Upper Mustang Trekking Nepal


Trip Overview

Upper Mustang is one the less visited trekking destination in Nepal. The area is opened for foreigners only in 1991. Nepal Government open Upper Mustang trekking to foreigners in 1992 with quota limited permission. Government provisioned that only defined numbers of foreigners can visit in Upper Mustang. And the permission was detected by restricted area permit issuing from Immigration Department Nepal. The provision is still existed, but with less limitation.

Since then, thousands of trekkers have been Upper Mustang trekking. And immerse in the existence in Upper Mustang destination. Many of them express that Upper Mustang hiking provide a feeling of being in Tibet. After political change specially in Tibetan part, the culture and traditions of Tibet has gradually changing. The original Tibetan culture and tradition is still and, by better way, remains round and beyond the boarder in Nepal side.

The landscape of Upper Mustang is unique. It is almost Tibetan like. Politically, Upper Mustang is Nepal. Culturally, this area is extensive part of the Tibet. The people, landscape, culture, all these are completely different than Nepal. Due to such features, Upper Mustang trekking is being still high demanding. Join us for Upper Mustang trek and have enjoy!

Upper Mustang Trekking

We have published Upper Mustang trekking with specially planning to show you the Upper Mustang wonderful landscape, the culture, monasteries and the ecological beauties of Upper Mustang through guiding you Upper Mustang. Our most of the itinerary are planned within Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). However the landscape of Upper Mustang consists with barren landscape, there exists a unique Himalayan ecological beauties. During our guiding of Upper Mustang hike, we show you the uniquely beautiful nature, the floras and faunas.

The best time for Upper Mustang trekking is from Jun to October. Upper Mustang is rain shadow area. These months are rainy season in lower part, Upper mustang is one of the best time to visit. Join us and have enjoy with Upper Mustang trekking trekking!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350M/4425FT) (A)
Showing your name board, our airport representative waits in Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). You transfer to hotel, check in and free time. Have enjoy!

Day 2: Trip Final Preperation in Kathmandu (A,B)
In the morning, generally at 8 am, Eco-friendly Treks staff come to meet you at your hotel. Please manage to be there at lobby with:
(a) your original passport to prepare necessary adventure eco holiday permit/s from the concerned authority
(b) a couple of same passport size photos for permit/s and
(c) Trip final full payment. The staff introduce you with your trip guide at the same time. You have time to interact with your guide, he may check and suggest your trip equipmment and packing for the trip on your interest, please tell us if you like this. The rest of the day, you may buy or hire additional equipment and packing (if necessary). Then, you rest for acclimatization and final preperation for the trip. If you like any additional program for the day, please inform us at the time of mail corresponding.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara.(A,B,L,D)
After breakfast we will take a scenic bus drive Pokhara. Walk around the lake side and explore Pokhara city on your own. You can have an excellent view of the mountains as they are only 28 Kms away from Pokhara city, which lies at an altitude of 900m.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (2700M/8850FT) and trek to Kagbeni (2810M/9211FT) (A,B,L,D)
Early morning breakfast and fly to Jomsom early in the morning to avoid the wind in the afternoon. After landing at the Jomsom airport we will start trekking to Kagbeni following the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes along the back of the Kaligandaki River, is flat and has a very rough terrain. We will see the mountains Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Thorang peak and many more from the trail, in the backdrop. After two hours of walk in the flat land along the bank of Kaligandaki, we reach Kagbeni. O/N at Kagbeni.

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900M/9506FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast we will leave lower Mustang and enter Upper Mustang. After walking for some time we can see the Gompa Kang and numerous caves in the west. At Tangbe we will get a good opportunity to stretch our legs and try our stamina as we climb up to 3060m.Tangbe is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways; here you will find the typical Mustang chortens painted in black white and red. After 1 hour of further walking we reach the village of Chuksang, where there is majority of Thakali people but they live in harmony with the Bhotias and Gurungs. O/N at Chuksang.

Day 6: Chuksang to Samar (3150M/10326FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast trek to Samar. It takes around 4-5HRS and the day is not very tiring so you can take frequent breaks to interact with the villagers and take pictures. Villages become more scattered as you enter deeper into the region, life becomes more basic and the landscape more arid. You leave the valley today and climb steeply up to Chele home to a number of ferocious Tibetan Mastiffs, thankfully chained to the village houses. You continue up on the side of a steep canyon to a pass after which you then descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of Poplar trees. O/N at Samar.

Day 7: Samar to Geling (3510M/11506FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast, We will start to ascend from Samar and in half an hour we reach a ridge which leading into a gorge and another valley full of juniper trees. We continue walking and cross the small river and reach the base of the Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few local facilities. Near Shyangmochen is the Rangbyung which has stalagmites which look like small chortens, making it one of the most sacred places in whole Mustang. Climbing up is over for today as we gently get down to Geling, which has small population living in small mud houses. At the end of the day we should have walked around 5 hours. O/N at Geling

Day 8: Geling to Ghami (3490M/11440FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast, We start a 5 1/2 hours walk to Ghami. The walking duration seems short but is has lots of climbs making it difficult to catch pace. The climb begins steadily to the centre of the valley and then around to the head of the valley, to the Nyi La passes (3840m). After crossing the pass we, as previous day we will gently start walking down to reach Ghami, a large white-washed village sheltered by the overhanging cliffs. O/N at Ghami.

Day 9: Ghami to Charang (3620M/11866FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast, trek to Charang.Today is the hardest in the entire trip so make sure you have enough water and some power bars to Support you as we walk past the driest place in the Mustang area. The walk might be tiring and 5 hours might seem as long as 10 but still you can feel fresh with the view of the high mountains in the backdrops. At mid afternoon we will reach Charang, where at the eastern end a huge Dzong (fortress) and red gompa home to a great collection of statues and thankas can be seen. O/N at Charang.

Day 10: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840M/10948FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast trek to Lo Manthang. Only 3HRS walking distance. May be a lazy morning as well and then leave Charang and head up the valley to the boundary between Charang and Lo, the trail here broadens and soon you will catch sight of Lo Manthang, with only one entrance you will walk round to the North East corner to get in. O/N At Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Explore Lo Manthang (A,B,L,D)
There are no rigid facts but it is said that this city was already in existence before 1390 and Ama Pal, was the person responsible for constructing this beautiful town in the cold desert. The last king of Lo Manthang was Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born c. 1933), and was the 25th King of Mustang from the Bista Dynasty. The people of Lo Manthang are known as Lhobas. The village is noted for its tall white washed mud brick walls, gompas and the Raja’s or Royal or King’s Palace, a nine-cornered, five story structures built around 1400. There are four major temples: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house”; Thubten Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the “New Gompa”. The Government opened access for tourist to this area after 1992, but still the tourism to Upper Mustang remains limited.

Day 12: Lo Manthang to Ghami (3490M/11440FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast,we start the second leg of the journey to get back to Jomsom. We take the same way back to Ghami. There are few alternate routes but very short ending up at the main trail in short span of time. Overnight at Ghami.

Day 13: Ghami to Chuksang (2900M/9506FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will reach Chuksang after crossing the Kaligandaki and walking past some desert like land area. After walking for around 6 hours we reach Chuksang for overnight at Chuksang.

Day 14: Chuksang to Muktinath (3795M/12440FT) (A,B,L,D)
After breakfast trek start to Muktinath.You will travel through some pretty scenery today, apple orchards, agricultural fields and pretty villages. At the end of the day we can make a brief visit to the temple of Muktinath which is worshiped by Hindus as Lord Vishnu and By Buddhists as Avalokteshowrs. This temple premise has 108 stone spouts from where holy water comes throughout the day. O/N At Muktinath.

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (A,B,L,D)
After the short descend in the morning you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries which give you the opportunity to witness the interrelation and similarity of Tibet to this area. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is splendid throughout the trail. We will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the bank of kali Gandaki River. We can spend some time exploring the headquarter of the mustang district, Jomsom from where the Mountain View is magnificent.

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara (A,B,L,D)
Early morning flight to Pokhara and free day at Pokhara for lunch and surrounding in Pokhara..

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu (Flights also available) (A,B,L)

After our breakfast, we take a drive to Kathmandu or take a flight to Kathmandu.

Day 18: At Leisure/ Spare day (A,B)

Day 19: Departure to your destination (B)
Today is your departure day, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.
(Abbreviation: A = Accommodation, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Guide & Logistics

Price Includes:

  • We meet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel
  • Double room in sharing basis with breakfast at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Experienced trip guide and his expenses (meals, transport, insurance, lodge except tips)
  • Required permit/s for the trip
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per itinerary
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to trip starting point as per itinerary
  • Double room at average lodge in sharing basis during the trip
  • Transfer from trip ending point to Kathmandu
  • All taxes (Value Added Tax if apply and income tax)
  • Agency service charge
  • We transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for onward flight
  • Domestic Airfare if needed (confirm this at the time of trip book)

Price NOT Included:

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Hot and cold drinks are not available except mineral water
  • Tipping
  • All above “Cost Include” mentioned above

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Trip facts

  • 19 Days
  • Lodging: Lodge
  • Size: 2-20 Persons
  • Dept: Each Month 4th
  • Trip Grading: PD
  • Trip Type: Trekking
  • Price: USD /each

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Very good value for money spent. We all arranged and generally well managed.

- GLENN INGRAM

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