Upper Mustang trek is one of the excitingly adventurous trekking destination among many others in Nepal. This area is also known as the restricted area which needs the special permit to get accessed. This trek takes you into the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo Manthang. This mystical place is one of the best and unique places to visit as it empowers to offer a fresh and different environment to explore within. The decent nature scenery of this place is undoubtedly a part to get focused. One plunging into this region gets an opportunity to see the raw and different blend of nature than any other places. The villages are built in Tibetan style and the Tibetan Buddhism is purely followed by the inhabitants out here. The culture and tradition, as well as the geographical features, resembles precisely with the Tibet. If the travellers make a plan to travel in the month of May or June, get an opportunity to celebrate the famous Tiji festival in Lo Manthang.
One can starts trekking journey to this amazing place after a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. During the flight itself, one gets to see the deepest gorge in the world, between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. After the scenic flight, one trek to the famous Kali Gandaki River upstream and reaches to Kagbeni. The restricted area of Upper Mustang trek starts after reaching to Kagbeni. With an authorised trekking and tour company, one can easily get a permit to this area. Then, heading towards the northwards, we trek to Lo Manthang. One can return afterwards through the Dhakmar, where you can find the oldest Tibetan monastery in the world, known as the Lo Gekar Monastery (Ningmapa sect). This Monastery was built by the famous Tibetan magician Guru Rinpoche during the 8th century. Till 1992, Upper Mustang trek was a restricted area and was forbidden for foreign visitors to enter the kingdom. Until sometimes back, one should have to come with a fully organised camping trek but nowadays some small guesthouses have been opened by the villagers where you can stay overnight. Thus, one can still experience the ancient taste of culture and tradition here and grab the new feelings of the raw and untouched area.
Himalayan Joy Adventure serves you with every possibility to make your trek wonderfully memorable. Come and join for the exciting journey to this amazing place with us as we provide you with all what you need to explore this ancient land of history and mystery.
A Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and provide transportation to your hotel. After checking into your room and refreshing, our HJA representative will describe the details regarding your trek. Then, you can visit the tourist hub in Thamel. There are many places to shop for trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will host a welcome dinner at the typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites. These will include Pashupatinath (One of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia), Bouddhanath stupa (Buddhist stupa), Swayabhunath (Buddhist stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (home of the living goddess Kumari)). After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
At 7 o’clock in the morning, you will take a tourist bus to Pokhara, which takes around 6 hours. The drive is beautiful, and you will enjoy a variety of landscapes, including the Trishuli River, which is a popular rafting destination. The bus will stop in Kurintar for lunch, and continue to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Early in the morning you will fly to Jomsom about 15 minute’s scenic flight. While you will see massive view of Dhaulagiri in the left side and panoramic view of Annapurna range and Fishtail from right window. After landing, at Jomsom airport you will be transferred in the hotel for breakfast, where will meet with your helpers. Your Upper Mustang Trek starts with checking in your permit then follow the Kaligandaki river valley, which also known as windy valley to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an antique village in this area with a Kag Choden monastery and belongs to Upper Mustang Trek check post. Overnight in Kagbeni.
After checking in your upper Mustang trek permit, starts the second day trek following the Kaligandaki river to Green Tanbe then soon get in Tanbe. You will continue along the rough road to Chhuksang for lunch. After lunch, you will walk flat part till reach a bridge over the Kaligandaki river. The trail ascends about 45 minute to Chuile. Overnight in Chuile.
The trail ascends up to Samare pass through narrow Kenyon and enjoying the spectaculars view of mountains and landscapes. You can make lunch in Samare. After having lunch, you will descend down to the river and slowly ascend up to Bhena pass 3840m. The trail ascends again continue to the Yamda-la 3920m. After 45 minutes descending soon get to Syangbochen. Overnight in Syangbochen.
