- Charang Valley
- Mustang Valley
- Mustang Valley
- Upper Mustang
- Lo Manthang
Upper Mustang Trek
- Duration : 17 Days
- Primary activity : Trekking and Hiking
- Secondary activity: Buddhist Culture
- Group size : Min. 2 Pax
- Max-Altitude : 3810 m/12,500ft
- Country: Nepal
- Transportation: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicles
- Trip starts from: Kathmandu/Pokhara
- Ends in: Kathmandu/Pokhara
- Meals: Nepali and Continental
- Type: Tea House/Tent Camp
- Accomodation: Hotel and lodge
- Trip Route: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Kagbeni-Chele-Syanbochen-Ghaymi-Charang-LoMangthang-Dhakmar-Ghiling-Chhuksang-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
The Upper Mustang Trek is an off the beaten path adventure that offers a wonderful chance to explore the unique lifestyle, culture and tradition of local inhabitants (referred as highlanders), along with awesome views and spectacular landscapes. The Upper Mustang region is close to Tibet and there are many cultural and geographical similarities between the local Mustangi people and their Tibetan neighbours. The major highlight of this trip is Lo-manthang and the surrounding areas and the Upper Mustang Trek gives a powerful insight into this isolated, picturesque and enthralling region of Nepal. It is truly an amazing experience.
Our Upper Mustang Trek begins after we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and take a short flight to Jomsom. Then we set off towards Kagbeni, the entry point of the upper Mustang Region. Kagbeniis blessed with natural beauty and spectactuar landscapes which the localssometimes compare to heaven.The capital of upper Mustang (Lo-manthang) is reached by following the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream via Chele, Syanbochen, Ghyami and Charang. There are the several thousand year old Buddhist monasteries like Lo-GekarGompa and SamyeGompa which are a major attraction for trekkers in this region. They still have a tribal head and who is honored like a king. A meeting with him (Jigme Palmar Bista) can be arranged upon request.
Upper Mustang Trek gives us an opportunity to explore the unique local lifestyle, for instance polygamy is still widespread here. This upper mustang region was forbidden to visitors until 1991 but now this hidden kingdom is open to all the travelers from all round the world. Most of the houses are made of stone and sun baked mud bricks. The Tiji festival celebrated is another major attraction, celebrated during month ofMarch. Our trekking trail further head towards Ghiling and Chhuksang towards Jomsom from where we take a morning flight to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.
The Upper Mustang Trek can be joined during any time of the year because this place lies in the rain shadow area and receives much less rain fall, even during monsoon season. You do not require previous trekking experience, however you must be physically fit with a passion for exploring new places, environments and cultures. Join our Upper Mustang Trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers and have authentic trekking in Nepal experience.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs
Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17: Fly Home: Farewell Friend
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]:
As you arrive to the medieval city of Kathmandu in the Tribhuwan International Airport and complete the formalities in the customs, you will be greeted by our representative with the proper identification. You shall then be transferred to the respective hotel of your stay. The rest of day is up to you wherein you may rest in the hotel or explore the surrounding areas. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
Today we shall have sightseeing of the historical and cultural heart of Nepal, the Kathmandu valley. It hosts several outstanding heritages also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exploring the valley presents visitors with the mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and western influences. We pay visit to the sacred Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunath stupa(also called Monkey Temple). We also explore the well preserved Durbar squares along with other heritages as possible. We shall also have a pre-trip meeting for the trek starting the following day wherein we discuss on the required documents and guidelines besides getting introduced to the trek guide. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive:
We leave the ancient capital city of Kathmandu and proceed to one of the most beautiful Pokhara valley. Along the journey to the Lake City, we drive along the twists and turns of the Prithvi Highway, the hub of Mugling, lying in the point of confluence of Trishuli and Marshyangdi River, small settlements in between that displays the unique lifestyles of the locals in the hills. The green hills, rivers flowing deep down from the road, views of the mountain peaks occasionally and the rural setting make the drive an enjoyable one. Fishtail Mountain is the first mountain to welcome you to the scenic city. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs:
Today we shall start the trek after our flight to the beautiful Jomsom. We fly northwest from Pokhara towards the gateway between the snow-clad mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The lofty massif of above 8000 meters and the deep gorges en route is sure to give chills to the travelers. Our trek starts from Jomsom. Starting from the banks of Kali Gandaki River, we reach to the settlement of Ekle Bhatti after a couple of hours’ trek and an hour trek leads us to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an interesting village at the ancient trade route to Tibet and also serves as the entry point to the restricted Upper Mustang Trekking. Kali Gandaki is formed by the confluence of Mustang River and Kak River, two small rivers. This clustered village has ancient monasteries as well. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs:
We proceed to our overnight destination from Kagbeni passing through the settlements of Tangbe, Chhusang and reach to the Tibetan culture dominated Chele village. Towards the east bank of Kali Gandaki River we traverse ahead over ridges, towards the north and reach to the Tangbe village. This village is marked by the complex trails amongst the whitewashed settlements, cultivations and apple orchards. We are looked over by the Nilgiri Mountain all along our way. After the village we move further along to Chhusang village then cross the river to move ahead, out of the Kali Gandaki valley we climb up to Chele village. This marks the end of influence of Manangi culture and the beginning of Tibetan culture of Lo. Overnight in Chele.
