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Upper Mustang Trek
Trekking
Leisurely
3840m/12598ft

Service Level Standard

At a Glance

"Sculpted canyons with wild rock formations, deep gorges, medieval villages, ancient fortresses, palaces and mysterious, ancient cave hermitages, Tibetan Buddhist gompas (Monastery) and soaring snow-peaks characterize this spectacular region, a 'thumb' sticking up into the Tibetan plateau. Mustang is a Kingdom tucked away along the deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, a remote and starkly beautiful region, Tibet's arid high desert bordered by some of the Himalaya's highest mountains."

Mustang (from the Tibetan Mun Tan, meaning "fertile plain") is the former Kingdom of Lo. It now forms part of north-central Nepal, bordering China on the Tibetan plateau between the provinces of Dolpo and Manang. The culture is Tibetan Buddhist.The Mustang region is often referred to as 'The Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal'.  This stark and barren area of the middle Himalayas holds the last remnants of true Tibetan lifestyle untainted by foreign occupation. Whilst being annexed to Nepal, Mustang enjoys its own autonomy and the residents live much the same as they have for centuries. To avoid this unique Kingdom being overrun by tourism the region has been gazette as a restricted area with only small numbers of tourists given access every year.Our trip will initiate in Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal. On the next day we fly to the picturesque town of Pokhara. After an evening discovering the pleasures of Pokhara we fly to the high village of Jomsom beneath the 8000m massifs of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From here we trek to the edge of the Forbidden Kingdom after a visit to Muktinath, a monastery sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike.We leave the tourist route here and trek or ride on horseback through lower Mustang where spectacularly fluted cliffs of red hues overlook the Kali Gandaki River. The Kali Gandaki flows from the high plains of Tibet through Mustang into Nepal before flowing into India.The upper Mustang is dominated by an endless expanse of yellow and grey rolling hills made smooth by the wind. We traverse this lonely landscape on horseback via several passes (the highest being the Nyi La at 3990m), camping in villages nestled in their green irrigated oasis until we reach the spectacular walled town of Lo-Monthang. Visually, this is an extraordinary place and home of the Mustang Raja (King) as well as some beautiful temples and monasteries. The people of Upper Mustang are always curious about new arrivals and we can expect children, with scary wind-blown hair and apple red cheeks, will gather to confront the spectacle of foreign visitors. The abrasive lifestyle required to survive is easily evident here. After taking time to explore the area and interact with its small population we return to Jomsom and fly again to Pokhara and Kathmandu.Overall, Mustang involves a wilderness of huge proportions and offers a truly exceptional experience. A breathtaking and timeless journey through the Kingdom of Lo, until recently forbidden to foreigners, its cliff-side villages and majestic rock-faces bathed in the golden afternoon sun, or pink with the early morning's sunrays. The best of Nepal and Tibet wrapped up in a two-week trek and at lower altitudes so a great trek for almost everyone.

Detail Itinerary

A very warm welcome to the Kingdom of Himalayas. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists you transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu i.e. Utsav or Nepali Chula (Kitchen). Here you will not simply experience the traditional Nepalese dish but will be entertained with Nepalese traditional dance and folk songs. After the dinner, you will be transferred back to your respective hotel.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Bauddhanath: Stupa with its 130 ft. dome. One of the world’s largest Stupa, Bouddha is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Pupshupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. -After the city tour, our leader or guide will do the final briefing of the expedition. They will also take the opportunity to check the members' personal equipment as the city bazaars and climbing shops will provide the last chance to correct any deficiencies. Overnight at Hotel.

Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside and the drive goes along the Trishuli River on Prithivi highway to Pokhara which will take 6 hours. We'll reach Pokhara lakeside in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel, and rest of the time we explore the surrounding lakeside areas. Pokhara is the city of lakes and offers magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Machhapuchhare (Fish tail), five peaks of Annapurna and others.

The panoramic thrill flight of 20 minutes over the mountains from Pokhara after breakfast, with views of some 8,000 meters peak such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. This place is renowned for its luscious apples and the routinely wind of the afternoon. Here we'll be meeting rest of our trekking crews, especially our porters and Mules. After having lunch we'll trek along the Kali Gandaki River upstream, partly walking in the river bed itself, with the spectacular views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak and so on. After easy walk of around 3 hours, we finally arrive at Ekley-bhatti village and with a nice break here, it takes an hour of easy walk to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributary, Kak Khola (River), coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola (River), and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki.

Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village.

Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.

After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens (Stupa) and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghami, the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren.

Today's walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of your energy will be spent negotiating loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, are a source of inspiration. Finally, you come to Tsarang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and Thangkas (Tibetan painting on silk with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala).

We'll spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Tsarang and its ancient monastery, before heading towards the walled city, Lo Manthang. We first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river, above the valley to a large isolated Chorten (Stupa) that marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo Manthang. Trekking towards the forbidden city of Mustang offers the magnificent views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt, Tilicho, Mt. Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. After few hours of easy uphill climb on a broad motor able track we'll arrive at windy pass of Lo (3,850m), from where we eventually get our first glimpse of the capital and the walled city of Musatang, Lo Manthang. The walled city has only one entrance and most of the lodges are built outside the city wall. You will marvel at the views of the walled city that appears magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Within the walls of Lo Manthang are about 150 houses built among narrow streets, and some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhist gompas (Monastery) in Nepal. The city is quite prosperous due to primarily to its past salt and wool trade along the Kali Gandaki with Tibet.

