On arrival at Kathmandu international airport terminal Nepal, Adventure Team staff, and guide will receive you. You are dropped to respective hotels in the popular hub of Kathmandu, Thamel. After the refreshment break our guide/leader will brief with information regarding hotels, Nepali culture, tours, and Upper Mustang Trekking with a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with a folk cultural program.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 2 Preparation day in Kathmandu
This day is separated for the preparation of the entire journey. You will be informed of trekking plans and the packing lists along with what you can expect and how it can be more interesting. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is optional, if intended you can visit a number of world heritage listed places.
Day 3 Drive to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km - 08 hours
Early morning drive of about 08 hours to popular tourism hub Pokhara allowing you to explore the Nepali living style. You are settled to hotels of Pokhara and can enjoy the peaceful and fresh vibes of the city that are highly appreciated by people from all around the world. Besides, sightseeing is optional for you. (30minutes flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu is available as per request with additional charges)
Day 4 Morning fly to Jomsom (2,715 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) - 04 hours
Early morning short scenic flight is made to Jomsom from Pokhara. Throughout the 22minute flight, you can please your eyes with woods, rivers, and snowcapped high mountains. Jomsom welcomes the visitors with apple orchards and a chilly breeze from mountains around.
Basically, trekking starts from Jomsom through the bank of Kali Gandaki River leading to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the gateway of Upper Mustang and we stay there to enjoy the Kagbeni valley composed of the windy village, crackling river, and vibrant barren hillocks.
Day 5 Trek to Chele / Tsele (3,050 m) - 06 hours
After a night stay at Kagbeni village, we head towards Chele through the old Trans-Himalayan Caravan route of Nepal -Tibet. This morning walk by Kali Gandaki River leads to well-cultivated terraced farm fields nearby Tirigaon village. Likewise, we will be mesmerized by distinct landscapes and high shaded cliffs and canyon on the way to Chele.
On route to Chele, we could see pilgrims searching for fossil named “Salagram Silas” which is regarded as sacred stones by Hindus and worshiped as an iconic representation of supreme Lord Vishnu (one of the three main Hindu Gods).
The walk continues for a few hours through Tangbe, Tsusang (Chusang) villages. Further, broken canyons and ruined castle walls surrounded by high red shaded cliffs are encountered. After crossing the small bridge, an uphill walk for 45 minutes brings you to Chele village.
Day 6 Trek to Syangbochen (3,475 m) - 05 hours
Morning walk from Chele village gets steeper for an hour onto a ridge at (3,130m) from where one can get a grand view of Gyagar across a huge canyon. Trek continues with a slow climb on the windswept terrain till the pass at 3,540m is reached.
Then walk from Samar village to a ridge leads to a large gorge painted by red, black, yellow, and white rocks. The journey continues into another valley with juniper trees, stream and a climb drive to a ridge at 3,800m. With a few minutes’ walks, Syangbochen is accomplished having a small settlement with few tea shops at 3,710m.
Day 7 Trek to Dhakmar (3810 m) - 05 hours
From Syangbochen, we climb gradually through the fields and pass various settlements. Among those settlements, named Ghiling village is our stop for the lunch for this day. Ghiling has a monastery as well as a water rotating prayer wheel. We have a short break and have lunch to energize ourselves for the further walk to Dhakmar. Following the trails, the right path leads to Tsarang while the left leads to Ghaymi village. We take the left turn, cross Ghami rivulets, and pass Ghaymi village to reach Dhakmar village. Dhakmar is our overnight station
Day 8 Trek to Lo - Manthang (3,700 m) - 05 hours
The 8th-day trek leads to our main destination at Lo-Manthang. On leaving Dhakmar, the longest and spectacular series of Mani walls (Sacred-Holy prayer stone wall which is built by locals and Buddhist pilgrims) can be encountered. We further climbed to reach Lo-Manthang. Before reaching Lo-Manthang, we visit and observe Ghar Ghumba which is the oldest monastery of the area. After the quality moment at Ghar Ghumba and enjoying the monument we head ahead to climb up. We pass the highest pass of this trekking route named as Morang-La with an altitude of 4353m. Being nearer to Lo-Manthang we see the grand view of the walled village of Lo-Mananthang. A short downhill walk leads to a stream that outlines Lo-Manthang village, from here a short climb on a plateau takes towards the wall of our ultimate destination, Lo-Manthang. The only entrance to the village is from the north-east gate, the main entrance gate.
Day 9 First Day of Tiji Festival
On the 1st day, the monks perform a dance called ‘TsaChaam’. This tells the story of the birth of ‘DorjiSonam’- a reincarnated Buddha to conquer over a demon. This demon harassed the kingdom of Mustang and brought huge destruction to the country. The performance of the first day includes 52 different steps practiced for months and evoking God and purifying the ground for the dances to take place on Day 2 of the Tiji festival. You can witness the monks enacting the harassment of the said demon on the people of Mustang along with the enchanted prayers.
