Upper Mustang Trek – Forbidden Himalayan Kingdom
Late Himalayan Kingdom – Upper Mustang
Explore the forbidden Himalaya Kingdom – UPPER MUSTANG TREK
Trek to Upper Mustang will give you completely different trekking experience than other trekking destinations in Nepal. Upper Mustang is known as the last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. Mustang wasn’t allowed foreign tourist entering in the region until 1990. Still, this area is a restricted trekking region in Nepal. 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 year of old and historical Monasteries, Longest Mani wall, and 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 to Annapurna Circuit Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.
MAJOR ATTRACTION OF UPPER MUSTANG TREK
- The barren land or desert of Nepal
- Last forbidden kingdom of Nepal
- Different than other trekking trails
- Lomanthang (Kingdom of upper Mustang)
- Tibetan traditions and culture
- Old monasteries and Stupas
- Picturesque view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
TREKKING ROUTES OF UPPER MUSTANG
Mustang trekking trip starts a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then a flight to Jomsom. Officially Upper Mustang Trek begins after register special permit in ACAP office at Kagbeni. Furthermore, this trek continues by following beautiful villages like Chhusang, Samar, Ghiling, Ghami, Tsarang, and the Kingdom of Upper Mustang Lomanthang. Lomanthang is famous as the city of the wall in the Himalaya of Nepal.
UPPER MUSTANG TREKKING MAP
After we reach in Lomanthang we will have 2 days to explore around there. In the first day explores historical beautiful and ancient Buddhist monasteries inside the Lomanthang. And the second-day this trip head to Chhoser to visit cave monasteries and other beautiful sights. After all, if you like, even we can go to the border of Tibet as well. Then trek setback via Ghar Gumba to reach in Ghami to follow same way to back in Kathmandu.
Best Time to do Upper Mustang Trek.
Trekking season in Nepal is in spring and autumn whereas if you are thinking to get in Upper Mustang; Summer season is the best because the Mustang region is the desert of Nepal so that this part is not affected by the rain.
- Spring: March, April and Many.
- Autumn: September, October, and November.
- Summer: June, July, and August.
This is rainy season in Nepal but to do a trek in Upper Mustang is good; because of the less rain and one of the most popular cultural show of Mustang, Tiji festival celebrates in this season.
- Day: Arrive in Kathmandu
- Day: Trek preparation
- Day: Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive
- Day: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
- Day: Kagbeni to Chele
- Day: Chele to Shyangmochen
- Day: Shyangmochen to Tsarang
- Day: Tsarang to Lomanthang.
- Day: Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Zong Cave.
- Day: Explore Lo – Manthang
- Day: Lo – Manthang to Dhakmar via Ghar Gumba.
- Day: Dhakmar to Shyangmochen.
- Day: Shyangmochen to Chhusang via Ruchen Cave.
- Day: Chhusang to Muktinath.
- Day: Muktinath to Jomsom.
- Day: Fly to Pokhara.
- Day: Drive back to Kathmandu.
- Day: Free day in Kathmandu.
- Day: Departure to the airport.
This itinerary is our tailor-made program for Upper Mustang Trek. Days in the trek is always flexible it can increase and decrease depending on your holiday length schedule and choice. If you are thinking about some change please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Our team member will welcome and greeting you in Airport and arrange transport to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel and Breakfast included.
Day 2: Trek preparation
After breakfast meet Guide and porters and briefing about trek from our team member. Overnight Hotel and Breakfast included.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive
Morning 6:30 guide will be in your hotel to take you to the tourist bus station to drive 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 of Nepal as well. After reach in Pokhara at afternoon, you will visit the Phewa Lake. Overnight at 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 fly Jomsom as your flight schedule before one hour of flight time. The flight to Jomsom will take around 30m. Flying between two worlds highest mountain peak Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is absolutely breath-taking. Jomsom meet with other crow 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 to get Eakle vatti (One tea shop in Nepali) and then follow the same road 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.
Officially starting day of Upper Mustang Trek after register special permit at the ACAP office at Kagbeni. Now in upper mustang there is the motor road so that you are going to follow the road to get in Tange 3060m. Walking on the bank of Kaligandaki river on the dry land if you turn back you can see the towering Nilgiri Himal. About one and 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 with 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. The 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 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 the 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 the 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 oldest monastery 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 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.
Note: This is for full board package. If you thinking about the different package this will be different.
- 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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