Upper Mustang Trek

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Duration

17 Days 16 Nights

Meal

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation

  • Hotel
  • Eco-lodge

Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Drive

Price From

USD 1995

Reduced from 2295

USD 1995

Upper Mustang Trek

17 Days 16 Nights

Overview

There is a peaceful, gorgeous but forgotten kingdom in the northern part of the Mustang District of Nepal called the Kingdom of Lo. This Upper Mustang Trek by Sabbatical Explore Nepal is a trek to explore the kingdom and the upper part of Mustang, a trans-Himalayan region.  

Upper Mustang Trek is a 17-day itinerary to untangle the picturesque, historical, and cultural Upper Mustang Area. The exciting journey brings you to traverse the semi-deserted side of the Annapurna Region. You will head to the northernmost side of the Mustang Region and explore places like Lo Manthang and Dhamkar. 

The voyage has enough mountain vistas of Annapurna Massifs, Dhaulagiri Range, etc. You will get awe-inspired by the semi-deserted landscapes of the Mustang Region. The trek also shares with you the Tibetan culture and lifestyle celebrated by the varied locals of the region. The Mustang Region is home to ethnicities like Magars, Thakalis, Gurungs, etc. 

Similarly, you will explore the ancient buildings, gompas, shrines, and stupas. Lo Manthang(3,800m), a beautiful village dotted with ancient gompas, mud-brick walls, and an old 600 years old King’s Palace, is one of the trek's significant highlights. You can check the other highlights of the tour down below.    

Upper Mustang Trek begins in Jomsom, a popular stop of the notable Annapurna Circuit Trek. The journey continues via the classical territories of the Mustang Region like Kagbeni, Chele, Syanboche, Ghemi, and Charang. With that, you will reach Lo Manthang, the old kingdom of the region. 

Following the remarkable exploration of Lo Manthang, you will advance to the highest point of the Upper Mustang Trek, Drakmar-the place of Ghar Gompa and red cliffs & canyons. After this, you will start trekking backward to Jomsom through the same region and trail. This is how the trek will run.   


To finish, Upper Mustang Trek is an off-the-beaten trek in the Annapurna Region. It guides you to the rain shadowed Upper Mustang Region, the region that has kept the ancient kingdom, and many more. 

If you appreciate hill-trekking, breathtaking sceneries, exciting culture & lifestyle, you will just love this trek.      

Highlights

  • Explore the six hundred years old kingdom and the Palace of King Lo.
  • Come across various ancient monasteries, gompas, shrines, mani walls, etc.
  • Reach Lo Manthang, the forbidden kingdom which is now open.
  • Walk via the half-deserted but picturesque Mustang Region.
  • Get awestruck by the panoramas of Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, Mt Machhapuchre, Mt Nilgiri and more.
  • Experience their unique lifestyles, cultures, and food.
  • Trek via the hamlets of Magar, Tamangs, Thakalies, and other groups.
  • Fly to Jomsom, an iconic town in the Annapurna Region.
  • Begin the adventure from Pokhara, the city of mountain vistas and a lake.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1,400m)

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara(900m) | 6-7hrs

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom(2,743m) and Trek to Kagbeni(2,847m) | 20mins & 3hrs

Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele(3,050m) | 7hrs

Day 6: Trek from Chele to Syangbochen(3,800m) | 5-6hrs

Day 7: Trek from Syangbochen to Ghami(3,500m) | 5-6hrs

Day 8: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang(3,870m) | 5-6hrs

Day 9: Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang(3,730m) | 3-4hrs

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang

Day 11: Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar(3,810m) | 6-7hrs

Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling(3,806m) | 5-6hrs

Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang(3,050m) | 5-6hrs

Day 14: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom(2,700m) | 6-7hrs

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara(800m)| 20 minutes

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu | 5-6hrs

Day 17: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1,400m)

Warm welcome! You’ll have a great welcome at Kathmandu Airport on your arrival. After receiving you, the team will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu for a rest. We will meet again for a welcome dinner hosted by Sabbatical Explore Nepal in the evening. At dinner, we will have some good talks about each other and the trek—overnight in Kathmandu.  

