Key Information

  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Hiking
  • Foods:
    Breakfast in City + BLD in Trek
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:
    2

About Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days

About Upper Mustang TrekTrekking in the Upper Mustang region is considered one of the best treks in Nepal because of the landscape, weather, tradition and lots of other things that are unique to this region. Along with your Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and Restricted Area Trek permit, you will start your trek from Jomsom.

This mildly difficult trek with several ascent and descent takes you to some of the most beautiful villages like Kagbeni, Chele, Syanboche, Ghami, Charang, and finally to Lo Manthang. These villages are draped by more than 35 mountains over 6000 meters always ready to leave you awe-inspired. Lo Manthang is a walled ancient kingdom bound to make you feel like traveling time and reaching the past. This village is famous for the palace of the former king and outstanding views one can get from there. Several ancient sky caves can also be seen. 

Walking past rivers, streams, monasteries, chortens, forests, beautiful antique houses and caves you will finally complete this trek. Upper Mustang trek takes you to the highest altitude of just 3800 meters in the village of Drakmar. This also makes this trek a moderately difficult one.

Some terrain in the upper region makes you feel like trekking in Tibet due to it being a part of Tibetan plateau. This trek is also an amazing chance to observe the unique culture and traditions of people living in Upper Mustang. Some splendid views of snow-peaked mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges can be seen during this trek.

 

UPPER MUSTANG TREK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit UNESCO world heritage sites like Durbar Squares, temples and stupas
  • Explore famous places like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, etc.
  • A 25-minute scenic flight over the Himalayas from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • View the majestic Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world
  • Stay at beautiful villages in rugged terrain near chhortens, gompas and monasteries
  • Trek inside the Annapurna Conservation Area and Restricted area of Upper Mustang with a permit
  • Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
  • Cross several mountain passes which are also amazing viewpoints
  • Explore several caves dwellings, and houses partially built in caves
  • Learn about the Tibetan Buddhism culture, the rare Bon religion and ethnic people known as Lo Pa
  • Reach the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang and visit various historical places
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I

 

What to Expect:

1. Scenic flight

After reaching Pokhara, a scenic flight of 25 minutes takes you to Jomsom, the gateway to Mustang. During this flight, some amazing glimpses of Himalayas can be seen. Views of Mountains of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range will welcome you as you reach and land in Jomsom.
 

2. Food and accommodation

Trekking in the remote area of Upper Mustang is also a chance to live a simple life away from worldly pleasures in the lap of nature. It is an experience in itself staying at tea houses providing minimalistic food like soup, noodles, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, Dal Bhat, fried rice, eggs, etc. and simple accommodation. Three meals are provided in a day. During this stay, way of life and tradition of locals can also be observed. 

However, during your days in Kathmandu and Pokhara you will stay at 3-star hotels providing breakfast. Since cities offer various restaurants and a variety of food choices, we let you explore them on your own for your lunch and dinner.
 

3. People and their traditions

Himalayan people of Upper Mustang region mostly follow Tibetan Buddhism and are of Shakya lineage. This region is also home to a sect of rare Bon religion. Their priests and Buddhist Lamas together organize several festivals which keeps these people united in their common goal to preserve their amazing traditions. Ethnic people living in Lo Manthang region are also called Lo Pa. 

Since this region is full of these amazing and rare cultures and traditions, it is an outstanding place for people working in the field of or studying religion, anthropology, Asian studies, mythology, art or antiquity.
 

4. Annapurna Conservation Area

Many places of this trek fall under the region of Annapurna Conservation Area. This area is a habitat for various species of plants and animals. You have a chance to see some exotic animals like Himalayan thar and you may hear the singing of birds. Rhododendron Forests makes the trekking route even more beautiful.
 

5. Jomsom

Jomsom is the starting point Upper Mustang trek. This valley is surrounded by the views of beautiful mountains. Thakali people are prevalent in this place and you get to try awesome Thakali food. Jomsom spreads on both sides of Kaligandaki river and you can get views of the Kaligandaki gorge.
 

6. Lo Manthang 

The ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang is one of the best places you will get to see during the Upper Mustang trek. The kingdom has a history that dates back hundreds of years. The settlement of Lo Manthang is a beautiful one with the views of hills and mountains draping it. The Royal Palace of Lo Manthang is a place of equally rich history.
 

