Upper Mustang Trekking

This is a highly popular trek in a region in Nepal that is said to be “the desert of the Himalayas’…An incursion into the true wilderness…

Duration: 17 Days

Trip Duration

17 Days

Maximum Altitude

3840m

Trip Grade

Strenuous

Group Size

2-15 People

Activity

Sightseeing and Trekking

Accommodation

Hotel and teahouses on the trail

Upper Mustang Trekking Overview

The Upper Mustang Trail

This is an expedition into a world never known to us till now, a world of mystique and history as old as the mountains…we go into wild barren land in an isolated corner of Nepal, amidst loveliness which is exceptional, but yet so celestial, you get the feeling of being in different world. This is Upper Mustang for you, at its best. This venture is an addition of the Tibetan plateau, with conventional Tibetan traditions, Bon (pre-Buddhist) and Buddhist culture. This has been a prohibited area for over a decade, with spectacular landscapes, congenial locals, and the walled city of Loman-thang as it was over centuries ago, complemented with majestic views of gleaming snowcapped peaks standing high as if in protection to this ancient kingdom.

Some insights into this land:

Mustang is the ancient kingdom of Lo. Jomsom is the capital of this old realm that has now been condensed to a district, but the unique Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang. Mustang has an average elevation of 13,000ft and is located to the north of the mountain giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and is therefore north of the main Himalayan range and physically part of the highlands of Tibet. This is a rolling high valley, parched and dry, characterized by shabby canyons, colorful stratified rock formations and has a huge punishing desert like appearance. One of the most absorbing features of Mustang is virtually its hundreds of cliff dwellings, some of which look totally inaccessible. The most recent discovery is that they may date back to 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was a much fertile land and a prosperous kingdom. Obviously, much of Mustang is now a matter of legend rather than scripted fact, but it’s very clear that Lo was once part of Ngari, a province of Tibet and a rather loose jumble of feudal fiefdoms. It was incorporated into the Tibetan Empire under the most famous of the Tibetan kings Songtsengampo. this was a vital route for crossing the Himalaya from Tibet to Nepal, and many of the medieval salt caravans went through Mustang. By the turn of the 14th Century, much of Ngari became part of the Malla Empire, with its capital of Sinja in western Nepal. Under the rule of Ame Pal, the founder king of Lo in 1380, this kingdom thrived at its best. The current royal family can trace its history 25 generations back to Ame Pal, and the city of Lomanthang, which we will visit, was the axis of their power.

This is a highly popular trek in a region in Nepal that is said to be “the desert of the Himalayas’…An incursion into the true wilderness…

The Upper Mustang Trail

This is an expedition into a world never known to us till now, a world of mystique and history as old as the mountains…we go into wild barren land in an isolated corner of Nepal, amidst loveliness which is exceptional, but yet so celestial, you get the feeling of being in different world. This is Upper Mustang for you, at its best. This venture is an addition of the Tibetan plateau, with conventional Tibetan traditions, Bon (pre-Buddhist) and Buddhist culture. This has been a prohibited area for over a decade, with spectacular landscapes, congenial locals, and the walled city of Loman-thang as it was over centuries ago, complemented with majestic views of gleaming snowcapped peaks standing high as if in protection to this ancient kingdom.

Some insights into this land:

Mustang is the ancient kingdom of Lo. Jomsom is the capital of this old realm that has now been condensed to a district, but the unique Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually referred to as Upper Mustang. Mustang has an average elevation of 13,000ft and is located to the north of the mountain giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and is therefore north of the main Himalayan range and physically part of the highlands of Tibet. This is a rolling high valley, parched and dry, characterized by shabby canyons, colorful stratified rock formations and has a huge punishing desert like appearance. One of the most absorbing features of Mustang is virtually its hundreds of cliff dwellings, some of which look totally inaccessible. The most recent discovery is that they may date back to 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was a much fertile land and a prosperous kingdom. Obviously, much of Mustang is now a matter of legend rather than scripted fact, but it’s very clear that Lo was once part of Ngari, a province of Tibet and a rather loose jumble of feudal fiefdoms. It was incorporated into the Tibetan Empire under the most famous of the Tibetan kings Songtsengampo. this was a vital route for crossing the Himalaya from Tibet to Nepal, and many of the medieval salt caravans went through Mustang. By the turn of the 14th Century, much of Ngari became part of the Malla Empire, with its capital of Sinja in western Nepal. Under the rule of Ame Pal, the founder king of Lo in 1380, this kingdom thrived at its best. The current royal family can trace its history 25 generations back to Ame Pal, and the city of Lomanthang, which we will visit, was the axis of their power.

Upper Mustang Trekking Detail Itinerary


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Day 01: Arrival in Katmandu and drive to hotel over night Hotel.

It’s a wonderful experience flying into Kathmandu on a bright sunny day. The vistas of snow-capped mountain peaks rambling down below you are almost thrilling and real exciting, beginning a whole connection of memorable experiences that stay with you for a very long time to come. And as your plane hits the runaway, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and the first over night at your hotel in old Kathmandu.

