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16 Days
Availability : March- May, Mid September - December
Kathmandu
Upper Mustang
Min Age : 20+
Max People : 200
Introduction

Upper Mustang Trekking an exclusive journey into Nepal wild and remote corners of Far North Western Himalaya located on ancient Trans Caravan and Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet, where trade still exists to this day.

Upper Mustang Trekking takes you to picturesque and photogenic country which is an extension of South West Tibetan plateau, considered as world’s highest and largest table-land where our adventure takes you right in the heart of former walled kingdom at Lo-Manthang.

A walk of fascination within high eroded cliffs and towering canyon which changes the color of the landscapes along with sunlight as journey continues visiting nice interesting villages adorned and decorated with colorful Buddhist monuments along the village trail around well kept barley fields.

Upper Mustang Trekking begins taking a sweeping short and scenic flight to Jomsom, from lovely Pokhara a city blessed with natural beauty of high Annapurna Himalaya and calm serene lakes.

Reaching Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang district and home to indigenous Thakali people interwoven with Buddhism teaching and fascinating culture, where walk begins heading towards Upper Mustang trail.

Adventure leads past nice interesting villages of Kagbeni-Chele-Geling and Charang to reach at former Walled Kingdom of Lo-Manthang an impressive village / town to explore around medvial period sites visiting its monasteries and places of great interest.

After an enjoyable time with fascinating moments around high Upper Mustang and its time-lost villages of strong Tibetan culture, where walk leads back to Jomsom for scenic flight reaching at Pokhara, with fabulous memories and time around Upper Mustang Trekking.

Trip Accommodation

Hotels with local lodge on treks

Trekking Grade

Moderate to Adventurous walks

Highest spot

Over Nyli-La 3,945 m high on route Samar.

People and Culture

Mustang villagers of Tibetan origin, known as Mustang people of both Buddhist and Bon sect religions of pre-Buddhism with interesting culture and custom.     

Trek Duration

11 Nights / 12 Days (with flights Pokhara to Pokhara)

Total Trip

16 Nights and 17 days (from arrival to final departure)

Best Seasons

April to October months best seasons to visit Upper Mustang including the monsoon times of June to mid September, as Upper Mustang falls within Rain-Shadow area like huge Tibetan plateau.

Where monsoon wet clouds obstructed and blocked by massive Himalayan mountain range, April to June dry and arid with clear blue sky quite windy during day time for walks.

Morning to mid afternoon, days are clear for views of landscapes and snow-capped mountains with green vegetation around villages with wheat, buck-wheat and barley fields lively during spring and summer times around Upper Mustang.

June to mid September cloudy with traces of rain due to the dryness and the nature of windswept country, where moisture and precipitation will be higher which makes walking in high altitude much better.

September to October post monsoon greener valley from post monsoon enjoyable walks with crystal clear sky and for views of dramatic landscapes with Mountains.

However much cold in the morning and night time, where’s from November onward the area and villages will be deserted due to high Mustang migrates to lower warm region to escape from cold winter months.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport received by Life and Journey staff / guide greets you with warm welcome and then transfer into heart of Kathmandu city to your respective hotels.

With time to get refreshed join in for group briefing regarding treks with other useful information as well with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome group dinner in nice authentic restaurants with cultural program.

Day 2In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation

Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities as well for options for sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest, as Kathmandu and its close other cities steep with World Heritage Sites, afternoon preparation for Upper Mustang trek.

Day 3Drive or Fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins by air) with 6 hrs overland.

Morning overland journey to Pokhara of near 6 hrs drives either in tourist bus, charted coach or in cars as per the size of the group.
Journey leads on main Kathmandu and Pokhara highway past many farm villages and town with views of snow capped mountains till you reach at Pokhara, after having lunch on route.

At Pokhara transfer to your hotel by the lake side of Phewa with time for short walk with view of peaks and lake and preparation for the trek next morning. Dinner either in respective hotels or outside restaurants near the lake side (Flight options 30 minutes to reach Pokhara by air from Kathmandu).

Day 4Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,715 and trek to Kagbeni 2,835 m - 04 hrs.

