Trip Highlights
  • Prosperous Tibetan-influenced civilization and ritual.
  • Arid section with full of meaning ravine and move up and down shelve, fringed with snow-white peaks.
  • Close up outlook of Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri
  • Amchi museum and Amchi School
  • Stride on the century old Buddhist Empire which is more or less as integral as it was centuries before.
  • Aged old monasteries build in 13th century.
     

A trek to the remote Kingdom of Upper Mustang based on north of Annapurna on the Tibet border.

The Upper Mustang Trekkingin Nepal brings you on the edge of the seat as it gives the out of sight planet of the old Buddhist territory of Mustang, as well call Lo. Lo used to be fraction of the Tibetan domain and is as a result very much tied to Tibet in customs, verbal communication and characteristics. The region remoteness from the external world has contributed to an extremely potted Tibetan civilization and pure nature. Mustang lies in the rain gloominess of the Dhaulagiri massif creating a ruggedly infertile terrain encircled by rocks in all variety of colors and remarkable formation. This inhospitable scenery is scattered with settlements of colorless wash houses, barley fields and Chorten ornamented with prayer flags which put in a display of color to the backdrop.

The upper mustang trekking route follows the antique salt convoy itinerary from first to last which the community of Mustang traded Tibetan salt for small piece commencing the lowlands. The objective of the Upper Mustang trek is the center of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. From the pass Lo La (3950 m) you can see the walled medieval capital in the remoteness, the overwhelmed tall fortification stick out in pointed dissimilarity to the barren scenery. Inflowing Lo Manthang all the way through the settlement entrance is similar to stepping into a extraordinary planet. Humankind of slim pathway, unseen chorten, extended walls of gorgeous prayer wheels and herds of farming animals wander in from the fields in the daylight to put off to their shed within the conurbation.
Points of curiosity in Lo Manthang are the royal palace, the some beautiful monasteries like the Thugchen Gompa built in about 15th century. For a pleasure trip outer surface of the town you can rent ponies for a trip to Chhoser where you can visit a tiny monastery and a century old cave abode elevated in the rocks. The well-located approach to get to Upper Mustang is to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and begin the trek from there. The flight is a venture in itself flying all the way through the deepest canyon in the globe, the Kali Gandaki, which runs sandwiched between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri mountains. You chase the famous Kali Gandaki River upstream, moderately walking in the river bed itself, to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni the controlled vicinity of Upper Mustang starts. Out of Kagbeni the hike leads on track northwards and heads to Lo Manthang in about 4 to 5 days. You overtake passes, which are all among 3,500 and 4,000 meter. You can return to some extent by a similar way via Dhakmar, crossing 2 passes of around 4,200 m. Close to Dhakmar you can find the oldest Tibetan monastery in the globe, the Lo Gekar Monastery. Lo Gekar Monastery was built in around 8th century by the famous Tibetan performer Guru Rinpoche. Around the Dhakmar bright red, he killed the demon and the blood has painted the rocks had been stated. Lodging in guesthouses is possible along the entire trek. You are welcomed to sit with the owners in the kitchen while staying there. In Tibetan customs the kitchen is the centre of the house and built like a sort of living space. So there is no enhanced way to discover a bit about the daily life than spending time in the kitchen. Nepal Nomad will prepare for the logistics, upper mustang trekking itinerary, accommodation, climbing permits and flights. And will be guiding you on every step of your thrilling and adventurous journey.

Itinerary

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On the first day of your arrival, our representative with our office vehicle will be on a standby .After you are transferred to the hotel a pre-trek briefing on the trekking program and any last minute arrangements will schedules. You will get familiar to the surroundings as you go down the streets for a walk. Then a delicious local Nepali dinner will be served accompanied by cultural dance performed by the local belles.

