Upper Mustang trek is one of the best and amazing trekking journey, you can embark on, in Nepal. This 16 days long trek, takes you through beautiful landscapes. You will meet even more beautiful people. Their hospitality is sure to win our hearts. You also get to visit many old monasteries, which have centuries old story within them.
We start our upper Mustang trekking from the capital – Kathmandu. Travelling to Pokhara on the second day, we explore some interesting places there. We fly to Jomsom on the very next day, and begin our actual trek from there. We then, trek to Kagbeni on the same day, which takes about 2-3 hours of time. From Kagbeni we hike to Chele, then to Syangbochen. From there, we then trek to Ghami, with beautiful views of the mountains, always accompanying us, along the way. Trekking from Ghami to Tserang, Lo Manthang is just a day’s trek from there.
The next day, we trek to Lo Manthang, where we spend 2 days. 2nd day in Lo Manthang is spent in order to better acclimatize to the climatic condition of the region. From Lo Manthang, we trek to Dhakmar, then, trace our steps back to Syangboche. From Syangboche, we then trek to Chukksang, and on the next day, to Jomsom. We then travel to Pokhara, to enjoy the beauty it has to offer. Pokhra to Kathmandu will be our next, and final trip in our trek.
In the last 17 days, you will have enjoyed an amazing experience, with natural and cultural beauty, all around. This trek will have, some part of you touched, at its end. You will travel home with beautiful memories and an adventurous journey, to pass through generations.
Upper Mustang trek, can be best enjoyed during Spring season (March-May), and also during Autumn season (September to November). Being a rain shadow area, Mustang doesn’t receive any rainfall during Monsoon season (June to August). This provides us great opportunity to visit Mustang during this time.
Today, on the very first day of upper Mustang trekking, you reach the capital of Nepal – Kathmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes pick you up at the airport, and take you to your hotel. They will explain the trekking route and schedule. Upon reaching your hotel, you can freshen up and go out to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu. You can also prepare for our trek, the next day.
On the 2nd of our upper Mustang trek, we travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara via roadways. It takes us about 6 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. After an early breakfast, we head out to board the bus to Pokhara. We have our lunch on the way, enjoying the route. As, we reach Pokhara, we instantly feel the difference in climate and the energy of the place. We then, check into our hotel and freshen up. We head out to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara, and visit some major tourist destinations. After returning to our hotel, we have our dinner and spend the night there.
Today, on the 3rd day of our upper Mustang trekking, we take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. After boarding the plane, we reach Jomsom in just 20 minutes of time. Upon reaching there, we set out on our trek to Kagbeni. Our trail takes us alongside a beautiful valley. On our way, we reach Ekal Bhatti village. It is a beautiful village with flat-roofed houses. From there, Kagbeni is just ahead, along the trail. Upon reaching Kagbeni, we check into our hotel, and have lunch. Then, we go around to explore the beautiful place. Overnight at Kagbeni.
On the 4th day of our upper Mustang trek, we hike from Kagbeni to Chele, which rakes about 6-7 hours. We follow the trail alongside the Kali Gandaki river. Following the sandy and windy trail, we reach the Tangbe village. Tangbe village has many things to admire including narrow alleyways, barley and buckwheat fields, apple orchards and so on. From there, we continue our trail further, and pass another village along the way. We also cross a river on our way there. Walking on a narrow ridge, we finally reach our destination for today – Chele. We spend the night in Chele village.
Today’s upper Mustang trek consists of trekking from Chele to Syangboche, which takes about 5-6 hours. We walk a longer distance today, and the elevation also increases. We also cross 2 passes namely – Taklam La pass (3624 m) and Dajori La pass (3735 m). We also enjoy beautiful views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We then follow the trail further to reach Samar village. Following the trail, we reach a ridge, then descend a steep trail to a stream. From there, Syangboche is just ahead. Overnight in Syangboche.
