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16 Days 15 Nights
Availability : Spring (April-May)
Thamel Marga Kathmandu
Upper Mustang
Min Age : 10
Max People : 15

Upper Mustang Trek

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  • Wi-Fi: Some Place
  • Maximum Altitude: 3700m
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours /day

Overview

“Trekking in Nepal is one of the Travel Benchmarks like seeing the Taj Mahal or driving the great Barriers Reef of the first time you eat fried locusts. By the end of your trek, you may vow not to climb anything higher than the stairs around your hometown, but the experience of the Himalayan will stay with you for a lifetime.”

“Mountains are only half the Nepal story. Not just the mountains, Nepal still has so much to offers you.  The natural ambiance, which allows enjoying the serenity, breathtaking view of magnificent Annapurna range, Mount Fishtail, diverse topography, biodiversity, caves, Georges, waterfalls, etc. have transformed Nepal into ‘Paradise of Earth.

Nepal is certainly famous for denture sports such as cycling, rock climbing, trekking, horse racing, and riding. And to experience, all of this Upper Mustang is the best adventurous trek you will ever make.

Upper Mustang is the upper part which was formerly the Kingdom of Lo lies at Mustang District of Nepal. This area was a restricted kingdom making it one of the most preserved regions in the whole world. This area was demilitarized until 1992.

Here the majority of the population speaks their traditional language that is Tibetan. Tibetan culture and religion are well preserved by the people there. The life of these peoples revolves around tourism, trade, and animal husbandry.

Upper Mustang, Muktinath, and kagbeni are believed to be the place where most holy gods and goddesses reside in the sacred mountains. These are the famous and important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites and are popularly known as sacred or holy places for Hindus and Buddhists and also an important place for adventurous mountain trekking.

To reach Mustang, we take the flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu or can also drive. From Pokhara, we can either take a bus, taxi, reserved jeep, or rent a bike at Pokhara to reach Jomson. This is the only way you can reach Jomsom which takes around 6-8 Hours. Jomson is the starting point to reach the Upper Mustang (Kingdom Of Lo).

Trek Overview:

  • Destination: Upper Mustang 
  • Starting Point: Kathmandu
  • Ending point: Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude: 3700m/ 12598ft at sea level 
  • No of Days: 16 days
  • Best time: Spring (April-May)
  • Group size: 2-30 max   

Upper Mustang trek highlights:

  • Trek in the most extraordinary stark desert landscapes that include spires and cliffs.
  • Explore the ancient palace of the Kingdom of Lo. 
  • There will be no rain in this region as it lies in the area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges so walk freely.
  • Experience the everyday life of Tibetan culture, religion, and lifestyle.
  • Interact with monks and local people that are very charming and welcoming.
  • Get to know about the spiritual life of the locals with their prayer flags, mani walla, and ritual chanting.
  • The mesmerizing view of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more.
  • Walkthrough caves, deserted lands, century-old monasteries, flags, and Gompas.

Upper Mustang Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmand
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trek
  • Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara  
  • Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni  
  • Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele  
  • Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syangboche  
  • Day 07: Trek from Syangboche to Dramkar
  • Day 08: Trek from Dramkar to Lo Manthang
  • Day 09: Exploration of Lo Manthang   
  • Day 10: Lo Manthang to Drakmar
  • Day 11: Trek from Lo Manthang to Yaragoun  
  • Day 12: Trek from Yaragoun to Tyange
  • Day 13: Trek from Tyange to Tetang
  • Day 14: Trek from Tetang to Muktinath
  • Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomson
  • Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • UNESCO entrance fee
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • Trek in the most extraordinary stark desert landscapes that include spires and cliffs.
  • Explore the ancient palace of the Kingdom of Lo.
  • There will be no rain in this region as it lies in the area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges so walk freely.
  • Experience the everyday life of Tibetan culture, religion, and lifestyle.
  • Interact with monks and local people that are very charming and welcoming.
  • Get to know about the spiritual life of the locals with their prayer flags, mani walla, and ritual chanting.
  • The mesmerizing view of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more.
  • Walkthrough caves, deserted lands, century-old monasteries, flags, and Gompas.
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Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 1350m/4,429ft

Meals: Dinner

Our guide will receive you from the airport and help you accommodate in jeep or car and transfer you to the hotel. You can have breakfast or brunch at some of the famous cafes and restaurants around the city and try authentic Nepali cuisine.

You can also roam around nearby places to buy some souvenirs and prepare yourself for the trek by buying essential trekking types of equipment and gear.

Day 2: Sightseeing at Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Meals: Breakfast

You will have the whole day to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu. We will take you to the famous places of the valley “Pasupatinath temple” and “Bouddhanath Stupa”. 

Pasupatinath temple is a famous, sacred, and holy place for Hindu people. We can see the arati at night and explore the temple in more depth.

Bouddhanath Stupa is being the largest Stupa in the world is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. You can buy handcrafts gifts and souvenirs made by the locals and gift them to your friends and family.

