Upper Mustang Trek (16 Days)

  • Upper Mustang
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  • Upper Mustang
  • Upper Mustang
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Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture unmolested…authentic Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.The Dalai Lama

Mustang is the former kingdom of Lo. Located in the north-central region of Nepal and bordering with Tibet in the north. Upper Mustang is also known as “The Forbidden City” as it has only been open to foreigners since 1992. The inflow of tourist is still strictly regulated with a 10 day $500USD permit for all travellers. The region is dry with a cool, semi-arid trans-Himalayan climate. This isolated region has many colourful rock formations, often containing thousands of caves. The people are mainly comprising of Tibetan, Gurung and Thakali people who are very conservative about their culture, tradition and arts. The average number of tourists visiting this region each year is fairly low and many parts are still unexplored.

Upper Mustang trek starts from Pokhara with an early morning mountain flight to Jomsom that will rival many others. You then trek to the entry of Mustang called Kagbeni (2914m). We start our trek from the Holy river of Kali Gandaki and follow them upstream to Lo-Manthang. During your trek you can have opportunities for exploring thousand years old monasteries, caves, arts and architecture of the local tribes and scenic beauty of the region. The trek to Lo-Manthang will pass through the barren and desolate landscape of Mustang, along with a steep rocky trail up and down hills providing panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other majestic peaks.

 

Trip Overview

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters)

Your tour starts as you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu.  Upon your arrival we will greet you with a traditional garland (floral wreath worn around your neck). This is our way of saying welcome to Nepal.  You will then be transferred to your hotel to settle in.  You might choose to go for a walk around after some rest.  Once rested we invite you to our office to be briefed on your tour and go over formalities.

Overnight in Kathmandu-B

Day 02: Kathmandu guided city tour

After having breakfast you will be picked up by private car and driven to Bodhnath.  Bodhnath is the largest stupa in Asia.  Around the octagonal base of the stupa are 108 images of Buddha where prayer ceremonies of Buddhist Lamas have been taking place for over 2000 years.  Next you will visit the temple of Pashupatinath located on the banks of the Bagmati River.  This is Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrimage site and is dedicated to the god Shiva.  In the afternoon go on a sightseeing tour of Patan city.  Patan was the second largest town in the valley but it has over time been absorbed into Kathmandu.  After visiting Patan you will visit the temple of Swayambhunath.  This stupa, often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the large populations of Monkey’s living here, is the most important and oldest site of Buddhist worship in Nepal.  Swayambhunath Stupa is famous for the eyes of Buddha which seem to be observing the world from all 4 directions.

Overnight in Kathmandu –B

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara 7-8hrs

Today we go by tourist bus to the lakeside town of Pokhara.  Enjoy the changing scenery as you wind through the beautiful Nepalese countryside through the many valleys.  Once you arrive in Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel.  Enjoy an evening stroll around the lake.

Overnight in Pokhara – B

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 3-4hrs walk

This morning we take an early flight to Jomsom.  This breathtaking mountain flight will offer unrivalled views as you fly between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.  Once in Jomsom, we start our trek towards the northern valley of the Kali Gandaki gorge.  As you walk, enjoy views of the snow peaked mountains surrounding you such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and to the south you can see the entire Annapurna massif.  Once in Kagbeni, enjoy your evening by walking around the village.  This is a very interesting settlement where a clustered type of house can be found.

Overnight in Kagbeni – B, L, D

Day 05: Trek to Chele 5-6 hrs walk

The trek today heads towards the north valley of Kagbeni to the village of Chele.  We pass through the photogenic village of Tangbe, with traditional houses, fields of barley, buckwheat and apple orchards.  Take in the views of the magnificent Nilgiri peak and cross several ridges.  After passing through Chhusang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kali gandaki valley behind.  Here we reach the village of Chele where we stay for the night.

Overnight in Chele – B, L, D

Day 06: Trek to Giling 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast the trail heads up to a ridge, where we find the village of Samar.  A descent takes you down into a large gorge past a Stupa before entering a valley filled with juniper trees.  After climbing up to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops.  Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites in the form of a Chorten or Stupa considered one of the holiest places in Mustang.  The trail descends to Giling, with its extensive fields of barley and our accommodation for the night.

Overnight in Giling – B, L, D

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3500m/11,480ft) 4-5 hrs walk

Today we walk through one of the driest part of Mustang.  The loose, dry soil will take some energy to negotiate, however your reward will be magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west.  Next we arrive in Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon.  At the eastern end of the village are huge Dzongs (fortress) and a red gompa (monastery) which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas (paintings).

Overnight in Charang – B, L, D  

Day 08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3700m/12,136ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Before we leave Charang on our way towards Lo Manthang, we will spend some time to explore this interesting village and its large monastery.  As we leave, we make a gentle climb above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang.  The trail then widens and soon after you will see your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang.  The city has only one entrance so we walk clockwise around the wall to the gate on the north-east corner.  The rest of the afternoon is spent exploring the village.