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1360m

On this particular day, we explore around Kathmandu City and visit to the two world heritage sites. This includes a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa known for its unique structure and as the biggest shrines in the world. For a more lighthearted day, a visit to Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the holy Baghmati River which is considered as a home to the hundreds of thousands Hindus people and as the famous Hindu temple across the country where you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. In the early afternoon you can relax to your hotel or do last minute shopping. Trekking Departure Information shall be provided.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1360m

From Kathmandu, we take an early flight to Pokhara after an early breakfast and get moved to the hotel. After relaxing and wandering around we will head to dine out at lake side restaurants (cost not included).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 850m

Out from Pokhara, we head to Jomsom which is the headquarter district of Mustang passing the deepest Kali Gandaki. The view is splendid as you go on a trail with majestic Himalayas. Flowing from the Tibetan Plateau, you can see the gorgeous Kali Gandaki River. You can see the antique village Kagbeni after a walk.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Kagbeni
  • Altitude: 2780m

After the lunch at Kagbeni, we go to the designation for today at Chhuksang. We visit the Chungsi Cave monastery which is one of the spectacular cave monasteries. A great sight of the Nilgiri can be observed with the beautiful stretch of Kali Gandaki. Chhuksang has the pretty apple orchard as well.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chhuksang
  • Altitude: 2920m

We head to Samar today in about 5 hrs trek after breakfast as we proceed to our journey. The venture is not tiring but adventurous as we pass through Kali Gandaki River bank. The lesser house will be visible as ascend and descend down the hill down. Descending down to the Samar, we can see the sight of the majestic Mt. Nilgiri from Samar and stay at accommodation.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Samar
  • Altitude: 3920m

Ascending for half an hour the journey from climbing up to point, we cross the river and we are at the base of Shyangboche. There are lots of Chorten at the sacred place of Mustang. After 6 hours trek, we reach at Geling which has the least population and mud house village. We stay at overnight at the accommodation.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Geling
  • Altitude: 3440m

From Geling we walk our way back to Ghami. In a short span of time, we walk routes on our way but a very short ending as the route is beautiful. We reach to Ghami and stay overnight there.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghami
  • Altitude: 3460m

For today, we have enough power bars and enough water as today is hardest day in the trip. We then walk to the Mustang area of the driest place. It takes about 5 hrs to see the beautiful, majestic and fresh mountains sight as we hike. In the afternoon, we will reach to Tsarang where red Gompa home with the gathering of thankas and statues as well as huge Dzong (fortress).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tsarang
  • Altitude: 3940m

It takes about 6 hrs to reach to Lo Manthang. We will leave for lo Manthang after breakfast. The lane has the beautiful sight of ups and downs. There is mesmerizing view of white snow mountains and hills as well as Chorten. We will be at Lo Manthang after some hours and stay for an overnight at accommodation.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lo Manthang
  • Altitude: 3730m

Lo Manthang is considered as one of the famous place in the Mustang. Being the capital of Mustang, it comprises of the finest Buddhism monastery and about hundred and fifty houses. We stay here for the acclimatization for today exploring the four major monasteries and getting closer to the Nyphu Cave monastery and the spectacular view overall.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lo Manthang
  • Altitude: 3730m

Today is day 12, and after 5 hours trek out of lo manthang that we reach at Gekar and visit to the Ghar Gompa which is one of the oldest monastery in Mustang. This monastery was built in the 8th century which was built by the Guru Rinpoche who is known for killing demons. And have our lunch and stay for a while.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lo gekar

On our way to Gham, we go for 5 hrs trek and then there is a little village with beautiful and small chorten and it’s the designation day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghami

Early morning from Ghami we head to Chhuksang for 5 hrs long trek. We visit the Chungsi Cave monastery which is one of the spectacular cave monasteries. A great sight of the Nilgiri can be observed with the beautiful stretch of Kali Gandaki. Chhuksang has the pretty apple orchard as well.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chhuksang
  • Altitude: 2920m

Today we follow the trail and head to the Jomsom, on our way we can visit Mustangi villages and have some tasty apples and see the local women practicing back loom weaving techniques. We will have some fun night activity at Jomsom.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2710m

On day 16, we get up early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of your aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. We will meet at the airport and shall be transferred to hotel. Please remark, our flight will be subject to good weather for the sake of our overall safety. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1360m

Today is the final day so you can relax until your departure or you can also initiate any supplementary trips or activities that you may have booked. In case of departure, you will be transferred to the international airport for fight back home.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with coffee/Tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1300m

