Upper Mustang Trek

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Trip overview
Trip Starts
Kathmandu
Trip Ends
Kathmandu
Group Size
1-16 Persons
Max Altitude
3840m
Fitness level
NA
Destination
Upper Mustang

The Upper Mustang Trek comprise the northern two-thirds of Mustang District of Dhawalagiri Zone, Nepal. The southern third of the district is called Thak and is the homeland of the Thakali, who speak the Thakali language, and whose culture combines Tibetan and Nepalese elements. Life in Mustang revolves around tourism, animal husbandry, and trade.

Mustang is one of those few places on the planet that has survived a very close-niche life and that region was, until recently, was a forbidden land for outsides till 1992. This loneliness and isolation contributed the people of Mustang to conserve their lifestyle and cultural heritage that remained almost unaffected for centuries.

Hidden behind the high Himalaya ranges, Mustang is filled with handsome trekking zones. The high desert rain shadow of Himalayas receives very little rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau. The Lo Manthang, capital of Upper Mustang, lies in the remote Himalaya desert behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, is an old traditional Tibetan Village, with rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture.

We, Wilderness Excursion offers perfect budget package trips to Mustang in the most competitive trip cost and develop a tailor-made itinerary to meet your time frame for Nepal holiday.

The 17-day trip begins in Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Then we drive to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and begin trekking. Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because it wasn’t until the 1990s that tourists were allowed to enter the region. While trekking in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, we can admire the uniqueness of treeless landscape, rocky trails, and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.

 

 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Meet and greet our airport representative at Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA) outside the terminal hall and transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon, trip briefing and final preparation. Stroll around colorful market Thamel.

Overnight in Kathmandu at 3-star hotel with breakfast.

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After delightful breakfast, you proceed for exploring the cultural and political hub of Nepal, Kathmandu valley. Initiating from  Patan Durbar Square-City of fine arts to the Kathmandu Durbar square in the morning. You will visit the Shikhara Style Krishna Mandir, Kumbheshwor Temple, Golden  Temple Living Goddess Kumari and more. Pashupatinath Hindu temple and open crematory, world’s largest magnificent Boudhanath stupa then to the Swoyambhunath stupa-one of the oldest religious site on hilltop also refer to as Monkey temple.You  get the holiest cultural vibes all around the bustling city that makes you feel intoxicated with its charm.

Overnight Kathmandu at 3-star Hotel with breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 25 min flight

Savor delightful breakfast and transfer to the Tribhuvan Airport for a short scenic flight 25 min over the greenish hills and rivers. Peek at the snow-covered mountains. Transfer to your hotel in Pokhara. Free afternoon.

Overnight in Pokhara at star Hotel with breakfast

Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni (2,858m/9,375ft): 20min flight, ~12km, 3-4 hrs trek

After breakfast, 20 minutes flight to Jomsom also called New Fort.  The beautiful town sits at the bank of Kaligandaki river with Thakali and Tibetan inhabitants. Meet your porter and proceed foot trail to the north. Sparse vegetation and river lead to Kagbeni with tales to unfold from centuries. Situated above the river bank, the village greets with prayer wheels and small stupas. The red monastery is the jewel of the village where prayers and mantras are hummed by lamas for village and peoples’ welfare.

Overnight in Kagbeni at Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 12km, 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, the trail continues through dry landscapes on the north. The Himalayan range puts the Mustang region in rain shadow. Sparse villages at distance keep greeting you. Tangbe; the Gurung villages smiles brightly with its fields all surrounding the houses. Further trail take you to the village of Chuksang. Racing water of Narshing river mixes with tantalizing Kaligandaki river here. Wondering at caves and waving to the caravan of mules with ringing bells descend to  Kaligandaki river and after crossing bridge, ascend through the narrow paths between mud chunks to the village of Chele.

Overnight in Chele at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Chele – Gelling (3,570m/11,200ft): 14km, 7-8 hrs

The continuous walk from the village of Chele passes trough sparse green vegetation. Windy days and high windswept soil hills decorate each trail in the Mustang. The Buddhist region has chorten and flaunting Buddhist flags are hanged on different places throughout the trail. You get the unobstructed views of Tilicho lake; lake at the highest altitude in the world, Damodar peak and southern part of Thorung La pass from the Chele pass at 3,630m(11,910ft). Further,  drop to the village of Samar. Pave way through desert resembling scenario to the village of Shyangmochen. Ascend to the pass of Shyangmochen La, beautiful colorful chortens greets before the warm village of Gelling.