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs:
From the village of Chele we have a steep ascend westwards, opposite to the village of Ghyakar and along the deep crayon turning right and following gorge. On along the rocky trail, past the steep descend on some section of the trail, we reach to the top of the pass with the view of Kali Gandaki River and mountains in the distance along with the view of Samar village. Descending from the pass, past a creek, we reach to a red painted cave monastery or the Rangchyung Chorten, believed to have hosted the famed Buddhist saints Padmasambhava and Atisha centuries ago. Through the forests and gouges with high vertical wall, we reach to an area where walls with temporary homes for herders. With a constant and relatively easy climb we reach to Syanbochen, a village with cluster of homes. Overnight in Syanbochen.
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs:
The initial phase of today’s trekking consists of crossing of one of the three high pass to be crossed today, the Yanda La pass. We move past distinctive chortens painted with Buddhism’s auspicious symbols. We march through the terraced valley to the village of Ghelung above which we have two red Gompas. Through this sparsely settled village, we have Nyi La Pass ahead. The path further descends gradually and leads us to the Ghami La pass past the villages and deserted landscapes which shall be further rugged as we move along the trail. Further ahead we have a village above the river and surrounded by fields and by hills bit further. This is Ghaymi village which is the third largest settlement in the Mustang valley. Overnight in Ghaymi.
Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs:
Today we shall have a shorter trekking journey as compared to the previous day. We start with paying visit to Mustang’s longest Mani wall, adorned with the carvings, accompanied by the group of chortens that mark the end of the valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche destroyed a demon whose intestine landed at the present location of the Mani wall, its lungs near the red cliffs behind and its heart at the spot of current Lo Gekar monastery, the oldest monastery in Mustang. We ascend gradually up to a pass and move ahead through barren lands to reach Tsarang chorten and the palace of Tsarang. Along the broad road, we reach to the destination of today’s overnight stay, the settlement of Tsarang (Charang). Tsarang was the capital of the ancient Lo kingdom in the 14th century. Overnight in Charang.
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs:
Our destination for today will be the famous settlement of Lo Manthang. We pass through the Caharang Chu canyon initially and climb steeply after we cross the river as we leave the palace and gompas behind. We trek for few hours along the barren lands, through valley bed, past the ruins of ancient fortress and monasteries and have the famed walls of Lo Manthang ahead in the trail and before that we cross the windy pass of Lo. Trekking along the southern walls of the surrounding city we reach to the small bridge and walk into the closely guarded town. The residence to the King Jigme Palbar Bista, his four storied palace inside the city walls and the ancient legacy of dynasty ruling the Mustang region since ages ago make this walled city that neighbor the Tibetan border. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang:
Lo-Mangthang is a beautiful, culturally rich and architecturally sound settlement with well preserved legacy since the 14th century. Inside the walled city, we can explore four major ancient shrines, brick-red Jampa Lhakhang (the oldest gompa), 50 foot large clay statue of Buddha, 15th century old /thubchen Gompa and Choprang Gompa. Besides the Royal Palace of the Mustangi King, Mustang has an interesting village with unique cultural values and lifestyle that may be of alien natured to the outsiders. The Tall Champa Lakhang, red Thugchen Gompa and the Entrance Hall are some of the other main attraction of the town. Besides the cultural richness, we can also explore to the cave village of Chosar with deep red Nyhu Gompa, reached past two bridges. We can also wander around to harphu Gompa on the east ban of Mustang River, the ancient cave-dwelling site of Jhong Cave, the Nyamdo Gompa, Namgyal Gompa in the village of Namgyal and other villages such as the Phuwa and Chosar valley as a part of our exploration in and around the walled city of Lo-Mangthang. White-washed villages, old fortress, ruins of ancient palaces and monuments and the most famous palace of Mustangi King are the other highlights in the valley. Overnight in Lo-Mangthang.
