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Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek

Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek

Awesome snap from Lo Manthang during Upper Mustang Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team

Overview

Trip Highlights:

  •  Explore small kingdom of Upper Mustang “Lo Manthang” with its amazing landscapes, terraces, ancient historical monuments and caves and their archaeological evidences 
  • Magnificent panorama of world’s well known Himalayas – Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri range and many more snow-capped peaks
  • Experience cultural tour at remote traditional villages – Tibetan culture influenced villagers with rich in hospitality

Trip Introduction: 
A Magnificent adventure journey of Upper Mustang and Lo Manthang is located at northwest Himalayan range. The place is situated in between Tibetan plateau and Dhaulagiri- Annapurna Himalayan range inside Mustang region of Nepal.  Upper Mustang is a large high valley, arid and dry, characterized by eroded canyons, colourful stratified rock formations and has a barren, desert like appearance. One of the most interesting features of Mustang is hundreds of cliff dwellings, some of which look completely inaccessible. The most recent theory is that they may date 8-10,000 BC when Mustang was a much greener land. Nepal Guide Treks & Expeditions extends its best to improve this trip to Upper Mustang as the motorable road has been constructed during the last few years. We offer the best trekking part avoiding the road as possible, as the journey heads to the final destination at Lo Manthang the walled village since last 100-200 years.

The upper Mustang and Lo manthang Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition begin after the windswept lower Mustang at Jomsom, the capital of the Mustang district but the real Tibetan style district lies north of Kagbeni and is usually known as Upper Mustang. Journey heads towards north meeting the Upper Mustang trail at Kagbeni. One day exploration of Upper Mustang and Lo Manthang offers you to explore ancient gompas, cultural villages, highly diverse landscapes, spectacular Himalayan range.  After having the wonderful time at Upper Mustang and Lo Manthang, the return journey heads back by other alternative route towards Muktinath a high pilgrimage spots for Hindus & Buddhist where the trail from Thorang-la meets and then finally back to Jomsom for the last final night in this charming windswept town Jomsom then scenic flight back to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [820m/2689ft] [5 hrs Drive] 
Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom [2713m/8898ft] & Trek to Kagbeni [2810m/9216ft] [3-4 Hrs Trek]
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang [2900m/9512ft] [4-5 hrs Trek] 
Day 06: Trek from Chuksang to Samar [3150m/10332ft] [3-4 hrs Trek] 
Day 07: Trek from Samar to Geling [3510m/11513ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 08: Trek from Giling to Ghami [3490m/11447ft] via Ghami La [3520m/11546ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 09: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang [3620m/11873ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 10: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [3730m/12234ft] [3-4 hrs Trek] 
Day 11: Free Exploration day at Upper Mustang – Lo Manthang 
Day 12: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami [3490m/11447ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 13: Trek from Ghami to Chuksang [2900m/9512ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 14: Trek from Chuksang to Muktinath  [3,800/12,467ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [25 min fly] –full day leisure activity in Pokhara
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 
Day 18: International Departure as per flight schedule.  

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodation:
In our Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek package, we provide accommodation in three-star rated hotels in cities - Kathmandu & Pokhara. Your accommodation status can be easily upgraded while in the cities. As for the trekking days, we provide your accommodation in comfortable tea houses. Accommodation in teahouses will be provided in single, double, triple, twin or sharing as your preferences. Attached toilets are not available in all the tea house lodges, in such conditions public sharing toilets will be arranged outside the rooms.

Meals:
In the main cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara), bed and breakfast are included in the cost. And during the trekking days - full meal on board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) will be included in the trip package cost. The availability of the tea houses has really contributed to the growing tourism industry in this part of the world. Thanks to the growing number tea houses - food varieties from all over the world is served on the menu. Dinner and the following day's Breakfast will be served in the same tea house. For Lunch, we will make a stop en-route while trekking to our further overnight destination.

Physical Conditions and Experienced Required:
Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek is as one of the best treks in the entire Himalayas. Trekkers with almost zero experience of trekking have successfully done this trekking. We suggest trekkers gain a well maintained physical fitness that has been acquired by several months of daily exercise (jogging, swimming, gym etc). A general trekking day is marked by a continuous trek of 5-6 hours, so a good level of physical fitness is strongly recommended for Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek.

