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Upper Mustang Trekking – 17 Days

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  • Duration: 17 days
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max Elevation: 3,810 m
  • Transport: Car/Jeep/Flight
  • Season: Feb-Nov

Upper Mustang Trekking Details

The hidden world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom, Upper Mustang is a remote area in Nepal with highly preserved Tibetan culture. Due to military unrest in the late 80s, it was not until 1992 that this region was reopened to foreign trekkers. Tucked and hidden from the outside world, the culture, mostly of Tibetan origin, has been well preserved. The region boasts of unspoilt nature with landscape unlike any other places in Nepal. Although it lies in the Himalayas, the terrain is a mixture of snow-capped mountains and desert lands.

The people of Mustang strives to preserve the beauty and culture of the place, and hence, trekking in this region is a privilege. The local government has imposed very strict policies, and expensive fees to limit the entry of the outside world to this secret kingdom in Nepal. And therefore, this place is not very known to many tourists and very much less travelled.

Surprising this Upper Mustang trekking is one of the best trek to do even in the monsoon season in Nepal. Hence it lies in the rain shadow, north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, completely sheltered from the monsoon. We take return Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara flight to avoid the lower rainy section hike in Annapurna region.

The best advantage of upper mustang trekking in monsoon time is that the village are full of local people busy at their every day works. Further more the whole region are in bloom which makes really a fabulous contrast with the wind eroded hills, red cliffs and snow capped mountains on the back ground – a great vista. Thus upper Mustang trekking a is once in a lifetime destination to explore the fascinating medieval walled kingdom of Lo Manthang.

Upper Mustang Trekking Highlights

  • Scenic drive or flight to and from Jomsom.
  • Exploring the Kali Gandaki River valley.
  • Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang.
  • Experience ancient Tibetan culture and astounding Tibetan landscapes flanks.
  • The oldest monastery in the world.
  • The rich culture of Nepalese -Origin of Tibetan lama Buddhism.

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft)

Day 2Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours

Day 4Fly to Jomsom (2,700m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek

Since there is no direct flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom you are required to travel to Pokhara and the following day fly again to Jomsom. Jomsom is where you would want to start Upper Mustang trek. Today we will walk about 4-5 hours and spend overnight in Kagbeni. Based on history Kagbeni was abandoned by the demon, was the ancient capital of Mustang. Late in the afternoon, we will go for a walk around the abandoned area and visit Buddhist monasteries. Kagbeni is the border that splits between the upper and lower part of the Mustang. Up to Kagbeni, you can visit without a special permit but above then that you have to issue a restricted permit to enter upper parts of the Kagbeni.

Day 5Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

The actual upper Mustang hike starts towards the bank of the river of Kaligandaki. Today you will pass by villages Tangbe and Chusang. Made with mud and white painted narrow alleys, you will pass through apple garden and colorful buckwheat field.

Day 6Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours

Day 7Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours

Day 8Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours

Day 9Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours

Day 10Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization

Day 11Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours

Day 11Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours

Day 13Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

Day 14Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours

Day 16Fly back to Pokhara

Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 17Final departure

Upper Mustang Trekking Photos

Upper Mustang Trek Cost Includes

  • All meals while on the trek.
  • Accommodation during your whole trip at local lodges.
  • Domestic airfares and transportation from Kathmandu to trek starting point as mentioned on itineraries.
  • English speaking government-licensed guide.
  • National part fees.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Airport transfers and escort.
  • All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicle.
  • All government and local taxes

Upper Mustang Trek Cost Excludes

  • International airfares.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Major meals, Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone charge and laundry.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.
  • Tips & Gratuities to guide