Trekking and Walking

Upper Mustang Trek

Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek

Durtation: 18 Days

Price: US 2,099 All Inclusive

Upper Mustang Trek takes you across those people who have the mountain's spirit flowing through their veins. With a special pemit, you can visit this restricted region which doesn't take take a toll on trekkers.

It’s rather a comfortable journey taking you at an elevation of 3800m. Even the monsoons steer clear the path keeping the place mostly dry and windy throughout the year.

For this 18 days trek, we start from Jomsom going through the barren fields with rocky steeps and rare vegetation. 

Mustang was part of the old Tibetan kingdom and has various cultural and religious ties to it. As you make your way up from Jomsom to Lo Mangthang you get to encounter several villages like Eklo Bhatti, Tangbe and get to enjoy short rests at the teahouses enjoying the local products such as apple, buckwheat, and beer.

As you reach Lo Mangthang you get to explore the ancient capital of Mustang with breathtaking panoramas of Annapurna I and Nilgiri. Here you get to witness the life of the indigenous people, visit their monasteries including the Namgyal Gompa and even have a look at the four-storied residence of this semi-autonomous region's local king.

A trip to this “Last Forbidden Kingdom” is definitely going to be a delightful journey. The world is full of wonderful destinations and Nepal's heavenly place of Upper Mustang increases its glamour.

This region is very well-known as a land of myths and mysteries. It is also very prominent for Buddhist pilgrims. It is one of the last places in the world where people follow Bon culture and sky burial. As fascinating as it sounds, a conversation with Lobas, inhabitants of Lo Manthang will allow you to know in-depth about their culture and tradition.

Hence, this trip is perfect for travelers who are enthusiastic about learning about new cultures. 

This region dates way back so there you will also get to encounter with thousands-year-old mand-made caves which were used as meditation chamber, burial chamber, and even for living during the times of war.

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Challenging trek along "off the beaten trail".
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Stunning trek in the isolated Trans-Himalayan Mountain region.
  • Tibetan influence culture, traditions, and hospitality.
  • Many high passes, peaks, glaciers, and alpine valleys.
  • Explore Nepal's oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint whitewashed houses.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu

Day 02: Explore the city and prepare for the trek.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)

Day 05: Trek to Chuksang (2900m)

Day 06: Trek to Samar (3150m)

Day 07: Trek to Geling (3510m)

Day 08: Trek to Ghami (3490m)

Day 09: Trek to Charang (3620m)

Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m)

Day 11: Explore Lo Manthang

Day 12: Trek back to Ghami (3490m)

Day 13: Ghami to Chuksang (2900m)

Day 14: Chuksang to Muktinath (3795m)

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu (1350m)

30 min private drive

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

BB

Hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu tour & trek preparation

1 Hour

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Pokhara (200m)

6-7 hrs drive

After breakfast we will take a scenic bus drive of 7 hours to reach Pokhara. Walk around the lake side and explore Pokhara city on your own. Sitting at hotel balcony you can have an excellent view of the mountains as they are only 28 Kms away from Pokhara city, which lies at an altitude of 900m.

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 4

Fly to Jomsom (2700m) & trek to Kagbeni (2810m)

30 mins flight & 4 hrs trek

We will fly to Jomsom early in the morning to avoid the wind in the afternoon. After landing at the Jomsom airport we will start trekking to Kagbeni following the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes along the back of the Kaligandaki River, is flat and has a very rough terrain. We will see the mountains Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Thorang peak and many more from the trail, in the backdrop. After two hours of walk in the flat land along the bank of Kaligandaki, we reach Kagbeni.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local teahouse/lodge

Day 5

Trek to Chuksang (2900m)

3-4 Hrs

After breakfast we will leave lower Mustang and enter Upper Mustang. After walking for some time we can see the Gompa Kang and numerous caves in the west. At Tangbe we will get a good opportunity to stretch our legs and try our stamina as we climb up to 3060m. 

