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17 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Lo Manthang (3800m)
Min People : 2
Max People : 20+

Upper Mustang Trek, is one of Nepal’s most mysterious and least identified kingdoms. The landscape of Mustang is an unproductive moonscape of worn sandstone pillars that are irregular moraine terraces, which presents a colorful mosaic made up mainly of earthen reds, yellows and brown.

It is moderately easy trekking along the acceptable route to Lo Manthang, which lies in the exceptional heart of Mustang. The trekking to Mustang is through a nearly treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally blow across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain than the rest of Nepal. It offers a spectacular trekking experience in the remote Himalayan mountain region of Nepal.


Day 1Arrival in TIA, Kathmandu (1,320m)

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about your trek.

Day 2Sightseeing and trek Preparation in Kathmandu

After breakfast in a hotel, we will get ready for our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes UNESCO declared world heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Your tour will be accompanied by a professional licensed guide and return to the hotel. You will have some free time to shop your trekking gear (if you need) and trek preparation. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m): 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we leave our hotel early morning for a drive with scenic views along the road to Pokhara via Prithivi national highway. The drive could take roughly 7-8 hrs to reach Pokhara. An alternative way to reach Pokhara is by taking a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara for 35 minutes. Overnight at Pokhara hotel on Bed and Breakfast plan.

Day 4Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m): 3-4 hours trek

Early morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and drive or hike to the north called Kagbeni. The routes cross hanging bridges and following the Kali Gandaki River. The routes are deserts with sand and rock through the surrounding peaks i.e. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri, and Annapurna Ranges. Kagbeni is a beautiful village of traders resident who has been a link in the supply of foods & essentials between Mustang and the land of Lo-Manthang & the rest of Nepal. The Nilgiri View is the first mountain which can be encountered while arriving in Kagbeni from the south. Then trial goes to the widening path, crossing endless stretches of sand pebbles and boulders. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 5Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m): 5-6 hours

After having a breakfast, we will continue the trek towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki climbing through numerous ridges and reach north to the Tangbe village. The majestic Nilgiri can be seen in the southern sky of Kagbeni. From there, we will hike to Chhusang village for 2 hours and then cross the dwindling Kali Gandaki. After crossing the Kali Gandaki Valley, we will climb uphill to Chele. You can experience the people from Chele which follows Manangi culture. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 6Trek from Chele to Syangbochen (3,475m): 6-7 hours

After having a breakfast, the trek goes along a steep barren land, alongside the copper red canyon. We will make a gradual descent to some Stupas (Chortens) on a ridge, and after hiking downhill for some more time we will reach the beautiful village of Samar. From there, we will climb a ridge and descend into a giant gorge. We will continue our trek through another valley, fields, cross a stream and climb up a ridge which lies at 3,800m. We will climb yet another pass, go through another ridge and trek downhill to Syangbochen. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 7Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m): 5-6 hours

As like previous day, after having a breakfast, then we start out trek From Syangbochen. We will take easy hike uphill to a pass at 3,770 and trek downhill to reach the village of Geling. From Gheling, we will go uphill passing through fields to the center of the valley. Then we will climb a tough terrain across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass (3,840m). From there we will climb, downhill for half an hour to reach a trail junction; the right trail is a route to Charang while the left one will take us to Ghami. It is a village of clustered white washed mud and stone houses canopied by an overhanging cliff. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 8Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (3,600m): 5-6 hours

After having a breakfast, we will trek to the vastly dry part of Mustang today. It will be a tough trek in this rough terrain. However, on reaching our destination, we will be rewarded with splendid views of the remote countryside and a Rocky Mountains in all directions. On reaching Tsarang, we will take a rest. Tsarang is a large village at the top of the Tsarang Chu Canyon. On the east of the village, there’s a big fort from the medieval times and a red Gompas which house a spectacular collection of statues and thangkas. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 9Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,800m): 3-4 hours

After having a hot breakfast, we will start our trek to one of the major attraction centre of this Trek – Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo from its founding in 1380 by Ame Pal who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures. We will trek through Lo-Gekar. It is the oldest Gompa in Nepal and older than the Samye Gompa of the Tibet. The trail is moderately easy. On reaching the walled city of Lo, we can visit the ancient temples and monasteries of the region. We can also visit the periphery of the king’s impressive palace, where still the king and queen of Lo- Manthang reside. He still serves as a king on all purpose in this isolated kingdom. We can take horses on lease and visit the beautiful valley. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 10Explore around Lo Manthang

Today is all about exploration around the mystical town of Lo Manthang. We will visit the Namgyal Gompa which will take around 2 hours. This beautiful Gompa is situated on a hilltop, which is of high social, religious as well as legal importance as it serves as a local courthouse. After that, we can visit the village of Tingkhar, northwest of Lomanthang which consist of around 40 households. We will also visit Champa Lhakang which consists of a large Buddha statue and very detail Mandalas painted on the walls. We will spend an overnight at Teahouse in Lo Manthang.

Day 11Trek from Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3,800m): 6-7 hours

After having a breakfast, now we have to leave Lo-Manthang by taking the upper highland trail. It will reward us with splendid views of Lo-Manthang and Tsarang Valley, with a snowy mountain in the background. We will cross the Dhi Pass at 4,100m and reach Drakmar, where we will spend the night at Teahouse.

Day 12Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m): 5-6 hours

After having a hot breakfast, we will start the trek. We take descend path for the most part of the trek. Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. The walk can be relatively difficult as we are most likely to experience strong winds on our face. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get best views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. If you want, we can take a tour around the village in evening. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 13Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3,050m): 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we start the trek. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 14Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m): 6-7 hours

Trek from Chhuksang to Jomson is the last day of our trek and also a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we will continue our trek to Jomsom. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 15Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara - 25 min.

After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day by taking bicycle ride or sightseeing around Fewa Lake. Overnight in Hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After early breakfast at a hotel in Pokhara. We will check-out from hotel and catch our tourist bus which leaves at 7 AM to drive us to Kathmandu and the driving will be a fantastic experience as we drive past many small towns on the way and we are able to see rural settlements, gushing rivers, terraces, and green rural landscapes. We will stop for lunch in between the travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After 6 hours drive, we will arrive at Kathmandu and stay overnight at your hotel. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy the fullest.

Day 17Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick Up / Drop
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu & 2 Nights in Pokhara at Standard Hotel
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All Ground transportation
  • Porter, and their expenses including insurance and equipments
  • Necessary Permits
  • Flight from Pokhara - Jomsom (Round Trip)
  • All food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek at Tea House

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any Private Expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
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