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    Upper Mustang Trek

    Upper Mustang Trek

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      14 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate
    • Activities
      Adventure Trek and Tours
    • Accommodation
      Hotel
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People
      6
    • Trip Mode
      Hotels and local nice lodge basis.
    • Areas of Trek
      Mustang
    • Mode of transport
      Exciting drive and scenic flights.

    Highlights

    • Visit the unique forbidden kingdom of Lo-Manthang of northern Tibetan plateaus,
    • Experience various sects of Buddhism in many destinations of the trek,
    • Enjoy a walk through a monsoon-free region as the Upper Mustang area lies in the rain shadow area,
    • Get enchanting views of mountain ranges like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche, etc.
    • Get an ethereal, spiritual experience walking amidst religious sites like Gompas, prayer flags, and Chortens,
    • Be familiar with the Tibetan lifestyle and culture,
    • Observe the narrow streets and unique architecture in Lo-Manthang’s houses,
    • See unique sky-high caves and red cliffs that are the result of erosion,
    • Walk up trails alongside the streams of the Kali Gandaki river

    Upper Mustang Trek 14 days

    Upper Mustang Trek

    Formally restricted and popularly known as the Kingdom of Lo, Upper Mustang is an ethereal destination. The place lies on Nepal's northwestern Tibetan border and is a popular trekking destination.

    We bring you an amazingly curated package of an adventurous trip to the Upper Mustang Trek. The Upper Mustang trek will be a fortnight's worth trek that takes you beyond the Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The trek takes you to a unique, enchanting dry land plateau within the Tibetan borders.

    Upper Mustang trek houses ancient trails of old trans-Himalayan salt caravan routes between Nepal and Tibet. Our itinerary even extends to places like Karo-La Pass, showing existing trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. A trek to such a historic, picturesque, and significant destination in Nepal’s Himalayas is quite a journey.

    Significant historical and cultural monuments of Upper Mustang also include ancient cave civilizations’ remnants, monasteries, and Himalayan sky burials. The hidden valley of thousands of years of Mustang has a culture, lifestyle, and heritage rarely explored. It houses many unexplored natural and cultural treasures. Places like Jhong gufa, Cora la borders, snow-capped Himalayas, and grand rock formations are major attraction points of Upper Mustang.

    The people and lifestyle of Upper Mustang are also equally fascinating. Most of the Upper Mustang is populated by Thakalis, Magars, Gurungs, or Tibetans. Along with Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism is widely practiced. People celebrate Tiji, Yartung, and horse racing festivals, which attract many tourists. The delicacies of Upper Mustang are also dear to tourists. Local wine, Tibetan bread, Khapse, dried food, beers, and Marpha are popular here. The local Thakali and Tibetan cuisines are also very popular.

    Visiting a place that offers many unique experiences and observations must be on your bucket list. If you’re in Nepal Upper Mustang trek should be on your to-do list. We at Eco Holidays Nepal are here to help you fulfill that list. We have an excellent 14-day long trip to Upper Mustang curated for you.

    Our Upper Mustang trek will begin from Pokhara and end back in Pokhara. You will first arrive in Kathmandu and be transferred to a hotel. We will take off from Kathmandu the next day via a flight or drive to Pokhara.

    We will take a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the Mustang’s district headquarters. It houses a lot of Thakali people and offers excellent Thakali cuisine. We will start our hike from Jomsom, aiming toward the Kaligandaki River to enter Upper Mustang valley.

    On our hike, the trail takes us to the beautiful place of Kagbeni. The place shows vistas of mountains like Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Kagbeni becomes our fulcrum point to enter the hidden kingdom of Lo.

    From Kagbeni, we head to Tshele or Chele within the Kali Gandaki River valley.

    The roads show you long, towering canyons and hill cliffs that have eroded. They have a unique beauty and shine bright in various colors when sun rays hit them.

    From Tshele, we head towards Syangbochen with a day-long hike. You will see hamlets with myriad Buddhist praying monuments. A clear reflection of the Buddhist lifestyle is visible through these pilgrimages. The next destination of Ghami also shows a reflection of such a lifestyle evidently.

    From Ghami, we move towards a Lo-Manthang after spending a day in Charang. Lo- Manthang welcomes you with ancient walled structures housing a large village. Hints of timeless culture and tradition of Buddhism and old Bonpo, pre-Buddhism are evident. Along with exploring such Tibetan culture, we also visit the palace of the former Mustang King.

    After spending two full days in Lo-Manthang, we move to Dhakmar, ending the first half of the trek. We will then retract our steps back to Syangbochen to reach Jomsom through the route of Chusang. We will take a flight back to Pokhara from Jomsom, officially ending our trip.

