Upper Mustang Trek

The trek to Upper Mustang is a spectacular trekking trail with an amazing mixture of the remote life of mountain region, the nature and to explore the remote areas. Upper Mustang is more like a hidden paradise in the north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trek to the Upper Mustang started only in 1992.

The trek not only amazes the tourists with the amazing Himalayan landscapes, but also with the unique Tibetan culture, food and lifestyle. Starting the trek with a within valley tour, trekkers will be able to visit the various World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley. The Trans-Himalayan landscapes, ancient Tibetan monasteries and stupas, Chortens, prayer flags and the hospital Himalayan people make the trek wonderful.

The Upper Mustang is also called ‘Mini Tibet of Nepal.’ It may be because of the influence of the Tibetan culture in the area. The trek to Upper Mustang is very preferred trekking destination in Nepal and is also called as ‘Mountain Desert.’ The Lo Manthang is also a attraction of the Upper Mustang trekking region which offers with the amazing experience of the Hospitality and warmth of the local people.

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport and be taken to the hotel. You may relax or explore until the group meets at dinner.

Day 2 – Tour around Kathmandu
After breakfast, you venture out for the full day sightseeing (6-7 hours) in a fascinating medieval city, its streets, bazaars, temples, shrines and Buddhist stupas are crowded with peoples of every creed, color and race. Rickshaws, taxis and hooting motorists add to the din and create that special atmosphere that Kathmandu is so famous for. You visit the Swayambhunath Temple (also known as the Monkey Temple) and the Durbar Square in the heart of the city. This is where the Kumari is. Many of Kathmandu’s most historic and important temples are located here. Next you will drive to Patan, once a beautiful city in its own right which rivaled Kathmandu in terms of the splendor of its temples and squares. You cross a bridge over the Bagmati River that links Kathmandu with the city of Patan, its neighbor to the south. Patan has more excellent architecture and has long been a centre of Newari craftsmanship. There will also be time to purchase any last minute supplies for the mountains.

Day 3 –Kathmandu to Pokhara (about 6-7 hours drive or 25 minutes flight)

After breakfast, we will take a domestic flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. The flight takes around 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. Or, you can also choose to drive a tourist bus to which will is a 6 to 7 hours drive. The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is a scenic drive that offers the beautiful view of the Nepalese rural life and beautiful nature. You will see the beautiful views of the Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Annapurna and other peaks. The evening can be more beautiful by exploring the Phewa Lake in boat. The beautiful sunset in the Phewa Lake under the shadow of the Machhapuchhare is so peaceful and satisfying.

 

Overnight in Pokhara. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 – Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) 3-4 hours trek
We will catch an early morning flight to Jomsom. The 25 minutes flight to Jomsom will amazingly offer the tourists with the spectacular views of the mountains. The trek starts form Jomsom. The afternoon air is windy and the trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sands. However, the trail is flat thus makes it easy to walk along. The route to Kagbeni will provide the beautiful views of the peaks like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus. Walking along the brown landscape underneath the mountains, we will reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni will give you the first taste of the Upper mustang scene. The narrow tunnels, irrigation canals, green wheat and barley fields and the large Red Gompa will make the trekkers feel like they are somewhere unexpected. We will explore the village for the rest of the day.

 

Overnight in Kagbeni. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 –Kagbeni to Chele (3050 m) 5-6 hours trek
We will start out trek after our permit check. The trail continues along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. The sandy wind with the strong winds will challenge us until we reach the Tangbe village. The narrow alleyways, the white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields and the apple orchards are worth admirable in the village. The Nilgiri peak dominates the skyline. From the village, we further trek to Chhusang by crossing a river. The trek continues for about 5 hours and then leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steep to reach Chele.

 

Overnight in Chele. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 – Chele to Syanbochen (3475 m) 6-7 hours trek
The trek gets little tough today. Today, we will cross two passes, Taklam La Pass (3624 m) and Dajori La Pass (3735 m). Starting the trek through the plateaus and narrow stretches, we will climb to Taklam La Pass. You will see the views of the Tilicho Lake, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda on the way. The trail continues to climb along the steep, bare and dry terrain along the deep canyon. A gradual descent follows the trail leading to some chortens and then finally to Samar. The Annapurna range and the dominating Nilgiri stand on the south. Descending into the large gorge and entering another valley, we will cross a stream and climb a 3800 meters ridge and then reach Syanbochen. We will pass the famous Ramchung cave and explore the beautiful ancient village in the evening.

 

Overnight in Syanbochen. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 – Syanbochen to Ghemi (3520 m) 5-6 hours trek
We start our trek after breakfast. The trail climbs gently to reach Yadma La Pass at 3850 meters. On the way, we will pass through few teahouse, chortens and villages. A north turn leads us along the wonderful landscapes to reach Nyi La Pass valley at 4020 meters. From the pass, the trek descends steeply towards Ghemi. The Ghemi is surrounded by the large fields and contains white washed buildings. The view of the rural village is splendid with the rugged mountains in the east and west.

