Trekking in Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang TrekUpper Mustang is located north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and at an average of 4000m is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. The valleys are arid and dry with colourful rock formations often containing many thousands of cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992. Now the Nepalese government requires a special entry permit with surcharge to enter Upper Mustang. There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the Department of Immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. Very few people (around 800 trekkers each year) visiting the Kingdom and as a result it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.
Upper Mustang is a remote Kingdom with a fantastic walled capital called Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang was used by the salt caravans crossing the Himalaya into Nepal. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 and the Nepalese army traces their lineage as the process of Nepal unification.
Upper Mustang trek start from the Pokhara a beautiful lake city of the western Nepal and crossing the Annapurna conservation area will get to Upper Mustang. Fly to Jomsom will take you at entry point of Mustang called Kagbeni. We start our trek through the Holy river bank of Kaligandaki and follow the up stream to get to Lo-Mangthang, which is capital of the Mustang. On Mustang trek you may have chance to explore the thousand years of old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. You'll have a great chance to accomplish the blessing from the King and the royal palace during the visit. The trek to Lo-Manthang is through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make your trek memorable.

Sample day on "Mustang Trans Himalayan Trek"

All our treks are managed by a team of professionally trained Leader/guide responsible for all aspects of the running of the trek. Our special departure trek is well versed in the culture and natural history of the Himalayas. Your day start with a cup of hot tea served in your room. A member of the trekking staff followed by a bowl of hot washing water, after which you will be required to pack your luggage and the porters loaded whilst we are having breakfast. After breakfast we set off on the trail, enjoying the pleasant cool of the morning. Your day's trek involves navigating numerous picturesque forests, hills, mountains and the local villages for the next three hours. Around mid-day we usually stop for a pleasant spot along the way for lunch. Your midday lunch break usually lasts around an hour and is a time to relax, pop the boots off and air those feet! Plenty of time is allowed for photograph in the route. After lunch you'll walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the night. You have enough time to change, freshen up, before exploring an area.
Each evening is spent as per your interest for reading or chatting with the fellow trekkers and crew members or a pack of cards is an advantage; the crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Our porters and Sherpa's also like to have singing and dancing competitions in which they love you to join in! Finally, it's off to bed for a well deserved night's rest before you start it all again.

Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival day in Kathmandu(1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02:  Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation
Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley (823m/2,700ft), 5-6 hrs drive
Day 04:  Fly to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft) and trek to Kagbeni(3,710m/12,170ft)
Day 05:  Kagbeni to chele (3050m/10,004ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 06:  Chele to Syanbochen, (3475m/11,398ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 07:  Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3520m/11,546ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 08:  Ghaymi to Charang (3500m/11,480ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 09:  Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 10:  Explore the Lo-Mangthang
Day 11:  Lo-Mangthang to Ghar Gumpa, 4-5 hrs walk
Day 12:  Ghar Gumpa to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 13:  Ghiling to Chele (3050m/10,004ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 14:  Chele to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 15:  Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 16:  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-7 hrs drive
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu.

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