Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trek is located north of Annapurna and at an average altitude of 4,000m is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. The valleys are arid and dry with colorful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs.

Upper Mustang is a restricted area and up till 1992 it was forbidden for foreign visitors to enter the kingdom. Nowadays foreigners are allowed, but to enter Upper Mustang they have to buy a permit of US$ 500 (to be arranged through a trekking agency and valid for 10 days, each additional day costs US$ 50). there are still very few people (about 700 trekkers each year) visiting Upper Mustang as a result it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.

Trek  To Upper Mustang start from Jomsom which  fly 25 minutes from Pokhara. After arrive Jomsom You follow the famous Kali Gandaki River upstream, partly walking in the river to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the restricted area of Upper Mustang starts. However, it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the famous pilgrim destination of Muktinath before heading north into Upper Mustang. From Kagbeni the trek goes north wards, after 4, 5 days trek, you will reach Lo Mangtang. Spend one extra day in Lomanthan and return. When you return there are partly different way via Dhakmar, crossing 2 passes of around 4,200 m.  Close to Dhakmar you can find the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, the Lo Gekar Monastery.  Lo Gekar Monastery was built in the 8th century by the famous Tibetan magician Guru Rinpoche.  He had to kill a powerful demon first and the blood of the demon has painted the rocks around Dhakmar bright red.

Mustang is a remote semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom with a walled capital called Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang was once part of Tibet and was used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalaya into Nepal. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 and the current royal family can trace their lineage back to this time. In 1960’s Mustang was a strong hold for Tibetan Khampa guerrillas fighting the occupying Chinese forces? CIA supported these fighters and secretly trained some of them in the US.

Trip Highlights :

Trekking Duration: 18 days
Mustang Trekking days: 10 days
Trek Grade: moderate
Max altitude: 4210m
Mood of trek: Tea house / Camping
Best Seasons: March – November
Minimum group size: 2 pax

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Katmandu
Day 2:  Prepare Mustang Trek Permit, document
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek to Kagbeni
Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele
Day 6: Chele to Sangboche or Gilling
Day 7: Sangboche or Gilling to Ghami
Day 8: Ghami to Tsarang;
Day 9: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang;
Day 10: Lo-Mangthang - visiting surrounding areas.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Tsarang
Day 12: Tsarang to Ghami
Day 13: Ghami to Samar via. Nya-La pass;
Day 14: Samar to Kgbeni
Day 15: Kagbeni to Jomsom;
Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara - Rest
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu (Rest day shopping)
Day 18: Departure from Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Katmandu.
After you arrive at Kathmandu, our representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to a hotel. Later afternoon will include short briefing of the voyage which is followed by a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese kitchen.
Day 2:  Free Day, Prepare Mustang Trek Permit.
Today you have a free day in Kathmandu. You may be involved sightseeing in Katmandu Valley including Monkey temple, Boudha Stupa, Pashupati temple, Katmandu Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square which are enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage list. Also, you will prepare for Mustang Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara by Bus/Car or plane. Bus Take 7 hour and Plane take only 35 minute.
After our breakfast, we take a drive for 6 hours or take 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara s where we can view some wonderful scene of river and countryside throughout our drive. After we arrive at Pokhara, with some refreshment, sightseeing tour to palces like Davi's fall, Gupteshore cave, famous Fewa Lake boating and others will be done. We shall be staying overnight in a hotel.
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek to Kagbeni
Early in the morning, you will take a 3 hours flight from Pokhara to reach Jomsom and start trekking to Kagbeni. Today we will walk to Kagbeni (280m), our checkpoint for the entry to Upper Mustang. The altitude diverges from about 915m at Pokhara to approximately 3880m at Muktinath walking uphill and downhill.
Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele
Today, while leaving Kagbeni, we will trek through the sandy and breezy paths and stop on a beautiful spot. This track ascends and we will walk downhill. We will arrive at Tangbe settlement with crops pasture. From here we will trek further on to Chhusang and go across the river to the gigantic red chunk of conglomerate dropping down from the cliff through which the Kaligandaki pours out. We will move to small ridge to reach Chele village. Overnight at Chele.
Day 6: Chele to Sangboche or Gilling
Starting to trek from Eklo Bhatti we will ascend to Taklam La Pass via plain lands and narrow broaden with vistas of Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. The trail now additionally descends a small to the community of Samar. Walking further for about 3 hours will arrive at Syanbochen or Gilling(3475m). Overnight in Syanbochen.
Day 7: Sangboche or Gilling to Ghami
We will trek ascending to the Yamda La pass, chortans and tiny local settlements. You will view the typical local architecture adorned bright red and white. We ascend up to the Nyi Pass (4010m) and go down to Ghami one of the in the Upper Mustang area (3520m). Overnight in Ghami.

Day 8: Ghami to Tsarang
We will go across the Ghami River and then from here the trail ascends to a raised ground and passes next to the longest Mani wall. From the ending point of the wall the path moves east to Tsarang and after moving up for 11km and then walking down we will reach Tsarang. Overnight in Tsarang.

Day 9: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang
On this day, we will walk to Lo-Mangthang, the capital region of Mustang. A 300 m long and 150 m wide wall has secluded against warriors, thief and the fierce winds. The small settlement of Lo-Mangthang is made up of over a thousand of people whose homes are linked by fine cable stony alleys. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang - visiting surrounding areas.
We have a day rest at Lo-Mangthang and you will visit around there today. Lo-Manthang was established in about 1450 by the son of the renowned Ame Pal, who subjugated and unified the small kingdoms in Upper Mustang. Also, we can observe the Mustang Palace soaring over the settlement. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.

Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Tsarang
Day 12: Tsarang to Ghami
Day 13: Ghami to Samar via. Nya-La pass
Leaving Ghami today we will walk on passing through unforgettable and striking sights. Then, we enter Samar (3660m) and spend the night. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 14: Samar to Kagbeni
We will head off from Samar and trek to Kagbeni (2858m). We will get to Kagbeni and relax today with the local people. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 15: Kagbeni to Jomsom
After having our breakfast, we have a moderately short walk today that will take us back to Jomsom (2700m). Here we can enjoy Apple brandy, Apple wine, dried apple sweets etc. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara – Rest
Taking a scenic flight from Jomsom, you will fly from the stunning mountain range amid the gorge of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks. Our representative will wait for you at the Pokhara airport and then transfers you to the hotel. Overnight in Lakeside Hotel.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu (Rest day shopping)
After a tiring trip, we will drive back to Kathmandu which will take about 6 hours by a tourist bus. Today you can either relax in your hotel or go for some shopping. Later you can even explore around the city and overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Departure from Nepal.
After breakfast, you will depart from

Cost Includes On :

  • Pick up from Airport and Transfer to the hotel. by private car/van/Bus.
  • 3 Night night’s standard Hotel in Katmandu.
  • Katmandu Valley sightseeing by Government license holder tour guide.
  • Katmandu to Pokhara/ Kathmandu by stander tourist bus.
  • 2 Night stander hotel in Pokhara.
  • Pokhara to Jomsom / Pokhara by scenic flight with airport tax.
  • Annapurna conservation permits.
  • Special Mustang Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days
  • Your stander meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And Their well paid Salary, Food, Drinks,
  • Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.( Guide flight Pokhara / Jomsom / Pokhara.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.
  • Drop to airport by car/van/Bus.

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Katmandu).
  • You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Food in city like Katmandu and Pokhara. also in the case come back from Trek early.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic Drinks.
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara if arrive or late departure. also in the case come back from Trek.
  • Sweet desert
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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