Upper Mustang Trek

Mustang Region
Trip Days
17 Days
Max. Elevation
4230m. M
Lodging
Tea Houses
Difficulty
Moderate
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Transportation
Private vehicle, Flight

Trip Overview

Mustang Upper- Mustang comprises the northern two-thirds of the Mustang District. Upper Mustang trek was a restricted area till 1992 by which it became one of the most preserved regions in the world. To get entry access to the upper Mustang we will need a special permit from the government of Nepal. Mustang district falls behind the mountains ‘Himal Pari ko Jilla’ thus receiving relatively less rainfall leading to dry, treeless topography of that region. Mount Dhaulagiri forms a rainshadow in the Mustang district in the South and West and the Annapurna Massif to the North and East.

Mustang district is the largest protected area that falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area. Another important feature of the Mustang district is the Kaligandaki River starts flowing from near the Tibetan border and flows south through Kagbeni, Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Lete, and Myagdi districts. While flowing Kaligandaki River forms the deepest gorge of Nepal Andha Galchi or Kaligandaki River gorge which is 7km south of Tukuche.

The majority of the population of Mustang district still speaks the traditional Tibetan language and some of them speak the Thakali language. Thakali is the dominant ethnic group in Mustang. Their main source of income is tourism, animal husbandry, and trade. Upper Mustang is famous for its traditional trade route connecting to the Tibetan plateau, Tibetan culture, thousand years old monastery, centuries-old man-made caves, sky caves, local wines, apples, khapse, & dried food.

The upper Mustang trek is considered a moderately difficult trek, we begin to trek from Jomsom 2700m elevation to the peak point of our trek Chogo La Pass at the height of 4230m. Traversing through Kagbeni, Chele, Gelling, Charang to Lo-man thang will be rewarding at every step because of the changing geographical landscape, Kaligandaki River, and view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, and others. Visit Lo-Gekar Monastery, Namgyal Monastery, Tingkhar Monastery, and Chogo La Pass will be the special attractions of this trek.

This upper Mustang trek gives you the unique opportunity to feel the sophistication of Lo Manthang. Historical monuments, geographical uniqueness, social and cultural richness, intricately designed longest Mani (prayers stone) wall, prayers flags decorated thoughtfully in various locations, and glorious mountains of that region make your trip a golden memory trip of your life.

Highlights of the Upper Mustang trek

  • Scenic flight to Jomsom from Pokhara
  • Walking through the Kag Beni trail while following the reverse direction of the Kaligandaki River
  • Experiencing the changing landscape of the southern part of Mustang and upper Mustang
  • Visit Lo-Gekar Monastery, Namgyal Monastery, and Tingkhar Monastery and feel the vibe of their century-long history
  • Breathtaking view of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, and many more.
  • Delicious Thakali and other ethnic dishes/tastes.
  • Exploring the cultural essence of the local ethnic community
  • The splendid scenery of Apple fields in the winter season
  • A beautiful moment of being at Chogo La pass 4230m
  • Moment to be in the holy space of Muktinath temple

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, You will be welcomed by one of the representatives from BMS adventures. Then you will be taken to your hotel. After checking in you may relax in your hotel room or stroll around. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel including bed and breakfast.

Day 02: Trekking preparation day or permit issue day.

Today also you do not have any specific program. We collect your original passport and issue a special permit to Upper Mustang from the government of Nepal. If you want to do any extra activities, we would be glad to manage them upon your request at an extra cost. One of them could be the World Heritage sightseeing of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel inclusive of a bed and breakfast.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/3020ft) 6-7 hours

One of the members from BMS adventures will pick you up from your hotel to the tourist Buspark, Shorakhutte. You will have your breakfast at your hotel before (6:30 AM) checking out from the hotel.
Our bus for Pokhara will depart at 7 AM. You will get to see beautiful landscapes of green hills, curvy roads, agricultural fields, the Trishuli River, and different types of roadside settlements. You will have your lunch during the lunch break given by bus. We will reach Lakeside Pokhara by 2 or 3 PM. After checking in at your hotel you can spend your free time either strolling around or boating in Phewa Lake. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) by flight and trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft) Duration: 3 hours walking

