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Duration

17 Days

Max. Elevation

4030Mm

Group size

Min 2pax

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara and all meals during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Chele - Lo manthang - kagbeni - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Highlights

    • Scenic flight to Jomsom- Pokhara.
    • Whitewashed houses, monasteries, and Chhortens.
    • Discover the hidden cultural artifacts in Lo-Manthang.
    • Tibetan influenced culture and lifestyles

Upper Mustang Trek is an excursion to the forbidden Himalayan Kingdom, which is situated in the upper part of the Mustang region. The landscape is unique and wonderful, which is similar to the Tibetan arid highlands. Upper Mustang Trekking was opened in 1991 as a restricted area trekking and it requires a special restricted area trekking permit.  The trek offers exciting Himalayan views, gorges passing wonderful ethnic villages.

The trek to Upper Mustang initiates from Pokhara with a short flight from the route between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. Landing at Jomsom, Upper Mustang trek approaches towards Kagbeni and split the trail to the hidden land of the Tibetan Buddhists. Walking through the windy valley is tough, however fluttering Buddhist prayer flags on the rooftop of the whitewashed houses, monasteries, and Chhortens make the trip outstanding. Though the landscape of the Upper Mustang is dry, there are several colorful flowers and vegetation that the local area can be seen awesome. This trek can be known as the Lomanthang trek as it is the most significant place and a spiritual center of the Tibetan Buddhists. It is surrounded by a stone wall. The lifestyle in Upper Mustang is traditional and cave style settlements. The cultural aspect is prospering in this mystical kingdom. Local people celebrate different festivals like Tiji. Their costumes rituals and social practices are surprising on the exploration day in Lo-Manthang you can visit the historical Palace, Monasteries, Chhortens, and houses made of mud. Exploration of ancient Gompas is more fabulous on the rest day. The trek retraces all the way to Jomsom and flies back to Pokhara with the views of the deepest gorge-Kali Gandaki.

The monsoon season, spring and autumn are the suitable seasons for the Upper Mustang Trek. Vertex Holiday leads you to this spiritual town of Upper Mustang with an expert guide and suitable itinerary. Please, contact us for details information.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you a short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with dinner with the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

2

After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture. There is Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total of seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

3

From Kathmandu, we drive to the tourist town of Pokhara. As an option of the driving, you can take a flight and see the views of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna region peaks. If driving, tourist buses leave at 7 am and you have to check-in at 6.30 am. Through the winding road, we drive for 6 hours and reach Pokhara. Walking throughout the lakeside city is fabulous. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

4

Early in the morning, we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flying route lies between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. After landing at Jomsom, we trek through the bank of the Kaligandaki windy valley and the bank of the River. Kagbeni is our destination today, which bears the features of the Upper Mustang. Overnight at lodge.

Day

5

Today, we officially enter the Upper Mustang. Following the bank of the Kali Gandaki River, we reach to the Tangbe village. Then the trail becomes narrow. Passing the traditional houses with fluttering prayer flags, buckwheat fields, and apple orchard, we reach Chhusang village. The Nilgiri peak peeps us frequently from the southern section while heading further. Walking further, we can see a red chunk of conglomerate on the steep sandy rocks. A narrow alley leads us to Chele village. Overnight at lodge.

Day

6

We go on clinging through the arid hills, which is similar to the Tibetan highlands. Passing steep canyon and reaching the ridge top, we begin to trek down passing some beautiful Chhortens. Reaching to Samar village, we trek down to a gorge that steadily leads to the fields and again climb up to the ridge at 3800 meters. Crossing another pass, we descend to Syangbochen. Another pass off 3770 meters, we trek down to Gelling and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

7

After breakfast, we gradually climb up from Geling. We approach the Ni Lya pass with the scenarios of colorful sandy cliffs. Then we trek down to the Tangmar River and cross the bridge. Then we walk passing the longest Mani wall of Nepal. Walking continually, we reach another pass of 3600 meters and again descend gradually to the Charang village. The five-storied Dozing Buddha paintings and wonderful monasteries are salient offerings of the trip. Overnight at lodge.

