Trip Overview

Upper Mustang, popularly known as "The Last Forbidden Kingdom" or once called “The Kingdom of Lo” is an exquisite destination for those who dream of trekking in the treeless landscape below 5000 meters.  This magnificent place lies in the northern part of the Mustang district of Nepal elevating to 3,840m, which presents some sensational sights of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and many more mountains.

 

The Upper Mustang was a prohibited site and was named "The Last Forbidden Kingdom" till 1992 marking one of the most preserved places in the world. Traditionally, the place is rich in Tibetan culture, language, history, caves, and rock paintings. One shall be truly astonished by one of the last northwest areas, Lo-Manthang municipality which depicts a massive history of Buddhism. Some of the must-visit sites are Chode Gompa, Choprang Gompa, The Royal Palace, and The Monastic Museum where we can be enlightened about the ancient art of healing.

 

Trek to the Upper Mustang region is considered to be moderate in terms of its altitude as trekkers can enjoy the sites with a steady hike which aids in comforting higher altitude problems. This rural trans-Himalayan Region trek offers a mesmerizing trekking route with perfectly trodden paths encountering semi-deserts and artistic rock formation. The place serves itself as a testimonial history of a legendary king, Lo, and some significant events from the 8th century.

 

Best Season to visit Upper Mustang

 

The most favorable season to visit the Upper Mustang is the monsoon (June to September) because it lies in a rain shadow region of the Himalayas. However, we would be delighted to organize trips for you during any season that is favorable for you. 

 

Let us craft an amazing trip for you and your group in the remote valley of Mustang. Contact us for more details!

Max. Altitude 3840 m
Trip Grade Moderate
Best Seasons Summer, Spring, Autumn, Monsoon
Group Size 8-15 Person

Trip Itinerary

DAY
  • 1-2
    Arrival In Kathmandu And Preparation For The Trek

    As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will welcome and escort you to the booked hotel. On the second day, we will initiate our official procedure including travel permit, bag pack, shopping, documentation, and briefing about our expedition. Additionally, you will also be able to greet other traveling companions.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals 1 Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 3
    6-7 Hours Of Drive From Kathmandu To Pokhara

    After an early breakfast, we will drive from the capital to Pokhara on the second day. You will be able to freshen up after a seven-hour drive through the Prithvi highway. Although the roads are a bit bumpy, you will definitely cherish the view of river Trishuli, Manakamana Cable car, and diversified hilly habitation through the window of the bus.  If we reach in time, we will be fortunate enough to amble on the glorious streets of Pokhara experiencing an exquisite sight of Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Davis fall, and many more.

    Altitude 822 m
    Meals Breakfast And Lunch
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 4
    Fly To Jomsom (2700m) And Trek To Kagbeni (2804m) (3-4 Hrs Trek)                          

    Following our travel schedule, we will fly to a beautiful northern town, Jomsom on the fourth day of our trek. The 2700m elevated town is a bustling route for Muktinath, a sacred religious destination for both Hindus and Buddhists.  After a scrumptious lunch, we will start our hike to Kagbeni for our night stay.

    Altitude 2800 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 5
    Kagbeni To Chele (3050m), 4-5 Hrs Trek)

    After a convenient night in Kagbeni, we will start our trek to Chele on the fifth day. As soon as we enter Kagbeni, we will have already started to see an eye-catching treeless landscape. We will enjoy a six-hour hike and rest in Chele.

    Altitude 3050 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 6
    Chele To Syanbochen (3,475m), 6-7 Hrs Trek

    The trek will start getting tougher after Chele because there are two high passes; Talkam La Pass (3624m) and Dajori La Pass (3735m) to cross. While crossing these two passes, the route will bestow you some mesmerizing views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda. We will descend from Dajori pass, follow the riverbank passing Samar Village and we will stay in Syangbochen.

    Altitude 3475 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 7
    Syangboche To Ghami (3520m), 5-6 Hrs Trek

    On the seventh day, we will make an early start to the Yamada La Pass (3850m) encountering several villages on the way to Ghami. As our trek starts elevating, we will pass through some popular forests and reach Nyi Pass (4010m). As soon as we cross the crown of the pass, we will descend steadily to Ghami, one of the largest villages in the Upper Mustang region, and spend the night there.

    Altitude 3520 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 8-9
    Ghami To Tsarang (3620m) To Lo Manthang (3730m)

    The trek will resume early in the morning after an energizing breakfast. We will start descending to the valley through a favorably rough trail crossing a suspension bridge over the Ghami river. After crossing the bridge, our trek will start elevating as the trail will guide you to the Tsarang Pass (3870m) and descend to Tsarang village which is located at the top of a wide canyon. The village is embellished with an ancient monastery where we will stay for the night.

     

    The ninth day will have a relaxing hike as we won’t be much far from Lo Manthang. We will surpass the Lo La Pass (3950m) from where you will be opportune to see the walled countryside of Lo Manthang below. While descending down to Lo Manthang 3730m), the magnificent sight of Bhrikuti will definitely hypnotise you. After our arrival in Lo Manthang village, we will freshen up and get ready for the big day.

