Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang is one of the mysterious places of Nepal which is blessed with incredible natural vistas and enigmatic cultural practices. Situated at the trans-border region of Nepal and Tibet, upper Mustang was part of autonomous Tibet so it portrays charismatic religious rites and rituals which are based on Tibetan Buddhism.  Located against backdrop of Dhaulagiri massif forming a naturally rugged and barren terrain with rock cliff and caves, Upper Mustang preserves the natural beauties and cultural practices which are still intact. The virgin land has abundance of sources for cultural and nature enthusiasts to explore and definitely for the travellers to have life time experience.

Known as the Hidden Kingdom of Nepal, was ruled by a king as a government until recently. The royal palace, beautifully carved Mani stones, Chortens, monasteries and Gompas are waiting to welcome you to the far flung Himalayan villages of Nepal where you will closely observe strange religious practices and alluring natural landscapes. Apart from cultural and religious strangeness, Upper Mustang trekking offers soul stirring view of snowcapped mountains like Annapurna, Dhualagiri, Nilgiri and other. The pristine beauty of Kaligandaki Valley, beautiful agrarian fields, painted rocks and hanging caves and Tibetan villages flapping with colorful praying flags and spotted with beautiful monasteries are main attraction of Upper Mustang Trekking.

Straddling under the Himalayan rain shadow, Upper Mustang is suitable place for trekking throughout the year except heavy snowing in winters. The ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet and the yak caravan region is unaware of modern development but rich in culture and warm hospitality. Lo Manthang, the walled capital of kingdom of  Lo is  main attraction of Upper Mustang Trekking, which is ahistorical place having 600 years old Lo Manthang Royal Palace, ancient Gompas and series of caves.

17 days Upper Mustang Trekking commences with sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley including UNESCO listed cultural heritages and popular tourist hubs of Kathmandu. After exploring Kathmandu we take a short fight or a day drive to Pokhara , queen of natural beauty followed by a scenic flight to Jomsom, from where we set off our foot for trekking in unspoiled sacred region , climbing over the elevation of 3860 m. Real Adventure Nepal Tours and Travels has designed well-tailored itinerary considering your interest, time and budget. 14 days trip to Upper Mustang is ideal to enjoy the major highlights of the region. We need special permission to enter in to Upper Mustang. Real Adventure Nepal Tours and Travel takes cares of permits, accommodation and transportation during trekking and guides by a professional trekking guide during your entire trip.

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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

When you come out of Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be adorned by garlands and welcomed warmly by representative from Real Adventure Nepal Tours and Travel and transfer to one of the 3-star hotel in heart of Kathmandu. After check into hotel, freshen you up and walk around to get used to with nearby location. In evening professional tours and trekking guides visits you to brief about major highlights or attraction of your tour and suggest some tips and preparation to be made before you head to trip. After briefing session we will join welcome dinner. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour and Trip Preparation.

After breakfast we head for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu in a hired van, accompanied by a professional tour guide. Firstly we will visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square where we will be spellbound by grandeur of ancient art and architecture depicted in wooden carving, stone work and historical monument. This ancient royal place houses Kumari Ghar (house of living virgin goddesses), Kasthamandap, a Hindu Temple made up of wood of single tree. Our next destinations are Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and the largest Stupa of Nepal, Bouddhanath. A whole Kathmandu tour is the option to explore history, cultural practice and religious reverence of Hindu and Buddhist, along with way of life of people in Kathmandu. After a tour we will prepare for trekking and get ready for drive or flight to Pokhara tomorrow. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (900m)

We can reach Pokhara by 30 minute scenic flight or via 6 hour drive by tourist bus. We leave Kathmandu early morning via Prithivi highway. We will have breakfast in tourist motel on the way and continue driving alongside of Trishuli River, popular destination for white water rafting. On the way we pass by the highway junctions that go to Langtang to Tibet and to Manaslu Circuit Trek. When we reach to Muglin road divides to Chitwan and Pokhara. We cross bridge over Trishuli River and follow the highway alongside of Marsyandi River. Passing by powerhouse of Marsyandi hydropower, we drive via beautiful farming terraces and major towns of Tanahu district. When we reach close to Pokhara valley we will be welcomed by snowcapped mountains like Annapurna, Machhapurchhre, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. After check in to hotel in Lakeside, we visit beautiful Fewa Lake and enjoy boating. In evening walk around lake side and enjoy touristic environment with delicious dinner. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m).

