14 DAYS UPPER MUSTANG TREK

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destination Mustang
duration 14 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 3,860m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

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No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,590
Pax 2 USD 2,490
Pax 3 USD 2,290
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,190
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,090
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,990
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,890
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14 DAYS UPPER MUSTANG TREK

CULTURALLY RICH TIBETAN BUDDHIST CULTURE & STEP BACK IN TIME!

This 14 days Upper Mustang trek offers a unique experience in this remote region of Nepal on the Tibetan border. No other trek in Nepal compares to this mountainous region in the Mustang district and its vastly different landscape.

This is truly a slice of Tibet in the Mustang District and Gandaki Provence. Lo Manthang, a walled city, and its capital have unique architecture and religious places of worship, such as Namgyal Gompa (temple). The landscape in this region ranges from red cliffs to rugged windswept plains. The trek begins as you pass Kagbeni, the path to Upper Mustang. , Along the trek, you will be in the shadow of some of the largest mountain ranges in the world, such as the Dhaulagiri Massif, Nilgiri, and Annapurna.

A short distance from Lo Manthang is Gyakar with its well known Gompa and Ghar Gompa (more than 1200 years old) devoted to the famous Buddhist sage Guru Rinpoche.  The trek ranges from 3000m to 3,800m in altitude. Most days we trek for 5 to 7 hours through sometimes blustery and dusty conditions. This trek also follows the old salt route from Nepal to Tibet.

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights 

  •  You will trek to the historic town of Lo Manthang, the capital of the forbidden Tibetan Kingdom.
  • Trek in dry conditions due to Mustang being in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massif bordering Tibet. 
  • See various Gompa (Buddhist fortifications), chortens, fluttering prayer flags, caves (10,000), rock works of art, and age-old religious communities. 
  • Understand the hardship of the people living in this remote region.
  • Stunning views of overpowering peaks, such as on Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Visit Lubra Village with its Bonpo religion (older than Buddhism).
  • Drakmar’s famous red cliffs.

ITINERARY

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Our journey begins with a 6-7 hour drive toward the Pokhara Valley and its beautiful Phewa Tal (lake) and then checking in to your hotel close to Phewa Tal. There is plenty to see and do along Lakeside with its many shops, bars, and restaurants to choose from.

Today we fly from Pokhara to Jomson – a 20 – 25-minute flight scenic flight with views of the famous Kali Gandaki Gorge (world’s deepest), along with views of several colossal peaks” Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Ranges and Machapuchare (Fishtail). After landing at Jomson we begin our trek heading to Kagbeni, about a 3-4 hour trek. Kagbeni is also the checkpoint where authorities will check your documents before you enter the restricted Upper Mustang region. Along the trail, we will have views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche Peak. We will stay the night at Kagbeni.

Today we start early in order to avoid the high winds that develop later in the day. In the early morning light, we can see Nilgiri that is orange in color due to the sun’s reflection on it. We follow the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River until we enter the wide Chhusang Valley. After leaving Kagbeni we ascend giving us spectacular views of the village and Mt Nilgiri (7061m).The trail heads east towards more arid land common to the Mustang region. We soon reach the first significant village of Tangbe with its red and whitewashed houses on the opposite banks of the river and glorious views over the Kali Gandaki River. Perched high up the cliffs above the village are caves believed to have been home to the early inhabitants of this area. The trail then comes to Chele where we have views of the Himalayan Ranges. Tonight we stay at Chele.

Today we will climb the rugged hills and eventually come to a stone cairn at 3540m at which point we descend to the small village of Samar with its chortens (stupa religious– monuments) and other Buddhist structures. After leaving Samar we descend into a large canyon and then again ascend to a 3800m ridge before again descending to the remote Shyangmochen Village and then head to Geling Village where we stay the night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

From Geling, the trail leads up to of Nyi La Pass (3932m) and then heads down and follow the Tangmar Chu River and its Mani stone walls (stones inscribed with Lamaist prayers). We then follow the trail to Charang Village with its enormous five-story Dzong (monastery) and red Gompa (a type of monastery) and Thankas (forms of art). Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Today the trail is mostly uphill as we initially head to Lo-Gekar home of one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in the world. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than the Samye Gompa in Tibet. After visiting Lo Gekar we travel by horse to Lo-Manthang. The trail passes the ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang before descending and crossing a stream before reaching Lo-Manthang. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today we climb to Namgyal Gompa situated at the top of a peak and then proceed to Tingkhar north-west of Lo Manthang. It is a small village consisting of about 40 houses. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today the trail ascends to 4070m and then heads to the Chogo La Pass (4320m), the highest point of our trek. We then head downhill and cross the Charang River and make our way to Lo Gekar, pass the village of Ghar Gompa (3839m) with its Tibetan religious structures. After passing Ghar Gompa we follow the trail down to Drakmar. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

