Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek
Trip Cost
$ 1800 USD (Per Person)
Group discount
No of people Price P.P
1-1 US$
2-5 US$ 1950
6-9 US$ 1800
10+ US$ 1650

Destination: Nepal

Trip Duration: 18 Days

Grade: Moderate

Min Pax:5 pax.

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Altitude: 3800m

Accommondation: Lodge + Camping

Transport:By Air

Start From: Jomsom

End: Jomsom

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Best Season: Mar- Jun and Sep- Nov.

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Upper Mustang trek offers medieval culture of Upper Mustang area with breathtaking view and different culture of Upper Mustang part. Join our Upper Mustang trekking-18 day’s trek which offers a spectacular trekking into the remote Trans-Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan influence culture. Upper Mustang trekking covers the high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. In Upper Mustang trekking we can explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. Upper Mustang trekking make an adventure starting from world's deepest gorge Kaligandaki Region into world's highest regions of  Lo-Mangthang Valley that passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. Upper Mustang trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. In Upper Mustang, the thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date. In Upper Mustang,  the houses are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Mangthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region. Another attraction in the Upper Mustang region is the Tiji Festival influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring).In Upper Mustang trekking, we explore Ghar Gompa which was made by Padmasambhava (AD775-787) when he came in Mustang for fighting against evil powers.  The Mustangi people have their own way of family life, which is quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.

The Trans Himalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang.The Mustangs or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas and Baragaunle. Mostly people who lived in Jomsom and Kagbeni , they are called Baragaunle  and in Upper Mustang area people called Lopa.Our 18 days teahouse, lodge or camping Upper Mustang trek is a great adventure trek for those who wish to make a challenging trek along "off the beaten path"  in the Trans-Himalayan Region. 

Upper Mustang Trek starts with taking flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. In flight you will see breathtaking view of Annapurna range and greenery forest. After reaching in Jomsom, we start our trek towards our tomorrow destination. On the way, we explore local culture, life style and different monastery with caves.  Upper Mustang is one of the best places for  all type of travelers because you get varieties like medieval culture, breathtaking Himalayan view, local people and their life style, different monasteries and Muktinath temple. We suggest , Upper Mustang Trek is one of the best trekking trail in Nepal.

Highlights

    • Explore Kathmandu and Pokhara City.
    • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
    • Explore the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang.
    • Tibetan culture and life style.
    • Explore KaliGandaki river.
    • Scenic flight of Pokhara to Jomsom and vice versa.
    • Forbidden kingdom of Mustang.
    • Picturesque view of different himalayas.
    • Sacred monasteries and chorten. 

Brief Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival.

Day 02:Trek preparation and Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 03:Drive/fly to Pokhara.

Day 04:Flight Pokhara to Jomsom (2720 m), trek to Kagbeni (2810 m - 3 hrs).

Day 05:Trek to Chele (3050 m - 6 hrs)

Day 06:Trek to Syangboche (3800 m - 7 hrs)

Day 07:Trek to Ghemi (3520 m - 3 hrs).

Day 08:Trek to Tsarang (3560 m - 3 hrs)

Day 09:Trek to Lo Mangtang (3800 m - 4 hrs).

Day 10:Free day Lo Mangthang.

Day 11:Lo Mangthang to Lo Gekar(3520m - 6 hrs)

Day 12:Trek to GELING (3060m - 6hrs)

Day 13:Trek to Chhuksang (2920m - 6hrs)

Day 14:Trek to Muktinath (3900m - 6hrs):

Day 15:Trek to Jomsom [2710m - 3hrs):

Day 16:Fly Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 17:Pokhara to Kathmandu and dinner with cultural program.

Day 18:Departure.

What's Includes

    • Accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara in Three star hotel. 
    • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing by private).
    • Three times meals at trekking route.
    • Accommodation in Tea house or lodge in trekking route.
    • Government licensed English speaking guide.
    • Porter (one porter for two person and carry 20 kg.
    • All necessary paper work like Permit and TIMS card (Trekkers information management system).
    • Travel and rescue arrangement.
    • Twenty four call assistance by our office representative.
    • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.
    • Entrance fees in entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing place.
    • Flight fare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom and vice versa. 

