Upper Mustang Trek

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •  Group size: 2 & more
  •  Best Seasons: All season
  •   Accomodation: Lodge

Overview

Upper Mustang occupies the northernmost part of Mustang district of Nepal. It borders with Tibet in the north. The inhabitants of Upper Mustang were formerly the adherents of the Bon religion. Today, the age-old faith has been replaced by Buddhism. Sparse settlements, thick stone/mud houses, rock canyons, deserts like landscape and Buddhist Chortens, are few of the traits of Mustang region. Upper Mustang Trek takes you in a historical, cultural and adventurous journey into one of the discrete regions of Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek lasts 16 days. The initial leg takes you from Kathmandu to Jomsom via Pokhara through a short trans-Himalayan flight. Starting from Jomsom, the trek advances northward along the Kali Gandaki valley but rarely climbs atop the valley walls. As you ascend northward, the settlements and vegetation grow sparse. The trek passes through the quaint Buddhist settlements of Kagbeni, Chele, Syanbochen, and Tsarang before entering the ‘walled city’ – Lo Manthang. Formerly an independent kingdom, the last king of Mustang resided in his palace inside Lo Manthang before his demise in 2016. Despite being a part of Nepal, the region still remains culturally Tibetan with lifestyle, culture, and tradition resembling that of the Tibet. After exploring in and outside the walled city and few of the popular Buddhist monasteries, you’ll make your way back to Jomsom through some of the other popular villages in the region. The close proximity to Dhaulagiri massif offers a sight of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) most of the times during the trek. The highest point you’ll reach is at Dhakmar. The region is starkly cold during winter and hot during summers. The best time to trek to Mustang is in the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) season. The area lies in the Dhaulagiri massif’s shadow, making rainfall a seldom affair in Mustang. Being a rain-shadow area, the region remains accessible during Summer/Monsoon too. It’s recommended to avoid trekking to Upper Mustang during winters, as the area is engulfed in a harsh cold weather.

Himalayan Treasure Trekking conducts travel packages throughout the country with great services to complement these trips. With local guides from Mustang region itself, the Upper Mustang Trek too is a great venture to the forbidden kingdom of Nepal.


Highlights:

  • Exciting flight to/from Jomsom
  • Moderate to fairly hard trek
  • Himalayan Flora and Fauna
  • Buddhist Monasteries, art and Culture
  • Jomsom, Muktinath and Kagbeni
  • Sunrise and sunset view over the Himalaya
  • Lo Manthang and explore near by area.

ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu|1300 meters
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will warmly receive you and bring you to your hotel. After checking-in, you can choose at the hotel, take a stroll around the vicinity or visit the market to shop for trek accessories, snacks or goodies. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02 Fly or drive to Pokhara|820m: 30 minutes flight or 6-7 hrs drive
Today, you’ll leave Kathmandu for Pokhara. A beautiful city located 141km west of Kathmandu. Also a popular tourist getaway –Pokhara serves as the transit for trekkers heading to Annapurna or Mustang. You can either choose to drive in a private car or tourist bus or take a short flight to Pokhara. The drive may take well over 6 hours while the latter may take a mere 30 min. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 03 Fly to Jomsom|2720m, and trek to Kagbeni|2810 m: 25 minutes flight, and 3 hrs trek
From Pokhara, you’ll take a quick access to Mustang. The flight to Jomsom leaves early morning. The trans-Himalayan flight may last 25min and will take you all the way around to Annapurna massif. Try to grab a window seat so you can relish the beautiful scenery of Kali Gandaki gorge, Annapurna range and Machhapuchhrepeak (6997m). You’ll begin your trek at Jomsom and make your way to Kagbeni to the north. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.

Day 04 Trek to Chele|3050m: 6 hrs trek
After getting your permits checked by the local authority, you’ll begin the day’s trek alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Finding a shade can be harder as the sparse landscape offers no trees en route. After a decent walk, you’ll reachTangbe Village. After trekking for few more hours, you’ll cross a bridge and walk on a ridge before reaching Chele. Overnight stay at Chele.

Day 05 Trek to Shyangbochen|3800m: 7-8 hrs trek
The trail from Chele consists of multiple detours. Steep climb and descents will follow throughout the trail. En route, you’ll encounter largerock canyonswith unusual colors and caves dating more than 3000 years.The trail also offers some of the nicest panoramas of Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna (8091m), and Tilicho Peak (6920m). Overnight stay at Syanbochen.

Day 06 Trek to Tsarang|3560m: 7 hrs trek
The trek from Syanbochen will take you to Ghami in the north. After a brief trek, you’ll encounter the long ancient Mani walls of Mustang. These walls consist of ancient designs and graffiti related to Buddhism. You’ll also encounter many Buddhist Chortens en route before reaching the picturesque village of Tsarang. Overnight stay at Tsarang.

