Upper Mustang

  • Trip Duration:10 Days
  • Trip Grading: Fairly challenging
  • Max Altitude: 3,700m (Lo-Manthang)
  • Best Time: February-June & August–December

Trip Overview

Upper Mustang (from the Tibetan meaning “fertile plain”), also called Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. The Tibetan culture here is relatively undisturbed and its remoteness and isolation makes it one of the most culturally protected areas of the world. The inhabitants are strong devotees of Tibetan Buddhism and the majority of the population still speaks traditional Tibetan languages. Trekkers were first allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and only around 700 are permitted to enter this restricted area each year.

Upper Mustang lies at an altitude of over 4000m and is geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. Lying in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges it is an arid but colourful landscape with impressive and rugged rock formations. Villages of whitewashed mud brick houses, monasteries and Buddhist shrines decorated with colourful prayer flags dot the countryside.

The trek starts in Kagbeni and follows the ancient salt trade route used by the people of Mustang to trade their salt for grain from the lowlands. The major attraction of Upper Mustang is the walled city of Lo-Manthang from where you will have the opportunity to visit some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries. One of the many highlights of the trek is the pass at Lo La from where you can see the walled ancient capital in the distance, the white-washed 6-meter tall wall sticking out in sharp contrast to the surrounding barren landscape.

Along the way you will stay in teahouses and homestays and have the opportunity to experience the unique and mysterious culture of the local people.  This trek into this fabled mystical forbidden kingdom is one of the true classic treks of Nepal and not to be missed.

The trek starts and finishes in Pokhara and includes flights to and from Jomsom. To keep cost as low as possible, we offer the flexibility for you to arrange your own transport to the start and from end of the trek if you wish. Alternatively, we are happy to arrange all connections within Nepal as well as accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if required.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 4 hrs
Day 2: Trek to Chele (3050m) 5 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Trek to Gheling (3570m) 6 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Charang (3500m) 7 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3700m) 5 hrs
Day 6: Acclimatisation and exploration day at Lo- Manthang
Day 7: Trek to Ghami (3520m) 5 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Samar (3660m) 5 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 5 hrs
Day 10: By road to Jomsom then fly to Pokhara 3 hrs

Cost Included

  • Airport  transfer to and from hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara prior to commencement and after the end of the trek if requested.
  • Road transport, normally by bus, as per the trek itinerary.
  • Flight within Nepal as per the itinerary.
  • Three meals a day while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) including one cup of hot beverage (tea or coffee) with the meal.
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in teahouses, lodges or homestays for the duration of the trek.
  • All trekking, climbing and restricted area entry permit fees required for the trek.
  • Government licenced English speaking guide.
  • Porters (one porter per two trekkers) carrying a maximum of 25kgs.
  • Salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation guides and porters.

Trek Price Excludes

  • International flights to and from Nepal.
  • Domestic flights within Nepal except where indicated on the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees.
  • Travel and rescue or emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Any costs associated with rescue or emergency evacuation.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prior to and after the trek.
  • Drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
  • Meals and snacks other than breakfast lunch and dinner while trekking.
  • Personal equipment or any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Single trekker supplement.
  • Peak climbing permit
  • Cost of additional porters for excess equipment above 12.5kg per person allowance.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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