Tour Details

  • 16 Days(s)

  • professional Trekking Guide

  • English, Chinese, French

  • 4500

overview

The Upper Mustang Trek is a journey that takes you on an exploration of the closed valleys of the Upper Mustang region which lies amidst the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet. Despite the fact that Upper Mustang has been changing over time, it still has to offer a lot of things in terms of the scenic vista and rich culture which will mesmerize you. Moreover, striking artworks are being restored which has added to the beauty of this area.

In the Upper Mustang region, old monasteries have been restored and Buddhist teachings and philosophies are being taught. There are children around the monasteries who are learning these teachings. There are approximately two hundred seventy-five houses in the Lo Mangthang area; here there are four castes- everyday folks, royal caste, blacksmiths along with the millers and butchers. At the royal palace in this region, there are solar panels and a tiny herb garden with many embellishments. Flags and firewood which is stacked. Along with this, polyandry, as well as sky burial, still remain as the cultural practice there.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the historic Tibetan Buddhist culture of Upper Mustang
  • The quaint landscape that resembles the Tibetan Village
  • Observe the popular Tiji festival in Lo Mangthang
  • Fun tour to natural, historical and cultural sites including age-old monasteries
  • Witness the ancient culture and explore enigmatic caves and monasteries

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Itinerary

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You will be received by one of our representatives at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking upon your arrival to the Kathmandu airport from where you will be transferred to the hotel of your stay. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • 3 Star Hotel

You will be accompanied to the tourist bus stop by a guide from where you leave for Pokhara from Kathmandu; this Kathmandu-Pokhara drive will take around six hours. Overnight stay at Pokhara inclusive of breakfast.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

You will be on a fun flight to reach Jomsom from Pokhara; this will take around 20 to 25 minutes. You will be pleased with the sight of the Mt. Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and Annapurna Ranges and you will v witness the deepest gorge across the world. As you reach Jomsom, your trekking journey commences as you had to Kagbeni; you will walk for three to four hours. You will feel rejuvenated at the panoramic vista of the Mount Nilgiri, Tukuche and Dhaulagiri peaks. Overnight stay in a teahouse or lodge or a tented camp.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

After completing all the trekking formalities at Kagbeni, you move ahead along the western trail as you walk along the eastern river bank until you reach Chuksang valley. Here you cross the river, Kali Gandaki. You ascend up after Kagbeni and follow the river after which you reach an arid land. Further ahead, you will savor the amazing scenery and will first rach Tangbe village where you will see several houses which are whitewashed, along with caves. You descend down towards the river bed, to an area popular for fossils and then cross a bridge across Kali Gandaki. You finally reach Chaile which is your overnight stop; it is a small town which has to offer amazing views of majestic Himalayan ranges.

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

Your trekking journey on this day commences as you climb upwards following the west route. After around an hour of walking ahead, you will get to enjoy amazing views of the valley of Kali Gandaki, Samar and the snow clad mountains on the backdrop. You can visit a cave monastery as you walk for two hours from Samar; this is named as the Ranching chorten, a very sacred spot at Mustang. It is believed that two great Buddhist teachers namely Atisha and Padmasambhava stayed in these caves many years ago.

Then, you move along a lush green forest with shrubs and bushes. If you get lucky, you may even spot the Bharal (blue mountain sheep). After a consistent climb up, you reach SHyangboche where you stay overnight.

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On this day, you cross three high passes along with a red chorten within fifteen minutes of starting your trekking journey. First, you get to a terraced valley and reach the Ghelung village above which you see two Gompas. You reach arid hills as you move ahead and you will witness the Nyi La pass ahead. You descend to Ghami La pass and then move along a deserted village. You walk across a rugged path along a riverbed. You finally reach Ghami; the biggest town in Mustang situated above a river amidst fields.

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  • Guest House

You will see the longest Mani wall in Mustang after you walk out of Ghami; this wall is around 1000 meters long and is embellished by beautiful carvings which blend beautifully with the natural surrounding. There are chorten ahead of this wall that marks the end of the valley. There are enigmatic stories behind this wall and it is widely believed that the intestines of a monster the legend, Guru Rinpoche killed before landed on the Mani wall’s site; and lungs fell near red cliffs that stand behind and heart near the monastery named Lo Gekar.

You reach a desert as you move to a higher elevation. The land is barren and there is no much vegetation or wildlife here; not even human settlements. You reach Tsarang chorten where you will see human presence. Overnight stay at Tsarang.

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Your trekking journey begins on this day as you move ahead along a plain terrain with arid land with just a chorten and some caves. After you cross a pass and then walk ahead through 2 rocks which form a gate for entrance, you reach Lo Manthang.

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You move ahead along pasture lands which have junipers. This return trail moves along Kali Gandaki as the eastern route is too cumbersome and there are very few settlements there. As you move ahead, you leave the area of Lo Manthang and move ahead. As you walk ahead, you will confront the majestic Himalayas and then witness the high Lugri La pass (4200 meters).

You walk down a steep path to reach the place named Tamar witnessing fields on the south and west side of the valley and a huge red cliff around the North West. You will notice a diverse landscape across this area. There are several caves above this village whose entrance is open to the rock climbers only. You will see an exquisite chorten at the canyon’s entrance with a bush like the top and several prayer flags covering it. There are so many erected stones around this particular chorten.