What's not Includes

    • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Any type of insurance.
    • Any type of international flight fare.
    • Personal nature expenses like bar bills, water, tea coffee, shower, laundry, wi fi in trekking route.
    • Tips.
    • Any extra cost which is not mentioned in Cost includes column.
    • Extra day for natural calamities like flood, landslide, flight cancellation

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival. Meet by our Himalayan Asia representative in airport and transfer to the hotel. Our representative assists to check in hotel process and give short brief about program. You can take rest and fresh. You can walk in evening in Thamel (tourist hub of Kathmandu). Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2Trek preparation and Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu. In the morning after breakfast, we introduced your trek guide / leader. It will provide an opportunity to know your guide/leader and can ask questions about treks. After discussing with trek guide/leader, we start sightseeing tour. We provide private vehicle and guide for city sightseeing tour, you have time to shopping for trekking gear.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
The Kathmandu Durbar Square is listed UNESCO and this complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between 12th and 18th Centuries, used to be the seat of ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is the place where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.
Kumari Temple:
Kumari temple is the residence of the living Goddess. Kumari, known as Virgin Goddess has got some specialties, she must be chosen from a typical Newari cast with nobody marks and injuries and will be replaced by another Kumari after puberty.
Kasthamandap:
Kasthamandap is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree in the sixteenth century. Kasthamandap is situated near to the Kumari Temple. The name Kathmandu was named after this temple.

Patan Durbar Square:
The Patan Durbar Square is made in 1600s by Mall Dynasty and the royal palace of Malla kings. It is situated in the heart of Patan City, also listed in UNESCO heritage sites.The square, consists of enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. There are three main courtyards or chowks, so named central MulChowk, SundariChowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk in the square. The SundariChowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture, the Royal bath called Tushahity.The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square build by the Newar Community.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Meals: breakfast.

Day 3Drive/fly to Pokhara. If we fly from Kathmandu, your guide will come at hotel for transfer Pokhara. It will take 25 min by domestic airlines. If we go by bus it will take 7 hrs by bus/car or private vehicle .If you go by land transport , you can do rafting in Trishuli and drive towards Pokhara on same day. Overnight in Pokhara. Meal: breakfast.

Day 4Flight Pokhara to Jomsom (2720 m), trek to Kagbeni (2810 m - 3 hrs). After taking breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang.Jomsom is also major village on the KaliGandki area linking the age old trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, continue on the path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for 3 hours and finally reached Ekle Bhatti village . In Kagbeni a major tributary , Kak Khola coming from Muktinath , meets Mustang Khola from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki . Overnight in Kagbeni .
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5Trek to Chele (3050 m - 6 hrs) After doing the formalities of showing your restricted area trekking permit in Kagbeni we start our trekking because in Mustang there is heavy wind which gets up later in the day, blowing dust and sand around.The climb from Kagbeni to Chele passes through beautiful village of Tangbe, which offers white washed traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheats and apple orchards. On the way we enjoy good views of Nilgiri mountain .Passing several ridges we cross a stream after Chhusang village, leave the Kaligandaki valley behind and climb further to the village of Chele. From Chele we start observing the typical Tibetan settlements of Upper Mustang .Overnight in Chele.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6Trek to Syangboche (3800 m - 7 hrs) After taking breakfast, we start our trek through a forest of small trees and green bushes which are able to survive in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and sufficiently moist. Soon the valley broadens out and we can see walls built in front of caves which are temporary homes for the herders whose animals graze here. Sometimes it is possible to see the rare blue mountain sheep in this area. After about one hour we are on a pass offering a good view towards Samar, the Kali Gandaki valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance. After Samar we cross a side-valley, descending to its base and crossing over a creek, before we trek all the way up again on the other side.From Samar is a red painted cave monastery, which looks as if it has been stuck on to the vertical wall. This is Rangchyungchorten(the chorten that formed itself’), one of the most sacred places in Mustang.The walk to Syangboche can seem never-ending. It is fairly easy, but a constant climb with the destination nowhere in sight, until, finally, a cluster of houses appears. It is much colder in Syangboche. Overnight in Syangboche.