Nestled among the magical Himalayas of Nepal, the Upper Mustang is a hidden trekking place that allows a unique trekking experience. With its ancient culture, stunning landscapes, and preserved Tibetan traditions, the Upper Mustang trek is a destination like no other. Here, you will be on a virtual journey through the Upper Mustang trek itinerary, unveiling the secrets of this enchanting land.
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Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Travel from the busy metropolis of Kathmandu to the tranquil lakeside city of Pokhara, regarded as the entrance to the majestic Annapurna range. Leave the bustling city of Kathmandu behind and travel to the lovely scenery of Pokhara. When you arrive in Pokhara, you immediately feel at ease. Check into your hotel, where you will find comfort and relaxation. Have an easy walk around the captivating lakeside area as the sun begins to set.
Day 2: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni
Adding on your Upper Mustang trek, take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a beautiful city surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and peaceful lakes. From Pokhara, catch a mesmerizing flight to Jomsom, which is a gateway to the Mustang region. As you land in Jomsom, the panoramic views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains will make you awe-inspired. The Upper Mustang trek begins from depart Jomsom on a picturesque path toward Kagbeni. The Upper Mustang hike takes around 3-4 hours and introduces you to the scenery of the Mustang area. As you go down the route, you will see historic Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and local peasants going about their everyday lives.
Day 3: Kagbeni to Chele
Resume onward near Chele, abandoning Kagbeni beyond. The 5- to 6-hour hike will take you through scenic valleys and bleak vistas mimicking desert terrain. Cross the Kali Gandaki River, the world's most profound gorge, and reach Chele, so that you may rest and take in the breathtaking scenery.
Day 4: Trek from Chele to Syanboche
Chele to Today's hike from Chele to Syanboche will thoroughly immerse you in the natural magnificence of the upper Mustang trek. As you journey into deep gorges and up hills, you'll be rewarded with stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Syanboche, a small village famous for its traditional Mustang Houses, offers a unique insight into the area’s architecture and culture.
Day 5: Trek from Syanboche to Ghami
A 5- to 6-hour walk from Syanboche will round out your exploration of the upper Mustang trek. As you descend, you'll come to Ghami, a village famed for its striking red cliffs and an ancient monastery.
Day 6: Trek from Ghami to Charang
Set off from Ghami on a 4-5 hour walk to Charang. Visit Ghar Gompa, an ancient monastery filled with fascinating murals and statues. When you get to Charang, you'll find a fortress-like monastery with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 7: Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang
You will journey for 5-6 hours from Charang to the magnificent city of Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang. The trail takes you via the Lo La pass, which is 3,950 meters above sea level and provides stunning views over the Mustang area. As you approach the walled city of Lo Manthang, you'll be taken back in time, with historic monasteries, complicated mud-brick homes, and a rich cultural legacy that has been preserved for centuries.
Day 8: Explore Lo Manthang
Learn about the city's rich history by touring the royal palace, which boasts superb art and architecture. Explore the historic monasteries that dot the landscape, being immersed in the spiritual environment and learning about Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 9: Trek back to Ghami
The path offers a new viewpoint, allowing you to experience the environment and activities from a different angle. Farewell to the fascinating city of Lo Manthang, recalling the memories and friendships acquired along the way.
Day 10: Trek from Ghami to Samar
Continue your descent as you go from Ghami to Samar. The picturesque Yamdo La pass, which gives panoramic views of the Mustang region, is reached after a 4-5 hour climb. Arrive in Samar, a small village with traditional Mustang homes, and relax in the calm and quiet.
Day 11: Trek from Samar to Chhusang
A trek takes around 5-6 hours from Samar to Chhusang. On your return to the Chhusang, you will get a chance to get a view of the beautiful villages on the way. Then there will be an overnight stay in the Chhusang village.
Day 12: Trek from Chhusang to Muktinath
On the 12th day, you will go ahead on a trekking journey of 5-6 hours, ascending from Chhusang to Muktinath, which will you take you into a religious realm of sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There you can visit the holy temple of Muktinath and the Muktinath area, which will be your spot for the overnight stay.
Day 13: Trek from Samar to Jomsom
Enjoy your final moments in this magical destination as you travel the route, absorbing the atmosphere of the Mustang region. Arrive at Jomsom, where you may celebrate the conclusion of your walk and reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you made along the route.
Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom
As you board an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, bid farewell to the Mustang area. On reaching Pokhara, you can get to your hotel, and relax for a while. And if you have the energy left in you, you can stroll around the Lakeside area and explore the hustling bustling city of Pokhara. And here, it will be your last stay point before you get to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Take a journey back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, where you may recuperate and reflect on your incredible experience. Spend the evening walking through Kathmandu's lively streets, sampling local cuisine, and shopping for gifts.
Immerse yourself in the delights of the Upper Mustang as you follow this planned itinerary, making experiences that will last a lifetime.