Upper Mustang Trek

Overview

The Upper Mustang Trek takes you on an extraordinary journey into the remote Trans-Himalayan region, also known as the semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom or the ‘Last Forbidden Kingdom.’ This trek offers a rare opportunity to explore a region that remained untouched for centuries, providing a unique cultural and natural experience. As you trek through the semi-arid desert landscapes, you’ll be greeted by striking scenery, ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and cave dwellings that showcase the rich Tibetan Buddhist heritage. The region’s undisturbed culture and architecture have been preserved, offering a glimpse into a way of life that has remained largely unchanged over time. One of the highlights of the trek is the walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the Mustang region. This historic settlement, with its whitewashed buildings and narrow alleys, exudes an enchanting atmosphere that transports you back in time. The Upper Mustang Trek is a unique experience due to the limited number of visitors allowed each year. This restriction helps preserve the region’s fragile environment and cultural traditions, ensuring that trekkers can fully immerse themselves in the authentic Tibetan way of life. While the trek presents challenges, such as navigating rocky terrain and adapting to the high-altitude conditions, the rewards are truly exceptional. From the breathtaking desert landscapes to the warm hospitality of the locals, the Upper Mustang Trek offers an unforgettable adventure for those seeking a genuine off-the-beaten-path experience.

Trek's Highlight

  • Remote Trans-Himalayan region - Explore the semi-independent Tibetan Kingdom
  • Striking desert landscapes - Trek through semi-arid, arid terrain and dramatic canyons
  • Ancient monasteries - Discover centuries-old Buddhist monasteries and gompas
  • Traditional villages - Experience the authentic way of life in villages like Ghami and Tsarang
  • Cave dwellings - Witness unique human habitats carved into cliffs
  • Walled city of Lo Manthang - Marvel at the historic capital with whitewashed buildings
  • Rich Tibetan Buddhist culture - Immerse yourself in the undisturbed cultural heritage
  • Preserved architecture - Appreciate the well-maintained traditional Tibetan architecture
  • Restricted trekking permits - Limited visitors allowed, ensuring an exclusive experience
  • High-altitude trekking - Challenging trek with acclimatization required for higher elevations
  • Thrilling landscapes - Rugged trails, rocky terrain, and dramatic mountain vistas
  • Warm local hospitality - Experience the welcoming nature of the Mustang residents

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the day exploring cultural landmarks such as Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Drive or fly to Pokhara, enjoying scenic views along the way. Explore Pokhara's lakeside area and engage in leisure activities. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Take a morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, then trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni, passing through unique landscapes and traditional villages. Explore Kagbeni's walled passages and clay effigies. Overnight stay in Kagbeni.

Trek from Kagbeni to Chele, following the Kali Gandaki River. Pass through Tangbe Village and enjoy views of apple orchards and barley fields. Overnight stay in Chele.

Trek from Chele to Syangmoche, crossing the Taklam La and Darjori La passes. Explore caves and enjoy mountain views along the way. Overnight stay in Syangmoche.

Trek from Syangmoche to Ghami, crossing the Yamada La pass. Pass through forests and picturesque villages. Overnight stay in Ghami.

Trek from Ghami to Charang, passing mani walls and crossing the Charang La pass. Explore Charang village and its fortress. Overnight stay in Charang.

Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang, passing through the Lo La pass. Explore the historic walled city of Lo Manthang and its surrounding mountains. Overnight stay in Lo Manthang.

Spend the day exploring Lo Manthang's cultural landmarks, including monasteries and palaces. Optionally, take a day trip to nearby attractions such as Chhoser Cave. Overnight stay in Lo Manthang.

Trek from Lo Manthang to Dhakmar, passing through Gyakar Village and its ancient Ghar Gompa. Make a wish at the Ghar Gompa as per tradition. Overnight stay in Dhakmar.

Trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling, enjoying views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. Overnight stay in Ghiling.

Trek from Ghiling to Chuksang, passing through small villages and agricultural fields. Overnight stay in Chuksang.

Trek from Chuksang to Jomsom, rejoining the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Explore Jomsom town and its surroundings. Overnight stay in Jomsom.

Take a morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Enjoy leisure time in Pokhara, shopping, or relaxing by Fewa Lake. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Spend the day exploring Kathmandu or doing last-minute shopping. Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey or departure.

Please note: This itinerary can be further customized according to your preferences, interests, and time constraints.

Includes

  • 11 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara (Kuti Resort or similar)
  • Guide for 14 days
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu tourist bus
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • Restricted Area Permit
  • 12 x breakfast, 11 x lunch, and 11 x dinner while on the trek

Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
Why is the Upper Mustang trek more expensive than other treks of the same length?

The trek requires a special permit, which adds to the cost. Additionally, internal flights and other logistical factors contribute to the overall expense.

Is a private trek of the Upper Mustang possible?

Yes, private or bespoke treks can be arranged with a minimum of two people. Contact the organizers for more information and customization options.

What is the terrain like on the Upper Mustang trek?

The terrain varies from sandy and desert-like to rocky, with well-defined paths. No technical equipment is required, making it suitable for trekkers with moderate fitness levels.

What is the best time to visit Upper Mustang?

The best time to visit is from March to late November, avoiding mid-winter when conditions may be harsh.

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Upper Mustang Trek