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Upper Mustang Trekking highlights
- Muktinath Temple
- Jomsom Airport
- Kagbeni Apple Garden
- Ghar Monastery
- Lomanthang Royal Place
- Chhosher monastery
- Tibetan Border
- Tiji Festival in June and July
Upper Mustang Trekking Overview
Upper mustang trekking trip details
Upper Mustang Trek is one of the few scenic and cultural destinations situated in Far northwestern Himalayan region of Nepal which is never to be missed if you are planning an adventure holiday in Nepal. This trek leads you to the hidden landscapes located on the northwest border in Annapurna Conservation Area. Exploring the mystical semi-arid landscape, Upper Mustang restricted trekking lets you enough space to get close to the Tibetan Buddhist cultural influence, hidden caves, countless vibrant monasteries, and shortens that are rarely found in any other parts of Nepal and the communities. At the same time, the magnetic Himalayan aura and seasonal vegetation ranging from Alpine to highland can attract any trekkers around the world.
Truly a fascinating adventure leads you to high vast wide and scenic country of Upper Mustang, an extension of the highest South West Tibetan plateau. This trek offers utmost scenery of snow-capped mountains to high, eroded windswept cliffs and canyons of vivid colours.
Upper Mustang trek was restricted to foreigners till 1980. After the restrictions was lifted partially in 1980, many trekkers, adventure bikers have visited this place to witness its vast treasures of beautiful landscapes, traditional villages of Buddhist and Bon culture with views of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna-Mustang Himal in the background with Damodar Himal range.
Upper Mustang Trekking offers a great view of the Mountain desert, Old Monastery, and the great life-time experience of being in one of the top-rated travel destinations around the world. Mustang is filled with a majority of Thakali people. The temple of Muktinath, located at the lap of Thorong peak, is one of the famous religious sites in Mustang where thousands of Buddhist and Hindu people from India, Nepal, Myanmar, Tibet visit every year. The fossilized Ammonite can be found on the beach of Kaligandaki River which is of religious importance to Hindus.
It is a place where, multicast, multicultural, and multilingual people are bounded together and stay together. Upper Mustang has lots of Buddhist Monastery which were built around one thousand years ago. People on the upper mustang used to have their own King who used to rule over Mustang.
The trek to Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom airport, which is a district headquarter of the Mustang region and a linearly located windy valley beyond the Annapurna Himalayan peaks. People recall the trail as a historical salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet, running adjacent to winding and beautiful Kaligandaki river gorge up to Loh-Manthang. Some of the sections of this trekking route merge with the road to Loh-Manthang. Allowed for the trekkers since 1992 A.D. The hidden jewel of the Upper Mustang trekking can be done after affording the hefty special and restricted trekking permit.
Furthermore, the whitewashed houses with vibrant prayer flags demonstrate the cultural prosperity in Upper Mustang. The houses are built with mud bricks and the lifestyle seems quite nomadic. Besides, their hospitality is amazing with the typical Tibetan cuisines. Just like the enticing landscape, their ever smiling innocent faces of local people are alluring. Passing through picturesque towns of Chele, Syangbochen, Ghyami, and Tsarang, trekkers cross different sections and high passes like Chogo La Pass (4250 meters), which is the highest pass on this trek. Situated at an altitude of 3700 meters, Loh-Mustang is the ultimate destination, which remained hidden for a long time by the local Kings. Chooser Cave and the antique monasteries make Lo-Manthang and its surroundings impressive.
Upper Mustang Trekking concluded is in Muktinath Temple, which is a globally recognized spiritual center. As long as you reach its close destination, Muktinath is a highly recommended destination. In addition, trek to the Upper Mustang is best from March to July and September to December. However, you can do Trekking in Upper Mustang even in the monsoon, as the Mustang region is located in the Himalayan rain shadow area. Winter becomes extremely chill and the chill windy valley becomes a great challenge in the trek. Moderate acclimatization avoids altitude sickness in the journey.