 

Overnight in Ghemi. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8– Ghemi to Charang (3575 m) 4-5 hours trek
The trek starts with descending through the blue, grey and red cliffs across the Tangmar Chu valley. We will cross a suspension bridge and ascend to pass the longest and most spectacular Mani walls in Nepal. The trail is really beautiful due to the Mani walls. After the wall ends, we will continue towards the east to reach the village of Charang (Tsarang). The Charang village lies on the top of the Charang Chu canyon and has a huge fortress and a red Gompa. The Gompa is an excellent collection of the statues, Thangkas and paintings of Gautam Buddha.

 

 

Overnight in Charang. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9– Charang to Lo Manthang (3700 m) 5-6 hours trek
The trek begins with descending down a canyon and crossing the river. Later the trek continues to Lo La Pass at 3950 meters. From the top of the pass, we can see the beauty of the Lo Manthang village. The views of the Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti peak and Damodar Kunda are beautiful. We will continue to descend to the Lo Manthang village. The descend will occur along the plain of Aspiration and then crosses a stream. A short climb on to the plateau and we will be on Lo-Manthang.

 

 

Overnight in Lo-Manthang. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 – a Day in Lo-Manthang
Lo-Manthang is a beautiful historical and cultural center. We will spend a day in Lo-Manthang to explore the surrounding. The Kimling and Phuwa attract the tourists. We will visit the Gompa of Namgyal which is a monastery of importance for the local community. The Gompa also acts as a local court. We will also go for a short hike to Tingkhar village. The Tingkhar village is a small village with around 40 houses and is the last major village in the northwest of Lo-Manthang. The Chosar village in the eastern part of the valley is also rich in Gompas. We will make a tour to the Tall Champa Lakhang “God House”, the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall. There is also a four-storied Raj Durbar (Royal Palace). The tour around the valley is a wonderful experience you will get during the trek.

 

 

Overnight in Lo-Manthang. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 – Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3810 m) 6-7 hours trek
We will walk along a different route today. Leaving the southern trail to Tsarang, we will turn southwest along the irrigated fields. The trail will pass through the Gyakar village with a century old Ghar Gompa and beautiful rock paintings. After Gyakar, we will climb steep to a pass at 4000 meters which will allow the last sight of the Lo Manthang. After crossing the Chogo La Pass (94325 m); the highest point on the trek, the trail moves along a river and then climb a ridge across the alpine meadows. Finally, moving down a trail shadowed with red rocks, we reach Drakmar.

 

Overnight in Drakmar. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 – Drakmar to Ghiling (3806 m) 5-6 hours trek
The trek today continues down towards the valley of Ghiling. Combating the dusty and windy trail, we will walk through the arid plateau and crop fields. Today’s walk may not be much pleasant because we will face the wind in Kali Gandaki wind valley. The trail is mostly and is more like a desert and offers the majestic views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We wil reach the Ghiling village at around the afternoons and explore the village in the evening.

 

Overnight in Ghiling. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13– Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050 m) 5-6 hours trek

Today’s walk is relatively easier. We will trek back to Chhuksang enjoying the beautiful scenery and exploring the Tibetan lifestyle and culture. The trail also offers the beautiful views of the Nilgiri, Tilicho and other Himalayan peaks. After 5-6 hours walking along the beautiful trail, we will reach Chhuksang.

 

Overnight in Chhuksang. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14– Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700 m) 6-7 hours trek
We will follow the southern border of Mustang region to Kagbeni. Descending gradually through the trade route, the stupas and the monasteries, we will reach the Kagbeni for lunch. After Kagbeni, we continue to walk along the Kali Gandaki River bank. Continuing down the stony path facing the Tukuche, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, we will reach Jomsom.

 

Overnight in Jomsom. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15– Jomsom to Pokhara 25 minutes flight
From Jomsom, we will take a flight to return back to Pokhara. The flight offers with the scenic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will also see the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki from above. After you reach Pokhara, you will be transferred to a hotel. Make you relax in the afternoon and explore around the Lake side in the evening.

Day 16– Pokhara to Kathmandu 25 minutes flight or drive
You can take a flight or enjoy the tourist bus or a private vehicle drive to Kathmandu. This will be your last day of the trip. To add on more fun in your trip, you can consider enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner and taking some beautiful snaps around the city.

Day 17– Final Departure
Our representatives will drop you to the International Airport for your convenience.

Inclusions

  • Government Trained License Holder English-speaking guide/leader
  • All domestic and International airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu/cities with twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All domestic airfares
  • All meals and accommodation on trek including tea and coffee
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • A free high-quality Dolma Treks duffel bag/relative trekking map and Tee-shirt
  • Trek staff and full porteragem
  • All camping gears in our camping treks
  • High altitude Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • National Park fees + Permits

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips
  • Laundry and personal expenses
  • Whatever is not mentioned in the included section

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