    Let us delve deep into our package and our offers for this trip.

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    • Day01

      Reach Kathmandu via various international airlines and transfer to a hotel.

      Kathmandu’s altitude - 1,400 meters

      Overnight stay at - A hotel in Kathmandu

      Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, our staff and guides will receive you. Then we will transfer you to a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu. You can get some sleep, refresh, and fight off your jet lag. Then join our team for the Upper Mustang trek.

      We will shortly brief you about all the details regarding the tour, including accommodations, food, walks, attractions, history, culture, etc., of the trek. You will know what to do and what not to do during the trek.

      At night you will be able to enjoy delicious traditional Nepali food along with a local cultural program. After the program, you will stay overnight here and end the first day.

    • Day02

      A flight or road trip to Pokhara from Kathmandu and transfer to a hotel

      Pokhara’s altitude - 860 meters

      Flight hours - 30 minutes

      Drive hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at - A hotel in Pokhara

      Today we will head towards the beautiful city of Pokhara through a long drive. Based on our group size, we might drive in a tourist bus or a miniature jeep. We will take you to Pokhara, driving along the roads of Prithvi Highway. You can observe the grand Trishuli River flowing on the way. As you move forward, the places get warmer, and you will find beautiful snow-covered mountains. Passing through beautiful hamlets across midwestern Nepal, we will finally arrive in Pokhara in around 6 hours.

      We also have another option to reach Pokhara through a short flight of around 30 minutes. The flight will be shorter and still give you incredible vistas of mountains and Nepali villages.

      Upon arrival in Pokhara, you will find the beautiful Phewa Lake. The views of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Macchapuchre(Fishtail) mountains shine brightly. We will transfer to a hotel on the lakeside and spend the night there.

    • Day03

      A morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek to Kagbeni

      Maximum altitude - 2,800 meters at Kagbeni

      Jomsom’s altitude - 2,715 meters

      Flight hours - 20 minutes to 30 minutes

      Walking hours - 4 hours

      Overnight stay at Kagbeni

      On the third day, we will take a short flight of around 22 minutes to reach Jomsom. The place is the headquarter of the Mustang district. En route, you will find immaculate vistas of mountain ranges like Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri.

      Upon arrival at Jomsom, we will start our hike, passing trails of the Kali-Gandaki River valley. After a few hours of trekking, we will reach our day’s destination of Kagbeni, the entry point of Upper Mustang’s “forbidden kingdom.” The place is a pilgrim site for both Hindus and Buddhists. It shows a very evident reflection of Tibetan Buddhism with its culture and people. Places like Kag Chode Thupten and Samphel Ling Monastery are major religious attractions.

      Along with its cultural attractions, the place has half a century-old villages made up of mud. You can also see the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges along with the Tukuche peak. Taking in such a mesmerizing environment of Kagbeni, we will officially enter our Upper Mustang journey.

      We will transfer ourselves to locally available accommodation in Kagbeni upon arrival. The day ends with dinner and an overnight stay at Kagbeni.

    • Day04

      A trek to Tshele(Chele) from Kagbeni

      Tshele's altitude - is 3,050 meters

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Tshele

      Today, we will leave Kagbeni early in the morning with an uphill hike towards a gorge of the Kaligandaki River. You will find a tall canyon above the gorge. Following the Kaligandaki River steams higher, we will find unique landscapes with red cliffs. These cliffs cover both sides of the trail.

      This part of the trek takes you to Kalo bhir, sky-high caves, rock tunnels, Choterns of white, black, and red colors, etc. Organic apple farms also pass through villages like Tangbe, Gumbakang, and Chhusang.

      On chronology, we will first pass the Gurung village of Tangbe, which has white houses with narrow lanes. From Tanbe, we reach Chhusang with a short uphill and a downhill hike. From Chhusang, we continue the trails of Kali Gandaki trails, crossing the river above on a steel bridge to reach Tshele.

      We will pass along a few hamlets along with the farmland of Tirigaon village. The hike then leads us to a red cliff canyon that gains its color due to erosion. A few more hours' worth of the walk will take us to our destination, Tshele Village.

      We will get accommodated in a local lodge in Tshele and spend the night for the fourth day.

    • Day05

      A trek to Syangbochen from Tshele

      Syanbochen’s altitude - is 3,800 meters

      Maximum altitude - 3,860 meters at Yamda La

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Syangbochen

      After a good night’s sleep at Tshele, we will continue our journey the next day towards Syangbochen. We will start with an uphill climb to Gyakar village. From Gyakar, we will take a short descent toward the village of Samar, which houses a large gorge near Chortens.

