- Explore the Trans-Himalayan Region landscapes and sceneries
- Visit ancient monasteries, caves and palaces
- Get insights into Tibetan culture and scenery around the forbidden kingdom of Mustang
- Enjoy excellent Himalayan views of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and surrounding peaks
Major attraction and actually an opportunity during our Upper Mustang trek is the walled city of Lo-Manthang palaces. Upper Mustang is known as forbidden kingdom and still sees very few tourists each year. Trek along the land of canyons of the Kali Gandaki River, across the rugged land where people have saved their centuries old culture in Buddhist chortens, small stupas, atop hills, on pathways leading into villages and even inside caves. Tibetan Buddhism and the myths are intertwined threads that are in turn woven into the landscape.
Finally as you reach Lo Manthang, we will also arrange your meeting to King of Mustang, Jigme Parbal Bista in the walled capital Lo Manthang. Yes, Nepal is republic but Mustang even today has a king! The Mustangi locals have their own head of the tribe whom they respect, he is known as Mustangi King. Visit the three red-walled monasteries at the heart of the town; watch the astonishing way of life and family life around the nomadic villages.
The best time to trek around Upper Mustang Trek is from the month of March to November. This trek can be joined even during the monsoon season as Upper Mustang lies in rain-shadow area and receives negligible amount of rainfall. So, except in winter due to extreme cold, this trek to the hidden kingdom is recommended during anytime of the year.
Please refer to the itinerary for day-by-day activities.
We start our Upper Mustang Trek after having our early meal.
We initially, take a pleasant 6 hours of drive to Pokhara through Trishuli River. Upon arrival in Pokhara, the naturally beautiful city with many crystal clear lakes, you may take time to spend leisurely at Phewa lakeside or just hang around the market. Accommodation: City Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast
Today in the early morning, we take an amazing flight from Pokhara to Jomsom that lets us enjoy stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major town in the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet.
From Jomsom we start our trek. Just at the start we cross a suspension bridge and continue on level path through the Kali Gandaki River bank. After a brief stop here for lunch at Eklebhatti, we walk further for an easy one hour and reach Kagbeni. 30 minutes flight and 4 hours walk. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
Leaving behind Kagbeni, we continue our Upper Mustang Trek through the Kaligandaki valley along the river banks. Here we also visit spectacular Kang Gompa monastery of Sakyapa sect.
Moving ahead, we reach Tangbe. Beyond Tangbe the trail drops steeply and undulates along the east bank of Kali Gandaki for about two hours and we reach Chhusang village which rests at the confluence of Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. We can visit the small monastery in Chhusang. We cross the river which continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of ruined castles that has fallen from the cliff above.
The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele. From here, we notice the cultural change from the Manang culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
We cross the Kaligandaki river today near Ghayakar and ascend towards Samar that comprises walking through barren lands without trees mostly rock formations. Upon arrival at Samar, the scenery becomes awesome that exposes beautiful Himalayan sceneries of Khatung peak, Kangsar Kang, Annapurna I, Tilicho and Nilgiri peak.
Further passing through Syanbochen via Bhena La, we enter a wide valley and finally arrive at Geiling. Spectacular old red-brick gompas and caves are to be seen in Geiling. We stay overnight at local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
Enjoying the good views of Annapurna Himalayas, along with landscapes at Mustang , we finally descend towards Ghemi crossing a large suspension bridge over Tangmar river. We cross the Tsarang la which is located at an altitude of 3870m above sea level and was the capital of Mustang Lho in 14th century.
Getting insights into Tibetan style cultures and tradition, we finally arrive at Tsarang. There will be plenty of day activities like visiting Tsarang monastery and exploring its amazing presence, style and architecture. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
We begin our day’s trek by walking few hours following the valley bed passing the ruins of fortresses and gompas and in no time, we see the walls of Lo Manthang, which is the major highlight of this trek. We trek along the southern walls surrounding the city and reach the small bridge. We have now reached the fabled walled town of Lo, with a single entrance through which only the King, Queen and Kempo (Abbot) are allowed to ride. All others must walk, to pay their respects to Chenrizig, the Buddha of Compassion.
