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Upper Mustang Trek

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Max Elevation:4,325m
  • Total Duration:20
  • Geography:Mountain/ Forest/ Village/Desert
  • Religions:Hinduism/Buddhism
  • Ethnic People:Gurung/ Thakali/Tibetans
  • Transportation:Tourist Bus/Private Car/Flight
  • Region:Mustang

Upper Mustang, the home to the Sherpa and Tibetan ethnicity, is the heaven-in-earth place located in Northern Nepal. Also recognized as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, the foreigners were not allowed to enter this region until the early ’90s. Upper Mustang Trek is the trek which focuses on giving tourists a chance to explore this Last Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang.

Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal which has caught the attention of many trekkers around the world. Offering mesmerizing view of the Himalayas, the Upper Mustang Trek is equally famous among the Nepalese. Upper Mustang Trek gives trekkers an opportunity to view the majestic panorama of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, and the other Himalayas that can be seen from the trekking locations.

The delightful Annapurna range and the stunning Dhaulagiri range are the main attraction of this trek along with the Himalayan deserts of Mustang. The trekkers will be trekking via Chogo La pass which is also the highest point of Upper Mustang Trek. The trek also features the windy valley of Jomsom which also host superb panorama of the Himalayas. Since Mustang is located in Tibetan plateau, the Tibetan culture can also be explored throughout the trek with plenty of Tibetan-style houses, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and Tibetan language. Apart from Tibetan culture, the trekkers come across the Thakali community of Mustang along with Gurung, Chemjong, Magar and other minorities of the region.

Independent Trekking Guides Adventure promises its clients to provide all kind of services that will make their stay in Nepal convenient. We are one of the highly rated trekking organizers in the capital. We serve our clients with packages that are suitable for them and provide them the modes of transportations throughout their stay in the country.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
  • Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 05: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 06: Kagbeni to Chele
  • Day 07: Chele to Giling
  • Day 08: Giling to Dagmar
  • Day 09: Dagmar to Ghar Gumba, overnight in Tsarang
  • Day 10: Tsarang to Lo Manthang
  • Day 12: Explore Lo Manthang
  • Day 13: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar
  • Day 14: Drakmar to Ghiling
  • Day 15: Ghiling to Chhuksang
  • Day 16: Chhuksang to Jomsom
  • Day 17: Fly back to Pokhara
  • Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu and farewell dinner
  • Day 20: Final Departure
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

We pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you to a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu and trek preparation

We visit Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square in our car. Later, we discuss the trek in our office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today, we explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan temple. We get all kind of permits required for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

We leave Kathmandu on a tourist bus to Pokhara. After 6-hour drive, we reach Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 05: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni

We take a 20-minute flight to Jomsom (2,700m) enjoying the spectacular view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After we reach Jomsom, we began our trek to Kagbeni (2,810m) along the Kali Gandaki River. On our way, we come along beautiful Ekleybatti village with small houses and old fortresses. Overnight at a lodge in Kagbeni.

Day 06: Kagbeni to Chele

We trek for 6 hours along the Kali Gandaki River to reach Chele (3,050m) which was once regarded as the forbidden area. We trek along the Tangbe village which has decorated itself with narrow alleys, small flat-roofed houses, and beautiful scenes. Overnight at a lodge in Chele.

Day 07: Chele to Giling

Chasing the view of Nilgiri Himal, we leave Chele for Giling (3,570m). We come to the Samar village which hosts spectacular view of Damodar Danda and Tilicho. Also, we bump into Ramchung Gufa on our way to Giling. After 6 hours of trek, we accommodate at a lodge.

Day 08: Giling to Dagmar

We leave Giling for Dagmar with the beautiful panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges behind us. We find many monasteries, Chortens, small villages, and forests while we’re trekking to Dagmar. After trekking for 5 hours, we reach Dagmar. Overnight at a lodge in Dagmar.

Day 09: Dagmar to Ghar Gumba, overnight in Tsarang

We trek up to Ghar Gumba, a holy Buddhist monastery with a beautiful view of the Himalayan deserts and the Himalayas. The Ghar Gumba is supposed to be one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Nepal. After trekking for 6 hours, we reach Tsarang (3,620m) where we’d be staying overnight at a lodge.

Day 10: Tsarang to Lo Manthang

After 4-hour trek, we reach Lo Manthang (3,730m) which was the capital of the Kingdom of the Low. Once we enter the capital, we can find many Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan-style houses. Overnight at a homestay in Lo Manthang.

Day 12: Explore Lo Manthang

We hike up to Namgyal Monastery which hosts splendid view of the Himalayan desert. We then go to Raja’s Palace of Mustang where the king of Mustang lives. We later explore the rest of the town and get to learn about Tibetan cultures. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

Day 13: Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar

Today, we trek to Drakmar (3,810m) via Chogo La pass (4,325m) which is also the highest point of our trek. We glance at the Himalayas and the Himalayan desert from the pass. Overnight at a homestay in Drakmar.

Day 14: Drakmar to Ghiling

We trek for 6 hours to reach Ghiling (3,806m). The magnificent view of the Himalayas accompanies us throughout the day. Later, we roam around the village and learn about a Thakali culture. We accommodate ourselves at a homestay in Ghiling.

Day 15: Ghiling to Chhuksang

We trek downhill to Chhuksang (3,050m). We’ll have the fantastic view of the Himalayas throughout our 5-hour trek to Chhuksang. We’ll pass some water streams and small villages on our way to Chhuksang. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 16: Chhuksang to Jomsom

We leave Chhuksang to reach the windy town of Jomsom. Jomsom is popular for its heavy wind, apple products, and scenic view of the valley. We taste some apple products here like brandy, tart, sweets, etc. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.

Day 17: Fly back to Pokhara

We fly back to Pokhara. In the afternoon, we go for boating on Begnas Lake. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We drive back to the capital. After 6-hour drive, we reach Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu and farewell dinner

We spend our free day by taking a short tour to Swayambhunath stupa. Later, we meet for a farewell dinner at a restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final Departure

We bid you farewell and drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport with a hope of seeing you again.

Our trip to Nepal such a memorable one

I am part of a group of 4 girls who coordinated with Jagat for our 'mini' version of the Annapurna Circuit in early September 2017. We wanted to do the circuit badly but did not have enough time. Jagat and his team came up with a customized itinerary for us to start the trek from Jagat and end at Jomsom which we then flew to Pokhara to take a bus back to Kathmandu. The whole itinerary was very flexible and day to day arrangements can be altered by just communicating with our guide, Gopi. He will come up with the best plan to accommodate our wants and needs. 

From the moment we landed at the airport in Kathmandu to the moment we flew out of Nepal, everything was extremely well taken care of by Jagat and his team. Our guide, Gopi and porters, Raju and Tej (whom we call Dada) were like family to us during the entire trek. They were always checking on us to see if we have enough to eat, enough drinking water or can we cope with the trek. They even offered to carry our day packs when they saw us struggling. In fact, I think at most times, if not all, our interests were placed above theirs. They will go all the way out just to help you if there is anything you need at all on the trek. 

I don't think we'll be able to find another more patient, caring, trustworthy and detailed team of guides and porters. It was our pleasure to be able to trek with them. They had made our trip to Nepal such a memorable one that all of us didn't want the trip to end. Thank you for the great hospitality. I really look forward to visiting and trekking in Nepal again.

I would readily recommend Jagat and his team to anyone planning to trek in Nepal.

Love from Malaysia,


WanLing ,

This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable.

I recently had the great pleasure of climbing Island Peak in the Khumbu, Nepal. Jagat Lama was a passionate and dependable resource for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. He was on the spot as far as preparation for the trip. This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable. Hiring a light and independent team allowed for a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to climb in Nepal. His assistance was with me from the airport arrival through to departure. He took care of my every need and allowed me to focus on my goal of the summit of Island Peak. My climbing guide, his brother Lal, was competent, caring and successful. I left Nepal with new friendships. I readily endorse his services and would encourage anybody to go with the Independent Trekking Guides. They are honest, caring and willing to make your holiday the most memorable you have ever had. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Nepal.
Mark Lui,

It was my dream trip come true.

I am 66 years old and have done a lot of hiking in the USA as well as climbing Mt. Fuji, Orizaba and Iztaacchuatl volcanoes in Mexico. We have hiked to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon at least 25 times on most of the various trails to the bottom. For me, the crowning trek was to hike in the Himalayan range. We contacted Jagat Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and signed up for our adventure to hike for two weeks with porters and guides. Our group of friends included three men and three women aged from 60 to 75. I'm sure this would be a daunting task for Jagat and his guides.

We all hiked from Lukla to Namche which was Bill's goal (he's the 75-year-old). One of the guides stayed with Bill, and we continued with the two outstanding guides, Chet and Chandra. These two guides did everything for us; got all of our bags from the porters and put in our rooms, took our menu selections to the cooks, and discussed the plans for the following day. The guides made allowances for some who were having some altitude adjustment issues and gave positive feedback to everyone. They were very patient with all of us and really tried hard to ensure we stayed healthy and happy. I can honestly say that these were two of the best guides weíve ever had. On our hikes, the guides had to work around some of us who liked to take pictures but needed to do some additional acclimation at higher altitude. As a result three of us were able to hike all the way to Mt. Everest base camp. It was like a moonscape. We met the Korean team that was going to climb Everest as soon as the weather looked better. The base camp is awesome with tents all over the place with prayer flags, and ice towers and rocks everywhere.

At 5:00 am we were going to climb Kalapathar (5545m.) When we went out it was snowing and foggy. The weather in the valley is usually clear in the morning, foggy in the afternoon, and big clouds in the later afternoon. Chandra said we should start for Kalapathar as he felt it would clear up - and sure enough, the snow stopped and the sun came out. We made it to the summit in snow and ice.

From this mountain, we took fantastic views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We saw an avalanche and heard the cracking sounds coming from the Khumbu glacier. The valley we hiked was very interesting. It surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how many memorials there would be erected for the Everest climbers. It's a sight to see. There were many stupas and monasteries. There are many rock faces that have a Buddha painted or adorned with prayer flags and the rows of prayer wheels to spin. The landscape goes from lush vegetation to flower trees, to pine trees and then the tree line to tundra and almost a moonscape. The children were fun to play with and photograph. As we headed down the valley to Lukla, my wife became sick and we saw that she couldn't hike all the way down. Our great guides arranged for a horse for her to ride so we wouldn't miss our plane. At Lukla, I took my wife to a new, wonderful hospital where she was treated and given medicine. When we reached Kathmandu, there was a strike by the Maoist Communist Party that closed all of the businesses. Jagat again came to our rescue by getting a van and getting us to the airport. He, Chet and Chandra babysat us to make sure we got through the security hassle and on to the right plane. I can't imagine anyone doing anything more or better that Jagat, Chet, and Chandra could have done to make this a wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations. I recommend his services to you if you're planning to go anywhere in Nepal or Tibet. It was my dream trip come true.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Bob Hacken / Catherine L. Bordner,

Dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
May 2010

In April/May 2010 I was part of a group of nine individuals who used Jagat Lama to coordinate our trek to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. From taking care of obtaining our TIMS cards on the first day all the way through to seeing us off to the airport in Kathmandu when our trip was finished, Jagat took care of everything. Trust me when I say that there are a lot of details that need tending to in between the two above events. Jagat and his crew exceeded all expectations and made our trip stress free. This fact allows one to concentrate of the arduous task of getting to Base Camp while trusting Jagat and his crew to care of the daily details such as obtaining food and shelter. I highly recommend that you do as I did and have Jagat and his crew work with you to meet your Nepali dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
Tom Tracey,
Rose Valley, WA USA

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