Upper Mustang Trekking (Mustang Region Trekking)

Mustang (Upper Mustang Trekking)
is a remote, semi independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna region on the Tibetan border) and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges and starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking and riding on horseback. The trek enters upper Mustang (trekking in upper mustang) at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nested in apple orchard and encircled by Snow Mountains.

It eventually reaches to Lo Manthang, ancient capital of Mustang which welcomes you with white washed mud bricks and teaming with Buddhist prayer wheels and stupas, seeming to arise from the earth itself. Camping is required and most necessities must be carried in since rare hotels and restaurants are here. This trek is typically ten days but can be longer than this. The high winds altitude and cold add to the challenge of this trek. It is not recommended to do in the winter season. Upper Mustang trek starts from Pokhara, a beautiful lake town of the western Nepal and crossing the Annapurna conservation area will get to upper Mustang. We start our upper Mustang trek through Holy river bank of Kaligandaki and follow the upstream to get to Lo Manthang which is capital of upper Mustang. In this trek you explore the thousand year’s monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of different landscapes.

Facts of This Trip

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Region: Mustang
  • Grade: Medium
  • Group size:Min. 1- Max.12
  • Season:Apr - Jun/ Nov - Dec
  • Max. Altitude:4320m
  • Transport: Drive in -Drive Out

Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival atkathamandu.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be welcomed heartily by company representative at the airport and transfer to hotel with a short briefing session reflecting ancient local tradition, shrines and temples found over here. Overnight in Kathmandu. (1000m)

Day 2:Kathmandu sightseening Tour.
Visit World Heritage site in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square , Patan Durbar Square , Pasupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath ( also called Monkey Temple)as a half day trip . Overnight stay in Kathmandu (1000m/280ft)

Day 3: Drive from Kathnmandu to Pokhara.
Drive from Kathnmandu to Pokhara takes about 6 hours. You will follow Marsyandi River, gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara passing the way full of window sightseeing of hills and mountains on the way. Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with the watchful view of different mountainous range to be seen. Pokhara lakeside villages are situated in the front row center to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. You spend your whole day watching famous fishtail mountain peak of Machhapucchre tower over tropical setting of Annapurna enjoying the Pokhara city by Fewa Lake witnessing the region of Annapurna range of Himalayas.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni, 3-4 hours walking.
Today your scenic flight of 20 minutes brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This large town has Kaligandaki area linking the old Trans Himalayan set trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom, it is windy in the afternoon. From Jomsom, the trek gradually moves onward on the Kaligandaki river bed for about 3 hours and finally reaching at Ekley Bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk reaches you upto Kagbeni (2858m), which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni, an interesting wind swept villages situated on the main age of old Trens Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via upper Mustang area. On arrival, check in the hotel with afternoon free for a stroll around the village.

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele takes about 5 or 6 hours.
Trek from Kagbeni to Chele takes about 5 or 6 hours walks starts with river bank of Kaligandaki up stream. You have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. Tis trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly, you will reach at Tangbe village with crops fields. This trek forwards to Chhusang after half hours walk and arossing the river head upto the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the clif above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village (3050m) after 18 kilometers for overnight at teahouse.

Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen.
Trek to Chele to Syanbochen which takes 6-7 hours walk further to Eklo Bhatti. You trail climbs to Taklam La Pass (2624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. Further descebds a little to the village of Samar for our lunch. You walk around three hours; similar walk will reach you at Syangboche (3475m) after 8 kilometers for the overnight at teahouse.

Day 7: Syangboche to Ghaymi.
Trek from Syangboche to Ghaymi takes 5-6 hours walk uphill to the Yamda LA passing few teahouses, and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open varanda, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Nyi Pass (4010m) after lunch, you descend to your overnight stop at Ghaymi (3520m) after 12 kilometers walk.

Day 8: Ghaymi to Charang.
Trek from Ghaymi to Charang takes 4-5 hours with a pleasant walk and easily get to the Charang (3500m) for the overnight. After crossing Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, granite stone wall of the Buddhism). From the end of the wall, the trail heads east to Tsarang after 11 kilometers up and down to get to our teahouse for tonight stop.

Day 9: Charang to Lo Manthang.
Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang which takes 5-6 hours walk with the magnificient view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna 1 and Brikuti peak. The trail first descends gently to the 3850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo Manthang valley (3700m). While descending to Lo Manthang, views of walled city appear magnificient with its hill on the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at hotel exploring surrounding areas.

Day 10: Explore the Lo Manthang.
Today, you have an exploration of surrounding area. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar .Namgyal Gompa is situated on the hill top, continue to tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of arounf 40 houses. The last village to the northwest of Lo Manthang and stroll back to hotel. Even though , you have Tal Champa Lakhang ‘ God House ‘ , the red Thugche , Gompa , Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance hall to visit which are the main attraction of this town . Next attraction of this region is the four storeyed building of the Raja’s Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. The interesting place where you may not find to explore more ana more. There are many paces to explore and view the areas.

Day 11: Lo Mangthang to Ghar Gompa.
Trek from Lo Mangthang to Ghar Gompa which takes 4-5 hours of wonderful walk back to Ghar Gompa which is interesting place to explore the local areas. During the walk, you will suffer the dusty wind and as suggested to walk in the morning.

Day 12: Ghar Gompa to Ghiling.
Trek from Ghar Gompa to Ghiling takes about 5-6 hours walk back to Ghiling (3806m). After your trail, you can explore the area of beautiful views.

Day 13: Ghilling to Chele.
Trek from Ghilling to Chele which takes about 5-6 hours of walks. You re trace back to Chele (3050m) for the overnight stop after 5 hours walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with the hinlayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at camp.

Day 14: Chele to Jomsom.
Trek from Chele to Jomsom takes about 6-7 hours walk starting early. This trek starts when the trek to Kagbeni finished the upper Mustang trails and joins to the normal as Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch in Kagbeni, head on to Jomsom (2700m / 8856 ft) for the overnight stop.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara.
This wonderful morning, you fly back to Pokhara. This flight like a dramatic flight between the gorge of the two mountains, Annapurne and Dhaulagiri. On the arrival at Pokhara airport, you will explore different sites of lakeside Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu with the green scenic country. Sides in both side of the road. The drive today explores you to the tremendous deciduous scenic beauty of nature.

Day 17: Transfer to International airport for your final departure by the representative.

Service Includes

  • Air port pick up and drop by car.
  • Meals (breakfast + lunch+ dinner) during trekking
  • Accommodation (Teahouse / Hotel / Lodge or Camping ) while on the trek.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter. Note: 2 guest = 1 porter.
  • Food, drinks, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • All Ground transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and walking stick, if necessary.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • All government taxes.

Service Excludes

  • Meals while in Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare
  • All kinds of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).

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