Overview

Mustang Regular Trek:

The number of days required for Mustang Regular Trek will be dispersed as:

• Trekking Days:         12 Days.
• Kathmandu Stay:    03 Days.
• Pokhara stay:           02 Days.
• Departure Day:        01 Day.

“Nepal’s Treasured Beauty and Marvel – The Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal”

Mustang regular trek takes you to Upper Mustang, the lost Tibetan Kingdom and one of the most astonishing valley that exist in Nepal. Mustang literally hides behind the soaring snowy range of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This ancient kingdom of Mustang which was opened to the outside world only in 1992. Mustang have very successfully manged to retain their culture without any influence from the outside world and modernization. Without doubt, its people have accomplished to preserve this magnificent trans-Himalayan kingdom. Mustang regular trek is a journey of remarkable contrasts with vast and barren Tibetan landscapes, century’s old cliff hanging monasteries, cultured settlements with lush rice fields, and timeless traditions. Upper Mustang, a forbidden kingdom and a source to the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki is simply phenomenal.

Mustang regular trek is indeed a great opportunity to explore the restricted kingdom of Nepal. It’s an adventure from the very first day when you fly through the worlds deepest valley to Jomsom airport. Popularly known as a desert of Nepal, Upper Mustang indeed has a mystical presence. However, every village in the upper Mustang is more like a mirage that appears lush green in the middle of nowhere. Every year in the month of May Mustang celebrates one of their major festival called Tiji Festival. It’s a prayer for ‘Peace’. Both local and international tourists visit Upper Mustang during this festival.

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While trekking in the area of Upper Mustang the legends and ancient history unfolds before you with ample excursions. This excursion takes you deep into the ancient monasteries, ancient palaces and ancient caves. The caves specially gives you the history of prehistoric human settlements which are now used as burial chamber or a place for enlightenment. However, to explore these mysterious places ‘the Mustang Authorities’ charges an entrance fee. Travelers are to  shoulder the fee incurred while visiting these places of significance. Travelers are also to bear the cost of any transportation facility used such as jeep or horses in any of distant side excursion.

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Short Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrive to Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft)
  • DAY 02: Half day city tour/ free afternoon
  • DAY 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft) 7 - 8 hours
  • DAY 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,923 ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m/9,186 ft) 4 hours
  • DAY 05: Trek to Chele (3,050 m/10,006 ft) 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 06: Trek to Syangboche (3,800 m/12,467 ft) 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 07: Trek to Ghami (3,520 m/11,548 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 08: Trek to Tsarang (3,560 m/11,679 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (3,800 m/12,467 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 10: Rest day at Lo Manthang.
  • DAY 11: Trek to Dhakmar (3,820 m/12,532 ft) via Ghar Gompa 7 - 8 hours
  • DAY 12: Trek to Syangbuche (3,800 m/12,467 ft) 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 13: Trek to Chhuksang (2,980 m/9,776 ft) 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m/9,186 ft) 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 15: Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,923 ft) 4 hours
  • DAY 16: Fly to Pokhara
  • DAY 17: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu (as preferred)
  • DAY 18: Transfer to International Airport.

Important Note

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

FAQ's

Upper Mustang, though a moderate trek it is quite challenging, due to the variation of undulating trial that swings with diverse altitude. It’s a desert of Nepal with tons of river valleys where our trail literally runs through making it remarkably a walk with amount of up and down climb. However, anyone with sensible fitness can join Upper Mustang trek as Nepal Pyramids itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing making every step more tranquil than exhausting. It's indeed a heaven for keen walkers.