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7Trek to Ghemi (3520 m - 3 hrs). After taking breakfast we start our trekking. Today we pass three high passes with in 15 min. Yanda La, and passed a distinctive red chorten painted with Buddhism’s eight auspicious symbols and terraced valley with groups of yellowish trees appears and above the village of Ghelung are two red Gompas. Unlike other villages in Mustang, where the houses are built close together and look fortress-like, Ghelung is spread out wide on a patch of green grass and gives the impression of being a fairly affluent little community. Rising above the village are barren, brown hills and we can see the Nyi La pass straight ahead. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, deserted village downstream. Another broad valley comes in from the left-hand side and in its centre is Ghami, Mustang’s third largest town, which is high above the river and surrounded by fields. Overnight in Ghemi.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8Trek to Tsarang (3560 m - 3 hrs) We see the Mustang’s longest Mani wall(1000m) long and decorated with simple in well with the surrounding scenery outside the Ghemi. There is also a group of chortens standing in front of the red wall which forms the end of the valley. The architecture here is like a carvings, blending organic extension of nature. According to legend when the famous Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) came to the area and fought and destroyed a demon, its intestines landed at the site where the Mani wall stands, its lungs near the red cliffs behind and its heart at the spot where Mustang’s oldest monastery, Lo Gekar, was built. A steady climb takes us up a 3820m pass, after which a lunar-looking desert stretches to the horizon. The first indication of human presence we see next is the Tsarangchorten – the large red-painted Stupa is in the middle of the landscape and further down the monastery and the palace of Tsarang can be distinguished in the fields. A broad road leads to Tsarang, Mustang’s second town. Overnight in Tsarang.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9Trek to Lo Mangtang (3800 m - 4 hrs). After taking breakfast, trekking begins on flat terrain and the view, apart from a chorten and a few caves, is unrelieved barrenness. After crossing a pass and waking through two rocks forming a natural gate we have finally arrived at Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Mangtang. Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10Free day Lo Mangthang. After taking breakfast, we explore the surrounding areas, visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hill top serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa , continue to the Tingkhar, the last main village of northwest of Lo- Mangthang and back to hotel. Overnight in Lo- Mangthang.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11Lo Mangthang to Lo Gekar(3520m - 6 hrs) We begin our return journey from Lo Mangthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Mangthang 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. Overnight in Lo Gekar.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12Trek to GELING (3060m - 6hrs) We continue our journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded gully to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13Trek to Chhuksang (2920m - 6hrs) Now we must retrace our route back over the Nyi La to Chhuksang. Overnight in Chuksang. Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14Trek to Muktinath (3900m - 6hrs): Take upper part route to Muktinath from where you will have the best breath taking views of surrounding landscape including Kagbeni valley. Muktinath is the most popular both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage center. It’s a beautiful Gurung people’s inhabitant and views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is amazing from here. Overnight in Muktinath.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15Trek to Jomsom [2710m - 3hrs): It's a final day, passing back through beautiful village Jharkot and views of Kagbeni to Jomsom where we end our trek. It's now time for us to take a nice hot shower. In the evening, you celebrate with your guide and Sherpa and exchange your good experiences what you had on the trekking. Or you can visit Marpha village (near Jomsom), where you can see apple orchids. Overnight in Jomsom.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16Fly Jomsom to Pokhara We take a spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara and rest of the day relax in Pokhara .This day you be free or if you want you may do Pokhara valley sightseeing in Pokhara – Over night in Pokhara.
Meal: breakfast.

