Mustang trekking in Nepal: Trekking to Upper Mustang

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Mustang Trekking in Nepal is one of the best off the beaten trekking trails in Nepal. This trekking in Nepal gives you a spectacular and authentic experience in the remote trans-Himalayan Mountain region of Nepal. Mustang is located in the northern part of Nepal and it is one of the seventy seven districts of Nepal. The head quarter of Mustang is Jomsom and the main town of the upper Mustang is Lo-Manthang. Lo Manthang is located very close to the border between China Tibet and Nepal. You can reach Drongpa county in Tibet in a day from Lo-Manthang. Drongpa county is located between Mount Kailash and Shigatse city in Tibet in the western plateau of Tibet.

This 17 days Mustang trekking in Nepal begins in Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then we drive to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and begin our trek in Nepal. From Jomsom, we will start our most adventurous trekking to Upper Mustang, the most remote region of Nepal and it is also known as the Last Forbidden Buddhist Kingdom because It was opened to the tourists since 1990s only and even today, the region is very strict and limited visitors are able to do Mustang trekking in Nepal. While trekking to Upper Mustang region of Nepal, we can admire the difference and beauty of tree-less landscape, beautiful canyons, rocky trails and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayas as well as the uniqueness of their Buddhist culture, their way of dressing like Tibetans, way of speaking like Tibetans, their most sacred and ancient monasteries and an extremely beautiful architecture of the Royal Palace and it’s walls in Lo-Manthang.

There are some nice Buddhist festivals in Lo- Manthang and one of the most popular festivals is Tiji festival. if you choose a right time of your trekking to Upper Mustang, then you can visit this special festival during your Mustang trekking in Nepal. Tiji festival is a very important spiritual festival which is celebrated in Lo-Manthang. The Tiji Festival features a three days ritual activities, known as the 'chasing of demons'. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring). The monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called "Tsa Chham" on the first day), the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon's son (on the second day called "Nga Chham") and the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha's realm (on the third and final day) are enacted during the performances.

The best time to do Upper Mustang trekking is from June to beginning of October. During this period of time, the weather is not cold and the scenery is turned into green. The beautiful, green barley fields and a beautiful valley of Lo-Manthang is also turned into green landscape. The way of booking Mustang trekking in Nepal is not the same as other trekking in Nepal since we need to make restrict permits to Upper Mustang so we always recommend to book your Mustang trekking in a month advance. If you are still not satisfied to visit more wilderness of the plateau, bigger green grassland, grazing thousands of Yak and sheep on it, we recommend you to join our Mount Kailash group tour from Lhasa.

 
DaysTrip OutlineDaily ActivityAccommodationGuide & DriverMeal
01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)Tribhuvan international airport-Kathmandu city-Thamel BazarHotelNepaleseB
02Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparationBoudhanath stupa-Swayambunath stupa-Kathmandu Durbar squareHotelNepaleseBB
03Kathmandu to Pokhara ( 827m/200km/5-6 h )Kathmandu-Pokhara-Begnas lakeHotelNepaleseBB
04Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m/20 min fligh ) and trek to Kagbeni (2,858m/3-4 h )Great view of Himalayan Mountains-Jomsom-KagbeniGuest houseNepaleseBLD
05Trek from Kagbeni to Chele [3050m/10,004ft/5-6 h ]Tangbe village-beautiful valley with green field-Chele villageLodgeNepaleseBLD
06Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3800m/ 12467ft/6 h )Panoramic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang-SyangbocheLodgeNepaleseBLD
07Trek from Syangboche to Ghami (3520m/ 11548ft/5 h )Beautiful Canyon-Beautiful mountain view-GhamiLodgeNepaleseBLD
08Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft/4-5 h]Ghaymi Khola-Mani wall-Charang villageLodgeNepaleseBLD
09Charang to Lo- Manthang (3700m/12136ft/5-6 h )Charang Chu Canyon-Great view of the mountains-Lo- ManthangHotelNepaleseBLD
10 Explore around Lo-Manthang (3700m/12136ft)Tingkhar village-Chosar village-Champa Lhakang ( temple )-Thungchen Gomba-Chyodi Gompa-Royal PalaceHotelNepaleseBLD
11Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3800m/ 12467ft/7-8 h )Visit Ghar Gompa- DrakmarLodgeNepaleseBLD
12Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft/5-6 h )Good view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains-Ghiling villageLodgeNepaleseBLD
13Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft/5-6 h )Great views of the Himalayas and small villages-ChhuksangLodgeNepaleseBLD
14Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft/6-7 h )Annapurna circuit trail-Kagbeni-JomsomLodgeNepaleseBLD
15Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft/20 min flight ]Jomsom-Pokhara-Tibetan marketHotelNepaleseBB
16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu {1300m/4,264ft/200km/5-6 h)Wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle-KathmanduHotelNepaleseBB
17Departure for homeKathmandu-Tribhuvan international airportEnd the tripNepalese

Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Speical permits for Mustang trekking
  • BB in Kathmandu, Pokhara and fullboard during the trek
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Neapl trekking tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader
  • All government and local taxes

Exclusive

  • International flight
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Sleeping baga
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to downtown (1,300m/4,264ft/20Km) Hotel on B

    After arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour and do preparation for the trek. Hotel on BB

    After breakfast, you will drive to Swayambunath stupa which is just around 5km distance from your hotel. Swayambunath is the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and it has more than 2000 years history. The distance from your hotel to the stupa is around 15 Km . The stupa is located on the top of a hill and you can enjoy the view of the whole Kathmandu city. After you visit Swayambunath, you will drive to Bouddhanath Stupa which was built in the form of Buddha’s eyes and surrounding the stupa there is a monastery and it is interesting to give a round to the stupa. The Boudhanath stupa has more than thousand years history and it has been listed in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square . Kathmandu Durbar Square is architectonic appraised jewels of the Kathmandu city.(Durbar means palace) In her square, we can admire infinity of temples and Palaces such as, Gaddhi Baithak Durbar, Palace of Rana style, constructed in 1908, Basandabur Durbar, Main building of the old Royal Palace and the Kumari Chowk, the living Goddesses and the Kumari bahal, where her family resides. All these objects are located in Basandapur. Afternoon, we will do preparation for the trek.

  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara ( 827m/200km/5-6 h ) Guest house on BB

    After breakfast, you will be driving to Pokhara at the distance of 200km which will take you around 5-6 hours because of the road condition. Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal and you can visit Begnas lake which is one of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal.

  • Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m/20 min fligh ) and trek to Kagbeni (2,858m/3-4 h trek ) Lodge on BLD

    We will take a flight early in the morning to Jomsom at the distance of about 25min with spectacular views of the great Himalayan Mountain ranges. After reaching Jomsom, start trekking to Kagbeni.

  • Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele [3050m/10,004ft/5-6 hrs ] Lodge on BLD

    After breakfast, firstly we will trek through Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Then, We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village.

  • Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syangboche (3800m/ 12467ft/6 h ) Lodge on BLD

    Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite 6 hour walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual colour that opens out is extraordinary. In this bizarre the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panoramic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang adds up to its magnificence.

  • Day 07: Trek from Syangboche to Ghami (3520m/ 11548ft/5 h ) Lodge on BLD

    From Syangboche we climb gently to a small pass of 3800m/12,467ft with extraordinary views of mountains and deep valleys into the wind eroded canyons.

  • Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft/4-5 h] Lodge on BLD

    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.

  • Day 09: Charang to Lo- Manthang (3700m/12136ft/5-6 h ) Lodge on BLD

    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.

  • Day 10: Explore around Lo-Manthang (3700m/12136ft) Hotel on BLD

    After breakfast, we will explore around Lo-Manthang. Lo- Manthang is an outstanding historical and cultural center. Namgyal gompa serves as an important monastery of the local community and also a local court. You will then hike to Tingkhar, a village consisting of around 40 houses which is also the last main village to the northwest of Lo- Manthang. In the eastern valley rests the village of Chosar. This village is also rich in Gompas and is the valley that leads the main trading route to Lhasa.Here you can visit the tall Champa Lhakhang ‘God house’ and the red Thungchen Gomba. Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall are also some of the major attraction of this small town. To enhance the architectural beauty of the place, there is a magnificent four-storied building of the Royal Palace. Here the Mustang king offer you Tibetan tea as his hospitality.

  • Day 11: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3800m/ 12467ft/7-8 h ) Lodge on BLD

    Today we will walk different west terrain which offers you the most beautiful view despite few steep down hill trials. We visit the world’s oldest Tibetan monastery Ghar Gompa built around 8th century by the Padmasambhava. Padmasambhava came from India in the 8th century

  • Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft/5-6 h ) Lodge on BLD

    We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village around the evening.

  • Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft/5-6 h ) Lodge on BLD

    We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route.

  • Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft/6-7 h ) Hotel on BLD

    Today is the last day of our trek and it is a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

  • Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft/20 min flight ] Hotel on BB

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu {1300m/4,264ft/200km/5-6 h) Hotel on BB

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Day 17: Departure for home. End the trip.

    Your trekking in Nepal comes to the end today! Our representative will accompany you to the airport. We recommend to leave from your hotel 2-3 hours before your scheduled flight. Say good bye to the ancient city of Kathmandu and welcome back.

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Speical permits for Mustang trekking
  • BB in Kathmandu, Pokhara and fullboard during the trek
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Neapl trekking tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader
  • All government and local taxes

Exclusive

  • International flight
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Sleeping baga
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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