Upper Mustang Trek
An ancient kingdom and the rain shadow area of Nepal Upper Mustang located in the north central part of Nepal. Upper Mustang trek was forbidden for the foreigner’s till 1992 and even now a day it requires special permits from the government of Nepal to visit this mystical kingdom.
The whole area of the Upper Mustang provides a mystical and isolated feeling. Many places of Upper Mustang were far away from modern development and people lives, culture, and tradition are influenced by the Tibetan cultures and tradition and remained same since centuries. Upper Mustang is also a barren valley with Trans Himalaya and was once an important route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal for the salt caravans.
The river Kali Gandaki River runs through deepest gorge in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages, caves and view of the mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and deserted plains, canyons, and mountains.
The trek of Upper Mustang is moderate to hard on the off beaten path. It is also possible to trek in this place during monsoon season June, July, August being rain shadow area however it is suitable to trek there during the month of March-May and September- November.
Upper Mustang Trek- Itinerary Details
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu Arrival in Kathmandu by various means of transport and transfer to Hotel by our airport representative.
Day 2: Explore the city and prepare for the trek. Explore some heritage sites in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Swyambhunath Stupa.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara or fly to Pokhara: Drive to Pokhara in a tourist vehicle normally takes seven hours. Walk around famous Lake Fewa and boating to visit Tal Barhai Temple.
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m) Take a flight early in the morning to reach Jomsom valley, the mountain town to enter the Upper Mustang. After reaching to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni for three hours along the bank of Kaligandaki river. The view of mountains like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Thorang peak are awesome during this trial. Stay in Kagbeni and explore kagbeni village.
Day 5: Trek to Chuksang (2900m) After breakfast, leave kagbeni and headed for Chuksang leaving lower Mustang and enter Upper Mustang. On the west side we will see numerous caves during our trial to Tangbe. Watch colorfuin three colores black, white and red. Walk an hour to reach village of Chuksang.
Day 6: Trek to Samare (3150m) Our destination is today climb towards Samare climbing through a deep canyon up to the Dajori pass – at 3700 m. Fantastic view of great mountain of Damodar and Annapurna ranges and finally descend down to Samare Village.
Day 7: Trek to Gheling (3510m) .Climb a path from Samare to reach a ridge in half-and-hour walking which leads into a gorge. In between there is a hidden cave with huge Chortens inside it and we climb up to reach Shyangmochen, a tiny village with little facilities. Climbing up the 3800m pass descend down to Gheling, which has small population living in small mud houses. Overnight in lodge in Gheling.
Day 8: Trek to Ghami (3490m) Our trial leads to Nyi-La pass at 4000m. The walk become slow but view of the panoramic mountain with semi-large Ghami village. Continue our trek to the Dhackmar Village (Red Cliff) at 3800m- Overnight at the the Lodge
Day 9: Trek to Charang (3620m) The walk today leads us to Charang. It is the hardest trek during our entire trip but fantastic views of the mountains on our backdrops with the view of large part of Mustang area. Gently descend down to Charang village. At the eastern end of the village there is a huge Dzong and red gompa with its treasures of many ancient
Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m) Today, we reach to Lo Manthang (3820 m), capital of Mustang. On the way we cross beautiful village of Marang with its agricultural activities. Lo-Gekar, the oldest monastery of Nyingmapa dated back to 8th century is another attraction. We continue ahead to the meadows where there is a view point from the pass that opens the Valley of Lo Manthang –overnight in Lo Manthang.
Day 11: Explore Lo Manthang Excursion around Lo Manthang with walk in the valley of Gharphu- Lo Manthang. Our main attraction for today are Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house”; Thubten Gompa, built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, and Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the “New Gompa”. Overnight in Lo Manthang in Lodge.
Day 12: Lo Manthang to Tshuksang, Drive back in a jeep in the direction of Tshuksang, 3000 m, overnight in Lodge at Tshuksang..
Day 13: From Tsusang to Muktinath We will cross another pass of Ghyu-La ,at the altitude of 4100 m (possible to rent a horse to climb up to the pass) to discover the snowy massifs of Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri. Descend gently down to arrive in Muktinath, a famous pilligrimage for Hindus and Buddhist (3800 m) – 6 hours – Lodge. Day
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom Descend down to the Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries and old village. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is splendid throughout the trail. Passing through Eklebhatti and Kagbeni finally arrived to Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara and then back to Kathmandu the next day. Early morning flight to Pokhara, and free day at Pokhara for lunch.
Day 16: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner at Kathmandu. Departure from Kathmandu Airport to your next destination.
- All pickups and drops from the airport(s) and hotel(s)
- 1 Well experienced, the government registered, English speaking local guide.
- Sharing porter (1 porter for 2 visitors) to carry your main pack (weight limit 20kg).
- All the salary and insurance of guide and porters during your trek.
- All accommodations on the twin sharing basis or according to your demand.
- Breakfast in Hotels, and all meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner) during the trek.
- All fees for sightseeing including entry fees for visiting the temple(s), monument(s), trekking and national parks
- Welcome and farewell dinners.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paperwork(s) and permit(s)
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs )
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation(s)
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundries etc.
- Travel and rescue insurance such as Helicopter Charges.
- Tips for guides and porters.
- The services which are not included in our ‘What is Included’ section.