- Trip Duration 17 Days
- Price from US$ 1829
- Trip Grade Moderate
- Trip Style Trekking
- Max Person 02 - 16
- Meals Breakfast in cities & full board meals in trek
- Accomodation 2 star hotel in cities & tea house / Lodge on trek
- Transportation Private Vechiles & Domestic Flight
- Max.Altitude 4210M
About Upper Mustang Trek
A confined territory of Mustang offers voyagers with astounding remote trans-Himalayan trekking experience. The concealed world of the archival Buddhist kingdom, Upper Mustang preserves the glorious Tibetan culture. Tiji festival celebrated midst of monsoon to relish the victory over demons is the major attraction of Upper Mustang. The key attractions of this region are off beaten path, pristine natural beauty, the combo of iconic snow-capped Himalayas and deserted land, rich Tibetan culture and Buddhist sanctuaries. Upper Mustang is an ideal destination for those who love strolling in the exotic destinations. The ancient caves and the deserted crags are further appealing to the Himalayas behind. The archival city, Lo Manthang holds a great religious value and history. Monsoon is also regarded as the best time to head for the trek.
Upper Mustang Trek is an epic journey to the hidden kingdom of Nepal, which is still the mystery for the travelers. It lies in the restricted region of the Mustang district, beyond the Annapurna Himalayas. Upper Mustang is an isolated part, which has got desert landscape that is similar to the Tibetan terrain. The ultimate destination of this trek is the stone-walled Upper Mustang.
Upper Mustang remained unknown to the world till some decades ago. This trek let you discover the hidden facts of the Tibetan influenced communities. The traditionally settled villages, monasteries, chhortens and mani walls along with the colorful barley, potato, and buckwheat fields have prevailed throughout the trail of Upper Mustang. The sandy cliffs and caves are appealing that are further alluring with the Himalayas at the backdrop. The stone-walled Lo-Manthang is a town loaded with traditional values. They have preserved their antique culture and social traditions from centuries ago. Exploring the spiritual awe-inspiring social structures and cultural heritages, Upper Mustang Trekking offers the lifelong memories.
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- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu,1350m
- Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
- Day 03: Drive to Pokhara, 6 to 7 hours by drive.
- Day 04: Fly from pokhara to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m),3-4 hrs
- Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m. 5-6 hrs
- Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen 3,475m 6-7 hrs.
- Day 07: Trek to Ghaymi 3,520m, 5-6 hrs
- Day 08: Trek to Charang, 3,500m, 4-5 hrs
- Day 09: Trek to Lo-Mangthang 3,700m, 5-6 hrs.
- Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang
- Day 11: Trek to Drakmar 3,810 m, 6-7 hrs
- Day 12: Trek Ghiling 3,806m, 5-6 hrs.
- Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang 3,050m, 5-6 hrs.
- Day 14: Trek back to Jomsom 2,700m, 6-7 hrs.
- Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara.
- Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu.
- Day 17: Departure to International Airport
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu,1350mWelcome to Kathmandu. Our airport representative greets you at the international airport on your arrival. After you will be transferred at the hotel then check-in at the hotel, refresh and rest yourself. Your Trekking Guide will briefly explain your trip program in the evening. O/N at Hotel. (A)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.After breakfast, we set out for a tour guide to sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city Pashupatinath temple is the pilgrimage destination of Hindu devotees, lies on the bank of Bagmati River. It is a temple of Lord Shiva. Shiva Linga and It has got a place for cremation, where the dead bodies are burnt down. A great fair held here in Mahashivaratri. Boudhanath Stupa is a Buddhist pilgrimage site and the great Stupa in Asia, built in the 17th century. It is surrounded by the resident of Tibetan Buddhist communities. You can feel the real sense of Buddhism around here. Swoyambhunath Stupa is also known as the Monkey temple, lies on the top of the hill. The golden temple on the hilltop is followed by 365 steps which are significant in Buddhism. It is a good viewpoint of the Kathmandu valley and visitors can have the spectacular sunset views from here. Then we drive back to the hotel and prepare our upcoming trekking to upper Mustang, O/N at Hotel, (B, A).
