The hidden kingdom, Upper Mustang, is one of the most sought out trekking destination in Nepal. The place was secret from the world for a long time. Technically, the Upper Mustang trek was open to the public in 1992. Before that, this region was a separate kingdom from Nepal. There is no exact record of the history of Lo Manthang; there are only myths and legends.
The total duration to complete the Upper Mustang trek is 17 days, out of which we will be trekking for only 11 days. The inhabitants of this region follow Tibetan Buddhism. Most inhabitants of this region are Gurung. The Upper Mustang is one of the most beautiful places ever created on planet earth.
On this trip, we will be exploring ancient villages such as Kgbeni, Jomsom, Chhuksang, Chele, Lo Manthang. The major highlights of the place include stunning panorama, promising artworks, crafts, hidden culture, tradition, and unique lifestyle of the locals. Along with unique terrain and culture diversity, there are many Gompa and Chortnes throughout the trail. The dry countryside with resolute brown cliffs, seasonal flowers, and thick vegetation will make your trip outstanding. The whole journey feels like a unique adventure in this region. This trip is sure to be an unforgettable experience for you.
The Upper Mustang trek is quite different from other treks in Nepal. This trek can be done even during monsoon season as the place lies in the rain shadow area, so there won’t be rainfall. You can trek in Upper Mustang all year around.
Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Lake City; Pokhara
Explore Kali Gandaki River
Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
Visiting “The Lo Manthan”- the capital of Mustang
- Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Two night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Finest twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
- Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on a tourist bus
- Flight to and from Jomsom
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- First aid medicine kit
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa.
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Upon arriving at Kathmandu, you will meet our airport representative, who will transfer you to your respective hotel in Thamel. On your way to the hotel, our airport representative will provide you the brief details about your further activities. There is nothing planned for this day. You will just meet your trekking guide who will give you information on your further trip. In the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner for you.
Kathmandu Sightseeing tour
Today, we will go for sightseeing Kathmandu. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is one of the significant historical city. On your trip to explore Kathmandu Valley, you willl visit renowned places like Basantapur, Kumari Temple, Hanuman Dhoka Museum, the statue of Kaal Bhairab (the god of destruction), Pashupatinath, Swoyambunath, Boudhanath. Then, we move towards Bhaktapur to see Bhaktapur Durbar Square, traditional houses, and traditional Newari museums.
Drive to Pokhara
We will leave Kathmandu and enjoy a pleasant drive to Pokhara. The drive takes approximately six hours. The whole journey to Pokhara is filled with gorgeous scenery passing swiftly through the remote side of Nepal. Along the way, we will enjoy the view of Himalayan giants like Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, as well as the five mountains of Annapurna.
Fly to Jomsom(2743m) and trek to Kagbeni (2804m)
We will take an early flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, which takes about forty minutes. After arriving at Jomsom, we will meet our crew and have breakfast. Finishing our breakfast, we will begin our trek to Kagbeni. We will move through the riverbank of the Kaligandaki River. Along the way, we will witness a few settlements of the ethnic people of this region. After walking for about five hours, we will reach Kagbeni, the main gateway to Upper Mustang. We will visit the age-old monasteries and monuments.
Kagbeni to Chele(3050m)
The trail to Chele passes through Tangbe and Chuksang. The first village we will witness in the Tangbe village; a village of narrow lanes with red-white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple-orchards. The land of this village is flat and dry like a desert. Then, with a walk of about half an hour, we will reach Chhuksang, where we will stop for a lunch break. Throughout the way, we will notice sky canes, eroded rock tunnel, sandstone pillars, organic apple farm, few chortens, and gumbas. Following the trail to small ridges, we will reach Chele village.
Trek to Syangboche (3800m)
Today, you will be passing through two gorgeous passes; Taklam La Pass (3624m) and Dajori La Pass (3735). We will get the gorgeous views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, Damodar Danda, Chungsi cave, and Ramchung cave along trail. We will also be passing through a small forest with a wide range of flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you might witness rare blue mountain sheep. Climbing down towards Samar village, we will follow a steep trail to a stream and eventually arrive at Syangboche.
Syangboche to Ghami (3500m)
The day starts with passing through first of the three high passes, Yanda La, and an age-old beautiful Chorten. Then, we will walk through the village of Ghelung. From here, we will cross the Nyi La Pass and Ghami La Pass. We will get to see very few villages now onwards. After a few climbs, the valley widens, and we will get a spectacular scenery. There, we will reach Mustang’s third-biggest town, Ghami. Ghami is an ancient village consisting of many ancient monasteries, Chorten, and mani walls.
