Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transport: Tourist Bus & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pokhara Hotel & Teahouse
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Lo Manthang (3800m)

Highlights

  • A scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back.
  • Visit the deepest gorge in the world- Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Enjoy views of the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
  • Visit the centuries-old kingdom of Lo Manthang 
  • Explore the various monasteries of the Mustang region
  • Cross mountain passes along the way
  • Visit the king’s palace in Lo Manthang

Description

The Upper Mustang Trek by Mount Mania trek takes you to a culturally, historically, and the geographically unique kingdom of Mustang. Mustang is also referred to as Lo. Lo was a part of the Tibetan empire in the past. So, the culture, language, and geography of this region are pretty similar to that of Tibet. 
 
Foreign tourists started to trek to Upper Mustang only after 1992. So it has remained isolated from the outside world for a long period of time. Therefore, Upper Mustang has preserved its Tibetan culture. 
 
The geography of the Mustang is also unique too. It lies in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri range. As a result, this region is quite dry. So the landscape of this region is also quite dry. You can see rugged, barren rocky landscapes. You can also visit canyons along the way. 
 
The Upper Mustang trek by Mount Mania starts from Kagbeni. You can take a flight/ bus to Pokhara first and then take a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight from Pokhara to Jomsom flies over the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world. 
 
From Kagbeni, the trail follows the ancient trail which people of Mustang in the past used to trade between lower regions and Tibet. After trekking for 5 days, you will reach the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang. 
 
When you enter Lo Manthang, you will get a feeling of stepping in a different world altogether. Lo Manthang is home to various alleys, chortens, wonderful prayer wheels, and different animals. One of the most wonderful places to visit in the Upper Mustang region is the royal palace where the king and queen of Mustang still reside. 
 
You can also visit the Thugchen Gompa in Upper Mustang. The history of this monastery dates back to the 15th century. You can also go to the various sky caves in this region that are really thrilling. You can also visit the Amchi museum and Amchi school while exploring Lo Manthang. 
 
Along with the various villages during the trek, you can also enjoy towering views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range along the way. You can see 35 mountains that are over 6000 meters during your trek to Upper Mustang. 
 
After the exploration of Lo Manthang, you will trek through various villages like Drakmar, Ghiling, and Chhuksang before reaching Jomsom for your flight to Pokhara. You can also explore the wonderful valleys of Pokhara and Kathmandu on this trip.
 
Mount Mania invites you to this unique trek to Upper Mustang that takes you to fascinating landscape, centuries-old culture and delightful views of the mountains in Upper Mustang. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
  • Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 3Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 4Trek to Chele
  • Day 5Trek to Syangbochen
  • Day 6Trek to Ghami
  • Day 7Trek to Tsarang
  • Day 8Trek to Lo-Manthang
  • Day 9Explore around Lo Manthang
  • Day 10Trek to Drakmar
  • Day 11Trek to Ghiling
  • Day 12Trek to Chhuksang
  • Day 13Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 14Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 15Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Tourist Bus Ticket (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Round Trip Flight Ticket (Pokhara and Jomsom)
  • Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast (Twin Sharing)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (ACAP and Upper Mustang Special Permit)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
23 Sep, 2019 - 07 Oct, 2019AvailableUS$1600
30 Sep, 2019 - 14 Oct, 2019AvailableUS$1600

Useful Information

Upper Mustang Trek Difficulty

There are various factors like length, state of trekking trails, altitude, etc. which determine the difficulty of any trek.

Although the trip is 17 days long, you will only trek for 11 days. You will spend other days sightseeing or catching a flight/ bus to various destinations.  You will trek for an average of 5 hours a day in the Upper Mustang trek. 

The trekking trails to Upper Mustang are quite well-managed. Most of them are well-defined. The altitude of the teahouses you will stay in the Upper Mustang trek is less than 3800 meters. 

Taking all these factors into consideration, the Upper Mustang trek is a moderately difficult trek. Make sure that you exercise for a few months prior to coming to this trek. 

Best Time for Upper Mustang Trek

Mustang is one of the driest parts of the country. So unlike many other trekking destinations in Neal which are quite wet in the monsoon, the Upper Mustang region is quite dry in the summer season. 

So there are 3 major trekking seasons to Upper Mustang- autumn (September. October, and November), spring (March, April, and May), and summer (June, July, and August). Any time in these seasons will be the best time for the Upper Mustang trek.

Besides, you can also complete the Upper Mustang Trek in the winters. As the trek takes you to an altitude of over 4000 meters, you have to be wary of the cold in the winters. So you should pack properly before coming for the winter trek to Upper Mustang.