Mustang trek is the same region that 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.
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Upper Mustang Trekking

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20 Days

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16 people

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Overview

 Trek to Upper Mustang Nepal  known as the lost Tibetan Kingdom
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. Because it was not open for visitor Mustang used to be known as the last “forbidden kingdom”. 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 as visiting Tibet as it shares the same geography, culture, and tradition that is found in Tibet. Until 1950, the Mustang region was an independent kingdom with Lo Manthang being the capital. Still, Today Mustang has a palace in the capital.

The trek to Upper Mustang is relatively easy as the highest point in the trek is about 4000 meters only.  Upper Mustang trek region lies in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges so trek runs the most part of the year including summer months ( June to Sept.) also which considered as off-season to trek in Nepal.

To reach upper Mustang from Kathmandu, we fly or take a 6 hours bus drive to Pokhara and the next day early morning take another flight to Jomsom which is in Lower Mustang region. The flight itself is a breathtaking scenic flight as you will fly over the Kali Gandaki gorge which is the deepest canyon in the world and sight the entire panoramic view of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri Mountain range. The holy Kali Gandaki = black river is the only river in the world where we find Saligram (black holy rocks – the fossils) Hindu consider as an incarnation of Lord Bishnu.

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 and interesting geography 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). Many old Buddhist monasteries and tales of Guru Rimpoche – Pamadma Shambhava you will hear while hiking in Mustang.

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 that 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!

We have been running Mustang trek since 1999, April to October is the best time to visit Mustang. Each year there is the Tiji festival happing in Mustang in May, the best time to visit the region to witness local culture and tradition (Colorful dress, mask dance, and incredible landscape).  Tiji Festival in Lo-man thang happens in front of the old royal place, the festival dates back to the 8th century while Guru Rimpoche entering to Tibet.
Kindly let us know if you wish to attend this Tenchi festival at a Damon chasing festival.  Nowadays there are road track (bumpy/dusty adventurous) in the upper Mustang area, so if you wish to drive upper Mustang in a Jeep to save some time and money you can do that as well and the trip will be a lot shorter. But our “upper Mustang trek”, always try to avoid the road using side alternative trails so the mustang trek itself will be interesting. Come enjoy Upper Mustang trek in Nepal with a team of experts who have been taking people to Mustang since 1997. See you soon in Nepal. Namaste!

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Itinerary

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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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Included/Excluded

  • All accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara on B / B basis ( 3 star hotels)
  • National park entry fees
  • Upper Mustang trek permit fee USD 50 per day minimum for 10 days
  • Food for all trek
  • All camping types of equipment ( mattress, pots, pans, donkey, fuel 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 helpers, cook, a guide with their Insurance, flight, and meals
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing, cultural show, and dinner
  • 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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Mhant

04/22/2020

Excellent trekking tour!

This was my first time in Nepal. A 10 days trekking tour with earthbound expeditions. Mr Rajan and his team made it to be absolutely amazing time. Pick up at the airport, hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara were good, guesthouse and transfer well.You felt welcome at the first moment.I came alone from Norway, but no worry I met a great crew of people. We were10 people from different parts of the world, and also different ages, we hang together up in the Nepali mountains plus our guide Apar and three porters. Our guide Apar Datta Pant was so friendly and helpful he did awesome job organizing, you felt safe and good with him around. The porters did a great job too, keep up with our luggage, always smiling and friendly. Ramjee Bhatta who saw the moment when we need a song to keep going and hanging in there, very friendly, helpful and service-minded. All together this team provided me with a never forgotten trip BRAVO it was great! Thank you all, a professional and dedicated staff. I cant wait to come back and see more of Nepal. I definitly recommended this trip and with Rajan and his staff in earthbound expedition! Monica (Norway)
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PandC_11

04/21/2020

Another fabulous trek

We've traveled with Earthbound Expeditions before and recently completed a trek to Upper Mustang with them. Their guides are excellent, they understand Western preferences, and fix problems quickly - pretty much all that you could want from a tour company.
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j0hnnyb0y66

04/21/2020

A Truly Amazing Time

Three friends and I have just returned from Earthbound's Mustang trek in northern Nepal. I could write a novel on how both the experience and the excellent service we received from the Earthbound team. The key message I would pass onto anyone considering heading to Nepal is that despite last year's earthquakes, Nepal is certainly still a fun and safe place to travel. One of our party had to return home due to a family emergency and the Earthbound team pulled out all the stops to get them home as fast as possible. I'd highly recommend them to anyone looking to see this amazing country.
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chuckabutty

04/21/2020

Trip Up to Lo Manthang

Fantastic trip with Shreeram as our guide up into Lo Manthang from Jomsom. Beginning of the trekking season in late August, not many foreigners around, more on the way back. A lot drier than we expected and barely used any rain gear. Stunning scenery and challenging but well-paced tracking experience. Booked through Active Adventures in NZ and Earthbound Expeditions in Nepal. Both companies were amazing and helpful. Great staff and never felt lost or uncomfortable. I had to leave early at short notice - Shreeram and Rajan were incredible in facilitating my departure. I highly recommend both these companies and the treck itself.
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