The stunning views of remote trans-Himalayan mountain region of Nepal can be encountered in Upper Mustang Trek. After the glamorous observation of the Kathmandu with tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, your trek will be commenced. Moreover, the trails clearly consign the uniqueness of tree-less landscape, rocky trails and views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayas.
This trek is unique opportunity where you can experience the true life of the real mountain people of Nepal. If you compare some geographical aspects you will get the flavor of trekking into the Upper Mustang Area is similar to trekking in to Tibet, which geographically is a part of it. The mysterious aspect of Mustang, is that it is considered a land where the soul of man is still as real as the feet he walks on, while the land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship.
The literal meaning of Mustang is “Fertile Plain”, former kingdom of Lo and now it is a part of Nepal, bordering the Tibetan plateau which was opened for the tourist in March 1992. Upper mustang is a barren valley with Trans Himalayan territories that borders Tibet to the north. Mustang was once an important route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang. This is an area where we will trek to, discovering the wonders of the architecture, language, their interesting culture and traditions which are almost purely Tibetan.
Trekking in Mustang region is a unique experience, which takes you to an arid region beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The route entails traveling across desert like landscape, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and moraine valleys. Trekking in Mustang is truly one of the most rewarding experiences in Nepal. Therefore, through this trek you will have a close up view of the primitive society that has remained unaffected by modernization for centuries.
Advanced Adventures has the multiple opportunities to our clients regarding this trek. If you want to have, less challenging and demanding trek this Upper Mustang Trek 16 Days is very suitable for you. Based on your time availability you can book this trek directly. Trekking in Mustang region is a unique experience, which takes you to an arid region beyond the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The route entails traveling across desert like landscape, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and moraine valleys .likewise if you want to taste the flavor of Nepalese culture with your family we will suggest you Tiji Festival Special- Upper Mustang Trek 18 Days. Tiji is derived from two Tibetan words “Ten” and “Che”, which refer to “Hopes of Dharma reigning in all worlds”.
The exploration of cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu prior the trek begins.
The short cultural tour of Nepal’s most beautiful town, Pokhara on the second day of the trip
The walk through the trails of Apple Orchard of Nepal, Jomsom all the way to Upper Mustang via many culturally opulent villages
The ancient Monasteries of the region, where travlers experience spiritual peacefulness
The landscapes dominated by barren valleys, colorful mountains having interesting myths and widespread Himalayas to the north
The remains of ancient Lo Kingdom at Upper Mustang and western and valleys, which lie in close proximity of Lomanthang
The amazing culture of people of Lo, which they have been practicing for centuries
The wilderness of nature while trekking back from Upper Mustang to Muktinath.
The sacred shrine for Hindus, Buddhists, Bons and Jains- the temple above the clouds, Muktinath.
What are the basic prerequisite for this Trek?
If you have, the extreme ability to walk around 6-8 hours a day with a light daypack and passionate feeling, this trek will be highly suitable as this is moderate trek. It is fact that having walk in higher altitudes is definitely more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Therefore, you need to be prepared to adjust in the high altitude. Advance Adventure Kindly request to all the clients to prepare themselves for Upper Mustang Trek 19 Days 19 day/s by jogging and exercising regularly at least 3 month prior to the start of the trek. If you have the subtle experiences on walking /trekking in high altitude, environment this trek will be really easier. Your Past hiking experiences may be worthy but you need special technical skill for this trek. To accomplish the trek you should have excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination. If you have pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases please kindly inform us before booking the trip. We are highly conscious about your health and safety. You can have the experiences of more demanding and challenging episode while in Trek.
Customize Your Own Trek !
This trek itinerary provided here is a standard itinerary prepared to this trip but if you want to customize your own itinerary for this trekking adventure at your timeline and interest, do write us, and we will be very pleased to customize this trek to your need. We are more than happy to customize this trip to your requirements.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)-D
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation-B
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2689ft): 5-6 hours-D
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,713m/8898ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,810m/9,216ft): 3-4 hours trek-B/L/D
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours-B/L/D
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours-B/L/D
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization-B/L/D
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours-B/L/D
Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours-B/L/D
Day 14: Trek to Tetang 3 - 3.5 hrs trek-B/L/D
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath 6 hrs trek-B/L/D
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom 4-5 hrs trek-B/L/D
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara- B
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu; Farewell Dinner
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu-B
Important Trip Notes & Activities
Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.
Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while traveling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.
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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
After your Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu, our representative will welcome you and then you will be taken to the traveler’s recommended hotel, Hotel Blue horizon or similar standard hotel. Our tour operator will explain briefly about the program about your upcoming Mustang Trek with us and introduce our trekking guide. Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you may explore "Thamel". In the evening we host welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with local music and ethnic dance.O/N Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
After breakfast we depart for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “City of Temples” to Visit Durbar Square (place of Palace). The devastating quake has demolished few important monuments of the Durbar Square including with the Kasthamandap temple. However, Kumari Ghar (Home of Living Goddess), Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka and Taleju Temple stand tall and intact. Afterwards, we will take you to visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world and also be said as a monkey temple, which is located at top of the hill from where one can have a great view of Kathmandu Valley. The main stupa of it stands tall but few small monuments ringing the main stupa have fallen down during the quake.
We will drive towards Pashupatinath, which is one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. Surprisingly, not a single brick of this biggest Hindu Shrine has been displaced during the quake 2015. After exploring the Pashupatinath temple, we move towards Bouddhanath Temple, Bouddhanath is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Boudhnath suffered negligible damage during the quake. O/N Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 823m/2,700ft Distance of driving: 7-8 hrs drive
Early morning drive to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside where one will explore the amazing mid-hill landscape, beautiful valley with interesting settlement on the mountain. The bus will have breaks twice on the way, once for the breakfast and once for the lunch. Once you reach in Pokhara, transfer to the hotel in lake side and evening stroll around the lake and overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kegbeni
Altitude: 2,858/9,374ft Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walk
Today we fly to Jomsom (windy valley) in the early morning, then after some initial preparation of loads, our trek leads towards northern valley of Kaligandaki by crossing suspension bridge. It is tiring walking through the bank of the river where one can enjoy the views of snow peaked mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna massif. Enjoy your evening to walk around the village which is very interesting with its settlement where clustered type of house can be found. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Chele
Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
The trek starts towards north valley of Kagbeni to Chele where we pass the beautiful village of Tangbe, with its picturesque traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheat and apple orchards. We enjoy views of the magnificent Nilgiri peak and cross several ridges. After Chhuksang village, we cross a stream and leave the Kali Gandaki valley behind to reach the village of Chele, where we stop for overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Geling
Altitude: 3520m/11,546ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast the trail leads you to the village of Samar that lies on the ridgetop and then descends into a large gorge past a Chorten before entering another valley which is filled with juniper trees. Then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, we descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites in the form of a Chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail continues descends to Geling, with its extensive fields of barley and stop for overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Charang
Altitude: 3500m/11,480ft Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walk
Today’s walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of our energy will be spent negotiating the loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, more than compensates for the hard climb. Finally, we come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa (monastery) which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang
Altitude: 3700m/12,136ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walk
We will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. We climb gently above the valley to a large isolated Chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens and eventually we get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so we circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north-east corner. We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the Ghare Gompa. Stay overnight at Lomanthang.
Day 09: Explore around and Day Hike to Lomanthang eastern valleys and return to Loma
Today, we will explore wonderful monasteries in close proximity of this prosperous cultural town that surprisingly has sophisticated lifestyle. Visit around the Champa Lakhang, red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the prime highlight of Mustang the most popular King’s palace. However, to enter these prehistoric monuments need bit of a luck as they open during special occasions only. Witnessing the external walls and the courtyards of these landmarks are wonderful enough to spellbind you. Then we walk towards the eastern valley of Lo-manthang that comprises Choshar, the spot of the high school and Garphu and Nyphu Gompas. The site lies on the route to Lhasa, which was trodden centuries ago by pilgrims, messengers, dacoits and invaders. The ruins of myriads of fortress throughout the route cater credible observation. In six hours round trip to and back from these locations is a wonderful walking escapade of the day.