Morning short and scenic flight to reach Jomsom from Pokhara, Jomsom a large town and headquarter of whole Mustang area, located on a shelf of Kali-Gandaki River.
From Jomsom where adventure starts towards wide Kali-Gandaki River valley to reach at Kagbeni village, an important place to enter into Upper Mustang and beyond as far towards Tibet border, on this ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.

Day 5Trek to Chele 3,045 m - 06 hrs.

After Kagbeni around this exciting village, a short uphill walk to reach an open and wide areas within high canyon with towering eroded cliffs as walk leads to Tiri-Gaon village.
Walk around scenic landscapes with few short ups and down with winding path to Chele village for overnight stop, Chele also spelled as ‘Tshele’ a moderate size village here from onward into more Buddhism culture similar to Tibetan traditional life.

Day 6Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

From Chele or Tsele, short climb to reach Gyakar village, and then on windswept terrain around dry and arid landscapes, as route heads to Samar village, an attractive looking villages of the area, as walk continues with steep climb to a high ridge on top Yamda La above3,860 m.

Enjoying great views of fantastic scenery descend to Syangboche village another interesting village, walk of day ends at Geling for overnight stop in this lovely traditional village.

Day 7 Trek to Charang (Tsarang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.

After Charang, morning with time to its old monastery with interesting Buddhist prayer wheels propelled by fast flowing water, after the tour of the monastery walk continues to Ghami village.
Walk leads to cross over Ghaymi Khola (stream) and then heading past long series of Mani walls (holy prayer and stones), walk to Dhakmar village, to reach at Charang village for overnight stop.

Day 8Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,710 m - 04 hrs.

From Charang heading to our final destinations towards former and ancient walled kingdom into Lo-Manthang, a large village within the fort known as Dzong guarding Lo-Manthang from outside invaders in early days.

A few hours of good walk takes you into Lo Manthang, a former kingdom where great Raja (king) of Mustang ruled the whole kingdom of Lo known as Mustang.

As walk progress crossing a strong steel bridge to Marang village, from here climb to a ridge top, past chhorten and Mani stones prayer walls in between Tsarang and Lo Manthang.

Day 9At Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and excursion.

At Lo Manthang enjoy free day exploring its narrow neat street within villages of great interest with Tibetan design and carving.

Visit historical and cultural centre one of main attraction of Lo-Manthang, with four grand monasteries of Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and its Great Entrance Hall.

Special permission required to enter former Raja or king of Mustang’s palace and visit its interior if possible.

Day 10Trek to Ghami 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

After time at Lo-Manthang, walk to lower areas to reach back at Jomsom as route leads to few short climb to reach at Ghami for overnight stop, one of the important village of Upper Mustang region.

Day 11Trek to Samar 3,150 m -05 hrs.

Morning walk leads on same trail with a climb up to Nyi La pass, and then contour upwards to reach the path coming from Tsarang village, from ridge top descend to Geling Valley. Walk continues past Geling to reach an isolated Tea House and then with slow downhill reaching at Tama Gung.
With steep switchbacks as our route to a climb coming across a large painted chhorten and then on straightforward route to our overnight stop at Samar village.

Day 12Trek to Kagbeni -05 hrs and transfer to lodge.

Enjoying time at Upper Mustang country and its interesting villages with super views, slowly our journey leads back to Kagbeni on downhill trail as walk leads on the same route past Chele village to reach at Mustang Khola, from here on gradual path between towering canyons and eroded high cliffs to reach at Kagbeni after a great time on Upper Mustang.

Day 13Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.

From Kagbeni rest of the trek is much easier on gradual and downhill walks reaching around Kaligandaki river valley, from the valley floor on windswept Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom.
Jomsom and Kaligandaki areas, famous for delicious apple its products like cider, brandy and juice an interesting town and hub of Thakali people with ample time to explore around.

Day 14Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins flight.

Early breakfast transfer to Jomsom airport for short flight of 20 minutes to land at Pokhara, during air views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
Reaching Pokhara airport transfer to your hotels by the lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 15Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Morning after breakfast drive takes you back at Kathmandu, taking about 5-6 hrs on same busy highway back to Kathmandu, during journey observe Nepalese country life within farm villages and town, reaching Kathmandu transfer to hotel with evening free at leisure
(Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)

Day 16International Departure homeward bound or respective countries

Your last final day in Nepal the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time depart from the hotel, where our guides and staff transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.

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