On the 6th day of our upper Mustang trekking, we hike from Syangboche to Ghami, which takes about 5 hours. We follow the trail along the Yamda La pass, passing few tea houses along the way. We also traverse through beautiful forests and villages. Follow the trail through poplar forest and barley fields, we reach Nyi Pass (4010 m). From here, the trail is a descending one, which directly leads us to Ghami village. Ghami is one of the biggest and beautiful villages of the region. Overnight at Ghami.
Today, we trek from Ghami to Tserang, which takes about 4-5 hours of time. The trail is a descending one through a rough and slippery path. Crossing a bridge over Ghami khola, our trail starts ascending. We will follow the beautiful path with Mani walls, all along. Crossing the Tserang La pass (3870 m), we finally reach the Tserang village. Tserang is a beautiful village which lies on the top of Charang canyon, with a huge fortress. Tserang village also has a red gompa towards its east. Overnight at Tserang.
On the 8th day of our upper Mustang trek, we follow the trail from Tserang to Lo Manthang. The trail descends till a canyon river before it starts to ascend, leading to Lo La pass (3950 m). From the top of Lo La pass, we can admire the beautifully walled Lo Manthang village. From there descending downwards, we reach Lo Manthang village. Astounding views of the mountains including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak, can be admired from the Lo Manthang village. We then spend the night in Lo Manthang.
Today, on the 9th day of our upper Mustang trekking, we spend the day resting, acclimatizing and exploring the nearby places of Lo Manthang. It is done inorder to properly adjust to the climatic condition of the area. There lies 3 major gumpas namely, Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda, which we explore during the day. Another option available for us today, is visiting the nearby beautiful village of Tingkhar. Returning back to Lo Manthang, we will spend the second night there.
On the 10th day of our upper Mustang trek, we hike from Lo Manthang to Dhakmar, which takes about 7-8 hours. There is a long journey ahead of us, so we start early after breakfast. Our trail passess through Gyakar village which has an old gompa – Ghar Gompa. It is century old gompas with beautiful rock paintings. After exploring the gompa, we continue our trek to Dhakmar. The views from there is astonishing with majestic mountains on the south. After reaching Dhakmar, we check into our lodge and spend the night there.
Today, we continue our trek, reaching Syangboche from Dhakmar. We trace our steps back, enjoying beautiful missed-out views. We enjoy the beautiful view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains on our way there. Overnight at Syangboche.
On the 12th day of upper Mustang trekking, we hike from Syangboche to Chhuksang, which takes about 5-6 hours. One major point of attraction during our today’s trek is the Chungsi Cave monastery. It is one of the most, beautiful and interesting cave monastery in the Mustang region. The cave monastery dates back to 7th century. After exploring the monastery, we continue on our trail, and finally reach Chhuksang. Overnight in Chhuksang.
Today, on the 13th day of our upper Mustang trek, we hike from Chhuksang to Jomsom via Kagbeni. It takes us about 6-7 hours of time to reach Jomsom. We will be accompanied by the beautiful views of the Nilgiri himal. After trekking for about 4 hours, we reach Kagbeni. We have our lunch there, and head out further, finally reaching Jomsom. After reaching Jomsom, we will check into our lodge. Tired from our long trek today, we will have a hot shower and a good dinner. A goodnight’s sleep is all that is left for the day.
On the 14th day of upper Mustang trekking, we travel from Jomsom to Pokhara via flight. It takes us about 20 minutes to reach Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we check into our hotels, have lunch, then go around exploring the beautigul city of lakes. There are many major tourists’ attractions, but having a limited time, we will explore some selected few. After spending the day, exploring and enjoying the beautiful city, we have dinner at lakeside. We can also enjoy the beautiful night life of Lakeside. Overnight at Pokhara.
Today, we take a bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes us about 6 hours to reach Kathmandu via roadways. We start early today, so as to have some time to explore some parts of Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we check into our hotels, and go out to visit some major tourists’ attractions. At night, you can enjoy the exciting night life of Thamel. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the day.
Today, is the last day of our upper Mustang trek and also your last day in Nepal. Our representatives from Mountain Routes, pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport. We then share goodbyes and bade each other farewell. You will be boarding the plane with beautiful memories and an amazing experience. With some part of you touched during the last 16 days, you will head back home, with you an incredible story to tell.