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Upper Mustang Trek takes you to a remote place in the Mustang region of Nepal in between the wilderness of the Himalayas that is still untouched by any modernization. As you travel through the off beaten route of Upper Mustang trek, you will feel as if you have gone back to time! There is not a single touch of the outer world, and people still live a traditional and straightforward life. The region has preserved its culture, custom, religion, and practices intact till date. Often regarded as the Forbidden Kingdom, the place is unique with no any influence and control of the outer world and administrative center of Nepal.
Upper Mustang trek has a unique!
Upper Mustang trek has a unique – very dry and arid terrain. It receives decidedly less almost no rainfall. Its desert-like landscape with no vegetation makes this place even more exotic. The high walls in the dry ground with wild mountains in the backdrop make this place a picturesque location to beat. There are many hidden caves and ancient artistic monasteries in here. The prayer flags, gompas, and monasteries in this place reflect the Tibetan Buddhist culture that is prevalent in those areas. The local people residing here follow Buddhism and consider themselves to be the descendants of Tibet.
Being a trail seldom traveled, Upper Mustang Trek is often considered to be an adventurous and challenging journey. If you can adjust yourself in the places with decidedly fewer facilities and do not feel lost when out of contact with the rest of the world, this trek is probably the one for you. It is a unique wild nature with a preserved culture. You have enough capacity to endure the harsh terrain of Upper Mustang; Upper Mustang Trek is an insightful journey for you!
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Walk to the deepest gorge of the world
- Explore Lo Manthang village and ancient monasteries
- Interact with people and get some insights on their unique culture and lifestyle
- Appreciate the wilderness of Upper Mustang with the appealing Himalayas in the background
- Visit Muktinath temple, a famous religious site.
Arrive at the airport in Kathmandu! You will be received by our representative and transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu. Check in to the hotel and spend rest of the time on your own. Our representative will brief you about your plan ahead. Stay at the hotel for the night. (Breakfast included)
Today you will be headed to the UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu. After your breakfast, your guide will receive you at the hotel and transfer you to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here, you can explore the historical monuments, temples and palaces built during the medieval period in Nepal. It is a fine piece of art, culture and history. After exploring the artistic beauty of those palaces, temples and museum, you will be headed to Swayambhunath stupa, a reflection a Buddhist religion at a top of a hill that offers a picturesque view of Kathmandu city as a whole. Next on the sightseeing journey is the ancient and popular Pashupatinath temple. It is a temple of Lord Shiva that holds high value amongst the Hindu pilgrims. We wander around the temple, explore its religious value and head towards Boudhanath stupa. We enjoy our evening around the stupa placed on the three layered mandala and wrap up our journey for the day. You will be dropped at the hotel for the night. (Breakfast included)
Early in the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and escorted to the tourist bus station. We will catch a tourist bus that will take us to Pokhara in around six hours. We drive along a lush landscape full of countryside scenery along the highway road. We drive along the Trishuli river admiring the scenic route to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Check in and enjoy your evening on your own. (Breakfast included)
We take an early flight to Jomsom today. It’s an amazing experience to fly in between the snow clad mountains of those regions. From Jomsom, we start our actual trekking journey. We start walking to the deepest gorge on the planet which is a wonderful experience in itself. We continue our walk until we reach the village of Kagbeni. We stay at a guesthouse in Kagbeni for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We follow a trail along the east bank of Kaligandaki river and traverse various ridges to Tangbe village. The whitewashed houses, farmlands, apple orchards and warm people of the villages make the village even more wonderful. We continue through the trail with awesome view of Nilgiri peak on sight to the village of Chhusang. From here, we climb up steep to Chele. We stay at a guesthouse in Chele for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Leaving Chele, we start ascending up through a treeless and arid terrain until we reach top of a steep canyon. After that we descend down to the village of Samar. From the village, our trail goes through some fields and valley to a ridge. From the ridge, we descend down to Shyangmochen and climb up to a pass at an elevation of 3770 meters. We further descend down to the village of Geling and stop there at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
As we leave Geling, our trail climbs up to Nyi la pass and descends down. We cross a bridge over Tangmar River and walk along the longest mani wall in Mustang. After crossing the wall, we climb over another pass at 3600 meters and take a gentle descent down to the Charang village. At the village, we can visit a dzong and read gompa. We can also explore the collection of statues and thankas in here. We stay at a guesthouse in Charang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Continuing our trail, we ascend up steadily to Le Gakar gompa. It is an old gomba i.e. older than the Samye gompa in the Tibet. We visit this old gompa and head towards upper mustang to the Lo Manthang. We walk through a well defined path with some minor up and down on the way. As we walk ahead, we come across the long walled city of Lo. We cross the wall and descend down for a while to cross a stream and climb back to the plateau of Lo Manthang. Upon arrival, we stop at a guesthouse in Lo Manthang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today, we spend our day exploring the exotic places around Lo Manthang. We visit Namgyal gompa. We hike for around two hours from our guesthouse to reach the gompa. Situated on a top of a hill, it is an important monastery for the local people as it acts as a local court of the community there. From the gompa, we head towards Tingkhar. It is the last village that lies in the northwest of Lo Manthang. It is a traditional authentic village with around 40 houses. We visit the village and return back to our guesthouse for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast, we leave Lo Manthang and start ascending up with the wonderful views of Lo Manthang on sight. We continue ascending up until we reach Chogo La at an elevation of 4210 meters. This is the highest point of our entire trekking journey to Upper Mustang. From the pass, we descend down steep to Charang river, cross the river and climb up to Le Gakar and visit a small gompa called Ghar Gompa. We finally ascend up a ridge and cross of valley with alpine meadows and descend down for a while to Drakmar. Overnight at a guesthouse in Drakmar (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We continue descending down via the fields and stone walls of Drakmar. We further descend down to Jaite via Ghami. We pass Chhungkah and Tama gaon on the way to Shyangmochen. We stop at a guesthouse in Shyangmochen for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today, we follow a trail along a stream and descend all the way down to Chhusang. If interested, we can take a new route to Samar that goes through Ranchung cave on the way. As we reach Chhusang, we stop at a guesthouse in Chhusang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We continue through the trail along the stream and pass the village of Chhusang. We ascend up steep until we open up to a valley floor. We continue ascending up until we reach a pass from where we can see some fascinating vies of Muktinath along with other monasteries. We drop down from the pass, cross a bridge over a stream and ascend up to Muktinath. We stay at a guesthouse in Muktinath for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Each year, it gets a lot of pilgrims from different corners of the world. Early in the morning, we wake up to visit this temple. We can relish some outstanding views of Dhaulagiri peak and other peaks in Annapurna range from here. Muktinath is atemple of Lord Bishnu with many water sprouts around the temple. There is a popular monastery nearby this temple. After visiting the temple and relishing the awesome landscape of Annapurna region from this place, we descend down to Kali gandaki valley and return back to Jomsom. We stay at a guesthouse in Jomsom for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
In the early morning, we catch a return flight to Jomsom. Upon arrival, you can enjoy your day on your own. You can spend your time relaxing in the hotel or enjoy sightseeing around Pokhara city. (Breakfast included)
Leaving Pokhara, we drive back along the same scenic route to Kathmandu city. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Check in and enjoy your evening on your own. (Breakfast and lunch included)
We conclude our journey today. You will be driven to airport for your journey ahead. (Breakfast included)