• Lo Manthang
  • Stunning landscape of Mustang Area
  • Traditional village of Mustang
  • Buddhist stupa near Lo-Mangthang

Upper Mustang Trekking

Trip at a Glance

  • Trip Name: Upper Mustang Trekking
  • Trip Code: TMUM-01
  • Trip Duration: 17 days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Activities: Hiking/Trekking Tour
  • Accommodation: Teahouse/ tent during trekking, Hotel in cities
  • Meals: All meals during trekking & breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transportation: Private car, tourist bus & domestic flight
  • Best Season: Spring, Summer & Autumn
  • Country: Nepal
  • Max Altitude: 3,810m
  • Group size: Min - 2

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang is the Trans-Himalayan mountain area having the great influence of Tibetan culture and lifestyle. This 17 days Upper Mustang Trekking route covers the most natural, spiritual and auspicious values of west Himalayan region of Nepal. The trail route covers some tributaries like Kaligandaki coming from Tibet, Kagbeni and many more. Explore the amazing landscape and built structures like monasteries, local stone houses etc. Kagbeni (2,858), Syanbochen (3,475m), Lo-Mangthang (3,810m) are the living images which reflects the society of the thousands years back to present. Most of the places of the trail route offer us to enjoy the magnificent all-around views of Himalayas. Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and some more other are the giant snow masses just in front of us.

