Upper Mustang Trek – 17 days

Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang

The ‘Upper Mustang trek’ is often depicted as trekking into the Grand Canyon of the Himalayas and famous for unique landscape, distinctive culture, rich tradition, ancient Monasteries and breathtaking views of Mustang Himal and also Annapurnas.

Nepal’s upper Mustang was an ancient commercial route between Nepal, Tibet and India. This is a Buddhist land. Above all, Mustang is famous as the land where Guru Rimpoche (The Great master and protector of the Tibetan Buddhism)  built Ghar Gomba (monastery) during the eight century and  Milarepa, one of the highest Buddhist yogi, meditated for years.

Mustang trek is culturally and naturally very strong and interested. There are still many Caves that was man made and naturally built. It was opened for trekkers and tourism in 1992. Mustang has a majority of Tibetan people, and the history of kingdom is a legend all over the Himalayan region.

We highly recommend to visit monastery at Chungsi canyon and to observe the local Tiji Festival, celebrates in Lo Mantang, the ancient capital of Mustang in the end of May. It is known as the festival of Chasing the Demons and its 800 or so inhabitants take part in a three-day spectacle of music, colorful costumes and dancing. During the Tiji, the monks dress in traditional coats and wood carved masks. Their attire represents Gods and Devils and perform traditional Kham dances, while blessing the people.

You can do a day hike to Chhosar village and Jhong Cave (the largest man made Cave in Upper Mustang) from Lo-Manthang. Yara, Ghara, Luri Gomba (monastery in Cave) and Tangge villages are in the remote  areas of Upper Mustang.

The journey begins from Kathmandu to Pokhara with tourist bus ride or flight. After that, flight to Jomsom that is the starting point to explore Mustang.

  • Trekking Facts
  • Itinerary
  • Cost
  • Enquiry
  • Trekking Gears
  • Trek Departure

Highlight of Mustang trekking:
Duration: 16 nights/17 days (Two days by bus and 15 days by walk).
Trek start/end: fly in/out at Jomsom.
Grade: Moderate.
Highest elevation: 4070m.
Ethnic group: Majority of Thakali, Bista and Tibetans.
Trek style: Basic teahouse.
Best time: April to October.
Activities: Trekking/Walking/Hiking.
Clients number: Minimum two clients and maximum no limit (There require minimum two clients to buy special trekking permits of Mustang Trek).
Culture: Tibetan Buddhism.
Himalayan sights: Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Sita Chuchura 6611m, Nilgiri 6940m, Thapa Peak 6015m, Tukche Peak 6920m, Tilicho peak 7134m, Thorong Peak 6484m, Yakawa Kan 6482m, 7035m, Brikuti 6364m, Chuungian Chanma Himal 6165m. Mustang Himal 66234m, Arniko Chuli 6034m.
Note: Please inquiry for Mustang trekking map.

Mustang Trekking Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Trek briefing, preparation and visit Sawayambunath (Money Temple) in the afternoon.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist bus 6hrs or flight 25 minutes.
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (25 minutes) in the morning and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/6hrs.
Day 5: To Chele 3100m/6hrs. (Entry to restrict area).
Day 6: Sangmochen 3800m/5hrs.
Day 7: To Gelling to Ghami 3510m/4-5hrs.
Day 8: To Tsarang 3560m/4-5hrs (Visit monastery and Tsarang village in the afternoon).
Day 9: To Lo-Manthang 3840m/4-5hrs.
Day 10: Visit Chhosar village, Jhong Cave, Gharphu village and Namgel monastery and back to Lo-Manthang (round trip 6-7hrs).
Day 11: Visit Lo-Manthang village and monasteries etc.
Day 12: To Yara vllage 6-7hrs.
Day 13: Visit Lhuri Gomba (monastery in Cave) and back via Ghara village to Yara (round trip 4-5hrs).
Day 14: To Tangge 3240m/6-7hrs and visit Stupas.
Day 15: To Chhusang 9-10hrs (up-down walk in high altitude).
Day 16: To Muktinath 3800m/5-6hrs (Good view of Mt. Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri and Tilicho peak etc). Exit from restrict area.
Day 17: To Jomsom 5hrs.
Day 18: Fly to Pokhara in the morning and visit Pokhara in the afternoon.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu in the morning or to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
Note: Trek itinerary can be changed for interested side trip and an extra day for acclimatizing . Please inquiry for more details of day to day itinerary.

We offer Teahouse package organize Upper Mustang Trek. Please inquiry for cost.
Cost includes :
1) Airport pick up and departure.
2) Two nights accommodation (Standard double or twin bed room with breakfast) at 2* Hotel at Thamel (Tourist center)/Kathmandu. Note:- The accommodation in Kathmandu can arrange/book according to client choice Hotel type. The clients have to pay differences if needed.
3) Upper Mustang special trekking permits fee.
4) Annapurna Conservation trekking entry fee.
5) Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus or flight.
6) Pokhara to Jomsom flight tickets for clients and guide.
7) Kathmandu to Beni to Jomsom round trip public bus tickets for porters.
8) Teahouse meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with tea or coffee during the trekking days. Meals can be selected from Menu and will have enough while on trekking.
9) Accommodation during the trekking days.
10) Nepali Staffs: An experience trek guide and necessary porter.
11) Three times meals and daily salary for guide and porter.
12) Insurance of guide and porter.
Cost does not include :
1) Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
2) Personal trekking equipment of clients.
3) Snack, Juice, Coca, Fanta, Sprite, Beer, Whisky, Boil and Mineral water during the trekking days.
4) Personal Insurance of clients such as medical, emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue USD8000-10000), flight and trek cancellation etc.
5) Expenses for personal nature: Hot showers, laundry, monastery entry fee/donations, museum entry fee, movie/film watching, postage, telephone calls and email/Internet etc.
6) Attach bath room during the trekking days. If the clients want attach bathroom where is possible, there have to pay differences between common and attach bathroom.
7) Tips for staffs.
8) Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan etc. (City tour guide and transportation can arrange on client's request).

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Trekking gears for Mustang Trek:
Waterproof hiking boot and sleeping bag and some other good trekking stuffs require for Mustang Trek. We will be sent a detailed equipment list upon trip booking.
Note: We have sleeping bag and down jacket renting facilities without fixed deposit for our clients.

Upcoming Trip Departure for Mustang Trek:
Fixed Departure Date: Trip departure on the 14th of September 2018 (one interested person is in contact now).
Trip Booking Available: Book this trip now as spaces are available. An experience guide lead you while on trek.