Upper Mustang Short Trekking

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Duration

12 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal is one of the most thrilling and adventurous trekking experiences one can have. Perched high in the Himalayas, Mustang is a remote region at the northern part of Nepal. This isolated area is known for its pristine and untouched landscape and culture, making it an ideal location for trekkers.

The Upper Mustang trekking route follows an ancient trade route. You can expect to traverse high altitude passes, cross deep river valleys, and walk through an arid landscape with spectacular mountain views. As you trek through this unique landscape, you’ll be exposed to a variety of cultural experiences. You’ll be immersed in the Tibetan-influenced culture of the Mustang people, who live an agrarian lifestyle and practice Tibetan Buddhism.

On this Trekking, you’ll have a chance to explore the legendary capital of Lo Manthang. Founded in 1380, this walled city is home to four ancient monasteries and various other historical sites. As you explore the city, you’ll have a chance to visit the royal palace and observe daily life in the city.

Upper Mustang Trekking not only offers you a unique cultural experience, but also a physical challenge. The trek is strenuous and will take you across high altitude passes and rocky terrain. If you’re up for the challenge, you’re sure to be rewarded with spectacular views and a unique cultural experience.

Highlights

  • Explore the historic Kingdom of Lo Manthang.
  • The magnificent views of snow-capped mountains, such as Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna II–IV, Dhaulagiri, and others.
  • The region's breathtaking natural features, such as the waterfalls, rivers, glaciers, glacial ice, lakes, and others.
  • Exploring the region's distinctive, arid, desert-like landscapes.
  • Exploration of the nearby gompas, monasteries, and old towns.
  • View Tibetan influences in action as they are visible in the inhabitants' daily lives and cultures.
  • Exceptional hospitality and sampling the locals' delicious cuisine.

Included/Excluded

  • All necessary transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Tourist standard Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu including daily breakfast.
  • Available guesthouse accommodation during the Trekking.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the Trekking.
  • English speaking Professional License Holder Trekking guide.
  • Necessary number of porters to carry your backpack. We assume 1 porter for 2 trekkers.
  • Entry Permits fees.
  • Local province entry fees
  • TIMS Card.
  • First Aid Medical box and services.
  • All necessary service and documentation for any kind of emergency evocation or rescue.
  • Adventure Series Sleeping luggage and duffel baggage for trekking.
  • All government taxes and service charges.
  • International Airfare & Nepal Entry Visa Fees.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal gears, clothing and other necessary equipment for the trekking.
  • Personal & bar expenses throughout the trip.
  • Mineral Water, Thermos hot Water, Gas Hot Shower, Battery Charges etc during the trekking.
  • Any kind of additional expenses due to the natural circumstances.
  • Tipping & Gratitude for guide & porters.
  • Your travel insurance for any kind of emergency evacuation.
  • Others not mentioned above.

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be picked up from the airport by a representative from Adventure Series Nepal and taken to your hotel. In the evening, you'll have dinner followed by a trip preparation and briefing session, where you'll receive important information about your upcoming adventure.

After your stay in Kathmandu, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Pokhara valley. The flight duration from Kathmandu to Pokhara is approximately 25 minutes. You'll enjoy a scenic aerial view as you descend to the beautiful Pokhara valley. The flight will provide you with a glimpse of the breathtaking Himalayan mountain ranges and the stunning landscapes of Nepal. At Pokhara you will have plenty of time to explore the valley.

The flight duration from Pokhara to Jomsom is approximately 25 minutes. During this short flight, you'll be treated to magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Upon arrival in Jomsom, you will begin your trek to Kagbeni. The trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni typically takes around 3 to 4 hours. You will traverse through picturesque landscapes, including arid and rocky terrain, with the Kali Gandaki River flowing alongside. The trail will offer glimpses of traditional Tibetan-influenced villages and stunning mountain vistas.The trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni is an exciting and rewarding journey, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

The trek from Kagbeni to Chhusang takes you further into the scenic beauty of the Mustang region. The approximate trekking time from Kagbeni to Chhusang is around 4 to 5 hours, covering a distance of approximately 16 kilometers. As you leave Kagbeni, you will follow the Kali Gandaki River and walk through a sandy and rocky trail. You'll pass through charming villages, ancient monasteries, and fields of barley and buckwheat. The landscape gradually transforms, with red cliffs and unique rock formations adding to the allure of the journey. Chhusang is a small village located at an altitude of around 2,980 meters (9,777 feet). It offers a taste of the traditional Mustangi culture, with its traditional stone houses and terraced fields. You can take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the tranquility of the area. The trek from Kagbeni to Chhusang presents an opportunity to experience the enchanting beauty of the Mustang region while immersing yourself in the local culture and hospitality.

