The Upper Mustang Trek is not a high altitude (3,000m to 3,800m) trek, which is somehow intensified by the dry air. While it is no problem for those born at this altitude to travel at speed, visitors will be more leisurely in their hike to avoid any altitude related problems. On average walking takes place from 5 to 7 hours a day and some paths are particularly windy and dusty. But this trek into the restricted area of Upper Mustang, which in part follows the ancient salt route, is something that will remain in ones memory forever.
The historical remote Upper Mustang Trek unseal the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang is a mystic land in the rain shadow area of Nepal. Upper Mustang, with topography and culture resembling Tibet has many unique features and attractions. Mustang is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. Upper Mustang is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal.
The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region. The major attraction of Upper Mustang is the walled city of Lo-Manthang. Upper Mustang was a separate kingdom within Nepal until the time of Monarchy till 2006 and even after the downfall of Monarchy this small Tibetan settlement has the same respect for their King Jigme Paramal Bista. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge sided valley of the Kali Gandaki. In places the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is the deepest in the world. This region is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses .
- Traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture
- Walled town of Lo Manthang
- Ancient Buddhist cave art
- Monasteries and Buddhist architecture
- Nomadic culture & Colourful gorges
- Spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri
After arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Adventure Connexion representative welcome/hello, is probably the first thing you’ll hear when arriving in the capital of Nepal with its chaotic traffic and busyness of people everywhere. We’ll be staying in Thamel in a beautiful boutique hotel, which feels like a quiet oasis in the middle of all chaos. Thamel is the area where most tourists stay and where sightseeing and shops are in the neighbourhood.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour to the UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of Nepal.
Shuttle from your hotel in Kathmandu and take a flight to Pokhara. Your guide will accompany you from this day. You have choice to relax in Pokhara or have a sightseeing or walk around beautiful Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.
Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. 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. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.
The Tiji Festival Trek today starts with a special permit check onwards to the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki river. You will then climb over several ridges to the north through the scenic wasteland landscape. Following up and down hills to Tangbe village. The village leads through the complex trails amongst the whitewashed settlement. There are artistically made buckwheat, barley, and wheat fields as well as the apple orchards. After trekking for almost 30 minutes you will reach Chhusang village.
The trek goes along a steep barren land, alongside the copper red canyon. The copper red landscape makes Mustang unique. You will hike downhill till you reach the beautiful village Samar. You can stop for lunch here. On your way out of the village, you will pass by the 4 colored Chortens. The Mustang trek continues with uphills and downhills. You will pass the beautiful and sparsely populated villages, through another pass of Yamada La (4010m).
After a final descent, you will reach Syangbochen. Here, almost all the tea houses look similar with whitewashed walls, flat roofs and wood stacked neatly around the perimeter of the roof. You can also see the doors adorned with colorful curtains and religious symbols.
Today’s trek can push you a little. You will trek through wavy terrains across two different passes. You start your trek with an ascend over the Syangboche Pass at 3850m. From here, you can view the spectacular landscape of Upper Mustang. You will trek downhill to Gelling. You will pass through different chortens on the way.
From here, you slowly ascent to Jaite and onwards to Nyi La Pass at 4020m. Here you can feel the strong, gusty winds of Mustang along with the fluttering of prayer flags. After this you descent to a trail junction. After a final descent, you reach Ghemi. This is a little village with a small Chorten at its entrance. This is your destination for the day.
The trail descends below the blue, grey, and red cliffs across the valley to a large steel bridge across the river Tangmar Chu. Then you will climb to a plateau and pass the longest and most spectacular Mani walls in Nepal. Towards the end of the wall, the trail heads east to the village of Charang. With a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Charang Chu Canyon.
At the end of the village, there are huge Dzong ( Fortress) and red Gompas. These consists of an excellent collection of statues and Thangkas ( rolling painting).
We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
Lo- Manthang is an outstanding historical and cultural center. Namgyal gompa serves as an important monastery of the local community and also a local court. You will then hike to Tingkhar, a village consisting of around 40 houses which is also the last main village to the northwest of Lo- Manthang. In the eastern valley rests the village of Chosar. This village is also rich in Gompas and is the valley that leads the main trading route to Lhasa.
