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Upper Mustang

INR01
Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Restricted Area
Trip Basis
B/L/D
Trip Grade
Moderate
Total Trip
15-20

Upper Mustang Cultural trek is one of those treks that transports you on a surreal passage of time where you will be fascinated by the unusual landscapes of the wind swept Kali-Gandaki valley, enormous spaces around Kagbeni and ridges.

This trek allows you to explore Nepal’s Mustang region which is nestled between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. Entry into this region was only permitted after 1992. The Upper Mustang trek gives you the opportunity to explore the old kingdom of Lo. This small kingdom of Mustang is a charming land of 16th century monasteries of vivid colors, ruins of old forts, caves and a square-walled town.

The route of the Upper Mustang trek takes you through barren ridges, deep canyons, bare cliffs and moraines, the ancient kingdom of Mustang and snow capped mountains.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.)  and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang

Day 06: Trek from Chuksang to Samar

Day 07: Trek from Samar to Geling

Day 08: Trek from Geling to Ghami

Day 09: Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang

Day 10: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang]

Day 11: Rest at Lo-Manthang

Day 13: Trek from Ghami to Samar

Day 14: Trek from Samar to Kagbeni

Day 15: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom

Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara & fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

Day 17: Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu  

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Adventure advisor representative will pick you from the Airport and then take you to the hotel. Depending on arrival time after taking some rest, In the Afternoon we take a first stroll through the old town of Kathmandu. Your tour guide will invite you to one welcome dinner in the hotel or in a nearby restaurant - a good opportunity to get to know and discuss the activities of the following days.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meal Plan: (-/-/D)

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation 

After breakfast we will start sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Our Guide will take you the Historic and poplar attractions in Katmandu valley. Our first destination for the day will be one of the historic old town of Kathmandu “Kathmandu Durbar square”. Kathmandu Durbar square offers you the largest and oldest temple in the city, the Taleju Pagoda. Around the Royal Palace Hanuman Dhoka are to see numerous Hindu temples; The warm rust red of the bricks and the rich work harmoniously decorated with carving beams of wooden carvings. In the afternoon we walk up to Swayambunath also known as “Monkey Temple”. The local stupa is considered the largest Sanctuary of the New Aryan Buddhists and rises on a promising hill above the Kathmandu Valley. You can have a nice view of Kathmandu valley for the top. At noon we will have a brief session by our trekking guide.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meal Plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Sightseeing in Pokhara 

We will fly to Pokhara early in morning. Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of mountains. You can observe the glistening white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After lunch we will visit world Peace stupa. Later we will stroll around fewa lake and settle for the day.

Overnight in Pokhara

Flight time: 30 Min/ Meal Plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.)  and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni

You take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom. After some initial preparation of loads and logistics, you begin your trek to the beautiful village of Kagbeni. Just out of Jomsom you cross a suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. It is also very picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Kagbeni provides you with a taste of scenes to come in upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley and a large red gompa.

Overnight in Kagbeni

Flight time: 25 Min/ Trekking: 3-4 hours/ Elevation: 2810 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang

You trek right up the river valley, but you use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand but the path is kept interesting by the passing of mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and Tibet. On the west bank of the river are some caves and Gompa Kang. Unlike most monasteries in Upper Mustang which are of the Sakyapa sect, Gompa Kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. You stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where you come across the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chusang village is only about a 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. There are three separate parts to this village and some ruined castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river from Chusang are some spectacular red organe pipe eroded cliffs above the mouths of some inaccessible caves.

Overnight in Chuksang

Trekking: 4-5 hours/ Elevation: 2900 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 06: Trek from Chuksang to Samar

There is a distinct change here, not only in the topography, but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, and the settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang do practice agriculture, but because of the lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is in sheltered plots of land, scattering the brown landscape with patches of green. Continuing north, you reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. A steel bridge spans the river just in front of the tunnel and north of here the Kali Gandaki becomes impassable on foot. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. Watch out here for the ferocious Tibetan mastiffs which are chained to many of the houses. From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass you descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. This is a major stopping place for horse and mule caravans.

Overnight in Samar

Trekking: 3-4 hours/ Elevation: 3150` m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 07: Trek from Samar to Geling

You climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. You then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, you descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of chortens and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley. As in all the settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses are constructed using mud and stones, with roofs made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles.

Overnight in Geliing

Trekking: 4-5 hours/ Elevation: 3510 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 08: Trek from Geling to Ghami

From Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. You then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further, we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs.

Overnight in Ghami

Trekking: 4-5 hours/ Elevation: 3490 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 09: Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang

Today's walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of your energy will be spent negotiating loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, are a source of inspiration. Finally, you come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.

Overnight in Tsarang

Trekking: 4-5 hours/ Elevation: 3620 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 10: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang]

This takes about three hours. You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually you get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner.

Overnight in Lo-Manthang

Trekking: 3-4 hours/ Elevation: 3730 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 11: Rest at Lo-Manthang

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.

Overnight in Lo Manthang

Elevation: 3730 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 12: Trek from Lo-Manthng to Ghami

Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.) takes about six hours. You continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, you walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.

Overnight in Ghami

Trekking: 5-6 hours/ Elevation: 3490 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 13: Trek from Ghami to Samar

Leaving Ghami you begin to follow a narrow winding path until you reach Geling crossing a small stream. On the way you can enjoy good views of the Nilgiri Mountains, deserted landscapes, Tibetan style villages, farming terraces and natural vegetation. From Geling the path turns broader until Samar, passing deserted landscapes, natural vegetation, plateau, Tibetan style houses, chortens, mani walls, prayer flags and observing the distinct culture of the local inhabitants. Samar is a small village with terraces, Tibetan style houses, mani walls, monastery, and prayer flags. Here you find people following a Tibetan life style and tradition.

Stay overnight in Samar

Trekking: 5-6 hours/ Elevation: 3150 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)


Day 14: Trek from Samar to Kagbeni

Following a descending path you reach Chuksang, crossing a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki. Now you walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki with views of natural vegetation, apple orchards and where there is also a chance to find fossils.

Stay overnight in Kagbeni

Trekking: 6-7 hours/ Elevation: 2810 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 15: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom

Your trail passes on the bank of the Kali Gandaki passing through Eklebhatti. The trail is windy in the early afternoon. The river flows through a broader course. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang and it is split into two towns. Between these two towns passes the Kali Gandaki River. There is access to the internet and banking facilities found here. From Jomsom, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak.

Stay overnight in Jomsom

Trekking: 3-4 hours/ Elevation: 2700 m/ Meal Plan: (B/L/D)

 

Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara & fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

The flights are available during the morning time. A strong breeze blows during the afternoon and frequent changes in weather patterns prevent the flight from landing and take off in the afternoon. During flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which gives you the chance to enjoy splendid views of different mountain peaks. After arriving in Pokhara transfer to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Flight time: 25 Min ( From Jomsom to Pokhara)/ Flight time: 30 Min ( From Pokhara to Kathmandu) / Meal Plan: (B/-/D)

 

Day 17: Departure

After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to Airport. 

 

*(B/L/D) =Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

 

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private A/C car or Van
  • Meals as mentioned in Itinerary (B/L/D)
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu/ Pokhara on Private vechicle.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang
  • All land transportation as per Itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Pokhara -Jomsom)/ (Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader/ Tour leader in Kathmandu.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All government and local taxes Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • Welcome dinner in hotel or in chosen restruant.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

 

The price does not include:

  •  Personal nature expenses
  •  Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  •  Travel insurance
  •  International flights
  •  Tips and gratuties
  •  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)



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