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Mustang And High Passes Trek

From US$ 2,890 per person
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
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  • Trekking to the Forbidden Kingdom Mustang.
  • Century Old Monasteries.
  • Dramatic Landscapes.
  • Crossing The Two High Passes Thorong La and Mesokanto La.
Hidden behind the giant peaks Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang lies in the southern border of the Tibetan highland and is one of the restricted areas which require a special trekking permit through a registered trekking company to visit.

Mustang trekking consists of treeless deserted scenery, vertical rocky tracks up and down and beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, and Mt. Annapurna, including many other peaks such as Tukche peak, Mustang Himal, Tilicho peak, and Arniko Chuli.

The route to Mustang implies traveling through landscapes of arid regions, barren edges, deep gorges, and moraine valleys and eroded rock faces. Also, barley fields and grazing land where sheep are seen grazing and horses are used to carry heaps. The views of the desolate Kali Gandaki Valley, almost infinite spaces surrounding Kagbeni, rambling ridges and elevated mountains offer an amazing experience for adventure lovers.

Trekking in Mustang is really one of the most gratifying experiences you can ever acquire. You will also get a chance to explore the ancient society that has been untouched by modernization for centuries. This Mustang trek can be also referred to as the Rhododendron trek as it takes you to different varieties of rhododendron forests and it looks more beautiful during spring season because of blossoming rhododendrons.

On this trek you will also get to cross Annapurna Circuit's Thorong La Pass (5417m.) where you will enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery over the Kaligandaki valley through the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the West. This trek will also take you to Mesokunda La pass (5315m) which allows you to witness the large Himalayas and the route to this pass is covered by snow almost all the time. You can go for this moderate and strenuous trek during spring, summer and autumn.

We kindly refer to the Day-by-Day itinerary for a detailed itinerary description.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu 3 Star Hotel at Manang or similar

On your arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative of Unique Adventure International at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) but assure about our representative with a display board at the arrival gate. You will be then taken to the hotel where you can either relax in the afternoon or hang around. You will have a dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant where we take pleasure in a Nepalese cultural program as well. We will be staying in a hotel for Overnight.

Day 2 Kathmandu, for preparation and sightseeing 7 - 8 hours 3 Star Hotel at Manang or similar

After having breakfast in the morning, our sightseeing trip will begin. The Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple), Pashupatinath temple, Bauddhanath; Patan Durbar Square Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the main sightseeing attractions in Kathmandu valley. Later in the afternoon, we will have a final preparations and short briefing for the trek. We will stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3 Depart to Pokhara (920m.) 6 hours 2 Star Hotel at Green Tara or Pokhara Eco Resort or similar

After breakfast, early in the morning you will arrive at Pokhara after a drive for nearly 6 hours. You will be able to have a breathtaking panorama of river and scenery all the way through your drive. Or, you might also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in half an hour. You will be taken to your hotel and with a relaxing afternoon. You can even visit around lakeside region or you can go for boating at famous Fewa Lake. We will be staying overnight in the hotel.

Day 4 Drive to Nayapul and start trek to Ulleri 5 - 6 hours Guest house

Today, driving for nearly 1 and half hours, you will reach Nayapul. Then, the trek begins by climbing through the beautiful rice, maze and millet farms of local people. Walking all along the main trail of Birethanti allows us to pass through beautiful petite waterfalls. The path takes us to Sudami and then we gradually walk by the side of valley and reach at Hile. Eventually, after half an hour walk we will reach at Tikhedhunga for overnight stay or we can further climb 3000 stone steps to reach Ulleri (2073 meter) from Tikhedhunga.

Day 5 Trek to Ghorepani 5 hours Guest house

Today, we will trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani, one of the well-known places of Annapurna region lying at an altitude of 2856 meter. Our hike just moves up to Banthanti ( 2250 meter) going across oak and rhododendron forest. We keep on trekking until we reach to our ultimate destination Ghorepani through Nangethanti (2460 meter). Later we will be staying overnight in a hotel after trekking for almost 5 hours.

Day 6 Climb up to Poonhill & continue trek to Tatopani 7 - 8 hours Guest house

Early morning we set off to reach Poonhill (3210 meter) where the surroundings bestows us to view the striking mountains and beautiful sunrise. After an hour, we move down from Poonhill and incessantly walk to Tadopani (1100 meter) taking around 7 hours.

Day 7 Drive to Kagbeni 6 hours Guest house

On this day, moving ahead from Tatopani you will drive to Kagbeni (2810 meter) alongside Kaligandaki, the deepest gorge in the entire world. Driving about six hours via Ghasa, Kalopani, Tukuche, Marpha and Jomsom you will arrive at Kagbeni where you can see the ancient houses, few monasteries, temples and more. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 8 Trek to Chele 6 hours Guest house

Leaving Kagbeni, we move toward Chele (3050 meter) early in the morning today. The track still moves alongside the bank of Kaligandaki. We come across the villages of Tangbe and Chhusang. And, before reaching at Chele we have to come across a bridge over Kaligandaki and go up abruptly up for around 35 minutes to reach Chele Village.

