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Price
$2399 per person
Duration
17 Days
Travellers
20+

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Trek through picturesque villages of Jomsom, Kagbeni, and Charang.

Explore Lo Manthang.

Go on a short hike to Namgyal Gompa.

Visit Tingkhar.

Explore Ghar Gompa.

Visit Muktinath Temple.

Witness stunning views of Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Ganggpurna, etc.

Upper Mustang Trek will take you to the ancient kingdom of Mustang region, Lo Manthang. This is one of the most famous treks of Nepal to one of the most isolated regions. As the region us untouched by any modernization, you will get to experience raw nature and the unique lifestyle of the locals. Known as the forbidden kingdom, trekking to Mustang was closed for a long period and opened to foreigners not so long ago. However, the entire region comes under the restricted area of Nepal and to travel here, one needs to take special permission from the government of Nepal. Because of this and expensive permit, only handful trekkers get to visit Mustang every year.

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What's included

Departure Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Return Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Price includes
  • 2 nights in 3 or 4 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan.
  • 2 nights standard hotel in Pokhara on BB plan as per as itinerary suggested.
  • Airport – hotel -airport picks up and drops by private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Departure transfer.
  • Entire cost of porter and Sherpa’s- one porter for each two member in a group.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) if required.
  • Guided tour of Kathmandu valley with private car, entrance of all the temples and monuments fees.
  • High altitude chamber bag for trek safety(available on above 4 pax).
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu (standard tourist bus)
  • Mt. accommodation twin share- comfortable and clean (two nights attached bath).
  • Mustang special permit/TIMS Card.
  • One Advance Adventures Trek Leader( Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), his entire expenses, equipment and insurance.
Price does not include
  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
  • Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc.)
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Day 01
  • Day 02
  • Day 03
  • Day 04
  • Day 05
  • Day 06
  • Day 07
  • Day 08
  • Day 09
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu via respective Airlines.

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where one of the members of our team will greet you. He will take you to the hotel in a private tourist bus/van. In the evening, you will explore the bustling streets of Thamel, and end your day enjoying delicious welcome dinner. 

  • Meals Included: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 02

In Kathmandu with an optional tour and trek preparation.

Today, you will visit different landmarks in Kathmandu Valley like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later, in the day, you will prepare for the trip and arrange all the required gears. 

  • Meals Included: B
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 03

Drive or fly to Pokhara (950 m); 30 mins flight & 6 hrs drive.

After a quick breakfast, you will hop on a private tourist bus/van and drive to Pokhara. The drive will be long and scenic. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will head to the hotel. In the evening, you can explore around Lakeside market and do boating on Fewa Lake. 

  • Meals Included: B
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 04

Morning Flight to Jomsom (2,700 m) and trek to Kagbeni; 4 hrs.

An early morning flight will take you to Jomsom, one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. From Jomsom, you will begin ascending towards Kagbeni. The trail passes by small settlements areas. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 05

Trek to Chele (3,050 m); 6 hrs.

After getting your permits checked, you will begin trekking along Kali Gandaki River. Facing strong winds, you will ascend on a hill and reach Tangbe village. Here, you will get to see amazing narrow alleys, barley & buckwheat fields, white-washed houses, and beautiful apple orchards. From here, you will pass by another village and cross a river before reaching Chele.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 06

Trek to Geling (3,540 m); 5 hrs.

Walking along the side of a steep canyon, you will ascend on a treeless terrain. The trail descends to Samar village and ascends to a ridge. On the way, you will get to witness views of Mt. Nilgiri. Further, descend to a large gorge, you will cross a stream and climb to a ridge. You will soon reach Shyangmochen and ascend and descend towards Geling village.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 07

Trek to Charang (3,560 m); 6 hrs.

Leaving Geling behind, you will gradually climb up to NYI La Pass and descend. Crossing a steel bridge over Tangmar Chu (river), you reach the longest Mani wall of Mustang. From here, the trail ascends to one more pass and descend to Charang village. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 08

Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,700 m); 4 hrs.

