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Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

Activities: Trekking and Hiking

Trip Duration: 20 Days

Trip Grade: Moderate/ Strenuous

Altitude Maximum: 4230m

Accommodation: 3 star level hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Transportation: Domestic flight and private vehicles

Group Size: 01 -16 people

Best Time: Summer & Autumn Season

Attractions: Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges, Tibetan Culture, villages etc.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary

Mustang, opened to foreigners in 1992, is by far Nepal's most restricted trekking area. It is located in the Northwestern area of Nepal, and is part of the Tibetan plateau.

This area has long been inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists and no where else in Nepal can such rich, untouched culture be found. Trekkers are not common here which is why this trek provides such a rare and up close look at a society that has remained unaffected by change for centuries. Unfortunately there is a high price to pay for such an experience. Permits are $500 per person for 10 days, $650 per person for 13 days and $50 per day thereafter. The starting and ending point for all treks in the Mustang region is kagbeni , Trekking in Mustang is truly one of the rarest and most rewarding experiences to be had in Nepal.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Transfer to hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing KTM back to Hotel  

Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara transfer to hotel.

It is about seven hour’s drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsong (2720m.) and start Trek to Kagbeni (2810m.)

A flight of about 25 minutes takes you to Jomsom. The morning flight is spectacular. Then you start your trek to Kagbeni that  will take another 4 hours. The trail moves through the barren and rocky Kali Gandaki river bank. Trail is very charming, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Kagbeni is border to Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. O/N at camp or tea house.  

Day 05: Trek to Chaile (3060m.)

This is about 4 hours trek. The trail moves right up the river valley, widening significantly and revealing an endless stretch of sand where you will face the mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and Tibet. You will notice some caves and Gompa Kang of Nyingmapa Sta, unlike to other monasteries of Upper Mustang, on the west bank of the river are some caves and Gompa Kang. One after another, Black; white; and red chortens, special characteristics of Upper mustang, welcome you. The white washed houses, fields of buck wheat and barley and apple orchards extends around the settlements. The whole southern skyline looks mingle with Nilgiri Peak. You reach Chele crossing through villages of Tangbe and Chusang. You will see separate parts of Chuksang village including some ruined castle walls on the surrounding cliffs.You will notice a distinct change in topography along with the culture, lifestyle and people from your past experience. People both in Lo and Mustang live out agriculture but cultivation is limited in sheltered plots because the region scarce rain and fertile soil. Settlements are quite scattered, smaller and more basic. The trail continues to North, leaves valley and climbs sharply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele.  

Day 06: Trek to Shyangmochen(3635m.)

Trek from Chele to Sanmochen takes about 5 hours. From Chele you continue ascending up to a pass and descend through a enjoyable trail to Samar, a major stop for the caravans of mule and horse. Crossing a valley of Juniper tress and a stream takes you to Shyangmochen which is a small settlement. Its nearby is a cave called Rangbyung containing chorten shaped stalagmites. O/N at camp.  

Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3520m.)

The trail ascends from Shyangmochen gently and enters to a huge valley, with broad fields of crops, before Geling. Similar are the all settlements of Mustang, the houses are of mud and stones, roofs of twigs, straw and pebbles. The trail to Ghami moves via Ghami La (3520m). First, the trail smoothly ascends through fields passing the settlement of Tama Gun then a tough climb across the valley to the yi La (3960m). Descending down, you come to a trail junction, take left one to head to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village. O/N at camp.  

Day 08: Trek to Charang (3560m.)

It’s about five hours trek from Ghami to Charang. The trail moves through sandy and the driest part of Mustang. Though, the magnificent views of  country side,  rugged mountains in the east and west will inspire your energy to continue. Now, the village of Charang spreads before you. Finally, you come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. A huge dzong and a red gompa lies at the end of village. It has a great collection statues and thangkas. O/N saty at camp.

Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (3700m.)

A trek of about three hours takes you to Lo Manthang. It is interesting to explore the exciting village of Charang and large Monastry then set out for Lo Manthang. A chorten marks the border line between Charang and Lo. You will catch the sight of walled city of Lo Mnathang walking through the broadened trail. The city has a single entrance at the north east corner. O/N at camp  

Day 10: Visiting Royal palace of mustang and Monastry of Lo Manthang

This day you will visit the Royal palace of Monastery and explore the Monastry of Lo Manthang. The Monastery is hundreds of year old.  

Day 11: Visit by hores Choser (4152m.) and visit Neffu garfu and Jong Cave in Tibet border of Choser back to Lo Manthang.  

Day 12: Trek to Dhi Surkhang Village (3130m.)  

Day 13: Trek to Yara Gara (3688m.)  

Day 14: Trek to Tange (3325m.)  

Day 15: Trek to Paha (2921m.)  

Day 16: Trek to Tetang (2688m.)  

Day 17: Trek to Muktinath (3800m.)  

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2720m.)  

Day 19: Fly to Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer to hotel

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. Since a strong breeze blows after noon and weather changes often, flights are operated only in the morning.  The same day you take another flight to fly to Kathmandu.  

Day 20: Final Departure

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