Upper Mustang Trek

Starting From $USD 2890 | Duration: 11 Days
  • Maximum Alt: 3810 m
  • DifficultyLevel: DifficultyLevel
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Best Seasons: Spring / Summer / Autumn
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  • Lying placidly to the north of the Himalaya and geographically secluded, Upper Mustang is one of the few places not only in Nepal but in the whole Himalayan belt to preserve Tibeto-Buddhist culture in quasi-pure form. Restriction to outsiders on entry to the territory of Upper Mustang was lifted only after 1991; nonetheless, those permitted to step into the forbidden kingdom have to pay a considerably high price for a period of 10 days– a regulation imposed to preserve the culture, tradition and ancient arts of the region.
    Upper Mustang is an indivisible mélange of Tibetan culture, Buddhism, and natural grandeur; the alchemical blend can attract anyone who is moved by ineffable landscape or is fascinated by anthropology, arts and antiques.

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  • Day 01: Welcome to Nepal
    Upon your arrival at the international airport of Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representatives whom you will find carrying a placard with your name imprinted on. Subsequently, you will be escorted to your hotel. This is your free day; if your plane lands earlier in the day, you will have at your disposal enough activities to indulge in.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range)

    Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
    On the second day, you will explore major attractions of Kathmandu valley. Our city guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 AM to pick you up for the sightseeing tour. The observation sites include Swoyambhunath aka the monkey temple; Boudhanath, the holy shrine of Tibetan Buddhists; Pashupatinath, the largest religious complex in Nepal and Hanumandhoka Durbar square, one of the medieval royal plazas of the valley.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); Breakfast and welcome dinner are included.

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (900 m) (Drive / Flight)
    You will be picked up in the morning – around 6:45 — to board the bus that takes you to tourist city Pokhara, over a 200 Km highway that passes along rolling hills and snaking rivers. You will get to Pokhara in just about late afternoon. You may stroll around Lakeside – the tourist market close to Fewa lake or take a short boat ride in the lake to the island temple of Barahi. Since Lakeside grows effervescent usually after late evening, you might want to reserve the promenade plan for the night.

    If you prefer flying to Pokhara instead of bus ride, it will be managed accordingly.

    Overnight stay at Hotel Lake Front; Breakfast and lunch is included.

    Day 04: Pokhara to Johmsom (2,720 m) to Kagbeni (2,810 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 1,910 m

    You will emplane for a 20 minute’s flight to Johmsom in the morning. The short trip is advantageous over journey on a hired vehicle not only for being a time-saver, but also for the mesmerizing aerial views of Himalayan peaks –the two Giris — Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. After disembarking at the airport of Jomsom and having your breakfast in a teahouse, you will march against the strong gusts of wind keeping the mighty Kali Gandaki river at your left. In about 3 hours of walk you will reach Kagbeni — the entry point to Upper Mustang.
    Overnight stay at Kagbeni; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 05: Acclimitization excursion: Kagbeni to Muktinath ( 3,800 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 990 m
    Trip to Muktinath is beneficial in two ways: apart from visiting this phenomenal pilgrimage sacred to both Hindu and Buddhists, you can also prepare yourself physically for the days to come. After having your breakfast you will commence your hike to Muktinath via Khingar, Jharkot and Ranipauwa. Within late afternoon, you’ll be at the premises of Muktinath which is considered by many Hindus of Nepal to be the next important pilgrimage after Pashupatinath. At the same time, Tibetan Buddhists also regard Muktinath as their holy temple. Chief attractions of the shrine, apart from the main temple, are 108 ( the number significant in both the religions!) water spouts, and the natural flame that burns eternally. You’ll relish some moment here before descending back to Kagbeni which will take less than 3 hours.
    Overnight stay at Kagbeni; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 06: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050 m )
    The trail from Kagbeni to Chele goes northwards, chiefly along the cliffs and occasionally along the river valley of Kali Gandaki. You will pass through sparsely inhabited villages of Tangbe and Chhusang, and cross a bridge before progressing on a tough climb to Chele.
    Overnight stay at Chele; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 07: Chele to Syangboche (3,800 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 750 m
    Trek of the day starts with a small ascent after which the trail levels out leading you to the settlement of Gyakar, reached by crossing a bridge over a canyon. To arrive at Samar, you are required to cross two passes, namely Taklam La and Dajori La. Tibetans call a pass ‘LA’. After having lunch at either Samar or the next village Bhena, you will cross the final La – Yamda La and continue downhill to the Tibetan settlement of Syangboche.
    Overnight stay at Syangboche; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 08: syangboche to Ghemi (3,520 m)
    Syangboche to Ghemi also requires one to traverse passes: Syangboche La followed by Nya La. After making it upto Syangboche La, you will pass a Chorten before starting your journey downhill: always remember to pass any Hindu or Buddhist shrine, including chortens, clockwise! You will follow the trail to the village of Jhaithe which then climbs to Nya La standing just over 4000 m. From the pass Trans-Himalayan highway along the Chinese occupied province of Tibet is also visible. You will then descend down to Ghami which is the stopover for the day. The contrast of snow-white mountains peeking behind of the arid, rocky hills to the South is worth beholding. Culturally, the streets of Ghemi are bordered by walls topped with a series of Mani wheels inside wooden frames – an example of exclusive Tibeto-Buddhist village.
    Overnight stay at Ghemi; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 09: Ghemi to Lo Mangthang ( 3,800 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 280 m
    The trail from Ghemi passes through a bridge and goes alongside a legendary Mani wall claimed to be the longest Mani wall of the district. The wall is believed to preserve the guts of evil spirits that were exterminated by Guru Rinpoche. The pass you will traverse today – Chingel La pass – offers you the finest views of Nilgiri and Tilicho. You will enter Tsarang through a beautiful, large Chorten in less than 4 hours of your set-off from Ghemi.
    The things-to-observe in Tsarang are chiefly Buddhist monuments that date back to the medieval era. One of them is Thupten Shedrup monastery whose interior is adorned with murals depicting the different aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. After visiting another monastery which, although not in a good shape, houses some beautiful historical paintings, you will lunch at a teahouse in Tsarang before progressing towards Lo Mangthang. The trail leading to the principle town of Upper Mustang is relatively easier and at the same time remarkable for a series of caves in the rock walls that were supposedly dwelled by people in the anicent times. Before descending to Lo Mangthang, you will climb up to Lo La pass. The bird-eye view of your next destination from the pass is worth regarding for some time.
    Overnight stay at Lo Mangthang; 3- course meal is included.

