Upper Mustang trek falls in the trans-Himalayan range and is considered to be Trek of the Forbidden Kingdom because it was opened for trekkers only in March 1992.


Highlights

  • Expereice of landing and taking off in Lukla airport
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour
  • Scenic flight to and from Jomsom .
  • Exploring the Kali Gandaki River valley
  • Forbidden kingdom of Mustang.
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17 Days

Total Duration
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12Km

Average Dist. per Day
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Kathmandu

Starting Point
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Kathmandu

Ending Point
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6hrs

Average Time per Day
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2 PAX

Min. Group Size
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3820 (Lo-Manthag)

Highest Point
Apex Trip Gradeing System Moderate

Moderate

Difficulty Level

Starting from

USD
2050

Details

Overview

Upper Mustang trek falls in the trans-Himalayan range and is considered to be Trek of the Forbidden Kingdom because it was opened for trekkers only in March 1992.

Upper Mustang landscape is almost similar to Tibetan plateau. It is a high, dry and beautiful valley. The terrain is riddled with eroded gorges, colorful formations of rocks, in addition to vibrant cultures, architectures, and languages. Tiji festival is a popular festival of Mustang and is celebrated for three days in spring season in Lo Manthang. It is a festival of chasing demons away and saving the kingdom. In the story, monks put masks and colorful costumes of Dorje Jono, who had fought against demons in order to save the Kingdom. There is quite a bit of cultural music and dance that is performed during the festival.

Lo Manthang is also the homeland of former King Jigme Dorjee Palbar Bista, when Mustang used to be a separate Kingdom. The King is still very well respected by the locals of Mustang.

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Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal! We will receive you the airport and transport you to hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel


An Apex  Asia Holidays representative will organize a small pre-trip meeting at the hotel lobby before commencing the day trip. Please bring a copy of your passport, travel insurance document and three passport-size photos.

Then we head off for sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit three main places: Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most revered temples for Hindus. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit the temple from different countries. Bouddhanath is located in the outskirts of Kathmandu city and is a holy Buddhist monument. Meeting monks, learning about Buddhism and stupa dome is the main attractions of Bouddhanath. Finally, Bhaktapur Durbar Square large premises of ancient house and temples is a settlement of local ethnicity called Newars. Fifty-five-window Palace, golden temple, pottery house are definitely worth a visit in the tour.

After the tour, we head back to Thamel, where our guide will help you with checking gears required for the trek. There are plenty of trekking shops in Thamel, so you can rent or purchase if you’ve missed anything to bring.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel


This is a quite an exciting day for trekkers because after breakfast, we reach the bus station for a drive to the scenic lakeside city of Pokhara. The drive is about 7 hours and goes through scenic countryside of central Nepal. We stop for lunch at Gunadi at around 11:30am, and reach Pokhara in another 2 hours. Pokhara is a holiday city, and looking at the lakes, hills and mountains, it is no wonder why it is so well known. Wide panorama of Annapurna range is clearly visible from the city, most notably Machhapuchare (Fishtail mountain) that prominently overlooks Pokhara. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu also tower above.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


The early morning scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom allows for stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya. Once when you arrived in Jomsom you will meet the rest of trekking staff like porters. We have breakfast in Jomsom, admiring the beautiful rugged and arid landscapes of Mustang. Head off to Kagbeni.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


The trail begins with the dirt road on the banks of Kaligandaki, the gradually ascending trail takes you to Chhuksang via Tangbe village. Along the road, you will see buckwheat fields, barley, and apple orchards.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


The first part of the trail requires walking up to Samar Village, after which we head down to the river bed and on undulating trails and a final climb we reach Vena La Pass. The trail descends to Syangbochen.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


After breakfast you are off to Ghami. The trail leads to Syangebochen-La pass and descent to a river called Ghiling Khola and climbs up to Niya-La Pass and again descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs at Ghami.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


Morning walk to Tangmar Chu and after crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive at a mani wall, which is a wall with religious inscriptions, perhaps the longest and most spectacular mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit and observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings, of seated Buddhas.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar, which is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompas of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue to trek to Lo Manthang, which is a walled city in the middle of the Mustang’s desert. Technically a large town, Lo Manthang looks quite impressive situated amidst surreal landscape and mountains surrounding it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