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara, 6 to 7 hours by drive.After breakfast, we drive to Pokhara via Mugling. We follow the main road of Kathmandu Pokhara highway. It is pretty long but fantastic drive. Travelers can view several scenes, hill landscape, and terraced firm lands. Following the ridge of Trishuli, Marshyangdi and Seti River, we arrive at Pokhara. O/N at Hotel. (A, B)
Day 04: Fly from pokhara to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m),3-4 hrsIn the morning, transfer to the airport fly to Jomsom. This place is the districts headquarter of Mustang district. This 20 minutes flight over the mountains offers us to view Himalayan landmasses including 8000m tall mountains too. Jomsom is a large town and is the old age strategic trade center to Tibet. After, we continue from the river bed of Kali Gandaki. On crossing Ekley-Bhatti village, an easy trail route tracks us to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the amusing windswept village which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kak Khola is the major tributary of place coming from Muktinath and later it becomes Kaligandaki by mixing with Mustang Khola. O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A)
Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m. 5-6 hrsToday also we trek along the riverside of Kaligandaki. The gradual up and down sandy and windy trail offers to snatch charming natural sceneries. The first settlement that we see today is Tangbe village. Barley, wheat, apple, and buckwheat are the main agricultural product of the village. On forward we trek to Chhusang, cross a river and then head towards Chele through a small ridge. O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 06: Trek to Syanbochen 3,475m 6-7 hrs.We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. The climb continues along steep, treeless and dry terrain, along the side of a spectacular deep canyon to pass a cairn of rock. The trail then makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge and descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna Range, still dominated by Nilgiri, stands magnificently far to the south. We relax descend into a large gorge and go into another valley along the surrounding of cool streams and junipers trees, crossing a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. A further walk to reach Syanbochen for the overnight stay. We also pass by a famous Ramchung Cave and explore surroundings ancient unique village area... O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A)
Day 07: Trek to Ghaymi 3,520m, 5-6 hrsOur today’s journey starts with the uphill to Yamda La (3,850m) on passing some Tibetan style villages with little teahouses. We cross some mountain passes including Nyi pass (4,010m). Somewhere in and around the village, we can find fields of barley and some other trees also. We descend down and reach Ghaymi village to stop today. Ghaymi is the third largest village in the Lo-region, O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 08: Trek to Charang, 3,500m, 4-5 hrsAfter having breakfast, our trek starts by crossing Ghaymi Khola. The Khola is followed by uphill to a plateau. Just a bit ahead, there is a very long Mani wall. Mani wall is the sacred stone of Buddhist which is written the auspicious slogans of Buddhism. On passing the walls, we can meet Charang village in the East. The village has maze fields, willow trees; stone built houses and some Gompas (monastery) also. O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Mangthang 3,700m, 5-6 hrs.The trail descends about 125m from Charang, crosses the Tsarang Chu and follows the track to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 3580m, then enters the Tholung village. Then the trail further ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley (3700m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. A short descent leads onto the plain of Aspiration and then the trail crosses a stream and climbs up onto the plateau of Lo-Manthang, O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 10: Explore Lo-MangthangToday we explore around the Lo-Mangthang and is acclimatization day also. We visit Namgyal Gompa situated at the top of the hill. It is a famous monastery of the local area and also the local court. Next, we go to the northwest village of Lo-Mangthang called Tingkhar. In the alternative, we may go Champa Lakhang “God house”, Thugchen Gompa, Chyaodi Gompa and the four-story local king’s palace. Local people’s lifestyle and their typical traditions make us to enter into the new world of human seniority. O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 11: Trek to Drakmar 3,810 m, 6-7 hrsInstead of following the trail south to Tsarang, turn southwest along an indistinct trail that passes the irrigated fields of the city. After Lo Gekar, the trail climbs steeply to a cairn on a pass at 4000m, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Cross the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on this trek. The trail makes descend beside a stream visiting ancient Ghar Gompa more than 1200 years old and meet the Guru Rinpoche. Gompa is famous for its rock paintings and the legend of fulfilling our good wishes. Climb to a ridge, the route crosses some alpine meadows to a crest and then drops down a steep eroded gully overshadowed by red rock towers to Drakmar. O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 12: Trek Ghiling 3,806m, 5-6 hrs.This day again we follow on the gradual up down rough trail we trek for about 5-6 hours to reach to Ghiling. On reaching we explore around the village admiring local way of life. O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang 3,050m, 5-6 hrs.The path trekking back to Chhuksang is easy working down enjoying the Tibetan life style and culture. You will have wonderful scenery and the amazing views of Nilgiri, Tilicho and others tremendous Himalayan peaks. O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 14: Trek back to Jomsom 2,700m, 6-7 hrs.Today we walk down to the southern border of the Mustang region to Kagbeni. We gradually get down through old salt trade route; the stupa, monasteries and chortens (Buddhist shrine) are the main attractions of the day. After having a lunch at Kagbeni we will head to Jomsom following the Kali Gandaki River Bank with an easy and flat work. Continue the trail down on the stony path facing Tukuche, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Explore the headquarter city, O/N at Lodge. (B, L, D, A).