Day 17Pokhara to Kathmandu and dinner with cultural program. Take breakfast at the hotel and then your guide will take you by taxi/car to tourist bus station and then at 7:30AM drive back to Kathmandu.
Meal: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 18Departure. Meal: Breakfast.

Departure Date

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
29 September, 2017 16 October, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
01 October, 2017 18 October, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
08 October, 2017 25 October, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
15 October, 2017 01 November, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
22 October, 2017 08 November, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
29 October, 2017 15 November, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
01 November, 2017 18 November, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
08 November, 2017 25 November, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
15 November, 2017 02 December, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
22 November, 2017 09 December, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now
29 November, 2017 16 December, 2017 US$ 2100 Available Book Now

Usefull Info

  • How is Nepal?
    Nepal is landlocked country located between India and Tibet autonomous region of  China. It have highest peak of the world name Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) and eight peaks of the worlds ten highest peaks. It is birthplace of Gautam Buddha place name is Lumbini.
    Nepal is small country but tremendous geographic diversity. It rises from Fifty nine meters to eight thousand eight hundred forty eight meters. Nepal is divided into three part Terai, Hill and mountain regions.
    In here, the first language is Nepal (Devanagari script) and one hundred twenty three languages. The official language of Nepal is called Nepali.
  • Passport and Visa:
    First thing for travelling anywhere, you need valid passport with at least six months. You can obtain visa for Nepal from Nepalese consulates or on arrival in Kathmandu or other boarders or most reliable source of information is currently the  Department of Immigration Nepal  If you fill online form and bring with you, then it would be easier to get visa in any Nepal boarder.
  • Weather:
    Nepal’s climate varies with its topography and altitude. The low land Terai area has hot and humid climate that can rise above 40 degree Celsius during summer , middle region weather is pleasant almost all the year and northern region temperature is always cold. For more detail information about Nepal weather , please click in Nepal weather Forecast.  
    Nepal has four seasons:
    Spring: Mar-May: The temperature is good in this season and many flower blossom and best season for trekking. 
    Summer:  (Jun-Aug): Monsoon season in Nepal , weather is hot and wet at times.
    Autumn: (Sep-Nov): This is the best season for tour and trek in Nepal . In that time, weather is highly pleasant so are the mountains and himalaya. This is also season of festivals as Nepal celebrates the biggest festival Hindi name Dashain and Tihar. 
  • Currency:
    The Nepalese currency called Rupees. For more exchange rate , please visit Nepal Rastra Bank.
  • Insurance:
    We told all our clients to do travel insurance before leaving your home country. Their insurance must covered medical, personal accident, lost of gears, emergency evacuation, and damage or lost their luggage and etc.
  • Accommodation:
    Himalayan Asia provides you minimum two star hotels or according to your choice in city area and lodge or Tea house in trekking route. In teahouse or lodge, you can found normal bed with pillow and blankets. We always search and give to our client’s standard lodge with good environment which make your trip happy and healthy.
  • Food:
     We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine but during trek we eat from Nepalese menu especially Pasta, Mo Mo , soup items, Dal Bhat, tea, coffee etc. In trekking route, you will take dinner and breakfast in lodge and lunch will be along the way.
  • When is best season for trek and tour for Nepal?
    The best time to come is September, October and November and March, April and May.
  • Is it suitable trekking for me?
     If you are physically fit and love to walk then you can choose any trekking itinerary from our website to suit you. If you choose long day’s program, then you have t walk more days in mountain. All trekking program can see in our website.   We suggest while going trek, please took one professional guide and if you cannot carry your luggage then took one porter also.
  • Need any special equipment for trekking?
    In another column, you can find what you need to carry. Need to bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, trousers. Or you can buy in Kathmandu before starting trekking.
  • Need any special permit?
    Yes, for doing trekking in Upper Mustang Trek, you need minimum two pax and need to stay in Kathmandu for taking permit of Upper Mustang area.
  • What will happen if get any emergency in the trek?
    We suggest to all our clients do insurance before going trekking. If you have any problem, consult with your guide and he will give suggestion. In our office, one staff is available twenty four hours in phone call; you can call him/her.
  • Do I need permit before trekking in Nepal?
    For entering in trekking route, you need permit and TIMS card. For restricted area, you need special permit. You can discuss with our consultant.
  • Is Nepal safe and especially for single travelling woman?
    Absolutely, Nepal is safe for traveler. For woman and man, Nepal is safe. While going trekking, we suggest take one staff with you. If you go by yourself, you donot know right way and can missed way. For going Upper Mustang , you have to join group. It is not allowed to go single. 
  • What do I need for trekking?
    -Day pack (rucksack)
    -Light weight and warm trousers.
    -Socks.
    -Sun hats and gloves.
    -Full- sleeves t shirt.
    -Warm jackets.
    -Waterproof jacket, trousers and bag cover.
    -Light weight cotton clothing.
    -Waterproof or windcheater jacket.
    -Knee supports.
    -Sun glasses.
    -Sun cream and lip protector.
    -A one liter hard Water bottle.
    -Batteries
    -Flash light
    -Down jacket, sleeping bag (trekking)
    -Trekking shoes or boots.
    -A pair of sandals.

 

Note

  • Hotel and Accommodation on trek:
    We provide to our client in City area best three star (above three star is on client requested) and lodge/teahouse during the trek. A Teahouse/lodge is the combination of guest house and restaurant where rooms are normally decorated and available bed, pillow and blankets. In every trekking route, we provide only teahouse/lodge because there is no availability of deluxe hotel.
  • Meals:
    The meal which is provided in trekking area is included breakfast, lunch and dinner. We provide breakfast and dinner where you stay overnights and our guide will choose restaurant for lunch on the way. Our guide and other staff always give priority t served delicious, hygienic and each place special food. We recommended you to bring water purification tablets. 
  • Guide and porter:
    We provide you best staff to you who have good experience and government license. In a group, we provide one guide till 16 pax and one porter for each two person.  One porter carries 20 kg .
  • Personal Expenses:
    Personal expenses means which is not covered your package column cost include. Normally, you have to pay for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks (on the trek), tips, souvenirs, hot showers and extra day if flight cancelled or any other natural disasters.
  • Some do’s and do not’s :
    Respect local culture and people.
    The Nepalese people are friendly and hospitalize by nature so you do not have difficulty to adjust in here.
    While you are entering in Temple, just check in some temple not allowed to enter for non Hindus.  If there is permitted to enter, please do not wear leather things and walk in Temple and Stupas clockwise. Before taking photograph, please ask authorized person for permission.

Clients ReviewWhat Our Clients Say

Memorable Trek in Nepal

Memorable Trek in Nepal

Rating:
February 28, 2017

We had great experience with Himalayan Asia Treks. We did Upper Mustang Trek including my five friends in November. We stayed Nepal 20 days including trek. During our trip, we found them very helpful and good knowledge about trekking. We really love Pokhara and Lomanthang. Thank you very much.

Review by: Olle, Poland
Nice place in Nepal

Nice place in Nepal

Rating:
February 08, 2017

I have been in Nepal in December 2016 for Trek of UPPER MUSTANG. Mustang is so beautiful place, I missed that place. Many many thanks to Himalayan Asia Treks for your best trek management. Really, I got the best service in competative price. 

Review by: Henry, United States