Lomanthang Trek Upper Mustang

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal
Trip Grade: Strenuouss
Max Elevation: 4,702m
Total Duration: 15 Days
Best Time: Spring, Summer & Autumn
Group Size: 2+

Karma Eco Adventure Nepal

Boudha-06, Kathmandu Nepal.
karmaeco2203@gmail.com, info@karmaecoadventure.com

Lomanthang Trek Upper Mustang

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    The land of Lomanthang Trek Upper Mustang is often compared with Shangri La, a mythical kingdom that never existed. The land is so beautiful that you can easily get confused if the terrain is real or if you are gazing through a canvas. By far, this is one of the most beautiful treks that preserve rustic beauty in terms of culture, people and terrain. This trek is more of a joy and spiritual trek than just any other trek which takes you through the mountain and topographical experiences.

    Glimpses On History Of Lomanthang-Mustang  Trek

    The majority of Lomanthang (3,840 m) is a treeless, plantless, barren and arid landscape but so beautiful that you will not just get bitten by the travel bug but the Nepal bug. This heavenly landscape is home to god-like inhabitants of the Thakali community. These people are primitive people of Mustang (2,500 m) district and originally from Thak Khola. These people have physical features like the Tibetans and not just that but Thakalis have a deeply interlinked culture, practices and way of life with Tibet. The fresco-like landscape on the other hand is a tireless terrain that remains around 3,000 plus meters but never surpasses high altitude. Trekking can be opted for by people with very less or no fitness activities.

    The semi-Independent Tibetan Kingdom

    Lomanthang Trek Upper Mustang also showcases the mountains; Nilgiri (7,061 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) are two prominent mountains in the region. The tea houses along the trail make your trek very convenient but the tea houses are very basic. The rooster’s crow and the cow moos wake you up early in the morning whereas the dogs barking and the insects making noise in the pin-drop silence of the night give you the feeling of returning back to basics.

    It is the last kingdom within Federal Nepal too. The non-ceremonial king still resides in the village and takes part in all the proceedings of the village from womb to tomb. Throughout Lomanthang Trek Upper Mustang you will see villages draped in prayer flags. The entire region is very calm. It is full of the chortens, monasteries and gompas. The cultural practices are of around 1,500 years old. People observe one of the biggest festivals of Tiji.

    In very short, Lomanthang Trek Upper Mustang will not fail to mesmerize you and awe inspire you in every way and without making you work hard. Book this off-the-beaten trek to a restricted land today with Karma Eco Adventure Nepal!!!

    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara

    Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom(830m)

    Day 05: Jomsom to Chele Via Kagbeni(2810m)

    Day 06: Chele to Ghilling

    Day 07: Ghilling to Tsarang (Charang)

    Day 08: Tsarang to Lo Manthang

    Day 09: Lo Manthang - Choser valley - Lo Manthang

    Day 10: Lomanthang - Dhakmar via Ghyakar

    Day 11: Dhakmar to Syanbochen

    Day 12: Syangbochen - Chele - Kagbeni - Jomsom

    Day 13: Jomsom - Pokhara

    Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Day 15: Farewell


    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to Kathmandu! A representative from Karma eco trek will receive you at the airport and drop you off at your hotels. No plan is set aside for the day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing

    Although the trek requires preparation from a long back and almost everything is prepared by this day, you will do last-minute shopping if anything is required. Once you sort things out in the morning, you head out to see a couple of UNESCO heritage sites in the city. These sights are considered national heritage and exploring them is a beautiful way to get along the Nepalese way of life and culture. You will do last-minute packing in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara

    There are two options to get to Pokhara and this one explains by bus. If you wish to take a flight please let us know. The bus ride takes around 7 hours and it traverses through one of the busiest highways namely Prithvi highway. The bus makes its way through the coiled roads and along major tributaries namely Trishuli, Marsyangdi and Seti. With frequent rests in between and viewing the beautiful landscape as well as the settlements along the highway, you will reach the touristic town of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

    Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom(830m)

    You can either reach Jomsom by taking a picturesque flight of 25 minutes or take a bus which takes around 8 hours. This itinerary describes the journey via bus. The first phase of today's travel is on a black-topped highway whereas the second phase is more of off a beaten trek. From lush green hills, you will soon traverse through an arid and dry landscape within no time. The bus ride is scenic as it offers a mountain view and as well goes through the second-largest waterfall in the country. Overnight in Jomsom.

    Day 05: Jomsom to Chele Via Kagbeni(2810m)

    It is almost 1 and ½ hours drive from Jomsom to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a beautiful village, that looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert. The village lies in the confluence of 2 rivers and falls in the ancient salt trade route to Tibet. After getting off at Kagbeni, we get our permits checked and move forward to the restricted area. To Chele from Kagbeni takes around 5-6 hours with frequent breaks in between. You will ascend along the Kaligandaki river but however the uphill climb is not difficult. You will reach the villages of Tangbe followed by Chhusang and finally Chele. In all of these villages what is common is white-washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Overnight in Chele

    Day 06: Chele to Ghilling

    The trail primarily ascends towards Samar as it lies on the top of the hill. This place as well makes a fine place for rest but however you will move a little further. From Samar, you walk on a ridge before you descend down to a gorge. Just before reaching the gorge is a beautiful chorten in the middle of nowhere, painted in red, yellow and made out of local resources. We enter a completely different valley after you descend from this point. The first village you will come across is Bhena and the second village you will see is your destination of the day Ghilling. Overnight in Ghelling.

