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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is a 12-day trip to the northwest of Jomsom in a rugged valley behind  Annapurna mountain and Dhaulagiri. The valley is called Lo Manthang (3730 m) and Mini Tibet. The Upper Mustang Trekking trip starts after the Pokhara-Jomsom flight (18 minutes). This is a restricted trekking region where you can meet 22nd cultural king whose history dated back to the 14th century. Kagbeni (2800 m) is the gateway of the Lo Manthang situated bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Lo Manthang is walled town covered for land that was built by the first king Ame Pal. There are a four-storied whitewashed palace and four traditional wards, such as Mahakala, Tara, Dipankar Buddha and Maitreya Buddha. There are 180 mud houses. The local called Lobos who believe caste and hierarchy system, such as Kudak (Bista-king’s cast), Ghara (blacksmith), Shemba (butcher) and Emeta (musician).  

Upper Mustang Trek has opened in 1992 for a tourist that is a controlled area (2567 Sq Km big). It requires the special permits with a TIMS card and minimum two people in a group. Lo Manthang is a village of Mustang district (6000 population). The district has 63 types of birds, 28 mammals, 2 reptiles, 2 amphibians and 200 plants. Few people follow a polyandry marriage system (reason to avoid splitting of a family’s farmland). The farmer plows fields with Dzo (ox), produce barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. Pastureland is at the rim of the Tibetan plateau. They can use horse, mule, and yak for transport. They do farming, herding, caravan trading and tourism business. Teahouse and camping trip both are arranged.  

Upper Mustang Trek offers to visit a natural cave, Chorten, and monastery. The Jhampa Gompa (1387 AD) believed to be a replica of the Ghangtse Jhampa Gompa of Tibet nearby Lhasa. Thupchen Gompa was built by Tashi Gon who was the first King. Chhyoede Gompa (1757) was built by King A-Ham Tshewang Phuntsok Tskgyen Norbu. The five-storied Jhong Cave with 40 rooms is interesting that takes 3 hours to reach. To reach the Nyphu Cave Monastery takes a day hiking. Damodar Kunda can be visited from the Lo Manthang. There are mountain festivals such as Tenchi, Losar, Saga Lug Ka, and Duk Chu is being celebrated. You can visit Amchi School, known as the village clinic. Contact us for the trip, cost, and additional information. Day to day itinerary is below.

Day : Pokhara to Kagbeni (2800 m) via Jomsom (2710 m) - 4/5 hours

Day : Kagbeni to Chhuksang (2920 m) – 5/6 hours

Day : Chhuksnag to Samar (3290 m) – 4/5 hours

Day : Samar to Geling (3440 m) – 5/6 hours

Day : Geling to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours

Day : Ghami to Charang (3490 m) – 5/6 hours

Day : Charang to Lo-Manthang (3730 m) – 4/5 hours

Day : Rest in Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang)

Day : Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours

Day : Ghami to Samar (3290 m) – 5/6 hours

Day : Samar to Kagbeni (2800 m) – 6/7 hours

Day : Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710 m) – 2/3 hours

Day : Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m) – 20 minutes

Day : Pokhara to Kagbeni (2800 m) via Jomsom (2710 m) - 4/5 hours
Regular flight starts early in the morning due to the windy valley. The views of Annapurna, Pokhara, Sarangkot, Seti River, Dhaulagiri and its glaciers and deepest valley Kali Gandaki are included on the way to Jomsom with the Twin otter flight. Jomsom is the district headquarter of the Mustang is situated bank of the Kali Gandaki River with the Nilgiri view. There is army camp, police post, market and normal to star level hotel with electricity. Walk along the bank of the Kali Gandaki valley. A gravel road with the Jeep and motorbike go to the Muktinath Temple. Follow the right bank of the river to the Eklebhatti, one trail splits to the Muktinath. Hiking continues through the bank of the river to Kagbeni. The views of the Nilgiri and Kali Gandaki valley with a terraced field in the Kagbeni are beautiful. Stay overnight here.

Day : Kagbeni to Chhuksang (2920 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb through the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River with a view of the natural cave and Kang Gompa in the west bank of the river. Continue walking to reach the Tangbe village (2990 m) with chorten, terraced fields and Nilgiri views. Walk continues to the Chhuksang village at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Narshing Khola. There is a small salt mine up to the Narshing Khola. Stay overnight there.

Day : Chhuksnag to Samar (3290 m) – 4/5 hours
Cross the river over the Kali Gandaki valley then climb uphill to the Chele (3030 m) with a shop and terraced field of barley and wheat. Here are five villages include Chele, Ghyakar, Chhuksang, Tangbe and Tetang with the ethnic group. Climb uphill with the view of Ghyakar to a cairn (3480 m) then descend gradually to the Chorten to reach the Samar village with poplar trees, hotel and stable with the views of Annapurna and Nilgiri. Stay overnight here.

