Mustang Trek-18 days Upper Mustang Trek is the most beautiful and unspoiled trek in Nepal. During Mustang Trek, you will explore diverse and picturesque landscapes and experience Nepalese and Tibetan culture meeting local people. The ancient caves, old monasteries and the medieval walled city- Lomanthang are some highlights of Upper Mustang, the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Mustang is also a hidden treasure in the Himalayas, called mini Tibet of Nepal. Mustang is a mysterious land in the world. It has the semi-arid desert with colorful rock formations, deep ravines and snow-capped peaks reflecting its uniqueness. Upper Mustang is not only a cultural land, but also a spiritual land too. We cater Mustang Trekking 18 days package cost with fixed departure dates for 2021/22/23/24.
Trek Name: Mustang Trekking
Trek Duration:19 Days
Trek Difficulty:Medium / Hard
Trek Season: Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/April/May
Trek Altitude:850m- 3850m
Trek Cost: USD 2390-USD 2690
Group Size: 01 - 12 people
Trek Package: Private/Group Trek
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu /Pokhara
18 days Upper Mustang Trek once isolated and forbidden from the rest of the world for decades is the ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. Nepal Trekking in Mustang is famous for its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely tied to Tibet. A spectacular trekking experience you will get on 18 days Upper Mustang Trek in the remote trans-Himalayan region of Nepal. Besides, Mustang Trekking Tour explores the restricted region of wall kingdom of Lo-Manthang with its diverse culture and topography. At least 2 people are necessary to trek Upper Mustang in Nepal. Solo traveler can not trek to Mustang.
A unique trek in Nepal's Upper Mustang Trek deserves an old Tibetan religion, culture, art and antiquity. Trekking to Upper Mustang is a great place for research and Asian studies. The hidden world Upper Mustang trek in Nepal starts at Jomsom after half an hour flight from Pokhara.
Nepal Mustang Trek takes you to the capital of Mustang, the former Tibetan kingdom, it had become the part of Nepal since 1950 AD. Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang is considered one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world. The quiet streets are unspoiled by cars, lights and the noises of modern society. Mustang Trek is still restricted – permits for Upper Mustang trek are generally for 10 days of a time, and also extended permits for private treks.
Tibetan Buddhism practices in a very pure form in Upper Mustang of Annapurna region. The Mustang's architecture are built in Tibetan style with white washed houses and firewood tucked on the roofs. The landscape is very much similar to Tibet. Mustang lies in the rain shadow area of Nepal. Trekking Upper Mustang has a complete desolate landscape, surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and bizarre formation. Besides, in barren landscape of Mustang, the villages with their bright colored fields are like an oasis.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu(1300m)
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, we will receive you and transfer you to hotel by private vehicle. Freeday and trip briefing in the afternoon.
Day 02: Kathmandu Tour
Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle with an expert tour guide.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara
You can travel Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (6-7 hrs) (200kms) or flight (30 minutes). Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara near the lake side.
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m) by flight and trek to Kagbeni (2800m,5 hrs)
Early morning take flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni in the Mustang district. During the flight we will be able to view Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m) and many more mountains. It is 8kms (3 ½ hrs) trek to Kagbeni, which is situated at the confluence of the Jhong Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki River. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 05: Trek to Chele (Tsaile) (3050m,7 hrs)
Today we will trek 18km from Kagbeni to Chele, where we head north along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes up and down for two hours to avoid the many river crossings, and then climbs steeply to a plateau avoiding a vertical-walled bluff ahead. From here it is a gradual climb to Tangbe (3 ½ hrs). The trail climbs to (3100m) and then drops steeply to the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We will walk along the river bed crossing to the western bank before making a small climb to Chele. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 06: Trek to Syangbochen (3820m,7 hrs)
Syangbochen is 12kms away, walking, where the trail from Chele climbs to Taklam La Pass (3624m) along plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. It then descends a little to the village of Samar, altogether three hours from Chele. Between Samar and Syangbochen small pass Bena La (3870m) and Samar to Syangbochen (3 ½ hrs) Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 07: Trek to Germi (3520m,4 ½ hrs)
A shorter days trekking of 10kms (4 ½ hrs), starts with the trail gently climbing to the (3850m) passing tea houses, chortens and Tibetan influenced villages, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Jaite la Pass (4010m) the highest point of the trek. Then the trail heads descends steeply to Ghermi. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3500m,5 hrs)
This day will be easier for trekking as it is 11kms (5 hrs) to Tsarang. After crossing Ghame Khola below Ghame, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long mani wall. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Tsarang, gradually climbing and then descending. It is beautiful walking and stunning views backwards. There is big Monastery and an old palace as well. It is a big village as well as lots of terraces. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (3750m, 5 hrs)
Lo Manthang is 13kms (5 hrs) away from Tsarang and along the way the trail hosts magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail at first descends to Tsarang Chu canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further on, the trail ascends gently to the windy pass of Lo Manthang (3850m), from where you can see the Lo Manthang valley. While descending to Lo Manthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Hike to Chhosar Village (3900m) of Nyaphu and Gharphu Monasteries and Jhong cave walking (5-6 hrs) (3 ½ hrs) to go and (2 ½ hrs) to come back.