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Enjoying the sight of Nilgiri, you move ahead crossing the site of several caves on the south and there you climb up above Ghami where you will witness a long Mani wall, a town and a pass you crossed before. You will cross two passes and enjoy the views of the picturesque Annapurna range. You reach Jamyung which lies between the Shyangboche and Ghelung.  You have the choice to take a detour around Geelong which has 2 Gompas above it and a beautiful monastery. You head to Shyangboche afterward.

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On this day, the trail takes you closer to the Annapurna range or it appears so you cross the valley. You will have a strenuous walk on this day as you walk past gorges but the scenery you get to witness will make it worth it as you see Nilgiri and Tilicho.

You will find that the mountains will start appearing taller and the vegetation rises too. You have lunch at Samar as you cross two valleys to reach there. You move forward with a gradual downhill walk. When you reach Gyakar, the trail will become more beautiful as it moves across the gorge. You first reach Chuksang as you reach the Kali Gandaki riverbed. You finally reach the Nami wall of Tetang and stay there overnight.

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You wake up early in the morning and explore its natural surrounding. You will witness two settlements which are surrounded by walls that are high and look like a huge fort from some distance. You walk over the flat terrain for sometime after which an uphill walk follows.

As you move ahead on the path, the mountains will appear close with Thorung looking marvelous with big glaciers near it. You witness the Tilicho, as well as Nilgiri. You descend down to Muktinath enjoying the majestic views of Annapurna as well as Dhaulagiri. You cross a valley to reach there. The number of houses starts to increase as you get closer to Muktinath. There are 108 springs here which are believed to bring you luck if you bath there. Muktinath is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight stay at Muktinath.

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This is the final day for hiking; you first move to the monastery in Lubra namely Bon Punt Soling before you head to Jomsom to get the flight to reach Pokhara.

You first reach Pang Khola valley where you move along the river and then walk downhill along steep cliffs. After a few steep ups and downs, you move along the pine forest and then walk above the river and then cross further two valleys.

Now you rach Lubra village which has around twenty houses. This settlements’ establishment is associated with setting up the Bon Punt Soling monastery which was constructed in the twelfth century. There is a tradition that in Lubra, the head member of the major families has to become a priest or he becomes so automatically. We finally reach Jomsom as we move across Kali Gandaki and then cross the Panga river.

Overnight stay at Jomsom.

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You take the twenty minutes long flight to Pokhara via Jomsom and upon your arrival to the city of Lakes Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel of your stay. This day can be used to explore the beauty of this city and relish the different experiences it has to provide.

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  • Guest House

After a hearty breakfast, you will take the tourist bus to reach Kathmandu; this will take around six hours. You do have the choice to take a flight to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel as soon as you reach Kathmandu and a delicious farewell dinner awaits you at an authentic Nepalese restaurant late in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel inclusive of breakfast.

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This day marks the end of your journey in Nepal. You will b transferred to the international airport in Kathmandu around three or four hours before you’re the scheduled time for your flight. You will get enough time to plan for your next travel destination on your way back home.

What’s included/excluded

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off facility via private vehicle around Kathmandu
  • Lodging facility inclusive of breakfast on twin sharing basis at a three-star hotel in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Three main meals throughout the trekking journey
  • Accommodation facility at the best teahouse or lodge while trekking
  • Licensed guide with experience and proficiency in English
  • Porter to help with carrying your baggage; two clients= one porter; maximum fifteen kilograms baggage per porter
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu via tourist bus
  • First aid box
  • Important paper works and permits for Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP charges)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Government taxes along with services charges
  • Delicious farewell dinner before you leave

Excluded

  • Dinner and lunch while in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare for international flight and airport departure fees
  • Nepali VISA fee
  • Tipping to the driver, guide, and porters (Not compulsory but it is expected)
  • Trekking equipment for personal use

cancellation

Kindly contact us for cancellation.

Good to know

Dos

  • Smile and greet the locals by saying the phrase “Namaste” or “Tashidelek”
  • Walking in a group is the most while in the trek as well as maintaining distance from people either in front of you or behind you is a must.
  • If you have any new plan on the trek you ought to consult with your guide before trying something new in the trek.
  • Have certain queries with your guide about the things you might require next day as you can pack it in your pouch while rest is carried by the porter for comfort.
  • Contributing certain donation in the donation boxes held up at monasteries around the trekking zone will help them out as they do not have tickets for the visitors inform your guide if you feel uneasy with your health when ascending higher altitude

Don’ts

  • While this trek is rich in culture and beliefs, some practices may be uncomfortable for you to handle. Please do not disapprove the local culture and beliefs even though you are uncomfortable with it.
  • Ask the consent of the local people while taking images of them.
  • People here are welcoming in nature; Do not feel cautious when people stare at you; they are just interested in visitors and have no ill purposes.
  • Spendthrift facilities are tough to find out throughout the trek while basic services can only be provided seeking the difficulty of the geographical regions you are located at.
  • Destructing floras and faunas along the trek should be avoidable at any cost as you should be responsible for the environment.
  • Donating money to people will inspire children and beggars to have the insight to beg more from the visitors which is why such an act should be totally discouraged.