Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Highlights

  • The opportunity to venture into the remote,
  • Semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang, located north of Annapurna on the Tibetan border
  • Geologically and culturally a part of the Tibetan plateau
  • Valleys are arid and dry with colorful rock formations and cliffs
  • Himalayan peaks, awe-strikingly beautiful and snow-topped

Embark your journey to a remote place untouched by any kind of modernization. You will experience the life that is similar to the civilization back in the time. The centuries back practice, lifestyle, and customs are still prevalent in the Mustang region of Nepal. Lying beyond the mountains, Mustang is regarded as the forbidden kingdom and also the part of the country is beyond any control and influence of the administrative center of the nation. If you love adventure and want to see the centuries back lifestyle now in present time then Upper Mustang Trek is a suitable journey for you.

Upper Mustang trek offers a spectacular trekking experience in the remote trans-Himalayan mountain region of Nepal. The 17-day trip begins in Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Then we drive to Pokhara and fly to Jomsom the next day and begin trekking. Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because until the 1990s the tourists weren’t allowed to enter the region. While trekking in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, we can admire the uniqueness of tree-less landscape, rocky trails, and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.

Upper Mustang Trek is like a treasure hunt where you travel to the mysterious places. The desert-like landscape will haunt you but the hidden caves and artistic monasteries built there is like a reward for your hard work and endurance capacity to spend your time in such a remote place. As you follow your trail, you will come across the Gompas; prayer flags and monasteries which is evidence to the Tibetan Buddhist culture prevalent in this place. The local people residing in this region are Lobos. These people follow Buddhism and regard themselves as the descendants to Tibet.

Amazing facts of Upper Mustang Trek

This region is geologically and culturally a part of the Tibetan plateau. Its valleys are arid and dry with colorful rock formations and cliffs. Behind them stand the Himalayan peaks, awe-strikingly beautiful and snow-topped. A part of Mustang’s beauty lies in the fact that this region visited only by the limited number of tourists; which leaves it one of the few places on the planet where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture. Moreover is popular among people not only as a place with unique landscapes but also for its good cuisine and the production of a tasty apple liqueur.

For the brave trekkers and the ones keen on experimenting, the tasting of the local butter tea is an unforgettable experience; a chance to near oneself to the lifestyle of the local population. Make your way up the Kali Gandaki river’s banks, witnessing the beauty of its unreal blue waters; desert surroundings to the ancient kingdom of Mustang – a place where culture meets nature and forms an eternal bond.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Trekking starting from Pokhara
  • Max-Altitude 4,000m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

You will be welcomed at the airport by one of our staff members and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Our airport representative will explain further details of the program. Overnight at the hotel with breakfast included.

You will be met by your guide early in the morning for the drive to Pokhara. The drive is long but very scenic and interesting. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Pokhara hotel for check-in. In the evening, you can enjoy boating on Fewa Lake and you might wish to photograph the reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range on the serene water. Overnight at the hotel with breakfast included.

Early in the morning, we will fly between the snow-covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to Jomsom. The sights of towering massifs rising to more than 8,000 meters, and the river with the deepest gorge on the planet is just mind-blowing. At Jomsom, we will start our Upper Mustang trek to Kagbeni. This is the main gate to Upper Mustang, situated at an altitude of (2,800m), Kagbeni village dates from around the 14th century when it was a check post for traders from Nepal. There is still a checkpoint to control the groups departing for Muktinath and Mustang. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The trail takes us to the east bank of the Kaligandaki river. We traverse several ridges to Tangbe village. This village is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. We can take in the view of the Nilgiri peak which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Beyond Tangbe we will reach Chhusang village after about one and a half hours walking. We cross the river and continue climbing to a huge red chunk of the conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki flows. We leave the Kali Gandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Today we will ascend the treeless, waterless terrain, along with the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass a rock cairn at 3540m. The trail then makes a long gradual descent to Samar village. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. We’ll climb up above Samar to a ridge and descend into a large gorge. The trail continues through another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route traverses another pass, follows a ridge and descends to Shyangmochen. From here, we gently climb to a pass at 3770m and descend into Geling Village. Overnight at a guesthouse -breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

From Geling, the trail climbs gently up to the interesting pass of NYI La and descends below the blue, grey and red cliffs. We cross over the steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) and arrive at the longest Mani wall in Mustang. We climb over another pass at 3,600 m and start the long gentle descent to Charang village. The large five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa are impressive attractions here. We can also observe the collections of statues, Thankas and other large paintings of the seated Buddha. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Our trail ascends steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet. It is, in fact, one of the oldest Gompas the region. After visiting Lo-Gekar, we continue our upper Mustang trek to Lo-Manthang. The trail to Lo-Manthang is well-defined with some minor climbing. We will pass the walled city of Lo along the trial, then make a short descent, cross a stream and climb to the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at a guesthouse -breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

We will hike for two hours to Namgyal Gompa. This is situated on a hilltop and here is an important monastery for the local community. It also supports a local court. After our visit to Namgyal Gompa, we continue our tour to Tingkhar. This is the last village to the northwest of Lomanthang with around 40 houses. After visiting both places we will return to Lomanthang. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Today our trail ascends steadily and offers the last glimpse of Lo Manthang before climbing a ridge at 4070m and continuing to the Chogo La (4210m/13810ft). This is the highest point on our Upper Mustang Trek. The trail then advances to a short, steep descent and crosses the Charang River. We will climb to Lo Geker and arrive at Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. We then climb the ridge, cross a valley and alpine meadows, and then drop down a steep eroded path to Drakmar. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The trail now descends, passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar before climbing to a ridge. It further descends to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820m), dropping again to Chhung-Kah. We continue to Tama Gaon (3710m) and down to Shyangmochen. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Our long hike now follows a stream all the way down to Chhusang. We can also take an alternative route to Samar visiting Ranchung Cave. The alternative route is just 30-minutes longer. Overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Today we will follow the stream, pass Chhusang village and make a short steep ascent onto the valley floor. We keep ascending until we reach a small pass from where we can see Muktinath and the red painted Buddhist Monasteries.

