Short Upper Mustang Trek

Short Upper Mustang Trek
At a Glance
  • Trip Duration15 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Jomsom
  • Ends at Jomsom
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Time Spring (March-May), Autumn (Sept-Nov)
  • Rich in Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature
  • Explore the ancient Kingdom of Lo-Manthang
  • Trek in Unique Varieties of Landscape and Un-touch Caves
  • A great trek to escape the monsoon as well as summer
  • Mysterious Jhong Cave 
  • Kingdom behind the Dhaulagiri 8167m and Annapurna 8167m Range Himalaya  

Upper Mustang Trekking name Mustang refers to the arid region like Tibet, at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki. Mustang is official the name of the district along the Kali Gandaki from the Tibetan border south to Ghasa. Mustang is district of Jomsom in the region of Tibetan influence north of Kagbeni, generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Trek to Lo-Manthan is through almost treeless barren scenery. Upper Mustang has always strong wind in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of Himalaya, Lo-Manthan has less rain than rest of Nepal. During the monsoon the skies are hazy and some rain. In winter there is usually snow, sometimes as much as 30 or 40 cm accumulate on the ground.
Upper Mustang Trek has highly preserved Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature.  Upper Mustang is called kingdom behind the Himalaya. Trek has unique varieties of Landscape and Geographics. Mustang (from Tibetan Mun Tan (Wylie smon-thang) which means fertile plain) is the former Kingdom of Lo and now part of Nepal, in the north-central part of that country, bordering Tibet on the Central Asian plateau between the Nepalese provinces of Dolpo and Manang. The Kingdom of Lo, the traditional Mustang region, and "Upper Mustang" are one and the same, comprising the northern two-thirds of the present-day Nepalese Mustang District, and are well marked by official "Mustang" border signs just north of Kagbeni where a police post checks permits for non-Nepalese seeking to enter the region, and at Gyu La (pass) east of Kagbeni. Mutangis People follow Tibetan Buddhism as well. 

Tibetan plateau with its endless expanses of yellow and grey rolling hills is eroded by wind. There is more rain in the lower part of upper Mustang and the hills tend to be great red fluted cliffs of tiny round stones cemented together by mud. Villages are several hours apart and appear in the distance almost as mirages during the summer season, after the crops are planted, they are green oases in the desert-like landscape. Because of the cold and snow, most of the population departs from Lo on trading expeditions during the winter. The trekking season, therefore, is from late March until early November. The trek does not go to extremely high elevations, but the cold, dust and unrelenting afternoon winds can make the trek less pleasant than other treks in Nepal. Tiji Festival one of the most sacred and colorful festivals in this whole region. Festival features a three day ritual known as the "chasing of demons". Monks donning masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono who fought against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling apart.
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We will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.

    After having breakfast in the morning today, we drive to Pokhara. It takes around 7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu by bus. You can also take the flight which take about 30 minutes and in the remaining time, take your time to explore the Pokhara city and Lakeside. We stay overnight at a guesthouse in Pokhara.

      Our guide assists you to transfer for Pokhara Airport to fly for Jomsom. This scenic adventurous flight takes about 20-25 minutes passing through the world’s deepest George presenting spectacular mountain views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Ranges and Fishtail with several famous peaks within the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area from its both sides. The airstrip is in Jomsom, the main village in the Kali Gandaki valley. Jomsom is the beginning point of our trek. After landing here we start our trek toward Kagbeni which takes about 3-4 hours walk. Kagbeni is also the check point for entrance to restricted Upper Mustang Trekking. We can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peak while walking the trail in the opposite direction.

        At the Police Check Post at the north end of Kagbeni Village, you have to clear the formalities to enter the Upper Mustang area. The trail continues the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north. You can see Gompa Kang & some caves on the west bank of the river. The village of Tangbe is situated alongside the east bank trail above the river at an elevation of 2930m. Nilgiri Peak, which dominated the southern skyline at Kagbeni continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Chhuksang village is about hours a half beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the arshang Khola and the Kaligandaki 2920m elevation. Continue north; wither wading the river or climbing. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to and Chele at 3030m.

