Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang trekking -The barren landscape of the Tibetan plateau throws up a fascinating concoction of medieval culture, monastic charm and spiritual purity unparalleled elsewhere in the Himalayas.

We take a spectacular flight west along a range of massifs to Pokhara where we will stay the night. The following morning, we fly into the heart of the Annapurna region to the gates of the Kali Gandaki River, landing at the mountain strip of Jomsom (2,800m).  

From here we embark into a different world as the moonscape of the Tibetan plateau presents hues of gray, red and brown. The view from our lodge or tents is one of a deserted wasteland dotted with sporadic settlements, and frequented by people who work hard in the dry soils to seek out a living. The people of the valley were once very prosperous from a busy trade in salt between Tibet and India, but nowadays, times are harder.  

Up high in the sandstone cliffs above the trail, giant towers of rock have been eroded into fascinating shapes by the wind, and hermit caves are testament to the dedication of many monks of the region. Fossils underfoot remind us that the high plateau we are trekking to was once a seabed. From time to time the wind plays as messenger for the yak caravans up the valley, and from the Buddhist monasteries, the prayer horns can seem haunting in the thin air. The lonely lammergeyer soars high above, perhaps searching out the next sky burial. It is an eerie sensation to be in these mountains, yet utterly captivating.

The trail leads up the Kali Gandaki river valley towards the capital of the Kingdom, Lo Manthang - a city with a royal palace, temples, monasteries and a thriving culture. The people in this city are surprisingly sophisticated.  But it is the many villages on the route into and out of Mustang which make this journey such a rewarding one. With several passes over 4,000m, it is also a strenuous trek.

 

  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Cost
  • FAQ
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Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Meet our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist coach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 3 Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 7 hours by tourist bus.  Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters), 4 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 5 Trek to Chaile (3050 meters), 5 to 6 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 6 Trek to Geling (3500 meters), 5 to 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.
Day 7 Trek to Charang (3620 meters), 5 to 6 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 8 Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters), 5 to 6 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse.  
Day 9 Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10 Trek to Dhi (3410 meters), 5 to 6 hours walking at guesthouse.
Day 11 Trek to Tange (3370 meters), 6 hours walking at guesthouse.
Day 12 Trek to Tetang/ Chusang (3022 meters), 6 hours walking at guesthouse.
Day 13 Trek to Jomsom (2713meters), 5 to 6 hours walking at guesthouse.
Day 14 Morning flight to Pokhara. Overnight at guesthouse.  
Day 15 Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters). Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu.
If you are interested in continuing onto Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight.
Day 16 Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

Note: If above itinerary couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Jungle safari in Chitwan National park and Pokhara tour. 

Date & Cost

 

Cost Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camping) during the trekking period including gears
  • National park fees and permits for Mustang region
  • Domestic airfare (if necessary)
    •Domestic airport tax (if necessary)
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trip FAQ

Trip FAQ

This is the most difficult question to answer. Definitively, Trekking needs few days of continuous walking. When trekking comes to Himalayas Trail you not only have to walk but also fight with the High Altitude i.e less oxygen in the atmosphere. But Upper Mustang Trek comes under the Moderate Grade on difficulty, since you don’t need to cross the altitude of 4,000 m. in any day as itinerary of Alpine Eco Tour as in Everest Base Camp or Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you are reasonably fit, then trekking is challenging but not exhausting Since Trekking is multi-day walk. All the Trekking Itinerary with us are designed so that you can walk a comfortable distance each day and still have enough power left for the next. In conclusion Upper Mustang is easy trekking trail that you don’t require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.

This depends on the Itinerary you follows for Upper Mustang Trek. Normally trekkers will hike 8-9 days Hike in total from Jomsom to Jomsom while 1 full day excursion in walled city of Lo Manthang. If you follows Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary of Alpine Eco Tour you will hike 6-9 hours each day with rest and lunch break.

In most of popular trekking trails of Nepal Both ways are possible, You can do as you like but you need to issue some permits. But when it comes to Restricted Trekking Areas like Upper Mustang, Nar Phu Valley Trek, Tsum Valley, Manaslu Circuit Trek as on, You need to hire a Trekking Guide at least and go through Legal Trekking Company to get Permits for Upper Mustang Trek.

As we already mention that Upper Mustang is known as Himalayan Alpine desert. In addition Upper Mustang Trekking Region lies in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range it gets very less rainfall even in the Monsoon. Big YES! It is true, Monsoon season June - August is the best season for Upper Mustang Trekking which followed by autumn season of September, October and November.

In Short Major Attraction of Upper Mustang Trek is ancient Tibetan Buddhism and its related traditional, culture and life style. The monastery in every town of Upper Mustang Trekking Trail comes with this ancient buddhism. Further more the geography of High alpine deserts and Himalayas views comes secondary. The Nilgiri and Himalayan range, Small air strips of Jomsom, historical caves and forts, monasteries, 700 years old ancients Buddhism arts and painting, Tibetan lifestyle and more are the major attraction that you can explore in Upper Mustang Trek

If you are scared of flying to Himalayan Air Streeps of Jomsom you have many other alternative options. Some of these options make you're trekking days long, while some can reduce the budget for Upper Mustang Trek. Even you can skip Jomsom Airport only, you can take the Jeep or Bus Drive to Jomsom from Pokhara. The public bus cost you US$ 10-15 while sharing public Jeep Jeep will cost you 25-40 US$. But if you want to hire the tourist 4 WD Jeep each way cost up to US$ 300. Note: The road which links Pokhara and Jomsom is quite dangerous, mostly the section between Tatopani to Kalopani. We definitely not suggest you to choose this options in Monsoon season. Above all this road is not for weak Heart People. Not only the deep cliffs next to the road is about few hundreds meters but also the sky scrapers of scatters hard rocks above your head and narrow scratch is just the road which connects Upper Mustang. But if you have enough time you can combines Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek and Hot Spring Trek to your Upper Mustang Trek by skipping Jomsom Airport.

On the classical route of Upper Mustang Trek you can find basic teahouse in every town which provides basic food items and accommodation. For Tea House trekking to Upper Mustang you can stay in local teahouse also called Local Lodges. In most towns on the trail of Upper Mustang you will big Menu with verity of items. Although the taste of food might differs to original but its truly organic and fresh. The common food on Upper Mustang Trek are Dal-Bhat, Noodles, Pasta, Pizza, Macaroni, Chapati, Mo:Mo while Pancakes, Toast, Tibetan bread, potatoes, porridge etc on breakfast.


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