Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking is a very popular Mustang trekking destination in Annapurna region in Nepal. Since the Home Ministry of Nepal announced the opening of restricted areas in October 1991. However, there is strict control over obtaining special permits from the Department of Immigration in order to protect local traditions from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The Upper Mustang trek of the Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni, is generally referred to as “Upper Mustang”. The Mustang trekking in Nepal to Lo-Manthang passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape. A steep rocky trail climbs up and down hills with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks, making a truly memorable trek.

Out-line Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Special permit preparation
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (915m)           
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.) & trek to Kagbeni
Day 05: Trek to Samar (3150m.) 4 hrs         
Day 06: Trek to Geling (3510 m.) 5 hrs         
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) 5 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3620 m.) 5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang) (3730m.)3 hrs
Day 10: Rest day at Lo-Manthang to explore around
Day 11: Trek to Ghami (3490 m.) 6 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Samar (6 hrs)        
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (7 hrs)
Day 14: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m, 4 hrs)
Day 15: Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (20 min.)
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 hrs)
Day 17: Transfer to airport, departure on your own destination

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel
Arrive at the Tribhuwan international airport where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This day is simply an arrival day and there will be no any organized activities. So, you will have some free time to relax or walk around for local sights. A pre-departure meeting will be held early evening and you will be introduced with your trekking guide. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Special permit preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (915m)
This morning we will drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu (200km). During the drive you will have a fantastic experience passing through the settlements, rivers, terraces and landscapes. You will be arriving late afternoon in Pokhara. In Pokhara you will enjoy viewing one of the most beautiful Himalayan panorama including famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare towering over the city. You will be free in Pokhara valley to explore the various interesting sights at your own either boating in Phewa  lake or visiting popular sites around the Lake side. In the evening you will prepare yourself for your Lo Manthang trek scheduled to begin next day morning.

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.) & trek to Kagbeni
Today we take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom. Upon arrival at Jomsom you cross a suspension bridge and walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. It is also very picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Samar (3150m.) 4 hrs
While trekking from Chuksang to Samar we experience a distinct change, not only in the topography, but also in the culture and lifestyle of the people. The settlements become more scattered and lesser. The people of Lo or Mustang mainly engage in agriculture. Lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is carried out in sheltered plots of land, covering the brown landscape with patches of green vegetation. Continuing north, we reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. From Chele we climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass we descend on a pleasant trail to Samar. Overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Geling (3510 m.) 5 hrs
Today, we gently climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. We then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of chortens. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and we enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley. Overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) 5 hrs
From Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up to the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. We then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs. Overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3620 m.) 5 hrs
Today's trek is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, are a source of inspiration. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge fortress and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas. Overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang) (3730m.)3 hrs
Today, we will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Rest day at Lo-Manthang to explore around
We explore the Lo- Manthang for the whole day. Overnight at lodge
Day 11: Trek to Ghami (3490 m.) 6 hrs
We continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Samar ( 6 hrs)
Leaving Ghami, we begin to follow narrow winding path until we reach Geling crossing a small stream. On the way we can enjoy good view of the Nilgiri Mountains, deserted landscapes, Tibetan style villages, farming terraces and natural vegetation. From Geling the path turns broader till Samar passing deserted landscapes, natural vegetation, plateau, Tibetan style houses, chortens, mani walls, prayer flags and observe the distinct culture of the local inhabitants. Samar is a small village with terraces, Tibetan style houses, mani walls, monastery, prayer flags and here you find people following Tibetan life styles and traditions. Overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni  (7 hrs)
Following a descending path we reach Chuksang crossing a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki with views of natural vegetation and apple orchards. Overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m.)- 4 hrs
Today, our trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through Eklebhatti. The trail is windy in the early afternoons. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang. From here we can have access to the internet and banking facilities. Overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (20 Min.)
We will take early morning flight to Pokhara, and check in to hotel. In Pokhara either you can visit the major sights around the valley or simply relax on your own. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu ( 6 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Kathmandu and. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 17: Transfer to airport, departure on your own destination.

Cost Includes                                    

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on B/B plan
  • Land transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara including airport tax
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide
  • Equipped & insured trekking porter (each porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.)
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew
  • 3 Meals a day during the trek
  • Tea House accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek
  •  Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
  • Annapurna Region Trekking Map

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Hot shower while on trek (extra cost)
  • Single supplement in hotel
  • Bar bills and laundry
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost)
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary
  • Tipping to guide and porter
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Emergency rescue by helicopter
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage)

Trip Facts

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$1662.5 USD
  • Duration17 Days
  • Difficulty
  • Altitude3730
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
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