We will take an early morning 30 minutes scenic flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarters of the Mustang district. After our landing at Jomsom airport, we will get ready to start our 3 hours trek along the edge of Kaligandaki River towards a beautiful settlement in Kagbeni. Kagbeni is also known as the gateway of the Upper Mustang Region. Majestic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, and Nilgiri on the way will be rewarding for us throughout the trek to Kagbeni. Our overnight stay will be at the Guest House in Kagbeni inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3110m/10200ft) 6-7 hours walking

We will have our early morning breakfast at guest house Kagbeni then we will depart for Chele. We will check our special permit for the restricted area of the Mustang region in the ACAP office. We will trail along the Kaligandaki River bank. We will pass through Tangbe and Chusang village, a beautiful view of cliffs, caves, etc. our tonight’s stay will be at the guest house of Chele inclusive of breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 06: Chele to Gelling (3500m/11480ft) 6-7 hours walking

today’s journey starts at 7:30 am after having breakfast like the previous morning. We will walk downhill, uphill, on green hills, river banks, and above all beautiful landscapes. We will pass through the beautiful village of Samar and further traverse through ridges, valleys, and passes of Shyangmochen. After 6-7 hours of trekking from Chele, we will reach Gelling. Tonight’s stay will be at Gelling inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 07: Gelling to Tsarang (3620m/11875ft) 5-6 hours walking

We will wake up early in the morning and be ready for breakfast. At 7:30 AM we will depart and start our trek to Ghemi. Today, we will cross many tiny hills with magnificent landscapes. Every valley and landscape is exotic and remarkable. After a few hours of walking from Gelling, we will arrive at Ghemi.
After lunch at Ghemi, we will further walk for another few hours to reach Tsarang village, one of the beautiful settlements of that region. Our overnight stay will be at a teahouse inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 08: Tsarang- Lo-Mangthang (3840m/12595ft) 4-5 hours walking

After breakfast, as usual, we will move further ahead to Lo-Manthang. We will encounter breathtaking sceneries and years-old man-made caves on cliffs. We will get to see Lo-Gekar Monastery on our way to Lo which is considered older than Samye Monastery in Tibet. After 4-5 hours of gentle trekking, we will arrive at our destination. Our overnight stay will be at Guest House Lo-Manthang inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 09: Day Hike to Chosar Valley and return back to Lo-Manangthang.

Today you will visit Namgyal monastery and explore the village of Lo-Manangthang. After breakfast, we will look around Chosar valley from Lo-Manangthang which takes 2-3 hours. In Chosar, you will have an opportunity to explore Zhong Cave and an incredible monastery. We will return to Lo-Manangthang for Lunch. After lunch, you will visit another monastery and immerse yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Our overnight stay will be at the Guest House inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3820m/12530ft) 6-7 hours walking

Today we will descend from Lo-mangthang after witnessing the peak point of our trek. Chogo La Pass is elevated at a height of 4210m. After traversing through Chogo La Pass we will walk along the Charang River and then ascend to Lo Gekar, Ghar monastery. Finally, walking across a valley of alpine fields will reach Drakmar. Our overnight stay will be at the Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 11: Dhakmar to Syangbochen (3800m/12465ft) 6-7 hours walking

While descending we will trek through passes, uphill, and downhill. We will witness beautiful views of the Annapurna Himalaya range, and monasteries on our way through Gelling to Syangboche. Our overnight stay will be at the Guest House inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 12: Syanbochen to Chusang (2980m/9775ft) 6-7 hours walking

After breakfast, we will continue to move down to our destination. After our 6 hours trek from Syanbouchen, we will arrive at our destination, Chusang. Our overnight stay will be at the Guest House inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 13: Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft) 6-7 hours walking

Today our trek will be special with the excitement to reach Muktinath Temple. Muktinath Temple is considered a gateway to liberation and must take place in one’s lifetime, especially among the Hindu community. As per our customer’s choice, we can include or exclude visiting Muktinath Temple. Muktinath temple is one of the few temples at the highest altitude. We need to trek through Gyu La Pass at a height of 4077m before reaching Muktinath. Our overnight stay will be at the Guest House inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) Duration: 6 hours walking

