Upper Mustang Trek/Mustang Trek/Mustang permit/Mustang Cost/Guide

Upper Mustang Trek

  •   Duration: 11-18Days
  •   Activities: Trekking-Sightseeing
  •   Country: Nepal
  •   Trip Grade:
  •  Group size: 2-20
  •  Max Elevation: 4230 Meters
  •  Difficulty:Moderate
  •   Departure City: Kathmandu
  •  Trip style: Lodge Trek
  •  Best Season: August to May
  •  Meals: Refer to Itinerary

Holiday Overview

A  remote Historical preserved  Tibetan Buddhist separate  forbidden kingdom  Upper Mustang  Trek is considered as the unspoiled  Nature, desert  lands, raw lands, rocky lands ,Canyon lands, isolated and  restricted Trekking region within Dhaulagiri Zone in mustang district of Nepal. In the between Nepal and Tibet border  situated Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang)   Until the 1990 foreigners were not allowed to enter  but an officially in 1992 upper Mustang Trek was opened to enter  the tourists for Travel by Nepal government. .According to ancient myth mustang is known as Salt trade route. Inhabited by Lowas Tibetan, originally they migrated from Tibet. Therefore forbidden kingdom  Lo-Manthang of Mustang is known as Mini Tibet.The people have been following still Tibetan Cultures.


Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang )Nature & Culture enthusiast travelers -Upper Mustang Trek offers a great opportunity to  enjoy, explore most  attractive view of world’s 7th highest  snow capped mt.Dhaulagiri 8167m.,Nilgiri,Tilicho, hence isolated magical canyons, red cliffs, ancient Caves, Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Chorten,Gompa, Rocks, desert lands ,an incredible Lo-Manthang kingdom  medieval wall ,unspoiled nature and Tibetan cultures, their lifestyle, their civilization, pastureland, Tibetan style white washed house, Buckwheat, wheat, barley, Potato field, Japanese farming house, Apple farm, prayer wheels,  Tibetan Lo manthang Mustag’s king Jigme Dorje Palbar bista, powerful Buddhist Guru Ringboche’s  8th centuries Lo Gekar Monastery against the demon ,ancient salt trade routes Jong cave,Niphu Cave,Buddhist and Hindus very popular Muktinath Temple,Luri Gompa, Saligram incarnation of Hindus Deity’s Bishnu ,Himayan Goat Chyangra,Tserang Gomba etc.And Annapurna range massive  from Pokhara.


Hence,Upper Mustang Trek is famous for Tibetan Buddhist ritual Tiji Festival  as well.3 days Tiji festival is celebrated  usually in May annually based on  Tibetan their culture calendar. According to Tibetan Buddhist people Tiji  means  to chase Demon  on occasion of demon killed by deity Guru Ringboche .Tiji is ritual related  prevailing  battle myth festival  at Lo-Manthang within the Mustang District of Nepal.Tiji festival is performed by Mask dancing, Artists use sword, custom dressing, color, imitate  the different sounds , music and dramatic battle between demon and deity.


Accommodation info: We provide you tea house/Lodge during your Trek , 3 star standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.


Meals info: Menu choice food(Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner) with tea, coffee, chocolate and fruits based on your choice.


Staffs info: Our Company Enjoy Nepal Treks Expedition & Tours P.Ltd. arranges an experience, trained, knowledgeable ,very helpful and fluently English speaking Guide, assistance, porters with their insurance.


Physical Condition info: Mustang Trek is not an Adventure Trek.If the Travelers physical fit to walk  do not worry about altitude sickness.


Trekking time info: August to May (Mustang is desert land rarely rain, some of travelers trek in Jun and July also.)


Permit info: For Restricted mustang  trek need to obtain special permit.


Permit cost $ 500 for 10 days and for more extra days $50 Per day per person if travelers want to  spend more days.Entry and Exit Point is Kagbeni.

Internet Available Info: Wife and NTC,NCL,SKY network


Some recommended Trekking equipment: Trekking Bag , sleeping Bag, Trekking shoes, sucks, sandal, Down Jackets, Trekking trousers-shirts, personal medicine kits, Sun cream, Sun Glass, woolen hat ,Gloves etc.

 

We make an itinerary based on Travelers needs, requires ,Time available and interest.


“Upper Mustang Trek Outline Itinerary”

Day 01: Kathmandu airport(arrival)-Transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing in kathmandu/permit preparation day

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (827m.) 25 minutes Flight/7-8 hours drive

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom 25 minutes (2710m.) and trek to Kagbeni( 2810m.) 3 hrs.

