Upper Mustang Historical Trekking is unique trekking route situated in the Trans-Himalaya region yet intact with its typical cultural, traditional and archeological beauty and ruled as a separate kingdom until the country became Republic in 2008. Upper Mustang is popularly known as “Lost Treasure of Tibet” or “Forbidden Kingdom” and allowed for exploration by foreigners in 1992 and since then many travelers had been in this majestic land of centuries old preserved natural and cultural treasure.
Trekking to Upper Mustang is delightful opportunity to witness the Tibetan- influence lifestyle and their traditional practices like polyandry which still exists there and besides walking around in arid barren valley carved between the giant Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m) and almost thirty other 6000m plus in Mustang trekking course — the major attraction includes visit to the former King’s Palace (can be visited upon request) and watching the inaccessible sky-caves on giant cliffs at Lo-Manthang.
Upper Mustang trekking starts with a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (Mustang headquarter) at 2720m and next two hours walk following Kali Gandaki valley will lead to Kagbeni village– the entrance point to Upper Mustang. Our journey continues through several passes, Tibetan styled stone-made houses, barley & buckwheat fields, stunning mountain viewpoints, Buddhist chortens and Mani walls on windy dry terrain towards our destination – Lo-Manthang.
Our rest day exploration includes a visit to more ancient Buddhist monasteries and Gompas, clicking pictures of eroded cliffs and canyons and observe unreachable sky-caves of the long walls, which perimeters the kingdom. The border to Tibet lies around 6 hours driving distance from Lo-Manthang and used for the trading purpose. We start our way back following different route via Yuri Gompa and Tetang village towards Muktinath Temple which is one of the major holy pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhist devotees. After morning visit Muktinath temple, we head towards Jomsom passing through Lubra village and then overnight at Jomsom to catch our next morning flight to City of Lake - Pokhara.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel Drive: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner
Day 2Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Preparation Day for Trekking Drive: 3-4 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel Drive: 7-7.5 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 4Early flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2810m / 9219 ft) Flight: 20 min | Walk: 2.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050m / 10007 ft) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Chele to Shyangbochen (3475m / 11400 ft) Walk: 6.5 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Shyangbochen to Ghami (3520m / 11548 ft) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Ghami to Charang (3560m / 11680 ft.) Walk: 4.5 - 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang (3810m / 12500 ft) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Explore Lo-Manthang Walk: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara (3650m / 11975 ft) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Trek from Yara to Tangye (3240m / 10630 ft.) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Tangye to Paha (4100m / 13451 ft.) Walk: 5 – 5.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Paha to Tetang (3040m / 9974 ft.) Walk: 6.5 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Trek from Tetang to Muktinath (3760m / 12336 ft.) Walk: 6.5 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m / 8924 ft.) via Lupra village Walk: 4 – 4.5 hrs | Drive: 4 – 4.5 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, D
Day 17Early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m / 2690 ft.) Flight: 20 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 18Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel Drive: 7-7.5 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 19Final Departure | Rest Day at Kathmandu Valley | Other Travel Plan
Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that trip is safely coursed. We truly understand the essentiality of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
Room to Customize
Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the average level of fitness of travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time and budget plan of travelers.
There is always a room for customization of the given standard itinerary if it does not meet your way of interest and then please pass your opinion. You may want to stay in Kathmandu by yourself or maybe do sightseeing around by yourself; we will give you more information to do it by yourself if you ask us.
We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling. It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.
We, ourselves feel that the group size of maximum 12 pax is an ideal size to run the trip. However, we have also arranged the plan for large students groups, employee groups and able to organize such trip for groups upon request. All of our trekking plans are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey.