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Upper Mustang Trekking 14 Days

Price Start
USD 2300  Per Person
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Activity Level

Trekking ?

Group Size
2-10
Trip Code:
NLT-UMT-14
Accommodation:
Tea Hous/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
5,010 m at Dri Ra Phuk Gompa
Season:
AUTUMN (Sept – Nov WINTER (Dec – Feb)Spring (March – May)Summer (Jun-Aug)
Meals:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
Destination:
Nepal/Mustang Region
Duration:
14 Days
Grade:
Moderate
Transportation:
Bus/Jeep/Flight
Trip Attraction:

Mustang Caves or Sky Caves of Nepal are a collection of some 10,000 man-made caves dug into the sides of valleys in the Mustang District of Nepal,Mustang District a part of Province No. 4 in Dhawalagiri Zone of northernp Nea,

No of People Price
1-3 2300 USD
4-6 2200 USD
6 above 2100 USD

Trip Highlights

–  Visit various Hindu and Buddhist cultural temples and monasteries.

–  Beautiful scenes of Himalaya kagbeni from Kagbeni.

–  History of Lo Manthang and exploring around.

–  We will walk through many monasteries, gompas, chortens, prayer flags, and caves.

–  Explore the culture of local people who live close to Tibet.

Upper Mustang trekking in Nepal was officially opened in 1992. Minimal numbers of trekkers are only allowed each year. Thus protecting and conserving the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. Upper Mustang Trekking unfolds the fable forbidden kingdom’s vast and arid valleys, eroded canyons, and yak caravans. The Upper Mustang trek brings you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Lo used to be part of the Tibetan empire and is closely tied to Tibet in culture, language, and geography.

What makes Upper Mustang such a great/unique Trek?

The Upper Mustang trail follows the ancient salt caravan route through which the people of Mustang traded Tibetan salt for grain from the lowlands. The goal of the Upper Mustang trek is to the capital of the Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. From the pass Lo La (3950 m), you can see the medieval capital wall in the distance. The white-wash 6-meter tall wall is in sharp contrast to the barren landscape.

Upper Mustang is a restricted area, and up till 1992, it was forbidden for foreign visitors to enter the kingdom. The remoteness and inaccessibility of Mustang have preserved the distinct Tibetan Buddhist Culture. Nowadays, foreigners are welcome to Upper Mustang for a permit fee of US$ 500 (to be arranged through a trekking agency and valid for ten days, each additional day costs US$ 50).

To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of actual mountain people, who, had minimal contact with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years and retained their rich cultural heritage. Until recent times their king was officially recognized by the Government of Nepal.

What does Upper Mustang Treks bring to the table?

Within Lo Manthang itself, a visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. The last main village in the northwest of the area. As well as the King’s palace brings a further cultural understanding of the area. Annapurna region is the best arrangement of the Himalayas Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091m), Manaslu (8156m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Machapuchhre (6993m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Tilicho Peak (7134m) and Nilgiri (6940m). The Kaligandaki passes between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, the world’s world’s world’s deepest gorge.

Itinerary

After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. The drive could take roughly 6-7 hrs to reach Pokhara. We also have the option for a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. You have choice to relax in Pokhara or have a sightseeing or walk around beautiful Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
830m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

A short morning flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the glorious view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is exceptional. Jomsom is where your actual trek of foot begins. After checking out from the airport, you will start your 3 hours trek. You will trek uphill alongside Kali Gandaki River to reach Kagbeni.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2800m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You will get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Today you will pass by villages Tangbe and Chusang. Made with mud and white painted narrow alleys, you will pass through apple garden and colorful buckwheat field. You traverse several ridges to Tangbe village. This village is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3050m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite 6 hour walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual colour 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 YakawaKang adds up to its magnificence.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3475m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

We ascend to the Yamada La pass at 3,850m. We pass by a few teahouses, chortens, and beautiful villages on the way. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami, one of the Lo region’s biggest villages. The village is beautiful, with fields surrounding the entire village. Overnight in Ghami.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4,010m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

This day is the continuation of gaining high altitude through constant changes up and down. We have one other high pass to conquer: Yamada La to pass at 3,850m. We will pass by several villages that bring the Tibetian lifestyle tone. After the two high passes, this region gives more Tibetian vibes. At the same time, below Syngbouche, it is more of a Gurung and Thakali cultural influence from the lower Mustang and Manang area (District next to Mustang.)

