Upper Mustang Trek - 17 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 17 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 3,840m/12,600ft . Walking Per Day: 5-6hrs
Accommodation: N/A Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Summer, Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Tibetan-Influence Culture

In one of the least developed and most remote regions in Nepal, the Upper Mustang trek offers a great opportunity to explore the unique culture, lifestyle and traditions of the local population, bringing you into the hidden world of the Buddhist Kingdom. It was a restricted location until 1991, after which the government opened it for tourists. Ancient architecture has been well preserved in the area, with monasteries, caves and the spectacular palace of the ancient king being highlights of the trek. The region offers the opportunity to see the culture and lifestyle of different tribes in Nepal. It attracts ordinary people who are looking for an exciting trek in the region, as well as archaeologists, geologists and anthropologists who wish to take in the distinct geographical and cultural features. 


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
      • Tribhuwan International Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland
      • Group Photo
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    • Duration :Half Day
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Kathmandu Durbar Square
      • Boudhanath
      • Pashupatinath
    • Highlights :
      • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
      • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu to Pokhara(823m/2,700ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs (200Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
      • Muglin
      • Pokhara
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Drive
      • Trishuli and Marshyangdi River
      • Small Settlements
      • Unique Lifestyle
      • Hills
      • Fishtail Mountain

     

  • Day 4 Fly to Jomsom(2,720m/8,925ft) and Trek to Kagbeni(2,800m/9,186ft)
    • Duration :25mins flight and 3hrs Walk(7-8Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :80m/262ft
    • Location :
      • Pokhara
      • Jomsom
      • Ekle Bhatti
      • Kagbeni
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Flight
      • Snow-Capped Mountain
      • Lofty Massif of above 8,000m
      • Kali Gandaki River
      • Clustered Village
      • Ancient Monasteries
      • Thakali Culture
      • Salt Trade Route  

     

  • Day 5 Kagbeni – Chele (3,100m/10,170ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :300m/984ft
    • Location :
      • Kagbeni
      • Tangbe
      • Chusang
      • Chele
    • Highlights :
      • Tibetan Culture
      • Complex Trails
      • Whitewashed Settlements
      • Cultivations
      • Apple Orchards
      • Nilgiri Mountains
      • Kali Gandaki River Bank

     

  • Day 6 Chele – Syanboche (3,800m/12,464ft)
    • Duration :6-7hrs(8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :700m/2,300ft
    • Location :
      • Chele
      • Taklam la Pass(3,624m/11,888ft)
      • Dajong La Pass(3,660m/12,005ft)
      • Samar
      • Bhena La Pass(3,830m/12,563ft)
      • Syanboche
    • Highlights :
      • Steep Ascend Westwards
      • Deep Crayon
      • Gorge
      • Rocky Trail
      • Steep Descend on some section
      • Red Painted Cave Monastery or the Rangchyung Chorten, believed to have hosted the famed Buddhist saints Padmasambhava and Atisha centuries ago
      • Forests and gouges with a high vertical wall

     

  • Day 7 Syanbochen – Ghyami (3,520m/11,546ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs(8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :220m/725ft
    • Descend :500m/1,640ft
    • Location :
      • Syanbochen
      • Tamagaon
      • Chhungar
      • Jhaite
      • Nyi La Pass(4,020m/13,190ft)
      • Ghami La Pass(3,765m/12,350ft)
      • Ghyami
    • Highlights :
      • Cross one of the three passes – the Yanda La Pass
      • Distinctive Chortens painted with Buddhism’s auspicious symbols
      • Gompas
      • Sparsely Settled Village
      • Terraced Valley
      • Nyi La Pass
      • Ghami La Pass
      • Deserted Landscapes
      • Hills
      • Ghaymi village – the third largest settlement in the Mustang valley

     

  • Day 8 Ghyami – Charang (3,560m/11,680ft)
    • Duration :4hrs(5Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :350m/1,150ft
    • Descend :310m/1,020ft
    • Location :
      • Ghyami
      • Chinggel(Tsarang, Choya)La Pass(3,870m/12,695ft)
      • Charang(Sarang)
    • Highlights :
      • Visit to Mustang’s longest Mani wall adorned with the carvings accompanied by the group of Chortens that mark the end of the valley

     

  • Day 9 Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,840m/12,600ft )
    • Duration :5-6hrs(7-8Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :390m/1,280ft
    • Descend :110m/362ft
    • Location :
      • Charang
      • Sungda La Chorten
      • Lo(Day) La Pass(3,950m/12,957ft)
      • Lo Mangthag
    • Highlights :
      • Famous Settlement of LoMangthang
      • Caharang Chu Canyon
      • Climb Steeply after Crossing River
      • Palace and Gompas
      • Barren Land
      • Ancient Fortress and Monasteries
      • Windy Pass
      • Small Bridge  

     

