Progressing beyond the least explored region in Nepal via an off-the-beaten-path, Upper Mustang Trekking is the one of a kind approach to get acquainted with the mystical world of the time-honoured Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. Since its inception by the warrior Ame Pal in 1380; the walled city of Lo Manthang along with the ancient realm of Upper Mustang was segregated from rest of the world from the 14th century. Though limited access was granted to the Nepalese, it was still forbidden for outsiders until 1992. Consequently, this territory gained the opportunity to gradually develop and preserve its contrasting culture and classic traditions that share similarities with Tibet.
Enclosed by the snow-covered mountaintops of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri on the north; Upper Mustang is a heaven on earth. Officially one of Nepal’s restricted areas, the locale is untouched by the modern built-up as well as contemporary amenities to this time. Except for species of vegetation able to grow in waterless climate, you’ll not observe any signs of other plant life here. Arid and parched yet captivating, the terrain is almost identical to that of the Tibetan plateaus. In the course 17-day long Upper Mustang Trekking, trekkers can find their delight in the beauty embracing desert-like terrain together with cliff-faced landscapes. Moreover, you’ll get acquainted with the traditional lifestyle of the natives and their customs from the past while getting fascinated by the sublime architecture and artefacts showcased by several gompas, monasteries, and a four-storey royal palace. If that is not enough then brace yourselves to explore the old cave dwelling high in the rocks. Nevertheless, the trek to Upper Mustang will flood your mind with blissful reminiscences including the things that you hadn’t thought of during this euphoric escapade will definitely manifest itself at some point in the future.
Although suitable for trekking activities throughout the year, Upper Mustang is an ultimate monsoon trek as it is positioned in the rain shadow of the Himalaya. So don’t just sit there; get in touch with us and arrange this awe-inspiring adventure in advance this tourist season!
3 Hours Before Flight Time
An experienced guide along with a support porter (1 shared porter for 2 members) are provided during the trek. All requisite arrangement of permits, flight and hotel booking are included the trip package.
Here are some Upper Mustang Trek highlights that make your trip a wonderful and memorable. Scenic flight to and from Jomsom. Visit to ancient monasteries and experience of typical Tibetan culture. Picturesque views of the Himalayas. Warm hospitality of Thakali and Gurung communities. Fortresses, palaces & cave hermitages. Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, magnificent scenery of the high Tibetan plateau. The Kali Gandaki valley, the deepest gorge in the world.
Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (1350m); you will be warmly welcomed by our Airport Representative, and transferred to hotel (20 – 30 minutes drive). Overnight at hotel. B.B.
Final preparation of the trek including arrangement of permits. Leisure day or you may also do a city tour of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Patan (optional tour in extra cost). Overnight at hotel. B.B.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m). It’s 200 k.m to Pokhara, a 5 – 6 hours scenic drive through Prithivi Highway following the river bank of Trishuli and Marshyandi. On the way, we will have an opportunity to view the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna (depends on weather). And the beauty of nature is just of awesome. Overnight at hotel near the bank of Fewa Lake. B.B.
Flight Pokhara – Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2810m, 2 hours walking).
It’s just a 20 minutes short flight; but amazing flight through the Kaligandaki river gorge; the deepest natural river gorge in the world; which lies between two 8000m gaints peaks, Annapurna I (8091m) & Dhaulagiri (8167m).
After landing at Jomsom airport; we walk following the east bank of Kaligandaki river to Ekle Bhatti (2740m, 1:30 hours). Then walk for another 30 mintutes to reach Kagbeni, an oasis-like settlement of flat-roofed houses. There is also a Tibetan Buddhist gompa of Sakyapa sect in the village and views of the gompa with Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Tilicho, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna rising above are superb! Overnight at hotel. B.B.
After breakfast, we take a short walk through a narrow flagstone-paved path, then we enter to the restricated area of Mustang. From here, we continue our walking to east bank of Kaligandaki river. We walk through the impressive village of Tangbe (3060m), Chhusang (2980m) & Chele (3050m) overlooking the fantastic landscapes. There is a small, but impressive cave gompa in Chhusang which is dedicated to White Tara, the buddha of Success and Achievement. After 45 minutes continue walking to Chele; we can see the good view of back down the Kaligandaki valley, with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. After another 11/2 hours slow pace walking we arrive at the Dajori La Pass (3735m) with views down the valley. After another 30 minutes walking we arrive at Samar, a small picturesque village. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
We walk through the center of the village and descend to a stream where we can see eroded watercourse; then we climb up and continue up towards the Bhena La (3838m) and Yamda La (3860m). From here we can see our first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-colored hills nearby; then we walk to Syangboche village (3800m) following mani walls and stupas; then eventually we arrive at the village of Geling. There are 2 gompas in the village, the date back to 15th century which are worth visiting. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Today we climb a steep uphill just above the 2 gompas and continue walking to a pass (4025m) from where we can enjoy overlooking back towards the Annapurnas. Then we trek down to Ghemi (3520m), a small settlement of few tea houses, then continue trek down to a stream and cross a suspension bridge and ascend the upper valley where we can see the longest mani wall in Mustang region. Following the trail beside the mani wall, we climb up another pass of Tsarang La (3870m); and we descend to Tsarang, the old capital of Mustang. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Today is the final day of our destination, short and moderate walking to Lo – Manthang, the medieval walled city. We walk following the Tsarang river to the north and gradually climb up to the Lo La (3950m) from here we can see the good views of Lo – Manthang and northern Mustang. From the pass, it is an easy down hill walk to ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
After breakfast, we go for walking tour around the valley. There are four major gompas which are worth visiting: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house”; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is known as the “New Gompa”. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Trek to Ghemi 93520m, 5 – 6 hours walking). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Trek to Samar (3660m). Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Trek to Jomsom. Overnight at Guest house. B.L.D.
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara early in the morning. Overnight at hotel. B.L.D.
Drive back to Kathmandu (200 k.m, 6 hours drive). Overnight at hotel. B.B.
Transfer to Airport for your onward journey.