7. Sky Caves

Upper Mustang is also famous for these amazing sky caves which make you wonder its origination. It is believed to be the homes of ancient people living here. These caves lie in the lofty mountains surrounding the region. These caves are believed to be made by men and have mummies dating back to thousands of years.
 

8. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes

The landscape you get to see during the Upper Mustang trek is always outstanding. Views of several mountains higher than 7000 m can be seen during this trek majorly of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Several forests, rivers, mountains, etc. during the early days of trekking makes a great start.  You also get to witness Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. Mustang is surrounded by 35 other mountains higher than 6000 m which gives you outstanding experience each day during this trek. You get to see beautiful caves, valleys, rugged terrain with gorgeous mountains in the backdrop.

Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport
  • Picking you up at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transferring you to a three-star hotel

You will arrive in Nepal as you land in the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will see that our representative is already there to pick you. You will then be taken to the hotel where you can rest or freshen up. Now, you can go out and spend some time in restaurants trying new food or just stroll around the city. You can also go to bars, spas, etc. or get a massage. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Thamel.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel 
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 02: Orientation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore the Kathmandu City
  • Visit 5 of the UNESCO world heritage sites ( Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple)

Waking up your first morning in Nepal, you will have your breakfast and head to view important cultural and religious sites in Kathmandu. Our tour guide will take you to all of the UNESCO world heritage sites; Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple. You will also get to listen to the myths and stories related to all those sites. You will go to other historical places as well. Returning, you can also buy the equipment or gears you may have missed. You will have a tour briefing and then you can go out to have some food and chill around.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel 
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 03: Drive/Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Have a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Explore the lakes (Phewa, Begnas), caves and vibrant streets of Pokhara
  • Enjoy the  spectacular sunset from Sarangkot

You will leave Kathmandu as you take a bus to Pokhara. This ride can take from 6 to 7 hours during which you will get to view beautiful landscapes, rivers, green forests, etc. Reaching Pokhara, you will check into a hotel and rest for a while. After you relieve your fatigue, you will go out to explore this lake city. You can visit lakes, temples and caves like Mahendra cave and Bat cave. If you have time, you can go to Sarangkot to view the sunset. In the evening, you can enjoy places like restaurants, live music, bars etc. You will stay overnight at the same hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Elevation: 820 m

 

DAY 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2750 m) and Trek to Kagbeni
  • Have your breakfast in Pokhara and fly to Jomsom
  • Enjoy the aerial views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri range
  • Walk an almost flat trail along the Kali Gandaki river 

During this 25 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, you will get outstanding views of mountains of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri range. After landing, you will walk easy and almost flat path along the Kali Gandaki river for about 4 hours to reach Kagbeni. After reaching, you will get views of beautiful fields of wheat and barley and peaks like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, etc. To go beyond Kagbeni, you will need a permit for restricted area of Upper Mustang. You will stay overnight here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2858 m
Trek Duration: 4 hours approx.

 

DAY 05: Trek to Chele
  • Enter the Upper Mustang Restricted Area with a permit
  • Walk along the banks of the river
  • Walk past villages like Tangbe and Chusang
  • Cross the river and climb a steep uphill to reach Chele

When you leave Kagbeni and move ahead, you will enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. Your path will be a river bank with some caves and a Gompa. You will first reach a village, Tangbe. You will continue your trek after your lunch to get amazing views of Buckwheat and Barley fields. Then, you will reach another village, Chusang. You will cross the Kali Gandaki river and climb a steep uphill to get to Chele after almost 6 hours of trek. You will have your dinner and stay at a  tea house in Chele.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3050 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 06: Trek to Syangboche 
  • Climb a steep trail to reach Eklebhatti
  • Continue the ascent to get to the Taklam Pass
  • Get amazing views of Tilicho and Damodar peaks
  • Descend towards Samar and cross it 
  • Reach Syangboche and visit Ramchung cave

