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Upper Mustang Trek - 16 days

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

Trekking Destination: Upper Mustang Trekking

Minimum altitude: 823m.

Maximum altitude: 3942m.

Group Size: Minimum 2

Grade Info: Moderate

Season: Spring & Autumn

Transportation: Domestic Flight

Total Days: 16 Days (Kathmandu - Kathmandu)

Walking Hour: Approximately 4 - 5 hours each day.

Trip Category: Remote Area Trek

Highlights: Scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, Exploring the Kali Gandako river valley, Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Upper Mustang Trek is one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known adventures. The barren landscape of eroded sandstone pillars and moraine terraces, present a colorful mosaic of earthen reds, yellows and brown. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang. Winds usually howl across the area in the afternoon, subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. Upper Mustang is also famous for the biggest festival its called Tiji Festival. Every year they will celebrate that festival.

The area covered by this Upper Mustang Trek is possibly the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditions which are so rich & unique. The capital of Lo-Mustang is a walled city ruled by a religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries at an unhurried pace. As everywhere in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8167m and Annapurna I at 8091m. You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6000m high. The elevation of the trails rise from 2815m to 3780m above sea level.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu full day sight seen & Trekking Preparation

Day 03: Fly or Drive to Pokhara [823m] 20 Min flight, Drive 6 Hrs

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2858mt]: 3:30 hrs, Overnight at Hotel

Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050mtt]: 6 hrs, Overnight at Hotel

Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475mt]: 6:30 hrs, Overnight at Hotel

Day 07: Syanboche to Charang (3500mt), 7-8 hours walk, Overnight at Hotel

Day 08: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3760mt), 4-5 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Day 09: Exploring day in Lo-Mangthang

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa(3942mt), 4-5 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806mt), 5-6 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Ghiling to Samar (3700mt), 5-6 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Day 13: Samar to Muktinath(3800m), 7-8 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom.5 Hours, Overnight at Hotel

Day 15: Early morning fly back to Pokhara

Day 16: Transfer to international airport for your final departure

Important Note:

If not really satisfied with above itinerary, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. Also bad weather at Jomsom can result into cancellations of flights. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

The representatives from Himalaya Trekking Team will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival. We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 02: Kathmandu full day sight seen & Trekking Preparation

Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples and Durbar Square in Patan. After you complete a briefing with our trekking guides, you will visit the above mentioned famous sites in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly or Drive to Pokhara [823m] 20 Min flight, Drive 6 Hrs

Early in the morning we fly or drive to Pokhara and overnight in a Hotel. Upon arrival in Pokhara, the lake city offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare and five peaks of Annapurna. After a rest you can walk around the lake side of the city to explore the surrounding areas.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2858mt]: 3:30 hrs, Overnight at Hotel

Early in the morning, we take a 20 minute scenic flight to Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang District. After breakfast in Jomsom, we start our trek to Kagbeni. It takes about 3 and half hours to  reach Kagbeni, walking on a gradual and windy path along the Kaligandaki river. The village is located on the bank of two rivers. The old houses, Buddhist monastery and Hindu temples are interesting. In the evening we explore the village.

Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050mtt]: 6 hrs, Overnight at Hotel

Our journey starts with a special permit check before we begin our trek to the riverbank of Kaligandaki. During the walk we find scenic picturesque places to stop on the sandy and windy trail. This trails goes up and down hill. From there we trek to Chhusang and, after crossing the river, we head up to the huge red mass that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki flows. We head along small ridges reach Chele village.

Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475mt]: 6:30 hrs, Overnight at Hotel

First we walk to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Then we descend a little to the village of Samar, then climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge, descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen.  We also pass a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.

Day 07: Syanboche to Charang (3500mt), 7-8 hours walk, Overnight at Hotel

Today after breakfast, we start our trek with an uphill walk to Yamda La. Passing some Tibetan style villages, houses and Chorten, we arrive in Nyi La pass(4010m), which is also the highest point of our trip. From here, we descend to Ghami and pass a series of Mani Walls to reach Charang .

Day 08: Charang to Lo-Manthang (3760mt), 4-5 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Today we start our trek with an easy climb to the  ridge of Lo.  Then we go a little down to a stream and then up again to reach the main city of Lo-Manthang. The white walls, old houses, Monasteries and Palaces make this city mysterious and exciting.

Day 09: Exploring day in Lo-Mangthang

We have full day to explore this fascinating town. The king’s palace, monasteries and panoramic view of the Himalaya are the attractions for today. The local life style and the Tibetan culture have made this town one of the most wonderful places to visit in Nepal.

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa(3942mt), 4-5 hours, Overnight at Hotel

After breakfast we start our trek as early as possible as the trail is dusty and windy. It is easy walk as the trail goes down to Ghar gumpa, another beautiful town of the area.

Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806mt), 5-6 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Today is also an easy day. We continue to go down the valley to Ghiling for our overnight stay. It is windy and dusty during the day so we explore the village in the evening.

Day 12: Ghiling to Samar (3700mt), 5-6 hours, Overnight at Hotel

Today we start our trek by slowly climbing up. The walk is beautiful as we have scenic mountain views. After 5~hours enjoyable walking, we arrive in Samar.

Day 13: Samar to Muktinath(3800m), 7-8 hours, Overnight at Hotel

This is one of the toughest days of the trip. There is a steep climb to the pass followed  by a descent to reach Muktinath for the night. Muktinath is a holy place both for Hindu and Buddhist people. The town offers paroramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and it`s surrounding peaks.

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom.5 Hours, Overnight at Hotel

Today we visit Muktinath temple early in the morning and continue our trek. It is an easy and enjoyable downhill trek to Eklebhatti. From  here we have  windy path. The trail is almost flat for slightly more than hour and until we arrive in Jomsom .

Day 15: Early morning fly back to Pokhara

Today we finish our adventure. After breakfast, we have a 20 minute scenic flight to Pokhara and later the same day we fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel for the night.

Day 16: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Approximately 2 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Himalaya Trekking Team will escort to the airport and bid you farewell.

Cost Include

  • Arrival from the airport by private vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara
  • One day Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley with private car
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the most popular and typical Nepalese restaurants with traditional dance & music
  • One Trek Leader (Gov. Licensed and first-aid-trained with his entire expenses, equipment and insurance)
  • ACAP Trekking permits and Tims Permits
  • Upper Mustang special permit & its procedure
  • All meals during the trek (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast)
  • Lodges during the trek
  • A Porter and his entire expenses
  • All the gov. and local taxes
  • Sleeping bags
  • Trekking map
  • Departure transfer by private vehicle
  • Medicine kit box for a group

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal arrival Visa
  • Lunch and dinner in the city (except special dinner)
  • Monasteries & Temple entrance fees
  • Beverages, i.e. mineral water, beer, etc. during hiking
  • Travel insurance (Which must include trip cancellation)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for Staff

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