Day 10: Day hike to Lomanthang western valleys and return to Lomanthang
On this day, we explore the prime highlights in the western valleys. Namgyal Gompa and Tingkar village are destinations well off for the travelers to explore around. This is about 4 – 5 hours, round trip hike. It takes couple of hours to reach Namgyal Gompa that nestles n the hilltop catering the demanding views of Himalayas to the north. It is a revered monastery for the local community and it also serves as the local court. After we explore Nyamgal Gompa we trek to Tingkar, an incredible settlement having around 400 houses. It is the last major habitat right at the foothills of Himalayas. At the end of the day, we trek back to Lomanthang for the overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek to Surkhang
Altitude: 3670m Distance of walking: [4-5] hours trek
Today, we head up to the acme of Dhi pass (4100m) from where we descend to Dhi village. Exploring around the richest village f the region, which is Dhi, we chase the trail down to the river that takes almost two hours and cross the river reach Surkhang 3670m.
Day 12: Day Hike to Lori Gompa (Monastery) at Yara Gang and back to Surkhang
Today’s hike is relatively short but goes to the elevation of 4000m at Yara Gang. Yara Gang houses one of the oldest monasteries of the region- Lori Gompa. During 4-5 hours round trip to Yara Gang and return back to Surkhang, you will witness the authentic and traditional form of monastic culture and during the walk the scenic views of Himalayas other landscapes are additional rewards.
Day 13: Trek to Tange Height 3240 m [4-4.5] hours trek
Altitude: 3240m Distance of walking: [4-4.5] hours trek
As the trek begins today, strip off your shoes and F cross Ghechang River, which originates from a sacred highland lake of Damodar Kunda. Beyond the river, we climb up t the top of the pass at 3850m, and tread along the grasslands that continue with hike along the stripped hills. Beyond the pass we trek along the course that nose-dives to the village of Tange 3240m. The stack of dried woods on the rooftops reflects the economic status of the family in the society.
Day 14: Trek to Tetang
Altitude: 2940 m Distance of walking: [3-3.5] hours trek
We are almost at the brink of ending our wonderful trekking around Upper Mustang and wilderness that surrounds it. Walking through deep ridges that caters exceptional views of wind imprinted hills on both sides brings us to a small village amidst the similar landscape, Tetang. Tetang Village nestles between two of these hills to shield it from the strong wind that hit the entire Kali Gandaki valley. Tetang is the higher altitude village of Chhuksang.
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath
Altitude: 3800 m Distance of walking: 6 hours trek
Treading through the village of Jharkot where we halt to explore Jharkot Monastery, a Tibetan herb medical center and the old fortress we continue our journey towards Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 16: Muktinath-Jomsom
Altitude: 2,670m/8,760ft Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks
We believed that you would have a late morning sleep, no problem! Breakfast at morning at 08: AM then slowly started the day walking. All the way down, deserted hills, takes 2 hours around to reach Kali Gandaki River Valley then walking mostly through the river valley, cross Jomsom- the head quarter of Mustang, Overnight at Jomsom.
Day 17: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara
This wonderful morning, after breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This is a dramatic flight between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Drive Pokhara- Kathmandu
Distance of driving: 5-6 hrs drive
After breakfast, we drive to back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Refreshed up; evening we meet again, take a feedback of your trip. We host a farewell Dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurant. Over night at Kathmandu.
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. Or get ready for the next adventure with us!
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Price: US $2280 per person
What is Included?
• Airport picks up/ transfer
• 3 nights in 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
• Guided tour of Kathmandu valley with private car, entrance of all the temples and monuments fees
• Welcome and Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with Traditional dance & Music
• Mustang special permit/TIMS Card
• Drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara by private vehicle
• All monuments/ entrance fees
• 2 nights standard hotel in Pokhara on BB plan as per as itinerary suggested
• pokhara -jomsom-pokhara by plane
• 14nights/ 15 days of complete trek of Upper Mustang Trek will full board of meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea coffee)
• Mt. accommodation twin share- comfortable and clean (two nights attached bath)
• One Advance Adventures Trek Leader( Gov. Licensed, first aid and eco trained), his entire expenses, equipment and insurance
• Entire cost of porter and Sherpa’s- one porter for each two member in a group
• All the Gov and local taxes
• AA duffle bag and T- shirt
• Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
• Group medicine kit box
• High altitude chamber bag for trek safety(available on above 4 pax)
• Departure transfer
What is Excluded?
