UPPER MUSTANG TREK
- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Moderate
- Destination: Annapurna Region
- Activities: Trekking and Cultural Hike
- Accommodation: Two night hotel in Kathmandu local guest houses during the trek.
- Meals: Included during the trek
- Maximum altitude: 4200m
- Group size: 2
- Best Season: Best seasons are Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)nd Spring (March to May)
Mustang is a centuries-old secret treasure hidden behind the towering Himalayan Mountains. It is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. Lo is mentioned in Tibetan chronicles since the seventh century. It became an independent kingdom in 1380 when Ame Pal, a warrior from western Tibet defeated the local warlords and constructed a walled capital in Lo - Manthang. The present king Jigme Sinki Parbal Bista is believed to be his twenty-second descendant. Although Mustang is not a recognized legal kingdom, it is an institution that follows the tradition of monarchy in Lo Manthang.
Since upper mustang was first opened for foreigners in 1992 this small, medieval Himalayan kingdom has always fascinated thousands of tourists to fulfill their dreams to explore the region which visibly shares a rich culture with Tibet and discovers beautiful villages among a myriad of geological hues, serene monasteries, and decadent chortens. The large number of mysterious manmade caves first built as burial chambers which transformed as safe homes from a battlefield and later on also turned into family quarters. The walled city of Lo-Manthang with its many monasteries welcomes everyone for an ideal cultural halt. The architecture of locally developed multi-storied mud houses is unique in this region.
Lower Mustang is the best known for places such as Muktinath, Jomsom, and Marpha, As Muktinath temple is considered to be a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, the place is always filled with local and international pilgrims. Marpha is considered as the hub of the apple and apricot industry in the district.
Mustang offers wide diversity in flora and fauna. Birds such as Hill and rock pigeons, crag martins, rose finches, pied wagtails, rock buntings, black redstarts, and white-capped river chats. Also, Himalayan griffin, lammergeyer, and golden eagles are the major attraction of this region. Snow leopard, red fox, marmot, Himalayan wooly hare, blue sheep, yak, and lynx, etc. can be spotted in this region. Mustang is also home to "Kali Gandaki", the deepest gorge in the world. Above all, the massifs of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri dominate the horizon with spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks add the color in the blue sky which seems to run to infinity.
You leave Mustang at Jomsom taking a beautiful mountain flight to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu for an immersion in the capital cities buzzing atmosphere.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport
On arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Katmandu, one of our team will be there to welcome and greet you, then drive to the hotel so you can unwind and rest, hook into the free wifi or explore the local area.During the evening there will be a welcome dinner to meet and greet with your ‘trekking guide team’ members and all other trekkers going o the Mardi Himal adventure trek.
Day 02: Trip Orientation and Briefing at Hotel
After a delicious breakfast in the hotel we will have a trip orientation meeting to learn about your stay in Nepal and answer any questions/concerns about the itinerary.Most importantly after the briefing, we will go through the checklist of all the required gear and items to make sure you are equipped for the journey. If you require more items, there are many local trekking shops to accommodate what you need.When all are satisfied each person is fully equipped, we’ll go out on a Katmandu Sightseeing Day Tour, around one of the important cultural hubs of the valley. Katmandu city alone holds four heritage sites that are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.
Day 3: Route Kathmandu-Pokhara
After an early breakfast, you take public transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The Himalayan
Mountain range looms into view as you leave the Kathmandu valley through the small mountain pass of
Thankot. (1400m); you can admire the towering peaks of Ganesh Himal (7400m), Langtang (7200m) and
Manaslu (8163m). Drive on through several valleys and along the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers to
Pokhara valley at the foot of the Annapurna.
Drive: 6 hours
Day 4: flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Chhusang (3000m
Today begins with a domestic flight between Pokhara and Jomsom (2700m). Weather permitting, this
mountain flight offers magnificent views of the Annapurna, the Dhaulagiri massif, and Kali Gandaki
gorge, the deepest in the world. At Jomsom, you take a local vehicle to Chusang, a pretty village mainly
inhabited by Gurung and Thakali people. At Kagbeni- the entry point to Upper Mustang- you must
complete government formalities relating to the Mustang Special Permit before entering the
multicolored mineral universe of Upper Mustang.
Day 5: Chusang. Chele (3100m) - Taklam Pass (3625m) - Dajong Pass (3660m) –Samar 93600m)
Enjoy breakfast with wonderful views of Nepalese landscapes. Today’s walk crosses the Kali Gandaki
gorge and then it is a short climb up to the small village of Chele. After Chele, a beautiful trail carved into
the rock leads in turn to Taklam-la (3625m) and Dajong-la. It is a beautiful walk down to Samar (3600m),
a very old village found in the middle of a wooded grove next to a stream.
Hiking: 5 hours
Elevation: + 650m/-150m
Day 6: Geling- Nyi la pass (4000m) - Ghumi Pass (3765m) Ghemi-Dhakmar (3820m)
Today you cross two mountain passes: Nyi La (3920m) and Ghumi la (3750m). Stop in Ghemi village
(3510m) for lunch. Here, you can visit the small monastery in the heart of the village; it is surrounded by
caves which, in the past, severed as a shelter against invaders. This afternoon’s agenda features an easy
climb in one of the most dazzling places ever along the iconic red Mustang walls which dominate the
village of Dhakmar.