Speciality of Upper Mustang Trek :
12 days Upper Mustang Trek is one of the best trek for many reasons. Starting from the headquaeter of Mustang, Jomsom up to Tibetian Border , there are a lot of geographical , cultural and religious things that fascinate any trekkers . Quite opposite to other half of Annapurna Circuit , this part is mountain desert with patches of settlements and greenery scattered along the way. From vibrant and colorful prayer flags and beautiful stupas to completely barren rocky lands, from modern Jomsom providing all the facilities to Upper regions with rural lifestyles, one enjoy every bit of this trek. The beautiful and wide Kaligandaki river is the main lifeline of this area. Mustang region is religiously important to Buddhists and Hindus as well . Muktinath, being icon of this area , is very important to Buddhists and Hindus. Kaligandaki river valley is famous for finding ammonites also called " Shaligram" . Shaligram has a great religious significance to Hindus and is considered as the holy offering to Bishnu. The Upper Mustang is an ancient city with historical and cultural significance. The region was used as base camp for Khompa revolution against the Chinese government which was later supressed with the help of Nepalese Government. Loh Manthang was the center part of the ancient city and traders from Tibet and India used the salt trading route that passes through the middle of Loh Manthang ,to trade.
The tradition of sky burial is still practised in Upper region. The dead body is dismembered first and is taken to elevated place leaving it as an offering to vultures.
One of the must visit place in Upper Mustang is Chungsi Cave. The cave lies in between many man-made caves. Chungsi cave is formed naturally is one of the most religiously and historically important place. Local believe that Guru Ringpoche used to meditate inside this cave at around 8th century. There are a lot of ancient monasteries amd cave in Upper Mustang.
Activities you can participate in Upper Mustang :
Upper Mustang offers many exotic activities to travellers. Apart from adventure hiking and trekking , Mustang offers various activities where you can get involved and experience the memorable time
Culture and Festivals : Upper Mustang has it's own unique culture and festivals as it was a separate kingdom until 1951. Most of the culture and history of Upper Mustang is heavily influenced by Tibetian Buddhism and Shamanism. Most of the celebrations include praying at Gompas or monastries , nature worshipping , traditional music and songs etc. The people of lower Mustang celebrate festivals on their own way and thier way is mostly influenced by Nepali BUddhist culture. Upper Mustang welcome all the lovers of culture and arts. This is a perfect place to do expedition on the Tibetan Buddhist culture and few of the master piece wall paintings. Monasteries and Caves are the hubs for exploration of architecture skill of centuries old. Tiji Festival is the most recommended festival of Mustang which celebrates every year between the mid may to early June. This is a peak season here in Mustang and we suggest all the travelers to book their trip earlier as possible for the better accommodations and to reserve the flights tickets between Pokhara and Jomsom. Some of the major festivals you cn participate in Upper Mustang are :
- Tiji Festival : Celebrated in the month of May for three days , Tiji or Tenji festival is celebrated in Loh Manthang. The festival is celebrated with the hope of world peace . It is the biggest festivals celebrated in Upper Mustang. Traditional dance, colorful customes , mask and sword dances are the major attractions of Tiji festival. You can participate in those activities if you reach there during the time of celebrations.
- Yartung festival : Another major festval of Upper Mustang is the Yartung festival. It is also celebrated for three days in the month of August. For day is the king's celebration , second day is for Monks and third day is for local people. The not-to-miss activity is horse racing. Apart from horse racing, people celebrate this festivals by dinking home-brewed beverages, wearng colorful dresses , dancing and singing ,etc
- Local Archery activities: Oe of the most famous activity you enjoy in Upper Mustang is local archery competition. It is celebrated mainly during spring season to welcome the new lives and good hopes for the new season. Traditional bows and arrows are used in place of modern ones. You can observe archery competition or even take part in this competiton during Tiji and Yartung festival.
- Lhosar: Lhosar is one of the major festivals of Buddhist . Buddhists in Upper Mustang celebrate Lhosar by Tibetan tradition.
