Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang TrekKing

Trip Fact

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  • duration-icon
    Duration 17 Days
  • activities-icon
    Activities Trekking
  • tripgrade-icon
    Trip Grade Moderate
  • groupsize-icon
    Group Size 2-20 Pax
  • startendpoint-icon
    Start-End Point Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • maxaltitude-icon
    Max-Altitude 4010 m
  • besttime-icon
    Best Time April-Aug & Sep-Dec
  • accomodation-icon
    Accomodation Teahouse

Trip Overview

The Upper Mustang trek leads you to a secret Buddhist world in a land known as the Kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. It’s a faraway mountain area that’s kind of like Tibet. The people and the way of life here are very similar to Tibet, and the land is dry with tall cliffs and rocks that are different colors and shapes.

First, you’ll go to Kagbeni, which is like the entrance to Upper Mustang. Then you’ll walk through dry land because it doesn’t get much rain because of the big Dhaulagiri mountains. You’ll go to Lo-Manthang, which is where the old Kings of the Kingdom of Lo used to live.

During the trek, you can explore caves, look at old paintings on rocks, and visit monasteries, and a place called a “gompa” to learn about the culture here. And don’t forget the amazing views of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and more!

When you’re in Lo Manthang, you can visit a place called Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar (the last village in the northwest), and even the King’s palace. This will help you understand the culture of this area better.

Trip Highlight

  • See the Tibetan influence on the daily life and culture of the local people.
  • Enjoy walking freely without worrying about rain because the region is in a dry area.
  • Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of the Tibetan-like people and monks with their colorful prayer flags.
  • Witness the everyday life and culture of the local people, who live much like Tibetans.
  • Explore the history of Lo Manthang after visiting the king's palace.
  • Take in breathtaking views of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and more.
  • Experience a spiritual atmosphere while walking among Gompas (monasteries), chortens (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, and caves.

Itinerary

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When you get here, our nice Get Nepal Treks team will greet you. They’ll take you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu, in a neighborhood called Thamel. Thamel is known for being lively, and it’s a great place for shopping and dining at excellent restaurants, pubs, and bakeries.

After eating breakfast at the hotel, we take a drive to Pokhara. On the way, we see the lovely Trisuli and Mashyangdi Rivers, and we also get to see the beautiful Ganesh Himal and Mount Manaslu. Pokhara is a great place for tourists because it has lots of natural and cultural places to visit, like lakes, caves, and temples for both Buddhists and Hindus. After driving for about 6 hours, we’ll reach Pokhara and stay at a hotel overnight.

We catch an early morning flight to Jomsom because the weather is usually best in the morning. You’ll get to see amazing mountain views, including two really tall ones: Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The scenery below is incredibly beautiful.

When we land in Jomsom, which is the main place in the Mustang area, our trek begins. We’ll walk on a nice path along the dry Kali Gandaki River valley to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an old trading spot with a Buddhist monastery. It’s just outside the Upper Mustang area, which has some special rules for visitors.

Today, we walk along the river valley using both the higher path and the trails by the riverbank. As we go further, the path gets wider, and we see a big area of sand on the river’s west side. We stopped in a village called Tangbe for lunch. Here, we see the first black, white, and red chortens that are common in Upper Mustang.

The village is like a maze of narrow paths between white houses, fields of buckwheat and barley, and apple orchards. We can still see Nilgiri Peak in the south. After lunch, it takes us about 2 hours to reach Chuksang village.

Today, as we begin our trek, things start to look different from the previous days. Not just the land, but also the way people live and their culture. The villages are more spread out, smaller, and simpler.

The folks here, in Lo or Mustang, do farming. Because there isn’t much rain and the soil isn’t very good, they grow their crops in special areas that are protected from the wind. These fields make the brown landscape look green.

As we go north, we come to a big red rock that has fallen from the cliffs above. It made a tunnel that the river flows through. Our trek doesn’t stay in the valley anymore; it goes up a steep, rocky path to a village called Chele. We climb a steep trail, then keep going up along the side of a steep canyon until we reach a pass. After that, we walked down a nice path to Samar.

Today, we go up from Samar to a hilltop and then go down into a big gorge. We pass by a Chorten, which is a special kind of Buddhist monument, and go into another valley with lots of juniper trees. We cross a stream and go up to a pass, then come down along a ridge to a tiny village called Shyangmochen.

There are a few small shops here where you can get tea and snacks. Nearby, there’s a cave called Rangbyung, and inside it, there are rock formations that look like chores.

We keep going up gently from Shyangbochen and go into another big valley before coming down to Gelling. Here, there are lots of fields where people grow barley.

Today, we begin our trek by walking up through fields in the valley’s center. We pass by a place called Tama Gun and a big Chorten, which is like a Buddhist monument. After that, we will start a challenging climb to get to Nyi La, which is like a high pass. When we go down from the pass, it’s not too steep. In about 30 minutes, we reach a place where the trail splits.

The right trail goes straight to Charang, and the left one goes to Ghami. Ghami is a big village that’s painted white, and it’s protected by cliffs that hang over it.

Today, we’re going to the driest part of Mustang. It’s going to be a tiring trek, and the path is kind of rough. But when we finally get there, we’ll see some amazing views of the countryside, and we’ll be able to see mountains all around us. When we reach Charang, it’s a big village at the top of the Charang Chu Canyon, and we’ll get to take a break.

