Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang trek

Upper Mustang trekking has an average elevation of 3000m and is located to the north of the mountain giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, it and is therefore north of the main Himalayan range and geographically is part of the highlands of Tibet. It is a vast high valley, arid, and dry, characterized by eroded canyons, colorful stratified rock formations and has a barren, desert like appearance.

Mustang is the old kingdom of Lo. Actually the capital of the Mustang district is Jomsom, but the real Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang.

One of the most fascinating features of Mustang is literally thousands of cliff dwellings, some of which look completely inaccessible. The most recent theory is that they may date 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was a much greener land. This great classic trek leads you to various Tibetan origin villages through Chele, Lomanthang, Tangbe and towards Muktianth.

It was an important means of crossing the Himalaya from Tibet to Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang. By 14C much of Ngari became part of the Malla Empire, whose capital was Sinja in western Nepal. Really, It became an independent kingdom in its own right, under the rule of Ame Pal, the founder king of Lo in 1380. The present royal family can trace its history 25 generations back to Ame Pal, and the city of Lomanthang, which we will visit, was the centre of their power.

Recognizing the special nature of this old, tiny kingdom, the Nepalese have imposed a surcharge for anyone wishing to trek past Kagbeni, the border of Upper Mustang. With legal trekking groups only being allowed in for the first time in March 1992, you would be part of a small privileged minority to visit this remote outpost of Nepal.

Upper Mustang trekking

Trip Fact

Grade: Moderate

Duration: 16 days

Size of Group: 02+

Region: Annapurna

Maximum Hight: 3800 m.

Trekking Itinerary:

Day 01: After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full Day Kathmandu sight seeing Tour: You will visit many Buddhist and Hindu temples which reflect the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society including the World Heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath, Pathupatinath Temple and Patan Darbar Square.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Early morning after having breakfast we drive to Pokhara. It takes about 7 hours. We will be enjoyed with outstanding scenery all around us. After reaching pokhare we will be shifted in hotel. Then we will spend our leisure time on exploring the Pokhara city (beautiful city of Kathmandu) and Lakeside. We will spend our night at pokhara.

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858m) – 4 Hours We will have early morning flight to Jomsom (headquarter of Mustang). During our flight we will be pleased with the beautiful mountain ranges. From Jomsom our real trekking starts. We will walk towards Kagbeni through the path of Kali Gandaki River. During our journey we will we will pass through Ekley Bhatti village. Lastly we will reach Kagbeni to stay our night.

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) – 6 Hours In Kagbeni we need to checkup ore special permit to continue our journey. In contineuing our journey we picturesque desert valley of Nepal will be so much interesting. Our full track goes through sandy and windy trails. We need to walk on uphill and downhill. Slowly going ahead we will reach to the small ridges at Chele Village. We will spend our night at Chele.

Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3475m) – 7 Hours From Chele, our journey goes toward Ekle Bhatti. We need to cross the Taklam La Pass (3624m). The entire path will be on plateaus and narrow stretches. In our way we can view paranomic scene of Tilicho Peak, Damodar Danda, and Yakawa Kang. During this moment we will reach Syangboche where we spend our night. Day 07: Trek from Syangboche to Ghaymi (3520m) – 6 Hours After having light breakfast we start our trekking at Ghaymi. At first we need to walk uphill to Yamda La (3850m). In our way we can see many teahouses and local villages having Tibetan culture and traditions. Lastly we need to climb the Nyi Pass (4010m) and descending down we reach Ghaymi village.

Day 08: Trek from Ghaymi to Charang (3500m) — 5 Hours Early morning after having breakfast we start our journey crossing Ghaymi Khola. We need to ascend on plateau and then pass beside a very long Mani wall (a sacred stone wall made by the followers of Buddhism). Walking and talking we will reach the village of Charang with a maze of fields.

Day 09: Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3700m) – 6 Hours We trek to Lo-Manthang with magnificent views of Tilicho, Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Bhrikuti Peak. At first our trial descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then ascends steeply after crossing the river. Gently we will pass Lo from where panoramic view of Lo-Mangthang valley can be observed.

Day 10: Acclimatization at Lo-Manthang Today we spend our whole day explore Lo-Manthang. At first 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). Then we will return back to spend our night.

Day 11: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3810m) – 7 Hours From Lo-Manthang we will start our journey from different path of returning Lo-Manthang. We need to walk on the route through Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Ringpoche as the primary figure. We continue tour trek by exploring the local area and reach Drakmar.

Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m) – 6 Hours After having breakfast we will return back toward Ghiling. We will reach Ghiling at mid day. So we spend our remaining time exploring the area but it's more likely to get dusty wind at afternoon, so it is suggested to walk in the evening time. After exploring all the time we will return back to stay our night.

Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m) – 6 Hours From Ghiling, we start our journey toward Chhuksang. In our route beautiful scenery will be so much impressive. Walking slowly on humpty dumpty way we eventually reach the village of Chhuksang, where we stay night at a local guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m) – 7 Hours Today’s walk will be our last day of our trekking. And it’s going to be long day trek. It’s better to walk as early as possible to reach Kagbeni. After finishing the Upper Mustang trails, we now join the usual Annapurna Circuit trail. We head on to Jomsom after having lunch at kagbeni. At Jomsom we will spend our last night.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara and drive back to kathmandu From Jomsom, we will catch the early morning flight over to Pokhara. The magnificent view of mountain ranges with snow cap from the plane will be so much memorable. After reaching Pokhara we will return by driving back to Kathmandu. It will take about 7 to 8 hours. The night will be relaxing at hotel of Kathmandu valley.

Day 16: Final Depparture After having a night rest at Kathmandu, we will pack our luggage to march ourselves towards the international airport of Nepal. We have to reach at airport 3 hours before the flight. We will attend a small farewell program organized by Adventure Mountain Guide (Rabin Gurung). After then we will catch the flight to return back to the home country. We hope, while returning back to home country you will think for a re visit to Nepal. We hope for your better journey.

Package Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by car
  • All the ground Transportation by bus
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu Tourist Standard
  • Pokhara to Jomsom & Jomsom to Pokhara by Domestic air
  • 2 night accommodation in pokhara.
  • All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with cup of tea or coffee
  • Special Resticate Upper Mustang Permit 10 days for 500 $ per head
    Annapurna conservation permit
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), necessary Trekking staff and their meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments.

Package Price Excludes

  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare. Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • All the entrance fee of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara All the meal while you are in Kathmandu