Day 9 Trek to Geling 6.30 - 7 hours Guest house

Departing from Chele, we ascend in and out of massive side valleys of the Kali Gandaki. We climb up a vertical spur to a cairn and then join to one more cairns spotting the Chele La or Taklam La (3624 meter), from where the track fall to Samar (3660 meter). After reaching above Samar, the track goes into the valley filled with trees and come across a stream and moves up to the Bhena La and then to Yamdo La and then eventually drop down to Shyanmochen, we then reach our destination for today, an awe-inspiring village at an altitude of 3570 meter, Geling.

Day 10 Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 7 - 7.30 hours Guest house

To reach Geling to Charang, we will trek for 7 to 7.30 hours. Walking west from Geling the track climbs tenderly all the way through fields and going across Tama Gaon. Then we go up to Nyi La (4010 meter) and Ghami La from there we move down to Ghami which lies at an altitude of 3520 meter and then gets linked with Choya La (3870 meter), further than the mani wall. From Choya La we have a long drop which will lead us to the land of maze, Tsarang (Charang) lying at an altitude of 3560 meter.

Day 11 Trek to Lo-Manthang 5 hours Guest house

On this day, we set off from Charang and trek to Lo-Mangthang, the capital region of Mustang. The 300 meters long and 150 meters broad wall has wrapped the region against robbers and the brutal winds. This little area of Lo-Mangthang is inhabited by more than a 1000 inhabitants whose houses are connected by fine rope stone lanes.

Day 12 Sightseeing in Lo - Manthang 2 - 3 hours Guest house

Today we have a rest day in Lo Mangthang. We will walk around Lo Mangthang whole day and visit Royal Palace of Mustang King, low caste settlements, ancient monasteries i.e. Thupchen Gyälwai Phodrang (Palace of the victorious Buddha), Jampa Lhakang and Chöde Monastery, herbal medical school and more.

Day 13 At Lo - Manthang, explore surrounding 5 - 6 hours Guest house

Today we will explore monasteries and caves. We start our day visiting Namgyal Monastery continue with Nyfuk Cave Monastery, Garphu Cave and Jhong Cave in Chhoser.

Day 14 Trek to Yara (via Dhi, Dri) 7 hours Guest house

After breakfast, leave the village of Lo - Manthang and keep gentle ascending to reach Lo La with sandy path. The trail slightly mounts on the ridge viewing the scenic landscapes until reaching small pass. Then, we walk through a steep and dusty descent in the narrow path. We again come to a wide plateau and tumble down the wobbly and knee crunching trail reaching Dhi village. After lunch we pass suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River and ascend a steep path. Then, we chase down the upstream of Puyung Khola viewing the astonishing landscapes and countless caves at the stone walls. Eventually, we reach Yara village at an 3610 meter after walking 7 hours.

Day 15 Trek to Tange 8 hours Guest house

Today is a difficult and lengthy day for us with walk for almost 8 hours. Therefore early morning, we take a small and abrupt ascent and then extended flat way trail. Then we descent to Dechhyang Khola; origin is Damodar Kunda. The black fossils of marine animals, Saligrams can be found everywhere. Then the track sharply ascents and leads us to the peak of the pass where we have our packed lunch break, which should be prepared in Yara due to cooking impossibilities in the trail. After lunch, the trail continues with ups and downs and then we are on a huge plateau and cross to reach Tange village (3215 meter). We can witness several big Chhortens over here.

Day 16 Trek to Tetang (via Paha) 9 - 10 hours Guest house

Today is a hectic day too with 9-10 hours long walk. Early morning we leave the village, cross the bridge and pursue the short river route. We steeply climb up to reach a small pass after crossing the river. Then after we arrive to Paha (shelter house), where we prepare our lunch. We continue crossing many small passes and reach the top of the hill after lunch. It will take around 2 hours. Then the trail abruptly moves down and we encounter strong air stream and finally reach Tetang village (3040 meter). We can have an outstanding view of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri Himal, Tukuche Peak, and other snow capped peaks during the trail.

Day 17 Trek to Muktinath 5.30 hours Guest house

Early in the morning, we walk through the village after crossing beautiful Mani walls. Then, we climb up to the broad valley and keep ascending until we reach small pass where the mountains and picturesque view of Muktinath becomes spectacular. Then, we descend to the diminutive watercourse and cross by a suspension bridge. Subsequently, we come across in the village of Chhyongar and follow the trail and arrive at Muktinath crossing Kani/gate. Later in the evening, we explore to sacred place of Tibetan Buddhist and Hindus. We can also visit the beautiful 108 brass water spurts. Muktinath is a temple of lord Vishnu, a Hindu god. It is believed that when we visit to Muktinath Temple, we become free from the cycle of birth and rebirth. There is a presence of another Buddhist monastery below the temple where the combination of water-earth-fire shows immense religious significance of Muktinath. And we can also have the superb view of Dhaulagiri I and Nilgiri Himal.

