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Mustang Trek

Mustang, opened to foreigners in 1992, Upper Mustangis by far Nepal’s most restricted trekking area. It is located in the Northwestern area of Nepal, and is part of the Tibetan plateau.

This area has long been inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists and no where else in Nepal can such rich, untouched culture be found. Trekkers are not common here which is why this trek provides such a rare and up close look at a society that has remained unaffected by change for centuries. Unfortunately there is a high price to pay for such an experience. Permits are $710 per person for 10 days, $910 per person for 13 days and $70 per day thereafter. The permit fee for this itinerary is $1,050. The starting and ending point for all treks in the Mustang region is Jomsom, which can only be reached by plane. Trekking in Mustang is truly one of the rarest and most rewarding.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 Kathmandu
Kathmandu guided city tour.
Day 02 Kathmandu
Spend the day on a guided tour of sacred Tibetan stupas and monasteries.
Overnight in hotel
Day 03 Pokhara
Fly to Pokhara and spend the rest of the day relaxing around Phewa Lake, with the Annapurna Range rising to (7,903m/26,000ft) just north of us.
Overnight in hotel
Day 04 Kagbeni (2,800m/9,212ft)
Today we will take an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,705m/8,900ft), the administrative centre for the Mustang district of Nepal. En-route we fly between Annapurna I (8,055m/26,500ft) and Dhaulagiri (8,146m/26,800ft). We will meet our porters in Jomsom and trek 8km (4hrs) to Kagbeni, which is situated at the confluence of the Jhong Khola (river) and the Kali Gandaki River.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 05 Chele (3,050m/10,035ft)
The trek to Chele is 18km (7 hrs) from Kagbeni, where we head north along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes up and down for two hours to avoid the many river crossings, and then climbs steeply to a plateau avoiding a vertical-walled bluff ahead. From here it is a gradual climb to Tangbe (4 hrs). The trail climbs to 3,100m/10,199ft and then drops steeply to the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We will walk along the river bed crossing to the western bank before making a small climb to Chele.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 06 Eklo Bhatti (3,820m/12,568ft)
Trek 13km (6 hrs) to Eklo Bhatti. The trail climbs to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. It then descends a little to the village of Samar, altogether three hours from Chele. Between Samar and Geling the trail remains over 3,700m/12,173ft, so the group should be well acclimatized to camp in between. The first campsite arrives after two hours of climbing (mostly gradual), but only provides camping for a few tents. Another camp ground with nicer prospects is just one hour further.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 07 Ghame (3,520m/11,581ft)
Trek 12km (4 hrs) to Ghame. The trail gently climbs to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing teahouses, chortens and Tibetan-influenced villages, and crosses over a few other passes. The longer climb will be to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) after lunch, the trail then steeply descends to Ghame.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 08 Tsarang (3,500 m/11,515ft)
This is an easy trekking day of 11km (4 hrs) to Tsarang. After crossing Ghame Khola below Ghame, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long mani wall. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to Tsarang, gradually climbing and then descending.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 09 Lomanthang (3,700 m/12,173ft)
The 13km (5 hrs) trek to Lomangthang hosts magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lomanthang Valley. While descending to Lomangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 10 Lomanthang
Explore the eastern valleys and the Nyphu and Gharphu Monasteries before returning to Lomangthang. This trip is 12km (5-6 hrs) round trip.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 11 Lomanthang
This will be another roundtrip day excursion to explore Namgyal, Tingkar and the valleys to the west (7km/4-5 hrs).
Overnight stay in tents
Day 12 Tsarang (3,500 m/11,515ft)
Trek 15 km (6 hrs) back to Tsarang. On the return journey we can take a detour to visit the Lo Gekor Monastery.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 13 Tangee (3,240m / 10,656ft)
10 km (6 hrs): After an hour’s walk from Tsarang, Kaligandaki is crossed at about 3,170m. The crossing point is at the junction of the Kali Gandaki and Dhechyang Khola. The trail then heads south over a stony plain towards the valley of Tangee Khola and eventually climbs away from to the fields of Tangee.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 14 Tetang (2,940m /9,673ft)
Trek 25km (10 hrs) to Tetang. The trail climbs down to the Tangee Khola and crosses a bridge, before coming over a ridge and descending to the wide stony plain of Yak Khola. A steep climb comes one hour out of Tangee. The summit (4,050m/13,325ft) is reached after four hours from the camp. As the trail comes over a few passes, the view is stunning. The trail is steep and rough with a lot of loose stone.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 15 Kagbeni (2,810 m/9,245ft)
Trek 11km (6 hrs) back to Kagbeni, where we spent our first night on trek.
Overnight stay in tents
Day 16 Jomsom (2,700 m/8,883ft)
Trek 8km (4 hrs) to Jomsom. We will celebrate with our crew in the evening, before departing the next day.
Overnight stay in teahouse
Day 17 Pokhara
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara early in the morning, and spend the rest of the day relaxing lakeside. Check into hotel
Day 18 Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon and be received by a member of our crew. We will be transported to our hotel and will have the evening to spend at leisure.
Check into hotel
Day 19 Kathmandu
This is a rest day to be used however you like!
Overnight in hotel
Day 20: Kathmandu
Depature/drive to Airport

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Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

  • Fly/Drive
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  • 3,820m
  • Tea House