Day 05: Kagbeni-Chele 3100m.6-7hrs

Day 06:Chele 3100m.-Geling 3750m.6-7hrs

Day 07:Geling 3750m.-Dhakmar 3820m.6hrs

Day 08: Dhakmar 3820m.-Lo Manthang 3850m.7-8 hrs

Day 09:Lo Manthang 3850m.sightseeing

Day 10:Lo Manthang 3850m.-Garphu –Lo-Manthang  6-7 hrs

Day 11:Lo Manthang 3850m.-Yara 3650m. 6-7 hrs

Day 12:Yara 3650m. –Tange 3520m.6-7 hrs

Day 13:Tange 3520m.-Chhusang 2980m. 10 hrs

Day 14:Chhusang 2980m. –Muktinath 3760m. 6 hrs

Day 15: Muktinath 3760m.-Jomsom 2720m.  6 hrs

Day 16: Jomsom 2720m. –Pokhara flight  25 minutes

Day 17: Pokhara (827m.) to Kathmandu 25 minutes Flight  /7-8 hours drive (Farewell Dinner)

Day 18: Departure to Airport


“Upper Mustang Trek Outline Itinerary by Jeep”

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival(Hotel) welcome dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu-Pokhara 820m.8hrs drive (Hotel)

Day 03: Pokhara-jomsom 25 minuts flights (Lodge) TiTi lake excursion

Day 04: jomsom-Lo-Manthang  10hrs drive(Lodge)

Day 05: Rest day- Lomanthang excursion

Day 06: Hike to Jong Cave

Day 07: Drive to jomsom (Lodge)

Day 08: Jomsom-Pokhara flight (Hotel)

Day 09: Pokhara-Kathmandu 8hrs drive. (Hotel) farewell  dinner

Day 10:Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 11: Departure


Service  included

1) Airport Pick up ,Drop and Transport

2)Welcome and farewell dinner (kathmandu)

3)5 nights at 3 star Hotel (3 nights in kathmandu and 2 nights in pokhara)

4)Kathmandu sightseeing(half day) and entrance fees.

5)Trekking permit and Tims

6)Guide and Porter with insurance

7)Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner during the Trek

8)Tea,Coffee

9)flight Ticket Pokhara-Jomsom/Jomsom-Pokhara

10)Tourist Bus Kathmandu-Pokhara/Pokhara-Kathmandu


Service not  included

1)Kathmandu and Pokhara(L/D)

2) Personal Expenses

3)Water and alcoholic Drinks

4)Nepal visa and Travel insurance

5) Airfare (international) /Kathmandu-Pokhara/Pokhara -kathmandu

 

Day 01: Kathmandu airport(arrival)-Transfer to Hotel

Enjoy Nepal Treks Staffs will come to Airport for your arrival in Kathmandu then you will drive to hotel and you will have welcome dinner in the evening at Nepali culture restaurant with your Trekking Guide.

Included: Welcome Dinner

Altitude: 1350m.

Day 02: Sightseeing in kathmandu /Permit preparation day 

You have world heritage sites seeing in kathmandu.Our agency provide you Culture Guide in kathmandu for your sightseeing.We include you Pashupatinath ,Swayambunath  and Boudanath sightseeing.And we prepare your Trekking permit today.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (827m.) 25 minutes Flight/7-8 hours drive

There are two possibilities options  fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Option 1) Drive to pokhara it takes 7 to 8 hours from kathmandu.you drive through the Trisuli River.And you have lunch on the way.

Drive time: 7-8 hrs 210 km

Option 2) Fly to pokhara it takes 25 minutes from Kathmandu.During your flight time, you enjoy the entire view of Mt Annapurna Massive,Mt Manaslu Massive and Langtang massive.It is an amazing like mt flight.When we arrive in Pokhara you can relax your day Or if you like, you can visit  Phewa lake. In the evening we will  have dinner  at the Nepali Culture  Music Restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel 3 stars

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Flight time: 25 minutes

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Day 04Fly to Jomsom 25 minutes (2710m.) and trek to Kagbeni( 2810m.) 3 hrs.

