Upper Mustang Trek - 16 Days

Cost from : US$1690.00 2 Pax All meals during trek
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  • Destination: Nepal
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel + Lodge
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Min Pax: 1 Pax
  • Trip Style:Trekking
  • Meals:ฺBreakfast + Lunch + Dinner During Trek
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Trip Introduction

The trek to Musta ough an almost treeless barren landscape and a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces. Mustang trekking is one of Nepal’s most mysterious and least known kingdoms, where we can explore a weird and wonderful landscape of eroded conglomerate cliffs, coloured by natural earth pigments - reds, yellows, browns and blues. It is really a picturesque like a white painted villages and Tibetan monasteries, which set against a backdrop of the distant snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. No doubt that you will have an unforgettable journey to this heart once forbidden Kingdom.

Mustang lies in the Himalaya shadow, therefore, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. It is one of the few places in the world that has long-lived and a very close-niche life, as it has remained inaccessible to outsiders. This isolation helped the people of Mustang to maintain their lifestyle and heritage that remained almost unchanged for centuries. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. 

Outline itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823 m): 6 hrs.

Day 03:Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m): 3-4 hrs.

Day 04:Kagbeni to Chele (3050 m): 5-6 hrs.

Day 05:Chele to Shyanbochen (3475 m): 6-7 hrs.

Day 06:Shyanbochen to Ghaymi (3520 m): 5-6 hrs.

Day 07:Ghaymi to Charang (3500 m): 4-5 hrs.

Day 08:Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700 m): 5-6 hrs.

Day 09:Explore Lo-Mangthang

Day 10:Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3810 m): 6-7 hrs.

Day 11:Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806 m): 5-6 hrs.

Day 12:Ghiling to Chhusang (3050 m): 5-6 hrs.

Day 13:Chhuksang to Jomsom([2700 m): 6-7 hrs.

Day 14:Fly back to Pokhara

Day 15:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 16:Final departure

Cost includes:

    • Two nights hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Airport pickups and drops in private vehicle
    • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP permit and RAP Upper Mustang)
    • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes:

    • Nepal Visa fee
    • Drinking water during trek and beverage such as tea, coffee, coke, Pepsi, liquor etc.
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Expenses of charge batteries and hot water for shower on the mountain
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Thai Nepal Travels. After picking up your luggage and look for our representative with a Thai Nepal Travels display board at the arrival gate. After that, you will be transferred to Hotel. After check-in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city - it all depends on your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy Nepalese cultural programs as well as a fine meal.
    Including meal: Dinner

  • Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823 m): 6 hrs.

    Today after breakfast the early morning we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu it is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites. After reaching to Pokhara you can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue water. We also take a boat around the Phewa Lake which is the second biggest lake of Nepal. We overnight in Pokhara.

    Including meal: Breakfast

  • Day 3: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858 m): 3-4 hrs.

    Early morning we transfer to the airport and fly to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village in the Kaligandaki area linking the age-old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. Today we continue trekking towards to Kagbeni. As you approach Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows, and grays contrasting with the white snow-capped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. From Jomsom, the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hours and finally reaching Ekley-Bhatti village. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age-old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. We overnight in Kagbeni.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4: Kagbeni to Chele (3050 m): 5-6 hrs.

    Today the trails follow the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of the conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head onto small ridges reach Chele village. We overnight in Chele.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5: Chele to Shyanbochen (3475 m): 6-7 hrs.

    Today, after breakfast we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda. Further, descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave and we reach Shyanbochen and overnight here.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6: Shyanbochen to Ghaymi (3520 m): 5-6 hrs.

    After breakfast, we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m) passing a few tea houses, chortens and local villages which are like Tibetan style of houses with open Veranda. We cross mountain passes and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Ghaymi to Charang (3500 m): 4-5 hrs.

    Today after crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall, the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. We overnight in Charang.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700 m): 5-6 hrs.

    Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang the trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9: Explore Lo-Mangthang

    Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa after visiting Namgyal Gompa we continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar (3810 m): 6-7 hrs.

    Trek to Dhakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806 m): 5-6 hrs.

    After breakfast, we start our trek early morning recent tailback to Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. As our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. And after arrival, we take lunch to enjoy the day exploring the area.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12: Ghiling to Chhusang (3050 m): 5-6 hrs.

    We re-track back to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhusang, we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. We overnight in Chhusang.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13: Chhuksang to Jomsom([2700 m): 6-7 hrs.

    Our last day of the day would be a long one. Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. We will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop.

    Including meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara

    Today we catch an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara the flight takes around 20 minutes. On arrival at Pokhara airport, you will transfer to the hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara Valley leisurely. While we walk along the bank of Phewa Lake, a second biggest lake of Nepal, we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour's walk to the World Peace Pagoda. Evening time, we spend exploring the lakeside and overnight at Pokhara.

    Including meal: Breakfast

  • Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After breakfast we are driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. You can do some shopping or walk around in the streets of Thamel or take a rest, hang around in the city - it all depends on your interests and condition. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Thai Nepal Travels to celebrate the successful completion of our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Including meal: Breakfast and Dinner

  • Day 16: Final departure

    Our 16 Days Upper Mustang comes to an end today. A representative from Thai Nepal Travels will take you to the airport approximately 2 hours before the scheduled flight. A representative from Thai Nepal Travels will take you to the airport approximately 2 hours before the scheduled flight. We hope you have enjoyed the tour with us, and we are sure you will be back making another trip somewhere with Thai Nepal Travels again.

    Including meal: Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Note

Important Note:

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with THAI NEPAL TRAVELS. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

For the person who cannot continue trek until the end of trekking in case of any reason, he/she please note that there will be no refund. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

For all accommodations at Annapurna base camp trek are in local lodges on a twin, triple or four-bed sharing basis. If we prefer a single room, we may indicate our preference and get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement. However, there are several places that do not allow single accommodations in the Annapurna base camp.

 

Accommodations

We will be providing you at Hotel Marshyangdi or equivalent in Kathmandu, Hotel Crystal Palace or equivalent in Pokhara and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on the twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional.

Meals

During the trek, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

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