Upper Mustang Trek- 17 Day

Upper Mustang Trek- 17 Day
  • Duration17 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate Trek
  • Maximum Altitude 3810

Upper Mustang is one of the very few wonderlands on the whole earth. Mustang lies just beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges in Western Nepal. Nowadays, Upper Mustang trekking has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. Protected from monsoon rains in the mountainous barrier heights of 8000 Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, the Mustang is one of the few regions of Nepal where trekking is possible in summer, with the landscape very different from the rest of the country's altitude desert. Mustang is a compendium of Tibetan culture, with its chortens and Buddhist monasteries.

It’s also the place where Khampa rebels of Tibet hid during their insurgency against the China Government and the CIA dropped weapons for them from Helicopter. At that time, beyond the Nepal-China Border, Chinese troops were in action. That was the time when Dalai Lama was in exile to India and Nepal was under pressure to dismiss Khampa. Finally, the Khampa rebels surrendered to Nepali Troops and some of them were also killed.

Since then Mustang was a forbidden land for foreigners, a sensitive zone. Mustang is a beautiful hidden valley that has its local Monarch without any political power. People of the upper Mustang believe in and respect the local king as a symbolic icon of the Upper Mustang. Long forbidden to foreigners and yet little used because of its restricted access, this small kingdom remained independent within Nepal for a long time.

Eventually, Mustang has been opened to foreigners. Outsiders were keen to know about the mystery of the Mustang and to learn about its medieval age, culture, customs, and its brand of Buddhism. However, only a limited number of tourists can enter Mustang in a year, and you need a special permit from the Nepal Government. Similarly, you have to travel through a trekking agency, with a limited time frame for staying there.

Highlights
  • Upper Mustang is one of the very few wonderlands in the whole earth
  • .Mustang lies just beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges in Western Nepal.
  • Upper Mustang trekking has become one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal.
  • Protected from monsoon rains in the mountainous barrier heights of 8000 Annapurna and Dhaulagiri,
  • the Mustang is one of the few regions of Nepal where trekking is possible in summer, with the landscape very different from the rest of the country's altitude desert.
  • Mustang is a compendium of Tibetan culture, with its chortens and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Lo Manthang Capital of former Mustang Kingdom
  • Medieval Tibetan Culture
  • Ancient Monasteries and caves
  • Tiji Festival
  • Luri Gumba
  • Ghar Gumba
  • Damodar Kunda 
  • Ancient Chorten
  • Nepal Tibet Border

 

Itinerary

You arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, at an altitude of 1340 meters. You will be welcomed to Nepal upon your arrival.

    In the afternoon, you finalize your preparations for the upcoming trek.

      You take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside city. After reaching Pokhara (at an altitude of 830 meters), you embark on a guided tour of the Pokhara Valley. This may include visiting attractions like Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, or the World Peace Pagoda.

        You fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, a town in the Mustang region. From Jomsom, you begin your trek toward Kagbeni. The trek takes approximately 3-4 hours, and you'll be walking at an altitude of 2856 meters.

          Leaving Kagbeni, you continue your trek toward Chele. The trail takes you through beautiful landscapes, and you'll be walking at an altitude of 3050 meters. The trek usually takes around 5-6 hours.

            You trek from Chele to Syanbochen, ascending to an altitude of 3475 meters. The trek typically takes around 6-7 hours. During the trek, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

              Continuing on the trail, you trek from Syanbochen to Ghyami. The trekking duration is around 5-6 hours, and you'll be walking at an altitude of 3520 meters. Along the way, you'll pass through picturesque villages and encounter the local culture.

                From Ghyami, you trek to Charang, located at an altitude of 3500 meters. The trek takes approximately 4-5 hours. Charang is known for its ancient monastery and unique Tibetan architecture.

                  You trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang, the capital of the Mustang region. This is a significant day as you reach Lo-Manthang at an altitude of 3700 meters. The trek duration is around 5-6 hours. Lo-Manthang is known for its walled city and rich Tibetan Buddhist heritage.

                    You spend a day exploring Lo-Manthang and its surroundings. You can visit monasteries, interact with locals, and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of this ancient city.

                      Leaving Lo-Manthang, you trek to Drakmar at an altitude of 3810 meters. The trekking duration is approximately 6-7 hours. Drakmar is known for its unique landscapes and red cliffs.

                        Continuing on the trail, you trek from Drakmar to Ghiling. The trek takes around 5-6 hours, and you'll be walking at an altitude of 3806 meters. Ghiling is a small village with traditional houses and cultural significance.

                          You trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang, descending to an altitude of 3050 meters. The trek typically takes around 5-6 hours. Chhuksang is a village situated at the confluence of two rivers and is known for its scenic beauty.

                            Leaving Chhuksang, you trek to Jomsom at an altitude of 2700 meters. The trekking duration is around 6-7 hours. Jomsom is the administrative headquarters of the Mustang region and a popular town for trekkers.

                              You take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, enjoying the scenic aerial views of the mountains and landscapes. After reaching Pokhara, you have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the city.

                                You take a scenic drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, enjoying the countryside views along the way. Once in Kathmandu, you have the evening free to rest or explore the city further.

                                  On this day, you depart from Kathmandu to your onward destination or fly back home, concluding your journey in Nepal.

                                    Cost Details
                                    Includes
                                    • All airport/hotel transfers
                                    • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu
                                    • Welcome and farewell dinner
                                    • All accommodations and meals during the trek
                                    • A full-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including tour guide and entrance fees
                                    • Pickup and drop to start your trek and from the ending point to your Hotel In Kathmandu or your destination
                                    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (6 trekkers:1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
                                    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, All Nepal Hiking duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
                                    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit, TIMS)
                                    • A comprehensive medical kit
                                    • All government and local taxes
                                    Excludes
                                    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
                                    • Travel Insurance
                                    • International airfare
                                    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
                                    • Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and water, soft drinks, etc.
                                    • Hot showers during the trek
                                    • Personal trekking equipment
                                    • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is respected but it is not obligatory)
                                    Departure Dates
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                                    Trip Date PriceStatus 
                                    Start DateStartsJun 28, 2024End DateEndsJul 14, 2024PriceUS$1919StatusAvailable