Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Duration:18 days
Max Altitude:4320m
Trip Grade:3
Lodging:Lodge to Lodge
Meals:Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Transportation:Flight/Tourisrt Bus/CAR/Van
Group Size:Min 2 Pax and Max 20 Pax PAX
Best Season:April to August & September to November
Per Day Walk:4-7 Hours
Trip Route:Jomsom-Kagbeni-Chele-Lo-Mangthang-Muktinath-Jomsom

Upper Mustang trek is a most popular trekking destination in the world and has been described as desert in the Nepalese Himalayas. This trek is a perfect destination for visiting oldest Buddhists monasteries and many historical caves, attractive landscape.

This trek is a perfect destination for visiting oldest Buddhists monasteries and many historical caves and Himalayas beauty. This semi-autonomous and heavily Tibetan influenced region was described by Tilman as fascinatingly ugly country, the more fascinating for being so little known indeed, the trek to Lo-manthang is through an almost treeless barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill, panoramic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several others peaks make your trek memorable. Upper Mustang is also known as" The last forbidden kingdom of Nepal". Landscape is extremely beautiful. The life style of this area is still wild. Upper mustang Trek becomes best attraction these days for the trekkers around the world. Lo-mangthang, Choser Cave , Chungsi cave and Ghar Gompa is the major attraction of this trek. Nepal Hidden Treks and Expedition organize Lodge Trek or Tea house trek in upper mustang. Lodge or Tea House Trek is cheaper in price compare to camping trek. If you want to trek other side of the valley, It is also possible to do Yara Ghara , Dho and Tangge to Chusang on the way back.

Tiji is greatest festival in mustang region. Thousand men, women and children participate in the annual elaborate re-enactment of the Tiji myth, telling of a deity named Dorje Jon who battles his demon father to save the kingdom from destruction. It will be unique privilege to witness the same color, costume, dancing and ritual that were displayed by these people in this place more than six hundred years ago.

If you do not have enough time, not prefer to walk or physically not fit, it is also possible to do Jeep tour in Upper Mustang. We offer 9 Night / 10 Days Upper Mustang Jeep tour or your desire days.

Upper Mustang Trek Stupa-of-Upper-Mustang

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Upper Mustang Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.
Day 03: Kathmandu (1350) – Pokhara (830m).
Day 04: Pokhara(830m)- Jomsom(2700m) – Kagbeni(2800m).
Day 05: Kagbeni (2800m) –Chele (3100m).
Day 06: Chele (3100m) – Syanbochen ( 3475m).
Day 07: Syanbochen (3475m) - Ghami (3520m).
Day 08: Ghami (3520m) – Tsarang (3560m).
Day 09: Tsarang(3560m)-  Lo-mantang (3840m).
Day 10: Explore day in Lo-manthang.
Day 11: Lo-manthang(3840m) – Ghar Gompa( 3920m)- Dhakmar (3820m.
Day 12: Dhakmar (3820m) – Gelling (3570m). 
Day 13: Gelling (3590m) - Chusang (2980m).
Day 14: Chusang (2980m) - Muktinath (3760m) or trek back to Jomsom 2700m).
Day 15: Muktinath(3760m)- Jomsom(2700m).
Day 16: Jomsom (2700m) - Pokhara (830m).
Day 17: Pokhara (830m) - Kathmandu (1350m).
Day18: Departure to International Airport.
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  2. Detail Itinerary

    Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).
    Arriving in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) you will meet with our representative then transfer to hotel by private vehicles then stay at the Hotel and free activities in the evening.

    Day 02: Upper Mustang Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.

    We need your original passport with Nepal’s Visa to prepare Upper Mustang restricted area permit. After preparing your permit, you will introduce with your guide. Your guide will brief details of this trek.

    Day 03: Kathmandu (1350) – Pokhara (830m).
    Today, your guide will come to pick up you from your hotel then walk to tourist bus station ( Kantipath), at 7:00am in the morning drive to Pokhara (200km drive 6-7 hours driving) then stay Hotel at Lake side in Pokhara.

    Day 04: Pokhara(830m)- Jomsom(2700m) – Kagbeni(2800m).
    Early in the morning, you will transfer to airport then 25minutes flights to Jomsom. Jomsom is headquarter of mustang district and largest village on kali gandaki valley and check in your permit there and gradual walk to Kagbeni through windy valley of kaligandaki 2/3 hours walking then stay overnight at Lodge.

    Day 05: Kagbeni (2800m) –Chele (3100m).
    After breakfast, check your special permit in Kagbeni (kagbeni has main gate of upper mustang) and enter to Upper mustang gate then continue walking with beautiful scenery and river bank of Kali Gandaki , 3 /4 hours to Chusang( your lunch place) after Lunch walk to an hour to Chele then stay overnight at Lodge.