Overnight in Gelling at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Gelling – Tsarang (3,575/11,750ft):14km, 7-8 hrs

Small passes over the ridge are crossed and passed throughout the trail.  The fields, chorten at Nyi La(4,020m/13,190ft) are passed paving the way to down the Ghemi La. Large settlements of Tibetan descendants is encountered at Ghemi. Proceed to Choya La(3,870m/12,697ft) crossing Tangmar stream and wondering at the bluish, grey and red rocks. You are rewarded with the mountain views encompassing Nilgiri, Annapurna, Damodar, and Tilicho lake. Descend gently passing the prayer flags and chorten welcomes you into the beautiful village of Tsarang.

Overnight in Tsarang at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Tsarang – Lo Manthang (3,840m/12,800ft): 10km, 4-5 hrs

After breakfast in a refreshing morning, descend to the river and cross over wooden bridge and ascend to the chorten at the ridge. A wide hill striking desert scenario is a witness everywhere from the pass at Lo la (3,950m/12,960ft).The valley landscape lures heart and short descend followed by stream cross and ascend to the alluring Lo Manthang.

Overnight in Lo Manthang at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Lo Manthang: rest and exploration day

Welcome your exciting day with a hearty breakfast and wander around the town. The historical gompas from centuries ago, narrow gullies between houses and warm people make the day rewarding. You get bewildering views from the 15th  century built Champa Lhakhang or God house. Red Thubchen Gompa has magnificent wooden columns and striking entrance with a huge assembly hall. The stupa filled town boasts Chödi Gompa as its main one from the 18th century. A short walk from town to hilltop surprises with kings summer palace and incredible Namgyal gompa which is also the local court of town.

Overnight in Lomanthang  at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Lo-Manthang – Drakmar (3,810m/12,500ft): 14km, 6-7 hrs

The southwest trail winds up the ridge and continues to Chogo La(4325m); highest point of the trek. Proceed through the grassy trail downhill and Tsarang river races south along the trail. Climb to the 1200 years old monastery of Ghar Gompa (House Temple) through Lo Geker. Ghar Gompa mesmerizes with its colorful painted stones carved in its wall. Continue paving the way on the ridge and across meadows to the narrow paths between cliffs to the village of Drakmar adorn with red cliffs and caves on them.

Overnight in Drakmar at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Drakmar – Shyangmochen (3,806m/12,484ft): 12km, 5-6 hrs

Take the trail along the flowing stream and pass the settlement area to continue climb over the ridge before dropping and rising to Upper  Ghemi. The trail keeps teasing with its alternate ascend and descend. Pass lower Ghemi and climb to Nyi La before dropping to Gelling valley.  Villages of Jaite, Chhungar, Tama gaon are passed through the trails leading to Shyangmochen La. Climb the pass and drop to Shyangmochen.

Overnight in Shyangmochen at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Shyangmochen – Chhuksang (3,050m/10,004ft): 12km, 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, proceed to Yamdo and continue to Bhena. Enjoy nature as you trail further to Samar and continue retracing the path to Chele La and drop down to Chele. Cross roaring Kali Gandaki river and trail further to Chhuksang.

Overnight in Chhuksang at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Chhuksang – Jomsom (2,700m/8,856ft): 14km, 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, the grayish and brownish shades of ridges and hills are passed in a narrow gully made between them. The clustered villages of ethnic Gurung community at Tangbe waves and tantalizing Kali Gandaki river roars down the trail. Pass Kagbeni and walking through Eklai Bhatti retrace path back to Jomsom.  

Overnight in Jomsom at the lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): 20 min flight and 5 hrs drive

After breakfast in the greenish ridge of Jomsom, fly to Pokhara. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu rewarding with mid hills landscapes alongside white water Trishuli river. Hilly people lifestyle and villages on the verge of turning to cities. Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu at 3-star Hotel with breakfast

Day 15: Final departure

After breakfast,  check out the Hotel and transfer to the Airport.

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