Day : Samar to Geling (3440 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb uphill to a ridge, then descend into a gorge with the Chortens. Walk continues next valley with juniper tree. Cross a stream and climbs to a ridge, then descends to the Bhena. Hiking continues to a pass, then descends to the Shyangmochhen (3650 m) with teashops. Climb gradually uphill to a pass (3700 m) in a valley. Take a right-hand side; descend to the Geling with poplar trees and barley field.

Day : Geling to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours
Climb gradually uphill through the Geling valley to reach the Tama Gaon and the Nyi La (3840 m). Descend continues and take a left trail to reach the Ghami village with whitewashed houses. Here are police post, Gompa, potato field, and the red nunnery end of the village. Stay overnight here.

Day : Ghami to Charang (3490 m) – 5/6 hours
Walk continues, cross the Ghami Khola, then climb gradually uphill to the Charang village with Mani walls, willow trees, electricity, Red Gompa with a collection of paintings. Here is 5-storey fortress. Stay overnight here.

Day : Charang to Lo-Manthang (3730 m) – 4/5 hours
Walk downhill to cross the Charang Chu then climb uphill steeply through a ridge and village (3530 m) to the Tholung Valley. Climb gradually to the large chorten between Charang and Lo. Cross a stream, reach over a ridge (3850 m) with the view of Lo. Descending continues to cross a stream then climb uphill to the Lo-Manthang with police post, several monasteries, Chortens, local King’s palace and terraced field. Stay overnight here.

Day : Rest in Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang)
Visit in several Gompas, Temples, King Palace and explore the Tibetan type of Nepalese people with their lifestyle and culture in a rest day. Stay overnight here.

Day : Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3460 m) – 5/6 hours
Head west trail and climb uphill to some ridges then descend to the large valley. Climb uphill to a ridge (4070 m) and next pass then descends to the Lo Gekar. The 8th century Ghar Gompa with a stream and grove of trees are there. Climb to a ridge then descending to the Dhokmar village nearby a stream. Descend with a field, then climb to a ridge. Climb downhill to the Ghami village with the terraced fields, police post, lodge and monastery. Stay overnight here.

Day : Ghami to Samar (3290 m) – 5/6 hours
Take a direct route to the Nyi La at 3840 m. Climb uphill to a ridge and meet the trail from Charang. Climb uphill to the pass and descend steeply to the Geling valley. Descend through the Tama Gaon to a stream and climb uphill to a ridge. Climb downhill to the Samar village with the views of Nilgiri and Annapurna, a grove of the poplar tree and caravan horse station. Stay overnight here.a

Day : Samar to Kagbeni (2800 m) – 6/7 hours
Climb downhill to the Chele and Chhuksang villages. Cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and reach the Kagbeni. The confluence of the Muktinath Khola and the Kali Gandaki River is known as real Kagbeni where the Hindus do the religious perform with a wish to their late parents in heaven. The Red Gompa, terraced field, Nilgiri view and electricity are here. You can meet the vulture at the riverbank. Stay overnight here.

Day : Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710 m) – 2/3 hours
Walk through the left bank of Kali Gandaki River. Reach Eklebhatti with few tea shops and a trail joins from Muktinath. Continue to a windy valley with the views of the Tilje peak at first, later Dhaulagiri just before the Jomsom. Reconfirm your flight ticket to Pokhara one day before in Jomsom. Stay overnight here.

Day : Jomsom to Pokhara (827 m) – 20 minutes
Take an early morning flight to Pokhara with a view of the Kali Gandaki River valley, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ghorepani, Sarangkot, Phewa Lake with the World Peace Stupa and Pokhara valley. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private car with guide.
  • 11 night’s lodge with twin sharing bed in Mountain.
  • Professional trekking guide & porter.
  • Lodge, food, salary, transport and insurance to the porter and guide.
  • ACAP permit, special permit and TIMS card.
  • Tourist bus ticket from and to Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Flight ticket to Jomsom and Pokhara with airport tax.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Mountain.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Travel insurance including helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except farewell meal.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry, hot shower, desert, water and battery charge in the Mountain.
  • Tip to guide and porter.
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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Activities : Trekking
  • Maximum Altitude : 3840 m (Nyi La Pass)
  • Trek Grade & Mode : Medium/Tea House Trek
  • Himalayan Sights : Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri (8167m)
  • Valley & River : Kaligandaki (the deepest valley)
  • Transportation : Private vehicle/flight
  • Trek start and end : Jomsom (2710 m)
  • Accommodation : 12 nights in the mountain
  • Meals : Full board meal during the mountain
  • Best Time : March/April/May/ June//August/September/October/November

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