Upper Mustang trekkingUpper Mustang trekking

Upper Mustang trekking

  • Adventure beyond Kali-Gandaki River valley towards restricted areas of Upper Mustang
  • Daily views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range with high Mustang Himal
  • Exploring traditional villages of native Mustang and Thakali tribes of great cultural interest
  • From moderate to adventurous e walks towards former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang
  • Following the path on old Trans Himalaya Salt and caravan trade route of Nepal and Tibet
  • Flying high to and from scenic Pokhara and impressive Jomsom town with mind-blowing views

adventure beyond Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya towards high Mustang areas

Upper Mustang Trekking is an adventure around the former forbidden country of the Lobas, the indigenous people of Upper Mustang.

A picturesque highland bounded by towering snow-capped peaks of Mustang and Dhaulagiri Himal with scenic windswept dry terrains.

Upper Mustang is an extension of the vast South West Tibetan Plateau, the highest and largest Tableland on Earth. The highest areas of Mustang are lined with a gigantic colored wide wall of canyons and towering wind-eroded cliffs.

Covered with amazing red mud hills, makes the Upper Mustang similar to moonscapes, as well as paradise for professional photographers.

Upper Mustang Trekking is also the gateway of the old Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet. Where caravan of mules, horses, and yaks laden with goods from both sides passed through Karo-La pass unto Tibet.

The adventure to Upper Mustang Trekking with Explorer Adventures begins from a beautiful Pokhara, a renowned tourist destination of Nepal.

Take a short scenic flight through the giant peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range to land at Jomsom Airport. The real journey begins heading towards the windy Kaligandaki River Valley to the old village of Kagbeni.

An interesting Kagbeni village adorned with similar cultures as their Tibetan predecessor across the border. From here enters the wild country of Upper Mustang, walking on windswept terrains, and traversing high passes. Reach from one scenic valley to another beautiful location and walk through lovely traditional villages to Lo Manthang. A former forbidden walled kingdom of Lo Manthang, ruled in the past by various kings/raja.

Entering the old walled kingdom of Lo Manthang, having time to explore its impressive town. Takes you back to the medieval period era of narrow cobbled streets lined with shops and restaurants. Includes famous ancient Buddhist religious sites with impressive monuments and monasteries of great historical and cultural interest.

Lo Manthang is also famous for itscolorful religious festival called Tije, which falls in late spring during May.  An exciting and interesting to be in the festival for a wonderful experience of a lifetime around the hidden Shangri-La.

After an enjoyable moment at the walled kingdom of Lo Manthang, our adventure slowly comes to an end.  As the walk follows through the nice villages of Charang, Ghami, and Chusang to reach Kagbeni. The end of Upper Mustang region, and then an exciting walk to Jomsom the headquarters town of Mustang district. An early morning panoramic flight brings you to a scenic city in Pokhara, where our great marvelous Upper Mustang Trekking concludes.

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On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Upper Mustang Journey for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.

    Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day journey to Upper Mustang Journey.

      Morning taking an exciting drive with scenic views of Himalayan peaks, as ride leads on Nepal’s busy highway past many towns and farm villages then reaching at Nepal Mid West warmer areas at beautiful Pokhara city and its scenic valley. Pokhara blesses with natural beauty of rolling green hills, high and massive Annapurna Himalaya with magnificent Machapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ that reflects on its serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes. On reaching Pokhara transfer to hotel by the Phewa lakes with time for stroll around the lake side of great interest with views of Annapurna mountain range.

        After a pleasant overnight in Pokhara, morning drive for short scenic flight to Jomsom with close views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains as the flight touches at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district, after Jomsom first day adventure and walks begins on Kali-Gandaki River valley and its windswept country, few hours of good walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris brings you at Kagbeni village. A nice village of Tibetan style located on the start and ending point of Upper Mustang area and to Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, on an old Himalayan Caravan trade route of Nepal and Tibet.

          Due to possibility of driving within Upper Mustang, where we will take a jeep ride to reach at charming Tsarang or Charang village for first overnights stops around Upper Mustang region. Morning drive climb into canyon of high red eroded cliff edge, following upper upstream of Kailgandaki River, within unique landscapes of cliff walls, a nice ride with views brings past Chele, a moderate size village also spelled as Tsele.

          From Tsele or Chele, continue drive with climb to Gyakar village, and from here into dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area. After Samar village with short stops drive leads to Bhena and then climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

          From here on down-hill to Geling village past Syangboche village, as our journey carries on with time to visit old monastery full of Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour drive to Ghami village and then cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) as drive leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone). From here to Dhakmar village, after hours of pleasant ride reaching at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops buck wheat’s with overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.

            Today a day drive to Lo -Manthang of few hours ride on scenic and dusty tracks to reach our main destination of this great adventure, and to enter the former walled Kingdom of Lo-Manthang surrounded by high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decade, on the walk coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks. Drive leads over Lo La pass above 3,950 meters with views of Lo Manthang walled city and then descend reaching a nice trail to Lo Manthang for overnight stops.

              Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of the journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within great high wall, visit historical and cultural centre the main attraction of Lo-Manthang. The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit interior of the old palace and to grant audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.

                After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning start walk on the trail back to Marang village, and then towards west using an old path to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.

                  From Dhakmar village, morning walk leads towards long Mani (Prayer) Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit its old interesting monastery.

                    Slowly this fascinating journey comes to an end as our drive leads to Syangboche village and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages. Drive across stream past Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending the ride at Tsusang or Chusang village for last overnight stops in Upper Mustang.

