Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek opens the door to the region of Mustang, known as a mysterious place, and only recently opened for foreign travelers to visit. Mustang was once an independent kingdom called Lo and was part of a larger Tibetan empire. Here is an almost purely Tibetan culture, language, and religion. The trek of 15 days from Kathmandu will lead us to this enigmatic land of Tibetans in Nepal.
It is in the restricted region of Upper Mustang that this trek reaches and offers the visitor scenes of arid valleys, multi-colored canyons, yak caravans, and colorfully painted mud brick houses. The landscape is a desert wilderness because of where it lies in relation to the Annapurna Massif. This area is to the north-west and therefore is in the rain shadow receiving little of the rains most of Nepal gets during the monsoon season. Wonderful panoramic views of some of the major mountains are visible like Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). Although it lies in the highlands of Nepal it features the mixed snow-capped mountains and desert, and it is more akin to the high Tibetan plateau than to the typical sub-tropical highlands of the rest of Nepal. Situated behind the high Himalayas, this region is almost untouched by the tourist trade. And the Upper Mustang Trek has a lot to offer besides incredible views of mountains. Ancient solitary monasteries and small settlements are scattered throughout the landscape beckoning the visitor to explore the Tibetan Buddhist religion, and culture housed within both.
Nepal Himalayan Forbidden Treks & Expedition is one of the best trekking and hiking organizers in Nepal. We have an experienced team ready to serve our clients with a full suite of services. We offer a number of tour packages to make our clients trek safe, easy and exciting.
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 1340m,
Day 2 - Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
Day 3 - Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25 minutes
Day 4 - Fly from Jomsom to Jomsom 2713m/25 minutes and trek to Kagbeni 2810m/3 hours
Day 5 - Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3030m/6 hours,
Day 6 - Trek from Tsaile to Giling 3440m/7 hours,
Day 7 - Trek from Giling to Tsarang 3490m/6 hours,
Day 8 - Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3730m/4 hours
Day 9 - Exploration at Lo-Manthang
Day 10 - Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami 3400m/7 hours,
Day 11 - Trek from Ghami to Samar 3300m/6 hours
Day 12 - Trek from Samar to Kagbeni 2810m/6 hours
Day 13 - Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom 2780m/4 hours,
Day 14 - Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
Day 15 - Final Departure from Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 1340m
Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative will greet you and transfer you to your pre-arranged hotel in Thamel. We will gladly show you places around Thamel and provide an evening briefing about the upcoming trek. Overnight at the hotel.
Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley and Permit Procedure
Kathmandu is an ancient repository of many cultures and traditions dating back eons. It reflects the religious and ancestral legacy through many monuments, temples, and gompas. We will start our visit from Pashupatinath one of the most famous sacred Hindu temples and we will continue on our visit to Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Temple. We will return back to the hotel and overnight in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25 minutes
After breakfast, we will return to Tribhuvan International Airport and fly to Pokhara. The flight is 25-30 minutes and leads us to one of the loveliest places in Nepal. Pokhara is known as the gateway to the Annapurna region and considered a trekking paradise with numerous trekking and hiking opportunities. On this day, we will visit some of the most beautiful places in Pokhara like Phewa Lake, Davis Falls. Our stay will be at a hotel and review tomorrow’s trek plan.
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m/25 minutes and trek to Kagbeni 2810m/3 hours
We will take the early morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. A scenic flight of 25 minutes will transport us to Jomsom offering close views of snow-capped mountains. After a short and an easy walk, we will reach Kagbeni from Jomsom enjoying the panoramic views of mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri (7061m) and many others. The transformation into the more traditional Tibetan culture is felt with each step on the trail. Irrigation canals and terraced fields encourage the trekkers to experience the daily lives of the inhabitants here. Our guide will facilitate further trekking from here due to entering the restricted area of Upper Mustang, and then we will visit the red gompa, a famous Buddhist Monastery then overnight at a lodge in Kagbeni.
Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile (Chele) 3050m/6 hours
Early in the morning, we will continue our trek along many river banks and sand pathways with scenic views of barley fields. Following the path through Kali Gandaki River, we arrive at Chhomnang and then ascend upwards through the sandy path which is also known as winter road and finally arrive at Tsaile (Chele). Stay overnight at a lodge in Tsaile.
