Upper mustang is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. It 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 language. So this place is one of hidden world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom, and it is filled with beautiful scenery, river,  ancient Buddhist temple and  high desert rain shadow of Himalayas receives very little rainfall making this region dry and parched, similar to the bordering Tibetan Plateau. If you plan to trek in upper mustang, it would be your best trek ever.

Best season for trek

Upper Mustang is most recommended to be visited between February and November.  As it is located in the rain shadow part of the Himalaya, it is still the perfect destination during the monsoon season in Nepal of June – August. You may also want to time your visit during the most celebrated festival in the region, called   "Tiji Festival” which literally means, ‘prayer for world peace’.  This is a three-day event characterized by the dancing of monks to commemorate the incarnation of Buddha. This is normally held in the third week of May but exact dates vary and determined by the Buddhist calendar.  If you are ever in the region around this time, it is highly recommended to include this in your itinerary.

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 Duration:             17days in Nepal

Best season:       March-mid July and Septembet to January

Trekking type:       Both Tea house and camping (Camping is better)

 Price:   2400/- USD

Minimum pax: 2 person

Picures:  Mustang

Details Itinerary

DAY 01:  Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

DAY 02:  Kathmandu –Exploring day in Kathmandu.

 Imagine Trek team will arrange enjoyable day tour in Kathmandu valley.

   We also need to get special permit for entering Upper Mustang. The permit needs passport of each trekkers to issue.

    

DAY 03:  Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]:

Flight around 35minutes and explore pokhara.

DAY 04:  Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs 
Having breakfast in Pokhara we will fly to 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.

DAY 05:  Kagbeni to chele [3050m/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 Chele village.

DAY 06:  Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs 
We start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) 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. 

DAY 07:  Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 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. 

DAY 08:  Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 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.

DAY 09:  Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 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.

DAY 10:  Explore Lo-Mangthan, 
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.

DAY 11:  Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 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 12:  Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs 
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.

DAY 13:  Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 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.

DAY 14:  Trek to Kagbeni and drive to Muktinath [3660m/12004ft]: 6-7 hrs 
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.

DAY 15: Drive to Jomsom- 1hrs

Ishing We will spend a day in Muktinath visiting the famous Temple. The temple is famous for the fire which keeps burning continuously and it is also famous for 108 taps. We will drive around an hour from Muktinath to Jomsom in the evening.

DAY 16: Drive to Jomsom to Tatopani-5hrs-6hrs

 Tato means “hot” and Pani means “water” so it’s a hot spring spot where you can have good time taking bath in hot spring.

DAY 17: Fly to Pokhara and then fly to Kathmandu

DAY 18: Reserve day in Kathmandu

DAY 19: Fly back to home

 

Cost Include

  1. Restricted Area entry fee costing 500/- USD
  2. Airport - hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  3. Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom and Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket
  4. Four nights’ hotel in Kathmandu.
  5. Two nights’ hotel in Pokhara.
  6. Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period.
  7. Local fresh fruits where available.
  8. Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse.
  9. Upper Mustang Trekking map, one in a group.
  10. An experienced Government license holder guide.
  11. Trekking porter /Sherpa/mules to carry your bags during the trekking 2:1, max 15 KG baggage/porter.
  12. Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porters
  13.  Private vehicle from Nayapul to Pokhara after trekking.
  14. Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
  15. All necessary paper works 
  16. TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  17. All government taxes and our service charges.
  18. Farewell Dinner before departure.

Notes:

  • The itinerary is changeable and modifiable as per needs and time frame of trekkers.
  • Cost will be re calculated if the itinerary is changed or modified.
  •  Additional activities may be added as per trekkers request with appropriate additional cost.
  • The cost may also be affected due to the requirement of number of guides and porters.
  • For any kind of change please contact us by mail or call.    

Cost Excluded

  1. Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  2. Your Travel insurance.
  3. International airfare
  4. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
  5. drinks (alcoholics)
  6. Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  7. Personal trekking Equipments.