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Upper Mustang Trek (10 Days)

Upper Mustang trek requires a special permit and should be at least two members. The special permit cost is US $ 500 for the first 10 days per person then after $50 per person per day. Upper Mustang trek offers two itineraries, this itinerary is based on for 10 days special permit itinerary. Lying on the southern edge of the Tibetan plateau Mustang is surrounded by more than 35 mountains ranging from 2815 meters to 4300 meters above sea level. Also, Upper Mustang trek consists of treeless desolate vista, the vertical rocky trail up and down the hill and arresting views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukche peak, Tilicho peak, Mustang Himal, Arniko Chuli and many other striking peaks. Mustang is considered to be a restricted area where a particular trekking permit is required through a registered trekking agency. And, Mustang Himalayan valley lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River and it is divided into two parts saying Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. Upper Mustang trek required the special permit, which cost US $ 500 for 10 days in the restricted region per person and after first 10 days US $ 50 per person per day. You should be 2 members to get the permit. Mustang Trekking is an alternative option of Tibet.

Upper Mustang trek is one of Nepal's most prominent trekking path which offers eye-catching mountain panorama including Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna I (8091m) in the case you reach to Korala border side. Upper Mustang trek takes you to the main city, Lo-Mangthang which actually is a challenging trek due to high altitude nearly about 3800 meters, exposed terrain and continual strong winds. The whole region is renowned for its inaccessible caves, chortans, monasteries and infertile and barren conditions the residents of the Upper Mustang are the Lobas, locally known as Lo. Upper Mustang is also famous for having some of the major Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, this consists of amazing artwork.  Mustang trekking can make a shorter than itinerary because of vehicles are already running but you can not get the permit at less cost.

Upper Mustang region is a very enjoyable place to visit, especially for those who wanted to be pleased with the kindness of the people living with Buddhist tradition. Regardless of the hardships, the people appear to be pleased with their lives here.  Nepal Kailash Trekking takes you to Upper Mustang trek which will reward you by the incredible scenery, architecture and culture of this unique place. Are you Looking for Upper Mustang Special Permit sharing or looking for the joining group? Contact us for, perhaps we can arrange it.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 18 days
  • Trek Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Cost: $US1890
  • Primary Activity: Trekking
  • Secondary Activity: Cultural
  • Max. Group Size: 14
  • Min. Group Size: 2
  • Starts Point: Kathmandu
  • Ends Point: Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade: Medium hard
  • Max. Height: 4300m
  • Transportation: drive/flight
  • Accommodation: Hotel/lodge
  • Season: Mar - Nov

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA)

Day 02: Preparation

Day 03: Drive/fly to Pokhara

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom 2720m then trek to Kagbeni 2810m

Day 05: Trek to Tseile 3050m

Day 06: Trek to Shyangbochen 3818m

Day 07: Trek to Dhakmar 3786m

Day 08: Trek to Tsarang 3560m via Ghar Gumba 3900m

Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang 3809m

Day 10: Excursion, visit monasteries – Lo manthang

Day 11: Visit to Chhoser cave 3897m – Lo manthang

Day 12: Trek to Ghami 3520m

Day 13: Trek to Samar 3660m

Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara

Day 17: Drive/fly to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure

 

Day 01:  Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu 1350m, overnight Hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick you up from Airport & transfer to Hotel by our company representative and brief about the program, Bed and Breakfast

Day 02: Preparation day Overnight Hotel
This day in Kathmandu - for preparation and conformity, evening briefing about the tour, overnight Hotel on BB plan

Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 820m, an overnight hotel
Normally, people take a tourist bus or private vehicle as a size of the group go to Pokhara along the highway cultivated land, scenic view of some mountains like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and adventurous experience by driving. There is another possible by airlines go to Pokhara where you can see mountains view of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling. Transfer to Hotel Pokhara.

