Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Lodge
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 3600m
Highlights
  • A spectacular flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Explorations of Jomsom, Marpha, Kagbeni, Lo Mannthang, Lower Mustang, and Upper Mustang
  • Historical Mani walls, forts, and incredible ethnic settlements
  • Awe-inspiring arid landscapes and valleys
  • Ethnic and nomadic people, their cultural activities
  • Astonishing mountain views include Annapurna Massif, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and other Himalayan panoramas
  • Deepest gorge, Kaligandaki gorge
  • Muktinath Temple, a popular pilgrimage site with 108 water spouts and a flame which never goes out

Upper Mustang Trek is an extraordinary exploration of the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Upper Mustang is also known as the alienated Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Locating boastfully itself in the frontier of Tibet, Upper Mustang offers us a great deal of distinct insights of traveling including Tibetan trade and culture. Upper Mustang is the center point for witnessing all the northern mountain ranges of Nepal and Tibet too. The landscapes here are like a desert and the rugged terrain of Upper MustangTrekkingiss really thrilling. The rainfall seldom occurs here. Upper Mustangg, an ancient Himalayan kingdom is located at the top of the Kaligandaki River.

Fundamentally, the kingdom Upper Mustang trek includes two distinctive regions: the southern part and the north where the trekkers can experience the very alike culture and tradition to those of Tibetan people. To be here means the travelers feel some kind of mystical experience and the real thrill of an isolated world which has not been touched by the flame of modernization yet. The unique age-old civilization of the people of this region undoubtedly satisfies one. The entire area of Upper Mustang is really a picturesque, inspiring, infatuating and enchanting. Most significantly, the combination between arid landscapes and snow-fed mountain summits is stupendous which makes a lifetime memory.

The major attraction of the Upper Mustang trek is the fortified fabled city of Lo-Manthang. According to the history of Nepal, Upper Mustang was still a separate kingdom ruled by a king within Nepal until the Monarchy was overthrown. And, interestingly, even after the downfall of Monarchy, this small Tibetan settlement has the same respect to the kingship as for their King Jigme Paramal Bista.

The exploration of historical Lo-Manthang is considerably important achievement for the trekkers as they have to go through high altitude desert-like country climbing in and out of the spacious valley of the Kali Gandaki and the gorge which the Kali Gandaki River runs through is popular as the deepest in the world. Along with this, you will also go to explore some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint white washed houses and most strikingly, the vibrant Buddhist cultural intermingled with Tibetan tradition which is celebrated with their classical music.

Upper Mustang region seldom receives rain. So, it is always dry like a desert. You can travel to Upper Mustang at any time of the year you like. However, Autumn ( Sept-Nov) is the best weather to travel to Upper Mustang. Trekkers will get no trekking experience anywhere in the world like you celebrate in Upper Mustang Trek.

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu-Overnight in Hotel-

The very first day that you step in Nepal for the trip. You will be received by our representative at the airport. Our representative will be at the arrival holding placard with your and our company name (Magic Expedition. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 mins drive from the airport to the hotel. There may some hassles like offering a taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. Take care of your luggage because you may miss it.  Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.

After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce a guide or trip leader. For this, be with 4 pieces of recent pp sized photographs, a copy of passport, and copy of travel insurance. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

After your breakfast, we start the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour. The Pilgrimage and Historical Place which you are going to visit today are Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square. You will have lunch during the tour in the afternoon. So we suggest you take some Nepali money with you to spend it on foods and to buy some gifts during your whole day exploring Kathmandu Valley. Some of the heritages are destroyed by April Earthquake and they are in the course of the renovation. The tour ends at around 4 pm. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

Get ready for the drive or fly to Pokhara after your breakfast. You guide will come to receive you to the hotel where you stay and take you to the bus station or the airport. This drive or flight takes you Pokhara from Kathmandu. The bust station is around 15 mins. You can choose walking or you may get a taxi too, from Thamel, or from the hotel. The tourist bus leaves at 7 for Pokhara every morning. It takes around 7-8 hours to get Pokhara from Kathmandu. On the way, you will see winding country roads, river, woods, and local people and their lifestyles. However, we must say, the condition of the road is not good. For your convenience, you also can take the private car by making an extra payment. Sometimes, bumpy and dusty…. To escape it, you, optionally, can go with flight. It is a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which is optional and has to pay extra. You will drive for 35 mins to get the airport if you are flying. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 910m

The van will come to receive at the hotel where you stay along with the trekking leader. We begin our drive after breakfast. In the initial, we have concrete and smooth roads. Then we enter into the arid landscapes with the rough country road. On the way, the barren landscapes, suspension bridge, riverbank of Kaligandaki, and some mountain views including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri, and to the south, the entire Annapurna massif can be seen. Kagbeni is a beautiful village with tunnels, irrigation canals fields of wheat, and barley and a large red Gompa offer us a quite different insight of the Upper Mustang region. Now, we are in the forbidden and alienated kingdom. Overnight at the guest house in Kagbeni.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Kagbeni

