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Upper Mustang Trekking

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Upper Mustang Trekking Highlights

  • Experience the original Tibetan culture/ People/ activities.
  • Testing the renowned apples, apple pie and apple wine in Jomsom.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple, the important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Visit most picturesque areas of Upper Mustang.
  • Ancient caves, historic monasteries and archaeological sites.
  • Observing the Local People's activities and natural beauty.
  • Half day tour around Pokhara’s Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave and Davis Fall.


Upper Mustang
is far Nepal’s most restricted area in Annapurna Region at the average altitude of 4000m is geographicaly and culturally part of Tibetan plateau. It was opened to foreigners in 1992 and is located at the Northwestern area of Nepal and the part of Tibetan Plateau. Trekking into Upper Mustang is a rare and privilege opportunity where you can experience the true life of the real mountain people in Nepal. In many ways, trekking into the Upper Mustang Area is similar to trekking in to Tibet, which geographically it is a part of Mustang a land where the soul of man still considered to be as real as feet he walks. The land itself is almost treeless, barren landscape with a countryside similar to Tibetan plateau, but where beauty and happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship. This was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The fabled medievalwall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom its full of culture and religious heritage. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepalese Army.

Fees, Permits & Formalities

Trekking permits for Mustang cost is USD $ 500 per Person for 10 days. Note that is defined as 10 days, not nights, starting and ending at Kagbeni. Extra days are extra US $ 50 each. For Mustang trekking you need to obtain also the ACAP trekking permits. The rules to obtain the permit you need to have at least two member in a group. That mean single permits will not be obtain from the immigration. In case if you are single traveler, let us know we can obtain your permits by joining other travelers group.

Best Trekking Seasons

Most the population departs from Lo on trading expedition during the winter to avoid the cold and snow. The trekking season, therefore, is from late march until early November. The trek don’t go to extremely high elevations, but the cold, dust and unrelenting afternoon winds can make it less pleasant then other trek in Nepal.


Trip Facts:

Country: Nepal
Trekking Type: Tea House
Max Altitude: 3810 M
Group Size: 01 - 12
Trip Duration: 18 Days
Best Season: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate
Start - End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m ] O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m], 6 hrs drive, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m], 3-4 hrs walking, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050m]: 5-6 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475 m]: 6-7 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m], 5-6 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m], 4-5 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m), 5-6 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m], 6-7 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806 m], 5-6 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050 m], 5-6 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 14: Chhuksang to Muktinath [3800m], 6-7 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713 m), 4/5 hrs, O/N at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara. O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 18: Fly Home, Farewell Friend.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]
    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from Global Holidays Adventure. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Global Holidays Adventure display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team member, briefs you regarding your trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive.
    Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus. Enroute we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours. Overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs.
    After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, Continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans-himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 05: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs.
    Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. Overnight atGuesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs.
    Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave ,Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs.
    After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 08: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs .
    Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 09: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs.
    Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang.
    Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs.
    While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by. Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. explore the local area. Likelihood of dusty wind, so suggested to walk in the morning. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs.
    Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk takes 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs.
    We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 14: Chhuksang to Muktinath [3,800m/12,480ft]: 6-7 hrs.
    The trail from Chhuksang is all the way up that you are climbing over then 1,100m and through the very small track way inside the bushes and you will have very good magnificient view of Himalaya Parbat as well will see giant Mt. Dhaulagiri(8,167m). Muktinath is a holy temple for Hindusium where so many Neplai and Indian pilgrimage will come to dedicate muktinath Temple and also this temple shows the co-operation between Hindusm and buddhisum. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom,( 2,713m/9,000ft).
    The trail is all the way flat down through the very beautiful landscape and view of Mt. Dhaulagiri(8,167m), most of the way through the bank of Kaligandaki river where you will fell very very windy but you will feel relax.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara.
    After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake. Overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Global Holidays Trekking Staff. Overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 18: Fly Home: Farewell Friend
    You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative Global Holidays Adventure will transfer 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.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
"So What you are Paying For?"
What you are paying for, we would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience of Nepal Journey.

Cost Include

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.
  • Welcome and Firewell Dinner.
  • Internal transport within your Nepal staying as per the itinerary.
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara Flight Ticket.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses.
  • Special Trekking Permit For Mustang.
  • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees,(Entry Permit and TIMS Card).
  • Professional English speaking tour leader, guides and necessary porters.
  • Sleeping Bag and Duffel bag for during Trekking period.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Laundry fees.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
What type of shape do I need for this Trip?
Upper Mustang Trek is a suitable trek for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Upper Mustang Trek. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whist on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.


Will somebody come to pick up me at the Airport upon my arrival?
Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying an Global Holidays Adventure name with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel.


Visa info: Entry Visa fees- at present $ 25 for 15 day, $ 40 for 30 days and $ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

What sort of accommodation can i expect in Kathmandu and in Trekking?
In Kathmandu: Here are all kind of Hotel simple hotel to 5* hotel. Its depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

During Trekking:
You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer you Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed ( which need to return after the trip) but it is good idea to have your own sleeping baggage always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is sownstairs around a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the little kitchen. You should not enter the kitchen unless asked to do so.


Toilet Facilities During Trekking: On, Trek common toilet facilities are available at Tea House. Now some teahouse have attached bathroom.

Shower Facilities:
You will have hot shower in all teahouses but some place there isnot hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for Shower.


Do you use porters/ yaks on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.


What kind of food can i expect in Trekking?

Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatos, Eggs, Dalbhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You cal always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be take on the way to distination.


What sort of transportation I use?

Global Holidays Adventure is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure with that in mind where we think you will get more our of your holiday by using a different means of transport that is what we do. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayas travel and enhance the experience. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pick ups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, van or Landcruiser. These small light vehicles are more manoeuvrable and flexible enabling us to take you through the narrow roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.


What is the best season for this trekking?

The best season for this trek is October to mid December and mid February to mid June. It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season from June to August excepts treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailash.


What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are enerally warm. Winter ( January and February ) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to makes sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Expert the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during day time.


Can I charge my camera batterries on my Trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by playing some service. Remember to bring your adapters!!.


Is there any communication while we are on Trekking?

There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, Some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges.


Can I use credit cards in the places visit in Trekking?

In Kathmandu you can use your credit/ master card. During the trekking you need cash, you can't use your credit card.


How much additional money do I need per day?

In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It's all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.


Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult things to tell. It's up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.


Is the water Ok to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.


Is Global Holidays Adventure's staff insured?

Our Company insures all our trekking staff, including guide, cook, Sherpa and Porters.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tour?

  • Valid Passport- must be valid for up to 6 months after return from your tour, keep a seperate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a seperate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for trip.
  • Cash and Traveller's Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase seperate.
  • Flight Tickets.
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.
Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?
A trekking holiday should be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.


I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

What immunizations will I need?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya but we do recommend you are coveres for * Diphtheria & TB, *Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B * Malaria, * Typhoid, Polio and tetanus. We also recommend-

  • A dental Check up prior to Travelling.
  • That you know your blood group in case of Emergency.

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