The trail today descends and passes the stone walls and fields of Drakmar before heading lower again reaching Ghami (3475m) and then Jaite (3820m) and again dropping to Chhung-Kah. From here we continue to Tama Gaon (3710m) and further downhill to Shyangmochen. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today we follow a river to Chhusang, or alternatively, we can head to Samar and visit the Ranchung Caves. This route adds another 30 minutes to the trek. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today we leave Chhusang Village and head up to the valley above where we can see Muktinath in the distance. We continue along the valley and descend and cross the river via a suspension bridge. This area is well known for its fossils famous for the fossil stones often found in the Gandaki River (Shaligrams – black holy stones). As we follow the trail we have awesome views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himalayan ranges. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

From Muktinath, we pass through lush meadows, fruit trees, and streams passing through Kagbeni before we reach Jomson in the Kali Gandaki valley. We take a short detour today to Bon Punt monastery in Lubra. Bon-Po is said to be older Buddhism and Lubra, with just 14 families is one of the few Bonpo villages in Nepal. The trek today will take around 6 hours. Kagbeni has a well-deserved reputation for its horticulture industry.

Today is our last day as we head to the small airport terminal at Jomson where we take a short 15 to 20 minute flight to Pokhara. Once airborne you will have some amazing views of the Himalayas. This evening you can sit back and relax, enjoy and drink or two and look back on your amazing adventure through the amazing Annapurna Conservation Area – stroll along Lakeside. Other attractions in Pokhara are the World Peace Pagoda (clearly visible across Phewa Tal (lake), , Bindabasini Temple, Phewa Lake, Matepani Buddhist Monastery, International Mountain Museum and Devi's Falls.

Today we head back on a 6 to 7-hour drive to Kathmandu with many fond memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. These memories will last a lifetime!

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package

  • Domestic Airport pick-up and drop by car.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
  • 2 nights’ standard accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara in a twin-sharing basis including 2 breakfasts.
  • An experienced and Knowledgeable English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • All Food, Accommodation, Insurance, and transportation for porter and guide.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit 
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) 
  • Upper Mustang special permit 
  • Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara flight with airport departure tax
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) throughout the trek.
  • Assistant guide group size of more than 8 people in a group.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist bus.
  • Seasonal fresh fruits every day 
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Sherpa Teams company T-shirt
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes/ vat and official Expenses

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Excess baggage of more than 10 kg for Jomsom flight.
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Upper Mustang trek is located in the Mustang region of Nepal, in the north-central part of the country. It is a remote and restricted area that borders Tibet.

The Upper Mustang trek usually takes around 12-15 days, depending on the specific itinerary and the pace of the trekking group.

The Upper Mustang trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek. It involves walking at high altitudes and crossing challenging terrain. Previous trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended.

The best time to do the Upper Mustang trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These times offer stable weather conditions and clear mountain views.

As the trek reaches high altitudes, there is a risk of altitude sickness. It is important to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions, such as drinking plenty of water, taking rest days, and ascending gradually. It is also recommended to consult with a doctor before embarking on the trek.

For the Upper Mustang trek, you will need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and a restricted area permit for Upper Mustang. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu through a registered trekking agency.

Accommodation on the trek is typically in teahouses or lodges along the trail. These are basic but comfortable, with facilities such as beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms. In some remote areas, camping may be necessary.

Yes, it is possible to hire a guide and porter for the Upper Mustang trek. Due to the unique cultural and historical significance of the region, it is recommended to hire a guide who is familiar with the area and can provide insights into the local culture and traditions.

Some essential items to pack for the Upper Mustang trek include a good pair of hiking boots, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, a water bottle, a first aid kit, and a good quality backpack. Additionally, you should carry snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera.