Day 07 Trek to Lo Manthang|3810m: 4-5 hrs trek
Few hours north from Tsarang, you’ll reach the ‘walled city’ of Lo Manthang. The ancient kingdom, Lo Manthang houses three of the popular Buddhist monasteries in the entire region. There are many places to see inside the city, along with the palace of the former King of Mustang. The festival of Tiji is also celebrated on the courtyard of Lo Manthang every year. Overnight stay at Lo Manthang.

Day 08 Explore Niphu, Garphu, and villages in the north of Lo Manthang.
Today, you’ll get to explore the Niphu and Garphu monasteries of Mustang along with the northern expanse of Upper Mustang. First, you’ll get to visit the Niphu and Garphu monasteries. They are the cave monasteries built on the cliff of an overhanging rock. Besides the monasteries, you’ll also get to witness 2500 years old Sky Cavethat has more than 44 compartments and mandala Cave. Afterward, you can trek further north and visit the sparse settlements lying outside of Lo Manthang. Overnight stay at Lo Manthang.

Day 09 Trek to Dhakmar|3820m:6 hrstrek via GharGumba (Lo Gekar Monastery)
From Lo Manthang, you’ll make your way back to Jomsom. However, the trail you take will be slightly different the previous trekked route. Today, you’ll trek to Dhakmar via GharGumba (Lo Gekar monastery). Dhakmar is the highest point of the trek while GharGumba is the oldest living monastery in the world.It was built around the 7th century by the incarnated Saint Padmasambhava. Overnight stay at Dhakmar.

Day 10 Trek to Ghiling|3570m: 6 hrs trek
The way from Dhakmar to Ghiling offers a particularly scenic descent with snow-capped peaks in the distance. The trail is gentle at first and then it goes steeply down to a spectacularly eroded gully and the village of Ghilingpopular for its traditional mud houses and roofs made of twigs and straw.Ghiling lies 11km from Dhakmar. Overnight stay at Ghiling.

Day 11 Trek to Samar|3660m:5-6 hrs trek
The trail from Ghiling towards Samar is fairly easy. A brief ascent will take you to a cave containing stalagmites formed in the shape of Chortens. From here, you take a descent along the Syanbochen village and towards the stream. The trail passes through juniper trees into a large gorge. Samar lies only a few blocks from here. Overnight stay at Samar.

Day 12 Trek to Kagbeni|2810m: 6-7 hrs trek
Today, you’ll retrace you trail back to Kagbeni from Samar. It takes a great amount of time to reach Kagbeni as you make your way through the valley alongside Kali Gandaki River. You’ll also encounter many rock canyons on the way. Although the length of the trek is longer, the trek is fairly easier as you make your way down. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.

Day 13 Trek to Jomsom|2720m: 3 hrs trek
Today, you’ll make your way back to Jomsom from Kagbeni. The trail goes through the same Kali Gandaki valley. The short trek will get you to Jomsom in no time. At Jomsom, you can indulge in exploring the small city, enjoying the Apple brandy ‘Marpha’ or shop for the souvenir. Jomsom is also known as the ‘windy city of Nepal’. You will witness one of the strongest winds in the area during noon. Overnight stay at Jomsom.

Day 14 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara|820m, and then to Kathmandu|1300m: 25 minutes flight, and 35 minutes flight
The flight to Pokhara leaves early morning. Once you reachPokhara, you will catch the earliest flight back to Kathmandu. You can also choose to drive back to Kathmandu; however, it may take longer to go by road. Taking a short flight to Kathmandu is the easiest option. Once in the valley, you can rest and prepare for the excursion on the following day. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15 Free day Kathmandu
Today, you can enjoy the free day at Kathmandu. You can choose to do a tour of the historical Kathmandu city and visit some of the popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Or, you can also shop around for souvenirs, treats or clothing at Thamel to take back home. There are many branded as well as reasonable shops around Thamel of Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16 Transfer to Airport for final departure.
Our representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport in a private car so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. You will leave for the airport approx. 2 hours early. On the way, you can share your trip experience or your next adventure with us.


​What is included:

– All required land transportation services.
– Hotel booking in Nepal suiting the budget.
– Domestic flight Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu & Pokhara /Jomsom /Pokhara
– During trek- All Meals and accommodation at local lodge.
– Experienced Trek guide with necessary staff and porters.
– All allowances for trek crews including their Insurance.
– Annapurna Conservation Entry Permit and TIMS Card.
– Trek permit for Upper mustang
– All government and local taxes


​​​​​​​​What is NOT Included:

– Nepal entry Visa fee.
– International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
– Monument entrance fees. (if required)
– Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15kg luggage)
– Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the original itinerary
– Altitude chamber (PAC) and oxygen set
– Personal insurance​ of any kind​.
– Emergency rescue costs (if required) or costs of early departure from the mountain.
– Personal clothing and equipment including sleeping bag.
– Personal Porter during the trek. (if required)
– Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
– Charges NOT listed specifically in itinerary.
– All Personal nature expenses like phone & internet bills, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower, heater etc.
– Tips for support crew.


 

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