Upper Mustang Trek - 16 days

Duration: 16 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to Lodge
  • Group Size: 2-20
  • Max Altitude: 3840m

The Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal is arguably the most unique trail in the entire country. For those who are graced with the privilege of trekking in the Upper Mustang area, you are in for the adventure of a lifetime. The exotic land adjacent to the Tibetan border is on the other side of the Himalaya, connected to the Tibetan Plateau. After hiking up the Kali Gandaki River for some days, the pinnacle moment of the trek is reaching Lo Manthang – the former capital of the Lo kingdom.

Trekking in Upper Mustang feels like you are entering a hidden area. In fact, in a way you are. For hundreds of years, this area remained separate from Nepal as its own kingdom – the Lo Manthang kingdom. As recently as 1950, the kingdom was separate and autonomous, ruled by its own king. Today, Upper Mustang is known for trekking. And wow, it does not disappoint.

The trek kicks off in Jomsom after enjoying a relaxation day in Pokhara. Then, climb up the Kali Gandaki river valley. We move up and up, further into the arid, barren landscape. Look around and you will see mysterious caves dug high up into cliff walls. Enter Lo Manthang, which is encompassed by a long stone wall. Behind the walls lie magnificent monasteries and colourful palaces. Those who live here are ethnically Tibetan and practice Tibetan Buddhism. They are exceptionally kind and show great hospitality to visitors.

After a memorable time in Lo Manthang, we descent to Muktinath, a famous Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destination. Take a ritual bath in the sacred waters at Muktinath and enjoy the mountain views. Then, make a final descent and head back to Pokhara. The landscapes in Upper Mustang are unreal. From snowy peaks to barren cliffs and hills to parcels of green, lush land, the trail always surprises.

Try to make the Upper Mustang Trek during Tiji Festival! The three-day long celebration in Lo-Manthang takes place to pray for peace to conquer evil. At this time, Buddhist monks play music and perform cultural dances. The festivities commemorate Buddha’s incarnation’s victory over the demon that caused a ruckus in the area many years ago. In 2019, the festival falls sometime during mid-May. Ask us for more details.

The Upper Mustang area requires a hefty fee price of $500 for ten days (and $50/day after that). However, the beauty of this region cannot be stressed enough. You will feel as if you are traveling back in time to an ancient kingdom. The landscapes as well as the culture is exceptionally well-preserved. Both the cultural fascinations as well as the unique landscapes can be found nowhere else in Nepal – the Upper Mustang is one-of-a-kind.

The trail is not very difficult and the highest altitude reached is about 3,800 meters. All are welcome to take the Upper Mustang Trek. You can take trek all throughout the year. The best times to make the trip, though, are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons provide the best weather and clearest skies. Also, spring brings beautiful blossoming flowers. Third Eye Adventurre Pvt. Ltd. handles the trek with complete management. If you have any questions about the trek, do ask!

Highlights

  • Ancient Kingdom
  • Rich culture of Mustangi People
  • Ancient monastries to see.
  • Scenic mountain flight Pokhara-Jomsom
  • Flat land like dessert with white mountain in background
  • Situated on rain shadow

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02Kathmandu guided city tour.
  • Day 03Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara 7 to 8 hours
  • Day 04Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 3 to 4 hours.
  • Day 05Trek to Chele 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 06Trek to Giling 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 07Trek to Charang 4-5 hours
  • Day 08Trek to Lo Manthang 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 09Lo Manthang and surroundings
  • Day 10Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 11Ghar Gumpa to Giling 5 to 6 hours.
  • Day 12Giling to Chele 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 13Chele to Jomsom 6 to 7 hours
  • Day 14Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 15Return to Kathmandu 6 to 7 hours
  • Day 16Fly back to home.

Inclusion

  • All transportation by private vehicle including Airport transfers.
  • Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tours with a tour with a experienced tour guide and a vehicle.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek.
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical Kit.
  • All required special permit and permit for the trekking.
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge.
  • International Airfare.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Major foods ( Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara).
  • Nepal entry visa fee 15 days 30$, 30 days 50$ and 90 days 120$.
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks and drinking water.
  • Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites.
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses.
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wi-Fi during the trekking period.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staffs.
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Itinerary can be customizing as your wish please do write us for the customized itinerary (Price will be varies on Tourist bus, Private vehicles and flight)