    Day 10 and 11: Lo Mangthang tour
    Since you’ve paid a steep fee for the permit to this restricted area, it pays to take your time and exhaust all that’s worth savouring here.
    The structure of Lo-Mangthang, or simply Lo, is fairly geometrical. The previously autonomous capital resembling an enclosed citadel seats thatched houses and Buddhist monuments decorated with prayer flags. Few small green patches of trees add to the splendor of this town. The place has maintained its centuries old traditions in an almost unaltered form. The noteworthy conservation of the ancient Tibetan culture justifies the precipitous entrance permit to the area. You will notice that doors and windows of dwellings here are enriched in colour and contain decorations for keeping off evil spirits. The principal monasteries of Lo are Chodel Lakhang, Jhampa Gompa, Thupchen Gompa and Namgyal Gompa. If you have ever wished to meditate inside a Himalayan Gopma, this is the appropriate place and moment to realize your wish: just hop in a monastery, find a seat, relax, close your eyes, and let yourself get carried away with chanting of the monks who don’t mind your presence unless they are disturbed. The traces of pre-Buddhist Bon tradition can be noticed intensely in the artifacts inside Gompas and subtly in the lifestyle of Lobas – the indigenous people of Lo Mangthang.
    On the second day, you will make an excursion northwards to the caves of Chossar. The views of Nilgiri and Tilicho start opening up as you move along the valley towards the village of Garphu where the caves are found. The caves high up the wall are reached on steps carved upon the rock; there are also a series of inner ladders inside the caves that lead to different stories of the cave monasteries. Some of these monasteries even date back to 2500 years! Spectacular view of Mustang Himal can be observed from the openings of the higher stories of the caves.
    In the evening, you might want to have a brief rendez-vous with the ex-King of Mustang at his palace.
    Overnight stay at Lomangthang; 3-course meal is included

    Day 12: Lo Mangthang to Dhakmar (3810 m)
    The route to Dhakmar or Drakmar from Lo is renowned for the ancient Ghar Gompa encountered en route. You will begin by traversing Chogo La (4,230 m) which is the pinnacle of the whole trek. An hour downhill from the pass, you’ll get to Lo Gekar which seats the Ghar Gompa believed to be the oldest monastery of Mustang. After crossing a couple of other passes sitting above 4000m, you’ll descend down to the village of Dhakmar where you will again come across the caves constructed through cliffs.
    Overnight stay at Dhakmar; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 13: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3,806 m)
    From Dhakmar, you descend along the windy and dusty trail towards Ghiling that will take approximately 6 hours.
    Overnight stay at Ghiling; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 14: Ghiling to Samar (3,660 m)
    The trail from Ghiling to Samar leads you through 3 passes. Samar is a small settlement with considerable greenery. The sight of Nilgiri peak is stunning as seen from here.
    Overnight stay at Samar; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 15: Samar to Johmsom (2,720 m)
    On your final day—the tenth day – of your trek in the restricted area, you will walk along the arid bed of Kaligandaki towards Johmsom. Make sure to collect one or two Shaligrams along the route, the black stones considered and revered by Hindus as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in fossilized form. You will arrive at Chuksang, another purely Tibetan settlement, in about 4 hours which sits in the confluence of two rivers- Narsing Khola and Mustang Khola. The route offers spectacular views of Nilgiri and Tilicho the whole time. From Chuksang, you will continue downwards to Jomsom via Kagbeni, the entry and exit point to Upper Mustang.
    Overnight stay at Jomsom; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 16: Johmsom to Pokhara
    Pokhara free day / half-day guided sightseeing (optional)

