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Upper Mustang trek - 18 Days

The Upper Mustang trek is definitely one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal. First of all, the Upper Mustang region is a protected area and until 1992 it was forbidden area for foreign visitors. Moreover, they were closed off from the outside world for a long time. Therefore the Tibetan culture has been preserved and unspoiled there for a long time.

Located in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif, the region consists of rugged, barren land. This is surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colours and impressive formations. Furthermore, the barren landscape is dotted with settlements of white houses, barley fields and chörtens decorated with prayer flags. These give extra colour to the landscape.

After you have flown from Pokhara to Jomsom, you walk to the gateway of the Upper Mustang region: Kagbeni You follow the path of the old caravan route along which the people of Mustang swapped Tibetan salt for grain from the lowlands.

The highlight of the Upper Mustang trek is the capital of the region: Lo Manthang. From the Lo mountain pass (3950 m) you can see the walled medieval capital in the distance. The whitewashed wall contrasts with the barren landscape.

Once you enter Lo Manthang through the city gate, you step into another world. Narrow alleys, hidden choirs, long walls with beautiful prayer wheels and ancient monasteries. And then the herds of animals that stroll in from the fields in the afternoon to spend the night.

Afterwards you walk back along a different route: the landscape changes from green meadows with yaks to a village landscape with rocks in different shades. The different landscapes in Upper Mustang in combination with the ancient Tibetan tinted culture, make this trekking authentic and unforgettable.

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  • Sight on the icy snow wall of Mount Nilgiri and on the imposing Dhaulagiri
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  • Back in time in this Tibetan tinted region, also called ‘little Tibet’
  • On discovery in the magical walled city of Lo Manthang
  • Very diverse landscape and incredibly beautiful, authentic chörtens, gompa’s and monasteries
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Namaste and welcome to Nepal!

    At the airport you will be welcomed by one of our employees. He has a sign with our logo. This way you can easily find each other when you leave the airport.

    After a warm welcome a private chauffeur will take you by car to your accommodation in Patan. Our employee will accompany you and help you with the check-in at your hotel.

    Depending on your time of arrival in Kathmandu, you will have free time to go out. Discover the lively old part of Kathmandu (streets of Asan) with nice markets and colourful temples and stupas.

    During a short `meet & greet` with Maaike and/or Chuda you will get useful tips and can ask questions. You will also meet your guide for the coming days who will give you a briefing about the trekking.

    You will spend the night in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

    Day 2
    The highlights of Kathmandu & preparation trek

    Today the guide will take you on an exploration in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with several beautiful world heritage sites.

    On a green hill on the western side of Kathmandu lies the beautiful temple complex of Swayambunath. Under the watchful eye of a colony of monkeys you climb up. Afterwards you go down the back and visit Amideva Buddha Park, with its 3 impressive gold gilded Buddha statues.

    Afterwards you will go to the Tibetan Buddhist heart of Kathmandu: Boudhanath. The gigantic white stupa attracts many pilgrims walking around it. You will have lunch with a view on the stupa (lunch not included).

    Afterwards you descend to Pashupatinath. This is the sanctuary of the Hindus, situated along the Bagmati river. Besides following a ritual cremation, you can also find the Saddhu’s here. These coloured holy men live around the temple.

    You stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

    Day 3
    Drive to Pokhara (ca. 6 to 7 hours)

    Day a private car with driver will take you to Pokhara, the cosy town situated on the shores of the beautiful Phewa Lake. On the way you’ll stop at an idyllic spot along the river for lunch (lunch not included).

    On arrival in Pokhara you’ll have free time to go out: take a nice walk along the banks of the river and follow the Aarti ceremony with the fire at the fall of darkness.

    Stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara.

    Day 4
    Domestic flight to Jomsom - Trek to Kagbeni (ca. 4 hours)

    Upon arrival in Jomsom you will start your trekking. It is an easy walking day with spectacular views of the peaks of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus.

    You hike as far as Kagbeni (2850m), a typical Tibetan village and also the gateway to Upper Mustang.

    You spend the night in a teahouse in Kagbeni.

    Day 5
    Trek to Chele (5 to 6 hours)

    The day starts with a nice walk along the banks of the Kali Ghandaki River. At several places you will stop to enjoy the surroundings and have a nice view.

    You will pass the village of Tangbe with its narrow streets and white houses. You walk along fields with buckwheat and grain and along apple orchards.

    You continue to Chhusang and cross the river.

    You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in Chele.

    You’ll walk along narrow ledges until you reach Chele.

    You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in Chele.

