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Upper Mustang Trekking

Hike in the last Forbidden Land, explore barren landscapes, monasteries, caves and primitive lifestyle and culture of the Tibetan people

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17 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3740 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: March to November
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Upper Mustang trekking is a distinctive and eccentric trek to a rather isolated and untouched region of Nepal. Traverse through the Upper Mustang trek with us as your helping hand, this 15 days trek bestows you with an experience like never before into the remote trans-Himalayan mountain region. The high desert area highly influenced by Tibetan culture, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). Upper Mustang Trekking is your golden ticket to explore the uniquely astounding thousands of years old monasteries, temples, deep dived caves, ethnic tribes and breathtaking beauties of the different landscapes hidden in the barren land. Dare and undertake an adventure as you stride across the world’s deepest gorge, the Kaligandaki region and onto the world’s highest region of which it bears an almost barren by trees landscape, with a steep rocky trail up and down hill, accommodated by stunning views of Mt. Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and several other high mountain peaks!
Upper Mustang trekking is a treat to a wanderer and an explorer with its setting of typical Tibetan villages, exquisite and one of a kind mountain passes, alpine valleys and the galore of high peaks. With modern culture being untouched for a thousand years, Upper Mustang has gracefully kept its ethnic culture, primitive lifestyle and age-old heritage intact for centuries and till date. Upper Mustang houses its locals in aesthetically pleasing stone and sunbaked mud bricks. The town wall and the four-story palace in Lo – Manthang are two of the arresting architectures in Mustang that one should not miss out on. Yet another attraction is the Tiji Festival which is highly influenced by the rich Tibetan culture, which coincides with the end of the dry season. Do not be taken aback if you find a female from Mustang with more than 5 spouses! With an extremely unique and conflicting culture of a different family life where all the brothers in the family are married to a single girl. Having half a dozen of husbands isn’t something out of the blue for the locals at Lo-Manthang. This is what we may call a practice of Polyandry.

The Upper Mustang region was restricted only to locals until October 1991, which is from where it got its name “The Last Forbidden Kingdom”. The denizens of Mustang regard themselves as “Lobas”, and in their own unique way, have their own King or tribe-leader, “Jigme Palbar Bista”. However, when Nepal was declared as a republic country in 2007, the government of Nepal took back the official recognition of the Bista as the King of Mustang. Despite losing the tag of a King, the natives still give their utmost respect and consider him as their King or Tribe – leader. The people of Mustang have managed to collaborate with the government with strict control mechanisms to obtain a special permit from the Department of Immigration to protect their traditions and cultures from modern influences and to preserve their environment as well. Upper Mustang trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of the trek and follow the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream to get to Lo – Manthang valley, the last destination of our Upper Mustang Trekking.

Upper Mustang trekking short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1350meters. 
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation day. 
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara, 840meters, 6 hrs drive. 
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 2,860m, 3-4 hrs walking. 
Day 05: Kagbeni to chele, 3050m, 5-6 hrs walking. 
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen, 3475m, 6-7 hrs walking.
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 3520m, 5-6 hrs walking. 
Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang, 3500m, 4-5 hrs walking. 
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang, 3700m, 5-6 hrs walking. 
Day 10: Explore Lo-Manthang valley.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar, 3810 m, 6-7 hrs walking. 
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling, 3806m, 5-6 hrs walking.
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang, 3050m, 5-6 hrs walking.
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom, 2700m, 6-7 hrs walking.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara. 
Day 16: Drive or flight back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.


Trip cost: Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation. Also, let us know how many of you are there in your group and when you would like to do this trek, after knowing all these things from your side, we will send you all the necessary information with a best quote as soon as possible.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Upper Mustang trekking: Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1350meters
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative our company. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a display board your name on it at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest or hang around in the city; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation day
After breakfast we start a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you can meet your trek leader.
We brief you regarding your trek as well as provide you opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your upcoming adventure.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara, 840meters, 6 hrs drive.  
Early morning at around 6:30 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus. En route we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is a city of lakes and caves and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful Fewa Lake during the afternoon. We can enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. We can even do some shopping during evening hours. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 2,860m, 3-4 hrs walking.  
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 30 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings us at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large 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 Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributary, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 05: Kagbeni to chele, 3050m, 5-6 hrs walking.  
Our Adventure journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have 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 at guest house.

Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen, 3475m, 6-7 hrs walking.
Today, after breakfast we trek further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) 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 at guest house.  

Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi, 3520m, 5-6 hrs walking.  
After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open roof. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m) 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 at guest house.

Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang, 3500m, 4-5 hrs walking.  
After breakfast, we start our trek 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 guest house.

Day 09: Charang to Lo-Manthang, 3700m, 5-6 hrs walking.  
Today, we trek to Lo-Manthang 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 we can see the Lo-Manthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Manthang, views of the walled town appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 10: Explore Lo-Manthang valley.
Today we explore the surrounding areas, visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa is 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-Manthang and stroll back to guest house. 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 King's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar, 3810 m, 6-7 hrs walking.  
While returning from Lo-Manthang, 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 guest house.

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling, 3806m, 5-6 hrs walking.
Today, 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. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang, 3050m, 5-6 hrs walking.
We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. We will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom, 2700m, 6-7 hrs walking.
Our last day of the day would be a long one.  Better to walk early start 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. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara.  
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a 30 minutes spectacular flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi's water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Drive or flight back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
If we drive, it will be 200 kilometers drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with your guide and organizer. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Service Includes

  • All the necessary airport pick up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu, and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour as per above program
  • Necessary flights from Pokhara to Jomsom  return trips.
  • Restricted area permits with the Annapurna conservation fee. 
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Fare well dinner in Kathmandu host by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some questions and answers for Upper Mustang Trekking

How can I book Upper Mustang trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Upper Mustang trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Upper Mustang Trekking?
May, June, July and August, September, October, and November are the best seasons. However, March & April are okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Upper Mustang Trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Upper Mustang trekking is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 4000m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
 All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of Alpine eco trek with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the Upper Mustang trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Equipments & Packing List

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Mustang trekking

Mustang Region Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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