upper Mustang Trek rewards you with incredible views of dramatic landscapes of red-brown colored canyons and hills with traditional villages, monasteries where the trail leads you to long series of prayer walls and wheels in the shade of Damodar and Mustang Himal and as far to Dhaulagiri range makes this an awesome country to visit. Mustang Trek starts with a short scenic flight from beautiful Pokhara city in the shade of massive Annapurna Himalaya, then landing at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district famous for delicious apples and its products. From Jomsom heading on the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade Route and Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet to reach the high dry country of Upper Mustang walking past Kaligandaki River valley to enter Kagbeni village, an interesting place of Tibetan style with similar Buddhist culture and way of traditional life. The walk leads further from Kagbeni, entrance and exit point of Upper Mustang and a door to Tibet border, where special permits required traveling beyond Kagbeni village. The mustang trekking goes to through the Jomsom muktinath trek with around the Upper Mustang valley.

As the walking progress with mules to carry your baggage with overnights in nice and lovely villages of Tsusang-Ghami-Tsarang within barley and buckwheat fields then visit its old interesting monasteries. After a fruitful visit of Lo-Manthang and around Upper Mustang with its amazing views of landscapes heading back taking an alternative route or on the same trail to Jomsom town after a grand and enjoyable time at Upper Mustang Trek.

Details Itinerary:

After landing your flight at TIA, representative of Nepal High Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. will warmly welcome you to Nepal. Then we will shift you toward your Hotel. In the evening our guide will meet you for the discussion of Upper Mustang trek with a delicious dinner.

We will spend our second day by sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. Pashupatinath, regarded as the holiest temple of Lord Shiva, Bauddhanath was known as Little Tibet and Swayambhunath knew as Monkey Temple will be our main sightseeing destination. Then we will enter Basantpur Durbar Square. After visiting Kathmandu valley we will return back to the hotel and make preparation for tomorrow.

From today our journey starts. Early morning we will drive to Pokhara after having our breakfast. It takes us about 7 to 8 hours. In our journey toward Pokhara we will be enjoyed with spectacular scenery of roadside houses and forest. After reaching Pokhara we will spend our leisure time visiting the beautiful area of Lakeside.

We will catch the early morning flight over to Jomsom. From the flight magnificent view of mountain ranges with snow, a cap can be seen. After reaching Jomsom we will carry our bag and start our trek which leads us to Kagbeni (desert of Nepal).

After check our special permit at Kaagbeni we will continue our journey toward Chele. We will unknowingly picturesque desert valley of Nepal which will be so much interesting. We will walk in sandy and windy trails with up and downhill. Slowly walking we will reach the small ridges at Chele Village where we will spend our night.

From Chele, we will continue our walk toward Syangboche. We need to walk through Ekle Bhatti. After crossing Taklam La pass (3624m) we almost complete today’s walk. We need to walk on plateaus and narrow stretches. Panoramic scene of Tilicho Peak, Damodar Danda, and Yakawa Kang will be so much memory.

After having breakfast we resume our trekking to Ghaymi. Walking uphill to Yamda La (3850m) our journey starts. Many teahouses and local villages with Tibetan culture and traditions can be seen during our walk. Climbing the Nyi Pass (4010m) and descending for a while lastly we will reach Ghaymi village.

Early morning we walk toward Charang. First of all, we need to cross Ghaymi Khola to start our journey. Ascending on the plateau and passing beside a very long Mani wall (a sacred stone wall made by the followers of Buddhism) we will Charang village of a maze of fields for our cool night.

After having breakfast we trek toward Lo-Manthang. We need to walk through the main trial. Magnificent views of Tilicho, Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Bhrikuti Peak can be seen through our trial. Finally, we will be at Lo from where we can observe the panoramic view of Lo-Mangthang valley.

Today we spend our whole day exploring at Lo-Manthang. First of all, we will visit Namgyal Gompa (situated on a hilltop considered as an important monastery in the local community) and Tingkhar (last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang). In this way, we will spend our whole day.

From Lo-Manthang our returning journey starts through different parts. Our walk goes through Gyakar with Ghar Gompa (more than 1200 years old) with Guru Ringpoche as the primary figure. We continue our trek by exploring the local area and at the end of the day, we will reach Drakmar.

Early morning after having breakfast, we return back to Ghiling. At midday, we will reach Ghiling. We will spend our remaining day exploring the area. But it’s more likely to get the dusty wind at afternoon. It is better to not to walk in the evening time. After exploring we will return back to our place for a night.

After having breakfast, we will continue our walk toward Chhuksang. We need to walk through the main trail. We will be pleased with the beautiful scenery which will be so much impressive. Walking slowly on Humpty Dumpty way we lastly reach Chhuksang where we will spend our night at a lodge.

From Chhuksang we will move toward Jomsom. Panoramic view of all around the surrounding with giant mountains can be seen in our way. A beautiful glimpse of great ranges of giant mountains will be joyful. We will be moving until we will reach to the Jomsom where we will stay our night.

We will catch the early morning flight over to Pokhara. From the flight magnificent view of mountain ranges with snow, a cap can be seen. After reaching Pokhara we will view and visit the local market at Lakeside in our leisure time. Then we will return back to the hotel to stay at our memorable night.

Waking early morning we will again view the rising sun piercing the white snows. After having breakfast we will return back to Kathmandu. It will take us about 7 to 8 hours. After reaching Kathmandu we will be shifted toward the hotel.

After spending last night at Nepal, we will pack our luggage to march ourselves towards TIA. We have to reach at the airport 3 hours before the flight. Before that, we will attend a small farewell program organized by Nepal High Trek & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)

Day 02: Cultural Sightseeing tour & trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m): 5-6 hours

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m): 3/4 hours

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,065m): 6 hours

Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,485m): 6-7 hours

Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,530m): 5-6 hours

Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,640m): 5-6 hours

Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m): 3-4 hours

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3800 m): 6-7 hours

Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m): 5-6 hours

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 5-6 hours

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700): 6-7 hours

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara 25m

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 7/8 hrs

Day 17: Final departure

Cost Details

  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Nepal High Trek’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Gear List

  1. Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, the voucher and passport-sized photos
  2. Binoculars, alarm clock, and torch/flashlight/headlamps, earplug and eye mask,
  3. Reading and writing materials, travel games like chess, backgammon, scrabble,
  4. Hand sanitizer, lip balm, face, and body moisturizer, light weight towel, toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, sanitary pads
  5. Money-cash and money bag,
  6. Sleeping bag, Down Jacket & Light warm jacket
  7. Day pack (with waist straps), refillable water bottle
  8. Sunhat, sunglasses, scarf, Bag liner,
  9. Sewing kit, knife, lighter, a small padlock
  10. Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers
  11. Comfortable walking shoes, running shoes and sandals
  12. Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  13. Lightweight thermal gloves
  14. T-shirts, trekking pole, crampons
  15. Underwear and shorts, long sleeved shirt, raincoat.
  16. Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  17. Lightweight long trousers
  18. First Aid Kit
  19. Regular medicines

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