- Visit Walled city and ancient monasteries of Mustang.
- Picturesque view of the Mountains and explore deepest gorge
- Visit Kingdom of Mustang
- Explore rain shadow region of Nepal
- Visit cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley.
Upper Mustang Trekking
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Glorious Himalaya team proudly and sincerely welcomes to all the trekkers and urges to join our 18 days Upper Mustang trekking package program. Upper mustang trekking takes you to the remote and semi-independent Tibetan kingdom which became independent in 1380. It is located in the north of Annapurna on the Tibet border in the Mustang district of the Dhaulagiri zone in Nepal. It is situated at an average altitude of 4,000 meters. The valley of Mustang is a part of the Tibetan plateau geologically and culturally. Lo-Manthang is the capital of Mustang district and it’s possible to visit the king palace in Lo-Manthang. It is a medieval city surrounded by a big wall. The valley has arid and rainshadow deserts. So, you can do this trek even in the month of July, August, and September (rainy season of Nepal). In upper Mustang, there are colorful rock formations consisting of many caves dwelling high up in the cliffs.
People belong to ethnic groups viz-Bista, Gurung, Thakali, Damai, Sharki, etc reside in an around the valley of Mustang. They are friendly, hardworking and nature-loving. People of Mustang district follow Tibetan Buddhism in a pure form and the houses are built of whitewashed with firewood tucked on the roofs. Tiji is the main festival celebrated by locals for three days in the month of May every year. There are some ancient and important big monasteries in Mustang valley which has their own spiritual numbs and values.
Once as an important part of Tibet for trading, upper Mustang is used by salt caravans crossing the Himalayas into Nepal. Besides, it’s a beautifully rugged landscape; it offers majestic and eye-catching views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and more. Mani walls, Buddhist shrines, gompas, a palace, and a mandala are another prime attraction of here. Upper Mustang trekking requires a special permit for foreigners since it is a restricted valley or region for outsiders. The prohibition was lifted and the first group of trekkers got an entry in 1992. Thereafter, hundreds of visitors pay their visit every year in order to enjoy and explore the beauty of the place and its people.
Upper Mustang trekking with the Glorious Himalayas team would be your lifelong holidays experience physically, mentally and spiritually.
Check out our fixed itinerary for Upper Mustang Trekking or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)
After you land at Tribhuwan International airport, you will be welcomed by our office representative. As he will be holding your name plate, it will be easy for you to recognize him. Then after, he will transfer you to the hotel. You can freshen up and have some walk around Thamel. At the evening our guide will give some briefing about our trek and routes. Overnight at hotel inclusive Bed & Breakfast.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and preparation for the trek
To make your trip more memorable, we will take you to have some sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. We will be visiting some historical and cultural places. Our program includes sightseeing around Swyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Kathmandu durbar square. Swyambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa are famous Buddhist holy places whereas Pashupatinath temple is famous Hindu holy site. Similarly Kathmandu durbar square carries historical values. You can also have some shopping of Nepalese product. Overnight at hotel inclusive bed and breakfast.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (8,50m) - 7 hrs Drive
After having breakfast, we will be ready to travel to Pokhara. Kathmandu-Pokhara is about 6-7 hour journey which goes by the side of Trishulu River and Marshyangdi River. You can watch out the living style of people living all along the side of highways. After we enter Pokhara valley, views of mountains will be in front of our eyes. Overnight at hotel inclusive Bed & Breakfast.
Fly to Jomsom and then trek to Kagbeni (2,800m) - 3 hrs Trek
After having our tasty breakfast, we will leave for Kagbeni via Jomsom. We will set off to airport for our flight to Jomsom. It is about 30 minutes flight over mid-hills with the scenic views of mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang from where our trekking starts. The trial goes along Kali Gandaki River for about 3 hours and then we will reach to Ekklibhatti. It is an easy walk up to Kagbeni from Ekklibhatti. Kagbeni was once a route to maintain trade relation with Tibet. You can see Kak Khola coming from Muktinath mixing up with Mustang Khola, which we name as Kali Gandaki River. It is a beautiful valley surrounded by high hills and mountains. Overnight at Lodge.
Trek to Chhuksang (2,980m) - 5 hrs Trek
Following our itinerary, today we will head towards Chhuksang. Chhuksang is about 5 hours trek and a phase from where we start entering upper Mustang from Lower Mustang. After having our hot breakfast, we will start our journey through the bank of Kali Gandaki River. You can have a glance of Gompa Kang and many caves on the way. After about 3 and a half hours, we will reach Tangbe. This village seems to be attractive because of its typical whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. You can enjoy the view of the Nilgiri peak from Tangbe and have some rest. This will help you regain your stamina. Moving on, we will finally be at Chuksang after about an hour. Chuksang village is mostly inhabited by Bhotias, Gurungs and mostly Thakali. Overnight at Lodge.
Trek to Samar (3,660m) - 5 hrs Trek
There is a distinct change here, not only in the topography, but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, and the settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang do practice agriculture, but because of the lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is in sheltered plots of land, scattering the brown landscape with patches of green. We carry on the north when you reach a huge red chunk of rock that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. A steel bridge spans the river just in front of the tunnel and north of here the Kali Gandaki becomes impassable on foot. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. Watch out here for the ferocious Tibetan mastiffs which are chained to many of the houses. From Chele, you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass, you descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. This is a major stopping place for horse and mule caravans. Overnight in a lodge.