Day Eight :
Trek to Tsarang (3570m)
Departing from Tsarang, we will take a trail uphill along several passes. After crossing the passes, the tracks are mostly flat. Today, we will witness some of the most beautiful scenery of the trip. We will get to see Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, and Thorang peak, among many others. We will also pass through the longest mani wall in Mustang, Chinggel la. Then, we will climb Choya La Pass, which seems totally like a desert. It is the most challenging part of the day. Eventually, we will reach Tsarang, the land of Chortens. Here, we will visit the red-painted stupa, the Tsarang Chorten.
Trek to Lo Manthang (3840m)
Most of the trail for today is flat and relatively easier. The trail from Tsarang to Lo Manthang is full of adventure, nature, and cultural beauty. We will also be passing through several plateaus and villages. Furthermore, we will pass the windy passes of Lo La at 3950 meters. Here, we will get some gorgeous views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Finally, with a walk of six hours, we will reach Lo Manthang, the capital city of Mustang.
Acclimatization Day at Lo Manthang
This day for you to get accustomed to the high altitude environment. However, we won’t be staying idle. We will explore around Lo Manthang. The place contains some of the largest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. We can visit Nyphu cave, built at a soaring cliff, or visit 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave with forty-four cubicles. We also have the choice of visiting Thinkar summer palace, Konchok Ling cave, Ritseling cave, and many exotic monasteries. Likewise, we can take a side-trip to Chhoser and Gharphu along the Kali Gandaki. We will notice the influence of the Tibetan Buddhism culture in all of this region.
Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3810m)
The trail to Drakmar passes through Gyakar village, which contains ancient Ghar Gompa, an amazing rock painting. There is a legend that anything you wish for at this Gompa turns true someday. We will also be passing through the highest plateaus like Marang La Pass (4300m) and Muila. The descend very steep; however, we will get to enjoy some incredible views of the terrain and mountain ranges.
Drakmar to Ghiling (3750m)
We will begin early morning trek today to avoid strong winds while climbing down. The trail mostly passes through dry terrain and sandy fields. The tracks are mostly above the canyons and eroded hills. Ultimately we will reach Ghilling. This is a dry village with gorgeous views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks.
Ghiling to Tetang (2980m)
Passing through the steep ridges of hills, we will get the finest views of the carved hill. The first village we will visit is Tetang, an upper village of Chhuksang between two hills. From here, we will move south towards the gorgeous Chungsi Cave Monastery. This is one of the major highlights of this region. At the pass, we will get close-up views of the mountains. We will get views of Thorung as it is the lowest peak, and we will also witness a large glacier along the steep flanks. Continuing the trek, we will reach Tetang. This village is full of the apple orchard.
Trek to Muktinath (3710m) and Drive to Jomsom
After breakfast, we will head towards the Annapurna region. This is the last day of the trek on the Mustang region. We will pass through many Mustang villages. The apple around these areas are among the best in the world, so you might try some of them. Descending from Chhuksang, we will depart from Mustang. Then, we arrive at the Kani gate, the entrance to Muktinath temple. Muktinath temple is a significant religious temple. The temple is said to wash all your sins and pave the way towards heaven. Muktinath also has the legendary flame burning out of a rock. There is a Buddhist temple made around this flame. From Muktinath, we will drive back to Jomsom.
Fly back to Pokhara
Today, you will return to Pokhara. You will take an early morning flight back to Pokhara after breakfast. The rest of the day at Pokhara is free, so you can enjoy sightseeing around this gorgeous lake city. The city is almost always on party mood, so you can enjoy your fullest. You can visit popular places like Fewa Lake, Peace pagoda, Davis Falls, Mountain Museum, Tibetan refugee settlements, and Gupteshwor cave. Moreover, you can engage in adventurous activities like paragliding, zip-flying, bungee jumping, kayaking, among many more. At night, you can enjoy the success of your trip on clubs and pubs around this city.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today, we will bid goodbye to this beautiful city of Lake. We will have a lovely drive back to Kathmandu today. The journey is full of beautiful natural background, and the drive is much more pleasant with the presence of Nepal’s countryside filled with swift sights of the villages and natural beauty. You can spend the rest of the time in Kathmandu doing an activity of your interest. As this is your last day in Nepal, you can shop or roam around the city. During night time Thamel is filled with street lights and live music coming from pubs, you can enjoy the night vibe of the city here too.
This is the day you will depart from Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport approximately three hours of your scheduled flight.