Mustang, a unique and one of the most visited trek sites in Nepal, lies on the border between Nepal and Tibet. The upper Mustang trek takes you to the hidden land of the Buddhist world of the kingdom of Mustang, also called as Lo where its lands are surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colors and impressive formations.
Trek to Mustang is not only adventurous but also full of achievement due to its unique features unlike another trek site in Nepal and it can even be gone during the monsoon season as the entire Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow. Mustang is a place where we can see and explore the ancient history of both Buddhism and Hinduism. There are many monasteries, temples, and cave carrying historical knowledge to the world like ‘Dhakmar’ derived from Tibetan word which means ‘red hill’ that carries the history of guru Padhmasambawa victory over the demon and spreads demons blood all over the cliff. Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom because it wasn’t until the 1990s that tourists were allowed to enter the region.
The people here follow a lifestyle that we read in the books and television some century back. The way people here welcome you despite their antique living style impress us. Thus, trek to upper mustang is not merely a trek of adventurous but also last longing memories full of reward.
You will be welcomed at the Tribhuvan International Airpor by one of our representatives and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Our representative will explain you about the trek. You can relax or participate in an evening stroll around the city for your own leisure.
While our staff prepares your trek permits, we will take a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu-the ancient city has a lot of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will first visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, which used to be the palace of the rulers of the ancient Kathmandu. We will then take you to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world. Next, we will visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest unique stupas in the world. Take some time to immerse yourself in the spiritual vibes of Boudhanath after which we will head back to the hotel. You will then meet your guide for trek briefing.
It is your choice either to have a flight or drive. If you wish to have a long journey we will drive west of Kathmandu to reach Pokhara, the starting point of our trek. The drive is long (6-7hrs) but very scenic and interesting. We can see the oldest cable car (Mankamana cable car) on the way. It takes around 35mins if you wish to have a fly with majestic views of Kathmandu city. You will be transferred to the hotel upon arrival for check-in and in. we can visit some major tourist spots like Fewalake, Davids fall if we reach earlier in the day or we can have dinner around lakeside.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will have 20 mins of flight. It's short yet worthy 20 mins as you can directly see Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and other ranges. After reaching Jomsom we will enjoy apple farming and trade there as it is quite popular there. We will now start our trek to kagbeni, the central business point between people of Nepal and China. We will start our journey crossing a bridge and walking through the bank of Kaligandakiriver. On the way, we will be seeing Indian as well as Tibetan type of people going for the Muktinath tour. The trek to Mustang is mostly going through a treeless trail. The trail is pretty barren and rocky yet you will enjoy the scenic views of ranges like Dhaulagiri, Tujuche, and Nilgiri in the west. We will have done our paperwork upon reaching Kagbeni and we will enjoy views of wheat and barley farm there.
We will continue our trek through the riverbank of Kaligandaki and after three hours of walking, we will rest at Chuksang village for lunch. The village has a house made of mud and whitewashed from outside. We will explore the village and rest there for a night.
There is a huge change in the trek from now. We will be seeing settlement in every site but each settlement comprises only 2-3 houses with a small plot of farming land. This rewarding part of the walk is a magnificent way to experience the red chunk of rocks that have fallen from cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. We will climb up steeply to the village of Chele where we can see Tibetan mastiff on almost every door for protection. From Chele, we continue ascending to a pass and then descend to Samar, our today’s destination, through the pleasant trail.
We will first reach the settlement of Shyangmochen where we will enjoy a cup of tea with the view of Rangbyung a cave that has formed in the shape of the temple by crossing a stream and climbing to a pass after leaving from Samar. Before reaching Gehling, we will pass another small settlement with a house-made up of mud and stone with its beautiful fields of barley. Descending slightly we will are at another beautiful village where we will stay for tonight.
Today is the day we are going to see impressing things all around, passing above the settlement of Tamagaun leaving Gehling, we will descend for half an hour and reach trail junction where we will choose the right path that leads directly to Tsarang. On the way to Tsarang, we will see a valley of dramakar, the cave that carries a long history as well as a blue ship, one of the animals of the world. With a trail of up and down, we will cross Ghar Gompa, which people believed to be the oldest monastery of Nepal. Then we will follow a route through Tsarang Khola and we are finally at our today’s destination.
We will have a short trek today so in the morning we can take our time to explore Tsarang village before heading to Lo. From Tsarang, climbing gently above the valley we will see a single stupa that mark as a border between this two village. The route then broadens and we will see the first view of Lo-Manthang. Continue with our trail we will get there in short.
