Mustang; the one and only hidden kingdom of Nepal covering an area of 2020 km2 (780sq mi). The estimated population of this whole region is only 15000. This region lies from (2800-3900m) above the sea level. Mustang divides into two parts; Upper Mustang (Upper Mustang Trek)and Lower Mustang. Due to tough weather condition, winter migration takes place to a large number of population to come down to Lower Mustang from Upper Mustang.
Similarly, Jomsom is the main town of this region and has only one airport which runs only till 11 am due to strong wind there. In this Upper Mustang Trek Jomsom airport is the most popular entrance. Mustang is also a town behind the mountains is a dry region; as the gigantic Mountains block the cloud from all sides. Rainfall hardly occurs in this region. It is also restricted demilitarized area till 1992 which has become the main reason for the preservation of there rich culture, language, and traditions.
The people here are mostly Thakali which are the main origin here and this region is mostly influence by Buddhism. Mustang as a kingdom ended in 2008 when Nepal became a republic country. The last destination of our Upper Mustang Trek is Lo-Manthang. It is a small village in the middle of a dry desert near Tibet in the northernmost part of Nepal. Only around 1000 people live here with almost 180 houses.
In recent few years, more than twelve caves were also discovered to the north of Annapurna. Paintings from the 13th century are also here and the Royal Palace of King Jigme Dorje Paldor Bista (who passed away in 2016) is still here. The oldest Gumba built before 700 yrs is still here in this region.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Physical Condition & Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
As you arrive to TIA Airport, Nepal you will be received by Sherpa Himalayan representative and you will be taken to three star hotel in Kathmandu. You will have facility of bed and breakfast.
Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek
We will take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival we will be greeted by tour guide and staffs. After taking a rest, we drive to Naya Pul and our trek will start. We will have lunch at Madi Khola. We will climb up via stone steps which are thousands in number. After we reach Ulleri ( 2050m), we will stay overnight there.
Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375feet], 3-4 hours
After an early breakfast we will drive to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers Mountains such As Annapurna & Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region and business center. It is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet where yaks are only the means of transport. From Jomsom we will continue on the gradual path of Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hours and reach Eklai Bhatti. An hour walk from Bhatti village will take us to Kagbeni. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.
Kagbeni to Chele [3050m/10,004feet], 5-6 hours
Our journey will begin with a special permit checkup at Kagbeni. We will trek along riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque place to stop through, the sandy and windy trails along a barren land. We will pass through Tangbe village while viewing white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, wheat and apple garden. We will reach Chele villge after crossing a small ridge during latter part of our trail. Overnight stay at Chele village.
Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398feet], 6-7 hours
After breakfast we will start our trek back to Eklo Bhatti. We will climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 feet) through plateaus and narrow stretches. Further descending a little, we will reach the village of Samar. After a decent rest at Samar village, we will go over the village to the ridge then we will ascend steeply reaching Syanbochen after 3 hours of walking from the village. We will also visit a famous cave, Ramchung Cave. Overnight at Syanbochen.
Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546feet], 5-6 hours
After breakfast we will trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667feet) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages. We will walk through mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193feet) will be a little longer and technical. After passing Nyi pass we shall descend down to Ghaymi village for overnight stay.
Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480feet], 4-5 hours
On this day, we will start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant morning walk along Ghayami Khola. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail will climb to a plateau. We will pass beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers of Buddhism to offer prayers. From the end of the wall the trail will head east towards the village of Charang. Overnight at Charang.
Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136feet), 5-6 hours
On this day, we will trek to Lo-Mangthang, a viewpoint with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak all visible from a single spot. The trail will first descend to Charang Chu Canyon and then it will climb steeply further. The trail will gradually ascend to the elevation of 3,850m as we will reach Lo, from where we will witness the beautiful and strange Lo-Mangthang Valley. Overnight at Lo-Mangthang.
We will explore the surrounding areas on this day. We will visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa is situated on a hilltop which also serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court of law. After visiting Namgyal Gompa we will continue the tour towards Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang. We will also 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 will be the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Overnight at Lo-Mangthang.
Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500feet], 6-7 hours
After breakfast we will begin our trek towards Drakmar via Gyakar. We will pass by a Gompa, assumed to be more than 1200 years old with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is well famous for its rock paintings and artistry. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. We will reach Drakmar by evening. Overnight at Drakmar.
Dhakmar to Syangmochen [3806m/12,484feet], 5-6 hours
On this day, we will trek to Syangmochen. The trail is easy with only minor ups and downs along a barren land. We will have lunch along the way and rest accordingly. Staring of trek early on the morning is recommended as the winds blows fiercely during noon and we have to stop at suitable places to avoid the wind. Overnight at Syangmochen.
Syangmochen to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004feet], 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we will begin our trek towards Chhuksang which will be a long trek. Although the walking is much, the track is fairly easy and exciting. We will pass via few deserted and isolated villages. After reaching Chhuksang just before evening, we will rest and explore local village. Overnight at Chhuksang.
Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856feet], 6-7 hours
On this day, we will descend back to Jomsom - with beautiful high mountain scenery & views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri & other mountains along our route. It will be a long and tiring day as we have to wal for about 6 to 7 hours. We will leave Mustang trail and join Annapurna trek route as we reach Jomsom just before evening. Overnight at Jomsom.
Fly back to Pokhara
We will fly back to Pokhara via early flight. After reaching Pokhara, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Pokhara and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Pokhara.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We will start our road trip early morning or we shall fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. Flight will cost you supplement money. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Free Day in Kathmandu
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day.Today you will be invited by Sherpa Himalaya for Last Day Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost