Upper Mustang Trek

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Upper Mustang trek is one of the fascinating treks in the hidden world of the old Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. It is one of the popular destinations due to its desert region and traditional Nepali settlements. Upper Mustang region is incorporated by wonderful Dhaulagiri Massif along with its 35 other Himalayan ranges. The major attraction of upper mustang is the walled city of Lo-Manthang which is also consider most stimulating and charming place in Nepal. This Upper Mustang trek takes you unspoiled and isolated place, where you will get an opportunity to encounter with native people and observe their living pattern and traditional cultural practices along with their ancient religion of Bon-Po which is older than Buddhism. Mustang people still celebrate the ancient Tilji festival which is very famous among the people. It is one of the cultural trek having stunning treeless barren landscapes with yellow and grey rolling hills. Upper Mustang is a place of remote trans- Himalayan mountain region of Nepal, that provides privileged opportunity to experience the true life of the “highlanders” or the mountain people. Upper Mustang, having a geography and culture resembling Tibet is definitely surprising and an exciting trekking region to trek on, and also give similar feelings of trekking in Tibet. The whole isolated area of upper Mustang gives a mystical feel to it and enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region. 

The Upper Mustang Trek begins from Kathmandu by a scenic air-flight to the Jomsom and officially we start our pleasant trail throughout the beautiful Kali Gandaki River in Kagbeni. Then trekkers will enjoy the capital of ancient Mustang city called Lo- Manthang and traditional villages of Upper Mustang. The trekkers from Jomsom, either take air-flight or vehicle ride to Kathmandu city or Pokhara city it depends on the trekker’s interest.


outline Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu- Transfer to Hotel

Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 4 : Transfer to airport fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni

Day 5 : Trekking from Kagbeni to Chele.

Day 6 : Trekking from Chele to Syanbochen

Day 7 : Trekking from Shyangboche to Ghami

Day 8 : Trekking from Ghami to Tsarang

Day 9 : Trekking from Tsarang to Lo Manthang

Day 10 : Explore Lo Manthang/ Accommodation Day

Day 11 : Trek from Lo Manthang -Tamr to Shyangboche

Day 12 : Trekking from Shyangboche to Tetang

Day 13 : Trekking from Tetang to Muktinath

Day 14 : Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom

Day 15 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 16 : Drive to Kathmandu

Day 17 : Final Departure

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu- Transfer to Hotel

As you arrive at Kathmandu airport, a representative will greet you and he/she will transfer you to your hotel where you can take a rest and be fresh yourself in the hotel. We’ll discuss further the trek late in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we’ll visit some religious and historical places in Kathmandu Valley. We will begin our sightseeing tour within Kathmandu, observing the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as; Hanuman Dhoka Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swoyambhunath and so on if time permits. Pashupatinath Temple is the most sacred site for Hindus that is situated on the bank of Bagmati River and is known as the principal temple of Lord Shiva. Soyambhunath Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple that owns a large number of monkey populations in the area. We will have a brief discussion about the trek in the evening. Overnight in the same hotel.


Day 3 : Kathmandu to Pokhara

Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we’ll drive towards Pokhara. We’ll stay overnight in Pokhara.


Day 4 : Transfer to airport fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni

The next morning, we’ll take a flight to Jomsom. This scenic adventurous flight takes around 20-25 minutes. During your flight, you will get chances to view Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range, Fishtail, and numerous famous summits. After reaching Jomsom, our trek begins toward Kagbeni, which is check post for entrance to restricted Upper Mustang trekking. It takes around 3-4 hours walk. The trail passes through Eaklibatti Village which is located at the bank of the beautiful two rivers. We’ll stay overnight in Jomsom.


Day 5 : Trekking from Kagbeni to Chele.

After an early breakfast, we’ll continue our trek towards Chele, the distance between Kagbeni to Chele is 15.3 kilometers/ 9.5 miles. It takes almost 6 to 7 hours trek. Chele Village is located at an altitude of 3050m above the sea level. During the journey, trekkers will enjoy awesome views of the majestic orange glow of Nilgiri sun reflection and Tukuche. The villages such as; Kalobhir, Rock tunnel, organic apple farm, Tangbe village, red, white and black Chortens, Gumbakang and Chhusang are the famous village, where trekkers will get chances to know about the traditional culture and customs of the people. The trail passes alongside the Kali Gandaki River and Tangbe Village which follow the natural tunnel in the cliff. We’ll stay overnight in Chele.


Day 6 : Trekking from Chele to Syanbochen

The trek this day will be a little hard than before. After an early breakfast, we’ll continue our trek towards Syanbochen. The trail passes alongside the Kali Gandaki River and Tangbe, which offers a beautiful view towards Samar, the Kali Gandaki valley, and snow-capped peaks. We should walk crossing two passes; Taklam La pass and Dajori La pass. This is the great opportunity to experience the great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, Damodar Danga and Ramchung Cave. During your trek, you will also see amazing red painted cave monastery called Rangchyung Chorten, which looks as if it has been stuck on to the vertical wall. One of the most sacred places in Mustang. The trail passes through beautiful forests and green bushes that are surviving in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and adequately moist. Another most interesting things here is, most often trekkers can get chances to see rare blue mountain sheep in this area. We’ll stay overnight in the Syanbochen.


