Upper Mustang Trekking – 17 days
“a scenic walk on picturesque windswept landscapes with amazing Buddhist culture”
‘Adventure on world highest landscapes on an extension of Tibetan vast plateau
Sweeping short flight to and from Jomsom with awesome views of mountain range
Exploring remote villages of immense old culture and traditions in the harmony of nature
Crossing high scenic passes towards former forbidden walled city / village of Lo-Manthang
Scenic walks with daily super views of Dhaulagiri-Nilgiris and Mustang Himal’
Trip Mode: Hotels and in Lodge on treks.
Trek Grade: Moderate with touch of altitude.
Highest point: 3,950 m at Lo La pass and 3,810 m at Dhakmar.
Trek duration: 11 nights & 12 days (Pokhara to Pokhara with flight and drives both ways)
Total Trip: 16 nights & 17 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Activities: Cultural tour - scenic drive and trekking.
Season: April to September including monsoon months.
Upper Mustang Trekking a unique adventure leads you on world highest and magnificent landscapes which is actually an extension of huge Tibetan plateau, where you can soak with local interesting culture of ancient heritage, where the Mustang people have strong bond and connection with Tibet since hundred of centuries.
Awesome Nepal Treks to Upper Mustang Trekking leads you with fascinating and exciting where our guide will feeds you with full information of the area of travel, as this adventure starts with scenic sweeping flight from picturesque Pokhara, blessed with natural beauty of high green hills, mountains and lakes.
On reaching at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district, our walk begins heading North West on dry and arid plateau within high mountains of Dhaulagiri-Nilgiris and Mustang Himal, where walk leads beneath beautiful eroded red cliffs and canyons passing interesting villages full of old culture and traditions with rows of prayer walls and exploring its monasteries.
As the walk progress heading higher crossing over few scenic high passes of Lola and Dhakmar to reach once and former forbidden kingdom of Lo-Manthang where area was ruled by Raja / king monarch since ancient times.In Lo-Manthang with time to explore the surrounding areas and monasteries including former king palaces in the backdrop of snow capped peaks.After a great enjoyable time with life time experience heading back at Jomsom for the flight to Pokhara and towards Kathmandu, where this wonderful adventure to Upper Mustang Trekking concludes.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins flight & 7 hrs drive)
Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050 m - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 06hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang 3,560 m - 06 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 05 hrs.
Day 09: At Lo-Manthang rest day for exploration around its village and monasteries.
Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 07 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs. \
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 25 mins flight
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Upper Mustang Trekking, lodge, camping on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Upper Mustang Trekking.
(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning travel by private coach or in tourist bus (depending upon the size of the group) with an exciting overland drive on main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, leading through Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels by the beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks. (Options by Air 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).
Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.
After a wonderful stop at Pokhara, depart from the hotel for an early morning short scenic flight to Jomsom, during airborne views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and then reaching at Jomsom small airstrip, located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River.
Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district, after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki river valley around windswept country.Afternoon time carries heavy wind, after few hours of great walk with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and ending our first day walk at Kagbeni village for overnight stop.Kagbeni a windswept Tibetan like village which is the starting and ending point of Upper Mustang, located on an old Himalayan Caravan Salt Trade route of Nepal and Tibet.
Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads on uphill trail into canyon and high red eroded cliff edge, then following upper Kailgandaki River upstream, around unique landscapes of cliff wall in-between walking trails.This nice walk with views leads to our overnight stop at Chele village, a moderate size settlement.
Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.
From Chele (spelled as Tsele also), morning walk begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here trek around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area.
After Samar village with short stops walk to Bhena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri.From here on down-hill to overnight stop at Geling village via Syangboche village.
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.
Morning visit old Geling monastery and explore the Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek towards Ghami village, and then leading to cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village.After few hours of pleasant walk reaching at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops like buck wheat’s for overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.
Today a short day walk to Lo –Manthang our main destination of this classic journey to the wall city (actually a large village) guarding this city / village surrounded by high wall.At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decade, morning walk starts crossing a steel bridge, and then to Marang village.From this village climb to reach a scenic ridge top, coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri , Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks.Walk leads to a climb over Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with first views of Lo Manthang walled city and its fort like village. From here descend to the bottom of the pass and on nice trail to reach at Lo Manthang for two nights stop.
Day 09: In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.
Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within great high wall, visit historical and cultural centre the main attraction of Lo-Manthang.The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit interior of the old palace and to grant audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.
Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.
After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang,trek southwest on herder’s trails, up a side valley to the Chogo La (4,325m/14,190ft). Then traverse around a grassy valley before descending through a gully to cross the Tsarang Khola and climb to Ghar Gompa (House Temple): a 1,200 year old monastery; particularly famous for its collection of painted carved stones – framed on the monastery walls. The trail then climbs a ridge and crosses a valley to a cairn at 4,170m/13,680ft. Continue across alpine meadows before descending through a rough gully between towering walls of red rock to the large village of Drakmar (red cliffs). Numerous caves dot the cliff walls.
Day 11: Trek to Shyangmochen 3,806 m - 06 hrs.
Today’s trail descends alongside a stream, past the walled village fields before climbing a ridge, dropping once more and rising to Upper Ghemi. Walk down to Lower Ghemi, then gradually contour up to the Nyi La (4,020m/13,190ft). Descend into the Gelling Valley but follow the high trail above the village to Jaite, Chhungar and Tama Gaon. Zigzag down a rocky canyon to a stream then climb to a large chorten – and the Gelling trail near the ridge below the Shyangmochen La. Summit, then walk down to Shyangmochen.
Day 12: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.
Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages.Walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Tsusang village.
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk back on same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.
Today our last and final day of this beautiful Upper Mustang trekking, morning walk starts on the same route to Jomsom town, after retracing Kaligandaki river valley trail to reach in Jomsom and overnight in a nice fine lodge.Jomsom area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples and products cider, brandy and juice. Celebrate last night dinner with staff and among other teams.
Day 15: From Jomsom morning fly to Pokhara.
Last day of this amazing journey around Mustang concludes with short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara a lovely touristic city, overnight in Pokhara a scenic spot with many nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake, where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm waters.
(Driving options which is about 6-7 hours via Beni town to Pokhara city from Jomsom)
Day 16: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting time on Upper Mustang trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .
(By Air options from Pokhara to Kathmandu taking 30 mins of scenic flight)
Day 17: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Upper Mustang Trekking around Far North West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure toward homeward bound.
- All airport/Hotel transfer-
- Standard hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner with live culture program
- Kathmandu City tour by private transport
- Flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara
- Standard hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights with breakfast
- All necessary paper work and permits ( Annapurna Conservation Permit and Upper Mustang restricted permits USD$ 500.00 per person)
- An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Full meals of your choice (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
- All mountain accommodation (soft/comfortable private room)
- Room with attached bathroom where available in the mountain.
- Hot drinks (Tea & Coffee)
- Fresh fruit served after dinner.
- water purification tablets.
- Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Trekking equipment such as down filled sleeping bag, and duffel bag
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
- Bottle drinks
- City monument fees
- Electronic device recharge in Mountain
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance & evacuation
Awesome Nepal Treks welcomes all travelers in our delightful-secure and safe holidays around Himalayan destinations before and after booking the trips of your choice we would like to offer some important notes before you pack your bags for departure to Nepal Himalaya.
On booking please send us bank transfer minimum of 25 % advance payment rest you can pay on arrival and before your trip departure to respective destinations.
Before or after booking please check with your doctors for medical advice and suggestion and as per the areas of travel.
We require your medical history before joining our trips so that we can take care with necessary details and inform you of the treks of your choice regarding health and physical wise.
After booking at least minimum of 3 weeks please prepare with necessary exercise like jogging-walking ups and downs the stairs, as Nepal is a country of ups and down hills where moderate exercise will help you on trekking.
All our trips are well taken care from booking hotels-transportation with all logistic supports will be lead by experience and expert guides on all treks and tours offering you with full information of the areas of travel and taking outmost care that you enjoy the trips happily with much satisfaction.
Depending upon the trekking programs where you will need necessary trekking gears, most of the equipment can also be bought and hired in Kathmandu shops and stores if it is too much to carry from home country.
For trekking / climbing equipment please see our list provided as per the duration and areas of trekking and climbing.
Most of our trekking involves staying overnights in lodge with excellent choice of food menus prepared by lodge cooks, when camping away from main routes we provide full camping equipment with excellent kitchen unit of cook-kitchen staff supported by guides and porters.
On high altitude treks we take enough care that you will be healthy providing you with hygienic and nutritional food menus include much rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation.
Remember to insure from medical problems and travel insurance which should include emergency evacuation by any means of quick transportation or by helicopter.
Assuring you all that we run and organize all trips according to the itinerary provided, however in some certain circumstances like bad and unfavorable weather, political strikes, broken road and trails due to landslide and avalanche.
On this type of situation we might divert and re-route to other safe destination where the company holds the right in this sudden and unforeseen conditions.
If someone needs to break from the trip of own choice due to medical and personal problem in this case refund will not be entertained as per the company policy and norms.
On trek respect the local culture and traditions where our guide will supply you with information regarding the rules visiting monastery and temples as per the area of travel.
Support and co-operate responsible tourism and eco-trekking respecting and preserving the Himalayan pristine environment from destruction.
Assuring all that every trips will be memorable with enjoyable time with us here at Awesome Nepal.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu or Pokhara at cheaper prices, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
Buff headwear /neckwear
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
• Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
• Fleece jacket
• Waterproof/windproof jacket
• Down filled jacket
• Lightweight cotton pants (long)
• Waterproof Pants
• Thin inner socks
• Thick and warm wool hiking socks
• Comfortable Hiking boots
• Gore-tex gloves
• Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
• Trekking bags/duffel bag
• Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
• Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
• Water bottle or camel bag