Mustang Trek

Mustang Trek is one of Nepal’s most popular and authentic trekking destination in Nepal. It lies in the ancient Himalayan kingdom at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki. Being in the Himalaya’s rain shadow, the countryside is similar to the Tibetan plateau. Inside the walled city of Lo Manthang are some of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Gompas in Nepal. Muntang trek does not go to extremely high elevations, but the cold, dust and unrelenting afternoon winds can make it a difficult trek.

Trekking to Mustang is relatively easy trail along the permitted route to Lo-Manthang that lies at the hub of Mustang. Mustang Trek meanders through “beaten off path” high up to the treeless barren landscapes. Stepping Lo Manthang via town gate is like entering into different world. It is the world of narrow alley ways dotted with the hidden chortens, prayer wheels, age-old monastery and farming animals sauntering in the fields.

Mustang region has been isolated from the outer world over centuries that contributed it to remain highly preserved area in terms of culture, tradition and nature. It lies in rain shadow area of Dhaulagiri massif that creates ruggedly barren land engulfed by rocks in different color and formation. Like other wilderness trekking in Nepal, Mustang Trek offers magnificent mountain splendor highlighted by Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna I (8,097m) and moreover you will be surrounded by 35 mountain over 6,000m.

Mustang Trek is now possible to conduct in teahouse/guesthouse mode. You will be invited in the kitchen that is traditionally decorated in Tibetan form. This is the best way to learn the daily lifestyle of local inhabitant. The best time of the year to go for Mustang Trekking is during monsoon (June-August) as the region lies at rain shadow area.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Full day Sightseeing of 4 different world heritage sites in Kathmandu and prepararion for the trek which starts next morning. Overnight.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive

After a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, we check into a hotel and then move out for a refreshing walk around lake side in  Pokhara. Overnight.

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. After good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs

Our last day of the day would be a long one.  Better to walk early start as before and trek to Kagbeni. Finishing the upper Mustang trails and we join the normal Annapurna circuit trek. After lunch at Kagbeni will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop. Or, if you can spare one more day, our guide would take you to Muktinath as well.

Day 15: 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 and overnight at hotel.

Day 16: 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. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure

You’ll be transferred to airport for your onward journey. Farewell/ End of Service.

Cost Includes

    • All airport pickup and drop.
    • Three nights in Kathmandu, two nights in Pokhara with breakfast
    • Cultural farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese Resturant.
    • All accommodation and meals during the trek.
    • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
    • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) and airport departure taxes
    • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transport via Tourist bus
    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide). And a Porter during the trek.
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and Upper Mustang special trekking permit)

Cost Excludes

    • Trekking Equipments like duffel bags, sleeping bags.
    • Launch dinner in Kathmandu And Pokhara.
    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porters ( Not Mandatory ).
    • Other things not mentioned in cost includes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.

What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.

Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.

What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.

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