Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

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17 days
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March - November
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Seventeen days spectacular trek into the remote and ancient Trans-Himalayan salt trade route, Upper Mustang Trek is an opportunity that you would not want to miss. It is an excellent chance to discover and explore the ethnic culture of Trans-Himalayan area influenced highly by the Tibetan culture alongside exploring the secluded villages and settlements, ancient monasteries, caves and palaces of the Mustangi kings in Mustang region.

Upper Mustang Trek comprises of the high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kali Gandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni. The adventurous trek starts from world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki into world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley passing through the almost tree-less barren landscape and steep rocky trail accompanied throughout with the views of the mystic mountains such as Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri among others.

The thousands of years of isolation has kept the culture, lifestyle, and heritage unchanged and in their authentic forms and through its Upper Mustang Trek, Bharal Adventure offers you an exciting opportunity to observe and explore this cultural heritage in the Last Forbidden Kingdom which opened for outsiders only in October 1991.

Bharal Adventure offers the Jeep drive tour to the trekking and Tiji Festival Trekking in Nepal in the Upper Mustang Region. The more you travel towards this forbidden Kingdom more you will be amazed to see the natural set up of the area. It is also regarded as the village up in the Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700 ft]: 6 hrs drive
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele [3,050m/10,004 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3,475m/11,398 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3,520m/11,546 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3,500m/11,480 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang [3,700m/12,136 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang
  • Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3,810 m/12,500 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3,806m/12,484 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3,050m/10,004 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2,700m/8,856 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
  • Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Fly Home: Farewell Friend
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
A representative from Bharal Adventure shall greet and escort the guests to their hotel upon arrival. The guests will be flattered with savory taste of authentic Nepali delicacies introducing them to Nepali food culture for dinner in the evening.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
A guided tour around the historically and spiritually significant landmarks in Kathmandu will be scheduled after breakfast. These landmarks constitutes of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, pre-trip discussion session will be arranged enabling the interaction between trek leader, crew and the guests.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700 ft]: 6 hrs drive
Soon after breakfast, the group will set off on a long scenic drive to Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal. After checking in to the hotel and taking rest, leisure boating on the picturesque Fewa Lake will be arranged for making the evening pleasant.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
We take an early morning flight to Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang, just after breakfast. A large town, Jomsom is also a major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom, we continue along the path on the Kali Gandaki riverbed for about three hours until we arrive at Eklo Bhatti village where we stop for rest. An hour of easy walk from here takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. A major tributary of Kak Khola coming from Muktinath and Mustang Khola meets at Kagbeni from where the river is called Kali Gandaki.
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele [3,050m/10,004 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
After getting our special permit checked, we head towards the riverbank of Kali Gandaki following the up and downhill trail until we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, buckwheat, barley and wheat fields and apple orchards. We trek further to Chhusang where we cross the river and head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate fallen from the cliff above forming a tunnel through which Kali Gandaki river flows and then walk further on to a small ridge to arrive at Chele village.
Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3,475m/11,398 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Starting our trek to Eklo Bhatti, we climb to Taklam-La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches offering pleasant views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda gradually descending a little to the village of Samar from where we climb the trail going above the village to the ridge from where it descends steeply to a stream. From here, another three hours walk will take us to Syanbochen. We shall pass through juniper trees and Ramchung Cave on our trail.
Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3,520m/11,546 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Trekking uphill to Yamda-La 93,850m/12,667 ft), we pass a few teahouses, Chortens and local villages with Tibetan style houses having open veranda. Crossing the mountain passes and an boulevard of poplar trees and barley fields, we climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193 ft) and then descend to Ghaymi, the third largest village in the Lo region surrounded mostly with barren fields.
Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3,500m/11,480 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Just after breakfast, we start our trek across Ghyami Khola ascending gradually to a plateau and passing along a very long Mani wall and a sacred stone wall at the end of which the trail heads east to the village of Charang surrounded by fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu Canyon. Also housed here are a huge white Dzong and red Gompa.
Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang [3,700m/12,136 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Enjoying the magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti Peak, we trek to Lo-Mangthang following the trail that first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then steeply climbs up after crossing the river ascending gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo from where the Lo-Mangthang valley can be seen. As we descend to Lo-Mangthang, we are rewarded with the views of the magnificent walled city with its hills on the Tibetan Border.
Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang
On the tenth day of our expedition, we explore the surroundings of Lo-Mangthang by visiting the Namgyal Gompa and then trekking to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang. Namgyal Gompa is situated on a hilltop and serves as an important monastery and also as a local court for the local community. You can also choose to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God House”, the red Thungchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attractions of this town, along with the four-storey building of the Raja’s palace.
Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3,810 m/12,500 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
As we descend from Lo-Mangthang, we take a different route walking via Gyakar which houses more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. This Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings and according to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at Ghar Gompa will have their wish fulfilled. We trek down exploring the area and since it is likely to be windy during the afternoon, we advice for an early start in the morning.
Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3,806m/12,484 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
We descend back to Ghiling walking about five to six hours down the hill where upon arrival we enjoy our lunch and spend rest of the day exploring the area. Since it will be windy in the afternoon, it is advised that you take walk during the evening.
Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3,050m/10,004 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Retracing our steps back to Ghiling, we walk along the rough trail with beautiful Himalayan backdrop for about five to six hours.
Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2,700m/8,856 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
We start early on this day as we trek to Kagbeni along the Upper Mustang trails first gradually joining the Annapurna Circuit trail. At Kagbeni, we will have our lunch and from here we head to Jomsom where we will stay for a night. If you can spare another day, you can take a guided trek to Muktinath from here as well.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara
On this day, we fly back to Pokhara in a morning flight. Upon arrival at Pokhara, we take rest for a while and head out to explore the tranquil beauty of the Pewa Lake. We can also go to World Peace Pagoda or explore other lakes in this beautiful lake city.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
A scenic drive from Pokhara will bring the team back to Kathmandu where the evening is spend either relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. A farewell dinner will be organized to commemorate the closer of the exciting journey.
Day 17: Fly Home: Farewell Friend
On this day, you will exchange photos, emails and pleasantries during and after breakfast before being escorted to the airport by a representative of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before their scheduled flight.
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Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Three nights in Kathmandu, two nights in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) and airport departure taxes
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transport via Tourist bus
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transport via Tourist bus
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Bharal Abventure duffel bag, t-shirt,Cap and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and Upper Mustang special trekking permit)


Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost and Dates

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Availability Book
31st October, 2017 10th November, 2017 US$200 Guaranteed Book Now
17th November, 2017 23rd November, 2017 US$150 Limited Book Now

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