Trek to Gheling (3,570m) - 5 hrs Trek
Starting the journey with climbing, we will ascend for about half an hour up to the point. Moving on we need to cross a small river and then we will be at the base of Shyangbochen. You can see some Chortens which is believed to be the most sacred place of Mustang. Finally descending for some more times we will reach to Gheling- a small village with mud houses and the least population. Overnight at Lodge.
Trek to Dhakmar (3,786m) - 5 hrs Trek
After our breakfast, we will start our trek with the climbing up to Nyila. And then we need to descend down below the blue, gray and red cliff to Ghaami- the biggest settlement of Upper Mustang. Continuing our trek, we move to Dhakmar through colorful cliffs and green scenery. After about 5 hours walk we will be at Dhakmar. Overnight at Lodge.
Trek to Lo-manthang (3,840m) - 7 hrs Trek
The next 7 hours walk to reach to Lo- Manthang. After our breakfast, we will leave for Lo- Manthang. The trial goes ups and downs with the beautiful views on the way. The scenic view of beautiful hills, glittering white snowy mountains, colorful Chorten will surely make your journey good and tireless. On the way, we pass Gumba Ghar- a monastery. Moving further, we will be at Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Lodge.
Sightseeing around Lo-Manthang - (3,840m)
So tired of walking? Today, we will take some rest and have some visiting in and around Lo- Manthang. Lo- Manthang is a walled city with about 150 houses. It is believed that this city existed before 1390 and Ama Pal is believed to be the pioneer of this city. Though Nepal has become a republic, this is the only Nepalese land where you can still witness the king. This city is identified for its tall white washed mud brick walls, Gompas and Royal Palace. The Royal Palace was built around 1400. You can visit the four major Gompas of this city- Jampa Gompa, Thubten Gompa; Chodey Gompa and Choprang Gompa. You can even visit Tingkhar- home to 40 houses. This route was made free only after 1992. Finally, we will get back to Lodge.
Visit Chhosser cave
After exploring Lo- Manthang, today we will move to Chhosser cave. Chhosser cave is a mysterious but stunning cave famous for its architectural beauty. This cave looks alike cliff but you will be amazed after you enter to explore this cave. You can see 44 rooms and many steps inside the cave. This cave somehow makes you feel of being in some wonderland different from rest of other places. After then we will return back to lo- Manthang on a jeep or horse. The horse ride can be a different experience to you and probably you will not want to miss it out. Overnight at lodge.
Trek to Ghaami (3,490m) - 6 hrs trek
From today, we will start our journey back to Jomsom. We will follow the same trial back to Ghaami. We can get some alternative routes on the way but very short ending up at the main trial in a short span of time. Eventually, we will be at Ghaami. Overnight stay at Ghaami.
Trek to Chhuksang (2,980m) - 6 hrs trek
Wake up, freshen up and have breakfast. Then we will leave for Chhuksang. On the way to Chhuksang, we have to cross Kali Gandaki River and pass some desert alike lands. Finally walking for about 6 hours, we will be at Chuksang. Overnight stay at Chhuksang.
Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) - 6/7 hrs trek
Today is a wonderful trek to the holy land of Hindus and Buddhist- Muktinath. The trail goes through beautiful apple orchards, agricultural fields and pretty villages. Muktinath has worshipped Hindus as Lord Vishnu and Buddhist as Avalokteshowrs. You can see 108 stone spots from where holy water comes and is believed to wash out our sins. You can take bath in the spots. But the water is so cold that you need to be cautious about your health before you march to the bath. Overnight stay at Muktinath.
Trek to Jomsom (2,710m) - 5/6 hrs trek
The final day of walking, we will leave for Jomsom after having our hot breakfast. The trek starts with the short descend down to Jharkot and Khingar. You can see beautiful monasteries which looks like of Tibet. On the other hand, you can have the picture of snowy cones of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri on the way which will help you feel energetic. Finally, we will walk along the Kali Gankdaki river up to Jomsom. You can have some walk around Jomsom and buy something if you want. Overnight at lodge in Jomsom.
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara - 30 minutes flight
After having our breakfast, we will move to the airport to catch a flight to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can then fresh up and have some visit around the lakeside. Overnight at Pokhara inclusive breakfast.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m) - 7 hrs drive
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance program.
After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday…
- All the airport and hotel transfers by private vehicles.
- 1-day Kathmandu sightseeing tour includes city tour guide and private transport.
- 3 nights of 3-star category hotel accommodations in Kathmandu city inclusive breakfast. o
- 2 nights of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu city inclusive breakfast.
- 12 nights twin sharing best lodges accommodations while on the trek.
- Round trip airfare & airport tax (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
- An experienced and government certified trekking guide for the trek.
- All the essential trekking permits and paperwork for the trek.
- Supporting porters to carry your loads during the trek. (1 porter for 2 guests)
- Foods, Salary, accommodation and accidental/medical insurance of all our trekking staffs.
- Company duffel and sleeping bags to use while on the trek.
- First aid medicine for the trek.
- Trip achievement certificate after the trip.
- Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner with cultural dance program at the end of the tour
- International airfares and Nepal visa.
- Meals during the trek.
- Extra nights hotel accommodation at Pokhara or Jomsom due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu hotel
- Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
- Your travel insurance.
- Gratitude to the guide and porters.
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