Upper Mustang Trekking 16 Days
- TRIP OVERVIEW
- TRIP DETAILS
- DETAILED ITINERARY
- Route Stop
- TRAVEL DATES
- Frequently Asked Questions
Leisurely to Moderate
4,010m/13,152ft at Nyi Pass
Full board on trek
Tea house/ Lodge
Private Vehicle/ Bus/ Fligight
September to December & March to July
Outlined Itinerary for Upper Mustang Trekking 16 Days
- International/domestic arrival/departure transfers
- 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Full day Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
- A welcome/farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program
- 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- Upper Mustang Special Permit
- Annapurna Conservation Area and monument entrance fees
- Three meals a day (B/L/D) prepared at teahouse/lodge.
- Accommodations at teahouse/lodge/tents in the mountain
- One trekking guide ,Necessary porters Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
- Private land transportation before/after the trek in Pokhara
- Half day city tour in Pokhara
- Jomsom to Pokhara by regular flight, airport tax
- Kathmandu-Pokhara overland transfer by a private vehicle and Pokhara-Kathmandu by regular flight
- Bar and beverages bills, bottled water Tea Coffee
- Nature of personal expenses
- Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
- Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
- Tips to the staff
- Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- International Airfare , Visa and taxes
Another trekking route to the remotest region in Nepal, Upper Mustang Trek is an exemplary destination for trekkers wanting to taste the sweetness of the remote areas in Himalayan region. The journey to Upper Mustang Area is sure to mark a historic achievement in your life, you'll cherish forever.
This Trans-Himalayan Region, Mustang was the restricted by the Nepal Government for outsiders and was reopened in the year 1991. Because of this, the region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom.
With Upper Mustang Trek Nepal, you can make yourself a part of Tibetan cultures and influences through the desert remote trans-Himalayan mountain areas. Thousands years old monasteries and caves also falls on your way carved with scenic Nilgiri, Annapurna and Mustang views would mark an awesome experience.
Barren landscapes with almost no trees and being categorized as remote region, this isolation have kept the cultures, lifestyles and heritages alive till date. Also, the place is rich in architecture as it comprises of four storey King's Palace and many monasteries to observe in Upper Mustang Trekking.
The initiation point for Upper Mustang Trek Nepal in Mustang Region is Pokhara. We drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and catch a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Upon completion of Trekking Mustang, we catch a flight back to Pokhara from Jomsom and drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The Route Map has captured every trail we would be following throughout our Upper Mustang area trek.
Taking you to the remote region of upper mustang areas, Upper Mustang Trek Nepal allows you to witness the impeccable beauties underlying in the remotest regions of Nepal. Here are the major highlights of upper mustang trek.
- Sight Seeing in Pokhara – the Phewa Lake, the Davis Fall, Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda), Gupteshwor Cave, Mahendra cave and many others
- Pokhara valley view
- Dramatic views of Annapurna, Mustang and Nilgiri Himalayan Ranges
- Stunning Mountain Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre views
- Jomsom, the headquarter of Mustang
- Ruined villages on Kagbeni and Ghami
- Many different view points from Passes like Taklam La, Dajong La, Bhena La, Beg La, Yamda La, Syangboche La, Ghami La, Chinggel La, Marang La, Sungda La, Lo La and Nyi La Pass. Nyi La Pass stands at the highest among all from where you can eye on the gorgeous Mustang, Annapurna and Nilgiri views.
- Learn Buddhism, and visit ancient monasteries, Big Mani walls, Black, White and Red Chortens
- Ranchung Cave
- Unique Gurung, Magar and Thakali culture and generous hospitalities of the people living in this region
- Spring Season is the best to discover the wild variety of flowers all around
- The traditional farming system
- The villages on the river gorge of Budhi Gandaki River
- Wonderful villages like Jomsom, Kagbeni, Tangbe, Syangboche, Ghar Gumba, Charang and others
- Lo Manthang, the walled city in Mustang to observe King's Palace, many monasteries and Himalayan ranges
- Rhododendron and Oak Forests, Sal Forests and Greenland
Our Trekking Group
The trekking group to Upper Mustang Trek Nepal depends on the number of persons. Normally, we take in 1-10 persons in a group. However, if you are in a bigger group of more than 10 persons, we can manage the trekking upper areas of mustang accordingly. The maximum number '10' is the outcome of generally organized group treks. But, we are good at organizing treks for any group size you require.
Besides the trekking group, we have our local staffs to assist you as well. Trekking does not just mean traveling around; it will be more rewarding if you can gain good bunch of information of the areas you travel. So, we provide you with guides for that and in order to assure easy travel experience, we have porters who would carry on your luggage. We will facilitate you with 1 porter for 2 persons, 1 porter carrying maximum of 20 kg weight.
Guides and Porters
For trekking group of 1 to 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide and Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
For trekking group of more than 5 people, we provide – 1 Guide, 1 Assistant Guide and Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Accomdation and Meals
Our overnight stay would be on Tea Houses/lodges during upper mustang trekking. Twin sharing comfortable beds and common bathroom will be provided. The place is clean and hygienic. However, if you require a single supplement accommodation, it can also be made available on request at an additional cost of US$ 200. But still you need to be aware that single supplement accommodation may not be available at all the places during your Upper Mustang Trek Nepal.
Our Mustang Trekking would let you experience typical Nepali food, special mountain foods and other cuisines including international cuisine like Indian, Tibetan, Italian, and Continental. You can always make your choices from the food menu available there. We will have breakfast and dinner at lodge/tea houses mostly whereas we will have the lunch on our way.
While in Kathmandu and Pokhara, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels facilitated with Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower, Internet service and others. The facilities provided here is of 2 to 3 star standard hotel. We offer welcome dinner, farewell dinner and breakfasts during your stay in Kathmandu. Other meals as well as your other personal expenses will be from your own pocket during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea/Coffee) are included during Upper Mustang Trek once you leave move ahead from Pokhara.