After spending a day in the capital, we will get back to the hotel where you will be briefed about the trek.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Maximum Altitude: 827m/2,713ft
 
Trek duration: 25minutes flight

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast at Katmandu, we will leave for Pokhara which is about a 25minutes flight. You will get to see majestic Mountain View from the flight if the weather is clear. After reaching Pokhara you can explore the city in depth.

You will have enough time to experience the nightlife and popular places around Pokhara like Lakeside, David’s fall, and many more. 

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

Maximum Altitude:   2,810m/9,220ft

Kilometers: 11.5km

Trek duration: 2-3hours trek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast in Pokhara, you will set in flight for Jomsom. You can either take a flight or go by road. It will take about 25minutes in flight or 6-7 hours of drive to reach Jomsom. You will be thrilled to view the amazing scenery of the natural diversity of Nepal.

Along with this, you will see the Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Nilgiri mountain ranges from the flight. You will also witness the beauty of glaciers, rivers, Georges.  After reaching Jomsom you will have to trek for about 2-3 hours to reach kagbeni.

 Kagbeni is the starting point to trek for the Upper mustang.

Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele

Maximum Altitude: 3,050m/10,007ft  

Kilometers: 25km

Trek duration: 5-6hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending a night at Jomsom we will set out for Chele. Today will be your first day of hiking which will take about 6-7hours. We will have to travel through various ridges and walk alongside the river Kali Gandaki.

You will also come across the beautiful village of Tangbe where you can see various whitewashed houses, whet, apple fields, and buckwheat fields. In the southern part of the skyline, you will get an amazing view of Nilgiri peaks as you keep walking further. 

After we leave Kali Gandaki River behind us we will reach Chiele.

Day 6: Trek from Chele to Syangboche

Maximum Altitude: 3,475m/11,401ft

Kilometers: 5 hours

Trek duration: 25km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s hike will be a little harder than before, as we start our day with a steep rock climb that will lead to a gradual descent and again a steep climb.

We will cross Taklam La pass (3,624m) and the Dorjori La passes (3,735m). As you keep walking you will realize that Mt.Nilgiri (7061) looks even more amazing alongside the Annapurna ranges.

Amazing mountain ranges, caves, monasteries will distract your minds and keep off your hard-working legs. You will also come across numerous prayer flags, Gombas, Buddhist Chortens, and lush popular tress. We will descend into the village of Samar from where we walk to a ridge and walk further into the steep trail to reach Syanboche.

Day 7: Trek from Syangboche to Dramkar

Maximum Altitude: 3,475m/11,401ft

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having breakfast at Syangboche, we will head out to Ghami which will take about 5-6 hours of hike. We will start our trek with gentle incline walks through fields and valleys that will lead us to a steep rocky climb to pass. We will come across another big pass that is the Yamada La (3850m). As we keep walking, we will see the barren lands that diverse landscapes of the Mustang region.

Overnight in Dramkar.

Day 8: Trek from Dramkar to Lo Manthang

Maximum Altitude: 3,810m/12,501ft

Kilometers: 25km

Trek duration: 4-6hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 After overnight in Dramkarr, we will start our route with a little ascent where you can catch the last glimpse of this place. Today we will trek longer as usual, but you will see plenty of exciting things to see on your way. So don’t worry!! We will head past the highest point of the trek which is Chogo La (4280m).

As we keep walking, we will see the barren lands that diverse landscapes of the Mustang region. We will make our way through Lo Gear (century-old Gompa) which has some stunning rock paintings. We will have time to explore this place before heading towards Lo Manthang.

After few hours of walk from Lo Gekar we will reach Lo Manthang.

Day 9:Exploration of Lo Manthang

Maximum Altitude: 3,475m/11,401ft
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s a rest day, and you’ll spend almost the whole day in Lomanthang discovering more about the magical place. In the afternoon, you can begin taking a trip to Tingkhar’s western valley and take in the panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains. On the day, you should go to Kimling, Phuwa, and the Namgyal Gompa, among many other places. The four-story building of the Raja’s palace, home of the contemporary raja, Jigme Parbal Bista, and the Rani (queen), who is from the noble family of Shigatse on the route to Lhasa, is another attraction for the day. Residing the night at the Lodge

Day 10: Lo Manthang to Yaragoun

Maximum Altitude: 3,810m/12,501ft

Kilometers: 16km

Trek duration: 4-5hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the highest Lo Manthang, we will cross Lo la pass. the trail returns to Tsarang via the same route until it reaches the Sungda Chhorten. We trek towards Yaragaon after having crossed the still bridge, getting passed through Dhigaon and Surkhang villages.

The Dhi village is loaded with farming fields; you can stop there for lunch and a village excursion. After a small break, we will cross a river and move ahead along the path on the river’s left bank until we reach Yara.

In Yara, spend the night.

