Upper Mustang Trek

15 Days

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  • Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Info

ACTIVITY
Trekking
DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAX. ELEVATION
3770m
BEST SEASON
Feb-Nov
ACCOMMODATION
3 Star | Teahouse
TRANSPORTATION
Flight | Car | Jeep

Overview

Upper Mustang Trek provides a unique opportunity to meet authentic mountain people who have had little contact with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years. Mustang, also regarded as the “final bastion of traditional Tibetan culture,” has been protected from mass tourists because of how difficult it is to get there. Due to its long, rich, and complicated history, Upper Mustang is one of the Himalayas’ most fascinating locations for trekking. The main attractions of Mustang are Muktinath Temple, Jomsom, Nilgiri Mountain, Kali Gandaki River, and many others. You can also see the Dhaulagiri Mountain ( ht. 8167m).

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Ancient monasteries, traditional villages, high-cliff cave dwellings, and the breathtaking architecture seen in the walled city of Lo Manthang are all examples of its preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture (capital of the Mustang region). People consider this walk to be one of the best treks they’ve ever done. The majority of visitors walk the same trade route that was in use in the 15th century.

Interesting Fact: Less than 1,000 trekkers typically visit the area annually, and organized treks began to explore the area in 1992.

Religion and Culture

The trek allows you to see the monasteries of many ethnic groups and learn about their cultures and faiths. You may also experience Tibetan influence on the Trek activities. Warm welcomes and warmth, particularly among the local peoples of the region, will add enchanting memories to your walk. Many Gompas, Chortens, flapping prayer flags, caves, rock murals, and century-old monasteries will give you a spiritual feeling as you walk through them. You will continue your trek while enjoying stunning views of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other mountain ranges. Breathe in the spirituality of the Tibetans and their monks, with their Mani walls, prayer flags, and ritual chanting. Come with us and learn more about Tibetan Buddhism. Overall, this trek will be the most memorable trek of one’s life.

