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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

    • Hidden Land and restricted area
    • Arid landscape and seasonal flowers
    • Panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
    • Kali Gandaki River valley
    • Tibetan Buddhist culture, monasteries and Chhortens

Upper Mustang Trekking is a Himalayan trip into the Forbidden Land of Mustang, especially to its center- Lo Manthang. It is situated in the northern border region of the Annapurna area at an altitude of 4000 meters over the sea level in the standard. It is similar to the Tibetan plateau geographically and culturally. The valleys around Lo-Manthang are dry but surrounded by colorful flowers, sandy rock formations, and various cave settlements. The trek to Upper Mustang is permitted only in 1992 as a restricted area trekking in Nepal.

Trek to Upper Mustang is also popular as a trek to Lo Manthang, which is the capital of this region. The walled city runs with the semi-independent authority. The trekking route of the Upper Mustang was used as the salt caravan route in the history, crossing the Himalayan passes to reach the Tibetan plateau. It lies in the rain shadow area of the western Himalayas, which is suitable for any time treks. The Tibetan influenced ethnic villages are jeweled with the Monasteries, Chhortens, and religious sites. The trekking commences from the Kali Gandaki region of Jomsom, which is a center of the Mustang region. A picturesque flight from Pokhara takes you to Jomsom and continues the trek. The barren land begins as soon as the trek begins through the Kali Gandaki Riverbank. The Himalayan views as of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, high peaks, valleys on the high altitude and various ranges of flowers can be explored.  Traveling around the brilliant desert landscape with colorful flowers and crossing the Himalayan passes, you reach to Lo Manthang, which is a final destination of this trekking package.

Vertex Holiday offers magnificent Upper Mustang Treks with an excellent arrangement. It is amazing to trek during the Tiji festival, celebrated in Lo Manthang. During the trek in Upper Mustang, you get an opportunity to feel the culturally loaded customs and lifestyles of the ethnic communities.

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

We catch the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom in the morning. Jomsom is the district headquarter of the Mustang. It is also a famous place for an apple garden. Then, we head through the Kaligandaki windy valley to Kagbeni, which is a picturesque village at 2810 meters, situated at the juncture where Jhong Khola meets the Kali Gandaki River. Tibetan culture and hospitality come as we take the name- Kagbeni. It is also the gateway of Upper Mustang. Overnight at lodge.

Day

5

Approaching to Upper Mustang, we begin our trek after the permit check-up. The trail goes along the Kali Gandaki river bank. It is again the windy trail of sand. The trail leads us to the first village of Upper Mustang, known as Tangbe. We reach Chhusang after half an hour. Heading from there, we head up through the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. Walking gradually, we reach to the Chele village. Overnight at lodge.

Day

6

After breakfast, we begin our trek through Eklai Bhatti and ascend to the Taklam pass of 3624 meters. The close-up views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri, and Damodar Danda can be seen spectacularly. then we trek down to Samar and have lunch. Then we gradually walk to Syangbochen and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

7

As we begin the trek, we cross the Yamda La of 3850 meters. The Tibetan style traditional houses that are whitewashed and the fluttering prayer flags hang on the rooftop are seen amazing. The sceneries are similar to that of the Tibetan Highlands. Another pass is Nyi Pass of 4010 meters and we climb down to Ghyami, where we stay. Overnight at lodge.

Day

8

After breakfast, we commence the trip and cross the Ghyami stream. Then we climb up to the plateau and witness the long Mani wall. It is believed as the secret mani wall in Buddhism. After about five hours journey, we reach to Charang, where we take a rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

9

This is a day we reach our most awaited destination- the stone-walled town of Lomanthang. From the way, we can explore the beautiful Bhrikuti peak, Annapurna, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peak. From Charang, we descend to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climb steeply after crossing the river. Then we climb to the Lo Pass (3850m), from where we see the first view of the Lomanthang. Then we walk there continually. Overnight at lodge.

Day

10

It is the most important day of the trek to Upper Mustang. After breakfast, we visit the Namgyal and Tingkhar Gompa. For the locals, they are significant ones. Then we move to Tingkhar village, which has got about 40 houses. It is also the last village of the north west. The four-storied Raja's palace, red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and others accompany the attractions today. Even the surrounding places that are dotted with seasonal flowers are surprising. Overnight at lodge.

Day

11

Spending an outstanding time in Lo-Manthang with cultural exploration, we leave this stone-walled town and head to the Drakmar. On the way, we can visit the Ghar Gompa. It is a significant monastery of Tibetan Buddhists. Then we steadily walk to Drakmar and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

12

We retrace to Ghiling which takes about 6 hrs again through the arid landscape. We recommend walking early in the morning as it becomes tough to walk after the mid-day due to dusty wind. Overnight at lodge.

Day

13

After about 5 hrs walk through the windy valley, we reach to Chele. We can still enjoy exploring the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Nilgiri peaks. overnight at the lodge at Chele.

Day

14

On the last day of foothill excursion, we head from Chele. From Kagbeni, we conclude the Upper Mustang trail and join to the Annapurna Circuit (Jomsom Muktinath trail). We reach to the Jomsom and stay. Celebrate the trek conclusion and wait for the upcoming flight on the following day. 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. Or if you take a flight, it's half an hour flight. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: 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 pick and drop off by our private car/van depending on group size
    • Authentic Nepali and Newari welcome and farewell dinner with a live culture stage show
    • An experienced, helpful, very friendly, knowledgeable and fluent English/Chinese speaking guide
    • We provide one sharing porter for two trekkers during the trek to carry your luggage
    • Three nights sharing a 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
    • Trekking lodge accommodation on twin bed sharing basis during the trek in upper Mustang
    • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trekking in upper Mustang
    • We provide tea/coffee with cookies in the early morning and seasonal fruits during the trekking
    • 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 and porters
    • Salary for your guide and porter
    • 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)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Rescue charge (if needed)
    • Tips for trekking staff

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