Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom trekking which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River. It is an arid and starkly beautiful area of Nepal. This region was opened to trekkers in 1991 and since the time it has remained a restricted area with only a small number of special permits issued each year. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. Keeping the cost of the permit high, and the amount of time spent in the area restricted is an attempt by the Nepalese Government to protect the local Tibetan traditions from outside influence as well as to protect the fragile environment.
What are the trip highlights?
Diverse components work together to make Mustang one of the important trekking spot. First, Mustang has its pride on caves, forts, monasteries and temples, which date to past millennia and carry echoes of a rich history. Likewise, this region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses. You will not only discover the hidden Himalayan Kingdom but also explore the Kali Gandaki River Valley, witness amazing landscapes and enjoy spectacular views of the snow peaks like those of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, & Nilgiri Himal ranges. Interesting and picturesque places, world deepest gorge among others are trip highlights of Mustang area.
Thus the history of Mustang as well as its natural and cultural treasures has made it one of the most mysterious and intriguing trekking destination’s in Nepal.
Scenic flight to and from Jomsom, Discover the hidden Himalayan kingdom, Explore the Kali Gandaki River Valley, Witness amazing landscape, Forbidden kingdom of Mustang, Spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, & Nilgiri Himal ranges. Buddhist monasteries, Plentiful cultural encounters with the ethnic people of Tibetan descent
Trek Name :Upper Mustang Trek
Trek Duration:17 Days
July and August are best months among others. April, May,June, and September okay for trekking.
Accommodation: Basic Tea House
Group Size:Min.2 to Max 18 persons in a group
Min. altitude: 2713m
Mode of Travel:Car/Van/Bus to Pokhara and Flight: Pokhara
Price:For the most up-to-date and competitive price, please Contact Us
Upper Mustang Trekking itinerary:
Day 01:Meet at Kathmandu Airport:
We will meet you in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you find yourself fresh, we will invite you to visit our office and provide you with brief information about your trek program. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits etc.
Day 02: A full days sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley:
After breakfast our guide will accompany you on tour of sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. You will also visit Swyambhunath, a 2000 year old temple which is popularly known as monkey temple. Moreover, you will enjoy Patan City which is famous for its fine arts and historical architecture. Return back to your hotel.
Day 03: Flight or drive to Pokhara:
After breakfast we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minute flight to Pokhara. During the short flight to Pokhara you will have majestic views of the glorious Manaslu peaks and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range, as well as the Langtang Himalayan range. Our Staff will meet you at Pokhara Airport and take you to your hotel. It is also possible to take a tourist coach to Pokhara via the scenic Prthivi Highway. The duration of the trip by bus is between six or seven hours to Pokhara. Afternoon you can have rest at Pokhara, or can go to the boating trip to Phewa lake, there you will visit the temple which is only accessible by boat. At night you will have rest at the hotel.
Day 4: Pokhara flight to Jomsom and trekking to Kagbeni: [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs
Early morning take a flight to Jomsom, which is the District headquarters of the Mustang Region. From here we walk to Kagbeni, which is the starting point of the Upper Mustang Trek. The spectacular peaks of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus tower above the sparse brown landscape as you walk on gently undulating trails until you reach Kagbeni, an interesting and typical Tibetan village at the entry point of the upper Mustang for an overnight stop. Overnight in teahouse at Kagbeni.
Day 5: Kagbeni trekking to –Chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks, which dominate the southern skyline of Kagbeni provide a spectacular backdrop and continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and crosses the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above. forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m.
Day 6: Chele trekking - Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs
The climb continues along steep, treeless and dry terrain, along the side of a spectacular deep canyon to pass a cairn of rock at 3540m. The trail then makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna Range, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climbing above Samar to a ridge, we then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley along the surrounding of cool streams and junipers trees, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. today we also pass by Ramchung Cave, Overnight at Syanbocdhden.
Day 07: Syanbochen trekking to Ghami [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs
After breakfast the trail climbs gently to the Yamda La ( 3850m) , during the day we will passes a small tea houseas, chortens and village with a Tibetans styles house . From here we will climb anohte rpass callse Nyi Pass ( 4010m) and trekking down to Ghami. Ghami is the small village sheltered by overhanging cliffs and next to a clear stream surrounded by barren large fields. The afternoon is in perhaps the driest part of Mustang and the views of countryside are magnificent with the rugged mountains in the east and west.
