Upper Mustang Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Max Elevation:3880 m.
  • Total Duration:15 days
  • Group Size:2-10

Mustang, an ancient kingdom probably the last of the untouched and ageless lands in the Himalaya beyond the Annapurna massif and bordered on three sides by Tibet. There are certain formalities required to obtain a special permit from the government. Divided into two categories, Mustang offers a vast range of options for the trekkers.

Upper Mustang lies in the north of Kagbeni around the Kali Gandaki river and beyond the Annapurna massif. It resembles the Tibetan plateau with its yellow and gray rolling hills which were eroded by violent winds. It is a challenging trekking trail off the beaten track crossing also a difficult pass. The trails are rugged, cutting high into cliff sides and pass villages that have changed little over the last centuries. The spiritual trekking will take you to a promised land with views of Himalayan peaks dominated by the ridge of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri accompanying you throughout the entire trek.

You will also love the Lower Mustang trekking which is an easy trekking in Mustang and yet it provides ample doses of experience of unique culture, diverse landscape and some religious sites like Muktinath, Kagbeni and other monasteries along the way. It passes through the world’s deepest river gorge in Kali Gandaki River. You will also gain firsthand knowledge about the traditional rituals and lifestyles in Nepal and be enjoying panoramic views of Mountains and peaks is an unforgettable experience of the trek.

Kaligandaki River holds religious values and you can hear wonderful stories, myths about the river and its surrounding. Trekking trail includes the ancient village of Kagbeni to be explored. Then the route goes to Muktinath which is very sacred for Buddhist and Hindu followers. Trekking from Muktinath area to Mustang village is wonderful to experience passing through white mud painted houses experiencing an untouched culture of the people of Manang.

For your convenience, you will have to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and start the trek from there. Flying through the deepest gorge in the world itself is a great adventure – which runs between the Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri mountains.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara overland Journey
  • Day 04: Transfer to airport fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 05:Trekking from Kagbeni to Chaile
  • Day 06:Trekking from Chaile to Shyangboche
  • Day 07: Trekking from Shyangboche to Ghami
  • Day 08:Trekking from Ghami to Tsarang
  • Day 09 and 10: Trekking from Tsarang to Lo Manthang and Explore
  • Day 11: Trekking from Lo Manthang to Tamar
  • Day 12: Trekking from Tamar to Shyangboche
  • Day 13: Trekking from Shyangboche to Tetang
  • Day 14: Trekking from Tetang to Muktinath
  • Day 15: Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom
  • Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 17: Tourist Bus Journey or Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Final Departure
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome assistance by Snowy representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu, rest at the hotel and briefing about the trip. Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara overland Journey

Assist by guide to transfer from Hotel to Tourist Bus Departure place at 0600 Hrs and about 6 hours journey toward Pokhara where overnight accommodation with BB Plan is arranged.

Day 04: Transfer to airport fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

After the scenic adventurous flight that takes about 20-25 minutes passing through the world’s deepest gorge presenting spectacular mountain views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Ranges and Fishtail with several famous peaks within the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area from both sides, we will head for Kagbeni. We can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peak while walking the trail in the opposite direction. Overnight stay.

Day 05:Trekking from Kagbeni to Chaile

We start our trekking early. In the route we can see Nilgiri glowing orange in the first rays of the sun. We take the western route, following the east bank of the river until we reach the end of a broad valley Chuksang, where we cross the Kali Gandaki. After Kagbeni, the trail climbs up, giving us a good view of the village, the valley and Nilgiri. Chaile appears as a small white dot at the end of the canyon. The trail towards here descends gradually to the river-bed – this area is well-known for its fossils.. Our tented camp or tea house accommodation is set here in Chaile for today.

Day 06:Trekking from Chaile to Shyangboche

Today’s trek begins with a steep climb as we follow the trail westwards and when we see Ghyakar on the opposite side of a deep canyon the trail turns right, following the gorge The walk to Shyangboche can seem never-ending. It is fairly easy, but a constant climb with the destination nowhere in sight, until, finally, a cluster of houses appears. It is much colder in Shyangboche, the overnight halt for us today.