Early in the early morning, you can take flight or Jeep to get back to Pokhara. Please note, through the extreme the weather flight may delay or even cancelled. Alternatively, you can also take the Sharing jeep to Pokhara. The journey usually takes 6-7 hour, but it will probably be worth spending an extended hour in such a little size vehicle as the path down is also scenic.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 2 Night 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara for with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Most ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking Guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • Trekking pole and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork, special  trekking permits for restricted area and  (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc).
  • Tips for guide(s) and porter(s).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape,  bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to the safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • Accommodation, All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.
  • Personal clothing and gear.

FAQs

JYou are required to travel Pokhara and then transfer Jomsom to start our trek. Depending on your finances and the comfort you can pick different options. As the tourist bus to Pokhara is the budget options requires 6-7 hour, you can also have a 30-minute flight to Pokhara if you opt to get the convenient options. . Pokhara is the next largest city in Nepal in addition to a popular tourist destination in Nepal. Since you must maintain Pokhara anyways, you may want to explore the town as well and do some tour in Pokhara. If you’re following the acclimatisation plus some practice day hikes, there are several short hikes available around the Pokhara valley, depending about how many spare days you may have.

JFrom Pokhara, you should plan to either fly or drive to Jomsom. We recommend flight to Jomsom that cost $120 per person, if you don’t have plenty of days to spare.  Jomsom is the gateway to Upper Mustang  where we will start our trek. Unless you mind travelling an extended distance via overland, there’s a immediate Jeep drive  to Jomsom from Pokhara as well. The Jeep will take 8~9 Hrs  to  reached  Jomsom. Yes, it is an extended journey but it’s the cheapest option to attain the trailhead.

The package includes accommodations throughout the trek, as well as one night in Pokhara Accommodation during the trek, there are teahouses which are essentially hotels but with a more homely feel. They are run by the locals and provide all the basic facilities including hot shower at a small extra charge. The rooms are simple but comfortable usually with two beds with mattress blanket and pillows. Some will have an en-suite bathroom but most have shared the bathroom with squat toilet .you will get a chance to experience the renowned Nepalese hospitality as well as interact with them Discovery World Trekking have good public relation with local service providers in Annapurna trek; the company makes sure prior arrangement of the accommodation.

At Pokhara, the accommodation is more luxurious. we stay at hotels with a single room and attached bathrooms, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facility The accommodation for your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package as there are plenty of hotels in Kathmandu that you can select according to your requirements.

Upper Mustang is recommended to be visited between February and November. Since it is situated in the rain shadow area of the Himalaya, it continues to be the perfect destination through the monsoon season in Nepal of June – August.
You might avoid the chilly season (end of December and January). Even the residents of Lo-Manthang leave the administrative centre to steer clear of the freezing temperature and snow.

You may even want to time your visit through the most celebrated festival in your community, called “Tiji Festival” which literally means, ‘prayer for world peace’. That is a three-day event seen as a the dancing of monks to commemorate the incarnation of Buddha. That is normally held in the 3rd week of May but exact dates vary and dependant on the Buddhist calendar. If you’re ever in your community for this time, it is strongly suggested to add this in your itinerary. Watch this quick video if you are considering just what a Tiji Festival might be.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind.

We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.

Head

Sun hat or scarf
Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries

Face

Sunscreen
Sunglass with UV protection
Face/body wipes
Hands

Lightweight gloves

Body

Hiking shirts
Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
Hooded rain jacket
Fleece jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
T-shirts (bring Lightweight wool)
Polypropylene underwear
down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
Sweater
Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

Hiking Boots that been worn in (available in rent in Kathmandu)
Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
Thermal bottle
Water purification
Trekking pole
Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek) available in rent in Kathmandu/ Pokhara
Toiletries (toilet papers, toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

Medium size drying towel
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Deodorant/ floss
Biodegradable bar soap

Other Personal accessories

 

In this trek, you’ll be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even convenient and memorable. All guides are well trained certified with the last experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak most part of the Nepal. Porters may also be assigned to transport your luggage. Two different people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage shouldn’t exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of 1 porter for just two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can likewise have one porter per person. Our crew members will be the residents of high Himalaya remote control areas and their physical endurance and heredity character can live easily and comfortably at thin air without having to be affected. All our staff are extremely valuable to us, they may be well paid and we look after their insurance, clothing, lodging and food throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Health care when ill or injured. We ensure that these are happy once we think that only happy people can make others happy The neighborhood expert trek leader to help you specialized under the next subject. We offer basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

The most of all, tipping reaches traveller’s discretion and really should be relied on good service that will not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are extremely much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a suggestion is the accepted and honoured way of give you thanks (Dhanyabada) once and for all service. Normally the tips can be found by the end of the trek which is most beneficial done as an organization. Most groups gives the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the finish of the trip. The quantity of the trip is completely an individual preference which may be pretty much dependant on your perception of service quality, amount of trip, appreciation and budget of their work. It’s important to Finding World Trekking crews who professionally look after you at all times through the trekking, inspire excellent service and provide enriching journey- the trip of once in an eternity experience. We ensure that of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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