Day 10 Second Day of Tiji Festival
The second day is the main lit of the Tiji Festival. Many tourists travel 100 kilometers from Jomsom through barren areas to attend the second day of the Tiji Festival. Tourist crowd around the square and top of the buildings to watch the show of the day by standing shoulder to shoulder with locals. The monks perform ‘NgaCham’. During this performance, DorjeeSonam tries to return the demon to the Buddha realm. You see different dances, dance with drums, by monks, wolves with swords, ghosts dances, dangerous attitude, warriors ragging demons, and monkey boys entertaining audience. The King of Lo arrives on the Second day and settles to his throne.
Day 11 Third Day of Tiji Festival
On the 3rd and final day of the Tiji festival, the ‘Rhachham’ dance takes place. On this ceremony, DorjeeSonam triumphs over the evil demon and banishes him from Mustang. Numbers of monks enchant prayer and mantras with drums and worship. The festival goes beyond the town’s main square, monks and people walk through the city. They walk away from the city and fire the gun to scare off the demon and claim the victory over demon and destruction by peace. The monk who plays the role of Dorjee Sonam does this by throwing an effigy. This effigy made from Tsampa (barley) represents the demon ‘Ma Tam Ru Ta’.This defeat brings peace and prosperity to the land of Mustang. Every year Tiji festival takes place in the hope of spreading peace throughout the world.
Day 12 Trek to Yara (3760m) - 5 hours
After an amazing time in Lo-Manthang, early morning we head towards Charang. We need to walk for 2hours to reach Charang. Though we stay at Yara, we visit one of the oldest palace, monastery, and open valley that come on our way. This day we slowly stroll and explore around the area and reach Yara. Yara is another cozy village for our stay.
Day 13 Trek to Tengbe (3320m) - 6 hours
The trail towards Tengbe from Yara is filled with solitude and tranquility as we could find no settlements on our way. Probably, there is a small tea house offering limited service far away from the city chaos and urbanization. You just see the Himalayas, barren colorful hillocks, long trails, and Nepal Adventure Team’s guide on today’s entire journey. This day is all about cherishing the tranquility, nature, settlements free environment, and enjoying the hike. Having a smooth gradual calm hike, we stay at Tengbe to rest.
Day 14 Trek to Chuksang/ Tsusang (3050m)- 10 hours
This day is the tough day of our trek as we have to walk for long hours. Besides, the trail to Chuksang from Tengbe is more peaceful, settlements, and hustle free than the trails from Yara to Tengbe. We find no settlements at all in this way which makes it a more peaceful, entirely unspoiled nature, zero human settlements, and just the moments of nature and you. Since there are no settlements on the trail, Nepal Adventure Team arranges packed lunch for you to keep you healthy and energetic. You just have to gradually walk enjoying nature and its tranquility to reach Chuksang for the night stay.
Day 15 Trek to Muktinath (3800m) - 08 hours
This is the last day of the Upper Mustang Trekking to enjoy the unspoiled and unexplored aspects of nature as this is the end of those trails having limited settlements and human chaos. You see a few settlements and tea house lodge on your way. However, Nepal Adventure Team prefers to use quality packed lunch for this day as well. You do not have to hike long hours as you did in the previous day from Tengbe to Chuksang. Today, we head to one of the most famous places named as Muktinath which has Muktinath Temple at an altitude of 3700m. Muktinath Temple holds high religious value for all the Hindu and Buddhists. People from different parts of the world visit Muktinath Temple and receive blessings. Additionally, Muktinath Temple is situated at the lap of the Himalayas offering the heart pleasing view of mountains, hills, and settlements. It has 108 holy water streams and two holy ponds and bathing on them is believed to be blissful, valuable, blessing, and way of salvation. Pilgrims believe it makes them pure.
Day 16 Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel
Early morning you make a visit to Muktinath Temple and cherish the religious and unspoiled environment. Then, you head downhill towards Jomsom to take a flight to Pokhara. Jomsom is the only place in this region having modern facilities, quite dense settlements yet amazing surroundings. However, you can choose to stay at Jomsom instead of Muktinath such that you enjoy more facilities and more rest you do not have to walk. Nepal Adventure Team arranges your stay at Pokhara and if required sightseeing of Pokhara can be managed.
Day 17 Drive back to Kathmandu - 06 hours
We drive back to Kathmandu through a tourist bus as the way we came to Pokhara. You are transferred to respective hotels with leisure time for relaxation and shopping souvenirs. Farewell Dinner is arranged for you by the Nepal Adventure Team to add more amazing moments in your stay in Nepal. (30minutes flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara is available as per request with additional charges)
Day 18 International Departure
The incredible Upper Mustang Trek ends here on the 17th day. You will be dropped to the airport by our staff as per your flight schedule. Nepal Adventure Team appreciates you for completing the trek and bid you warm see off with the hope to serve you further in the following days.