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Overview

Mustang the lost Tibetan Kingdom – Trek to Upper Mustang Nepal 
Home to the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo, Upper Mustang is nestled between the border of Tibetan plateau in the north and Annapurna  / Nilgiri Himal range in the south. The region has some of the world’s tallest peaks, including over 8000-meter tall Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.
Upper Mustang is one of the most preserved regions in the word as it was a restricted area until it was open to tourism only in 1992. Only a limited number of tourists are allowed to visit Upper Mustang which has helped in preserving the ancient Tibetan culture and language. Trekking to Upper Mustang gives the same level of experience like visiting Tibet as it shares the same geography and tradition that are found in Tibet. Until 1950, the Mustang region was an independent kingdom with Lo Manthang being the capital. Today the last king of Mustang still has his palace in the capital.
The trek to Upper Mustang is relatively easy as the highest point in the trek is at 4000 meters only.  Upper Mustang trek region lies in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges so trek runs the most part year including summer ( June to Sept.) also.
From Kathmandu, we fly or take a 6 hours bus drive to Pokhara and next day early morning take another flight to Jomsom which is in Lower Mustang. The flight itself is a breathtaking scenic flight as you will fly over the Kali Gandaki gorge is which deepest canyon in the world and sight the entire panoramic view of the Annapurna , Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Mountain range.
Trekking in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege and you will get a chance to explore lifestyle, culture, and tradition of true Himalayan people along with the breathtaking view of Himalayan landscapes. Trek is over mostly flat topography as you hike along the beautiful Kali Gandaki river. All through the trek, you will witness the landscape of indescribable vastness and beauty, home to the famous snow leopard, the endangered bharal (blue sheep), and the mythical methi (abominable snowman).
Rimmed by 20,000+ snowcapped peaks and bathed in hues of orange and red rocks with sporadic fields of vibrant green, yellow and red of barley, maize, and buckwheat, Mustang is a step back to a simpler time.
The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs provide an impressive backdrop as you trek up the Kali Gandaki river valley to the ancient city of Lo-Manthang.
Mustang is the region which the Tibetan Guru the Dalai Lama also mentioned preserved its culture and once the famous singer Ricky Martin visited and explain this as a Moonland.

Mustang is quintessentially Tibetan in character and to date largely unspoiled. However, the advent of a planned new road (progressing slowly) is likely to change this – so the time to see Mustang is now!

Brief ItineraryView full

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 3 : Kathmandu - Pokhara (1,400 m)
  • Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom (2,743 m) - Trek to Kagbeni (2,804 m)
  • Day 5 : Kagbeni trek to Chhuksang (2,980 m)
  • Day 6 : Chhuksang trek to Samar (3,736 m)
  • Day 7 : Samar trek to Gheling (3,860 m)
  • Day 8 : Gheling trek to Dakmar (4,010 m)
  • Day 9 : Dakmar to Lo Manthang (3,840 m)
  • Day 10 : Lo Manthang Exploration Day (3,840 m)
  • Day 11 : Lo Manthang trek to Dhi (3,730 m)
  • Day 12 : Dhi Exploration Day (3,730 m)
  • Day 13 : Dhi trek to Tsarang (3,620 m)
  • Day 14 : Ghami trek to Samar (3,736 m)
  • Day 15 : Samar trek to Kagbeni (2,804 m)
  • Day 16 : Kagbeni Trek to Jomsom (2,743 m)
  • Day 17 : Fly out to Pokhara (1,400 m)
  • Day 18 : Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m)
  • Day 19 : Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 20 : Departure
Day
1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

On arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted and received by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. After resting and refreshing, you will be briefed on your travel itinerary.

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1400

Day
2

Kathmandu Exploration Day

Full day for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes The Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO world heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath, check into a hotel and stay. B. We receive the official permit from Immigration for Mustang.

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1400

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3

Kathmandu - Pokhara (1,400 m)

Our trip starts after the breakfast in the Hotel, Depart from Kathmandu our journey takes us to Pokhara. The bus ride goes through Midhills, along the Trishuli river observing the beautiful landscapes and amazing views of the Himalayas. We also have an option to fly to Pokhara on an addition cost of USD125. The bus journey takes 6 to 7 hours. B.

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1400

Day
4

Fly to Jomsom (2,743 m) - Trek to Kagbeni (2,804 m)

Fly to Jomsom ( 20 min flight), after light lunch,start trek to Kagbeni (2810 mtr) the starting point of the \"Upper Mustang\". Camp / gust house at Kagbeni / 4 hrs. B.L.D. ( if flight cancel or delayed we may have option of driving to Jomsom about 10 – 12 hours)

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2804

Day
5

Kagbeni trek to Chhuksang (2,980 m)

After an early morning breakfast we start another day of beautiful trek. The trail follows a prehistoric salt trading route. It mostly passes through a sandy and windy terrain. The first village that you will pass through is Tangbe. Similar to Kagbeni with narrow alleys, this is a very scenic village. Apple orchards are another highlight of Tangbe. The trail follows gentle up and down all the way. After a couple of hours of further trek, you will reach the small village of Chhusang. B.L.D.

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Altitude

2980

Day
6

Chhuksang trek to Samar (3,736 m)

Chhuksang trek to Samar (3660mtr) crossing via Dajori la pass (3736mtr). About five hours of a hike through the bank of Kali Gandaki River with little ups and little downs and do a climb to Chele, home to Tibetan mastiffs. With a descend from Chele, the trail takes us to Samar, a beautiful village with amazing views of Mount Nilgiri. Overnight at Samar.

