Mustang Trekking Nepal
Nepal has many beautiful trekking routes. The country is popular in the world for having one of the most astonishing views of the mountains and forest. Every year many tourists arrive in Nepal to visit the various part of Nepal. Every sector of Nepal has maximum tourism potential and the visitors who visit Nepal know how true is that statement. One of the best trekking as per international, as well as the local tourists, is mustang trekking.
The northern part of Nepal is covered with the Himalayan range. The Himalayan range is famous in the world for having the highest and the most beautiful mountains in the world. It is not only in Nepal, but other neighboring countries also have a fair share of it. Talking about Nepal and its Himalayan range, the uppermost part of the country is covered in it and called the mountain region. The region has exceedingly difficult topography so in the uppermost region, vehicle roads are absent. Most of the paths need to be completed by the path. The construction of the bigger roads is also impossible to the extremely difficult terrain. This is also one of the reasons that the region has one of the most amazing trekking trails in the world.
Mustang- Brief Introduction
Mustang is one of the eleven districts of the Gandaki zone. Gandaki zone lies on the western side of Kathmandu valley. Gandaki zone and its districts are famous for having the most beautiful destinations in entire Nepal. Gandaki is the perfect combination of all the elements that make it the ideal tourist destination. It has one of the biggest settlements of Nepal, the best trekking trails like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri trekking routes, the best mountains, Mustang valley, and many more. The tourist flow to this zone is hard to match with other zones of Nepal.
Mustang covers 3573km square of Gandaki zone. It is also one of the largest districts of Nepal. By area, it is the 5th largest district of Nepal. However, despite being so big in the area the district has a small number of residences. For a place of so much area, the population of the place according to the census of 2011 A.D is 13,452.
Mustang trekking is one of the famous trekking routes in Nepal. The trail consists of the circuit around the Mustang valley and visiting some of its important destinations. According to the visitors, Mustang trekking is very astonishing and beautiful. The trail is considered is not as hard as the trek to the mountains.
Arrival at Kathmandu Day 1
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Our Mustang trekking begins at Kathmandu valley. On the first day, the trekkers land at Tribhuvan International Airport in the valley. It is the only international airport in Nepal, so the international visitors need to arrive through here. However, Indian, and Chinese visitors can arrive in Nepal through the borders. Nepalese and Chinese people do not need a visa to live in either country for up to 30 days. While Indian and Nepalese do not need vista to be in either country. So, the people of those countries can avoid going to Kathmandu if their schedule favors them to enter the country through the borders.
After the arrival at Kathmandu, the visitors go to their hotels. At the hotel, the visitors will be described Mustang trekking. Itinerary, schedule, routes throughout details of Mustang trekking will be discussed and the questions of the trekkers will be answered thoroughly. Later in the evening if they wish if they want to visit the valley.
Day 2 Visiting Kathmandu valley
On day 2 of Mustang trekking, we visit Kathmandu valley. On this day various important places inside Kathmandu will be visited. One day is not enough to thoroughly visit all the places of Kathmandu as the city has various places that need to be visited by tourists. The city has a rich cultural history that attracts many visitors. The big settlement is surrounded by beautiful hills from all sides which makes it extremely beautiful.
The trekkers will visit the important places or the places of their choice if they so desired. If they are Hindu, they may want to visit some of the holiest Hindu temples, while if they are Buddhist, they may want to visit the places like Boudha Nath and Shoyambhu Nath. Another reason to spend day 2 at Kathmandu is to get the required types of equipment for Mustang trekking. Kathmandu is also the biggest city in Nepal with massive markets. Medicines for specific diseases, gears, devices, etc. which may not be available in other parts of Nepal will be available here, so they need to assemble the items before starting mustang trekking.
Day 3 To Pokhara
Pokhara is located 200km west of Kathmandu. It is also one of the biggest settlements in Nepal. Pokhara is famous for its tourism and its potentiality. The city has been gifted with the perfect elements to be a beautiful settlement as well as the essentials to be an ideal tourism destination. If we were to travel by vehicle, we can get to Kathmandu at 5 hours’ time while the flight takes only 30 minutes.
The visitors can travel by either of those routes. Pokhara is the second destination in Mustang trekking. Pokhara is an extremely popular destination because it is the gateway to various trekking routes and mountains. Most of the trekking routes such as Annapurna trekking routes, Poon hill trekking route, Annapurna circuit trek all begin here. After getting to Pokhara trekkers will visit the popular places of Pokhara like Phewa lake and other spots of their choice. The night of the 3rd day of Mustang trekking is spent at Pokhara.
Day 4 Pokhara to Kagbeni
From day 4 of Mustang trekking our adventurous journey begins. The day begins at Pokhara and after that, the trekkers will go to Jomsom. The trekkers will go to Jomsom through the air route. The distance is 158km and takes 5 hours and more to travel by vehicle. While traveling through flight it takes 20 to 30 minutes. On average one flight takes off from Pokhara to go to Jomsom every day.
From Jomsom, we officially begin Mustang trekking as from here the trekkers will travel on foot. The destination of the 4th day of Mustang trekking is Kagbeni which is 11.5km away. After getting into the airport the trekkers can take a rest for few times before beginning their journey. It may take trekkers 3 to 4 hours to reach the destination. The night is spent at Kagbeni.
Day 5 Kagbeni to Chele
The distance between Kagbeni to Chele is 15.3km and may take an entire day for the trekkers if they will move at a slow pace and rest few times along the way. Therefore, the trekkers need to start their journey as early as they can. The path of the riverbed, valley, apple farm, and some villages can be seen along the way to Chele. Once Chele is reached, one can realize how much it is influenced by the Tibetan culture. The night of the 5th day of Mustang trekking is spent at Chele.
