Upper Mustang trek which offers a spectacular trekking into the remote Himalayan mountain area with Tibetan influence culture. The high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. 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. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys. The thousands years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle and heritage remain unchanged for centuries and to this date. The houses in Mustang are mostly made from stone and sun baked mud bricks. The city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Manthang are some of the beautiful architectures of Mustang region. Another attraction in the 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). The Mustagi 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. The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request. 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. The 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. Best Month to Travel The Month of April to November are favorable months to trek to Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang is a rain Shadow area, thus, we can do trekking in this part of Nepal even in the monsoon season (mid June-mid Sept)
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN – KATHMANDU (Dinner)
Upon arrival, you will meet our staff and you will be transferred to Hotel. After short rest, we will visit the Swayambhunath Temple, said to be 2500 years Stupa on a hillock, which offers a breath-taking view of Kathmandu City and the Sunset view. This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument Listed in 1979.Next; we will visit historic Kathmandu Durbar Square (Hanuman Dhoka) if you are lucky, you will be able to have a glance of the famous living Goddess of Nepal name Kumari,. Overnight Kathmandu.
DAY 2: KATHMANDU – POKHARA FEWA LAKE & MT ANNAPURNA RANGES (BLD)
After breakfast, a scenic drive to Pokhara (5-6hour) 200kilometer west of Kathmandu. Lunch will be served on the way. Pokhara is a second largest city of Nepal. In Pokhara we can enjoy the view of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world and lake, The Annapurnas and the famous “Fishtial” mountain peak of Machapuchare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. After short rest we will proceed for 1hour boating at Fewa lake which located walking distance from your hotel. There will be the scenic highlight of your trip. Overnight stay at Pokhara.
Day 3: Pokhara fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs (BLD)
An early breakfast at Hotel, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a 20Minute scenic flight of over the mountains with views of the Mt. Fishtail, Annapurnas & Dhaulagiri, and arrive at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a small town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki 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 gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-Himalayan. Dinner and Overnight at kagbeni.
Day 04: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs (BLD)
Our trek starts followed by riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the trek we come across scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. Overnight stay at Chele village
Day 05: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs (BLD)
Today, we climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. Overnight stay at Syanbochen
Day 06: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs (BLD)
After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. Overnight stay at Ghaymi.
Day 07: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs (BLD)
After breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight’s stop. Overnight at Charang.
Day 08: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs (BLD)
Today, we arrive at Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop. Overnight at Lo-manthang.
Day 09: Explore Lo-Mangthang (BLD)
Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house” the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja’s palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya.
Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs (BLD)
Today, we are returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. explore the local area. Likelihood of dusty wind, so suggested to walk in the morning. Overnight at Drakmar.
Day 11: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs (BLD)
We get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area. Arrive Ghiling for overnight stay.
Day 12: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs (BLD)
We trek back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.
Day 13: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs (BLD)
Last day of our trek. We start early as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop.
Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara (B)
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon free at leisure your own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (B)
After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Fly Home: Farewell Friend
After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly home
Air port pick up and drop off
Domestic airfare Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary
All meals during trek Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Seasonal fresh fruits salad when available
Best available tea house accommodation during the trek
All necessary ground transportation as per itinerary in Nepal.
Sleeping bag and inner sheet provided (can take up to -10 degrees)
All necessary entrance fees, Upper Mustang Permit fees
Trek permit fee, Annapurna conservation fees
Service of professional guide and porters during trek and their insurance and wages.
Half day city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per above itinerary.
Coordination quick rescue service in case of emergency (cost covered by your insurance plan)
Cost does not includes:
Air tickets ( Can be arranged with us),Nepal visa fee US$40 for 30 days visa + passport size photos is required,Personal travel insurance, Alcoholic and cold drinks beverages,Personal expenses, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Tipping -Trek Guide & Porters