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The Sacred Upper Mustang Trek

From US$ 2,068 per person
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Explore ancient monasteries and mysterious caves.
  • Views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other majestic Himalayan peaks.
Upper Mustang, located in the Mustang district, is one of the restricted regions of Nepal. Opened for foreigners only in 1992, the inflow of tourists in the region is highly regulated, and one must acquire a special permit to enter the ascribed area.

Nepal’s government ceased the monarchy in 2008; however, the last monarch of Upper Mustang still resides in his palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang.

Being a rain-shadow area, trekking in Upper Mustang is possible throughout the year. It is predominantly Tibetan in nature. The other thing it is famour for is its mountain caves dating 1,500 years. It is believed that the early inhabitants used the caves for shelter during war and famine and later for burying the dead.

The trek offers a unique outlook on the least visited places of Nepal. Being a restricted area, most parts of the region remain unexplored.
Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley 7-8 hours 3 Star Hotel

Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Pokhara-Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 3-4 hours Tea House

After breakfast morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. From Jomsom our trek continues on the gradual & windy path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk reaches you to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni, an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.

Day 3 Trek from Kagbeni to chele 5 to 6 hours Tea House

Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. We enter Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. Across the river we can see Kang Gompa, a centre of the Nyingmapa sect. Approaching Tangbe we encounter the distinctive black, red and white chortens that typify upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses contains an intriguing pattern of alleyways and is surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. We cross to the east bank of the river and ascend to the village of Chele. Immediately, the strong influence of Tibetan culture of Lo is evident with the decoration of the houses.

Day 4 Trek from Chele to Syanbochen 6 to 7 hours Tea House

The trail today is characterized by the crossing of a series of large spurs. Our trek wins to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. Further walk around 3 hrs will reach you at Syanbochen for the overnight. The valleys that dissect the trail have cool streams and juniper trees to enable us to relax for a while. These altitudes should not present any acclimatization issues, so we just take our time and enjoy the walk.

Day 5 Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi 5 to 6 hours Tea House

After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) and passing few teahouses, chorten and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda, and crosses over a few other passes. Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark our trail as we head to Nyi La (4,010m/13,193ft). Nyi Pass is the highest point of the trek thus far and the southern boundary of Lo, we descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi.

Day 6 Trek from Ghaymi to Charang 4 to 5 hours Tea House

We start our trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk and easily get to the Charang for the overnight. We descend to the Ghaymi Khola and pass a spectacular series of Mani walls (Secret stone wall of the Buddhism) to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red Gompa.

Day 7 Trek from Charang to Lo-Mangthang 5 to 6 hours Tea House

We leave the Charang Khola and climb the ridge to 3,850m/12628ft windy pass of Lo, for our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to a stream and then climbs onto the plateau where the city is situated. The only gate is in the north east corner and we make our way to the entrance. The white washed walls enclose around 150 homes, Gompas and a palace. We stay at teahouse and rest of the time explores the surrounding area.

Day 8 Explore the Lo-Mangthang Tea House

We have allowed full day to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja (King) and his rani (queen) is the attraction as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Although the raja's function is now primarily ceremonial he is seen as a person who can help people resolve local issues. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. There are many places to explore and manage your time to explore the places. Every monastery requires the donations and entry fees which is made by your own.

Day 9 Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa 4 to 5 hours Tea House

After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang reluctantly we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa. During the walk you'll suffer the dusty wind and as suggested to walk in the morning.

Day 10 Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling 5 to 6 hours Tea House

Today, we continue down the valley to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay. Explore the area but it will be dusty better to walk in evening time.

Day 11 Ghiling to Chele 5 to 6 hours Tea House

We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Day 12 Chele to Jomsom 6 to 7 hours Tea House

This will be our last day trek as well as long. After a morning walk we reach Kagbeni, finished the upper Mustang trails and join to the normal as Annapurna circuit trek. Tonight we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey.

Day 13 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 3 Star Hotel

This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 7-8 hours 4 Star Hotel

Morning we'll drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

what’s included
  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Accommodation and Meals (Meals other than those mentioned in Itinerary, Welcome and Farewell are excluded)
  • Domestic Flight/Transportation
  • Trekking Permit (TIMS)
  • Entry fee for the national parks
  • First Aid
  • Trek Guide
  • Insurance for Guide/Porter
  • Certificate for Trek Completion
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • Visa
  • International Flight
  • Additional Excursions (Applicable to those not mentioned in Itinerary)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance coverage
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Nepali
Maximum altitude 4010 meters
Trek difficulty Moderate
meeting/Start point Kathmandu, Nepal
Cancellation Refund of full deposit will only be made if you cancel your trip 30 days prior the trip departure date. No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun.

If the company cancels the booking in the case of natural disasters, flight cancellation, strikes, wars, riots, government intervention, weather conditions etc, the full refund will be made, plus you are entitled to take an alternative trip of the similar cost.
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