Trip Type : Group Tour
Annapurna Lake View of Pokhara, Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek

Epic Adventures
4.9 . Excellent
Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
17 days
From: $ 1,899 $ 112 / day
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  • See the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu
  • Visit to Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’
  • Explore Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare
  • Discover Fewa Lake
  • Enjoy climbing to Taklam La Pass through plateaus with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang
  • Enjoy a trek uphill to the Yamda La passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages
  • Experience trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Bhrikuti pea

Short Description

The Transhimalayan Mustang Region is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, since the region was restricted for outsiders until Nepal Government announced the opening of the restricted areas in October 1991.  The Mustangis or the people of Mustang call themselves Lobas, and they have their own King or Tribe-leader, Jigme Palbar Bista. After Nepal was declared a republic in 2007, the Nepal Government took back the official recognition of the Bista as the Mustangi King. However, the people there still respect him as their King or tribe-leader. Bista also grants audience the visitor upon request.  There is also strict control in obtaining a special permit from the department of immigration to protect their tradition from outside influence as well as to protect their environment.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kathmandu
End City Kathmandu

Trip Includes

  • All accommodation in 3 star ( By Nepalese standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms
  • All Ground transportation
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking and 3 cups of tea / Coffee
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • One cultural show and dinner
  • National park entry fees and TIMS permit card
  • All Domestic Flight according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Epic Adventures. After completing your customs formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Epic Adventures display board at the arrival gate.  You will be then transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Meals: Breakfast

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu.  Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath).  In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also do your last minute shopping of personal items as you will be starting your journey.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6 hrs drive

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight in Pokhara.

Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus.  Enroute we will see more of countryside Nepal has to offer, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenery.  In the afternoon, we reach Pokhara.  Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others.  Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes.  We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon, maybe enjoy boating. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. You can even do some shopping during evening hours. 

Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni [2,858m/9,375ft]: 3-4 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of 8,000ers such as Annapurna & Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang.  This is a large town, headquarter of the Mustang region; it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet.  From Jomsom onwards  it can get windy in the afternoon, we continue on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-Bhatti village.  After a stop here an hour of easy walking takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers.  In Kagbeni a major tributory, Kak Khola, coming from Muktinath, meets Mustang Khola, and from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki.

Day 5: Kagbeni to chele [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our journey starts towards to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki up stream.  During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop through the sandy and windy trails.  Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards.  From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of rock that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows.  We head on to Chele village.

Day 6: Chele to Syanbochen [3475m/11,398ft]: 6-7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti.  We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further on we descend to a little village of Samar.  We take the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descend steeply to a stream.  Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen.  On the way, we relax in the surroundings of cool streams and juniper trees.  Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses.  We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.

Day 7: Syanbochen to Ghaymi [3520m/11,546ft]: 5-6 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which are Tibetan style of houses with open terraces.  We cross mountain passes, an avenue of poplar trees and fields of barley, then climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft). We then descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. the third largest village in the Lo region, Ghayami is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren.

Day 8: Ghaymi to Charang [3500m/11,480ft]: 4-5 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk.  After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism.  From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon.  There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa on the trail to our teahouse for tonight’s stop.

Day 9: Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3700m/12,136ft): 5-6 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak.  The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further on the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m to the windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley.  While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border.  We stay at hotel for the overnight stop.

Day 10: Explore Lo-Mangthang

Today we explore the surrounding areas.  Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar.  Namgyal Gompa is situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court.  After visiting Namgyal Gompa we continue the tour to Tingkhar,  the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel.  You have the opportunity to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang “God house” the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which is the main attraction of this town.  Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja’s palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya.

Day 11: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than that we came by.  Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure.  The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings.  According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled.  They will also be time to explore the local area. 

Day 12: Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight at Ghiling.

Today, we head back to Ghiling.  We will have lunch, and then you will have an afternoon of free time to enjoy exploring the area.

Day 13: Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 5-6 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We trek on to Chhuksang for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Day 14: Chhuksang to Jomsom [2700/8,856ft]: 6-7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our last trek of the trip is a long one.  We make an early start as before and trek to Kagbeni.  Finishing the Upper Mustang trails and we join the Annapurna Circuit trek.  After lunch at Kagbeni we will head on to Jomsom for the overnight stop.

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara

Meals: Breakfast

After morning breakfast we check in at the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between the gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.  On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time is yours to explore the lake and overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu.  To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, in the evening, there will be dinner and Cultural show hosted by Epic Adventures.

Day 17: Farewell Friend

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos.  If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing.  Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Epic Adventures will take you to the airport.  On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.


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Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation by a client must be made in writing and acknowledged by the company.  The date on which the request to cancel is received by the company or agent will determine the cancellation charge applicable.  The cancellation charges detailed as a percentage of the total tour price:

  • Cancellation 60 days or more before departure: Loss of Deposit
  • Cancellation 59-21 days before departure: 50% of the cost of the booking
  • Cancellation less than 21 days before departure: 100% of the cost of the booking

The client is strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of making the booking.  Please note that no refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun.  No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, meals or services not utilised

Additional Information:

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee $40 for 30 days
  • Major meals in Cities
  • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu tour
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
  • Personal Travel Insurance

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