Upper Mustang Trek – Explore the Forbidden Himalayan Kingdom – July 22, 2019.
Upper Mustang Trek – Late Himalayan Kingdom
Explore the forbidden Himalaya Kingdom of Upper Mustang with JRN Trek.
Trek to Upper Mustang will give you a completely different trekking experience than other trekking destinations in Nepal. Upper Mustang is known as the last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. Mustang was prohibited for foreign tourists to enter until 1990. Still, this area is a restricted trekking region in Nepal and thus tourists will require a permit to get the green signal for trekking here. During this trek, you are going to explore an ancient Tibetan culture and traditions in the land of Nepal. The uniqueness of the treeless landscapes, thousands of years of old and historical Monasteries, Longest Mani wall, the beauty of pray flags on the passes; and the superb view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other Himalayan peaks. Besides the Upper Mustang part, if you have more days and want to explore at the same time, then you can continue with Annapurna Circuit Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.
MAJOR ATTRACTION OF UPPER MUSTANG
- The barren land or desert of Nepal
- Last forbidden kingdom of Nepal
- Different than other trekking trails
- Lo Manthang (Kingdom of upper Mustang)
- Tibetan traditions and culture
- Old monasteries and Stupas
- Picturesque view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
ROUTES OF UPPER MUSTANG TREK
Mustang trekking trip starts a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then a flight to Jomsom. Officially, it begins after the registration of a special permit in ACAP office at Kagbeni. Furthermore, this trek proceeds by following beautiful villages like Chhusang, Samar, Ghiling, Ghami, Tsarang, and the Kingdom of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is famous as ‘the city of the wall’ in the Himalaya of Nepal.
UPPER MUSTANG TREKKING MAP
After we reach in Lo Manthang, we will have 2 more days to explore the region. On the first day, you’ll explore the historical, beautiful, and ancient Buddhist monasteries inside the Lo Manthang and on the second day, you’ll be headed to Chhoser to visit cave monasteries and other beautiful sights. If you wish and fortunately if we have enough time, we can go and visit the border of Tibet as well. Finally, we return via Ghar Gumba to reach in Ghami to follow the same trail back to Kathmandu.
Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek
The trekking season in Nepal is in spring and autumn whereas if you are thinking of trekking in Upper Mustang, the summer season is the best because the region is also known as the desert of Nepal and hence this part is not affected by the rain.
- Spring: March, April and Many.
- Autumn: September, October, and November.
- Summer: June, July, and August.
The rainy season in Nepal can also be good for trekking in Upper Mustang because of the low precipitation, however, it is not recommended. One may have to face several challenges during trekking in the rainy season. One of the most popular cultural show of Mustang, Tiji festival is celebrated in this season.
You will be staying in a 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu during your trip. When you start your trek and as you move higher, you will not be able to find luxury rooms anywhere. So you will stay at Lodge/Guest House/Tea House during the trek.
- July 20th – Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
- July 21st – Day 2: Trek preparation
- July 22nd – Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive
- July 23rd – Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
- July 24th – Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele
- July 25th – Day 6: Chele to Shyangmochen
- July 26th – Day 7: Shyangmochen to Tsarang
- July 27th – Day 8: Tsarang to Lo Manthang.
- July 28th – Day 9: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Zong Cave.
- July 29th – Day 10: Explore Lo – Manthang
- July 30th – Day 11: Lo – Manthang to Dhakmar via Ghar Gumba.
- July 31st – Day 12: Dhakmar to Shyangmochen.
- August 1st – Day 13: Shyangmochen to Chhusang via Ruchen Cave.
- August 2nd – Day 14: Chhusang to Muktinath.
- August 3rd – Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom.
- August 4th – Day 16: Fly to Pokhara.
- August 5th – Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu.
- August 6th – Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu.
- August 7th – Day 19: Transfer to Airport for a flight back home.
This itinerary is our tailor-made program for Upper Mustang Trek. The days on the trek are always flexible and can be increased and decreased depending on your holiday length, budget, and choice. If you wish to make any changes to our package according to your flexibility, please email us at email@example.com.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Our team member will welcome and greet you at the Airport and arrange transport to the Hotel. Overnight at Hotel and Breakfast included.
Day 2: Trek preparation
After breakfast, you will meet up with your Guide and porters as you will be briefed about the trek from our team members. Overnight at the Hotel and Breakfast included.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive
Morning at 6:30, your guide will be at your hotel to take you to the tourist bus station to drive you to Pokhara at 7 am. Driving 210km will take around 7 to 8 hours. Pokhara is the second biggest city or valley of Nepal and one of the best tourist destination in Nepal as well. After reaching Pokhara in the afternoon, you will visit the Phewa Lake. Overnight at the Hotel and Breakfast included.
Day 4: Pokhara – fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft)
Flying duration: 30 minutes
Walking duration: 3 hours
Morning drive to the airport to catch your flight to Jomsom as your flight will be scheduled an hour prior of flight time. The flight to Jomsom will take around 30 minutes. Flying between two world’s highest mountain peaks, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, is absolutely breath-taking. After reaching Jomsom, you will meet with other crew members and start to walk to Kagbeni on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Kali Gandaki Valley is known as the windy valley of Nepal. Following the Kaligandaki river, you will get to Eakle vatti (One tea shop in Nepali) and then follow the same trial to Kagbeni. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele (3110m/10200ft)
Walking duration: 5 to 6 hours.
Day 5 is the official starting day of Upper Mustang Trek after registering a special permit at the ACAP office at Kagbeni. Now in upper Mustang, the road is good and black-pitched. You are going to follow the road to get in Tange 3060m. Then you will walk on the bank of Kaligandaki river on the dry land and if you turn back you can see the towering Nilgiri Himal. About one and a half hour beyond Tange, you will reach the village called Chhuksang 2980m. Cross the bridge over the Kaligandaki river to climb an hour to reach Chele. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 6: Chele to Shyangmochen 3800m
Walking duration: 5 to 6 hours.
Today, you will start by climbing gradually to Samar Village 3620m. During walking up to Samar you will encounter with the place called Ghyakar and the agriculture field in the dry place. After the Samar also you need to climbs to a ridge called Bhena la 3830m and gently down to Bhena. Eat lunch at Bhena and then again gradual climb to Yamdo La 4010m and then descend to Shyangmochen. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 7: Shyangmochen to Tsarang (3620m/11875ft)
Walking duration: 6 to 7 hours.
Walking to from Shyangmochen to Tsarang, the first part is gradual up to Nyi la 4020m. The trail from Nyi la is descending to Ghami. Ghami is the third largest village in Upper Mustang with the farmland, houses, monastery, and Chhorten. The Tsarang trail crosses a river after Ghami. The longest mani wall, red, blue and grey cliffs surroundings you will take to Tsarang. Tsarang is a historical village inside the Upper Mustang and maze of fields and willow trees. One of the oldest monastery and Buddhist library. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 8: Tsarang to Lo – Manthang (3840m/12595ft)
After breakfast, you will explore the Tsarang village to see the history, culture, and tradition of the local community. Buddhist Monastery and Library of Tsarang village are historical and cultural. The trail from Tsarang is gradual climbing and Nepali flat. After reach at the Lo La 3950m, you are going to have the view of The walled city – Lomanthang. Lomanthang the kingdom of Upper Mustang. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 9: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Zong Cave.
After breakfast, you will hike to Namgyal Gompa for 2 to 3 hours. This Gompa is located on the cliff of the hill, close to the Tibet border. After finish to visit monastery you will go to the Zong Cave. This cave has a historical myth about the history of Nepal. After visit monastery and cave you will back to Lomanthang. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 10: Explore Lo – Manthang
Today is an easy day to explore the Lo – Manthang. Inside the Lomanthang there is three big and historic monastery and the royal palace of mustang king. You will explore monasteries and villages on this day.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) 6-7 hrs
Starting to descend of the trek, but you need to steadily climb to Chogo la 4325m. Chogo La is the highest point you are going to reach during Upper Mustang Trek. During climbing up you will have the last glimpse of Lo – Manthang. Afterward, follow the trail to Ghar Gumba. Ghar Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in Mustang. Visiting the monastery, you will follow the way to Dhakmar by the climb to a ridge then cross a valley to a cairn and pass at 4170m to get in Dhakmar. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 12: Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft)
Walking duration: 4 to 5 hours
The trail descends to the Ghami and from Ghami you are going to follow the same trail which you walked a few days ago to reach in Shyangmochen. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 13: Shyangmochen to Chhusang via Ruchen Cave.
Walking duration: 7 to 8 hours.
The trail to Samar is two Same way or chose via Ruchen cave. You will take the Ruchen cave to get in Samar before descending to Chhusang via the same way.
Day 14: Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft)
Today you will ascend mostly till a small pass, from where we will see Muktinath and the red painted Buddhist Monasteries in Muktinath village. From the top, you are going to enjoy the terrific 140-degree view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himalayan range while walking down to Muktinath. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft)
Walking duration: 5 to 6 hours.
Muktinath is popular pilgrims site also ending place of Annapurna Circuit Trek. From here you will descend to the Eakle Bhati and follow the same trail from before to get in Jomsom. Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse. Full board meal – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 16: Fly to Pokhara.
Flying duration: 30m
Fly back to Pokhara and relax in Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel and Breakfast included.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Driving duration: 7 to 8 hours.
After breakfast in Pokhara will go to Tourist bus park at 7 am for Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu.
Free day in Kathmandu. You can do the shopping and relax in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Departure to the airport.
Receive the trekking achievement certificate and T-shirt and departure to the airport.
- Airport Pickup and Drop
- all the necessary documents for trekking ( Permit )
- Fly ticket to Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara and ground transportation for trekking
- Food during trekking (Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast) Tea or coffee each time on the choice
- Accommodation during trekking
- Guide and Porter ( wage, transportation, insurance, food, and lodge )
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Water purifying tablets for drinking water during the trek.
- Seasonal fruits
- Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
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- All meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
- Tips to guides and support staff
- Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies).
- Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
- Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses.
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Drinking water and other drinks
Good standard trekking boots
Shorts (both casual and for treks)
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
Camera & lenses
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
Book/music player/pack of cards
A plastic bag for waste
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
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