Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

18 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Lo Manthang (3840m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Drive & flight

Best Season:

Sept - Nov and Mar - May

Would you believe if someone said to you that there are civilized people who have kept themselves away from the hustle-bustle of the modern world?

The residents of Upper Mustang were isolated from the rest of the world for centuries and had their own Kingdom with an official king although Nepal was ruled by the Shah dynasty.

Upper Mustang has a history of its own. On your Upper Mustang Trek, you would come across these people who have the mountain's spirit flowing through their veins. But to have that privilege you need to get a special permit for this restricted region and a guide is mandatory.

Moreover, the Mustang Trek doesn’t take a toll on trekkers. It’s rather a comfortable journey taking you as high as 3800m. Even the monsoons stay off this path keeping the place mostly dry and windy throughout the year. For this 18 days journey, we generally start from Jomsom going through the arid fields with rocky slopes 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 breaks in the teahouses with local products like apple, buckwheat, and beer.

Upon reaching Lo Mangthang, you can explore the ancient capital of Mustang with stunning 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” will definitely be a delightful journey. The world is full of wonderful destinations and Nepal is one heavenly place with Upper Mustang Trek increasing its glamour.

What's more for Upper Mustang

  • Challenging trek along "off the beaten track"
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Awesome trek in the isolated mountainous region of the Trans-Himalayas
  • Tibetan influenced culture, traditions, and hospitality
  • Numerous high passes, peaks, glaciers, and alpine valleys
  • Explore Nepal's oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint whitewashed houses

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Starting Price

2099

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu (1350m)

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

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Kathmandu tour & trek preparation

Meals included: Breakfast

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Pokhara (200m)

Meals included: Breakfast

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 4

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 30 mins flight & 4 hrs trek

Day 5

Trek to Chuksang (2900m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge

Day 6

Trek to Samar (3150m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Local lodges/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs trek

Day 7

Trek to Geling (3510m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 8

Trek to Ghami (3490m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 9

Trek to Charang (3620m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 10

Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs trek

Day 11

Explore Lo Manthang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 Mustangremains limited.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 12

Trek back to Ghami (3490m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges

Day 13

Ghami to Chuksang (2900m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs trek

Day 14

Chuksang to Muktinath (3795m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge

Day 15

Trek to Jomsom

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Local teahouse/lodge

Day 16

Fly to Pokhara

Meals included: Breakfast

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

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 mins flight

Day 17

Drive back to Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Early Morning Drive back to Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 18

Depart Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast

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

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

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

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. 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 the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.

For other meals in the city, you would have to pay 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 to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome/Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport transfers 
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional English speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • Flight Fare (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • 3 meals a day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in the itinerary.
  • Available accommodation during the trek 
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card
  • Upper Mustang Restricted area permit fee
  • Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide and supporting staff
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for the Guide and driver
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All government and local taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfare to/ from Nepal
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking
  • All food and beverages, other than on the itinerary
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes section 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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