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,850m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You begin your trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass you can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3770m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Lo Manthang, the capital city of Mustang, contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The town is fascinating, with four major ancient Monasteries, impressive, and an enormous 14th-century palace imposing a 4-story building in the center of the city.
After breakfast, your leader will organize a jeep for the Chhosar excursion.
• Nyphu Cave monastery built into the side of a soaring cliff.
• 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave has more than 44 compartments and gives you the pre-historic settlement of humans.
• During the afternoon, if you are not exhausted, you can walk to Thinker summer palace or explore the unique ancient monasteries inside the walled city itself, which is exceptional.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3770m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You will take the upper highland trail to bid farewell to Lo-Manthang. This gives you splendid views of both Lo-Manthang and Charang Valley. You can also see the snow-capped mountains in the background. On the way, you can visit the oldest Tibetan monastery- Ghar Gompa. From here, you will cross one of the last passes, Dhi Pass at 4100m. Onwards you will trek to Dhamkar.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3800m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

From today the trail connects to the same path as we hiked up. For 14 days itinerary, you can’t extend via Yara Gomba due to the short time. If you wish to make an alternative circuit route, you may need to add two extra days. The journey in midday might be harassing due to the strong wind against us. However, the panoramic view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, is still worth it on the south side.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3860m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You will continue your trek back. If you want, you can visit some of the attractions you missed on the trek, like the Chungsi Cave monastery. We can stop for lunch at Samar village once again. From here, we make our descent down to Tetang. This upper village of Chuksang lies between two hills. It gives you some escape from the fierce wind that Kali Gandaki valley is known for. Chusang is yet another beautiful village you will spend the night in.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3050m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Walking through the river valley, today you will exist the restricted area. You spend an exact ten days in a forbidden area. Leaving behind all the memories of Upper Mustang we are ready to set off for Pokhara. It is our last night in the Mustang area. This is the last camp before you leave this region. You may want to enjoy the last toss of local Marpha alcohol cider or apple brandy from the area with your guide support crew.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2714m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You will catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a fantastic way to finish off your Upper Mustang trek. This flight takes you along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
830m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Today you will take back the scenic drive back to Kathmandu which takes around 6 hrs. There is an option to have flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara on added extra cost as required.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,400m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Price & Dates

What's Included

  • Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle to hotel.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee (ACAP permit & Upper Mustang Restricted Permit).
  • Accommodation during trek and Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea).
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking Friendly trekking guide.
  • Coverage of Guides including their Meals, Insurance, Salary, Lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary.
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company).
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary).
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region.

Optional Addons

  • Porter (We can arrange porter for your trek).
  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • Personal Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-chargefee).
  • Accommodation, Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies etc.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

Major Highlights of Mustang Trekking?

~ Mustang is famous for adventurous sports such as cycling, rock climbing, trekking, horse racing, and riding.

~ The famous “Thakali” ethnics come from this region.

~ You can horse ride to travel through snowy paths in winter.

~ The best time to visit Muktinath is from March to June.

~ Mustang was called the “Forbidden Kingdom,” until it allowed westerners in 1992.

Permit for upper mustang trek.

Upper Mustang being a restricted area comes with a great permit cost and multiple permits. The first and foremost entry fee you will be required is the ACAP( Annapurna Conservation Area Project). Which will cost you around  20 USD per person. 

