Destination: Mustang, Nepal
Duration: 15 Days
Trip Grade: Moderate
Trek Duration: 9 Days
Group Size: 2 - 14
Best Season: March through November
Max. Altitude: 3809m
Transportation: Bus / Flight
Warm hospitality of Thakalis & Gurung communities
Tibetan Buddhist monasteries
The Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world
Impressive castle of Chosar Cave
This 15 days Upper Mustang trek package offers a spectacular trekking on the remote area of Trans - Himalayan Mountains with an influence culture of Tibetan. Higher Kaligandaki valley is the desert region of the Tibetan plateau from which it borders Kagbeni in the south and generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Here you get the chance to explore thousand years of monastery, local tribes, caves, and scenic beauties of different landscapes. Kaligandaki region is the world’s deepest gorge and here you will make an adventure and you will also find the world’s highest region of Lo-Mangthang valley which passes through an almost barren landscape with colorful mountains which look like craftmanship work; just having shrubs and buses around. Also, this trek offers panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other peaks.
The Upper Mustang trek has been on isolation for thousand years and this has kept the heritage, culture and lifestyle to remain unchanged for centuries up to date. The houses found there are mostly made from sun baked mud bricks and stones. Some of the beautiful architectures found in Mustang region are city wall and the four storey palace in Lo-Mangthang.
On this trek, you will spend 2 nights in Lo - Manthang; the day of arrival in Lo - Manthang you will visit the palace and the second day you will go for hiking to Chosar Cave, an impressive castle. As an alternative option you can also do a horse riding for day tour.
Day 01 : Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Day 02 : Day tour of Kathmandu Heritage sites
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m).
Day 04 : Flight Pokhara - Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2810m, 20 minutes flight, 2 - 3 hours walking).
Day 05 : Trek to Samar (3660m, 6-7 hours walking)
Day 06 : Trek to Geling (3570m, 5 - 6 hours walking)
Day 07 : Trek to Tsarang (3560m, 6-7 hours walking)
Day 08 : Trek to Lo - Manthang (3809m, 4 hours walking).
Day 09 : Exploration day in Lo - Manthang and visit to Chosar Cave
Day 10 : Trek to Ghemi 3520m, 5 - 6 hours walking.
Day 11 : Trek to Samar (3660m, 6 - 7 hours).
Day 12 : Trek to Jomsom (6 - 7 hours walking).
Day 13 : Flight Jomsom - Pokhara .
Day 14 : Drive back to Kathmandu on private vehicle. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 15 : Transfer to Airport for your onward journey.
Day 01Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, KathmanduInternational Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (1350m); you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel 20 minutes drive). Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 02Day tour of Kathmandu Heritage sitesYou will go for guided day tour of Kathmandu heritage sites (4 sites Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, Pashupati and Boudhanath). This is also the day that we arrange special permit for your mustang trek. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m).It´s 200 k.m to Pokhara, a 5 - 6 hour scenic drive on private car or mini van through Prithivi Highway following the river bank of Trishuli & Marshyandi. On way way drive, we we will have an opportunity to view the Himalayan ranges of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna (depends on weather condition). And the beauty of nature is just of awesome. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 04Flight Pokhara - Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2810m, 20 minutes flight, 2 - 3 hours walking).It´s just a 20 minutes short flight; but amazing flight through the Kaligandaki river gorge; the deepest natural river gorge in the world; which lies between two 8000m gaints peaks, Annapurna I (8091m) & Dhaulagiri (8167m). After landing at Jomsom airport; we walk following the east bank of Kaligandaki river to Ekle Bhatti (2740m, 1:30 hours). Then walk for another 30 mintutes to reach Kagbeni, an oasis-like settlement of flat-roofed houses. There is also a Tibetan Buddhist gompa of Sakyapa sect in the village and views of the gompa with Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Tilicho, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna rising above are superb! Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 05Trek to Samar (3660m, 6-7 hours walking)After breakfast we take a short walk through a narrow flagstone-paved path, then we enter to the restricated area of Mustang. From here we continue our walking to east bank of Kaligandaki river. We walk through the impressive village of Tangbe (3060m), Chhusang (2980m) & Chele (3050m) overlooking the fantastic landscapes. There is a small, but impressive cave gompa in Chhusang which is dedicated to White Tara, the buddha of Success and Achievement. After 45 minutes continue walking to Chele; we can see the good view of back down the Kaligandaki valley, with the peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. After another 11/2 hours slow pace walking we arrive at the Dajori La Pass (3735m) with views down the valley. After another 30 minutes walking we arrive at Samar, a small picturesque village. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 06Trek to Geling (3570m, 5 - 6 hours walking)We walk through the centre of the village and descend to a stream where we can see eroded watercourse; then we climb up and continue up towards the Bhena La (3838m) and Yamda La (3860m). From here we can see our first substantial views of Upper Mustang with coffee-coloured hills nearby; then we walk to Syangboche village (3800m) following mani walls and stupas; then eventually we arrive at the village of Geling. There are 2 gompas in the village, the date back to 15th century which are worth visiting. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 07Trek to Tsarang (3560m, 6-7 hours walking)Today we climb a steep uphill just above the 2 gompas and continue walking to a pass (4025m) from where we can enjoy overlooking back towards the Annapurnas. Then we trek down to Ghemi (3520m), a small settlement of few tea houses, then continue trek down to a stream and cross a suspension bridge and ascend the upper valley where we can see the longest mani wall in Mustang region. Following the trail beside the mani wall, we climb up another pass of Tsarang La (3870m); and we descend to Tsarang, the old capital of Mustang. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 08Trek to Lo - Manthang (3809m, 4 hours walking).Today is the final day of our destination, short and moderate walking to Lo - Manthang, the medieval walled city. We walk following the Tsarang river to the north and gradually climb up to the Lo La (3950m) from here we can see the good views of Lo - Manthang and northern Mustang. From the pass, it is an easy down hill walk to ancient walled capital of Lo- Manthang. There are four major gompas which are worth visiting: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the "God house"; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is known as the "New Gompa". After lunch you can visit these places. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 09Exploration day in Lo - Manthang and visit to Chosar CaveAfter breakfast, we go for day tour / hiking to Chosar cave, an impressive castle. As an alternative option, you can also hire a horse and go for horse riding and explore more. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 10Trek to Ghemi 3520m, 5 - 6 hours walking. Trek down following the same way back. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 11Trek to Samar (3660m, 6 - 7 hours). Trek down following the same way back. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12Trek to Jomsom (6 - 7 hours walking). Trek down following the same way back. Overnight a guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 13Flight Jomsom - Pokhara . Overnight a hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 14Drive back to Kathmandu on private vehicle. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.Overnight a hotel, inclusive of breakfast.
Day 15Transfer to Airport for your onward journey.After breakfast, transfer to airport to board your flight back home.
I am travelling alone. Can this trek be arranged for single person? No, we need minimum 2 people to issue trek permit for Mustang.
I am solo traveller. Can I join a group? Please let us know date of travel; we will let you know if we have any existing group departure on the date you have requested.