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Home » Nepal » Trekking » Annapurna Region » Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

Country:

Nepal

Area:

Annapurna

Activities:

Trekking

Grade:

Moderate

Season:

Mar-May, Sep-Dec

Altitude:

3,760 m

Duration:

18 days

Accommodation:

Tea house

Transportation:

Drive In - Drive Out

Group Size:

2 - 15 pax

Dalai Lama says that "if any Tibetan culture alive in this world is in upper Mustang of Nepal ".

Of course, Mustang valley is reach of Tibetan culture and landscape. In the ancient period it was a salt trading route between Tibetan and India. Lower Mustang's Thakali people were the best merchant at that time.

This valley was disconnected from main stream of the country before 1947. When Dalai Lama left Tibet, some of his supporter enter in this valley and try to capture the territory for some years, after that Nepal government keeps high interest here for the security matter. Also upper Mustang was considered a separate kingdom inside Nepal and king Jigme was representing of this cultural value even politically it was not.

Mustang was only opened to the trekkers in 1991. The department of immigration issues only a small number of permits to protect local traditions from outside influence as well as protect the environment. Recently government of Nepal reduces the fees of the trekkers to encourage the trekkers more in this region.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Kathmandu - Pokhara (1552m):
By flight (30 minutes) or by buses (7 hours).

Day 02 Pokhara - Jomsom (2715m):
Fly to Jomsom early in the morning and walk to Kagbeni (2900m). The trail goes plain except the minor up and downs. Camp at Kagbeni. Walking duration 3 hrs.

Day 03 Kagbeni - T-chaile (3200m):
Kagbeni is the entry and exit point of Mustang area. The trail goes up to Tangbe (3100m) along the Kali Gandaki River. From Tangbe the trail goes slightly down to Chhuksang (3050m) through the wheat and barley fields. After walking 3-4 hrs from Kagbeni stop for lunch at Chhuksang, after lunch the trail goes up to T-chaile (3200m). The old habitant of LAMAS. Walking hour about 2 hrs.

Day 04 T-chaile - Gilling (3510m):
Trail goes steeply up with cliff road to Samar (3700m) 3.30 hrs walk, and slightly goes down to Vena and again goes up to Yamdo, after lunch at Yamdo the trail goes to Gilling after passing the 3800 meter high Nyala pass. Camp at Gilling (3510m) 3 hrs from Samar.

Day 05 Gilling - Dhakmar ( m):
After breakfast, start walking slightly step up through the Tamagaun village and Chyank (4050m). This is the best place to see the good view of Mustang, Annapurna and Nilgiri range as well. After the pass trail ascent to Ghemi (3520m) lunch brake at Ghemi, after 3-3.5 hrs walking. After lunch the trail goes slightly up to Dhakmar (3750m) walking duration from Ghemi is 2 hrs and camp at Dhakmar.

Day 06 Dhakmar - Tsarang (3650m):
Trail follows slightly up in the beginning and goes down to Ghar Gumpa (Lo- Gekar), very famous and one of the richest monastery (from 3-5 century). Monastery stands alone in the quite place. After walking about 3 hrs stop for lunch here, after lunch trail follows the Tsarang river, finally reach at Tsarang (3650m) & camp.

Day 07 Tsarang - Lo-manthang (3760m):
The trail slightly goes down and again climbs up to Lo-manthang (3760m), walking duration about 4 hrs. Lo-manthang is the capital of the former Mustang kingdom, after lunch we can visit around the Lo-manthang village, Royal palace, and monasteries as well splendid view of Lo-manthang and Trinkar as well.

Day 08 Lo-manthang - Chhoser ( m):
The upper part of Mustang. Go early morning with packed lunch and back to Lo-manthang and camp, it is possible only by horse.

Day 09 Lo-manthang
Early morning, start to Tinkar by horse, Tinkar is the summer palace of Mustang King and visit Nyamgyal monastery. Visit Chhoser village and back to camp.

Day 10 Lo-Manthang - Yara ( m):
On the way to back from Lo-manthang, trail goes down to Dri after walking about 4 hrs. Lunch at Dri, after lunch crossing Mustang khola and climb slightly up about 2 hour to Yara.

Day 11 Luri Gumpa ( m):
With a packed lunch after breakfast will go to Luri Gompa, one of the famous monastery and back to the camp. Total duration of walking is 5 hrs.

Day 12 Dri - Yara - Tsarang ( m):
From Dri walk down for few hours and cross the Mustang khola, lunch stop on the way and after lunch trail goes slightly up to Tsarang, walking hour 5 & Camp.

Day 13 Tsarang - Gilling ( m):
Same trail follows on the way back to Ghami and stop for lunch, after lunch the trail continue to Chyunka pass (4050m) and walk down to Gilling & Camp (6 hours).

Day 14 Gilling - Chhuksang ( m):
Step up to Yamdo pass and continue walk down to Samar, stop for lunch at Samar after lunch walk down to Chhuksang for over night camp.

Day 15 Chhuksang - Kagbeni ( m):
The trail slightly goes down along the Kaligandaki river stop for lunch on the way and camp at Kagbeni.

Day 16 Kagbeni - Jomsom:
Takes you the simple trail. After walking about 3 hours arrive to Jomsom and over night at Jomsom.

Day 17 Jomsom – Pokhara:
Early in morning fly to Pokhara, transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 18 Pokhara - Kathmandu:
Fly or drive back to Kathmandu .

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