Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus, Domestic Flight
The Upper Mustang Trek is entirely about exploring the forbidden world of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang, in the upper Himalayas of western Nepal. Nothing is the world can get much remote than this trek and surrounding. It was hidden and completely isolated from rest of the world till 1992. It is the only place that has been carrying the rare traditional Tibetan culture untouched and purely at its original form. Upper Mustang is one of the most captivating place for trekking in the Himalayas, due its rich culture, intricate history and geography.
Trekkers come here to trek but end up exploring the culture along with trekking as it is a perfect blend of adventure, tradition and culture. In the wilderness of nature, far from human inhabitation and chaos Upper Mustang trek is for those who wish to be at the lap of the nature at its best form. After your trek, you’ll reminisce the eye striking tanned red rocky cliffs and the never ending array of rolling grey hills surrounding you in all directions. The innocent faces of the people there are something you’ll have in your mind for your lifetime. These faces unconsciously call you for a visit again to Upper Mustang.
In this hyper modern world, you’ll get to witness what life was like
before technology and infrastructure in Upper Mustang, the remote under
privileged mountain life of the people who were forbidden from rest of Nepal
and from the world for a log long time. Due to this, they had no influence of
modernization preserving their culture and tradition at its original form till
today. Mustang was a separate kingdom within Nepalese border until 1950. The
Royal family of Mustang, still resides at the historical capital of Mustang, Lo
Mangthang. It is a special to trek in Upper Mustang to the trekkers from around
Today, both road transportation and air transportation are available to get to Mustang. But the most easiest and feasible way is to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Roads here can be menacing as landslides happens quite often in this region. You will experience a thrilling adventure being there as you spend your day sightseeing at the most beautiful desert with harsh cliff-faced landscapes, rocks with unusual shapes, structures, and colors.
Village houses in Mustang are made up of white stones and roof filled with black woods. The locals welcome you with Buddhist tradition and offer you to sit with them in the kitchen as kitchen is regarded to be the center of the house in Tibetan culture. You are offered authentic local dishes such as Thakalikhana, yak meat, sukuti, firewood foods, churpi, Apple wine, and many more as a part of local hospitality.
This trek can be wiped off in 15-16 days. Do not miss this opportunity as the trek in this region allows you to explore the geography of Tibet where you can meet the lifestyle of true mountain peoples. Explore the wealthy cultural heritages inside this region. Upper Mustang Trek is unique in its true original form.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *
- Lightweight gloves
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort label):
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase)
- Water purified pills
Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your
- Binoculars (optional)
- Reading book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Which Season is best for this trekking?
Normally,Upper Mustang trekking in Nepal can be done in any time of the year. However February, March, April (spring) and September, October and November (autumn) is the biggest season for this trekking. In this month the weather is clean and chance to see amazing view of Mountain peak. Most of the day is sunny gets more warm and easy for walking. While walking we see the different types of flower and fauna. While in winter (December-January-February) season most of the trekking roots are covered by Snow and have maximum cold. The view will totally covered by fogs and snow however travelers come for enjoying with snow. Whereas, Monsoon season (June-July-August) is unfavorable time for trekking. At the time there will be heavy rain. So, it will be difficult time of trekking and less chance of Mountain View.
What kinds of accommodation we get during this trip?
We provide 3-Star Hotel “Hotel BlissInternational or similar category hotel” in Kathmandu which is in the peaceful street on the edge of Thamel. Whereas “Hotel Crystal Palace or similar category hotel” in Pokhara nearby Phewa Lake. We provide basic Tea-houses or Local lodge during trekking. All accommodation is in (Twin share basis) for, single supplementary charge ($200) extra.
What sort of meals we get during this trip?
We provide Buffet Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara which is included in the cost. During trekking we provide three meals per day (i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner per day) from the selected menu as per available in lodge and tea house. Food during trek is not so well decorated as Kathmandu and Pokhara however; most of the food is prepared by their local people in their field. The food is organic, delicious and quite healthy.
How fit should be trekker for this trekking?
Annapurna base camp trekking is the modest trekking of Annapurna Region so it can be done by any age groups who have good and fit health. It doesn’t does not required any experience before trekking. We do not recommending travelers who are suffering from blood pressure or any disease or medical situation before one year. We highly recommend to conceding with doctor before their trekking.
