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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Features

Duration 17 days
Elevation 2810m-3825m
Best Season Feb - Jun, Aug - Dec
Transportation By flight / by tourist bus
Min. Group Size 02
Trip Type Trekking / Hiking / Driving / Photography

Overview

Upper Mustang is one of the mysterious places of Nepal which is blessed with incredible natural vistas and enigmatic cultural practices. Situated in 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 the backdrop of the Dhaulagiri massif forming a naturally rugged and barren terrain with rock cliffs and caves, Upper Mustang preserves the natural beauties and cultural practices which are still intact. The virgin land has an abundance of sources for cultural and nature enthusiasts to explore and definitely for travelers to have a lifetime 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 offers a soul-stirring view of snowcapped mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and others. The pristine beauty of Kaligandaki Valley, beautiful agrarian fields, painted rocks hanging caves, and Tibetan villages flapping with colorful praying flags and spotted with beautiful monasteries are the main attractions of Upper Mustang Trekking.

Straddling under the Himalayan rain shadow, Upper Mustang is a 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 Trek 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 especial 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. 

Experience the Enchanting Mountain Lifestyle 

The secluded region of Upper Mustang boasts a captivating ancient civilization that has remained untouched by modernity. It is truly remarkable to witness a civilization that has preserved its authenticity amidst the advancements of the modern world.

Exploring this unique region will leave you in awe of its rich cultural heritage. The heart of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, served as the capital and was ruled by its king until recently. The people of Mustang have unwavering faith in their king, and while they adhere to the Nepali constitution and rules, their social norms and values continue to shape their way of life. 

Immerse Yourself in the Timeless Cultural Marvels 

Another fascinating aspect of Upper Mustang is its cultural wealth. The influence of Tibetan Buddhism is deeply ingrained in the lifestyle of the region. Ancient Buddhist scriptures narrate captivating tales about the origins of the culture in this remote mountainous area. The enduring nature of this culture, which has stood the test of time, is truly mesmerizing. Witnessing and experiencing such cultural wonders in today's world is nothing short of extraordinary. 


Consider planning your visit during the Tiji Festival, a vibrant celebration that showcases the region's rich cultural traditions. 

Indulge in the Majestic and Surreal Landscape 

The vast and rugged mountainous landscape of Upper Mustang is a sight to behold. The towering cliffs and caves that dot the landscape create a dramatic and surreal ambiance. Exploring this wilderness will transport you to a realm unlike any other. The region's jagged landscapes, with their intricate folds, will leave you in awe. Traveling through Upper Mustang is an experience that surpasses all expectations. It is simply beyond words.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival, Transfer to hotel

After you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will need to fulfil custom formalities. Our representative will be there at airport to receive you. He will greet you and transfer you to three star category hotel. Visit office for documentation work. Have a comfortable stay in hotel.

Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will begin Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour. You will be taken to UNESCO Heritage sites in Kathmandu. The tour begins from holy Pashupatinath Temple. Observe Hindu ritual of crematory in Aryaghat before heading towards Bouddhanath- Nepal’s largest stupa. Next stop will be at Swoyambhunath, the monkey temple. Found 2500years back, this is believed to be the oldest stupa. We will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square where there are many religious and historic sites like Taleju Temple, Swet Bhairav and Kumari Ghar- the home of Living Goddess. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast, follow Prithvi Highway all the way to Pokhara. This clean and green city is located 200km far from Kathmandu. Enjoy the views of Annapurna Mountain, Ganesh Mountain, Trishuli River, green hills and rustic villages. It takes 5hrs to reach Pokhara where we will stay overnight in hotel.

Day 4 Pokhara to Jomsom Flight, Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m)

Jomsom is a windy city. Heavy wind blows in afternoon. So, we will take early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. We can enjoy aerial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. It takes 20 minutes to reach Jomsom. When the porters are ready with baggage, we will start Upper Mustang trekking. Trail stretches along the bank of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni where we will stay overnight.

Day 5 Trek to Chele (3,050m)

Kagbeni is located in a picturesque place that nestles peacefully being surrounded by mountains. Our journey continues along the eastern shore of Kali Gandaki River. After brief climb, we will descend to alpine village of Tangbe. We will walk along narrow alleyway of Tangbe village to Chhusang village. Crossing the river, we will head north. Leaving Kali Gandaki valley, we will ascend to Chele where we will stay overnight.

