Upper Mustang Trekking

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Trip Duration
17 Days

Overview

Trekking Highlights:

“Enjoy the experience walking on high and scenic extension of Tibetan plateau Wide and vast country full of dramatic views of landscapes and snow mountains Adventure beyond Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya range with great scenery Explore local villages of great interest interwoven with Buddhism / Bon religions Visit timeless villages adorned with age-old cultures and impressive custom Walk into former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang of great cultural interest.”

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode: On hotels and lodge basis on treks.

Trek Grade: Moderate and Adventurous walks

People and Culture: Populated by Mustang people of both Buddhism and ancient Bon sect religions with varied colorful impressive cultures.

Highest spot: On top Lo-La Pass 3,955 m high.

The region of Trekking: Nepal Far North West beyond Annapurna Region.

Duration of walks: 11 Nights and 12 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)

Total Trip: 16 Nights and 17 Days (Arrival to final departure)

Seasons: April to November months includes wet monsoon months of July and mid-September as it falls within a dry rain-shadow country like Tibet.

Introduction:

Upper Mustang Trekking one of the most exclusive walks that leads you to the high country of Nepal Far Western Himalaya which falls on old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route of Nepal to Tibet through the trail of Upper Mustang and beyond. Upper Mustang Trekking with Nepal High Point offers you enjoyable adventure where you can immerse within beautiful scenery of mountains and unique dramatic landscapes and exploring local cultures of ancient custom and heritage of both Buddhism and old Bon religions of pre-Buddhism that still exists around high and remote western Himalaya of Nepal. Starting with a scenic short flight to Jomsom from beautiful touristic city Pokhara and then heading into a high vast country of Upper Mustang within an extension of Tibetan plateau where culture and traditions are similar of Mustang people with Tibetans custom. As walk heads further higher terrain past nice villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Gami and Charing to enter into former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang a historical town- village where you can explore with interesting and exciting time around this medial period areas with historical background, where Mustang Raja (king) ruled the region till last two decades. After an enjoyable time visiting its interesting traditional villages and impressive monasteries as well tour of late Mustang Raja palace resident, then head back to Jomsom taking the same scenic route for a flight to Pokhara, with memorable and marvelous time in Upper Mustang Trekking with Nepal High Point Trekking great services.

Trek Outline Itinerary for Upper Mustang Trekking :

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with the optional tour.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins on air) -06 hrs overland ride.

Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni 2,800 m - 04 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050 m - 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Syangbochen 3,800 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Ghami 3,520 m - 05 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Charing 3,560 m - 05 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,840 m - 04 hrs.

Day 10: At Lo-Manthang rest day to explore around.

Day 11: Trek to Dhakmar 3,820 m - 05 hrs.

Day 12: Trek back to Syangbochen 3,800 m- 06 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Chusang 2,890 m - 06 hrs.

Day 14: Trek back to Jomsom - 06 hrs for last night around Mustang.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara 860 m with free afternoon at leisure.

Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 17: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching Kathmandu international airport received by our staff and guide with a warm welcome then transfer to your hotel in the center of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed in your rooms join for group briefing regarding your stay in Nepal, where guides will provide information of the trek-local lodge-hotels-culture and other necessary information related with trekking.

Day 02: In Kathmandu trek preparations with the optional tour.

In Kathmandu, a free day preparation for Upper Mustang trekking with optional sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins on air) -06 hrs overland ride.

The morning after early breakfast transfer for a long drive of 5 to 6 hours of exciting drive to reach the scenic city in Pokhara, located Nepal Mid-West a warmer country but with incredible views of Annapurna Himalaya that reflects on its calm Begnas and Phewa Lakes. On reaching Pokhara then transfer to a nice hotel by the lakeside of Phewa Lake, with to wander around the lakeshore full of stores, shops, restaurants, and hotels. (For interested people can take 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu).

Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni 2,800 m - 04 hrs.

An early start from the hotel in Pokhara taking a short scenic flight to land at Jomsom of 22 mins facing grand views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri range of mountains, on reaching at Jomsom a large headquarter town of Mustang district. The first-day walk of this marvelous begins from Jomsom walking on the gentle path most of the day along Kali-Gandaki river valley. After few hours of good walk on the windy valley reaching at interesting village of Kagbeni from here on starts with strong Tibetan culture of Buddhism religion facing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s, Kagbeni the entry point to Restricted and former Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang.

Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050 m - 06 hrs.

From Kagbeni morning leads uphill to reach beneath a towering canyon into a gorge of Kaligandaki River, following the river upstream with grand views of amazing landscapes with red cliffs on both sides of the path, heading past few villages and hamlets towards nice cultivated farmland at Tirigaon village. As walk leads over an interesting and picturesque cliff canyon of red colored erosion, continue trek around the windswept valley for another few hours to reach Tsele or Chele village for an overnight stop, a moderate size village located by the Kaligandaki river valley.

Day 06: Trek to Syangbochen 3,800 m - 05 hrs.