    Day 06: Chele (3100m) – Syanbochen ( 3475m).
    Trek to Syanbochen, first climb up to Taklam La (3640m) and reach to Samar village, after that you go to little bit down to small river then again climb up to Bhena La Pass (3830m) and 20 minute walk to Bhena (your lunch place) after lunch, we pass Yamdala (4010m)  and down to Syanbochen then stay overnight at Lodge. It is 5/6 hours walking in total. In the afternoon, you will explore in Chungsi Cave.

    Day 07: Syanbochen (3475m) - Ghami (3520m).
    We hike uphill to Nyila pass (4020m) then downhill to Ghami village. Ghami is a big village which has police station, Monastery & few Lodges, stay there overnight at Lodge. It takes 5 hours to reach Ghami.

    Day 08: Ghami (3520m) – Tsarang (3560m)
    Today, we have short walk to Tsarang 4 hours and then stay overnight at Lodge. And Tsarang has old royal palace and monastery explore there rest of the time.

    Day 09: Tsarang(3560m)-  Lo-mantang (3840m).
     We trek to Lo-manthang with magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Brikuti peak. The trail first descend to river after crossing river few minute ascending to the road then climb gently to Lo La Pass( 3950m) from here we can see Lo- manthang valley .Now, we trek downhill to Lo-manthang. It takes 4/5 hours walking to get there. Then stay overnight at lodge. Rest of the time explores the village.

    Day 10: Explore day in Lo-manthang.
    Today we will have many choices for explore
    •    Visit Choser Cave by Horse/ Jeep
    •    Visit village tour including 3 main monastery and Jickmi Prabal Bista palace
    •    Visit Tibet Boarder by horse / Jeep
    •    Visit Namgyal Gompa

    Day 11: Lo-manthang(3840m) – Ghar Gompa( 3920m)- Dhakmar (3820m)
    We trek back via Ghar Gompa which also the interesting and historical place. It takes 6 hours walking then stay overnight at Lodge.

    Day 12: Ghar Gompa (3920m) – Gelling (3570m).  
    We trek back to Gelling ,We hike different trail until  the Ghami, after that walk back to same trail to Gelling 5/6 hours walking then stay overnight at Lodge.

    Day 13: Gelling (3590m) - Chusang (2980m).
    Trek back to Chusang same trail .It takes 5/6 hours descending from Gelling to Chusang then stay overnight at lodge.

    Day 14: Chusang (2980m) - Muktinath (3760m) or trek back to Jomsom 2700m).
    Today early in the morning you will have breakfast at Lodge and carry pack lunch for Gyu La Pass (4090m) along this hike we can’t meet any lodge so that we have to carry ourselves. The first trail uphill to Gyu La Pass then gently downhill to Multinath, which is center point of Annapurna circuit .then stay overnight at Lodge.

    Day 15: Muktinath(3760m)- Jomsom(2700m).
    Early in the morning visit to Muktinath temple and back to Lodge then have a  good breakfast then trek downhill to Jomsom , along the way there are heavy windy and follow same Kali Gandaki river to Jomsom. It takes 4/5 hours walking then stay overnight at Lodge.

    Day16: Jomsom (2700m) - Pokhara (830m).
    Early in the morning we will have breakfast at your Lodge then 2 minute walk to Jomsom airport and then fly back to Pokhara, 25 minutes then stay Hotel at Lake side in Pokhara. This day, you will have time to visit Pokhara city.

    Day 17: Pokhara (830m) - Kathmandu (1350m).
    This morning, you will have breakfast at your Hotel in Pokhara, then transfer to tourist bus station. At 7:30am in the morning drive back to Kathmandu 6-7 hours, and then stay overnight at Hotel.

    Day18: Departure to International Airport.
    We will provide you free transportation to your home or other destination.

Cost Includes

•    Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus.  
•    3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan.
•    Mustang Special Permit (USD$500 for 10 Days, if you require more day, you have to pay USD$50 Per Day).
•    Annapurna Conservation area Fee.
•    Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
•    One English speaking experience guide and required porters.
•    Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus.
•    2 Nights hotel in Pokhara on BB Plan .
•    Both way flight tickets Pokhara-Jomsom -Pokhara with airport departure tax.
•    All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Lodge accommodation during the trek.
•    Staffs, equipment, meals, salary, insurance etc.
•    First Aids Kit.
•    Local fresh fruit like orange, banana, apple, grape etc .
•    13% Government VAT and All official charge.

Cost doesn't Include

•    International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$25 and 30 Days US$40).
•    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
•    Your trekking gears.
•    All the drinks such as: coke, beer, mineral water.
•    Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
•    Tips for your guide and porters etc.

Trip Reviews

SilviaSilvia, Argentina
My name is Silvia and I live in Brazil. I made my first trekking last year with Harka. I was so happy with Harka that this year I came back and made two more. We did the Anapurna Sanctuary again and the Ganesh Himal mountain.
As I am 63,for me was beeng the first time a great challenge and I guess for him also. We had a great time, it was wonderful. 
Harka is very concious and care about you, your food, your limits and your happyness. 
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