The Upper Mustang Trek is uncharacteristic of other typical treks in Nepal due to the nature of the landscape which is barren, desert-like with organs like cliffs. It is windy and elevated and an extension of the Tibetan plateau as it borders Tibet. The crops are mainly buckwheat, barley, and apples. Once a kingdom, it still boasts of a king and palace. Tibetan culture and religion is predominant here. One can explore ancient cave monasterie. The region is also famous for Muktinath, a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike.
One needs to either drive ( 8 hours ) or take a short flight into the lakes city of Pokhara. Check into a hotel for the night. A short flight next day takes you to the windy and beautiful barren valley of Jomsom famous for its apples. It is from Jomsom where you commence your 13 Day trek into the desert-like landscape.
Enjoy your private transfer from Kathmandu's International Airport to your hotel. In the evening relax with a welcome drink followed by a trip briefing by your experienced, professional guide
Today enjoy your private, full-day sightseeing tour with English speaking guide to Kathmandu's cultural, religious and historical UNESCO World Heritage sites including Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at your Kathmandu Hotel.
Your trip starts with 8 hrs of a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Stay overnight at the hotel.
An early morning flight takes us to the windswept, dry barren valley of Jomsom. Begin trek alongside a beautiful valley. Passing villages we reach Kagbeni ideally located between the banks of two rivers. View flat-roofed houses and ruins of a fortress. Overnight at Kagbeni.
After obtaining our permits, we trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Ascend a hill to reach Tangbe Village with narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. Pass a village and negotiate a river and a ridge to reach Chele. Overnight at Chele.
A slightly more rigorous trek today that requires traversing two passes; Taklam La Pass ( 3624 meters) and Dajori La Pass ( 3735 meters). Great mountain views of peaks like Tilicho and few others. Encounter a cave. Reach Samar village after a descent and a further descent to Syanboche. Overnight at Syanboche
Ascend to Yamda La Pass ( 3850 meters). Pass teahouses, chortens and quaint villages, poplar forests and barley fields till we come to Nyi Pass ( 4010 meters). Descend to the beautiful cillage of Ghami. Overnight at Ghami
Descend a rough and sometimes slippery trail. Cross a suspension bridge over Ghami Khola and ascend. Traverse the Tsarang La Pass ( 3870 meters) and reach Tsarang village. The village is located atop Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and gompa to its east. Overnight at Tsarang.
Descending to a canyon and crossing a bridge, we trek uphill to Lo La Pass (3950 meters). We will have an excellent view of the wall city of Upper Mustang- Lo Mangthang. It was a forbidden Kingdom until 1990, Ancient monasteries, Tibetan culture, eroded hills and high cliff caves are the interesting fact of this HIgh altitude desert.
Lo is the culturally & linguistically Tibetan northern two-thirds of Mustang District Exploring around Lo Mangthang is the best way to witness the tradition, culture and Picturesque hills and caves. The surrounding hills that have been eroded since millions & millions of years ago are the most scenic. On the day we arrive city of wall-Lo, we spend the day exploring the three major renovated and expertly restored Gompas (Monasteries); Jhampa, Thupchen, Chhoeda. The next day after breakfast visit Chooser cave and surrounding monasteries and a beautiful village north-west of Lo Manthang.
Trek pass throw Samduling, Marang la 4230 meters & Muila 4170 meters exploring beautiful sight of red cliffs glow brightly in the sun. Marang la known as Chogo la, It is the highest point that you reach during upper mustang trek Nepal. Pass through Gyakar Village with the century-old Ghar Gompa with ornate paintings. Wishes are said to be fulfilled in this gompa. Proceed on our trek to Drakmar. Overnight at Drakmar.
Make an early start to avoid strong winds. Hike through dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghilling. Strong winds are common in this leg. A mostly dry place, Ghilling offers excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. Explore the village. Overnight at Ghilling.
Commence trek after breakfast. Walk on the same trail used to go up to Lo Manthang. Great mountain views and quaint and charming villages. Overnight at Chuksang.
Last day of the trek and a long one. A fairly long trek sees you leaving the Mustang trail to enter the Annapurna circuit. Lunch at Kagbeni. Continue trek till we reach Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom.
after Break Fast fly back to Pokhara, since you will arrive in the morning you can spend rest of your day and evening chilling out in beautiful lakeside, located nearby Phewa lake
We get set for an 8 hours scenic drive to Kathmandu or if there’s urgency, we can hop a 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu on a bit of extra cost, the option is yours to decide; upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted into our hotel. We either spend the day leisurely or perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore any sights we missed during our first day in Kathmandu.
Our team will have a private vehicle standing by to take you to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport or if you'd like to extend your stay we have many short tours available for your enjoyment. You can go on an exciting game drive in Chitwan National Park, experience the exhilaration of white water rafting or take a thrilling mountain bike ride on some of Nepal’s urban trails. Always wanted to visit Tibet or Bhutan? We have the experience to handle the details. At Travel Maker South Asia it is an honor to serve you and we look forward to welcoming you back to beautiful Nepal in the future. We wish you a safe journey.
KTM: Shangri La Boutique Hotel/ Kumari Boutique Hotel/ M Hotel
PKR: Hotel Karuna/ Pokhara Boutique Hotel