Upper Mustang Trek

upper mustang trek

Mustang is the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Mountain Ranges. Because of this, the Mustang region of Nepal receives relatively less rain fall resulting in the dry and arid terrain of the region. The Upper Mustang Trek presents you with the trekking experience of trudging through the Tibetan uplands because of its similarity of topography. The land of Upper Mustang is treeless, with little to no vegetation or foliages. You would also be presented the opportunity to experience the unique cultures and traditions of the Thakali people residing along the dainty settlements and villages along the trekking trails. Their day to day life and their way of living in the remote isolation of the region is fascinating to experience. Visiting the secluded acreages adorned with Trans-Himalayan Peaks and ornamented beautifully by the Tibetan Buddhist way of life of the people, the Upper Mustang Trek is a marvelous trekking journey that will brimming with idiosyncratic aspects of the Mustang region. Traversing through Lo Manthang, the former capital of the Mustang region, you can have a look at the city walls and the four-storey Palace intricately carved and opulently decorated. The Upper Mustang Trek presents a trekking journey that is synergic with its rich history.

Beginning the trekking journey from Jomsom, you would be trekking to the destination of Kagbeni; the trail decorated pleasantly with magnificent views of the mountains like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri and various others. Leaving the Kali Gandaki Valley, you would be traversing through rocky channels to Chele where you will experience the juxtapose of changing lifestyles from Manangi to that of Tibetan traditions. Trudging along the Ghami La Pass, you will also walk along to Ghami, the third largest town in Mustang and pass along the longest Mani wall in the region, roughly one thousand meters long and intricately sculptured with carvings of prayers.

The Upper Mustang Trek also presents you the opportunity to visit the Lo-Gekar monastery, which is older than the Samye monastery in Tibet. Trudging along the umber terra firma of the region, you would be reaching the settlement of Lo Manthang passing amethyst terrain where you will get to explore the area around Namgyal monastery and Tingkhar in Lo Manthang. Hiking to the marvelous natural gorge of the Chola Pass set at the elevation of 4210 meters, you would be reaching the maximum point during the Upper Mustang Trek. To get access to Upper Mustang Trek, you need to get a special entry permit from the Government of Nepal. The region is restricted since the holy and historical monuments as well as the geographical assortment are protected.

The Upper Mustang Trek will be an unforgettable experience Escape Himalaya presents to you. Escape Himalaya provides an excellent rendering of services to its customers and we make sure that our customers are getting the optimal context on their trekking journeys. The Upper Mustang Trek package is designed carefully, keeping the satisfaction of our customers in mind, and at the same time, the package also incorporates all of the beautiful natural and cultural quintessence of the Mustang Region in a relatively short amount of time. Come join us in this ravishing adventure where you can experience aesthetically pleasing magnificence of the mountains, alluring natural winsomeness and have a closer look at the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the people in the Upper Mustang Trek Package with us! We also have alternatives for trekking in the Mustang region with our Lower Mustang Trek. You can also opt for a customized itinerary as well to suit your needs and requirements should you wish to do so.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/3020ft), Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 03: From Pokhara fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft), Duration: 3 hrs
  • Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele (3110m/10200ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 05: Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06: Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft), Duration: 4 hrs
  • Day 07: Charang to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft), Duration: 3 hrs
  • Day 08: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return, Duration: 4-6 hrs
  • Day 09: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft), Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 10: Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 11: Shyangbochen to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft), Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 12: Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft), Duration: 7 hrs
  • Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft), Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 16: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Lukla to Kathmandu flight including departure taxes.
  • Duffle bag for the trekking.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek.
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses.
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla.
  • WiFi internet during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers.
  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

    As you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our representatives from Escape Himalaya. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will proceed to check-in. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax and get to know that lay of the land at the hotel. Overnight Stay at the hotel.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/3020ft), Duration: 6 hrs

    Passing by dazzling views of terraced fields, various rural settlements, and fantastic landscape of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Ganesh Himal, and many other peaks, we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes around 6 hours. In Pokhara, we can either go for sightseeing around the city or go for boating in Phewa Lake or just relax in hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03: From Pokhara fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft), Duration: 3 hrs

    We will experience a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom which takes about 20-25 minutes and passes through the deepest gorge of the world while the awesome views of Annapurna Ranges, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail add a magnificent allure to the short flight journey. As we land in Jomsom, we will begin our trek. We will walk to Kagbeni which takes around 3 hours. It is the check point for entering the restricted Upper Mustang Trek. We can see majestic sights of the grandiose views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Nilgiri on the way. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele (3110m/10200ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs

