Upper Mustang treks offer a spectacular trekking experience in the trans-Himalayan Mountains region on Nepal. Its landscapes are unbeatable. It has astounding wilderness, snowcapped peaks, stunning 16th-century monasteries, and many other exclusive attractions. Upper Mustang is a region which is untouched and unchanged from outside culture almost for centuries. It lies beyond the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayas at the very roof of Asia on the dry Tibetan plateau.
Upper Mustang is known as the last forbidden kingdom because it wasn’t until the 1990s that tourist was allowed to enter the region. Along the way, you can admire the uniqueness of treeless landscapes, rocky trails, brightly painted Chortens(Buddhist Shrines), tiny villages guarded by enormous Monasteries, deep canyons, caves, and oceans of windswept hills with fabulous colors. The wall capital city of Lo Manthang historically is an old kingdom of Lo. Distinctive Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni is usually called as Upper Mustang. Mustang is rich in Buddhist culture and tradition, where Buddhism is spread.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu
Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (800 M) [7-8hrs] by Tourist Bus
Day 04: Flight to Jomsom (2720 M)[18-20 min] and Trek to Kagbeni (2800 M) [3-4 hrs]
Day 05: Trek to Chele (3100 M) form Kagbeni (2800 M) [5-6 hrs]
Day 06: Trek to Syangboche (3800 M) form Chele (3100 M) [6-7 hrs]
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3510 M) from Syangboche (3800 M) [5-6 hrs]
Day 08: Trek to Charang (3560 M) from Ghami (3510 M) [5-6 hrs]
Day 09: Trek to Lomanthang (3840 M) form Charan 93560 M) [4-5 hrs]
Day 10: Excretion Day at Lomanthang
Day 11: Trek to Dhakmar (3820 M) form Lomanthang [6-7 hrs]
Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3810 M) form Dhakmar (3820 M) [5-6 hrs]
Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050 M) for Ghiling (3810 M) [5-6 hrs]
Day 14: Trek to Muktinath 93800 M) form Chhuksang (3080 M [6-7 hrs]
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2720 M) via Lupra village form Muktinath 93800 M) [5hrs]
Day1: Arrival at Kathmandu
You will be picked up by the representative of Himalayan Sewa Expedition and Trekking and transferred to the Kathmandu Eco Hotel by our private tourist vehicle. You have the free evening and overnight at the hotel.
Day2: Pre-Departure Meeting and Kathmandu Tour
After breakfast, we will organize a pre-departure meeting for providing the detail information about your tour and treks by our Guide. During our meeting clear all the remaining dues if any, bring 3 copies of passport size photos, copy of your passport and travel insurance policy. Please feel free to ask any queries with our guide related to your trekking regions. After meeting, our excellent tour guide will take you for Kathmandu valley sightseeing in private tourist vehicle. During the tour, you will visit the major historical, cultural and religious center of Kathmandu valley including Swyambhunath Stupa (The Monkey Temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Our tour guide will explain to you about the cultural, historical and religious importance of these places in brief during the tour. You will be transferred to the hotel after your tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
At 6:30 am, our trekking staffs will pick up you at the hotel and escort to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am. You will drive by the beautiful rivers Trisuli and Marsyangdi which is very popular for rafting as well. Pokhara is very popular for the panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas such as Annapurna, Machhapuchare(Fishtail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. After 7 hours of drive, you will arrive at Pokhara, the beautiful city of lakes, caves Buddhist and Hindus temples. You can enjoy your evening wandering on lakesides. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day4: Fly to Jomsom (2720M) and trek to Kagbeni (2800M)
After Breakfast, you will hop on the flight for Jomsom (2720M) which takes about 18 min to 20 mins. During the flight, you will be able to enjoy the majestic scenery of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Jomsom, the capital city of Mustang is our starting point for the trek. From Jomsom, our trek will continue towards Kagbeni (2800M) along the Kali Gandaki riverbed which takes 3-4 hrs. Kagbeni is famous for its windy breeze and splendid scenery of the desert plains of Mustang Region
Day5: Kagbeni(2800M) to Chele(3100M)
After the permit checks (trekking permit for restricted Mustang region) at Kagbeni, we begin our trek by moving upstream the Kali Gandaki river towards Chele (3100M). Our journey takes about 5hrs-6hrs tentatively. The path follows the river closely and leads to the eastern flat desert-like plains. Approaching Tangbe we come across colorful chortens, whitewashed buildings that have been partly painted red and narrow alleyways that reflect the uniqueness of the region. From Tangbe, we ascend to Chele our ending point for the day.
Day6: Chele (3100M) to Syangbochen
Today, we ascend for a steep climb from Chele to Syangbochen ( M). The route for today is pretty adventurous as we come across various up and down trails through plateaus and narrow stretches with breathtaking views. The entire trek today takes about 5hrs-6hrs. When we reach the village of Syangbochen we can notice the influence of the Tibetan culture from the Kingdom of Lo.
Day7: Syangbochen to Ghami
We start our trek from Syangbochen after a good breakfast. On our journey today we will pass through several chortens, local villages with Tibetan styled houses and passes. Then we ascend towards the Nyi Lia Pass with a splendid scenery of the vast wilderness that is spread across the region. From Nyi La we descend toward Ghami where we will overnight.
Day8: Ghami to Tsharang
From Ghami we trek towards Tsharang village. It is a pleasant walk that takes about 5hrs-6hrs. Along the route to Tsharangwe pass through long mani walls carved with Buddhist prayer stones. The village of Tsharang has beautiful stupas, gompas, and monasteries that reflect the unique Buddhist traditions and the Tibetan influences.
