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Trip Highlights

  • Adventure in the extension of Tibetan plateau
  • Cave dwellings in cliffs dating back to 8-10000 BC
  • Ancient Bon-po (pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet) Culture
  • Walled city of Lomanthang
  • Grand views of Himalayan mountains

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode :
    On Lodge / Teahouse
  • Trekking Grade :
    Moderate to Adventurous
  • Trekking Duration :
    12 nights and 13 days
  • Highest Elevation  :
    3810m at Dhakmar
  • Seasons :
    March to June and September to November

Trip Overview

Mustang trek “The Forbidden Kingdom”: 13 Days

Mustang is an extension of the Tibetan plateau and its traditions, culture and its landscape with its inclination towards the Tibetan side. This area was forbidden for any visitors until the past few decades. However, Things has changed and the people here are one of the most friendly and welcoming in nature throughout Nepal. Lo Manthang which lies in the upper Mustang region is still one of the most secluded places in Nepal as very less tourist go there, however, the number of tourists is on the rise.

Mustang, the old kingdom of Lo has a capital which is called Jomsom. However, the real authentic Tibetan district starts north of Kagbeni often referred to as Upper Mustang.

Mustang, situated in an elevation of 3962m, located north of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains is also often referred to as kingdom behind the mountains. Mustang is a big arid and dry valley with characteristics of colorful stratified rock formations eroded canyons and has a barren, desert-like appearance.

Acknowledging the specialty of this ancient, small kingdom, locals have imposed a surcharge to visit past through Kagbeni which will help for the development of the place. Area past through Kagbeni has only been allowed for visitors after 1992 and you will be a part of a minority group to visit this secluded place if you wish to take this trip.

Why Mustang Trek?

Mustang is one of the secluded regions in Nepal with strong cultural, traditional values. The geography of the place is also quite amazing as it lies behind the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. With legal trekking groups only being allowed in for the first time in March 1992 and is still untouched by the outside civilization, you would be part of a small privileged minority to visit this remote outpost of Nepal. There is a tremendous amount of undulating trail with ample passes ranging from 3500m to 4200m.

What to Expect in Mustang Trek?

Accommodation on local lodges owned by indigenous locals. cultures and landscapes with views of peaks, visiting traditional villages in the rich Buddhist culture with old monasteries of ancient Buddhist cultures and custom.
Mustang treks give you the glimpse of the forbidden kingdom with a dry and arid valley, colorfully painted mud brick house amidst the great Himalayan range.

Contact us to tailor make this trip for your best adventure needs.

What’s included in Mustang Trek?

  • Accommodation in full board during the trek on Local Lodges.
  • Transportation on Local Bus.
  • Medical kit.
  • English speaking Sherpa guide.

Note: Accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be covered by the client themselves.

Upcoming Departure

Date Duration Availability Cost per person

Detailed Itinerary

Day
Destination
Altitude
Day 01
Drive to Pokhara

Early breakfast, then a bus ride to Pokhara on a scenic highway. The ride is an interesting one along the lush foothills following the banks of Trisuli and Marsyangdi rivers past several roadside settlements that give nice glimpses of Nepal’s rural life. The road has been greatly improved in recent years so you can read, chat or look out the window in total comfort. On arrival in Pokhara, hotel transfer by the large and beautiful Phewa Lake for the night stay.

830m
Day 02
Scenic Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni.

Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport for the flight to Jomsom. On reaching Jomsom our trekking crew and guides will receive for the short trek to Kagbeni and onwards. The walk is pleasant with few ups and downs most of the way to Ekale Bhatti (lonely inn) on the Kaligandaki riverbed. Here, the trail splits into two different ways, with the upper trail leading to the famous Muktinath while the other one leads to Upper Mustang via Kagbeni. Our trail leads past Ekale Bhatti northwest further along the wide riverbed towards the windswept village of Kagbeni for the overnight halt.

2713m
Day 03
Trek to Chele

Our early morning walk leads follow the upstream of Kali Gandaki river along the terraced fields to reach Tirigaon village. From here, we can enjoy the stunning landscape with red cliff canyon. Along the way, we pass through several small villages like Tangbe and Tsungsang until reaching our overnight destination at Chele.

3050m
Day 04
Trek to Geling

Our trek begins with gradual uphill towards Gyakar village, then walk along the barren dry land to reach the beautiful village at Samar. From here onwards, the landscapes are dry, barren and arid with cold and dry climate. The trail slowly leads uphill to Yamda La pass at 3860m offering a breathtaking panoramic view of mountains of Dhaulagiri and Mustang region. After another hour of walk from the ridge, we reach our overnight destination at Geling village.

3540m
Day 05
Trek to Tsarang

From Geling, the route climbs gradually through the fields up the center of the valley, passing below the Tama Gung settlement. Then it's a long ascent across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass 3950m, the highest point of this trek. Next, we descend for about another half an hour to reach a diversion; where one leading to Tsarang and the other one to Ghami village. Our route drops below the blue, grey and red cliffs, visible across the valley, to a metal bridge over the Tangmarchu river and climbs past the long and magnificent stretch of mani wall, probably the longest one in Nepal. From here it's the final climb of the day to a pass at 3600m then a gentle descent leads to the overnight Tsarang, an interesting village with a huge five-storeyed white Dzong and a red gompa perched on the edge of the Kaligandaki gorge. Interestingly Tsarang has its own electricity system.

3560m
Day 06
Trek to Lo-Manthang

Today's walk leads to Lo Manthang, the trek begins with a short descent across the Charangchu river followed by a steep climb on a ridge, then a walk through the Tholung Valley. The trail climbs gently northwards to a large chorten, which marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo. Climbing further ahead we come to a great wide windswept landscape, finally reaching a ridge at 3850m/12631ft with a grand view of the walled village of Lo Manthang. A short descent to the stream and a short climb to the plateau leads you to the southern wall of Lo Manthang village. As the only entrance to the village is located in the northeast corner, one has to circumambulate to the main entrance gate.

3700m
Day 07
Rest day for local excursion of Lo Manthang

This large village has over 150 closely-packed households and a number of residences for the lamas. The palace and monasteries are in the bottom portion and the school, health post, police post and several important chortens are located outside the walls. Despite the apparent squalor of Lo Manthang, the village is prosperous and maintains a strong sense of community. Though the people call themselves Lobas, people from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practice a practical economic culture. Before its strong trade links with Tibet was disrupted, all the salt and wool trade in the Kaligandaki valley passed through Lo Manthang bringing a substantial amount of money to this great village town. The palace of Mustang's Raja is a formidable four-story building in the heart of the city.

3700m
Day 08
Trek to Dhakmar

Enjoying the day in Lo-Manthang with memorable moment, morning walk leads back on the same route for few hours with gradual walk up to Marang village, from here turning right towards west using the an old path to reach the overnight stop at Dhakmar village, around this area afternoon time is very windy with dust so starting early in the morning is highly suggested.

3810m
Day 09
Trek to Ghiling

After an early morning breakfast, we walk along the trail that passes through a long series of Mani walls. We then cross over Ghami Khola through the suspension bridge to reach the village of Ghami. After walking south for next couple of hours, we reach the village of Ghiling for the overnight stop with a visit of Ghiling monastery and water-driven prayer wheel.

3806m
Day 10
Trek to Chusang

Morning walk starts with a gradual climb to Syangboche village, then walking for a couple of hours towards a small pass of Yamda La at 3,860 m offering a grand vista of the peaks and the sensational landscapes of Mustang region. We then descend towards the small settlement Bhena and Samar. Next, the trail follows a stream that leads us to Chusang village for overnight.

2980m
Day 11
Trek to Jomsom

The last day walk of this fantastic journey to Jomsom and enjoy the walk at your own chosen pace, soon after breakfast walk leads descending towards Kali Gandaki valley to Jomsom, following the Kaligandaki River downstream to Kagbeni village which is at 2,800 meters, stopping here for a while or for lunch break, after Kagbeni retrace the journey back to Jomsom by the same route, on reaching Jomsom check into nice cozy lodges, with afternoon free for short walk around the market of Jomsom.

2715m
Day 12
Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel

Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for a short scenic flight to scenic valley of Pokhara. The 25-mins flight is one of the most scenic flight one can experience. Pokhara valley is another highlight of this trip as it offers sensational mountain views and natural surrounding with tranquil Phewa Lake.

830m
Day 13
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu

We have an option to either drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu through the scenic highway or we can also catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu.

1390m

Trip Review

What traveller says about us ? And Why They love us?

Stevenson

4.9

Himalayan Wonders

The trek took us through the amazing desert scenery of this high Himalayan kingdom. It is a very different region to the very nearby Annapurna Circuit which is more alpine in its feeling. Upper Mustang is a small desert kingdom hemmed in by the Himalayas. The trekking takes you through a region that few people visit and is wildly remote (for now). We trekked around the sides of enormous mountains, through gorges with fast flowing rivers and over high passes (the highest is only 4100m) through this fascinating land. The trip was a proper adventure.

- Stevenson

Mar, 2018
Alan

5.0

Amazing adventurous Trek

Mustang trek is a most popular trekking destination in the world and has been described as desert in the Nepalese Himalayas. This trek is a perfect destination for visiting oldest Buddhists monasteries and many historical caves, attractive landscape. This trek is a perfect destination for visiting oldest Buddhists monasteries and many historical caves and Himalayas beauty.

- Alan

Mar, 2018

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