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Mustang And Dolpo Region

Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal

Trip Introduction

Mustang is subdivided into two names as Lower and Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang is a sacred area in Nepal hidden in the Himalayan ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It is a somewhat restricted area for the outsiders because it has the unique historical & religious monuments and natural geographical features. So one has to get special permission from the Government of Nepal for trekking in this area.

Upper Mustang is a valley renowned with many beautiful names like a mystical valley, the last forbidden Himalayan Kingdom valley or the mini Tibet of Nepal. The Lo-Manthang is the capital of Upper Mustang. It is an antique Tibetan Village, with rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture. The trek to this area is through an almost treeless barren landscape, a steep rocky trail with up and down hill, unbelievable panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.

So the trekking tour to Lo-Manthang is incredibly satisfying one for those who want to experience the hospitality and warmth of the locals living in this remote area. It was able to evolve its own unique culture and tradition that is so rich & unique since it has been known to this world not so long ago. Lo-Mustang, the capital is a walled city ruled by a religious king who has the honorary rank of the Colonel in the Nepalese army. Life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries at a leisurely pace.

If you want to trek whole mustang trek then, Mustang Trek in Nepal would be the best alternative for you.

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Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara:

We take the tourist bus for kathmandu to  Pokhara early in the morning.

Day 02: Pokhara to Jomsom (2725m)-Kagbeni (2810m)

20min flight and 4hrs walk respectively: Early morning we are flying North West from Pokhara towards the great portal between the snows covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We shall enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. And we start our trek from the main gate to Upper Mustang with a beautiful trail from Jomsom towards Kagbeni.

Day 03: Trek to Chele (3624m) 6hrs:

The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, all the way by different shapes. There are too many Nepali and Tibetan songs sung portraying the beauty of Chossang.

Day 04: Trek to Syangboche (3800m) 7-8hrs:

Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite hours of walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual color that opens out is extraordinary. In this bizarre, the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Yakawa  Kang  adds up to its magnificence.

Day 05: Trek to Ghami (3520m) 6-7hrs:

We keep up our trek, crossing the river to the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some Chortens on a ridge, and with a further descent before coming along a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge, which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and we to our destination.

Day 06: Trek to Charang (3560m) via Ghar Gompa (3950m) 7hrs:

We have interesting red cliffs, blue sheep sightings on our way. We shall be crossing steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) and arrive to a Mani wall perhaps the longest and most spectacular Mani wall in Nepal. The huge five-story white Dzong (fortress) and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thangkas as well as huge paintings of seated Buddha’s.Ghar Gompa is another main attraction for the day. It is the oldest and unique Gompa built during the eighth century. The Gompas, Mani in this area are all found in red and white color. According to the legend, a famous Rinpoche (Padma sambhava) once came here and fought a big demon which he tore apart and the remains of the demon spread to every direction. So it’s pretty interesting how there is no any sign of vegetation or animals and the sight is creepy.

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3810m) 5hrs:

Finally we get to the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city and the Plain of Aspiration’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo, the kingdom with a single entrance is a welcome sight. The king, “Lo Gyelbu”, named Jigme Palbar Bista, still resides at his four-storied palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang.

Day 08: Rest Day at Lo Manthang:

Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Nepal. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city. The main attraction sites in this area are: Nyphu Cave monastery built into the side of a soaring cliff. 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave that has more than 44 compartments and gives u the pre historic settlement of humans. Thinkar summer palace and the extraordinary ancient monasteries inside the walled city itself which is exceptional.

Day 09: Additional rest:

Further more we are here to get physically acclimatized and have many more to explore from the previous day around Lo Manthang.

Day 10: Trek to Yara (3650m) 6-7hrs:

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100 meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and is settled in a very suitable place. And we reside to Sara.

Day 11: Trek to Tangye (3240m) 4-5hrs:

The trek continues crossing the rivers and through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangye village at an elevation of 3370m.Tangye is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached to each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which is believed to reflect the prosperity in their society.

Day 12: Trek to Tetang/Chossang (2980m) 6-7hrs:

The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of the wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills, they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley.

Day 13: Trek to Kagbeni (2810m) 4-5hrs:

And we slide back and exit from the restricted area of Mustang and stay overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 14: Trek to Jomsom:

Again we make a one day trip to Jomsom and overnight stay there.

Day 15: Fly back from Jomson-Pokhara (20min&30min):

Early morning we fly back to Jomsom and again to Pokhara. And rest here in Pokhara exploring the city since we have a whole day left.

Day 16: Back to Kathmandu:

We take the tourist bus from Pokhara. And we shall be in Kathmandu for your respective departure according to your scheduled plan.

Price Include

  • Tourist bus to Pick and drop for Kathmandu – Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Flight charges for Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara.
  • Special permits for Upper Mustang and ACAP permit during the trek.
  • All taxes and other applicable fees & charges.
  • 2 night hotel B/B in Pokhara.
  • Provided with Experienced & English speaking License holder guide.
  • One porter for two guests.
  • Accommodation in selected tea house.
  • 3 Meal a Day (lunch, dinner and breakfast with 3 cup of tea or coffee during the trek) for guests.
  • Insurance, daily wages, equipment, meals and accommodation for guide and porters.
  • Equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets and maps).

Price Exclude

  • Fees of visa for Nepal.
  • International Airfare to get in and out of Nepal.
  • Expenses for beverages, drinking water, desserts, extra porters, personal insurance ,shower, laundry or any other services which are not mentioned by the company.
  • Cost for spending extra nights in certain destination in your will.
  • Travel Insurance and rescue charges .
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
  • Tips which may be provided by you to the guides, porters or anyone during the trip.

Fixed Departure

Equipment List

  • Passport
  • Copies of document
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full-sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Camelback water bottle
  • Flashlight, Batteries and bulbs
  • Maps and travel guide
  • Personal towel
  • Rucksack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Polypropylene/wool socks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Thermal insulation
  • Chocolate bar
  • Rain Coat ( personal and Backpack)
  • Walking stick
  • Other required equipment’s

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Duration: 17 Days
Max Altitude: 8856ft
Activity: Trekking
Group Size: 1-10

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