Upper Mustang Trek

 

To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king.

In many ways, a trek into Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.

Mustang’s last official kiing Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista’s palace in Lo Manthan, Upper Mustang.

Upper Mustang was opened to non-Nepali trekkers only some fifteen years ago and even today, access is still highly restricted. To enter Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north from Kagbeni, trekkers need special trekking permit and must be accompanied by a government appointed officer.

Upper Mustang, being in the Himalayan rain shadow, is one of the regions in the country suitable for trekking even during monsoons. During this time, the upper Kali Gandaki valley is still quite dry with only occasional rainfall.

The banks of the Kali Gandaki River in Upper Mustang.

The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached being only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather.

There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni, so groups must be fully self-sufficient, especially in fuel. While porters are available in Jomsom it is preferable to use mules to carry the loads up to Mustang. These pack animals are available locally and are more economical, and certainly more environmentally friendly than porters.

The rugged desert terrain of Upper Mustang is complimented by splashes of green vegetation for agriculture and pastures.

Mustang trek requires a minimum of 9 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni. This allows the trek to be completed within the 10-day period that the permit allows. The route generally follows the Kali Gandaki valley but, occasionally climbs high above the valley walls.

The settlements are scattered and there is little sign of cultivation between villages. In Mustang, little grows without irrigation, thus the region resembles a desert albeit mountainous, nuclear settlements in fertile areas.

A trekker to Mustant gestures his experience amidst the backdrop of Himalayan peaks.

Lo Manthang, the old capital, is reached in four days and at least one extra day should be spent here to catch the sights and sound of this unique walled settlement. Ponies are available for hire if you so desire. The return trip can either follow the same route while entering or, as an alternative route, the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki may be followed.

Itineraries (Options)

Option-I

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 20 min flight: 3-4 hrs trek

Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

Day 05: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs

Day 06: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs

Day 08: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs

Day 09: Explore Lo-Mangthang

Day 10: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

Day 13: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs

Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 16: Fly Home: Farewell Friend

Option-II Damodar Kunda(20 days)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu/ Nepal/ transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara O/n at Hotel (35 min).

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom/drive to Kagbeni and O/n at local lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Chele 3200m – 5:30 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 05: Trek to Gelling – 3500m – 5 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 06: Trek to Tsarang 3650m. Or Drakmar 5 to 6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Lo Manthang 3800m. – 5 to 6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 08: Explore around Lo Manthang – Tingkar/Namgyal Gompa.

Day 09: Explore Around Lo Manthang Chhosar area.

Day 10: Trek to Dri/Yara – 6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 11: Trek to Bas Khola – 5 to 6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek to Damodar Kund (Lake) 4890m – 5 to 6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 14: Trek to Ghechung Khola – 5 to 6 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 15: Trek to Tange – 5 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 16: Trek to Tetang – 5.5 hrs and O/n at tented camp.

Day 17: Trek to Muktinath 3800m. – 6 hrs and O/n at local lodge.

Day 18: Drive to Jomsom.-via Jharkot 2 hours approx.O/N Hotel or camping.

Day 19: Fly Pokhara and after continue flight connection to Kathmandy & O/N Hotel.

Day 20: Final departure of or onward destination.

Option-III Sarebug Pass(22 days)

Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal. You will be picked from the airport and will be taken to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: All restricted area Permits Procedure and flight to Pokhara
After acquiring the restricted area permits in the first half of the day, we take a 25 minutes flight over the Himalayas to the lovely city of Pokhara. Upon arrival, meet other staffs and get transferred to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 3: Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and trek to Kagbeni 2800m, 3-4 hours
Early morning, we go to the airport in Pokhara to take a flight to Jomsom through the deep Kali Gandaki Gorge. Then, we commence our trek by walking on the riverbed of Kaligandaki River until we arrive in Lubra where we visit the Bon-Po monastery. We then ascend up to Ekleybatti and continue walking on the riverbed until we reach Kagbeni. We can visit the red-painted Gompa in Kagbeni. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 4: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3100m, 5-6 hours
We register our Restricted Area Permit at the check post and then continue walking on the river bank of Kali Gandaki. Moving further towards Tangbe village, we can see lovely sceneries along with colorful Chortens and Mani walls. Then, we continue to move towards Chhusang village crossing over a rocky trail. We then cross over an iron bridge where Kaligandaki River runs through a tunnel. Later, we can see 16 caves above the tunnel. We ascend on a sandy trail until we reach Chele. Overnight in Chele.

Day 5: Trek from Chele to Syangboche 3600m via Rachung Cave, 6-7 hours
We make a steep climb as we leave Chele to arrive at the small passes of Taklam La (3624m) and Dajori La (3735m) to reach Samar. Crossing several streams and other small passes, we arrive in Rachung Cave situated on the bank of Syangboche Khola. Rachung Cave is one of the holiest caves in Mustang which had later been converted into a monastery. After spending some time in Rachung Cave exploring the ancient Buddhist art on the cave wall, we descend alongside Syangboche Khola to arrive in Syangboche for the overnight stay.

Day 6: Trek from Syangboche to Dhakmar 3820m, 5-6 hours
Leaving Syangboche, we move uphill and follow our track to Tamagaon. Move downhill to a large chorten and a village with Tibetans style houses in Chhunggar. Later, ascend across the head of the valley to Nyi La (4020m) with the delightful landscape view of the surrounding villages. The trail then goes downhill to the whitewashed houses of Ghemi. We continue walking further towards the longest Mani wall in Mustang before arriving in Dhakmar.Overnight in Dhakmar.

Day 7: Trek from Dhakmar to Lo-Manthang 3810m via Ghar Gompa, 6-7 hours
We bid farewell to this amazing place and head on some new single-track routes. We will have to cross two passes over 4000 meters. We cross Dhakmar Khola on a suspension bridge and move on to Ghar Gompa, one of the oldest Gompas in Upper Mustang. After visiting the monastery, we cross a small river and ascend to reach Chogo-La (4280m). Then, we walk downhill until we reach the walled city of Lo-Manthang. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Day 8: Exploration Day to Chhosar village and caves 6-7 hours
Today, we explore the palaces, fortress, and monasteries of Lo-Manthang. We also hike to the cultural haven of Chhosar village. In Chhosar, we visit Niphu Monastery, one of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries, and Jhong Cave, the largest man made the cave in Upper Mustang. Jhong Cave is five stories high with 40 rooms decorated with Tibetan scripts and Buddhist murals. After the insightful exploration of Chhosar, we hike back to Lo-Manthang for the overnight stay.

Day 9: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3900m, 6-7 hours
Gradually going uphill from Lo-Manthang, we reach Lo-La Pass (3950m). This is the last place where we can see Lo-Manthang. After some ups and downs throughout the trail, we arrive in Dhi village, and then, we make a short vertical ascend alongside Puyung Khola to reach Yara. Overnight in Yara.

Day 10: Trek from Yara to Luri Cave Monastery (4005m) 4-5 hours
Today, we trek from Yara to Luri Gompa. Continuing on the river bank, a gradual uphill walk brings us to Luri Cave Monastery. This is an ancient and well-known cave monastery in the Mustang region which was built in the 14th century. Inside the cave, we can see a big ancient Chorten and many pictures and statues of religious figures. There is also a holy Buddhist text which is always closed. Overnight in Luri.

Day 11: Trek from Luri Gompa from Ghuma Thanti 4600m/5-6 hours,
Follow the track that winds up into large pastureland which opens up to a lovely place that gives some overwhelming views of snow-capped mountains. We walk for around five hours and move down to the camp at Ghuma Thanti. Ghuma Thanti is a lovely place that lies near a stream. It is a popular place for pilgrims who come to visit the holy lake of Damodar Kunda. Overnight in Ghuma Thanti.

Day 12: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Namta Khola 4890/7-8 hours,
Today, the trail requires strenuous walking as we would be required to cross high passes. After crossing Kyuma La (5300m) and Batsyak La (5450m), we reach high the elevation lake Damodar Kunda (4890m). Damodar Kunda is a holy lake visited by Hindu pilgrims and is situated in a rain- shadow zone of the Himalayas, north of the magnificent Annapurna range. We then continue downhill to Namta Khola after passing spending some time at the lake. Stay in Namta Khola.

Day 13: Trek from Namta Khola to Saribung Base Camp 4950/6-7 hours,
Today, our trek starts from the left bank moraine of Khumjungar Glacier. This part of the trek is quite tough due to the snowy trail. Climbing through Khumjungar Glacier, we reach Saribung Base Camp. At Saribung Base Camp, we are surrounded by many 6000 meters peak from all around. Overnight in Saribung Base Camp.

Day 14: Acclimatization day
Today is an exhilarating day where we scale Saribung Peak (6328m). We start early in the morning and climb up to top of Saribung on the glacial moraine. After ascending for some time, we find a split ice which parts us from the summit by an easy trail with large snow inclines. Once we reach the top, we can get a fine view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges along with Damodar Himal and Chhib Himal ranges. After spending some time at the top, we climb back to the base camp. Overnight in Saribung Base Camp.

Day 15: Trek from Base Camp to Nagoru 4400m via Saribung Pass 5600m,
Today is the highlight of our trek as we cross the frozen Saribung Pass (5600m). We walk on a steep and slippery trail through the snow as we make a strenuous climb on the snowbound Saribung Pass (5600m). Saribung is located in an isolated part of Mustang region and is frozen throughout the year as it lies on the foot of Saribung Peak (6042m). After relishing the Himalayan view from the top of the pass, we descend to Nagoru on a moraine path. Overnight in Nagoru.