After breakfast we will catch first flight to Jomsom, administrative headquarter of Jomsom district. 20 minutes flight in small plane flies between glittering mountains of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna with tempting view of Pokhara spotted with pristine lakes. After landing at Jomsom Airport, we meet our crew members and have lunch together. After having lunch we start walking upstream of Kaligandaki river via sandy trail with scattered pine and juniper trees. On the way, we enjoy view of Nilgiri mountain towards south and rugged terrains with hanging rocks. When we reach to Kagbeni we enjoy view of farming terrace flaunting potato, wheat and buckwheat. Kagbeni in is situated at foothill nearby confluence of Kaligandaki. We will roam around village visit religious shelters and temples on the bank of river and visit yak sheds and seep sheds. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 05: Trek to Chele (3,050m).

After having delicious breakfast, we trek uphill following the trail on the east side of river. We cross the stream and walk upstream alongside of Kaligandaki River. We move to northeast via gorge between two rigged hills. Surrounding area looks like deserts and we see rocks hanging on the hills. After one hour we reach to Thangbe village which has beautiful farming terraces and trees and congregated settlement. Leaving Thangbe behind, we walk via Kaligandaki corridor passing by sheep grazing meadows until we reach to Chhusang village. After having lunch in Chusang we cross the bridge over Kaligandaki River and ascend to Chele. Chele is a small village situated between two massive hills, from where we can see picturesque view of Nilgiri. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 06: Trek to Syangbochen (3,800m).

After breakfast, we trek uphill just above the farming terraces of Chele village. Walking on the side of red cliff we follow the downhill trail and again ascend via rugged trail. On the way we enjoy aerial view of Chyakar village to the south and mountains to the north. After having many ups and downs via rugged terrain we reach to Samar village. Unlike from Chele, here we see different types of people wearing Tibetan costumes and village looks greener with apple orchards and faming terraces extending to the top of hill. After Samar we trek in steep trail with which becomes windy in afternoon. Sometime we cross vial landslide debris and dried gorges. The land is full of grasses for grazing Yaks and sheep. On the way we pass via cave monastery of Ranchung, Damodar Dada Pass and Dajori La Pass. After 6-7 hour strenuous walk we reach to Syangboche for overnight stay. Syangboche is a small village with few teahouses and guest houses. Overnight in Syangboche.

Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3,520m).

Leaving Syangboche behind, we slightly walk uphill and turn right towards Ghiling. In Ghiling we visit monastery, Chortens and Mani walls. After Ghiling we climb straight up until we reach to Nyi La Pass. From Nyi La pass we enjoy view of Himalayans to the south and green valley to the east. Then the trail gradually bends towards Ghami. Two hour downhill trek from Nyi La pass we reach to Ghami. Today we will follow the trail adjoin with Kaligandaki corridor. Ghami is large village populated by more than 300 people. Upon arriving in Ghami we will visit Summer Royal Palace, the longest Mani Wall, ruins of old Ghami, Chortens and enjoy spectacular view of red and blue mountains. Overnight in Ghami.

Day 08: Trek to Charang (3,560m).

After breakfast, we cross the Ghami Khola and trek uphill in totally rugged land. After many zigzag and ups and down for 5-6 hour in Himalayan desert we reach to the second largest village of Mustang, Charang also spelled as Tsarang. The Tibetan Buddhist way of life and spectacularly located village give real glimpse of Mustang district. After check into hotel we have short hike to the ruins of former palace of king of Mustang, Stupa, Chorten, 500 years old Charang Gompa, Sky Caves, and exchange greetings with local people. Overnight in Charang.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,840m).

After breakfast, we will trek on the Kaligandaki corridor that passes through rugged area. On the way we pass Lo La Pass (3950m), from where we enjoy view of beautiful rock cliff and enjoy view of Lo-Manthang which looks colorful and surrounded by beautiful farming terraces. We pass by Lo-Gekar and trek down to Lo-Manthang. Upon reaching to Lo- Manthang, the main attraction of our trek, we walk around village and observe the Tibetan style of life. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10: Exploration of Lo-Manthang.

