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Upper Mustang Trek

Trek in the “Last Forbidden Kingdom”, one of the most special and unique treks in Nepal. Visit fantastic Tibetan monasteries and villages north of Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang, and explore unforgettable and spectacular landscapes.

From Kathmandu you need to go to Pokhara, this trip can be made by flight, bus or car, from Pokhara to Jomsom (point of start) and this trip can be made by jeep or flight (we recommend the flight because by jeep will take about 12 hours). 

Group Size:

min 2 pax

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

3800 m

Starts At:

Pokhara

Ends At:

Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu(1350m)

Day 02: Kathmandu(Preparation)

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara(820m)

Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom(2770m) – Kagbeni(2800m)

Day 05: Kagbeni - Samar(3660m)

Day 06: Samar – Ghiling(3750m)

Day 07: Ghiling – Tsarang(3560m)

Day 08: Tsarang – Lo Manthang(3800m)

Day 09: Lo Manthang(Day hike and Sightseeing)

Day 10: Lo Manthang(observe festival if any and day hike to Chhosar village)

Day 11: Lo Manthang – Ghar Gompa – Ghemi(3520m)

Day 12: Ghemi – Samar(3660m)

Day 13: Samar – Chuksang(2950m)

Day 14: Chuksang – Muktinath(3800m)

Day 15: Muktinath – Jomsom(2770m)

Day 16: Jomsom – Pokhara(820m)

Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu(1350m)

Day 18: Kathmandu

Day 19: Kathmandu – Departure 

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m): Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. All the required documents, photos, passport copies etc. are collected for the preparation of all legal documents required during the trek. On the same day you’ll be meeting your guide for the trek.

Day 02 Kathmandu (Preparation): Trek permits preparation. Day at leisure or you may do a city tour of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Patan (optional tour in extra cost).

Day 03 Kathmandu – Pokhara (820m): After the breakfast we will be heading to Pokhara by private transport which takes around 6-7 hours. On the way we would be seeing the beautiful view of the Trishuli River which is flowing side by side throughout the most of our way to Pokhara. We even get to witness the people doing rafting in Trishuli river.

Day 04 Pokhara – Jomsom (2770m) – Kagbeni (2800m): An early morning transfer to airport, 25 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. This is one of the world’s exciting flight to see mountains (Annapurna I (8091m) , Dhaulagiri (8167m), Fishtail (6997m) and other numerous peaks) closely through plane. We begin our trek to Kagbeni following along the bank of Kali Gandaki River which takes around 3 hours. En-route, we pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at lodge.

Day 05 Kagbeni - Samar (3660m, 6 – 7 hours walking): After breakfast we take a short walk through a narrow stone-paved path, and then we enter to the restricted area of Mustang. From here we continue our walking to east bank of Kaligandaki River. We walk through the impressive village of Tangbe, Chhusang & Chele overlooking the fantastic landscapes. There is a small, but impressive cave gompa in Chhusang which is dedicated to White Tara, the Buddha of Success and Achievement. After 45 minutes continue walking to Chele; we can see the good view of back down the Kaligandaki valley, with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. After another one and half hour slow pace walking we arrive at Samar, a small picturesque village.

Day 06 Samar – Ghiling (3750m, 5 - 6 hours walking): We walk through the centre of the village and descend to a stream where we can see eroded watercourse; then we climb up and continue up towards the Bhena La (3838m) and Yamda La (3860m). From here we can see our first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-colored hills nearby; then we walk to Syangboche village following Mani walls and stupas; then eventually we arrive at the village of Geling. There are 2 gompas in the village, the date back to 15th century which is worth visiting.

Day 07 Ghiling – Tsarang (3560m, 6-7 hours walking): Today we climb a steep uphill just above the 2 gompas and continue walking to a pass (4025m) from where we can enjoy overlooking back towards the Annapurna. Then we trek down to Ghemi, a small settlement of few tea houses, then continue trek down to a stream and cross a suspension bridge and ascend the upper valley where we can see the longest Mani wall in Mustang region. Following the trail beside the Mani wall, we climb up another pass of Tsarang La (3870m); and we descend to Tsarang, the old capital of Mustang.

Day 08 Tsarang – Lo Manthang (3800m, 4 hours walking): Today is the final day of our destination, short and moderate walking to Lo - Manthang, the medieval walled city. We walk following the Tsarang river to the north and gradually climb up to the Lo La (3950m) from here we can see the good views of Lo - Manthang and northern Mustang. From the pass, it is an easy downhill walk to ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang.

Day 09 Lo Manthang (Exploration day): After breakfast, we go for walking tour around the valley. There are four major gompas which are worth visiting: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house"; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is known as the "New Gompa".

Day 10 Lo Manthang (Exploration day): Nepal is a multi-cultural and religious country with their own traditions and festivals. Lo Manthang is also one of such places with Tibetan people living there and they have their own festivals which are very popular and interesting to observe. Tiji is the major festival among them which is celebrated for three days dancing and singing in their traditional way.It is normally celebrated during the month of May. The date may differ every year so interested can contact us before for the conformation of the dates. This year (2013) it is going to be celebrated in 6th, 7th and 8th of May. If it is not the festival time we can visit Chhosar village with many caves and typical Sherpa living there. Besides, there are many other beautiful places to visit.

Day 11 Lo – Manthang - Ghemi (3520m, 5 - 6 hours walking): After walking about 1 hour we reach a pass popularly known as Pangga La(4090m) from where we see the beautiful view of the landscapes. It is higgest point of our overall trek. After one and half hour walk down we reach Logekar Gompa which is one of the oldest monasteries of the world. Continuing our trek we walk about 1 hour uphill following with another 1 hour downhill and reach Ghemi.

Day 12 Ghemi - Samar (3660m, 6 – 7 hours): We start our trek to Samar walking up and downhill equally throughout the trek. On the way to Samar we find a cave named Chungsi with a Gompa inside which is believed to be a cave used for meditation from long time ago. Continuing our trek about 2 hours we reach Samar.

Day 13 Samar – Chuksang (2950m, 3 hours): Today’s walk would be shorter and easier as compared to the previous days. We trek down for about 3 hours to reach Chuksang and stay there as there are no teahouses until Muktinath. We relax and prepare for next day trek as it is going to be quite longer and tiring.

Day 14: Chuksang – Muktinath (3800m, 6-7 hours): We begin our trek walking all the way uphill until the Gyu La (4077m) from where we can see the panoramic view of the mountain ranges (Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche) along with the Muktinath valley in front of us. We continue our trek to Muktinath which takes around 2 hours. By today we will be already out of the restricted area of Mustang.

Day 15: Muktinath - Jomsom (2770m):  Early in the morning we go to pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists where we come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Then, we start our trek to Jomsom which takes about approximately four hours. We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here views of the Nilgiri peaks are fine. Jomsom is head Qatar of Mustang district and one of the biggest towns of that valley. Overnight at Jomsom.

Day16: Jomsom – Pokhara (82:0m): As our trek has already completed, we head back to Pokhara via domestic flight in the morning. We can spend a quality time relaxing and sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 17: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1320m): Today we will be back to Kathmandu and as trip comes to an end. We can prefer to go by private transport (6-7 hours drive) or can fly by domestic air (35minutes flight) too.

Day: 18 Kathmandu, Leisure: Leisure time during the day. In the evening of last night, there will be a Farewell Dinner organized by Himalayan Rock in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural program.

Day 19: Kathmandu, Departure:  After breakfast, a Himalayan Rock responsible person will drop you to the international airport.

Cost Include

  • 10 days SPECIAL UPPER MUSTANG permit
  • Airport pickup on arrival at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • Airport departure drop off at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • 4 night accommodation in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • 2 night accommodation in Pokhara (Lakeside) with BB plan
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by private transport
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private transport
  • Food and accommodation during trekking in lodges, teahouses
  • 3 meals a day during trek
  • Flight Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Airport tax flight Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Flight Pokhara – Jomsom
  • Airport tax flight Pokhara – Jomsom
  • English speaking experienced guide (trained by Ministry of Tourism
  • Porter(s), generally 1 porter for 2 pax (max 12 kg per person)
  • Food, salary, transportation, accommodation and insurance for our Nepali staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • TIMS (trekking registration card)
  • Mustang region trekking map
  • Service from our office in Kathmandu, Thamel
  • Last night Special Nepali dinner in typical Nepal restaurant

Cost Exclude

  • International flight to and from Nepal, airport taxes
  •  Vaccination and Nepal visa
  • Drinks
  • Meals when not on trek
  • Personal insurance and other personal expenses
  • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)

Any extra cost due to delay or cancellation of flights to and from Pokhara

Trekking Equipment Checklist

The weather can be cold, unpredictable and challenging while in the mountains. Hence the travelers need to be prepared to cope up with the weather. While you can take the different kind of equipment to make things comfortable for you, there are some basic things that you must carry with you for completion of the trek in comfortable manner.

Sun Hat
Fleece/Wool hat that covers ears
Sunglasses
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

Upper Body:
At least 4 pair of T-shirts
2 lightweight thermal tops
2 Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
Water and wind proof shell jacket
Down Jacket
Raincoat (Poncho)

Lower Body:
Under garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight walking pants
Light weight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants
Water and wind proof pants

Feet:
At least 4 pairs of  thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots (with spare laces)
Walking sneakers
Sandals
Walking poles (Walking Stick)
Hands:
Lightweight fleece gloves
Water and wind proof gloves

Note: Sleeping bags come handy in case of difficult circumstances. We recommend every trekkers to take one with them while on the mountains. You can bring your own or it can be hired here.