Best time to Trek In Upper Mustang Trek

Due to its location in the Himalayas’ rain shadow, Upper Mustang is accessible all year round and makes for a fantastic monsoon trek. Winter is the main factor of consideration because most citizens leave the city to avoid the extreme cold and snow. March to early November is typically the ideal time to visit Upper Mustang.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
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  • Arrival in Kathmandu (Alt. 1400m) by morning flight.
  • Meet our office representative and drive to the hotel. 
  • Take a rest and visit Thamel to buy missing or forgotten Trekking Gears and Equipment for your trek. 
  • Issuing a Special Permit to trek in the Mustang Area. 
  • Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and explore around Pokhara
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  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Alt. 822m) (Approx. 25 min) 
  • Meet our guide and transfer to a hotel. 
  • Explore around the lakeside in Pokhara (Pokhara is one of Nepal's most famous tourist destinations. Pokhara Valley is a popular tourist destination because of its lakes and the Himalayan range. Additionally, Pokhara is well-known for its boating, trekking, rafting, and extreme sports including bungee jumping, canoeing, and rafting. Additionally, the city serves as a gateway to the breathtaking Annapurna Massif in the north.)
  • Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 3: Fly from Pokhara to the Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
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  • Morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2743m) (Approx. 25 min flight)
  • Land in the Kingdom of mountains with a unique mountain landscape. (Jomsom is a beautiful and huge town in this area)
  • Have breakfast with a gorgeous view of Mount Dhaulagiri (Ht. 8167m), Mount Nilgiri (Ht. 7061m), Pisang Peak (Alt. 3250), and many other mountains.
  • Hike up to Kagbeni (Alt. 2804m) (Approx.⅔ hrs) 
  • Have lunch and explore the beautiful Kagbeni Village on the bank of the Kaligandaki river.
  • Dinner and Overnight at teahouse/Lodge in Kagbeni.
Day 4: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele
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  • Trek begins with the Kali Gandaki river bank trail. 
  • See the farming fields on the way and also the view of Apple orchards in the landscape. (The main crops of this area are Buckwheat, Barley, and Apple)
  • Pass through Small Mountain village Tangbe (3060m) as we go forward with the wind of Kali Gandaki Gorge. (The people of this village are called "Tangbetani" and Buddhism is the main religion followed by people in this area)
  • Explore around Tangbe, and see the ruins of an ancient fortress and many Buddhist Chortens which were built in ancient times by Buddhist travelers. 
  • Trek uphill and reach the beautiful village “Chele”. (We may see a gorgeous view of Mount Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range)
  • Dinner and overnight at a teahouse/Lodge in Chele.
Day 5: Trek from Chele to Syangboche
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  • Trek towards Syangboche. (It may take up to 7/8hrs to reach Syangboche, so it’s gonna be a long day)
  • Climb up to (Alt. approx. 600m) and cross Taklam-La pass (Alt. 3625m). (We may see Copper-Red Canyon beside the trails which will make your trip more adventurous and memorable.)
  • Reach the beautiful village “Samar”. (We may see many ancient Chorten on the way) 
  • Cross through Dajori La Pass (Alt. 3735m) 
  • Reach to Syangboche. 
  • Overnight and dinner at a Teahouse/Lodge in Syanboche.
Day 6: Syangboche to Ghami Trek
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  • Trek from Syangbochen to Nyi La Pass ( Alt. 4020m).
  • Descend to the town of Geling and trek uphill across the fields to the valley's heart. 
  • Climb a challenging terrain across the valley's head to reach the Nyi La pass (3840m). 
  • Descend to a trail junction where the left trail leads to Ghami (A cliff overhangs the village, which is made up of a collection of whitewashed mud and stone homes.) and the right trail goes to Charang. 
  • After a long journey of 5hrs, spend a night in a wonderful location.
Day 7: Ghami to Charang Trek
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  • Hike to the driest area of Mustang. (It will be a tough hike over pretty tough terrain. However, when we get there, we'll be rewarded with spectacular landscapes of the isolated countryside and the ability to see mountains in all directions)
  • Take some rest at Charang (Alt. 3870m). (It is a huge village which is at the top of the Charang Chu Canyon)
  • Get to see a historical fort and a red Gompas with an impressive collection of statues and thangkas that can be found to the east of the village.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Charang after approx 4hrs of the trek.
Day 8: Charang to Lo Manthang
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  • Trek to Lo Manthang  (Alt. 3560m). (One of the best attractions on our trek) 
  • Pass through Lo-Gekar on our trek ( It is the oldest Gompa in Nepal and predates the Samye Gompa in Tibet)
  • Did you know that? : The Kingdom of Lo's walled capital was located in this area. Ame Pal founded the city in 1380. It has about 150 houses as well as lama gurus' dwellings. 
  • After arriving at the walled city of Lo, explore the nearby historical temples and monasteries as well as the exterior of the King's gorgeous palace, where the King and Queen of Lo-Manthang reside. 
  • Lead horses on a lease while admiring the lovely landscape.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Lo Manthang after approx. 5hrs of the trek.
Day 9: Trip to Chhoser cave
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  • Trek to Chhoser cave (Alt. 3770m) (approx 3hrs) and see the historical paintings portraying the life of the Buddha.
  • Explore the mystical town of Lo-Manthang with a 2-hour visit to the Namgyal Gompa. (This stunning gompa, which is situated on a hilltop and serves as the local courthouse, is of major social, religious, and legal significance) 
  • Explore the 40-household village of Tingkhar, located northwest of Lomanthang. 
  • Then go to Champa Lhakang and see the gigantic statue of the Buddha and beautiful Mandala paintings on the walls.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Lo-Manthang.
Day 10: Lomangthang to Dhakmar Trek
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  • Trek to the upper highland trail which is the route out of Lo-Manthang. (We will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Lo-Manthang, the Charang Valley, and snow-capped mountains in the distance)
  • Cross the 4,100-meter-high Dhi Pass as we reach Dhakmar.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Dhakmar after approx. 6-7hrs of the trek.
Day 11: Dhakmar to Ghiling Trek
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  • The trek to Ghiling  (Alt. 3860m) begins from Dhakmar after breakfast which will take approx. 5-6hrs.
  • Passing through Chhunggar, Jhaite & Tamagaon villages, reach the longest Mani wall of Mustang and ancient Chortens.
  • On the way, cross Ghami Khola and reach the amazing Ghami village surrounded by the high cliff and caves.
  • Explore villages, monasteries, sky caves, and buckwheat fields.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Ghiling.
Day 12: Ghiling to Chuksang Trek
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  • Trek over hills and ridges to reach the upper village of Chuksang (Alt. 3050m), Tetang, which is situated between two hills. (It is a secure retreat from the ferocious winds that frequently hit the Kali Gandaki valley)
  • On the final day of this unforgettable trekking, you will pass Jharkot village, visit the nearby monastery, and the stunning Tibetan Herbal Medicine Center, and sightsee a historical fortress that was once a palace. 
  • Enjoy the scenery as we make our way down to Jomsom, including the Kali Gandaki Valley and Kagbeni Village. With all of our employees present, we will celebrate the conclusion of the trek in Jomsom.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Jomsom after approx. 5-6hrs of the trek.
Day 13: Chuksang to Jomsom Trek
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  • On the final day of this unforgettable trek, we will pass Jharkot village, visit the nearby monastery, the impressive Tibetan Herbal Medicine Center, and see an ancient fortress that was once a palace. 
  • We will enjoy the scenery as we make our way down to Jomsom, including the Kali Gandaki Valley and Kagbeni Village. (The entrance to Mustang is at this location.) 
  • The last day of the trek will be celebrated in Jomsom with all of our team.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Jomsom.
Day 14: Fly back from Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
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  • Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara and then Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring and relaxing there. You will have the chance to buy some souvenirs for your memories.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Kathmandu
Day 15: Final departure from Kathmandu to your home country
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  • You will depart from Tribhuvan International Airport to your home country.

Includes

  • Accommodations during the hike in a tea house or lodge.
  • Three-star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu for two nights.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • English-speaking guide with experience.
  • A porter to pick you up and take you to the airport.
  • Liner-equipped sleeping bag.
  • All required permits, such as those for trekking and national parks.
  • Airfare for a round-trip flight (Kathmandu to Lukla).

Excludes

  • All personal expenses, bar tabs, laundry, water, travel insurance, beverages, phone calls, internet, and trek-related costs such as heater bills are excluded.
  • Gratuity for the guide, porter.
  • Rescue via helicopter.
  • Personal trekking gear, as well as emergency rescue procedures.
  • All costs associated with a change in plans because of landslide, political unrest, strike, or lockdown.
  • All of Kathmandu's lunch and dinner.

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