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Upper Mustang Trek

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  • Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Daily Tour
  • Min Age : N/A
  • Pickup at Kathmandu

The Upper Mustang was a restricted kingdom and demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tabetic languages. Tibetan culture has been preserved by the relative isolation of the region from the outside world. Life in Mustang revolves around tourism, animal husbandry, and trade. Your visit to this area will greatly contribute to the economy of the mustang region and its people.

 

The Upper Mustang trek is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Once forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world for decades, the area was able to evolve within its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely tied to Tibet.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu Pick and drop at Kathmandu

Departure Time

4 hours prior to the flight and 3 hours for Train Journey.

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary-Tour Route

Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Kagbeni-Chela-Syangbochen-Ghami-Charang-LoManthang-Dhamkar-Syanbochen-Kathmandu.

Hotel/Camp Sites

All Accommodation in 3-star Hotel/ Camping/Lodge/Tea House and Farm House stay.

Transportation for Tour

1 to 2 Pax SUV Car | 2 to 8 Pax: Toyota Hiace Bus | 8 to 16 pax: Toyota Coaster Bus.

Proffessional Tour/Trek Guide

Local English Speaking Trek Guide expert in Local tradition and Culture.

Meals

First-day L/D and last day only breakfast before Departure. All meals during Tour. Please reconfirm with us.

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • All transportation in destination location
  • All Hotels in 3 star/ Camping/Cooks/Tents
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size.
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International flight to and out of Nepal
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Domestic flight not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Tips for Guide/Driver
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks etc.
Why Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal?
  • The Upper Mustang trek is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist
  • Upper Mustang trek takes you to the arid Mustang river valley known for its unique desert-like terrain
  • Upper Mustang Trek is a wonderful excursion in the hidden Kingdom of Nepal.
  • Explore the Khumbu Region of the Himalayas
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Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary in Nepal

Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara

Early in the morning, we will travel to the beautiful valley of Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. You will see the Western Himalayas during this scenic 6 to 7-hour-long bus ride. Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to explore Pokhara, the beautiful city by the lake. Alternatively, you can go boating in the grand Phewa Lake. We will spend the night at the local hotel.

Day 2Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800m)

We will catch a plane from Pokhara to Jomsom, one of the main towns in Mustang. It will take around 20 minutes to get there.  We will fly North-West from Pokhara towards a great portal between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy beautiful views of the hills and mountains during your flight. From Jomsom, we will trek uphill for 3 hours alongside Kali Gandaki before we reach Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang. The village is located on the bank of two rivers. We will spend the night in a guesthouse.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3Trek to Chele (3050m)

We will continue our journey towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki climbing through numerous ridges and then head north for the Tangbe village. This picturesque town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amid white-washed mud and stone houses, buckwheat fields, and apple trees. The majestic Nilgiri dominates the southern sky of Kagbeni. From there, we will hike to Chhusang village for 2 hours before we cross the dwindling Kali Gandaki. We will climb up to a huge red mass of sedimentary rock that had fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which Kali Gandaki flows. Crossing the Kali Gandaki Valley, we will climb uphill to Chele. You will witness the slow transition in culture, from Manangi culture to Tibetan. We will spend the night in a guesthouse. Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 04Trek to Syangbochen (3800m):

 Our trek today goes along a steep barren land, alongside the copper-red canyon. We will make a gradual descent to some Chortens on a ridge, and after hiking downhill for some more time we will reach the beautiful village of Samar. From there, we will climb a ridge and descend into a giant gorge. We will keep trekking through another valley and cross a stream and before we will climb up a ridge which lies at 3,800m. We will climb yet another pass, go through another ridge before we can finally descend to Syangbochen.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05Trek to Ghami (3520m)

From Syangbochen, we will gently hike uphill until we reach a pass at 3770m and trek downhill to reach the village of Gelling. From Gehling, we will go uphill passing through fields to the center of the valley. Then we will climb a tough terrain across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass (3840m). From there we will descend for half an hour until we reach a trail junction, the right trail is a route to Charang while the left one leads to Ghami. It is a village of clustered whitewashed mud and stone houses canopied by an overhanging cliff. This is a great place to spend the night.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 06Trek to Charang (3560m)

We will trek to the driest part of Mustang today. It will be a tiring trek crossing fairly rough terrain. But upon reaching our destination, we will be rewarded with splendid views of the remote countryside, and we will be able to see mountains in all directions. When reaching Charang, a large village at the top of the Charang Chu Canyon, we are due for some rest. On the east of the village, you can find a medieval fort and a red Gompas which house a spectacular collection of statues and thangkas.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07Trek to Lo-Manthang (3840m)

We will trek to one of the major attractions on this trip: Lo Manthang. This was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo. The city was founded in 1380 by Ame Pal. It consists of around 150 households and residences for lama gurus. We will trek through Lo-Gekar, which is the oldest Gompa in Nepal and older than the Samye Gompa of Tibet. On reaching the walled city of Lo, you will have the opportunity to visit the ancient temples and monasteries of the region and the periphery of the King’s impressive palace, where the King and Queen of Lo- Manthang reside. You will have the chance to guide horses on a lease and see the beautiful valley.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08Exploring Lo-Manthang

We will explore the mystical town of Lo-Manthang, starting with a 2-hour visit of the Namgyal Gompa. This beautiful Gompa is situated on a hilltop, which is of high social, religious as well as legal importance as it serves as a local courthouse. After that, we will visit the village of Tingkhar, northwest of Lomanthang with its 40 households. We will also visit Champa Lhakang where you have a chance to admire a large Buddha statue and intricate Mandalas painted on the walls.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 09Trek to Dhamkar (3820m)

We will leave Lo-Manthang taking the upper highland trail. It will reward us with splendid views of Lo-Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow-capped mountains in the background. We will cross the Dhi Pass at 4,100m and reach Dhamkar. Here we will spend the night.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10Descend to Syangbochen

With Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri among other giants standing tall in the background, we will hike down to Syangbochen. On the way, we pass through Rachen Gompa, a mystical Gompa which grew by itself at the lap of a rocky cave. We will spend the night in a guesthouse in Syangbochen.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11Trek to Chhusang (2980m)

We will continue our trek over steep ridges and hills. We will trek to Tetang, the upper village of Chuksang which lies between two hills. It is a safe escapade from the fierce wind that hits the Kali Gandaki valley frequently. Accommodation: Guesthouse

Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12Trek Jomsom (2720m)

On the last day of this memorable trek, we will pass Jharkot village and visit the local monastery, the grand Tibetan Herbal Medicine Center, and see an ancient fortress that once was a palace. During our descent to Jomsom, we will enjoy the view of Kali Gandaki Valley and Kagbeni Village. This is the gateway to Mustang. We will celebrate the last day of the trek in Jomsom with all our staff.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13Flight to Pokhara and Exploring the City

After taking a 20-minute flight to Pokhara, we will spend the rest of the day in the city exploring and relaxing. If you haven’t yet, go boating in the exotic Phewa, Rupa, and Begnas Lakes, visit the beautiful hilltop monastery, or go explore the mystical caves. You will have the chance to buy some souvenirs and enjoy the nightlife in the vivacious city. Accommodation: Hotel

Day 14Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu

After breakfast, we will travel back to the capital via Prithvi Highway. Once again the scenic bus ride will keep you refreshed throughout the journey. Dinner and Overnight in Hotel.

Day 15Kathmandu to onward Journey:

Today is the last day of our Upper Mustang Trek of Nepal. Our guide will drop you at the airport and see you off. If you plan to spend more days in Nepal we can always assist you or else you can explore on your own.

Upper Mustang Trek MAP
FAQ

Why is Upper Mustang restricted?

It is all due to border security and to reduce the illegal activities on the border between two countries. The first solid reason that Upper mustang as a restricted area could be because of the open border with Tibet China.

 

How much does the Upper Mustang trekking permit cost?

Entry fees of Upper Mustang are US$ 500 for foreign visitors. This can be arranged through a trekking company or agency like ours. US$ 500 permit fee for the Upper Mustang is valid only for a period of 10 days. After 10 days, an extra cost of US$ 50 per day will be charged to the person on the trekking expedition.

How do I get to Upper Mustang Nepal?

In order to reach Mustang, visitors can take a flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, they can take a taxi, bus, or rent a bike to Pokhara. On Prithvi Highway, it takes around 6-8 hours to reach Jomsom which is the starting point of the Lo Kingdom in Upper Mustang.

How far is KTM from Mustang?

The distance between Kathmandu and Upper Mustang is 206 km. The road distance is 422.5 km.

Can you drive to Mustang Nepal?

 

The Jeep ride to Upper Mustang starts from Pokhara and takes you to the remote area of Nepal and almost to the border of Tibet. Although the condition to Mustang is not in condition, you will still enjoy the ride. Because of the spectacular views that surround you on your way to Mustang.

How long is the bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara?

Timing and Distance of Kathmandu to Pokhara Bus

It is around 7 hour excursion to get to Pokhara if you are traveling from Kathmandu by tourist bus. The bus stopover for 30 minutes to have lunch with hygienic food at the restaurant on the way to & from Pokhara. The distance between Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200 K.M.

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