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara.Today in the morning we fly back to Pokhara. This 30 minutes breathtaking flight flies between the gorge of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. From Pokhara airport transfer to the hotel and you can have leisure time for Pokhara city With Better explore around lakes and city. O/N at Hotel (B, A).
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu.After breakfast, we drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu via Mugling. We follow the main road of Kathmandu Pokhara highway. It is pretty long but fantastic drive. Travelers can view several scenes, hill landscape and terraced firm lands. Following the ridge of Trishuli, Marshyangdi and Seti River, we arrive at Pokhara. O/N at Hotel. (A, B)
Day 17: Departure to International AirportThis day, it’s your final day of the trip in Nepal. On your airport time, our company representative bid farewell and wish for safe journey. (B)
- Tourists class transportation to and from the airport and hotel.
- Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with a private vehicle.
- 3 Nights standards Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- 2 Nights standards Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
- Tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
- Flight ticket ( Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) with airport pickup and drop and airport tax included.
- Trekking lodge /Teahouse accommodations during the trek.
- 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All necessary paperwork and entry permits (ACAP), special Upper Mustang permit, Government tax & official expenses.
- Government Licensed Holder trekking guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
- Porter during the Trekking (1 Potter for 2 trekkers) with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, and insurance.
- Supporter guide group size above 8+ people.
- Sleeping bag, Down jacket & Duffel Bag (if you do not have your own, to be returned after trip completion).
- The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag.
- Index Adventure T-shirt & Trekking Achievement Certificate.
- International airfare.
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs).
- Travel and rescue insurance (necessary).
- Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara city.
- Kathmandu sightseeing fees
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, bottle or boiled water & Hot Drinks Tea and Coffee, Hot Shower, Batteries charge, Heater during the Trek and Sweet things like desert).
- Extra night accommodation and meals if early departure from the mountain.
- Tips for the guide, porter. (Tipping is voluntary).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including the section
If you are travelling through air then you can only enter Nepal through Tribhuvan International Airport; is the only international airport in Nepal that operates several international flights on a daily basis. The airport is located in the capital city: Kathmandu, which is a popular hub for tourists visiting Nepal.
If you are travelling through road ways then you can either enter from China Border and India Boarder but before entering Nepal you should report yourself to Nepal Entry/Exit Points. Some of road entry/exit points are:
From China: Rasuwagadi Border & Kodari Border.
From India: Dhangadi, Kanchanpur, Nepalgunj, Birgunj, Kakarvitta, Bhairahawa
Do I need to get a visa, how I can get visa & what documents should I have with me during my Nepal visit?
Yes! Except for the citizens of India, you need to get yourself a Nepalese visa to enter the territory of Nepal. If you are an Indian citizen a valid identity would be enough to enter Nepal via the entry points.
Nepalese visa is easily available upon your arrival at any entry points (ref Q.N 1). Yes, you can get on arrival tourist Visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu there are some countries visa will needed $ 25 for 15 days, $ 40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days tourist visa from the dates of issue.For Tourist Visa, you need to bring along your valid passport ( must be valid up to 6 months ,just in case extra photocopies of passport ) and few copies of passport sized photograph.
You can apply online visa also. https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
Necessary Documents to bring/carrywhile traveling in Nepal are:
- Copy of your travel insurance,
- Emergency contact numbers of insurance agent and family members/friends
- Immediate cash and
- And any special medicine.
Note: The resident of countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine do not get visa in the entry point of Nepal.
Yes! Nepal is the safest country for the travelers around the world.
Upon your arrival, you can exchange your currencies at Tribhuvan International Airport but it might be low rate than other exchange places. However, banks do accept other countries' currencies too. All major banks of Nepal provide currency exchange services. Or the other option might be, exchanging your currency with the licensed money exchangers in major citieslike Kathmandu & Pokhara and mostof the commercial banks have ATM machines in major cities and towns of Nepal like Kathmandu and Pokhara where you will be able to withdraw money from your home country bank using your ATM card.
