Upper Mustang Trek

14 days
T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Trek Upper Mustang in summer
> Visit an ancient, once forbidden Kingdom
> Including scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom

The Mustang region is tucked away from the rest of the world, right to the north of the major Himalayan range of Nepal. This is why this is one of the few areas where you can trek in the summer months, not affected by the monsoon rains. Enter a completely different part of Nepal, both culturally and in terms of landscape. Experience the exotic culture of the mountain people like Thakalis, Tibetan and Gurung and immerse yourself in the local culture, which has survived for centuries in the driest place of the country.

Mustang literally means “fertile land” in Tibetan language. Once an ancient kingdom of great importance, today Mustang is one of the most unscathed places on the Earth, a far cry from the postmodern world of today. The Upper Mustang trek is definitely one of the most enigmatic and unforgettable adventures you will embark on. The Kingdom was a restricted demilitarized area up until 1992, and is now one of the most conserved regions in the world today.

The Upper Mustang Trek is relatively easy in terms of difficulty. We will trek along the permitted route of the Lo Manthang to reach the maximum altitude of 3,840m. Join our Upper Mustang Trek, a 14-day journey to the land beyond the mountains, to the kingdom within a republic where till today the king is worshipped as divine.

Itinerary

Day
1

Drive to Pokhara

Early in the morning, we will travel to the beautiful valley of Pokhara via Prithvi Highway. You will see the Western Himalayas during this scenic 6 to 7 hour long bus ride. Upon arrival you will have the opportunity to explore Pokhara, the beautiful city by the lake. Alternatively, you can go boating in the shimmering Phewa Lake. We will spend the night at the local hotel.

Pokhara

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Pokhara
Day
2

Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

Duration: 03:30 h
Distance: 10.5 km
Ascent: 230 m
Descent: 130 m
We will catch a plane from Pokhara to Jomsom, one of the main towns in Mustang. It will take around 20 minutes to get there. We will fly northwest from Pokhara over the deepest gorge on Earth between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy beautiful views of the hills and mountains during your flight. From Jomsom, we will trek uphill for 3 hours alongside Kali Gandaki before we reach Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang. The village is located at the bank of two rivers. We will spend the night in a guesthouse.

Kagbeni

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Kagbeni
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3

Trek to Chele

Duration: 05:30 h
Distance: 14.4 km
Ascent: 610 m
Descent: 420 m
We will continue our journey towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki climbing through numerous ridges, and then head north for the Tangbe village. This picturesque town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amid white-washed mud and stone houses, buckwheat fields and apple trees. The majestic Nilgiri dominates the southern sky of Kagbeni. From there, we will hike to Chhusang village for 2 hours before we cross the dwindling Kali Gandaki. We will climb up to huge red mass of sedimentary rock that had fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which Kali Gandaki flows. Crossing the Kali Gandaki Valley, we will climb uphill to Chele. You will witness the slow transition in culture, from Manangi culture to Tibetan. We will spend the night in a guesthouse.

Chele

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Chele
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Included

  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, flights, etc.) as described in the programme are included.

  • Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek

    During the trek, we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

  • English speaking guide and a porter

    One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

  • Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter

    The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

  • Coffee and Tea

    Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

  • Permit and TIMS

    The total amount includes costs for the permits needed for the Upper Mustang Trek. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags

    In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

  • Cap, T-Shirt & Roadmap

    We also have a cap, t-shirt, and a roadmap for you. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

  • Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People

    If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.

  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit

    The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

  • Bus to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu

    The bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back is included in the total price of this trekking.

  • Hotel stay in Pokhara

    During your stay in Pokhara, you will stay in a hotel.

  • Return Flights Pokhara – Jomsom

    The cost of ticket, airport taxes and transfer for your flights from Pokhara to Jomsom and back are included in the price.

Excluded

  • Visa for Nepal

    Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

  • Flights to and from Nepal

    The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

  • Tipping

    Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. 10% of the total amount is an excellent target price, but the final amount is up to you.

  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi

    Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

FAQ

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