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3736

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7

Samar trek to Gheling (3,860 m)

Samar trek to Gheling (3820mtr) crossing via Yamdo la (3860mtr) & Shyangmochen, Visit the Gheling Gompa of Maha Kala and Shkya Monastery ( claim as 600 years old) – Max 6 hours walk. Camp at Gheling - beautiful landscape B.L.D.

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3860

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8

Gheling trek to Dakmar (4,010 m)

Gheling trek to Dakmar (3820mtr) via Ghami, crossing Nyi La (4010mtr), Ghemi la (3520mtr) stay in Dakmar, beautiful colorful landscape and village, if time permit go up to Lo-Ghakyar and camp there so we can reach to Lo-Manthang earlier next day Max 6 hours walk, B.L.D.

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4010

Day
9

Dakmar to Lo Manthang (3,840 m)

Dakmar to Lo Manthang via Lo Gekar (3800mtr), visit the Oldest Gompa in Mustang \"1400 years old\" we have to cross Mui La (4170mtr) and trek to Lo Manthang (3840mtr) crossing Chogo La (4230mtr), Camp at Lo Manthang, reach at the afternoon.

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3840

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10

Lo Manthang Exploration Day (3,840 m)

One day more in Lo manthang to visit Near by village . Camp at Lo Manthang, B.L.D. If we are free at afternoon can visit Monasteries nearby. At night if King is there, try to meet with him in his palace.

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3840

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11

Lo Manthang trek to Dhi (3,730 m)

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place B, L, D

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3730

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12

Dhi Exploration Day (3,730 m)

We take the pack Lunch from our camp at Dhi and go for explore to Lori (Ghar gompa), a beautiful walk via river & village. Impressive landscape and cave monastery, back to Dhi at evening Our crew stay at Dhi and wait us there, a long day at least 7 hours, Camp at Dhi, B.L.D.

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Altitude

3730

Day
13

Dhi trek to Tsarang (3,620 m)

From Dhi trek to Tsarang and then to Ghami ( 3560mtr) and explore the valley, we visit Old Buddhist Library of Lo Manthang and Monastery, after lunch continue trek to Ghami crossing via Tsarang la (3870mtr), Stay at King\'s relative\'s lodge, it is very nice to be their guest, they have lovely house. Max 6.5 hours, Camp at Ghami, B.L.D.

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3620

Day
14

Ghami trek to Samar (3,736 m)

From Ghami trek to Samar. Camp at local apple garden Samar. B.L.D. ( Now a days from Samer we can trek to Chaile and get the Jeep and go to Jomsom same day if you wish).

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3736

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15

Samar trek to Kagbeni (2,804 m)

From Samar, we trek to Kagbeni crossing the beautiful village of Chhuksang. We pass through the several enshrining stones, ammonites embedded rocks and beautiful Kali Gandaki River. After about six hours of hike, we reach Kagbeni, situate at the upstream on the Kali Gandaki, on the trail to Lo Manthang. Overnight at Kagbeni.

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Altitude

2804

Day
16

Kagbeni Trek to Jomsom (2,743 m)

From Kagbeni, we make our way down to Jomsom via the beautiful trek route enjoying the magnificent scenery on the road. The flat and easy walk of about three to four will be the last steps in the Mustang region. We visit the beautiful sites of the village and rest for the night at Jomsom.

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2743

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17

Fly out to Pokhara (1,400 m)

We take an early morning short flight out to Pokhara relishing the glorious Himalayas over the sky. If the flight is canceled or delayed due to uncertainties, we have an option of driving to Jomsom which takes about 10 – 12 hours. Overnight at Pokhara.

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1400

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18

Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Enjoying the beautiful small hamlets, barren landscapes, graceful streams, we drive back to the capital city, Kathmandu. The six to eight hours of a drive will give you the extreme feeling of driving in the beautiful roads of Nepal. Overnight at Kathmandu.

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19

Free day in Kathmandu

You have a full free day in Kathmandu before you head back to your home. Tour to the beautiful places you missed before including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can go shopping in Thamel area to bring memorable pieces of stuff from Nepal as reminiscence. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner together in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.

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1400

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20

Departure

The great adventure in Nepal ends today. With lots of gratefulness, we will drop you to the airport 2-3 hours before your flight schedule for your return flight. Namaste!

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1400

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Includes

  • All accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara on B / B basis ( 3 star hotels)
  • National park entry fees
  • Upper Mustang fee USD 50 per day min. for 10 days 
  • Food for all trek, camping equipments ( mattress, pots, pans etc, full-service camping if you decide to do Camping trek)
  • Airfare - Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara ( in a fixed wing aircraft)
  • Fully supported camping trek with all meals in Mustang region / or whatever package you choose
  • All camping gears, donkey, porter etc,
  • All helpers, cook, a guide with their Insurance, flight, and meals
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing, cultural show, and dinner

Exclude

  • International airfare, personal travel insurance and all items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities, city entrance fees
  • Major meals in cities in Kathmandu, Pokhara, when not mentioned
  • Mountain, Road rescue or any other emergency evacuation charges
  • Expenses incurred as a result of illness, landslide, re-routing, flight cancellation, political disturbance and of any other unforeseen situation and events which is not under our control
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