Hiking: 6 to 7 hours
Day 7: Dhakmar- Mui la Pass (4100m) - Ghar Gompa (39200) - Marang la Pass (4230m) - Chogo Pass
(4320m) - Lomanthang (3840m)
Today is not the most challenging hiking day but it is the longest, it is an easy uphill walk to Mui la Pass
(4100) and towards the oldest Mustang monastery: Ghar Gompa. This Nyingmapa school monastery has
beautiful, newly renovated frescoes which are well worth a visit. After lunch, you cross the Marang and
Chogo passes and plunge into Lomanthang, the capital of Mustang which is surrounded by striking
Hiking: 7 to 8 hours
Day 8: Lomanthang – Rest day and discovery
You are in the Mustang capital! Lomanthang is a small, walled city featuring early iconic 15th century
monasteries. Stroll through the winding streets of the village to discover the two historic monasteries of
Jamba Lhakhang and Tukche, and their sumptuous frescoes. Lomanthang is very close to Tibet and
Tibetan cultural influences can be observed.
Day 9: Jhong-Nyiphu-chossar- Lomanthang
Today you take jeeps towards the Tibetan border Sicha Khola valley. Leave the jeeps at the foot of Jhong
cave, a real troglodyte skyscraper! On your way back, we visit the monastery of Nyiphu. Return to Lo-
manthang, through the fabulous lunar landscape of Chossar and several charming villages.
Transport: 30 minutes’ drive in jeeps
Elevation: +100m/-100m Accommodation: the same lodge
Day 10: Lomanthang- Dhi- Yara (3640m)
Climb up to Loday Pass (3950m) and walk along the plateau at 4050m above sea level, then hike down
to Dhi, you cross the Kali Gandaki river and arrive in the village of Yara.
Hiking: 5 hours
Day 11: Yara-Luri- Yara
Discover the unique Luri Gompa monastery and its ancient Buddhist art. Visit the Luri caves and
beautiful 15th century Buddhist frescoes before returning to Yara.
Hiking: 3 hours
Day 12 Yara- Sertang Pass (3945m) – Tangge (3420m)
Today you cross a rocky desert plateau, far from any civilization. It is a shot descent to Dhechyang Khola
River (the black river) where you can find lots of fossils! From here, you climb to Sertang Pass (3945m)
for a picnic; extraordinary views of the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri awaits us. We descend via several
stages to the village of Tangge.
Accommodation: Home stay
Day 13: Tangge- Cho Cha la pass (4210m) - Chusang (2980m)
It is an early morning departure for a day of hiking. You cross Yak Khola and climb up to Cho Cha la Pass
at 4210m. Then, it is a short descent to your lunch spot in Paha, a beautiful afternoon walk along the
ridge awaits, then you make the steep descent into the valley of Nursing Khola and join Chusang village.
Hiking: 8 to 9 hours
Day 14: Chhusang- Gyu Pass (4070m) - Muktinath (3800m)
Today begins with an easy climb to the beautiful village of Tetang at 3040m. Then, you climb to Gyu Pass
( 4070m). Along the way you can enjoy beautiful views of the “white mountain” Dhaulagiri (8165m) the
“blue mountain” Nilgiri and the villages of Muktinath and Jharkot. Next, you walk down to the temple of
Muktinath, dedicated to the Hindu god of liberation and flanked by 108 taps where Hindu and Buddhist
pilgrims take holy showers to cleanse their karma.
Hiking: 6 hours
Day 15: Muktinath- Lupra- Jomsom (2720m)
You leave Muktinath through a small mountain pass at 400m with beautiful alpine landscapes. On the
way, with a little luck, you will see the Bharal (blue sheep) of the Himalayas. A steep descent leads to
Lupra, a village that sits well- hidden in the gorge of Lupra Khola. Lupra is rarely visited by tourists and
maintains a charming authenticity. After a quiet break in this village, you head back to Jomsom following
the Kali Gandaki river.
Hiking: 5 to 6 hours
Elevation: +100m/--1200m Accommodation: Lodge
Day 16: Flight: Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu
Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, a lovely journey above the Kali Gandaki, the deepest
canyon in the world flanked by the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Then you fly from Pokhara to
Kathmandu. You have some free time upon arrival.
Dinner not included
Day 17: Visit: Kathmandu
Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world and home to the Buddha’s discerning eyes as well
as several surrounding monasteries. After the Buddhist stupa, you visit Pashupatinath temple. This is the
most important Hindu temple. It belongs to the God Shiva: the God of destruction and reconstruction.
Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India pray, dance, sing and make offerings in this temple
every day. Traditionally, when Hindu people die, they are cremated and here we find the most
important site for cremations that take place on the bank of the holy river called Bagmati.
Meals: not included
Day 18: End of stay End of our services
The details in this programme are updated regularly but imponderables and unpredictable
circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your
demand, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the programme may be made. For
safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation in this programme at any time if
your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those
around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.
UPPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry.
Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladders are preffered
Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light weight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains.
Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves warm enough. Preferably warmers as well
Neck warmer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.
We Discovered Upper Mustang Trek
During August 2017, i was with a friend and my sister in Upper Mustang during 12 days with the guides of soul himalaya treks .This trekking was realy wonderfull. Upper Mustang is a jewel. The landscape is really splendid and the atmosphere in this area is full of spiritual power. Our guides, Samten and Dendi, were so kindly and always joyfull. We were laughing a lot. For my friend, it was the most beautifull trekking. For me, it was the sixth trekking with this guides and all were really successfull. I encourage all people who searchs a good and professional agency to go with soul himalaya treks. It's only happyness with the guides. if any body want to travel in Nepal i would love to recomands this company soul himalaya treks and tours thank you.Charrondo , FRANCE