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Upper Mustang Trek

  • Price
  • USD 2500
  • Trip Grade
  • Moderate
  • Max Elevation
  • 3810m
  • Best Time
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Activities
  • Trekking
  • Total Duration
  • 17 Days
  • Group Size
  • 2-15 people

The Upper Mustang trek brings us into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire and is therefore closely tied to Tibet in culture, language and geography.The regions isolation from the outside world has contributed to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature. This barren landscape is dotted with settlements of white washed houses, barley fields and chortens festooned with prayer flags which add a splash of color to the landscape. The trail follows the ancient salt caravan route through which the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt for grain from the lowlands. Entering Lo Manthang through the town gate is like stepping into a different world. A world of narrow alley ways, hidden chortens, long walls of beautiful prayer wheels and herds of farming animals sauntering in from the fields in the afternoon to adjourn to their sheds inside the city.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing & getting prepared
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m), max 6 hours
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2713m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m), max 4 hrs trek
Day 05 : Kagbeni to Chele (3050m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 07 : Syanbochen to Ghami (3520m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3730m), max 4 hrs trek
Day 10 : Rest & Exploration day at Lo Manthang
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final departure to sweet home
Day 01 :  Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

We will be waiting you at Kathmandu international airport holding a signboard with your full name so that you could recognize us so easily. When you come out, we will take private car to get 3*** hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Shortly you will do check in and get refreshed. Our tour leader Dilip will explain you about the overall glimpse of our full 17 days tour then in evening we will have a fantastic welcome dinner together at one of the Nepalese famous kitchen which introduces you a very unique Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02:  Kathmandu sightseeing & getting prepared

This is the valley where flourished Buddhism and Hinduism together over the centuries. The ancient architectures of Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples are just spectacular. As this is the capital city of Nepal, people live together  from different walk of life and ethnic communities.  After a breakfast, we start our guiding tour to UNESCO world heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar square, Monkey temple and Bouddhanath stupa; the major Buddhist sites. Also if the time permits, we do Pashupatinath temple which is the biggest Hindu holy shrine in this Indian subcontinent.

Day 03 :   Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m), max 6 hours

After having breakfast early in the morning, we drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. On the way, we could see some of interesting country side local lifestyles and their traditional houses, Trishuli river coming flowing down to the plains from Himalayas and local vendors selling their products. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m),Manaslu(8,156m),Machhapuchhre(6,993m), the five peaks of Annapurna and others.

Day 04:   Fly to Jomsom (2713m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m), max 4 hrs trek

25 min thrilling fly over Annapurna Himmalayas will make us so exciting. The spectacular and picturesque peaks of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus above the sparse brown landscape can be seen while walking to Kagbeni. Kagbeni provides us with a taste of scenes to come in upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley.

Day 05 :  Kagbeni to Chele (3050m), max 6 hrs trek

We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village.

Day 06:   Chele to Syanbochen (3475m), max 7 hrs trek

Today our journey passes through Taklam-La Pass (3,624 m) and Dajori-La Pass (3,735). During the trip, we meet the excellent views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, Damodar Danda, and Ramchung Cave. Then we reach by Samar Village, we explore the beautiful village and continue our journey to Syanbochen.

Day 07 :  Syanbochen to Ghami (3520m), max 6 hrs trek

Today we will have new experiencees as we are passing  Yanda La and particular red chorten decorated with an octet of favorable Buddhist images. We are enough lucky to have seen two red gompas in the town of Ghelung. The darker slopes ascending past the village notice the Nyi La pass, took after decently fast by the Ghami La pass. We cross another wide valley and afterward touch base in Ghami, one more of the biggest villages in the Mustang.

 

Day 08:  Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m), max 6 hrs trek

The trail passes through perhaps the longest and the most spectacular stretch of mani wall in Nepal and arrives at Charang (3,490m). There is a huge five storey white dzong (Tibetan style fortress) and red gompa in Charang. The gompa houses statues and Thanka paintings and other paintings of seated Buddha.

Day 09:   Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3730m), max 4 hrs trek

Lo La 3960m is the highest point of Tsarang to Lo Manthang. We can see the first glimpse of Lo Manthang, an amazing walled capital of Lo from this windy pass. From the pass descent to reach Lo Manthang, it is dusty but short. When we enter the city and interact with ancient Tibetan culture and people we feel it’s one of the unique lifetime experiences.Walking trail to go to Lo Manthang from Tsarang is easier than other part and offers eye catching views of Himalayan range including two above 8000m peaks Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. 

Day 10 :  Rest & Exploration day at Lo Manthang

Today we hike up to Chosar cave, an impressive castle. Also we will tour some of  ancient monasteries. Those monasteries built around 1400 AD. house statues of the deity Sakyamuni surrounded by Avalokiteshwore and Padmasambhaba. There are dozens of beautiful small bronze, copper and brass statues inside Chodey gompa. Also we will visit king  palace, which is an imposing four-storey building in the center of the city.

Day 11:  Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810m), max 7 hrs trek

Today our trail climbs a ridge at 4070m and continues climbing to the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on the trek. The trail makes a short steep descent and crosses the Chharang River, then climbs to Lo Geker and reaches to Ghar gompa a small monastery. Climbing to the ridge, crossing a valley along some alpine meadows, and then dropping down a steep eroded path we will reach Drakmar.

Day 12:  Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m), max 6 hrs trek

Today our trail passes through a very dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village around the evening when the wind comes lesser.

Day 13:  Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m), max 6 hrs trek

We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. We will enjoy the terraced field and the spectacular mysterious geographical location.

Day 14:  Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m), max 7 hrs trek

Today is the last day of our trek and it is a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

Day 15:  Fly back to Pokhara

Today early in the morning we will be taking the most scenic mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. We will be flying through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. We will have really thrilling lifetime flying experience 25 min above incredible mountains.

Day 16:  Fly back to Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon or early in the morning. We will have a farewell dinner in the evening.We can spend the day taking the much needed rest or catch up on some last minute shopping.  Our flying to Kathmandu will give us a incredible views of sky touching Himalayas.

Day 17:  Final departure to sweet home

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Majestic Himalaya representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 1 hour before your scheduled flight.wish sweet journey  for your way back to home.

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OUR SERVICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:

  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

OUR SERVICES EXCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • The cost of international flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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