Climb a steep uphill alongside a canyon. First, you will reach Eklebhatti and rest for a while. Then, you will continue your ascent to get to the top of Taklam Pass. From there you can get amazing views of  Tilicho and Damodar peaks. Walking downhill on an easy and beautiful path, you will get to Samar. You will again ascend and then descend into a gorge and reach a valley. You will then cross a stream and after another subsequent ascent and descent, reach Syangboche. You will stay there overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3475 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 07: Trek to Ghami via Yamda La (3850 m) Nyi La (4010 m ) and Ghemi La (3765) 
  • Walk past villages like Tamagaon, Ghiling, Chhunggar and Jhaite
  • Cross three passes Syangboche (Yamda) La, Nyi La and Ghemi La
  • Get amazing views of mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
  • Enjoy the green fields of barley and buckwheat and the desert like terrain

You will ascend for a while and get to a valley. From there you will descend to Ghiling. You can see green fields of barley and you will move towards Ghami by climbing gently to a valley. You will again ascend across the valley to get to the Nyi La. You will descend for about 2 hours and walk towards the left trail to get to Ghami. You can see many sky caves from Ghami, you can go to one of those if time permits.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3520 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 08: Trek to Charang via Tsarang La Pass (3870 m)
  • Descend through a rough rocky trail and cross the Ghami Khola
  • Cross Tsarang La Pass and reach the top of Tsarang Chu Canyon
  • Explore the huge fortress and a red Gompa

You will leave Ghami and descend through a rocky trail. You will cross the Ghami Khola over a suspension bridge and walk through probably the driest part of the Mustang. But the views you will get will be astounding as you can see mountains in East and West and beautiful villages in the North.  You will walk uphill to cross the Tsarang La Pass and reach Charang (Tsarang ) village which lies on the top of Charang Chu canyon. You will stay there at a tea house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3500 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 09: Trek to Lo Manthang
  • Explore the village of Charang, the Gompa and 700 years old palace
  • Leave Charang and make a gentle ascent towards a Chorten
  • Get the first view of the walled city of Lo Mathang
  • Get amazing views of mountains like Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I

You will wake up and have your breakfast and explore the village. You will go to the Gompa and the 700 years old palace. Leaving Charang, you will walk a gentle uphill towards the boundary between Charang and Lo Pass. Continuing your trek, you will find that the trail broadens and reaching the top of Lo Pass, you will see the beautiful village Lo Manthang. You will then descend to get to the village. You will stay overnight in Lo Manthang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3700 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.

 

DAY 10: Exploration of Lo Manthang
  • Visit amazing Gompas like Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda
  • Explore the palace of the former king of this ancient village
  • Walk up to the village of Tingkhar
  • Shop for souvenirs 

As you are crossing another high altitude, you will spend this day acclimatizing. Today you will spend yet another day at Lo Manthang. You will walk around the village exploring several gompas like Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. If you want, you can also walk up to the village of Tingkhar or you can just stroll around the village to visit some other monasteries. Amazing places around this village also includes the palace of the former king of Lo Manthang, you may go there too. You can buy some souvenirs and rest. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3700 m

 

DAY 11: Trek to Drakmar
  • Ascend a large cairn to reach Marang La Pass (4230 m)
  • Descend the plateau and climb a steep trail to reach Ghar Gompa
  • Get to Lo Gyakar and view the beautiful rock paintings
  • Ascend up to another ridge and descend to a cairn and to a steep gully
  • Reach Drakmar and explore around the village

Today you will return from Lo Manthang taking a different route. You will wake up and start your trek early. Walking a crisscrossed trail to get to a ridge and ascending, you will reach Marang La Pass. Then you will reach Ghar Gompa also known as Lo Gyakar. This gompa is known for its beautiful and ancient rock paintings and it is also believed to fulfil your wishes made inside it. After few hours of trek, you will reach Drakmar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3810 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 12: Trek to Ghiling
  • Start your descent towards Ghami and then Ghiling
  • Pass through dry plateau and fields fighting strong winds
  • Enjoy the views of mountains like Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri 

