Upper Mustang Trek 16 Days trip code: EH090

Best Months

March-May | Sept-Nov

Duration

16 Days

Grade / Difficulty

Moderate

Accomodation

Hotels/Local Tea-houses

Max Elevation

3730m

Description

Explore the cultural and natural wonders of the last and only existing kingdom of Himalayan nation- Upper Mustang Trek

Fabled walled city and the mysterious land of Lopas, Upper Mustang is Nepal's one of the best hidden gems. Upper Mustang Trek caters incredible culture, magnificent Himalayan panorama and the prosperous history of human civilization.

The restricted region beyond Kagbeni, Upper Mustang demands taxing fee of 500 dollars to enter. However, the rewards the region offers are relatively lesser to the cost trekkers pay. The windswept highland deserts, where colorful hills full of Buddhist myths blend very well with the towering Himalayan giants including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The high caves on the cliffs that once were sky burials are full of historic human civilization in the region. Moreover, the monasteries’ existing in the traditional hamlets of Upper Mustang allows us to expreince utter peace in the lap of Himalayas.

The trek begins with the scenic flight to Jomsom, the windy city under Himalayas and gradually slides up stretching on the pleasant trails with no significant steep climb all the way to Upper Mustang. The trek has no issues of altitude sickness compared to other strenuous treks of Nepal, however, the cultural experience and the landscapes trekkers get to see are beyond doubt the best of all. 

Excellent guidance of experienced guides, amazing hospitality of the locals and the superb weather throughout would definitely make Upper Mustang Trek the holiday of a lifetime.

Bullet point Highlights

  • The sighseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley
  • The Laketown, Pokhara and the Himalayan panorama from here
  • The hike along winswept deserts to the fabled walled City of Lomanthang
  • Diversified culture of tribes like Thakalis, Lopas and Gurungs
  • The Himalayan panorama blended in perfection with colorful barren hills and skyscraping caves
  • Tibetan Buddhism at its best

 

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COST INCLUDES
  • Accommodation during trek available everyday en-route (local lodge)
  • All meals during trek if undertaken teahouse trek 
  • Expert tour guide who can speak English or language as per the requirement 
  • Entry fees to all heritage sites during sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trek guide & local porters during trek 
  • Upper Mustang special permit
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu road transfer
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight
  • 3 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 2 nights' accommodation at 3 star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • All applicable government tax
COST EXCLUDES
  • Nepal visa 
  • International flight fare
  • Food in Kathmandu & Pokhara except breakfast
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire in Kathmandu)
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Drinks, snacks while walking
  • Any other tours, transfers and services other than mentioned above
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver
  • Your insurance & Medical Expenses
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$1330

18 days 17 nights

 

Trip Overview

Day 01:

Arrive to Kathmandu; transfer to your hotel

Flying in to the Himalayan nation Nepal is different in itself. Witness the towering Himalayan giant’s minutes before landing Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu if the weather permits. Enjoy the cordial Nepalese welcome in arrival terminals of the airport and drive to your designated hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:

Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu & trek preparation day

Actually this day is a trek preparation day. As our team is preparing the required permits for Upper Mustang Trek; you will be taken to Kathmandu most beautiful locales where culture history and the heritage of the ancient town spills in every corner. Explore the biggest hub of Hinduism in Nepal Pashupatinath where travelers get to experience the important aspects of the religion. Stroll around Boudhanath, a large dome shaped stupa where Tibetan culture and Buddhism are seen at its best. Exploration of Kathmandu Durbar Square is an awesome experience as it takes you to Nepal’s one of the oldest architectural landmarks where local Newari culture also has been prospering for ages.

Day 03:

Drive to Pokhara 200km 7-8 hrs drive

Today, we drive 200 km along the snaky Prithwi Highway to Pokhara. The highway that most of the times runs above Himalayan Rivers offers an adventurous drive. Moreover, the local lifestyles in frequent highway towns and lush vegetation are interesting aspects to observe during the drive. Once, we reach Pokhara we check into our Hotel in Lakeside and set out to explore the tourist hub in town. Pokhara is the city decorated with lakes and panoramic Himalayan views. It is also the biggest adventurous hub of the country. The city is famous amongst trekkers because it is the starting point for Annapurna Region Treks. 

Day 04:

Fly to Jomsom 2720m, Trek to Kagbeni 2,800m/9,186ft 3-4 hrs trek

The flight to Jomsom is an outstanding experience. You will witness the glowing mountain besides you while below, you will see the terraced green fields and villages. As soon as you reach Jomsom, you will have an introduction with the powerful wind which will accompany you throughout your trek. 

After a short break, you will start your trek. You will soon notice the change of the landscapes that is the major highlight of this trek. Today’s walk is pretty easy. After a walk of 5-6 hours, you will reach Kagbeni where you will stay for the night.

