Upper Mustang Trekking


Key Information

  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Price from US$ 2650
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Trip Style NA
  • Accomodation NA
  • Max Elevation 4250m
  • Group Size 2 to 8
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The historic backcountry Mustang trek kicks off the once-banned wild horse kingdom, which is hidden from the rest of the world north of Nepal's main Himalayas. Mustang, the land where a man's soul remains as real as the feet he walks on: this land is called "barren as a dead deer", but despite its hardships, it is still full of beauty and happiness, part of the kingdom of Tibet. Until Gongtang in the 1830s. The unofficial capital of Mustang, the walls of Lomondan, remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history of Lomond Tang is filled with myths and legends rather than recorded facts. The Mustang remained an independent duchy until 1951. King Lo-Monthang still retains his title and was awarded the honorary rank of Colonel of the Nepal Army.

Long closed to tourists, the fabled kingdom of upper mustang is one of the wildest dreams of Himalayan lovers and has been open to foreign tourists since 1991. Immigration authorities issue only a few special permits. This barrier-crossing Nepalese-Tibetan enclave is nestled in the Kali Gandaki Mountains in the High Himalayas, an ancient caravan route that connects the inhospitable wilderness of the Tibetan Plateau, the hills of Nepal and the plains of India. The kingdoms inhabited by the Lhoba people exhibited Tibetan Buddhist culture without Chinese influence for a period of time. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colorful-painted mud-brick houses on the back dropped of the majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri make your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very special one.

Adventure International Trekking organizes regular treks to the Upper mustng for the three-day TIJI festival

The ceremony is called "The Demon Hunt" and is one of the most important festivals in the region. During the festival, monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals to exorcise evil spirits, and Mustangs from all over gather at Lo Montang to celebrate the Tiji festival.

 "Before we spewed out a swath of weather-beaten brown faces, in stark contrast to those bright, dirty little kids clinging to the roof like grapes. My eyes, even today, have a hard time believing what I saw that day the truth.