Day 7 : Trekking from Shyangboche to Ghami

As morning begins, our trek will ascend towards the Yamda La pass. We’ll continue our trek through the dry and loose trail. We should walk through popular yellowish trees and barley fields and finally reach the Ghami.


Day 8 : Trekking from Ghami to Tsarang

The next morning, we’ll walk towards Tsarang passing through a rough and slippery trail. We should cross the suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola. Where we’ll pass through one of the most famous and longest Buddhist Mani walls of Nepal. The wall is approximately 1000m long and surrounded by wonderful Himalayan range along with simple carvings in Ghami. During your journey, you will see amazing architecture which seems like a natural one. There is one of the popular red painted Stupa called Tsarang Chorten, which is situated in the middle of the landscape but interesting thing over there is, you will not see any sign of human being living over there but you will just see and enjoy barren hill with its creepy beauty. We’ll stay overnight in Tsarang.


Day 9 : Trekking from Tsarang to Lo Manthang

In this day, after having early breakfast, your trek destination is from Tsarang to Manthang. We’ll trek towards a canyon and cross a river and finally reach to the Lo- Manthang Village. Lo-Manthang is a beautiful walled village in Mustang. We’ll also experience the beautiful views of Himalayans including Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Tilicho, Khrikuti Peak and Damodar Kunda. We’ll stay overnight in Lo-Manthang.


Day 10 : Explore Lo Manthang/ Accommodation Day

Lo-Manthang is the walled village that lies in Mustang. The day will pass by exploring Lo-Manthang and its culture and tradition. We’ll also trek towards Tingkhar on the same day which is a beautiful village in the north of Lo-Manthang. We’ll spend overnight in Lo-Manthang.


Day 11 : Trek from Lo Manthang -Tamr to Shyangboche

In this day, early in the morning, our trek will start from Lo-Manthang where you will walk down the yellow canyon to Tamar which seems large red vertical cliff from the North West side. On the way, not only that, you will get chance to see the barren landscape with the contrast color, you will see a combination of red rock, blue sky, green grass and white yaks seems very intense. We’ll trek towards Drakmar, there you will see numerous caves but the entrance is not accessible to the trekkers except rock climbers. In this magical cave, more than hundreds of prayer flags are woven into it. The trail passes through Shyangboche Village which has different old paintings preserved from past. We’ll stay overnight in Shyangboche.


Day 12 : Trekking from Shyangboche to Tetang

The next day, your trail will head towards Samar which is situated high above the canyons. Where you have to cross both side valley from where you can enjoy the close view of Annapurna range, Tilicho, and Nilgiri. Not only that you will also enjoy ice wall too. Then you will trek downhill toward Gyakar which way is quite spectacular, running high above the gorge until you reach to the Kali Gandaki region. There you will see beautiful Tetang’s Mani wall and wonderful Chorten, which has symbolic auspicious paint on each side.


Day 13 : Trekking from Tetang to Muktinath

The next morning, after having breakfast, we’ll have a beautiful view of the village of Tetang. The village consists of two separate high wall settlements, which seem like a large fort. During your trial, you will see amazing close mountains views which look quite impressive along with large glaciers. There is also one famous Tilicho glacier which is covered by snow. Then you will make the moderate walk down towards Muktinath along with a stunning view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. When you will reach near to the Muktinath, there you will see numerous sporadic houses. Muktinath is one of the famous pilgrimage sites for Buddhist and Hindu. It is a sacred place of salvation for Hindu. All the Hindu people believe that bathing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death. We’ll stay overnight in the Muktinath.


Day 14 : Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom

It is the final day of your trek, early in the morning, you will enjoy the yellow-orange glow of Dhaulagiri. Not only that you will also make a side trip to the Bon Punt soiling monastery in Lubra which is one of the very old and famous monasteries in Nepal. Then finally, we’ll trek towards Jomsom. After the end of Mustang trails, we’ll then join the Annapurna Circuit. Our journey will continue towards Jomsom after a lunch break. We’ll stay overnight in Jomsom.


Day 15 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we’ll take a flight towards Pokhara. During your flight, you will get chances to amazing aerial views of Mountains and Himalayans. We’ll stay overnight in the naturally beautiful city after exploring the entire city.


Day 16 : Drive to Kathmandu

The next morning, after the breakfast, we’ll drive back to Kathmandu. You can have a rest and shortly look after all the snaps that you captured along the trek. We’ll stay overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 17 : Final Departure

This is the time to say goodbye and your final departure. Where you will leave all the beautiful moments and natural scenarios of the tour. A representative will help you to depart towards your final destination.


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Trip Facts

  Trip Code : AN/T-07
  Duration : 17 days
  Best Season : June to September
  Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  Accommodation : Hotel, Lodge

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang
  • Trek through a stark desert landscape with spires and cliffs
  • Lying in the rain shadow, a great trek to escape the summer monsoon-
  • Picturesque mountains to the south
  • The region situated in the rain shadow
  • Unique cultural and historical monuments
  • Monasteries of high importance
  • Scenic flight to and from Jomsom
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city

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