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Upper Mustang Trekking highlights
- Upper Mustang Trekking has impenetrable culture and geographic view
- You may explore the history and more than thousands of years of older monasteries.
- Explore Lo Manthang, recognized as the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal
- Upper Mustang is the border with Tibet, and find out about the Buddhist culture.
- Upper Mustang is famous for Gorge valley
- Upper mustang is renowned for its uranium
Overview of Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking escorts you to the hidden landscape of Nepal, located on the northwest border in the Annapurna conservation area. Exploring the mystical semi-arid landscape, Upper Mustang restricted trekking lets you have enough space to get close to the Tibetan Buddhist cultural influence, hidden caves, monasteries, and shortens, unlike any other parts of Nepal and the communities. At the same time, the magnetic Himalayan aura and seasonal vegetation incredibly allure you.
The trek to Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom airport in 2023 and 2024, a district center of the Mustang region and a linearly located windy valley beyond the Annapurna Himalayan peaks. People recall the trail as a historical salt trade route following the dramatic Kali Gandaki River gorge to the Lo-Manthang trekking.
After the roads plow the course, some sections go through the road to Lo-Manthang. They have been allowed the trekkers since 1992 A.D. The hidden jewel of the Upper Mustang trekking after affording the big special and restricted trekking permit.
Furthermore, the whitewashed houses with fluttering prayer flags demonstrate the cultural prosperity in Upper Mustang. The houses are built with mud bricks, and the lifestyle seems nomadic. Besides, their hospitality is impressive with the typical Tibetan cuisines.
Just like the enticing landscape, their innocent smiles are excellent. Passing through picturesque towns like Chele, Syangbochen, Ghyami, and Tsarang, trekkers cross different sections and high passes like Chogo La Pass (4250 meters), the highest pass on this trek. Lo-Manthang, at 3700 meters altitude, is the ultimate destination, which the local Kings remained hidden for a long time.
Chooser Cave and the antique monasteries make Lo-Manthangand its surroundings impressive.
Upper Mustang Trekking concluded in Muktinath Temple, a globally recognized spiritual center. As long as you reach its close destination, Muktinath is a highly recommended destination. In addition, the trek to the Upper Mustang is best from March to July and September to December.
However, you can be Trekking in Upper Mustang even in the monsoon as the Mustang region is in the Himalayan rain shadow area. Winter becomes hugely chill, and the chill, the windy valley becomes a significant challenge in the trek. Moderate acclimatization avoids altitude sickness during the journey.
Note: Upper Mustang Trekking in Tiji Festival is a highly popular itinerary. If you would love to observe this antique celebration, please, let us know, and we will offer you a fixed itinerary.
Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trekking
The Upper Mustang trekking itinerary starts from Kathmandu, But We are heading west from Kathmandu by bus or plane. Stay overnight in Pokhara and fly to Jomsom from Pokhara. The Kagbeni is the check post of the Restricted area of the Upper Mustang.
The trekking is continued by the Bank of Kaligandaki and beside the Chaile, Ghiling, Tcharang, and Lomangthang. Most of the population follows Tibetian Buddhism and their culture even though they are used to living in Nepal.
However, 17 days of trekking Upper Mustang trekking is an adventure in the Annapurna area. We suggest staying at the Lo-Mangthang for two overnights.
Day:01 Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. On your arrival, Boundless Adventure will receive you at the International Airport and transfers you to the hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle. Then you have time to rest and get refreshed. We’ll catch you later to discuss the upcoming itinerary briefly. Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Note: A sim card for local Phoness, Money exchange, ATM, and Po box is available at the Airport.
Day:02 Kathmandu sightseeing
A full-day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu mainly covers three magnificent cultural sites enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage sites: the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa are on the list to cover.
They delight in medieval areas with historical significance and fantastic architecture. In the evening, the trekking guide will meet you. Overnight at the hotel.
Day:03 Drive /fly to Pokhara
Driving towards the west through the switchback road on the mountain, Van takes about 4 to 5 hours by car to get into the Pokhara. The view of the valleys, Riverside, woods, and the entire surroundings looks brilliant.