 Day 04: Early morning fly to Jomsom 2720m, and trek to Kagbeni 2800m, 2 ½ hrs
You will fly to Jomsom early in the morning about 6 to 7 am. after your breakfast. Great and beautiful flight from Pokhara to Jomsom with scenic views of Mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.  Take a tea coffee or breakfast then trail leads to Kagbeni along the left bank of Kali Gandaki river. Kali Gandaki is the deepest gorge in the world. It takes about two and half hours from Jomsom to Kagbeni.  Kagbeni is the most famous for the ruins of its medieval castle houses.  At Kagbeni, there is plenty of lodges as well as a campsite.

Day 05: Trek to Tsaile 3050m, 5 – 6 hrs
After breakfast and fully prepared for trekking, the trekking trail leads you along the right bank of the KaliGandaki River as you see another side crosses riverbed farm field irrigating oasis.  About three and a half hours trekking you will be reached   to Chhuksang village via Tanabe 3060m, houses made by mud and stone washed by white colors as well as red which remains you Tibetan tradition and culture. Mostly, Chhuksang is lunch place. Next an hour walks to Tsaile along the bank of the River and crosses a bridge where is tunnel of the Galigandaki River and climbs up about 15 minutes to Tsaile. From the Tsaile, you can see the north face of Nilgiri 6,940m. Overnight lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Syangbochen 3818m, 6 – 7 hrs
The trekking trail continues to climb up through the cliff to Samar pass. The left side from your trail is a long range visible gorges with a crystalline mountain and reddish rocks. There is a long suspension bridge to the left side across the gorge go to Gyaker village.  Some Himalayan plants like juniper and village is surrounding by Poplar trees. It looks greenery colorful scenery.

 After Samar by heading down to the river and after little climb up, there are two trails for Syangboche. One is as usual normal trail via Yamdola 4010m with Upper Mustang’s landscape and another via Chhungsi cave. If you have planned to visit Chhugsi Monastry cave, you have to follow the right bank with amazing canyons. This trail will be over Chhungsila 3810m; along the magnificent view of dipping down gorge soon it reaches the famous Chhunsi Kangchung monastery cave 3,400 m. The Chhunsi Kangchung cave monastery appearance the most important place of pilgrimage for Buddhist who interest on it. It says many year ago Yogi Padmasamvab (Guru Rempochen) choose the peaceful place for meditation job. Therefore this place is made defiant (openly and fearlessly) popular. Then trail is slowly climbs up again through the narrow path between two lines of hills. It takes about one and half hour to Syangbochen. You can walk continue an hour further to Geling if time is early by reaching Syangbochen. Overnight lodge. 

Day 07: Trek to Dhakmar 3786m, 4 - 5 hrs
After breakfast, start to climb little hill with pass you will be seen towards the valley of Geling and back sight some mountain views.  After crosses the village there is an unreasonable hill to ride up on the top of Nyi La pass 4010m. This is the good view point of the Mustang landscape as well as Annapurna, Nilgiri ranges. From this path, the  trail descends to down just follow left a straight trail by seeing cultivated land and  the beautiful green valley. That will Ghami village where you stop for the night, but you are already at lunch time. After lunch, next sight of the Ghami where you can find Japanese Hospital, primary school, longest Mani wall of the Mustang with prayer wheel & apple garden.  Afternoon you can hike to the up valley of Ghami which trail leads to Dolpa and see their old broken houses before established Ghami village where you stay. The trail is head towards Dhakmar  through mostly red colorful cliffs and green scenery. Immediately leaving Ghami trail follows little descend & ascend which takes approximately an hour. There is a viewpoint as well from where you can see Upper Mustang landscape. Then you get the valley of Dhakmar.  Overnight lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Tsarang 3575m, 5 hrs