Day 18 Trek to Thorung Phedi via cross Thorung La 8 hours Guest house

Early in the morning we slowly start our ascent to reach the top of Thorung Pass (5416 meter) and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery and over to the Kaligandaki valley through the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west.

Day 19 Trek to Manang 5 - 6 hours Guest house

Today, we descend to the Manang Valley and tag along the main track of Annapurna Circuit trek to reach Manang. This exciting spot offers superb views of the valleys, the great peaks of Gangapurna, Tilicho Annapurna II, III, Chulu east and Pisang peak.

Day 20 Trek to Khangsar Village 4 hours Guest house

After having a rest for a day in Manang, today we make our way to the Tilicho Lake, located on the west of Manang all the way down to the river.

After coming across the Khangsar Khola, we arrive at Khangsar (3760 meter) and move to a traditional Tibetan village.

Day 21 Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 5 hours Guest house

We depart from Khangsar passing a Gompa and our path moves ahead towards a high ridge. One trail maintains the elevation, crossing the inclines to the narrow valley; the next one ascends towards the ridge.

The first one is the older path, and is more challenging; the later is a new trail that offers a comparatively easy trek. Following the new path, we reach a high ridge, and move down to a side gorge of the major valley.

On the other side, is the Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m)

Day 22 Trek to Tilicho Lake High Camp (5100m) 5 - 6 hours Camping

The path to the Tilicho Lake commences up valley then come across onto a moraine, with a long climb. There are stupendous sights of Tarke Kang, Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna. Tilicho Lake, lying in the uppermost region in the world at (4919 meter), offers a dramatic sight reflecting surrounding peaks but most of the time it is in the solid form. We now continue to High Camp and set the camp for overnight before crossing Mesokanto La Pass.

Day 23 Trek to Nam Phu Kharka 8 hours Camping

Today the day starts gentle steep towards the Mesokanto La Pass (5315 meter). Crossing Mesokanto La can be technical sometime due to heavy snow and slippery ice slope. Then the trail all descends towards Nam Phu Kharka.

Day 24 Trek to Jomsom 7 hours 1 Star Hotel at Majesty or Trekkers Inn or similar

We, today trek to Jomsom, headquarter of Mustang is divided into two settlements and Kali Gandaki river passes between these two settlements. In Jomsom, you can enjoy the splendid views of Nilgiri, Tilicho peak.

Day 25 Fly to Pokhara & drive to Kathmandu 7.30 hours 3 Star Hotel at Manang or similar

Connect a flight to Pokhara in the morning. We then take a vehicle for a drive back from the beautiful city Pokhara. Leaving behind the superb countryside early in the morning and travelling for 7 hours we return back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be shifted to the hotel. You can then relax for rest of the day and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 26 Leisure day in Kathmandu 3 Star Hotel at Manang or similar

We can go around Kathmandu valley, if some important places have been missed according to your choices. After the hectic schedules of trek, today you can either go for shopping or have a day rest before departing from Nepal.

Day 27 Transfer to airport, departure back home

This is your last day, representative of Unique Adventure International will drop you to the airport and you will depart from Nepal.

what’s included
  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu and Pokhara (International and domestic both).
  • 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee and seasonal fresh fruits).
  • Tented Camp / guesthouses accommodation during the trekking period.
  • All necessary permits (Annapurna Conservation Area and Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang).
  • 1 professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide.
  • Well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 3+ persons.
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara inclusive with airport tax.
  • All necessary ground transportation: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu, Pokhara - Nayapul, Tatopani - Kagbeni.
  • First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher elevation.
  • Unique Adventure sleeping bag and down jacket, duffel bag, area trekking map.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organisational requirements.
what’s excluded
  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed while trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 27 days
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Japanese
Maximum altitude 5416 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
meeting/Start point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Good to know Recommended Gear Lists:
01.) Good wind/rain jacket
02.) Warm fleece jacket or jersey
03.) Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
04.) Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
05.) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
06.) Fleece jacket or pullover
07.) Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
09) Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
10.) Lightweight gloves
11.) Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12.) Sun hat or scarf
13) Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
14.) Sunglasses with UV protection
15.) T-shirts
16.) Underwear
17.) Hiking shorts
18.) Lightweight cotton long pants
19.) Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
20.) Fleece or wool pants
21.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
22.) Thin, lightweight inner socks
23.) Thick, warm wool hiking socks
24.) Hiking boots with spare laces
25.) Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Other necessary equipment:
1.) Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
2.) Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
3.) Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
4.) Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5.) Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6.) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
7.) Toiletries
8.) Small wash towel
Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
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