Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang trek provides a one in a million opportunity to enter the depths of the mystical Mustang valley. This trans-Himalayan mountainous area is influenced highly by the Tibetan tradition and the area extending between Kaligandaki to Kagbeni is referred to as Upper Mustang.
The thousand year old monasteries, local tribes and ethnic inhabitants, caves and different landscapes offering scenic beauty, will boggle the minds of the trekkers wishing to explore the area. The adventure starts from the world’s deepest gorge and gradually rises up to steep rocky trails to view the pristine peaks like the Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and other peaks. Isolated fully from the outer world, this region has been untouched by the waves of modernization and urbanization and continues to maintain its mystical beauty and cultures and traditions. The Nepal earthquake that hit the nation on April 2015, has not affected the trail in anyway and the trail is safe to embark upon.
Day 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,300m)
Day 02: DRIVE FROM KTM-POK (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours
Day 03: FLY TO JOMSOM(2700m/8898ft) AND TREK TO KAGBENI(2,810m/9,216ft) : 3-4 hours trek
Day 04: KAGBENI TO CHELE (3,050m/10,004ft) :5-6 hours
Day 05: CHELE TO SYANBOCHEN (3,475m/11,398ft) :6-7 hours
Day 06: SYANBOCHEN TO GHAMI (3520m/11,546ft) : 5-6 hours
Day 07: GHAMI TO TSARANG (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours
Day 08: TSARANG TO LO-MANTHANG (3,730m/12,234ft) : 3-4 hours
Day 09: ACCLIMATIZATION
Day 10: LO- MANTHANG TO DRAKMAR (3810m/12,500ft): 5-6 hours
Day 11: DRAKMAR TO GILING (3,806m/12,484 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: GILING TO CHUKSANG (3,050m/10,004 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 13: CHUKSANG TO JOMSOM (2,700m/8,856 ft): 5-6 hours
Day 14: FLY BACK TO POKHARA
Day 15: DRIVE FROM POK - KTM
Day 16: DEPARTURE
- All land transportation by Car, Van, Hiace or, tourist Bus.
- 2 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and 2 Night in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan (before & after expedition).
- Schedule flight Pokhara-jomsom-pokhara
- Full board in lodges during trekking .
- An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
- Equipments allowance, daily wages of porter and guide.
- Insurance of guide and porter.
- 10 Days Special Mustang Permit.
- National Park entrance fee (ACAP).
- Trekking permit (TIMS)
- If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets , duffle bag.
- First aid kit will be available.
- Fresh fruits, tea,coffee,hot water, etc. during the trek.
- welcome farewell dinner in kathmandu.
- 13% Government tax.
- Agency service charge.
- International airfare from/to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport at upon arrival).
- Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
- Hotel after 2 night stay in Kathmandu and pokhara.
- Personal trekking gear and equipment.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
- International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
- Tips and bonuses.
ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,300m)
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative of Nima Adventure who will drop you off at your hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest.
DRIVE FROM KTM-POK (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours
After having breakfast , we leave for Pokhara. We will be able to see the magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets.
FLY TO JOMSOM(2700m/8898ft) AND TREK TO KAGBENI(2,810m/9,216ft) : 3-4 hours trek
We take an early morning flight to Jomsom. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress.
KAGBENI TO CHELE (3,050m/10,004ft) :5-6 hours
We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. 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.
CHELE TO SYANBOCHEN (3,475m/11,398ft) :6-7 hours
Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche.
SYANBOCHEN TO GHAMI (3520m/11,546ft) : 5-6 hours
We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village.
GHAMI TO TSARANG (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours
Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east.
TSARANG TO LO-MANTHANG (3,730m/12,234ft) : 3-4 hours
We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good.
Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Mangthang.
LO- MANTHANG TO DRAKMAR (3810m/12,500ft): 5-6 hours
We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar.
DRAKMAR TO GILING (3,806m/12,484 ft): 5-6 hours
We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a 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.
GILING TO CHUKSANG (3,050m/10,004 ft): 5-6 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast. 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.
CHUKSANG TO JOMSOM (2,700m/8,856 ft): 5-6 hours
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.
FLY BACK TO POKHARA
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure.
DRIVE FROM POK - KTM
After breakfast, we start drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
This is the last day of our tour. If you have free time then you can spend it by buying the souvenir. And you will be taken to TIA by the representative of Nima Adventure 3 hours before your international flight.