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Upper Mustang Trek - 14 Days

The Upper Mustang trek winds its way to the hidden Buddhist world of the Kingdom of Mustang, also known as Lo. This remote trans-Himalayan mountain area borders Tibet and has a distinct Tibetan feel to it; both in its people and culture, and in its arid landscape of high cliffs and rocks of surprising formations and colours. The trek visits Kagbeni, gateway to Upper Mustang, then on through a stark landscape in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif to Lo-Manthang, the seat of past Kings of the Kingdom of Lo. Explore caves, rock paintings, monasteries and gompa and learn something about the culture of this area. Panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and others, are very much part of this exciting trip!

Within Lo Manthang itself a visit to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, the last main village in the northwest of the area, as well as the Kings palace, brings further cultural understand of the area. There is also an amchi (traditional Tibetan doctor) museum and school, where visitors can learn about this ancient healing art and how it is being adapted to meet modern day situations. A few hours walk from Lo Manthang is Gyakar with its famous Gompa. Ghar Gompa is over 1,200 years old, being dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, who travelled these areas at that time. The Gompa is famous for its rock paintings, and the fact it is believed that if you make a wish here, it will come true. So make a wish at the Ghar Gompa, and hope to return again someday!

The trek is at relatively high altitude (3,000m to 3,800m), which is somehow intensified by the dry air. While it is no problem for those born at this altitude to travel at speed, visitors will be more leisurely in their hike to avoid any altitude related problems. On average walking takes place from 5 to 7 hours a day and some paths are particularly windy and dusty. But this trek into the restricted area of Upper Mustang, which in part follows the ancient salt route, is something that will remain in ones memory forever.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)830 m6 - 7 hr
Day 2Pokhara to Jomsom (Flight) to Kagbeni2800 m3 hr
Day 3Kagbeni to Chele3050 m7 hr
Day 4Chele to Syangmoche3475 m6 hr
Day 5Syangmoche to Ghaymi3500 m5 hr
Day 6Ghami to Charang3560 m4 hr
Day 7Charang to Lo Manthang3770 m5 hr
Day 8Day trip to Chhoser Cave3770 m3 hr
Day 9Lo Manthang to Drakmar3800 m6 - 7 hr
Day 10Drakmar to Ghiling3860 m5 - 6 hr
Day 11Ghiling to Chuksang3050 m5 - 6 hr
Day 12Chuksang to Jomsom2715 m5 - 6 hr
Day 13Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)830 m30 min
Day 14Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara -Kathmandu Drive
  • Pokhara -Jomsom-Pokhara Flight
  • ACAP Permit and TIMS Card
  • Guide for 14 days
  • Porter for 14 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 13 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 14 x set breakfast, 14 x set lunch and 13x set dinner while on trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Upper Mustang Trek

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Upper Mustang Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize..

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

Outline Itinerary

Days Itinerary Altitude Time
Day 1 Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive) 830 m 6 – 7 hr
Day 2 Pokhara to Jomsom (Flight) to Kagbeni 2800 m 3 hr
Day 3 Kagbeni to Chele 3050 m 7 hr
Day 4 Chele to Syangmoche 3475 m 6 hr
Day 5 Syangmoche to Ghaymi 3500 m 5 hr
Day 6 Ghami to Charang 3560 m 4 hr
Day 7 Charang to Lo Manthang 3770 m 5 hr
Day 8 Day trip to Chhoser Cave 3770 m 3 hr
Day 9 Lo Manthang to Drakmar 3800 m 6 – 7 hr
Day 10 Drakmar to Ghiling 3860 m 5 – 6 hr
Day 11 Ghiling to Chuksang 3050 m 5 – 6 hr
Day 12 Chuksang to Jomsom 2715 m 5 – 6 hr
Day 13 Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight) 830 m 30 min
Day 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive) 1380 m 6 – 7 hr

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Trip Facts

  • 3770 m
  • Jomsom/Jomsom
  • Demanding