    We will trek to Chele from Kagbeni which takes around 6 hours. Leaving Chele, we will walk up to the east shore of the Kali Gandaki River and ascend over several edges before reaching the Tangbe village. We will here, get to see white washed houses, fields of wheat, buckwheat, barley, and apple orchards. Also, notice the Nilgiri peak standing on the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Moreover, we will leave the Kali Gandaki valley and ascend up on a rocky vertical channel to Chele where we can notice the way of life changing from the Manangi to the Tibetan traditions of Lo. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05: Chele to Geling (3500m/11480ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs

    We will climb along steep, treeless, arid terminus region all along the side of the amazing vertical canyon. After that, we will walk down where we will see chortens on an edge. We will keep on descending along a pleasing path to the village of Samar. After ascending to one of the ridges, we will move down into a big gorge and the path gets into one more valley field. We will also stroll down to an edge at 3800m and continue to traverse one more pass before walking down to Shyangmochen. From there, we will soothingly ascend to a pass at 3770m and move down to get to Geling Village. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06: Geling to Charang (3620m/11875ft), Duration: 4 hrs

    From Geling, on this day, we will walk on the barren, chocolate-colored hills. You can see the Nye La pass located straight in front. The trail also moves down to the Ghami La pass. Walking ahead, the landscape will turn rougher. On our walk, we will notice another wide valley on the left side where the centre point is Ghami - third largest town in Mustang. Departing from Ghami, we will see the longest Mani wall in Mustang which is roughly 1000m long and bedecked with carvings. We will then have a stable way up where we will not see any signs of human or plant life. The landscape is completely barren. We will have an excursion to the Charang Stupa in the middle of the barren terra firma. Walking downward from there, we will also see the Charang Palace. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07: Charang to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft), Duration: 3 hrs

    Moving ahead from Charang, on this day, we will ascend to Lo-Gekar where we will notice Lo-Gekar monastery which is identified as older one than the Samye monastery in Tibet. Then, we will keep walking to Lo Manthang. To conclude for the day, we will catch a view of the settlements adorned with the placement of the Lho walls. Then, we will traverse a stream and ascend up to the upland of Lo Manthang. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return, Duration: 4-6 hrs

    This is the day for exploration around Namgyal monastery and Tingkhar in Lo- Manthang. Taking approximately 2 hours, we will reach Namgyal Gompa set on the top of the hill and is an important monastery for the local people. After this, we will visit a settlement named Tingkhar with roughly 40 houses. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft), Duration: 6-7 hrs

    We will, on this day, ascend gradually which presents a last sight of Lo Manthang before ascending an edge at the height of 4070m. Carrying on walking, we will come across the Chogo La Pass placed at the height of (4210m) which is the peak point during the Upper Mustang Trek. The path with a short and steep drop traverses the Charang River. Also, we will ascend to Lo Gekar and get to Ghar monastery. Before arriving at Drakmar, we will then traverse a valley and alpine fields. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10: Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs

    On this day, we will walk ahead from Drakmar and we will traverse two more passes and witness grand views of the Annapurna Himalaya Ranges. We will also reach Jamyung between Syangboche and Ghelung. Passing the trail to Ghelung, you will get the opportunity to witness and observe two monasteries lying on top of the village. Then, we will trek to Syangboche. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11: Shyangbochen to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft), Duration: 6 hrs

    We will walk away Syangboche and stroll down following a river before we get to Chhusang. It takes approximately 6 hours to reach Chhusang lying at 2980m. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12: Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft), Duration: 7 hrs

    We will walk ahead from Chhusang village and with a short vertical way up to the valley ground; we will carry on ascending to reach a small pass where we will notice Muktinath. We will also walk traversing Gyu La Pass set at the height of 4077m. It also presents a wonderful panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft), Duration: 6 hrs

    In the morning, on this day, we will walk around Muktinath which holds the holy Muktinath temple and a few other monasteries. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and we can also see 108 water taps pouring water around it. Then, walking to Jomsom, we will be traversing though verdant landscape of the region, taking around 6 hours. On the way, we will go back over our steps to Jomsom observing the great views of the Nilgiri peak. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara

    We will, on this day, take a morning flight from Jomsom to reach Pokhara which takes 20 minutes. In Pokhara, we can visit sights like Davis Fall, Begnas Tal, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasini temple, Peace Stupa and more. At the hotel, we can just lighten up for this day. Breakfast included.

  • Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    We will drive to Kathmandu which takes around 6 hours. Then, we will shift to the hotel. At the hotel, we can just calm down and have a relaxed day dallying around or go for shopping.

  • Day 16: Farewell

    This is the last day of the trekking journey. One of the representatives from Escape Himalaya will escort you to the airport for your return flight, from where you will depart, hopefully with wonderful memories of the trekking journey.

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