Best Season for Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek:
Spring Season (March, April, May) & Autumn Season (September, October, and November) is considered best for Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek. The clear weather allows trekkers to enjoy their trek. To add visitors get the opportunity to see beautiful valleys and mountains within Mustang region. For those who prefer trekking in less crowdy environment - December, January, and February can also be some time for trekking for this trek. However the monsoon season (June, July, and August) is no good for trekking - heavy rainfall with no good views.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & Transfer to Hotel
Our airport arrival and departure representative will be at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have rest at Hotel or visit NGT’s office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu.
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Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [820m/2689ft] [5 hrs Drive]
You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometres west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 04: Morning flight to Jomsom [2713m/8898ft] & Trek to Kagbeni [2810m/9216ft] [3-4 Hrs Trek]
You take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulre are about 80 families living here, most of them traders who are the link in the chain between modern Nepal and thagiri and nearby satellites, 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. Directly north of Jomsom is the pretty village of Kagbeni, Thee Tibetan-type people of Mustang. Just out of Jomsom you cross a small hanging bridge and then walk along the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. This very easy, enjoyable start is at the same time picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri (26,794ft), Tukuche (22,703ft) and in the west the awesome mountain above Kagbeni, Nilgiri (22,769ft). Over to the south and south-west can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. You are more than likely to meet Indian pilgrims on their way to and from Muktinath on this stretch, and other Europeans for an hour or two who will be on the world-famous Annapurna Circuit. Upon reaching Kagbeni there is a taste of scenes to come in Upper Mustang, what with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley and a large red gompa. At the police check-post at the north end of the village there is a sign saying ‘Restricted area, tourists please do not go beyond this point’. Here you will complete your paperwork formalities for you to enter this long-forbidden region of Nepal. ACAP has set up a very interesting information post here with displays of Mustang artifacts and photos.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang [2900m/9512ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
You trek right up the river valley, but you use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand but the path is kept interesting by the passing of mule trains bearing goods from Mustang and Tibet. On the west bank of the river are some caves and Gompa Kang. Unlike most monasteries in Upper Mustang which are of the Sakyapa sect, Gompa Kang is of the Nyingmapa sect. You stop for lunch at the village of Tangbe, where you come across the first black, white and red chortens that typify Upper Mustang. The little town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys among whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat and barley and apple orchards. Nilgiri Peak continues to dominate the southern skyline. Chusang village is only about 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. There are three separate parts to this village and some ruined castle walls on the surrounding cliffs. Across the river from Chusang are some spectacular red organe pipe eroded cliffs above the mouths of some inaccessible caves.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 06: Trek from Chuksang to Samar [3150m/10332ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
There is a distinct change here, not only in the topography, but also in the culture, lifestyle and people, and the settlements become more scattered, smaller and more basic. The people of Lo or Mustang do practice agriculture, but because of the lack of rain and fertile soil, cultivation is in sheltered plots of land, scattering the brown landscape with patches of green. Continuing north, you reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. A steel bridge spans the river just in front of the tunnel and north of here the Kali Gandaki becomes impassable on foot. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. Watch out here for the ferocious Tibetan mastiffs which are chained to many of the houses. From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass you descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. This is a major stopping place for horse and mule caravans.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 07: Trek from Samar to Geling [3510m/11513ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
You climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. You then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, you descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. Nearby is Rangbyung, a cave containing stalagmites which have formed in the shape of chortens and one of the holiest places in Mustang. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley. As in all the settlements of Mustang, the white and ochre-painted houses are constructed using mud and stones, with roofs made of twigs, straw and a mixture of mud and pebbles.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 08: Trek from Giling to Ghami [3490m/11447ft] via Ghami La [3520m/11546ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. You then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 09: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang [3620m/11873ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today's walk is through perhaps the driest part of Mustang, and much of your energy will be spent negotiating loose, dry soil. However, the magnificent views of the countryside, from the gentle contours of the north to the rugged mountains in the east and west, are a source of inspiration. Finally, you come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village is a huge dzong [fortress] and a red gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 10: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [3730m/12234ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually you get our first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the northeast corner.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 11: Free Exploration day at Upper Mustang – Lo Manthang
The city contains about 150 houses, as well as residences for its many lamas. There are four major temples within the city and one of these, Champa Lhakang, contains a huge clay statue of Buddha as well as elaborates mandalas painted on the walls. The king's palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current King and Queen. Although his duties are largely ceremonial, the King is respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout the kingdom.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 12: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami [3490m/11447ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
You continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, you walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 13: Trek from Ghami to Chuksang [2900m/9512ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
You trek through wide and gentle path with some ascends and descends. The trail passes through desert like places though you can see some small thorny bushes. On the way, your trail goes along the river. You come across with some small streams. To reach from Ghami to Chuksang, you cross Kali Gandaki River.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 14: Trek from Chuksang to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
The trail follows gently ascend and winding path passing through almost desert like places. On the way, you see at a distance some agricultural fields, apple orchard and some human settlements. You can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages, apple Garden, Yaks Herds, Sheep Herds, straight up to the Muktinath, visit Monastery believed to be built in 15th century, walk about twenty minute to Muktinath Temple, where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps, Visit Monastery, Natural flaming and Hindus Temple. The people of Muktinath are close to the lifestyle, culture, religion and idea of Tibetan people.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [5-6 hrs Trek]
Easy day, trail gradually ascends to Eklebhati at Kali Gandaki River valley, walk another two hours along the wide sandy and windy valley. The way moves between two hills.
Accommodation: Tea Houses/Lodge
Meals: All Meals – B/F, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara [25 min fly] –full day leisure activity in Pokhara
The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city.  
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner 

