Upper Mustang Trek - 16 Days

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US$ 1970/pp  

Upper Mustang Trek - 16 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1970
  • Duration:
    16 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Mustang
  • Season:
    Spring & Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    4,077 m

Highlight

  • Explore the hidden kingdom, a land seemingly stuck in time since the 15th century. 
  • Trek in the unscathed arid highlands of Upper Mustang. 
  • Visit the medieval earthen walled city of Lo Manthang.
  • Mysterious man made Sky Caves.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture, tradition, and history of the ancient Tibetan community.
  • Trek along the Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge.
  • Traverse across multiple passes throughout the trek
  • Visit Muktinath Temple.

Overview

Upper Mustang, also known as the “Forbidden Kingdom,” is the northern part of the Mustang District. Up until 1992, it was a restricted region to foreigners; hence, the title of the “Forbidden Kingdom” was given. Once also recognized as the "Kingdom of Lo," a title relinquished following Nepal's monarchy abolition in 2008, this region boasted an ancient capital known as Lo Manthang. Comprising around 150 abodes, a palace, and monasteries, Lo Manthang holds rich historical significance in the Upper Mustang region.

Embark on a trek to the Hidden Kingdom, where time appears to have stood still since the 15th century, owing to the region's isolation from external human interaction. Traverse the ancient arid highlands, trekking amidst sky caves and hoodoos which sculpt the terrain. Cross multiple high passes, explore monasteries and stunning architectures of the yore, scattered along our path throughout our expedition in Upper Mustang.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
N/A
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 25 mins Flight (KTM - PKR), 90 mins drive (PKR - N.P), 3 hours Trek
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Enjoy breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to the airport for an early flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Upon arrival in Pokhara, meet your guide and driver, and proceed for a scenic drive to Kagbeni
  • Arrive in Kagbeni and check into your accommodation where we will be staying overnight.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,050 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your trek early in the morning from Kagbeni to Chele, aiming to avoid the heavy wind in the afternoon and make the most of the day's journey.
  • Start trekking along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki River towards Chhusang, enjoying stunning views of Mt. Nilgiri glowing in the early morning sunlight.
  • Pass by Mustang's unique red sandstone pillars and hoodoos, shaped by thousands of years of erosion, as you continue your journey towards Tangbe Village.
  • Arrive at Tangbe Village, a charming settlement with red and whitewashed houses, apple orchards, and barley fields.
  • Follow a relatively narrow canyon towards Chele, a small town situated along a ridge with otherworldly views. 
  • Arrive in Chele and check-in at your accommodation and take some time to rest and relax.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,800 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Start the steep ascent from Chele, climbing a spur and then continuing up a steep canyon towards Taklam La Pass.
  • Reach the Taklam La Pass and cross over to descend towards Samar, enjoying panoramic views of Mount Nilgiri along the way.
  • Descend from the pass to Samar, a usual resting place for horses and mule caravans, where you can catch your breath and refuel.
  • Continue descending through a large gorge, passing by the vibrant Rangchyung Chorten painted in red, black, yellow, and white, as you trek towards Syangboche.
  • Arrive in Syangboche and check-in at your accommodation and take some time to relax and rejuvenate after a challenging day of trekking.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,520 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the day's trek from Syangboche to Ghami, where we will trek over two high mountain passes.
  • Start the ascent towards Yamda La Pass, trekking through an astonishing desert landscape and passing by remote settlements along the way.
  • Descend from Yamda La Pass into a large valley, marveling at the wide barley fields and mud and stone houses of Gelling, which are painted white and ochre.
  • Continue trekking towards Tama Gaun, a nearby settlement, before beginning the ascent to Nyi La Pass 
  • Descend from Nyi La Pass towards Ghami, a picturesque village nestled amidst the rugged landscape of Mustang.
  • Arrive in Ghami, your destination for the day, where you'll be greeted by the warm hospitality of the locals.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,560 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Today we trek across the driest part of Mustang, ensure you have plenty of water and snacks for the trek ahead.
  • Begin the ascent towards Tsarang, tackling difficult climbs and steep trails as you push forward towards your destination.
  • Arrive in Tsarang, an extensive spread-out town with around 1000 inhabitants, where you'll be greeted by the warm hospitality of the locals. Take some time to explore the town and immerse yourself in its rich culture and history.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,810 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the day's trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang, which will take us over Lo La Pass. We ascend from Tsarang, trekking over flat land before beginning the climb towards Lo La Pass.
  • Reach Lo La Pass, where you'll be rewarded with delightful views of the valley below, including Lo Manthang.
  • Arrive in Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city of Upper Mustang, where you'll be greeted by the unique architecture and rich cultural heritage of the region.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring Lo Manthang, visiting the ancient monasteries, palaces, and chortens that are scattered around the town.

Time : Sightseeing Only
Max Altitude : 3,810 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Today we take a leisurely exploration of the historical walled city of Lo Manthang, steeped in centuries of history and culture.
  • Explore the iconic Royal Palace which has several interconnected buildings, courtyards, and rooms, displaying intricate woodwork, beautiful murals, and decorative motifs.
  • Visit the three major Gompas of Lo Manthang - Jampa Gompa, Thubchen Gompa and Chodey Gompa.
  • Enjoy a traditional Mustangi lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of authentic Himalayan cuisine and take some time to interact with local residents and learn about their traditional way of life, customs, and beliefs.
  • Enjoy a leisurely evening in Lo Manthang. Stroll around architectural wonders as you wander through the labyrinthine streets of this historic city.
  • Rest overnight in Lo Manthang

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,520 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Bid farewell to the ancient city walls of Lo Manthang as we set out on a trek to the famous Ghar Gompa (Lo Gekar) believed to be the oldest monastery in Mustang, built in the 8th century by Guru Rinpoche “Padmasambhava". 
  • We trek southwards towards Drakmar, following a route that gives us a clear vista of the Himalayas.
  • Arrive at Ghar Gompa which is adorned with ancient scriptures, murals, and paintings that depict the life of Buddha and Guru Rinpoche.
  • We then resume your trek towards Ghami, passing through picturesque villages and ancient settlements along the way.
  • Rest overnight in the village of Ghami.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,660 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Today we trek towards Samar, a Tibetan-style village, decorated with mani walls, monastery, and terraced fields.as we navigate our way through the rocky paths of Nyi La Pass (4,010m). 
  • Descend steeply from Niy La Pass towards Geling, following a winding trail that offers stunning views of the valley below.
  • We continue to head towards Samar, trekking through terraced fields, and picturesque villages along the way.
  • Relax and unwind after a day of trekking, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Samar as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,660 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trek along the winding trails towards Chhusang, moving alongside the Kali Gandaki Riverbed, one of the most iconic landmarks in the region.
  • Reach the Kali Gandaki River and prepare to cross through a rock tunnel that leads to the other side.
  • Trek forward from the Kali Gandaki Riverbed towards Chhusang, following the well-defined trail that leads us to our destination. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery as you descend towards the village with its traditional architecture and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Enjoy a leisurely evening in Chhusang, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and majestic surroundings before you retire for the night.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,077 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Our destination for today is the temple of Mukti Kshetra, where the temple of Muktinath, one of the world’s highest temples in Hinduism is situated.
  • We start our ascent towards Gyu La Pass (4,077m), following the trail that leads through rugged terrain and rocky slopes.
  • Arrive at Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists for its significance as a place on Earth where all five elements—fire, water, sky, earth, and air converge.
  • Visit the Jwala Mai temple, and take a refreshing bath in the sacred waters of the 108 spouts.
  • We will rest overnight in an accommodation near Muktinath Temple.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,772 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We trek from Muktinath, traversing through the dry, desert-like terrain characteristic of the Mustang region.
  • Descend gradually along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, passing by stupas and old traditional houses that dot the landscape. Cross the Lubra Pass with the towering peaks of the Himalayas in the distance.
  • Reach Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang district, after several hours of trekking. Check-in at your accommodation and take some time to rest and refresh after the journey.
  • Explore the quaint town of Jomsom. You can take a stroll around the market area or relax at your hotel.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast, and Lunch
  • We drive our way back to Pokhara from Jomsom. En route, we make a stop in Marpha, famous for its apple orchards and local apple products.
  • Arrive in Pokhara and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : 25 mins Flight, 20 mins drive to Hotel
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Time : 25 mins drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
N/A
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Upper Mustang has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 16-day Upper Mustang Trek. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
14.65 °C
Feels Like
14.08 °C
Humidity
73%
Cloud
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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 12-night trek in the Upper Mustang Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide .
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water served during included meals only
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Upper Mustang trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Upper Mustang are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from -6°C (21.2°F) to 20°C (68°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around -3°C (26.6°F) to 18°C (64.4°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -20°C (-4°F) and can be very harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizen
  • Upper Mustang Permit - USD 500 per person for the first 10 days (For Foreigners) USD 50 per person per day beyond 10 days of stay.

 

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Upper Mustang Trek Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 12 Days 
  • 1 Night in Pokhara
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

Elevations

 

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Kagbeni with an altitude exceeding 2,800m. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent in Upper Mustang is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 200-300m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

 

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Equipments

For the Upper Mustang trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Mustang region.

Route Map

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Upper Mustang Trek is a trekking activity done in the Northern part of Mustang District, which takes us through some of the most serene, beautiful as well as the most barren and arid landscapes Nepal has to offer.

The most common way to start the Upper Mustang Trek is by flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and then driving to Jomsom or Kagbeni from there you can trek northwards towards Upper Mustang . The trek typically takes around 11 days.

The best time to trek in Upper Mustang is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need two permits: ACAP Permit and Upper Mustang Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (14°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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