Trip Duration: 16 Days
Trekking Duration: 11 Days
Region: Annapurna Region
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Max-Altitude: 3,950 Meters
Seasons: Spring || Autumn
Start Point: Kathmandu
End Point: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Tea House
Size: Minimum 02 Persons
Upper Mustang Trek is a rare and privileged opportunity, you can experience the true life of the real mountain people of Nepal. In many ways, trekking into the Upper Mustang Area is similar to trekking into Tibet, which geographically it is a part of.
Upper Mustang Trek, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship.
This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The fabled medieval wall city of Lo Monthang, the unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom its full of culture and religious heritage.
The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepalese Army.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff then transfer to respective hotels around Kathmandu city, after a rest and getting refreshed from jet lag. View Nepal guide / leader will brief on Upper Mustang Trek including information on hotels, lodges on treks includes welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with cultural environment.
Day 02: Drive / Fly to Pokhara - 06 hrs via overland and 30 mins by air.
Morning, we start this wonderful adventure to Upper Mustang taking a scenic overland drive of near 6 hours to beautiful Pokhara city with its serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes where the high Annapurna Himalaya reflects on its calm lakes. (Flying options of 30 mins panoramic flight to Pokhara)
Day 03: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m, trek to Kagbeni 2,800 m- 04 hrs.
Early morning depart from the hotel for a short sweeping flight of 22 mins to Jomsom with alluring views of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri-Manaslu and Nilgiris peaks including majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail”. On reaching at Jomsom, we meet our trekking staff and start trekking and leave Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district. Quite a large town, this area is famous for delicious apples and its various products. Walk leads on a flat river valley of Kaligandaki. After few hours of good gradual walk we reach at the interesting Kagbeni village. From this village onwards one can witness strong Tibetan influence in culture and way of life. Kagbeni is the door to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet border.
Day 04: Trek to Chele 3,050m - 06 hrs.
From Kagbeni our trek starts with real adventure towards Upper Mustang area as the morning walk follows uphill into canyon and gorge by the river upstream, overlooking unbelievable views of landscapes and red cliff wall in-between. Walking through many farm villages with cultivated lands then reaching a nice village at Tirigaon. This pleasant trek with views of natural erosion from wind and rains with red colored cliff canyon, a few hours of nice walk leads to overnight stop at Chele village also spelled as Tshele, a moderate size village with nice tended farms.
Day 05: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.
From Chele morning walk leads to a climb reaching at Gyakar village, into arid and dry windswept country and then walk leads past Samar village to Bhena and then climb on steep hill to reach at the top of Yamda La pass 3,860 m high, offers great vista of Mustang area with Mt. Dhaulagiri. From here downhill to overnight stop at Geling village after walking past Syangboche village.
Day 06: Trek to Charang (Tsherang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.
Morning with time tour of old Geling monastery and observe interesting Buddhist mani prayer wheels run with fast flowing water. After the visit walk towards Ghami village crossing Ghaymi Khola (stream) and then follow an interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) to reach Dhakmar village. From Dhakmar few hours of good steady walk reaches at Charang village also spelled as Tsarang, this village surrounded by large fields of buck wheat and barley. At Charang after getting organize in a nice lodge / guesthouse visit Charang monastery.
Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.
Today will be a short hours of walking to reach our destination at Lo Manthang with its classic wall guarding the large village of Lo Manthang and once a forbidden kingdom. As the morning walk climbs to reach a ridge top, encountering several chortens and mani stones, between Charang and Lo Manthang walk offers interesting views of arid landscapes with peaks of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti. A short climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters overlooking Lo Manthang walled city in a distance. Then descend leading on a gentle path to Lo Manthang for overnight stops for 2 days.
Day 08: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.
Our highest overnight stop of this trip at Lo Manthang, morning explore this impressive village with Tibetan culture, tour of historical and cultural centre which is the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. Tour includes visit of four main monasteries Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. To grant audience with former king of Mustang needs advance permission and to enter the king’s palace.
Day 09: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.
After a wonderful time in Lo-Manthang walk back on the same trail to Marang village, and then using an old path to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.
Day 10: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.
After Dhakmar village morning walk on the same route encountering series of long Mani Walls, then crossing a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, as time permits visit Geling monastery.
Day 11: Trek to Chusang / Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.
Slowly this great adventure nears to an end, starting morning walk with a short climb to Syangboche village. From here it leads to Yamda La with super views of peaks, and then heading downhill to Bhena and Samar villages. As the walk progress passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally this good walk of the day concludes at Chusang or Tsusang village.
Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.
Heading back to Kagbeni village after an enjoyable moment around Upper Mustang, a nice and good walk brings at Kagbeni village before Jomsom.
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.
Final and last day trekking of this wonderful adventure, morning starts on a gradual path following Kaligandaki river valley most of the way to reach at Jomsom town, in Jomsom check into a nice lodge for last overnight at Mustang area. One can celebrate last night dinner with local apple products.
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for short flight to Pokhara with views of Annapurna mountain range during airborne, on reaching Pokhara transfer to Phewa Lake side. Where all nice hotels are located, afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.
Day 15: Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the high mountains of Annapurna Himalaya, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure. (option by air 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu)
Day 16: International departure homeward bound.
Today, last day in Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Upper Mustang Trekking, as per your time for international flight, our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.
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