If you wish you can do early morning worship at Muktinath Temple or 108 water tap showers. After breakfast, we will walk down a motor road towards Jomsom. We will be rewarded with the glorious view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri Himalaya range. As we descend down our surrounding changes from brown hills to green hills. Our overnight stay will be at guest house Jomsom inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara

We will take an early morning twenty minutes scenic flight back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, we will do sightseeing in places like Davis Falls, Begnas Tal, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasini Temple, Peace Pagoda, etc. Bed and breakfast included. Overnight stay will be at hotel Lakeside, Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will take a bus ride back to Kathmandu after breakfast. We will reach Kathmandu around 2/3 pm so you will have plenty of time to look around Thamel bazaar. You can buy souvenirs for your friends and family if you have not done so already. Bed and breakfast included. Your overnight stay will be in hotel Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure

On the day of your departure, one of the representatives from BMS adventures will pick you up and drop you at the airport. We will bid goodbye with the hope to serve you again. May you have a safe trip.

Includes/Excludes

What’s Included?

  • Airport to hotel and hotel to airport transportation
  • Three nights stay in hotel Kathmandu with bed and breakfast
  • Two nights stay in Pokhara with bed and breakfast.
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight tickets.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu tourist bus tickets.
  • Meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner included during the trek
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS)
  • Bilingual, experienced trekking guide with porter (1 porter for two persons)
  • Guide and other staff’s s meals, accommodation, emolument and insurance
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Yoga class in Kathmandu
  • Government permits and taxes

What’s Excluded?

  • Meals not specified in the menu inclusion of itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare from your country to Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Any hot or cold drinks and any personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking apparatus
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
  • Additional trekking or tour packages

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Useful Info

What to pack in your bag?

If you are planning your trip to a Himalayan country you should consider packing some warm clothes. in mountain weather keeps changing, we can find different weather on the same day. Weather in mountains tends to be windy to sunny to wet so we have listed a few things as a checklist for you.

For head:

  • hat or p-cap to prevent the face from sunburn
  • woolen cap to keep warmth
  • scarf or muffler
  • the face mask as a virus precaution and protects your nose from heavy wind
  • sunglasses to protect the eyes and to see better in mountain

For feet and hands

  • warm gloves
  • Sandal and sneakers
  • Thin cotton socks and thick woolen socks

Trekking special items

  • sticks (which you can hire at Thamel, Kathmandu as well)
  • Waterproof thin jacket
  • Windproof down jacket
  • Stretchable and warm trousers
  • breathable cotton t-shirts and pullovers
  • breathable cotton thermal wear
  • hiking shorts
  • Trekking boot
  • comfortable backpack and duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag (lightweight and appropriate for zero or below temperature)

Others:

  • tissue papers
  • sunscreens
  • shampoo and soaps
  • moisturizers
  • towels
  • inner garments
  • Reusable water bottle useful for hot and cold water
  • medicines (if you are taking any medicines or supplements)
  • other personal belongings

Food during the trek

Any kinds of food are available during the trek. Guesthouses have a menu that consists of both international cuisine and local Nepali cuisine. You can also try new cuisine which you haven’t tried before. Here are a few breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are commonly found during the trek.

Breakfast

We can have a wide range of options for breakfast such as omelets, bread, cornflakes, cookies, oats, pancakes, milk, tea, coffee, hot lemon, boiled or fried beans, etc. somewhere you get traditional breakfast items such as Gurung bread (famous breakfast in Annapurna region), cell roti, puri, roti curry, etc.

Lunch and Dinner

Traditional Nepali lunch and dinner is Nepali khana consisting of Lentil soup, Rice, curry, pickle, and some salad. There is a famous saying around trekking areas “Dal Bhat power twenty-four hour” which means Nepali khana’s strength remains for twenty-four hours. For instance other than Nepali khana you can have varieties for lunch like; pizza, momo, chowmein, fried rice, noodles, spaghetti, soups, naan roti, etc. lunch, and dinner menu look similar you can choose as per your comfort, and preference.

Note: If you are vegan or in any diet restriction or allergic to anything, let your trek guide know beforehand.

 

FAQ

what is so special about this trek?

Because, we are exploring the once forbidden kingdom of mountain with unique cultural practices of local, and intricately outlined geography.

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