|Trek name:||Upper Mustang Trek|
|Best Season:||Spring (March – June) Autumn (Sept-November)|
|Transportation:||by Tourist Bus / Private Vehicles and Flight|
|Accommodation:||Hotel, Resort & Tea house/ Camping|
|Trekking Style:||Tee house/Camping|
|Group-size:||Min. 2 bis Max. 15 persons|
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thin inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag rated to – 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 metres)
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Pinnacle Trek and expedation waiting, well in time, to receive you shall welcome you to this land of towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
We then visit the Pinnacle Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you will still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.
Day 02 – Kathmandu: Sightseeing Day
We’ll meet up today bright and early after breakfast for a full morning of sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. The capital and surrounding geographical area contain more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else on Earth, and we’ll be visiting some of the highlights. Bring your camera as we tour Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath (the ‘monkey temple’), and Durbar Square. Afternoon and early evening bring a final briefing and preparations for trekking.
Day 03 – Kathmandu to Pokhara
We board the bus to Pokhara at around 6:00 am today. The overland trip takes about six hours, leaving you the rest of the day to explore this popular city and ready yourself for the official start of our trek tomorrow.
Day 04 – Pokhara to Jomsom, Jomsom to Kagbeni
We hop on a brief flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, where our trek officially begins – it’s just 20 or 25 minutes in the air, but it’s an exciting burst! You’ll see the world’s deepest gorge from overhead, and drink in spectacular aerial views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna range, and “Fishtail” Mountain. We set out on foot from Jomsom, the seat of the Kali Gandaki valley. We’ll trek 3-4 hours in the direction of Kagbeni, the checkpoint for the restricted trail to the Upper Mustang. We’ll enjoy gorgeous mountain views on our first walk, and end the night in a cozy tea house or lodge.
Day 05 – Kagbeni to Chele
We kick off early again today! The Upper Mustang distinguishes itself from other Himalayan treks with a high wind that tends to get going later in the day. Consequently, we take advantage of the clement mornings as much as we can. Plus, we get the opportunity to watch the sun rising over Nilgiri. We start trekking along the east bank of the river, ending up in the Chuksang Valley and crossing the Kali Gandaki. The trail ascends to flat, dry land with the red sandstone pillars and colorful rock formations that are emblematic of the Mustang region. We’ll pass the village of Tangbe first, and then attain Chele with its stunning Himalayan views.
Day 06 – Chele to Syangboche
The trail curves westward today, and we climb steeply until we can see Jayakar peering back over the other side of a deep canyon. We follow the gorge at a right-hand turn in the trail to a very steep drop, and then cross a high pass with a great view of Samar and many snow-capped peaks. After passing Samar we come across Rangchyung chorten, the red-painted cave monastery and one of the Mustang region’s holiest sites. The name translates as, “the chorten that formed itself,” owing to the unusual development of stalagmites inside. Over the years, prayer flags and clay statues left by pilgrims have accumulated in the chorten. The final way to Syangboche can feel longer than it actually is, owing to the fact that this leg of the trek involves near-constant ascent with no destination in sight. The chill of the higher altitude is with us when we finally get to the small village.
Day 07 – Syangboche to Ghami
Today’s trek kicks off eventfully – within the first fifteen minutes of walking, we will have already encountered the first of three (!) high passes we’ll have to negotiate today. After braving Yanda La, we pass a distinctive red chorten emblazoned with an octet of auspicious Buddhist symbols. Two red gompas mark the entrance to the sprawling, thriving village of Ghelung. The brown hills rising beyond the village hearken the Nyi La pass, followed fairly quickly by the Ghami La pass. We cross another broad valley and then arrive in Ghami, another of the largest villages in the Mustang.
Day 08 – Ghami to Tsarang
The longest mani wall in the Mustang is found just outside Ghami, followed by a cluster of chortens surrounding the red wall that marks the end of the valley. The structures are notable for blending seamlessly in with the landscape. We climb steadily today, ending on a high pass that leads to a lunar-esque landscape rolling with barren hills and strange, eerie beauty. We’ll know we’re re-approaching civilization when we spot the distinctive, red-painted Tsarang chorten, which designates the entrance to Tsarang village.
Day 09 – 10 – Tsarang to Lo Manthang: Acclimatization Day
Uninterrupted barrenness awaits us on our long trek today. The terrain is flat and the view is one of unbroken isolation. The village of Lo Manthang, our stopping point, is flanked by two large rocks forming a natural gate. We’ll linger here for two days as we acclimatize to the higher elevation and rest our tired legs! This gives you the chance to explore the village and the surrounding area.
Day 11 – Lo Manthang to Tamar
Fragrant juniper pastures scent our way to Tamar, and the official turning point of our trek. We’ll get to look back at Lo Manthang as we head back the same side of the Kali Gandaki by which we first approached, avoiding the more remote and strenuous path to the east. We bid farewell to the Plain of Prayers and start ascending towards Lugri La pass, and its associated monastery. Tamar is not far, now, and your eyes will delight in the more varied landscape of the northwest. Leaving the monastery, we have a short but steep walk down the yellow canyon to Tamar, seeing fields in the southern and western part of the valley and large red vertical cliffs in the North West. After so many days of uninterrupted red earth and few color contrasts, the combination of red rock, blue sky, green grass and white yaks seems very intense!
Day 12 – Tamar to Syangboche
With Nilgiri visible again, we pass yet more caves on our way back south. A gradual uphill climb brings us above Ghami, affording sights of the village, the long mani wall, and the pass we climbed five days ago! Navigating two more passes rewards us with splendid views of the Annapurna range. Next, we reach Ja Myung, a village situated at the fork between Ghelung and Syangboche. We’ll first detour to Ghelung, to pass two notable Gompas and a monastery, and then rejoin the traditional path to Syangboche.
Day 13 – Syangboche to Tentang
Vigorous trekking again awaits us today, as we pass Samar and then Gaikar on the return trail. We’ll savor exquisite views of Tilicho and Nilgiri, and then rest at Chaile for lunch. We are now returning the way we came, although, in the tradition of trekking everywhere, it will feel quite different from the same route we hiked in the opposite direction. Views are different, and perspectives change after many days in the wilderness.
Day 14 – Tentang to Muktinath
Our departure today treats us to a good view of the village of Tetang, which consists of two separate settlements surrounded by high walls. From a distance, it resembles nothing so much as a large fort! The ascent to the next plateau is steep and the trail here can be tough to follow! Luckily, our next leg brings an easy walk over a plain. We’ll need it to prepare for three hours of steep uphill hiking, at the top of which we’re treated to stunning views of Thorung, Tilicho, and Annapurna. After this, it’s an easy enough walk to Muktinath, which is strongly associated with local legend and spiritual lore.
Day 15 – Muktinath to Jomsom
Today is our final day of hiking, and we kick it off early to appreciate the majesty of Dhaulagiri backlit by the warm rays of the rising sun. We’ll treat ourselves to a side trip to the Bon Punt monastery in Lubra before walking back to Jomsom. After Lubra, the trail leads to the Kali Gandaki and the river Panga – we’ll have to leap over it a couple of times before the day is through! Where the two rivers meet, we join the main trekking path back to Jomsom.
Day 16 – Jomsom to Pokhara
We’re up very early again for a Jomsom-Pokhara flight, only this time flying in reverse of the way we came two weeks ago! After bringing you to your hotel, you’ll have ample time to explore Pokhara’s stunning scenery and rich cultural attractions at your own pace.
Inclusive of costs
- Airport pick up and drop
- Sightseeing in KTM valley (by car or jeep)
- 14 days adventure, 14 days include 3 meals a day
- 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
- 1 night in Pokhara hotel
- Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus and Pokhara to Jomsom by flight, back to Pokhara by flight
- Accommodation while trekking
- Uppermustang trek permit
- TIMS (traveler security) Card
- Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
- Porter service (if needed)
- Local and government taxes
- Office expenses
- Farewell dinner
Exclusive of costs
- Your insurance (compulsary for your safty)
- International air fare
- Beverages, water, beer, chocolates
- Shower, charge for your equipements, laundry
- Personal gears and clothing[aviable on hire]
- Tip for guide porter
- Incurred in emergancy evacuation/road block due to any reason
- Drinks and snacks while walking
Why you should book the tours with Pinnacle Trek?
- Best price with better hospitality
- You have a big group? We can help!
- Local experienced guide and porters
- Top-notch customer service
- Depature date is guaranteed
- We can help you to make it fits for your budget
- We can customize the trip for your need
- 15 years of experiences of trekking field
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $170 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight from Pokhara to Jomsom or Jomsom to Pokhara your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.