Upper Mustang Trek – 16 days

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Upper Mustang Trek
Trip Duration: 16 days
Max. Altitude: 3,810m/12,500ft
Meal: Breakfast at hotel, self lunch and dinner
Accommodation: 3 stars hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Teahouses during trek

Trip Overview:

Mustang formerly Kingdom of Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. The Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetan languages. Tibetan culture has been preserved by the relative isolation of the region from the outside world. Upper Mustang Trek is more fascinating to observe the multiple colored flowers, lands with bushes and the snow covered peaks in the background of the wonderful landscape. Along the Upper Mustang Trek, we can see the glorious panorama of the mountain ranges including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Manaslu range (8,163m). 

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Discover Culture and Tradition of People living in Kathmandu 
  • Religious Pilgrimage to Buddhist and Hindu Pilgrims
  • Discover Urban life style of people living in Kathmandu 
  • Trekking from Kagbeni to Lo Manthang
  • Explore the culture and life style of remote place of Upper Mustang

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about our next day’s travel plan by our company representative. O/N you stay at the hotel. 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing 
Upper Mustang Trek also includes a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical, cultural and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) and Boudhanath Shrine.  You will be amazed to see the culture, tradition and lifestyle of people living in Kathmandu valley. After a full day seeing tour, you will be dropped back to the hotel where you rest for the night.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara 5-6 hrs drive
Today after breakfast you will drive to the Pokhara by Tourist bus which will take about 5-6 hours and rest at the hotel of Pokhara for next day activities.

Day 04: Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m) 15 min flight and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) for 3-4 hrs
Today is the fourth day of Upper Mustang Trek and early in the morning you will take flight of Jomsom from Pokhara. It will take about 15 minutes, have breakfast at Jomsom and will start trek to Kagbeni (2800m) from Jomsom (2720m) for about 3-4 hrs. 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. Overnight at Kagbeni.

Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Tsaile (3050m) for 5-6 hrs
Enjoying the Upper Mustang Trek, today we will start our trek to Tsaile (3050m) from Kagbeni for about 5-6 hrs. The route continues passing the river bank of Kaligandaki along with beautiful landscapes and the Buddhist influence like Chhortens, Maniwalls. Then we walk up a steep ascent untill we reach the village of Tsaile. Overnight at Tsaile.

Day 06: Trek Tsaile to Ghiling (3570m) for 6-7 hrs
After your breakfast we will trek to Ghiling (3570) for about 6-7 hours. We keep ascending the gentle slope and later we climb steep cliff way and arrive at a small pass. We keep gently descending to Samar village. Then we continue our trek passing narrow way between two big huge rocks.  Again we climb up until we reach a small pass. After a gentle descend we reach the village of Ghiling. Overnight at Ghiling.

Day 07: Trek Ghiling to Drakmar (3820m) for 5-6 hrs
On the seventh day of Upper Mustang Trek, we will trek to Drakmar (3820m) from Ghiling after your breakfast which will take about 5-6 hrs.We walk through the big village and climb up the gentle slope with shrubberies and will join in mail trail then descend the gentle slope and go around the valley ahead towards the left.  We climb onto the terrace and pass along the longest Mani Wall in Mustang. Then, we keep walking along the upstream through the terraced fields until reaching Drakmar. Overnight at Drakmar.

Day 08: Trek Drakmar to Lo-Manthang (3810m) for 7-8 hrs
Continuing the Upper Mustang Trek, we leave the village and ascend a steep eroded gully overshadowed and the route cross some alpine meadows. Now will come to a plateau and then, across a valley to a cairn. We climb to a ridge and keep descending until Ghar Gompa. It is also known as Lo Gyaker which means ‘Pure virtue of Lo’. Ghar Gompa means ‘house temple’ and is affiliated with the Nyingma Lineage. This is one of the oldest Gompa in Mustang. Then, we keep descending a large cairn and come to a small ridge from where first view of Lo-Manthang City. Again we continue crisscrossed with herder’s trail until reaching Lo-Manthang, a medieval ancient Wall City of Mustang. Overnight at Lo-Manthang.

Day 09: Explore 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.

Day 10: Trek Lo-Manthang-Tsarang (3560m) for 3-4 hrs
Today after breakfast we trek back to Tsarang (3560m) from Lo-Manthang which will take about 3-4 hrs experiencing the Upper Mustang Trek. We slowly climb steep sandy slope until Lo-La Pass from where we see the last view of ancient wall city of Lo-Manthang. We keep walking across the wide plain ahead with viewing the numerous caves on the terrace’s rock face. We continue the trail passing the big isolated chhorten that marks the boundary between Lo-Manthang and Tsarang. At the evening we visit 800 years old red Tsarang Monastry. Overnight at Tsarang.

Day 11: Trek Tsarnag to Syangmochen (3880m) for 6-7 hrs
You will trek to Syangmochen (3880m) from Tsarang for about 6-7 hrs after your breakfast. The trail goes a long gentle ascent until reaching to a ridge and after traverse the route down a rocky gully until reaching in Ghami passing again spectacular Mani Wall in Nepal. Then the trail climbs to a huge painted chhorten before rejoining the Ghiling trail near the ridge. We cross the small pass and descend to a Syangmochen. Overnight at Syangmochen. 

Day 12: Trek Syangmochen to Chhusang (2980m) for 6-7 hrs
Today you will trek to Chhusang(2980m) from Syangmochan for about 6-7 hrs. The trail passes the big canyons and reach Tsaile. After that, we steep descend to the Kaligandaki River and cross by an iron bridge, then continue the trail along the Kaligandaki River until reaching Chhusang. Overnight at Chhusang.

Day 13: Trek Chhusang to Jomsom (2720m) for 6-7 hrs
This will be the final trek of your Upper Mustang Trek which include trek from Chhusang to Jomsom (2720m) which will take about 6-7 hrs. Overnight at Jomsom.

Day 14: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara 15 min flight
Today you will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Then you will be dropped at the hotel in Pokhara, you can have rest the whole day or hang around the city of Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 15: Drive or fly Pokhara-Kathmandu 6-7 hrs drive 25 min flight
After your breakfast you will drive back to Kathmandu which will take about 6-7 hrs. Then you will be transferred to the hotel at Kathmandu. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by our team in the evening. Overnight, you stay at the hotel. 

Day 16: Departure
Your Upper Mustang Trek terminates today. You will be escorted to airport by one of our representative and there we exchange our last good-byes. You will be traveling towards your further destination with all the memories you had during your tour. We hope you had a lovely time with us. We would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Cost Details:

The tour cost depends upon the category of hotels used and as per the group-size. Normally we use government approved 3 star and above hotels. Please contact us for the trip pricing. 

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factor, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

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