Day 08: Ghami trekking to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs
Today we will have a pleasant walk passing very long Mani walls a sacred store wall made of the Buddhism followers. the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and the red Gompa are interesting and we will visit these to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s. Tsarang is a large spread-out village inhabited totally by Lobas. Tsarang is a maze of trees, willow fields and houses separated by stone walls, at the top of the large Charang Chu canyon. The huge five-storey monastery fortress is perched on the edge of the Kali Khandaki gorge, on the east end of the village.
Day 9: Charang trekking to Lo- Manthang - (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang- Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m there is a view of the walled city of Lo-Manthang. After a short descent we will cross a stream then climb up onto the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
Day 10:Explore Day at Lo-Mangthang
Today we explore the surrounding areas of Lo-Manthang .The western valley of Tingkhar, the site of the Raja's summer palace and surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas is worth exploring. Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo) are also here. In the eastern valley nestles the village of Chosar, also rich in Gompas, this valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang trekking to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs
After visit the walled city of Lo Manthang, we will make our return trek on a different route to Drakmar via Gyakar with visiting ancient Ghar Gompa more than 1200 years old and meet the Guru Rimponche. The Gompal is famous for its rock paintings and the legends is, this Gompa is believed as place where we can fulfil our good wishes from here the trail climbs to the ridge, crossing a valley along some alpine meadows, and then dropping down a steep eroded path takes us to Drakmar.
Day 12: Drakmar trek to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs
after breakfast continue our journey to Ghiling in a dusty and windy trail. The landscapes are deserts types and the majestic views of Mt Dhaulagir and Nilgiri. In the late afternoon we can explore the surroundings areas of Ghiling village.
Day 13:Ghiling trek to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
Trekking back to Chhusang is easy working down enjoying the Tibetan life style and culture. The country side scenery is worth seeing with the amazing Mountain View.
Day 14:Chhuksang trekking to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs
Today we walk down to the southern border of the Mustang region at Kagbeni and our Upper Mustang Trekking is finished here, after having a lunch at Kagbeni we will head to Jomsom by the following the Kaligandaki River Bank. With an easy and flat work, can be wind in the afternoon. Overnight at Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
An early morning we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara with the best view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain and worlds deepest george, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon have rest and explore around Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive or take a flight to Kathmandu.
It is a 25 minute flight to Kathmandu or a 6 to 7 hour drive by tourist coach. As this is your last evening with us, you will enjoy a typical Nepali dinner and Cultural Show at a Nepalese Restaurant. At night you will be staying at hotel.
Day 17: Final Departure,
We will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home.
Customize the itinerary:
We can spend more than 10 days in the Upper Mustang region by issuing more than 10 days special permit and can visit Yara and Ghara, Luri Gompa, Damodar Kunda and other places with ending the trek to Muktinath. If you want to customize your itinerary and want to make the trek longer please let us know.
Price For The Trip:
The total cost for the trek or tour you decide you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodation) The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist or local buses. The number of guides and/or porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek. For these reasons the same trek/tour can vary in price quite substantially.
Please mail us for up to date prices for the above itinerary
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car/van depends on group size.
- 3 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
- Guided Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour with English speaking Tour guide, and transport by private car / van depends on group size.
- Special Permit for Upper Mustang
- Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
- TIMS Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek.
- Full board meals during the trekking (Meals are choices from Menu) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
- Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking on local tea houses
- Seasonal fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc
- An Experienced & Professional Government license holder Trekking guide trained in wilderness first aid.
- Above The Himalaya’s duffle bag if necessary, let us know before your arrival in Nepal.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Trekking porter carry all personal gear and group equipment( 1 porter for 2 person basis)
- Food, accommodation, salary, local tax, all trekking equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
- Proper Insurance for all trekking staff including porter.
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Culture Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ranges from US $ 12- US$ 14 per day.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
- International/Domestic Airfare and Airport Tax, sightseeing entry fee for the city tour.
- Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot shower
- Dessert, chocolates, personal shopping, laundry, phone call, internet, Camera battery charging.
- Personal trekking Equipment, travel and medical insurance & helicopter rescue, personal expenses.
- Tips and Gratitude (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section