Tangbe is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways; here you will find the typical Mustang chortens painted in black white and red. After 1 hour of further walking we reach the village of Chuksang, where there is majority of Thakali people but they live in harmony with the Bhotias and Gurungs.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local teahouse/lodge

Day 6

Trek to Samar (3150m)

4-5 hrs trek

The walk from Chuksang to Samar lasts for around 4-5 hours and the day is not very tiring so you can take frequent breaks to interact with the villagers and take pictures. Villages become more scattered as you enter deeper into the region, life becomes more basic and the landscape more arid. You leave the valley today and climb steeply up to Chele home to a number of ferocious Tibetan Mastiffs, thankfully chained to the village houses. You continue up on the side of a steep canyon to a pass after which you then descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of Poplar trees.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local lodges/ tented camp

Day 7

Trek to Geling (3510m)

5-6 hrs trek

We will start to ascend from Samar and in half an hour we reach a ridge which leading into a gorge and another valley full of juniper trees. We continue walking and cross the small river and reach the base of the Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few local facilities. Near Shyangmochen is the Rangbyung which has stalagmites which look like small chortens, making it one of the most sacred places in whole Mustang. Climbing up is over for today as we gently get down to Geling, which has small population living in small mud houses. At the end of the day we should have walked around 5 hours.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 8

Trek to Ghami (3490m)

5-6 hrs trek

We start a 5 hours walk to Ghami after breakfast. The walking duration seems short but is has lots of climbs making it difficult to catch pace. The climb begins steadily to the centre of the valley and then around to the head of the valley, to the Nyi La passes (3840m). After crossing the pass we, as previous day we will gently start walking down to reach Ghami, a large white-washed village sheltered by the overhanging cliffs.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local house

Day 9

Trek to Charang (3620m)

5-6 Hrs trek

The walk today is the hardest in the entire trip so make sure you have enough water and some power bars to Support you as we walk past the driest place in the Mustang area. The walk might be tiring and 5 hours might seem as long as 10 but still you can feel fresh with the view of the high mountains in the backdrops.

At mid afternoon we will reach Charang, where at the eastern end a huge Dzong (fortress) and red gompa home to a great collection of statues and thankas can be seen.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local house

Day 10

Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m)

3-4 Hrs trek

You can explore Charang for sometime as we don’t have a long walk today; it just lasts for 3 hours. We can have a leisurely breakfast, may be a lazy morning as well and then leave Charang and head up the valley to the boundary between Charang and Lo, the trail here broadens and soon you will catch sight of Lo Manthang, with only one entrance you will walk round to the North East corner to get in.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 11

Explore Lo Manthang

3-4 Hrs

There are no rigid facts but it is said that this city was already in existence before 1390 and Ama Pal, was the person responsible for constructing this beautiful town in the cold desert. The last king of Lo Manthang was Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born c. 1933), and was the 25th King of Mustang from the Bista Dynasty. 

The people of Lo Manthangare known as Lhobas. The village is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, gompas and the Raja's or Royal or King's Palace, a nine-cornered, five story structures built around 1400. 

There are four major temples: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house"; Thubten Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the "New Gompa". 

The Government opened access for tourist to this area after 1992, but still the tourism to Upper Mustang remains limited.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 12

Trek back to Ghami (3490m)

3-4 Hrs

Today we start the second leg of the journey to get back to Jomsom. We take the same way back to Ghami. There are few alternate routes but very short ending up at the main trail in short span of time. Overnight stay at Ghami.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 13

Ghami to Chuksang (2900m)

6-7 Hrs trek

We will reach Chuksang after crossing the Kaligandaki and walking past some desert like land area. After walking for around 6 hours we reach Chuksang for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 14

Chuksang to Muktinath (3795m)

5-6 Hrs

We start walking towards Muktinath today. You will travel through some pretty scenery today, apple orchards, agricultural fields and pretty villages. At the end of the day we can make a brief visit to the temple of Muktinath which is worshiped by Hindus as Lord Vishnu and By Buddhists as Avalokteshowrs. 

This temple premise has 108 stone spouts from where holy water comes throughout the day.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local teahouse/lodge

Day 15

Trek to Jomsom

3-4 Hrs

After the short descend in the morning you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries which give you the opportunity to witness the interrelation and similarity of Tibet to this area. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is splendid throughout the trail. 

We will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the bank of kali Gandaki River. We can spend some time exploring the headquarter of the mustang district, Jomsom from where the Mountain View is magnificent.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Local teahouse/lodge

Day 16

Fly to Pokhara

30 mins flight

Early morning flight to Pokhara and free day at Pokhara for lunch.

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 17

Drive back to Kathmandu

6-7 Hrs drive

Early Morning Drive back to Kathmandu.

Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel

Day 18

Depart Kathmandu

30 min private drive

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal. 

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

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Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing