Trip Facts

Country: Nepal
Region: Mustang Region
Activities: Nepal Trekking -
Group size: 4 - 14 pax
Max Alttitude: 3800 m.
Difficulty:
Seasons: Apr - May, Aug - Oct

Mustang Trekking (18 Days)

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Mustang Trekking across passes with a number of impressive wayside inns, are a legacy of this trade. Upper Mustang is a restricted area and up till 1992 it was forbidden for foreign visitors to enter the kingdom. Nowadays foreigners are allowed, but to enter Upper Mustang they have to buy a permit of US$ 500 (to be arranged through a trekking agency and valid for 10 days, each additional day costs US$ 50).

 

The Trans himalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader,  Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. Mustang trekking to the remote semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang Hidden Kingdom trek in Nepal Himalaya located north of Annpurna on the Tibet border. Upper Mustang trekking begins with a spectacular scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom. This trek allows us to explore a weird and wonderful landscape of eroded conglomerate cliffs, colored by natural earth coloring – red, yellow, brown and blue. Trekking across passes of up to 4100m, we also trek through a succession of picturesque white painted Mustang villages and Tibetan monasteries, set against a backdrop of the distant snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. We have a day to explore our ultimate destination for excursion in Lo Manthang, a fairy-tale walled city and the capital of Mustang. This enlightening trekking adventure to Mustang in Nepal entices to them who love to explore special part of the Himalaya and finally by flight from Jomsom to Pokhara..


Itinerary

Day Program Accommodation Meal
01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m). Transfer to Hotel. Hotel -
02 Fly: Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel. Hotel B
03 Fly: Pokhara - Jomsom (2700m) and Trek to Kagbeni (2800m). Lodge B, L, D
04 Trek Kagbeni (2800m) to Chhuksang (2950m). Lodge B, L, D
05 Trek Chhuksang (2950m) to Samar (3540m). Lodge B, L, D
06 Trek Samar (3540m) to Geling (3520m). Lodge B, L, D
07 Trek Geling (3520m) to Dhakmar (3800m). Lodge B, L, D
08 Trek Dhakmar (3800m) to Tsarang (3580m). Lodge B, L, D
09 Trek Tsarang (3580m) to Mustang Lo Manthang (3750m). Lodge B, L, D
10 Excursion around Mustang Lo Manthang. Lodge B, L, D
11 Trek Lo Manthang (3750m) to Yara (3580m). Lodge B, L, D
12 Trek Yara (3580m) to Tangye (3320). Lodge B, L, D
13 Trek Tangye (3320) to Tetang (3310m). Lodge B, L, D
14 Trek Tetang (3310m) to Muktinath (3710m). Lodge B, L, D
15 Trek Muktinath (3710m) to Jomsom (2700m). Lodge B, L, D
16 Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and Fly back to Kathmandu. Hotel B, L, D
17 Kathmandu Cultural Tour and Farewell dinner Hotel B, D
18 Final Departure - B
*P.S. B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - Dinner
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Mustang Trekking across passes with a number of impressive wayside inns, are a legacy of this trade. Upper Mustang is a restricted area and up till 1992 it was forbidden for foreign visitors to enter the kingdom. Nowadays foreigners are allowed, but to enter Upper Mustang they have to buy a permit of US$ 500 (to be arranged through a trekking agency and valid for 10 days, each additional day costs US$ 50).

 

The Trans himalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991. The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader,  Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. Mustang trekking to the remote semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang Hidden Kingdom trek in Nepal Himalaya located north of Annpurna on the Tibet border. Upper Mustang trekking begins with a spectacular scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom. This trek allows us to explore a weird and wonderful landscape of eroded conglomerate cliffs, colored by natural earth coloring – red, yellow, brown and blue. Trekking across passes of up to 4100m, we also trek through a succession of picturesque white painted Mustang villages and Tibetan monasteries, set against a backdrop of the distant snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. We have a day to explore our ultimate destination for excursion in Lo Manthang, a fairy-tale walled city and the capital of Mustang. This enlightening trekking adventure to Mustang in Nepal entices to them who love to explore special part of the Himalaya and finally by flight from Jomsom to Pokhara..


Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m). Transfer to Hotel.

    Our trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu with an explosion to the senses - take a deep breath! We’ll be there to smooth the transition; a friendly face from Adventure Connexion will meet you at Kathmandu Airport and accompany you to our hotel to regroup after your flight. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. Evening some briefing about Mustang Trek with trekking guide. Overnight at Kathmandu.

  • Day 02 Fly: Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel.

    We fly from Kathmandu to the vibrant resort area of Lakeside, Pokhara, from where you can observe views to the north across the hills to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, go boating on Fewa Lake or just wander around. Overnight at Pokhara (840m).

    Breakfast Included

  • Day 03 Fly: Pokhara - Jomsom (2700m) and Trek to Kagbeni (2800m).

    Adventure Connexion team will take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom and begin our trek alongside the Kali Gandaki riverbed to the pretty village of Kagbeni. The trail is flat and quite barren, with craggy rocks and pebbles littering the trail. We get magnificent views of huge peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and the Nilgiri Himal, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Kagbeni with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, fields of wheat and barley and large red gompa, gives us a preview of scenes that we will come across in Upper Mustang. At the north end of the village is the police check-post. Here we complete our paperwork before entering this long forbidden region of Nepal. (4 hours trekking).  Overnight at Kagbeni (2800m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 04 Trek Kagbeni (2800m) to Chhuksang (2950m).

    It is possible to trek right up the river valley, but Adventure Connexion team use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail itself enters a stark wilderness of towering cliffs eroded into fantastical shapes by the wind, which howls every afternoon, before widening significantly to reveal an endless stretch of sand. We should also encounter mule trains bearing goods to and from Mustang and Tibet. On the west bank of the river are some caves and Gompa Kang, which, unlike most monasteries in Upper Mustang, is of the Nyingmapa rather than the Sakyapa sect. Adventure Connexion team stop for lunch at the Thakali village of Tangbe, where we come across the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The village is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among whitewashed houses, apple orchards and fields of buckwheat and barley. The Gurung village of Chhuksang is only about two hours walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki. There are three separate parts to Chhuksang and some ruined castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river are some spectacular red cliffs above the mouths of inaccessible caves. (4 hours). Overnight at Chhuksang (2950m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 05 Trek Chhuksang (2950m) to Samar (3540m).

    There is a distinct change here, not only in topography, but also in the culture and lifestyle of the people. The settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic and, due to a lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is limited to watered and sheltered plots of land, which decorate the brown landscape with patches of green. Many of the inaccessible caves high on the opposite side of the river were once used as living quarters or burial places. Continuing north, the Kali Gandaki becomes unfollowable, a steel bridge spans the river and the trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to the village of Chele, where ferocious Tibetan mastiffs are chained to many of the houses. From Chele Adventure Connexion Team climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to Chele La (pass) at 3,630m. Beyond the pass we descend on a pleasant trail to a grove of poplar trees and the village of Samar. This is a major stopping place for horse and mule caravans. (4 hours). Overnight at Samar (3540m)

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 06 Trek Samar (3540m) to Geling (3520m).

    Adventure Connexion Team will climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge before entering a valley filled with juniper trees. We then cross a stream and, after climbing to Bhena La (3,860m), descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen, a tiny settlement with a few tea-shops. Nearby is Rangbyung a cave containing stalagmites in the shape of a chorten and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail climbs gently to Shyangmochen La (3,850m) and we enter a huge valley before descending to the picturesque village of Geling with its extensive fields of barley. Like all the settlements in Mustang the white and ochre-painted houses in Geling are constructed of mud and stones and the roofs of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles. (5 hours). Overnight at Geling (3520m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 07 Trek Geling (3520m) to Dhakmar (3800m).

    After a scenic breakfast we head further up the trail and dirt road to the Nyi La (4000m), just a half hour climb from the intersection. More of Upper Mustang opens up in front of us a the cairn-topped pass, including the new road snaking its way to Tibet. We descend on the road for a bit, but soon head off on a small trail and continue contouring around hillsides to the Ghemi La where there are wonderful views down to the checkered fields and large, beautiful village of Ghemi (3570m). Adventure Connexion groups will descend steeply down to Ghemi, built along the steep edges of the cliff as are many fortified villages in Mustang. There are actually the ruins of an old fortress somewhere in Ghemi, which was largely abandoned until the Khampa fighters set up a magar (war camp) here and brought new life and wealth to the village. We'll wander a bit through this interesting village, passing the mani walls and prayer wheels, perhaps finding the key-keeper to open the Ghemi Gompa for us. Afterwards, we take a small, rocky trail down to a bridge crossing the Tangmar Chu and stop for lunch on the grassy banks of the river. Revived, we cross the bridge and climb a steep, dusty hill. The trail looks across the valley to ochre, blue and steel-grey cliffs, and leads us past tri-colored chortens and perhaps the longest and most spectacular mani wall in Mustang, behind which is the hospital. Looming ahead of us is a cluster of gigantic, ancient chortens, backed by dramatic, sculpted cliff-faces, an awesome sight.  Overnight at Dhakmar (3800m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 08 Trek Dhakmar (3800m) to Tsarang (3580m).

    After leaving Dhakmar we cross the Tangmar Chu (river) and ascend past the longest and most spectacular mani wall in Nepal before traversing to Choya La (3,870m). Once through the pass we make a long gentle descent to the former Lo capital of Charang, a large spread-out village atop the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong (fortress) and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas. 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 compensate for the hard walk. (3 hours). Overnight at Tsarang (3580m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

     

  • Day 09 Trek Tsarang (3580m) to Mustang Lo Manthang (3750m).

    Adventure Connection team will climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo Manthang. The trail then broadens as we cross a multi-hued desert-like landscape 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. (4 hours). Overnight at Lo Manthang (3,730m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 10 Excursion around Mustang Lo Manthang.

    Today Adventure Connexion groups will explore the fascinating village of Lo Manthang. The village contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas, and holds a population of about 1,100 - in 1962 it contained 12 dukes, 60 monks, 152 families and 8 witches, so there you go. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, the 15th century Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of the future Buddha and has elaborate mandalas painted on the walls. The similarly dated Thubchen Gompa has statues of the Buddha, Chenresig, Vaisravana and Guru Rinpoche. The other two gompas are newer. The Raja’s (King’s) Palace, occupied by the current Raja and his queen, is an imposing building in the village centre and, although his duties are largely ceremonial, the Raja is respected by the people with villagers seeking his advice on many issues. To the north are two hills, the more prominent from which views can be had to the south and the distant Annapurna Massif. The lower hill is used for the Tibetan practice of leaving the dead out to be eaten by birds. It is possible to hire ponies (about 500 Nepali rupees a day extra) to visit surrounding valleys; Tingkhar, the site of the Raja’s summer palace and two gompas, and Chosar, the site of two gompas and some bizarre cave-dwelling edifices. Chosar is on the old trading route to Lhasa. Overnight at Lo Manthang (3,730m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 11 Trek Lo Manthang (3750m) to Yara (3580m).

    Take same way back from Lo Manthang to Tsarang until Lo La pass and turn to left side. Follow the small path which is dragging along the barren Collins and steep rocky descending to the Die village. Die means a village a bid shadowed from windy and likely a Lakeland make a lunch break here and step forehead to Yara along the small river meanders and climb up to little typical designed settlement. The lodges are very simple and have to eat local food what are available. If you are camping group it doesn't matter everything will be supplied from trekking kitchen but if you are on lodge trekking, you have to be satisfied by what you get. If you have longer time you can make a day break here and hike up to visit Luri Gumba and Yara Ghara Gumba for day excursion. The famous Bodisatwa padmasambhava ( Guru Rimpoche) had meditated in this cave for a long time so it is considering the mighty holistic place. Overnight at Yara (3580m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

     

  • Day 12 Trek Yara (3580m) to Tangye (3320).

    Today it could be strong day so morning breakfast should be made very early because you have to cross pandey River. Hot lunch is not possible for the day so we must carry picnic from Yara. If we start late, River grows higher because of ice melting and makes difficult for cross. We have to take off shoes to cross the River. Many local people are running along the bank looking for fossils because only this river flow them. After crossing; it turns to steady up layer to layer like paper pages for couple of hours to the little col, then gradual descending along brown barren lands to Tange. Overnight at Tangye (3320).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13 Trek Tangye (3320) to Tetang (3310m).

    This small settlement under the brown hill with terrace agricultural cultivating area is the earnest village. Above the village still there are live marks of ancient caves where the people from this area used to live, but moved down after they learnt building houses. Cross the suspension bridge and catch the way which leads to steady up to the hill top call Pa (4060 miter). It is very interesting way however very challenging, Mountain Tilicho, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Mustang Peak are visible from the way. The trail often leads along the ridge so views of landscape and valley are quite interesting over the day. Walking in jig-jack, one ridge to other ridge, hill to the other hill is long and challenging. It descends quite down from Cha Cha La pass (4040 m) and may be very slippery downhill in winter season. Overnight at Tetang (3310m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 14 Trek Tetang (3310m) to Muktinath (3710m).

    It is almost steep up for a couple of hours then it goes easy climbing/walking. Take pack lunch and enough drinking water for the day. Cross the finest village Zhong, Thinggar to Muktinath holistic town. Overnight at Muktinath (3710m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 15 Trek Muktinath (3710m) to Jomsom (2700m).

    Before breakfast go to make tour in temple where morning activities is most powerful. Thousands of pilgrims are queuing and holding the offering to the temple. The main temple is call Bishnu (the deity protector) behind the temple 108 taps are containing to offer the fresh sprouting water shower for pilgrims. 24hours lighting flame on the water monastery is about 100 meter away from the temple and only nuns are living in this monastery. This is the important place for both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage. Overnight at Jomsom (2700m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 16 Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and Fly back to Kathmandu.

    We take the spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge back to Pokhara. A late afternoon back to the capital and the time is yours to spend relaxing in Kathmandu or you can do a final shopping in touristy area of Thamel.  Overnight at Kathmandu.

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 17 Kathmandu Cultural Tour and Farewell dinner

    This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping. In the evening farewell dinner in Kathmandu organise by Adventure Connexion Team with cultural dance. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner Included

  • Day 18 Final Departure

    The trip ends, Adventure Connexion Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast Included

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Price Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast basis
  • All your standard meals during the Mustang trek.
  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara with bed and breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour with private transportation
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu both way flight tickets.
  • All camping equipment and accommodation in tents or lodge trek on twin sharing basis with 3 meals in trek.
  • Local licensed english speaking guide.
  • Necessary guides and porters during the Upper Mustang Trek.
  • The required number of local staff and Porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine for all trekking staffs.
  • Upper Mustang Special trekking permits.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

 

Price Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Immergency Rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person)
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff- Tipping is expected.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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