The trek from Chusang to Syangboche takes you further into the scenic landscapes and cultural richness of the Mustang region. The approximate trekking time from Chusang to Syangbochen is around 6 to 7 hours. As you leave Chusang, the trail gradually ascends, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Kali Gandaki River below. You'll pass through picturesque villages, including Chele and Samar, with their traditional Mustangi architecture and vibrant cultural heritage. The trail takes you through diverse terrain, including rocky paths, gentle slopes, and narrow valleys. You'll traverse through juniper and pine forests, witnessing the unique flora and fauna of the region. Along the way, you may also come across ancient caves and monasteries, adding a touch of spirituality to your journey. Syangbochen is a beautiful village located at an altitude of 3,475 meters (11,398 feet). It offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Nilgiri, Tukuche, and Dhaulagiri. You can soak in the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape and immerse yourself in the local culture and hospitality. The trek from Chusang to Syangbochen is a captivating adventure that allows you to explore the stunning natural beauty and cultural treasures of the Mustang region.

The trek from Syangbochen to Ghami continues to showcase the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Mustang region. The approximate trekking time from Syangbochen to Ghami is around 5 to 6 hours. As you leave Syangboche, the trail meanders through picturesque landscapes, including barren hills and rocky terrain. You'll pass through small villages, such as Gheling and Charang, which are known for their ancient monasteries, intricate architecture, and rich cultural traditions. The trail gradually ascends and descends, providing panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Mustang Himal. You'll also encounter chortens (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, and mani walls along the way, adding a spiritual touch to your journey. The trek from Syangbochen to Ghami is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural treasures of the Mustang region while enjoying the serenity of the Himalayas.

The trek from Ghami to Charang takes you through the rugged and enchanting landscapes of the Mustang region. The approximate trekking time from Ghami to Charang is around 4 to 5 hours. Leaving Ghami, the trail winds its way through a mixture of rocky paths, gentle slopes, and open valleys. You'll pass through small villages and ancient monasteries, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. As you ascend higher, you'll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak, and Annapurna. The trail continues through dry, arid terrain, with occasional patches of greenery and fields.

The trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang is an exciting leg of the journey through the ancient kingdom of Lo in the Mustang region. The approximate trekking time from Charang to Lo-Manthang is around 4 to 5 hours. As you approach Lo-Manthang, the walled capital of the Mustang kingdom, you'll be captivated by its unique charm and rich cultural heritage. The city is home to the iconic King's Palace, ancient monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses. The vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture thrives here, and you'll have the opportunity to witness age-old traditions and interact with the friendly locals. Lo-Manthang, located at an altitude of approximately 3,840 meters (12,595 feet), offers a fascinating glimpse into the ancient kingdom's history, art, and architecture. The well-preserved monasteries, prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and narrow alleyways create a mystical atmosphere that transports you back in time. The trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang is a journey of exploration, where you'll discover the unique cultural heritage and captivating landscapes of the Mustang region. It provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the ancient kingdom's charm and create lasting memories.

