Upper Mustang Trekking - 17 Days

Upper Mustang Trekking

Overview

Mustang, a previously isolated demilitarized zone of Nepal and China, shares great historical significance as it was priorly the Kingdom of Lo. The region is also known as the ‘Last Forbidden Kingdom’ as it was a restricted area previously. It has roots deep in its mountainous terrain filled with tens of thousands of manmade caves dating back thousands of years, serving as a major tourist attraction. You definitely do not want to miss the chance of viewing the diverse landscape and culture. The Upper Mustang trek into the remote Trans-Himalayan Region of this semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom offers an adventurous 14-day itinerary with spectacular trekking through the striking semi-arid desert with colourful rock formations, deep ravines and snow-capped peaks surrounding you. The history, culture, myth and legend blend perfectly with the stunning scenery. The caves of Tibet are to date used by Tibetan Buddhists who perform advanced tantric yoga and tummo, a form of Tibetan breathing that allows a person to generate body heat at a high altitude or tackle negative emotions. Most caves are abandoned and eroding of natural causes but some are preserved due to the archaeological significance by the government and some are taken care of by nearby villages that protect statues and deities residing in the caves. So, while trekking, if the thought of cleansing your soul ever crosses your mind, definitely pay a visit. Entering Upper Mustang is not an easy task. However, currently, the easiest and only widely used road corridor, from Kathmandu to Lhasa—named Arniko Highway in Nepal and China National Highway 318 in the TAR—traverses a 5,125-metre (16,810 ft) pass. This is some 465 meters (1,530 ft) higher than Kora La. 

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to the previously restricted area and one of the gems of Nepal
  • Exotic walled capital city of Lo Manthang. Built in 1380 A. D. by the first King of Lo
  • Home to some of the tallest peaks in the world which includes Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
  • A privileged entrance into the way of life of the true mountain people

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrive at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

    Our representative will meet at the arrival gate with a signboard for Mandala Holidays. Then you will be escorted to your selected hotel. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 2:
    Sightseeing of cultural UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu

    Today is the auspicious day of our tour. We visit some of the cultural UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Swayambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudha and Pashupatinath would be our touring destinations today. These heritages are the live reflector of the religious integrity and architectural wealth of Nepal. After that time you will be briefed about the tour. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 3:
    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

    Today after breakfast, we leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to a large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating in Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 4:
    Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

    Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village after Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

  • Day 5:
    Trek to Chele (10004ft. 3050m) via Tangbe

    We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.

  • Day 6:
    Trek to Ghilling (11709ft. 3570m). Explore monasteries and village

    Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Ghilling. Overnight in Ghilling

  • Day 7:
    Trek to Ghami (3,460m/11,352ft). Explore monasteries and village.

    We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, Chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village. Overnight in Ghami.

  • Day 8:
    Trek to Charanag (11677ft. 3560m). Explore monasteries and village

    Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.

  • Day 9:
    Trek to Lo Manthang (12,238ft. 3,730m). Visit monasteries, king´s palace and museum

    We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which is at 3950m. From the top of the pass, we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass, we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

  • Day 10:
    Excursion Choser village, back to Lo Manthang after visiting monasteries and caves.

    Today you will explore the Choser village after breakfast. Visit some of the famous monasteries and picturesque caves. You will be back to Lo Manthang after the excursion. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 11:
    Trek to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours via Ghar Gompa

    We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century-old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa which is 1200 years old and continue our trek to Drakmar for an overnight stay.

  • Day 12:
    Trek to Syangmochen (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours

    We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Syangmochen. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our faces, but we still get good views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village in the evening. Overnight in Yangmochen.

  • Day 13:
    Trek to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

    We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.

  • Day 14:
    Trek to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours

    Today is the last day of our trek and it is a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

  • Day 15:
    Fly back to Pokhara

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The aeroplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara

  • Day 16:
    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 17:
    Final Departue from Kathmandu

    Our office representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your International Departure. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as jungle safari at National parks, rafting, mountain biking etc.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival and Departure Airport transfers
  • Guided Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
  • Sightseeing Transfers
  • English speaking professional Tour guide
  • Entry fee to monumental sites
  • Trek Transfer Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by Private vehicle
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight
  • 3-nights accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis
  • 2-nights accommodation in Pokhara on BB basis
  • 11-nights accommodation in Tea houses during the trek on full board plan
  • English speaking professional trekking guide
  • Farewell Gala Dinner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Restricted Area Permit, ACAP and TIMS card
  • Salary, Insurance of Trek Guide
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and Company Service Charge

Exclusions

  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal entry Visa Cost
  • Trekking Gears and Equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue (It is necessary in case of emergency)
  • Extended Stay due to any natural disaster
  • Anything not included in inclusions

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Upper Mustang Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Flight, Bus/Jeep/Car
  • min 2 pax
  • 3840 m
  • 4 Star category hotel and Tea Houses
  • Mar – June, Aug - Oct
  • Trekking
  • Restricted Area Permit, ACAP, TIMS
  • Moderately Difficult