Trekking in Nepal can be done anytimeof the year, except for monsoon. During monsoon (June-August), trekking becomes a bit difficult due to heavy rainfall and unpredictable weather. However, the best time of the year for trekking in Nepal lasts from month of March-May (Spring Season) and September-November (Autumn Season).
You will be able to do all these activities in Nepal, yet they completely differ from each other. Trekking is a multi-day walk where you stop at various destinations along the trail. Generally, hiking refers to one day walk up from 2 hours to eight hours which might be a one or two day event. Mountain climbing is an adventurous activity which requires special gears and training, and is more risky than that of trekking and hiking as you climb the summit of mountain peak.
This relies upon where you go and in which season you travel. Nepal has 3 different regions for climate where Himalayan region is mild cold in summer and freezing cold in winter, in Hilly region all whole year climate is suitable for travel but in Terai region the summer is very hot and in winter is too cold.Weather in the Himalayan region is unpredictable. Around the morning, evening and night, it normally gets cold yet the days are warm. Winter (December to February) will be bit colder however the days will still be very delightful and comfortably warm if the sun is out. There might be some snowfall during the winter in high elevation places. You should always carry some warm clothes while trekking in the higher elevations, whatever the season.
One must possess a moderate level of physical fitness, past hiking experience, should not retain any chronic or subtle health issues especially in leg functions, and must be able to mentally adjust for multi-day treks in the remote areas. If you match all of the above criteria, then you are ready to trekking Nepal.
The duration of your trek and the choice of the destination determines the difficulty and length. Generally, the duration lies from a minimum of 5 days to a maximum of 30 days or even more. This relies upon the Trekking route that you've chosen however; normally we will be walking close to five to six hours per day. There are different types of trekking grading from easy, moderate and changeling.
Tea house trekking refers to a trek where all your accommodation and meals are organized in a lodge/house with subtle services.
Camping trekking is a trekking where we furnish you with tent settlement and full board with dinners to be cooked by proficient trekking cook in a versatile camp, outfitted with a kitchen and with satisfactory care staff of kitchen assistants, aides and porters.
The meals and water available in lodges and camps are hygienic enough while trekking in Nepal.The predominant daily food of people in Nepal is lentil soup and curried vegetables with rice, typically called "Daal, Bhat,Tarkari” in Nepali. You might find the curries often spicy and oily which might bring out stomach problems to the foreigners. Along the Trekking trail will be simple, mix of local and international cuisine.Hence, we would suggest you to stick with normal, less spicy food. Another thing that one ought to know about while visiting Nepal is to drink packaged mineral water unless you are sure that the water is boiled, filtered or you can refine with water medicine tablets.
Since there are numerous restaurants serving vegetarian foods in Nepal, there is no problem in being a veggie lover. You can easily get vegetarian food even when you enter normal restaurants.
If you want to make your trip considerably comfortable and hassle free, you ought to hire a porter or a guide. A porter will carry your belongings while a guide will lead you to your destination conveniently, and they aid you in any kind of emergency, so it would be an ideal decision to take a guide with you.
Trekking in Nepal comes in following trekking options:
- Private Guide + Porter
- Private Guide + No Porter
- Porter-Guide (Combined Person)
- Small Group Trek with Guide + Porter or Yaks
Tips are highly expected by every porters and guides whom you go with. It is nice and acceptable way of saying thank you for their support and help during your whole journey. Normally, we suggest to tip around 10-20% of total trip cost. And, they feel happy when you pay tip in Nepali rupees because they felt difficulties to exchange while you pay them in your currencies.
Nepal is the safest place to travel. Nepal lies in the safest place or destination for every foreigners who wants to travel Nepal. Travelers needs to fallow basic rules so that they can explore the Nepal freely. A reputed and legally register travel company used to organize and manage your whole trip. So there will be no any problem during your visit. During your long trip there will be one Nepali Guide with you and he/she will handle your all issues and tells you do's and don'ts during your visit. Some of the basic rules are listed below.
- Do not trek alone.
- Do not display your cash and expensive items.
- Ask your immediate queries with us and our representatives.
- Have your travel insurance and leave a copy to us.
- Leave a copy of your passports and other important document to us.
- Don’t hesitate to ask any questions to your travel planner and your travel partner.
