About Trip

Trekking in Nepal should be on the bucket list of every adventurous soul. It offers multiple trekking routes from where the travelers can choose. Out of all the trekking routes, the Upper Mustang Trekking route stands out to be one of the best routes in the country.

Upper Mustang goes by the name, the last forbidden kingdom as foreigners were not allowed to enter this region. By the mid-1990s, this region finally opened up to tourism but still had multiple restrictions.

The topography of the region consists of large dry arid lands which are very similar to deserts and it has settlements scattered throughout the region. These settlements thrive due to their water sources. It also has many gorges formed over the course of centuries.

This region has a deep-rooted history. This region has been living in such seclusion that it has a culture of its own. In the late 2000s, caves up on the cliffs were discovered which brought the attention of archaeologists and historians all over the world. These caves were given the name, sky caves and you can visit them.

This region was not open to tourism but with the development of tourism in Nepal, visiting the forbidden kingdom of Mustang became a possibility. This route takes us through an extraordinary journey through the vast arid lands and rocky hills which have been eroded with the course of time. You will also spot several sky caves as you go along.

This former kingdom has its capital in Lo Manthang. It is also known as the walled city. This city has a charm of its own and its unique culture and people will surely give you an enthralling experience.

As the level of difficulty is moderate, your trekking will be slightly challenging in certain parts. This region celebrates various festivals and Tiji festival is certainly one of them. You will also come across several monasteries which are hundreds of years old.

This trek starts after you arrive in Jomsom via flight and then you start on foot. You will trek through the trail of the Kali Gandaki river and pass through places such as Kagbeni, Syanbochen, Charang and finally to Lo- Manthang. While you return, you will return to a different trail.

This region has the people of Thakali and Tibetan ethnicity and their unique culture will certainly be a wonderful experience. Every settlement has different housing structures and feels to it.

So, plan your trip to the mystical part of Nepal this year with Sublime Trails. This forbidden kingdom has natural as well as cultural beauty and traditions which have been followed for centuries.

Upper Mustang Trekking Highlights

  • Visiting the famous city of Lo-Manthang
  • Watching the local people celebrating Tiji Festival
  • Spectacular mountain ranges of Annapurna and Nilgiri
  • The Sky Caves of this region
  • Exploring the unique culture and tradition of this region
  • The vastly beautiful Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Monasteries and Gumpas which have stood the test of time.
  • The famous Tibetan and Thakali culture of this region

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trek
  • Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) - 4 hours of trek
  • Day 05: Trek to Chele (3050m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen (3475m) 6-7 hours
  • Day 07: Trek to Ghaymi (3520m) 6 hours
  • Day 08: Trek to Charang Trek (3500m)- 5-6 hours
  • Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang Trek (3700m) 6 hours
  • Day 10: Exploration of Lo-Manthang
  • Day 11: Trek to Drakmar (3810m) 6-7 hours
  • Day 12: Trek to Ghiling (3806m) 6 hours
  • Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m) 5-6 hours
  • Day 14: Trek to Jomsom Trek (2700m) 7 hours
  • Day 15: Flight back to Pokhara
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Departure
Detail Itinerary

Clothing

  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket
  • Hiking Socks
  • Light and Comfortable Clothes
  • Flash Dry Shirts
  • Cap or Hat
  • Woollen hat, Gloves, and Scarf
  • Quick Dry Towel
  • Neck Bands

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Slippers
  • Down shoes

Medication

  • Diamox tablets
  • Water Purifier
  • Blister plasters
  • Diarrhea tablets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Painkillers
  • Isotonic Powder

Gear

  • Hiking Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Trekking Poles
  • Torch
  • Oximeters
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Raincoat
  • Maps
  • Whistle
  • Headphones
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bags/Bottle
  • Backup Battery

Toiletries

  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer for face and body
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Tampons/Sanitary Napkins
  • Toothbrush/Paste
  • Travel Shampoo/Body Wash Set
  • Deodorants
  • Sanitizer
  • Talcum Powder
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Small comb
  • Pocket Knives

Snacks

  • There aren't many nutritious or healthy snacks in the retail stores in the mountains. You will find plenty of chocolate bars and other low energy bars and drinks, but again they are very highly priced. Also, you can take coffee mixes, cereal mixes, oatmeals and other energy drink powders that will come very handy during your trek.

Documents

  • Passport
  • Cash
  • Permits
  • Travel Insurance