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Upper Mustang Valley Trek - 14 Days

Kathmandu To Kathmandu

Upper Mustang Trek into the remote area is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang being in the Himalayan rain shadow is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during the monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.

The Mustang Trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather. The Upper Mustang Trek starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region, so groups must be fully self-sufficient, especially in fuel. While porters are available in Jomsom it is preferable to use mules to carry the loads up to Mustang. These pack animals are available locally and are more economical, and certainly more environmentally friendly than porters. This allows the trek to be completed within the 11-12 day period that the permit allows. The route generally follows the Kali Gandaki valley but, occasionally climbs high above the valley walls. The settlements are scattered and there is little sign of cultivation between villages. In Mustang, little grows without irrigation, thus the region resembles a desert although it is mountainous and there are nuclear settlements in the more fertile areas.

Lo Manthang, the old capital, is reached in four days and at least one extra day should be spent here to soak in the sights and sounds of this unique walled settlement. Ponies are available for hire if you so desire. The return trip can either follow the same route as the one you took to enter or take an alternative route along the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Upper Mustang trek is a great adventure trek for those who wish to make a moderate trek along “off the beaten path” in the Trans-Himalayan Region. Alpine Trav Treks and Expeditions are always ready to manage your treks as per your interests and requirements.


Note:

All Trekking offers and plans given in the itinerary are for all interested visitors who prefer full package. We offer the itinerary of the destinations as per your choice. You are always free to choose any itinerary and the staff depending on your financial condition. As per your interest and requirement, we have options for any partial visit too.


(The Trip cost varies depending on the group size, total number of days and services you require. If you are interested, please feel free to contact Us.)

Group Discount: Available

Day 1
Day 01: Drive(5-6) fly (30min) to Pokhara overnight in the hotel.

After breakfast, today early in the morning you will move to Pokhara after completing nearly 6 hours drive. You will be able to have a magnificent panorama of river and vista all the way through your drive. Or, you might also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara taking half an hour. You will arrive at the hotel and have a rest during afternoon. You can even visit around lakeside region or you can go for boating at famous Fewa Lake.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly Jomsom from Pokhara and Trek to Kagbeni (2,800m), Overnight in Kagbeni.

Today, we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom which lies at an altitude of 2,710 meters. And then, you will trek to Kagbeni beside Kaligandaki, the deepest gorge in the whole world. After trekking for about three and half hours you will get there at Kagbeni where you can see the antique houses, few monasteries, temples and more.

Day 3
Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele 3050m. 7hrs.

After breakfast, we set off to enter Upper Mustang! The trail takes us along the Kali Gandaki River where the wind will challenge us as it whistles up the valley gorge. At Tangbe Village we notice how the houses are white-washed, set among fields of buckwheat and barley. Apple orchards also dot the landscape. Following a ridge, we reach the village of Chele.

Day 4
Day 04: Chele to Syangboche overnight at guest house.

Today the hiking becomes a bit harder as we cross the Taklam La pass (3,624m) and the Darjori La pass (3,735m). But there are amazing mountain views and intriguing caves along the way to keep our minds off our hard-working legs. The trail descends into Samar Village from where we walk to a ridge and down another steep trail on to Syanboche.

Day 5
Day 05: Syangboche to Ghami overnight at guesthouse.

Today there is another big pass, the Yamada La, to cross (3,850m) as well as chortens and interesting villages with their barley fields to peek at. Trekking through forests we then have another pass to cross. Nyi Pass is 4,010m but from here we descend down to Ghami where we spend the night. Ghami is a large village for this area and is beautifully located and surrounded by fields.

Day 6
Day 06: Ghami to Charang overnight at guesthouse.

Today’s trek starts off over rough and sometimes slippery ground as we descend to a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola. The trail takes us passed mani walls (stone-built walls with Tibetan mantras carved into the stones) and over the Charang La Pass (3,870m).

At the top of the Charang Chu canyon lies the village of Charang. This village also has a fortress and red gompa to the east of it. There is plenty of time to explore after lunch!

Day 7
Day 07: Charang to Lo Manthang overnight at guesthouse.

Dropping down into a canyon we cross a river and ascend to the Lo La pass (3,950m). From the pass we get our first look at the historic and beautiful village of Lo Manthang.

This walled village is the traditional home to the King of Lo and is still the scene of many interesting and colourful Buddhist festivals. The surrounding mountains – Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti Peak at to the atmosphere of the place.

