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Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Highlights of upper mustang trek 

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Scenic Flight to and from Jomsom
  • Exploring the Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
  • Visit to Lo Manthang, capital of Mustang
  • Spectacular view of mountains of Annapurna Region
  • Visit Muktinath, the god of salvation of both Buddhists and hindus
  • High snow-peaks, ancient villages and high altitude grazing settlements

Overview of the Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is journey to the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. This Himalayan nation is worldwide popular for ethnic diversity and natural beauty. Moreover, holiday in Nepal never fails to surprise tourists with its peculiarity. Journey of Upper Mustang too is not an ordinary holiday rather it is a voyage beyond mountains. Marked by great history and blessed by nature’s unique creations this place is a perfect hideaway destination. Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage Treks & Expedition offers this package to our valued clients for magnificent experience of off the beaten trekking region of Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek is similar to Annapurna Base Camp Trek in terms of starting point of journey.Trekking in Nepal It too starts from Pokhara. However, trekkers will take morning flight to Jomsom instead of drive to Nayapull. After reaching the windiest town of Nepal trekkers start the walking activity. Trail along the Kaligandaki River can be blissful act. You can find the sacred fossils which resemble the lord Vishnu as well. Traversing through some abandoned villages and world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki trekkers will finally reach Lomanthang the capital of Upper Mustang. Lomanthang means the walled city where once the last kingdom of Nepal was existed. In order to preserve these Tibetan origin people Nepal Government has denoted this area as restricted region. The culture and traditions of these people are more inclined to Tibetans. The Tiji Festival is highly popular in this area. This festival is marked to celebrate the victory of good over evil. The trip of Upper Mustang also features mysterious man made holes on hills as well. Explore this magnificent society clustered together and witness rich traditions of people of Upper Mustang.

Trekking in  Upper Mustang Trek, trekkers can get opportunity to witness the majestic Muktinath temple and nunnery as well having Mt. Neelgiri on the backdrop. Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage offers competitively priced package. You will get plethora of knowledge about geographical, cultural and traditional facts of Upper Mustang region.

Physical Conditions and Experience Requirements

17 days of upper mustang  Trek is considered as moderate. If you jog or perform morning walks regularly then it would not be any problem for you to walk on the trail. However, it is highly recommended that you should start doing mild exercises one month prior to your trekking date. This would help in creating best Himalayan walking holiday experience. Having said that, it should be noted Technical Skill are not needed. The major hurdle is an altitude. Therefore, person having past medical history of lung, heart and blood diseases are extremely advised to consult your doctor before embarking on this journey.

Additional Information

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Overview

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek

Day 05: Kagbeni-Chusang 2850m.

Day 06: Chusang-Samar (3050 m) approx.,4 hrs

Day 07: Samar-Gelling (3720 m) , approx., 5 hrs

Day 08: Gelling-Charang (3520 m), approx., 5 hrs

Day 09: Tsarang- Lo Mangthang (3840m).5-6 hours

Day 10: Explore DayLomathnag.

Day 11: Lo Manthang-Lo Geker., approx., 5 hrs

Day 12: Lo Geker-Ghami (3550 m), approx., 4 hrs

Day 13: Ghami-Samar., approx., 6 hrs

Day 14: Samar-Kagbeni , approx., 6 hrs

Day 15: Trek from-Kagbeni to Jomsom (2715m) 3-4 hours

Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 18: Final departure

Itinerary

Day 1
Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)

Arrival in Kathmandu, we will welcome you at the airport then transfer to you hotel. Evening welcome dinner with cultural show.Overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu valley Sightseeing.

Having breakfast then start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. We will arrange a tour guide of your chosen language to give you a tour and introduction to our rich culture amongst our ancient and fascinating history and religion. Am: Boudhanath & Pashupatinath. Pm: Patan Durbar Square and Soyambhunath then back to hotel.Overnight at hotel.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara-6-7 hours

Early morning heading to Pokhara via Tourist bus which takes 6-7 hours. You may use flight which takes just 25 min.Evening Boating at fewa lake and rounding near the lake side area. O/N at Hotel.

Day 4
Pokhara- Jomsom-Kagbeni (2858m)

Early in morning having breakfast then transfer to the airport. Then flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes brings you at Jomsom.This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. In may visit an interesting wind swept villages situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. O/N at Lodge.