You’ll arrive at the Trivhuwan International Airport at Kathmandu. Our airport representative will be there to receive you holding your name in a placard with a pleasant welcome smile. We’ll drive you to the hotel in Kathmandu for you stay in the capital.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we'll start our journey to Pokhara by road. It'll take approximately 6 hours to reach Pokhara, the beautiful city on the lakeside. You’ll start to feel the cool mountain breeze and pleasant weather at Pokhara itself. In the evening, you can go for a walk at Phewa lake side and enjoy live music in local pubs.
Today, we’ll take a flight to reach Jomsom from Pokhara. Jomsom is the regional headquarter of Mustang. After a 20 minutes flight, we will begin our trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni. Walking north alongside Kali Gandaki river for 3 hours, we’ll reach Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Today, we’ll continue our trek to the eastern bank of Kali Gandaki river climbing through ridges and head north to reach the village of Tangbe. Towards the south of Kagbeni, it is majestic Nilgiri standing tall and high. Walking for 2 hours and crossing the Kali Gandaki river leads us to the village of Chhusang. From Chhusang, we’ll climb a rocky red cliff and crossing Kali Gandaki valley, we’ll reach Chele. Here you’ll notice transition of Manangi culture to Tibetan culture.
After breakfast, we will be on a long day hike as we will walk for 6 hours through captivating caves and amazing mountain views. As we pass along the Taklam La pass (3,624m) and the Darjori La pass (3,735m) our mind won’t be caring about the long tiring walk. To reach Syangbochen we will walk along through the Samar village with ridge steep trail.
Hiking gently up, we will reach a pass and trekking down, we’ll reach Geling village. From Gheling, we will again hike uphill to head towards Nyi La pass. We’ll descend down for an hour to reach a trail junction, taking the trail on the left lead us to reach Ghaymi. The right trail will lead us to Charang. In Ghami, The houses are clustered, and built with whitewashed mud and stones covered with overhanging cliffs.
Today, we’ll trek to Charang, the driest place in Mustang. It is a preety tiring trek via rough terrains. But at the destination, the views are mind boggling, remote countryside with mountains in all four directions. We’ll rest once we reach Charang, a village situated at the top of Charng Cgu Canyon. There are medieval fort and Red Gompas, which houses spectacular statues and Thang-ka collections in the east of the Charang village.
After breakfast at Charang, today is the most exciting part of our trek. Today we’ll be heading towards the ancient capital of Lo (Mustang) Lo Managthang. The city of Lo Mangthang was founded in 1380 by Ame pal and was the walled capital of Lo kingdom. The city of Lo accommodates 150 households and residences for lama gurus. We’ll trek to Lo- Gekar, the oldest Gompa in Nepal (older than the Samye Gompa of Tibet). We’ll have the opportunity of visiting the ancient temples and monasteries of the region and periphery of impressive Royal palaces, where the royal family resides.
We can lease horses to guide us through the beautiful valley for sightseeing. We’ll begin with a 2 houe visit of Namgyal Gompa, situated on a hilltop carrying high socio- religious importance. This Gompa serves as a courthouse at the Kingdom of Lo. After here, the villages of Tingkar, situated northwest of Lo Mangthang with its 40 households. We’ll also visit Champa Lhkang, where we’ll witnessmandala paintaings on stone walls and a large Buddha statue.
We’ll take the upper highland trail towards Gyakar village. The trek is rewarding with spectacular views of Lo Managthang and the Charang valley, with snow capped mountains in the background. We’ll cross the Dhi Pass to reach Dhamkar.
After breakfast at Dhamkar, we will trek through dry terrains and strong winds. As we pass through some terraced farmlands, we will reach Ghiling walking 5-6 hours. We will get to see the amazing views of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Nilgiri in the background.
From Ghiling, we’ll continue to trek over steep ridges and high hills. We will reach Tetang, the upper village of Chhuksang, which lies between two hills. We will hike for 5-6 hours and notice how people in mountain villages live and survive. We will cross along lots of small villages during our hike.
Today is the last day of this lifetime experience. We will pass through Jharkot village and visit the Local monastery, the Grand Tebitan Herbal Medicine Center and visit ancient forts, which once used to the palace. We’ll enjoy the view of Kali Gandaki valley and Kagbeni village, while heading to Jomsom.
From Jomsom, we’ll take a early flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we’ll take a bus ride to return to Kathmandu and we’ll at Kathmandu by evening.
Our airport representative will receive you at the hotel to drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before a few hours of your departure. We wish you a safe flight and look forward to serve you in the future.