Spending a day in Lo-Manthang is a captivating experience that offers a unique blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and breathtaking landscapes. This ancient kingdom, nestled in the heart of the Mustang region, holds a rich heritage and a distinct Tibetan Buddhist culture. As you wake up in Lo-Manthang, you'll find yourself surrounded by a mystical atmosphere. The day begins with a sense of tranquility as you explore the narrow alleys of the Old Town. Marvel at the ancient mud-brick houses adorned with intricate carvings and traditional Mustangi design, each telling a story of the region's past. A visit to the renowned King's Palace is a must. Step into this magnificent structure and immerse yourself in its historical significance. Discover the intricate woodwork, ancient artifacts, and royal chambers that provide glimpses into the kingdom's regal past. The monasteries of Lo-Manthang beckon you to explore their sacred halls. Jampa Gompa, Thubchen Gompa, and Chodey Gompa hold centuries-old murals, statues, and manuscripts, offering insights into the spiritual traditions of the region. Take a moment to observe the monks' daily rituals and soak in the serene ambiance. Strolling along the city wall, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The rugged terrain, snow-capped peaks, and vast Tibetan plateau unfold before your eyes, creating a sense of awe and wonder. Engage with the locals, who are warm and welcoming. Observe their traditional ceremonies, hear their stories, and witness their way of life. The vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture permeates the streets, and you can even partake in a butter lamp lighting ceremony or receive a blessing from a lama. Indulge in the local cuisine, savoring traditional Tibetan dishes and aromatic teas. Take time to browse the local markets, where you can find handmade crafts, intricate textiles, and colorful prayer flags. As the day draws to a close, find a serene spot to witness the breathtaking sunset over the Mustang Valley. The warm hues painting the sky create a mesmerizing backdrop for this ancient kingdom. Spending a day in Lo-Manthang is a journey through time, where ancient traditions blend with the untouched beauty of the Mustang region. It offers a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich cultural tapestry while experiencing the awe-inspiring landscapes that have made this hidden kingdom a truly extraordinary destination.

The drive from Lo-Manthang to Jomsom takes you through the rugged terrain of the Mustang region, offering scenic views and a memorable journey. The approximate driving time from Lo-Manthang to Jomsom is around 6 to 7 hours. Leaving Lo-Manthang, you'll drive through the picturesque landscapes of the Mustang Valley. The road winds its way through arid hills, deep canyons, and the Kali Gandaki River valley, offering glimpses of the towering Himalayan peaks. As you descend, you'll pass through traditional Mustangi villages, such as Kagbeni, with its ancient monastery and distinct architecture. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, known as the deepest gorge in the world, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The journey continues through quaint settlements, apple orchards, and barren landscapes, with occasional encounters with local inhabitants and their livestock. The changing scenery and the stark beauty of the region make the drive from Lo-Manthang to Jomsom a memorable experience. Upon reaching Jomsom, located at an altitude of approximately 2,700 meters (8,860 feet), you'll have the opportunity to rest and relax. Jomsom serves as the gateway to the Mustang region and offers modern amenities, including accommodation and dining options. The drive from Lo-Manthang to Jomsom allows you to bid farewell to the ancient kingdom of Lo while enjoying the scenic beauty and cultural immersion that the Mustang region has to offer.

From Jomsom, you'll take a scenic flight to Pokhara, which is located at an altitude of approximately 820 meters (2,690 feet). The flight duration from Jomsom to Pokhara is around 25 minutes. During this short flight, you'll have the opportunity to admire the stunning Himalayan vistas and the picturesque landscapes of the region. Upon reaching Pokhara, you'll have a brief layover before catching your connecting flight to Kathmandu. Pokhara is a popular tourist destination known for its serene lakes, lush hills, and breathtaking mountain views. The connecting flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu will take you back to the capital city. Both flights provide a unique perspective of Nepal's diverse terrain and allow you to appreciate the beauty of the country from the air. It's a convenient and efficient way to conclude your adventure in the Mustang region and return to Kathmandu, where you can reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've made throughout your journey.

After your exhilarating adventure in Nepal, it's time to bid farewell or continue exploring this captivating country. You can choose to transfer to the airport for your flight back to your home country, carrying with you cherished memories of the Himalayas, the rich cultural heritage, and the warmth of the Nepalese people. Alternatively, if you have more time and are eager for another adventure, you can opt to embark on a different itinerary within Nepal. Whether it's trekking in the Annapurna region, exploring the vibrant city of Kathmandu, or venturing into the remote regions of Dolpo or Everest, Nepal offers a plethora of experiences to satisfy your wanderlust. The choice is yours, and Nepal awaits you with open arms, ready to unveil its wonders once again.

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