THE LAST LOST TIBETAN KING DOM: UPPER MUSTANG TREK

If you like Tibetan Culture then the trek to the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Lo in Upper Mustang region should be on your bucket list.

By taking this trek, you will be following the footsteps of salt traders, Tibetan Buddhist Lama, and Khampa freedom fighters along the Kali Gandaki up north.

This journey is like travel back in time passing timeless stone villages, dramatic desert canyon set against blue sky landscape to the capital of Lo Manthang.

Being part of Tibetan Plateau, Upper Mustang has similar geographic where there are high altitude deserts, red-rock cliffs, deep river gorges, and some of the highest mountains in the world.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Upper Mustang sacred caves that hid ancient Buddhist texts and artwork for centuries.
  • Hike the route that carved the red-rock cliffs in high-altitude desert with dramatic backdrop of impressive 8,000m peaks
  • Wander labyrinthine alleys of Mustang villages and well-preserved Tibetan Buddhism monasteries
  • Visit medieval fortress - the captial city of Lo Manthang surrounded by white-washed wall reveals a history of prosperity and grandeur
 
Difficulty: MEDIUM

Season: MAY-OCT

Duration: 17 Days

Start/Finish: Jomsom

Elevation: 4,325m/14,173ft

Group: 2-10

(18 days / 17 nights)

Price from

$2,079

The amount will be charged in USD

 

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ATTRACTIONS!

- Just a few of the scenic sights you’ll see during your trip.

ITINERARY

- A day-by-day plan to guide your journey
 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Welcome to Nepal.

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Top1Trekking’s staff will pick you up then transfer to the hotel located in Thamel, a touristy area in Kathmandu.

Your hotel is in the center of Thamel, a buzzing area contains numerous of hotels, restaurants, stores that sell many things from trekking gear, Tibetan singing bowl, prayer flags, mala to metal handicrafts, kukri swords.

Please make sure you are at the hotel by the early evening, as we will have a meeting with our experienced trekking guide and have a brief session about the trip.

Accommodation

  • Hotel The Kathmandu Address or similar

Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

DAY 2: EXPLORE KATHMANDU

Today is free for you to explore Kathmandu.

Wake up and start your day with a visit to the Swayambhunath Temple. Later, a visit to Patan, a city of traditional architect and artisans with local handcrafts products and temples.

Accommodation

  • Hotel The Kathmandu Address or similar

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

DAY 3: POKHARA

Take a drive to Pokhara, the city which is 200km west of Kathmandu.

Leaving the capital behind. The drive will take us the whole day through countryside landscape and later when Annapurna Range comes into view when we arrive at Pokhara.

Take your time wandering the lakeside street and enjoy the sunset over the Phewa Lake

Accommodation

  • Hotel Crown Himalaya or similar

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Upgrade transportation options

  • Take a flight from Kathmandu – Pokhara $115

DAY 4: POKHARA – JOMSOM – KAGBENI

Take a mountain flight between towering peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri to Jomsom.

Feel the fresh air of the mountain, admire the Nilgiri peak rising above the desert-like landscape. We’ll walk our way along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni, a village at the bank of two rivers.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 3-4 hours

Sleeping elevation: 2,858m/8,376ft

DAY 5: TREK TO CHELE

Continue heading north along Kali Gandaki River, the trail gradually climbs up and down sandy and the windy trail offers charming scenery with dazzling peaks Kagbeni and Nilgiri mountain at the backdrop.

Reaching Tangbe (for lunch), if you have time discover this traditional village with narrow alleyways, white-washed houses Continue forward to Chusang, crossing river then heads towards Chele through a ridge.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 6 hours

Ascent: 430m

Sleeping elevation: 3,050m/10,006ft

DAY 6: TREK TO SYANGMONCHEN

The entire trail will be on plateaus and narrow stretches with the mix of the steep uphill and downhill. You cross several passes of Chele La (3,630m), Bhena La (3,830m) and Yamdo La (4,010m) before the descent to Syangmonchen.

The view from the top of the mountain passes is outstanding with a layer of mountains, you get to see the “Canyon Cliff Road“ in Nepal.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 8-9 hours

Ascent: 920m, Descent: 210m

Sleeping elevation: 3,800m

DAY 7: SYANGMONCHEN TO GHEMI

Take a short gentle climbing to Syangboche La (3,870m), following downhill bypassing Ghiling then uphill toward Nyi La (4,010m)

After leaving the pass, the scenery changes quite dramatically with some of the magnificent views of the Himalaya, valley and bright-yellow mustard fields come in. Trail descent down until you reach Ghemi.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 5 hours

Ascent: 590m, Descent: 890m

Sleeping elevation: 3,510m

DAY 8: TREK TO TSARANG

The hike from Ghemi to Tsarang is mostly “Nepalese” flat means slightly up and down, cross the red, blue, grey cliffs and the longest Mani wall in Nepal.

