Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang is a forbidden Kingdom of Lo and a Himalayan traditional settlement similar to the Tibetans. It is located at the upper part of the Kali Gandaki River, which remained untouched by the modern world. The trekking to Upper Mustang includes the world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge. Several Himalayan ethnic settlements lie on the trail of this trekking. The capital of the historical kingdom Lo- Manthang and the cave like houses are the major attractions of the trek to Upper Mustang.
After a short scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the Upper Mustang Trek begins. Jomsom is the central administrative center of Mustang Region. The trek follows the ridge of the Kaligandaki River, crosses different ethnic villages as Syangbochen, Gyami, Tsarang and ultimately it enters into the wall covered Himalayan Kingdom. The trekking package to Upper Mustang provides an opportunity to explore the mystery of this barren valley and astonishing landscape of the locality in Nepal Vacation. This place was opened to visit for the visitors only in 1992. The culture, rituals, customs and daily lifestyles are distinct and worth to discover. The Tiji festival in Upper Mustang entices the culture lovers and researchers to hike in this forbidden Valley. The rainfall is very low in this region because it is located in the Himalayan rain shadow area. The Muktinath Temple, which is a pilgrimage place of Hindus and Buddhists, is another reward in this trip to Upper Mustang.
Spring, autumn and monsoon are the best seasons to trek in the Upper Mustang. It is both rewarding the natural panoramas and unique culture and lifestyles of the local people. Namaste Treks Company has been operating several groups to the Upper Mustang treks with experienced guides, who have sound knowledge about the history and geography of this region. Please, contact us for more details.
- Feel the adventure of Himalayan flight.
- Head through the outstanding trail of along the Kaligangaki River.
- Explore the unique culture in Upper Mustang.
- Enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range.
- Feel the pleasure of boating in Phewa lake and surise tour to Sarangkot.
Brief Itinerary Upper Mustang
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m).
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): 6 hrs drive .
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2858m): 3-4 hrs .
Day 05: Jomsom to Chele (3050m): 5-6 hrs .
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m): 6-7 hrs .
Day 07: Syangbochen to Ghaymi (3520m): 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Ghyami to Tsarang (3500m): 5-6 hrs .
Day 09: Tsrang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m): 5-6 hrs .
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang.
Day 11: Lomanthang to Drakmar (3810m): 6-7 hrs .
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m): 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 5-6 hrs .
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700): 6-7 hrs .
Day 15: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure to the International airport.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m).
Namaste and welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Our company’s representative receives you at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Then, transfer to the hotel and rest. Walk around the local places in evening. O/N at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast, we set off for the Kathmancu city sightseeing tour. We visit the famous Hindus and Buddhista’ monuments, that are also enlisted in UNESCO world heritage sites. They are Pashupatinath (the greatest pilgrimage site of Hindus), Bouddhanath (Buddhists’s Stupa), Swoyambhunath (Buddists’s Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (where the living goddes lives). Back to the hotel and prepare for the treks. O/N at Hotel.
Day 03: Fly/drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): 6 hrs drive
After breakfast, We drive to the airport to fly Pokhara. It is a 25m. Scenic flight with the views of hilly landscape, gorges and terraced farmlands. Or we drive for 6 hours all the way to Pokhara. We can enjoy the boating on Phewa Lake around the evening. O/N at Hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2858m): 3-4 hrs
We wake up in the early morning, have breakfast and drive to the airport to fly Jomsom. It is an impressive 20 m. Fly between the massive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and over the deepest Kaligandaki gorge. After we land on Jomsom, we trek towards the Kagbeni for 3-4 hours, following the historical salt trade route. O/N at Lodge.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m): 5-6 hrs
Today, we are entering into the restricted area with a special entry permit. The area was opened only in 1992 for tourism. We head through the bank of Kaligandaki River. We cross the mountain farm lands, cliff trail, Chhusang village and reach to the Chele. O/N at Lodge.
