Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a trans-Himalayan flight to and from Jomsom, Mustang
  • Witness majestic panorama of Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m)
  • Trek through the uniquely astounding arid lands
  • Explore the walled city of Lo Manthang
  • Visit some of the ancient monasteries in the region like Ghar Gompa, Niphu, and Garphu

Trip Overview

17-Day Travel Packages to Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal

Bordering Tibet in the North, Upper Mustang Trek boasts historical, cultural, and natural wonders endemic only to Upper Mustang. The region was opened for tourists as recently as 1992; however, trekkers require to obtain a special permit before entering the region. The trek traverses through the monasteries of the Bon religion that predates modern-day Buddhism. Enjoy the scenic trek into one of the rain-shadow areas of Nepal.

The 17-day Upper Mustang Trek commences upon your arrival at Kathmandu. Accompanied by an experienced tour guide, you indulge in an exploration of a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Day Tour including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square before embarking on a 200 km road journey west to Pokhara city. A short trans-Himalayan flight will take you to Jomsom city from where you’ll begin the trip to Upper Mustang Trek. The arid and desert-like landscape will accompany you throughout the trail. Due to its acute geographic location, Mustang receives less or no rainfall throughout the year making it a rain-shadow area.

We begin trekking through the Kali Gandaki valley and move northward through the quaint villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Syanbochen, and Tsarang before entering Lo Manthang or the ‘walled city. Lo Manthang was formerly the capital of Mustang which is protected by walls on all sides.  With its close proximity to Tibet in the north, the greater lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the region resemble that of Tibet. You’ll explore the northern territories of Upper Mustang including Niphu, Garphu, and Ghar Gumba before retracing your path back to Jomsom via Dhakmar, Ghiling, Samar, and Kagbeni villages. The trek offers a wonderful panorama of Annapurna I (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). A short flight from Jomsom will bring you back to Pokhara. The trip concedes upon your arrival at Kathmandu.

At  Tour Trekking Company in Nepal, we dedicate our time and efforts to making sure that our clients do not go through any unnecessary hardships along with their trips. With meticulously designed routes and experienced guides throughout the trips, you are guaranteed thorough enjoyment.

Outline Itinerary

01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)

02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 6-7 hrs.

04: Fly Pokhara/Jomsom (2720m), trek to Kagbeni (2810 m) Approx. 3 hrs.

05: Trek to Chele (3050m) 6 hrs.

06: Trek to Syanbochen (3800m) 7-8 hrs.

07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m) 7 hrs.

08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3810m) 4-5 hrs.

09: Explore Tibet Border, Niphu, Garphu, and villages in the north of Lo-Manthang

10: Trek to Dhakmar (3820m) via Ghar Gumba (Lo Gekar Monastery) 6 hrs.

11: Trek to Ghiling (3570m) 6 hrs.

12: Trek to Samar (3660m) 6 hrs.

13: Trek to Kagbeni (2810m) 6-7 hrs.

14: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 3 hrs.

15: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

16: Drive back to Kathmandu (1300m)

17: Transfer to Airport for final departure.

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Itinerary

01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)

A representative from Ace Vision Treks will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be escorted to your hotel where you meet the trek guide and discuss the trip. In the evening, we take you for a welcome dinner at one of the finest diners in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today is specially sanctioned for taking a tour around the Kathmandu Valley to some of its famed world heritage sites. Beginning from the Swayambhunath Temple- a revered Buddhist Stupa, the tour leads you to the historic palaces and courtyards at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Continuing on the tour, you make way to Pashupatinath and its Hindu charm. Finally, the tour ends at Boudhanath stupa where modern luxuries meet ancient traditions. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 6-7 hrs.

As the journey to the Upper Mustang begins, you head west along the Prithvi Highway. The winding roads are famous for offering outstanding sceneries and glimpses of settlements along the way. Trishuli River also keeps your company for a good while. Your arrival in Pokhara is marked by the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Himalayas. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

04: Fly Pokhara/Jomsom (2720m), trek to Kagbeni (2810 m) Approx. 3 hrs.

An early morning trans-Himalayan flight will take you all the way from Pokhara to Jomsom city to the other side of Annapurna massif. A short flight will offer an aerial view of Kali Gandaki valley, Annapurna peaks, and the lushly forested regions of Annapurna Conservation Area. Jomsom, also known as the ‘windy city’, serves as the headquarters of the Mustang district. You’ll commence the trek at Jomsom and hike almost 11km north to Kagbeni village through Kali Gandaki valley. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.

05: Trek to Chele (3050m) 6 hrs.

After getting your permits checked at Kagbeni, you’ll hike through the Kali Gandaki valley towards Tangbe village which mostly comprises narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, and a vegetation field consisting of barley and buckwheat, and apple orchards. The arid landscape will take you to a bridge that leads directly to Chele village. Overnight stay at Chele.

06: Trek to Syanbochen (3800m) 7-8 hrs.

The trail is generally longer and tougher today. The trek follows multiple detours through Kali Gandaki valley. You encounter large, colorful rock canyons en route. The man-made ‘sky caves’ will also be visible in the latter part of the trek. Although the vegetation is spare in the area, you will encounter bizarre-looking fields of rich red buckwheat that require less water for irrigation. You’ll enjoy the majestic panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Tilicho peaks en route. Overnight stay at Syanbochen.

07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m) 7 hrs.

You’ll leave Syanbochen and advance northward to the village of Ghami. A brief trek from Ghami opens up a place with large Mani walls with Buddhist graffiti and literature painted all over it. You will also encounter numerous Buddhist Chortens before entering the quaint village of Tsarang. Upon arrival at Tsarang, you can choose to explore the ancient monastery and the local white palace that carries the heritage of the village. Overnight stay at Tsarang.