Here you can visit the tall Champa Lhakhang ‘God house’ and the red Thungchen Gomba. Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall are also some of the major attraction of this small town. To enhance the architectural beauty of the place, there is a magnificent four-storied building of the Royal Palace. Here the Mustang king offer you Tibetan tea as his hospitality.
After breakfast, start the trek leaving the village and keeping up gently ascending until the trail reaches Day-La after an hour. This location is the last point from where Lo-Manthang can be spotted. The village of Dhi is reached after 3 hours of hike then descend for about an hour down to have a lunch break. After lunch, you will pass a small river and make a short steep climb to Yara village which take about 1 & half hour. Spot the innumerable caves at the stonewalls.
After our breakfast we start to do our hiking up to Luri Gumpa (4060 m) from Yara (3 550 m) , the east of Yara is looking like an eagles host in the peaks of some rough rocks. The cave chorten is overlooking the riverbed of the Puyung Khola. The sanctuary of Luri, the cave of the white chorten on the Naga hill has an open courtyard from which one will enter an empty entrance room where we explore ancient paintings of Padmasabhava and Buddha Sakyamuni. Most interesting are the unique murals of the dome, showing the eight Mahasiddhas. Its believed, that the chorten of Luri, same as that one of Tashi Kabum, dates back to the 13th or 14th century, a period which is older than the reign of Amepal. As well as the Mentsi Lhakang of Chhusang and the different cave sanctuaries northeast of Lo Manthang. Also we visit Luri nunnery which is the bottom of Luri Gompa, there is its female counterpart (mother goddess!).
After breakfast, get up and ready for trek, first few hours through River bank then after crossing River, the trail climbs up till the pass of 3850m then trail lead through grassless, bare hills, Tangge is small village but most of the house are attached each other, on the roof tops can see piles of fry woods, which also reflect the prosperity in their society.
Today will along descend to Chuksang which takes approx. 8 hrs walk. We start off early leaving the village and crossing a suspension bridge, following a short river route. We then cross the river and steeply climb up passing small passes along the way we reach the hill top. Further, descend down until reaching the village of Chhuksang.
Today we descend down to Muktinath which takes approx. 6 hrs walk. We descend down through the Tetang village. After a steep climb, we come to a view point from where we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Tukuche Himalayan range. Then we descend down crossing a small stream by a suspension bridge to the village of Chhyongar. We then follow the level trail until reaching Muktinath.
Today we leave Muktinath and descend down to Jharkot village where we visit the ancient Sakyamuni Buddhist Monastery and Traditional Medical Center and then to Ekalbhatte and to Jomsom.
Morning walk to Jomsom airport for short scenic flight to reach at picturesque Pokhara valley, during air amazing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks, as the plane land at scenic Pokhara.
A popular and main touristic destinations of Nepal, overlooking massive Annapurna Mountains with serene Phewa Lake where our hotels located, afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.
After breakfast, we will drive to the Pokhara Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. After checking in Hotel. You will have free time in the afternoon, and in the evening; Adventure Connexion will treat you to a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant whilst enjoying a cultural dance.
You may have time to take care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing, as time permits. We hope that you have enjoyed your journey!. Adventure Connexion representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours ahead of your flight time. We bid you farewell and hope to see you in Nepal again soon!
- Airport pick ups and drops in private vehicle
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
- Best available twin sharing local lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- Guided Kathmandu City Tour in private vehicle including tour guide
- Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by private vehicle
- Pokhara -Jomsom – Pokhara flight
- Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person).
- Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Seasonal fruits during the trek
- Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide) and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
- Duffle bag, Down jacket and sleeping bag for use during the trek
- Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
- Personal Equipment.
- All sightseeing fees in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Personal travel and medical insurance.
- Any kind of personal expense.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
- Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected).
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My father and I did the Upper Mustang Trek at the beginning of June over 14 days with Adventure Connexion. The guys were absolutely fantastic from the very beginning, Kulendra was incredibly responsive on email, he provided all the information needed and answered all my queries, overall level of customer service was just amazing.