Upper Mustang Trek | Best Trekking in Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek

Days 19
Price $1950
Max Altitude 3810m
Region Upper Mustang
Grade moderate
Accommodation Hotel/ Lodge/Guest House
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Trip Overview

Embark on a trip to a distant place, unscathed by modernization, where you will encounter life as it used to be in the era gone by. Situated in a secluded corner in the mountains, Upper Mustang is alternatively known as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” of Nepal . Upper Mustang only dessert like the area of Nepal. Since Lo Manthang, for the longest time, was forbidden to be visited by outsiders ,Upper Mustang Trek is an excellent opportunity to explore the Tibetan culture preserved in its purest forms. Upper Mustang trek is a scenic as well as a cultural journey for all travel enthusiasts.

Upper Mustang Trek typically begins by flying from Pokhara to the windy town of Jomsom in the lower Mustang Region. Immediately after landing in Jomsom, the landscape turns from green and damp to sandy and dry. Upper Mustang Trek  trail then reaches the famous settlement of Kagbeni walking on the sandy dunes amid the strong winds. As the trail enters Upper Mustang area, the colorful desert landscape, gorges, and ravines fill up our panorama. We witness the purest form of Tibetan Buddhism as we walk past several rugged villages like Chele, Gheling, and Drakmar among others, on our way to Lo Manthang (4000 m). Lo Manthang is the major highlight of Upper Mustang Trek as the walled capital of former Kingdom of Mustang still has remnants of the royal life in the lap of the Himalayas. We follow the Kali Gandaki River valley from the Hindu plains in the south to the Buddhist villages and people in the upper gorges. Then, we continue to the north and reach Chhuksang from where we descend down to Jomsom to catch a flight to Pokhara.

We assure to make the trek even more interesting with our qualified, experienced and modest team that will keep your safety checked while you lose yourself in natural surroundings throughout the trek.


Trip Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be warmly welcomed and picked by our representatives who will drop you at the hotel. Enjoy authentic Nepali food.

Day 02:  Free day in Kathmandu and trek preparation

Rest to recuperate from your jet-lag, meanwhile, we work on acquiring your permits for the trek in the restricted area. You can also visit the markets around Kathmandu and complete any last minute shopping. You also meet your team and get to acquire further information on the trek.

Day 03:  Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

The day is reserved for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. You visit Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple for its large monkey population, which is a prominent pilgrimage for Buddhists. Visit Patan City where you can view Krishna Mandir, Mul Chowk, Patan Museum etc. You also visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. These hold religious values for Hindus and Buddhists respectively. You will be given information about the history, culture, traditions, and architectures which have been the inspiration behind each of these UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites.

Day 04:  Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m): 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we drive towards Pokhara from the capital city. Following the countryside view on the Prithvi Highway, we drive alongside Trishuli River for the most part. If the weather is clear, we might have glimpses of mountain peaks from afar. Upon arrival, stroll around the Lakeside area and take part in some recreational activities such as boating, cycling, and walking around the city.

Day 05:  Fly to Jomsom (2,700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m): 3-4 hours trek

A 20 minutes flight will take us straight from Pokhara to Jomsom which is the headquarters of Mustang, and begin our first leg of trekking. After 4 hours of the tiring walk along the Kali Gandaki River with a short break taken at Eklebhatti village, the trail leads us to Kagbeni, a beautiful village residing on the bank of two rivers with old houses, a Buddhist monastery, and amazing Hindu temples. You can explore the village, and even start wandering a little further to observe the area.

Day 06:  Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m): 5-6 hours

After receiving your entry permit, we move upstream through Kali Gandaki River bank relishing the attractive landscapes along the trail. The route will lead us to Tangbe village with the white-washed houses, apple orchards, and wheat, buckwheat, and barley fields. We then cross the river and walk slowly along the edges to reach the Chele village.

Day 07:  Chele to Giling

This is the day where we cross three passes; our trek goes over the mountain passes of Chele La, to the village of Samar. From there we walk on uneven trails through a gorge and cross another pass, Bhena La (3850m). We continue on a strenuous trail to Yamdo La (4010m) before going down to the village of Giling.

