Upper Mustang Trek explores the desolate barren landscapes to the north of the Annapurna region and the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetan descendants of Thakali and Gurung ethnicities along with the rare Bon religion. The trek is all about the roaring winds, desert-like arid landscape, and the flapping Chortens add a bit of religion into it. Venture into the once isolated region of Mustang called ‘Upper Mustang’, and experience the life of the people that reside in this rain shadow area.
The journey begins from Kathmandu where we obtain a special permit to enter the land of Upper Mustang. The majestic Pokhara city summons the travelers who are heading towards Mustang. A scenic drive through the serpentine highway gets you there in a few hours and after exploring this lively city, an airplane ride will take you to the starting point of the trek, Jomsom. At Jomsom airport, the barren hills and the towering icy mountains happily greet you and fuel you with a thirst of adventure. En route to Upper Mustang the trail heads further north of Kagbeni. The trekking routes are rough and rugged but it will portray you the untainted beauty of nature. Walk along the banks of the mighty Kali Gandaki River, and quench your thirst of knowledge as you explore the beauty of places like Chele, Syangboche, and Dhakmar. Head towards the ancient town of Lo Manthang, which was once the capital of the ancient city of Lo. The city had its own king till recently. This site is ripe for exploration so feel free to do so. Explore the mysteries of the Luri caves, admire the alien landscape of Yara and Tangge, and finally descend downwards to the revered Muktinath Temple. Pray to the almighty, and then head towards the Jomsom airport from where you’ll fly to Pokhara and ultimately drive towards Kathmandu.
If you wish to fully explore the mysteries of Upper Mustang, then be sure to contact Alpine Adventure Team. We have gained great experience and competency with years of operating in the travel and tourism of Nepal. We also keep the safety and comfort of our client above anything else so, we can ensure you that you will be on an adventure second to none.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m
Today you’ll arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where our representative of Alpine Adventure Team will pick you up. From the airport, transfer to your hotel where you will be spending the rest of the day. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Restricted Area Permit procedure
Upper Mustang was a restricted area until 1992 and still is to some extent. To enter Upper Mustang, a Restricted Area Permit is needed which is $500 per person for 10 days, and an additional $50 per day is charged if the duration is more. You can explore the city after the procedure is complete and you have obtained the permit. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus
On this day, you head towards the Lake City Pokhara along the serpentine Prithvi Highway which is home to dazzling sceneries like that of roaring Trishuli River, the green hills and fleeting roadside settlements. The drive may be lengthy, but the comfortable tourist bus makes the ride worth it. Once in ‘the City of Lakes’, Pokhara, you can stroll around the Lakeside area. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2810m
Make your way through the clouds as you travel to Jomsom from Pokhara in an airplane. The flight provides a panoramic view of the gigantic mountains like Annapurna (8091m), and Mt. Fishtail (6997m), and others in the Annapurna massif. Arrive at the airport, and trek along the banks of the Kaligandaki River to reach Kagbeni. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.
Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3050m
Explore the settlements made of bricks and patched by mud. Some landmarks that can be seen from Kagbeni are the Tukuche peak (6920m) and Nilgiri (6441m). From Kagbeni, trek towards Chele by crossing through the stone settlements, crossing the bridges and traversing through the sand. Also, you pass through Mani La pass (3800m) on the way to Chele. Overnight stay at Chele.
Day 6: Trek from Chele to Syangboche 3800m via Chungsi Cave
The trek from Chele to Syangboche initially crosses Taklam La (3624m) and Dorje La (3735m) passes. Although difficult, the route motivates you with its awesome mountain sceneries and the rugged landscape. Then, passing Samar you continue through the barren lands.The trek passes along the Chungsi cave, so be prepared for some cave exploring. Overnight stay at Syangboche.
Day 7: Trek from Syangboche to Dhakmar 3820m
Today will be a colorful trek. We’ll observe the tremendous red cliffs and the rugged terrain around it. There are small stupas on the route with the Buddhist Chortens tied on it. If you travel at the right time you might witness horses and yaks grazing on the fields. You will walk to Dhakmar with the views of Annapurna and Nilgiri mountain ranges, and you also get the view of distant Mustang region. Overnight stay at Dhakmar.
Day 8: Trek from Dhakmar to LoManthang 3810m via Ghar Gompa
Our trek to the ancient capital of LoManthang takes us through the Ghar Gompa. This Gompa was built by an 8th century, Tibetan Guru. After a brief exploration of the monastery, you cross Chogo La pass (4280m) to reach Lo Manthang. The isolated region of Lo-Manthang boasts one of the most unique and exquisite cultures. At Lo Manthang, you can immerse in its ancient culture, monasteries, and landscape. Overnight stay at Lo Manthang.
Day 9: Explore to Choser village and caves
You will walk towards the Choser village, which is about 2 hrs. walking distance from Lo. .You’ll notice the plains, snow-covered rocks and ancient forts on the summit of hills. Here, you visit the landmarks like the mysterious man-made caves, which are believed to be made during the time of war during ancient times. Also, there are monasteries like Garphu and Nymphu too.Overnight stay at Lo Manthang.
Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3650m
After conquering the mysteries of Lo-Manthang, we head towards the Yara village. As you leave Lo-Manthang, you’ll cross the Lo La pass (3950m), and after you cross a river and walk along the banks of the river, you’ll reach Yara. Also, on the way, you cross another pass by the name of Dhi la (3950m) to enter the Dhi village before arriving at Yara. Rest on Yara for today, to do some sightseeing tomorrow. Overnight stay at Yara.
Day 11: Explore to Luri Cave
Start your day by exploring the Luri Caves. These caves are built on cliffs and some people often call them as Sky caves. These caves are filled with paintings that depict ancient Buddhism. The walls of the caves are also inscribed with religious letters. These caves also have evidence that the region was a part of the Silk Road in Tibet. Overnight stay at Yara.
Day 12: Trek from Yara to Tangge 3240m
The trek might be a bit difficult. The trail gets a bit steep, and on the route, we can see Saligrams. The trail is a mixture of highs, lows and it further gives way to a wide plateau, which we cross to reach the village of Tangge. The village is also a home to Tibetan-influenced monasteries.Overnight stay at Tangge.
Day 13: Trek from Tangge to Chhusang 2980m
From Tangge, you continue on the trek to Chhusang, which is a bit of an easy trek. Passing Pa on the way, you walk on a route with no water availability so, it is advised that you take ample water supply at Pa. Chhusang is home to the beautiful rocky cliffs, and from there you can observe the picturesque view of the surrounding landscape. Interact with the locals residing there, and dive into their culture. Overnight stay at Chhusang.
Day 14: Trek from Chhusang to Muktinath 3760m
Today, we’ll head to the holy Hindu temple of Muktinath. Our trek commences from the village of Chhusang, and on the route, you might encounter many locals who are on the same destination as yourself. Interact with them and listen as they tell you about the tale of Hinduism. Muktinath also hosts 108 taps and bathing in these taps is believed to heal diseases and keep you healthy. Overnight stay at Muktinath.
Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2720m via Lupra village
Explore the temple premises and bathe in its holy waters. Witness the flame which is believed to have been burning for centuries. After visiting the temple, head towards the airport at Jomsom via the Lupra village. The village has a bit of mystique in it and is ripe for exploration.Continuing ahead, Jomsom awaits your return and once arriving here, you can indulge in celebrations with a local apple brandy, Marpha. Overnight stay at Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom on an airplane. The flight provides untainted views of the surrounding landscape and you can feel the clouds pass by and the glistening snowy mountains becoming more clear and huge. Arrive at the airport, and then transfer to your hotel. You can explore the city of Pokhara and its tourist attractions like Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, Mahendra cave and Bat cave if time permits. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
As the trek nears to an end, enjoy the final drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara on a tourist bus which lasts about 6 hours depending upon the traffic conditions. Relieve your boredom by admiring the views from the window or do some internet browsing on the bus itself. At the valley, you can explore the local market and shop for souvenirs. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. After a delightful breakfast, our representatives will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport from where you will travel to your home country. Good Bye and visit again!
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 3 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* 2 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Domestic flight ticket from Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara and airport tax.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Best possible lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle and tourist bus.
* Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn’t include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…