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17 Days Upper mustang trek itinerary and cost

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Duration

17 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Upper Mustang trek, also known as Lo Mustang, is a region in the northwest of Nepal that is bordered by Tibet to the north and the Annapurna mountain range to the south. It is located in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, which means that it receives very little rainfall compared to other parts of Nepal, resulting in an arid desert climate.

Upper Mustang is known for its unique culture and history, which is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. The region was a separate kingdom until the early 20th century and has a distinct language and way of life. The region is home to several monasteries and temples, including the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery and the Namgyal Gompa, which are popular destinations for tourists.

The upper Mustang region is also known for its natural beauty, with a mix of arid desert, lush green valleys, and snow-capped peaks. The region is home to several high passes, including the Thorong La Pass, which is one of the highest passes in the world and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The upper Mustang region can be visited on a trek, which typically takes around two weeks to complete. The trek starts and ends in Pokhara and takes you through the Mustang region, following an ancient trade route and passing through small villages, monasteries, and temples. The trek is physically challenging, but the itinerary allows for proper acclimatization and includes several rest days to help you acclimatize and enjoy the trek to the fullest.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scenic flights: The trek starts and ends with scenic flights, with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and another from Jomsom to Pokhara. These flights offer stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre.
  • Cultural experiences: The upper Mustang region is known for its unique culture and history, with a distinct Tibetan Buddhist influence. During the trek, you will have the opportunity to visit monasteries and temples, learn about the local way of life, and interact with the friendly and welcoming local people.
  • Natural beauty: The upper Mustang region is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nepal, with a mix of arid desert, lush green valleys, and snow-capped peaks. The trek takes you through a variety of landscapes, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Off-the-beaten-path adventure: The upper Mustang region is less visited than other parts of Nepal, making it a great destination for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. You will get a chance to explore remote villages, monasteries, and temples, and to experience the unique culture and way of life of the Mustang region.
  • Acclimatization opportunities: The trek takes you up to an altitude of 3,840 meters (12,597 feet) at Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang, so it is important to allow for proper acclimatization to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. The itinerary includes several rest days and gradual ascents, which will help you acclimatize and enjoy the trek to the fullest.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a our trekking company and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing and getting settled in.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
Today, you will go on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, visiting some of the city's most famous landmarks. These may include the Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest stupas in the world, the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva, and the Swayambhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple, which is home to a large number of monkeys and offers stunning views over the city.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
In the morning, you will take a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a beautiful city located at the foot of the Annapurna mountain range. After arriving in Pokhara, you will transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the day to relax and explore the city.
Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Jomsom and visit the Muktinath Temple.
Today, you will drive from Pokhara to Jomsom, the starting point for your trek. Along the way, you will visit the Muktinath Temple, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist site that is considered a place of spiritual power. After arriving in Jomsom, you will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Day 5: Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2,810 meters/9,214 feet).
Your trek begins today, as you set out from Jomsom and make your way to Kagbeni, a small village located at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Mustang Khola rivers. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with views of the Annapurna mountain range and the Dhaulagiri massif. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Kagbeni.
Day 6: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050 meters/10,004 feet).
From Kagbeni, you will continue your trek to Chele, a village located high up on the side of a valley. The trek will take you through arid landscapes, with views of the surrounding mountains. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Chele.
Day 7: Trek from Chele to Syanbochen (3,475 meters/11,398 feet).
Today, you will trek from Chele to Syanbochen, a village located on a plateau with views of the surrounding mountains. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with fields of wheat and barley, and past small villages and monasteries. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Syanbochen.
Day 8: Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520 meters/11,549 feet).
From Syanbochen, you will continue your trek to Ghami, a village located at the base of a pass. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with views of the surrounding mountains. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Ghami.
Day 9: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (3,620 meters/11,874 feet).
Today, you will trek from Ghami to Tsarang, a village located in a large valley with views of the surrounding mountains. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with fields of wheat and barley, and past small villages and monasteries. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Tsarang.
Day 10: Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3,840 meters/12,597 feet).
From Tsarang, you will continue your trek to Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with views of the surrounding mountains. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Lo Manthang.
Day 11: Explore Lo Manthang, including visits to the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery and the Namgyal Gompa.
Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Lo Manthang, including visits to the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery and the Namgyal Gompa. You will also have the chance to learn more about the culture and history of Mustang, and to interact with the local people. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Lo Manthang.
Day 12: Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3,810 meters/12,500 feet)
From Lo Manthang, you will begin your trek back to Drakmar, a village located in a large valley with views of the surrounding mountains. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with fields of wheat and barley, and past small villages and monasteries. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Drakmar.
Day 13: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806 meters/12,484 feet).
From Drakmar, you will continue your trek to Ghiling, a village located at the base of a pass. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with views of the surrounding mountains. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Ghiling.
Day 14: Trek from Ghiling to Chhusang (2,980 meters/9,778 feet).
Today, you will trek from Ghiling to Chhusang, a village located at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Mustang Khola rivers. The trek will take you through beautiful landscapes, with views of the Annapurna mountain range and the Dhaulagiri massif. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Chhusang.
Day 15: Drive from Chhusang to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara.
In the morning, you will drive from Chhusang to Jomsom, where you will catch a flight back to Pokhara. After arriving in Pokhara, you will transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the day to relax and explore the city.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Today, you will drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, with a stop along the way to visit the Manakamana Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Bhagwati. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the day to relax and prepare for your departure.
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is your departure day. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

Included/Excluded

  • Airport pickup and drop-off in Kathmandu
  • Transportation by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back
  • Accommodation in three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara in twin-sharing rooms with breakfast included
  • All meals, insurance, and other expenses for the trekking crew during the trek
  • Permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) fees
  • Special permit for the upper Mustang region
  • Round-trip flight tickets from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by car, van, or Hiace
  • All necessary equipment for the trek, including a sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as during the trekking days
  • Private transportation and flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back are optional
  • City sightseeing entry fees, including fees for visits to the Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swayambhunath Temple
  • Cold drinks and beverages
  • Personal expenses and insurance are not included

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