Day 5
Kagbeni-Chusang (2850m.) 4-5 hours

Kagbeni to Chele Actually, Kagbeni is the entry point to upper Mustang. From Kagbeni, trail leads up the east bank of Kali Gandaki and climbs over many ridges as it head north. After, that, through the interesting cave, Gompa crossing place of Tangbeegetation is almost non- – existent except for small shrubs and thorn bushes. The Kaligandaki canyon is awe-inspiring. However, the trail is kept lively with several passing mule trains and horsemen bearing wares from after. This day is uphill, quite steep at times up to the little village of Tangbe 2900m where we stop for lunch. Then after the path flattens out up to Chusang a fairly large settlement inhabited mostly by a mixed ethnic group of Gurungs, Thakalis and some families from the land of Lo. There is a small Buddhist Gompa constructed out of stone and mud across the river, which can only be reached during the colder months when water is low. By itself Chusang is a very interesting village with narrow covered alleys running through the cente, Chhuksang 5/6 hours. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 6
Chusang-Samar (3050 m) approx.,4 hrs

The trail widens significantly an en Chusang-Samar (3050 m) approx.,4 hrs
Having entered this long and secluded valley one feels also a distinct change, not only to topography but there is a world of difference in culture, lifestyle and landscape. Settlements are more scattered, smaller and basic. The people of Lo or Mustang practice agriculture but because of the lack of the rain and fertile soil, cultivation is in sheltered plots of land making the landscape of a pattern of brown with scattered patches of shaded greens. A little ahead of Chusang we cross a small bridge across the Mustang Khola River, across which is colorful little village called Chaili. The trail then veers northwest along steep lines right up to the village of Samar, out campsite, making it a tough four hours walk. Samar is a very old and small village situated amongst a grove of trees with a stream running through the middle.

Day 7
Samar-Gelling (3720 m) , approx., 5 hrs

As in all desert lands, settlements in Mustang are in oasis village most houses are constructed out of mud and stones with roof cast out of twins, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles. The trail descends crossing couple of mountain streams followed by a fairly flat stretch of two hours before we arrive into a wide valley. The Gelling village is located an hour walk away to the right of the main trail and in a valley between two hills. North of the village lies a Buddhist Gompa, which, though new contains exquisite wall paintings.

Day 8
Gelling-Charang (3520 m), approx., 5 hrs

At the place of Geling, the trail climbs gently through field up the centre of the valley; it passes above Tama Gaon and its imposing Chorten. After crosses Tangmar Chu River, with a short climbing enters Charang (3490m). Walking time takes about 5/6 hours, Overnight at Lodge.

Day 9
Tsarang- Lo Mangthang (3840m).5-6 hours

Lomanthang is the capital city of upper Mustang. We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner’s/N at Lodge

Day 10
Explore Lomathnag.

Today, you are free to explore the fascinating Village of Lo Manthang. The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the village and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king’s palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people. Throughout the kingdom, the villagers continue to seek his advice regarding many issues. It is possible to hire horses to visit these valleys, but this short tour will incur extra costs./N at Lodge.

Day 11
Lo Manthang-Lo Geker., approx., 5 hrs

We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route.
Today the trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail contours across the head of a valley and crosses another ridge, then drop into another large desolate valley. After ascending to the valley floor, the route heads to the right, up the center of the valley to it head. Cross a ridge at 4070 meters & traverses across the heads of two more valleys to an indistinct pass. Cross the pass to some meadows & a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley where LO Geker is situated in a grove of large trees alongside a stream. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. over night at LO Geker.

Day 12
Lo Geker-Ghami (3550 m), approx., 4 hrs

Climb to a ridge the across a valley to cairn and a pass 200 meters above Lo Geker. The route crosses some alpine meadows to a crest, and then drops down a steep eroded gully to the upper part of the village of Tahmar “Red Crag”. A large stream meanders through this village, making this a particularly pretty valley. Most of the surrounding hills are pastel shades of Grey & yellow, but a huge red fluted cliff provides a dramatic contrast. The trail descends alongside the stone walls and fields of the extensive village, then climbs to a ridge. It is a short descent to Ghami at 3550 meters. Ghami is a large village of whitewashed houses situated above hectares and hectares of fields. Visit the Gompa in Ghami.

