Upper Mustang Trek

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18 Days
Availability : All year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Kathmandu
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 10
Tour Details
Note: Nepalese government regulations mandate the presence of at least two individuals when applying for this Restricted Area Permit.

The Upper Mustang Trek is a fascinating and remote place in the Mustang region, which used to be off-limits to outsiders. It’s like a hidden Buddhist kingdom surrounded by huge mountains, like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, both exceeding 8000 meters in height. Stringent regulations for tourists in this area have played a crucial role in preserving age-old traditions.

Until 1992, the Upper Mustang Trek was classified as a restricted demilitarized zone, making it one of the world’s most well-preserved regions due to its isolation from the external world. The majority of the population still communicates in traditional Tibetan languages. The name “Mustang” is derived from the Tibetan term meaning the “Plain of Aspiration.” Foreigners gained access to the Upper Mustang trek only in 1992, and this region has since become a popular trekking destination, attracting visitors year-round, regardless of the season.

The highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek include:
  • Untouched natural beauty in the mountainous terrain
  • Stunning Himalayan vistas
  • Exploration of the unique landscapes of Upper Mustang
  • Savoring authentic Thakali cuisine
  • Immersion in Sherpa and Gurung cultures

Began on a timeless and breathtaking journey through the Kingdom of Lo. Until recently, this off-the-beaten-path region remained a hidden Tibetan Buddhist enclave, off-limits to foreigners. Along the trail, anticipate breathtaking sights such as sculpted canyons with extraordinary rock formations, deep gorges, medieval villages, ancient fortresses, palaces, and enigmatic cave hermitages dating back centuries. You’ll also encounter Tibetan Buddhist gompas and towering snow-covered peaks that define this remarkable region, resembling a “thumb” extending from Nepal into the Tibetan plateau. Accessing the Upper Mustang can be done through various modes of transportation, with the 4WD Jeep tour being the most popular choice. Due to road conditions, jeeps, boleros, and land cruisers offer the most reliable and comfortable means of travel. Bikers are also drawn to this trek, thanks to the well-constructed roadways and the mesmerizing landscapes of the Mustang region.

Additionally, this specially crafted Upper Mustang Trek itinerary has been designed by the Asian Heritage team to introduce you to one of Nepal’s most pristine and otherworldly destinations. If you would like to discuss any aspects of this trip further or have specific preferences, please do not hesitate to reach out, and we will be delighted to customize the program to meet your unique needs.

Price Includes

  • All Land Transportation by Private vehicle
  • 4 Nights accommodation in 4*Yatri Suites and Spa or similar on Breakfast Basis.
  • 2 night hotel accommodation on Crystal palace or Similar in Pokhara on Breakfast Basis.
  • 11 night hotel accommodation in local trekking lodge during the trek on Full Board Basis ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • As mentioned the hotel accommodations are a twin-sharing basic.
  • Pokhara - Jomsom, Jomsom-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu flights including all domestic surcharges
  • Restricted Area Permit for Upper Mustang & other required permits and park fees.
  • One Professional Trekking guide and one porter (one porter can carry 18 kilos of luggage and share between two clients. So both clients are suggested to bring 9 kilos of luggage each)
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Food and drinks/ Beverage bills.
  • Personal nature expenses (bars and beverage bills, drinking water, bottled drinks, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc.)
  • Tipping (Tips for guide, Porter, driver & others supporter)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Any other items not specified in the package.
Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu arrival (1400m) – transfer to the hotel

After arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Asian Heritage Treks and Expeditions will be there to welcome us and provide transportation to our hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, we will proceed with the check-in process, freshen up, and take a well-deserved rest.
Accommodation: Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or Similar or Similar.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing

Following breakfast at the hotel, we will embark on a full day of sightseeing to explore the major attractions of the Kathmandu Valley. These include the following:

  1. Kathmandu Durbar Square
  2. Swayambhunath
  3. Boudhanath
  4. Pashupatinath

Upon completing our tour of Pashupatinath, we will return to the hotel, allowing you to rest and relax.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or Similar.

Boudhanath Spiritual

Day 3Drive From Kathmandu To Pokhara

Our Upper Mustang trek begins with a departure to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we are greeted with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, which include Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna, and more. Afterward, we proceeded to our hotel for check-in and a well-deserved rest. Our activities include a delightful boat ride on Fewa Lake and leisurely strolls through the charming streets of the city.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in Crystal Palace or Similar.

pokhara

Day 4Flight to Jomsom (20 min) and Trek to Kagbeni - Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours

Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom, a village famous for its apples, strong winds, and stunning scenery. We begin our trek on an open trail that winds through a beautiful valley. We pass through the village of Eaklibatti before reaching Jomsom, which is ideally located at the confluence of two rivers. The village is charming with its flat-roofed houses and ruins of an old fortress.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 5Kagbeni to Chele - Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours

After our permits are checked, we begin our trek alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand, buffeted by strong winds, before ascending a hill. We reach the village of Tangbe, admiring its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, and fields of barley, buckwheat, and apple orchards. Continuing our walk, we pass another village and cross a river. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching the village of Chele.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 6Chele to Syangboche - Hiking duration: 6 to 7 hours

Today’s trek will be more challenging than any we’ve done so far, as it involves crossing two high passes: Taklam La Pass (3,624m) and Dajori La Pass (3,735m). Along the way, we’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Tilicho, Yakawakang, and Damodar Danda, and we’ll pass by Ramchung Cave. After descending to Samar Village, we’ll follow a trail above the village to a ridge. From there, we’ll descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 7Syangboche to Ghami - Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours

We ascend to the 3,850m Yamada La pass, passing by teahouses, chortens, and beautiful villages along the way. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields, reaching the 4,010m Nyi Pass. From here, we descend to Ghami, one of the largest villages in the Lo region, surrounded by fields.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 8Ghami to Tsarang - Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours

Today’s trek begins with a descent down a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola River and begin our ascent. The path is beautiful, with Mani walls lining the way. Next, we cross the 3,870m Tsarang La Pass and reach Tsarang Village. The village is perched atop the Charang Chu Canyon, with a massive fortress and red gompa to its east.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 9Tsarang to Lo-Manthang - Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours

We begin our trek by descending into a canyon and crossing a river before beginning our uphill climb to Lo La Pass (3,950m). From the top of the pass, we can admire the stunning village of Lo Manthang. We then descend to Lo Manthang, a beautiful walled village with magnificent views of the Himalayas, including Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak, and Damodar Kunda (pond).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Lo Manthang

Day 10Explore Lo Manthang (rest day)

Lo Manthang, a walled town in the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal, is home to three major gompas (monasteries): Jhampa, Thupchen, and Chhoeda. Expertly restored over the past two decades, these gompas offer a fascinating glimpse into the region’s Buddhist heritage. Visitors can also trek to Tingkhar, a beautiful village northwest of Lo Manthang.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Lo Manthang

Day 11Lo Mantang to Drakmar - Hiking duration: 6 to 7 hours

On our return from Lo Manthang, we take a different route, passing through Gyakar Village, home to the centuries-old Ghar Gompa with its stunning rock paintings. Local legend has it that any wish made at the Gompa will be granted. After exploring the Gompa, we continued our trek to Drakmar for an overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

 

Day 12Drakmar to Ghiling - Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours

We start our trek early to avoid the strong winds, descending for most of the day. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be challenging, especially with the strong winds whipping our faces. Ghiling is mostly dry, but still offers stunning views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 13Ghiling to Chhuksang - Hiking duration: 5 to 6 hours

After breakfast, we begin our trek on the same route we took to Lo Manthang. On our way to Chhuksang, we enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas and the small villages we pass along the way.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 14Chhuksang to Jomsom - Hiking duration: 6 to 7 hours

Today is the final day of our trek, and it’s a long one. After trekking for a while, we reach the end of our Mustang trails and join the Annapurna Circuit trails. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni, then continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in available local lodge

Day 15Flight to Pokhara (20 min) - Half day Pokhara sightseeing

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara, passing through a gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. The flight itself is an amazing experience, with stunning views of these two Himalayan giants. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day exploring this beautiful lakeside city. Pokhara is a popular tourist destination, offering a variety of activities, including boating, hiking, and shopping. We can also visit the many temples and monasteries in the area.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Batika Classic Hotel or Similar.

Day 16Flight to Kathmandu (25 min) - Transfer to hotel

Your return flight to Kathmandu departs between 8am and 3pm, but the scheduled flight time may change due to weather conditions. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on your amazing trip.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or Similar.

 

Day 17Sightseeing Bhaktapur and Patan

Today, you will enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour to Patan and Bhaktapur, two of the three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley.
Patan, once a fiercely independent city-state, is now almost a suburb of Kathmandu. It is known for its beautiful architecture, including temples, palaces, and courtyards. Some of the most popular attractions in Patan include Patan Durbar Square, the Golden Temple, and the Mahaboudha Temple.
Bhaktapur, also known as the City of Devotees, is the best-preserved of the three medieval city-states. It is home to three major squares full of towering temples, including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, and Dattatreya Square.
Changunarayan, located just outside of Kathmandu, is said to be the oldest Hindu temple still in use in the Kathmandu Valley. It is built in the two-tiered pagoda style and is decorated with intricate carvings of Tantric deities.
This sightseeing tour is a great way to learn about the history and culture of Nepal. You will see some of the country’s most beautiful architecture and learn about the different religions and traditions that make Nepal such a unique place.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or Similar.

Day 18Departure

Approximately 3 hours before the departure of your flight, you will be transferred to Kathmandu International Airport where we guide you to the check-in hall. From here we hope you had an amazing journey through our country, Nepal. And we hope to see you again.
Meals: Breakfast

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