Trip Overview

Package Details

Highlights

  • Visit 13th century Royal Palace in the capital of Lo Manthang
  • Walk along Kali Gandaki river to the towns of Jomsom and Kagbeni
  • Splendid views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Nilgiri
  • Visit ancient Buddhist shrines, high cliffs, caves and gompas
  • Witness 3 day Tiji Festival

 

The visit to Lo Manthang in particular is truly mesmerizing on account of its 13th century Royal Palace, Jampa and Thubchen gompas prominently circled by white washed mud brick walls.

Lying to the north side of massive Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks, for centuries Upper Mustang remained a forbidden trans-Himalayan kingdom until it was opened for tourism activity in 1992. A special permit is required to do Upper Mustang Trek, which includes a visit to the capital of Lo Manthang (3840m).

The whole area of Upper Mustang and its impressive geological formation has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region. The culture, language and customs of Mustangi people are closely related to their Tibetan cousins. Against the unique and barren landscape of Upper Mustang, are colourful cliffs, palaces, secret caves and ancient buddhist shrines.

The visit to Lo Manthang in particular is truly mesmerizing on account of its 13th century Royal Palace, Jampa and Thubchen gompas prominently circled by white washed mud brick walls. You can also visit nearby cliffs to observe centuries old Buddhist scripts, pottery shards, mural paintings etc. The towns of Kagbeni and Jomsom (Dzongsak) on the bank of Kali Gandaki river is the home of entrepreneurial Thakali people, famous for Apple brandy and Thakali cuisines. All along the Upper Mustang trekking trail offers splendid views of Nilgiri (7061m), Manaslu (8,163m), Annapurna(8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). 

The best seasons for Upper Mustang trek is in Spring (Mar-May), Autumn (Sep-Nov) or Monsoon (June-August). The famous 3 days Tiji Festival that takes place every spring in Lo Manthang is not to be missed. 

 

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  • 1
    Arrival In Kathmandu

    We meet you at Airport & transport by private vehicle to comfort hotel. You will have leisure time, followed by an evening welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese Restaurant and discuss about the trip, in Kathmandu overnight (1,300m/4265ft.).

  • 2
    Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

    Half-day Cultural city tours, Kathmandu Durbar Squar ,Pashupati Nath, Syambunath & Buddha Nath- Buddish & Hindus temples - The biggest Buddha Stupa,Bhaktapur Durbar square, Patan Durbar square in Kathmandu valley. Afternoon trekking Guide (Sherpa) will come to meet you for next day departure Information at hotel, in Kathmandu (1,300m/4265ft.).

  • 3
    Fly or drive to Pokhara

    Fly 35 minutes or drive 5 hours to Pokhara. Walk around the Pokhara city and enjoy the view of the mountains and beautiful lake Phewa lake. Stay overnight in Pokhara at hotel.

  • 4
    Fly to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni (2800m./9186ft); 4 hours

    Early in the morning fly to jomsom then trek to kagbeni. This is quite short day so you get early to Kagbeni so after the lunch go to walk in Kagbeni village and monastery. This is really beautiful landscape in bank of kaligandaki river. Stay overnight in kagbeni village. 

  • 5
    Kagbeni to Chele(3000m./9842ft.) 6 hrs

    It’s about 6 hours walk to Chele. Trail fallows the Kaligandaki valley through the Tangche,Chhusang at the confluence of the Narshing khola and the Kaligandaki. Trail continues north before crossing the river and climb up to Chele which is incredible place with quite dry land and you can see the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Stay overnight in Chele.

  • 6
    Chele to Gheling(3440m./11286ft.) 6-7 hrs.

    It’s about 6 hours walk to Gheling, walking in wide and beautiful dry land with view of the white smiling mountain. Today trail goes up and down and today you will cross some high hill or pass as well like shyangmochen pass 3700m./12139ft. and descend the right sight then you will reach the Gheling. Stay overnight in Gheling.

  • 7
    Gheling to Tsarang(3490m./11450ft.) 6 hrs

    It’s about 5 to 6 hours walk to Tsarang. Today is gently up through the wide valley and you will reach the Nyi La at 3952m./12966ft. then we descend the trail. After walking a while we will reach quite big village called Ghami. Then cross the bridge of Tangmar chhu river and after that you will reach long mani wall then cross the another pass and descend into Tsarang at 3490m./11450ft. stay overnight there.

  • 8
    Tsarang to Lo Manthang(3730m./12237ft.) 4-5 hrs

    It’s about 5 hours walk to Lo Manthang. Todays is the day that we will reach the destination of our trek and city of the Mustang valley. You will descend from the Tsarang and cross the Tsarang Chu then you will climb up again and first you will see the view of the Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is surrounded by wall and there is a nice gate to entry the Lo manthang. It’s a traditional and beautiful tiny city of the mountain. There and so many things to see and many place to visit. You will enjoy being here. Spend two or three night here.

  • 9
    Explore day in Lo Manthang

    There are many things to see so you will enjoy the being here extra days. There are many fascinating ancient building to visit here. There is temple as well as king palace of Mustang district. Visit the monastery and many incredible things and see their real Tibetan culture, houses, lifestyle which makes you happy and you will realize lucky to being here. Stay overnight there.

  • 10
    Lo Manthang to Ghami 6-7 hrs

    It’s about 6-7 hours walk back to Ghami. After enjoying the nature, culture, people, and religion of the Mustangs incredible experience you will walk back down to Dhakmar. We take you different trail through the Lo Gekar along local trail and afterward you will reach the Ghar Gompa, which is one of the oldest active gompa of Nepal. Then pass the hill and head down to Dhakmar and to Ghami where stay overnight.

  • 11
    Ghmai - Samar 5-6 hrs

    Today we join the trail again that we were going up and pass the village like, Tsarang Gheling and then to Samar. Its really beautiful walk back down with incredible view of the mountains and different cultures and villages. Finally you will reach beautiful village Samar and stay overnight there

  • 12
    Samar to Chhuksang 3 hrs

    It’s also such a great walk down to the Chhuksang with incredible view and pass the few villages and trail continue eastern bank river after the cross the river and finally you will reach Chhuksang and spend a night there.

  • 13
    Chhusang to Muktinaath 6-7hrs

    Today you will reach Muktinaath the holy place of the Hundu and Biddhist where located one of the famous Hindu temple Muktinaath and Buddhist monasteries. While you are walking today you will pass many different villages and enjoy the walking with closest and front view of the beautiful mountains Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri etc. Visit the monastery and temple. This is large site of pilgrimage from India, Nepal and other countries as well. . Stay overnight in Muktinaath.

  • 14
    Trek back to Jomsom (6 hrs)

    Early morning go to the temple and worship the God and pray for good luck , good sprits and all the positive things and trek back t to Jomsom because Jomsom is strong windy place in the afternoon. Even its windy you can walk around the village. Jomsom is the districts headquarter of mustang district. Stay overnight in Jomsom.

  • 15
    out from Jomsom to Pokhara(820m./2690ft)

    Fly early morning to Pokhara and go for boating in Fewa lake and Temple in the middle of Fewa lake. If you have time spend few more days in Pokhara cause its really nice and clean city in Nepal.

  • 16
    Fly or drive back to Kathmandu

    Fly or drive back to Kathmandu with great experience of 16 days trekking and walking in mountain. Transfer to the hotel and stay at the hotel.

  • 17
    Free day in Kathmandu

    Today is your last day in Nepal so by souvenir and present for your friend and family. At the evening Adventure Thirdpole Treks will host a farewell dinner in Nepali typical restaurant in Kathmandu.

  • 18
    Departure

    Departure for your home with great experience in Himalayan kingdom and such a memory of your life. 

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    Quick facts
    • Trek Days:
      14
    • Total Days in Nepal:
      18
    • Maximum Elevation:
      4100 meters
    • Trek Grade:
      Moderate
    • Accommodation:
      Lodge / Camping
    • Distance form one destination to another:
      15 Km in an average
    3
    Strenuous : Strenuous
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