Besides, suppose you take a flight option by covering the extra cost. In that case, you have only 20 minute’s flight to go, and you can save another day of exploration of the city and enjoy the adventure activities in Pokhara. Dinner either you can have at the Hotel or Lakeside of Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel.
Day:04 Fly to Jomsom(2743 meters) and trek to Kagbeni
Having breakfast, we can explore the magnificent Himalayas of Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna range, and the surroundings. The first day of trekking embarks from Jomsom through the straightforward route of the Kali Gandaki Riverbank. The valley is widely spread that becomes too windy after the mid-noon.
Walking steadily, we reach Kagbeni, an antique settlement of the Tibetan Buddhist people at the juncture of two Rivers. The right road takes to Muktinath, whereas the left route escorts to Upper Mustang overnight at the lodge.
Day:05 Trek to Chele
The journey enters the restricted region, where you must show the restricted area trekking permit. Overnight at the lodge.
The trek starts from Kagbeni, the religiously significant destination for Hindu devotees. The journey takes off predominantly on-road, exploring the fantastic Kali Gandaki River gorge and landscape overview. Continually we reach Chhusang. Have lunch at the Chhusang and continue towards the Chele.
Day:06 Trek to Syanbochen
Having breakfast, the trek sets off from Chele to Samar. It takes about three hours, Have early lunch, and trek to Syanbochen via Chungsi cave. It is Beautiful Cave along the way. But the trekking trail is a bit longer than usual. So, we need to have some dry nuts, energy bars, and sufficient drinking water. It takes about 7 hours to get to Syanbochen, but the beautiful sceneries of Landscape, Cave, Mount Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri dramatically allure us. Continue towards Syanbochen overnight.
Day:07 Trek to Ghami
On the fourth day of the trek, starts having breakfast at Syangbochen. Stretching our muscles, we prepare to walk, following up to Jhaite village. We cross the Nyi La Pass, 4010 meters from sea level. However, decent to Ghyami La Pass at 3765 meters altitude and trek down to Ghami village. Here is the longest Mani wall, Overnight at the Guest House.
Day:08 Trek to Tsarang (Charang)
Have breakfast at the Guest House, Ghami. Continue through a beautiful valley over the red cliff. Right after the cross, the Suspension Bridge. ( Do not turn left from Ghami because it is the way to Dhakmar) You can have a great chance to Blue ship along the way. It takes 4 hours to get to Tsarang (Charang); you will have Lunch and camp at the Tsarang. You may explore the historical Monastery during the day. Overnight at the Tsarang (Charang) Guest House.
Day:09 Trek to Lo-Manthang
We can’t wait for our ultimate destination today with a beautiful breakfast. We don’t need to hurry up as we have Enough walking hours to reach the stone-walled town of Lo- Manthang. First, we descend to cross the river; the route follows a gradual upside road, which is not challenging.
But the grand scenery looks outstanding. We were moving further, which marks the cultural aura of the Upper Mustang. Another side is the Cliffside caves, which are impressive scenery. We reach the top, which offers the town of cultural jewel- Lo-Manthang, right across the stream. Then we follow the track and enter the magnificent village of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day:10 Explore in Lo Manthang
The antique town of Lo-Manthang remained isolated for thousands of years from the mainstream. So, culture and social lifestyles are highly influenced by Tibetan societies. We set off for an exploration tour around this stone-walled town.
This town holds different narrow alleyways to roam around, spin the prayer wheels, and feel the spirituality with the scenery of the fluttering prayer flags over the mud-brick houses, Namgyal, and Gulup monastery by a day tour. Besides, we can tour the Tibetan border of Korola and visit the Chooser cave.
Note: Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang is a globally recognized, uniquely celebrated festival in Lo-Manthang. The TiJI festivals fall in May.
Day:11 Trek to Drakmar
Wow. What a memory of the brilliant town of Lo Manthang. Having breakfast, we leave this beautiful place following the dusty trail. A decisive wind blow can make it too dusty as it is full of sand. We cross several passes en route, including Chogo La at 4280 meters altitude and Dhi La Pass at 3950 meters, along with Mui La Pass.
