Highlights: Journey to the land of the last forbidden kingdom (opened since 1992), Upper Mustang trip encompasses mountain flight, trek and horse ride to experience rich cultures of former Buddhist kingdom. Discover the 8th Century ruin temples, hermitage caves, monasteries and ancient palace while enjoying fantastic views of Himalaya ranges and alpine desert landscape. We will walk the same trade route on the Tibetan plateau used for centuries and explore the Buddhist kingdom of medieval times, soon to be enlisted on World Heritage sites.
Trip Summary: This sixteen day regal journey to the Upper Mustang region offers travelers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the uniquely robust culture of ethnic Tibetans. While trekking along this route, you will experience the unimaginable oases of alpine desert, elaborately endowed with pagodas, ruin temples, historic monasteries and mani walls. We will visit the King (if permitted) and his palace, ride a horse and explore the strange caves at Tsohar. This trek incorporates an acclimatization period as we trek into the scenic land of the Upper Kali Gandaki valley and experience the typical trans-Himalayan lifestyle. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, Mt. Nilgiri and many others along trek on deep gorges of Kali Gandaki. Trek to Upper Mustang will transport back to the medieval times of Buddhist Kingdom, rich culture heritage, unmatched by any destination in Nepal. Though there is a low risk of altitude sickness, this trek has been designed to allow for acclimatization.
Arrive in Kathmandu
Shuttle to Hotel, hold evening meeting.
Guided tour of Historical sites; Swayambhunath stupa & Basantapur Durbar square.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Scenic drive to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Pokhara to Kagbeni (2,800 m; 9,186 ft.)
Mountain flight to Jomsom and first leg of trek to Kagbeni.
Kagbeni to Tsele (3,060 m; 10,039 ft.)
Trek along the Kali Gandaki river to Tsele. Estimated Trek Time: 6 hours.
Tsele to Sangmochen (3,820 m; 12,532 ft.)
Beginning of the high altitude trek over the alpine desert landscape. Estimated Trek Time: 6 hours.
Sangmochen to Tsarang (3,620 m; 11,876 ft.)
Cross over two passes, and reach Tsarang, the 2nd largest city. Estimated Trek Time: 7 hours.
Tsarang (3,560 m; 11,679 ft.) to Lo Manthang (3,840 m; 12,598 ft.)
Enter the ancient capital city of Mustang. Estimated Trek Time: 3 hours.
Lo Manthang (3,840 m; 12,598 ft.)
Tour of ancient monasteries and audience with the King!
Horse ride to Tsoshar and visit hermitage caves and ruined temples. Estimated travel time: 2.5 hours.
Ghami (3,510 m; 11,515 ft.)
Gar Gompa (oldest monastery) amazing trial via rock formations. Estimated Trek Time: 6-7 hours.
Retrace our route to Jomsom
We retrace our route to Jomsom via Samar village.
Fly to Kathmandu
We catch a flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
End of tour. Free to leave anytime. We offer 24/7 local customer service.