The one who love to face adventure in addition of cultural and natural diversity of a divine land can happily join this trip. This 17 days exotic journey is the complete package for your spiritual and physical need fulfillment.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel, welcome dinner
Once you arrive in Kathmandu airport, our airport representative will meet you with warm reception. Then you will transfer to the selected hotel by private vehicle & will have free time ahead. In the evening, you enjoy welcome dinner with Nepali cuisine and various cultural Dance presentations. Meal inlcuded: Dinner.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
Our morning breakfast is followed by sightseeing of some of the world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. These historic places are renowned for great spiritual and auspicious values. The monuments we cover today are the ancient Durbar Square, Buddhist sacred sites: Swayambhunath & Boudhanath and Hindu divine place Pashupatinath. Afternoon will have pre-trip discussion and shopping of necessary trekking gears. Overnight at hotel. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m): 6 hrs drive
Today we transfer to Pokhara by tourist coach. In the morning at around 7am, we leave Kathmandu for Pokhara. Pokhara is a touristic city of Nepal situated at 200km west of Kathmandu. All the way to Pokhara, it is full of diverse landscape, natural property and discrete human settlement. River system, greeneries, agricultural farms, villages and the compatible combination of all these factors is really awesome. On arrival in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel. After the time explore around the city under the pleasing shadow of Mount Fishtail, Annapurna and Manaslu range. Overnight in Pokhara. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m): 3-4 hrs
In the morning, first we take our breakfast, transfer to the hotel and then fly to Jomsom. Jomsom is the district’s headquarter of Mustang district. This 20 minutes flight over the mountains offers us to view Himalayan landmasses including 8000m tall mountains too. Jomsom is a large town and is the old age strategic trade center to Tibet.
From Jomsom, our actual trek starts. We continue from the river bed of Kali Gandaki. On crossing Ekley-bhatti village, an easy trail route tracks us to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the amusing windswept village which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kak Khola is the major tributory of the place coming from Muktinath and later it becomes Kaligandaki by mixing with Mustang Khola. Overnight at Kagbeni.
Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m): 5-6 hrs
Today also we trek along the river side of Kaligandaki. The gradual up and down sandy and windy trail offers to snatch charming natural sceneries. The first settlement that we see today is Tangbe village. Barley, wheat, apple and buckwheat are the main agricultural product of the village. On forward we trek to Chhusang, cross a river and then head towards Chele through a small ridge. Overnight at Chele.
Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m): 6-7 hrs
We trek to Eklo Bhatti through the gradual up & down trail and further we go along plateaus to climb Taklam La pass (3,624m). Tilicho Peak, Damodar danda ,Yakawa kang etc. seems near from Taklam. Descend down to Samar village, climb up, again down and the similar trail route stretches up the Syanbochen. Juniper trees and the running streams welcome us in their own natural way. Juniper is the famous plant for incenses in the local area and has essential value for every auspicious work. Overnight at Syanboche. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3,520m): 5-6 hrs
Our today’s journey start with uphill to Yamda La (3,850m) on passing some Tibetan style villages with little teahouses. We cross some mountain passes inchuding Nyi pass (4,010m). Somewhere in and around the village, we can find fields of barley and some other trees also. We descend down and reach to Ghaymi village to stop today. Ghaymi is the third largest village in the Lo-region.
Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Ghaymi to Charang (3,500m): 4-5 hrs
After having breakfast, our trek starts by crossing Ghaymi Khola. The Khola is followed by uphill to a plateau. Just a bit ahead, there is a very long Mani wall. Mani wall is the sacred stone of Buddhist which is written the auspicious slogans of Buddhism. On passing the walls, we can meet Charang village in the East. The village has maze fields, willow trees; stone built houses and some Gompas (monastery) also. Overnight in Charang. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,700m): 5-6 hrs
Today we make the trek from Charang to Lo-Mangthang. For the first part of journey we descend down to Charang Chu Canyon, cross the river and then steep up to Lo pass (3,850m). From this windy pass, we get down to reach Lo-Mangthang. Lo-Mangthang is a walled city made by ancient style. The place offers the magnificent view of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. Overnight at Lo-Mangthang.
Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang
Today we explore around the Lo-Mangthang and is a acclimatization day also. We visit to Namgyal Gompa situated at the top of the hill. It is a famous monastery of the local area and also the local court. Next we go the northwest village of Lo-Mangthang called Tingkhar. In alternative, we may go Champa Lakhang “God house”, Thugchen Gompa, Chyaodi Gompa and the four storey local king’s palace. Local people’s lifestyle and their typical traditions make us to enter into the new world of human seniority. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11: Trek from Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3,810 m): 6-7 hrs
From the Lo-Mangthang, our return journey start but via different route. The trek forwards to Drakmar on passing Gyakar village. Gyakar houses a more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa, which is famous for its rock painting and as a wish fulfilling divine place. We are recommended to walk in morning due to dusty wind in the afternoon. Overnight at Drakmar. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m): 5-6 hrs
Our morning breakfast is followed by trek to Ghiling. On the gradual up down rough trail we trek for about 5-6 hours to reach to Ghiling. On reaching we explore around the village admiring local way of life. Night stay in Ghiling. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3,050m): 5-6 hrs
From the Ghiling we reach to Chhuksang to stop today. We trek for about 5-6 hours on the wonderful land of amazing hills and Himalayan views. Overnight at local teahouse of Chhuksang.
Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m): 6-7 hrs
This is our last day Trek which ends by Jomsom. Better start early morning and reach to Kagbeni (2,810m) to have lunch. Further we trek to Jomsom enjoying the vast creations of nature which vibrates the every wave of our sense. Overnight at Jomsom. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
Today in the morning we fly back to Pokhara. This 30 minutes breathtaking flight flies between the gorge of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. From Pokhara airport transfer to the hotel and can have leisure time ahead. Better explore around lakes and city. Meal inlcuded:: Breakfast.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
By the day we drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the natural scenarios on the way we cover this 200km travel in 6-7 hours. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the rest of time do last minute shopping in Nepal or anything other as per you. Overnight at hotel. Meal inlcuded: Breakfast.

Day 17: Departure transfer
Our mutual journey ends today. We hope you enjoy the trek a lot. At about three hours prior of your flight time, we give you a departure transfer to the airport. Trekking Mart wishes your best time ahead and hopes you come back again to make your great adventure trip somewhere in Nepal. Meal: Breakfast.

Note: Now a day there is road to Jomsom and further so if you do not want fly between Pokhara-Jomsom you can drive by jeep/bus. But you need atleast a day extra. And if you do not have time you can fly from between Kathmandu and Pokhara make 2 days shorter this trek. 

  • Airport pick up and drop service
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara Kathmandu transfer by car/bus/flight 
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour by car
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flights
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and pokhara with breakfast 
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Lodge to Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Upper Mustang Special permit
  • Annapurna conservation area permit
  • An experienced english speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers=1 porter)
  • Staff food, accommodation, salary & insurance
  • All governmental procedure
  • Applicable Taxes
  • Rescue arrangement in case of emergency
  • Welcome dinner
  • Bar, laundry, telephone bills and other expences of personal interest
  • Travel insurance, rescue evacuation in case of emergency
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except welcome dinner
  • Tips for guide and porter

Equipment's Check List

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Useful Info

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