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Get comfortable with the country! We will take you out on Kathmandu’s sightseeing. There are several UNESCO world heritage sites in the capital; we’ll explore Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa Kathmandu Durbar Square. While we do sightseeing, our team will arrange things for the trek. And we’ll join them in Thamel for last-minute shopping for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara(900m) | 6-7hrs

The journey begins! We’ll leave our hotel in the morning to start the journey, which will begin with a drive to Pokhara. It will be a picturesque drive of 6-7hrs on Prithivi Highway. Many roadside settlements, green hills, terraced fields will come along. Half of the ride will happen by the Trishuli River. After reaching Pokhara, we’ll enter our hotel for a rest. In the evening, we’ll explore the lakeside of Phewa Lake and have hangouts around there. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom(2,743m) and Trek to Kagbeni(2,847m) | 20mins & 3hrs

Here comes a scenic flight! Now we will bid goodbye to Pokhara with a flight to Jomsom. It will be a mesmerizing 20 minutes where we’ll see lots of landscapes and mountains. Shortly, we’ll land at this scenic airport in Jomsom. After the arrival, we’ll prepare for the trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni through semi-deserted terrain. En route to Jomsom, we’ll pass several hamlets of charming houses. The trek of 3 hours will stop in Kagbeni, a famous village in the Mustang Region. Overnight in the town. 

Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele(3,050m) | 7hrs

The walk continues! We’ll join the trail from right where we stopped yesterday. The walk will continue through ridges and villages. On the way, we’ll pass Tangbe Village, another iconic village of the region. Passing via the apple garden of the town, we’ll trek toward Chhusang Village, yet another famous town. Soon, we’ll be walking on the riverbed of the Kali Gandaki River. Afterward, to reach Chele, our destination for the day, we’ll climb a ridge. Overnight in Chele. 

Day 6: Trek from Chele to Syangbochen(3,800m) | 5-6hrs

The Canyon Landscapes time! The trek for the day will start with a climb over a steep desert land. Alongside, we’ll have a big red canyon hill while we move ahead. From that hill, we’ll descend to the beautiful village of Samar. After lunch in the town, we’ll continue our trek through uphills and downhills. In between, we will cross several colorful chortens as well. To arrive at Syangbochen village, we’ll have a final climb and descent for the day. Overnight in Syangbochen.

Day 7: Trek from Syangbochen to Ghami(3,500m) | 5-6hrs

Mountains will appear! We’ll climb to Yamada La Pass(3,850m) to leave the village behind in the morning. From the pass, we’ll view various mountains of the village. Doing the trek ahead, we’ll pass via several chortens and scenic villages. Later, we’ll trek into forests and terrace fields to reach Nyi Pass. After the hill, we’ll descend straight to Ghami Village. Overnight in Ghami Village. 

Day 8: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang(3,870m) | 5-6hrs

More sceneries and landscapes! Our trek for the day will start with downhill and slippery trail. Descending carefully, we’ll reach a riverbed to cross Ghami Khola via a hanging bridge. Ahead, the walk is eye-pleasing as we’ll pass by mani walls for some time. Then we’ll start a climb to Tsarang La Pass(3,870m) to reach Tsarang village. After getting to the village, we’ll see a fortress and a red gompa—overnight in Tsarang.

Day 9: Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang(3,730m) | 3-4hrs

The day of the Kingdom is here! Today we will reach Lo Manthang from Tsarang. To do that, we’ll start with a descent to a canyon area. Then we’ll cross a river to begin an uphill climb to Lo La Pass(3,950m). From the pinpoint of the pass, we’ll look at mountains like Tilicho Peak, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Lo Manthang, the place where we are heading to. The ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang is only a descent away from the pass. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang

A big day to explore the kingdom is here! Lo Manthang is a big city bordered by walls on the Upper side of the Mustang Region. The ancient town has some exciting places that we can explore, such as the Mustang King’s Palace, Namgyal Gompa, Jampa Lhakhang, Tigkar Village, Nyphu Cave, Thupchen, Chhoeda, etc. The forbidden kingdom, which was banned from entering until the 1990s, has many things from the old time to see. We’ll stay in the town to explore all the places—overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar(3,810m) | 6-7hrs

Lo Manthang time is over now! We will bid goodbye to Lo Manthang by taking an uphill trek. We’ll soon gain some heights to get beautiful views of Charang Valley, Lo Manthang Town, and the region's mountains. Along the walk, we’ll reach Ghar Gompa, the oldest Tibetan Monastery in the world. We’ll have some good watchful time around the monastery. Then we’ll continue our hike to Drakmar for the night.

Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling(3,806m) | 5-6hrs

Strong windy day! We’ll start the day early just to dodge the area's strong winds. But still, we’ll have them all day long. Ghilling lies on the other side of a dry plateau. We’ll cross the plateau and fields to reach the village. At the end of the trek, we’ll have some brilliant views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri from the village. Ghilling village is a culturally rich hamlet. Overnight in the village. 

Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang(3,050m) | 5-6hrs

The retracing trek starts! From Ghiling, we’ll take the already walked trail to reach Chhuksang. We’ll retrace the same track by enjoying incredible vistas of mountains. The same villages of the region will come along that day. After a 5 to 6 hours trek, we’ll reach Chhuksang in the evening. 

Day 14: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom(2,700m) | 6-7hrs

The last and longest trekking day! We’ll start the last trekking day of Upper Mustang Trek early because it is a long day. After leaving Chhuksang for a while, we’ll come to join the trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Our trek continues via the same iconic villages of the region like Kagbeni. We’ll have a break in Kagbeni. After that, we’ll trek until Jomsom to finish the trek. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara(800m)| 20 minutes

Another scenic flight! We’ll leave Jomsom and the Mustang Region with a scenic flight as per the flight duration. From the window, we’ll watch peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs, the whole Mustang Region, and more. And, after 20 minutes, we’ll reach Pokhara, yet once again. We’ll take a rest in the hotel. We’ll even go out for a hangout overnight in Pokhara if we have energy. 

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu | 5-6hrs

The scenic drive back to Kathmandu! We’ll say goodbye to Pokhara by joining a drive to Kathmandu. We’ll travel on the same road via the same villages and the river. After 5-6 hours of riding through the highway, we’ll arrive in Kathmandu. We’ll head straight to our hotel to throw our backpacks and have rest and refreshments. If you think to buy for yourself and close ones, we’ll have the rest of the day as free time for shopping—overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure

The journey’s end is here! It is time to say goodbye to Nepal. We’ll help you reach the airport at your scheduled time. With many good memories and pictures of Upper Mustang Trek, you will head back home.

Includes/Excludes

What's included

  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Transfer in the hotel and welcome dinner
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing in heritages
  • English speaking tour and trek guide
  • Arrangement of flight tickets and ground transportations
  • 3 times meal during trek
  • Accommodation in Pokhara
  • Government tax and VAT
  • Guide salary remunerations and insurance

What's excluded

  • Personal insurance of client and expenses for rescue services during natural calamities beyond our control
  • Expense made for any unanticipated situation
  • Medical/ travel insurance
  • Expenses for meals which isn't included in itinerary
  • Bar bills
  • International flights
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Nepal visa fees

Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Ruben Jonas

Ruben Jonas

I went to Upper Mustang Trek with them, which I can vividly remember even after 2 months now. I found out about this team from one of my friends. I'm glad he suggested it. Everything went well during the trek. The guide was so humble and good. He showed me things that I could never have if I was traveling solo. I feel a deep connection with the landscapes of Mustang. Thanks to the guide and the team. The trip was a great experience! 

Philip Hoffmann

Philip Hoffmann

Katmandu, Bhaktapur Patan, and another locals city I forgot the name ( Themi) are the most interesting cultural cities for sightseeing in Katmandu valley. It's a very very vibrant and tremendous and much rich culture in Nepal. I went to Pokhara and on the way rafting in the river was great fun. 8 days of trekking to Khopra's dada was awesome and amazing with the fabulous horizontal mountain view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna series. After the trek, I went to Chitwan for 3 days Jungle Safari and back to Kathmandu via a flight.  I am very thankful to my guide and the organizer Sabbatical Explore Nepal for the best trip arrangement even for a short time. As we have discussed at the farewell dinner together I am sure to be back with my other working colleague. 
I already miss the beautiful mountains and caring people of Nepal. Specially Shiva my guide Shesh.
Namaste ! and see you asap !! 

Harish Gupta

Harish Gupta

We have just finished the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Sabbatical Explore Nepal. Our guide Shiva and Samir  were excellent, very friendly young men with good English. The looked after us very well, staying with us and supporting us as we trekked, and making sure our meals and accommodation were sorted each day. Shiva and Samir  were very knowledgeable about the mountains, the areas we visited and Nepal in general. It was lovely to share stories with them, and I’m sure they will make excellent guides as well.


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