Nepal was declared Federal Democratic abolishing monarchy and this Himalayan nation is not kingdom anymore. Upper Mustang area of Nepal is considered as the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. The journey of this trans-Himalayan destination is mystical as well as mythical. Green Society Adventure offers quintessential trekking package consisting of a walled city, clustered Tibetan community, deepest gorge of the world and mysterious hill caves. Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal is undoubtedly a pure pristine Himalayan adventure trip. Witness legends of Dorje Jono during Tiji Festival and explore Lo Manthang the village beyond mountains.
Upper Mustang Trekking journey begins with the flight to Jomsom which is the windiest town of Nepal. Walking starting point is located within the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking and Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trail follows the Kaligandaki River and barren treeless landscape. Lower Mustang doesn’t require a special permit but Upper Mustang journey requires a special permit as it is the restricted trekking region of Nepal.
Trekkers traverse through abandoned and tranquil hamlets. Mani Walls, Chortens, and Gompas are frequent sights which resemblance the great influence of Tibetan culture. Once featured in National Geography Channel Kaligandaki the deepest gorge of the world could enhance your geographical general knowledge. You will also be spiritually revitalized when you discover that fossils rock (Saligram) on the banks of the river represents Lord Bishnu from Hindu mythology.
The mysterious hill caves en-route to Lo Manthang is also very famous throughout the world. It is believed that during war and famine people took shelter on these hill caves. Explore the village and observe the palace too. During Tiji Festival the place looks absolutely vibrant. Plan your holiday in Nepal for Upper Mustang Region during this festival for greater fun and adventure. The unique cremation technique of Upper Mustang people could also be the new thing to understand during your holiday.
Book the journey of the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal is a wonderful Himalayan walking holiday in Nepal. Moreover, Green Society Adventure always advocates on providing adventure and socio-cultural oriented holiday moments to our guests. This trekking route is an exemplary package to support our theme of travel management.
Day 1: Arrival, getting to the capital of Himalayas.
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu city, Preparation for the trek.
Day 3: Drive or fly to Pokhara 820m/2690ft, Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Flight to Jomsom (25min), hike to Kagbeni (2850m/9350ft) 2 hours.
Day 5: Kagbeni to Chele (3050m/10004ft)
Day 6: Chele to Syanboche (3475m/ 11,398ft) 6 hours.
Day 7: Trek Syanboche to Ghaymi (3520m/ 11,545ft), 5 hours.
Day 8: Trek to Charang (3500m/ 11,480ft), 4 hours.
Day 9: Trek to Lo Manthang (3810m/ 12497ft), 5 hours.
Day 10: Exploration day in Lo Manthang.
Day 11: Trek back to Dhakmar (3820m/ 12530ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Syanboche (3475m/ 11,398ft) 6 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Chhuksang (3050m/ 10004ft), 5-6 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom 6-7 hours.
Day 15: Flight to Pokhara and get a connecting flight to Kathmandu, trip end with farewell dinner.
Nepal is a small country in terms of its area but it’s a huge cauldron of various races, cultures and religions. And Kathmandu valley is one of the best metros in the nation that brings all of these diverse segments together. On reaching Kathmandu- you will realize that this city is seriously cosmopolitan and historic in character. On your way to the hotel – we will try that your curiosity about Nepalese gets a healthy dose of information and prepare your appetite for the next 15 days.
Kathmandu is famous for its decorative display of rich cultural and historical artifacts across its three holy cities: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. The essence and aura of these three cities deliver the best of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a world filled with temples, palaces, and people all around. Religious shrines like the Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath and architectural masterpieces like the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar squares reflect the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Nepalese people. Millions of tourists and pilgrims wander through the windings of these cities – some searching for the beauty of life and some the meaning of life. Let’s see if you can find yours.
Today our journey begins with adventurous Drive to Pokhara. The range of beautiful green Hills and roaring Rivers give you the extra pleasure while we drive to your destination. After a five hour drive, we will reach another beautiful city Pokhara which nature has arranged majestically. You can spend your free time in the city by boating on Phewa lake or hike around Lakeside. overnight in Pokhara.