• Nepal Visa, in/out flight to Kathmandu
• Your meals at Kathmandu & Pokhara, except provided dinner and breakfast
• Entire beverages, mineral water, beer etc. while on trek
• Travel Insurance(Must includes Helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation)
• Personal Nature Expenses/ Tips to guide and porter
• Any Extending Trips
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.
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Bal Bahadur Tamang
Bal Bahadur Tamang was born in Solukhumbu. After completing his eighth grade, he left his village and went to Jiri to work as a porter. His first experience as a porter was to carry a big sack of rice from Jiri to Lukla. He has carried as heavy as 110 kg of load on his back as a porter.
After working as a porter for some years, he met a trek company owner in Lukla and started working for them as a porter. He was later afforded the opportunity to work as a guide. He took the opportunity with both hands. As a guide, his first assignment was to lead two Canadian trekkers and an Australian trekker to the Everest Base Camp.
At present, he lives with his family in Kathmandu. He has a 12 years old son and a 7 years old daughter. He is very fond of the mountains. So much so that as soon as a trek concludes, he cannot wait for the other to begin so that he can be around the mountains again.
his first assignment was a group of two trekkers from Canada and Australia whom he took to EBC…that being his first trip, it required him to ask a lot of questions to other fellow guides…he learnt a lot.
his family is now in Kathmandu….he has two kinds..a 12 yo son and a 7 yo daughter…and his wife…..when he is not on trek , all he does is wait for the next group to arrive so that he can go to the mountains.
He believes that it is important to give tourists a unique taste of places they visit- be it local animals or flora and fauna, celebrations or culinary experiences. He tries his best to always give the tourists a close view of the life in the Himalayas beyond just the majestic mountains.
Mr. Deepak is our qualified guide who have been trekking in Nepal with us for over 8 years. He is loyal, dedicated and honest guide who enjoy trekking himself and happy guiding his peoples. He is from Gorkha region, which is the route to the famous- Manaslu region trekking in Nepal.
He has trekked over all the major trekking region in Nepal including, Everest, Annapurna, Manslu, Langtang and Upper Mustang. He is very friendly, and accommodating for guest interest so he is a perfect guide for solo trekkers to small groups.
He is licensed and certify from Nepal Gov. Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board as professioanl Trek guide for Nepal Himalyas. He has interest in travelling, photography, meeting new peoples and music.
Born in Bungkot village of Gorkha, Hom Rana is cheerful mountain guide with more two decades of experience. Most of the guests who trek Nepal with him thinks that he is a "cool" guide. Mr. Magar's engagement in trekking started when he was 15 years old (in year 1995). He went to Annapurna Circuit Trek and his first salary was a modest NRs 75. Hom Magar is passionate about trekking in the Himalayas. He talks fondly of the mountains, the people and the cultural heritage of Nepal.
Hom can play traditional Nepalese musical instruments like Madal and Flute. He is also fond of singing. He has a tiger face tattooed on his left arm and fondly tells his guests about the story behind it. He generally spends his free time with his family- cooking Momo and playing with his child.
He says that Nepal is a "small world with a lot to behold".
Born in Burlang, Gorkha District, Ishwor first came to Kathmandu in 1999 to get enrolled in a college to complete his under-graduation.
It was during the final year of his under-graduation that he got into tourism to support his financial instability. A novice, he first went to the Annapurna Circuit as a porter carrying a 30 kg goods on his back. He did the same for half a dozen trips, An earnest man, he waspromoted to be the porter cum guide for Annapurna trek and later guided a trek to Everest Base Camp.
He lives with his family in Kathmandu. A family guy, he loves to cook at home and help with other household chores along with assisting his children with school assignments.
His friends call him a jolly fellow. He loves dancing to folk tunes...and occasionally sings during the recreational activities in trek. He says, "If we consider going to Everest Base Camp to trek, it is not just about Everest, the cultural and natural extravanza along the way is what make the trip special [...] The fun of the trek is not in the destination but in what you meet along that way…and in Nepal one meets a lot!"
He is a man of various stories and you can talk about a variety of topics with him.