Upper Mustang Trekking - 20 Days

Trip Key Information

  • Price:US$ 2455
  • Duration:20 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Moderate to Strenuous

Destination: Nepal

Max. Altitude: 4325m

Itinerary: Fixed or customized (group, single, family and senior packages available)

Group size: Min 2 person, Max 10 people.

Departures: May to October

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The former Himalayan kingdom of Mustang is an arid and starkly beautiful land. Long protected from mass tourism, its allure has come from its inaccessibility and its reputation as a last bastion of traditional Tibetan culture. For centuries the kingdom channeled the wealth it amasses as a conduit for trade with Tibet into its monasteries, creating some of the finest remaining frescos in the Tibetan world.

The capital, Lo Manthang is an old walled town still undisturbed and untouched by western civilization. Daily life is much as it has been over the centuries. Lo Manthang is the highlight of this trek and there is enough in and around the city to see to keep you occupied for a couple of days.

The trekking permit for Mustang costs a minimum of 500USD per person for 10 days and you have to trek as part of an organized group of a minimum of 2 people.

Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures arranges the Mustang Trek from May to October.

All our guides and porters are experienced, licensed and covered by insurance.

Come and join us for a life changing experience – with Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures!

Day to day outline itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive at Tribubhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu,
  • Day 02:Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu
  • Day 03:Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m) 6 hrs drive
  • Day 04:Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m) 3-4 hrs
  • Day 05:Kagbeni to Tsele [3000m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06:Tsele to Syanbochen (3475m): 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07:Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08:Ghaymi to Charang (3500m): 4-5 hrs
  • Day 09:Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 10:Explore Lo-Mangthang

  • Day 11:Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m) 7-8 hrs

  • Day 12:Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m) 6-7 hrs

  • Day 13:Ghiling to Chhuksang(3050m) 6-7 hrs

  • Day 14:Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m) 6-7 hrs

  • Day 15:Fly back to Pokhara

  • Day 16:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Day 17:Free day in kathmandu

  • Day 18:Final departure

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • Three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), tea coffee & accommodation during Trekking.
  • Trekking permit for ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
  • Upper Mustang Restricted area entry fee and permit
  • Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara. flight ticket Pokhara to Jomsom & Josom to Pokhara.
  • Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by plane and all Transportation during trek..
  • Guide and poters theiy salary, accommodation, meals, all transportation.
  • Guide insurance for the happy journey.
  • Other fee and taxes if necessary.

Cost Exclude

  • Visa fees, intl. airfare & all departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for driver, guides and porters
  • Any service does not includes in service inclusive column
  • Cold drinks; cock, fanta, sprite, and mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, beer and bar bills in Trekking & all meals expenses in Pokhara & Kathmandu.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrive at Tribubhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Welcome you to Nepal and transfer to the hotel, welcome dinner in the evening.Overnight at hotel. B.B

Day 02Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu Today upon our breakfast, we will start a tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered the World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.over night hotel, Breakfast (B, B)

Day 03Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m) 6 hrs drive Early morning at around 6 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus. En route we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours. Overnight in Pokhara say at Hotel (B)

Day 04Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m) 3-4 hrs After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 30 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. (B, L, D)

Day 05Kagbeni to Tsele [3000m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Tsele village. (B, L, D)

Day 06Tsele to Syanbochen (3475m): 6-7 hrs Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave. (B, L, D)

Day 07Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m) 5-6 hrs After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. (B, L, D)

Day 08Ghaymi to Charang (3500m): 4-5 hrs Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From 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 Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop. (B, L, D)

Day 09Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m) 5-6 hrs Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop. (B, L, D)

Day 10Explore Lo-Mangthang Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. (B, L, D)

Day 11Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m) 7-8 hrs While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. explore the local area. Likelihood of dusty wind, so suggested to walk in the morning. (B, L, D)

Day 12Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m) 6-7 hrs Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time. (B, L, D)

Day 13Ghiling to Chhuksang(3050m) 6-7 hrs We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse. (B, L, D)

Day 14Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700m) 6-7 hrs Our last day of the day would be a long one. Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well. (B, L, D)

Day 15Fly back to Pokhara Early morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu After breakfast, we start our 202 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B ,D)

Day 17Free day in kathmanduFree day and farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 18Final departure Final departure to home

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