Day 05:

Trek to Chele 3,050m/10,006ft 6-7 hrs trek

Today you enter into the restricted area of Upper Mustang. You will have a pleasant walk throughout the day with easy ascends and descends. After 5-6 hours of walking, you will reach Chuksang. Chuksang is the habitat of Thakali people. You can also explore the old village nearby in the evening. As you leave Chuksang, you will follow the trail along the cliff above the thrilling Kaligandaki River and reach Chele for the overnight stay. 

Samar is a beautiful village with just few houses. There is a monastery nearby. The landscape will be quite different from the earlier day. The view from the place is wonderful which set out to be the perfect place for outdoor entertainment.

Day 06:

Trek to Geiling 3,440m/11,286ft 5-6 hrs trek

You leave Chele early in the morning. Crossing a pass you reach to Chunksi Gompa in around 3 hours. The Gompa is inside a cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated during his time. The Mandala inside the cave is said to be growing naturally. Again, you will start your trek alongside the trial of Kali Gandaki River. After a couple of hours of walking, you will reach to Syangmochen. Syangmochen bestows a great view of Himalayan Panaroma including the mountains like Nilgiri, Thorung and Tilicho. Then you move towards Geiling. You ascend a small hill and then descend all the way down to Geiling. 

Once you reach Geiling, you can hike around the village in the evening. You can visit to the monasteries lying on the top of the village with the backdrop of amazing mountains.

Day 07:

Trek to Charang 3,490m/11,450ft 6-7 hrs trek

You leave Geiling early in the morning so that you can avoid the powerful wind later on the day while you cross the Jwoyte La Pass(3851m). This Pass is the highest point of the trek. Then you start descending until you reach the beautiful village of Ghami. From Ghami, it is going to be an uphill ascend until you reach Tsharang. You will pass through Dhakmar; another important landmark from the time of Guru Padmasambhav on the way.

Day 08:

Trek to Lo Manthang 3,730m/12,237ft

Today you trek to your ultimate destination of the trek. You will ascend and descends on some part while most of day you walk on plain land. After 5-6 hours of walking, you will reach Lo-Manthang. You can use the rest of the day for rest or you can walk take a walk around the Wall City.

Day 09:

Explore around Lomanthang

Today, you will hike to Chosar a nearby village where you will visit a cave. The Zhong Cave is belived to be an artificial cave made by locals in ancient time for their protection when the village was attacked. The cave has more than 100 rooms. There is also a monastery nearby the cave. Then you return to Lo-Manthang. On your way back, you will visit to the Nyamgel Monastery. 

We will also explore the city of Lomanthang. You will have a guided tour of the Wall City. You will visit to Thupchen Monastery; the biggest monastery of the region. You will also visit to a Tibetan Hospital that practices Amchi treatment. You will take walk inside the city where you will explore the lifestyle and culture of the locals. You will also see the palace of the King of Lo-Manthang. You will also visit the museum Lo-Manthang. 

Day 10:

Trek to Ghami via Ghar Gompa 6-7 hrs trek

Today, you leave Lomanthang and start your trek back. You will walk for around 6 hours. You will visit to Ghar Gompa on the way, the oldest monastery of the region built back in 8th century. You will cross Ghami La Pass (3800m) and from there it’s almost the downhill walk till Ghami. You can visit the monastery nearby the village.

Day 11:

Trek to Samar 3620m 5-6 hrs trek

You ascend till Jwoyte La Pass and desend till Geiling. From there it is a short uphill walk then again a downhill walk till Chunksi Cave. From there you walk uphill and cross a pass and then descend downhill until you reach Samar. You will walk for around 7 hours today.

Day 12:

Trek to Kagbeni 5-6 hrs trek

It is almost downhill steep walk above the cliff of Kaligandaki River until you reach Chele. Then you will walk alongside the bank of the river until Chuksang. Then with some normal ascends and descends you will emerge at Kagbeni exiting from the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Today you will walk for around 7 hours. 

Day 13:

Trek to Jomsom 5-6 hrs trek

Today’s walk is quite easy. With almost no ascends or descends, you will walk on the plain lands alongside the river. You will reach Jomsom enjoying the scenic view of mountains in around 5 hours walk.

Day 14:

Fly to Pokhara

With a 15 minutes flight from the windy city Jomsom, you will land on Pokhara. You can celebrate the end of your trek in the beautiful city of Pokhara which is an exotic place to overcome the tiredness of the trek.

Day 15:

Drive back to Kathmandu

Today we drive back to Kathmandu along Prithiwi Highway. Enjoy the drive. As we arrive to Kathmandu we will check into our hotel in the city. Evening on your own.

Day 16:

Depart Kathmandu

Our representative will escort to the airport for the final see off to your onward destination. Have a safe flight and visit Nepal time and again we have much more to show.

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