Upper Mustang Trek

Explore Old Buddhist Kingdom of Lo Mangthang

Duration Duration 18 Days
Meals Meals
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 3-times meals during the trek
Accommodation Accommodation
  • 6-nights hotel
  • 11-nights eco-hotel
Activites Activities
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Lo-Mangthang
Price Reduced US$ 2450 Price Starts From US$ 2150
Destination Destination
Nepal
Difficulty Difficulty
Moderate
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
3840 Meter
Activities Activity
Trekking
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
2 - 8 People
Transportation Transportation
Private Car and Tourist Bus
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
6-7 hours trek

Overview of Upper Mustang Trek

Being a land of mystery, Nepal is filled with diversity and three major geographical points. The Upper Mustang Trek lets you encounter it all from plains, hills, and Himalayas! Himalayan culture, vast valleys, wild rivers, and Himalayan views, this trek takes you on an adventure beyond your dreams. They are known as the Upper Mustang region of Nepal and one of the most beautiful places in Nepal.


Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Visit the ancient Kingdom of Lo Manthang
  • Trek through a stark desert landscape with spires and cliffs
  • Lying in the rain shadow area is an excellent trek to escape the summer monsoon
  • Picturesque mountains to the south
  • The region situated in the rain shadow

Trekking in the Upper Mustang region lets you encounter various types of wildlife and traditional culture. On the way to the highest point of the Upper Mustang Trek is Drakmar. Along with the stone-walled village of Lo-Mangthang, where a day of exploration will take place at 8,700 meters above sea level. The village here consists of cliffs and ravines.

Now all ruins, it is worth it to have some exploration in these ancient living places of the people that used to live and thrive here. Even the famous international channel National Geographic has made a documentary about the Upper Mustang and its attractions. This trek also offers fantastic snowcapped Himalayan views only accessible from the Mustang region.

Upper Mustang Trek Route

The journey through Mustang starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a magical lakeside city. A scenic flight to Jomsom will take place, also with views of the Nilgiri that are just unique from the airplane. Jomsom is where we start trekking to Kagbeni, following the Kali Gandaki River. The trail is mainly along the road until reaching Kagbeni village. We go on more secluded trails towards Syanbochen and ultimately to Lo-Mangthang.

Along with scenery that reflects an American Western movie and it’s common to see horse riders in this area. Peregrine Treks & Expedition has concluded more than hundreds of expeditions in the Mustang region; we will provide better service to the trekkers to explore the magical area.

During the Upper Mustang Trek, the Kali Gandaki River is our main follow point. Furthermore, we notice many thriving villages situated near this life-giving river. Along with crossing suspension bridges over deep gorges and rivers, crossing jungles and rocky trails make this trek more adventurous. The Peregrine Treks & Expedition team will be there every step of the way to let you enjoy the beauty of the Upper Mustang Trek.

Upper Mustang Trek Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival At Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300 m / 4264 ft)
    • Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel by our representative
    • Hotel rest / explore the streets of Thamel
    • A special welcome dinner will be organized in a traditional Nepali restaurant.
    • Overnight stay at your hotel in Kathmandu

    Meals: Not Included

  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
    • Hotel breakfast
    • Meeting the Peregrine Treks & Expedition office for your trek preparation
    • Sightseeing around Kathmandu:
    • Swayambunath Monkey Temple
    • Bouddhanath Buddhist Stupa
    • The Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath
    • The Royal Durbar Square of Kathmandu
    • The rest of the day is free for souvenir shopping or leisure
    • Overnight stay in Kathmandu city

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) 6 hrs drive
    • Hotel breakfast and checkout
    • Departure to Pokhara by AC tourist bus
    • Lunch break near the riverside
    • Scenic drive along the Trishuli river
    • Arrival and check-in at Pokhara Lakeside
    • Evening walk along Phewa Lake
    • Overnight stay in Pokhara

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m/9,375ft) 3/4 hrs treks
    • Early hotel breakfast and checkout
    • We catch a morning flight to Jomsom
    • From Jomsom, we start our trek officially
    • Following the Kaligandaki River, we reach Kagbeni
    • Overnight stay in Kagbeni