Trail ascent to the Choya La (3870m) and descent to Tsarang, the formal capital has an impressive monastery and former Royal Palace, which you can visit later in the day.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 5 hours

Ascent: 440m, Descent: 360m

Sleeping elevation: 3,575m

DAY 9: TREK TO THE KINGDOM OF LO MANTHANG

Leaving Tsarang after breakfast take you down to the river then back up again, crossing the windy pass of Lo La (3,950m) from where you catch your first glimpse of Lo-Manthang, the crowning jewel of the journey, a thriving hub of the salt trade in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The trail then descends along the heavily sanded path leads you to the entrance of the capital. We spend two days discovering the Tibetan kingdom of Lo Manthang.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 5 hours

Ascent: 450m, Descent: 200m

Sleeping elevation: 3,800m/12,467ft

DAY 10: LO MANTHANG

Drive to Chhosar village and take a visit to Nyphu Cave monastery, 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave where typical traditions make us enter the new world of human seniority.

Accommodation · Teahouse Meals Included · Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11: LO MANTHANG TO DRAKMAR

The return route from Lo Manthang turn south-west to Lo Gekar which is off the main trail. Cross the highest pass of the trip the Cho Go La (4325m), the route continues to climb through a ridge then descent through the red color cliff to Drakmar.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 7 hours

Ascent: 710m, Descent: 730m

Sleeping elevation: 3,820m

DAY 12: TREK TO GHELING

The trail descent to Ghemi then traverse on the same route to Nyi La (4020m) back to Gheling

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 5 hours

Ascent: 391m, Descent: 595m

Sleeping elevation: 3,570m

DAY 13: TREK TO CHUUKSANG

Retrace our steps back to Chuksang

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 5 hours

Ascent: 280m, Descent: 1150m

Sleeping elevation: 2,980m

DAY 14: TREK TO KAGBENI

Back to Kagbeni and finish the 10 days restricted permit.

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 5 hours

Descent: 70m

Sleeping elevation: 2,858m

DAY 15: TREK TO JOMSOM

Easy walk to Jomsom

Accommodation

  • Teahouse

Meals Included

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Average hiking duration: 3 hours

DAY 16: FLY TO POKHARA

Take a flight back to Pokhara. Spend time to wandering around lakeside watching sunset or boating over the Phewa lake or hiking to World Peace Pagoda for a panorama view of the beautiful city with the lake and Annapurna Mountain Ranges.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Crown Himalaya or similar

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Optional activities:

DAY 17: KATHMANDU

Return to Kathmandu after one day drive. Spend some last-minute shopping, summarize our trip in Farewell Nepalese dinner with traditional dancing.

Accommodation

  • Hotel The Kathmandu Address or similar

Meals Included

  • Breakfast & dinner

DAY 18: DEPARTURE

3 hours before your international flight, our representative will drop you at the airport for your flight toward your next destination. Say goodbye and see you again.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

- Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.

INCLUDED

  • Private transfer between Tribuvan Internation Airport and Thamel
  • Two way flight ticket Pokhara <-> Jomsom
  • Accommodation (comfort) for 5 nights with Daily Breakfast
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide, as per itinerary
  • Porters (Two guests share a porter)
  • Accommodation (Basic) for 12 nights in mountain with Full Meal
  • Trekking Permits: TIMS, ACAP, Upper Mustang Restricted Area
  • Map of Upper Mustang Trek and detailed itinerary
  • Taxes & service fees
 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Nepal
  • Meals & drinks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any services not listed above as “Included”

(18 days / 17 nights)

Price from

$2,079

The amount will be charged in USD

 
- Just a little bit of information until you’re in Nepal to take your own pictures.
 

REVIEWS

- We don't like to brag. So we let our happy customers do it for us.
5/5 base on 2 reviews

Sep 05, 2018

UPPER MUSTANG TRIP WITH AMAZING SERVICE FROM TOP1TREKKING

We are 7 people in a group made a trip to Upper Mustang for 13 days & 12 nights. I and my friend have 3 days extra to go to Lumbini and stay longer in Kathmandu. Mrs. Yen & Rammu, owner of Top1Trekking help us much: services of rooms, transfer, places to visit, the information in detail... are helpful. I enjoyed totally. Upper Mustang with 5 days long trekking those are supported by Top1trekking is quite happy and remarkable The guides care our health, meals up to our taste,... Tons of thanks


Jul 31, 2018

AMAZING UPPER MUSTANG

It is really one of the most challenging and amazing experiences in my life so far. Tired but happy. We had a chance to explore the mysterious lifestyle of Nepali and Tibetan people. Thanks for all supporting local team, the organizer for their careful preparation, hospitality, take care and enthusiasm. We hope to come back to Nepal for another trekking with you all my Nepali friends.
 