From Hotel, early in the morning we drive to pokhara Airport then we will fly to Jomsom 25 minutes.Then we meet and introduce each other with the porters at Jomsom also we will have breakfast or Tea, coffee  and we start the trek along  the deepest Kaligandaki River through the Eklebhatti Village.The village Kagbeni is beautiful with flat roofed Houses, barley, peaches field, apple trees, saligram  stone which is known as incarnation of Lord Bishnu and Monastery.Anyway, Kagbeni is Tibetan village according to history.The valley is naturally strange ,on this day we will face the strong windy after 11 am,in this valley it comes strong windy everyday after 11 am.Today,you enjoy the view of Nilgiri,Tukuche,Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Overnight: at  Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Walking time:3hrs. 100 m+

Flight time: 25minutes from pokhara to Jomsom

 

Day 05: Kagbeni-Chele 3100m.6-7hrs

At the kagbeni Checked your Mustang Trekking permit.Kagbeni is entry and exit point of upper Mustang valley.Then follow trail to Tangbe village,where are many of white washed houses,buckwheat,potatoes ,Apple ,barley fields ,Redcliff, ancient cave . Continues  several times up and down follow the trail to Chhusang village.Here after crossing the river you climb up 10-15 minutes then you arrive at Chele.It is Tibetan village where you stay today.

Overnight: at simple Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Walking time:6-7hrs. 600 m+ and 250m-

 

Day 06:Chele 3100m.-Geling 3750m.6-7hrs

 Today  we have 3 crossing passes Taklam 3624m and Dajori la 3735m.Syanboche la 3900m.Today we have to walk about 6-7 hrs.Trail offers  desert landscape, canyon,streams and Caves.After first pass it comes samar village 3660m. then it comes Syanboche after next pass.from Syanboche walk up about 20 minutes then begin slightly downhill to geling. while walking on this day  Enjoy the view of  mt Nilgiri,Tilicho , yakawa kang and also Damodar Danda.At Geling visit the 2 monasteries which are very old.

Overnight: at simple Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Walking time:6-7hrs. 1200 m+ and 750m-

 

Day 07:Geling 3750m.-Dhakmar 3820m.6hrs

Today  you will see the 3rd largest  village Ghami  and 240m long mani wall.On this day, you pass again Nyila 4030m and Ghami la 3765m.Passes are interesting with colors rock formations.After Ghami visit the  farming house with  small hospital and again walk up continue to  Dhakmar.

Overnight: at  simple Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Walking time:6hrs. 890 m+ and 900m-

 

Day 08: Dhakmar 3820m.-Lo Manthang 3850m.7-8 hrs

Today you will reach to Lo-Manthang which is known as capital of Mustang.Lo-manthang City  has been surrounded  by the protected wall.The wall was built by Ame pal in 1380.He was a first king of Mustang.The wall  is about 725m long and 8 m high.While walking, the trail offers you 8th centuries Ghar Gompa on the way at the top of Tsarang vallage. Hence, you have again interesting passes on this day,which are known as Mui la pass 4170m and Chogo la pass 4280m.The first pass comes before Ghar Gompa and another pass comes after Ghar Gompa.Also on the way ,you explore the pasturelands, red cliffs and Chortens. After the last pass you walk down to Lo-Manthang.Today on the way there are not hotel available so you will get packed lunch.

Overnight: at   Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/packed lunch/Dinner

Walking time:7-8hrs. 670 m+ and 380m-

 

Day 09:Lo Manthang 3850m.sightseeing

You have sightseeing day for today.You  will visit the entire Mustang’s capital Lomanthang  also the most interesting Thupchen Gompa,Khenpo Chede Gompa and Jhamba Gompa.Here is the big settlement of historically Tibetan peoples, where are more than  180 mud traditional houses.

Overnight: at   Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner.

 

Day 10:Lo Manthang 3850m.-Garphu –Lo-Manthang  6-7 hrs

Today visit the Jhong cave and Nyphu monastery in the Garphu village.The place is famous for cave culture.Jhong Cave has inside there are 40 rooms  with 5 floors.It was entire village living cave in the past.It is one of the very old ancient cave in this area.To entire the cave and monastery you have to pay entrance fees there.We follow the Tibet border trail while walking there.Also on the way you explore unique landscape.After visiting cave and monastery walk back to Lo-Manthang for an overnight.There 3 options to go there.walking yourself, horse riding and jeep driving.

Overnight: at   Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Walking time:6-7hrs. 200 m+ and 200m-

 

Day 11:Lo Manthang 3850m.-Yara 3650m. 6-7 hrs

We leave Lo-Manthang today.We return to Jomsom from  another route ,it means we follow the another scenic route from today. After Breakfast we walk to Yara village over the Lo la pass 3950m.From the pass again you enjoy the view of landscape .From the pass the trail goes steeply down to Dhi Gaon 3800m.After Dhi Gaon we cross the river then we follow the trail to Yara.Today you enjoy the view of  cave and Rocks again.Yara is a small village living by Tibetan people.