Day

8

After breakfast, we begin our trek passing a couple of picturesque villages. On the way, we visit Lo Gekar Gompa, which is an ancient Gompa in this region. Steadily, we reach our most awaited part of the Upper Mustang. Lo-Manthang is the place, which is a stone-walled town. It is surrounded by the old pattern of life. Various Gompas encircle the town. Enjoy the surrounding views and ethnic hospitality. Overnight at lodge.

Day

9

This is an exploration day in Lomanthang. Among some options, we go on visiting around the villages and explore some famous Gompas. They include Namgyal Gompa and others. After that, we go on exploring the last village of Upper Mustang- Tingkhar, which is a tiny picturesque village. The Tibetan Buddhists are highly spiritual and the Buddhist prayer flags flutter at the top of their houses, Back to Lomanthang and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

10

We walk to Dhi from Lo-Manthang. The trail is windy and it becomes tough with the sandy wind. The side views are superb with the colorful flowers and bushy vegetations. The red rock walls and flat trail are just amazing. Walking through the western Upper Mustang valley, we reach to Dhi, one of the well-established villages of this area and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

11

After breakfast, we descend continually for a couple of hours to the River. Then we cross the river and climb up the hill from the next side of the River. We reach the pass of 3850 meters. We can see the bushy grasslands and most of the scenarios with treeless brown hills. Then we descend to the Tangbe village (3370m). The village has around 30 houses and there are firewood collections at the top of every house. Overnight at lodge.

Day

12

Right at the beginning, we climb up towards the hill ridge. The views of the down and windy valleys are awesome. Avoiding the sandy wind, Tetang village has been settled down to a safer zone to stay. We stay there as it is the safer village from the sandy wind. Overnight at lodge.

Day

13

This is the second last day of our trekking. We start to walk after having breakfast. We follow Kaligandaki River until Kagbeni. Exploring the panoramic views of Kali Gandaki valley and Kagbeni, we check out from the Upper Mustang region. And we ascend up until Muktinath.

Day

14

On the last day of the trek, we begin to walk after breakfast. We follow the trail via Jharkot monastery. The ancient fortress lies there. It was the center of this region once. Reaching Jomsom, we enjoy a small celebration on the success of the trek. Overnight at lodge.

Day

15

This morning, we take a half an hour flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Then we drive to the hotel. Then we prepare for the city tour around Pokhara: Davis falls, Mahendra cave, World peace stupa, International mountaineering museum, and others. Later on, we can also enjoy the boat ride. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

16

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway road. Optional, if you take a flight, it's half an hour's flight. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Optional: - If you are going for the jungle safari tour in Chitwan, you drive to Chitwan and enjoy the safari trip. We offer 2 Nights/3 Days package for your wonderful holidays in Nepal.

Day

17

Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure.

Inclusions

    • Airport picks and drops off by our private car/van depending on group size
    • Authentic Nepali and Newari welcome and farewell dinner with a live culture stage show
    • Car, museum entrance fee and guide for your city cultural tour
    • An experienced, helpful, very friendly, knowledgeable and fluent English/Chinese speaking guide for trekking
    • Three nights sharing twin bedroom in tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast
    • Two nights sharing a twin bedroom in tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with buffet breakfast
    • To/From - Kathmandu Pokhara by A/C tourist coach with mineral water and Wi-Fi service
    • Pokhara – Jomsom - Pokhara by domestic flight worth of US$ 215.00 per person
    • ACAP Permit fee and Airport taxes of domestic flights
    • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit worth of US$ 500.00/person
    • Insurance, equipment, meals, flight, internal transportations and accommodation of your guide
    • Salary for your guide
    • All government tax, vat, and Office Service charges
    • Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepal restaurant with live culture show
    • Nepalese visa fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal travel insurance
    • All kind of drinks, snacks and personal ordered food during trekking time
    • All kind of personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trekking if needed to pay
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Rescue charge (if needed)
    • Tips for trekking staff

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