Upper Mustang Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information


Upper Mustang – formerly known as the Kingdom of Lo is one of the remote & isolated regions of the Himalayas which was a strictly restricted area until 1991. By far, many trekkers have had the opportunity to visit & relish the beauty of this untouched region. This region lies at the north of Annapurna at the altitude of 4050 meters and thoroughly tied to the Tibetan culture & language.

Earlier this place hadn’t had many basic facilities but as of now, some tea houses are accessible where you get simple lodging and meals on this classic trek. The trekking trail to Upper Mustang takes you all through the rocky land with the snowcapped mountains with amazing barren landscapes and to this mysterious kingdom with amazing Buddhists architecture.

The major highlights of this trekking are relishing the beauty of Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Nilgiri and several other peaks plus you will witness several ancient Buddhists monasteries, prayer mani walls surrounding stupa with the colorful prayer flags. 

Our trek begins from a flight to Jomsom with the pleasant view of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri during the flight. From Jomson, we will be heading to Kagbeni to the gate of Upper Mustang. We will be crossing through various terraced fields, apple orchards etc. At Lo Manthang (at the altitude of 4050 meters), we will be visiting a monastery named Lo Gekar Gumba - one of the ancient Gumba (Gompa) of Nepal. We will also encounter the longest Mani wall of Nepal on our trials. We also visit numerous Gumba/Gompa (monasteries) of this region.

Some of our trails will be a barren dry arid land without trees where you will be visiting some of the chortens (Buddhist shrine) & can find Buddhist monks reciting prayers. We will also encounter several communities on our trial such as Manangi’s & Tibetan communities & also get to experience their unique cultures. Our trekking trials will pass through several villages and we get a blend of unique culture and traditions in between. 

Trekking to Upper Mustang can be done in every season but the perfect/preferable months are from March to November. 

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides you this interesting trek for adventure loving people with experiencing the unique culture and the natural diversification of this mysterious land through the windy trail. If this itinerary does not fit your vacation, we can arrange the different itinerary according to your vacation schedule. For further information or want to inquire more about this trek, please feel free to email or contact us.

 

 

ITINARARY



 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m & 4428 feet)

After landing at the airport, our representative from Ganesh Himal Hiking team will pick you up from the terminal exit gate and shift you to the hotel. You can then freshen up and relax.  later in the evening, Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a welcome dinner in a fine Nepali restaurant serving you a delicious Nepali food. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pick Up in a Private Car.



Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

After our breakfast, we will begin our trip sightseeing Kathmandu city exploring few heritage sites such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath temple, the Pashupatinath temple and the Boudhanath stupa. In short brief, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a pre-historic ancient Square surrounded by ancient temples built in Pagoda styles. The Pashupatinath temple is the holiest shrine of Hindus. The Swayambhunath temple (simply - monkey temple) is the pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. The Boudhanath stupa is the largest stupa in the world and it is the best touristic spot. Our guides will brief you with all the information related to these sites in detail.

Later in the afternoon, we will be heading to Ganesh Himal Hiking Team's office and will have a small discussion of the trip and also introduce you to other participants. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.



Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m & 2689 feet): 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara  - the tourist hub center and the beautiful lake city. With a scenic hour’s drive - we will arrive at Pokhara rewarded with the charismatic view of the great Himalayas including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchre (Fishtail) and ranges of Annapurna. After that, we will check in at the hotel and you can relax and refreshed up. After that, we will head to visit the serene lake named Phewa Lake and enjoy boating in this lake. Later we will wander around the Pokhara streets. We will spend our night in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara.



Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2713 m & 8898 feet) and Trek to Kagbeni (2810 m & 9216 feet): 3-4 Hours Trek

Early in the morning - we take a picturesque flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is well known for apples, beautiful landscapes, and strong winds. We will commence our trek trekking along this superb valley. We will pass the Eaklibhatti village and reach Jomsom located on the bank of two rivers. This village is the exquisite village with flat roof housing and in this village, there is an ancient ruins fort. We will spend our night in Kagbeni.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3050 m & 10004 feet): 5-6 Hours

After getting our permits checked, we will start our trek on the path along the Kali Gandaki River. Before climbing to the high hill - we will first walk to the sandy trail to reach Tangbe village. Here we are delighted to see the whitewashed house, narrow pathways, buckwheat, and barley fields. We will then continue our trekking passing another village crossing the river. Before reaching Chele village, we will be walking on the high ridge. We will spend our night in Chele.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 06: Chele to Syanbochen (3475 m & 11398 feet): 6-7 Hours

From today onwards our trekking trail will be a bit challenging since we will be crossing two high passes named Taklam La Pass (3624 m) and other Dajori La Pass (3735 m). During our trek, we will be enjoying the spectacular views of Yakawa Kang, Tilicho, and Damodar Danda and then we will be passing the Ramchung cave. We will then descend for a while and then reach a small ridge. After that we will descend a steep trail to a river and from here - we will continue our trek and reaches Syangboche. We will spend our night in Syangboche.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 07: Syanbochen to Ghami  (3520 m & 11546 feet): 5-6 Hrs.

Today we will climb to Yamada La pass - 3850 meters and from here we will be passing by few tea houses, splendid village, and chotens (Buddhist Shrine). After that, we will be trekking through forest and barley terraced fields and reach Nyi pass at 4010 meters. After that, we will be descending down to Ghami - the biggest village of Lo region. The village is surrounded by beautiful fields. We will spend our night in Ghami.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3620 m & 11873 feet): 5-6 Hrs.

Today our trek starts with rough descent with slippery trail after that, we will be crossing the Ghami Khola through a suspension bridge. From here we will start ascending. The trail is very beautiful where we will pass by the Mani walls. After that, we will cross the Tsarang La pass – 3870 meters and reach Tsarrang village. The village is located at the top of Charang Chu Canyon and in the village - there are a huge fort and red Gompa (monastery). We will spend our night in Tsarang. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 09: Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3730 m & 12234 feet): 3-4 Hrs.

Today our trek starts descending to the canyon and then we will cross the river and begin trekking uphill to Lo La pass at 3950 meters. Reaching the top of the pass -  we will enjoy the splendid views of Lo Manthang village. After that, we will descend down from the pass and head to Lo Manthang. This village is surrounded by captivating peaks like Tilicho, Bhrikuit peak, Nilgiri and Annapurna I and Damodar Kunda pond. We will spend our night in Lo Manthang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang and Acclimatization

Today we will be acclimatizing the altitude as well as explore the main Gombas ( monasteries) named Thupchen, Chhoeda, and Jhambas. Inside the Gompa, you will be exploring the teachings of Buddhism religion and many more. We can either trek to Tingkhar - the stunning village located on the North West side of Lo Manthang. We will spend our night in Lo Manthang. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 11: Lo Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m & 12500 feet): 6-7 Hrs.

Today we will be trekking from another trail passing by Gyakar village and in this village, there is an ancient Gomba with exquisite rock paintings. It is in saying that one who makes a wish in this Gompa (monastery), their wish will be fulfilled. After exploring the Gompa, we will continue our trek towards Drakmar. We will spend our night in Drakmar.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 12: Drakmar to Ghiling (3806 m & 12484 feet): 5-6 Hrs.

Today we will begin our trek early morning to dodge the strong blowing winds and then descend down. Before reaching Ghiling, we will be passing via dry plateau fields. The trek will be quite challenging as we will trekking with strong winds blown on the face. Ghiling region is the dry region, nonetheless, we will get mind-blowing views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks. In the evening, we will be touring the village. We will spend our night in Ghiling.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050 m & 10004 feet): 5-6 Hrs.

After our breakfast, we will start our trek trekking on the same route before heading up to Lo Manthang. During our trek to Chhuksang, we will be enjoying the striking views of the Himalayas with tiny villages and continue on. We will spend our night in Chhuksang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom (2700 m & 8856 feet): 6-7 Hrs.

Today will be the last day of our trek but we will be trekking for longer hours than the previous days. With a few hours of further trekking, we will reach Mustang path which joins the route of Annapurna circuit. We will be stopping for a lunch at Kagbeni after that, we will continue our trek to Jomsom. We will spend our night in Jomsom.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Teahouse or Trekking Lodge.



Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

Early in the morning, we will take a scenic flight to Pokhara viewing Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna making your flight journey more enjoyable. Reaching Pokhara - we will spend our day relaxing in the hotel. We will spend our night in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star hotel in Pokhara.



Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today after breakfast, we will be leaving beautiful Lake City Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu. The drive to Kathmandu is a scenic drive alongside the river bank with astonishing sight of terraced hills and rural Nepali village people and their lifestyles. 

When we arrive at Kathmandu city - we will drive directly to the hotel for you to relax for a while and you can do shopping in souvenir shops nearby later with the help of our tour guide. In the evening, Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a farewell dinner for successfully completing the trip. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.



Day 17: Final departure

Today your journey of Upper Mustang trek comes to an end and before leaving the hotel - check all your luggage and make sure that you have not missed your any of your belongings. Our representative will come to get you and then he/ she will drop you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off on a Private Car.

 



 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Best available twin sharing local lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by tourist bus
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight
  • Special Trekking Permit US $ 500 per person for 10 days
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal Fruits during the trek
  • Staff – one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide and porters
  • Duffle bag, Down jacket and sleeping bag for use during the trek
  • GHHTEAM  t-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First-aid medical kit
  • Government taxes & office service charges

 

What is not included?

  • Nepal visa arrangement
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from the mountains (due to any reason) other than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Alcoholic drinks or other table drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Personal equipment and clothing

TRIP INFO



Hotel and Lodge on Upper Mustang Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.



Food and Drinks for Mustang Trekking:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.



Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



Luggage/Backpack on Upper Mustang:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.



Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.



Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Upper Mustang trek with a minimum solitary client to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.



Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.



Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.



A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.



Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your Upper Mustang trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.



Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary for the trek to Upper Mustang is 17 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 17 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.



Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

 

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

 



Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 

 



 

If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

 

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 17 Days

Difficulty: Intermediate

Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Excursion

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge or Tea-house

Country: Nepal

Region: Mustang (Restricted region)

Price: USD 1,570

Group size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Best Season: Mar to Nov

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