08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3810m) 4-5 hrs.

The trek from Tsarang will advance through sand dunes and arid landscape towards Lo Manthang. Numerous passes like Lo La Pass (3950m) will also be on the way to Lo Manthang. Once the capital of Mustang, Lo Manthang is surrounded by mud and stone walls from all sides. Lo Manthang is home to three popular Buddhist monasteries namely; Jampa Gompa, Thubchen Gompa, and Chodey Gompa, which are popular tourist attractions. Along with these, you’ll also get to witness the 14thCentury royal palace of the former King of Mustang. Overnight stay at Lo Manthang.

09: Explore Tibet Border, Niphu, Garphu, and villages in the north of Lo Manthang

Today, you explore the outskirts of Lo Manthang and visit the popular Niphu and Garphu monasteries. Located to the north of Lo Manthang, Niphu and Garphu monasteries are the cave monasteries that are built on a cliff with the large overhanging rock. You’ll also get to explore the 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave which has more than 44 compartments and caves. Overnight stay at Lo Manthang.

10: Trek to Dhakmar (3820m) via Ghar Gumba (Lo Gekar Monastery) 6 hrs.

Today, you’ll retrace your path and trek back to Dhakmar via Ghar Gumba. Instead of taking the usual route, you’ll take a detour and advance to the village of Dhakmar. You pass by Ghar Gumba or Lo-Gekar Monastery. Ghar Gumba is the oldest living monastery in the world and was built around the 7th century by the incarnated Saint Padmasambhava before he left for Tibet. Later, you trek to Dhakmar. Overnight stay at Dhakmar.

11: Trek to Ghiling (3570m) 6 hrs.

You descend through the sparse settlements and arid landscape to Ghiling village. A short downhill route offers a wonderful sight of the scenic snow-capped peak of Dhaulagiri in the distance. The trail is gentle at first, however, it advances steeply down to a spectacularly eroded gully towards the village of Ghiling. Ghiling village is popular for the traditional mud houses and roofs made of twigs and straw. Overnight stay at Ghiling.

12: Trek to Samar (3660m) 6 hrs.

Today, you descend from Ghiling to Samar village. The trail begins with a brief ascent towards Chungsi Cave containing the stalagmites formed in the shape of Chortens. Afterward, it’s a continuous descent until Syanbochen village. You’ll pass through a stream, juniper trees, and large gorges to Samar village. Overnight stay at Samar.

13: Trek to Kagbeni (2810m) 6-7 hrs.

You reenter the Kali Gandaki valley and make your way towards Kagbeni. It may take longer to reach Kagbeni as you make your way through the deep valley alongside the Kali Gandaki River. You will encounter numerous rock canyons entrails. Crossing various rivers and streams along the way, you arrive at Kagbeni. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.

14: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 3 hrs.

The trek concedes at Jomsom. The trail goes along the Kali Gandaki valley towards the windy city. You also cross Ekle Bhatti and walk along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.  The trail offers the beautiful sights of Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). Once at Jomsom, you can explore the windy city and enjoy the local apple brandy ‘Marpha’. Overnight stay at Jomsom.

15: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

A short trans-Himalayan flight from Jomsom will take you to Pokhara. Once you reach Pokhara, you can indulge in some adventurous activities such as cycling and boating, or you can choose to explore the popular tourist sites namely Davis Fall, Mahendra Cave, and World Peace Stupa. You can also celebrate the success of the trip at the local restaurants in Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

16: Drive back to Kathmandu (1300m)

Today, you’ll leave Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu. The ride may last around 6hours which will take you through the serpentine roads along the Trishuli River. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our representative will escort you to your hotel. Today, you can explore the markets around the city and shop for gifts and souvenirs along the way. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

17: Transfer to Airport for final departure.

This is the last day in Nepal. Our Ace vision Treks representative will drop you off at the airport so you can catch your flight back home. We’ll leave approximately 2hours early to avoid any traffic congestion or delay. We are keen to serve you on your next venture in Nepal.

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What's Include

  • All ground transfer as per itinerary
  • 3 Night Accommodation in Kathmandu, 2 night accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast at Three star (3***) hotel
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with professional English speaking guide & Private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Lodge or Tea House accommodation during the trek
  • Special Permits for Upper Mustang
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry permits
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) fee
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff food, accommodation, salary & insurance
  • Welcome or farewell dinner
  • All governmental procedure

What's Exclude

  • Your Travel insurance
  • Your Nepal visa.
  • You will require 2 passport size photos
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews
  • Sightseeing and Monuments fees
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include sections

Equipment Lists

As per your destination to visit please kindly consult with Trekking Company for suitable equipment, once.

  • 1 pair of strong hiking/mountain boots
  • 1 pair of waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 sleeping bag (-IDC) / (-20)
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 light water- and windproof jacket
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 torch or flashlight and spare batteries
  • 2 long sleeve cotton shirts
  • 1 medium-size towel
  • 1 pair of sports shoes/sandals
  • 2 pairs of light-weight trousers
  • 1 fleece / warm sweater
  • 2 T-Shirts
  • 2 pairs of light socks
  • 3 pairs of heavy wool socks
  • 1 warm hat
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 sun hat
  • Trekking poles (opt.)
  • Personal toiletries – soap/shampoo toilet paper, etc.
  • Pills or tools for water disinfection

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Upper Mustang Trek

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  • USD 1899
  • Medium
  • 17 Days
  • 3810 Meters
  • B. L. D.
  • Hotel, Tea House
  • March-May, September-November
  • Min 2

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