Day 16: Trek from Nagoru to Phu Gaon 4080m/5-6 hours,
Relishing the view of Himlung (7126m), Nemjung (7140m) Cheo (6812m), Pokarkang (6372m), we trek from Nagoru to the ancient Phu Gaon in the Nar Phu Valley. Phu Gaon is inhabited by people of mixed ethnicity such as Lama, Gurung, and Ghale allowing us to observe the traditional Buddhist culture and lifestyle. The very ancient Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery in Phu Gaon is registered as one of the world’s 108 great Buddhist Monasteries; it is believed to be one of the last monasteries built by Karmapa Rinpoche. Overnight in Phu Gaon.

Day 17: Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta 3560m/5-6 hours,
Walk on the highland, cross the gate at the end of the village and descend in the constricted valley to reach Kyang. We can observe the ruins of abandoned castles of the Khampa settlement, a Tibetan descent that lived unlawfully at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu, and Kyang. Then, we continue on the downhill path to reach Meta. We can see the remarkable view of Kangaru Himal (6981m) and the Annapurna range. Overnight in Meta.

Day 18: Trek from Meta to Koto 2600m/6-7 hours,
We descend following Naar Khola downstream as we walk through the alpine forest. We cross many small streams and attractive waterfalls near Dharmasala. We cross over many suspension bridges and riverside settlements to finally reach Koto. Overnight in Koto.

Day 19: Trek from Koto to Dharapani 1860m/5-6 hours,
We start our trek in the flat track crossing small villages until Timang via the pine forests. We can get glimpses of the Annapurna range and other snowy mountains en route. Then, we descend downhill to Danakyu through an uneven trail. We then walk on a smooth and flat trail until we arrive in Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 20: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat 1300m/5-6 hours
Descend to Marsyangdi River and pass the iron bridge just at end of Dharapani village. Walking alongside Marsyangdi River and crossing the river many times, we pass through the villages of Karte, Tal, Sattale, and Chamje on our way to Jagat. We come across a few waterfalls as we follow the Marsyangdi River downwards until we reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 21: Drive from Jagat to Kathmandu 7-8 hours,
As we end our trekking journey, we drive on our private vehicle from Jagat to Kathmandu following a scenic landscape throughout the way. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your hotel. Feel free to get a taste of Kathmandu. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 22: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Our office representative will drop you at the airport a few hours before the flight time. We hope to see you again.

Pricing for Group Size Basis:
All inclusive Trek Cost for 2 trekkers basis; USD 4175 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for 3 trekkers basis; USD 3600 per person
All inclusive Trek Cost for 4 trekkers basis; USD 3195 per person

Customize Your Trek:

This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at  nepalview29@gmail.com

Note:

In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by  Nepal View Trekking Pvt.Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves

About Upper Mustang

Mustang, the lost Tibetan Kingdom is one of the most astonishing valley hidden behind the soaring snowy range of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This ancient kingdom was opened to the outside world only in 1992 which is still untouched by the outside civilization. A journey to Mustang is a remarkable journey into the timeless traditions. Mustang, a source to the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki is challenging but not laborious. There is tremendous amount of undulating trail with ample passes ranging from 3500m to 4200m but the highest sleeping altitude is 3700m by which time you have sufficient time to acclimatize yourself. Anyone with reasonable fitness can join Mustang trek. Significantly you also have an option of either taking a horse or a jeep in any part of the trek in case if it’s required.

Season:

you can absolutely to this upper Mustang trek in monsoon time. As the Upper mustang region is on lee wind side / beyond the Himalayas, it won’t rain much there so doing the upper Mustang trek in Monsoon June, July, August and September is fine. This one one of the few trekking routes good even in monsoon time in Nepal.

Permit

Minimum of 2 trekkers is compulsory for any restricted area in Nepal for issuing the special permits. A company and a local staff is must and in no way you can organize upper Mustang trek through independent guide or a porter. Special permits cost $500 per trekker for 10 days that’s the minimum number of days you can have as the permit validity and $50 per day if you wish to have couple of more day’s extension. Besides special permit you would need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and TIMS trekking permits. However, with  Nepal View Trekking Pvt.Ltd  it’s all set by the time you arrive in Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance:

We strongly suggest you to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life threatening situation. But it’s always wise to have insurance as your back up for just in any case.

Trek with Trekking Agency:

As per Nepal government rule it is mandatory that trekkers need to be affiliated with the trekking company accompanied by the local Nepali staff to do the restricted region trekking like to Upper Mustang. Considerably its hassle free in terms of issuing permit, hotel, flights, transportation etc and someone is always there to cater you in times of crisis and offering you necessary information and assistance. Reputed companies are there to provide you with quality service at a very competitive price and are there to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern.

  Customize Trek:

As per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness you can always modify the Upper Mustang trek.  Nepal View Trekking Pvt.Ltd  has always been unbeaten in customizing trek for the clients as per their requirements. We also organize pony trek, jeep luxury safari, or semi jeep safari with walking and driving options to Upper Mustang trek.

Cost Includes
• Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
• Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
• Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
• Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
• Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
• All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
• Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
• Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
• One cultural show and dinner program

Cost Excludes
• International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
• Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
• Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
• Tips to guide and porter and your insurance