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Upper Mustang Trek - 16 Days

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Trip Highlights

The Mysterious Hidden Kingdom—The Last Forbidden
Barren landscape, deep canyon valleys
Spectacular view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna
A thrilling experience of flying between Pokhara and Jomsom

Upper Mustang Trek takes us into the far-flung semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang that sits north of Annapurna close to the Tibet border. On this trip, your mind is naturally invigorated with the mysteries & history that blend into the geographical wonders of this mountain kingdom.

Upper Mustang lies north of Annapurna at a balanced elevation of 4,000 meters but is geographically and ethnically part of the Tibetan Plateau. Our all-inclusive Upper Mustang Trek Itineraries are uniquely planned to help you discover lesser-known areas off the beaten track. We head west of Kaligandaki towards Lo Manthang and descend to the less used east side of this valley. We find valleys that are dry and barren with colorful rock formations where many caves are visible above, cut into the rocks, arousing the interest of archaeologists and anthropologists who seek to investigate the existence of early human settlements in these areas. Early trekking groups were first allowed to enter this secret kingdom only in 1992 and we still see quite a few backpackers (like 800 trekkers every year) hitting the trails of the Upper Mustang Trek which is amazing fun for those serious hikers who ‘trails all. . himself’; And it also finds the state in a unique league of its own where its ancient Tibetan culture is virtually untouched and unaffected by the contemporary times in which we live.

The upper Mustang is remotely enclosed and semi-independent; Its capital is surrounded by a gleaming white wall and is universally known as ‘Lo Manthang’. Upper Mustang traces its roots to Tibet and was the route for salt caravans crossing the Himalayas to Nepal. Mustang became an independent state in 1380 and the current royal family traces its ancestry to this period. In the 60s, Mustang’s geography became an ideal layout for a stronghold where Tibetan Khampa guerrillas were trained to fight invading Chinese forces.
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ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m) 6 hrs
Day 03: Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,895m) 3/4 hrs
Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m) 5/6 hrs
Day 05: Chele to Syangboche (3,475m) 6/7 hrs
Day 06: Syangboche to Ghami (3,520m) 5/6 hrs
Day 07: Ghami to Tsarang (3,500m) 6/7 hrs
Day 08: Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3,840m) 5/6 hrs
Day 09: Explore at Lo-Manthang (3,840m)
Day 10: Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3,810m) 6/7 hrs
Day 11: Drakmar to Geiling (3,806m) 5/6 hrs
Day 12: Geiling to Chuksang (3,050m) 5/6 hrs
Day 13: Chuksang to Jomsom (2,700m) 5/6 hrs
Day 14: Flight Jomsom to Pokhara (827m)
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m) 6 hrs
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

HOW MUCH DOES THE UPPER MUSTANG TREK COST?

All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 2,100 per person
But the cost varies according to the size of the group, customize your trek: this is a general itinerary, which can always be individually. Trek packages can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste.
Tell us about your travel needs. We will work together to customize your trip to meet your exact needs so you have a memorable trip.

WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO TREK UPPER MUSTANG?

Upper Mustang is a remote arid region. Bordering Tibet, this region has a distinctly Tibetan feel – both in its people and cultural landscape. High rocky cliffs of unusual structure and color, caves, rock paintings, monasteries, and of course, high snow mountains characterize the region.

Being in the rain shadow, this arid region does not experience monsoons, making it a perfect place to visit during the summer monsoon months. Winters are harsh, so it is not a good time for trekking.
SPRING TIME – APRIL AND MAY
This is the best time to visit the Upper Mustang, especially when trekking through the Lower Mustang, as the weather warms and the rivers in the lower reaches are full of snowmelt.
This time of year is probably best if you’re planning to cross the high passes or climb the Upper Mustang. In Lo-Manthang, Taiji festival time is also mid-May.
MONSOON – JUNE TO SEPTEMBER
There is no monsoon in Upper Mustang, making it a very good trekking area for annual vacationers during the summer months. Below the lower Mustang hills, the roads are wet and slippery and the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom may be delayed due to weather conditions. But once you get to Upper Mustang, it’s a whole different world.
AUTUMN – OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
As in all of Nepal, autumn is the time with the bluest skies and clearest mountain views. It can be windy in the afternoon but be prepared! Generally, the temperature ranges from 12 to 20 degrees Celsius. It is really the end of the trekking season in Upper Mustang as the lodges close and the villagers migrate to Pokhara and Kathmandu to await the harsh winter. Trails disappear under snow and heavy duty winter gear is required after November.

