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Upper Mustang Trek. - 17 days

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Duration
17 days
Max. Elevation
4230m
Group size
Min 2 Pax
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private Car, Flight, and Bus
Best Season
June to November March to June
Accomodation
  • 3* Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Basic tea house Lodge during the trek.
Meals
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All meals included during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Starts at
Jomsom
Ends at
Jomsom
Trip Route
Jomshom-chaile-tsarang-Lo mangtang -Ghami-Chuksang-Jomsom

Highlights

    • Start with exploring Kathmandu valley-the city of arts, cultures, and traditions. 
    • Take a scenic bus drive to Pokhara- the city of lakes and mountains. 
    • Enjoy a swift and scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back. 
    • Go through the diverse landscapes and collect the great views of diverse landscapes. 
    • Collect the best views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges.
    • Explore Lo Manthang- the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. 
    • Visit the old Buddhist monastery of Lo Grek- made in the 8th century. 
    • Explore the 12th cave monastery and get to know about its history.
    • Create a lifetime experience with Adventure a1trek Nepal. 
Upper Mustang Trek is a scenic adventure around the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. A less explored trekking area in Nepal is Mustang or Lomang-thang. Mustang trek is located on the western Himalayan belt beyond Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountain range. Upper Mustang Trek is historically and culturally sound Mustang commence of treasures of the beautiful valley with the impressive Buddhist and Bon religion. The lo-Mangthang area is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and Bon traditions, the people still carry the values and the norms the practices teach.
 
One of the old trans-Himalaya trade route trails, trekking in Mustang was officially closed in 1980 for the tourists. Whereas, the route of the Upper Mustang is still a restricted area to travel. There are special rules set for travelers. A traveler wanting to trek to Upper Mustang must come with two trekkers, then have to go from a registered trekking company in Nepal and should be accompanied by a licensed trekking guide. Starting at the lower elevation of 830 meters at Pokhara, the maximum elevation of the trek is 3780 meters at Lo Manthang. The route of trekking is typically easy and very minimal in high-altitude problems.
Thus, the Upper Mustang trek is a more preferred destination for travelers willing to go off the beaten route. The less crowded area, this trip yet includes the fantastic landscapes, the farm fields, cool forest, and the deserted surfaces of Mustang. Additionally, the trip also offers to collect the marvelous views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. In the rain-shaded part of Nepal, trekking to Upper Mustang can be done around the year. 
The best months to trek Upper Mustang are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). But one can trek to Upper Mustang in the months of winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to August) as well. 

Important Note

As per the Itinerary can customize as your need and the primary piece of gear for day hiking is about 15/20 Liter. you can keep your personal belongings in this bag.

Trip Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, you will be welcomed by our representative. You will be then transferred to the hotel. Later, you can take a good rest or can walk around the local market in your free time. 

  • Food: Not Included.
  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel on a twin/double sharing basis.

After the early breakfast, you will be taking a scenic drive to Pokhara. The route to Pokhara includes some small to larger settlements, green hills, the Trishuli river plus occasional views of the mountains. There will be several breaks for the food/drinks and the toilet. After checking into the hotel; you can go for an evening walk around Phewa Lake. The sunset view from the lakeside looks stunning. For the food and drinks, you can find so many good options in Lakeside. 

  • Food: Breakfast Included.
  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel on a twin/double sharing basis.

With an early morning flight, you will be arriving at Jomsom airport. You enjoy the greater views of the mountains during the flight. Upon arriving at Jomsom, you will be starting the journey to Kagbeni. The journey to Kagbeni from Jomsom is through a windy and rough terrain. Kagbeni is one of the most beautiful villages in Annapurna with a unique culture and traditions. The gateway to Upper Mustang, you can enjoy exploring the wonderful village in your free time. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse.  

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

Passing through the beautiful village of Tangbe, you will be heading towards Chaile for the night. Along the way, you will get the chance to go through the barley fields, apple farm, and other farmland. Upon crossing the Chhuksand village, you will pass a stream to reach the destination of the day. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

Like other days, the trek starts after breakfast. The morning walk leads towards a beautiful village of Samar, then to a gorge. Upon crossing the gorge, you will be reaching a wonderful chorten. The route then follows and passes the stream to reach Syangmochen top. You will be then taking a downhill route to get to Gelling for the night. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

Following the wonderful path of viewing the stunning landscapes and some mountain views, you will be trekking to Dhakmar today. In Dhakmar you will get the chance to visit one of the oldest monasteries of Lo Gekar Monastery. It was built by the great Guru Rinpoche back in the 8th century. You can go around and explore the wonderful monastery. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

The walk starts with a short downhill towards the Charangchu river then it diverted into an uphill climb to reach a ridge passing the wonderful village of Tholung. The trail then progresses towards a large chorten which is in between Tsarang and Lo. The final section of the walk towards Lo Manthang includes a high pass of 3850 meters, you will then further be climbing towards Lo Manthang village. Lo Manthang is one of the beautiful places to be during the whole trip. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