These are the beautiful viewpoints of the Valley. Heading further, another surprise awaits us, which is the Ghar Monastery. Taking a quick look, we head further to Drakmar and rest. Overnight at the lodge.
Day:12 Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3806m).appx 5 hrs
We enjoy breakfast at Drakmar, pack our stuff, and kick the ground. We gently climb to the ridge at the top, which offers brilliant scenery of the alpine fields of barley and buckwheat. The rest of the trail is fine but a bit sandy to Ghiling, located in the Upper Mustang hidden valley. Overnight at the lodge.
Day:13 Trek to Chhuksang
Beginning the trek from Ghiling after breakfast, the short trail leads through Syangbochen. Walking further continuously, we cross a small pass of the hill ridges, and Chele comes on the way. The journey ahead goes through the narrow gorge of the sandy rock; Chhuksang is located forward and rests overnight at Hotel.
Day:14 Trek to Jomsom
Having breakfast at Chhusang, we begin the journey from Chhuksang to Jomsom. However, we will have two different trekking routes ahead. One of them leads you to Muktinath, the highly sacred land of Hindu devotees.
Another trail escorts to Jomsom via Kagbeni check post. Have lunch at the Kagbeni village and check out the restricted area. The trail leads you to Jomsom through the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Check-in at the Hotel in Jomsom, Overnight at the Hotel
Day:15 Flight to Pokhara
Good morning Jomsom. We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, overlooking the brilliant Himalayan sceneries of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan peaks. It’s 20 minute flight, landing at Pokhara airport and transferring to the hotel.
In Pokhara, we get refreshed and take a city tour, visiting the major tourist spots like David’s Fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti River gorge, the Mountaineering museum, and world peace stupa. Enjoy walking in Lakeside. Overnight at the Hotel
Note: In case of flight cancellation, we should take a jeep/bus drive to Pokhara.
Day:16 Flying back to Kathmandu.
Concluding the journey to Upper Mustang, now the time is to say farewell to the city of Lakes. Early in the morning, drive to Kathmandu through the scenic Prithvi Highway with a few stops. Alternatively, take 20 minutes flight back to Kathmandu from Pokhara and transfer to the hotel. Take a rest and set out shopping for your loved ones. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Suppose you would like to drive to Kathmandu also possible. There are cars, vans, and buses available.
Day:17 Final Departure.
Have breakfast in the Hotel and Check-out from Hotel. The Chech-out time is Noon.
But if your flight is in the late evening, you may explore around Thamel, 4 hours Everest tour by Helicopter or one hour flight by plane.
- Pick up and drop off from the international and domestic airport by private tourist a/c vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara in bed and breakfast plan
- Three meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with neat and clean lodges on the mountain
- Private a/c transportation for sightseeing activities with a tour guide
- Required paperwork for the trekking (TIMS card and entry permits)
- Upper Mustang Trekking special permit
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu round trip by a/c bus/car/jeep (or flight ticket in extra coverage)
- Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara by plane
- A professional trekking guide with required porters (1 porter for two trekkers) who can communicate well in English
- Salary for the guide and porters, their insurance, food, accommodation, and transportation
- Company t-shirt, trekking map, duffel bag for trekking time, and trip achievement certificate
- First Aid Medical Kit.
- Government tax
- Nepal visa fee
- Your expenses and shopping
- International airfares
- Anything extra is not included in the list above (e.g., Extra accommodation, food, and drinks).
- Your travel and rescue insurance in case of need
- Miscellaneous expenses like battery recharge, shower, water bottle, and so on
Essential Information - Upper Mustang Trekking
Major Attractions in Upper Mustang Trekking
Pokhara is an excellent town surrounded by enormous Lakes and other natural surroundings. The shadow of the Annapurna Himalayas dominates the attractive Pokhara valley and the greenery hillside. Pokhara offers an amusing memory of a fabulous holiday with activities like boating in the Phewa Lake, Paragliding, Sarangkot sunrise tour, exploring David’s Falls, Mahendra Cave, Seti River Gorge, and others. The world peace pagoda is another marvelous charm in Pokhara.