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Did you know that Jomsom is famous for its apple orchards, and from Jomsom, amazing views of the Nilgiri can be seen!
  • Day 05: Kagbeni to chele (3050m/10,004ft) 5/6 hrs treks
    • Breakfast and departure
    • After our permits check, we head along the Kaligandaki River
    • It’s a sandy trail with strong winds until reaching an uphill ascend
    • The route takes us to Tangbe village, where we take a small break
    • Continuing, we pass another village and cross a river
    • A ridge trail leads us to Chele
    • Overnight stay in Chele village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Did you know that Tangbe village is full of whitewashed houses, narrow alleys, apple orchards and buck weed, and barley fields. Tomorrow we have a hard day so better take an early sleep!
  • Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3475m/11,398ft) 6/7 hrs treks
    • We head upwards to cross two passes.
    • The trail is strenuous, and we watch our condition as we cross the Taklam La Pass and the Dajori La Pass.
    • We enjoy the fantastic views of the Yaskawa Kang, Damodar Danda, and Tilicho.
    • Following the road, we descend and pass by the Ramchung Cave
    • The trail heads on plunging on a steep trail until reaching Syanboche
    • Overnight stay in Syanboche village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Did you know that the Taklam La Pass and the Dajori Pass are over 3,600 meters in height! The Ramchung Cave is an exciting point during today’s trek! Tomorrow we face another two passes, so a good night’s sleep is recommended!
  • Day 07: Trek to Ghaymi (3520m/11,546ft) 5/6 hrs treks
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We pass by a few chortens and rural villages as we head for the Yamada La Pass.
    • The ascent is steep, and after crossing the Yamada La, we head through Poplar forest trails.
    • A final climb leads us to the Nyi Pass, where we take a break and view.
    • Descending trails lead to the fields of Ghami village
    • Overnight stay at Ghami

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Did you know that the Yamada La and Nyi Passes are over 3,800 meters! Ghami is known to be the largest village in the Lo region and is famous for its fields surrounding the entire village.
  • Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang (3500m/11,480ft) 4/5 hrs treks
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We start by descending through rough and slippery terrain
    • Once we reach the Ghami Khola, we cross it from the suspension bridge and begin our ascend
    • Heading upwards, we pass by beautiful Mani walls and enter the Charang La Pass
    • From here, we can reach Charang
    • Overnight stay in Charang village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: The Charang Pass lies at a height of 3,870 meters. Charang village is one exciting place as it rests atop the Charang Chu Canyon and is home to a big fortress and a red gompa east of it.
  • Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5/6 hrs treks
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Starting with a descent towards the Charang Chu Canyon, we reach a river
    • Crossing the river gives us access to an ascent that leads to the Lo La Pass
    • Reaching the top of the Pass, we get to relax and enjoy the fantastic views and panoramas
    • A final descent takes us to the walled village of Lo-Manthang
    • Overnight stay in Lo-Manthang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Lo-Manthang gives terrific views of the Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak, and a beautiful pond called Damodar Kunda. Lo-Manthang village is entirely enclosed by a large stone wall, which makes the village resemble an old medieval settlement!
  • Day 10 Explore at Lo-Mangthang
    • Breakfast
    • Today we rest for acclimatization and to explore the medieval town of Lo-Manthang
    • Sightseeing at the three Gompas :
    • The Jhumpa Gompa
    • The Thupchen Gompa
    • The Chhota Gompa
    • Excursion to Tingkhar village
    • In the late afternoon, we head back to Lo-Manthang
    • Overnight stay in Lo-Manthang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft) 6/7 hrs treks
    • Breakfast and departure
    • Following a different route leaving Lo-Manthang behind, we reach Gyakar village
    • After a short break, we continue towards Drakmar
    • Overnight stay in Drakmar village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Gyakar village is home to a hundred years old Gompa. The Ghar Gompa is decorated with beautiful rock paintings, and according to legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa gets it fulfilled! Our trek tomorrow will be tight, so we are going to get up early to avoid strong winds.
  • Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling (3806m/12,484ft) 5/6 hrs treks
    • Early breakfast and departure
    • Mostly descending we try to avoid strong winds
    • Hiking downwards and gradually flat across dry plateaus and fields we reach Ghiling
    • After our lodge check-in, we get to tour this beautiful and charming village
    • Overnight stay in Ghiling village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: The mountains we get to see today are the mighty Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri.
  • Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft) 5/6 hrs treks
    • Breakfast and departure
    • The trail today is familiar, and we head back towards Lo Manthang
    • After a good five hours of trekking, we reach Chhuksang
    • Overnight stay in Chhuksang village

