Trek to Upper Mustang – 16 Days

Nepal boasts eight of the world’s tallest mountains and the world’s oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites. While Kathmandu valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options with abundance in flora and fauna. Although modernization has set in, the quintessence of ancient Nepal remains amongst its people.

Mustang, the remote and once forbidden vicinity of Nepal, is now a realm that people from far and wide journey to unveil its enigmatic beauty. Surrounded by snowy peaks, the capital city Lo Manthang is a semi- arid desert with rocky shelves and astonishingly sparkling blue lakes. Previously a prohibited route, one can now visit the old Lo Manthang Palace and its well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions with its amazing spectacle of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri crests. This landscape is naturally gifted leaving everyone in awe and has also been an inspiring subject of many documentaries and movies regarding Nepal.

Skeleton Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

You will be met and assisted by our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel [-/-/-]

Day 2: In Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, explore Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath Stupa and Patan City.

Kathmandu, the largest city of Nepal is the political as well as the cultural capital of the country. Like any big city, Kathmandu has rapidly expanded over the last decade but despite the hustle and bustle of the city, its people have remained as friendly as ever.

Also visit Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient stupa is the most sacred Buddhist shrine of Nepal.

Later transfer to Patan, the city of architectural interior.
Patan also known as Lalitpur is the city of artisans and a paradise of fine arts. It is home to Kathmandu Valley’s finest craftsmen who have preserved such ancient techniques and lost wax process used to produce exquisite sculptures.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara

Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 25 minutes approx.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for Pokhara flight.
Enjoy boating at the Phewa Taal, the second largest lake in Nepal. The lake is stream fed but a dam regulates the water reserve, therefore, it is classified as semi-natural freshwater lake. Visit Barahi Temple – the island temple situated in a small island in the Phewa lake surrounded by marvelous views.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom and drive to Kagbeni

Drive Time: 30 minutes approx.
Altitude: 2,780 m / 9,120 ft

We take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom (famous for its apples) where we will be met at the tiny airstrip by our trek crew. After some initial preparation of loads, we begin our journey driving to the pretty village of Kagbeni.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 5: Trek to Chele

Trek Time: 7 hours approx.
Altitude: 3,100 m / 10,170 ft

Chele is a Mongolian village where all the villagers are from the Gurung Community. From Tanbe the trail again climbs to a high point around 3100m. The trail then drops steeply and undulates along the east bank of Kali Gandaki for 1.5 hours to the village of Chhuksang.
After a short walk along the river bed, there is a solid bridge across the Kali Gandaki at the point where it tunnels its way under a vast block of red sandstone; from here it is a short sharp climb to Chele after lunch.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 6: Trek to Geling

Trek Time: 8 hours approx.
Altitude: 3,720 m / 12,204 ft

Starting out early, you move steadily uphill to Geling. From Ghimi, climbing still further, you reach Tsarang, which is the second most popular settlement after Lomanthan. At Tsarang, there is an old palace where the “piece de resistance” is a set of human hands. It is said to belong to the master builder of the palace. The hands were cut off in order to stop him from building another palace in the same grandeur some eight hundred years ago.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 7: Trek to Charang

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.
Altitude: 3,560 m / 11,679 ft

From Geling, two trails level down east of the village, one steeply past a trio of red, black and white chortens that are a common sight in upper Mustang. At the bottom are two bridges across the river where there is a direct path to this point. The trail climbs onto a gently sloping plateau and passes beside a very long mani wall, about 1/2 hour from Ghami. Climbing steadily, an altitude of 3770m is reached after about 2 hours from Ghami. The descent to Tsarang is mostly gentle and completed in another 2 hours.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 8: Trek to Lo - Manthang