Day9: Tsharang to Lo Manthang
We depart from the beautiful village of Tsharang and ascend up the ridge to the windy pass of Lo, where we will first view the walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the forbidden kingdom of Lo. As we move toward the city we climb onto a plateau where the city is based. The whitewashed walls enclose several homes, tea houses, the ancient palace, and gompas. The only entrance to the city is through the gate in the northeast corner. We overnight at a teahouse in Lo Manthang.
Day10: Excursion day at Lo Manthang
Today is the day we explore the entire city of Lo Manthang. This is one of the most important ventures of our entire trek as the city holds historical and cultural importance. We will be able to experience and observe the unique Tibetan culture. We will visit the four major Gompas in the city. Another point if interest is the royal palace, a nine-cornered, five-story structure built around 1400. We will also visit Chhosar cave. Chhosar cave is manmade residential caves built into rocks in Chhosar.
Day11: Lo Manthang to Dhakhmar
We descend toward Dhakhmar from the city of Lo. We will cross two passes along the way. The trek today takes 6hrs-7hrs. Close to Dhakhmar you can find the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, the Lo Gekar Monastery. Lo Gekar Monastery was built in the 8th century by the famous Tibetan magician Guru Rinpoche.
Day12: Dhakmar to Gelling
Today we continue down to Gelling for our overnight stay. We can explore the area of Gellling in the afternoon.
Day13: Gelling to Chhuksang
We descend to Chhuksang from Gelling. It is a 5hrs-6hrs trek. Along the route, you can enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.
Day14: Chhuksang to Muktinath
From Chhuksang we start our trek to Muktinath temple. It takes about 7hrs-8hrs to reach Muktinath. Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists and is a popular destination for tourists visiting the Mustang region. The temple has a total of 108 water taps. The water from these taps is said to have great spiritual and religious importance. Another attraction in the temple is the natural flame. The temple has a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere with panoramic views of snowcapped mountains.
Day15: Muktinath to Jomsom via Lupra village
After Breakfast at Muktinath valley, we will trek back to Jomsom via the Lupra village. Lupra is a traditional village hidden in the Panda Khola gorges between Kagbeni and Jomsom. We will overnight at Jomsom.
Day16: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom
After exploring the city of Jomsom for a short period we check into the airport for a flight back to Pokhara. On arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will transfer you to a lakeside hotel in Pokhara where you will overnight.
Day17: Exploration of Pokhara, the lake city
This is the day to enjoy the beauty of Pokhara. The most beautiful places like Phewa Lake, Devi’s waterfall, International Mountaineering Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshowr cave will be visited. You will have a relaxing afternoon. You can also spend some hours boating in Phewa Lake. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by company vehicle that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields, and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. In the evening you can take a short walk around Thamel if you need to purchase some souvenirs to take back to your country. We will provide you a fully sponsored farewell dinner for your great achievement in successfully completing the Trek at a restaurant of your choice or our home. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Day19: Departure from Kathmandu
You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure with our company van. It’s our great pleasure to organize your tour and thanks for joining the team of Himalayan Sewa Expedition and trekking.
Day 16: Flight to Pokhara from Jomsom
Day17: Pokhara City Tour
Day18: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day19: Transfer to International airport for your final Departure
The trip includes the following services:
1. Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
2. Well experience trekking guide/s
3. Porters/s (a porter carries up to 25 kg luggage for 2 people)
4. Entry permit for Annapurna Conservation Area Project
5. Trekkers information management service(TIMS) card
6. All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking
7. Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast basis for a single night.
8. Tea house/ guest house basis accommodation during the trek (we recommend a hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara according to your budget.)
9. Sleeping bag, down jacket duffle bags and trekking poles, etc. (as per your need.)
10. All land transportation where applicable
11. Insurance and equipment for our trekking staffs
12. First aid kits
13. One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a live cultural performance at Authentic Nepal restaurant on the last evening.
14. Rescue Assistance in case required [provided by your insurance company]15. Souvenirs such as t-shirt, mug, posters and many more
The trip doesn’t include the following services:
1. Personal natural expenses
2. Hot/cold drinks, beverage, shower, heater, wifi, battery charge, etc
3. Tips for staffs
4. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
5. Travel insurance
6. Local area entry fee such as monastery, museum, park, etc
The following equipment list is suggested an essential for camping or tea house trekking in the Himalayas. Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu or Pokhara as well. Make sure that you at least have the following listed items.
1. One large duffel bag for your personal gears
2. One small padlock for your duffel bag
3. One rucksack or day bag/pack according to the needs of your personal belongings
4. Power bars/ Chocolates/ candies
5. Sunhats, Sunglasses, warm hats, sunscreens, lip care
6. Lightweight gloves/ heavy weight gloves with a waterproof shell outer
8. Thermal under garments- top & bottom [synthetic is the best]9. Under garments
10. Long shirts
11. Warm trousers (loose & comfortable)
12. Down Jackets
13. Jacket (windproof, waterproof with hood), waterproof pants
14. Light weight walking boots(leather recommended)
15. Woolen socks(thin, thick)
16. Pair of comfortable shoes
17. Water bottle ( thermos recommended)
18. Water purification tablet or liquid (chlorine/iodine)
19. Waterproof bag cover
20. Sleeping bag( temperature resistance as low as -15 degree Celsius)
22. Books, pen, journal
23. Trekking map/ guide book
24. Spare batteries or Power bank
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