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: Tomorrow is our last day of trekking so we should enjoy the beautiful Himalayan views for the last time!
  • Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700/8,856ft) 6/7 hrs
    • Breakfast and departure
    • We prepare for a long last trek back to Jomsom
    • After trekking for most of the day, we join up with the Annapurna circuit trail and head for Kagbeni
    • After a break here we head on the familiar route back to Jomsom
    • The last farewell party will be organized with our staff and the locals
    • Overnight stay in Jomsom

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: We got an early flight back to Pokhara so better not to party too late.
  • Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
    • Early breakfast and head for the airport
    • We catch a flight back to Pokhara the amazing Lakeside city
    • After arriving in Pokhara, we transfer to the hotel
    • The rest of the day is at leisure and relaxing
    • Overnight stay in Pokhara

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Note: The flight back to Pokhara passes through the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountains, keep your cameras ready!
  • Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Hotel breakfast and transfer to the bus station
    • We take a scenic bus drive back to Kathmandu and stop on the way for lunch at the highroad restaurant
    • After arriving back in Kathmandu, we transfer to the hotel
    • Overnight stay in Kathmandu

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 17: Rest Day in Kathmandu Farewell dinner
    • Hotel breakfast
    • Today is a day to enjoy the last of Kathmandu
    • For any day tours, please inquire to your Peregrine Treks and Expedition’s contact person
    • A special farewell dinner will be organized in a traditional Nepali restaurant
    • Overnight stay in Kathmandu

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

  • Day 18: Transfer to the airport for your departure
    • Hotel breakfast and checkout
    • Transfer to the International airport 3 hours before your departing time

    Meals: Breakfast


Includes/Excludes

What's included

    • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
    • A three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Room in the best available lodge and all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during Upper Mustang Trek
    • Welcome and farewell dinners.
    • All ground transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
    • Pokhara Jomsom and Jomsom Pokhara flight ticket
    • City tour with tour guide as per itinerary
    • All entrance fees during sightseeing and trekking
    • An experienced English or other Language speaking guide and one assistance guide for more than five trekkers
    • Guide, porter, and necessary staff salaries, insurance, accommodation and food, and airfares if necessary
    • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
    • The company’s free services are the trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, achievement certificate, and trekking map.
    • Upper Mustang Trek Special Permit and TIMS
    • First Aid Medical kit or essential medicine
    • Seasonal fruits during the Upper Mustang trek
    • All applicable government and local taxes

What is excluded

    • Nepal visa fee and international airfares
    • Hotel accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu because of early arrival in Nepal or late departure from Nepal, prior return from the Upper Mustang Trek because of any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, soft or hard beverages, recharge the battery, bottled/boiled water, extra porters, hot shower, a pot of tea, etc.) during trekking
    • Tips and gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Accommodation

You will stay in Samsara Resort or Hotel Arts Kathmandu, a 3-star hotel in Thamel, or Tika Resort or a similar 4-star hotel in Pokhara. A solo traveler needs to share the room with same-gender another traveler. If you need a single supplement, you will have to pay an additional cost of about USD 300. During the trek, most of your accommodations contain attached bathrooms, while some of the teahouses may not have, and you may have to share the washing and toilet facilities in that case. In lower elevations, Kathmandu and the trekking regions will have sing room facilities, but it will be hard to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

You will enjoy typical Nepalese food and international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, India, etc.) during your Upper Mustang Trek. Be sure that the lodges or teahouses will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner as per their available menu. You may not be served breakfast somewhere during your Upper Mustang trek. You may get opportunities for welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Departure Dates

We have daily departures for this trip, so we recommend that you book it according to your schedule. We will customize the tour/trekking package to your specific needs. We are concentrating on the private trip, taking into account numerous elements such as COVID, trekkers' physical fitness, available time, and budget. Because these elements may or may not be compatible with the individual traveler.

Similarly, during the trek/tour, we will be pleased to supply you with pre/post accommodation as well as other supplementary services such as a domestic flight and an additional porter. Please fill out this customized form for your convenience.

Customize this trip with help from our local travel specialist that matches your interests.

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