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Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek to hidden paradise of Mustang is fabulous tour that visitors experience ever best holiday trip in their life in Nepal. Upper Mustang; described as a mystique valley and the last forbidden kingdom in Nepal was just opened for foreigners in 1992. Upper Mustang, also known as a ‘Mini Tibet of Nepal’ and a very well-liked trekking in Nepal, has been described as “Mountain Desert". Even though the upper Mustang is changing it still surprises the visitors with its stunning vista and the stubborn way it cling to its unique culture. This Upper Mustang trekking is one of the best trek to do even in the monsoon time as the entire Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow, north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, completely sheltered from the monsoon downfall in Nepal. The best advantage of doing this cultural trek in monsoon time is that the village are full of local people busy at their every day works and the whole region are in bloom which makes really a fabulous contrast with the wind eroded hills, red cliffs and snow capped mountains on the back ground – a great vista.Indeed the culture is fighting back, crumbing art works are being restored. Crumbing monasteries have been rebuilt and refilled with the sound of bald-headed children in robes studying the ancient Buddhist ways. Trek to Mustang allows the travelers to witness heavenly beautiful Trans-Himalaya landscape, ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines such as Stupas, Chhortens, Kaanis, Prayers walls, centuries old monasteries and interact with Tibetan like people makes the trip most lifetime memorable. The  loneliness and isolation contributed the people of Mustang to conserve their life style and cultural heritage that remained almost unaffected for centuries. Hidden behind the high Himalaya ranges, Mustang is filled with handsome trekking zones.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive at the airport and transfer to a hotel.Stay overnight and prepare for the trek.

Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara :5-6 hours

You can either take a flight which takes usually 30mins or drive which takes 5-6hrs.Upon our arrival in Pokhara, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft).Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 3
Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni : 3-4 hours trek

Take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 4
Kagbeni to Chele : 5-6 hours

We walk on sand amidst strong winds before ascending on a hill. We reach the Tangbe Village .We continue our walk and pass another village and cross a river on our way. Next, we walk on a ridge before reaching Chele Village. Overnight in Chele.

Day 5
Chele to Syanbochen : 6-7 hours

Our walk today involves crossing two passes, Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735). We descend further and reach Samar Village. From here we walk on a trail above the village and reach a ridge. Next, we descend on a steep trail to a stream and continue our trek to Syanboche. Overnight in Syanboche.

Day 6
Syanbochen to Ghami : 5-6 hours

We ascend to the Yamda La pass at 3,850m. We trek through poplar forests and barley fields and reach Nyi Pass at 4,010m. From here, we descend to Ghami which is one of the biggest villages in the Lo region. Overnight in Ghami.

Day 7
Ghami to Tsarang : 5-6 hours

We cross a suspension bridge over the Ghami Khola and begin ascending. Next, we cross the Tsarang La Pass at 3870m and reach Tsarang village. The village lies atop the Charang Chu canyon with a huge fortress and a red gompa towards its east. Overnight in Tsarang.

Day 8
Tsarang to Lo-Manthang : 3-4 hours

We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Day 9

We spend the day touring three major gompas of the town namely Jhampa, Thupchen and Chhoeda. All of these gompas have undergone expert restoration over the last two decades. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 10
Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar : 6-7 hours

Our trail passes through Gyakar village which houses a century old Ghar Gompa with beautiful rock paintings. We explore the Gompa and continue our trek to Drakmar for an overnight stay.

Day 11
Drakmar to Ghiling : 5-6 hours

Our trail passes through a dry plateau and fields before reaching Ghiling. Ghiling is mostly dry, but we still get good views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. Overnight in Ghiling.

Day 12
Ghiling to Chhuksang : 5-6 hours

We walk on the same trail as before going up to Lo Manthang. On the way to Chhuksang we can enjoy great views of the Himalayas and small villages we pass en route. Overnight in Chhuksang.

Day 13
Chhuksang to Jomsom : 6-7 hours

Today is the last day of our trek and it is a long one. After trekking for a while, we come to an end of our Mustang trails and join the trails of the Annapurna circuit. We stop for lunch at Kagbeni. After lunch, we continue our trek to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

Day 14
Fly back to Pokhara

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 15
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive towards Kathmandu or take a flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16
Final departure

Arrive at the airport and check in for final departure.