Day 18: International Departure as per flight schedule.  
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

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March 1, 2018 March 18, 2018 $ 1655 OPEN Book Now !
March 21, 2018 April 7, 2018 $ 1655 OPEN Book Now !
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Avabillity Options

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Your Program Duration = 18 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and Departure transfer by private vehicle.
  • Hotel/Resort Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with BB Plan –as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu including City Guide, Vehicle and Entry fees 
  • Tea house lodges accommodation during trekking
  • Pokhara - Jomsom  - Pokhara flight
  • All meals- B/F, Lunch & Dinner during trek
  • TIMS – Trekkers information Management System and Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • Special Permit for Upper Mustang restricted area – USD 500 P/P 
  • All ground transport by private vehicle and flights as per mentioned in itinerary
  • Trekking guide and required number of porters
  • Staffs insurance, salary and clothing
  • General first aid kids
  • All necessary paperwork and government taxes 

Service does not includes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodation:
In our Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek package, we provide accommodation in three-star rated hotels in cities - Kathmandu & Pokhara. Your accommodation status can be easily upgraded while in the cities. As for the trekking days, we provide your accommodation in comfortable tea houses. Accommodation in teahouses will be provided in single, double, triple, twin or sharing as your preferences. Attached toilets are not available in all the tea house lodges, in such conditions public sharing toilets will be arranged outside the rooms.

Meals:
In the main cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara), bed and breakfast are included in the cost. And during the trekking days - full meal on board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) will be included in the trip package cost. The availability of the tea houses has really contributed to the growing tourism industry in this part of the world. Thanks to the growing number tea houses - food varieties from all over the world is served on the menu. Dinner and the following day's Breakfast will be served in the same tea house. For Lunch, we will make a stop en-route while trekking to our further overnight destination.

Physical Conditions and Experienced Required:
Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek is as one of the best treks in the entire Himalayas. Trekkers with almost zero experience of trekking have successfully done this trekking. We suggest trekkers gain a well maintained physical fitness that has been acquired by several months of daily exercise (jogging, swimming, gym etc). A general trekking day is marked by a continuous trek of 5-6 hours, so a good level of physical fitness is strongly recommended for Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek.

Best Season for Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek:
Spring Season (March, April, May) & Autumn Season (September, October, and November) is considered best for Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek. The clear weather allows trekkers to enjoy their trek. To add visitors get the opportunity to see beautiful valleys and mountains within Mustang region. For those who prefer trekking in less crowdy environment - December, January, and February can also be some time for trekking for this trek. However the monsoon season (June, July, and August) is no good for trekking - heavy rainfall with no good views.

Reviews

Annapurna Mustang trail one of the best trekking i\'ve ever done in my life

If you are reading this then you are one lucky human ! Prakash and the boys at Nepal Guide Treks & Expedition really know their stuff.

Me and my buddy Kyle were lucky enough to stumble upon this opportunity for Upper Mustang Trek. We went out on the Annapurna Mustang trail and did one of the best trekking i've ever done in my life. I have been trekking all over the U.S. for years but none of it compores to the stuff we did here. The viens, heights, people, and ambiance are really unlike any other place on earth. Also, when you have an awesome guide, like we did with Bishnu, you'll truely be able to take in everything the Nepali way. I feel very fortunate to have treked with Nepal Guide Treks and if I come back, I should say When i come back I'll definately be contacting them again. I suggest you book with them, you wont be displeased I wish you the best of luck on your treck and urge you to place your trust in Prakash and Bishnu, they're stand up dudes.

Kyle/Detroit, Michigan

Outstanding & Memorable Tripo

I just got back from 15 days on the Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek, and I was so impressed that I’m already making plus to come back! My guide (Ram) was outstanding and he really did everything possible to make my experience a memorable one. Nepal Guide Treks & Expeditions was very professional & took care of my every needs.

I will definitely be recommending this trek & outfitter when I return to America.
Thank you so much! 

Best Wishes, 

Andy Cole

Forbidden Kingdom trek along off the beaten trail

I have returned from a 15 days trek up to Mustang Trek & then over the Jomsom. The trek went very well & I was extremely pleased with the services provided by the guide, Roshan, and my porter, Ramesh, It was a fabulous experience & I would highly recommend the team of Nepal Guide Treks. They were very professional & Knowledgeable, as well as funny.

As my experience says Mustang is one of the best trekking in Nepal.

David Lovallei

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