Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is a remote trek that lies in the Trans Himalayan mountain region of Nepal. It is known as the last forbidden kingdom of Nepal as tourists were not allowed to enter this region before the 1990s. But the official trekking to Upper Mustang started from 1992 A.D. Only limited trekkers are allowed to pass through it with a special permit. This is because the local people didn’t want to spoil their culture and tradition. The trek starts from Jomsom and Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang. The trip may vary from 14 to 17 days long. As it lies near to the Tibet, you can see the Tibetan culture and tradition followed by the people. Even the landscapes are somewhat like Tibet.
The mountain ranges seen from here are Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges. The region lies in the rain shadow area and receives very less rain. So the place is dry, filled with rocky trails and deserted lands. The colorful rock formations add more beauty to it. It takes you to the hidden world of Buddhists called Lomanthang. Lomanthang is the capital of upper mustang and is surrounded by giant walls. Here, Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar are the main villages. Ghar Gompa is a famous Gompa which is 1200 years old. The altitude of the trek is 3000 m to 3800m above, followed by dry air and strong wind. In spite of this, it is the best trekking destination in Nepal.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Kathmandu sight seeing and trekking preparation
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (800 m, 6-7 hours)
Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom flight & Trek to Kagbeni (2800 m, 3-4 hours)
Day 5: Trek to Chele (2920 m, 5-6 hours)
Day 6: Trek to Syangboche (3800 m, 6-7 hours)
Day 7: Trek to Ghami (3520 m, 5-6 hours)
Day 8: Trek to Tasarang (3560 m, 4-5 hours)
Day 9: Trek to Lomanthang (3800 m, 4-5 hours)
Day 10: Lomanthang Exploration
Day 11: Trek to Dhakmar (3800 m, 7-8 hours via Ghar Gumba)
Day 12: Trek to Syanboche (3800 m, 5-6 hours)
Day 13: Trek to Chusang (3040 m, 5-6 hours)
Day 14:Trek to Jomsom (2750 m, 5-6 hours)
Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight (20 min)
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Day 17: Departure
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel.
After your arrival in Kathmandu, at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Finding Nepal Treks will pick up and welcomes you to a beautiful Himalayan country Nepal. You will be transferred to the hotel in an Air-conditioned Tourist vehicle. After completing all the check-in process, you will be briefed about your trip, and your documents are collected for all the required permits. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Coach.[6/7 hours]
It’s your day two, and we will head towards the beautiful tourist city Pokhara by tourist coach, and it takes around 6/7 hours to complete the journey. During the ride, you will encounter beautiful landscapes, paddy fields, famous Trisuli River. After reaching Pokhara and checking in in the hotel. We will prepare for the required trekking gears and have a beautiful evening at Lakeside, Pokhara. Overnight Stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Gandruk.
After taking our breakfast at the hotel, we start our journey and drive to Nayapul. It is one hour drive, and our trek begins at Nayapul. The path usually is extensive, and we climb uphill today. At the end of today’s trek, we will reach the beautiful Gurung village, “Gandhruk.” If time favors us, we will visit the Gurung museum and explore Gurung culture and tradition. The walking is about 5/6 hours and overnight stay at the tea-house.
Day 4: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrung. [2170 Meters]
With spectacular mountain views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Gangapurna, we start trekking towards Kimrungdanda after taking breakfast at tea house. The trail after Kimrungdanda is a steep descend to Kimrung Khola. The path is then an uphill to Chere Danda followed by a descending and gentle walk to Chhomrong. Today we will walk 6/7 hours. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant, the Annapurna massive. Overnight in the Tea house.
Day 5: Trek from Chholrung to Deurali. [3230 Meters]
After breakfast at the tea house today, we will head towards Deurali. Right after leaving the tea house, we start descending and reach Chhomrong Khola. There we will cross over the suspension bridge and start climbing uphill trekking above the Modi Khola on its west bank. After crossing Tilche and Sinuwa, we reach a beautiful village named Kuldi at an elevation at 2340 meters. After crossing Kuldi, the path is the stone staircase and climbs up, which leads us to Bamboo where we will have our lunch. After lunch and taking rest for some time, we will continue our journey along the west bank of the Modi Khola through a dense bamboo forest continuously climbing uphill. We now reach the settlement of Dovan at an elevation of 2630 meters. After passing Hinko Cave at altitude 3160 meters, we will conclude today’s destination at Deurali. Overnight stay at the tea house.
Day 6: Trek from Deurali to the Annapurna Base Camp
Today we will start our trek right after taking breakfast, and head towards the final destination of the trek and valley widens as we move ahead. The path leads us to resume at Modi Khola and continues to Bagar at an altitude of 3310 meters. Moving ahead, we will reach the Macchapurche Base Camp, where we will take our lunch. After having our lunch, we will move forward, facing the beautiful mountains to the Annapurna Base Camp. After 2/3 hours of walk, we will reach The Annapurna base camp [4130 meters]. Today we will walk 5/6 hours in total and Overnight Stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Trek from the Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo.
After spending a beautiful morning at the Annapurna Base Camp and taking our breakfast at base camp, we start our journey back to Bamboo.
The way today is mostly downhill same the path we climb yesterday to reach the Annapurna base camp. Total walking time is 5/6 hours and overnight at the tea house.
Day 8: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda.
Today we head towards Jhinu Danda after having our breakfast at Bamboo. Today we will have Climbing uphill at the beginning of Khuldinghar and start descending to Chhomrong Khola and descend further to Jhinu Danda, where we can find natural hot water spring. We can have some fun time in the hot spring water. Today we will walk for 5/6 hours and overnight at Tea house.
Day 9: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara.
Today after breakfast at Jhinu Danda, we will head back to Nayapul from where we started our trek. Today’s walk is pleasant. We will descend furthermore aside from the bank of Modi Khola. We take lunch at Bhairethanti and walk forward to Nayapul. After 5/6 hours of walk, we will reach Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara. It takes 1.5 hours of drive to reach pokhara. We will have free time in Pokhara and can enjoy the Nightlife. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today is the last day of the trip, and we will head back to Kathmandu in a tourist coach. The drive normally takes 6/7 hours. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
- Airport pickup and drop off
- TIMS card & permit fees
- 10 days Upper Mustang special permit
- Private transport & English speaking guide for sight seeing
- 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
- 2 nights hotel in Pokhara with BB plan
- Trekking guide & porter(normally 1 porter for 2 persons)
- Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus
- Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara by flight
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner during the trekking time(3 meals a day)
- All accommodation in the mentioned hotel and tea houses
- Nepal Visa fees
- International airfare
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Tips for driver, guide & porter [It is expected]
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Meals in Pokhara
- Necessary trekking equipment and things as per checklist
- Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation
- Any transportation cost outside of the regular itinerary
- Personal expenses such as insurance, medical charges, laundry, shopping, liquor, hot shower and WiFi etc
- Cost arising by flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control