Today you will explore Lo Manthang village, including the Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar, Chhoser Goemba. The Namgyal Goemba is located on the hilltop, which is an important monastery of the Upper Mustang and Tingkhar village is the main village of Lo Manthang, where you can see traditional activities adopted from Tibetan culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


The trail begins with light walking and climbs to a crest and descends to Ghar Goemba, where you can see the monasteries that were built in the 8th century. After having short sightseeing in Ghar Gomba we climb to another hill then descend to Dakmar and continue on descending trails to Ghami.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


We trek the same way back to Syangbochen via Niya-La Pass from Ghami. The path takes you to Niya-La Pass and descends to Syangbochen.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


After breakfast, the trail heads off to Vena-la pass and descends to Samar village and continues descending to cross the Kaligandaki River via Chaile and on to Chhuksang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


The trail leads you to Jomsom via Tangbe. All the way the trail undulates until you get Jomsom. Along the road, you will see white fields and apple orchards.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


A short flight from Jomsom takes us to the lakeside city of Pokhara. In the afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devis Waterfall, Museums, and Gupteshwor cave, etc.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel


We drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. The drive takes about 7 hours on a scenic route. In the evening, there will be farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with folk music and dance performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House / Mountain Lodge


The trip concludes today. Your guide will drop you off at the international airport for your departure back home.

Meals included: Breakfast


Price Details

Price

Group Size Price per person
2 PAXUSD 2490
3-5 PAXUSD 2310
6-9 PAXUSD 2230
10+ PAXUSD 2050

Valid up to December 2020.

Includes

  • From and to airport transfer to hotel on a private tourist vehicle.
  • Apex Asia Holiday provides English speaking local guide.
  • Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment, and medicine for field staff.
  • Trekking/tour permits, entrance fees.
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Excludes

  • International Airfare and taxes
  • All drinks including bottled/boiled water along the trekking route
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal trekking/tour gear
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

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Important Trip Info

In Nepal, there are two kinds of transport, public and private. We mostly recommend you to use the private than the public because the roads two ways that make traffic, and the private vehicle can avoid the traffic by choosing the proper time for less traffic.

Most of the activities in Nepal is in the high Himalaya. Where you can to think about the very quality of accommodation. The mountain lodge/ tea houses are least facilitate with neat and clean. However, in the cities, there are multiple options to chose the hotel from general guesthouse to a five-star hotel.

In Nepal, you will get the extensive food menu. From the international food menu to local foods. Dal Bhat is the main course of Nepal. Your guide will help you to choose the suitable food, on the trek and tour.

Trekking is the popular trekking ventures in Nepal, which is always in the High Himalaya and where we have the chance to get altitude sickness. So, it is highly recommended to learn more about the High Altitude Sickness before you start the trek. Hurry can be deadly in Nepal Himalaya. Walk slow, and give enough time to your body to fit in the high altitude. Drinking more water and stepping slowly with rest is the best protection against altitude sickness.

It is necessary to have travel insurance before you embark on any trip. The insurance policy should include the cost of medical expenses, any damage or loss of your luggage, and cancellation.

Nepal is one of the safe and more peaceful countries around the world. Even though you must have your Travel Insurance and the should cover the area which is on your itinerary.

Traveling is the way of getting in touch with the local peoples. It is important to recognize what is acceptable in the society, such as dresses, behaviors, and language. There might be different than your own country. Most of the people can communicate in English in the cities and also some touristy towns but if you have learned a few words Nepali, like greetings “Namaste” that make a huge difference.

Apex Asia Holidays always concern about the health and safety of the clients. Our guide carries a first aid kit with the directed medicine by the doctors. We also recommend you to discuss with your doctor about your visit at least a month ago. In case of severe or emergency, we transfer you to the nearest hospital. Safety is the first important for us as a responsible tour agency, so we do not take unnecessary risk.

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Private Trip

Depending on your requirements, we can make this a private trip for you and your group. Please mention this at the time of booking online.