Upper Mustang Trekking – (17 Days )

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  • Total Duration:15 Days
  • Best Time:March - April - May - June -July - August - Sep - Oct - Nov-
  • Max Elevation:3810 meters
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate, Hard
  • Start Point:kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Group Size:02-12
  • Difficulty:easy
  • Transportation:private vehcile

Overview

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most sought after treks in Mustang region. The Holy Damodar Kunda Lake is located in the rain shadow area to the north-east of Mustang at an altitude of 4890 meters. Great ceremony is organized each year in the full moon of August during which Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from far and wide visit this exquisite lake with great enthusiasm. Damodar Kunda is located close to Tibetan border on restricted Upper Mustang.

Along with a religious significance, the area is equally fascinating from nature viewing perspective. It allows great views of Damodar Himal and Tibetan plateau towards north while we can view Annapurna Mountain Range to the south. Muktinath Peak (6,706m), Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m) and other 65 peaks can be viewed from this area. Although August is the best month to visit Damodar, you can always visit Damodar Lake during April to September.

Visit to Lo Manthang is another highlight of this trek. Known as ‘The Last Forbidden Kingdom’, Lo Manthang is hidden in the rain shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Lo Manthang was opened for trekkers only since 1992. A fortified city of Lo Manthang was once an independent kingdom before being annexed into Mustang. It is among few remaining places where Ancient Tibetan Buddhism is still in practice.

We organize 22days Lomanthang and Damodar Kunda trekking itinerary. Enrich your life with this spiritual awakening trek.

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4600ft)
  • Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
  • Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 4Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720 m/ 8923 ft) and Trek to Kagbeni (2800 m/ 9186 ft/ 4 hrs)
  • Day 5Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 6Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 7Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 8Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 9Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours
  • Day 10Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization
  • Day 11Trek from Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 12Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 13Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 14Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 15Fly back to Pokhara
  • Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 17Final departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4600ft)

    As you land at the airstrip of Tribhuvan International Airport and finish the custom formalities our representative will be waiting at the exit of Arrival Hall. Our representative will be holding the placard with your name on it. He will greet you and escort you to the hotel where welcome drinks will be served. After refreshment, you will receive a brief instruction regarding your trek.

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  • Day 2

    Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    This is the day in which you will be observing the medieval city Kathmandu with our guide in an exciting sightseeing tour. Out of 10 cultural heritage site listed by the UNESCO in Nepal, 7 of them lie within the Valley while 4 of these sites are in Kathmandu. On this day, you will visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath, holy temple of Hindu Pashupatinath, 2500 years old Buddhist shrine of Swayambhunath and the ancient Royal Palace at Basantapur Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will also get time for your trek preparation and shopping in the afternoon.

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  • Day 3

    Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2689ft): 5-6 hours

    Leaving hotel, we will drive to airport in Pokhara from where we will board our flight to Jomsom. The right side of airplane gives aerial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. We will reach Jomsom in about 20minutes. After assembling crew, we will prepare for Upper Mustang trek. The trail continues through the bank of Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni where we will stay overnight.

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  • Day 4

    Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720 m/ 8923 ft) and Trek to Kagbeni (2800 m/ 9186 ft/ 4 hrs)

    Leaving hotel, we will drive to airport in Pokhara from where we will board flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The right side of airplane gives aerial views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. We will reach Jomsom in about 20minutes. After assembling crew, we will prepare for Upper Mustang trek. The trail continues through the bank of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni where we will stay overnight.

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  • Day 5

    Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

    We get our permits checked then begin our trek on a trail alongside the Kali Gandaki River. We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village and admire its narrow alleyways, white-washed houses, barley and buckwheat fields, and apple orchards. We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.

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  • Day 6

    Chele to Syanbochen (3,475m/11,398ft): 6-7 hours

    Our trek from today will be a little hard compared to what we experienced before. Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). On our way, we enjoy great views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda and pass by Ramchung Cave. We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche.

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  • Day 7

    Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m/11,546ft): 5-6 hours

    We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. On the way, we pass by a few teahouses, chortens and beautiful villages. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. The village is beautiful with fields surrounding the entire village. Overnight in Ghami.

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  • Day 8

    Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (3,620m/11,873ft): 5-6 hours

    Our trek today begins with a descent through a rough and often slippery trail. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. The pathway is beautiful with mani walls along the trail. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.

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  • Day 9

    Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,234ft): 3-4 hours

    We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good.

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  • Day 10

    Explore Lo Manthang/ Acclimatization

    Lo Manthang is a walled town of the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal. We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. We can also trek to Tingkhar which is a beautiful village located north-west of Lo-Mangthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

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  • Day 11

    Trek from Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3810 m/12,500ft): 6-7 hours

    We trek on a different route when returning from Lo-Manthang. Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. According to a local legend, anyone who makes a wish at the Gompa will have it fulfilled. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar for an overnight stay.

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  • Day 12

    Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft): 5-6 hours

    We start our trek early to avoid strong winds and descend 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 good views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. We can tour the village around the evening. Overnight in Ghiling.

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  • Day 13

    Ghiling to Chhuksang (3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours

    We begin our trek after breakfast. We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.

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  • Day 14

    Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700/8,856ft): 6-7 hours

    Today is the last day of our trek and it is 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 continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

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  • Day 15

    Fly back to Pokhara

    We 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 in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.

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  • Day 16

    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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  • Day 17

    Final departure

    Our representative will transfer you to Airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight. We hope you will have a memorable time in Nepal and we wish to serve you again. we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport to Hotel to Airport pick up and drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu under (Bed/ Breakfast)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara under (Bed/ Breakfast)
  • Guided Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour with the French or English guide
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Domestic Airfare to and from Jomsom
  • Teahouses accomodation during a trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trek
  • An exprienced French or English trekking Guide
  • Required numbers of staffs (1 staff for 2 trekkers)
  • Accommodation, Food and Salary of guide and porters
  • Restricted area special permits and ACAP permit and TIMS
  • Special permit fees of upper mustang US $500
  • Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
  • All government and local taxes
  • All ground transportation in private vehcile
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Farewell Dinner by Alaya Holidays

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of any reasons
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal Expenses (Beverages and Drinks, Laundry, Phone bills, hot water, etc.)
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
  • Things not included in Cost Include section

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