Apart from the above mentioned festivals , Upper Mustang is full of minor celebrtions through out the year.
To those who don't want to trek yet want to feel visit the hidden gem , we have Upper Mustang Motorcycle adventure . Upper Mustang Offroad motorcycle adventure provides the rider an exclusive adventure and thrill. The muddy, dusty trails with loose gravels , water crossing in various parts adds up more excitement . To know more about Upper Mustang Offroad motorcycle adventure follow Upper Mustang Motorcycle adventure
Best Season to do Upper Mustang Trek :
Upper Mustang has a mountian desert type weather as it is located in the rainshadow of the Himalayas. Even in Monsoon , this region suffers low rainfall making it great to trek in any seasons . But one should be very careful while trekking in winter as most of the local people migrate towards low region to avoid extreme snow and cold. Apart from main winter time, this trek can be done throughout the year.
Monsoon Season ( June- August) : Since , Mustang lies in the rainshadow , this region experience low rainfall even in monsoon which makes it ideal to trek even in monsoon.
Autumn season (September to November ) : Autumn/ Fall is considered one of the best season to trek Upper Mustang. As the weather is clean and clear, the visibility is far with less to no haze. The day are bright and the tempreature is low comapred to Monsoon and Spring which makes this trek even more do-able.
Winter Season ( December to February ): Winter is the least preferred time to trek Upper Mustang as there is always chances of heavy snowfall. Days are mostly covered with clouds but mornings are mostly clear provding beautiful views. Also the place is less crowded. Many locals migrate to lower region to avid the cold and freezing winter. However, with proper equipments and gears , this trek provides adventure of another level if done in winter.
Spring Season ( March to May ): Spring is cosidered as peak season to do Upper Mustang Trek. As the temperature is warmer compared to Autumn, the walking days are fine and views are amazing because of clear sky and clean weather. Walking along the snowy trials with lots of wild flowers on the way makes this trek more beautiful. The landscapes are great and covered with snow patches. One of the major festival of Upper Mustang, Tiji festivals, also falls in this season.
Upper Mustang Trek Route:
The Upper Mustang Trek starts from Kagbeni which is historically and culturally important place. The day to day itinerary is as follows
Day 01 : Kagbeni to Chele , 3050 m , 5-6 hours
Day 02 : Chele to Samer , 3290 m , 6 hours
Day 03 : Samer to Ghiling , 3600 m , 6 hours
Day 04 : Ghiling to Tsarang , 3520 m , 5 hours
Day 05 : Tsarang to Lomanthang . 3780 m, 5 hours
Day 06 : hiking around Lomanthang and Chaser
Day 07 : Lomanthang to Ghami , 3440 m, 6 hours
Dau 08 : Ghami to Samer , 3290 m , 5 hours
Day 09 : Samer to Kagbeni , 2950 m , 6 hours
Permits and Costs : Upper Mustang trek is one of the best trekking destination in Nepal. The area is known for its ancient history and culture . The region is mostly mountain desert with less or no sign of trees . Since Upper Mustang is still a restricted area , special permits from Nepalese Government is required . The special permit costs 50 US$ per day . And other pemits required are ACAP permit ( 25 US$ ) since some part of the Upper Mustang Trek passes through Annapurna Circuit trail, TIMS permit card ( 10 US$ ) . So you have to pay 535 US$ for 10 days trek in Upper Mustang region.
Upper mustang permits and required Docouments
Upper Mustang trekking requires the following documents:
- Passport must be valid for least 6 month
- original passport and current valid visa required to apply for permits
- Passport scanned copy and passports of at least 2 people
- All goverment registered company docoument( pan, company registration documents, rastra bank document, local goverment paper, company tax clerance etc).