Day 6 Trek to Geling (3,570m)

The trail escalates uphill from Chele. The terrain is slope and steep with no greenery. Moving through canyon, we will cross the Pass and lower down to chortens. The trail stretches further down to tiny village of Samar. Stay overnight at Geling. Enjoy the views of Annapurna Mountain and Nilgiri Mountain before taking climb to Geling. Stay overnight at Geling.

Day 7 Trek to Tsarang/ Charang (3,560m)

We will leave Geling and take steep climb to Nyi La Pass. Lowering down from the Pass, we will reach bridge that is located above Tangmar Chu River. The trail stretches uphill from Tangmar Chu and walk along mani walls to reach another pass. We will head further to Charang. Five–storey white Dzong and Red gompa are attractions in Charang. Stay overnight at Charang.

Day 8 Trek to Lo Manthang (3,809m)

Leaving Charang after breakfast, we will lower down to Charang Chu River. From Charang Chu River, we will climb uphill to the ridge located at 3850m. Enjoy the first view of Lomanthang city and descend to Lo Manthang. Stay overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 9 Explore Lo Manthang

This is a rest day. We will explore Lo Manthang which is the capital of Mustang. Tingkhar, the last village of Mustang is the place of interest near Lomanthang. We can also visit Namgyal Gompa, Thugchen Gompa or Chyodi Gompa monasteries. Lo Manthang Palace is another site worth visiting. Stay overnight in Lo Manthang.
 

Day 10 Trek to Lo Dhakmar (3,825m) via Ghar Gumba

Lomanthang is our ultimate destination. We will return from Lomanthang. Following a different path, we will move south-west from Charang. The trail stretches through fields and takes us uphill to the top of ridge. Crossing Chogo La Pass, we will lower down to grass plain. We will cross the bridge over Charang River and reach Gyakar village from where we will pass through meadow to Lo Dhakmar. Stay overnight at Lo Dhakmar.

Day 11 Trek to Syangbochen (3,800m)

Walking along stone walls of Dramkar village, we will descend to river and climb uphill to the ridge. We will move further to upper part of Ghemi. The trail continues along Ghemi and pass through Jaite and Chhung Ka villages to Tama Gaon. From this village, we will climb uphill to Chorten. We will cross Syangbochen La Pass and descend to Syangbochen where we will stay overnight.

Day 12 Trek to Chusang (2980m)

This is quite a strenuous trek. We will reach Chusang from Syanbochen in about 7hours. From Syangbochen, we will cross small villages of Yamdo and Bena and reach Samar village from where we will follow the descending trail to Chele. Walking further along Kali Gandaki River, we will reach Chusang. Stay overnight at Chusang.
 

Day 13 Trek to Muktinath (3,760m)

The trail escalates uphill to ridge. We will head towards Muktinath temple which is the center of spiritual belief of both Hindus and Buddhists. We will visit Muktinath temple and 108 water sprouts. The Jwala Mai temple and ancient Vishnu temple are other attractions in Muktinath. Stay overnight at Muktinath. 

Day 14 Trek to Jomsom

We will lower down from Muktinath and walk along the bank of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni. The trail continues through Kagbeni to Ekle Bhatti. The trail continues along Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Stay overnight at Jomsom. 

Day 15 Jomsom to Pokhara Flight, Return to Kathmandu

We will catch return flight from Jomosm. We will reach Pokhara in 20minutes. From Pokhara, we will return to Kathmandu where you will be transferred back to hotel. 
 

Day 16 Free Day

This is a free day. We can organize day tour in Kathmandu. You can also go for shopping in hotel. Stay overnight in hotel. 

Day 17 Departure

You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Have a safe journey.

What Is Included ?

Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle. 
Accommodation in Kathmandu under B/B plan as per itinerary
Accommodation in Pokhara under B/B plan as per itinerary
Kathmandu Sightseeing by private vehicle with tour guide
All land transportation as per itinerary
Domestic Flight as per itinerary
Annapurna Conservation area project Permit fee

Upper Mustang restricted trek permit
Accommodation, Food and Salary of guide and porters
Domestic airport tax

What Is Excluded?