    Day 6
    Trek to Syanboche (6 to 7 hours)

    Today you first hike through steep and dry terrain and through a spectacular deep gorge. When you reach 3540 meters, the path slowly descends to a few chortens on a mountain ridge. You descend further to an easier path in the direction of Samar. The Annapurna mountain range, with the gigantic Nilgiri mountain, is visible far south.

    After a climb you reach Samar. Afterwards you descend again and walk through a wide gorge. The path turns into another valley surrounded by rivers and juniper bushes. Then you ascend again to an altitude of 3800m. Before you reach Syanboche (3475m) you will visit the Ramchung cave.

    You will spend the night in a teahouse in Syanboche.

    Day 7
    Trek to Ghami (5 to 6 hours)

    After breakfast you continue your trekking to the Yamda La Pass (3.850m). Today you will pass several chortens and walk through charming villages with Tibetan white houses. You will also walk through the charming village of Ghilling.

    Nadien you walk further to cross the Nyi La Pass (4010m) and descend further to Ghami (3520m), a small village protected by overhanging rocks and surrounded by large dry fields.

    In the afternoon you will see the thirstiest part of Upper Mustang. This in combination with beautiful rough mountain views in the East and West provides stunning panoramic views.

    When the cattle return to Ghami for the night, the village is filled with goats and cows returning to their homes through the small streets. A real spectacle!

    You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in Ghami.

    Day 8
    Trek to Charang (4 to 5 hours)

    You start your day with a walk along a long Buddhist Mani wall.

    The path then takes you through a slow descent to Charang. Today you will enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramas of your trekking: the view on the ice wall of the Nilgiri.

    Charang (3500m) is a large village inhabited by the Loba people. The village lies on top of the large Charang Chu Gorge. Between the beautiful white-painted houses waving prayer flags. Trees, fields and houses are separated by low stone walls.

    In the east of the village is a beautiful, large monastery near the gorge of the Kali Ghandaki River.

    You will spend the night in a teahouse in Charang.

    Day 9
    Trek to Lo Manthang (5 to 6 hours)

    What an exciting day today: your main destination of this trekking is getting closer! You follow the path to Lo Manthang and enjoy a magnificent view of the Nilgiri, the Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti along the way.

    The path first descends into the Charang Chu Gorge. You cross the river and follow the steep path up. You continue until you reach the windy Lo Pass at 3850 meters. From this point you’ll see the entire Lo Mantang valley.

    During the descent to the hidden city of Lo Mantang (3700m) you have an impressive view of the walled city with the Tibetan mountains behind it.

    In Lo Manthang you will visit the three authentic Tibetan monasteries and the palace of the former king.

    You will spend the night in a teahouse in Lo Manthang.

    Day 10
    Day walk around Lo Manthang

    Where you visited the city of Lo Manthang yesterday after your arrival, today you will make an interesting day walk around Lo Manthang.

    The western valley of Tingkhar, the site of the summer palace of the Raja`s and the panoramic views of the mountains are worth seeing. You walk to the villages of Kimling and Phuwa and see the Gompa of Namgyal. In the eastern valley we see the village of Chosar, also known for the typical Gompa. In this valley there is a centuries-old trade route to the capital of Tibet, Lhasa.

    You will spend the night in a teahouse in Lo Manthang.

    Day 11
    Trek to Ghami (6 to 7 hours)

    From Lo Manthang today you will return via a different route. First you walk through the green yak fields and cross the Morang La Pass over 4230 meters. After the pass the landscape changes and it’s dorrer again.

    You walk along the authentic village Drakmar (3810m) where the more than 1200 year old imposing Ghar Gompa stands. Guru Rinpoche is the most important figure and the Gompa is also known for its beautiful rock paintings. Legend has it that you can be sure that what you wish for with the Gompa really comes true.

    You will continue steadily to today’s end point in Ghami (3490m).

    You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in Ghami.

    Day 12
    Trek to Samar (7 to 8 hours)

    In today’s trek you return to your steps: you take the path down that you climbed at the beginning of the trekking. It’s a pretty tough day of trekking today because you climb a lot of stretches and cross two passes.

    For lunch you cross the Nyla La Pass (4010 m) and walk down to Syanboche, where you have lunch.

    After lunch you climb for an hour to the second mountain pass Vena La (3860m). Then you descend to the river and cross it.

    After a last effort of 15 minutes you climb steeply up to the village of Samar.

    You will spend the night in a teahouse in Samar.

    Day 13
    Trek to Chhusang (ca. 3 hours)

    Today the path will lead you to Chusang. It is a pleasant walk down to Chhusang (3000m).

    You will enjoy the beautiful scenes of rural life. You can clearly see that the lifestyle and culture here is Tibetan.

    In the late afternoon you go to the fortified town of Tetang (2950m), where you watch the beautiful sunset and visit an old monastery.

    You spend the night in a teahouse in Chhusang

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    Day 14
    Trek to Muktinath (5 to 6 hours)

    After breakfast you continue your trek. First you ascend steeply to a plain where you walk quietly and enjoy the surroundings.

    The path then climbs quite steeply for three hours. After the climb to high above the valley the path suddenly turns right and you see the Gyu La pass (4077m). From the pass the snowy peaks seem incredibly close: the Thorung, the Tilicho, the Annapurna and the Nilgiri. On the flanks of the mountains are snowy glaciers.

    You cross the pass and walk along an easy path that only slightly descends and rises towards Muktinath.

    You cross a green valley and there are houses along the path, which means that you are approaching Muktinath.

    Muktinath is an important place of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. In and around Muktinath there are 108 natural sources. Bathing in them would bring you happiness. A small temple was built around the legendary eternal flame that would come out of a rock.

    You will spend the night in a teahouse in Muktinath.

    Day 15
    Trek to Jomsom (5 hours)

    Today is the last day of your trek. In the early morning sun the imposing Dhaulagiri turns orange and yellow.

    With an elevated route you walk from Muktinath to your final destination in Jomsom. From the height you can see the village of Kagbeni. The last part of the road you walk along the river.

    The rest of the day is free in Jomsom. Relax while you reminisce about the beautiful adventures you experienced during your hike in the beautiful Upper Mustang region.

    You will spend the night in a teahouse/hotel in Jomsom

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    Day 16
    Domestic flight to Pokhara - free time in Pokhara

    Today you fly back early with a domestic flight to Jomsom. During the flight you can still enjoy the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.

    The rest of the day is free in Pokhara. If you want to relax, there are plenty of opportunities for massages and spa treatments. Or enjoy a drink on a terrace along the shores of the lake.

    If you want some more action, you can go out and visit some of the highlights around Pokhara: the World Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Mahadev Guptheswor cave or the International Mountain Museum.

    You’ll stay in a standard hotel in Pokhara.

    Day 17
    Drive to Kathmandu (ca. 6 to 7 hours)

    Today you drive back to Kathmandu in a private car with driver. On the way you can see the Nepalese daily life. You will stop for lunch in a village next to the river, where you can taste the local fish.

    After arrival in Kathmandu you will have some time to shop some souvenirs or walk around a bit.

    Spend the night in a standard hotel in Kathmandu

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    Day 18
    Departure day

    The end of your journey has come. Depending on your flight time, you may still have time to score some souvenirs or discover some nice spots.

    At least 3 hours before the departure time of your flight, you will be picked up at the reception desk of your accommodation. The driver will take you to the airport.

    We hope you’ll bring home a lot of great memories!

    What's included?

    • Welcoming at the airport & transfer by private car to your hotel. Someone will go with you to help you with the check-in at your hotel.
    • Meet & greet with Chuda and/or Maaike & trekking briefing
    • 4 nights in standard hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast
    • 1 day excursion: the highlights in Kathmandu: Swayambhu, Boudha and Pashupathi (with English speaking guide & private transport)
    • Transport by private car with driver from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • 2 nights in standard hotel in Pokhara, with breakfast
    • Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and from Jomsom to Pokhara, incl. airport transfers
    • 11 nights in standard teahouses during the trekking, 11 x breakfast, 11x dinner and 11x lunch included (drinks excl. )
    • English speaking guide during the trekking (his salary, meals, insurance and overnight stay)
    • Porter for your luggage during the trekking (his salary, meals, insurance and overnight stay) - 1 porter per 2 persons - max. 18 kg
    • The necessary trekking documents (e.g. special entrance permit of 500 USD per person for 10 days)
    • Airport transfer for departure flight
    • Local taxes
    • 24/7 support

    What's not included

    • Visa fee of approx. 50 USD per person for 30 days: this is available upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu or in advance via the Nepalese consulate or the Nepalese embassy
    • Fees for sightseeing during the excursion in Kathmandu, charge approx. 20 euro per person
    • Fees for other cultural visits, such as monasteries during the trekking: here you are often expected to make a small donation.
    • International flight tickets Nepal: We deliberately do not include this in our price. It is easier and cheaper to book this yourself.
    • Tips for drivers, guide, porter etc.: In Nepal it is customary to give a tip. For this trip this is about € 85 per person.
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    Upper Mustang trek

    Trip Facts

    • April - October (Summer!)
    • 12
    • Morang La Pass - 4230 meter
    • Average to strenuous
    • Jomsom/Jomsom
    • Standard hotels in Pokhara & Kathmandu / teahouses during trek
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