The means of transportation are private cars/vans, public bus and planes. Pick up and drop from airport to hotel, and hotel to airport will be done by the vehicles of Imperial Nepal Treks. Also, we will be driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus. From Pokhara, we catch a flight to Jomsom and do the same while returning in Upper Mustang Area Trek Nepal.
Safety and Precaution
It is necessary that you take in good precaution during your travel to avoid any difficulties in your Trekking of Upper Mustang Areas. As the Upper Mustang Trek leads to higher altitude range, you need some trustworthy, experienced, qualified and well-equipped people around you. Your safety is assured by the local trek guide and other staffs.
Since these hikes take you on the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced, qualified and well-equipped leader such that your trek runs safe and successful one. The guides of Imperial Nepal Treks are trained and licensed from Nepal Government, certified from TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association with experience over 8 years. So, this is a double assurance for your safety and to make sure that you are in the correct and professionals hand. Thus, you need not worry about anything; we are here only at your service.
Regarding health issues, we are well aware that you are likely to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up high at faster pace is too harmful and can be fatal as well because of less oxygen. Some general symptoms of AMS are:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid pulse (heart rate)
- Shortness of breath with exertion
Due to this, we need good time to adapt in the current environment and thus we have planned our itineraries in such a way that we get enough time for acclimatization to ensure your health safety.
A good planning for Remote region trek i.e Upper Mustang Trek is a must to minimize the health risks with problems like AMS. And if you are a patient of heart, lungs or blood disease, it is very important that you consult with your doctors and familiarize yourself with the remedies for the diseases before Trekking Mustang Upper Areas.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, we will greet you and assist you to the Hotel. We can meet later on that day or the next day to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming Trek with us. At that time we will introduce you to your trekking guide Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day.
After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.
Early morning drive to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside where one will explore of the landscape, beautiful valley with interesting settlement on the mountain. The bus will have twice break on the way, once for the breakfast and once for the lunch. Once you reach in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel in lake side, evening stroll around the lake and overnight at hotel.
Take an early morning flight to Jomsom (windy valley). Then after some initial preparation, our trek leads towards the northern valley of Kaligandaki by crossing suspension bridge. It is tiring walking through the bank of the river where one can enjoy the views snow peaked mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Enjoy your evening to walk around the village which is very interesting with its settlement where clustered type of house can be found. Overnight at the lodge.
The trek starts towards north valley of Kagbeni to Chele where we pass the beautiful village of Tangbe, with its picturesque traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheat and apple orchards. We enjoy views of the magnificent Nilgiri peak and cross several ridges. After Chhusang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley behind to reach the village of Chele, where we stop for overnight.
After breakfast the trail leads you to the village of Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley which filled with juniper trees. Then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites in the form of a Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail continues descends to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley and stop for overnight.
Today’s walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the 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, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa (monastery) which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.
We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner. We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. Stay overnight at Lomanthang.
We have allowed full day to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja (King) and his rani (queen) is the attraction as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Although the raja's function is now finished as we have republican democracy. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. There are many places to explore and manage your time to explore the places. Every monastery requires the donations and entry fees which is made by your own.Overnight at Lomanthang.
After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa. During the walk you'll suffer the dusty wind so we suggest walking in the morning. Overnight at Ghar Gumpa.
Today, we continue down to the valley at Ghiling which will be dusty day. Evening we explore area but we explore evening time due to the windy and dusty. Overnight at Ghiling.
Today we walk same trail back to Chele. You will have wonderful scenery during your walking with the great Himalayan view with wonderful landscape. Overnight stay at Chele.
This will be our last day of trek which is quiet long. We will be walking through the valley all the time to get in to the Kagbeni where we had our first night of the trek at the beginning. Once we reach Jomson, we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey. Stay overnight at Jomsom.
After breakfast we check in the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between George of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri which is known as the deepest George in the world. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.
Morning at 7 am, we'll drive to Kathmandu through the Prithivi highway which is the same route we drive to Kathmandu on our way to Pokhara. It is interesting driving route where one can enjoy the scenery of natural beauty. Afternoon arrive Kathmandu and we will host farewell dinner at Nepalese restaurant and overnight at
Today is the last day of the trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you if you require otherwise we will assist you to the airport as per your flight departure time. If your flight is late evening, you can do final shopping or manage your photos of the trip then final departure from the airport
- 2017 Fixed Departures
- 2018 Fixed Departures
8 Nov, 2017
23 Nov, 2017
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Upper Mustang is located north to the Middle West of Nepal. The region from the north of Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. The Upper Mustang region has a great influence from Tibet for culture and traditions. This region is classified as restricted region and foreign trekkers are allowed only with special trekking permits to enter into Upper Mustang so that the land is also known as the forbidden Kingdom. Lo Manthang and other villages in Upper Mustang are still untouched by the outside world and the 14th century monasteries are found active to preserve this magnificent Trans-Himalayan Kingdom with their unrivalled Buddhist shrines with cliff hanging monasteries, thankas, mandalas, deities and cave dwelling people. The extended Tibetan plateau up to Kagbeni has great rivers, fields with the highland and the pristine peaks of Annapurna and Nilgiri marking the horizon in the South. Trekking in this forbidden Kingdom gives you the opportunity to go where only a few have been before. Most of the trek has deserts inhabited mostly by people of Tibetan origin. The settlements are scattered with little sign of cultivation between villages. A steep rocky trail climbs up and down hills with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks which make the trek truly adventurous and memorable. Upper Mustang, being in the Himalayan rain shadow, is one of the few parts of the country that is suitable to trek during the monsoon period even.
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