- cost will be per person 500 US$ for 10 days and additional 50 US$ per day onwards
- ACAP permits
- Two copies of passport size photo
Difficulty level of Upper Mustang Trek:
Upper Mustang trek is considered moderately difficult becuase of the terrain . Most of the trekking is below 4000 m so altitude is not an issue. However, the trails are confusing. One can get easily lost . Since a lot of road constructions are going on, the trekking trail may vanish overnight so any offline maps or google maps might not give you the accurate information. Some parts of the trail are tricky as they contains loose gravels, sands and muds which may cause you to tumble and hurt your leg. So we recommend to hire a professional and experieced guide to do this trek.
Why choose the upper mustang trek ?
The upper mustang trekking is gate way to the majestic view of the world's oldest buddhist culture and kingdom of Mustang . There are distinctive local people culture and heritage , specialy travelers are mostly intrested to plan to visit in mustang in tiji festival. During that time the weather is beautiful and clear. The unique perspective on mustang is the kali gandaki valley . The trail is more is well trodden and provides the best trail to trek in upper Himalayan region. Jomsom is the gateway to all mustang region and is home to local Thakali people. Dumba lake is one of the not-to-miss lake to visit when you are at Jomsom.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What religion and culture do people of Mustang region follow ?
Since Mustang is located in northernmost part of Nepal bordering with Tibet , Most of the people residing here follows Buddhism and some follow Bon religion. You can see a mixed culture of Nepalese and Tibetian lifestyle . The Mustang region is mostly populated by people of Thakali caste.
2. What type of landscapes are you supposed to enounter while doing Upper Mustang Trek ?
Mustang District, a part of the Dhaulagiri Zone, which is also known as "Land beyond Himalayas" is located in the Kali Gandaki valley of the Himalayan region of Western Nepal. Mustang (from the Tibetan Muntan meaning "fertile plain") the traditional region is largely dry and arid. The world’s deepest gorge that goes down three miles vertical between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains runs through this district. It also houses several of the most inspiring historical sites in the country, some of which date back to four thousand BC. The only river that flows through this vast mountain desert is Kaligandaki which is famous for finding ammonites. Ammonites are called " Saligram" according to Hinduism and has a significant religious values .
3. How much does it cost to do Upper Mustang Trek
The cost of trekking in Upper Mustang starts from 1500 US$ . The cost may go up depending on the type of services you are offered ( as per your requests) like the type of accommodation , the type of food, days extension etc.
4. Any historical backgrounds of this Mustang region ?
Mustang was once an independent kingdom closely tied to Tibet in culture and traditions.The ancient Kaligandaki salt trade route between India and Tibet pass through this region In the 11 century, a declining Lo was forced to pay levies on its river trade to the kingdom of Jumla further west. After 1975, when the expanding of Gorkha Army of King Prithivi Narayan Shah defeated Jumla, Lo transferred its levies to Gorkha. Although akin to Tibetan culture as well as language, Lo supported Nepal in the war with Tibet, thus affirming its ancient feudal system of Rajas. Then His Majesty the King of Nepal to the Raja of Lo bestowed the title ‘Raja of Mustang’ till 2006 AD. The people of Lo are predominantly Buddhist and speak Tibetan and Nepali. During the 1960’s, Lo became the operation base camp for the Khampa guerrillas from east Tibet fighting the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
5. How many days does it take to complete Upper Mustang Trek ?
It takes 17 days to complete Upper Mustang Trek. However it depends on the physical ability of trekkers .
6. Do we need a special permit to do Upper Mustang Trek ?
Since Upper Mustang is restricted area , travellers/ trekkers need to obtain a special permit to enter this region. The special permit costs 500 US$ per person. Other permits required for this trek are TIMS and ACAP entry permit.
7. What is the maximum altitude gained on Upper Mustang Trek ?
The highest point of Upper Mustang Trek is Choser which is 4,200 m above sea level.
8. How difficult is Upper Mustang Trek ?
Although the trail is not hard , the environmental conditions may make some trekkers feel uneasy. The absence of tree line, dusty trails and scorching sun rays may make some people feel tired early. The Upper Mustang Trek is graded as moderate .
9. What is the best time to do Upper Mustang Trek ?
The best time to do Upper Mustang trek is in between May to October. Though it rains in most part of Nepal during June and July but Upper Mustang experience minimum to no rainfall so except in winter , all times are considered best.
10. What types of acommodations and meals are available while doing this trek ?
Since Upper Mustang Trek route passes through Nepal China trade route, most of the accommodations are stadard which offers different types of Nepalese, Chinese and continental food.
11. How safe is Upper Mustang Trek ?
Trekking in Nepal with a licensed guide is always safe. Mustang region houses a lot of tea houses in short interval of time and the trail is mostly well marked so it is safe to trek upper Mustang.
12. Do we need to hire a guide and a porter to do Upper Mustang Trek ?
Yes, it is mandetory to hire a licensed guide from Government registered company while trekking in Upper Mustang. The Special permits to Upper Mustang trek are not issued to freelance or individual guide. It is issued for a company. Also you need to be two person at least and a licensed guide to visit Upper Mustang. For porter, we highly recommend using them. walking on a barren , rocky and dusty trail for 6-7 hours a day is sufficient enough for you to get tired easily which means you may not be able to enjoy the view. Hiring a porter , you will offload your extra packings so that you can enjoy the view and learn the culture and history of the place without worrying about the tiredness.
13. What is the risk of suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness while doing this trek ?
Trekking in treeless area above 3500 m is always challenging . The low oxygen concentration in atmosphere is the major factor for Acute Mountain Sickness or commonly called Altitude Sickness . So there is always a risk of suffering from mild Altitude Sickness. However in Upper Mustang trek , the elevation gained per day is gradual so body an acclimatize automatically while trekking and resting overnight. This does not mean there's no risk at all but minimum . To avoid altitude sickness ; trek at slow pace , do not carry heavy backpack, tae rest often , do not let your body get dehydrated , trek high and sleep at low points, avoid heavy consumption of alchohol ,etc.
14. What are the symptoms of Altitude sickness and how to cure it ?
Altitude sickness occurs when a person rapidly ascends to high altitudes, normally above 2,500 m/8,000 ft. Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If a person stays at high altitudes for an extended period, they may develop chronic altitude sickness. If they do not get medical help, this can lead to potentially fatal complications or even death .A person can prevent altitude sickness by ascending gradually and allowing the body to acclimatize to new heights. A doctor may prescribe several different medications to treat altitude sickness, or in some cases, recommend oxygen supplementation.However, a person may remedy altitude sickness symptoms most effectively by descending to lower altitudes.
Upper Mustang Trekking Itinerary
On arrival by respective airlines where our guide and staff receive you for a short drive to your hotel in the hub of busy Kathmandu, with hotels in a quiet environment after getting a refresh in your rooms our guide will brief on treks-hotels with necessary information.
The evening includes group dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with Culture and folk dance of Nepal to go with your meals.
On our second day, we will start preparing for your trek. One of Our representative will remind you to get all the permits necessary for this trek. You will be reminded to check your trek insurance policy and provide us a copy of it. You will meet your Team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gears to make sure they meet the requirements. After a brief introduction with the crew, one of our tour operator will take you to a city tour. You will be visiting 4 heritage sites, that hold historical, religious and cultural significances.
- Boudhanath: Boudhanath is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage in the wolrd. Considered world heritage site by UNESCO, this place holds a unique cultural and historical signifcance for Buddhists from all around the world.
- Pashupatinath: The famous Hindu templeof Pashupatinath is consideredthe greatest hindu temple of the world. Every year thousands of Hindu devotees from all around the world visit this temple to pay homage to Lord Shiva.
- Patan Durbar Square: Recognised by UNESCO as world's heritage site, Patan Durbar Square is famous for its historical arts and artifacts of Malla period.
- Swoyambhu: Another main Buddhist pilgrimage, Swoyambhu, is one of the main religious site for Buddhist and Hindus. Situated at hilltop in middle of the Kathmandu city, this place provides a beautiful view cityscape and landscape of Kathmandu Valley.
Morning an exciting overland journey to Nepal Mid West at Pokhara on country's most busy And interesting highway with a drive of six hours, on reaching Pokhara transfer to your hotel by Phewa Lakeside, with time for short walks around the lakeside full of good restaurants-shops-and stores with excellent hotels.
Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport for a scenic short flight to Jomsom of less than 30 minutes with a grand panorama of Dhaulagiri-Tukuche-Nilgiris with Annapurna and Machhapuchare Himal.
After an exciting view airborne reaching at Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district located around Kaligandaki River valley.
Herewith time to get organize with refreshment starting our first day walk to Kagbeni towards North West for first overnight at Kagbeni.
An interesting village where you can observe local culture similar to Tibetan traditions way of life, Kagbeni the gateway to Upper Mustang, where all foreign visitors require special permits to enter the forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang.
Morning walk leads into high Upper Mustang with slow uphill and into exposed valley enclosed within colorful eroded canyons and high cliff edge dotted with small caves, as our route leads on the gradual path with glorious views of Nilgiris-Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal, with short few rests in between and then reaching at the first village of inner Upper Mustang at Chussang often spelled as Tsusang also.
A farm area within a few tree lines of Willow-Juniper and Poplars that surrounds the village, the only species that survive in this harsh arid climate, here with time to enjoy and visit a local village.
From this village, walk lead to cross a stream past broken and eroded canyons which look like ruined castle walls within high surrounding cliffs, as walk lead past Chussang with views of colorful and brilliant red eroded cliffs above mouths of inaccessible caves. After a steady walk of one hour reaching Chele / Tshele village for short brief stops and observing village old traditional life. From Chele, village walk gets steeper for an hour with a climb to a ridge of above 3,130 m high with grand views of Gyagar across a huge canyon. Trek continues with a slow climb on this windswept terrain till a small scenic pass is reached at 3,540 m. From here a gradual descent leads to Samar for an overnight stop in a nice local lodge or guesthouse.
The Walk today starts with a short climb above Samar village to reach a ridge top, and then downhill heading towards a large gorge past a prayer Chorten of red, black, yellow and white colour. The adventure continues to reach another scenic valley with sparse vegetation of juniper trees, after crossing a stream, walk leads uphill to a ridge at above 3,800 m high, and then climb over to another pass, from here our route descends to Shyangmochen. This is a small settlement with few small tea shops at above 3,710 m high, after a nice and pleasant break continue with a gentle climb over a pass at 3,770 m to enter a huge valley on a downhill path towards our overnight stop at Gelling with its large fields of barley that surround this pretty village.
After a wonderful and pleasant overnight in Ghiling, the morning begins with a gradual slow climb past crop fields within the center of the valley, walk leads below Tama Gung settlements and continue with a long climb across the head of a valley above Nyi La pass 3,950m.
The top rewards you with a stunning panorama of Mustang terrain with white snow-capped peaks and this is the highest point of the adventure and the southern boundary of Lo.
From here a gradual downhill brings to a junction; the right path leads directly to Tsarang while the left leads to Ghami village one of the main majors of Lo region.
Our route leads below within blue, grey and red cliffs across a valley to cross a steel bridge over Tangmarchu River, the path climbs past to a long and magnificent stretch of Mani (prayer) wall, probably the longest series of prayer wall in whole Himalaya region.
From here with last and final climb of the day above 3,600 m high pass, from here a gentle descent leads to Tsarang or Charang for an overnight halt, an interesting village with a maze of fields, willow trees and a huge five-story high of white-colored Dzong and a Monastery known as Gompa situated on the edge of the Kali Gandaki gorge, around Tsarang with its own community electricity system.
Today toward our final and most awaited main highlight destination to Lo Manthang, the morning starts with a short downhill to cross Charangchu River, and then with a steep climb to a ridge passing Tholung valley.
Here our trail diverts towards the north with a gradual climb to reach a large Chhorten, which marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo, the climb follows a stream and then reaching a great wide windswept valley.
As the walk finally reaches on the top 3,850 m high pass offers a grand view of walled village of Lo Mananthang, taking a short descend towards a stream that outlines the walled village, form here a short climb leads you to the southern wall of Lo Manthang village.
The one and only entrance to the village from North-East corner, so one has to walk around the wall to reach the main entrance gate sometimes.
On entering the former forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang, transfer into a local lodge and guesthouses with time to browse around its alley and narrow streets with shops and stores.
Rest day at Lo-Manthang, once the capital of Lo (Mustang district), one of the largest village with more than 150 houses includes the number of resident for a priest, monks, and lamas, houses are closely packed with palace and monasteries located in the bottom section around vertical part of L shaped houses.
The Mustang raja's palace stands an imposing 4 story building in the center of the city. It is the home of the former Raja (king), Jigme Parbal Bista, and the Rani (queen), who is from the noble family of Lhasa and Shigatse in Tibet.
With exciting and enjoyable time in Lo-Manthang, depart from this mystical and legendry kingdom starting with descending and few short climbs all the way to Ghami.
As the morning walk leads outside the walled Lo-Manthang village, our route leads to a steady climb to a pass offering the last glimpse of Lo-Manthang, walk from here on is more or less on gradual with downhill slopes most of the way to Ghami village for an overnight stop, Ghami another important village of Upper Mustang region
Trek today follows on the same route towards Nyi La, climb to the ridge and then contouring upwards and then reaching the road coming from Tsarang. From the top of the ridge, a steep descend to Gelling Valley. The trail continues bypassing Gelling to a lone teahouse and then a gentle downhill to a small settlement of Tama Gung. A steep switchbacks trail leads to a stream; the trail climbs to a large painted Chhorten and then on a straightforward route to our overnight stop at Samar.
Our route from Samar leads on a downhill trail in the same direction for a few hours past Chele village to reach at Mustang Khola, from here walk leads on the gradual path in between great canyons and eroded high cliffs to reach back at Kagbeni for last overnight within Upper Mustang.
From Kagbeni our last day of the great adventure on Upper Mustang Trek, as morning leads on the same route to Jomsom with easy gradual downhill reaching back at Kaligandaki river valley, walking on vast windswept Kaligandaki river valley to reach Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River.
An afternoon with time for a walk around Jomsom town, home of Thakali people within Kaligandaki River valley famous for apple orchards and garden as well for delicious apples and products like cider, brandy, and juice a delightful town for walks around the street with shops and stores.
From Jomsom, morning short and scenic flight ending our final day of the great adventure, with an exciting flight to reach at beautiful Pokhara for overnight stop by the clam Phewa Lake. Pokhara, a popular touristic destination blessed with natural beauty and picturesque scenery of mountains-hills and lakes.
Morning an early drive back to Kathmandu on an interesting highway with the exciting journey as drive leads through rural farm villages and towns with views of mountains after six-hour drive ending at Kathmandu, then transfer to your respective hotels.
You will be transferred to the Kathmandu airport to catch your returning flight.
Includes & Excludes
- All the government and company service charges
- Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
- 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and English-speaking guide)
- Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by a tourist bus
- 2 Nights hotel in Pokhara at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Jomsom-Pokhara flight
- ACAP (Annapurna Conversation Area Permit) and TIMS Cards
- An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including insurance during the trekking
- Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15kgs to 20 kgs) and their all expenses including insurance
- Food (Breakfasts, lunches and Dinners (Full board basis during the trekking with 3 complimentary tea/coffee)
- Teahouse accommodation during the trekking in twin sharing basis
- Trekking route map
- Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
- First aid kit
- International airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except complimentary dinners
- Personal expenses (WIFI, bar bills, laundries, electricity charges for the gadgets, hot shower, hot water etc)
- Tipping for guide(s), porter (s), driver(s)
- Anything does not include in the inclusion list.
Departure Dates for Upper Mustang Trekking - 17 days
05 Jul 2022 - 18 Jul 2022
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