    An air tavel over the mountains will take you to Pokhara in twenty minutes. You will have a free day at Pokhara; there are many things-to-do in Pokhara — from sightseeing to boating to daring activities to shopping, and so on.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Lake Front; Breakfast is included.

    Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive/Flight); Farewell treat
    You will embark the tourist bus to Kathmandu in the morning.

    If you prefer flying to Kathmandu instead of bus ride, it will be managed accordingly.

    On the eve of your departure, you will repose with our exclusive farewell treat Ayurvedic massage at a well-known spa of Kathmandu.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); breakfast is included.

    Day 18: Goodbye
    After this amazing trek if you are interested in partaking in other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, Biking, Tours, or Trekking to other regions, we’ll organize the trip accordingly. Or if you decide to leave Nepal, we will transfer you to the airport.

    Disclaimer:The weather of Jomsom being unpredictable, there are often cases of unavailability of tickets, delay or even cancellation of the scheduled flights. SNS travel point will not be obliged to compensate for the extra expenditure incurred by travellers due to extension of travel schedule in such cases.

    Note:The itinerary is subject to changes due to factors like weather condition, health complication, or any unanticipated cause. All the activities mentioned in the itinerary will be covered, as long as the weather permits, although the guide/leader might make some modification in the schedule, at his/her discretion.

  • Why Upper Mustang Trek?

    • A chance to observe the unmodified form of Tibetan Buddhism and some traces of Bon-Po tradition.
    • Exhilarating traverse through several Las ( high pass)
    • Captivating landscape: barren topography guarded by rocky cliffs with the backdrop of majestic snow-white peaks.
    • Memorable visit to the monks, nuns, amchi (Tibetan doctor) and, if possible, with the ruler of the ex-realm.

    Why trek with SNS?

    • A complete trekking experience at a reasonable price.
    • Experienced English-speaking guide with a broad knowledge about the sites and a group of reliable trekking staffs.
    • Accommodation in hotels/tea-houses that cater to the basic requirements of a trekker.
    • Proper rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Supplementary programs: sightseeing tours and spiritual retreats with complete arrangement of vehicle, flight tickets, accommodation, fees, permits etc.

    Upper Mustang Trek Equipment List
    1. FOOT WEAR

    • Trekking boot: (Sturdy, ankle-support, water-resistant, well broken in)
    • Thick socks (4 pairs)
    • Light socks (3 pairs)
    • Camp shoes (1 pair)

    2. CLOTHING

    • Sleeping bag (4seasons) 1 – Provided
    • Down jacket -1 Provided
    • Daypack/Backpack – 1, Duffel Bag- for non trek items left in Kathmandu.
    • Water bottle – 1
    • Sun cream and moisturizer
    • Flashlight/Torch light with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
    • Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers (1)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover (1)
    • Warm cotton trousers (2 pairs)
    • Shirts and T-shirts (4 pieces)
    • Lightweight cotton long pants (3 pairs)
    • Thermal set (1 Pair)
    • Shorts (2 pieces)
    • Sun hat, woolen scarf (1)
    • Woolen hat (1)
    • Sunglasses (1)
    • Lightweight gloves (1)
    • Rain coat (1) – in rainy seasons
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof (1)
    • Toiletries

  • Includes

    • Airports pick up and drop by a private vehicle.
    • Tourist bus tickets.
    • Domestic flight tickets.
    • Restricted area permit USD 500 per person for 10 days
    • Trekker’s Information Management System TIMS card
    • All other governmental procedure fees, permits and local taxes.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights and Pokhara for 1 night: twin-sharing with free breakfast.
    • Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and half-day sightseeing in Pokhara (optional)
    • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
    • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
    • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag (optional), medical kit etc.
    • Travel and rescue arrangements.
    • Welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant.

    Excludes

    • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
    • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during the trek.
    • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
    • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
    • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
    • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section.
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen reasons like general strikes, accidents, or any event beyond the control of the company.

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