  • 01Arrival in Kathmandu: 15 -20 Minutes drive. AIT representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. After having formal introduction, you are being served with welcome drink at the hotel. They will give you helpful tips for your time in Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
  • 02Kathmandu sight-seeing tour & Trekking preparation. Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. After completed city tour In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Adventure International Trekking briefs you regarding your trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming trekking.
  • 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara valley (823m/2,700ft), 6-7 hrs drive: With a morning wake up guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately six hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.
  • 04POkhara to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,212ft) Today we will take an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,705m/8,900ft), the administrative centre for the Mustang district of Nepal. En-route we fly between Annapurna I (8,055m/26,500ft) and Dhaulagiri (8,146m/26,800ft). We will meet our porters in Jomsom and trek 8km (4hrs) to Kagbeni, which is situated at the confluence of the Jhong Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Kagbeni
  • 05Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m/10,035ft) The trek to Chele is 18km (7 hrs) from Kagbeni, where we head north along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes up and down for two hours to avoid the many river crossings, and then climbs steeply to a plateau avoiding a vertical-walled bluff ahead. From here it is a gradual climb to Tangbe (4 hrs). The trail climbs to 3,100m/10,199ft and then drops steeply to the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We will walk along the river bed crossing to the western bank before making a small climb to Chele.Overnight stay at Chele
  • 06Chele to Eklo Bhatti (3,820m/12,568ft) Trek 13km (6 hrs) to Eklo Bhatti. The trail climbs to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. It then descends a little to the village of Samar, altogether three hours from Chele. Between Samar and Geling the trail remains over 3,700m/12,173ft, so the group should be well acclimatized to camp in between. The first campsite arrives after two hours of climbing (mostly gradual),Overnight stay at Bhatti
  • 07Bhatti to Ghame (3,520m/11,581ft) Trek 12km (4 hrs) to Ghame. The trail gently climbs to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing teahouses, chortens and Tibetan-influenced villages, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) after lunch, the trail then steeply descends to Ghame. Overnight stay at Ghame
  • 08Ghame to Tsarang (3,500 m/11,515ft) This is an easy trekking day of 11km (4 hrs) to Tsarang. After crossing Ghame Khola below Ghame, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long mani wall. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Tsarang, gradually climbing and then descending. Overnight stay at Tsarang
  • 09Tsarang to Lomanthang (3,700 m/12,173ft) The 13km (5 hrs) trek to Lomangthang hosts magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lomanthang Valley. While descending to Lomangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border.Overnight stay at Lomanthang
  • 10Lomanthang explore Explore the eastern valleys and the Nyphu and Gharphu Monasteries before returning to Lomangthang. This trip is 12km (5-6 hrs) round trip. Overnight stay at Lomanthang.
  • 11Lomanthang Explore This will be another roundtrip day excursion to explore Namgyal, Tingkar and the valleys to the west (7km/4-5 hrs). Overnight stay at lomanthang
  • 12Lomanthang to Tsarang (3,500 m/11,515ft) Trek 15 km (6 hrs) back to Tsarang. On the return journey we can take a detour to visit the Lo Gekor Monastery. Overnight stay at tsarang
  • 13Tsarang to Tangya (3,240m / 10,656ft) 10 km (6 hrs): After an hour's walk from Tsarang, Kaligandaki is crossed at about 3,170m. The crossing point is at the junction of the Kali Gandaki and Dhechyang Khola. The trail then heads south over a stony plain towards the valley of Tangee Khola and eventually climbs away from to the fields of Tangya. Overnight stay at Tangya
  • 14Tangya to Tetang (2,940m /9,673ft) Trek 25km (10 hrs) to Tetang. The trail climbs down to the Tangee Khola and crosses a bridge, before coming over a ridge and descending to the wide stony plain of Yak Khola. A steep climb comes one hour out of Tangee. The summit (4,050m/13,325ft) is reached after four hours from the camp. As the trail comes over a few passes, the view is stunning. The trail is steep and rough with a lot of loose stone. Overnight stay at Tetang.
  • 15Tetang to Kagbeni (2,810 m/9,245ft) Trek 11km (6 hrs) back to Kagbeni, where we spent our first night on trek. Overnight stay at Kagbeni.
  • 16Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,700 m/8,883ft) Trek 8km (4 hrs) to Jomsom. We will celebrate with our crew in the evening, before departing the next day. Overnight stay in teahouse
  • 17Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara early in the morning, and spend few hours relaxing lakeside & afternoon onwards flight to Kathmandu O/N Hotel
  • 18Departure: You could catch up on some last minute shopping, Internate to your friends and family before departure to Airport or onwards to your next destination.
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Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop services
  • Kathmandu Sight seeing tour
  • All domestic flights, buses and cars as per itinerary
  • Pre-trip services & advice
  • All permits such as , Trekking Permit, ACAP, permits as itinerary describes.
  • All hygienic meals such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while you are on treks
  • Use boiling water reduces mountain pollution & save money. We provide you boiling water.
  • Down sleeping bags and Jackets
  • Free gear bag for your trekking stuffs; use this for your souvenir bag at the end.
  • All accommodation.
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip
  • First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking guide
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • All Comfortable, private transportation by car, bus and plane as per itinerary
  • Necessary porters as per the trip
  • Staffs insurance, well paid salary, high altitudes equipments, foods and accommodations
  • Rescue Arrangements off course not the rescue bills please!
  • Group celebration dinner
  • 10 % VAT and 2% TSC Taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare to/from home city;
  • Food and Accommodation while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Travel, trek and expedition medical and evacuation insurance;
  • Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, etc.);
  • Tips for the staffs because this is the sign of the guest happiness at the end of the trip. It has been establish a custom say "Baksis"
  • Any loss due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, road blockage due to landslide, etc
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