Trip Facts

  • Duration:16 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Profile:Upper Mustang Trek
  • Geography:Arid Landscapes
  • Location:Kaski/Mustang
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge
  • Ethnic People:Thakali/Tibetan
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Religious:Buddhism
  • Transportation:Flight/Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:02-10 Pax

Highlight

  • Explore the alluring Upper Mustang and its ancient heritages
  • Visit the esteemed monasteries at Lo Manthang and on the trail
  • Explore centuries-old monasteries and villages
  • Relish the sights of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas

Overview

The Upper Mustang trek is something like a trial way to Heaven. A pristine view, strenuous path, snow-covered mountainous panorama, ancient culture, ethnic communities and many more shows the beauty of the upper Mustang. Although called the desert but beautifully carved. Upper Mustang, is also known as the hidden gem of Himalaya. The region is surrounded by different mountains is popularly called the desert of Nepal. Until 1992, the kingdom of Mustang was restricted. The gate to tourists was not opened. Due to this reason, the Upper Mustang Valley is now a perfect example of preserved Tibetan traditions and cultures with a bit of Nepali influence. 
Upper Mustang trekking way is full of beauty and adventure from the very beginning. Each rock of Mustang is full of allurance. Each air you breathe is full of spiritualism. Each drop of water flowing here is full of purity. Each step you take here is full of peace. So, what does a person needs to be happy more than this! Now, with permits, you can enter the serene pristine valley and discover the beauty it has to offer. On the Upper Mustang Trek you get to visit the main landmarks which are quite important to the locals and also get to experience their culture first- hand.

Major Attractions Of Upper Mustang Trek

City of God- Kathmandu

Kathmandu a small beautiful city in Nepal is the capital of the country. Kathmandu is blessed with culture and heritage. Each corner of the city is carved with art. This city is also known as a city of art. Magnificent stone or wood art, standing still can be viewed throughout the city. Kathmandu is also rich in heritage. Sightseeing in Kathmandu takes you to the UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites. The religiously famous, Bouddhanath, Swyambhunath. The historically famous Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square will be the places you visit on the very initial day of your trek.

Jomsom and Kagbeni

Jomsom is the starting point to the Upper Mustang trek. Jomsom lies in the southern village of Kagbeni. The beauty of Jomsom attracts more than the flow of wind here. Along with the scenic beauty of nature, Jomsom is also famous for its religious importance. Kagbeni lies on the trail route from Jomsom to the royal capital of Lo Manthang, near the junction with the trail to Muktinath. This beautiful village is famous for its mysterious beauty. Kagbeni is also regarded as one of the oldest villages in the Himalayas. Jomsom and Kagbeni are the most marvellous place in the Mustang region.

Ethnic villages and unique culture

The Upper Mustang trek route takes you to the various ethnic villages. Ancient villages have decorated this region with grace. You trek through different villages like Tangbe, Chele, Ghiling, Charang, Dhakmar etc. The trek not only gives you a scenic view but also ties you with their unique cultures. You are welcomed by the community people at every small village you trek throughout the route.  Their warm gesture adds more sweetness to your journey. Every people here are grown up with a culture of respecting guest as a god. The trial route is blessed with Buddhism and ancient monasteries. Thupchen Monastery shines up with allurance in the Upper Mustang region.

Taklam La Pass, Dajori La Pass and Chogo La Pass

You cross the two adventurous passes first i.e. Taklam La Pass (3,634 m) and Dajori La Pass (3,735 m). You also visit the landmarks of the king's palace. After exploring the capital, you will cross the final pass of this trek, Chogo La Pass (4,210 m). Chogo La pass is also the highest point you reach during this whole trip. 

Best time to do this trek

The best time to do the Upper Mustang Trek is recommended during the spring and autumn season, as the weather is not extreme and is very favourable for trekking. Since the Upper Mustang, is a dry and windy region, you must bring warm clothes like jackets regardless of which season you trek to.

Alternate packages

Apart from this trek package if you want to explore other remote areas of Nepal then you can check into our other remote trek packages with the following link, Rara lake trek, Shey Phoksundo lake trek, Nar Phu valley trek, Makalu Base Camp treks, Upper Dolpo trek. While making sure every one of us enjoys the journey thoroughly, it is also necessary to make sure we do it safely which needs a planned itinerary and well-trained personnel. We, here at Himalaya Land Treks, have been doing so for over a decade and we assure you of a lovely adventure through the Himalayas. Also, don't forget to check our other itineraries in trekking in Nepal if this seems to be a difficult trek.

Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

You arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu where a Himalaya Land Treks’ representative will welcome you warmly. Then, they accompany you to the hotel where you refresh. You meet them again at welcome dinner and they will brief you about the trip.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour and trek preparation

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

After breakfast, you complete the necessary processes to get a permit and join the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. You visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square respectively. After finishing the tour, you head to Thamel to buy or rent necessary gears needed for the trek.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 6-7 hours’ drive

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

You have an early breakfast and drive to Pokhara via Prithivi Highway. En route, you can see amazing views of the hill region of Nepal. You can also see splendid views of Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers on the drive. By late afternoon, you reach Pokhara and head to your hotel. After refreshing, you can explore some of the touristic areas on your own. Overnight stay.