                      Morning drive leads to a climb of an hour and the heading past several villages and then back at Kagbeni, and then towards holy area at Muktinath, reaching height of 3,750 meter, drive leads through interesting village of Jharkot, from here the trail climbs gradually for short hour to reach holy Muktinath. Muktinath, located in between the popular trek to Manang via the high pass of Thorang la and the trail also joins from upper Mustang region, in the auspicious time this place is flooded with pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist, a nice walk to the Temple of Muktinath and with its 108 water spout, which is also the source of Kaligandaki river. Superb views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche can be seen from the campsite and as well from Muktinath itself including the Tilicho and Nilgiris peaks to the left.

                        From this peaceful religious and holy site of Muktinath with views of Dhaulagiri range, at Muktinath our trekking completes taking a ride to reach lower areas of Mustang, since the motor-able came walking is disturbed by movement of vehicles, so taking a drive instead of walking. Drive leads towards wide Kaligandaki River within its windswept landscapes to reach at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang area, an interesting town inhabited by Thakali people of Buddhism religion, as these tribe on long history of trade with Tibet as this town situated on main old Trans Himalayan salt and caravan trade of Nepal and Tibet. With time here to enjoy walks and observe the local people fascinating culture and traditions.

                          Our last day of the adventure early morning walk to Jomsom small airport for super scenic short flight to land at picturesque Pokhara and then transfer to respective hotels by the Phewa lake side.

                            Morning transfer either car-coach or tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for drive back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

                              Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful adventure and experience on Upper Mustang Journey with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                                What's Included
                                • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with BB 
                                • Deive from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathamndu
                                • Domestic flight  from Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara
                                • Upper Mustang Special permit 
                                • Annapurna conservation area project [ACAP}entry permit
                                • Two night standard hotel in pokhara on bed and breakfast basis 
                                • In all your arrival and departure private transportation
                                • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
                                • Government license holder guide 
                                • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
                                • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                                • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
                                • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
                                • duffel bag for packing your things for the trekking 
                                • Government taxes and official expense
                                What's not Included
                                • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                                • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                • Tips for porters (80-100) and guides ($100-120)
                                • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
                                • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                                • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                                • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression.
                                Useful Information

                                Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries' hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                                Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                                 Guide and Porters for Upper Mustang trekking  15 Days: 

                                On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                                All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                                Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                                Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                                Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude.

                                What to Bring During 15 Days Upper Mustang trekking?

                                **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                                Clothing and footwear

                                • Trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                                •  Sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                                •  Flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                                • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                                • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                                • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                                • Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                                • Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                                • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                                • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.

                                Equipment for 15 Days Upper Mustang trekking

                                 *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                                 *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                                *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in       Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                                *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                                 *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                                *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                                * A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                 Personal usage on Upper Mustang trekking 15 Days

                                > Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                                > Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                                > Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate

                                Upper Mustang trekking FAQs

                                • Late spring from April to May, as well early or pre-summer time of June is the high and peak season. Where days are much longer with sunny hours till late afternoon, however windy afternoon with cold nights and morning.
                                  The next best season is autumn / fall begins from September till November, the best is September and October. November will be very cold with shorter days and sunlight hours.

                                • As the motor road has linked from Pokhara, Beni all the way to Lo Manthang.
                                  The only vehicle that runs to and from Jomsom to Jomsom is Jeep or similar four wheelers. Interested people can request in advance on booking the trip, whether drive, hitch hike or walk throughout the trip. Instead of a week or more walking itinerary days on drive will be shorter by few days

                                • The Upper Mustang or whole areas of Mustang district follows Tibetan ways of Buddhism. Similar to their Tibetan predecessor, as the native of Mustang has strong and close link with Tibet. As well the culture and traditional ways of life, farming and raising livestock. Besides Buddhism some Mustang people also follows the ancient practice of Bon a pre-Buddhism. Worship of nature and soul and spirits of the ancestors, which you can observe on this journey

                                • From Jomsom onwards the food and lodge accommodations are of Tourist Standard. Since the Upper Mustang was opened for outside visitors, where every main village have good and well-kept guest house / lodge. But higher areas from Kagbeni onwards most lodge have rooms with common toilets and bathrooms.
                                  This is due to harsh cold climate and altitude wise, where plumbing systems does not work from the cold temperatures. Especially in the morning evening and night time.

                                  The foods are excellent as per the list on the menu, from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali foods. Some lodge restaurants also provide fresh bakery products also.

                                • On walks from Jomsom towards Upper Mustang and Lo Manthang, we will avoid the jeep tracks as much as possible. Diverting on old trekking path, where motor road does not touch. Sometimes crisscrossing around the Jeep tracks.
                                  But more or less we will try to avoid the motorable road to make the trek more interesting and enjoyable.

                                Client Reviews
                                • Mustang , 2014

                                  Mustang, 2014 We did some research to find the most reliable and knowledgeable team for our trip to the Mustang region of Nepal. We chose Explorer Adventure for a private trek (2 person) as they offered the best options available. They take care of booking all accommodations (hotels and tea houses), transportation (car and airplane), permits, etc... and provide the guide and porter required for a safe and enjoyable trek. Our guide, Bam Magar, and our porter were very familiar with the area and both were an unbelievable source of information. They selected the best route and tea houses along the way. We just had to enjoy the trek and the beautiful views of the Himalaya's. After visiting the walled city of Lo Mangthang, we went to visit the 2000 years old Jhong caves. Bam had schedule a horseback ride to/from the caves. It was a wonderful experience and we were amazed to visit this historical site. Our trek was a fantastic experience and we are planning to go back for more exciting treks. It's a pleasure to recommend Explorer Adventure and it's great team for this trek to the Mustang region or any other treks in Nepal. Leo, BC,Canada [email protected]

                                  LeoCanada,January 19, 2015