Upper Mustang Trek is a journey to the hidden kingdom of the Mustang region of Nepal. It is also the border region to Tibetan highland. Above the Annapurna region, this arid part of the Mustang lies. Trek to Upper Mustang is filled with diverse attractions, either in natural panoramas or in the cultural sense. Located beyond the Annapurna Himalayan chain, Upper Mustang is a least rain falling zone, where trekkers can trek even in the monsoon.
After flying to Jomsom, Upper Mustang trekking begins through the windy Kali Gandaki valley. From Kagbeni, it moves towards Upper Mustang. Lomanthang is the prime appeal of this trek. While walking, you can see the white washed traditional houses with Buddhist prayer flags on the rooftops. The vegetation is assorted recurring flowers, barley and potato fields make the local scenario fabulous. Passing Chele, Geling and Tsarang, you reach to the stone fortification town of Lomanthang. It is a culturally loaded place with Gompas and Chhortens. During the exploration day, we hike to the Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. While returning, you take a different route so that you can explore 1200 years old Ghar Gompa, which is popular to fulfill the wishes. Before trekking back to Jomsom, you trek to the Muktinath temple, the place where Hindu and Buddhist devotees want to reach once in their lifetime.
Lovely Nepal Tours and Travels organize Upper Mustang Trip based on your interested itinerary. We recommend you to follow the dateline of the Upper Mustang Tiji festival and trek there. Normally it falls in May. It is a world renowned festival, celebrated for three days. Please, feel free to contact us for the further details.
Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu airport (1345 Meters ).
Day 02:Information about trip and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (820m). About 6 hours.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m). About 3-4 hours.
Day 05:Trek to Chele (3050meters). About 6 hours.
Day 06:Trek to Geling (3500m). About 6-7 hours.
Day 07:Trek to Tsarang (3560m). About 6 hrs.
Day 08:Trek to Lo-mangthang (3710m). About 4-5 hours.
Day 09:Exploration at Lo-mangthang. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10:Trek back to Dhakmar (3820meters).
Day 11:Trek back to Ghiling (3800meters). About 5-6 hours.
Day 12:Trek back to Chhuksang (2980meters). About 5-6 hours.
Day 13:Trek to Muktinath (3760meters). About 6-7 hours.
Day 14:Trek back to Jomsom (2720m) Via Kagbeni. About 5-6 hours
Day 15:Early morning fly back to Pokhara.
Day 16:Drive back to Kathmandu. (Can fly if required).
Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu airport (1345 Meters ). Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Representative of Lovely Nepal Tours and Travels receives at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. A short briefing is given to you about the activities of tomorrow. Overnight at hotel. (B&B)
Day 02Information about trip and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. After the breakfast, you set out for the guided city sightseeing trip. Kathmandu is a city of temples. The tour escorts you to the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites. Temples and Buddhist Stupas are the focused travelling monumental sites. Pashupatinath (Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (Buddhist Stupa), Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa are some of them. The mediaeval arts and architectures are amazing. Drive back to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight at hotel. (B&B)
Day 03Drive to Pokhara (820m). About 6 hours. Tourist buses leave at 7 am in the morning so you have to report at 6.30 am. But, the time is flexible having a private vehicle. It is more comfortable and run as your time. Leaving Kathmandu, the Hilly scenery astounds you. The winding road above the River, forests, villages, fields all are awesome. Reaching Pokhara, transfer to the hotel. If you like, we can get out for the boating or walk around the city. Overnight at hotel. (B & B)
Day 04 Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m). About 3-4 hours. From Pokhara, we take a half an hour flight in the morning. The Himalayan flight is awesome, making the route between the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri peak (8163m). Landing at Jomsom, we make our way through the windy Kali Gandaki valley and reach to Kagbeni. This is the gateway of the Upper Mustang. This is the time to imagine the landscape of the Upper parts. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 05Trek to Chele (3050meters). About 6 hours. Today, the trekking trail splits towards the Upper Mustang from the main trail to Muktinath. The arid landscape, colorful vegetation and brown hills are wonderful. First we reach to the Tangbe village, crossing the narrow alleyway. Apple orchards and barley fields can be seen. If you look at your back, Nilgiri smiles you in return. From Tangbe, we walk a couple of hours to Chhuksang. The white washed houses can be seen amazing on the way. Then we ascend up to the Chele village. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 06Trek to Geling (3500m). About 6-7 hours. More arid landscape begins. After the breakfast, we walk through the narrow and steep path. Local people have similar houses with a fluttering Buddhist prayer flags at the roof top. Tibetan Buddhism is the main religion of the people around this place. Climbing down from the ridge, we ascend to Samar village. Descending from the ridgeline, we reach to another village, named Syangbochen. Our destination is Geling village where we can reach after crossing 3770 meter pass. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 07Trek to Tsarang (3560m). About 6 hrs. After breakfast, we climb up to the Nyi La pass. The views of gray cliffs are wonderful. Then we trek down and cross the Tangmar River. Across the River, we see the beautiful mani wall, which is relatively long. Climbing up to the 3600 meter pass lies ahead. From the top, we can see the eye-catching view of the Tsarang village. There we can see monastery and a five-storied white Dzong. It is a creative zone of different arts. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 08Trek to Lo-mangthang (3710m). About 4-5 hours. As we begin the trek, we explore one of the oldest monasteries of Nepal. It is believed that Lo- Gekar Gompa is a significant Gompa among the Tibetan Gompas. After exploring the locality, we march towards the stone-walled town of Lomanthang. We cross a ridgeline, from where the clear view of Lomanthang can be seen. With a gradual walk about an hour, we reach to the most awaited place of this trek. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 09Exploration at Lo-mangthang. Overnight at guesthouse. This is a huge day to explore the mediaeval monasteries, cave like settlements, Chhortens and sandy rocks. After exploring the Red monasteries and other attractions, we take a jorney to the Namgyal Gompa after a walk of a couple of hours. It is located at the hill top. After that, we move to the Tingkhar, known as the last village at the Tibetan border. A small village including about 40 houses is similar to the landscape. If you are tired, horse riding service is here. Back to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 10Trek back to Dhakmar (3820meters). After breakfast, we begin to walk taking a different trail. It is again a fabulous excursion exploring the ancient Ghar Gompa, which is believed to be 1200 years old. It is also famous as the Rinpochhe monastery, which is a wish making monastery. People believe that their wishes get fulfilled. The dusty wind make further walk a bit tough, but we gradually reach there. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 11Trek back to Ghiling (3800meters). About 5-6 hours. After the breakfast at lodge, we embark through the sandy landscape. We need to be careful because after the noon, it is really tough to deal the sandy wind. Or we can walk in the evening time. Steadily, we reach to Ghiling. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 12Trek back to Chhuksang (2980meters). About 5-6 hours. We trek back to Chhuksang. The landscape is wonderful. The white-washed houses of this region and Buddhist prayer flags on the rooftop have increased the charm of the trek. Reach to Chhuksang and rest. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 13Trek to Muktinath (3760meters). About 6-7 hours. From Chhuksang, we make our way to the Muktinath temple. It is one of the most popular temples in Nepal, where Hindu and Buddhists want to reach at least once in their lifetime. Having a bath is believed to take away all the sins. Then we walk around the temple. Trekkers who have crossed the Thorung pass also rest here. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 14Trek back to Jomsom (2720m) Via Kagbeni. About 5-6 hours We pay our homage to the Muktinath temple. Then we begin our trek from Muktinath quite early than usual. Via Kagbeni, we follow the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Walking through the windy valley is comparatively tough. Gradually, we reach to Jomsom and rest. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 15Early morning fly back to Pokhara. A half an hour flight in the morning takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Then transfer to the hotel. You can do sightseeing the rest of the day. Make your day wonderful. overnight at hotel. (B & B)
Day 16Drive back to Kathmandu. (Can fly if required). In the morning we drive back to Kathmandu through the Prithvi Highway. Arriving Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel. (B & B) (Lovely Nepal Tours and Travels recommend a trip to the Chitwan National Park to enjoy the Jungle safari in Nepal. It is the most visited national park of Nepal, which is a home of one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger).
Day 17Departure. Thank you for your trip with Lovely Nepal Tours and Travels. Our representative drops you at the airport for the final departure or to your further travel destination.
The environmental, political and several other factors that are beyond the control of our team might be the hindrances in the trip. It is quite unusual for the alteration of whole itinerary; however, these factors can be responsible for the change and improvisation of the proposed itinerary. In such cases, the group leader or the trekking guide would decide the best alternative possible and try to minimize the problem as per the group’s interest. However, the company would not be responsible for the result of the alternatives and change in the suggested itinerary.
In case of health problems:
In case of altitude sickness and other health hazards during the trip, Lovely Nepal can charter a helicopter for you. In the case that you use this service, you can do the payment at our office. The payment receipt will be provided so that you can claim the amount from insurance.
In case of Flight Delay:
There might be certain delay in flight schedule from few hours to few days while flying to and from Jomsom. The extreme weather conditions, technical problems and minimum visibility can be the barrier for the landing and taking off of the flight. In case of these difficulties, Lovely Nepal Tours can charter a helicopter to make sure you won’t miss your international flight. In this case, the cost of the chopper can be paid directly at our office. You would be provided with the payment receipt so that you can claim the amount from insurance.
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