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Upper Mustang Trekking-16 days

Trip Highlights


  • Mustang District a part of Province No. 4 in Dhawalagiri Zone of northernp Nepal
  • Views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other majestic Himalayan peaks.
  • Mustang Caves or Sky Caves of Nepal are a collection of some 10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys in the Mustang District of Nepal

Trip Introduction


Upper Mustang Trekking 16 days, located in the Mustang district, is one of the restricted regions of Nepal. Opened for foreigners only in 1992, the inflow of tourists in the region is highly regulated, and one must acquire a special permit to enter the ascribed area.

Nepal’s government ceased the monarchy in 2008; however, the last monarch of Upper Mustang still resides in his palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang.

Being a rain-shadow area, trekking in Upper Mustang is possible throughout the year. It is predominantly Tibetan in nature. The other thing it is famour for is its mountain caves dating 1,500 years. It is believed that the early inhabitants used the caves for shelter during war and famine and later for burying the dead.

The trek offers a unique outlook on the least visited places of Nepal. Being a restricted area, most parts of the region remain unexplored.

The Upper Mustang Circuit Trek is one of the most fascinating, exciting treks in all of Nepal due to its remote location, out of this world landscape, and vibrant culture. This scenic trek offers diverse landscape from the deepest gorge of Kaligandaki to the high altitude region of Lomangthang valley full of barren tree-less landscape and rocky trail, surrounded by the beautiful snow capped peaks of Mt. Niliguri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Dhalaguri.

This trek is the only one of its kind in the whole entire world. This trip provides insight into the unique culture of the Lobos, who have been isolated for thousands of years, and their marvelous cave homes and monasteries. For those looking for a unique off the beaten track adventure and  love a good challenge, then this trek is for you. High Himalayan Trekking and Expedition will design an itinerary and program for the Upper Mustang Circuit Trek according to an individual clients’ interest throughout the year.

Outline Itinenary


  • Day 1:  Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley
  • Day 2:  Pokhara-Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 3:  Trek from Kagbeni to chele
  • Day 4:  Trek from Chele to Syanbochen
  • Day 5:  Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi
  • Day 6:  Trek from Ghaymi to Charang
  • Day 7:  Trek from Charang to Lo-Mangthang
  • Day 8:  Explore the Lo-Mangthang
  • Day 9:  Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa
  • Day 10:  Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling
  • Day 11:  Ghiling to Chele
  • Day 12:  Chele to Jomsom
  • Day 13:  Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 15:  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Itinerary


  • Day 1:  Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley

    Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.

  • Day 2:  Pokhara-Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

    After breakfast morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. From Jomsom our trek continues on the gradual & windy path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk reaches you to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni, an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.

  • Day 3:  Trek from Kagbeni to chele

    Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. We enter Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. Across the river we can see Kang Gompa, a centre of the Nyingmapa sect. Approaching Tangbe we encounter the distinctive black, red and white chortens that typify upper Mustang. The town of white washed houses contains an intriguing pattern of alleyways and is surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. We cross to the east bank of the river and ascend to the village of Chele. Immediately, the strong influence of Tibetan culture of Lo is evident with the decoration of the houses.

  • Day 4:  Trek from Chele to Syanbochen

    The trail today is characterized by the crossing of a series of large spurs. Our trek wins to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. Further walk around 3 hrs will reach you at Syanbochen for the overnight. The valleys that dissect the trail have cool streams and juniper trees to enable us to relax for a while. These altitudes should not present any acclimatization issues, so we just take our time and enjoy the walk.

  • Day 5: Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi

    After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) and passing few teahouses, chorten and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda, and crosses over a few other passes. Avenues of poplar trees and fields of barley mark our trail as we head to Nyi La (4,010m/13,193ft). Nyi Pass is the highest point of the trek thus far and the southern boundary of Lo, we descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi.

  • Day 6: Trek from Ghaymi to Charang

    We start our trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk and easily get to the Charang for the overnight. We descend to the Ghaymi Khola and pass a spectacular series of Mani walls (Secret stone wall of the Buddhism) to the village of Charang with its huge white dzong and red Gompa.

  • Day 7: Trek from Charang to Lo-Mangthang

    We leave the Charang Khola and climb the ridge to 3,850m/12628ft windy pass of Lo, for our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to a stream and then climbs onto the plateau where the city is situated. The only gate is in the north east corner and we make our way to the entrance. The white washed walls enclose around 150 homes, Gompas and a palace. We stay at teahouse and rest of the time explores the surrounding area.

  • Day 8: Explore the Lo-Mangthang

    We leave the Charang Khola and climb the ridge to 3,850m/12628ft windy pass of Lo, for our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The trail drops to a stream and then climbs onto the plateau where the city is situated. The only gate is in the north east corner and we make our way to the entrance. The white washed walls enclose around 150 homes, Gompas and a palace. We stay at teahouse and rest of the time explores the surrounding area.

  • Day 9: Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa

    After a wonderful time at Lo-Mangthang reluctantly we depart to Ghar Gumpa which is also interesting place to explore the local area. Climbing the ridge, we get our last view of the walled city and descend the valley towards Ghar Gompa. During the walk you’ll suffer the dusty wind and as suggested to walk in the morning.

  • Day 10: Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling

    Today, we continue down the valley to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay. Explore the area but it will be dusty better to walk in evening time.

  • Day 11: Ghiling to Chele

    We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view.

  • Day 12: Chele to Jomsom

    This will be our last day trek as well as long. After a morning walk we reach Kagbeni, finished the upper Mustang trails and join to the normal as Annapurna circuit trek. Tonight we will celebrate the achievements of the trek with the crew and reflect on our journey.

  • Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

    This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.

  • Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.

Cost Includes and Excludes


Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu)
  • Domestic Flight/Transportation
  • Trekking Permit (TIMS)Entry fee for the national park
  • First Aid kites
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide
  • Insurance for Guide/Porter
  • Certificate for Trek Completion

Optional Addons

  • Porter

Cost Disincludes

  • International Airfare
  • Your Visa Charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicoptor
  • Tips for guides and porters

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  • Trip Code

    NLT-UMT-16
  • Trip Duration

    16 days
  • Destination

    Nepal/mustang Region
  • Activity

    Trekking
  • Price

    USD 2100
  • Meal

    Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
  • Transportation

    bus,jeep,flight
  • Accommodation

    Tea Hous/Lodge
  • Group Size

    2-10
  • Trip Grade

    Moderate
  • Season

    AUTUMN (Sept – Nov WINTER (Dec – Feb)Spring (March – May)Summer (Jun-Aug)
  • Altitude

    5200m
  • Trip Attraction

    Mustang Caves or Sky Caves of Nepal are a collection of some 10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys in the Mustang District of Nepal,Mustang District a part of Province No. 4 in Dhawalagiri Zone of northernp Nea,

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