      The walk continues towards a hamlet called Bhena. You will pass through juniper trees and cross streams with a steep walk to reach Yamda La top at 3,860 meters. Its height shows amazing views of the whole wide valley of Mustang. You also get beautiful vistas from the Dhaulagiri range. From here, we will do a small downhill hike to reach our destination of Syangbochen. The place is a small settlement area with a few tea shops for accommodation.

      We will settle in a teashop, dine there and call it a night, ending the fifth day of the Upper Mustang trek.

    • Day06

      A trek to Ghami from Syangbochen

      Ghami’s altitude - 3,520 meters

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Ghami

      The following day we will visit an old monastery in the village. You can observe Buddhist prayer wheels that run with the help of fast-flowing water streams. After a morning exploration of the monastery of the area, we head to the day’s destination of Ghami. We will follow a route that passes through Tamagaon, Ghiling, Chhunggar, and Jhaite villages. The trails show you out-of-the-world landscapes that go well with clear blue skies.

      The route between Ghami and Syangbochen shows you typical Tibetan plateau villages among semi-arid desserts of the Himalayas. Today too, you will get mountain views, landscapes, nature, and culture throughout the hike.

      A place through the journey called Nyi La en route serves as a great viewpoint to watch the mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You can also observe barley and buckwheat fields amidst the dry and arid desert of Upper Mustang.

      After about 5 hours of walking, we will arrive at Ghami village. It also houses many sky caves in its vicinity and welcomes you into its primeval Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle. We will check into a tea house upon arrival. The day ends with some exploration of the area and then a good night's sleep at our tea house.

    • Day07

      A trek to Charang / Tsarang from Ghami

      Charang’s altitude - 3,560 meters

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Charang

      On the morning of the seventh day, we start by crossing the stream of Ghami Khola using steel bridges. The road follows long prayer stone walls called Mani walls. We have to make a steep ascend to read Choya La, which will be the most challenging part of today’s trek. From this point, mountain vistas are incredible.

      The trails are fairly easy from Choya La to Charang and need passing through some terrains and the isolated landmass of the Himalayas.

      Reaching Tsarang village, you will be welcomed by a Chorten gate. You will find medieval forts along with Gompas reflecting Mustang features in the village. You will find the Gelup sect of Buddhism practiced in the area. The Tsarang monastery is a clear reflection of it.

      The day ends with an overnight stay at Tsarang village’s tea house.

    • Day08

      A trek to Lo-Manthang from Charang

      Lo-Manthang’s altitude - 3,840 meters

      Walking hours - 4 hours

      Overnight stay at Lo-Manthang

      Today we will head towards one of the major attractions of Upper Mustang to Lo Mantahng, the former forbidden kingdom. We walk through a steel bridge to reach Marang village and up a ridge to the top of Chorten with mani stones. The Chorten’s top gives you stunning views of the unique Tibetan plateaus. The views extend further to show you mountains like Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Bhrikuti mountains.

      The highest point of today’s hike will be at Lo La pass, above 3960 meters. From here, we can see the entirety of Lo Manthang’s kingdom. A short hour's worth of downhill hike from the Lo La pass takes us to our destination of, Lo Manthang.

      The ancient city founded by Ame Pal in 1380 welcomes you with a warm blend of Tibetan culture. A local lodge will accommodate us for the day, and the day ends with an overnight stay here.

    • Day09

      Rest and exploration day at Lo-Manthang

      Lo-Manthang’s altitude - 3,840 meters

      Overnight stay at Lo-Manthang

      Today we will rest in the beautiful kingdom of Lo-Manthang after so many days of treks. After our breakfast, we will explore significant places of attraction in the area. The place houses four major monasteries: Namgyal Gompa, ChampaLakhang, Red Thubchen Gompa, and Chyodi Gompa.

      The monasteries and unique Tibetan houses are also significant sites of attraction. The houses are built in a fort-like structure and lie within narrow laned streets.

      Interaction with locals and understanding the Tibetan lifestyle can also be a great way to explore the region. A day full of learning about Lo-Manthang and rest will make up for the ninth day.

    • Day10

      A trek to Dhakmar from Lo-Manthang

      Dhakmar’s altitude - 3,820 meters

      Maximum altitude - 4,230 meters at Marang La

      Walking hours - 5 hours

      Overnight stay at Dhakmar

      After two days' stay at Lo-Manthang, we will return to Jomsom. We walk, passing trekking routes that have various farmhouses. You can find fields with willow and poplar trees among the few trees that survive in such barren lands.

