Mustang Trek

12th year anniversary
Trip Advisor

The highlights of this trek are the 16th century monasteries adorned with unrivalled frescoes. Mustang is the land of Barley fields and pastures for grazing herds. The trail above Kali Gandaki River has tantalized a generation of trekkers. The major attraction of this trek is Lo Manthang, the impressive walled capital. Above Lo Manthang is Tibet and our excursion takes you near to the Tibetan border. Mustang is considered one of the last places on the planet where one can find unsullied Tibetan Buddhism culture still being practiced the same way as it was centuries ago. The region presents a unique rain-shadow terrain guarded by the mighty Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. As such, even during the months from May to September Mustang remains a trekking destination, as other trekking routes in the country are inactive due to the monsoon showers. The region is also home to many caves with of over ten thousand hollowed spaces on rocks and grounds that affirm settlement of prehistoric times. Mustang remains a safe haven for an incredibly rare religious ethnic group not found anywhere else on Earth. The trek is as much a spiritual journey as it an adventurous.

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).

Transfer to hotel.

Day 02 Free day in Kathmandu

Day 03 Kathmandu - Pokhara.

In the morning transfer to the domestic airport. A 30 minutes flight to Pokhara. Transfer to Hotel, free afternoon in Pokhara.

Day 04 Pokhara - Jomsom (2700m)- Kagbeni (2800 m)

Early morning breakfast and transferred to airport for Jomsom flight. On landing in Jomsom our trekking staffs will meet you at the airport and after some formalities at Jomsom, we leave Jomsom, on the trail It is interesting to look for the famous black stones which contain the Kali Gandaki famous sea fossils (40 million years old). Kagbeni is a surprising stronghold village closing the Mustang valley. Camp nearby. 3 hours walk.

Day 05 Kagbeni - Chhuksang (2950m).

Our onward journey enters the restricted area of Mustang, we stop by the check post to submit our permit and allowed to step toward Mustang region. Our walk by the bank of Kali Gandaki, with several ups & down trail, paddy fields for about 3 hours we reach Tangbe, the first Mustang small village having a medieval atmosphere. The eight chortens are connected to each other, which is an unusual sight. After Tangbe, its about 1 hour walk upward we come to Chhuksang village, our campsite place. Near Chhuksang the Narshinga Khola meets Kali Gandaki and other side of Kali Gandaki stands eroded cliff with number of caves are found where people used to live, the caves are found along the river side erected about tens of meters high and people still wonder why it is made so high. 6 hours walk

Day 06 Chhuksang - Samar (3540m).

We have to go along the Kali Gandaki, called now the Mustang Khola, we cross the iron bridge and make a steep ascent onto the terrace ahead to reach Chele (3050 m). The village is clean, very inward looking and perched on a place which allows the checking of all the valley movements. We already can feel the change of ethnic groups and customs. Then the trail after Chele is desolate desert, climb the unstable pebble and come up on a small plateau, closed by a surprising bottleneck of stone penitents. After a view of Gyagar village, a wall-surrounded village we pass through small pass (3530 m), continue the trail is through gentle mountain flank and little downward and come to Samar village, surrounded by poplar grove, a good irrigation system and friendly people. Campsite near the village. 4.30 hours walk.

Day 07 Samar - Geling (3520m).

The trail climbs above Samar village on the ridge and crossing many valleys by going up and down many times. After crossing few hamlets, namely Bhena & Yamdo, a long ascent starts to Baga La pass (3870 m) which is pilled by stones. We descend, pass the valley, here we will find a holy cave fervently venerated by the inhabitants (especially a Chorten shaped stalactite). Way up across another canyon, spectacular too, till Shyangmochen (3700m) where we rejoin the main trail. After crossing another short pass (3860m) and descend the path, crossing a stream, move along the stone walls in the farm field we finally come to small village of Geling (3520m). Geling village have houses scattered in wide area where as almost all the villages in Mustang are close by, this is the difference of Geling village, where we have our camp today. 3.30 hours walk.

Day 08 Geling - Tragmar (3800m).

We start with climbing gentle slope and after a while an ascent come to the pass Nyi La (3950 m), the highest pass of the course and again enter the center of Mustang , also called the Lo region. We continue walking down and around the valley to reach village Ghami (3520 m). From Ghami we cross the river and start a steep ascent about 45 minutes and walking straight for about 2. hours, reach to Tragmar. Specialty of this place is for having long standing cliff with red colors, it is an eye catching spot for the day as we camp for the night here. 5 hours walk.

