Upper Mustang Trek - 18 Days

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  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Mustang
  • Max. Altitude: 3710m/12171ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Upper Mustang Trek is a trek to the isolated ancient Himalayan Kingdom located at one of the driest valleys of the country. This trek wanders around the rural land which recently opened up to the international tourists.  

The trekking trip starts with a one-day sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu Valley. The valley offers extraordinary insights into the historical and ancient structures build during the Rana Regime. The following day, you will be driving to the Cherrapunji of Nepal, Pokhara. From there, a flight will take us to the apple capital of Nepal, Jomsom. Don't forget to try the sweet apples and the apple wine, 'Marpha' in Jomsom. 

Get to the major destination of Lo-Manthang on the ninth day of our trip. As the village is considered, 'The Last Forbidden Kingdom', it offers an untouched and untamed view of the Tibetan-influenced culture and values prevalent in the Himalayas of Nepal. Due to the reason of being a separate entity for a long time, the trek to this region is possibly the most unique and fascinating place in Nepal.  

Along the way, you will also be able to enjoy your time at the sacred temple of Muktinath. The temple is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. You will also be able to look at the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is considered the deepest in the world.  

The Upper Mustang Trek is a perfect place for those who want to experience unique culture alongside beautiful scenery. Besides culture, you will also be able to have the natural views of the peaks like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and such other peaks.  


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Half day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 6 hrs drive

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m/9,375ft) 3-4 hrs

Day 5: Trek to Chele (3050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 6: Trek to Syanbochen (3475m/11,398ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 7: Trek to Ghaymi (3520m/11,546ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 8: Trek to Charang (3500m/11,480ft) 4-5 hrs

Day 9: Trek to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar 4-6 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810m/12,500ft): 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft) 7 hrs

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft) 6 hrs

Day 16: Flight back to Pokhara

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu 6 hrs

Day 18: Departure from TIA.

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Welcome to the land of the Himalayas. You will be welcomed by the high snowcapped peaks. Our company representative will escort you to your hotel. You will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. If you arrive late in the evening, then there is always the other day to provide information about your tour.  

 

Today, you will have a full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Our trip today consists of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and the Patan City (The City of Fine Arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples built between the 12th and 18th centuries. The palace used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swoyambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name stands for "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as the Monkey Temple. Similarly, Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for all of the visitors both internal and external. 

After breakfast, you will be traveling to Pokhara (around 200km) via the Prithvi Highway. It is a 6hrs drive with beautiful scenery all along the way featuring rolling hills, farmland with terraces set beside raging rivers perfect for rafting. You will arrive at Pokhara in the late afternoon where you can wander around the shops at Lakeside and enjoy the sunset over the Fewa lake. Overnight in a tea house in Pokhara. 

 

This morning, you will have the opportunity to experience, perhaps, the most exhilarating mountain flight in the world (certainly the best in Nepal). The flight will offer stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. You fly up the valley between the two 8000+ meters giants seemingly within the touching distance of the mountains. Upon reaching Jomsom, the trekking starts with a short trek to Kagbeni, the main gateway to the Upper Mustang. The scenery up here is vastly different to that you experienced at Pokhara and this stark grandeur under the shadow of snow-capped peaks set the tone for your trek. Overnight in a tea house in Kagbeni. 

The day starts with a permit check as you leave Kagbeni and head upstream beside the Kaligandaki River. Your first stop is the Tangbe village with its narrow roads through white-washed stone houses, fields of buckwheat, and barley, and apple orchards. With Nilgiri Peak on our right, it’s around 2 hours to Chhusang Village before we leave the Kali Gandaki Valley and the track climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele. Overnight in a tea house in Chele. 

After starting your day with a walk to Ekle Bhatti, you climb the Taklam La Pass (3624m/11,923ft) and are greeted with stunning views of the Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kund, and Damodar Danda. From here, descend to the village of Samar and then further descend steeply to the stream below. A further 3 hours of walking takes you to Syanbochen and along the way, you can experience the landscape of streams and junipers. Junipers are an important factor in the Buddhist culture as the incense is made of such flowers. Overnight in a tea house in Syanbochen.  