      Today will also be the day when we pass the highest point of the Upper Mustang trek Nepal. We will pass along to Samduling, Marang La at 4,230 meters, and Muila at 4,170 meters. These points show beautiful sights of red cliffs brightly in the sun.

      A few more hours' worth of trekking from here take us to Marang village. Avoiding the main road to a ragged old road, we will reach our destination of Dhakmar village.

    • Day11

      A trek to Syangbochen from Dhakmar

      Dhakmar’s altitude - 3,800 meters

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Syangbochen

      Today we continue to retrace our steps back to Jomsom by heading to Ghami village. We stayed here on day six of our first half of the journey. The road to Ghami takes us to Chilling village, which requires crossing a bridge over Ghami Khola. We will also visit the Geling monastery on our way.

      We will descend further, heading to the previously visited location of Kaligandaki Valley.

      A little uphill hike will finally lead us to today’s destination, Syangboche.

    • Day12

      A trek to Chusang/Tsusang from Syangbochen

      Chusang’s altitude - 2,890 meters

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Chusang

      Today we leave Syangbochen, heading towards Chusang village. The walk will be similar to the one we had earlier during our first departure for Syangbochen from Tshele. Meaning we will once again climb the Yamda La pass for this trek.

      Again, we can get immaculate views of the whole Mustang village with the Dhaulagiri range. Stunning views of the views and valleys of the surrounding will once again mesmerize you.

      From Yamda la Pass, we will do a short downhill hike to reach Bhena and Samar villages, which we have already visited. Then we follow a stream leading us to another familiar hamlet of Gyakar and Chele. The long day walk will finally lead us to our destination of Chusang village.

      Dinner and an overnight stay at Chusang’s tea house will mark the end of day twelve.

    • Day13

      A Trek back to Jomsom from Chusang

      Jomsom’s altitude -

      Walking hours - 6 hours

      Overnight stay at Jomsom

      On the thirteenth day, we will take our final steps of the Upper Mustang trek Nepal offers. It will be a long walk to reach Jomsom from Chusang. We go for a gentle downhill walk, following several hamlets. The trail will continue to take us through the Kaligandaki River. We pass through the villages of Tangbe, Eklebhatti, and Kagbeni villages. We walk into canyons within high red cliffs to reach these destinations.

      After a short rest at Kagbeni, we will head towards Jomsom and arrive at our destination with a total of 6 hours' worth of walk.

      An overnight stay at Jomsom will officially mark the end of our thirteenth day, along with the hiking part of the trip.

    • Day14

      A morning flight to Pokhara

      Pokhara’s altitude - is 820 meters

      Overnight stay at Pokhara

      Today will be the last day of our trip as we bid Mustang goodbye and head for a flight to Pokhara. We take off from Jomsom’s airport and take a short morning flight to Pokhara.

      Pokhara, the beautiful city of lakes and mountain views, will welcome you with amazing views. The Annapurna range and lakes of Phewa and Begnas fall among them. We will once again transfer into a hotel on the lakeside as we did before. Exploring lakeside areas and visiting nearby pubs and restaurants will be fun. A fun night along Pokhara's streets and an enjoyable dinner with a good night's sleep in a hotel lakeside will end our trip.

      Further, we can book a flight to Kathmandu or a road drive as needed.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Upper Mustang Trek

    • All airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus.
    • One  night tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu
    • Two night tourist standard hotel in Pokhara(one night before and one night after trek)
    • Three meals in day during trek.
    • Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara flights.
    • Restricted area permit.
    • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit.
    • All necessary transports.
    • An experience and helpful guide with his all expenses.
    • A strong potter including his all expenses. One potter for 2 guest.
    • Emergency Helicopter rescue paid by your traveler insurance.
    • Medical box supply (First aid kit).
    • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, need to return after trip completed).
    •  Upper Mustang trekking map.
    • Eco Holidays Nepal T-shirt and Cap
    • Assistance guide group size 5+.

    What's Excluded in Upper Mustang Trek

    • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Private transport Kathmandu to Pokhara or flight.
    • Extra activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • International Airfare.
    • Your Personal Expenses.
    • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek.
    • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
    • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.

    Departure Dates & Price

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    • Start Date24th Jul 2024
      End Date6th Aug 2024
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    • Start Date2nd Aug 2024
      End Date15th Aug 2024
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    • Start Date7th Aug 2024
      End Date20th Aug 2024
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    • Start Date14th Aug 2024
      End Date27th Aug 2024
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    • Start Date21st Aug 2024
      End Date3rd Sep 2024
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    • Start Date27th Aug 2024
      End Date9th Sep 2024
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    • Start Date4th Sep 2024
      End Date17th Sep 2024
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