Upper Mustang Trek is a famous trekking area in Himalayan Region. It has the most suitable climate and a completely different lifestyle. Upper Mustang is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. Sacred Himalayas and incredible scenic beauty surround this place. Cultural and religious values have filled the Upper Mustang Trek. Thakalis, Gurung, and Tibetans are significant inhabitants. The neighborhood right there speaks the Tibetan Language. The Tibetans much influence lifestyle and culture.
It is a lifetime experience for any traveler to visit such a fantastic place. Moreover, the Upper Mustang Trek will take you to the little Buddhist world. Upper Mustang Trek has become a favorite destination for many people in a short period. Moreover, the beautiful and fascinating views of snow-capped Mountains make this place mesmerizing.
The Barren high plateaus, deep canyons, and an ocean of exposed hills, the colors of a desert sunset add beauty to this amazing place. Life is not meant to be lived in one place. So, spend your life exploring this fantastic hidden beauty of Upper Mustang Trek. The areas are often treeless, with a steep rocky path up and down to the hill. Likewise, you can observe the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more mountains.
The fantastic landscapes, plateaus, and the monasteries will take away all your sorrows. The great memories of the place and adventure will fill your life with happiness. At some point in the Trek, the trekkers can enjoy the useful resource of the thousand years ancient monastery. Caves, close by tribes and scenic splendor of various landscapes. Not only that, but the trek also passes via excessive peaks, passes, glaciers, and alpine valleys.
Mustang is enriched with particular barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs, and Moraine valleys. Besides, Upper Mustang Trek is underneath the rain shadow of the big Himalayas range. Its panorama is unmatched, for it has a phenomenal wasteland, pristine scenery, snow-capped peaks. In addition to that, there are mind-blowing 16th-century monasteries and many other precise points of interest.
The view of windswept Kali Gandaki valley, big spaces around Kagbeni and prominent ridges, excessive mountains provide a mind-blowing experience. And the equally important shiny blue sky contrasting with the red, yellow, and grey of the wind-eroded cliffs. In the late morning, the wind receives up and buffets you as you walk further into this parched land of wondrous beauty.
The residence and monasteries in the top Mustang have a medieval look. Along with the excellent local structure built with stone and sun-baked dust bricks. Furthermore, another major attraction of the Mustang Trek is the Tiji festival. Late winter and spring are the times to celebrate it.
In the same way, minimal intrusion from the modern world makes this region Nepal’s natural and cultural treasure. Mustang’s history has made it one of the most mysterious and intriguing trekking destinations in Nepal. In addition to that, its natural and cultural treasures make it a perfect place to explore nature.
Following are the major attractions of this trek :
For those who love challenges, Mustang Trek would be the enormous and adventures’ trekking as traveling around the challenging trail of the Tibetans path round the Trans-Himalaya area of Nepal makes it possible.
Duration: 17 Days
Group Size: Minimum of two pax
Max. Altitude: Drakmar (3810 m/12500ft)
Trek Grade: Moderate
Best Travel Time: April, May, June, July, August, September, and October are the best time, Upper Mustang is rain shadow area, Winters are notoriously cold and with very heavy snowfalls.
Trip Snippets: 17 days, 5 night’s hotels, 11 nights Lodges, Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trekking.
Departure Dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct for a group of 2 to 12 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment.
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek; the maximum weight per trekkers is 15 kg, including your sleeping bag, and down jacket; other items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van, Plane.
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit, we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits, etc. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley, Make Permit for the trekking.
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets. today we will make a special permit for Mustang( it shouldn’t be a Saturday and public holiday)
Day 03: - Flight or Drive to Pokhara
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. Or if you wish, you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive exploring & enjoying with scenic beauty all the way around. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna, and others. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the calm green water of the lake and visit Bindavasini Temple lying in the middle of the lake.
Day 04: - Pokhara flight to Jomsom and trekking to Kagbeni (2,858m/9377ft): Walking distance 3-4 hours
We will take a flight early in the morning to Jomsom of about 25min with spectacular views of Mountains bringing you to the District headquarter of Mustang, Jomsom. From here onwards, it is very windy in the afternoon, the trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. The spectacular and picturesque peaks of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus above the sparse brown landscape, as you walk on gently undulating trails until you reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni provides you with a taste of scenes to come in upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley, and a large red Gompa. The Rest of the day we will explore around the village, people’s culture and life hood.
Day 05: - Kagbeni trekking to Chele(3050m/10006ft):Walking distance 5-6 hours
The next day’s journey starts with a special permit check up onwards to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki upstream. We enter the upper Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. The trail leads us through the scenic picturesque wasteland landscape windy valley following up and down hills to Tangbe village. The town of whitewashed houses contains an intriguing pattern of alleyways and is surrounded by fields of wheat, barley, and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks, which dominate the southern skyline of Kagbeni, provide a spectacular backdrop. From here we trek forward to Chhusang crossing the river heading up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele.
