Upper Mustang Trek-18 days

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  •   Destination: Upper Mustang
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May

Trip Introduction

Mustang, commonly known as the district beyond the Himalayas, lies in the northern region of Nepal at the border of Tibet. The region was closed to foreigners before 1992 and is now one of the restricted areas and requires a special trekking permit through a registered trekking company to visit. The Upper Mustang Trek is of unique taste as it offers the deserted areas, barren hills, rocky mountains along with spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna.The undisturbed nature and Tibetan culture are the key attracting points of the Mustang region.

The Mustang region is also the land of myths. The people here have the stories told over the centuries still with the strong faith in them. This arid, vast and windswept corner of the Himalayas lies in the list of the world’s top tourism destinations and is gaining more and more tourists every year. There are only a few thousands of people living in the upper mustang with much of a desolate place better known only by Tibetan pilgrims and yak caravans. This spectacular region with ancient caves and monasteries are famous not only for its unique taste of landscapes but also for archeological sites and remains.

Travelling to Mustang gives us a feeling of like travelling back in time. Come join us to this amazing adventure across desolate valleys of Himalayas to explore this amber of ancient culture that is still alive among the people of Mustang.

 

Itinerary

The intriguing and soul-reviving multiday trek through the forbidden cultures and landscapes in the Tibetan plateau of Nepal demands only 14 days of your life. The trip starting from Pokhara takes you through the diverse landscapes via Jomsom, Kagbeni, Chele, Syangbochen, Ghami, Tsarang, Lo- Manthang, Drakamar, Ghiling, and Chhuksang with the journey starting and ending at Jomsom and Lo- Manthang being the destination.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours)

The trip begins from Kathmandu and heads towards the beautiful lake city. The 200km distance could be reached via 6-7 hours of a bus ride or a few minutes of flight. The bus ride could be fascinating as trekkers could explore the beautiful scenery of rivers like Trishuli and Marsyangdi with refreshing weather and view of mountains like Ganesh, Manaslu and Lamjung.

Day 2: Pokhara to Kagbeni via Jomsom (3-4 hours)

After spending a night in Pokhara an early morning flight to Jomsom is taken so as to prevent the strong wind at noon. The trek officially begins here at the open trial. We walk through the beautiful village Ekalibatti which is situated at the bank of two rivers and finally reach Kagbeni.

Day 3: Kagbeni to Chele (6-7 hours)

Today’s trek is along the Trail of Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong wind to Tangbe village which has narrow alleyways, white houses with fields of barley and buckwheat and apple orchards. We walk through another village and cross a river until we reach Chele.

Day 4: Chele to Syangbochen (6-7 hours)

Our journey today involves crossing two passes; Taklam la pass and Dajori La pass. We enjoy views of Tilicho, Damodar Danda and Ramchung Cave. Descending further we reach Samar village and walk above it to reach a ridge. From the ridge, we pass through a stream and walk till we reach Syangbochen.

Day 5: Syangbochen to Ghami (5-6 hours)

Today we ascend to Yamada la pass and walk through beautiful villages to reach Nyi pass. From there we descend to the biggest village of the region: Ghami which is surrounded by beautiful fields.

 

Day 6: Ghami to Tsarang (5-6 hours)

Descending through rough and slippery trail, we reach Ghami Khola and begin ascending towards Tsarang la pass and reach Tsarang village. The village lies on top of Charang Chu canyon and consists of a huge fortress of ancient times.

Day 7: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3-4 hours)

We descend from the canyon and pass across a river to begin an uphill trek to Lo-Manthang. The beautiful walled village provides the view of mountains like Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I. The beauty of Bhrikuti peak and Damodar Kunda on the way is quite intriguing.

Day 8: Lo-Manthang Exploration

The walled village of the region consists of three major gompas to visit: Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda. There is a natural hot spring where we can relax our body naturally after these days of walking.

Day 9: Lo-Manthang to Drakamar (5-6 hours)

We take different route while returning back. From lo-Manthang, we descend towards Gyakar village which have a century old Ghar Gompa which is famous for its rock paintings and a legend claiming any wish at the Gompa would be fulfilled. After Gompa exploration, we move towards Drakamar village.

Day 10: Drakamar to Ghiling (5-6 hours)

The trek to Ghiling is a bit difficult one as we have to face strong winds on our faces so we start our journey early in the morning. We pass through dry plateau and fields to reach there.

Day 11: Ghiling to Chhuksang (5-6 hours)

Chhuksang is a place where upper mustang meets lower Mustang. We descend towards Chhuksang enjoying a view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains.

Day 12: Chhuksang to Jomsom (5-6 hours)

The last day of the trek leads through the end of Mustang trails joining the trails of Annapurna circuit. We reach to Jomsom via Kagbeni.

Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara

The same route can be followed back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Since we have a whole day we explore the beautiful city of Pokhara.

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu

The same route can be followed back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

 

Best Time to Travel

The best seasons for the trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Though one can head towards Upper Mustang every time of the year, a trip in monsoon is not advisable because roads are at their worst this time of year and are more prone to accidents. Winter trek is also possible but the weather is harsh and difficult which causes the problem in exploring breathtaking views.

 

Food and Accommodation

Upper Mustang offers a great variety of food for the trekkers. Nepali, Chinese, and Tibetan cuisines are famous here and found in abundantly located teahouses and lodges. Green veggies can’t be expected in your meals as the area is deserted. There are homestays and guest houses with all the required basic facilities like food, electricity, hot water, etc for the trekkers to rest in. Some rooms have attached washrooms while others don’t and trekkers could have to share their rooms sometimes.

 

Difficulties

We must say the trek to Upper Mustang is quite a difficult one. With the newly stretched unfinished roads to the slippery paths, the trek isn’t going to be easy. The altitude we will be reaching is 12,400 feet, so it’s obvious that trekkers could face a problem of altitude sickness. Hence, consulting your physician before heading to trek is recommended. The wind blowing in some areas are dangerous so one must be very careful. There is a high chance of getting painful blisters and bruises in your feet so don’t forget to carry aids with you. There are no big hospitals in the region so people with major health issues are advised not to get on this trip.

 

Important Tips to Know

Upper Mustang trip is one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal. Since it is a long trip away from home, one must know various things before starting the trip. It is very important to have a comfortable backpack, outfits, trekking shoes and a walking stick. Try to minimize the items in your backpack as you would be carrying them most of the time while walking. The weather up there is a tricky one, you feel cold most of the time due to the continuous wind blowing but sunny days are really hot. Tanning of exposed skin is most common in this trip so you mustn’t forget a good sunscreen lotion. Make sure you have pain relief ointments and basic medicines. There are no enough stores to buy food items on the way so it is advisable to take your favorite bars and other items in your backpack.

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What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

A typical Upper Mustang Trek consist of the following day to day activities:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and prepare for the trek

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara and overnight at Pokhara hotel

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2780m)

Day 05: Trek to Chhuksang (2920m)

Day 06: Trek to Samar (3290m)

Day 07: Trek to Geling (3440m)

Day 08: Trek to Ghami (3460m)

Day 09: Trek to Charang (3490m)

Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m)

Day 11: In & around Lo Manthang

Day 12: Trek to Lo Gekar

Day 13: Trek to Ghami (3460m

Day 14: Trek to Chhuksang (2920m)

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2710m)

Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu for onward trip

You can also request for the tailor-made trip itinerary for this trek according to your available trekking days.

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What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

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  •   Destination: Upper Mustang
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival in: Kathmandu
  •  Group size: 1-10
  •  Best Seasons: Sept - Nov and March - May

Trip Introduction

Mustang, commonly known as the district beyond the Himalayas, lies in the northern region of Nepal at the border of Tibet. The region was closed to foreigners before 1992 and is now one of the restricted areas and requires a special trekking permit through a registered trekking company to visit. The Upper Mustang Trek is of unique taste as it offers the deserted areas, barren hills, rocky mountains along with spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna.The undisturbed nature and Tibetan culture are the key attracting points of the Mustang region.

The Mustang region is also the land of myths. The people here have the stories told over the centuries still with the strong faith in them. This arid, vast and windswept corner of the Himalayas lies in the list of the world’s top tourism destinations and is gaining more and more tourists every year. There are only a few thousands of people living in the upper mustang with much of a desolate place better known only by Tibetan pilgrims and yak caravans. This spectacular region with ancient caves and monasteries are famous not only for its unique taste of landscapes but also for archeological sites and remains.

Travelling to Mustang gives us a feeling of like travelling back in time. Come join us to this amazing adventure across desolate valleys of Himalayas to explore this amber of ancient culture that is still alive among the people of Mustang.

 

Itinerary

The intriguing and soul-reviving multiday trek through the forbidden cultures and landscapes in the Tibetan plateau of Nepal demands only 14 days of your life. The trip starting from Pokhara takes you through the diverse landscapes via Jomsom, Kagbeni, Chele, Syangbochen, Ghami, Tsarang, Lo- Manthang, Drakamar, Ghiling, and Chhuksang with the journey starting and ending at Jomsom and Lo- Manthang being the destination.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6-7 hours)

The trip begins from Kathmandu and heads towards the beautiful lake city. The 200km distance could be reached via 6-7 hours of a bus ride or a few minutes of flight. The bus ride could be fascinating as trekkers could explore the beautiful scenery of rivers like Trishuli and Marsyangdi with refreshing weather and view of mountains like Ganesh, Manaslu and Lamjung.

Day 2: Pokhara to Kagbeni via Jomsom (3-4 hours)

After spending a night in Pokhara an early morning flight to Jomsom is taken so as to prevent the strong wind at noon. The trek officially begins here at the open trial. We walk through the beautiful village Ekalibatti which is situated at the bank of two rivers and finally reach Kagbeni.

Day 3: Kagbeni to Chele (6-7 hours)

Today’s trek is along the Trail of Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong wind to Tangbe village which has narrow alleyways, white houses with fields of barley and buckwheat and apple orchards. We walk through another village and cross a river until we reach Chele.

