Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang as used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalaya into Nepal. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 and the Nepalese army traces their lineage as the process of Nepal unification. Upper Mustang trek start from the Pokhara a beautiful lake city of the western Nepal and crossing the Annapurna conservation area will get to Upper Mustang

 

Upper Mustang is located north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and at an average of 4000m is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. The valleys are arid and dry with colorful rock formations often containing many thousands of cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992. Now the Nepalese government requires a special entry permit with surcharge to enter Upper Mustang. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the Department of Immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. See more.

Very few people (around 800 trekkers each year) visiting the Kingdom and as a result it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture. Upper Mustang is a remote Kingdom with a fantastic walled capital called Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang as used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalaya into Nepal. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 and the Nepalese army traces their lineage as the process of Nepal unification. Upper Mustang trek start from the Pokhara a beautiful lake city of the western Nepal and crossing the Annapurna conservation area will get to Upper Mustang. Fly to Jomsom will take you at entry point of Mustang called Kagbeni. To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king. In many ways, a trek into Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.

We start our trek through the Holy river bank of Kaligandaki and follow the upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, which is capital of the Mustang. On Mustang trek you may have chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. You'll have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make your trek memorable.

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Trip Fact: 18 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude: 3780m
  • Destination:Mukhtinath, Jomsom, Upper Mustang
  • Fitness level: Moderate
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Included Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing accommodation in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge and home-stay during trek 

Trip Highlights

  • Seven hour scenic drive to Pokhara with scenic view that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios.
  • 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 white washed houses.
  • Explore gorgeous springs, waterfalls and Modi river in Annapurna region of Nepal
  • Beautiful lush green forest, rice field terraces and farmhouses.
  • Friendly Gurung people, culture, tradition, living style and their warm hospitality

Trip Map

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m). Trek to Kagbeni (2806m). 4-5hr

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chussang (2,920m) – 6-7 hrs

Day 06: Chussang to Samar (3,290m) – 6 to 7 hrs

Day 07: Samar to Ghilling (3,600m) 6 - 7 hrs 

Day 08: Ghilling to Tsarang (3,520m) 6 - 7 hrs

Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,780m) 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Rest or explore day of Lo-mangthang.

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Ghami (3,440m) 6 - 7 hrs

Day 12: Ghami to 4 -5 hrs

Day 13:  Samar to Yak Kharka, - 5 - 6 hrs 

Day 14:  Yak Kharka to Muktinath (3,710m) – 4-5 Hrs

Day 15:  Muktinath to Jomsom  5-6 hrs 

Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara (option of trekking  )

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Adventure Gorkhaland Treks & Expedition P Ltd representative who will drop us off at our hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Bouddhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu (208km) via Prithvi Highway, takes 6hrs approximately (option of flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara, takes extra cost). Along the way we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well, en-route you experience the countryside which is lays with greenery, rivers, local villages, farm lands and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon on arrival in Pokhara you have a option of your own.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m). Trek to Kagbeni (2806m). 4-5hr
The early flight of half an hour takes to Jomsom on the lap of Himalayas. After taking breakfasts here, you’re trekking journey starts to Kagbeni passing Ekali Bhatti. Normally you trek about 4 hours today with easy flat land. No tree is found along the trek. Mostly you fallow Kaligandaki river side. Afterward visit the traditional village of Tibetans kagbeni with over 500 years old monastery. And stay overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chussang (2,920m) – 6-7 hrs
After checking your special Mustang permits in kagbeni the trek goes uphill for while leaving Kaligandaki River behind. The trail goes to harsh barren countryside all the way with some stops. Here you cross some small and tiny villages as trek progress coming to the town called Tangbe, after treking an hour more brings the overnight stop place. Chusang located at the confluence of the Narsang River and the Kali Gandaki River.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Chussang to Samar (3,290m) – 6 to 7 hrs
First villages comes Chele after passing this village the stream via the broken canyons and ruin castle walls on the around cliffs. Pass the river from Chussang are some massive red eroded cliffs higher the mouths of unreachable caves. After passing the tiny bridge an up climb for about 45 minutes brings to Chele town. From this village trek gets steep up for an hour up to ridge at 3,130m, a perfect vistas of Gyagar across a big canyon is visible. Afterwards the path goes up slowly windswept terrain up to at 3,540m. Normal decent for a while takes you to Samar for overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Samar to Ghilling (3,600m) 6 - 7 hrs
The trek today f0llow the tiny climb above Samar village to a ridge, with a downhill leading to a large gorge past a Chorten painted red, black, yellow and white all the colors are made from local stones. Meeting some Juniper trees the trek goes on to another township. From here the path descends to Shyangmochen, am tiny livings with some tea houses at 3,710m, taking right downhill the trek descends towards to Gelling for overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Ghilling to Tsarang (3,520m) 6 - 7 hrs
From gelling, the path goes up genteelly via the fields up the centre of the valley, crossing below the Tama Gung village, the trek carry on a long climb across the head of the valley to the Byi La Pass 3,950m which is also elevated place of the trek as well the cross itself happens to be the southern bundry of Lo. From here a normal down for half an hour arrives to junction the right trail leads to tsarang where the left leds to Ghami town.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,780m) 5-6 hrs
A day you arrives the final destination, the path starts with short descends passing the Charangchu River with steep uphill on side and crossing via the Tholung valley. Path divert with normal climb as the valley goes up to a large Chorten whch marks the boundry of Tsarang and Lo. And we climb landscapes on elevation of 3,850 meter where from the clear lo-mangthang village can be seen. As only one entrée place is northern side so one has to circle the wall to main gate to get Lo-Mangthang village
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Rest or explore day of Lo-mangthang.
Having around 150 houses the Lo-Mangthang village is residence of lamas, the closely located, and palaces and monasteries are in bottom portion in these houses. The school, health post, police post and man significant chortens are situated outside the walls to the north. People from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and proactive cultural economy. Before strong trade with Tibet was disrupted, all of the salt and wool trade on the kali Gandaki crossed via Lo-Manthang. This is the village where the king of Mustang kingdom living. Jigme Parbal bist, and the queen and they are from Nobel family of Lhasa. During the trek you will be exploring all those significant and cultural places.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Ghami (3,440m) 6 - 7 hrs
As we start return back from the trek today’s trek mostly goes downhill. However short climbs need to be faced, Firstly you climb up to the top where from the last view can be seen of Lo-Manthang village, then we descends downhill slopes most of the path to Ghimi town. Ghimi is another significant town of this area.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Ghami to Samar (4 to 5 hrs
The path goes straight route to Nyi La, with a climb to the side and then contouring upwards and encounters the road from Tsarang. From the top the steep descend waits all the way to Gelling town. After passing stream once again the trail climbs up towards to large painted Chorten. Then it is straight towards path to overnight camp.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Samar to Yak Kharka, - 5 - 6 hrs
Our trek from Samar goes to the less known region by the westerners, descending on the same route for 3 hour via Chele town and then arriving to Mustang Khola, trek leads climbs further up to the ridge, on leaving the village way down below the treks is more less on the gradual uphill trek and we arrive our overnight camp.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Muktinath (3,710m) 4-5 Hrs
Less frequented upper part of Mustang; you will be viewing more of fellow treks, the trek from the camp towards to slow climb for less than an hour up to 3,970m. Here the trek leads down slope to Muktinath. The massive views of the Nilgiri and Tukuche peak here from the trek is much bigger. Evening you will visit the holy temple of Muktinath.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (5-6 hrs)
Although the vehicles are available these days, the trek mostly leaves down to Ekali Bhatti and straight flat to Jomsom. It windy valley as well so do not forget to wear eye glass and globs. Most of the time along the kali Gandaki River you reach Jomsom for overnight
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara (Option of Trekking)
An early morning flight for Pokhara or If you prefer same day back to Kathmandu which is also possible. But it’s better to spend relax day in Pokhara after long trek. Visit around and stay overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Pokhara (910m) to Kathmandu (1310m) 6-7hrs
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu (208km) via Prithvi Highway, takes 6hrs approximately (option of flying from Pokhara to Kathmandu, takes extra cost). Along the way we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well, en-route you experience the countryside which is lays with greenery, rivers, local villages, farm lands and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon on arrival in Kathmandu you have an option of your own.
Included meals: Breakfast,

Day 18: Final departure

 

Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft, Kathmandu by local bus or private jeep
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

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