TOOLS AND GEARS

When deciding what to pack in your bag, it is important to check the features of the trek as well as the season/month you are coming to Nepal. If you’re wondering what to pack, here’s our recommended packing list and tools.
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Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. You will be waited for outside the arrivals hall and taken to your booking hotel. Please see the placard with your name on it when exiting the arrival hall. And upon arrival at the hotel will be served welcome drinks and after you freshen up, will inform you about your trip.

Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m) 6 hrs

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Kathmandu and continue our drive to Pokhara today. The total duration of the drive will be around 6 hours and we hope to reach Pokhara by 2/3 PM giving you time to explore. After reaching Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore.

Day 3
Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,895m) 3/4 hrs

After touchdown at Jomsom, we hit the trail to Kaligandaki Maidan. The road turns to the right bank of the river, and our trek climbs a bit and most of the way is easy to reach a place called Ekali Bhati (lone inn) where there are now three or four tea houses. Earlier, it was the only teahouse in the area when it was named ‘Ekli-bhatti’. Two roads branch off from here, one from the top to Muktinath and the other from Kagbeni to Upper Mustang and Tibet.
Our trail heads north-west through Ekalai-Bhatti and as the road widens it gradually becomes much easier to walk along the winding path and we walk along the river towards the windswept village of Kagbeni for the night.

Day 4
Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m) 5/6 hrs

Our day ends with a special permit check and from here we proceed to the river bank above Kaligandaki. During the walk we come across picturesque quaint places to stop by the sand and wind trails. This trail has ups and downs. We first reach the village of Tangbey, passing through narrow lanes between whitewashed houses, orchards of legumes, barley, wheat and apples. From there we walk up to Chusang and cross the stream to the big red rock that fell from the bhir above, forming a tunnel and following the Kaligandaki. Before we reach Chele village and our tea house lodge for the night we will visit small rocks.

Day 5
Chele to Syangboche (3,475m) 6/7 hrs

Today we start our trek up to Eke Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrows with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Hills. We went a little further down to Samar Village. And then climb the path above Samar Village which descends to the waterfall. A continuous 3 hour walk brings us to Sangboche. Along the way, we rest around cool streams and juniper trees. Locals here use dried juniper leaves as incense to invoke the gods and initiate any auspicious action. We also pass through a cave known as Ramchung Cave. After exploring the cave, we head to our lodge for the night.

Day 6
Syangboche to Ghami (3,520m) 5/6 hrs

Today’s journey is more or less descent with a few short climbs up to Ghimi, once outside the walled village-town of Lo Manthang the road leads to a steady climb to a pass that offers the last glimpse of Lo Manthang.
From here, the walk is more or less downhill until reaching the village of Ghami. Ghami is another important village in this once prosperous region. We settle in for the night at our tea house lodge.

Day 7
Ghami to Tsarang (3,500m) 6/7 hrs

From Ghmi today, the trek gradually reaches the center of the valley through a flat area, passing under the Tamagung settlements, our trek continues from the head of the valley climbing to the Ni La Pass at 3,950 meters, the highest point of the trek. . The pass itself is the southern limit of the Lo. From here a gradual descent for half an hour brings us to the junction; The right path leads directly to Tsarang while the left leads to Ghmi village, which is one of the main areas of the Lo region that we passed earlier. Our route leads down the blue, brown, and red rocks of the valley to the steel bridge over the Tangmarchu River, the path then leads to a long and majestic section of the Mani Wall, possibly the longest wall in Nepal. From here, the last climb of the day brings us to a pass of 3,600 meters, a gentle descent after the last pass leads to our overnight accommodation in Tsarang, an interesting village with fields, willow trees, and a huge five-story white jong maze. . A red Gompa is placed near Kaligandaki ghat. Tsarang has its own electricity system. This is an interesting area to spend the night

Day 8
Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3,840m) 5/6 hrs

Today is an interesting day as we trek to Lo-Manthang with great views of Nilgiris, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti Peak. The trail first descends into Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. The trail also climbs gently up the winding path of Lo 3,850m, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley. Descending Lo-Manthang offers a view of a walled city with mountains on the Tibetan border.