Trek from Tsaile (Chele) to Ghiling 3570m/7 hours
After having breakfast we will continue hiking along the Kali Gandaki River. There will be a more steep climb to Taklam La (3624m) and Dajori La (3735m) and arrive at Samar (3660m). From here we will take the alternative route to arrive at Chungsi Cave, a popular pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. After visiting, we will hike up to the Syangboche La (3850m) and finally arrive at Ghiling (3570m). Stay overnight at a lodge in Ghiling.
Trek from Ghiling to Tsarang 3560m/6 hours
Continuing the journey through Chunggar, and Jhaite with spectacular views of mountains like Annapurna (8091m) and Nilgiri (7061m) in the background, we arrive at Ghami. Then we will use the alternative route from Ghami and walk ahead through red cliffs. The climb to Tsarang is steep, but we will be rewarded with a special surprise. In Tsarang is one of the greatest libraries in Lo (Old Palace). Stay overnight a lodge in Tsarang.
Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3810m/4 hours
From Tsarang, we will pass the Charang Khola and arrive at Ghar Gompa. Here is housed wonderful ancient scriptures of Lo Nying Sect from Padmasambhava which is a rare treat to view. Continuing on the trail towards Choga La (4280m) and then reach the capital of Mustang, the walled city of Lo Manthang. Stay overnight at a lodge in Lo-Manthang.
Exploration at Lo-Manthang
This day is reserved for exploring this ancient walled city. We will visit the King’s Palace and many monasteries like Thupchen Gyalwai Phodrang, Namgyal, Buddha, Jampa, and Chode Monastery. We will visit the temples and villages which shows the Buddhist culture and tradition so beautifully in this region. We will also visit the upper valley of Lo-Manthang. Then we will visit the Chhoser Gompa where there is a century old cave dwelling situated high in the rocks. From Lo Manthang one can enjoy the amazing views of mountains like Nilgiri (7061), Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). Stay overnight at a lodge in Lo-Manthang.
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami 3520m/7 hours
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will start our trek with a descent to Ghami which is 3520 m above sea-level. We will walk through many villages like Ghar Gompa and Dhakmar. We can enjoy the views of the simple yet tidy homes on the way made of stones and muds and finally arrive at Ghami. Stay overnight at a lodge in Ghami.
Trek from Ghami to Samar 3660m/6 hours
On this day we will trek to Samar from Ghami. We will amble through beautiful valleys and pass large stone mounts on the way to Samar. We will have lovely views of the many local villages and monastery residing in this region. The day will be about 6 hours of trekking to reach our destination of Samar (3660m) and then overnight at a lodge in Samar.
Trek from Samar to Kagbeni 2810m/6 hours
Today we return back to Kagbeni from where we have started our journey. We will walk through barley fields, beautiful valleys to reach Kagbeni. It is roughly 6 hours of hiking to reach Kagbeni, a small and beautiful village in Upper Mustang. Stay overnight at a lodge in Kagbeni.
Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom 2720m/4 hours
On this day, we will trek back to Jomsom the same route from where we have initiated our trek. Enjoying the same landscapes with a new perspective of the Annapurna Range, Nilgiri (7061m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m), we will reach back to Jomsom and then overnight at Jomsom. In Jomsom, you can try delicious traditional Thakali food while interacting with local Thakali. Stay overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom and then return back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be transferred to one of the hotels in Thamel. Overnight at the hotel.
Final Departure from Kathmandu
One of our representatives will assist in transferring you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight. Farewell!
Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
4 nights deluxe accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Guided sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
Round Trip domestic flight tickets cost from KTM-PKR-Jomsom-PKR-KTM and airport tax.
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the lodge/tea-house trek.
Lodge-lodge and party tented camp accommodation during the lodge trek.
1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples and carry 25kg) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipment, salary and insurance.
All ground transportation by private vehicle according to group size.
Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and other necessary permits.
First Aid Medical Kit box and necessary medicines.
Office Service Charge and all government tax.
Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast in hotel.
International Airfare to and from Nepal.
Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
Items and expenses of personal nature.
All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
Personal Trekking Equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu and Pokhara).
Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man. Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.