For someone going to the Upper Mustang( Restricted area) onward kagbeni they will be requiring a RAP( Restricted Area Permit). RAP costs around 500 USD per person for around 10 days. Exceeding the 10 days limit, an additional charge of USD 50 will be charged. 

No TIMS( Trekking information Management System) is required as the RAP does the job of getting trekkers’ information.

Why is Upper Mustang a restricted area?

The immense permit costs in this region for it being a restricted area, but many don’t know why? There are various factors to it:

  • Open Border with China

The open border with China creates border issues and smuggling of illegal things, thus this is one of the factors to declare it as a restricted area.

  • Untouched Nature

One of the expensive treks when it comes to permitting costs, A magical kingdom that still remains untouched by modernization and tourism

  • The last Buddhist Kingdom of Nepal

Lo- Manthand(4300m) is considered to be the last Buddhist Kingdom of Nepal. It signifies a great value for Nepalese culture. Also, During the Unification of Nepal, when Prithivi Narayan Shah united all the states to name it Nepal, Lo-Manthand was only the state to not give its freedom. Overall, there is a great history behind these places.

  • Archaeological Value

Upper Mustang is home to great human caves. These caves are such private and unexplored that no one ever gets a chance to study them. There is proof of finding great treasures around these caves.

How many days do you need for Upper Mustang Trek?

The well-known Upper Mustang doesn’t limit itself when coming up with possibilities to stun trekkers and hikers. With archeological to spiritual knowledge, it really is a great trek to go on. For this trek, a minimum of 14 days is necessary when it comes to not missing out on anything. With an adventurous 14-day itinerary you get to see semi-desert filled with colorful rock formations, deep caves, and ravines. Also, the panoramic view of snow-capped peaks will complement your trip throughout.

When it comes to trekking this region, with flights taking you to Jomsom at least a minimum of 14 days is a must for a great trek.

How hard is Upper Mustang Trek?

Upper Mustang Trek has a difficulty level of Moderate. Compared to other treks such as Lower Mustang Trek, it really is at a whole next level. Compared to famous base camp treks it is not that strenuous level, but it definitely won’t go easy on you.

With a moderate fitness level, you shall be able to carry out this trek.

The highest point of this trek is  Marnag la(4320m), and other major attractions like Lo-Manthang(3810m), while trekking to this level, due to low oxygen content in the atmosphere, trekkers get tired easily. Thus, with enough precaution it won’t be that hard to conquer.

Is Upper Mustang Trek worth it?

Upper Mustang Trek has been attracting more and more trekkers each year. The famous highlight of this trip such an untouched natural beauty and great lifestyle makes it a masterpiece of a trek. It really is unlike any other trek that you have ever been on.
That makes Upper Mustang Trek worth every penny you invest.

You get to experience totally new side of trekking, a semi-desert area filled with great mysteries for you to discover. Of course, the great view and sceneries you get to experience from the moment you step into Jomsom are really a world class experience. These 14 days in the laps of the Himalayas will truly change you as a person. Overall, a must-have experience.

Best season for Upper Mustang Trek.

Spring(April-May)

A great time to visit Upper Mustang, the weather will be slightly warmer and the rivers will be full of snowmelt. Probably the best time if you consider on crossing the high passes. Also around the end of April, the biggest festival Tiji occurs so it may be a plus point as you get to enjoy it.

Monsoon(June- September)

In such a region as Upper Mustang, there is no monsoon, which helps it to be a great trekking destination. The impact of Moonsoon will be seen in the lower region as the trails will be wet and slippery. Reaching Upper Mustang, the rain will be the least problem. Also around August’s full moon, you get to experience the Horse festival.

Autumn( October-November)

All across Nepal, the autumn season is the time with blue sky and the clearest view possible. Around the altitude of Upper Mustang, the afternoon can be windy. Therefore, be prepared with possibly the best geas. This season marks the end of Trekking season and quite a lot of lodges close.

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