Trekking equipment
Personal Expenses
Beverage and Drinks
Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
Tips
Things not mentioned in Cost Include section

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Overview And Highlights

Upper Mustang is one of the mysterious places of Nepal which is blessed with incredible natural vistas and enigmatic cultural practices. Situated in 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 the backdrop of the Dhaulagiri massif forming a naturally rugged and barren terrain with rock cliffs and caves, Upper Mustang preserves the natural beauties and cultural practices which are still intact. The virgin land has an abundance of sources for cultural and nature enthusiasts to explore and definitely for travelers to have a lifetime 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 offers a soul-stirring view of snowcapped mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and others. The pristine beauty of Kaligandaki Valley, beautiful agrarian fields, painted rocks hanging caves, and Tibetan villages flapping with colorful praying flags and spotted with beautiful monasteries are the main attractions of Upper Mustang Trekking.

Straddling under the Himalayan rain shadow, Upper Mustang is a 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 Trek 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 especial 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. 

Experience the Enchanting Mountain Lifestyle 

The secluded region of Upper Mustang boasts a captivating ancient civilization that has remained untouched by modernity. It is truly remarkable to witness a civilization that has preserved its authenticity amidst the advancements of the modern world.

Exploring this unique region will leave you in awe of its rich cultural heritage. The heart of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, served as the capital and was ruled by its king until recently. The people of Mustang have unwavering faith in their king, and while they adhere to the Nepali constitution and rules, their social norms and values continue to shape their way of life. 

Immerse Yourself in the Timeless Cultural Marvels 

Another fascinating aspect of Upper Mustang is its cultural wealth. The influence of Tibetan Buddhism is deeply ingrained in the lifestyle of the region. Ancient Buddhist scriptures narrate captivating tales about the origins of the culture in this remote mountainous area. The enduring nature of this culture, which has stood the test of time, is truly mesmerizing. Witnessing and experiencing such cultural wonders in today's world is nothing short of extraordinary. 


Consider planning your visit during the Tiji Festival, a vibrant celebration that showcases the region's rich cultural traditions. 

Indulge in the Majestic and Surreal Landscape 

The vast and rugged mountainous landscape of Upper Mustang is a sight to behold. The towering cliffs and caves that dot the landscape create a dramatic and surreal ambiance. Exploring this wilderness will transport you to a realm unlike any other. The region's jagged landscapes, with their intricate folds, will leave you in awe. Traveling through Upper Mustang is an experience that surpasses all expectations. It is simply beyond words.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival, Transfer to hotel

After you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will need to fulfil custom formalities. Our representative will be there at airport to receive you. He will greet you and transfer you to three star category hotel. Visit office for documentation work. Have a comfortable stay in hotel.

Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will begin Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour. You will be taken to UNESCO Heritage sites in Kathmandu. The tour begins from holy Pashupatinath Temple. Observe Hindu ritual of crematory in Aryaghat before heading towards Bouddhanath- Nepal’s largest stupa. Next stop will be at Swoyambhunath, the monkey temple. Found 2500years back, this is believed to be the oldest stupa. We will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square where there are many religious and historic sites like Taleju Temple, Swet Bhairav and Kumari Ghar- the home of Living Goddess. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast, follow Prithvi Highway all the way to Pokhara. This clean and green city is located 200km far from Kathmandu. Enjoy the views of Annapurna Mountain, Ganesh Mountain, Trishuli River, green hills and rustic villages. It takes 5hrs to reach Pokhara where we will stay overnight in hotel.

Day 4 Pokhara to Jomsom Flight, Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m)

Jomsom is a windy city. Heavy wind blows in afternoon. So, we will take early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. We can enjoy aerial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. It takes 20 minutes to reach Jomsom. When the porters are ready with baggage, we will start Upper Mustang trekking. Trail stretches along the bank of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni where we will stay overnight.

Day 5 Trek to Chele (3,050m)

Kagbeni is located in a picturesque place that nestles peacefully being surrounded by mountains. Our journey continues along the eastern shore of Kali Gandaki River. After brief climb, we will descend to alpine village of Tangbe. We will walk along narrow alleyway of Tangbe village to Chhusang village. Crossing the river, we will head north. Leaving Kali Gandaki valley, we will ascend to Chele where we will stay overnight.

