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Upper Mustang trek

Lomanthang, Mustang, Nepal
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Duration

17 day 16 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

The Upper Mustang trek journey is the last gateway to the mysterious land of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo.

After being banned and isolated from the rest of the world for decades, the area was able to emerge within its own distinct culture and rich Tibetan-affiliated culture. This modest and well-known trek through one of the driest regions of Nepal and offers spectacular views.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang
  • Trek through a stark desert landscape with spires and cliffs
  • Lying in the rain shadow, a great trek to escape the summer monsoon

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by Himalayan Glacier. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
1,350m/4,429ft

Day 02 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

We tour 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 Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at Himalayan Glacier’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
1,350m/4,429ft

Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

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. Overnight in Pokhara.
Hiking:
5-6 hrs

Driving:
5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude
827m/2,713ft

Day 04 Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

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. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Flight:
20 min

Hiking:
3-4 hrs

Maximum Altitude
2,810m/9,220ft

Day 05 Kagbeni to Chele

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. Overnight in Chele.
Hiking:
5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,050m/10,007ft

Day 06 Chele to Syanbochen

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. Overnight in Syanboche.
Hiking:
6-7 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,475m/11,401ft

Day 07 Syanbochen to Ghami

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. Overnight in Ghami.
Hiking:
5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,520m/11,549ft

Day 08 Ghami to Tsarang

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. Overnight in Tsarang.
Hiking:
5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,870m/12,697ft

Day 09 Tsarang to Lo-Manthang

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. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
Hiking:
3-4 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,730m/12,238ft

Day 10 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 gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas 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-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Maximum Altitude
3,730m/12,238ft

Day 11 Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar

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 for an overnight stay.
Hiking:
6-7 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,810m/12,501ft

Day 12 Drakmar to Ghiling

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. Overnight in Ghiling.
Hiking:
5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,806m/12,487ft

Day 13 Ghiling to Chhuksang

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. Overnight in Chhuksang.
Hiking:
5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude
3,050m/10,007ft

Day 14 Chhuksang to Jomsom

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.
Hiking:
6-7 hrs

Maximum Altitude
2,700m/8,859ft

Day 15 Fly back to Pokhara

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.
Flight:
20 min

Maximum Altitude
827m/2,713ft

Day 16 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. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Driving:
5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude
1,350m/4,429ft

Day 17 Final departure

Our Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal

Included/Excluded

  • Flights to/from Jomsom
  • Trekking permits and registration fees
  • Transport to/from the airport
  • Teahouse accommodation during trek
  • Meals as per the itinerary (all meals on trek, with boiled drinking water)
  • Your trekking guide and porter, with all their transport, equipment, insurance, meals and accommodation
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies
  • • Your international flights
  • • Nepal visa fees & airport taxes
  • Personal travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Gear or equipment for your trek
  • Personal expenses along the trek
  • Anything else not mentioned in 'Price Includes
  • Tips for your city guide, drivers, hotels, restaurants, etc

Tour's Location

Lomanthang, Mustang, Nepal

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