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Upper Mustang Trek

From US$ 1,550 per person
Excellent 4.8
Based on 1 Review
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Walled City Lo - Manthang
  • Centuries old monasteries in Tsarang, Lomanthang and Ghar Gompa
  • Jhong Cave
Hidden behind the Himalayan giants Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is a small area that lies in the southern border of the Tibetan highland and is a restricted area that requires a special trekking permit through a registered trekking company. The Mustang trekking trail consists of treeless deserted scenery, vertical rocky paths up and down the hill and beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tukuche peak, Mustang Himal, Tilicho peak, Arniko Chuli and many other splendid peaks.

The route to Mustang demands traveling transversely through arid landscape with barren edges, deep gorges, moraine valleys and eroded rock faces. The trail features barley fields and grazing lands where sheep are seen grazing, and horses walk by carrying heaps. The views of the desolate Kali Gandaki valley, almost infinite spaces surrounding Kagbeni, sharp ridges and elevated mountains sum up to an amazing experience for adventure lovers.

Trekking in Mustang is really one of the most gratifying experiences you can get. Also, you will get a firsthand glimpse into the ancient Buddhist culture in the area that has been untouched by modernization for centuries. The Mustang trek as designed by Unique Adventure International can be also referred as the “Rhododendron trek” because it takes you to different varieties of rhododendron forests and looks absolutely enchanting during the spring season because of blooming rhododendrons. Moreover, you will come across the Thorang La pass (5417 m) where you will enjoy some stunning high Himalayan scenery over the Kali Gandaki valley, with the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal overlooking your trek from the west.

We begin our biking tour from Besisahar in the lush central hills, riding our way through the beautiful path until we enter Yak Kharka (4000 m). From here, the track is vertical up to the base camp of Chulu East. Then we follow the route climbing to the summit of Chulu Far East which is pebbly, icy and very much vertical. From the top of Chulu Far East we will get some spectacular close-up views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Chulu West, Pisang Peak, and the north part of Himlung Valley. After mountaineering, we move towards Manang and on the next morning, we take a bike ride to Thorong La Pass (5416 m) and continue riding along the way to a holy Hindu temple – Muktinath. Finally, we reach Jomsom from where we can fly back to Pokhara.
Day 01 : Depart to Pokhara (920m), overnight at hotel
After breakfast, today early in the morning you will move to Pokhara after completing nearly 6 hours drive. You will be able to have a magnificent panorama of river and vista all the way through your drive. Or, you might also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara taking half an hour. You will arrive at the hotel and have a rest during afternoon. You can even visit around lakeside region or you can go for boating at famous Fewa Lake. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 02 : Fly to Jomsom (2710m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m), overnight at guesthouse
Today, we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom which lies at an altitude of 2,710 meters. And then, you will trek to Kagbeni beside Kaligandaki, the deepest gorge in the whole world. After trekking for about three and half hours you will get there at Kagbeni where you can see the antique houses, few monasteries, temples and more. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 03 : Trek to Chele (3050m), overnight at guesthouse
Leaving Kagbeni, we move toward Chele early in the morning today. The track still moves alongside the bank of Kaligandaki. We come across the villages of Chunksang and Tangbe. 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. Overnight, in camp at Chele.

Day 04 : Trek to Geling (3440m), overnight at guesthouse
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 (3630m), from where the track fall to Samar (3620m). 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 3570m, Geling. We in total walk for 7 to 8 hours.

Day 05 : Trek to Charang (3490m), overnight at guesthouse
To reach Geling to Charang, we will trek for 6-7 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 (4020m) from there we move down to Gheme which lies at an altitude of 3510m and then gets linked with Choya La, further than the mani wall. From Choya La we have a long drop which will lead us to the land of maze, Charang lying at an altitude of 3560m. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06 : Trek to Lo-Manthang, overnight at guesthouse
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. Overnight at guest house in Lo Manthang.

Day 07 : Lo Mangthang (3840m), day hiking to the ancient monasteries, overnight at guesthouse
Today we have a rest day in Lo Mangthang. We will walk around Lo Mangthang whole day and visit king's palace, low caste settlements, ancient monasteries, herbal medical school and more. Overnight in Lo Mangthang.

Day 08 : Lo Mangthang and explore around, overnight at guesthouse
Visit Namgyal Monastery and Chhoser.

Day 09 : Trek to Ghami (3510m), overnight at guesthouse
Similar to all arid regions in Mustang, on the way to Ghami as well most houses are build out of mud, stones with roof of straw and a combination of mud, pebbles. After walking for 5 hours we will reach to Ghami. Here we stay overnight in guest house.

Day 10 : Trek to Samar (3700m), overnight at guesthouse
We walk all the way through narrow path until we reach Geling. Further ahead from Geling, the trail expands. The views of desolate landscapes, farm terraces, villages and also Mt. Nilgiri come into our sight. Then eventually, we reach Samar, a tiny village that has the influence of Tibetan culture. We stay overnight at guest house in Samar.

Day 11 : Trek to Chhusang (3370m), overnight at guesthouse
We today pass all the way through a vertical ridge of hills which offers some very well views of the lush hills. Then we move to Tetang village which lies between two hills and is identified as the upper village of Chusang. We stay overnight at guest house in Chusang.

Day 12 : Trek to Jomsom (2710m), overnight at guesthouse
Today, you will start the trek moving down the stunning Kali Gandaki ravine. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar settlements with classic Tibetan art and architecture, you tag on path down to Kagbeni, a prehistoric village renowned for Tibetan art. Now your track passes all the way through the shore of Kali Gandaki and come across the Eklebhatti. 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. Overnight at guest house in Jomsom.

Day 13 : Fly to Pokhara (920m), overnight at hotel
Today we take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, taking around 20 minutes. The major attractions of Pokhara are natural as well as cultural sites such as lakes, temples of Hindus and Buddhist, caves, mountain views. You can view the north region across the hill, Phewa Lake to the snow peaks of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14 : Back to Kathmandu (1350m), overnight at hotel
In the morning today, we travel for 6 hours and return back to Kathmandu. We can either take a vehicle for a drive or fly back from the beautiful city Pokhara. 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.
what’s included
  • Two night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Airport transfers (domestic).
  • Upper Mustang special permit fees.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entrance fees.
  • Food during the trip period (full board breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee/hot chocolate, seasonal fresh fruits, boiled water).
  • All guesthouse accommodation during the trekking.
  • One well experienced English speaking trekking guide trained by Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
  • Equipment allowances, wages, insurance, food and accommodation and transportation for the guide.
  • Flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara.
  • Rescue and evacuation arrangement.
  • All necessary ground transportation.
  • All government paper works and procedures, applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulation.
  • Firs aid medical kit.
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Visa (US $ 30 cash and two passport size photo required).
  • Your international flight.
  • Optional trip if extended.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra hotels in Kathmandu or Pokhara (early arrival, late departure or early return from the mountain).
  • Personal travel / medical / climbing insurance which covers travel, medical, accident, evacuation etc.
  • Personal nature of expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Gratitude (tip) for the staffs.
  • Porter if required.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Nepali
meeting/Start point Kathmandu, Nepal
Maximum altitude 4100 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
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customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 1 review
Upper Mustang trek
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5 - Excellent
“Really a magical trip lost in the mountains and far away from the most frequented trekking routes.

The landscape is pure and you will find villages along the way with people living and there you will find your guest house waiting with a bed and good nepali food.

After a long research I piked up Unique Adventure. They looked like they know what they were doing and the price was very competitive. Mr Khum Subedi the man in charge was quick to answer my mails and available to my requests. I payed half from Europe with a bank transfer and gave the rest when in Katmandu almost 6 months later. I went with an experienced guide named Ram and a porter included. The accommodations were fine. All guest houses well experienced and some really real Mustang home life. The places are amazing.

If you want to go I strongly recommend you this company.”
Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
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