Discover one of Nepal’s best treks with the Upper Mustang trek of 16 days. Go on an extraordinary journey into the lost kingdom of Lo and visit the legendary stone walled city of Lo-Manghtang. This trek in Nepal crosses various low altitude passes, local villages, and countless monasteries and stupas. Furthermore, during the Upper Mustang trek you’ll be able to explore various cave networks that where recently discovered! Trek through a barren land surrounded by the Himalayas with the Upper Mustang trek in Nepal.
Landing at Nepal for your Upper Mustang trek our team will be already waiting on you for a quick meet & greet. Our Narba Treks team transfers you to your booked hotel in Kathmandu, and explains the plan for the next day. During your first day and evening in Nepal, we suggest to take in the nearby sights and go exploring around Thamel, Kathmandu’s touristic and backpackers area. Here you’ll find most trekking shops, restaurants and boutique shops. Take a rickshaw (a bicycle pulling a 2 seat carriage) or explore by foot everything is in walking distance. The next day while we prepare your permits for the Upper Mustang trek, you’ll be enjoying a cultural guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
We have 4 points planned to see during this sightseeing tour; Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath, and Pashupatinath Temple. It will take most of the day for your Upper Mustang trek permits to be ready, so this day of sightseeing is the perfect way to spend the time. At Kathmandu’s Durbar Square you’ll be able to see ancient architecture and craftsmanship of the local Newari people. As for the Boudhanath Stupa, and important Buddhist pilgrimage site you’ll be able to see the huge white stupa up close and enjoy the sights from one of the rooftop restaurants. At the Swayambunath Stupa, besides countless monkeys you’ll be able to see incredible views of the Kathmandu Valley as well as being able to feel a spiritual feeling of peace! The last point of this sightseeing day in Kathmandu is the Hindu and most holiest temple of Pashupatinath. After your tour we meet back up at the hotel for a trek briefing and going over the Upper Mustang trek itinerary. As tomorrow we leave Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara.
To start the Upper Mustang trek we’ll have to reach at Jomsom located more to the North West from Kathmandu. To shortest way to get there we’ll have to fly from Pokhara. Following a great part of the Trishuli River, the drive to Pokhara takes about 5 to 6 hours. It’s a scenic drive and reaching Pokhara brings you one step closer to the entry point of the Upper Mustang trek. After spending the night at your booked hotel, we make way for the national airport and fly to Jomsom. The flight itself is quite scenic as parts of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges come in sight. Nilgiri is also quite visible from Jomsom.
This is it we have reached the official starting point of the Upper Mustang trek, Jomsom. It’s a lot cooler than Kathmandu and Pokhara and depending on the season you booked you might have snow as well. The first part of the Upper Mustang trek take us to Kagbeni (2,858m/9,377ft). Famous for its apple orchards Kagbeni also houses a monastery and a local market selling all kinds of trinkets and spiritual items. For the first part of today’s trek we follow the trail along the Kaligandaki River and make our way gradually up until heading further inland. Our first village along the way is Tangbe. Made out of small narrow roads and stone houses its quite an experience trekking through here. We make way to Chele village (3,050m/10,007ft) by passing by and visiting the famous Sky Cave.
Now on day 6 of the Upper Mustang trek we make way for the village of Syanbochen. It’s mostly rocky and barren on the trail with incredible valley views. Uniquely about the Mustang region are the rock formations carved out by years of elements battering the land! We trek gradually up passing by Samar and ultimately reaching at Syanbochen (3,475m/11,549ft). Along the way we pass by the ruins of the old palace of Syanbochen. Narba Treks’ experienced trekking guide will give you detailed information about every highlight during the trek through Upper Mustang. On day 7 we head for the village of Ghyami (3,520m/11,549ft) by crossing the Yamda La Pass. Marked with prayer flags and a stone stack, the top of the Yamda La Pass offers amazing views of the Annapurna Himalayas! We continue on most of the day trekking up and down along the trail leading to Ghyami. After checking in to the guesthouse we can explore around the famous Red Monastery as well.
As we head further on the Upper Mustang trek our next destination the old town of Tsarang. To reach here from Ghyami we’ll need to cross two mountain passes including the Tsarang Pass. Most valley views are just incredible today, and you’ll have great chances to see the blue sheep of Mustang! Tsarang is a simple village with two distinct features on opposite ends of each other. The legendary Tsarang Monastery and the old Tsarang Palace open to the public with a guided monk tour! These are some of the main highlights of the Upper Mustang trek. Continuing on to the main highlight of this special trek in Nepal, we leave Tsarang the next day and head for the stone walled city and old capital of Lo, Lo- Mangthang. During today’s trek we’ll be heading through arid landscapes and cross various desert dunes. We’ll have to traverse some narrow slopes up and down until reaching a flat path leading to the walled city. After check in, we hold a short walking tour around the city and visit Tsarang’s Palace. On day 10 of the Upper Mustang trek we hold an excursion day around Lo-Mangthang. We have a few destinations to visit and some way to travel.
There are three options available we can either drive, trek or hire horses to reach Chhosar where we can visit newly discovered caves, and the Garphu and Nyiphu Buddhist Monasteries. We’ll also have the chance to visit the Jampa Kakhang and the Thubchen, Choprang and Chodey Gompas. In the late afternoon we return to Lo-Manthang for our last dinner and overnight in the stone walled city. Although we reached Lo-Manghtang there is still more to the Upper Mustang trek, as the next day we head for the red cliffs of Dhakmar! The trail leads further away from the walled city and through arid landscapes. Through a narrow cliff path we can visit the Lo Gekar Monastery. Further along the way to Dhakmar we pass by the longest Mani wall in Nepal. It will take a good 5 minutes to reach the end of the wall! Just before reaching Dhakmar the red cliffs come in view. According to legend the cliffs became red due to the blood of a slain evil demon in Buddhist folklore! Dhakmar although a simple village does offer a path leading up the cliffs where various small cave chambers are connected within the cliffs. Reaching almost back now we trek to Ghiling village. During this day we’ll see some of the last great views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges!
We are reaching to the end of the Upper Mustang trek, and make our way back to Chhuksang village which we passed in the beginning of the trek. We’ll get to see some of the last views of the Mustang region as we reach Chhuksang. On day 14 of the Upper Mustang trek we head back to Jomsom via Kagbeni. This is it, you have officially completed the adventurous Upper Mustang trek in Nepal. As we say goodbye to our brave porters this day, we can optionally celebrate at the Jomsom guesthouse to the success of your trek. The next day we fly back to Pokhara for one more overnight. Day 16 is when we drive back to Kathmandu to conclude your package but Narba Treks can extend your stay in Pokhara and book additional activities such as bungee jumping, rafting, sightseeing and even paragliding! If not, we have one complimentary thank you dinner back in Kathmandu to say farewell as your Upper Mustang trek reaches its conclusion. Take one of the best treks in Nepal with the 16 days Upper Mustang trek and explore the ancient kingdom of Lo!
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