Day 07: Trekking from Shyangboche to Ghami

Within 15 minutes of the start of today’s trek we have already negotiated the first of today’s three high passes, Yanda La, and passed a distinctive red chorten painted with Buddhism’s eight auspicious symbols. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, deserted village downstream. By now the landscape is even more rugged – a deep riverbed has snaked its way down from the red cliffs and immediately ahead are hills which have the outline and colour of enormous sand-dunes.

Day 08:Trekking from Ghami to Tsarang

Outside Ghami we see what is Mustang’s longest Mani wall – approximately 1000m long and decorated with simple carvings, blending in well with the surrounding scenery. A steady climb takes us up a 3820m pass, after which a lunar-looking desert stretches to the horizon. A broad road leads to Tsarang, Mustang’s second town, with around 1000 inhabitants.

Day 09 and 10: Trekking from Tsarang to Lo Manthang and Explore

Today’s trekking begins on flat terrain and the view, apart from a chorten and a few caves, is unrelieved barrenness. After crossing a pass and waking through two rocks forming a natural gate we have finally arrived at Lo Manthang.

Day 11: Trekking from Lo Manthang to Tamar

We walk up through pastures studded with juniper, and have the chance to look back at Lo Manthang. At the entrance to the canyon is an unusual looking chorten – the top looks like a bush because of the hundreds of prayer flags woven into it. Around the chorten are hundreds of erected stones.

Day 12: Trekking from Tamar to Shyangboche

With Nilgiri visible again, we walk past more caves on our way south and then there is a gradual hill climb bringing us above Ghami. There are two more passes to cross and splendid views of the Annapurna range. Next we reach Jamyung, at the fork between Ghelung and Shyangboche.

Day 13: Trekking from Shyangboche to Tetang

We cross two deep valleys before taking a lunch break at Samar and then the second part of the day is a relatively easy downhill walk. When Gyakar appears, the route becomes more spectacular, running high above the gorge. We can take a break in Chaile and then we arrive at the riverbed of the Kali Gandaki region –and reach Chuksang. Soon we are at Tetang’s mani wall and beautiful chorten, which has two of the auspicious symbols painted on each side.

Day 14: Trekking from Tetang to Muktinath

After an early start we have a good view of the village of Tetang. After ascending high in the valley the trail makes a right turn and the pass becomes visible above. It is a moderate walk down to Muktinath, with stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Day 15: Trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom

Today we take a side trip to the Bon Punt soling monastery in Lubra, before returning to Jomsom for the flight back to Pokhara. After Lubra, the trail leads to the Kali Gandaki and we have to leap across the river Panga a couple of times! At the confluence of the two rivers we join the caravan of tourists going to Jomsom.

Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

We take early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. After transferring to the Hotel we give you chance for exploring the beautiful valley Pokhara with its Natural and cultural beauty.

Day 17: Tourist Bus Journey or Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After having breakfast your trip starts by drive back from Pokhara to Katmandu by tourist Coach about 6 hours driving (or take a short 30 minute flight) and overnight is arranged in Kathmandu

Day 18: Final Departure

We are saying good bye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight our representative will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

  1.  Airport pick and drop.
  2. All meals during trek (not in city).
  3. Accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  4. Trekking permits.
  5. English speaking local expert guide, porters.
  6. National park fees.
  7. Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS Card).
  8. Transportation .
  9. Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  10. Insurance for all staff & porters.
  1. Nepal visa
  2. Lunch & dinner during the stay in the hotel.
  3. Hot shower battery charges.
  4. Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, etc).
  5. Tips for the staffs because this is the sign of the guest happiness.
  6. Extra baggage charges.
  7. Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
  8. Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking.
  9. Your Travel insurance.
  10. Emergency evacuation charges, if required.

★★★ NOTICE ★★★
★ The given itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and needs. Trekking price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and Group size so if you provide details about it we will be pleased. please fell free to asked .★

You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

Reliable and responsible trekking company and Guide 

Feb. 19, 2011.

To Whom it may concern,

Having trekked in Nepal on several occasions and used the guiding services of Machendra Tamang,  form the SAN TREKKING we wish to recommend him to prospective clients. Machendra's vast experience, professionalism, knowledge, familiarity with the region and his care for his clients is exceptional.

Trekking in Nepal is always something of a spiritual journey for us, but it is made even more special by experiencing the genuine friendship and companionship Machendra shared with us. We encourage prospective clients to utilize his services and ensure continuing employment for him. We believe that your enjoyment of Nepal will be maximized if Machendra is your guide.