Trek uphill to the Yamda La (3850m/12,667ft) passing through local villages with Tibetan style architecture, chortens, and tea houses. Cross over the high mountain passes and experience breathtaking views of the barren landscape, naked hills, and rugged terrain that is a feature of Mustang. The fields of barley and avenue of poplar trees on our way is a stark contrast to the rugged browns and rocky hillsides. Overnight in a tea house in Ghyami.  

After breakfast, start with a pleasant walk crossing the Ghami Khola before climbing to a plateau where the trail passes a very long Mani wall (a wall of stones printed with Buddhist Mantras). From here, the track heads east to the village of Charang which is characterized by its abundant fields, willow trees, and houses surrounded by stone walls. The village is famous for its monasteries, Thangkas, and much more. Overnight in a tea house in Charang. 

The trek to Lo-Manthang offers you the magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilcho, Annapurna I, and the Bhrikuti Peak. Begin by descending through the Charang Chu Canyon before climbing steeply and ascending the windy pass of Lo from where you will have a magnificent view of the walled city of Lo-Manthang on the Tibetan border. Overnight in a tea house in Lo-Manthang. 

Today, you will explore the area around Lo-Manthang starting with a 2 hours trek to Namgyal Gompa. Situated on the hilltop, it is an important monastery for the local community and the local court. The trek then continues to Tingkhar village before returning back to Lo-Manthang. Overnight in a tea house in Lo-Manthang. 

From Lo-Manthang, the trail climbs steadily up a ridge to 4070m and continues climbing to Chogo La situated at 4210m, the highest point on the trek. The trail then crosses the Charang River and reaches Ghar Gompa, a 1200-years' old monastery with Guru Rinpoche as the primary focus. According to the local legend, anyone who makes a wish at Ghar Gompa will have that wish fulfilled. From here, it’s just a short walk to Drakmar. Overnight in a tea house in Drakmar. 

This morning, you will head to Ghiling where you will have the entire afternoon to explore the area. The trek today is easy as the hike contains full downhill and flat trails. Also, enjoy the views of the diverse wildlife. Overnight in a tea house in Ghiling. 

It’s an easy day walking with wonderful Himalayan scenery to enjoy today. As you head to the Chhusang Village, you will come across two ways to reach there. An alternative route passes through Samar Village and the Ranchung Cave which takes 30-minutes longer than the original trails. Overnight in a tea house in Chhuksang. 

It’s a special day today as you trek to one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Hindus and Buddhists, the Muktinath Temple. This route is also very popular for the abundant “Saligram”. Overnight in a tea house in Muktinath. 

As Muktinath is one of the most important destinations for the Hindus pilgrims, you will visit the temple in the morning. There are 108 waterspouts inside the temple where pilgrims take a holy bath. From Muktinath, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri mountain range. Descend and cross the Kaligandaki Valley passing the Kagbeni village before we reach Jomsom. Overnight in a tea house in Jomsom. 

An early morning flight to Pokhara leaves for sightseeing around Pokhara Valley. Pokhara is the adventure capital of Nepal and offers Paragliding and the world's longest zipline among other things. A visit to the World Peace Pagoda or a boat trip on the Fewa Lake is always lovely too. There is a great tourist shopping strip with souvenir shops, cafés, and bars at the lakeside. Or, you can also visit the numerous Tibetan Refugee Camps, David's Falls, or the Mountaineering Museum during your time at the lake city. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara. 

Today you will drive back to Kathmandu where you can spend the remainder of the day relaxing or souvenir shopping before the farewell dinner tonight. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu. 

Sadly, your most memorable journey comes to an end today. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.  

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • 3 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis. 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara (bed and breakfast)
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • Royalties for first 10 days USD 500 and then per day USD 10
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • ACAP(Annapurna Conservative Area Permit)
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e.- down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag and trekking pole (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Official expenses.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue. You will need to have currency of either USD, AUD or EU in cash to pay for your visa.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
  • Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Fees for recharging of mobile phones at lodges while trekking.
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (which is not mandatory but highly appreciated).
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Inclusion section.

Route Map

Trip highlights

  • Landscape under the shadow of high snow-capped peaks dotted with a colorful mosaic
  • Explore the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal
  • Home to some ancient Monasteries and Buddhist sites
  • The famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath (sacred to Hindu’s and Buddhists)
  • Home to the Kali Gandaki Gorge, considered to be the deepest in the world

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  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
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