Your day starts after breakfast following the rough road to the bridge over a stream and get in Tamagaon then Jhaite. The trail ascends to Nyi-La 4020m where you will have a magnificent view of Mustang, Mt. Annapurna and Nilgiri. From this top, you will descend to Ghami for Lunch. After lunch again the trail ascends passing the longest mani of Asian to Choya-la 3870m. Descending and slightly flat trail takes you soon in Tsarang where you will see pristine monastery and stupa. Overnight in Tsarang.
After breakfast, you will start trekking along horizontal rough road to Lo- Manthang while pass the Sungda Chorten on the way and a pass, lo-La 3950m. Shortly descending down and soon get in Lo-Manthang which has a picturesque and pristine places. You can check into your room, enjoy your lunch, and explore the surrounding areas. Overnight in Lo- Manthang.
Today either you can walk or ride a horse. The trail shortly drops down to river and ascends up and slightly flat to Chhosar. Chhosar has many interesting place such as a Cave, Monasteries and beautiful landscape. After sightseeing in Chhosar, you will return to Lo-Manthang. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
Lo- Manthang has many places to see such as King's palace, Thubchen monastery, Jampa monastery, museum, thanka painting places, coffee shops or one can visit to Namgyal Gompa which one and half hours walk one way.
After breakfast, you will start your day ascending up to the highest place of the whole this trek to Chogo la 4230m which offers the spectacular views. The trails drops down to Lo Gekar where you can visit to Ghar Gumpa, pure of Lo Nyingma sect scripture of Padmasamva. The trail again ascends continue on to Muila Bhanjyang 1470m where from you will have magnificent view of landscapes and mountains and descends to Dhakmar. The village of Dhakmar is a small but naturally decorated. Overnight in Dhakmar.
Firstly, you will descend to the village of Ghami and catch the same trail which you had followed on the way up. From Ghami, you will ascend up on the top of the Nya-La and descend to Jhaite for Lunch. Then your trek will continue on to Shyangbochen. Overnight in Shyngbochen.
After breakfast, you will start your day descending to the Chhusing cave (Ranchung Cave) where you can see a really miracles inside the cave. You will climb again to Taklam- La then Dajong- La offer incredibly beautiful views. Descending to the river and ascending up then soon reach in Samare for Lunch. After lunch, you will descend all the way down to the village of Chhuksang. Overnight in Chhuksang.
You will start your day ascending up to Muktinath through village of Tetang and pass the mani walls. After, one and half hours ascend you will get in the meadows where from can see wonderful landscapes and mountain views. Climbing steep up to Gyu-La where you will have a 140 degree panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himalayan Range. After enjoying the views, you will continue on to Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.
Today, you had better start early because of strong windy in the day time. Firstly, you will descend to Jharkot an old village has more then six hundred years old monastery and a school about herbal medicines and soon you will be in Khinga village. For checking out our permit, we need to go at the check post in Kagbeni then continue to Eklebhatti for lunch. After lunch, you will spend two and half hours to get in Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Early in the morning, you will fly about 15 minutes to Pokhara with magnificent mountains view between two famous mountain ranges,Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. After landing at Pokhara Airpport, you will be dropped in your hotel and check into your room. You will have a free time rest of the day. In the scenic city of Pokhara has many options to wonder. Overnight in Hotel.
In the morning, you will drive along the Prithivi high way to Kathmandu by tourist bus.You will cross the Trisuli River (famous rafting river) and cable car station. After a six hour drive, you will arrive back in Kathmandu with transportation to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You have free time today so you can go shopping such as Pashmina , Thangka, Lokta paper, Hemp products, Khukuri(Nepali knife),Metal wares, wooden carving, rudraksha, woolen carpet, Mask Jewelry and jems as a souvenirs. In the Evening Himalayan Joy will host as a farewell dinner in the typical Nepali restaurant. Drive back to hotel.
Himalayan Joy Adventure will drop at the Tribhuwan International Airport terminal with sufficient time to check in for your flight. We hope that you had an incredible time in Nepal and encourage you to share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We welcome all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!
Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had. Mustang is one of the protected areas in Nepal.