Upper Mustang Trek

Duration: 16 Days

Meals: Full Board During the Trek

Best Season: All Year Round

Transport: Private Vehicle and Flight

Max Altitude: 3990 m

Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Country: Nepal

Trip Grade
TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

Overview

Mustang region opened to foreigners in 1992, is by far Nepal’s most controlled trekking area. Mustang is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River and is a part of the Tibetan plateau, the Languages, culture and traditions are also similar to Tibetans. This area is consider as one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. This was a part of Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830′s.

The medieval wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom. The history of Lo Monthang is based on myth and legend rather than the recorded detail. Mustang maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepalese Army. The trek to Lo- Manthang is through high altitude desert country climbing in and out of the huge Kali Gandaki valley, 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.

It’s a great privilege to trek generally in the upper region of Mustang. Mustang is also familiar with the name “The Last Forbidden Kingdom” because it had hardly any contact with Nepal and it remained hidden until their King was later acknowledged by Government of Nepal. Due to the fact that Mustang remained hidden, the natural and cultural heritage got preserved.

Trekkers require a special permit granted by the Government and should be accompanied by an official appointed by Government itself. Mustang has a complex, long and rich history which makes it an interesting place to visit in Nepal along with its stunning natural beauty. 

The trek starts from Kagbeni, the gateway to start the journey to Upper Mustang. Trekkers will pass through the semi-arid desert and its stark landscape surrounded by the shadow of Dhaulagiri snow-capped mountain to Lo-Manthang. You will get the opportunity to gain knowledge about their culture, rock paintings, gompa, monasteries and also exploration of caves. The panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna Mountain is also the part of this thrilling journey. The culture, history and the myth combine flawlessly with the astonishing surrounding.  

A visit to Tingkhar and Namgyal Gompa within Lo Manthang itself provides visitors to gain further more insight about cultural understanding of Mustang. Tingkhar is also the last main village of the northwest area and there is also the King’s Palace. Explorer will also be able to know about Amchi museum and school. Amchi are the ancient Tibetan doctors. We can know ancient healing art of Tibetan people and the adaptation of it in the modern-day requirements. 
Gyakar, another place famous for its Gompa is few hours walk away from Lo Manthang. There is 1200 years old Ghar Gompa in Gyakar which is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. The Gompa is also very well known for its rock paintings.

It is also believed that if we make a wish in this place, it will be granted. Upper Mustang trek is a high-altitude trek. The altitude is in between 3000 meters to 3800 meters. It is then intensified by the dry air present in the surrounding. It won’t be a major problem for those who are born at the higher altitude but it may be for people living in lower altitude. So, in order to avoid the altitude problems, the trek is carried out leisurely but, in a day, average walking is about 5 to 6 hours.  

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

 Day 01: Arrival KTM andtransfer to hotel.
 Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu - Pokhara
 Day 03: Fly from Pokhara - Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni
 Day 04: Trek from Kagbeni – Chele
 Day 05: Trek from Chele – Syangmoche
 Day 06: Trek from Syangmoche – Ghami
 Day 07: Trek from Ghami – Charang
 Day 08: Trek from Charang – Lo Manthang
 Day 09: Rest day & Trip to Chhoser Cave
 Day 10: Trek from Lo Manthang – Drakmar
 Day 11: Trek from Drakmar – Ghiling
 Day 12: Trek from Ghiling – Chuksang
 Day 13: Trek from Chuksang – Jomsom
 Day 14: Flight from Jomsom – Pokhara
 Day 15: Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu 
 Day 16: Final Departure

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Cost Includes

  • Pick-up and drop service by a private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transportation by tourists bus/flight
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara by flight
  • Other ground transportation to and from trekking destination
  • Necessary documents and permits including ACAP Permit, TIMS card and Mustang Special Permit
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters and the expenses for their flights, food, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment and so on
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek(with tea and coffee)
  • First aid Medical kit
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • All government and local taxes (including 13% VAT and 10 % service charge)
  • Transportation on private vehicle as agreed on the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • All kinds of beverages (soft/hard)
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation expenses
  • Extra baggage charges in domestic flights­­­­­­­­­­­­ 
  • All entrance fees during KTM sightseeing
  • Additional days accommodation expenses (either due to early or late arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason except as per schedule)
  • All personal expenses (including the gears and clothing taken on hire by the participant, phone calls, battery charge, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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