    Altitude 3730 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 10
    Explore Lo Manthang (3730m)

    After spending an elaborate night, we will start to explore Lo Manthang, a glorious village carrying great history and culture from ancient times. The village falls in one of the last northwest areas which are rich in Tibetan culture and architecture. We will start to explore as early as we can, visiting some of the monasteries which have been restored over the last two decades preserving their ancient value. We will visit Jhampa Gompa, Chode Gompa, Choprang Gompa, The Royal Palace, The Monastic Museum, and many other cultural and religious heritages getting to know about The Last Forbidden Kingdom. If our travel schedule favors us, we will also trek to Tringkhar, a small village in the northwest.

    Altitude 3730 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 11
    Lo Manthang To Drakmar (3810m), 6-7 Hrs Trek

    Following an enlightening day in Lo Manthang Municipality, the route back from Lo Manthang will take a twist. We will take a different path passing through Gyakar village which is gifted with a hundred-year-old monastery, Ghar Gompa. Some legends believe that anyone who makes a wish here will have their wish fulfilled. After making a wish at this spiritual monastery, we will continue our trek to Drakmar village and spend an overnight.

    Altitude 3810 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 12-13
    Drakmar To Ghiling (3806m) To Chhuksang (3050m)

    As soon as we start the twelfth day of our trek, we will begin to descend from Drakmar (3810m) to Ghiling (3805m). However, strong winds may hinder our trekking across the dry plateau. We will pass the dry fields and reach the village of Ghilling where we will rest for the night.

     

    After the successful completion of a windy trek from Drakmar to Ghiling, we will resume our trek descending down from Ghiling (3806m) to Chhuksang (3050m) on the thirteenth day. The glorious views of the Himalayas will wipe your exhaustion while passing through numerous hamlets. After hiking for six hours, we will reach the village of Chhuksang and explore the rest of the day.

    Altitude 3050 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 14
    Chhuksang To Jomsom (2700m), 6-7 Hours Of Trek

    The last day of our trek will probably be the longest walk completing a seven-hour trek through the Upper Mustang Region entering The Annapurna Range. We will start as early as we can and halt for our lunch in Kagbeni. The route intersects the famous Annapurna Circuit Route as we will continue our trek back to Jomsom and spend an overnight.

    Altitude 2700 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 15
    Fly Back To Pokhara – Fly Back To Kathmandu

    After an early breakfast, we will fly back to Pokhara. The flight is a unique experience as it will fly you through an enormous gorge that lies between The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. After a scrumptious lunch in Pokhara, we will catch a plane and fly back to Kathmandu as per our travel schedule.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast And Lunch
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 16
    Spare Day In Kathmandu/Sight-seeing As An Option

    After the attainment of our long trek, you can relish Kathmandu as a relaxing day. You can pay a brief visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and many more cultural heritages inside the capital.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast And Farewell Dinner
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 17
     Final Departure

    Our trip to The Upper Mustang will end on this day. However, you will return home with infinite memories locked in your memory for eternity. One of our representatives will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you a cordial farewell before your scheduled flight.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation N/A
Upper Mustang Trek | 17 Days Trek In The Kingdom Of Lo

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PLAN YOUR TRIP

Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off in a private car as per schedule
  • Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara with a bed and breakfast basis
  • As per the schedule, meals during trek Jomsom to Jomson include Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea, or Coffee (3 cups per day)
  • All the necessary paperwork and conservation area entry permits
  • Special trekking Permit US $ 500 per person for 10 days (The above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit for Kagbeni)
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • TIMS card
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight fare.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara tourist Bus.
  • Accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek (Twin beds basic sharing).
  • An experienced Government licensed guide with fluent English
  • 1 porter for 2 members for carrying personal luggage
  • Salary, Food, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for the Guide and Porters.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle with mask regulator. (If used, the additional cost of oxygen)
  • Medical basic kit (Please consult your doctor and prepare medicine for yourself)
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant.
  • All Government taxes

Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  • Rescue evocation in case of need
  • Items of personal nature like any kinds of Alcohol drinks, cold drinks, phone calls, internet, battery charging, laundry on trek
  • Bottle or boiled water during the trek
  • Tips for Guide, porter
  • Jeep or bus if you use on the way to Lo-Manthang (If you plan to take Jeep or Bus)
  • Horse or jeep etc. if you use it during Lo-Manthang Sightseeing
  • Entrance fees in the monastery, a temple in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and during the trek

Departures

Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.

 

We schedule our trips in the most favorable seasons. However, the above-mentioned itinerary may change as per the expedition’s obstructions but the quality of our service is guaranteed.  In case of a delayed flight, we are obliged to inform you that besides the total number of days included in the itinerary, clients are compelled to bear the expenses of the extra days themselves.  Apparently, 8k Expeditions will assist necessary arrangements for your comfort.

 

Trekkers are advised to schedule their flights at convenient time frames as we shall not be responsible for missed international flights or luggage before our reception. You are also suggested not to carry insignificant materials for your own ease. 

 

We are cordially grateful to you for joining us!

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