Day 4: Fly to from Pokhara to Jomsom (20 mins.) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,186ft) 2-3 hours

2-3 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After an early breakfast, you head to the airport and catch the flight to Jomsom, which is famous for its apple productions. At Jomsom, you rest for a while and explore the market area filled with apple products like apple wine and juices. Then you have lunch and start to trek towards Kagbeni, the entrance to Upper Mustang. The trail goes along Kali Gandaki River and you reach Kagbeni for overnight stay.

Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,006ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Before starting the trek, you need to show your permits. After completing the formalities, you trek along the east banks of Kali Gandaki Valley. En route, you see apple orchards and barley and buckwheat fields, with glimpses of Nilgiri (7061m). You come across Tangbe for lunch and you continue along the banks with Barely fields and cross the river. You climb a ridge and reach Chele for overnight stay.

Day 6: Trek from Chele to Ghiling (3,440m/11,286ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you hit the trail leading to drier regions with two passes. First, you cross the Taklam La Pass (3,634 m) and then ascend to Dajori La Pass (3,735 m). You see spectacular views of Nilgiri and glimpses of Annapurna range today. You can also see Tilicho and Damodar Danda. After reaching Samar village, you cross the ridge and descend to Ghiling for overnight stay.

Day 7: Trek from Ghiling to Charang (3,490m/11,450ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you descend to the foot of red cliffs and walk along the banks of Ghami River. Then you cross a suspension bridge and start to ascend to the trail that has the longest Mani wall of Mustang. Then you reach another pass from where you can see amazing views of the Ghami Valley and Annapurna range. From there, the next stop is Charang.

Day 8: Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,237ft) 2-3 hours

2-3 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you follow the trail that goes uphill to Lo-Gekar. Once you reach Lo-Gekar, you explore the Ghar Gompa, which is said to be the oldest of this region, and continue the trek. You reach another pass from where you can see Lo-Manthang village with beautiful sceneries of Annapurna I (8091m) and Bhrikuti peak (6476m). Then, you descend to Lo Manthang for overnight stay.

Day 9: Explore day at Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,237ft)

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The whole day is dedicated to exploring the amazing Lo-Manthang village. After breakfast, the first stop is the king's palace. You discover century's old history of this royal kingdom and head to some of the oldest monasteries. The first one you visit is Thupchen and then go to Chode. You have your lunch and head to Namgyal Gompa, which also holds the local court. After exploring, you head back to lodge for dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3,810m/12,500ft) 5-6 hours

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you ascend to a ridge providing you with your last glimpses of Lo-Manthang. You cross Chogo Las Pass (4,210 m), the highest point in the whole trip. You enjoy the spectacular view from the pass descends to Charang River. Then, you cross it and reach Lo Gekar. After crossing Lo Gekar, you leave the valley and enter an alpine meadow, which leads to Drakmar.

Day 11: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you have an early breakfast and start early to avoid high winds. The trail goes through the dry plateau of Mustang. En route, you can enjoy amazing views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri range. You pass by barley and buckwheat fields and reach Ghiling for overnight stay. After refreshing, you can explore the teahouses and monasteries before having dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3,050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you start an early descend to avoid the winds. You walk through the Ghami Valley and see amazing views of Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You pass by small rustic villages and continue your trek along the banks of Ghami River. Then, you reach Chhuksang, the village located at the junctions of Kali Gandaki and Narshing Rivers.

Day 13: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft) 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have an early breakfast and follow the trail that goes along the banks of Kali Gandaki River. You come across Tangbe and Damodar Danda, where you can get the fossils “Shaligrams”. The trail today is not difficult as most parts of the trail are flat. You stop at Kagbeni for lunch and explore the village quickly before continuing the trek. Following the Kali Gandaki River, you reach Jomsom.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft) 25 minutes flight

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

After an early breakfast, you head to the airport to catch the first flight to Pokhara. Once you reach our hotel at Pokhara, you refresh and visit Tal Barahi Temple at Phewa Lake. Then, from the eastern banks of the lake, you hike to Peace Pagoda and enjoy the sceneries from there. You head back to Lakeside for lunch. You can explore famous areas like Davis Fall in your free time.

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7-8 hrs drive

7-8 hrs
Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

After breakfast, you board the bus heading back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. En-route enjoys the views of Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers with the majestic hills on the banks. By afternoon you reach your hotel and you can go for shopping in your free time before dinner. You join the company's representatives and share your experience of the trip on a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks.

Day 16: Departure day

Breakfast

Today is the last day of the trip. Our staffs will drop you off at the airport as per your flight’s time. Thank you for choosing Himalaya Land Treks and have a safe flight!

Inclusion

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights 
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight tickets.
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits ( Annapurna Conservation Permit and Upper Mustang restricted permits USD$ 500.00 per person).
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.   
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water.
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation.
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet). 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes. 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map.
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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