With a pleasant overnight at Chele village, the journey continues with a climb to Gyakar village, within wide barren and arid terrain to reach Samar village, a lovely village along the route. After few stops as walk continues towards a small settlement of Bhena, and then leading to a steep uphill to Yamada La top at 3,860 meters a small pass, offering glorious views of Mustang wide valley including high peaks with Mt. Dhaulagiri mountain range. After an enjoyable stop with the striking views, descend all the way to Syangboche village for an overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Ghami 3,520 m - 05 hrs.

After a pleasant and wonderful stop at Charing / Tsarang, morning with time to visit village old monastery here observe Buddhist prayer wheels propelled by fast flowing streams of water, after an interesting tour of the Gompa / monastery, walk continues to Ghami village with majestic views of dry and arid country with distant snow-capped peaks and crossing a high ridge and downhill to a nice village at Ghami for overnight stop.

Day 08: Trek to Charing 3,560 m - 05 hrs.

Morning leads to cross over Ghami Khola (stream) and then following a long row of interesting Mani walls (holy prayer stone) to reach at Dhakmar village, after a short rest here, where good walk brings of another few hours brings you at the overnight stop in Charing or Tsarang village. An attractive village encircled by large crops fields with buck wheat’s and barely the only crops that can be grown on this high elevation and cold climate, at Tsarang after getting organized in local lodge or guesthouse for an overnight stop, with time to visit another monastery of Charing village.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,840 m - 04 hrs.

Walking this morning to reach the main highlights of the adventure heading higher side of Upper Mustang where Lo Manthang a former walled kingdom located. A short or a half day walk to reach Lo Manthang for lunch and overnight stop, walk follows a gentle path and then crossing a steel bridge to reach at Marang village, from here the trail winds up to a ridge top to a Buddhist monument called Chorten with mani stones in between Charming and Lo Manthang, offers grand views of dramatic landscapes which is an extension of Tibetan plateau facing Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti mountains. After a wonderful scenery walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at above 3,950 meters high and then downhill to a stream with an hour walk to enter walled village/town of Lo Manthang and then into a nice lodge for overnight stops.

Day 10:  At Lo-Manthang rest day to explore around.

An interesting and exciting place as well the highest overnight stop of the journey, the morning after breakfast explore around important places and a worth a visit to the palace like a fort, where all houses are of Tibetan style with strong influence and way of life also, visit through narrow lane and streets of the village. Lo-Manthang houses four major monasteries the Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the great Entrance Hall.

Day 11: Trek to Dhakmar 3,820 m - 05 hrs.

From Lo-Manthang head back to Jomsom spending two nights with interesting and impressive time, walk on old trekking route past several farmhouses and tended fields with few willow and poplars the only trees that survives in this barren terrain, a few hours trekking to Marang village on the same path and then avoiding the main trail to an old walking path all the way to our overnight stop at Dhakmar village after six hours of nice fine walks.

Day 12: Trek back to Syangbochen 3,800 m- 06 hrs.

After Dhakmar village, morning leads to retrace on the same path back towards Ghiling village crossing a bridge over Ghami Khola to Ghami village visit Gelling monastery on the route. As walk progress on losing much elevation as journey heads towards Kaligandaki valley, and then with a gradual uphill climb to reach at Syangboche village for an overnight stop.

Day 13: Trek to Chusang 2,890 m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads towards Kaligandaki valley and then few hours climb over Yamada La small pass rewards you with great views of surrounding hills and valleys, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages, and then follow a stream that leads through Gyakar to Chele villages and then ending our nice day walk at Chusang or Tsusang village.

Day 14: Trek back to Jomsom - 06 hrs for last night around Mustang.

From Chusang village walk comes to the final end of the trip, as last day walk is quite long to Jomsom town, leading on gentle downhill following several villages and into a canyon with high red cliffs to reach Kagbeni village. After a short rest stop with few hours of good walk on the valley floor brings you at Jomsom, at Jomsom in the comfort of nice and good lodges.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara 860 m with a fa ree afternoon at leisure.

Last day of the adventure completes taking morning short flight to reach scenic Pokhara around warmer low areas of Nepal Mid West. Pokhara a charming place blessed with high Annapurna range of peaks with calm lakes of Phewa and Begnas, on landing at Pokhara airport transfer to hotel by the beautiful Phewa Lake, with time to explore around interesting streets of Lakeside.

Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Having early breakfast where interesting drive brings you back in Kathmandu, as drive departs from Pokhara (either tourist coach or in private vehicles), as journey leads past many nice farm villages and town, from Mugling Bazaar following Trisuli River for sometimes, and then on winding uphill to reach into Kathmandu valley as well back to your respective hotels.

Day 17: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.

Last day in the country of Himalayan wonders, after an amazing experience and wonderful memories of Upper Mustang trek with great services of Nepal High Point Trekking and its friendly guide, then depart from the hotel as per your flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your homeward flight or to the next respective countries.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.