Today, we get our special permit checked in Kagbeni and begin our trekking via arid plateaus, desert-like landscapes and we even happen to see some panoramic view of Yakawa Kang. We have the number of ups and downs and passes as well. Finally, after going through a long and beautiful mani wall, we get a beautiful village of a maize field, Charang. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Charang
  • 3500m

We leave this beautiful village, Charang, after we have our breakfast. We have a tough hiking today as we have to pass cliffs and narrow off the beaten trails. We initially walk to get Yara village on the way to Luri Cave which is also called Luri Gumpa. We have to work very hard  to get this Cave- Gumpa. However, it is a rewarding climb to this holy cave and gompa. To get into the Cave or Gumpa, we have to crawl against the narrow entrance. After we enter, we have more or less enough space to stand. The cave is about 5 meters high. After we explore this cave, we get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Luri Cave

Today ,we make a journey to one of the most awaited highlgihts of Upper Mustang trekking. We begin our trek today with a descent. Then we cross a river. After we cross the river, we have an ascent to pass Lo which is located at the elevation of 3850m. It is a popular vantage point to view mesmerizing Lo Manthang Village. The pass is windy. Then, finally, we have a descent to the village Lo Manthang. Overnight at the guest house in Lo Manthang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lo Manthang
  • 3600m

Today, we go to explore a mysterious cave in Chosar Village which is called Jhong Cave. The Cave is located at the border of Tibet. This is an outstanding historical cave in Upper Mustang with 5 story high built into a cliff. The visitors have to climb up the steep stair to enter this cave. As you enter the cave you will see there are many other ladders to go from one floor to another. In the cave there are more than 40 different rooms are available.

From the window of Jhong Cave, you can see the marvelous landscape of Chhoser valley. This cave was used as a safety by the villagers of Chosar. It is a 2-hour walk from Lomanthang to get this cave. After you explore this amazing cave, you get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chosar Village

Today we trek along the rough and dusty trail until we get Ghar Gumpa. It is all the way down. It is a 4-5 hours walk. First, we pass the settlement of Lo Gekar, then we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, Ghar Gumpa. It was built by Guru Rimpoche in the 18th century, who is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. We explore the history and religious cult of the religious leader of Buddhism, Rimpoche, we get back to Charang to spend the night. Overnight at the guest house in Charang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chorang

It is a trek to another isolated village of the Upper Mustang region. We mostly trek via desert-like terrain and the valleys. Chusang is located at the junction of Narsingha River and the Kali Gandaki. The grey cliffs and different communities mostly influenced Tibetan culture to amaze the trekkers here. Optionally, we can use private jeep to escape the trekking. The serene and peaceful village is every trekker’s attraction here. One can explore amazing cliffs and rocks here. It is 6-7 hours of hiking. Overnight at the guest house in Chhusang.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chhusang

We begin our trek after we have our breakfast. Today, we trek through light green vegetation. On the way, we will visit Jarkot Monastery. At the end of the hiking today we get Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. A natural flame that never goes out and 108 water spouts are beautiful things to observe here. Overnight at the guest house in Muktinath

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Muktinath

It is a scenic flight of an hour. We can view beautiful mountain views and landscapes while flying from Muktinath to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Pokhara

If you choose to walk, it is 15-20 mins..walk from Lakeside, Pokhara or alternatively, you can drive  to the bus station. The leader will help to get the bus station. The tourist bus leaves at 7.30 for Kathmandu every morning. It takes around 7-8 hours to get Kathmandu from Pokhara. On the way, you will see winding country roads, river, woods, and local people and their lifestyles. However, we must say, the condition of the road is not good. Sometimes, bumpy and dusty…. To escape it, you, optionally, can go with flight. It is a 35 minutes flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

In the evening, after you get to the hotel, we will have dinner together and review the trip and exchange the experiences during your trip and you can feedback us.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

According to your prescheduled flight to another destination, we drop you to the Tribhuvan International airport.

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu

What to Expect

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport Pickup and Drop.
  • Domestic air from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Three-night accommodation with breakfast in Katmandu.
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek. We provide attached bathroom wherever possible.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide including his salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit) please bring 3 passport size photos for permit
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Any extra drinks and foods like alcoholic and soft drinks, chocobar and snacks.
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Horse/Pony during the trek.
  • WiFi internet/phone call
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Useful Info

Altitude sickness:

The more you ascend to higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.

Travel Insurance:

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you are suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur .Many standard polices cover you for trekking to high altituides, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.For more information please see our information section.

Tea house trekking

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.

Carrying my stuffs when trekking:

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance to the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuffs that are not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 peoples rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water

We don’t recommend you to drink the tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

  1. Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
  2. Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
  3. Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetising, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavour.

How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking:

  • All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend / family member who is over 18 years of age.
  • Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14
  • Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11

What is your cancellation policy:

If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure ,we will refund your payment in accordance to the following schedule:

  • 75% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 90 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 50% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 60 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 0% refundof total trip price for a cancellation made 59 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.