Day 08:  Giling to Drakmar

Climb steep and ascend along the steep canyon to cross a pass. Descend and climb up to a ridge. Move downhill into the large gorge, pass juniper trees, and walk along a ridge to Drakmar, which is a tiny settlement with few tea shops.

Day 09:  Drakmar to Tsarang (3,620m): 5-6 hours

Today is another 6 hours of the trek up across a wide canyon, and then we will slope down to the inhabited village of Ghami. Next, is a walk through a bridge with the Tangmar Chu River underneath our feet, beyond which is a long line of Mani walls to reach a pass from where a steep descend will lead us to our resting point, Tsarang.

Day 10:  Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m): 3-4 hours

From Tsarang, we climb over an edge before entering the Tholung valley where our trails lead us to the dry and sandy land that we so often see in the pictures of Mustang. We cross over Lo La Pass (3950m) and observe the scene of prayer flags moving along the wind, gesturing the approach of the walled city of Lo Manthang.

Day 11:  Explore Lo Manthang

Today we stay in Lo Manthang discovering the majesties of the city with gompas, old shops, and King’s fortress. We visit the outskirts of Lo Manthang and take lots of pictures of the dry yet picturesque forbidden land. This day in Lo Manthang is also an opportunity to explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhists of the region. Enjoy this day in one of the world’s most isolated and antique realms before we head back to Lower Mustang.

Day 12:  Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m): 6-7 hours

We trek in a diverse way when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail crosses through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with attractive rock paintings. According to the locals, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it rewarded. We visit the Gompa and move further to Drakmar for an overnight stay.

Day 13:  Dragmar to Ghiling (3,806m): 5-6 hours

We start early to avoid strong winds and go downhill for the most part of the trek. Our trail goes through a dry highland and meadows before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be comparatively hard as we are most likely to encounter strong winds hitting our faces. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get mesmerizing views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Nilgiri (7061m). We can walk around the village the evening. Overnight in Ghiling.

Day 14:  Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 5-6 hours

We retrace our same trail enjoying the picturesque landscape throughout the way. On the way to Chhuksang, we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas and small villages that we pass along the way. Overnight in Chhuksang.

Day 15:  Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700): 6-7 hours

From Chhuksang, we walk back to Jomsom. Tackling the wind while walking amid the picturesque desert, we reach the district headquarters, Jomsom. Be mindful of the wind, at all times.

Day 16:  Fly back to Pokhara

Today, you shall rest your foot, and enjoy the beautiful view of the Himalayas passing by as your flight takes you from Jomsom to Pokhara. This 20-minutes short flight brings you back to Pokhara, the City of Lakes. You can spend rest of the day on a lakeside cafe, remembering the memories of your Upper Mustang trek.

Day 17:  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We return back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway which might take about 6 to 7 hours. Upon reaching Kathmandu, feel free to stroll around the places of Kathmandu. You can visit places like Basantapur, Thamel, and Durbarmarg. You can enjoy the evening tasting foods and drinks that the city has to offer.

Day 18:  Free day in Kathmandu and farewell dinner

You will have a free day in Kathmandu. You can either rest or do some fun activities. Enjoy your farewell dinner with cultural program.

Day 19:  Final departure

Our team representative will drop you at the airport before the scheduled time.

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What's Included

  • International flights transfer.
  • Kathmandu hotel in a double/twin room sharing.
  • Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu drive.
  • Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • NSA Provides duffel bag for porter;
  • Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
  • Trekking permits and local taxes for the region
  • Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers.
  • Group first Aid Kit.
  • Insurance for all our staff.
  • Nepal Social Adventures T-shirt.
  • Trekking map for each trekkers.

What's Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner on the trip.
  • Personal travel insurance; medical and evacuation insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$40 for one month, US$ 25 for 15 days.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
  • Tips for trekking guide & porters which is expected,
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

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