It is wonderful day hike and must start early morning because it takes (3 ½ hrs). It is situated eastern valley and the Nyphu and Gharphu monasteries as well as Jhong cave. There is a secondary school as well. It is a really historical place where we can see old monasteries and lots of caves. It takes a couple of hours to explore it. Then back along the same trail in Lo Manthang. Stay in same lodge.
Day 11: Explore the Lo Manthang valley
A full day sightseeing in Lo Manthang valley and explore the historical places such as the Royal Palace where Mustangi King (Jigme Palwar Bista) lives, as well as large monasteries where there are many monk students studying. Visitors can directly meet the King in the Royal Palace. The King will wish you for a great trek as well as a great life. It will be a nice rest day as well. Stay in same lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Germi/Dhakmar (3520m,7 hrs)
It is quite a long day walking around 7 hours from Lo Manthang to Tsarang (4 hrs) then from Tsarang to Ghami (3 hrs). It is beautiful walking and the trail starts off gradual and then it undulates. The scenery has great landscape views as well as stunning mountain views. Ghami is a beautiful village and there is a small clinic which is organized by a Japanese organization. Stay at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Samar (3660m,6-7 hrs)
It is long walking day around 7 hours. The day starts by ascending and then crosses the hill and it then continuously undulates until we arrive in Syangbochen and again continuously undulates before arriving in Samar. Similar to the day before you will be blessed with stunning mountain views and landscape scenery, along with Buddhist religion and culture. Stay at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2820m,6-7 hrs)
The day begins with a descent to Chaile (1 ½ hrs) and then the trail follows the river bank of the Kali Gandaki. It is a really nice trail and we arrive at Chhusang village and onto Tangbe village and then arrive at Kagbeni. It is really beautiful walking day with excellent views to Tilicho Peak, Annapurna I, Nilgiri range, Dhaulagiri range and many more peaks. It is quite windy as well. Kagbeni is a beautiful valley where there is a big monastery and it is the entry and exit point containing a check post for Upper Mustang. Stay overnight at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2720m,4 hrs)
It is easy walking for the final day on trek. The trail heads down the Kali Gandaki valley, where it will be quite windy as well. The area around Jomsom is Nepal's apple capital, especially further down the road where the village of Marpha is the main producer. It specialises in apple pie, apple brandy, fresh apple juice, etc. Jomsom is a big village or small town because it is the headquarters of Mustang district. It will be the last night with our team, which will give us a great chance to celebrate a fantastic trek. Stay at lodge or in tented camp.
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
Early morning fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to a hotel in Pokhara near the lake side by private vehicle and spend the day in Pokhara.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (6-7 hrs) (200kms) or by flight (45 minutes), Stay overnight at your selected hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: In Kathmandu.
Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Kathmandu Airport
Final transfer to Kathmandu airport to get your flight back to home.
Trek Gear List: No need to bring unnecessary trekking equipments with you for trekking in Nepal. The following trekking equipments and gears are recommended before trekking in Nepal. Most of the trekking equipment what you will need can be rented or purchased in Nepal either in Kathmandu or Pokhara at cheap price. We will help you with the necessary arrangements. Except your day pack all the luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking part of the trip can be stored in the storage room of hotel without extra cost.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottle (2) or camel bag
Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
1 medium sized quick drying towel
Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash
Trail Map/Guide book
Journal & Pen
Pencils and small notebooks
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
Modest swim suits (for Kathmandu)