To the east of the village, there’s an old fort and a red Gompas, which are like Buddhist temples. Inside, there are lots of statues and thangkas, which are special paintings.

Today, we’re going to one of the coolest places on this trip: Lo Manthang. This used to be the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo, and it was started back in 1380 by a person named Ame Pal. It has about 150 houses and places where lama gurus live.

As we trek, we’ll go through Lo-Gekar, which is the oldest Gompa in Nepal and is even older than the Samye Gompa in Tibet. When we get to Lo, the walled city, we’ll get to visit really old temples and monasteries. We’ll also see the King’s big palace where the King and Queen of Lo-Manthang live. You might even get to lead some horses and check out the pretty valley.

Today, we’ll check out the special town of Lo-Manthang. First, we’ll spend about 2 hours at a place called Namgyal Gompa. This is a lovely Gompa, which is like a Buddhist temple, up on a hill. It’s really important for the people here because it’s used as a local courthouse for legal matters.

After that, we’ll go to the village of Tingkhar. It’s northwest of Lo-Manthang and has about 40 houses. Then, we’ll visit Champa Lhakang, where you can see a big Buddha statue and some pretty paintings on the walls.

After breakfast, we begin our trek. We’ll follow a highland path, going through alpine meadows. Then, we’ll come down a steep, worn-out path to Dhakmar for lunch. After eating, we’ll walk through a lovely valley, go up a hill, and then come back down to Ghami.

Today, we’ll walk on a narrow, twisty path that leads us to Geling. Along the way, we’ll cross a little stream and see some pretty views of the Nilgiri Mountains. We’ll also pass through areas with no people, some places that look like Tibet, farms with steps, and natural plants.

As we keep going to Geling, the path gets wider. We’ll still see deserted places, plants, houses that look like Tibet, special structures called chortens, walls with stones carved with prayers (they’re called mani walls), colorful flags with prayers on them, and learn about the unique culture of the people who live here.

After eating breakfast at the lodge, we begin our hike. We walk down a path and eventually get to Chuksang by crossing a hanging bridge over the Kali Gandaki River. We continue our hike along the river, seeing trees and apple orchards along the way.

Today, we walk along the Kali Gandaki River, and we’ll go through a place called Eklebhatti. The wind can get strong in the afternoon. Jomsom is an important place in Mustang. You can use the internet and do banking here.

After breakfast, we will catch an early flight to Pokhara. Once we arrive, we’ll check in at a hotel and then explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. It’s going to be a calm and enjoyable day.

We’ll hop on a tourist bus at 7 AM to travel back to Kathmandu. The journey will be enjoyable as we pass through towns, and see settlements, rivers, terraced fields, and beautiful landscapes. After about 6 hours of driving, we’ll reach Kathmandu and stay overnight at a hotel.

We’ll make sure you get to the airport on time, usually about three hours before your flight, depending on when it takes off. If you have extra time, we can suggest fun things to do, or you can go explore by yourself if you want.

As we say goodbye for now, we hope you had a fantastic time on your trip. Until we meet again for more adventures, take care and travel safely!

Includes/Excludes

  • Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara flight
  • Cost of necessary trekking permits, including the Annapurna conservation area permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.
  • Airport transfers to and from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara (usually at a three-star hotel) before and after the trek. Accommodations during the trek in teahouses or lodges.
  • Meals during the trek, such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are usually provided at teahouses along the route.
  • A licensed trekking guide and porter to carry a portion of your gear. The guide provides information, ensures your safety, and helps with logistics.
  • Essential equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, and trekking poles.
  • Basic first aid supplies.
  • Detailed trekking itinerary with information about daily distances, altitudes, and schedules.
  • The cost of international flights to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance, including emergency medical and evacuation coverage.
  • Expenses for items like personal snacks, beverages (other than water), souvenirs, and additional meals in Kathmandu.
  • Additional Gear: you need to rent or purchase additional equipment like trekking boots, warm clothing, and a daypack
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and teahouse staff.
  • Any optional activities, such as helicopter tours or side treks.
  • The cost of obtaining a visa for Nepal.
  • Personal Medications

Reviews

Hany M (Australia)

Unforgettable experience!

I cannot express my gratitude adequately for the exceptional 14-day Everest Base Camp trek organized by Get Nepal Treks and Tours. Our guide, who was both knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around, meticulously explained every aspect of the journey and took great care of us throughout. The guide, along with their lovely assistant, added an extra layer of specialness to our experience. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Get Nepal Treks and the entire team for their remarkable support. The unforgettable farewell party served as the perfect conclusion to this incredible journey. I eagerly anticipate my next adventure with them in Nepal!

Prash (India)

Amazing experience!!!

Great Views and Amazing experience. Trek was strenuous, Guides made it easier. They provided us with great guidance, clean water and amazing food. They helped us organize the trip and provided great support. Get Nepal Treksand Tour is the best!!!

Theresa R (USA)

Great company to book with

We had an incredible experience on this trek during the off-season. It was important for us to select a Nepali company for our adventure, and they took care of all the logistics, making the entire journey exceptionally smooth. Our guide and porter were not only incredibly skilled but also provided us with unwavering support throughout the entire trek. If you have the option, we highly recommend requesting their services when booking your trek. We are already looking forward to returning for another adventure!

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