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 : Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple – Visit National Museum – Kathmandu Durbar Square – finish before 4pm
Walk: 1.5 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Early flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2810m / 9219 ft)Flight: 20 min | Walk: 2 – 3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050m / 10007 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Chele to Shyangbochen (3475m / 11400 ft)Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Shyangbochen to Ghami (3520m / 11548 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Ghami to Charang (3560m / 11680 ft.)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang (3810m / 12500 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Explore Lo-ManthangWalk: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara (3650m / 11975 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Visit Luri Gompa and back to YaraWalk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Yara to Tangye (3240m / 10630 ft.)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Tangye to Tetang (3040m / 9974 ft.)Walk: 7 – 8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Trek from Tetang to Muktinath (3760m / 12336 ft.)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m / 8924 ft.) via Lupra villageWalk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 17Early Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m / 2690 ft)Flight: 20 min | Drive: 10 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 18Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to HotelDrive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Included: B, L, D
Day 19Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 20Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: 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 the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need 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.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. 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.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 60 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips 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. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
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.