Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang trekking is unique in its nature. Upper Mustang is in rain shadow just like Tibet which makes it possible to trek even in the monsoon season. Upper Mustang trekking is comparatively recently opened for trekkers than trekking in other regions. When upper Mustang was opened for trekking, limited numbers of trekkers were allowed in the beginning. This resulted in good preservation of culture and nature of Upper Mustang.

The region was Buddhist kingdom ruled by Lo. It is located in the upper section of Kali Gandaki River. The region is mostly flat with some small hills. Its easy terrain and wide trekking trail makes upper Mustang trekking ideal for even old age people.The geological setting and the culture of upper Mustang is similar to Tibet. The countryside of Lo Manthang has vast expanses of yellow and gray rolling hills which make upper Mustang trekking attractive and enjoyable. In a way, upper mustang trekking offers trekkers the experience of trekking in Tibet.

Several ancient Buddhist monasteries with attractive paintings and colors scattered around Lo Manthang are one of the highlights of upper Mustang trekking. The history of this place goes back to 8th century. One of the great Buddhist masters, Padmasambhaba was believed to live in this area for meditation. The ancient Buddhist culture is still vibrant in this region and life has remained untouched by the modern civilization. The clusters of mud houses in Lo Manthang make this place distinct from other areas in Nepal

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Cultural Tour and Trek Preparation (including trekking permit).

Cultural tour of Swayambhunath, the Buddhist stupa, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley and Kathmandu Durbar Square clustered with old royal palaces and distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara Drive (823m.): 6 – 7 hrs.

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning enjoying the scenic beauty along the bank of Trisuli and Marshyangdi River, mountain sceneries and typical Nepalese villages.

Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom flight – Kagbeni (2810m. ): 4 – 5 hrs.

Fly to Jomsom in the morning with magnificent views of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. Commence trekking following the bed of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni, the confluence of Thak Khola and Mustang Khola.

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chhuksang (2920m.); 5 – 6 hrs

Restricted trekking area begins and the trail climbs over many ridges and Nilgiri (7.061m) looms at the foot of the valley and arrives at Chhuksang (2,920m), a Gurung village with the views of some spectacular red, eroded, ‘organ-pipe’ cliffs on the otherside.

Day 06: Chhuksang – Syangbochen ( 3475m. ); 6 – 7 hrs

Climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele (3030m) and starts Tibetan culture of Lo. Further climbing up to a cairn at 3080m offers a view of Ghyakar across s huge canyon and the descend to valley

Day 07: Syanhgbochen – Gemi ( 3520m. ): 5 – 6 hrs

Ascending to the ridge and then a pass, southern boundary of Lo Manthang. And then gentle descend through blue, grey and red cliffs.

Day 08: Gemi – Charang ( 3490m. ); 4 – 5 hrs

Pass through spectacular stretch of mani wall to Charang (3,490m) which houses five storey white dzong (Tibetan style fortress) and ared gompa with statues and Thanka paintings.

Day 09: Charang – Lo Manthang ( 3780m. ); 5 – 6 hrs

Gradual descend and then steep climbing to a ridge and further climbing through desert like landscape to ridge with view of Lo Mantang.

Day 10: Lo Manthang Exploration

Exploration of four main temples in Lo Manthang and a visit to the king.

Day 11: Lo Manthang – Drakmar ( 3810 m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.

Different route on the return via Logekhar with visit to a old Ghar Gompa.

Day 12: Drakmar – Geling ( 3806m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.

Passing through valleys and climbing to several ridges with great views of Himalayas above Lo Manthang.

Day 13: Geling – Chuksang ( 3050m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.

Gradual descend passing valleys, a stream and a cave and then to a ridge with magnificent views of Annapurnas and other Himalayas.

Day 14: Chuksang – Jomsom ( 2700m. ) ; 7 – 8 hrs.

Follow the Kali Gandaki River downstream to Jomsom.

Day 15: Jomsom – Pokhara Flight

Fly to Pokhara in the morning. Overnight Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu

By flight / land transportation to Kathmandu.

Day 17: Airport Transfer

Transfer to the airport for deaprture.

  • Domestic Air Fare
  • Domestic Air Fare for guide
  • Trekking Guide cost
  • Trekking assistance cost.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • TIMS card Fee
  • 3 time meal during the trek
  • 2 night Twin sharing accommodation at Pokhara medium tourist Hotel with BB plan.
  • 2 night Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu tourist Hotel with BB Plan
  • One hour Spa treatment at Kathmandu after the trek.
  • Land transport cost (Bus, Jeep)
  • Medical Kit Bag
  • Single supplementary
  • Your insurance
  • Alcoholic & Beverage item
  • Int’l air fare.
  • Goods cargo cost
  • Medical/Emergency rescue cost (If require)
  • Personal body guard (Optional)
  • Personal Medical assistance (Optional)
  • Personal expense
  • Departure Tax/Personal equipment
  • Tips for your assistance
  • Visa fee

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Trip Facts

  • Activities: Trekking
  • Days: 17-20 days
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Best-Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn


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