  • Day 10 Explore Lo-Mangthang
    • Duration :Whole Day
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Places nearby Lo-Mangthang
    • Highlights :
      • Rich Culture
      • Sound Architecture Settlement
      • Well Preserved Legacy since the 14th Century
      • Walled City
      • Four Major Ancient Shrines
      • Brick-Red Jampa Lhakhang – the oldest Gompas
      • 50 Foot Large Clay Statue of Lord Buddha
      • 15th Century Old Thubchen Gompa and Choprang Gompa
      • Royal Palace of the Mustangi King
      • The Tall Champa Lakhang
      • Red Thugchen Gompa and Entrance Hall
      • Cave Village of Chosar
      • Deep Red Nyhu Gompa
      • Ancient Cave-Dwelling Sire of Jhong Cave
      • White-washed Villages
      • Old Fortress
      • Ruins of Ancient Palaces and Monuments
      • Teje Festival (End of March)

     

  • Day 11 Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar(3,810m/12,500ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :390m/1,280ft
    • Descend :410m/1,345ft
    • Location :
      • Lo-Mangthang
      • Marang Chongo La Pass(4,230m/13,875ft)
      • Ghar Gumba
      • Muila Bhanjyang(4,170m/13,680ft)
      • Drakmar
         
    • Highlights :
      • Forbidden City
      • Uphill Climb
      • Downhill to the Settlement of Drakmar
      • Ghar Gumba – Pure Virtue of Lo Nyingma Sect Scriptures of Padmashamva
      • Beautiful Rock Paintings
      • Myth(Local People Believe that the prayer in this shrine is surely heard)

     

  • Day 12 Dhakmar – Ghiling (3,570m/11,710ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs(8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :200m/656ft
    • Descend :450m/1,476ft
    • Location :
      • Dhakmar
      • Ghami
      • Ghami(Ghemi) La Pass(3,765m/12,350)
      • Nyi La Pass(4,020m/13,190ft)
      • Ghiling
    • Highlights :
      • Expedition
      • Villages
      • Impressive Old and Ancient Chortens and Monasteries
      • Gorgeous Landscapes

     

  • Day 13 Ghiling – Chele (3,100m/10,170ft)
    • Duration :6hrs(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :260m/853ft
    • Descend :740m/2,428ft
    • Location :
      • Ghiling
      • Bhena La Pass(3,830m/12,563ft)
      • Samar
      • Dajong La Pass(3,660m/12,005ft)
      • Taklam la Pass(3,624m/11,888ft)
      • Chele
    • Highlights :
      • Unique and Desert-Like Landscapes Decorated by Cultural Legacies and Glorious Mountain
      • Breathtaking views of the Himalayas
      • Scenic Diversity
      • Interaction with the locals

     

  • Day 14 Chele – Jomsom(2,700m/8,856ft)
    • Duration :7hrs(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :400m/1,315ft
    • Location :
      • Chele
      • Tangbe
      • Kagbeni
      • Ekle Bhatti
      • Jomsom
    • Highlights :
      • Strenuous Physical Walking
      • Reach the Settlement in Kagbeni(Special Permit Exit Point)
      • Mark the end of the Upper Mustang Trail and Join Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail
      • Historical Essence
      • Exotic Arts and Sculpture which is renowned as Bamfu Culture
      • Pony Ride

     

  • Day 15 Fly back to Pokhara and Explore
    • Duration :25mins Flight
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :1,877m/6,157ft
    • Location :
      • Jomsom
      • Pokhara
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Flight
      • Lake City
      • Hotspot for Adventurous Activities and Gateway for Several Trekking Expeditions in and around Annapurna

     

  • Day 16 Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Duration :200Km (5-6hrs)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :710m/2,329ft
    • Location :
      • Pokhara
      • Malekhu
      • Dhading
      • Kathmandu
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Drive
      • Farewell Dinner in the evening

     

  • Day 17 Departure Day
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
    • Highlights :
      • Souvenir Shopping
      • Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey
      • Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Green Horizon)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you to not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: Drive (Kathmandu-Pokhara – Kathmandu) and Domestic Flight (Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara)
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: Upper Mustang Special Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • First aid medical box
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • All required trekking gears like Sleeping bags and Down jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Green Horizon)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation costs: Drive (Kathmandu-Pokhara – Kathmandu) and Domestic Flight (Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara)
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: Upper Mustang Special Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • First aid medical box
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • All required trekking gears like Sleeping bags and Down jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tip for guides and porters is expected but not mandatory
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tip for guides and porters is expected but not mandatory

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 17 days Upper Mustang Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Review

12 day trek in Upper Mustang

Thomas S
Thomas S
Source:Trip Advisor

We did a 10 day trek in the Upper Mustang area of Nepal through Nepal Mountain Trekkers and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our guide, Min, was excellent, really friendly with very good English. The organisation pre-trek was very smooth and we had an unusually tight schedule which Ramesh, the owner of the company, went out of his way to accommodate. We would definitely recommend using the company as they charge competitive rates but also really care that you have the experience you want and can personalise arrangements when necessary.

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