Mustang (Restricted Area) for 17 Days
Upper Mustang trek offers a spectacular trekking experience in the remote trans-Himalayan mountain region of Nepal. The 17-day trip begins in Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then we drive to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and begin trekking. Upper Mustang is also known as...
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Upper Mustang trek offers a spectacular trekking experience in the remote trans-Himalayan
mountain region of Nepal. The 17-day trip begins in Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World
Heritage Sites. Then we drive to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and begin trekking.
Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because it wasn’t until the 1990s
that tourists were allowed to enter the region. While trekking in the Upper Mustang region of
Nepal, we can admire the uniqueness of tree-less landscape, rocky trails and views of Nilgiri,
Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayas.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, a representative from Mountain Leaders will receive you at the Airport and transfer to the hotel. Depending upon your arrival time, we will arrange for activities for the day. In the evening, you will enjoy the welcome dinner alongside a lovely cultural performance program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and start a day with full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. You will visit Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupa in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants. We will be staying at Kathmandu.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours
We have breakfast then leave for Pokhara, also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. We then check-in to our hotel and take a rest. We enjoy boating in the Fewa Lake and stroll in the city’s quaint streets. We will be staying at Pokhara.
Fly to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek
Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. We will be staying at Kagbeni.
Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. We will be staying at Chele.
Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours
Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche. We will be staying at Syanboche.
Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours
We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village. We will be staying at Ghami.
Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours
Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red Gompa towards its east. We will be staying at Tsarang.
Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours
We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good. We will be staying at Lo-Manthang.
Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization
Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major Gompa of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these Gompa have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Manthang. We will be staying at Lo Manthang.
Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours
We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar. We will be staying at Darkmar.
Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours
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. We will be staying at Ghiling.
Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
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. We will be staying at Chhuksang.
Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours
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. We will be staying at Jomsom.
Fly back to Pokhara from Jomosm
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. We will be staying at Pokhara.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
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. . We will be staying at Kathmandu.
After breakfast, as per your flight schedule, our representative from Mountain leaders will transfer you to the airport from where you will fly towards your next destination.