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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek leads you to the hidden semi-independent kingdom of Nepal attached to the Tibetan Border. This region is also known as Lo. Hundreds of years back, Lo belonged to Tibetan rulers, hence Upper Mustang area still widely practice Tibetan Buddhism. The area is also known as the Himalayan cold desert. Thousands of years old Buddhist monasteries, colourful rock formation, hundreds of caves and more are some areas of interests. Upper Mustang Trekking was not permitted by the Government of Nepal until 1992, though the area is restricted even today for individual trekkers or backpackers. The region lies in Dhaulagiri rain shadow area so June / July / August is the best months to visit these areas. Until recently, Upper Mustang Trek was accessible only in the camping mode but nowadays basic tea houses have made it easier for trekkers to get their meals and accommodation. Upper Mustang trekking; one of the beautiful treks in Nepal is for trekkers looking for something different in the Himalaya. Mustang region has been popular for several years among the trekkers from all over the world. It is a perfect destination for an adventurer wishing to see Tibetan influenced traditions and cultures. It is a spectacular Himalayan trekking behind the Himalayas which is perfect during monsoon season. Most part of the Upper Mustang Trekking is situated behind the rain shadow area where you will experience less rain than in other areas even in monsoon season. The huge, cold and dry land from Kagbeni to Tibetan border is known as Upper Mustang which is a restricted area by Nepal government. A visitor must have an immigration permit issued by Department of Immigration, Nepal government to enter the land. A government licensed trekking agency, a government licensed trekking guide is compulsory to obtain the entry permit. Upper Mustang area is popular for exploration of centuries old caves, unspoiled cultures and hundreds of years old monasteries of the region. Mustang Trekking is an adventure of lifetime for anyone from anywhere in the world. Upper Mustang area is also known as "The last Forbidden Kingdom". Trekking to Upper Mustang is much similar to trekking in the high lands of Tibet, China.

Total Duration : 17 Days

Difficulty : Moderate

Highest Altitude : 4170M / 13,681FT

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city

Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city

Transportation : Private, Public Vehicles, Flight

Best Months : April, May, June, July, August September, October

Group Size : 02 to 12 People

Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, drive to Hotel

Please find our airport representative waiting right outside the airport building to pick you up from airport. We will then drive to designated hotel for overnight stay. Depending on your flight time you will have free day to get used to the city. Spend the day on your own or join with us for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for trek permit preparations

Your original passports will be needed by Nepal Immigration Board to issue your restricted area permit. We will collect your passport and get your permits issued for the trek. You have another free day to explore the city and to get ready for the trekking. (Breakfast)

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820M), explore lakeside in the evening (7 Hours Drive)

We will start our day with quick coffee in the hotel and head to tourist buspark to catch our bus to Pokhara. It's a beautiful countryside driving through beautiful towns next to Kathmandu - Pokhara highway. We will spend our evening exploring Lakeside; the queen of Pokhara city.(Breakfast)

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,750M), trek to Kagbeni (20-35 Minutes flight / 3 - 4 hours trek)

We will drive to airport early in the morning to board our flight to Jomsom. It's 20 - 25 minutes scenic flight in between several Himalayan peaks. Jomsom is one of the biggest village of the Kaligandaki valley. We will complete baggage formalities then start the trek to Kagbeni. We will be walking next to dirt road heading to upper Mustang. We will have some grand views of Nilgiri Himalayas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Trek to Chele (6 - 7 Hours)

We will complete immigration permit formalities in Kagbeni and start our journey heading to northern side of Kaligandaki valley. It's picturesque trail following the bank of Kaligandaki river. We will be passing through several caves, monasteries, beautiful fields of barley, buckwheat, apple and wheat near Tangbe village. Continuing through the windy valley we will reach Chhusang village. We will cross a small stream and leave the Kaligandaki valley before reaching Chele for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (6 - 7 Hours)

Once we continue a bit we will cross Kali Gandaki river and ascend towards the village of Samar. We will leave the chhortens behind before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. We will have a great day followed by high altitude cold deserts in front and several panoramic white mountains behind. Continuing further we will descend to Shyangboche which is a small settlement of local people. From here the trail descends to Geling identified by a beautiful field of barley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Trek to Charang (5 - 6 Hours)

We will enjoy our brakfast in the lodge before start our journey to Charang. Continuing our journey via dry and loose trail we will reach Ghami where we will pass through one of the longest Buddhist mani walls of Nepal surrounded by beautiful Himalayas at Ghami. Continuing further will take us to village of Charang for overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Trek to Lo Manthang (5 - 6 Hours)

We will visit monastery in Charang village before we commence our journey to La Manthang. The trail is spectacular together with various Himalayan peaks including Annapurna I, Nilgiring, Tilicho Peak and Bhrikuti. Encountering with isolated chhrotens will differentiate Charang and Lo Manthang. We will continue our journey along the southern walls surrounding the valley. Here we will reach the Lo Manthang.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Rest and exploration day at Lo Manthang

We have walked from so far to explore the beautiful town of Lo Manthang. There are several things to explore around the town. We will be visiting few monasteries and visit the royal family of Mustang. We have whole day to rest, relax and explore the beautiful valley of Lo Manthang.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Trek to Dhakmar (6 - 7 Hours)

We will use a different route to Drakmar than the one we took while coming to Lo Manthang. Following several ups and downs we will reach Ghar where we will explore a monastery which is believed to be 1200 years old. Local people believe that any wishing made in the monastery is fulfilled. Continuing further will take us to Dhakmar village for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Trek to Syanboche (6 - 7 Hours)

We will take our breakfast in the hotel before continuing our trekking to Syanboche. Followed by several caves we will ascend to the ridge above Ghami from where we will have great views of the pass and the long mani wall that we passed few days ago. Furthermore, crossing two beautiful passes will take us to Syanboche for overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Trek to Chhusang (6 - 7 Hours)

We start our journey to Chele following the left side of the valley where we will meet flocks of sheep and goats grazing in the valley. Continuing the trail will take us to Samar and continuing further will take us to Chele and continuing some more will take us to Chhusang for overnight stay. We will have beautiful Himalayan scenery along the way. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom, final day of trek (6 - 7 Hours)

We will be following the Kaligandaki valley all the way to Jomsom. It will be a windy and dry day to Jomsom. As soon as we reach Kagbeni we will reach the popular Annapurna Circuit trail and continue towards Jomsom following the Kaligandaki river. It's our final day walk so celebrating the end of the successful trek in Jomsom should not be missed. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara (20 - 25 minutes flight Hours)

We will first enjoy our last meal in the Himalayas. We will then proceed to airport to catch our flight to Pokhara. The flight is beautiful beautiful and flies between the Himalayas. It can be taken as a mountain flight. The views from the windows are unimaginable. Once we complete 20-25 minutes flight we will get our transport to take us to Hotel. You can enjoy free afternoon or go for a sightseeing. There are some remarkable places in Pokhara like world peace Pagoda, Matepani Monastery, International Mountain Museum, Devi's Falls etc. Alternatively, you can go for boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening you can enjoy last night dinner with your staffs and celebration of your successful adventure. (Breakfast)

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu

We will follow Prithvi Highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs. (Breakfast)

Day 16: Free rest / buffer day in Kathmandu

It's time to explore the local town of Thamel and buy souvenirs for friends and relatives. You will have a full day to buy everything for close ones. You can also do sightseeing around the town, get ready for departure! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Langtang Valley Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)

Important Note:
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.