Himalayan
Area

1,510 km²

Established

1961

DESCRIPTION

The Upper Mustang Short Trek is tailored for those eager to delve into nature and experience the authentic lifestyle of Himalayan people. Simple, pristine, and genuine, this journey offers a chance to explore unique landscapes and communities untouched by commercialism.

Located at the foot of the Himalayas, nestled in the sheer cliffs of remote mountains, Upper Mustang is one of Nepal’s most isolated regions. Its settlement sprawls across vast territory with few inhabitants and abounds in legends.

Situated at the top of the Kali Gandaki River, north of Kagbeni near the Tibetan border, Upper Mustang is the ancient Himalayan Kingdom. Its arid and starkly beautiful landscape has been long shielded from mass tourism, drawing allure from its inaccessibility and reputation as the last stronghold of traditional Tibetan culture.

Rich in history, culture, and traditions, Upper Mustang captivates with its ancient Buddhist monasteries, chortens, trading routes, and isolated villages. Exploring this region promises an enriching journey through one of the most captivating corners of the Himalayas.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and trek prepartion

After arriving at Kathmandu International Airport, a representative from the Alpine Club of Himalaya will warmly welcome and escort you to your accommodation. After checking in and taking a brief rest, you may choose to explore the city or relax. In the evening, attend a brief orientation about the trek led by your trip leader.

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara

After an early breakfast, you’ll embark on a journey to Pokhara in a private jeep, navigating through the winding roads of Prithvi Highway. This long-running route passes through various picturesque settlements and lush greenery, following the high roads alongside the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. The journey typically takes around 6-7 hours.

Upon arriving in the enchanting city of lakes, you’ll be greeted by the staggering mountain ranges of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Tukuche Peak, and Machhapuchhre. Take a leisurely stroll around the city upon reaching your accommodation, soaking in the serene atmosphere and breathtaking views.

Day 3: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

You’ll begin your day with an early morning flight to Jomsom, which offers about 20-25 minutes of flying amidst towering Himalayan giants and lush green slopes. During the flight, you’ll witness the incredible sight of Nepal’s deepest gorge. Upon landing at the Jomsom airstrip, your trek towards Kagbeni will commence.

The trek starts by walking alongside the vast sandy footway on the western side of the Kaligandaki riverbed. This trail offers a lovely view of Tukuche, Nilgiri, and the Annapurna massif, along with splendid landscapes of the dry riverbed.

After navigating through the trail, you’ll finally arrive at the settlement of Kagbeni. This picturesque village is perched on a cliff, overlooking the confluence of the Kaligandaki River. It boasts green terrace farms, sheer rock cliffs, and valleys, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your trek.

Day 4: Kagbeni to Samar

After breakfast, embark on the trek, traversing along the banks of the mighty Kali Gandaki River. Following the ascending trail, you’ll reach the picturesque village of Tangbe. Here, marvel at the white-washed houses, narrow alleyways, and fields of barley, buckwheat, and apple orchards.

Continuing on the dusty trail, you’ll cross a small river and follow the ridge section. Traversing along the ridge, you’ll then cross two high Himalayan passes: Taklam La pass (3,624m) and Dajori La pass (3,735m). Along these passes, enjoy breathtaking views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda. Along the way, you’ll also come across the Ramchung Cave. After a brief descent, you’ll reach the village of Samar, where you can witness grand views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges.

Day 5: Samar to Tsarang

Today’s trek is long and challenging, so it’s essential to start early. After breakfast, begin the trek by climbing over a ridge and descending towards a large gorge, leading to a wide valley covered with juniper trees. Cross several streams and descend along a ridge until you reach the tiny village of Shyangmochen. From there, continue towards Rangbyung, regarded as the holiest place in Mustang. Explore various caves and stalagmites around this area.

Next, follow the uphill and downhill trails to another valley before reaching Geling. Take some time to explore the barley fields around Geling. The trail then leads through agricultural belts and above the village of Tama Gaun.

From Tama Gaun, head up the valley to Nyi La (3840m). Descend from the pass and reach a junction. Proceed towards the village of Tsarang, crossing dusty trails and soaking in panoramic views of the Himalayas along the way. Eventually, you’ll reach the settlement of Tsarang. This village, perched on the top of the Charang Chu Canyon, is surrounded by a huge fortress and red Gompas. After arriving in the village, take a brief rest before heading out to explore the region.

Day 6: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang

Begin the trek by descending into a canyon. Cross the rapids and start ascending towards the Lo La Pass. Nestled at an elevation of 3950 meters, the pass offers grand views of the beautiful Lo Manthang village, desert-like landscapes, and the snowcapped peaks of the mighty Himalayas, including Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak, and Damodar Kunda.

Day 7: Explore Lo Manthang

After breakfast, head out to explore and enjoy the sublime beauty of Lo-Manthang. Begin by venturing towards the ancient walled city, nestled in a high deserted plateau with soaring cliffs and mud walls. Lo-Manthang boasts various attractions, including Royal Palaces, ancient Chortens and Gompas, colorful mud houses, and ancient buildings dating back 1400 years.

Witness the beautiful craft and architecture of the ancient monasteries of Naya Gompa and Choprang Gompa. Take time for friendly chats with the locals, learning about their way of life and culture. Alternatively, head to any vantage point around the settlements, offering stunning views across high Tibetan plateaus.

After exploring, return to your accommodation to rest or share stories with other travelers and locals, recounting the day’s adventures.

Day 8: Lo Manthang to Ghiling

Today, you’ll return from Lo-Manthang, but you’ll take a different route. As you progress on the trail, you’ll pass through the village of Gyakar. Here, take the time to visit the century-old Ghar Gompa, which according to legends, has wish-fulfilling powers. After exploring the Gompa, follow the downhill trail to reach the village of Drakmar.

Traverse the descending trail through an arid, desert-like landscape and cross a high alpine plateau and rows of fields before reaching the village of Ghiling. From Ghiling, enjoy grand views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. After a brief rest, head out to explore the village, soaking in the serene atmosphere and breathtaking views.

Day 9: Ghiling to Chhuksang

After breakfast, begin your trek, following the downhill trails. Along the way, enjoy grand views of high alpine grounds, river networks, and snowcapped mountain peaks. Pass through several villages as you descend, eventually reaching the village of Chhuksang.

Day 10: Chhuksang to Muktinath Explore Muktinath and Trek to Jomsom

After an early breakfast start today’s trek with a gentle walk toward Muktinath. Follow the trail, ascending up the Jhong River Valley passing through various old hamlets, and towards Muktinath temple a renowned holy pilgrimage for both Hindu and Buddhist followers. Muktinath is a beautiful temple dedicate to Lord Vishnu a deity, nestled at the foot of the Thorong La Pass. Witness pilgrims offering prayers and taking plunge in the scared waters of the temple, after spending a brief time here continue down the valley towards Jomson by a jeep, the drive takes around an hour or so. Once you arrive at the Jomsom explore the settlement and try various apple delicacies of the region.

Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara

After an early breakfast, head to the airport and catch a flight to the city of lakes, Pokhara. Enjoy spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges during the flight. Upon arriving in Pokhara, head to your accommodation, and later, explore the region and relax.

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu, Final departure

Today, you have leisure time until your departure flight. The Alpine Club of Himalaya representative will drop you at the airport three hours before your flight departs.

If you wish to extend your stay, you can consult us for short tours such as National Park visits, rafting, mountain biking, or tours to Tibet, India, or Bhutan.

If you have any inquiries or require assistance and further information about this trip or any other trips, please feel free to contact Alpine Club of Himalaya – Walk of the Himalaya.

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