Upper Mustang Trek

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01 :
Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Full Day Guided Tour in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara & stay overnight
Day 04 : Fly to  Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni(2810m)
Day 05 : Kagbeni To Chuksang(2900m)
Day 06 : Chuksang to Samar(3150m)
Day 07 : Samar to Geling(3510m)
Day 08 : Giling to Ghami(3490m)
Day 09 : Ghami to Tsarang(3620m)
Day 10 : Tsarang to Lo Manthang(3730m)
Day 11 : Explore Lo Manthang
Day 12 : Lo-Manthnag to Ghami(3490m)
Day 13 : Ghami To Samar
Day 14 : Samar to Kagbeni
Day 15 : Kagbeni To Jomsom(2713m)
Day 16 : Fly to Pokhara
Day 17 : Drive to Kathmandu
Day 18 : Free Day
Day 19 : International Departure


Trip Fact:

Trip Code: MN222

Duration:  19 Days

Maximum Elevation: 3840 m

Difficulty: Medium

Trekking Type: Lodge Trek

Best Season: April - December

Trekking Start From: Jomsom

Trekking Finish at: Jomsom

Price: USD 1500 - USD 2500

Route Map:

Day1 : Arrival in Kathmandu :

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days.  We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.

Day 02: Guided Tour in Kathmandu Valley :

After breakfast, you will start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. We will arrange a guide of your chosen language to give you a tour and introduction to our rich culture amongst our ancient and fascinating history and religion. In our sightseeing tour you go to Swayambhunath (Monkey Tembple), Pashupatinath , Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Day 03: Drive/ Fly to Pokhara and Stay Overnight :

Drive or fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is situated on the side of Lake Fewa, it is a beautiful area with Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchhare) rising not far behind within the Annapurna range.  Only 200km from Kathmandu it can take 6 hours by bus and ½ hrs by plane.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (960m / 6hrs or ½ hr)
Drive or fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is situated on the side of Lake Fewa, it is a beautiful area with Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchhare) rising not far behind within the Annapurna range.  Only 200km from Kathmandu it can take 6/8 hours by road depending on the season.

Day 4: Pokhara to Jomson (2700m) by flight and trek (2 hours) to Kagbeni (2810m)
The flight is only 25 minutes this morning, a spectacular route, on landing in Jomson you will begin your trek, heading to Kagbeni following the Kali Ghandaki river, the trail is rough and barren but is mostly flat.  You will enjoy lovely views of mountains such as Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s.  A medieval looking town, Kagbeni sits in a little oasis and is home to a large red gompa.

Day 5: Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m) – 4 hours

Beginning by following the Kagbeni today, keep an eye out for the caves on the west hand side you will also see the Gompa Kang.  You have a good climb to 3060m at Tangebe, a labyrinth of narrow alleyways, here you will find the typical Mustang chortens painted in black white and red.  An hour on from here is Chuksang.  With its 3 separate parts and ruined castle walls on the nearby cliffs it is an atmospheric stop.

Day 6: Chuksang to Samar (3150m) -3 to 4 hours

Villages become more scattered as you enter deeper into the region, life becomes more basic and the landscape more arid.  You leave the valley today and climb steeply up to Chele home to a number of ferocious Tibetan Mastiffs, thankfully chained to the village houses.  You continue up on the side of a steep canyon to a pass after which you then descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of Poplar trees.

Day 7: Samar to Geling (3510m) -5 hours

Climbing above Samar you come to a ridge which leads you into a large gorge and another valley filled with juniper trees, after crossing the stream near the bottom you climb again to another pass and along the ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few local facilities.  Nearby is Rangbyung Cave containing stalagmites formed in the shape of chortens, an extremely sacred place in Mustang.  You soon begin your descent into Geling a traditional settlement with mud built houses and roofs made of twigs and straw.

Day 8: Giling to Ghami (3490m) -5 hours

You have a good climb today, beginning steadily to the centre of the valley you then head round to the head of the valley, to the Nyi La pass (3840m), the descent from here is quite gentle until you reach Ghami a large white-washed village sheltered by the overhanging cliffs.

Day 9: Ghami to Charang (3620m) -5 hours

Today’s walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, the trails are loose and tiring.  However the magnificent views will keep you going.  On reaching Charang, a large spread out village at the top of the canyon you will see at the eastern end a huge Dzong (fortress) and red gompa home to a great collection of statues and thankas.  Both perched on the edge of the Kali Ghandaki Gorge.

Day 10: Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m) -3 hours
It is worth exploring Charang this morning if you haven’t already done so.  When the time comes to leave the village you will head up the valley to the boundary between Charang and Lo, the trail here broadens and soon you will catch sight of Lo Manthang, with only one entrance you will walk round to the North East corner to get in.

Day 11: Explore Lo Manthang
Home to only 150 houses and a number of Lama residences Lo Manthang is interesting to walk around.  There is a blood drinking festival held, worth a look for the less squeamish.

Day 12: Lo Manthang to Ghami (3490m) -6 hours
You will return the way you came back down the valley, there are some slight alternatives on routes.

Day 13: Ghami to Chuksang (2900m) -6 hours
You have a few ups and downs today passing through the dessert like scenery until you cross the Kali Ghandaki river to Chuksang.

Day 14: Chuksang to Muktinath (3795m) -7 hours
An important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, around the Vishnu temple is 108 taps made of brass in the shape of cow’s heads pouring out sacred water.  You will travel through some pretty scenery today, apple orchards, agricultural fields and pretty villages.  The monastery at Muktinath dates back to the 15th Century.

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomson (2713m) -4 hours
Today is relatively easy as you gradually descend to Jomson.

Day 16: Jomson to Pokhara by flight
Your morning flight this morning will return you to Pokhara where you will be taken to your hotel.

Day 17:  Pokhara to Kathmandu by road -7 hours
It is possible to fly this route, taking just 20 minutes.  On arriving in Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel.

Day 18: Day free in Kathmandu
Enjoy a day exploring some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu, stocking up on souvenirs and presents for those back home.  This evening you have a farewell dinner, you will be picked up in good time.

Day 19: International Departure

You will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport in good time to meet your flight home.

  • Arrival and Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Pokhara (3 nights) with breakfast
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara guided city tour
  • All necessary road and air transportation
  • All three time meals and teahouse accommodation while on trekking
  • A trekking guide and necessary porters for the trekking part
  • Annapurna conservation area Entrance fee
  • Accidental and Medical Insurance of trekking staffs
  • First aid kits
  • Personal equipment such as sleeping bags/ jackets for guide, assistant guide and porters (if you do not have we can arrange within US $1.00/day for two items)

  • International Airfare and tax
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure
  • Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Beverage, hard drinks and alcohol
  • Rescue and emergence cost
  • Your travel insurance
  • Personal equipments and personal expenses
  • Extra charge in case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc.
  • Other personal expenses and tips

Special Instructions to our Clients : :

Before leaving your country, you are suggested to ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months. Please book your trip as early as possible; giving us enough preparation time for your trip means your trip will be managed well so that you will get full satisfaction from our services. Please make sure that you have got confirmation receipt from our company about your booking. If you need any special facilities that are not included in the listed itinerary, make sure that you have informed us about it at the time of booking. Should you want to book any programs that are not listed in this website as tailor made package, please let us know by email; we will design it as per your travel need.

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