10 Nights / 11 Days Upper Mustang Trek
Maximum Altitude: 3840 meters (12598 feet)
Trip Duration: 11 Days
Starts at: Jomsom
Ends at: Jomsom
Trek Region : Annapurna
Trip Grade: Moderate
Transport: Flight / Drive
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: All included
The Upper Mustang Trek takes you through some of the most preserved and isolated regions of Nepal.
This Upper Mustang trek – 11 days to ‘Mini Tibet’ in Nepal. This region has a similar topography, climate, and culture to that of Tibet. You can witness it in the socio-cultural lives of the locals.
The Upper Mustang Trek shows you a different trekking sight in Nepal. This region of Nepal has high-altitude deserts, eroded sandstone pillars, red-rock cliffs, and caves.
You also pass through the deep river gorges of Kali Gandaki and get views of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world.
Special requirements for the Upper Mustang Trek:
The Upper Mustang region of Nepal holds both mythical and natural significance and falls within a restricted trekking zone. Previously, foreigners were barred from entering the area, but now they can visit only after obtaining a special permit. Trekkers must fulfill specific requirements for the Upper Mustang Trek, which differs from regular trekking destinations in Nepal. Solo trekking is prohibited, and trekkers must be part of a group of at least two individuals, with the trek being operated by a trekking agency.
Exploring the area without a proper permit is not allowed, and a special immigration permit is issued by the immigration department of the Foreign Ministry of Nepal. Additionally, trekkers need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit. Only trekking guides licensed by the Nepal government are authorized to lead trekkers to the region.
About Lo Manthang, the Kingdom of the Himalayas:
Lo Manthang, the capital of the Upper Mustang region, is often referred to as the Kingdom of Himalaya. In the Tibetan language, Lo Manthang translates to the walled city, as the place is surrounded by walls. Travelers can experience the mythical ambiance within the city, with its old houses and monasteries adding a spiritual touch. The city still maintains a monarchy, and its people continue to follow their traditions. The iconic Namgyal Monastery, situated in the area, hosts the renowned Tiji Festival of the region.
Specialty: Our trekking guide is a native of Upper Mustang, which gives him a deep knowledge of the region, its people, and its Buddhist culture.
Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek
- Preserved Ancient Tibetan Culture and lifestyle
- Explore the kingdom and palace of King Lo or King of Mustang
- Spectacular view of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Nilgiri
- Chosar Caves and Monastery
- Kali Gandaki Gorge: the deepest gorge or canyon in the world
- Beautiful, quaint villages of Upper Mustang like Kagbeni, Jomsom, Tamagaon, Geling, Ghemi, Tsarang
Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary
The Upper Mustang Trek starts with a drive or flight to Jomsom, from where you would trek to Kagbeni (2800 m). Kagbeni is the entrance to the upper Mustang and the trek starts getting a little rough on you from there, but that’s what adventure is all about. You would be exploring caves and rocks and painting on rocks, gompas, and other cultural heritage. The trek continues from Kagbeni to Chele, Ghiling, and Tsarang and finally to Lo Manthang the Forbidden Kingdom of the Himalayas. While in Lo Manthang you would be immersed in Tibetan culture, soaking up its cultural greatness with a visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar – the two important places within the kingdom. After Lo Manthang, you would be trekking to Ghame, Syanboche, and finally back to Jomsom. After spending hours hiking and exploring Upper Mustang for multiple days, the trek finally ends with a flight / drive back to Pokhara.
Upper Mustang: 10 nights, 11 days. Itineraries:
Day 01: Drive/Flight to Jomsom (2720m) and Trek to Kagbeni (2800m). Begin your Upper Mustang adventure with a scenic flight or drive to Jomsom, situated at approximately 2720 meters. From Jomsom, embark on a 3–4 hour trek to Kagbeni, a village nestled at 2800 meters where ancient monasteries and a unique Tibetan-influenced culture await exploration.
Day 02: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m) . Traverse through the captivating landscapes and small villages on a 6-7-hour trek from Kagbeni to Chele, situated at 3100 meters. The journey unfolds the charm of Mustangi architecture and cultural richness in the quaint village of Chele.
Day 03: Trek from Chele to Ghiling (3570m). Explore the stunning landscape and pass through interesting chortens and mani walls during a 6 to 7-hour trek from Chele to Ghiling, located at 3570 meters. Ghiling welcomes you with a serene atmosphere and ancient monasteries, creating a peaceful ambiance.
Day 04: Trek from Ghiling to Tsarang (3560m). Embark on a 5- to 6-hour trek from Ghiling to Tsarang, situated at 3560 meters. The picturesque terrain features colorful rock formations, leading you to Tsarang, a historical village adorned with a beautiful palace and gompa.
Day 05: Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m). Reach the capital of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, at 3840 meters, with a 3–4 hour trek from Tsarang. Explore the ancient walled city, monasteries, and unique Mustang culture in this cultural hub.
Day 06: Explore Lo Manthang and Chhoser Area (3961m). Spend a day immersing yourself in the cultural and historical treasures of Lo Manthang. Venture to Chhoser to witness caves, monasteries, and unique rock formations, and consider an optional drive back to Pokhara via Muktinath.
Day 07: Trek from Lo Manthang to Ghami (3510m). Begin your return journey with a 5- to 6-hour trek from Lo Manthang to Ghami, situated at 3510 meters. Pass through scenic landscapes and reach Ghami, a village boasting ancient monasteries and a serene atmosphere.
Day 08: Trek from Ghami to Syangboche (3800m). Continue your trek for 6-7 hours, enjoying the unique Mustang landscape, to arrive at Syangboche at 3800 meters. This small village is surrounded by stunning views, providing a picturesque setting for your trek.
Day 09: Trek from Syangboche to Chhusang (2980m). Descend to Chhusang on a 5- to 6-hour trek from Syangboche, passing through diverse landscapes and charming villages. Immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions of this unique region.
Day 10: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom (2720m). Conclude your trek with a 5- to 6-hour journey from Chhusang to Jomsom, situated at 2720 meters. Reflect on the incredible journey and savor the comforts of civilization at the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Day 11: Flight/Drive Back to Pokhara. Depart from Jomsom, either by scenic flight or drive, based on your preference. The varying altitude during the journey back to Pokhara marks the conclusion of your remarkable Upper Mustang adventure, leaving you with memories of ancient villages, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes.
- Trekking permits
- Trekking guide
- Trekking poles
- Trekking map
- Toilet paper
- Food (meals include only the main course and tea or coffee) It doesn’t include starters or desserts.
- Private lodgings
- Water purification tablets
- A first-aid kit or Medical kit
- Transportation (pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel)
- No alcoholic beverages or soft drinks.
- A porter isn’t included. If you need a porter, we can provide one for an extra fee.
- Sleeping bag (we rent sleeping bags for an additional fee).
- Wifi, hot shower
- Your Personal Expenses
- Personal Travel Insurance.
Personal supplies for the trek
The personal supplies you require for this trek depend on the season in which you are trekking.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat
- Headlights with extra batteries
- Face/body wipe
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Hooded rain jacket or wind shell
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T-shirt ( bring lightweight wool)
- Polypropylene Underwears
- Down jacket
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Hiking boots
- Thick & light socks( take an extra pair of thick and light socks)
- Backpack or day pack bag
- Thermal bottle
- Medium-size drying towel
- Sleeping bag
- Face wash
- Body wash
- Cell phone
- Power Adapters and Chargers
- First aid kit (Note: The guide will carry a first-aid kit on the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
- Extra passport-size photos and photocopies of passport
- Lip Guard
- Notebook and pen.
- Mosquito Repellent spray
- Moleskin for blister
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