On our most recent trek, our small group of four also used the services of Machendra's brother Changba and brother-in-law Kimba. Both of these porters were delightfully cheerful company who voluntarily attended to our every need.

On our latest trek in the Solu Khumbu, we travelled in a clockwise direction from Lukla to Namchee, Thame, across the Renjo La, Gokyo, across the Cho La, Dhzongla, Gorak Shep (Kalla Patthar and EBC), Dinboche to Lukla with many side trips while acclimatizing. This involved crossing a number of high passes and peaks between 5 000 and 6 000 metres. However, Machendra's careful planning ensured excellent acclimatization where no-one experienced even a minor headache. Machendra is highly attuned to the abilities of clients and balances that with the altitude to tailor a sensible pace and ensure everyone's safety. This includes carrying a client's pack if they are struggling on a particular day.

If necessary, Machendra will organize everything including internal flights, permits, accommodation, side tours, visas, etc, and he does so without any commission. He is a highly principled man whose honesty and integrity are beyond question. He has a great depth of character and an absolutely delightful nature and his wonderful sense of humour is another bonus. His dignity and sensitivity is displayed in a quiet, caring manner while he goes about the business of guiding, communicating and negotiating, always in a very unobtrusive manner. Everything on the trek works smoothly because of the efficiency and diplomacy that characterizes him.

Machendra is especially alert, observant and attentive to your condition and he shows a genuine, heartfelt concern for your comfort and welfare. Always, he ensured our needs (meals, lodging, warmth, security, etc.) were met first before he attended to his own. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he communicated his ideas readily and showed flexibility in discussing alternative agendas as they arose. Machendra is an experienced cook and if lodges are busy at meal times, he also cooks excellent meals.

It was a privilege for us to once again enjoy the genuine friendship and sincerity Machendra so readily established with us. Because of his forthright honesty and integrity, we developed a very strong attachment and respect for him. He is an absolute credit to the Trekking Industry of Nepal and we recommend him to you most highly. Without a doubt, when next we visit Nepal, we will ensure that Machendra is our guide.

Thank you again Machendra, for your friendship, efficiency and care. The trek was wonderful but your company added to the enjoyment and the grate memories of Nepal.

Best wishes,

Your Friends,

Everest View Trek
Peter & Kim Cook,
Australia

Best Trekking Guide & Agency Ever.

 From the SAN TREKKING  agency Narayan took me on a fabulous trek in the hills of central Nepal; "off the beaten track" is an understatement. Everything about it was wonderful, the accomadations, food, but most of all the people in this idyllic place. I found Narayan to be very knowledgable, friendly, capable, and he also speaks very good English. If you want guide you can rest assured to be trustworthy, you will not go wrong with Narayan. When I go back to Nepal he will definately be the guide that I will look up.

Dean Engle ,
Hawaii, U S A

Very Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic and Experienced guide

Narayan Pandey is a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and experienced guide. If you're looking for a personal guide or a guide for your group to the Himalaya mountains of Nepal then you can not do any better than this man. Narayan Pandey with SAN TREKKING.
 
Tracey-Quinn
Tracey Quinn,
Sydney, Australia

Very Experienced Guide

I would like to recommend Narayan, a travel and mountain guide in Nepal, with who I had the chance to travel, had a great experience and after the years has become a good friend to me.

He is definitely someone you can trust with, I still remember coming out of Kathmandu airport the first time in 2011, and he was there waiting for me and treated me very nicely. I did touring in the city and a trekking in Nagarkot. And back in 2018 also did city touring.
He guides both in the cities as in the mountain doing trekking. He is also very knowledgeable, very intelligent and looks after his travellers.

Definitely a high asset for your trip.

Thank you Narayan

Gracias
 
Yaiza Ibañez,
Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

Spent about a month in Nepal last year with San trekking. It was such a beautiful experience. Trekking in Pokhara in the Annapurna region and mountain flight was just out of this world. Their team took great care of us. Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

John Smith,
United Kingdom

What a wonderful journey it was!

San Trekking provided us with a amazing trekking experience. Narayan took care of our each and every need. Their concern for our health, safety and well being was a credit to the company. I highly recommend this team for your next travel tour in Nepal. Cheers!

George Clooney,
Paris, France

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