Today we will walk towards Ghiling and we will join the same route we took earlier after getting to Ghami. Ghiling is surrounded by barren land and is prone to strong winds. Waking up early, we start our trek by descending towards Ghami. Our trek is almost descent and enjoying the outstanding views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, we walk past fields and plateau to reach Ghiling. In the evening, you can roam around the village and stay at a teahouse overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3806 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 13: Trek to Chhuksang
  • Return to Chuksang the same route
  • Enjoy the ease due to the decreasing altitude
  • Walk past villages like Syangboche and Chele
  • Get the wonderful views of Himalayas

Returning the same route, you will head towards Chhuksang. The altitude drops gradually as you walk and will make your trek easier. You will walk past the same villages you stayed in while you trekked upwards and continue to walk towards Chhuksang. The views of the himalayas will be better here than your previous day’s. After total of 3-4 hours of trek, you will reach your destination. This will be the last day you will spend in the restricted area of Upper Mustang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3050 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 14: Trek to Jomsom
  • Walk towards Kagbeni and exit the Upper Mustang restricted area
  • Continue your trek towards Jomsom

Today is the last day of your trek in Mustang region. You will first reach Kagbeni and have your lunch and report your exit from the Upper Mustang restricted area. After walking for about 7 hours, you will reach Jomsom. Jomsom is a village cut in two halves by Kali Gandaki gorge, you can go to view the majestic gorge which is the deepest in the world. You will stay overnight in Jomsom.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2700 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 15: Fly back to Pokhara
  • Have your breakfast in Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara

During your 20 minutes flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, you can enjoy the scenic aerial landscapes. After reaching Pokhara, you will find that you are away from the desert-like terrain and have come into a busy city. You can find green trees, lakes and temples around you. You can also find several restaurants, bars and spas where you can go to erase the fatigue from your trek. You can go sightseeing to places like Mahendra cave, Bat cave, Begnas lake, Phewa lake, Tal Barahi Temple,  etc. if you didn’t have time the first time you stayed here.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Elevation: 820 m

 

DAY 16: Drive Back to Kathmandu
  • Scenic ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu 
  • Stroll around the streets of Kathmandu and shop souvenirs and handicrafts
  • Explore the cafes, restaurants and bars

Waking up and having breakfast in Pokhara, you will take a bus ride to Kathmandu. After this 6-7 hours of ride, you will reach Kathmandu. You can go shopping for souvenirs to take back home. Sublime Trails will have prepared a farewell dinner for you where you can have cultural dishes and enjoy dances. You can either go out for other fun activities or just rest and prepare for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 17: Departure

Today, you will either return home or move to your next destination. If you are planning to stay a few more days in Nepal then we will be more than happy to help you. Else, we bid you farewell and wish you luck. After you’ve managed all your documents and packed your bags, we take you to the airport and wish you goodbye. 

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • Airport pick up and drop services
  • One day Kathmandu tour with monument entrance fees
  • Flight fare for Pokhara-Jomsom and Jomsom-Pokhara
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara (3-star hotel with breakfast)
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek
  • Well experienced guide, porter, and assistant
  • All necessary permits and Tims card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with Government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for Sublime's crew
  • Sublime First Aid kit carried by our guide
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets on rentals (to be returned to the company after the trip)
  • Salary, equipment, food, and accommodation for Sublime’s crew
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company.)
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • All the chocolate and dessert items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

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22 Nov, 2019 - 08 Dec, 2019 Guaranteed $1700 USD
27 Nov, 2019 - 13 Dec, 2019 Guaranteed $1700 USD

Upper Mustang Trek - 17 Days Reviews

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I knew Nepal was an amazing country but if somebody had told me this amazing then I would not waste so many years of my life waiting for a perfect time. When I was in Kathmandu on the first day, I thought oh well, it is a nice city, not like any place I have seen but as the trek started, I couldn't believe my eyes sometimes, I would see around and question myself, is this real? That's how incredible Mustang is. Yes, the trek was very hard and our guide did everything possible to make it less hard, they would crack jokes, they would tell stories and be the one to help us and the locals communicate. They answered all our silly questions with utter seriousness. I can't tell I have traveled to many places but by my experience, if you travel to such places, you will learn a lot about life beyond technology and modern facilities. Mustang was amazing, even if we travelled in monsoon, there was no rain unlike in Kathmandu. Some days were hard, some were fine but some were so beautiful that it is bound to make you want to come here again. 

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