What's Included

  • 3 night's accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  • Everything on meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary.
  • Internal l flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for client and Trek Leader.
  • National Park entrance fees, trekking permits accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations, trek leader and porters-salary, insurance, food, accommodations and other allowances included in trekking arrangements.
  • Basic first aid, Trek bag kit carried by your leader.
  • None of the single supplement is required in Kathmandu or in the mountain.
  • Arrival Airport Pick and departure Drop.
  • Food (Kathmandu) - lunch and dinner, International flights from your home to home.
  • Airport Taxes, car, taxi or van, Visa fees.
  • Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs.
  • Own Expenditure(Personal) , .all bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts, we recommend bringing .water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.
  • Drinks or meals except 3 meals or not specified in the itinerary, Personal clothing and equipment, Travel insurance, Optional trips. Tipping in general for trek crew (driver, Trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected).
  • Charges sustained as a result of delays beyond Nepal Nomad's control. Anything not specified in the Cost Includes section.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICE

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
03 Apr, 2020 - 19 Apr, 2020GuaranteedUS$2900
03 Apr, 2020 - 19 Apr, 2020GuaranteedUS$2900
09 Apr, 2020 - 25 Apr, 2020GuaranteedUS$2900

USEFUL INFORMATION

Experience Required:

A good level of fitness and experience of mountain walking is required for the upper mustang trekking. These tend to be longer treks with some more difficult days, some of which may involve walking at increased altitudes and more difficult terrain. Occasionally, there may be a longer day when negotiating the more challenging sections such as a mountain pass or viewing peak.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Prior to set off to upper mustang trekking, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu office on the 2nd day of your itinerary which starts in the evening during the dinner and introduce your trek Leader. It is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your upper mustang trekking as well as introduce yourself to one another.

Equipment Check List:

The specified basic equipments check lists should help you with your packing. Remember to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should not weigh more than 20 kg.

Head:-

For the head protection: Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection.

Lower Body: -

Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light weight hiking thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants – Waterproof trekking trousers -

Feet: - lightweight thin inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes – Gaiters (optional)

Upper Body:-

As for the upper body’s shirts – Hiking and light weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket - Base layer shirts - Warm jacket (down)*

Hands: - gloves that are Lightweight - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.

Accessories:-

Sleeping bag (comfort rated –10ºC)*- Sleeping bag liner - Head torch with spare bulbs and batteries - Small pad or combination.

Trekking Bags: - Large bag for keeping items dry inside trek bag, Daypack 250 to 30litres. - Thermarest sleeping pad - Water bottles - Water purification tablets.

Basic First Aid Kit: - Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

Toiletries:- 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste - Multipurpose soap - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine products - Small mirror - Wet wipes - toilet roll/Tissue Extras - Antibacterial hand wash

Luxuries - Binoculars - Reading book - Trip Map/Guide book - Trekking poles – Camera - Repair kit: needle, thread, duct tape.

A typical day:

At 6.30 am your Sherpa knocks on your door with a cup of good morning tea. Time for the Breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today's trekking hiking for the next three to four hours then at pleasant spot we shall stop for an hour along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Later, a walk another three hours or so before you stop for the over night. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. An asset can be pack of games to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it's time to bed for a well deserved night.

Accommodation:

While at the upper mustang trekking, lodging options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! Nepal Nomad utilizes simplistic family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. Lodges are on a twin share basis and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Accommodations in the upper mustang trekking tend to have shared bathroom facilities and you may not always have access to a shower. Regardless of the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm, most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, they offer a great insight into the daily life of the Mountain people.

Insurance:

Nepal Nomad's booking terms & conditions of joining upper mustang trekking includes that you must be fully insured with medical, emergency rescue evacuations including trip cancellation insurance which should cover over 3000m to 6000m.

Altitude Sickness:

Itinerary of the upper mustang trekking is designed to ensure that there is plenty of times for adequate occurs as a result of acclimatization and cases of mountain sickness are rare. The common Symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Medical Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery.

Meals:

On upper mustang trekking, three meals on full board basis will be provided (Nepali, Sherpa, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Indian cousins). Every day dinner and breakfast will be placed and taken in the same lodge you spend over night but Lunch will be taken on your way to next village. Farewell dinner, breakfast and reception will be provided in Kathmandu.