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Day 02: Kathmandu guided cultural tour

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. Overnight at your hotel

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Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus/car or flight (it is 6 hour journey)

It is a lovely 6-7 hours journey by road as you drive through a scenic highway, getting fantastic views of the mountains, rivers, waterfalls and jungles as well as farm terraces and villages that give us some insights into Nepal’s colorful rural landscapes. After a rest and some refreshing snacks, you can walk around the lakeside of this beautiful city of lakes to explore the many attractive surrounding areas. Your first overnight in the city of lakes – Pokhara. Breakfast

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Day 04: Pokhara-Jomsom to Kagbeni (2,858/9,374ft), 3-4 hrs walk

After breakfast we hop a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. From Jomsom our hike continues on the gradual & breezy path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally we drop in to Ekley-bhatti village. After we haul up here for sometime, an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the confluence of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting wind swept village that sits on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.

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Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m/10,004ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Our journey begins with a special permit check and then we carry on towards the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. We enter Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. Across the river we can see Kang Gompa, a centre of the Nyingmapa sect. Approaching Tangbe we come across unique black, red and white chortens that shows the real part of upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses contains an intriguing pattern of alleyways and is surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. We cross to the east bank of the river and ascend to the village of Chele. As we enter the village of Chele, we straightaway notice the true influence of Tibetan culture of Lo which is shown in the decoration of the houses.

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Day 06: Chele to Syangbochen, (3475m/11,398ft), 6-7 hrs walk

The trail today is pretty adventurous by the crossing of a sequence of large spurs. Our trek winds through Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. Further walk around 3 hrs will bring us to Syanbochen for the overnight. The valleys that dissect the trail have cool streams and juniper trees to enable us to relax for a while. The elevations we go through pose no acclimatization issues, so we just just simply hike along at our own pace.

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Day 07: Syangbochen to Ghaymi (3520m/11,546ft), 5-6 hrs walk

After a good breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) and pass several teahouses, chortens and local villages which are similar to Tibetan style of houses that have open Verandas, and crosses over a few other passes. Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark our trail as we head to Nyi La (4,010m/13,193ft). Nyi Pass is the highest point of the trek this far and as we reach the southern boundary of Lo, we descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi.

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Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang (3500m/11,480ft), 4-5 hrs walk

We start our trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk and easily get to the Charang for the overnight. We descend to the Ghaymi Khola and pass a spectacular series of Mani walls (Secret stone wall of the Buddhism) to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red Gompa.

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Day 09: Trek to Samagaon (3,450m/11316ft), 5 - 6 hours walking

From Lho, we hike by the right bank of the river with views of Peak 29 ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest bring us to the village of Shyala, offering great views of Phungi, Manaslu and HimChuli. Crossing a wide pasture with many marmots we enter the village of Samagaon. Our lodge is situated at the top end of the village below the notable Sama Gompa with luvla views of Manaslu.

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Day 10: A day for rest as we discover Lo-Mangthang

We have allowed full day to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre because it’s the most important part of our venture. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja (King) and his rani (queen) and this is an added highlight of our trip; the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas from here are great. Although the raja’s function is now primarily ceremonial he is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. The town itself is engrossing and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. There are many places to explore and manage our time to explore everything around. Every monastery requires donations and entry fees which we must undertake ourselves.

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Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk

After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang we hesitatingly depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also a very interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa. During early walk we will need to avoid the dusty wind and so it is suggested we hike early in the morning.

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

Today, we continue down the valley to Ghiling to make it for our overnight stay. We explore the area in the late afternoon as it will be dusty so it’s better to walk in the evening time.

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Day 13: Ghiling to Chele (3050m/10,004ft), 5-6 hrs walk

We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. We will enjoy superb scenery during the journey with supreme Himalayan views. After enjoying our trip we check into our lodge for an overnight at a teahouse.

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Day 14: Chele to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft), 6-7 hrs walk

This will be the last day of our trek and it will be a pretty lengthy one. After a morning walk we reach Kagbeni, complete the upper Mustang trails and join the normal Annapurna circuit trek route. Tonight we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew, have a party and replicate the joys of our journey.

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Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

This magnificent morning, after breakfast we check in to the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between the gorges of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will transfer us to the lakeside hotel. The Rest of our time can be used to chill out and stroll around the lake. Overnight at hotel

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Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 7-8 hrs drive

In the Morning after breakfast, we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu our guide will transfer us to the hotel and rest of the day we can relax or do some shopping around the Thamel tourists’ hub. Overnight at our hotel

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Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu for home sweet home

Today is free to do our own things. Maybe we can buy some souvenirs or gifts for the family, friends or relatives until your departure flight for home. If you want, you can commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onward destination. At ‘Family Adventure Treks’, we were happy to meet you and serve you; We wish you a safe journey home. Adios Amigos, we hope to see you again!

Cost Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Everest trekking map.
  • Both ways domestic flight from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

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