Upper Mustang Trekking will be a great way to enjoy on the scenic country where walk leads you on old and ancient Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trails of Nepal and Tibet, where border located beyond Upper Mustang towards high Karo-La pass. Upper Mustang Trekking actually an extension of vast and high Tibetan plateau where culture and traditional life resembles with Tibetan heritage and traditional life of both Buddhism and old pre-Buddhism sect known as Bonpa that worships ancestral and nature spirits.
An interesting adventure on Upper Mustang Trekking exploring age-old culture in the harmony of scenic views of eroded high cliffs and canyon of varied colors that changes along with sunlight. Upper Mustang Trekking begins from the lovely city at Pokhara a place with the natural beauty of mountains and lakes, where the short flight takes you to land at Jomsom a headquarter town of Mustang district and home of ingenious Thakali tribe.
Heading due North-West past Kagbeni a village and the gateway to Upper Mustang as walk proceeds heading barren windswept terrain with amazing views and crossing few passes to reach nice villages adorned with Buddhist and Bon religious symbols and monuments. Finally, our journey leads to our main destination within old former Walled Kingdom of Lo-Manthang where you will be taken aback into medvial period of times, enjoy a fascinating tour around its impressive villages and old monasteries of great interest.
Allowing with permission tour of former King / Raja of Mustang fort palace, after a great wonderful times head back to Jomsom on the same scenic trail to catch a flight to lovely Pokhara where our great adventure on Upper Mustang Trekking completes.
Outline Itinerary:Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel. Day 02: In Kathmandu options for a sightseeing tour and trek preparation. Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins by air) with 6 hrs overland. Day 04: Morning fly to Jomsom 2,715 m trek to Kagbeni 2,835 m- 04 hrs. Day 05: Trek to Chele / Tsele 3,045 m - 06 hrs. Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs. Day 07: Trek to Charang (Tsarang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs. Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,710 m - 05 hrs. Day 09: At Lo-Manthang rest day for acclimatization and excursion. Day 10: Trek to Ghami 3,440 m - 06 hrs. Day 11: Trek to Samar 3,150 m -06 hrs. Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni -06 hrs. Day 13: Trek to Jomsom -04 hrs with free afternoon. Day 14: Fly to Pokhara 22 mins journey and transfer to hotel. Day 15: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Day 16: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
STARTING FROM $1550
- Accommodation: Hotels and lodge on treks
- Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
- Activities: Sightseeing tour, exciting drive with flights and treks.
- Highest altitude: Nyli-La 3,945 m high on the way to Samar village.
- Trekking duration: 10 Nights and 11 Days (Jomsom to Jomsom)
- Total Trip: 15 Nights and 16 Days (arrival to final departure)
- Seasons: April to November months as Upper Mustang like Tibet falls within Rain-Shadow area where monsoon clouds blocked by high Himalayan mountains. Trek around Upper Mustang includes a month of June to Mid September with less chances of rains during monsoon times.
- Explore traditional and time weathered villages of beautiful areas of Mustang
- An extension of high Tibetan plateau facing dramatic landscapes scenery
- On the old ancient Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Route of Nepal / Tibet
- Adventure around Nepal Far North West Himalaya to scenic Upper Mustang
- Enjoy a tour of former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang and its impressive culture
- All airport/hotel/land transfers by private or public vehicle unless otherwise requested Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Welcome and farewell dinner.
- Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek with all meals included.
- Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Paten and Bhaktapur including a tour guide and entrance fees.
- Experienced trek leader, assistant guide and Sherpa porters including their salaries, insurance, equipment, flight, food and accommodation.
- All necessary permits (national park entrance fee, TIMS).
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- All government and local taxes wherever applicable
- Nepal visa fee ($30 and two passport photographs are required).
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch in Kathmandu, unless requested for Extra accommodation nights other than stated in the itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance
Detail ItineraryDay 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport received by White Lotus staff/guide for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area an interesting place after checking into your hotel room, meet at the hotel lobby for group briefing of Upper Mustang Trekking with other information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable. The evening includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture program of the country.Day 02: In Kathmandu options for a sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities where you can join in our sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest as Kathmandu valley steeped with world heritage sites, rest of the day preparation for Upper Mustang trekking.Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins by air) with 6 hrs overland.