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810m/12,500ft]: 6-7hrs:
After the exploration of this unique and interesting walled city of Lo-Mangthang we take a different rail than the original trail we followed on our way into this Forbidden City. We trail back to Chogo La pass on an uphill climb and further on the trail becomes easier which leads us downhill to the settlement of Drakmar, our overnight stay for today. We explore the Ghar Gumba that falls past the half way of today’s trail. The Gompa has beautiful rock paintings and locals believe that the prayer in this shrine is surely heard. After we have a break at the spot, we trail ahead for couple of hours to reach to the Drakmar. Overnight in Drakmar.
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs:
We are already on the second half of the trekking expedition. Today we shall aim for our overnight stay in the village of Ghiling after a tiring walk of around 5-6 hours. The exploration of Ghiling is advised to be done in the evening as the windy afternoon makes it difficult for the trekkers to look around. Th tre to Ghiling takes the trekkers on the encounter with villages, impressive chortens, monasteries and amazing landscapes. Overnight in Ghiling.
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs:
Today is another day that takes us further towards the end of the trekking experience through these unique and desert-like landscapes decorated by cultural legacies and glorious mountains. On our way to the village of Chhuksang we have breathtaking views of the Himalayas, scenic diversity and interaction with the locals that makes you ponder on the resilience and hospitality of the locals along the trail. Overnight in Chhuksang.
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs:
This is the last section of this trekking trip that shall have strenuous physical walking. We shall have a longer trekking and start early to reach the settlement in Kagbeni. This also marks the end of the Upper Mustang trail and the joining of the Annapurna circuit trekking trail. Kagbeni is a historical village and the Door to the Kingdom of Mustang that still retains the medieval charm till date. Having rest in Kagbeni we shall move towards the beautiful Jomsom. The district headquarter of Mustang, Jomsom has almost everything needed for tourists, from hospitals to airport, from excellent hotels to delicious cuisines and spectacular view of Mount Nilgiri. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara:
Today we shall leave the amazing Mustang after an interesting and unique trekking experience. The short flight from Jomsom takes us to the scenic city of Pokhara, a city full of lakes and a hotspot for adventurous activities and gateway for several trekking expeditions in and around Annapurna region. Flying in a small plane between the massifs of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South is a marvelous experience that adds another memory for the trekkers. The trekkers may explore the beautiful Pokhara city and collect souvenir for the near and dear ones from the Lake City of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
We end our exciting and memorable tour today. We drive back almost around 200 km to Kathmandu that mesmerizes as strongly as it attracted us for the first time we drove along this route. Sitting on the left pane of the vehicle from Pokhara to Kathmandu shall give us good view along the journey. After getting ourselves rested in Kathmandu our representative shall drop you to the Tribhuwan International Airport on the day of your departure. Hope the tour was an amazing experience with cultural diversity, Himalayas with a sense of achievement. We expect you to be back to this marvelous nation on other adventurous and tour expeditions. Gracias!
Day 24: Farewell Day: :
Today will be your final day in Nepal, as we drop you to International Airport for your scheduled international flight towards your onward destination.
- Airport pickup and drop service
- 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
- All lodging and fooding during the trek (B,L,D included)
- Transportation costs: Drive or take a domestic flight in (Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu) route as per itinerary
- Also another flight or drive in (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) route as per itinerary
- Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and a porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, fooding and insurance
- Trekking permits: Upper Mustang Special Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
- First aid medical box
- All required trekking gears like sleeping bag and down jacket made available on rent
- 13% VAT and 10% service charge
- Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
- International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in scheduled itinerary
- Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
- All personal expenses
- Tip for guides and porters is expected but not mandatory
Complimentary items offered by Nepal Mountain Trekkers
- Nepal Mountain Trekker t-Shirt and duffel bag with comprehensive trekking map
- Spa treatment for mind and body in Kathmandu after completion of trek
- Farewell treat