Upper Mustang Trekking starts from Pokhara.
Against the backdrop, the miraculous Himalayan peaks of Mt. Annapurna, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri shine. With three giant Lakes, the city holds various caves, waterfalls, a river gorge, and cultural sites like peace pagodas and monasteries. Pokhara offers a pleasant reminiscence of an outstanding holiday with activities like boating in the Phewa Lake, Paragliding, Sarangkot sunrise tour, exploring David’s Falls, Mahendra Cave, Seti River gorge, and others.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project in Upper Mustang Trekking
Beginning of the Upper Mustang Trekking, you take a scenic flight above the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in northwest Nepal. The conservation area was established in 1986 and covered an area of 7629 sq. km. ACAP is wealthy in biodiversity and is home to 1,226 species of flowering plants, 105 mammals, 518 birds, 40 reptiles, and 23 amphibians. It is necessary to have ACAP permits for every nationality. However, single permits are not allowed for trekking in Upper Mustang; you need at least two people to get permits and enter the Upper Mustang.
Upper Mustang Trekking via Jomsom and Kagbeni
Jomsom is a gateway to the Upper Mustang trekking and Muktinath tour, which takes a flight option from Pokhara. Jomsom (2743 meters) is the snow-capped Himalayas surrounding the district center of Mustang, located along the sandy cliffs. Trekkers can use banking services along with ATM services. The trail from Jomsom is flat on the bank of the widely spread Kali Gandaki River. Kagbeni is an antique settlement of the Tibetan Buddhist-influenced indigenous people. It is located at the juncture of the Rivers, where people would go there on special occasions to take a holy bath as a part of their religion. Hindu devotees believe their dead ancestors can go to heaven if they take a sacred bath.
Shaligram (Fossils) in the Kali Gandaki River
Shaligram is a fossilized shell that is an iconic symbol of the god Visnu. Hindu devotees prefer to take this stone in their homes as they believe in spirituality. It is collected from the Kali Gandaki River, the trail of the Upper Mustang Trekking, and the Muktinath temple. Most Indian travelers prefer to roam around the Riverbank, searching Shaligram stones along the way to Upper Mustang trekking and Muktinath tour.
T-Sarang and Lo-Manthang in Upper Mustang trekking
T-Sarang (Charang) is a Gallup sect people-dominated village with a 400 years old monastery. Lo-Manthangis the capital of the Upper Mustang region. It is located at 3700 meters altitude, a culturally rewarded destination—Lo-Manthangis, populated by Tibetan Buddhist devotees. The ancient sandy caves, colorful monasteries (400 years old monasteries and you need to pay the entrance fees separately), shortens, and the prayer wheels offer the cultural delights in the stone-walled town. This hidden kingdom’s surroundings are located with seasonal crops like barley and buckwheat fields.
Meals and Accommodation in Upper Mustang Trekking
Do you feel comfortable letting us book the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara? Probably, We are more familiar than checking on the internet or booking through. However, on your request, we only manage your budget hotel to luxury hotel. Please don’t mind letting us know about your budget, and we work accordingly in every city, including breakfast and two bottles of drinking water.
The Upper Mustang trekking will be a tea house; not fancy, but clean rooms are available daily. However, it includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course, hot drinks also. But, we cannot provide you with hard and soft drinks during the trekking; you may get on your own.
Transportation in Upper Mustang Trekking
When you book the Upper Mustang Trekking package, we provide the required transportation, which includes airport pick up and drop, a private vehicle for sightseeing, Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu round trip by air-conditioned tourist bus/jeep/car. Alternatively, we can change this plan to Kathmandu-Pokhara domestic flight at your request. Also, the package includes flight tickets from Pokhara to Jomsom back and forth for trekking. All ground transportation is in private air-conditioned tourist vehicles. In case of flight cancellation, a jeep ride is an alternative option from Pokhara to Jomsom, an 8 hours journey.