Day 6 Trek to Geling (3,570m)

The trail escalates uphill from Chele. The terrain is slope and steep with no greenery. Moving through canyon, we will cross the Pass and lower down to chortens. The trail stretches further down to tiny village of Samar. Stay overnight at Geling. Enjoy the views of Annapurna Mountain and Nilgiri Mountain before taking climb to Geling. Stay overnight at Geling.

Day 7 Trek to Tsarang/ Charang (3,560m)

We will leave Geling and take steep climb to Nyi La Pass. Lowering down from the Pass, we will reach bridge that is located above Tangmar Chu River. The trail stretches uphill from Tangmar Chu and walk along mani walls to reach another pass. We will head further to Charang. Five–storey white Dzong and Red gompa are attractions in Charang. Stay overnight at Charang.

Day 8 Trek to Lo Manthang (3,809m)

Leaving Charang after breakfast, we will lower down to Charang Chu River. From Charang Chu River, we will climb uphill to the ridge located at 3850m. Enjoy the first view of Lomanthang city and descend to Lo Manthang. Stay overnight at Lo Manthang.

Day 9 Explore Lo Manthang

This is a rest day. We will explore Lo Manthang which is the capital of Mustang. Tingkhar, the last village of Mustang is the place of interest near Lomanthang. We can also visit Namgyal Gompa, Thugchen Gompa or Chyodi Gompa monasteries. Lo Manthang Palace is another site worth visiting. Stay overnight in Lo Manthang.
 

Day 10 Trek to Lo Dhakmar (3,825m) via Ghar Gumba

Lomanthang is our ultimate destination. We will return from Lomanthang. Following a different path, we will move south-west from Charang. The trail stretches through fields and takes us uphill to the top of ridge. Crossing Chogo La Pass, we will lower down to grass plain. We will cross the bridge over Charang River and reach Gyakar village from where we will pass through meadow to Lo Dhakmar. Stay overnight at Lo Dhakmar.

Day 11 Trek to Syangbochen (3,800m)

Walking along stone walls of Dramkar village, we will descend to river and climb uphill to the ridge. We will move further to upper part of Ghemi. The trail continues along Ghemi and pass through Jaite and Chhung Ka villages to Tama Gaon. From this village, we will climb uphill to Chorten. We will cross Syangbochen La Pass and descend to Syangbochen where we will stay overnight.

Day 12 Trek to Chusang (2980m)

This is quite a strenuous trek. We will reach Chusang from Syanbochen in about 7hours. From Syangbochen, we will cross small villages of Yamdo and Bena and reach Samar village from where we will follow the descending trail to Chele. Walking further along Kali Gandaki River, we will reach Chusang. Stay overnight at Chusang.
 

Day 13 Trek to Muktinath (3,760m)

The trail escalates uphill to ridge. We will head towards Muktinath temple which is the center of spiritual belief of both Hindus and Buddhists. We will visit Muktinath temple and 108 water sprouts. The Jwala Mai temple and ancient Vishnu temple are other attractions in Muktinath. Stay overnight at Muktinath. 

Day 14 Trek to Jomsom

We will lower down from Muktinath and walk along the bank of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni. The trail continues through Kagbeni to Ekle Bhatti. The trail continues along Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Stay overnight at Jomsom. 

Day 15 Jomsom to Pokhara Flight, Return to Kathmandu

We will catch return flight from Jomosm. We will reach Pokhara in 20minutes. From Pokhara, we will return to Kathmandu where you will be transferred back to hotel. 
 

Day 16 Free Day

This is a free day. We can organize day tour in Kathmandu. You can also go for shopping in hotel. Stay overnight in hotel. 

Day 17 Departure

You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Have a safe journey.

What Is Included ?

Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle. 
Accommodation in Kathmandu under B/B plan as per itinerary
Accommodation in Pokhara under B/B plan as per itinerary
Kathmandu Sightseeing by private vehicle with tour guide
All land transportation as per itinerary
Domestic Flight as per itinerary
Annapurna Conservation area project Permit fee

Upper Mustang restricted trek permit
Accommodation, Food and Salary of guide and porters
Domestic airport tax

What Is Excluded?

Trekking equipment
Personal Expenses
Beverage and Drinks
Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
Tips
Things not mentioned in Cost Include section

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