Day 13
Ghami-Samar., approx., 6 hrs

From Ghami, follow the direct route to the Nyi La, climbing to a cairn on a ridge and then contouring upwards to meet the trail from Charang. Continue to the pass and descend steeply into the Gelling to an isolated teahouse and descends gently to the three houses of Tama Gung. A steep set of switchback leads to a stream, then the trail climbs to a huge painted chorten. The trail rejoins the Gelling trail near the ridge, just below a chorten and the remainder of the days is on already traveled trails to Samar.

Day 14
Samar-Kagbeni (2858M,) approx., 6 hrs

Today is the same way that you already had. The trail passes through Chusang & other major villages like Tangbe. After Tangbe the trail still continues through the bank of Kaligandaki River as well as the windy landscapes & reaches to Kagbeni.over night at Kagbeni.

Day 15
Trek from-Kagbeni to Jomsom (2715m) 3-4 hours

This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. In may visit an interesting wind swept villages situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. O/N at Lodge.

Day 16
Jomsom-Pokhara flight.

Today we fly from Jomsom-Pokhara then leisure day in Pokhara

Day 17
Back to Kathmandu.

We head to Kathmandu. its takes via Tourist bus 7 hours and via flight 25 min. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 18
Farewell friend.

Nepal adventure pilgrimage Trek We will transfer you airport as per your flight time.

Trip Includes:

  • Airport Pick up & Drop
  • sightseeing by private vehicle
  • All the transport during the trek
  • Twin sharing deluxe accommodation at Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Welcome dinner with culture show.
  • Fresh fruits after every dinner (During the trek)
  • Purified drinking water (Medicated proof & safe)
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with Guide
  • Transportation/Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • All necessary paper work and Special Permit.
  • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide
  • (One Porter between each two clients while on trek)
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (Rental basis)
  • All government taxes.

Excludes

  • International Airfare Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Excess baggage charge(s)Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Entrance fee in Kathmandu& Pokhara Boating in fewa lake
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.Personal
  • gears & clothing (available on hire)Tips, any expenses of personal nature, clients insurance
  • Soft hard drinks Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, st International
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.

Nepal Trekking FAQ’s

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How can I get a visa for Nepal?

You can easily get your visa at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. You need to have a passport size photo along with the original passport.

Is it safe in Nepal?

Yes, it is safe in Nepal. Over the past 10 years, Nepal has become the top traveling destinations in the world.

What is the best season in Nepal?

Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Nepal. According to data, Lots of travelers want to visit Nepal in September, October, March, and April.

What Kind of accommodation do I get during my trek?

It depends upon the routes that you are traveling. Teahouse has commonly used accommodation during the trek.

How often will I get a shower during the trek?

You can get the shower services but you have to pay. So, it’s up to your choice how many times you want.

What type of food do I get during the trek?

Dal and Bhat is a commonly used food that Nepalese used. Besides that, you can find basic restaurant items like Momo, Chowmin, Noodle, and fried rice.

Can I get a guide and porter for my trek?

Yes, you can hire a guide and porter for your trek. An experienced guide can charge a high amount of cost for their service.

Are there communication facilities during the trek?

You can get communication facilities in lots of places during the trek. You can get wifi services for enjoyment.

What is the language that a guide can speak?

Our guide can speak English, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, and many more.

Do I need to bring my sleeping bag?

Yes, you must carry your sleeping bag. You can buy or hire a sleeping bag in Kathmandu as well.

Do I need to have insurance?

You must have insurance. if you get sick, accidents, loss of your bags or luggage even missing flights it will help to recover.

How can I book my trip?

You can book your trip by consulting one of our tour operators through email. S/He will help you for further process.

What language do they speak in Nepal?

The mother language of Nepal is Nepali. However, they can speak English and Hindi.

  • Reading/writing material
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage  Trek in Kathmandu
  • Light weight Towel
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle – Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves – wool or fleeced and gore tex
  • Scarf
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Nepal adventure Pilgrimage  in Kathmandu)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • T Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt – Long Sleeved
  • Pants – lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing – thermals.

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Trip Facts

  • All ground transportation & Domestic Flight
  • 2-10
  • 3810 Meters
  • We will be staying at 3 *** Hotel in Kathmandu, Hotel Mount View in Pokhara and Normal Hotel during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis
  • Breakfast in kathmandu and Pokhara, all meal During the Upper Mustang Trek
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Easy
  • Nepal
  • During spring season (June to May) and autumn season (September to November).