Day 06: - Chele trekking Syanbochen (3475m/11401ft): Walking distance 6-7 hours
We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda. The climb continues along steep, treeless, and dry terrain, along the side of a spectacularly deep canyon to pass a cairn of rock. The trail then makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge and descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna Range, still dominated by Nilgiri, stands magnificent far to the south. We relax descend into a massive gorge and go into another valley along with the surrounding of cold streams and junipers trees, crossing a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. Further walk to reach at Syanbochen for the overnight stay. We also pass by a famous Ramchung Cave and explore surroundings ancient unique village area.
Day 07: - Syanbochen trekking to Ghemi (3520m/11548ft): Walking distance 5-6 hours
After breakfast, the trail climbs Toyama La (3850m) gently. Descend past a large painted square chorten and village with a Tibetans style house. Turning north, it rejoins the road and becomes unrelenting climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La (4020m) with beautiful landscape vista. Nyi Pass is the highest point of the trek thus far and the southern boundary of Lo. The trail then drops steeply to the whitewashed buildings of Ghemi. Ghemi is surrounded by vast fields, most of which are barren. The afternoon is in perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and views of the countryside are magnificent with the rugged mountains in the east and west. Overnight stay in Ghemi.
Day 08: - Ghami trekking to Charang (3575m/11729ft): Walking distance 4-5 hours
The track descends below the blue, grey, and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu. Then climb to a plateau and passes the longest and most spectacular Mani walls in Nepal. From the end of the wall, the trail heads east to the village of Charang (Tsarang) with a maze of fields, willow trees, and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are huge Dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa, which houses an excellent collection of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s. The enormous five-story monastery fortress is perched on the edge of the Kali Gandaki gorge.
Day 09: - Charang trekking to Lo- Manthang (3700m/12139ft):Walking distance 5-6 hours
The trail descends about 125m from Charang, crosses the Tsarang Chu, and follows the track to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 3580m, then enters the Tholung village. Then the trail further ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang valley (3700m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. A short descent leads onto the plain of Aspiration, and then the trail crosses a stream and climbs up onto the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Stay overnight at camping here.
Day 10: - Exploration Day at Lo-Manthang (3700m/12139ft)
A day is less to explore this outstanding historical and cultural center. Kimling and Phewa are impressive as well as the Gompa of Namgyal serves as a famous monastery of the local community and also as a local court. Hike to Tingkhar, a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang is picturesque. In the eastern valley nestles the town of Chosar; also rich in Gompas, this valley is the main trading route to Lhasa. Visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house,” the red Thugchen Gomba, Chyodi Gomba, and the Entrance Hall, which are the main magnetize of lo Mangthang Trip. Also, you may have visited the four-story building of the Raja’s Durbar (Royal Palace), where the Mustang’s King offers Tibetan tea as his hospitality. There are many places to explore as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya, where you may not tire too.
Day 11: - Lo-Manthang trekking to Drakmar (3810m/12500ft)Walking distance 6-7 hours
Instead of following the trail south to Tsarang, turn southwest along an indistinct path that passes the irrigated fields of the city. After Lo Gekar, the trail climbs steeply to a cairn on a pass at 4000m, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Cross the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on this trek. The trail makes descend beside a stream visiting ancient Ghar Gompa more than 1200 years old and meets the Guru Rimpoche. Gompa is famous for its rock paintings and the legend of fulfilling our good wishes. Climb to a ridge, the route crosses some alpine meadows to a crest and then drops down a steep eroded gully overshadowed by red rock towers to Drakmar.
Day 12: - Drakmar trek to Ghiling (3806m/12487ft):Walking distance 5-6 hours
Today we continue down the valley to Ghiling in a dusty and windy trail. The trail leads passing through the arid plateau and crops field in between; the walks may not be pleasant on the back as we suffer the wind on the face in Kali Gandaki wind valley. The landscapes are desert types offering the majestic views of Mt Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. At the late afternoon travels around the surrounding of Ghiling village.
Day 13: - Ghiling trek to Chhuksang (3050m/10006ft):Walking distance 5-6 hours
The path trekking back to Chhuksang is comfortable working down, enjoying the Tibetan lifestyle and culture. You will have beautiful scenery and the fantastic views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, and other tremendous Himalayan peaks. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: - Chhuksang trekking to Jomsom (2700m/8858ft):Walking distance 6-7 hours
Today we walk down to the southern border of the Mustang region to Kagbeni. We gradually get down through the old salt trade route; the stupa, monasteries, and chortens (Buddhist shrine) are the main attractions of the day. After having lunch at Kagbeni, we will head to Jomsom following the Kali Gandaki River Bank with easy and flatwork. Continue the trail down on the stony path facing Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. Explore the headquarter city, and we stay overnight here.
Day 15: - Fly back to Pokhara, 20 minutes flight
Early morning we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, are stunning. Relax the whole day in the hotel or wander around Lake Side with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming.
Day 16: - Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. In the evening, you can have your last night in Nepal, enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps, and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.
Day 17: - Farewell Departure
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. We wish you a happy journey traditionally and culturally of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
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Drakmar (3810 m/12500)