Morning overland journey to Pokhara of about 5- 6 hrs drive to reach Nepal Mid-West where ride leads past interesting farm villages and towns with views of snow-capped mountains till you reach Pokhara. On arrival transfer to your hotel by the lakeside of Phewa, with time for a short walk around the lakeside with views of Annapurna peaks. Dinner either in respective hotels or outside restaurants near the lakeside (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Pokhara by air from Kathmandu)Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,715 and trek to Kagbeni 2,835 m - 04 hrs.
Morning short scenic flight to reach Jomsom from Pokhara, Jomsom a large town and headquarter of Mustang area located on a shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. From Jomsom adventure starts on a wide Kali-Gandaki River valley to reach Kagbeni village, an important place the entrance towards Upper Mustang and beyond as far towards Tibet border, on this old historical Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.Day 05: Trek to Chele / Tsele 3,045 m - 06 hrs.
After Kagbeni around this exciting village, a short uphill walk to reach open and wide areas within the high canyon with towering eroded cliffs as walk leads to Tiri-Gaon village. Walk around scenic landscapes with few short ups and down with winding path to Chele village for an overnight stop, Chele also spelled as ‘Tshele’ a moderate size village here from onward into more Buddhism culture similar to Tibetan traditional life.Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.
From Chele or Tsele, short climb to reach Gyakar village, and then on windswept terrain around dry and arid landscapes, as route heads to Samar village, an attractive looking village of the area, as the walk continues with a steep climb to a high ridge on top Yamada La above3,860 m. Enjoying great views of fantastic scenery descend to Syangboche village another interesting village, walk of the day ends at Geling for an overnight stop in this lovely traditional village.Day 07: Trek to Charang (Tsarang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.
After Charang, morning with time to its old monastery with interesting Buddhist prayer wheels propelled by fast-flowing water, after the tour of the monastery walk continues to Ghami village. The walk leads to cross over Ghaymi Khola (stream) and then heading past long series of Mani walls (holy prayer and stones), walk to Dhakmar village, to reach at Charang village for an overnight stop.Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,710 m - 04 hrs.
From Charang heading to our final destinations towards former and ancient walled kingdom into Lo-Manthang, a large village within the fort known as Dzong guarding Lo-Manthang from outside invaders in early days. A few hours of the good walk takes you into Lo Manthang, a former kingdom where great Raja (king) of Mustang ruled the whole kingdom of Lo known as Mustang. As walk progress crossing a strong steel bridge to Marang village, from here climb to a ridge top, past chhorten and Mani stones prayer walls in between Tsarang and Lo Manthang.Day 09: At Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and excursion.
At Lo Manthang enjoys a free day exploring its narrow neat street within villages of great interest with Tibetan design and carving. Visit historical and cultural center one of the main attraction of Lo-Manthang, with four grand monasteries of Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and its Great Entrance Hall. Special permission required to enter former Raja or king of Mustang’s palace and visit its interior if possible.Day 10: Trek to Ghami 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
After time at Lo-Manthang, walk to lower areas to reach back at Jomsom as route leads to few short climbs to reach at Ghami for an overnight stop, one of the important village of Upper Mustang region.Day 11: Trek to Samar 3,150 m -05 hrs.
Morning walk leads on the same trail with a climb up to Nyi La pass, and then contour upwards to reach the path coming from Tsarang village, after many switchbacks as climb leads across a large painted chhorten and then on straightforward route to our overnight stop at Samar village.Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni -05 hrs and transfer to lodge.
Enjoying time around Upper Mustang exploring interesting villages including grand views, journey slowly heads back to Kagbeni on downhill walking on the same scenic trail past Chele / Tsele village to reach Mustang Khola, from here on with gradual walks to reach at Kagbeni for an overnight stop.Day 13: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m - 02 hrs.
From Kagbeni to end our last day walk heading towards Kaligandaki river valley to Jomsom, at Jomsom for overnight last overnight stop around Mustang area.Day 14: Fly or drive to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Morning from Jomsom hotel transfer to its small airport where pleasant flight with exciting views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range reach you at Pokhara by its serene Phewa Lake for an overnight stop. (Option for an overland drive to Pokhara from Jomsom takes more than 6 hours past Tatopani village and Beni town)Day 15: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu on the same interesting highway past farm villages and town with last few hour climb to reach the valley rim that takes you into the city of Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)Day 16: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
As per your international flight time for homeward bound or to next respective destinations, depart from the hotel where White Lotus staff transfer you to Kathmandu International airport with final farewell after a great adventure and experience on ‘Upper Mustang Trekking’.