Yes, it is possible to customize the itinerary of the Upper Mustang trek according to your preferences and time constraints. It is recommended to discuss your requirements with a trekking agency or guide, who can help create a personalized itinerary for you.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,590
Pax 2 USD 2,490
Pax 3 USD 2,290
Pax 4 to 6 USD 2,190
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,090
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,990
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,890
  • Best Price Guarantee
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  • Team of highly experienced Experts
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USD 2,190

Per Person

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Cheryl Anne

Australia

January 1, 2024

Unveiling the Wonders of Upper Mustang

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Our journey to Upper Mustang with Sherpa Expedition was an experience that left us in awe and inspired us in ways we never anticipated. The trek took us through a land shrouded in legends and mysteries, and we were privileged to witness its beauty firsthand. The trekking team played a crucial role in making our journey memorable. Our guide was not only experienced and knowledgeable but also passionate about the Mustang region. He shared fascinating stories and historical insights that brought the area to life. His guidance and expertise added depth to our trekking experience. The porter who accompanied us was a true asset to our journey. His strength and dedication were evident as he carried our belongings, ensuring our comfort and allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the trek. His assistance was invaluable, and we were grateful for his hard work. The teahouses along the trail provided a welcome respite after long days of trekking. The staff were friendly and accommodating, and the facilities were clean and comfortable. We enjoyed warm meals and had the opportunity to interact with fellow trekkers, creating a sense of camaraderie and shared experiences. The views along the Upper Mustang Trek were simply breathtaking. From the majestic peaks of the Himalayas to the unique geological formations, every step of the journey offered a new and awe-inspiring sight. The ancient monasteries and the vibrant local culture added a sense of spirituality and wonder to the trek. Our journey to Upper Mustang with Sherpa Expedition was an adventure that surpassed all expectations. The exceptional service provided by the team, the knowledgeable guide, the helpful porter, the comfortable teahouses, and the awe-inspiring views made this trek an experience we will forever cherish. We strongly recommend it to anyone seeking a trek that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of wonder.

Rose Petrella Savino

Austria

November 29, 2023

A Trek to Remember

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My trek to Upper Mustang with Sherpa Expedition was an experience that will stay with me forever. From the moment we set foot on the trail, we were captivated by the unique landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality of the Mustang region. The trekking team provided exceptional support throughout the journey. Our guide was not only knowledgeable about the area but also passionate about sharing the hidden treasures of Upper Mustang. His insights into the local culture, traditions, and historical significance of the region added depth to our adventure. The porter who accompanied us was a true hero. His strength and dedication were evident as he carried our belongings, ensuring that we could focus on the trek without any worries. His assistance was invaluable and greatly appreciated. The teahouses along the trail provided a comfortable and welcoming environment. The staff were friendly and attentive, and the facilities were well-maintained. We enjoyed delicious meals and had the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate in cozy accommodations after long days of trekking. The views along the Upper Mustang Trek were nothing short of spectacular. From the barren landscapes to the snow-capped peaks, every turn revealed a new and awe-inspiring sight. The ancient monasteries, caves, and unique rock formations added an element of mystique and made the trek even more enchanting. My trek to Upper Mustang with Sherpa Expedition was an adventure filled with discovery, cultural immersion, and natural beauty. The exceptional service provided by the team, the friendly and knowledgeable guide, the helpful porter, the comfortable teahouses, and the breathtaking views all contributed to making this journey a truly unforgettable one. I strongly recommend it to anyone seeking an off-the-beaten-path trek that combines adventure with a deep sense of exploration.

Msd Mrtnz

Ukraine

November 1, 2023

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We recently had the opportunity to embark on the Upper Mustang Trek with Sherpa Expedition, and it was an experience that exceeded all expectations. Our journey took us through the captivating landscapes of Upper Mustang, and we were immersed in the rich cultural heritage of the region. The trekking team provided an excellent level of support throughout our journey. Our guide was not only knowledgeable about the area but also passionate about sharing the history, traditions, and stories of the Mustang region. His expertise enriched our experience and allowed us to truly appreciate the unique cultural aspects of this remote area. The porter who accompanied us was a true asset to our trek. His hard work and dedication were commendable, as he carried our belongings and ensured our comfort throughout the journey. His assistance allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the trek and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The teahouses along the trail were comfortable and welcoming. The staff were friendly and accommodating, and the facilities provided a cozy refuge after a long day of trekking. We enjoyed delicious meals and had the opportunity to interact with other trekkers, creating a sense of community and camaraderie. The views along the Upper Mustang Trek were nothing short of breathtaking. From the majestic peaks of the Himalayas to the stunning red cliffs and ancient caves, every step of the journey offered a new and awe-inspiring sight. The natural beauty of Upper Mustang left us in awe and provided a sense of tranquility and serenity. Overall, our trek with Sherpa Expedition to Upper Mustang was an unforgettable journey. The combination of the exceptional service provided by the team, the friendly and knowledgeable guide, the helpful porter, the comfortable teahouses, and the mesmerizing views made this trek a truly remarkable experience. We strongly recommend it to anyone seeking an adventure that combines cultural immersion, natural beauty, and a sense of exploration.

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