Lo-Manthag is the ancient capital of the kingdom of mustang where there used to be an inhabitant of great lamas along with its native. There are many temples and among them, four major monasteries with beautiful woodcarving and wall painting terraced the long history of its kingdom. Reading their present condition and culture, we can draw the conclusion that the king used to be very kind to its people. At present, the village contains around 150 households with its ancient palace in the center still well preserved as before.
It is our choice either to have a jeep or horse. It will be more memorable to have a horse and carry our packed lunch towards Chossar with a local guide over there. It is one of the breathtaking by its beauty of antique architect. From outside the cave look as if it is a cliff but inside it is a beautifully built, stepwise floor with 44 rooms. The cave is so majestic that it gives a feeling as if we are on another planet. After our wonderful day there, we will return to Lo with our local guide and horse.
Today, we will climb short up to the glacier valley with the views of reddish-brown wall city, from where we will able to see the magnificent view of Lo-Manthang down there. The trail descends down to the village of DHI after an hour of a walk along the mountain ridge where we will be having our lunch. We cross a river to follow the path along the left bank of the river to reach Yaara after our lunch break. When you get to the top of the hill of Yaara you will notice a natural sandy castle before you. You will see salty dust-like material on the way too.
Today we will visit Luri gompa, continuing our route via Duyung Khola, which is famous among both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. The gompa founded in the 13th century also called cave monastery. The place is famous for black ammonite fossils which are regarded as precious among both Hindu and Buddhist society. Then we will back to Yaara.
After breakfast, we leave Yaara leading down to Dhechaeng Khola. The trail crosses the small river and we climb up for 2 hours to DHI village along the winding path to the Lo-pa, a village of Tangbe, the inhabitant for most Buddhist people engaging mostly in small trade. You will see some sandy old cliff to the north of the village. We will rest at Tangbe.
Today we need to wake up early in the morning and make ourselves mentally and physically prepared as we are heading towards the highest hill of our mustang trek (4210m) and it is quite a long-distance trip too. We need to take packed lunch from Tangbe since there are fewer chances of getting a proper place to have lunch. We climb some steps & then crossing over a suspension bridge following the trail to the right side. Before reaching our highest point we will first get to the Yak Khola from where we need to climb up for about 2 hours to get on the highest hill. From this high point, we will able to take a magnificent view of Damodar Himal and Saribung. Walking for one and a half hours from there, we will find a cool place to have our packed lunch. Still, we need to walk around 4 hours to reach our destination. The trail leads us to descend for a long time which quite slippery. Be careful! Getting down and down we will see houses with roof cover with mud where we are going to stay tonight- Tetang.
It is a long trek yet it is an easy one. We will pass through enchanting “kharkas” means grazing land, which will take us memory back to the old period by seeing nomad taking their domestic animal out on grazing land. Climbing up to Gyu La pass (4077m) we will see a panoramic view of Thorang peak, Nilgiri, Tukche peak and one of the most beautiful places for us – Muktinath. Walking through Chhenkar village, we will reach today’s destination.
We will take an early morning flight because the weather may affect day flight. After getting back to Pokhara, we will first do hotel check-in and thereafter we will visit some interesting places we have left to visit on going or we can have a day at leisure.
Although You are free to choose your way back to Kathmandu, we recommend you to take a drive so that we can head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar was first ever cable car is operated to reach the temple of wish – MANAKAMANA. We can enjoy the remote area even around Kathmandu valley with its protected greenery, rice terraced fields, vegetable fields as well as poultry farming and fishing and from Naubesi, we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu. You will get Kathmandu in 25 minutes if you choose to have a flight. In Kathmandu, we will take our time to buy a souvenir and enjoy the last taste of Nepali food.
After your last breakfast in Nepal, three hours before your flight back to your home, our escort and vehicle will drop you at Tribhuwan international airport. In the end, it is has been a great sense of honor for our team to meet you and we are delighted to have you. Safe journey back home is what we pray and seeing you soon is our hope.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops
Guided city tour in Kathmandu
Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
Related trekking permit and TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) card
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
Not included in the cost
Nepali visa fee
Extra day/night meals and accommodation in Kathmandu than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, hard or soft drinks, laundry service, trekking gears, etc.)
Sharable expenses (shared among the number of people in trekking groups)