Day 6 Chele to Samar
The goal of day 6 of Mustang trekking is to reach Samar. Samar is reached after walking through a lot. This day the trekkers go to Samar through Ghyakar. Along the way, the trekkers go through the suspension bridge and even the houses on which tunneling paths are from below.
After passing through the village the trekkers need to pass through the area of small bushy plants. Samar is at an elevation of 3360m from sea level. The surrounding is very dry and resembles desert-like environment.
Day 7 To Syangboche from Samar
Samar is left early in the morning of the 7th day. The destination of the 7th day of Mustang trekking is Syangboche. Samar is just alongside the canyon, to continue the trekking the trekkers need to pass through the canyon. Frist getting inside the canyon downhill and then climbing to the other side. The time required to do this is 3 to 4 hours, this also depends on the pace and hill-climbing capacity of the trekkers.
On the way to Syangboche, we make a stop along the way to visit the holy caves of ranchung or Chunghsi cave. After this, the journey continues to Syangboche. The night is spent at a hotel in Syangboche. From Samar to Syangboche, the entire journey makes takes 5 to 6 hours to complete.
Day 8 To Ghami from Syangboche
The duration of the trek from Syangboche to Ghami may take 5 to 7 hours.
Leaving Syangboche we move upwards. After some time of leaving, we reach Syangboche la, which is known for its beautiful view of the east. After some time of continuing along the trail, we reach a famous tea shop called Zhaite. It is also one popular landmark during Mustang trekking along the way to Ghami. People stop here to have tea or some light foods.
After leaving Zhaite, the trekkers need to pass through two famous landmarks to reach Ghami, Ngi la pass 4045m and ghami la pass 3765m. After, shortly the trekkers will reach the Ghami settlement. The night of the 8th day of Mustang trekking is spent at Ghami.
Day 9 Trek to Gekhar from Ghami
The duration of the trek from Ghami to Gekhar takes about 5 to 7 hours.
After leaving Ghami shortly we pass through Deurali La 3717m. Then after a significant amount of walking the trekkers will reach marung La 40482m. This place provides a wide view of the mustang valley. Sometimes from there is Lo Gekhar, one of the holiest places of Mustang. The night is spent at Gekhar.
Day 10 Trek to Lo Manthang
The entire journey is 4 to 5 hours of trekking. During this route, the trekkers will see the yaks, goats and if they are lucky, they may also see the wildlife. The notable landmark that trekkers encounter while going to Lo Manthang is Chogo la pass 4301m. After this, the next destination is Lo Manthang itself which the trekkers will get in a brief time.
Day 11 Exploration of Lo Manthang
The 11th day of Mustang trekking is a leisure one. This day the trekkers will not travel to any new place but spend the day exploring the beauty of Lo Manthang. The village is surrounded by fields and agricultural plots from all sides, and the village is surrounded by walls, the houses in the village and made joined with the wall itself. The houses in the settlement are remarkably close to each other and incredibly unique in appearance. The village also has some temples and monasteries. This day the trekkers also can rest as the journey was long and tiresome.
Day 12 Back to Ghami
Now, from here Mustang trekking is not going up but returning to the place from where we started. On day 12 we will return to Ghami, saying our farewell to Lo Manthang.
Day 13 Trek to Syangboche
From Ghami now we will return to Syangboche. We will follow the same trail and return to the settlement of Syangboche.
Day 14 To Samar
This day we will descend back to the settlement of Samar.
Day 15 Drive to Jomsom
This day we will drive back to Jomsom. The night of day 15 is our last night in the area. This is the penultimate day of our Mustang trekking.
Day 16 Jomsom to Kathmandu
It is the last day of trekking. The long mustang trekking ends here on the 16th day. From here we catch a flight to Kathmandu. The duration of the flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu is about 30 minutes.
Getting off from Tribhuvan International airport officially ends our mustang trekking. The trip may be over, but the heart and minds of the trekkers are filled with priceless memories and adventures.
the visitors can rest in Kathmandu for a day or two before leaving. Kathmandu has various places that specialize in giving luxury services and revitalizing the body after long journeys. However, if they have a tight schedule they may leave immediately as their wish.
Things included in the package
- We provide you the accommodation which will be shared by two people. However, you can book for the single room with extra charge.
- We will also bear the cost of domestic flight that will be travelled for the trip.
- The overland transport will be held on tourist coach as per the itinerary and size of the group.
- The applicable fee for the Trekking, National Park and Conservation center will be covered.
- Three meals in a day includes breakfast, lunch and dinner which will be provided.
- We offer you a welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural show
- The wages, meals, insurance and transport allowance of all trekking staff and porters will be arranged.
- We also can arrange the planning for the place of interest in the city accompanied by the city guide.
- We also have included the comprehensive medical kit and service of guide and porters.
- We also help you to reconfirm your international flight.
Things Excluded in the package
- pick-up/Drop from/to airport.
- The visa fee you would have to pay for travel, medical insurance and airport tax.
- The meals of your personal interest will not be offered in our expense.
- We would also not provide the personal sleeping bags and bags.
- The charge applied in case of emergency evacuation by any means of transport would not be included.
- The charge for accommodation in Kathamndu in you early arrival before the trip will not be included and also the late departure. Moreover, the early departure from trek will also not included in our expense.
- We also don’t include the cost of international flights.
- The trip doesn’t offer the travel and rescue insurance.
- We also don’t include the phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra poter etc.
- We also don’t offer tips for guides and porters.
Trek start dates
1st of every Month
Mustang TrekkingTrip Cost
- Destination: Mustang trekking Nepal
- Duration: 16 days
- Min-pax: 1-15
- Max altitude: 3900
- Accommodation: 2 or 3 star level