Day 09 Tragmar - Lo Gekar - Tsarang (3580m).

A steep ascent to the Lo Gekar monastery, we visit of 11th century ancient monastery. The trail goes on more easily till the Tsarang big village, where we camp. Village is overlooking monastery. Around that village there are numeral remarkable points we can visit too, such as the big chorten at the beginning way from Gemi. 7 hours walk.

Day 10 Tsarang - Lo Manthang (3750m).

On the way out of Tsarang we pass nearby a turbine which once provided electricity to the village. Several mills work on that torrent and a big chorten marks the way out of the village. Many troglodytes’ settlements are towering us. A dry valley, which progressively becomes greener, leads us to a pass where prayer flags are flapping at 3870m. We overlook the Lo Manthang valley. There is a short walking hour for arriving below the Mustang capital walls. The place has two gates: the main one on the north, the second one, unobtrusive and discreet, on the south. Camp outside the place. 4 hours walk.

Day 11Lo Manthang and around.

Visit by horse or jeep to Chussar (here the sites of high school and Garphu & Narphu gompas are wroth visiting) & Thinkar valley, King’s summer palace, near to Tibet border. It’s a day tour and back to Lo Manthang. Whatever the mood of the authorities, there are numeral hikes around Lo Manthang, amidst barley, mustard and buckwheat fields.

Day 12 Lo Manthang - Yara (3580 m).

After an expended and memorable visit of such a historical places in Lo Manthang we start our walk today with an easy start. We walk in the flat path for about 2.30 hours Without any strenuous trail and then lately gentle descending down ward. But, before reaching Dhie villag it’s a steep down walk for half an hour and we reach Dhie village. After crossing Dhie village we come to cross the river on a metallic bridge and also enjoy walking on the bank of the river. Now we have a steep climb up for about an hour and some gentle steep walk before coming to Yara. Todays walk would be 6.30 hours walk.

Day 13 Explore Yara by visiting Lori Gompa.

As a rest day at Yara, we should not miss to visit Lori Gompa. We ascend toward Gangra village and than to Lori – Gompa. It is also considered a traditional trail. The gompa is situated in a rock. After having a time to explore Lori Gompa , we retreat back to Yara again for the night stop.

Day 14 Yara - Tange (3320m)..

At first the trail drops to the Ghechang Khola at around 3350m, then again goes up till 3800m before dropping again! Camp site near Tange. Visit of that remote village with a remarkable architecture, especially its wonderful chortens line. 6 hours walk

Day 15 Tange – Chuksang (2950m).

Long & tough walk today!! Firstly a horizontal trail till the torrent, then it steeply rises to 4100m about 4 hrs and then flat and almost descending down. A great moment of that trekking amidst a titanic atmosphere. 9 hrs hours walk.

Day 16 Chuksang - Muktinath (3650m).

First as yesterday 4 hours steep walk, and flat & down ward easy walk around 3 hours leading to Muktinath. Campsite nearby. 7 hours walk.

Day 17 Muktinath - Jomosom.

An easy day regularly dropping. We are now on the Annapurna Round trail. Passing Jarkot, a nice village over looking the valley. Camp and last night with our local staff. 5 hours walk.

Day 18 Jomosom - Pokhara - Kathmandu flight.

Transfer to hotel.

Day 19 Free day Kathmandu

Free day at Kathmandu for shopping, hotel

Day 20

Transfer to airport for final departure.

  • All transfer in a Non Air conditioned private vehicle
  • Kathmandu & Pokhara hotel (tourist class) on BB basis
  • Trekking on tea house basis
  • Accommodation on available lodges during the trekking
  • 3 fixed meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) suggested by guide during trek
  • National park fees & TIMS fee
  • One English speaking Trekking guide (Sirdar)
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 members) one porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg of total weight
  • 1 Sherpa (assistant guide) for every 4 members
  • Daily wages of Nepali staffs, meal and accommodation
  • Insurance of guide & porter
  • One full day sightseeing with English or French speaking guide with all entrance fees.
  • Flight fare Ktm-Pokhara -Ktm
  • Domestic flight airport tax
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Laundry
  • telephone calls
  • emergency evacuation if required
  • Donation
  • tips All personal nature expenses

Please note: Clients are suggested to give maximum of 12 Kg. of personal luggage to the porter. Also, please note that on the domestic flight you are only allowed to carry your luggage of 20 Kg and 5 Kg as a hand carry.

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