You will ascend to Lo Gekar where you will visit Gekar gompa, which is said to be older than Samye Gompa in Tibet. Further, you will trek on a nice path, which includes a few ascends and take you to Lo Manthang, the walled city.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 09

In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Today, you will go on a short hike to Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop. After that, you will go on tour to Tingkhar, the last village in the northwest of Lo Manthang. After exploring around, you get back to Lo Manthang for night stay.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 10

Trek to Drakmar (3,810 m); 6 hrs.

Enjoying the last views of Lo Manthang, you will ascend to a ridge. You will reach Choho La (4,210 m), the highest point of Upper Mustang Trek. From here, the trail descends steeply and crosses Charang river. You will then ascend to Lo Geker and reach Ghar Gompa. Further, climb on a ridge and cross a valley. Trekking on an alpine meadow, you will descend on the steep path and reach Drakmar.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 11

Trek to Ghiling (3,806 m); 6 hrs.

You will wake up early and begin trekking as soon as possible to avoid strong winds. Most of the trail descends. Passing through a dry plateau, you will shortly reach Ghiling. From Ghiling, you will get to see excellent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 12

Trek to Chusang (2,980 m); 6 hrs.

After having a warm breakfast, you will retrace the trail and reach Chusang village. The trail will accompany you will beautiful views of Himalayan mountains and small scattered villages. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 13

Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m); 4 hrs.

Following a stream, you will ascend on a steep path onto the valley floor. You will ascend until you reach a small pass from where Muktinath can be seen. The trail then descends to a stream that you will cross via a suspension bridge. Further, you will climb up and pass by small villages to reach Muktinath. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 14

Morning enjoy the views and visit holy Muktinath and drive to Jomsom.

Today, the day begins early. You will visit Muktinath temple, one of the most important holy sites of Hindus. After that, you will have breakfast and hop on the jeep to drive back to Jomsom. On the way, you will visit Jharkot monastery. The spectacular view of Kali Gandaki Valley along the way will make the journey even more joyful.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 15

From Jomsom morning fly back to Pokhara.

An early morning flight will take you back to Pokhara. You will move to the hotel. You will have to rest of the day to explore around or you can just rest and dine delicious food in one of the beautiful cafes/restaurants of Lakeside. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
Day 16

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

After having breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu. The route will be scenic and long. You can also fly to Kathmandu as per your convenient. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will head to the hotel. Again, the rest of the day is free to explore around and do some shopping. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Pokhara
Day 17

Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

Today, you will head back to your home. One of the members of our team will take you to the airport as per your flight time and bid you our last goodbye. 

  • Meals Included: B

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Himalayan Penchant

Upper Mustang Trek presents barren and dry landscape. Located in the rain shadow region of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri, the Mustang region is similar to Tibetan plateau. From alluring villages of Mustang to the cultural richness, Upper Mustang is one of the most exotic destinations in Nepal. During the Upper Mustang Trekking, you will get to witness stunning views of dry hills and unique rocks along with Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Annapurna range (8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), etc.

Upper Mustang Trek landmark

Jomsom

Jomsom is one of the most gorgeous places in Nepal. Located in the trans-Himalayan region of Annapurna, Jomsom sits at the base of Mt.Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Here, you will find many facilities from the nice lodge to wifi and airstrip.

Lo-Manthang

Lo Manthang is a beautiful village, also known as the forbidden kingdom. You will find the palace of the king here. There are so many things to explore in this village and nearby it.

Muktinath

Muktinath temple is one of the pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Every year hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple to worship. The temple boat thousands of year old tradition and history.

Culture

Upper Mustang is extremely rich in culture. The region includes many artistic and ancient monasteries that will present you hundreds of years of old traditions and beliefs to you. The region is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle. Likewise, during the Upper Mustang Trek, you will also visit Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest temples of Hindus.