Within the walls of Lo Manthang are about 150 houses built among narrow streets, and some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Nepal. The city is quite prosperous due primarily to its past salt and wool trade along the Kali Gandaki with Tibet, and the Lobas themselves are still very Tibetan, living in Tibetan-style dwellings which we’ll have a chance to visit. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
Today we recommend horses for anyone wanting to come along on this day-trip, others are free to stay and explore the Lo streets. Namgyal Gompa (the Monastery of Victory), set spectacularly on top of a desolate ridge, is the newest and most active gompa in Lo. The village of Namgyal spreads out past the Gompa. Just past the gompa is the large, sprawling village of Tingkar, where the King has his summer palace.
There are many ancient ruins surrounding the village, some gompas and others old fortresses. Further on, we reach Kimaling village, which is an interesting, white-washed village surrounded by fields where. Below the village, on the way out as we head towards Phuwa and its gompa on the way down towards Lo. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
We leave behind Lo Manthang and head towards Dhakmar today. We return from here, but instead of following the same route back, we trek crossing the Chogo La pass. Upto Chogo La, the route is mostly uphill, and the route turns flat and downhill all the way up to Dhakmar. We reach Ghar Gumba in about five hours.
We have lunch at Ghar Gumba and explore the gompa there. Further we continue our trek and in about two hours we reach Dhakmar. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
A long valley descent takes us back to Ghemi where we will rest for a short time before climbing up to the Ghemi La. We drop down to a stream and start climbing over Nya La (4,090m) from where we see fantastic views of Mustang, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, and many other mountains.
We have our lunch at a lodge at Jhaite (3,820m) before continuing on to our campsite at Syangbochen. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
We start our day after having our instant meal passing through seasonal hamlets and shepherds herding their flocks of sheep and goat to Samar. We climb high up into an incredible, vast canyon. We reach the Chungsi La (3810m), approximately 500 meters above the cave that offers amazing expansive views of Lo Manthang and the mountains. Then down again steeply to the tunnel bridge and then along the river bed for an hour to Chhusang. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
Though the trail today, we find a lot of saligrams (hindus regard saligrams as a scared stone). We pass several grassy valley where we can stop for a rest; the trail is good, and the climbing enjoyable now that we are acclimatized.
Eventually we crest the 4077 meter Gyu La from where we see wonderful views of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Tukuche range of mountains and also great views down to Lower Mustang, across to the Thorung La and over the Muktinath Valley.
We might stop for lunch on top if its not too cold or windy (we have to take packed lunch today as there are no lodges enroute until we need to eat our lunch). We further move through the old village of Chhengar and reach Muktinath in about six to seven hours. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
Today is the last day of our trekking activity, the trekking trail goes through the village of Jharkot where we can visit the many attractions such as the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot which once served as palace.
We can opt to take the alternative route to the east to visit the interesting Bon village of Lupra just over a small pass and down yet another narrow river valley. If we go through Lupra village, we visit the Gompa and school there and have our lunch there. While continuing the trek towards Jomsom we will enjoy the views of the Kali Gandaki valley and Kagbeni village.
We arrive Jomsom along a long, cobbled trail with the afternoon time for wash, rest and wander around. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B,L,D
We take a morning flight back to Pokhara with great views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After 30 minutes of flight we will be at Pokhara. Included Meal: B
We take a drive back to Kathmandu today. After around 6 hours of drive, upon arrival at Kathmandu, enjoy free time strolling around the cultural hub, sites or simply take rest at your hotel.
Accomodation: City Hotel, Meal: B
- Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
- Best available twin sharing local lodge accommodation during the trek
- Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by tourist bus
- Pokhara -Jomsom -Pokhara flight
- Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits.
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Seasonal fruits during the trek
- Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide and porters
- Duffle bag, Down jacket and sleeping bag for use during the trek
- Icicles Adventure Treks & Tours tshirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First-aid medical kit
- Government taxes & office service charges
- Nepal visa arrangement
- International airfares
- Excess baggage charges
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the programmed itinerary
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
- Personal equipments and clothing