The detailed Itinerary explains the trails to Upper Mustang, the walking hour per day and the level of altitude you will be gaining per day. You will get to know well enough about the Upper Mustang Trek, the destination you are going to be after reading Upper Mustang Trek detailed Itinerary.
Upper Mustang Trek detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off in our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we definitely will be happy to guide you around the city.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
On the second day of arrival, we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast, every guest needs to arrive at the Company to review their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip we will be taking our guest for the cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. The destination for sightseeing include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 3: Trek from Kathmandu to Pokhara:
We will head to Pokhara (900 m) today on an overland journey. The road journey of about 6 hours starts after breakfasts and heads towards the west of Kathmandu valley past Swoyambhunath aka monkey temple. As soon as we get outside Kathmandu valley from the western ridge, we can immediately experience the charm of rural Nepal. The drive has beautiful views of Himalayan peaks and countryside hills. The highway runs through small towns, river bank and winding curl exposing rural Nepalese wonders to us.
After reaching Pokhara we can feel the welcome of this beautiful lake city. We will stay overnight at Lakeside. We will have free time to wander around lakeside on our own once we check in to the hotel.
Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni:
From fourth day onward we will organize official trekking. We will question and checkup guest if they are okay and if their physical condition is at the top-notch condition for trekking or not. Once the health check-up is completed we will set off on the first day of trekking today but before we have to take a scenic flight to Jomsom. We will drive to the airport for our morning flight to the beautiful headquarters of Mustang, Jomsom. We will fly closely past the spectacular Annapurna range and enter the Kali Gandaki valley overlooking Dhaulagiri range in the Himalaya.
A memorable twenty minutes of flight lands at Jomsom (2,700 m) where we meet our complete trekking crew. We will then prepare for the walk of the day to Kagbeni, a beautiful village on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. The sandy trail goes along the river bank and gets windy in the afternoon. Despite the windy condition on the trail, the stretch is scenic that we enjoy walking on it.
Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chaile:
Our trek continues on the deserted, sandy trail up towards the Upper Mustang. The destination of our trek for the day is Chaile, a beautiful village in the region. We will continue our trek along the Kali Gandaki River and enjoy the charm that the river valley has to offer. After a while, our trail will ascend to Tangbe, a local village that comes along the trail today. The uniqueness of the village in its formation is so wonderful that we keep admiring its beauty. We walk further towards the destination and eventually reach Chaile after about 6 hours of walk. Chaile is another wonderful village that bears unique cultural riches of the region.
Day 6: Trek from Chaile to Syangboche:
We will walk over two passes on our trek today. We cross Taklam La 3,624m and Dorje La 3,735m before reaching the destination today. As the stretch today involves lots of uphill and downhill walking at the high altitude, it’s going to be challenging day for us. But the challenge is well worth it as we can enjoy a spectacular view that is unlike from anywhere. We walk past Samar village and continue the trek to Syangboche village for overnight stay.
Day 7: Trek from Syangboche to Ghami:
The stretch of the walk today has another high pass for us to cross. We cross Yamda La at the elevation of 3,850 meters and Nyi La at the elevation of 4,010 meters above sea level on our trek to Ghami today. These two passes bring some spectacular views of the mountains and a uniquely different landscape. We walk up and down the passes and eventually reach Ghami village after about six hours of challenging walk. Ghami village is a village with fascinating culture and surrounding to explore and enjoy.
Day 8: Trek from Ghami to Charang:
We will slowly gain elevation for our overnight places each day although we walk past high passes on our walk on the previous days. The challenging day involves a walk over another pass called Charing La at the elevation of 3,870 meters above sea level. The ascents and descents on the stretch today bring some majestic views, Mani walls and wonderful landscapes to our site. The beautiful Charing village offers a rich cultural and spiritual immersion that we can explore as soon as we reach there.
Day 9: Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang:
After early morning breakfast, we begin our trek to Lo Manthang. As we leave charang and descend around 125 meters from Charang, we cross the Tsarang Chu. After crossing the Tsarang Chu, our tral lead us to the track full of stones lying just opposite the village at 3580m entering the Tholung Village. Then the trail further ascends to the windy pass of Lo (3850m) and from there you will get the first glimpse of the walled city Lo-Manthang at 3700m. A short descend from there leads to the plain of aspiration and then the trail crosses a stream and climbs up on to the plateau of Lo-Manthang.
Day 10: Acclimatization and Exploration Day at Lo Manthang:
We will spend an extra day here at Lo Manthang exploring the wonders this place has to offer to the modern world. The simplicity in life style and devotion in their faith is what people in this walled city have been living for ages. We go to explore beautiful monasteries and other areas in Lo Manthang. A full day is well spent exploring the wonders of Upper Mustang that brought us here. The day is surely full of inspiring experiences.
Day 11: Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar:
We will set off on our return trip early today and trek to Drakmar. Drakmar will be the highest overnight place of the trip. On the trail to the destination, we can explore an ancient Buddhist monastery and rock paintings. We can make a wish here as people believe that the wish made here comes true. After making our wish at the monastery, we trek further to Drakmar, our destination of the day.
Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Geling:
The walk on this day starts really early to make it easier for the day as the trail can get as windy as anything in the afternoon. The sooner we start the better for us. Although the walk itself is not that challenging, the atmospheric condition can create a little trouble. Sandy terrain and the strong gust of wind doesn’t go well along. Traversing the dry trail down the sandy landscape, we finally reach Geling (3,805 m) for our overnight stay.
Day 13: Trek from Geling to Chhuksang:
We will start early and walk to Chhuksang. We will cover a huge drop on the elevation so the trail will mostly descend towards the destination. The stretch today brings fabulous views of the snow-capped mountains in addition to the wonderful landscape that the region has. We reach Chhuksang after about six hours of trekking. Chhuksang (3,050 m) is a small village in the region with great cultural wonders.
Day 14: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom:
It’s the final day of walk today. We will trek all the way down to Jomsom today and finish the walking part of Upper Mustang trip. The trail descends to Kagbeni and goes along the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom (2,700 m). Then we will celebrate the end of trekking part; express our hearty thanks to the crew members who made this trip possible by being with us throughout to help.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom Pokhara:
A short but overwhelming flight to Pokhara across the mountains is due morning on this day. We board the plane and fly southward from Jomsom passing through several gigantic snow-capped mountains. It’s in incredible mountain flight experience of about 20 minutes. Once in Pokhara, we have leisurely time on our own to go explore the town. We can find massage to relieve the tiredness of trekking or simply walk around the lakeside. There are options of going for some adventure activities like paragliding, zip flying, bungee jumping and ultra-light flight etc.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
We will take a drive back to Kathmandu via the same highway we took earlier to go there. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.
Day 17: See You Again:
As the last day on this trip, we drive you to airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
We definitely hope that you enjoyed the Upper Mustang Trek and hope to see you for another adventure soon.