Ethnic Diversity

The people in Upper Mustang are said to be the descendants of Tibetans people. Back in time, people from Tibet traveled to this place for trading and some of them settled here as well. The locals here follow lifestyle as they used to have hundreds of years back. Upper Mustang Trek is the best way to travel back in time and be part of one of the most intriguing community.

Natural Aptitude

Upper Mustang boasts a dry and arid landscape. The region doesn't have any vegetation except for a few plants that are grown in dry regions. However, you will get to witness breath-taking barren nature along with the huge formation of rocks, dry hills, caves, and canyons. In the lower altitude, you will find subtropical vegetation along with dense forests. Similarly, the trail also passes by beautiful forests of rhododendrons.

Upper Mustang Trek difficulty

Upper Mustang Trek is a difficult trek. As the region is dry and barren, it gets windy during the afternoon, which makes the trek more difficult. Plus, there is no great variety of food available like other trails and you have to adjust to what you get. Likewise, the trail also involves many ups & downs on a steep and rugged path. Therefore, to go on Upper Mustang trek 17-days, you have to be in good shape and health.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

Upper Mustang Trek is a high elevation trek that means you will be trekking 3,500 meters, and high elevation trekking always brings altitude sickness with itself. Also known as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), altitude sickness is a common illness trekker get while traveling in the higher elevation. To avoid this, add enough acclimatization day in the trek and drink plenty of water.

Transportation and Bag Pack

Upper Mustang Trek 17-days begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Jomsom. From here, you will ascend to Lo Manthang village and descend to Muktinath Temple crossing challenging Thorong La Pass. The trail then drops down to Jomsom from where you will fly back to Pokhara.

Here is the list of things you should carry during the Upper Mustang Trek:

  • T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
  • Thermal Wears
  • Lightweight woolen jumper/sweater
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Breathable Underwears
  • Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
  • Casual Sandals
  • Insulating Jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves/Scarves
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking Pole
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, Multipurpose Soap, Shampoo, Hand sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Sanitary pads, Lip guard, moisturizers, etc)
  • Miscellaneous (Binoculars, eye mask, camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
  • Documents (passport, visa, travel insurance, voucher, passport-sized photos)

Food and Accommodation during Upper Mustang Trek

During your time in the Upper Mustang Trek, you will spend the night in the teahouse. There are no fancy lodges here, so you need to suffice with the local teahouses. However, in the main cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can reside in 3-star to 5-star hotels. Your budget will be a major deciding factor.

In the trail, you’ll mostly dine on dal bhat whereas, in the city, you can choose from a variety of cuisines. While on the trail, you won’t eat anything fancy. You can expect to find Tibetan and Nepali dishes on the high altitude. Where in the lower region, you can find dishes like noodles, momo, rice, curries, flatbread, sandwich, and the egg will be available.

Best time to go on Upper Mustang Trek

When all parts of Nepal is receiving heavy rainfall making the trail slippery and dangerous, Upper Mustang receives little to no rainfall. As the region falls under rain shadow, you can go on this trek during monsoon. Besides that, Spring and Autumn are also a good time to trek in the Upper Mustang region.

Upper Mustang Trek Cost

Upper Mustang Trek depends on the travel agency you are traveling with. The cost can be budget-friendly too expensive as per your requirements. Usually, the trek cost includes all ground transportation as per itinerary, permits, accommodation, meals, guide, and porters. However, things like travel insurance, visa fees, trekking equipment, personal expenses, tips are not included in the cost. You can check our cost includes and excludes section for detailed information.

Miscellaneous

  • Carry insect repellents and table salts
  • Collect adequate information on the weather and temperature
  • Get yourself a good map
  • Pack light
  • Maintain body hydration
  • Walk slow
  • Carry hand cash
  • Do not get obsessed over network and internet
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Upper Mustang Trek

Price
$2399 per person
Duration
17 Days
Travellers
20+

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