We are here to support you to make your travel memorable. You should fully believe on us.
Firstly, Nepal is referred as one of the safest countries in the world, so Nepal indeed is safe for solo female Trekkers as well. Besides, while you're on one of our treks, we assume individual liability for your prosperity, a responsibility we regard genuinely.
Our Guides carry a Normal medicine & emergency First Aid Kit. But “Prevention is always better than cure”, so it is always a good idea to bring your personal medicines along with you when you come to Nepal. Despite the fact that there are numerous drug stores in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara, and major cities of Nepal. It is highly suggested to carry some essential restorative stuff like insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, eye drops, and swathes etc.
There is high chances of getting altitude sickness while trekking above 3000m but there will be no worry because you will be taken care responsibly. Our guides are trained enough to handle this kind of situationIf the situation is harsh then guides promptly, moves you to a lower elevation first, and will be given medical aid as the quick treatment to recover. In case of emergencies the guide will take immediately action transfer to the nearby hospital utilizing your travel insurance. Remember to keep calm during such situations, also trust your guide, who is also trained in first aid.
Yes! It is highly recommended to get a travel insurance before travelling to Nepal. Most of the travel insurance covers your emergency flights, medical expenses, and theft or loss of possessions but in the mean time while you are trekking in Nepal you should buy mountain helicopter evacuation insurance up 5500 m. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country because we don’t have mountain rescue insurance here in Nepal.
Normally, all hotels and restaurants in city grant access to free internet services to their guests.Since you will be in the mountainous region, Wi-Fi might not work everywhere or for many days. However, most of the guesthouses offer Wi-Fi for free or for a little charge. It is better not to rely on the internet and enjoy your trip. Else, you can use mobile internet after acquiring a Nepalese SIM cards like 'NTC SIM Cards' or 'NCELL SIM cards',in mountains until you get signal of Cello phone.
Normally you can purchase SIM cards to use in your smart mobile phones in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other major cities too. To purchase SIM cards you need to provide a passport size photo and copy of your passport. It cost you very cheap to purchase such SIM cards.
Everything relies upon the time and elevation of your trek. However, if you are trekking on higher elevations, you should carry with yourself a down jacket and a pair of warm clothes. In other occasions, carry trekking jeans and shorts, sleeping bag, a pair of trekking boots, and camera and gears that you may require. Counsel a checklist of clothing and gears on our site, but remember to pack light clothes & gears. Normally, you need to carry a small day pack where you can put your light water proof jacket, 1 liter water bottle, sunglasses, cap/hat, your personal medicine and some money. A porter will carry your luggage, and you should pack your clothes and sleeping bag on plastics and keep into your rucksack which should be below 12 KG/25 pounds. In long days trek your luggage will kept back to hotel where you will came back after your trek.
Normally, you should bring extra money for alcoholic and soft drinks, hot shower, tipping for staffs and shopping around the trek. We suggest to you bringing $ 250 to $ 300 Dollars which you can change in different currencies converting outlets. In Kathmandu and Pokhara cities you can withdraw Nepali rupees from ATM’s Booths too, credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there is additional Charge for this service. Undeniably, Kathmandu city is the shopper’s paradise. One can treasure trove the real work of art and memento. Some of the most prevalent things that foreigners usually shop in Nepal are weaved garments, Tibetan carpets, pottery, mask and manikins, statues, Khukuri (traditional knife), and Thanka paintings.
You can book the trip through our website, phone, or via email. It is always a good idea to book your trip in advance because some of trekking regions we need reserved the domestic flight and we accommodate last minute bookings also even you arrive and want to organize.
About the payments terms you need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arrive to Nepal after remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.
Our representative will be there at airport to receive you with your nameplate who will carry your luggage and place it to private vehicle and then he/she will drop you to the booked hotel where your tour leader will be waiting you for a meet. And, also be aware that when you proceed out of the Airport, some Nepali carriers might try to help you to carry your luggage, and ask you for a tip. So you need to say 'Not needed' and wait to find our representative.
You will find good toilet facilities in the lodges and hotels and you will get to shower and wash your hair in hotels/lodges where you will stay. Our tour leader will orient you about all thinks when you reach here in detail too.
Nepal Standard Time (NPT) is the standard time zone for Nepal. With a time offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of +5:45 all over Nepal, it is one of only three time zones with a 45-minute offset from UTC.16.