There are lots of cliffs caves above the Dhakmar village with naturally colorful cliffs. Around and after the Dhakmar, there will be a chance to see blue sheep during climbing the Mui La pass 4170m. Ghar Gompa is the oldest monastery of Nepal which is built before than Samey Monastery of Lhasa (Tibet).  The monastery is Ngyinmapa sect where found the hidden scriptures of Padmasambhava.  Then we follow the Tsarang Khola/stream via Lo Ghekar for  Tsarang. Overnight lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Lomanthang 3809m, 4 hrs
Either this morning or previous day you might have visited around Tsarang’s palace and monastery. Immediatelyleaving tsrang village trail leads you down to the river and gradually ascending. Before entering the Lo-Manthang ( Lo La 3950m) you able to be seen the South face of Nilgiri Mountain then continues towards through the desert area to historical wall city. This day your trekking will be three to four hours normally.

Day 10: Excursion day 
In the wall city the houses stand against one another in a line to from small alley sometime feels tunnel, if you have no idea you will lose end in that passes-ways. Traditionally, built their mud houses with flat roofs white washed painted outside and monasteries with red. . Local from here, people grow wheat, barley buck- wheat and some potatoes. Lo-pa people like business they want to do some business from Tibet like Chinese goods.  During the winter the Lo-Pa people come down to lower part like to Pokhara. There temperature falls in minus in winter. This day visit to Chode Gmpa, Jampa Lhakhang, Thubchen Gompa & King’s palace and around. Do not forget take with you head light because monasteries and caves will be dark or sometime light does not work properly. Overnight lodge.

Day 11: Excursion day
You will be visiting the Choose village as well as caves ridding by horse or jeep and self-carry packed lunch, or at least you may have tea or coffee as well as Chinese noodle there by a local restaurant. Choose is a mysterious, by its beauty of architecture. This cave looks like a cliff but inside it there is step by step floor with 44 rooms. This cave is so amazing that it gives the feeling of being in Alien place, if you are heading by jeep and by asking about the road is fine to visit Kerala border ( Tibet/China and Nepal), it’s gives you outstanding landscape views with the Himalayas. Returned back to Lo-manthang for overnight.

Day 12 Trek to Ghami 3520m

Day 13 Trek to Samar 3660m

Day 14 Trek to Kagbeni

Day 15 Trek to Jomsom

Day 16 Fly to Pokhara

Day 17 Drive/fly to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure

 

Cost Include

- All ground transports by private vehicle as per itinerary required

- Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation inclusive breakfast as per itinerary

- All entry fees as per itinerary – Upper Mustang special permit per head US $ 500 for the first 10 days, then after 10 days US $ 50 per head per day,  ACAP fee 2000 per head and required monasteries         entrance fee {bring 2 copies passport size picture}

- Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara round trip airfare and airport tax + Guide

- Three times meals including Lunch, Dinner and breakfast during trek with tea/coffee

- An English speaking highly experienced friendly and helpful trekking guide

- One porter for two member

- Guide salary/food/accommodation/insurance and required transports

- Porter salary/food/accommodation/insurance and required transports

- Rain protection duffel bag for luggage

- Company guarantee the rescue services if needed; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us

- Government taxes and office service charge

 



Cost Exclude

- International airfare

- Nepal visa fee which obtained at the airport on arrival, a multiple tourist visa for 15 days US $ 25, for 30 days US $ 40 and for 90 days US $ 100 or Equivalent convertible currency {bring 2 copies passport size picture}

- Pokhara and Jomsom staying on flight cancelation due to bad weather

- Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks bottle of mineral/hot water, hot shower and snack  foods during trekking

- Hot shower except Jomsom

- Battery charge during trekking

- Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur and strongly recommend international Travel Insurance

- Extra porter for the personal day bag pack

- Horse riding along the trek

- Horse or jeep to Chhoser cave or border { talk to guide because the rate gets better on locally discussion}

- Extra cost on natural disaster

- Sleeping bag, can be rented from company @ USD 00.80 cent per day per piece

- Kathmandu sightseeing {it will be extra because we should arrange according your  staying in Nepal}

- Any other expenses which is not mentioned in the cost include

- Tips to staffs

 

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