NOTE: Anyone with weak ankle/knee, Heart/Lungs or any PreMedical history need to seek the consent of their doctors which is mandatory.
Mustang trip is earnestly busy during the Tiji Festival that falls around the month of May. This being one of the principal festivals of Mustang the flow of tourists both local and international will be in enormous volumes. However, for the rest of the years apart from winter Mustang will be pretty unoccupied.
We don’t recommend Mustang trek during winter due to closure of lodges, inaccessible due to heavy snow and utter chill weather circumstances.
Upper Mustang is a restricted area for which trekkers need to be associated with a local company – Permits required for this restricted area are: A Special permits that cost $500 per trekker for 10 days which is a minimum permit validation Days authentication and extra $50 per trekker per day will be charged for additional days extension, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) permit. However, all these will be prearranged before your arrival in Kathmandu.
To get to Jomsom one has to fly to Pokhara first, the second biggest city of Nepal - this literally means there isn't a direct flight to Jomsom. But, visiting and staying overnight in Pokhara and to catch the early morning flight to Jomsom is something not to be missed.
Jomsom happens to be the 'Windy Valley' of Nepal to which our air aviation is quite strict about flying small planes to this remote mountain airstrips. Secondly, there are flight delays and sometimes cancellation under various weather circumstances . However, this isn't an everyday story and there is an alternative of driving to and from Jomsom in-case of flight cancellation. Though driving may be very long (9/10 hrs) in comparison to flying yet the fun of driving through the worlds deepest gorge has a different charm.
Mustang trip is earnestly busy during the Tiji Festival that falls around the month of May. This being one of the principal festivals of Mustang the flow of tourists both local and international will be in enormous volumes. However, for the rest of the years apart from winter Mustang will be pretty unoccupied.

We don’t recommend Mustang trek during winter due to closure of lodges, inaccessible due to heavy snow and utter chill weather circumstances.
All our itineraries are intended to make the altitude variation appropriate for ample acclimatization, though the chances of getting AMS in Mustang is zero as we ascend very progressively and furthermore the highest point we sleep at is not more than 3,800 m / 12,467 ft. Moreover, we provide medically professional leaders who are certified and skilled at dealing with any altitude related ailments. Since Mustang trek starts off with very gradual ascent we don’t recommend taking Diamox or any altitude related medication.
Upper Mustang trek which was opened to outside world only in 1992 started off as a camping trek where tea house trekking started very recently. The tea houses that we see now in this region is nothing but the extension of their own houses which is quite basic that delivers twin bed sharing rooms with hygienic COMMON toilet and bathrooms. During Tiji Festival time which normally falls on the month of May these tea houses will be houseful and most trekkers uses tents or home stay facility to witness this incredible festival.

You may have variety of choices for the food but most tea houses still need to improvise in their making of western food so please expect least of what comes to the table as per your order - So far with Nepal Pyramids absolute contentment prevails in regards to meals and Local Tea-House.
It is always very wise to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure that includes trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation. Though your leaders are highly trained to cope with any emergency situation yet sometimes even after the best of our precautions things happens. It is very essential that you have the right travel insurance to cover yourself from everyday trekking injuries like sprained ankles to life-threatening conditions and natural disasters.
Nepal Pyramids provides a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attach hood. We also provide you with complimentary Nepal Pyramids duffel bag , our T-Shirt and specific Trip Map. Comprehensive medical kit that ranges from painkillers to antibiotics, Oxygen cylinders and rain poncho during monsoon season.
Mineral water is rampant in Upper Mustang region yet Nepal Pyramids, for environmental concern we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. With no additional cost our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you ran out of the delivered water you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.
Being slow is not a matter of concern with Nepal Pyramids as typically your group leader sets up a ground for everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team. However, depending on the situation your group leader assigns job for the assistant guides to cater the separated group whereas for himself staying at the back with the slow walking people. But in no way people lose their charm of their trekking freedom, everyone reserves the right to take his/her time and maintain their own pace.
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The charging facility is not possible in all the settlements of Mustang as they still lack the Hydroelectricity facility and people still rely on their solar panels. Further the villages with electricity facility usually have a power-cut during day time to stabilize the supply which is already very low. It is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries to charge your devices - besides, your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold.

Over trivial cost all tea houses provide you with basic hot showers that includes solar shower, gas shower or the Bucket shower.
Once we enter into the restricted area of Mustang the Wi-Fi facility is more like zero, Lo-Manthang provides you with Pre-Paid Wi-Fi connection over some charges but not always reliable.

Highlights

⭐ The early drive to Pokhara through the unfamiliar slender highway is special with its picturesque view, beautiful landscape, gorges, and farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains at the backdrop.

⭐ Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 6 hours drive.

⭐ The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.

⭐ Flying in a small plane to Jomsom airport 2720 m is simply phenomenal. Walking on the ancient trail along the Kali Gandaki gorge that dates back to 80 million years old with stunning barren, untouched landscape and getting to antique settlement of Kagbeni is more than anything else.

⭐ With the dramatic backdrop of snow white Nilgiri you enter the land of ammonites. With the dramatic setting of the landscape and through the wind eroded hills you witness thousands of natural caves now used for varied purpose.

⭐ The colorful landscapes, very primeval house architecture, and the smiling people are simply unique. Tsarang, the land of Chortens is remarkable. The 14th century walled city of Lo Manthang holds loads of history and legends. The 2000 year old cave of Chhosar gives you the history of prehistoric human settlements.

⭐ Ghar Gompa, the first ever monastery build by Padmasambhava around 7th century is mesmerizing and visit to this monastery is once a lifetime opportunity.

Detailed Itinerary

“THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM OF NEPAL”

 

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Highlights:
• Pick up from the international airport.
• It’s quite remarkable to see the lively activities around while driving to the hotel.
• Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
• Arriving early gives you ample opportunity to explore the bustling town of Thamel.

Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates you the entire mysticism over its existence

Highlights:
• We explore the sights and sounds of world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
• Witness the traditional cremation at sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
• Visit Boudhanath, one of the largest spherical Stupas in Nepal
• Trek briefing and equipment distribution in the afternoon.
• Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.

The early drive to Pokhara through the unfamiliar slender highway is special with its picturesque view, beautiful landscape, gorges, and farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains at the backdrop.

Highlights:
• Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 6 hours drive.
• The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
• Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation

We wake up quite early this morning to catch a flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This short flight takes you through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the glorious view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is exceptional.

Highlights:
• 20 minutes breathtaking flight to Jomsom, the windy valley of Nepal is unbelievable.
• Great view with dozens of Himalayan giants poking into the sky.
• Witness the Kali Gandaki river which dates back to 80 million old flowing from Tibetan Plateau.
• After morning tea walk to Kagbeni, the gateway of Upper Mustang through the ancient salt trade trail is unique.
• Easy walk, lunch at Kagbeni itself – and after lunch excursion around the antique village of Kagbeni which is not to be missed.

Having completed the permit formalities today we enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. As said to be the desert of Nepal the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage which is simply incredible.

Highlights:
• Walking on the extended trail with Kagbeni and Nilgiri mountain at the backdrop is dazzling.
• Witness the different part of the world, the land of ammonites (pre historic stone) with striking views.
• The stretch of Kali Gandaki river bed gives u the ancient history of its existence.
• The dramatic setting of the landscape with canyons and wind eroded hills is phenomenal.
• Lunch at Tangbe or Chhusang, another ancient village.
• Chele is a small beautiful settlement from where u can overlook the valley with its picturesque setting.

Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite 6 hour walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual colour that opens out is extraordinary. In this bizarre the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang adds up to its magnificence.

Highlights:
• The initial steep walk through the hill cut trail in one of these tremendous canyons is remarkable.
• You would witness the sky caves which date back more than 3000 years that were used as human settlement, burial chambers and now lama hermit retreats.
• Lunch at the small settlement of Bhena which is now a jeep station but with fabulous scenic beauty.
• Climb up to the pass before dropping down to Syangboche is remarkable for its unexpected views.
• Syangboche is small settlement deep into the valley but has a theatrical setting.

From Syangboche we climb gently to a small pass of 3800 m/12,467 ft with extraordinary views of mountains and deep valleys into the wind eroded canyons. Today’s walk is effortless with few short climbs in between but beautiful scenery alongside would hardly allow us to realize the passing away of time and arrive at Ghami for lunch.

Highlights:
• Endless colourful gullies to the north, east and west which is outstanding.
• South is still dominated by the soaring peak of Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna.
• After lunch free afternoon to explore Ghami, the ancient village with time honored monastery, Chortens and Mani (prayer) walls.

This short trek to Tsarang takes us into the ‘Land of Chortens”. This trail marks the history and legend of the Indian saint Padmasambhava (750-810 AD), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who created a fusion of Buddhism with the original Shamanistic religion of Tibet called Bon – whose influence upon the Indian Buddhism makes Tibetan Buddhism so fascinating.

Highlights:
• Half an hour walk from Ghami we see the Longest ancient Mani wall of Mustang.
• The soaring red cliffs to the west that tells you the legends of Padmasambhaba is intriguing.
• 4 hours walk brings you to the fascinating big village of Tsarang that just looks dramatic.
• After lunch visit to the ancient Monastery and the white palace of Tsarang which is their heritage.
• Self exploration around maze like Tsarang is worth it.

Finally we get to the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city and the Plain of Aspiration’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo, the kingdom with a single entrance is a welcome sight! The king, “Lo Gyelbu”, named Jigme Palbar Bista, still resides at his four-storied palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang.

Highlights:
• Fascinating solitary ancient chorten in the middle of the road after hour and a half walk from Tsarang.
• The spectacular view of Lo Manthang, valley of Thinkar and Chhosar from 4000 m pass of Lo-La.
• View of varied historical ruined forts on the high hills is one of the highlights.
• After lunch exploration into the legendary walled city of Lo.
• Your group leader will organize various thrilling side excursion.

Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city.

Highlights and Excursions:
After breakfast your leader will organize a jeep for Chhosar excursion.
What u see in chhosar:-
• Nyphu Cave monastery built into the side of a soaring cliff.
• 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave that has more than 44 compartments and gives u the prehistoric settlement of humans.
• During afternoon if you are not exhausted you can walk to Thinkar summer palace or explore the extraordinary ancient monasteries inside the walled city itself which is exceptional.

Today we will walk different west terrain which offers you the most beautiful view despite few steep down hill trials. We visit the world’s oldest Tibetan monastery Ghar Gompa built around 7th century by the incarnated monk Padmasambhava.

Highlights:
• We take a different trail that leads us to the world’s oldest monastery, Ghar Gompa.
• The views of landscape and the mountain in the south is mesmerizing.
• Lunch at 7th century monastery is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
• Walk to Dhakmar is thrilling with different trail high above the canyons and eroded hills.
• Dhakmar, a land of red cliffs is one of its kind where overnight is worth.

We trace back to the village of Syanboche where on the way back you have ample opportunity to look back into the missed out views.

We again trace back our trail towards south. We start early today to visit the ancient Chungsi Cave Monastery which is one of the most attractive among all cave monastery of Mustang where the Saint Padmasamvaba meditated around 7th century. But be prepared for all the steep ascent after the cave exploration.

Highlights:
• Early trek to visit the legendary Chungsi Cave Monastery built on the side of the vertical canyon wall, this is where Padmasambava meditated with a vision to bring Buddhism in Tibet.
• We have lunch at a pretty village of Samar famous for its poplar grove.
• Descending down to the Chhusang with a great view of Nilgiri and a wide stretch of Kali Gandaki is significant.
• Chhusang is another pretty old village with apple orchard, there are too many Nepali and Tibetan songs sung portraying the beauty of Chhusang.

We again trace back our trail towards south.

Highlights:
• Descending down to the Chhusang with a great view of Nilgiri and a wide stretch of Kali Gandaki is significant.
• Chhusang is another pretty old village with apple orchard, there are too many Nepali and Tibetan songs sung portraying the beauty of Chhusang.
• We exit from the restricted area of Mustang and stay overnight in Kagbeni

This morning we start early to avoid the tough Mustang wind that usually triggers early. We trace back the same trail.

• Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping the local staff.

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. We fly right into the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki with striking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight stay in the lake city of Pokhara. Your group leader will assist with the side excursion, if any, as per your requirements.

Highlights:
• We say final goodbye to our local trekking crew who would be driving to Kathmandu.

Today we will fly to Kathmandu with the beautiful panoramic Mountain View to your left.

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. Your leader will be there to send you off home.

Dates & Cost

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Cost Includes

✅ National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
✅ Mustang special permit.
✅ Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
✅ Three star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
✅ Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
✅ Half day guided city sightseeing with paid entrance fee.
✅ All Government and Local tax.
✅ Fundamental trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner etc.
✅ All Ground transportation to and from preferred destination as per the itinerary.
✅ Tea-house accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
✅ Properly boiled hot water for drinking every morning and evening.
✅ Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during trek.
✅ An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
✅ Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
✅ Take away Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt and trekking Map.
✅ Local staff insurance.
✅ Porter service.
✅ Porters’ Clothing.

Cost Excludes

❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All entrance fee in Lo Manthang and Jeep/Horse used for side excursions.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ Donations.
❌ Staff Tipping.
❌ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
❌ Travel or medical insurance.
❌ Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
❌ Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower etc.

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