Early in the morning, we will head towards the airport for a spectacular flight to Jomsom. The 25 minutes adventurous flight above giant Mountains Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range, we reach Jomsom. We can have a tea break and enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Nilgiri and start our trek cross the suspension bridge over Kaligandaki River. Two hours walk along the bank of kaligandaki River, we will be in Kagbeni. After a lunch,h we can visit the interestingly clustered settlement of Kagbeni and its Monasteries. Overnight in Kagbeni
After checking special permits in Kagbeni we start our journey along the Kaligandaki Riverbank. The sandy and windy trails follow the up and downhill. Following the way, we can enjoy the scenic view of Mountains and a color full dry land with small fields of Buckwheat, barley, white and apple orchards. Reaching small village Tangbo, we will still continue our trek to Chhusang village where we can visit the Monastery, we will even cross the river and continue climbing up north to a huge red mass of ruined castles that has fallen from the cliff above. Then we leave the Kaligandaki valley and trek steeply up a rocky gorge to Chele. Overnight in teahouse
Today we begin our trek with a steep climb to Eklo Bhatti and continue to Taklam la pass (3620m/ 11905ft) through plateaus and constricted stretches with the great view of Mountain Tilicho and Yakawa. Further, walking down to the little village Samar our trip gets through ascending above Samara village to the ridge. Continuing our trip for another three hours walk takes us to Syanbochen. The surrounding cool streams and juniper trees along with best scenic view will make our hike more wonderful. Finally, we pass by a famous cave known as Ramchung to end our today’s trip. Overnight in teahouse
Today we start our trek uphill to Yamda la (3850m/12,667ft), pass through a teahouse, Chortens and Local settlement similar with Tibetans style. We cross the mountain pass and most remarkable fields where people grow foods in extremely arid condition. Climbing up to Nyi pass would be bit long and tough and Descend to our today destination Ghaymi, surrounded by large fields. Overnight in tea house
After a breakfast, we start our pleasant hike to Charang (Tsarang). Crossing the long suspension bridge over Tangmar River and climbing to a plateau and passing a long Mani wall, the trail head east to the village of Charang, which was also the capital of Mustang lo kingdom in the 14th century. After a lunch, we spend our time to exploring the village and its large Monastery. Overnight in a teahouse.
After a breakfast, we begin our trek to Lo-Mangthang with majestic views of Mt. Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho and many others. We follow the valley bed, past the ruins of ancient fortresses and Gompas. After crossing the river, the trail ascends gently to the windy pass of Lo, from where we can get an overview of the Lo Mangthang valley. The walled city appears with its outstanding hills on the Tibetan border. Overnight in lodge.
Since our whole trek till today gets you trekking on foot to reach here, we recommended pony to explore day off you have in Lo Manthang.
Exploring the Mustang, known as “The lost kingdom of Tibet” today we return back from our trek taking a different route. Trek to Dhakmar via Gyakar lets you visit more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the prime figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock painting. Overnight in Dhakmar.
After a breakfast, we start our hike back to Syanboch, along the way we can enjoy the scenic view of the Himalayas and Colorful dry land Mustang. The trail must be dusty because of heavy wind. After a 6 hours walk, we will be in Syanboche. Overnight in teahouse
Today we trek back to Chhuksang. Enjoying the scenic view of Mountain and pass the local settlement we will reach to Chhuksang after a 6-hour hike. Overnight in a teahouse.
Today we will head toward Jomsom an urban city. We have an option to drive, but GSA team recommends walking as we pass through a huge sided valley of Kaligandaki, a gorge that runs deepest in the world and the isolated villages with a giant with the house, we can experience the landscapes and local culture. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. After 7 hours long day hike, we reach to Jomsom.
After a long memorial trekking in Annapurna Conservation area end today. We end our Adventure with a farewell dinner in the evening.
What is Trekking?
Trekking is a thrilling adventure! And this activity requires a multi-day hike and climbs on mountain villages and park trails. The mountain trail usually steep, gradual and likely to encounter with snow at high elevation (that above 3000m/9840ft in winter and 5500m/18040ft in summer).
How Difficult is this Trek?
Upper Mustang trek is moderate grade trek. we recommend this trek for everyone who loves outdoors, physically fit, have a good health condition.
Does This Trek Require Previous Experience?
Well, if you have a healthy circulatory ability and good strength to cope with high altitude and lower oxygen density then it doesn’t require early experience. But who have early experience on trekking or hiking they can enjoy their Himalayan adventure maximum!
What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?
Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you hike or climb to the higher elevation. Especially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly.
There are three types of Altitude sickness
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it build up fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention.
What should you do
What is the best time for Annapurna base camp trek?
March to end of May and September to end of November would be the best time for this trek.
Are any permits require for this trek?
For the Upper Mustang trek, you need a special permit which cost $500 (And you need two or more people in a group to get a special permit) as well you need to get ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permits $30 and TIMS card charge $10.
How long must walk every day?
In average, we walk 5 to 6 hours a day.
What types of meals we can get in this Trek?
Continentals menus are generally available in this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat and Sherpa dish.
What types of accommodation do we utilize?
Clean and comfortable tea houses and lodges are available in this trekking area. Some places we can get a room with an attached bathroom as well.
Deluxe Hotel and Teahouse