Day 11:Exploration of Yaragoun

Maximum Altitude: 3596m / 11798feet

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From atop the Yara hills, it appears to be a natural sandy citadel in front of you. Yara offers an excellent opportunity to visit 13th-century monasteries, mysterious caves, and enjoy the captivating scenic beauty. We can also go to Luri Gompa, which was built in the 13th century and is also known as the Kagyukpa cave monastery. Here you can discover golden-written lama books. The path continues up to the Duyung River, which originally comes in Damodar Kund. This spot is also well-known among Hindu pilgrims. It is a swath of land from which water flows into the KaliGandaki River. This location is well-known for the availability of black ammonite fossils. Pilgrims gather these fossils to worship with the belief of the embodiment of God Vishnu.

Overnight in Yara.

Day 12: Trek from Yaragoun to Tyangbe

Maximum Altitude: 3,240m/10,595 feet

Trek duration: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We walk away from Yara on a high, winding path. This soon leads to the Dhechaeng river, which originates in the Damodar Kund. The trail simply crosses a small river of melting ice water before ascending for about 2 hours to DHI village via the winding desert mountain path to Tangya’s Lo-Pa village. The villagers are mostly Buddhists who work in local businesses; the small foothills roll away to distant horizons, sheltering the villagers from the gentle winds that blow in from the valley. Turning north from the village, we see some sandy cliffs that are several hundred years old. Finally, we arrive at the small Tangbe village.

Overnight in Tyangbe.

Day 13: Trek from Tyangbe to Tetang

Maximum Altitude: 3,067m/10,029 feet

Trek duration: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave, packing our lunch, and climb some steps before crossing a suspension bridge and following the trail to the right. We soon arrive at the Yak River before climbing 4,210 meters to a terraced hill station. It is the highest point of the Upper Mustang trek, which takes approximately 2:30 hours. Damodar Himal and Saribung Himal can be seen from here. There are no houses left here, only ruins, but drinking water is available. As the trail descends the hill, you can see the village of Chhuksang or Tetang, where we will spend the night.

Overnight in Tetang.

Day 14: Trek from Tetang to Muktinath

Maximum Altitude: 3,750m/12,303ft

Trek duration: 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we gradually ascend to the Gyu La pass. It’s one of those perfect days, so we take it easy on our walk. We will pass through Kharkas, where we will see both domestic and wild mountain goats grazing. As we approach the top of Gyu La, it is peaceful up the valley. Panorama views of Thorong peak, Nilgiri, Tukche peak, and the lovely Muktinath valley can be seen from the pass. We travel to Muktinath through the village of Chhenkar.

Muktinath is a difficult and beautiful location that connects with the Annapurna round trek. Pilgrims from all over the world come here on Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages. The holy temple has 108 waterspouts that look like taps and enigmatic natural gas fires.

Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom

Maximum Altitude: 3,750m/12,303ft

Trek duration: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We trek down a steep all the way to Jomsom all along Kaligandaki River valley, also known as the windy valley due to the obvious strong gusts of wind every day, and stay overnight in Jomsom. In the late afternoon, you can explore the Jomsom bazaar.

Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 16:Fly back to Pokhara

Maximum Altitude: 2,743m/ 8,999ft 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending a night at Jomsong we will catch an early flight to Pokhara. You will see different angles views from the mountain flight.

We will reach Pokhara within 24-30 minutes. Our guide will accommodate you in a nice hotel. If you have not explored the city of Pokhara then you can explore it by yourself on this day.

You might be feeling tired with the 7-8 days of hiking to the beautiful region Lo Manthang so you can take a rest as well. 

Map

UPPER MUSTANG TREK

Upper Mustang Trekking Regional Map (Day And Some places Will Be Different On Map) 

FAQ

Is the Upper Mustang restricted region?

Yes, Upper Mustang was a restricted region until 1992. This makes it one of the most preserved places and areas of the world. The majority of people still speak their traditional Tibetan language.

Why is a trek to Upper Mustang expensive?

To reach Upper Mustang, we use 2 domestic flights. As you will have to pay for 4 internal flights, this becomes expensive. But you can avoid flights and can go by vehicle. We can customize our itinerary at your convenience.

How difficult is Upper Mustang Trek?

Trek to this region is moderate grade in terms of difficulty. If you are enthusiastic about an adventurous trek then you can complete this trek without any hesitation and difficulty. Some people might get sick due to the strong wind and when they have to hike for 6hours a day. But the beauty of this place will take the hardship all.

Do we get altitude sickness while trekking in this region?

Getting altitude sickness during trekking in this region has a fairly low chance. As altitude sickness kicks you in from around 2,400 meters above sea level, most of the destination in Upper Mustang exceeds this. You are still at risk of getting this sickness. But our guide will always be there to prevent and help you if anything like this occurs during trekking.

How do I prepare myself for his hike?

If this is your first trek, then you really should not be afraid or scared at all. It is common that if you have never trekked before then it will be hard for your legs to get ready for higher altitudes suddenly. So, we advise you not to worry much as you are not climbing Mount Everest and not having a mountain race. Our guide will always be there with you so you are supposed to take it easy. But of course, the more prepared you are, the more you can enjoy your trek.

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