Day 8
Day 08: Day trip to Chooser Cave overnight at teahouse.

Today we get to explore some of the mysteries of Upper Mustang. A short trek to the area of Chhoser is the beginning of a day you will not forget! Here we find what is known as the Jhong Caves or even Sky Caves.

What these are five-storey high caves built into the side of cliffs. Researchers are still puzzling as to who built these caves and why. It is assumed they were used as burial chambers, hiding places, places of meditation and later, monasteries.

But no one really knows the origins of these amazing caves. We can explore some of these caves, taking a packed lunch with us so we can enjoy the atmosphere of the caves, lunar-like landscape and mountains while relaxing also. Then we head back to Lo Manthang were we overnight again.

Day 9
Day 09: Lo Mangthang to Drakmar Overnight in Kagbeni.

Today is a longer trekking day but as usual, there is plenty of interesting things to see on the way! Gyakar Village is home to the century-old Ghar Gompa which has stunning rock paintings. Here you must make a wish, as is tradition. We have time to explore the gompa before heading on to Drakmar.

Day 10
Day 10: Drakmar to Ghiling overnight at guesthouse.

There are normally very strong winds on this part of the trail so we start early in the morning to descend through a dry plateau and some agricultural fields to reach the village of Ghiling. Although a challenging and tiring day because of the wind, we get great views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri to compensate.

Day 11
Day 11: Ghiling to Chuksang

Today we pass through small villages, have time to observe how the local people live and take in the mountain views.

Day 12
Day 12: Chuksang to Jomson

Today we say goodbye to Upper Mustang and enter the lower regions (or Lower Mustang as it is also called) of the district at Jomson. On this, our final trekking day, we will have lunch at Kagbeni and perhaps this time explore the little monetary and look fondly up the Kali Gandaki gorge to where we have spent the last 10 days – the Kingdom of Lo. Our trek has in fact, rejoined the Annapurna Circuit Trek as we head from Kagbeni to Jomson.

Day 13
Day 13: Jomson to Pokhara

Today we rise early to catch the morning flight to Pokhara. The mountains seem to have taken on a new meaning to us now that we have seen them from all angles.

After checking into the hotel in Pokhara you are free to enjoy the city and do a bit of shopping at Lakeside. With its vibrant bars and nightlife perhaps you wish to celebrate the end of your trek with a few drinks and a bit of dancing – Nepali or Western club style! Or simply enjoy the lights over Fewa Lake.

Day 14
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Say goodbye to Fishtail and the Annapurnas as we begin the drive back to Kathmandu. Catch up on your sleep on the way as you will want to join us for an end of trek dinner tonight! Before that you have time to explore Thamel, do some more shopping, revive your body with a massage or sip coffee in one of the many cafes and restaurants in town.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle as per group size.
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 2 night’s hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Domestic airfer (Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara).
  • All necessary ground transportation (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu).
  • All your standard Meals and best available guest house accommodation during the trek.
  • An Experienced English – speaking trekking guide and 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide.
  • Porters to carry luggage for 2 trekkers: 1 porter including their salary, insurance, food and lodging.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit and Annapurna Conservation Area permit Fee.
  • Down Jacket, duffel-kit bag and sleeping bag by AlpineTrav Treks. Are to be returned after trip completion.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner second last day of departure.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals at Kathmandu - Pokhara.
  • Your international airfare.
  • Nepal visa
  • Personal expenses.
  • Landry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters.
  • Mineral water Bottle or boiled water, shower etc.
  • Your Travel Insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Tips for tour and trekking staffs.

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Recommended Gear Lists:

Packing essential gear before trekking is a must in any situation. These gears can protect you from the harsh conditions you may face during the trek.
Clothings:
Woolen caps, hats
Neckwear
Sunglasses
Hiking boots
Trekking socks
Trekking trousers
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Fleece jackets
Down jackets
Cotton T-shirts
Sweaters
Lightweight gloves
Headgear:
Woolen caps, hats
Neckwear
Sunglasses
Accessories:
Batteries
Chargers
Sleeping bag
First-aid kit
Toiletries:
Toilet papers
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shampoo
Soap
Body lotions
Sanitary napkins, tampons
Cotton towel
Sunscreen
Hand sanitizers


(The Trip cost varies depending on the group size, total number of days and services you require. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.)

Group Discount: Available

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Trip Facts

  • 14 Days
  • Spring, Summer & Autumn
  • 3840 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 4 people
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