More about trekking in Upper Mustang

To trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king. Upper Mustang trek with us will take a extraordinary adventure.

In Tibetan, Mustang means “fertile land”. Mustang is located at the Northwest of Nepal. It borders Tibet. Mustang was a prohibited area to foreigners up until 1991. Formerly independent, it’s now an integral part of Nepalese territory since 1951. Located behind a mountainous barrier, Mustang sits in a rain shadow, unaffected by the monsoons.

It has a dry, desert-like, and windy climate. Here one lives with the rhythm of the seasons isolated from modern time. Fantastic canyons with red cliffs, chimneys of fairies and monasteries. Lo Manthang, the royal capital city strengthened by high Mustang, is an exceptional voyage to the meeting of an authentic culture full of legends and secrets. With us  Upper Mustang trek will take you discover the whole history of Mustang.

More about Nord Extreme Himalaya

Nord Extreme Himalaya (P) Ltd was officially opened in 2012. It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colourful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very especial one.

Nord Extreme Himalaya (P) LTD. regularly organizes trek to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting TIJI festival a three days long ritual known as “The chasing of the Demons“, one of the most important festival of the region. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji festival.

Day 01: Drive or Fly to Pokhara (913 m)

This day you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport you will be picked up and transfer to Hotel. This day can be used for short visit around Pokhara city. (International Mountain Museum, Mahendra cave, Davis fall and Fewa lakes are some popular places to visit.)

Day 02: Morning flight to Jomsom and Drive to Chhuksang (2800 m & 2 hrs)

Early morning we are flying Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. On arrival to Jomsom you will meet the rest of the trekking staff. Then drive to Chhuksang.

O/N at Local Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 03: Trek to Samar (3060 m & 4-5 hrs)

After breakfast, the trail goes to flatly to Chaile following to the Kaligandaki river bank and crossing the river the way inclined and reach at Chaile village  then we continue or trek to rough way until Samar. This is the second day of our trekking and we shall have lunch and take rest in leisure time. Still we can use the time to visit the local monastery and local people which gives you the opportunity to know the local culture of Mustang. From where we can see the amazing scenery and landscape.

O/N at Local Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 04: Trek to Geling (3500 m & 6-7 hrs)

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and with a further descent before coming along a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge, which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770 meters and descend to Geling Village.

O/N Local Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner Included)

Day 05- Trek to Dhakmar (3800 m & 6-7 hrs)

Today, after breakfast we continue our trek to Nye-La Pass 4016 m. From this pass you can see the beautiful scenery of mountains Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and many more chain of the mountains. Crossing the village of Dhakmar, your destination ahead is Ghami and passing Ghami you will come to the village of Dhakmar. Dhakmar is also known as Red Hill in Tibetan Language. Also you shall have an opportunity to experience the local cultural dance.

O/N at Local Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 06: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 m & 6-7 hrs)

This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lomanthang. You can see the nomad (Yak shelters) and yak grazing around. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from the ridge there is a view of the walled city of Lho. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang.

O/N at Local Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 07: Chhokser

After breakfast we need to hire horse or Jeep (Jeep is reccomended) to Tibet boarder. After spending some time over there we shall drive back to Chhokser where we shall have our lunch. After lunch we visit the Zhong Cave, Nyphu and Gharphu Monasteries then we shall have time to chitchat with local people about local religion, tradition and culture. Some people still lives in the cave which is one of the surprise during your visit to this area.

Note: If you like to see and experience the local culture they will provide you in your request. You can also wear and try the local traditional dress. 

O/N at Local Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 08: Trek back to Lho-Manthang (3840 m & 3-4 hrs)

After breakfast, it is time to trek back to Lho-Manthang. During trek back to Lho-Manthang, we shall not follow the same way but we shall follow Thinker and Namgyel Villages where we can see the fossils of the ancient King’s summer and winter castle.(Palace) Then we trek to Lho-Manthang then shall have lunch. After Lunch, this is the time to visit three different monasteries (Thukchen Gompa, Jhampa Gompa and Chhodey Gompa). Then opportunities, to talk with local with experts about the culture in Upper Mustang.

Day 09: Drive back to Jomsom (2713 m & 6-7 hrs)

We shall have our breakfast as usual time then ready to drive to Jomsom direct. It will take around 6-7 hrs.

O/N at Local Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 10: Morning flight to Pokhara and same day another flight to Kathmandu or you can stay at Pokhara.

Today 20 minute morning flight takes us from Jomson back to Pokhara. The upon arrival check in for Pokhara-Kathmandu flight. Free at leisure. Still this day can be use for short walking and shopping. There will be farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show.

Day 11: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Pokhara airport. Fly to Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel. Free at leisure.

What’s included in the package?

  • Upper Mustang Special Trekking permit
  • Annapurna conservation area entrances permit
  • Trek permit (TIMS)
  • English speaking GOV licence holderGuide and porter
  • Pokhara-Jomsom- Pokhara flight ticket
  • Lho-Manthang to Jomsom by Jeep
  • Three meals every day during your trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea or coffee optional.
  • Accommodation in Local Lodge during your trek
  • All the governmental taxes

What’s not included in the package?

  • Your international flight ticket and Nepal visa
  • Horse or Jeep riding to Tibet boarder
  • Your personal nature of expenses such as bar bills, telephone, showers, email and internet, laundry
  • Tipping for your staffs.
  • Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Transport Kathmanu – Pokhara- Kathmandu
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Any type of donations
  • Any other unseen personal expenses


Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
December 20, 2017

Sonam – Our trip in October 2017 to the Upper Mustang was wonderful, thanks to your excellent guiding and care. We appreciated trekking through a most unique and stunning landscape, and staying in the village guest houses. Visiting the many monestaries and learning about them from the resident monks was very special. Riding horses on the last (and longest day) was a great opportunity (as well as helpful!). We might not have been the fastest trekkers but we enjoyed each day! Thank you for all the extra work you do to protect Nepal and to help the children. Namaste, Dorothy and your Alaska friends

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