Overnight: at  Simple Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Walking time:6-7hrs. 450 m+ and 650m-

 

Day 12:Yara 3650m. –Tange 3520m.6-7 hrs

You walk today with beautiful landscape and you will experience the adventure above the kaligandaki Valley.from Yara afer 2 hrs walking up then descend  to Dhechyang Khola.The river  you have to cross, River is very cold which is adventure for you.There is no bridge.The water comes from Damodar kunda holy lake.After crossing the River walk up to pass 4060m.From the pass slightly walk down  to Tange through the Serthang.From serthang walk down steep to Tange.Tange is another Tibetan village in this area.

Overnight: at  Simple Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/Packed Lunch /Dinner

Walking time:6-7hrs. 800 m+ and 950m-

 

Day 13:Tange 3520m.-Chhusang 2980m. 10 hrs

Today is long day  walking to Chhusang from Tange.Today also you have to cross the Tange khola(River) in the morning then you walk steep up to pass 4340m.from the pass again enjoy the amazing view of upper mustang valley and also view of Mt Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri .Today you cross the several small passes above the Kali Gandaki valley.With the magnificent mountain views and  landscape finally through the rocks trail  you walk down to Chhusang .

Note: on the way there are no houses or lodges so you will get packed lunch for today.

Overnight: at   Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/Packed Lunch /Dinner

Walking time:10hrs. 950 m+ and 1490m-

 

Day 14:Chhusang 2980m. –Muktinath 3760m. 6 hrs

You walk through the Tetang village And  finally from the village you walk steeply up to Gyu la pass 4070m.The pass is really an amazing for the surrounding peaks.From the pass you walk down to Muktinath about 2hrs.Muktinath is pilgrimage place. Inside the Muktinath there are Hindus and Buddhist Temple.After arrival at Muktinath you can visit the Temple if you like.Muktinath is holistic place for the Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimage. The attractions inside there are 108 watertapes/waterspoutes, 2 holy Kunda, gompa and Temples.

Overnight: at   Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/Packed Lunch /Dinner

Walking time:6 hrs. 1180 m+ and 400m-

 

Day 15: Muktinath 3760m.-Jomsom 2720m.  6 hrs

Today you walk to Jomsom through the Lupra village.Lupra is interesting another village.The first you walk up to 3830 m.which is the pass and view point for the  mountain views.From the pass you walk down to Lupra village.Then continue walk to  kaligandaki valley and finally reach to Jomsom.

Overnight: at   Lodge

Includes: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Walking time:6 hrs. 100 m+ and 1140m-

 

Day 16: Jomsom 2720m. –Pokhara flight  25 minutes

Early in the morning 25 minutes fly to Pokhara from jomsom with Annapurna Massive panorama .Today after your short flight,When you arrive at your Hotel in Pokhara then  have relax day.Do as you like.

Overnight: at   Hotel

Includes: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Flight time: 25 minutes.

 

Day 17: Pokhara (827m.) to Kathmandu 25 minutes Flight  /7-8 hours drive (Farewell Dinner)

There are two possibilities options  fly or drive from Pokhara to kathmandu.

Option 1) Drive to  kathmandu it takes 7 to 8 hours from pokhara.you drive through the Trisuli River.And you have lunch on the way.

Drive time: 7-8 hrs 210 km

Option 2) Fly to kathmandu it takes 25 minutes from pokhara.During your flight time, you enjoy the entire view of Mt Annapurna Massive,Mt Manaslu Massive and Langtang massive.It is an amazing like mt flight.When we arrive in kathmandu you can relax your day

Overnight: Hotel 3 stars

Includes: Breakfast/lunch/Dinner

Flight time: 25 minutes

Evening,you have farewell dinner at Nepali Satkar Restaurant.

 

Day 18: Departure to Airport

you will be picked up at your hotel and drive to Airport by an agency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is included?

  • Airport Pick up ,Drop and Transport
  • Welcome and farewell dinner (kathmandu)
  • 5 nights at 3 star Hotel (3 nights in kathmandu and 2 nights in pokhara)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing(half day) and entrance fees.
  • Trekking permit and Tims
  • Guide and Porter with insurance
  • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner during the Trek
  • Tea,Coffee
  • flight Ticket Pokhara-Jomsom/Jomsom-Pokhara
  • Tourist Bus Kathmandu-Pokhara/Pokhara-Kathmandu

What is not included?

  • Kathmandu and Pokhara(L/D)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Water and alcoholic Drinks
  • Nepal visa and Travel insurance
  • Airfare (international) /Kathmandu-Pokhara/Pokhara -kathmandu

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