Today we will explore the capital city of ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang. Isolated rugged place behind snow-capped mountain houses Thubchen Monastery, The Royal Palace and beautiful Tibetan style settlement governed by Tibetan Buddhism. There are four major temple/ Gompa, the 14th century, brick-red Jampa Lhakhang (the oldest Gompa, built in 1387, with the striking 50 foot ‘Jampa’ (Future) Buddha, the largest clay statue in Nepal until a few years ago), 15th century Thubchen Gompa ,Chhoede Gompa with a monastic school and Choprang Gompa. Thubchen Gompa, among the most respected monasteries in the region with huge Thanka painting. While exploring ancient fortress city, we walk around narrow passes that connects the houses built in row. The village is surrounded by wall from four sides. We can see local people having sun bath in city square and spinning and weaving wool and collecting dung and sun drying rations. In evening we visit monastery and observe Buddhist rituals performed by monks. Apart from social, cultural and religious life, Lo Manthang is popular for majestic view of mountains like Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond). We can also have short trek to nearby village called Tinkhar. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m)

Instead of using same route to return Syangboche we will use alternative but must visit route via Dramkar. After breakfast we trek west for 5 hours to reach to Drakmar. Drakmar is famous for canyons and red cliffs and famous Ghar Gompa. Upon reaching Drakmar we visit Ghar Gompa inside cave of red cliff. This Gompa is believed to be meditation place for Guru Rinpoche, so it houses image of Guru Rinpoche. After visiting Gompa in Red Mountain we also visit Chortens and caves. Overnight in Drakamr.

Day 12: Trek down to Syangbochen

Today we start our trek little early than other days to avoid harsh wind. The way is quite difficult and then we pass via desert and barren terrain in periphery of Kaligandagi valley. We eat lunch in Ghami and trek uphill and again follow the downward trail to Ghiling. Throughout the day this route is windy until we reach to Ghiling. Ghiling is situated on lap of rugged hill with sky caves. Two red color monasteries on the upper part of village make the village scenic. The lower part of village is green with farming patches and poplar trees. After Ghami we trek for two hour to reach to Syangboche.

Day 13: Trek to Chhusang (2,980m).

After breakfast we trek downhill via Bhena and Samar and cross Dajori La until we reach to Chele for lunch. On the way we will enjoy spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. After Chele, we descend down towards Kaligandaki River and cross bridge. Following the trail alongside of river we pass via rugged terrain below red cliff until we reach to Chhusang. Overnight in Chhusang.

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,720m).

Leaving Chhusang behind, we trek downstream trail towards Thnagbe. The driest land with strong wind goes ups and down for an hour an then we follow leveled trail until we reach to Kagbeni for lunch. After having lunch in Kagbeni, we trek down along with Kaligandaki River via Eklebhati. Upon reaching to Mustang we check in to hotel and walk around the city for souvenir shopping. In evening we enjoy dinner with our crew members. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

Today we fly back to Pokhara catching first flight. As usual the flight is picturesque as it enters into gorge between snowy capped peaks like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and close view of Fishtail and other ranges. When flight enters into Pokhara valley the beautiful city spotted with lake and surrounded by green hills welcomes us. After check in Hotel, we can visit, Davis Fall, World Peace Pagoda, and other lakes in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

The 16th day of our trek takes us from Pokhara form to Kathmandu via Prithivi highway alongside of Marsyandi and Trishuli Rivers. On the way we will pass small villages, towns, green farmlands. Upon arriving Kathmandu we check in hotel, we do some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.Note: if you want to take flight to Kathmandu, this option also available, this is just 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu in additional cost.

Day 17: Final Departure

Today we will conclude 17 days upper Mustang Trek. Our Real Adventure's representatives help you drop in TIA and bid final adieu.

Cost Includes
  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three-night standards Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a days (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit after the dinner every night.
  • Trekking lodge ( Tea house) accommodations during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & special Upper Mustang permit.
  • Tourist bus to pokhara and again tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Flight ticket (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) with airport pickup and drop and airport tax included.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well English speaking well trained, Government License holder mountain guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance company.
  • Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles (if you needed, to be returned after the trip)
  • Government taxes, service change and official expenses.
  • Two nights standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu (Lunch and Dinner), Meals in Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa (You may easily issue visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport ). $40 USD for 30 days Visa.
  • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • International Airfare.
  • Your Personal Expenses.
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses)
  • Desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees.
  • Excess baggage more than 15kg for Jomsom flight.

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Trip Facts

  • Duration:17 Days
  • Grade:Moderate
  • Rating:Best
  • Region:Upper Mustang Trek
  • Trip:Remote Area Treks
  • Activity:Upper Mustang Trek Kathmandu city tour Pokhara city tour
  • Max.Altitude:3840 M ft.

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