Day 9
Explore at Lo-Manthang (3,840m)

Today we do some foraging around the area. We check in at Namgyal Gompa and Tinkhar. Namgyal Gompa located on the top of the hill serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa we continue to explore Tinkhar, the last main village northwest of Lo-Manthang, and return to our hotel. Or you can have another option of visiting the towering Champa Lakhang “House of God” Red Thagchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and Pravesh Hall which are the main attractions of this walled city. Another attraction is the four-storied building of the King’s Palace and the panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas.

Day 10
Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3,810m) 6/7 hrs

While returning from Lo-Manthang, we head down a dissimilar route to the one we came by. We trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as its central figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to a mythical legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa will have their wishes fulfilled. We explore the local area with the likelihood of dusty wind, so it’s suggested we do the hike in the morning.

Day 11
Drakmar to Geiling (3,806m) 5/6 hrs

Today we head back to Geiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes about 5/6 hrs. After arrival, we enjoy lunch and use the rest of the day exploring the area, but we reckon it will be dusty and windy in the afternoon, so it’s better to walk in the evening time. We do an overnight halt at the village of Geiling.

Day 12
Geiling to Chuksang (3,050m) 5/6 hrs

From Geiling onwards, it will be one of the most pleasant walks as we will lose altitude day by day. The trek follows an easy descent towards the Kaligandaki River Valley passing through the old villages. Overnight at the Chuksang.

Day 13
Chuksang to Jomsom (2,700m) 5/6 hrs

On reaching the river bed at Ekale-Bhatti, we reach a small settlement with about 3/4 teahouses, where we can take a breather for some time. From here onwards, it can get very windy in the afternoon time, as our walk follows a gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached for our overnight camp. Jomsom, a large village town is the headquarters of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the river Kaligandaki. Here, we will have sufficient time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy, and pure apple juice. This area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apples and its their-products. A few swigs of the apple brandy could set our moods on a high after a wonderful memorable trip we just completed.

Day 14
Flight Jomsom to Pokhara (827m)

After morning breakfast we check in at the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This dramatic 22 minutes flight to Pokhara between the gorge of the two huge mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is a nervy tingling experience we will enjoy. On arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will transfer us to the lakeside hotel. We use the rest of our time exploring the lake and then spend our overnight at our hotel down by the lake.

Day 15
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m) 6 hrs

In the morning we can do some last hour shopping. Then we headed towards Kathmandu. We grab the left lane seats of the tourist bus for the best views of the rivers on the highway because this is our last time we will see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we transfer to the hotel; And we spend the day at our leisure.

Day 16
International departure

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Stay in touch. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

COST INCLUSION

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu Airport are mentioned
  • Twin shared accommodation in Kathmandu 3* hotel
  • In Kathmandu sightseeing (entrance fee)
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
  • Twin shared accommodation in Pokhara 3* hotel
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket with guide
  • Comfortable lodge / tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals from the first day of the trek to the last day of the trek
  • Upper Mustang Special Permit Fee USD 500 for ten days
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit fees
  • Trekking Information Management System TIMS card
  • (licensed by Govt.) Experienced and Qualified Trek Guide
  • With 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance for guide and porter which includes their emergency rescue
  • Staff salary, food and accommodation during the trek
  • Essential equipment for guides and porters
  • A comprehensive first aid kit for the trek
  • In case of emergency during the trip, a helicopter will be arranged by AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. that will be paid for by your passenger’s insurance company.
  • You are advised to as flights to and from Jomsom may sometimes get canceled due to weather. However, there is an option of a bothway by private jeep.

COST EXCLUSION

  • Nepal Visa and International Flight
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any drinks on the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Expenditure on personal toilet paper, medicine and confectionery etc
  • Any other else not mentioned in "price included"
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara because of early arrival and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

  • 16 days, 11 days trekking
  • Moderate- Strenuous
  • 3,840m/12,599ft
  • September- December/March- May and June-August
  • From Kathmandu
  • Departs, Kathmandu
  • Tourist Bus & Flight - Option: 4WD
  • Hotel/Teahouse
  • 2 Max 12

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