Day 06: Chele to Syanboche (3475m): 6-7 hrs
After breakfast, we trek forward following the same trail. We cross Eklo Bhatti, climb the Taklam Pass and descend to Samar. The views on the trail of Tilicho Peak and Damodar Hill are incredible. There are two options to walk further, one is a direct way to Syanboche and the next is to walk down way through Chhungsi cave, which is one of the oldest centuries caves in the mustang. O/N at Lodge.
Day 07: Syangboche to Ghaymi (3520m): 5-6 hrs
It is going to be an interesting day today. After we cross the Yamda La we reach the beautiful village, similar to the Tibetans. The trail today offers an opportunity to visit an ancient Gilling Village. After crossing the Nyi Pass (4010m), we reach the Ghyami village, which is surrounded by infertile lands. O/N at Lodge.
Day 08: Ghyami to Tsarang (3500m): 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we walk gently to the stream and follow the interesting trail full of ancient Buddhist heritages as many walls. We walk through the Traakmar and lo Ghekar but there is also another direct way, if we don’t prefer to walk through the Lo Ghekar. O/N at Lodge.
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m): 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we gradually walk through the barren and narrow way, cross the River and continue on the windy way.We can see the outstanding views of Annapurna and Tilicho Peak from the trail. Soon after we reach the Lo, we can see the forbidden Kingdom of Lo. Descend from Lo and head to the Lo- Manthang. O/N at Lodge.
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang.
Today, we have a wonderful day to explore around the monasteries, King’s Palace, houses of mud and Himalayan ethnic lifestyles. We visit the Namgyal monastery, Tingkar and house of God. There are Thugchen and Choydi monasteries. Enjoy the whole day on the visiting and back. O/N at Lodge.
Day 11: Lomanthang to Drakmar (3810m): 6-7 hrs
Today, we walk from Lo- Manthang to Drakmar from another trail of our coming. The villages we meet today are full of ancient monasteries lke Ghar Gompa at Gyakar village that are believed the monasteries of Guru Rimpoche. People believe that their wishes will be fulfilled if they pay their homage there.We arrive Drakmar after 6-7 hours walk. O/N at Lodge.
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m): 5-6 hrs
Heading towards the Ghiling village from Drakmar follows thw windy trail. We cross the way as early as possible , because it is really tough to walk after the afternoon due to the strong wind. We reach to the Ghilling village after 5-6 hours walk. O/N at Lodge.
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m): 5-6 hrs
Today, we continue our trek following the same trail . Crossing some of the ethnic communities and natural panoramas from the trail are awesome. The Himalayan range also becomes nearer on our eyes. We reach the Chhuksang village after 5-6 hours walk. O/N at Lodge.
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700): 6-7 hrs
On the last walking day, we head to the Jomsom from Chhuksang. Before reaching there, we pay our homage to the Muktinath temple, which is a sacred temple for Hindus and Buddhists. Following the trail along Kagbeni, we reach Jomsom. O/N at Lodge.
Day 15: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara.
After an early breakfast, we head to the airport and fly back to Pokhara. We can again enjoy the views of snow- capped Himalayan region of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Fishtail. Transfer to the hotel and relax. The rest of the whole day is suitable for the city sightseeing and visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp. O/N at Hotel.
Day 16: Fly/drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we drive to the airport and fly to Kathmandu. It is a half an hour flight to Kathmandu. Or we drive back to Kathmandu via Prithvi highway along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli River. The views are again superb. Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. We can visit around the local market in the evening.. O/N at Hotel.
Day 17: Departure to the International airport
After a long days of our accompaniment, we bid you farewell today. Or move to another place if you have more itineraries to do or extra activities. If you don’t have, our representative drops you at the international airport for your departure. Thanks for joining us for your memorable trip. See you.
- Trip Type: upper mustang
- Trekking Region: annapurna
- Trekking Grade: Fairly challenging
- Activities: Trekking, tour and sightseeing
- Altitude (min): 850 M.
- Altitude (max): 3810 M.
- Best trekking Seasons: Especially Spring and autumn
- Accommodation: lodge and camping
- Transportation: Car/ Bus/ Flight
- Trip duration: 17 Day(s)
- Trek starts at: jomsom
- Trek ends at: jomsom
- Walking hour: 5-6 hours
- Group Size: +1 People