Upper Mustang, also known as hidden gem of Himalaya surrounded by different mountains is a desert of Nepal. Until the 1990s, the kingdom of Mustang didn’t open its gate to tourists. 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. Now, with permits, you can enter the serene pristine valley and discover the beauty it has to offer. On the Upper Mustang Trek with the Himalaya Land Treks, you get to visit the main landmarks which are quite important to the locals and also get to experience their culture first-hand.
Upper Mustang trek is 16 days trek starting from Kathmandu, where you give necessary documents to get the permit. While our staffs deal with the official work, you sightsee the landmarks of Kathmandu. Some of the places you visit are Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Then, you head to Pokhara via Prithivi Highway. After a bit of exploring Pokhara, you fly to Jomsom and from there you start your trek. The first destination is Kagbeni, the entry point for Upper Mustang trek. You pass Tangbe to enter Kali Gandaki Valley and rest at Chele. From there, you pass by many beautiful Tibetan villages like Ghiling and Charang to reach Lo-Manthang, the capital of ancient Mustang.
You also cross 2 passes i.e. Taklam La Pass (3,634 m) and Dajori La Pass (3,735 m). Reaching upon the Upper Mustang, at Lo-Manthang, one whole day is separated to explore the ancient town and you visit the landmarks like the king's palace and Thupchen monasteries. After exploring the capital, you return to Jomsom via Dhakmar. You cross the final pass of this trek, Chogo La Pass (4,210 m), which is also the highest point you reach during this whole trip.
Since the Upper Mustang, is a dry and windy region, you must bring warm clothes like jackets regardless of which season you trek to. It is recommended to do during the spring and autumn season, as the weather is not extreme.
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 a lovely adventure through the Himalayas. Also don't forget to check our other itineries in trekking in Nepal if this seems to be difficulty trek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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