Day 4: Chele to Syangbochen (6-7 hours)

Our journey today involves crossing two passes; Taklam la pass and Dajori La pass. We enjoy views of Tilicho, Damodar Danda and Ramchung Cave. Descending further we reach Samar village and walk above it to reach a ridge. From the ridge, we pass through a stream and walk till we reach Syangbochen.

Day 5: Syangbochen to Ghami (5-6 hours)

Today we ascend to Yamada la pass and walk through beautiful villages to reach Nyi pass. From there we descend to the biggest village of the region: Ghami which is surrounded by beautiful fields.

 

Day 6: Ghami to Tsarang (5-6 hours)

Descending through rough and slippery trail, we reach Ghami Khola and begin ascending towards Tsarang la pass and reach Tsarang village. The village lies on top of Charang Chu canyon and consists of a huge fortress of ancient times.

Day 7: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3-4 hours)

We descend from the canyon and pass across a river to begin an uphill trek to Lo-Manthang. The beautiful walled village provides the view of mountains like Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I. The beauty of Bhrikuti peak and Damodar Kunda on the way is quite intriguing.

Day 8: Lo-Manthang Exploration

The walled village of the region consists of three major gompas to visit: Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda. There is a natural hot spring where we can relax our body naturally after these days of walking.

Day 9: Lo-Manthang to Drakamar (5-6 hours)

We take different route while returning back. From lo-Manthang, we descend towards Gyakar village which have a century old Ghar Gompa which is famous for its rock paintings and a legend claiming any wish at the Gompa would be fulfilled. After Gompa exploration, we move towards Drakamar village.

Day 10: Drakamar to Ghiling (5-6 hours)

The trek to Ghiling is a bit difficult one as we have to face strong winds on our faces so we start our journey early in the morning. We pass through dry plateau and fields to reach there.

Day 11: Ghiling to Chhuksang (5-6 hours)

Chhuksang is a place where upper mustang meets lower Mustang. We descend towards Chhuksang enjoying a view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains.

Day 12: Chhuksang to Jomsom (5-6 hours)

The last day of the trek leads through the end of Mustang trails joining the trails of Annapurna circuit. We reach to Jomsom via Kagbeni.

Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara

The same route can be followed back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Since we have a whole day we explore the beautiful city of Pokhara.

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu

The same route can be followed back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

 

Best Time to Travel

The best seasons for the trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Though one can head towards Upper Mustang every time of the year, a trip in monsoon is not advisable because roads are at their worst this time of year and are more prone to accidents. Winter trek is also possible but the weather is harsh and difficult which causes the problem in exploring breathtaking views.

 

Food and Accommodation

Upper Mustang offers a great variety of food for the trekkers. Nepali, Chinese, and Tibetan cuisines are famous here and found in abundantly located teahouses and lodges. Green veggies can’t be expected in your meals as the area is deserted. There are homestays and guest houses with all the required basic facilities like food, electricity, hot water, etc for the trekkers to rest in. Some rooms have attached washrooms while others don’t and trekkers could have to share their rooms sometimes.

 

Difficulties

We must say the trek to Upper Mustang is quite a difficult one. With the newly stretched unfinished roads to the slippery paths, the trek isn’t going to be easy. The altitude we will be reaching is 12,400 feet, so it’s obvious that trekkers could face a problem of altitude sickness. Hence, consulting your physician before heading to trek is recommended. The wind blowing in some areas are dangerous so one must be very careful. There is a high chance of getting painful blisters and bruises in your feet so don’t forget to carry aids with you. There are no big hospitals in the region so people with major health issues are advised not to get on this trip.

 

Important Tips to Know

Upper Mustang trip is one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal. Since it is a long trip away from home, one must know various things before starting the trip. It is very important to have a comfortable backpack, outfits, trekking shoes and a walking stick. Try to minimize the items in your backpack as you would be carrying them most of the time while walking. The weather up there is a tricky one, you feel cold most of the time due to the continuous wind blowing but sunny days are really hot. Tanning of exposed skin is most common in this trip so you mustn’t forget a good sunscreen lotion. Make sure you have pain relief ointments and basic medicines. There are no enough stores to buy food items on the way so it is advisable to take your favorite bars and other items in your backpack.

Day to Day Itinerary

A typical Upper Mustang Trek consist of the following day to day activities:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and prepare for the trek

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara and overnight at Pokhara hotel

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2780m)

Day 05: Trek to Chhuksang (2920m)

Day 06: Trek to Samar (3290m)

Day 07: Trek to Geling (3440m)

Day 08: Trek to Ghami (3460m)

Day 09: Trek to Charang (3490m)

Day 10: Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m)

Day 11: In & around Lo Manthang

Day 12: Trek to Lo Gekar

Day 13: Trek to Ghami (3460m

Day 14: Trek to Chhuksang (2920m)

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2710m)

Day 16: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu for onward trip

You can also request for the tailor-made trip itinerary for this trek according to your available trekking days.

What is included?

  •  All national transportations as mentioned in trip itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals in standard hotels/teahouses during the trek
  • Excellent English speaking trek leader, guides and porters to carry luggage
  • All local/governmental taxes, permits and registrations
  • A portable medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinner