Duration: 17 Days
Trip Grade: Challenginng
Best Season: Feb to Nov
Altitude Max: 4010
Group Size: 2-10
Transportation: Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus and Flight Ticket
Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Tea House during the trekking
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals during the trek
Upper Mustang Trek is a fascinating journey that will take you to the ancient kingdom of Mustang. On Upper Mustang Trekking, you will get to see prominent culture and tradition of the region. As this part of Nepal was once politically part of Tibet, you will find the religious similarity like Tibetans here. Upper Mustang Trek boasts experience unlike anywhere else in Nepal. It is said that the Upper Mustang Trek will take you to the hidden world, which indeed is true. During the trek, you will reach the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, Lo Manthang.
The region was closed to foreigners till 1992. Yes, you read it correctly. Upper Mustang was forbidden for all the non-Nepali travelers for a long time that has immensely contributed to protecting the raw nature and prevailing heritage of the region. Even though the region is open for tourism these days, only a handful of people visit Upper Mustang every year. To further protect the region Nepal government has imposed high entry permits charges that controls the flow of tourists in this part of Nepal.
Upper Mustang Trek will allow you to see the unspoiled nature. The region is completely untouched with the modern world that means no modern amenities and nice lodges. However, you will get to see irresistible beauty of nature, outstanding barren landscape, and the unique formation of huge rocks. Likewise, the craftsmanship and architecture resemble like Tibetans. The white-washed house, colorful prayer flags on old chortens, and beautiful barely fields add a splash of color to the arid landscape of Upper Mustang.
The trail you will be following during the Upper Mustang Trekking is an ancient salt trade route. As you will reach the Lo La Pass (3,950 m), you will get to see the medieval town, Lo Manthang at far distant. As you will reach near the town, you will pass by narrow alleyways. On the way, you will get to see hidden chortens, long prayer wheels, and herds of animals wandering in the fields. In Lo Manthang, you will visit the royal palace where the kings family resides, 15th-century gompa called Thugchen Gompa, Amchi Museum School. Likewise, outside of the town, you will visit other ancient monasteries in Chhoser and caves.
Upper Mustang Trek begins with a dramatic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. During the flight, you will get to see aerial views of the Annapurna Himalayas and the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge. From Jomsom, you will follow the Kali Gandaki River upstream and reach Kagbeni. From here onwards, you will trek in the restricted area and gradually reach Lo Manthang. Further, the trail descends back to Jomsom from where you will fly back to Pokhara.
During the Upper Mustang Trek 17-days, you will stay overnight in the guesthouse or teahouse. The facility will be basic in the guesthouse. Similarly, the meals will be served as per the menu of the place where you will be staying. Mustang Trek will take you to a high elevation where you will find everything more expensive than usual. Therefore, it is recommended to carry extra snacks with yourself. The best time to go on Upper Mustang Trek is from March to late November.
Many people travel to Upper Mustang in June to experience the famous Teji Festival. We, Green Valley Nepal Trek Research Hub is glad to present our professional designed Upper Mustang Trek itinerary that will offer you a lifetime experience. To become a part of this adventurous journey, you do not need to have any prior trekking experience. However, you will be trekking in difficult and different terrain, good health and physical fitness are needed to go on Upper Mustang Trekking. We also made tailor-made Upper Mustang Trek itinerary to meet your requirements. Feel free to contact us for any further queries or Upper Mustang Trek cost.
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu:
Day 2 :Free Day in Kathmandu & trek preparation
Day 3 :Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley: 7-8 hrs drive
Day 4 :Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni, 3-4 hrs walking
Day 5 :Kagbeni to Chele, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 6 :Chele to Syanbochen, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 7 :Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 8 :Ghaymi to Charang, 4-5 hrs walk
Day 9 :Charang to Lo-Mangthang, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 10 :Explore Lo-Mangthang
Day 11 :Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gompa, 4-5 hrs walk
Day 12 :Ghar Gompa to Ghiling, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 13 :Ghiling to Chele, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 14 :Chele to Jomsom, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 15 :Fly back to Pokhara & Free relax day in Pokhara
Day 16 :Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (884m)
Day 17 :Departure from Kathmandu
Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu: Arrival in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by a private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office to know about the details of the arrangements. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 :Free Day in Kathmandu & trek preparationFree day in Kathmandu & trek preparation. You will get the chance to sightsee inside the Kathmandu valley after having breakfast. The city sightseeing tour will lead you through various landmarks under world heritage listing such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath et cetera. Later, we will brief you about the trek and provide discussion for exciting queries regarding the trek.
Day 3 :Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley: 7-8 hrs driveDrive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is around 7-8 hours with an elevation of 823m (2700 ft). We will drive off on a tourist bus early in the morning. The scenic countryside and famous mountain ranges accompanies us through the journey. Pokhara is renowned for views of mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. Pokhara is also attributed with beautiful lakes like Fewa, Begnas and Rupa. Overnight stay at a lakeside hotel.
Day 4 :Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni, 3-4 hrs walkingOn the fourth day, we fly to Jomsom on an early morning flight. During the 20 minutes flight, the beauty of the 8000ers is sure to delight you. Jomson valley is a major junction for salt trade route and serves as headquarter of Mustang region. Following the trails along the Kali Gandaki River, the trail passes through Ekley-bhatti village, and an hour from here leads to Kagbeni. Kagbeni holds special importance as it links Kak Khola with Mustang Khola and forms the great Kal Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.
Day 5 :Kagbeni to Chele, 5-6 hrs walkThe next day is from Kagbeni to Chele which takes around 5 to 6 hours of walking. We need to show the permit to move upwards along the Kali Gandaki. The trails are windy and sandy, but provide opportunities to view absolute aesthetic sceneries. The uphill and downhill trail will lead us to Tangbe village. The village landscape features white washed houses, narrow alleys, orchards of apple and fields of wheat and barley. Moving on, we reach to Chhusang, and cross the river. We then see a huge conglomerate tunnel through which Kali Gandaki flows. Our day ends with arriving at Chele village after passing small ridges.
Day 6 :Chele to Syanbochen, 6-7 hrs walkAfter a short walk, the trail reaches Eklo Bhatti and ascends to Taklam La Pass (3624m). During the climb, views of Tilicho Peak, Damodar Danda and Yakawa Kang accompany us. The village of Samar lies a little downhill along the way. The trail passes through juniper forests, and the famous Ramchung Cave to reach Syanbochen after about three hours. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 7 :Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 5-6 hrs walkWe climb through a few teahouses and chortens and along local villages to the Yamda La pass (3850m). Houses along the way are built in the Tibetan architecture. Passing through poplar trees and barley fields along the way, the trail leads to Nyi Pass (4010m) where climbing becomes quite strenuous. Down the pass, Ghaymi village is the third largest in Lo region, our stay for the night.
Day 8 :Ghaymi to Charang, 4-5 hrs walkAfter a pleasant walk, we cross the Ghaymi Khola and climb to a plateau embellished with a long Mani wall. We follow this wall made by Buddhist followers to head east to Charang, a village with maize fields and stone walls separating houses. Overnight stay at a teahouse.
Day 9 :Charang to Lo-Mangthang, 5-6 hrs walkDropping to the Charang Chu Canyon, the trail then takes a steep climb which becomes gentler towards the Lo pass (3850m) where views of Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti and Tilicho peak are magnificent. The valley of Lo-Mangthang looks outstanding from here with hills towards the Tibetan end. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 10 :Explore Lo-Mangthang We spend this leisure day exploring Gombas and viewpoints in the periphery. Namgyal Gompa, a notable monastery that also functions as a local court, is situated atop a hill. The village of Tingkhar lies northwest and is the last major settlement. the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, the Raja’s four storey palace, the Entrance Hall and Champa Lakhang are other attractions of this town.
Day 11 :Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gompa, 4-5 hrs walkToday, we take an early walk from Lo-Mangthang as the route is mostly dusty with the afternoon wind. The Ghar Gompa is more than 1200 years old and is famous for its rock paintings. The presence of Guru Rinpoche along with legends that wishes made here come true also make this place well known.
Day 12 :Ghar Gompa to Ghiling, 5-6 hrs walkAgain, we take an early hike to Ghiling as afternoons are windy and dusty. After lunch, you can rest and explore the area towards the evening when the wind gets low. Overnight stay at Ghiling.
Day 13 :Ghiling to Chele, 5-6 hrs walkThe trail leads back to Chele is a pleasant one with wonderful views of the snow peaks passing along small hills and villages. Overnight stay in a teahouse.
Day 14 :Chele to Jomsom, 6-7 hrs walkEarly in the morning we start our walk to Kagbeni where we stop for lunch. Further on, we join the Annapurna circuit trek trail to reach Jomsom. Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage destination of the Hindus is close by where you can visit if you have a day to spare. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 15 :Fly back to Pokhara & Free relax day in Pokhara The early morning flight back from Jomsom is a scenic one and passes between the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri. Check in on a lakeside hotel upon arrival in Pokhara. The day can be spent either resting or exploring and taking part in some activities in the beautiful city of Pokhara.
Day 16 :Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (884m) A 5/6 hours bus ride from Pokhara gets us to Kathmandu. The end of the journey is celebrated with a farewell dinner. You can spend your time strolling around Thamel or getting some souvenirs for your loved ones. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 17 :Departure from KathmanduDeparture from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle.
This is my second time booking a trek with Green Valley. Kp is my go to when it comes to organising a trip to Nepal and planning the most incredible trekking experience. I completed Annapurna Base Camp in April and came back to do Everest Base Camp in October. We went as ...read more