Overnight in Lo Manthang – B, L, D

Day 09: Lo Manthang and surroundings (3700m/12,136ft)

Today you have a full day to explore this outstanding historical and cultural area.  After breakfast we take horses up along the highland route.  This trail will deliver some dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Cherang Valley with snow-capped peaks in the distance.  After passing through the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa.  After some time spent here we head back down towards Lo Manthang for lunch.  After lunch we make a visit to the royal palace, home of the raja (King) and his rani (queen). After Nepal became a republic democracy the raja’s function as King has now finished.  Take in this fascinating town and enjoy the countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture.  There are many places to explore and we can manage your time to see the places that interest you the most.

Overnight at Lo Manthang – B, L, D

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa (3942m/12933ft) 4-5 hrs walk

Today we leave the timeless beauty of Lo-Mangthang and head towards the interesting village of Ghar Gumpa.  After climbing the ridge, take in your last view of the walled city and descend to the valley floor towards Ghar Gompa.

Overnight at Ghar Gumpa – B, L, D

Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Giling (3806m/12,484ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Today we continue down to through the valley towards the village of Giling.  There will be many chances to take photographs of the surroundings.  In the evening we will explore the area after the wind and dust has settled.

Overnight at Giling – B, L, D

Day 12: Giling to Chele (3050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After breakfast we walk back along the same track towards Chele.  Your camera will no doubt get a work out again today as you walk through this wonderful landscape offering great Himalayan views.

Overnight stay at Chele – B, L, D

Day 13: Chele to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft) 6-7 hrs walk

Today is the last day of trekking and will be quite long.  We will walk back through the valley towards Kagbeni where you spent you first night of the trek.  The last stretch is back towards Jomsom through the Kali Gandaki gorge.  Once we reach Jomsom it’s time to celebrate the trek with the crew and reflect on your amazing journey.

Overnight at Jomsom – B, L, D

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 

After breakfast we check in the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara.  This dramatic flight takes you between the George of the two huge mountain ranges, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.  The Kali Gandaki Gorge is known as the deepest George in the world.  Once you arrive back at Pokhara airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.  The rest of the time you can spend exploring the town and its surroundings.

Overnight in Pokhara – B

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 

Early wake up today as we catch our flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.  Enjoy a scenic mountain flight along the Annapurna’s.  Once in Pokhara you will be taken to your hotel.  The rest of the day is yours.  Relax at your hotel or go explore the Lakeside District of Pokhara.

Overnight In Kathmandu – B

Day 15: Return to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft): 6 Hour Drive 

From Pokhara, it’s a six-hour tourist bus ride back to Kathmandu. The highway is cut into the side of the river valley and follows a series of steep rocky gorges, landslides and roaring rapids, crossed by precarious suspension bridges. After we enter the Kathmandu valley, fell free to shop and sightsee.

Overnight in Kathmandu – B

Day 16: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck).  Wearing Khada means good luck and protection.  Afterwards you will be taken to the airport.

The above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We can follow accordingly.

Note of above Itinerary:

B = Breakfast

L = Lunch 

D = Dinner

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: City tour and trek preparation day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,186ft)

Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050m/10,006ft)

Day 06: Trek to Giling (3,440m/11,286ft)

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3,490m/11,450ft)

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,237ft)

Day 09: Explore Day at Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,237ft)

Day 10: Lo-Manthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk

Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Giling (3806m/12,484ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 12: Giling to Chele (3050m/10,004ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Day 13: Chele to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7-8 hrs drive

Day 16: Departure day

 

Trip Start Dates

We will organise this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us today for a customised departure date.

 

Whats Included/Excluded

Cost Includes

  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast before and after trek
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program
  • Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast before and after trek
  • Upper Mustang Special Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area and monument entrance fees
  • Three meals a day during trek (B/L/D) prepared at teahouse/lodge.
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge in the mountains
  • English speaking accredited guide
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • All Land transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Half day city tour in Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Jomsom return flight including airport tax

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Gratuities

 

 

Pricing Per Person

2 people minimum are required for the Restricted area permit.  If you are a solo traveller please let us know and we can try find another traveller to share your visa.

  • 2-4 People -$1790
  • 5+ People -$1700

 

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please  contact us at [email protected] or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-9851175534
Trip Summary

Duration: 16 Days

Grade: Moderate to Hard

Maximum Altitude: 3,840m

Best Season: Oct – Dec, Feb – Apr

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Teahouse Lodging during Trek

Meals: As stated in itinerary

Transportation: Car, Plane

Are you looking for a Tailor made trip? Your enquiry is greatly appreciated and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
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