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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang the kingdom behind the mountain trek

Many people before they arrive to Kathmandu have an idea Himalayas are bordering between Nepal and Tibet but the reality is different, there is a vast part of Nepal located behind the Himalayas too. One of these areas is Upper Mustang which was closed for foreigners for a long time. Variegated landscape, culturally similar to Tibet, arid climate and rain shadow area is typical characteristics of Upper Mustang. Open for visitors since 1992, foreigners need to pay special entry permit to enter this area. Environment is quiet fragile and less cultural influence to locals by outsiders is the main theme behind the restricted entry but if there will be lots of people to go there is no infrastructures. Upper Mustang is famous for its very old monasteries dates back to 8th century and walled town of Lo Manthang. The trip normally starts after taking a tricky flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight follows a Kaligandaki valley in between the two eight thousand meter high peaks, namely Annapurna and Dhawalagiri. The trail normally follows Kaligandakiriver upstream. An opportunity to observe the age old monastery, get ammonite fossils from Jurassic time, observe Tibetan culture from very near and panoramic view of Nilgiri and Annapurna are the attractions of the trip.

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Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet and greet by our representative/ guide and transfer to your allocated hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu. Introductory trip to Kathmandu including sightseeing of one of the old palace complex, popular by the name Patan Durbar square, a Buddhist temple popular by the name monkey temple among the foreigners but is called Swoyambhunath and a Hindu temple Pashupatinath, a popular cremation ground for many hindus of Kathmandu. All these places are listed by UNESCO as world heritages. Afternoon time free for doing trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m.). A scenic drive leaving Kathmandu mostly follows the riverbank. About 200km but depend with traffic might take 7-8 hours in the bus.

Day 04: Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to reach Kagbeni (2800m.). About 20 minutes flight crossing Annapurna range following Kaligandaki valley to arrive at Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang district. Three hours walk to reach Kagbeni a small village considered as gateway to Mustang which houses one of the Buddhist monastery too. Overnight at Kagbeni.

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050m.), 5-6 hours of walking. Follow the left bank of Kaligandakiriver and cross the river ascends little bit to reach Chele. Overnight at Chele.

Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syangbochen (3475m.), 6-7 hours of walking. After leaving Chele the trail ascends and pass through ridge reaching Taklam pass from where the view of Nilgiri, Tilicho peak and Damodardanda is visible. Going further to reach Syangbochen and overnight stay there.

Day 07: Trek from Syangbochen to Ghami (3520m.), 6-7 hours of walking. The trek ascends to Yamda La pass crossing some tea houses. Clay roofed houses with collection of firewood on top of them is typical characteristics of the area. Beautiful terraces where they grow barley and wheat as well as some green patches of poplar tree are visible on the way, before reaching Nyi La pass then descends to Ghami for overnight stay.

Day 08: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (3500m.), 4-5 hours of walking. The trek descends to Ghamikhola and goes smooth after that. Pass through many Mani walls (the stone walls with carvings of mantra in each and every stones) and some small local houses. Reach Charang which houses beautiful monasteries and Dzong (fortress). The monastery in Charang is famous for its mural paintings directly in the wall.

Day 09: Trek from Tsarang to Ghargumba and continue to Lo Manthang (3730m.), 7-8 hours of walking. After few hours of walking visit GharGumba, one of the oldest monastery of the area where Guru rimpoche established some of the shrines in 8th century. The monastery is famous for its very old paintings. Continue trekking to Chogo La pass (4280m.). And after the pass the beautiful view of the forbidden walled town of Lo Manthang is visible. Reach Lomanthang and overnight stay there.\

Day 10: Rest and Exploration day at Lo Manthang. Visit the palace belongs to Mustang King and the monasteries surrounding Lo Manthang. The popular monasteries include NamgyalGompa, Chyodigompa, Thupchengompa and Champalakhang. One can hire a horse to go to see the Choser caves about three hours from Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Trek from Lo Manthang to Ghiling (3800m.), 6-7 hours of walking. Time to walk back follow the Kaligandakiriver downstream. Reach Ghiling and overnight stay at Ghiling.

Day 12: Trek from Ghiling to Chhusang (3050 m.), 5-6 hours of walking. The trail passes through terraces and patches of Poplar. Afternoons are windy, not to have MarlynMoonro experiences start early and finish early. Last day gazing for the variegated landscape of Mustang.

Day 13: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom (2700m.), 6-7 hours of walking. After few hours of walk reach Kagbeni, register the permit to exit from the restricted entry area and continue walking to Jomsom. Overnight stay at Jomsom.

Day 14: Early morning flight to Pokhara and discover Pokhara. Free day in Pokhara, walk around the lake, go for sightseeing or hike to world peace pagoda.

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Take tourist coach departing to Kathmandu from Pokhara, reach Kathmandu by afternoon and rest of the day free.

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu. On proper timing go to airport for the final departure to your home or another destination.


Price Includes:

  • All transfer as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All domestic airfares as per the itinerary
  • Full board meal during the trek
  • Comfortable & clean accommodation on teahouse/lodge during the trek on twin sharing basis
  • Local English-speaking trekking guide
  • All the necessary permits
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fees. Most of the countries obtain the visa in the airport. Visa fees are $30 for 15 days, $50 for one month.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except mentioned in itinerary
  • Bar and beverage bill during the trek
  • Hot shower and battery recharge during the trek
  • Insurance for evacuation and medical facilities
  • Expense of personal nature like phone calls, laundry, extra porter
  • Tips for guides, drivers and porters (you can see the tipping guideline in our tipping page)
  • Trekking equipment like trekking poles, water bottles etc.

Upper Mustang is the restricted area. One has to get special permit to enter this area. All foreigners need to enter the area by registered trekking agency only.