Upper Mustang described as a mystique valley and the last forbidden kingdom in Nepal was just opened for foreigners in 1992. Upper Mustang Trek to hidden paradise of Mustang is fabulous tour that visitors experience ever best holiday trip in their life in Nepal. Trek to Mustang allows the travelers to witness heavenly beautiful Trans-Himalaya landscape, ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines such as Stupas, Chhortens, Kaanis, Prayers walls, centuries old monasteries and interact with Tibetan like people makes the trip most lifetime memorable. Upper Mustang, also known as a ‘Mini Tibet of Nepal’ and a very well-liked trekking in Nepal, has been described as “Mountain Desert“. The trekking tour to Lo Manthang- isolated region is a incredibly satisfying one for those who want to experience the hospitality and warmth of the locals living in this remote region.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your Kasthamandap boutique hotel, Thamel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
After breakfast we depart for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “City of Temples” to Visit Durbar Square (place of Palace) with the Kasthamandap temple, Kumari Ghar (Home of Living Goddess), Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka and Taleju Temple. Afterwards, we will take you to visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world and also be said as a monkey temple, which is located at top of the hill from where one can have a great view of Kathmandu Valley.
We will drive towards Pashupatinath, which is one of the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. After exploring the Pashupatinath temple, we move towards Bouddhanath Temple, Bouddhanathis one of the largest Stupas in South Asia and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. O/N Kathmandu.
Day 03:Drive to Pokhara Altitude: 823m/2,700ft, Distance of driving: 7-8 hrs drive
Early morning drive to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside where one will explore the landscape, beautiful valley with interesting settlement on the mountain. The bus will have twice break on the way, once for the breakfast and once for the lunch. Once you reach in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel in lake side and evening stroll around the lake and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni Altitude: 2,858/9,374ft, Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walk
Today we fly to Jomsom (windy valley) in the early morning, then after some initial preparation of loads, our trek leads towards northern valley of Kaligandaki by crossing suspension bridge. It is tiring walking through the bank of the river where one can enjoy the views snow peaked mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Enjoy your evening to walk around the village which is very interesting with its settlement where clustered type of house can be found. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Chele Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft, Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
The trek starts towards north valley of Kagbeni to Chele where we pass the beautiful village of Tangbe, with its picturesque traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheat and apple orchards. We enjoy views of the magnificent Nilgiri peak and cross several ridges. After Chhusang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley behind to reach the village of Chele, where we stop for overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Geling Altitude: 3520m/11,546ft, Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast the trail leads you to the village of Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley which filled with juniper trees. Then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites in the form of a Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail continues descends to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley and stop for overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Charang Altitude: 3500m/11,480ft, Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walk
Today’s walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa (monastery) which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft, Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner. We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. Stay overnight at Lomanthang.
Day 09: Explore Day at Lomanthang Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft
We have allowed full day to explore this outstanding historical and cultural centre. There are 4 major Gompas to visit during our stay. The palace is the home of the raja (King) and his rani (queen) is the attraction as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Although the raja’s function is now finished as we have republican democracy. The town itself is fascinating, and offers countless opportunities to observe a vibrant Tibetan culture. There are many places to explore and manage your time to explore the places. Every monastery requires the donations and entry fees which is made by your own.Overnight at Lomanthang.
Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa Altitude: 3942m/12933ft
Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walk After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa. During the walk you’ll suffer the dusty wind so we suggest walking in the morning. Overnight at Ghar Gumpa.
Day 11: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling Altitude: 3806m/12,484ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk Today, we continue down to the valley at Ghiling which will be dusty day. Evening we explore area but we explore evening time due to the windy and dusty. Overnight at Ghiling.
Day 12: Ghiling to Chele Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk Today we walk same trail back to Chele. You will have wonderful scenery during your walking with the great Himalayan view with wonderful landscape. Overnight stay at Chele.
Day 13: Chele to Jomsom Altitude: 2700/8,856ft Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walk
This will be our last day of trek which is quiet long. We will be walking through the valley all the time to get in to the Kagbeni where we had our first night of the trek at the beginning. Once we reach Jomson, we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey. Stay overnight at Jomsom.
Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara After breakfast we check in the Jomsom airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between George of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri which is known as the deepest George in the world. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu Distance of driving:7-8 hrs drive
Morning at 7 am, we’ll drive to Kathmandu through the Prithivi highway which is the same route we drive to Kathmandu on our way to Pokhara. It is interesting driving route where one can enjoy the scenery of natural beauty. Afternoon arrive Kathmandu and we will host farewell dinner at Nepalese restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
- Airport pick and drop off by private car or van depending on group size.
- Government registered and fluent English speaking and very friendly guide.
- 1 porter for two trekkers during the trek to carry your luggage.
- 2 Nights sharing twin bed room in toursit standard hotel in Pokhara with buffet breakfast.
- Kathmandu – Pokhara by domestic flight
- Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara by domestic flight
- Pokhara – Kathmandu by private transporatation.
- Trekking lodge accommodation on twin bed sharing basis during the trek.
- All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking.
- Tea, coffee, cookies and seasonal fruits during the trekking.
- ACAP Permit and Airport taxes of domestic flights.
- Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit worth of US$ 500.00 per person.
- Equipments, meals and accommodation of your guide and porters.
- Salary and insurances for your guide and porter.
- All government tax, vat, and Office Service charges.
- Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepal restaurant with live culture show.
- Hotel, food, sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner in Pokhara except breakfast
- All the bar bills such as alcoholic drinks, beverages
- Personal nature expenses, toiletries, hot shower, laundry, internet and phone calls.
- Personal travel insurance and rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
- Expenses of extra adventure, donations in monasteries (your choice).
- Gratitude and tips for your guide and porters.