Best seasons for the Upper Mustang Trekking
Like other trekking in Nepal, Upper Mustang Trekking is best done in spring and autumn. March, April, May, September, October, and November are the best months to get amazing sceneries of the landscape and the Himalayas. However, if you are ready to face the frost challenge, December and January are great months for the Upper Mustang Lo-Manthang Trek. Packing the best warm outfits, one can complete the trek with an incredible Himalayan experience, which very few trekkers grab this type of Adventure. Besides them, We can do Upper Mustang trekking even in the monsoon as the region lies in Nepal’s Himalayan rain shadow area, beyond the Annapurna Himalayan chain. These are the unique features of the Upper Mustang Trekking package.
Upper Mustang Trekking Cost
Boundless Adventure arranges reasonable costs for a couple and group trip to Upper Mustang Trekking. It is also private if you are trekking with your family; contact us now for detailed information on Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal. We are happy to arrange a chip and the best price for you.
Upper Mustang Trekking Route Options
The best-recommended route for the Upper Mustang Trekking is to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek further via Kagbeni, Chele, and Ghyami to Lo-Manthang. Alternatively, you can take an adventure jeep ride to Kagbeni or further and begin the trek. Retracing en route or taking a slightly different way via Yara, LuriGumba, and Damodar Kunda lie as options. However, it concludes at Jomsom. While trekking in Upper Mustang, it is windy around Jomsom and Kagbeni valley at noon; as it becomes too breezy, sandy dust might become an obstacle.
Himalayan Views in Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking offers incredible views of the fantastic Annapurna Himalayan range that can be seen right from the beginning while flying from Pokhara to Jomsom. The beautiful sceneries include Mount Annapurna, Mount Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Nilgiri, and the neighboring peaks. While heading further, Damodar Peak looks fantastic. The Himalayas always greet us as the weather remains impressive most of the time.
Upper Mustang Trekking Map
Boundless Adventure provides an Upper Mustang trekking map in the city office. The Map mentions all the route options, overnight stay camps, and altitude details. However, we are providing one upper Mustang trekking map.
How difficult is Upper Mustang Trekking?
Upper Mustang Trekking is a moderate excursion, defined as a moderately adventurous trip. The route mainly follows the holy Kali Gandaki River and the flat semi-arid terrain in the Himalayan rain shadow area. The trek also includes a couple of high passes but does not cross 4500 meters above sea level. However, the trail becomes quite challenging in winter after the snowfall to scramble through the snowy route. The trek leads you to Lo-Manthang, located around 3700 meters altitude in a windy location. But altitude is not a problem while in the upper Mustang trekking.
Fitness for Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang Lo-Manthang Trek does not require previous training or some unique outdoor activities before the journey starts. However, having a moderate fitness level, you can enjoy the trek outstandingly with ease on your muscles. Upper Mustang trekking does not include challenging climbing sections and rocky trails; however, continually walking in a sandy desert requires energizing your legs to kick off the ground. After patience, you will be rewarded with the incredible sceneries of the semi-arid valleys and culturally loaded Tibetan Buddhist settlements.
AMS in Upper Mustang Trekking
Mountain Sickness (AMS) is acutely known as high altitude sickness. We need to follow the following thing if possible.
Trek high, sleep low.
Have warm meals
Drink clean water
Have energy bars.
Still not feeling well; I need to get lower as soon as possible. The cases are more severe than necessary to come to the Hospital by helicopter.
Travel insurance of Upper Mustang Trekking
Travel insurance is an indispensable part of the Upper Mustang trekking. Although it is a moderately adventurous trip, the trail becomes audacious in mid-winter time, and we need to be ready for any emergencies on the trek. In case of any medical emergencies, we may need to do the helicopter evacuation, which becomes accessible with travel insurance to avoid the unnecessary burden of the evacuation cost.
Upper Mustang Trekking Equipment
There is some equipment to pack before heading to Upper Mustang Lo-Manthang. But, carrying a massive list of equipment is unnecessary except for the essentials. Here is an equipment list for the Upper Mustang Trekking.
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