After having our breakfast early in the morning, depending on your choice, we'll either hire a jeep or horses to take us to the most fascinating site of Lo manthang, the Chosar valley and the Jhong cave which was recognized to be 2500 years old by the National Geographic. Leaving Lo along a wide, canyon trail, past dry gullies and an ancient, ruined fortress, across a bridge and through a cultivated area, we finally view the cave village of Chosar, with the deep-red Nyphu Gompa (3760 m) built into the rock face. Past the gompa is an incredible cave hermitage called Jhong Cave, which you negotiate by ladders and through small tunnels. In front of us, a range of spectacular snow-peaks marks the border with Tibet, and around us gurgling streams and green meadows line our trail. After enjoying our invaluable time here in the Chosar valley, we'll head back down to our camp for our lunch. We’ll spend the afternoon by paying a visit to the King at his Palace and the other main attractions of this town viz. the Tall Jampa Lakhang "God house", the red Thugchen Monastery, Chyodi monastery and the Entrance Hall.

While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. Explore the local area. Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft) 5-6 hrs Today, we will head down to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time.

We re-track back to Chhuksang for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view all day.

Our last day of the day would be a long one. Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. It’s the last night of our trek and there will be a farewell party with our entire crews.

After having our breakfast we'll bit a final goodbye to our wonderful porters and catch our flight back to Pokhara. It’s a 30 minute dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, your guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel where you spend rest of the day exploring the lake.

We fly back to Kathmandu after our wonderful trek in the foothills of Himalaya. The morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. Our representatives will eagerly waiting for you in the airport to transfer you to the hotel in our private Van/Coach. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu then take the time to do that today! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together in occasion of successfully completing your Trek!

Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Inclusion and Exclusion
Trek Cost Inclusion & Exclusion
Inclusions
  • 3 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in Hotel Shankar, a 4 star hotel with all rooms having private facilities. Breakfast is included. Accommodation is on a twin share basis but single rooms are usually available at an additional cost. Please inform us as early as possible if you wish to have a single room.
  • Two night hotel accommodation in Pokhara,Breakfast is included. Accommodation is on a twin share basis
  • Transportation: A private Mini bus/Land Cruiser/Van according to group size from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Special Trekking permit & all Conservation fees both for Upper Mustang and Annapurna, and government taxes.
  • All airports-hotel-AIRPORT shuttles transportation both in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • One day guided city sightseeing tour in around Kathmandu plus transport and city tour guide according to our itinerary.
  • All lodging & meals during the trekking period. 3 times a day & meal can be selected from the menu at local lodges according to individual choice, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/all hot drinks/plus two liters of boiled water per person/day on trek.
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-KTM) and airport departure taxes.
  • Appropriate number of porters (usually 1 porter between two guests).
  • 1 Bottle of “SUMMIT” Oxygen with set of mask and regulator will be provided during the trek, (Just for emergency medical use only).
  • An experienced Local Sherpa guide who knows the area & local culture very well
  • Assistant Sherpa (4 trekkers = 1 assistant guide).
  • Accommodations on the trek in the finest lodge.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu after the trek, local cultural music and Dance show in a well reputed restaurants, Bhojan Griha/Nepali Chula/Utsav with guide/staff (TBC)
  • All local staff & porters properly insured & equipped.
  • General First Aid kit only for local staff.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
Exclusions
  • International & home country domestic airfares, transfers en route & excess baggage.
  • Your personal insurance: Medical, mountain rescue cover and repatriation is obligatory.
  • Your personal expenses e. g phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverage, mineral/bottled water, charges of showers, cost of electronic devices charging facilities and wireless internet (Wi-Fi) fees in the tea house.
  • Main meals (Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara) apart from celebration meal in Kathmandu after the trip (Allow up to USD12-15 per meal).
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee (USD40 available on entry) Valid for 30 days.
  • Tipping in Nepal is customary. Allow USD:150-200/Per guest.
  • Excess baggage above 15 kg will be extra charged USD: 1.5 per kg during the peak season.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Each member is responsible for his/her own personal First Aid Kit with sufficient medication supplies for the trip.
  • Personal Trekking Gear, according to the list we will be providing you once you book this trip with us.
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Departure Dates
# Start Date End Date Trip Cost Availability Booking
1 13 MAY 2018 29 MAY 2018 Cost on Request Available Book Now
2 28 JUL 2018 13 AUG 2018 Cost on Request Available Book Now
3 20 AUG 2018 6 SEP 2018 Cost on Request Available Book Now
4 20 SEP 2018 6 OCT 2018 Cost on Request Available Book Now
5 10 OCT 2018 26 OCT 2018 Cost on Request Available Book Now
Terms and Condition

A deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is payable at the time of booking and the final balance due 8 weeks before the start of the trip. The act of booking implies that you have accepted the ethos of the trip and any objective or subjective risks associated with it.

Cancellation

Should you wish to cancel your booking please inform us immediately in writing by e¬mail or letter. The following charges will apply, as a percentage of the trip: 
  • More than 42 days before departure – 25% of total cost 
  • 42 to 29 days – 50% of total cost
  • 28 days to 15 days – 75% of total cost and 
  • 14 days or less – ¬100% of total cost. 
These cancellation charges go to paying, amongst other things, outside Guides that have been contracted in, hotel or airline deposits, staff wages, setting up costs etc.

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by Sonam Bhote

Recommended for Everyone
Best Cultural Trek in Nepal

Trekking to Mustang is historically as well as naturally rich and Mustang is known to be the Grand Canyon of Nepal.

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