ACCOMMODATION

- Wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration
 

The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels in Kathmandu. The rooms all have private WC and hot shower. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

On the trek, mountain lodges in Upper Mustang route, teahouse have basic facility (Twin bed room and blanket) with share bathroom. Food from menu ranging from Nepal Dah Bhat to international but rather simple.

 
 

BOOKING & PAYMENT

 

Top1Trekking charges a non-refundable $150 deposit at the time of booking. The remaining amount you will pay on arrival.

Currency rate
All bookings are charged in US DOLLAR (USD)

After booking with Top1Trekking
After booking your tour with Top1Trekking, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will be your main contact point for all of your travel information before, during and even after your trip.

Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

Others
• The itinerary can change without notice due to weather conditions. In the rare event that an activity is cancelled, you will be refunded for that activity.
• Travel insurance is highly recommended
• The currency in Nepal is Nepalese Ruppe (NPR) that you can exchange in Thamel area.

 

(18 days / 17 nights)

Price from

$2,079

The amount will be charged in USD

 

TOUR INFORMATION

 

MUSTANG HAS ITS TALES

Guru Rinpoche, who had brought Buddhism to Tibet, once passing Mustang he had fought against the Demon among Mustang’s desert canyons.

What we will see today: The red-rock cliffs is Demon’s blood, the longest mani wall nearby is his intestine.

But that’s not the best part.

The Kali Gandaki once were strategic salt trading route in the region where scientists have some proof that it end up crossing with the famous Silk Road

Mysterious Mustang hides 1,000 year old man-made caves were carved into the rock, approximately 10,000 caves were used as burial chambers, living places, meditation chambers.

Come and experience the way of life of truth mountain people, feel the howling winds that create such incredible landscape melting in front of your eyes.

GETTING THERE

The main tourist entry point to Mustang is by air from Pokhara to Jomsom where most trekkers end their classic trip to Annapurna Circuit

Few others choose the tougher option is by bus along the Kali Gandaki Gorge in 13 hours

PERMIT

Mustang were once an independent Tibetan Kingdom before the Gorkha king of Nepal unify the country.

After Chinese gain control over Tibet, the fiercest Tibetan nomads known as the Khampa retreated to Mustang, Nepal government declared Mustang as restricted area.

Untill recently 1992, the new government reopen Upper Mustang to outsiders with limited of visitors.

Mustang Restricted Area Permits

Foreigners must optain the permits start from US$500 for first 10 days then extra 50$/day for party at least from 2 people

Trekkers enter Mustang Restricted Area at Kagbeni village, a three-hour walk from Jomsom.

TREK ROUTE

Upper Mustang Trek Route also called the Salt Route leads through the bottom of the deepest gorge in the world - the Kali Gandaki

The trail requires crossing several high passes between 3,500m and 4,300m, passing timeless medieval villages, along red-rock cliffs and hidden caves

After 6 days trek we will get to the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang, means “The Southern Plains of Aspiration” and here ancient monasteries, royal palaces and ruins of fortresses surrounded by a 6-meter white-washed wall. This city is almost untouched by time and modern development.

VARIATIONS

The tougher option is to follow the classic Mustang trek with mind-blowing trail from Yara to Muktinath at the base of the Annapurna

Take this route you should be preparing for the long day from Tange to Tetang (9-11 hours)

MUSTANG ROAD CONDITION

Life is changing fast in Mustang, Chinese government plan the road connection with Lo Manthang going through the high pass of Kora La at elevation 4,660 metres (15,300 ft)

From the south, Road are built all the way up to Lo Manthang for moto and 4WD vehicles hence the trek from Kagbeni to Chhusang can’t avoid moto road.

Here the itinerary customize the return route via Dhakmar and then continue to Muktinath to avoid the main road.

BEST TIME

Except late December to the beginning of March, rest other months are doable for trekking to Mustang.

If you like:

Getting festive

  • The Tiji festival (At the end of the third Tibetan month, around mid-May): three-day festival held in Lo Manthang, Monks perform mask dance which tells the story about the kingdom of Mustang, local gather from all over Mustang to the capital

  • Yartung Festival (August, by the end of monsoon): Three-day Horse racing festival where the local show up their horse riding and archery skills

Experience local activities

  • Seeing the local herding yaks: The summer month from June to Sep is a good time

  • Harvesting activities: Early autumn in Oct

Flora and Plants

  • witnessing the bucket wheat: Monsoon from late Jul to early Sep

  • Bright-yellow mustard: June-Aug

  • Barley fields: Jun-Sep

The landscape against blue skies

  • Autumn (Oct-Nov) is an ideal time to experience the sky of this dramatic landscape.

  • Another good time is Apr-May

 
 

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