Trek Time: 5 hours approx.
Altitude: 3,840 m / 12,598 ft

The trail leaves Tsarang to the northwest and the village disappears into the Tsarang Chu canyon. Having climbed to around 3850 m. a pass is reached and through a narrow ‘window ‘at the summit the view ahead opens out to display the western valley of Lo-Manthang. Just down from the pass is the first dramatic view of the walled city of Lo-Manthang and the ancient ruined forts. There is a tremendous view to the east of the red, blue, grey, white and yellow eroded Mustang Khola canyon; to the north lie the flattish red colored hills and the Tibetan border. The western view is dominated by the snow-capped peak of ‘Manaslu‘. The descent to Lo-Manthang is short and after crossing the small river and climbing briefly the fabled city is finally reached.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 9: In Lo-Manthang

Set out from Lo Manthang on horseback to explore the surrounding area and villages, the Palace and you may also get a chance to meet the King who has no ruling powers now but is still deeply respected by all.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 10: Trek to Ghami

Trek Time: 7 hours approx.
Altitude: 3,490 m / 11,450 ft

The trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn offering a last glimpse of LoManthang. The trail contours past two small ridges and valleys before crossing a ridge at 4070m and descending southwards through two more valleys, meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and is one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal. We cross a ridge after a little climbing and drop down steeply to Thamar village. The trail descends alongside the stone walls and fields of extensive villages before climbing to a ridge. It is a short descent from there to Ghami (3490m).

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 11: Trek to Shyangmochen

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.
Altitude: 3,460 m / 11,351 ft

Trek from Ghami to Jaite and then to Chhung – Ka and to Tama Gaon. From Tama Gaon this trail climbs to a huge painted Chorten, which rejoins Geling trail near the ridge, slightly below the Shyangmochen La. We cross the pass descending to Shyangmochen.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 12: Trek to Kagbeni

Trek Time: 7-8 hours approx.
Altitude: 2,780 m / 12,401 ft

Shyangmochen will bring us to Kagbeni. On doing so we retrace the upward trail through Yamdo, Bena to Samar, descending through Chele to the Kali Gandaki from where we trek downstream till we reach to Chhuksung. Similarly we retrace our way back. Firstly we arrive at Tangbe from Chhuksung and then to Kagbeni. Kagbeni looks like a town from the medieval past with mud houses, dark tunnels and alleys and its people still dressed in typical Tibetan clothing.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom

Trek Time: 3-4 hours approx.
Altitude: 2,800 m / 9,186 ft

We mark an end to our long trek on arrival at Jomsom from Kagbeni. With all the good memories of the trekking at this region we take rest for the whole day on reaching Jomsom, so that on departure from here to Kathmandu we shall be fresh and relaxed.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara

Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 25 minutes approx.

Today early morning you will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Rest of the evening is free to explore on your own.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu

Flight Duration (Domestic Flight): 25 minutes approx.

Fly back to Kathmandu and rest of the day you will be free in Kathmandu for your own activities.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 16: Final Departure

After breakfast transfer to airport for your onward journey
-End of Program-

Destination Nepal
Trip Duration 16 Days
Arrival In Kathmandu
Departure From Kathmandu
Meals Bed & Breakfast basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Best Season September – April
Activity Trek
Grade Moderate
Includes •    Meet and assistance at the airport
•    Arrival and departures transfers by private vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary
•    3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin room occupancy on bed and breakfast plan
•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin room occupancy on bed and breakfast plan
•    10 nights/11 days’ tea house/lodge based trek on Bed and Breakfast plan with necessary supporting staffs (1 porter and 1 Sherpa/Sirdar)
•    All the necessary surface transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
•    Annapurna Conservation Fees and TIMS card
•    Entrance fees at the monuments as per the program
Excludes •    Nepal entry visa fee
•    Airfare
•    Airfare
•    Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills
•    Insurance and rescue of any form
•    Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control
•    Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
•    Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers
•    Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary
Extra cost
Upper Mustang permit per pax USD 500.00 per person [Valid till 10 days]
*Note The above permit fee is valid till 10 days only. If the number of days exceeds 10 days then extra USD 50.00 per person per day will have to be paid.