This is our ultimate destination for this trip that's why we went a take one day rest. day Tenth will be exploring around the exciting Lo-Manthang village and hiking to Chhuser cave. The Lo-Mangthang village with more the one hundred and fifty households is one of the kingdoms. The village has several monasteries, and Chhortens and has a beautiful palace inside it. The exploration of the village also offers to witness the traditions and cultures followed by the people and the religion they are practicing. Also, the exploration of the city allows getting closer ideas of the connection between Mustang and Tibet in the past and the present. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis

One of the exciting days, today, you will be trekking to Yara Gaon via Lo La pass. Elevated at 3950 meters above sea level, the Lo La pass is an easy yet interesting pass. Upon passing the wonderful pass you will be getting to Yara Gaon for the night. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

The day is dedicated to exploring the village. You will be doing a short hike to Luri Gompa from Yara. Yara is a beautiful 12th cave monastery. You can visit the fantastic places before getting back to Yara for the night. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

After the early morning breakfast, you will be trekking to Tanggye this day. Following an easy trekking trail with good views of landscapes and mountains, you will be getting to Tanggye, which is a beautiful village in the hills with good views of mountains. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

Following the wonderful views of mountains and the landscapes, you will be trekking to Chuksang today. The trek through the Kali Gandaki valley is a fabulous journey. Upon reaching Chuksang, you will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

You will be taking a downhill route to get back to Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarter of the Mustang region. You can explore the local village in your free time. You will be spending the night at a local lodge. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.
  • Accommodation at: local lodge twin/double sharing basis.

With an early morning flight, you will be getting to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can do half-day sightseeing to explore Phewa Lake, Devis Falls, and Gupteshwor cave. In the evening, you can collect a good sunset view from Phewa Lakeside. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Included.
  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel twin/double sharing basis.

Collecting the great memories of the Ghorepani trek, you will be driving back to Kathmandu this day. In the evening, you can walk around the local bazaar. Then you can prepare your luggage. You will be then staying overnight at a hotel. 

  • Food: Breakfast Included.
  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel on a twin/double sharing basis.

After an amazing week in Nepal, you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to catch your returning flight home. Our representative will be helping you to transfer to the airport, with the hope to see you again in Nepal.  “PHERI BHETAULA”. 

  • Food: Breakfast Included.
  • Accommodation at: not included.

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Includes

    • The airport picks up and drops off by a private vehicle.
    • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. 
    • Kathmandu sightseeing with private transportation and guide. 
    • Transportation (Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu) by tourist bus.
    • Flight (Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) and special trekking permits for Mustang trek
    • Experienced trekking guide(s) and his/her expenses during the trekking including their insurance. 
    • Porter(s) during the trek and their all expenses including insurance.
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) a day during the trek and complimentary tea/coffee. 
    • Teahouse accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis during the trek. 
    • First aid kit carried by the guide with essential medicines. 
    • All the government taxes. 

Doesn't Include

    • International airfare 
    • Travel insurance
    • Nepal visa fees 
    • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Beverages, laundry, and any other personal expenses during the trek. 
    • Gratitude
    • Anything does not mention in the inclusion list.  

Complimentary

    Trekking Map,  Welcome and welfare Dinner in Nepali cultural dance shows restaurant, A1Trek company logo print T-shirt, and Trekking Certificate of A1trekking company.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Upper Mustang is one of the restricted areas of Nepal, at one time closed for outside visitors, opened in 1992. Interested travelers can enter Upper Mustang from Kagbeni village onwards to Lo Manthang, the former forbidden walled kingdom. Where all trekkers require to obtain a special permit, the fee is more than another normal trekking region. so, after taking a special permit you can enter the forbidden land.

The native of Upper Mustang is known as Lobas and the people of Lo as related to Upper Mustang and Lo-Manthang. Follows strong Buddhism religion and culture similar to their Tibetan predecessors across the border. Also practice Bon cult, a pre-Buddhism, an ancient religion, worship of nature and mountain spirits.

On treks to Upper Mustang, one can notice rows of prayer walls and spinning wheels. Probably the longest Mani walls in Nepal and in the whole Himalayas, as well as visiting monasteries and places of cultural interest.

For interested people with limited time in Nepal and who can take a four-wheel drive in a local jeep or similar vehicle. As the motorable road has reached as far to Nepal and Tibet / China border near high Karo-La pass. Can take a drive to Lo-Manthang taking less than a week, having overnight stops in a few interesting villages on the route. But the road is quite a dusty dirt road, leads over several passes and a narrow gorge. Driving between a high canyon and windblown towering eroded cliff, but a very scenic place to travel and to gain great experience.

Yes, Upper Mustang is an extension that looks like  Tibet, one of the vast and highest South Western plateaus of Tibet. 90 % of the area is a mountainous desert with sparse vegetation and few trees around villages with green crops. Although barren and arid desert landscapes, but one of the most picturesque countries, a true heaven for photographers.

The whole Kaligandaki River from Tatopani, Ghasa to Jomsom and onwards to Upper Mustang till Karo-La Pass. It Falls within the Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal & Tibet, where trade still exists at present. But in smaller ways, than it used to be in the early days when Tibet was not annexed by mainland China.


Upper Mustang the restricted area starts and ends at Kagbeni village. Which is a few hour's walks from Jomsom the headquarters town of the whole Mustang district. one path leads to Muktinath Hindu religious place and one path leads to the Restircated area Lomang-thang.

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