          The climb from Chele is up a steep spur to a cairn at 3130m. Here there is a view of the village of Gyagar across a huge canyon. You will see some Chortens on a ridge, then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar (3290m). The Annapurna Himal, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Shyangmochen is the lunch place for today. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen to a pass at 3770m & enters another huge east-west valley. There is a trail junction, take the right fork and descend to Geling with its extensive fields of barley at 3600m.

            From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields up the center of the valley, passing below the settlement of Tama Gung and an Chorten. It rejoins the direct trail and then becomes an unrelenting climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass at 3950m, the highest point reached on the trek. The descent from the Nyi La is gentle; the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu then climbs past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch of mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m, the route makes long gentle descent to Charang at 3520m.

              The trail descend about 100m from Charang crosses the Charang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to cairn on a ridge opposite the valley at 3580m, then enter the Tholung valley. The trails turn north and climb gently as the valley climbs to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. Still climbing, the trail crosses a stream, and then becomes a grand wide through fare traveling across a desert like landscape painted in every hue of gray and yellow. Cross a stream, then climb up onto the plateau of Lo Manthang. In Lo Manthang the Raja´s palace is an imposing 4-story building in the center of the city. It is the home of the present Raja, Jigme Parbal Bista and the queen who is from an aristocratic family of Lhasa. The Raja is an active horse men and keeps a stable of the best horses in Lo. He also breeds Lhasa Apso dogs and several monstrous Tibetan Mastiffs that can be hear barking angrily on the second story of the palace. We enjoy the festival in the afternoon upon arrival.

                  Today the trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail contours across the head of a valley and crosses another ridge, then drop into another large desolate valley. After ascending to the valley floor, the route heads to the right, up the center of the valley to it head. Cross a ridge at 4070 meters & traverses across the heads of two more valleys to an indistinct pass. Cross the pass to some meadows & a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley where LO Geker is situated in a grove of large trees alongside a stream. We will walk further to reach Dhakmar for our overnight stay. O/N in Dhakmar.

                    A large stream meanders through this village, making this a particularly pretty valley. Most of the surrounding hills are pastel shades of Grey & yellow, but a huge red fluted cliff provides a dramatic contrast. The trail descends alongside the stone walls and fields of the extensive village, After 05 hours gentle walking we will reach to place called syangmoche.

                      From Syangmoche, Trek back to chusang for 5 hours.

                        Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrsToday is the same way that you already had. The trail passes through villages like Tangbe. After Tangbe the trail still continues through the bank of Kaligandaki River as well as the windy landscapes & reaches to Kagbeni and to Jomsom.

                          Early morning fly back to Pokhara and half say sightseeing of Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.

                            Drive back to Pokhara through the same route.

                              Free until departure. Fly back to home.

                                Trip Map
                                Short Upper Mustang Trek map
                                Cost Includes
                                • Basis Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin Sharing Bases during the trek.
                                • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
                                • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners) at the time of Trekking with a cup of tea/Coffee.
                                • Flight to Jomsom for guide and guest.
                                • 1 Trekking Guide and 1 Porters will be Government Licensed holder with good English and friendly during the trek
                                • Fly back to Pokhara for Guest and guide only.
                                • Facility of Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff. 
                                • Medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available)
                                • Down Jackets, sleeping bags and trek map (Sleeping bags and down jackets are returnable)
                                • All ground transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
                                • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP permit)
                                • TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System) for the trek.
                                • Upper mustang restricted area permit fee $ 500 per person for 10 days time durations. More than 10 days cost $ 50 each day.
                                • All government and service taxes.
                                Cost Excludes
                                • Drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks), hot water, laundry, phone calls, hot shower, internets. 
                                • Hotel Accommodations in Kathmandu.
                                • Hotel in Pokhara.
                                • Personal Trekking Equipment, 
                                • Any kind of personal expenses
                                • Any Rescue expenses.
                                • Guest Personal Travel Insurance.
                                • Accommodation in Kathmandu
                                • Bookings are made upon your request.
                                Useful Information

                                If the group size is above 12 pax then the leader will be FOC except the Trekking Permit taxes and fight ticket.

                                WHAT TO BRING

                                Trekking/Hiking Gears (Equipments)

                                • Duffel or Rucksack bag (If do not have then Duffel Bag Provided Returnable)
                                • Down Sleeping Bag (Provided Returnable)
                                • Inner Liner (Provided Returnable)
                                • Down Jacket (Provided Returnable)
                                • Daypack
                                • Hiking pants
                                • Water & wind proof  jacket
                                • Full – sleeves shirt
                                • Jumper or Fleece jacket
                                • Pair of T – Shirts
                                • Trekking boots (waterproof is better)
                                • Sandal, Toilet paper,
                                • COTTON THICK SOCKS(2 PAIRS)+Polypropylene/woolsocks (1PAIRS)
                                • Light cotton socks for under wool socks
                                • Woolen socks to wear with boots
                                • Sun hat
                                • Gloves
                                • Scarf
                                • Sun block (lotion) and lip Guard
                                • Moisture Cream
                                • Goggles or Sunglasses
                                • Thermal Long underwear Sets
                                • Insulated pants
                                • Trekking poles
                                • A pair of Crampon
                                • wind Breaker pants
                                • Water bottle
                                • Medical & first aid kit (Provided)
                                • Any personal special medicine
                                • Flash light or head lamp
                                • Batteries and bulbs
                                • Swiss army knife
                                • Mobile or Camara  charging cable with Adaptor
                                • Personal Dry towel
                                • Personal toiletries and medication which should be labeled.
                                • The Upper Mustang trek is considered moderately difficult, with the main challenges being the high altitude and the rugged terrain. The trek crosses several high mountain passes, which can be strenuous. However, the stunning landscapes and unique cultural experiences make it a rewarding and unforgettable adventure.

                                • The length of the Upper Mustang trek can vary depending on the starting and ending points. Generally, the trek takes around 10 to 16 days to complete, covering a distance of approximately 120 kilometers. However, you can choose to extend or shorten their trek based on your preferences and physical abilities.

                                • The Upper Mustang trek price varies depending on various factors, such as the duration of the trek, mode of transportation, accommodation, permits, and guide fees. On average, a trek to Upper Mustang can cost anywhere between USD 1,500 to USD 2,500 per person.

                                • The best time to visit Upper Mustang is from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is generally dry, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. Likewise, you can also do this trek in the monsoon (June to August).

                                • Upper Mustang is relatively expensive due to its remote location, limited accessibility, and restricted area permit. The permit alone cost USD 500 for 10 days, which is significantly higher than other trekking regions in Nepal. Additionally, the cost of transportation, accommodation, and food in Upper Mustang is higher due to its remote location and limited availability of resources.

                                • Upper Mustang is a restricted area due to its location near the Tibetan border and its historical and cultural significance. In the past, Upper Mustang was also a strategic trade route between Nepal and Tibet. To preserve the unique cultural and natural resources of the region, the Nepalese government has restricted the number of visitors and implemented a special permit system for foreigners.

                                • Upper Mustang is famous for its unique cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and remote location. The region has a distinct Tibetan Buddhist culture and architecture that is well-preserved due to its restricted access.

                                • Yes, hiring a guide is mandatory for trekking in Upper Mustang. The Nepalese government requires all foreign visitors to be accompanied by a licensed guide and obtain a special permit to enter the region.

                                • It is recommended to dress in layers while trekking in Mustang, as the weather can be unpredictable, and temperatures can fluctuate throughout the day. Trekkers should wear a comfortable and breathable base layer, a warm mid-layer, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.

                                • Yes, there is snowfall in Upper Mustang during the winter months of December to February. The region experiences a cold and dry climate, and the temperatures can drop below freezing at night.

                                • Lower Mustang and Upper Mustang are two distinct regions in Nepal that differ in terms of geography, culture, and accessibility. Lower Mustang is a subtropical region located at a lower elevation and is easily accessible by road. Upper Mustang, on the other hand, is a high-altitude desert region that is located in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. It is a restricted area that requires a special permit.

                                • Yes, Upper Mustang is generally safe for trekking, as it is a well-established trekking destination with well-defined trails and experienced guides. The region is also known for its friendly and welcoming local population.

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