    Day 07: Ghilling to Tsarang (Charang)

    Today is going to be a little more difficult than the other days on the trail. You will climb and descend 2 passes to reach your final destination and one of the passes climbs slightly above 4000 meters. The trek could take anywhere from 4-5 hours and you will traverse through Tibetan-style hamlets. The first hurdle of the day is crossing Nyi La Pass and descending down to Tangmar Chu River. Further down after crossing the river, the trail gets horizontal and then climbs another pass to descend down to your rest area of the day Tsarang. Overnight in Tsarang.

    Day 08: Tsarang to Lo Manthang

    The entire trek today takes around 5-6 hours with proper rest in between. You would trek looking at magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peaks. The trek immediately drops to a canyon of Tsarang Chu, at a point. Furthermore, you cross the river and climb the steep trail all the way up. From the top, you will see the valley of Lo from where the Lo Manthang Trek gets its name. From here the trail gently ascends all the way to the village of Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

    Day 09: Lo Manthang - Choser Valley - Lo Manthang

    Chosar Valley is no farther than 2 hours and is an easy stroll compared to what we had covered the days earlier. The valley is the last valley and after Chosar begins the plateau of Tibet. The valley is a part of the Lo Manthang excursion and houses a famed cave namely Zhong Kha. The valley also has a monastery and a monk school. The cave is carved on the face of the mountains by the escapees of Tibet some 2500 years old. Once you explore the valley you will bounce back to Lo Manthang. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

    Day 10: Lomanthang - Dhakmar via Ghyakar

    After spending 2 days in this beautiful valley of Lo Manthang we begin walking down and ending the trek. You will walk down a different route so that you can get a maximum of Upper Mustang’s terrain and people. The route is inclusive of a Gompa namely Ghyakar, which houses a 1200-year-old gompa. The trail is usually dry and dusty at this point so it is advised to start the trek early to avoid such circumstances. Overnight in Dakmar.

    Day 11: Dhakmar to Syanbochen

    It takes almost 7 hours from Dhakmar to Syangbochen but the walk is on a horizontal plain or has very gradual ups and downs. Down the lane, this trail meets the other trail that you had walked on your way up. The first noticeable village you will walk into is Ghami and then further to Syanbochen. You are still in the restricted area. Overnight in Syangbochen.

    Day 12: Syangbochen - Chele - Kagbeni - Jomsom

    Right from the front door of your teahouse, you will start descending and descend all the way. The first valley and the village you will reach after your first descent in Samar. Samar also has a beautiful and rustic monastery and also caves. If you have some juice left in you, you can opt to climb this cave carved on the mountain face. There are short ascends as well to climb up the valley to exit it. The walk from Syangbochen to Chele takes around 4-5 hours and from here you will board a local jeep all the way to Jomsom

    Day 13: Jomsom - Pokhara

    On our way back you would board a picturesque flight to Pokhara. If the weather permits you will see 2 of the highest mountains in the world, however, Nilgiri is as well a show stopper. The flight takes around 20 minutes and once you land in Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

    Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    If traveling by bus, you will board a tourist bus all the way back to Kathmandu via the same highway.

    Day 15: Farewell

    On this day we will transfer you to the airport as per your schedule and wave you off. Thank you for making Karma eco trek your travel partner. Hope to serve you in the future as well!

    • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
    • Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
    • 2 nights hotel sharing accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
    • 2 nights Hotel sharing accommodation in Pokhara inclusive breakfast.
    • All government and local taxes.
    • 1 Sharing porter for two trekkers to carry your luggage.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees.
    • Upper mustang restricted Area permit fees and TIMS card.
    • A comprehensive medical kit.
    • Highly an experienced mountain trekking guide.
    • All accommodations on the trails and  full board meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
    • Accidental and medical insurance of Nepalese staffs.
    • Both way private bus/jeep transportation Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    • Personal travel insurance and rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
    • International airfare.
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu hotel.
    • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara hotel.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, Gas shower and mineral water etc).
    • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
    • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
    • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
    • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
    • Gratitude and tips for trekking staffs.
    • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.

    Price Details

    The specific costs are per person for group trekkers (for solo trekkers trip costs may increase by some percent) except international airfare. mentioned below are the departure dates obtainable for online booking.

    Trip Date Price Availability Book
    Start Date :07/09/2023
    End Date :22/09/2023
    $1,899Trip is guaranteed to run..

    Karma Eco Adventure Nepal

    Boudha-06, Kathmandu Nepal.
    karmaeco2203@gmail.com, info@karmaecoadventure.com

    Lomanthang Trek Upper Mustang

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